Oversized Everything

Oversized Everything

 

I don’t know about you, but suddenly everything in my closet is somehow feeling a bit too snug.

Skinny jeans? No thanks. Sleek sheaths? Pass. Leather leggings? Errm, no. Maybe it’s the every-other-day occasional summer soft-serve talking, but I’m all about oversized everything for Fall.  Comfortable. Chic. Cozy 2.0.

Are you into this aesthetic?

leather trousers $279 |   ribbed dress $79 |  animal tee $49 |  kimono wrap dress $137 | flatforms $64

Look For Less: Elena Psalti

The Look for Less-Elena Psalti

Every now and then you spy an outfit and think “I don’t know how she thought of pairing that combo, but this is genius!”. Clearly Elena Psalti knows that bodycon dresses and 5-inch heels aren’t my jam. This? SO is! I’m loving the practical green socks. Nothing can ruin a day of running errands faster than cold ankles and sweaty feet!

Are you into this quirky look? 

jumpsuit $40 |  jacket $105 | sneakers $45 | sunglasses $44| handbag $69 | socks $6.38

Paris!

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Looking back at the Travel section of FatFreeFashion, I realized there are some pretty blog-worthy destinations I failed to blog about. First up? My trip to Paris! These pictures are almost two years old, but Paris is a grand old lady who hasn’t changed much in the last century, so I think they’re still pretty relevant. Fashion, food, culture, history and the fabulous sights at every turn, make Paris a must-see on any Wanderlust Wishlist. My husband and I spent eight awesome days in the City Of Light, and honestly, it still wasn’t enough to see everything!

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FOOD 

Dining out in Paris is a real treat. Obviously the French food is great, but I found that the quality of even take-out places far surpassed anything I’ve encountered in North America. Below are a few that left an impression.

Restaurants:

Paul amazing pastries, coffee and people-watching.

Le Bonaparte Forget standing in line for Les Deux Magots and walk a short block to this lovely cafe instead. Unbeatable people watching, and the food is delish!

Roger La Grenouille Frogs legs, anyone?! If the thought of that repulses you, don’t fret! Plenty of other tasty dishes in this utterly charming old restaurant.

Le Coupe-Chou Hand-down the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been to. There’s a fireplace inside. Just go!

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 The Seine

ACCOMMODATION 

Paris hotels are insanely expensive. We stayed in a tourist apartment right in the heart of the Latin Quarter, and loved coming back to “our place” each night after eleven hours of straight walking (no joke!) to drop-dead on the comfy queen bed. We also loved having a little kitchen to wash fresh fruit, cheese and snacks. Skipping the grocery stores and markets in Paris is a sin, so make sure you have a fridge to store your goodies.

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 Sunbathing On The Seine

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 1st Arrondissement

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Cemetery In Montemarte

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 At The Base Of The Eiffel Tower: Each Country Has Its Own Bear

 SHOPPING 

I won’t insult you with the obvious (Champs-Élysées, Le Marais, etc) but must make mention that Paris’ department stores are worth a half-day visit alone! If you’re short on museum money, visit Printemps for the most stunning glass dome ceiling you’ll ever see!

Any serious shopper must visit Le Bon Marche- the world’s visit department store! Try the cafe on the top floor for a seriously amazing lunch and a stunning panoramic view of Paris. Take me back!!

Ed Note: Strolling the streets of Le Marais is a must-do, and shouldn’t be undermined by my opening sentence. Charming, beautiful and open on Sundays!

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 Printemps

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 Printemps

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 Tourist Alert! By the end of the week, it was absolutely FREEZING (5 degrees) and I only packed my leather jacket. Wearing at least five layers here (accessorized with a bright red nose!)

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SIGHTS & MUSEUMS 

Covering all the noteworthy sights and museums Paris has to offer in one blog post is futile. There are simply too many! Below are some that are worth the time/trek.

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 Vincennes

Les Invalides  (The Military Museum) Truth? I was dragged here by the Hubs, but was admittedly amazed by the incredible exhibits at this massive museum. A must-see!

Musee d’Orsay Not into the Mona Lisa? Cross the river and head to this stunning museum, instead! Musee d’Orsay is a converted train station that now houses art mainly from 1848-1915. Think Monet, Van Gogh (amazing!!!), Cezanne and Renoir.

