Coachella Style 2016 Wish List!

Coachella 2016

Hi Kids! I managed to put together my first FLAT LAY courtesy of Polyvore! Have a look at some of my Coachella Style 2016 picks! As you can see Polyvore likes to add in some rando links for the Where To Buy section, but you can clearly find many of these hot items at their namesake boutiques or websites. Should any of you damsels get the slightest itch to wear a floral wreath crown, I say scratch that sucker raw and replace it with THE ‘it gal’ item of the season, a Yosuzi pompom straw hat.  You can also look for style inspo on the Nasty Gal website or simply strut yourself into any Urban Coachella Outfitters and you will be good to go!

Enjoy the shows!  


Stella McCartney Short dress
4,775 CAD –

Alice Olivia white romper
625 CAD –

Pierre Balmain high-waisted shorts
825 CAD –

BUSCEMI leather shoes
1,100 CAD –

Elina Linardaki leather sandals
265 CAD –

Chloé fringe purse
2,605 CAD –

Vanessa Seward leather purse
505 CAD –

Sophie Anderson travel purse
860 CAD –

Isabel Marant bracelet
410 CAD –

Tribal jewelry
85 CAD –

Nak Armstrong stud earrings
1,515 CAD –

Carolina Bucci sapphire earrings
1,870 CAD –

Chloé pendant necklace
755 CAD –

Sonix tech accessory
22 CAD –

Karen Walker oversized sunglasses
325 CAD –

CÉLINE cat-eye glasses
465 CAD –

28 CAD –

Yosuzi Pompom-embellished woven straw sunhat
505 CAD –

Kylie Lip Kit

Meet the Lauded Stylists Behind Oscar Nominees Alicia Vikander, Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara

 Left to right: Alicia Vikander wears Louis Vuitton, Cate Blanchett in Marc Jacobs, Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture.untitled

With the Oscars less than a week away, stylists-to-the stars are working on their final fashion opuses for their award show clients. The goal is to be the physical embodiment of an Adele vocal; unflinching p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n for that final red carpet strut. 

If you’ve ever turned your nose up at the idea of having a stylist in the first place (can’t you people dress yourselves?!) lest it be known that the frenetic pace of awards season is an entirely different animal. The schedule leading up to the Oscars can feel like an unrelenting 9 month whirling dervish with stops at CannesVenice, TIFFThe Golden Globes, The Palm Springs Film Festival AwardsThe Critics Choice, The ACCTA’sThe Independent Spirit Awards, The Screen Actors Guild, The Baftas the many luncheons, the constant glad handing and step and repeating with the press—it seemingly never ends! Plus there are additional ‘looks’ needed for after parties, and after-after parties (multiple outfits are the norm) and lets not forget the art of illusionary undergarments like Spanx, the perfect fitting backless/strapless bra, double-sided tape, underwear that doesn’t show up in photographs (many go commando!), last-minute hemming, the perfect accessories, stockings, shoes, and clutch?! It takes months of preparation, designer meetings, client fittings, last-minute eyeballing at NY fashion week, tons of schlepping and all around huff and puffery.

By the time Oscar season rolls around, I imagine stylists adrenals are BEYOND fatigued that they simply want to head for the hills afterwards and take a vow of silence. That or head to St Barth’s for a perma IV of daiquiris.  

My point? Stylists are the main artery of awards season and an absolute necessity in order to play by the rules of the subterranean universe of the red carpet.

Let’s meet these fairy godmothers (and a father!) shall we?

Victoria Sekrier


Russian model-turned-stylist Victoria Sekrier has been dressing break-out star Alicia Vikander for about a year, after the pair met at a 2014 Christmas party. Before dressing Vikander, Sekrier took courses at FIT, interned for Anna Sui and finally settled in London where she works in editorial. Vikander is currently the ‘it gal‘ of red carpet fashion, with everyone buzzing about her style which has been described as ‘award winning’ in its own right, thanks in part to Sekrier’s well honed fashion chops.

The goal of a stylist is to take their personal style acumen and parlay it towards the tastes of their client. They can make suggestions, but in the end its the clients decision on what they want to wear. In Vikander’s case her taste tends to lean towards modern lines, some bohemian flair, unique embellishments and subtle edgy details.

Alicia Vikander Red Carpet Looks at a Glance

Clockwise from top left: Louis Vuitton with embellished bodice, two-piece white crop top and culottes by Rosetta Getty, pink and mauve separates by Barbara Casasola, black embroidered Louis Vuitton leather, maiden inspired Louis Vuitton and sequined Vuitton at the Sag Awards.

Vikader is so drop dead gorgeous—her looks so precious and doll-like, that her team opts for a minimalist approach in terms of hair and make-up; my favorite being her fair-maiden rolled up do! The same goes for jewellery according to stylist Sekrier who told the NY Times; “we never go for more than two pieces at a time — maybe a bracelet or a cocktail ring, or a necklace by itself.”

