Paradise Photo Diary

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I’m technically back to reality after my honeymoon, but I’m fighting it every day!

Thankfully ukulele music is keeping me suspended in bliss.

Aloha!

Alana

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The Gentlewoman

Some of you may remember this post where I found out I would be blogging for Guess! Well my first post is up and I couldn’t be more excited!

I focused on my love for menswear, featuring classic tailored pieces with a feminine edge and of course a great oversized Guess watch.

Check out the full post at Guess!

In other news, I’m leaving for my honeymoon today, and I’ll be taking a week off from posting to enjoy life!

xox
Alana

(watch: Guess, hat: Le Chateau, blazer: BCBG, pants: Zara)

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In Memorandum

In possibly the most frivolous post ever, I pay my respects to my blonde hair which is now chocolatey brown. I never intended to be a blonde, but I just let me hair dresser do what she likes and ended up loving it. Funny how we get attached to something so…unimportant.

And for the record, it’s true; blondes do have more fun!

xox

Alana

(dress: BCBG, lipstick: Nars Carthage)

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Denial

This weekend was amazingly sunny and warm, allowing me to get away with my favourite wrap dress, last seen here, a blazer and an eternity scarf.

I’ve since realized that I live in Canada… and it’s winter. It’s a tough pill to swallow.

While I try to remember how to dress for winter please enjoy these photos!

Cheers!
Alana

(dress: Aritzia, blazer: Zara, scarf: made by my sister, lipstick: Nars “Heat Wave”)
photos by: Jeannie Markowsky

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East / West


Another bonus to marrying into a family from India, aside from the food, colourful ceremonies, and again the food…. is the jewelry!!

Planning a Hindu wedding was a crash course in traditional Indian style, and now I’m having fun experimenting with a blend of east & west. One of my favourite pieces, seen here and here, is called a tikka. It looks like an earring with a long chain that hooks into the hair while the jeweled part lies on the forehead.

I paired my tikka with a leather Calvin Klein dress, a messy side braid, and a few bangles. I love how the look is neither Indian nor western, but a nice marriage of the two. Recently seen on the Chanel runway, East meets West is a super fun style to experiment with, and an accurate title for my life!

Have a great weekend!

Alana

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Made For Walkin’

The search is over.

After trying on far too many ankle boots I’ve found the best pair out there. My favourite thing about these Aldo McNeary boots is the heel, which are somehow higher and more sturdy than most ankle boots I’ve tried. Score! I feel more like myself in heels, so finding a pair I can comfortably wear all day long, from breakfast to bedtime, is a nice break for my pain threshold.

My favourite way to wear these boots is with dark jeans rolled up just above the ankle, or with black tights. They can be dressed up or dressed down, and I already know these will be in heavy usage all winter long. Thanks so much to Aldo Canada for letting me pick out any pair I wanted from the collection! I just noticed they also come in tan and metallic, and am currently day dreaming about how I would wear the metallic pair!  Sigh…….

xo Alana

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Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
When life gives you rain and falling leaves, make art!

xoxo Alana

blazer: BCBG, Hat: Le Chateau, watch: Guess

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3 Floor

Meet Three Floor, my new favourite clothing company from the UK. I’ve been looking at their beautiful lace and pleated silk dresses for months, and when I saw this dress, I knew it had to be mine! Not only are their designs beautiful and unique, but extremely well made.

I was drawn to this dress because it can easily be worn to a fancy Christmas party or to a summer wedding. I love pieces that defy seasons!

xo

Alana

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Domino

When fall arrives, my attention drifts away from the garden and I begin to obsess about my house! I’ve been looking for inspiration on Pinterest and design sites, but my new favourite source for lustful design ideas is the Domino Book of Decorating. Not only does the book have many of my favourite images from the old Domino magazine, but it also serves as a design guide. With tips on colours, furniture, layout, and theme combinations, it provides a clarity to interior design which I’ve always lacked. The ideas and inspirations are timeless, and I can see myself referring back to this book for years of come.

Where do you guys get your design tips/inspiration?

xo Alana

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Rock the Vote

Although I am Canadian, I can see the shores of the United States from my window. I feel like the entire west coast, from BC to California is my home. I remember buying this Obama shirt 4 years ago, and it feels right to be wearing it again today. I believe EVERYONE should use their right to vote, wherever they live, whatever political party they support. Know your rights, read about your candidates, and make an informed decision for your country.

I hope all my friends and readers from the US go out on Nov 6th and make their voices count.

xo

Alana

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