Versailles No introduction needed. Sickening opulance one must see to believe!

Ponts des Arts (Love Lock Bridge) Just because. Tres romantic.

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Les Invalides

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 Sacre Coeur

Sacré Cœur Love architecture? Then pull on your walking boots and head up to basilica Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. Worth the hike to the top for panoramic views of the City Of Lights.

Chateau de Vincennes Ever seen a castle? Hop on the metro, ride to the end of the line, emerge and feast your eyes on this stunning beauty.

Musee de Cluny (Middle Ages Museum) I’ve always had a fascination with the Middle Ages. The plague, witchcraft, folklore and the cultural deterioration that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire are both tragic and mystifying to me. Really enjoyed this one.

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 Sacre Coeur

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Centre Pompidou (Modern Art Museum)

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IMG_1654Versailles

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 Musee Cluny (Middle Ages Museum) These heads were discovered in someone’s backyard in the 1970s!

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 Pont des Arts

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 Love Lock Bridge

Have you been to Paris? What is your favourite arrondissement? Restaurant? Attraction? I’d love to know! 

Have a fabulous weekend, Lovelies!

Splurge or Save: Kate Spade vs. Zara

Kate Spade vs Zara

Zara, I ain’t mad at cha. Although your offering is an obvious knockoff of the Kate Spade ‘Charles Street Kenton’, your subpar (but acceptable!) PVC finish makes everything alright. My only ask? Why bother with the très tacky gold clasp? Not needed!

What do you think Ladies? Splurge or Save?

KATE SPADE $398 |  ZARA $79.90 

Look For Less: Diletta Bonaiuti

The Look for Less-Diletta Bonaiuti

Looking fab from head to toe for under $175?! I don’t know about you, but I’m LOVING this look! Easy, comfy and seriously cool. Ah Italianas, you make it look so easy!

The LOOK: jeans $29.99 | tee | keds $49.26 | blazer $36 | clutch $39

InstaFashion: My Week In Photos

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Behold, another week in Instafashion! Truth be told, until I started capturing my daily looks on camera, I had no idea of my obvious penchant for prints! Maybe I should leave some for the rest of Toronto, eh? Even my sneakers are loaded! Time to balance out with a few solids. #unlikely…;)

Denim…and a print.

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Let me introduce you to my giant fivehead…and another print! 

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New Asics kicks. If you’re a runner, you NEED them! So comfy. 

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Floral Tiers & Comfy Slides

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More Floral. Ok…I have a problem #printoverload

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Have a great weekend, Lovelies! 

Borrowed From The Boys: Tinie Tempah

Borrowed From The Boys- Tinie Tempah

British rapper Tinie Tempah (and Prince William fave!) is known widely for his sick beats, but I’m swooning over his seriously slick style.

How about this look for the first week of September? I love his dapper duds.

loafers $59.90 | scarf $6.95 | trousers $59.90 | trench $129 | tie $35.90 | shirt $59.90 

Fab Finds: Patchwork Pieces

Patchwork Pieces

 

Patchwork denim will always remind me of Chloe Spring 2010 collection. So good. Nailing the chic-hobo look is no easy feat, but these shabby pieces make a misstep practically impossible.

Are you into this look? 

jeans (blue) $35.99 | shirt $135 | bag $68.06 | skirt $328 | jeans $59.99 | dress $116.83

Look For Less: Emmanuelle Alt

The Look for Less-Emm Alt

 

“Pardon? Je suis très, très stylish? Oui! Oui!”. Ok, my French may be rusty, but Emmanuelle Alt’s style is fresh to death.

Would you recreate this look for a mere $103, head-to-toe?

Happy Labour Day weekend, Lovelies!

 

The LOOK: trousers $29.95 | blazer $19.95 | tee $9.95 | belt $6.95 | heels $36

She’s Got Flare

Mid Wash Flare

 

Banished for the past decade as decidedly (and unfairly!) passé, flares and bells are back in a big way for Fall and beyond. If you’re bored with your Skinnies and Boyfriends and craving are a more femme silhouette, scoop up a pair or two of these uber-flattering jeans for Fall.

Pale Flare

light $32.67 | mid wash $90

Flare-Indigo

 indigo $69.95 

Are you ready to rock flares again, or are skinnies and boyfriends too ingrained in your style DNA to revisit this look? Let’s discuss!