I personally find her more of a breath of fresh air than anything she’s worn on the red carpet, barring her Golden Globes white columned Louis Vuitton dress. I’m not convinced that her stylist is worthy of all the hoopla—it seems like Louis Vuitton is really doing all the heavy lifting, but apparently I am in the minority on this.

Elizabeth Stewart

SPOTLIGHTON_ElizabethStewart_480x720Should you not be familiar with the name Elizabeth Stewart, she is the stylist behind many an A-list heavyweight—namely fashion doyen Cate Blanchett. And if were picking favorites here, Blanchett’s red carpet style truly is in a class of its own, and one that I would covet for myself, if I had the chance! 

Style arbiter Stewart got her start as a fashion editor for W magazine eventually landing the plum role of creative director at The New York Times. She has styled covers from Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle magazines.

Blanchett has established herself as the best dressed authority on the red carpet due to her exquisite taste that incorporates every color of the rainbow and designer looks as dramatic as her roles. “She’s one of those people who can carry [off] anything, and it’s from an innate confidence,” said to Stewart in a 2014 Us magazine interview.

Cate Blanchett Red Carpet Looks at a Glance

Clockwise from top left: high neck embroidered white Alexander McQueen, dramatic Giles Deacon ‘galaxy ball gown’ at Cannes, blush pink Givenchy couture, light blue and burgundy Erdem patchwork, black button up shirt and hot pink satin skirt by Camilla and Marc and ice blue Marc Jacobs.

Working together for a decade—a boon for Stewart as many a fickle star are known to ‘stylist hop’, Stewart knows exactly how to channel Blanchett’s tastes. “She wouldn’t wear anything she doesn’t love,” Stewart told Us  “that wouldn’t be possible with Cate. She really knows what works for her.

It’s evidently clear that Blanchett has an innate talent for fashion forward style and that she truly enjoys this facet of her career. I can’t wait to see what she will be wearing for the Oscars!

Ryan Hastings


Whereas there was a veritable pu pu platter of intel on the above players there was little-to-no info on notoriously press shy, Ryan Hastings—Rooney Mara’s stylistIt’s virtually impossible to find a notable quotable from Hastings on Mara, as he often declines to comment on his clients. Perhaps its why as a team they are so well matched, considering Mara’s mysterious aura of red carpet aloofness.

Rooney told Vogue in 2013 that she “never goes to parties” and considers red carpets “a nightmare,” as demonstrated by rarely seeing her smile in photographs.

A contributing stylist at Vanity Fair magazine, its been implied that Hastings is solely responsible for Mara’s branded ‘goth glam’ look that dates back to 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo premiere. Whereas many a celebrity like to have their say, or as in Blanchett’s case full creative control of their red carpet brand (barring pick up and drop off) it was Hastings who created everything for Rooney from her slick back hair to her dark lips and edgy avante garde fashions—with Rooney preferring to focus solely on her acting. That is not to say that Rooney is unconscious about her style, on the contrary the looks are very much in line with her own tastes, but she confidently leaves the expertise in the hands of Hastings. He notoriously employs a chiaroscuro approach of either monochromatic black or white, and wispy, piece-y gossamer fabrics, always with a modern flair.

 Rooney Mara Red Carpet Looks at a Glance

Clockwise from top left:  Chanel couture at the New York film festival,  black lace detail Lanvin (and a rare smile), ruffled retro Givenchy, pale blush Alexander McQueen, see-through diaphanous black Givenchy white Alexander McQueen at Cannes.


Be sure to tune in on February 28th, when all three stylists will unleash their final red carpet piece de resistance for the 88th Academy Awards! The Oscars are watched by over 40 million in the US alone, and its the apogee of awards season for designers who get the privilege of having their work worn by an A-list celebrity, orchestrated in no small part by the tireless work of their personal stylists.

Your daiquiris await…


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Is Your Fall Fashion on Fleek?


Summer is officially getting the pink slip, and if you’re anything like me, the last week of August is met with the usual rigmarole of anxious fall-fashion ruminations.

 “What do I wear? I’m not ready? What does it all mean? WHO AM I? HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBERRRRR?!? Papaahhh Can You Hear MEeeeeeeeeeeeeeee????”

…Oh no? Just the style conundrum?


Making the transition into Fall is never easy. On one hand you want to hold on to the last lazy days of summer, on the other—you’d like to burn every Boho summer dress and romper in your closet right. about. now. 

Also, there’s a pair of Crocs flip-flops in there somewhere. Those stayI have terrible granny arches.

My end of summer fashion sense is a myopically styled mismatch, stuck in the morass of end-of-season purgatory. While I may not look the part right now, thankfully I know how to set the table properly. Part of my job is gaining fluency in all things FALL, months in advance for the sake of being the dopest trend zeitgeist in all the land.

This is a comprehensive Fall Fashion on Fleek list to getting your foxy self ready for that first fall Tinder date/step and repeat wall/internet sex scandal press conference.

Oh don’t kid yourself on that last one. Online shame (if not already) is coming for all of us.

Fair Maiden Dresses

Think Little Red Riding Hood meets the The Lord of the Rings, meets a Ricola lozenge commercial meets your everyday Milkmaid, and you’ll get the gist of this lovely and feminine fall trend.

L to R: Valentino, Alberta Ferretti, Burberry Prorsum, Valentino.


A huge fall trend is all about see-through SEXAY sheer fabrics + lace. From dresses, to peek-a-boo blouses + pants; show ’em what chu got…leaving just enough to the imagination. Ok, JLO is giving it all away for free in that Bao Tranchi number, but 20-year-olds only wish they could look that good—amirite ladies?

Top L to R: Burberry Prorsum, Altuzarra, the genius of Alexander McQueen, Givenchy blouse. *Click on each photo for a better view. Bottom: J Mendell + Bao Tranchi.


While I’m generally inclined to swaddle myself in head to toe fleece at the first sign of freeze o’clock, I’d like to think my sweater game is pretty tight during fall →On FLEEK some would say. No-one, absolutely no-one says this except try-hard moi trying to get the millennial vote.

Top L to R: Alexander Wang, Militant-inspired Isabel Marant, Altuzarra in a gorgeous powder blue. Bottom L to R: Vivienne Westwood cropped cable knit in red, Les Copains cozy knit with on trend firefly brooch.


Culottes are a great transitional fall piece that are easy to wear and can be dressed up with a great pair of booties, heels & designer tights. In other words, its like the best boob job of fall 2015 trends.

Top R to L: Rebecca Minkoff, Club Monaco, Ted Baker Tweed. Bottom L to R: Raw Hemmed Jean Culotte Top Shop, Celine.


Ahhhhhh fall brings back fond memories of back-to-school-shopping-days whereby my mom would rip open the changing room and ask in a decibel too high for my liking if my “pants were too tight on my crotch-area?’ in a unisex shop mind you, before checking the tightness factor for herself—my changing room still open for all to see. A breathable crotch area was paramount for my lovely mother. So yea, that is my segue for fall…PANTS. You’re welcome.

Top: Altuzarra tweeds, Chloé pre-fall. Bottom: a fleet of Isabel Marant pants—I’m obsessed! Love the high waists, thin belts & military feel!


*See above. Add in extra attention to my mothers pat down to avoid potential pre-teen jean vaginal suffocation.

Top L to R: See By Chloe pants & braided skirt,  a staple easy-fit Rag & Bone. Bottom: L to R: Maria Flare J Brand, Tibi skirt.


Foot wear can make or break an outfit; at best it can bring an entire look together or stand alone as the main event. Put your best foot forward with these statement pieces!

Top L to R: Tierney Bootie Club Monaco, Philosophy Alberta Ferretti, Sophie Webster Yasmina Pom Pom Heel, Proenza Schouler wrap sandals (*comes in various colors + fabrics, all stunning!) Middle L to R: Altuzarra lace ups, Fillipa Buckle Pump Club Monaco. Bottom: Isabel Marant boot, Celine black sneakers (also comes in white!)


Leather, plaid and tartan are in abundance this fall in coats, capes, wraps and ponchos. As you may have noticed I don’t wear fur—and no it’s not the same as leather (which I wear rarely to never) so please no hate mail? *Click on each photo for brand info.


My bag ethos is go BIG or go home! And while the trend this fall is to go micro-small in terms of purses, this is the Pop Culture Rainman™ Fall Fashion list—I never follow the herd! Just remember, wear the bag, don’t let it wear you! *Click on each photo for brand info.


I’m not an all-you-can-eat-buffet of jewellery wearer. I like one or two statement pieces at most—spare is generally my bauble ethos. This fall, it’s all about the bold EARRING, worn on its own as the main event! Top from L to R: Louis Vuitton, Marni, Celine. Bottom from L to R: Isabel Marant, Christian Dior.

The One Off

Other pairs J’adore are this tribal inspired Chloé set, these g-g-g-g-g-gorgeous Fernando Jorge numbah’s + lastly these bionic Tom Ford show stoppers!

Designer Tights

The best way to add a little confetti to any outfit is to pair it with some ‘stand out and get noticed‘ tights or hosiery. I personally would sell my left buttock for these spectacular ‘holier’ than thou Proenza Schouler’s. I will either do that or simply head on over to The Room at Hudsons Bay (Vancouver + Toronto only) where they retail for $325.00



Nothing says “well put together” like a fierce pair of fall-ready sunglasses. From Celine + Fendi‘s (lined up on right side) offering of bold blue frames, to my favorite eyewear designer from here to infinity Theirry Lasry! How stunning are his frames with glittery colored flecks? Some might say they are so on FLEEK? (No-one, no-one will say that…)

For further insight into my entire list of fall fashion notables follow my Pinterest page here + be sure to catch my FALL BEAUTY round-up back here next week!

Style for Style, (*points for the first person to place this quote…)


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