A Mother’s Day special

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to feature my mom on the blog! She is and always has been one of my biggest support systems. No matter what, she has always backed me up in anything I have set out to do and helped me succeed in any way she could. When I told her I was thinking about starting Wilson & Rose, her enthusiasm and encouragement helped me make the (at the time) very scary decision to actually do it.

Among the many things we have in common, one of them is our love for Levi’s jeans. I actually found my first pair of vintage Levi’s shopping in my moms closet years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. My mom’s wearing one of her newer pairs of Levi’s, which I actually have too. I love them because they have a bit of a higher rise (but not too high) and a straight leg keeping in tone with that vintage look. The combo of the pullover collared shirt and silk scarf instantly make it a Mother’s Day ready outfit, taking her from Brunch to Dinner without having to change!

Not only do I love the basket trend, but it screams Mother’s Day to me! It’s a great spring/summer staple and works so well with any outfit, whether casual or dressy. I really think it’s a trend that anyone can rock at any age.

So, this post is dedicated to all the fabulous mama’s out there, including mine. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mama’s Outfit

Neck Scarf  /  Zara

Top  /  Kenar (similar here)

Jeans  / Levi’s

Shoes  /  Zara (similar here)

Bag  /  Zara (similar here)

My Outfit

Neck Scarf  /  Forever21 (similar here)

Top  /  J Crew

Jeans  /  Grlfrnd Denim

Shoes  /  Adidas

Bag  /  Vintage

xox,

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A slingback kind of love

DSC_0793Slingback’s have made a come back! I’m loving this trend not only because they’re so cute and versatile but they are crazy comfortable too. Living in downtown Toronto, I walk EVERYWHERE. I don’t have a car so even though I would love to wear heels more often, sometimes I have a hard time hopping on board with the not-so-comfortable shoe trends.

The lower heels (dare I say kitten heels), work so well with a more casual look. I love the cut off jeans paired with them and I’m a sucker for a crisp white blouse with a neck scarf – so classic! Can’t wait to wear these slingback’s with a wide leg dress pant.fullsizeoutput_2e43DSC_0801fullsizeoutput_2e41DSC_0807DSC_0810

Shoes  /  Zara (similar)

Top  /  Aritzia

Jeans  /  H & M

Neck Scarf  /  Zara

Bag  /  Rebecca Minkoff

xox,

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All Black Everything

DSC_0614When in doubt, go with all black; one of my favourite fashion “rules”.

Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I find myself experimenting with more and more colour. I’m not sure if it’s that I’m gaining more confidence or my style has changed (or perhaps both), but I’m definitely embracing colours I would have completely shied away from in my younger years.

Although I’m loving a good pop of red or a “millennial pink”, I still have days where I wake up and crave an all black outfit and today was one of them. I love this long black cardigan – it’s so cozy for this in between Toronto weather we’ve been having. I decided to jazz the look up with a fiddler hat and knee high boots so I can wear it to dinner later. This all black outfit is a perfect day to night look.DSC_0587DSC_0600DSC_0609DSC_0618Hat  /  H&M (similar here)

Top  /  Garage

Cardigan  /  Oak + Fort

Jeans  /  Rag & Bone

Bag  /  Rebecca Minkoff

Boots  /  Zara

Gingham & Ruffles

fullsizeoutput_2dfcMy latest obsession is everything gingham. Not going to lie, I’ve never been a major fan of the picnic-blanket print but lately I just can’t get enough. I would absolutely consider it a spring/summer must have. I was so happy to find this jacket in time for spring. It’s like all my favourite trends are paired in one with the gingham print and ruffled sleeves.

To keep it from being too cutesy I paired it with a plain white t-shirt and my favourite high wasted ripped jeans. If you haven’t been adding gingham to your wardrobe yet, please do yourself a favour and start with this CRAZY cute jacket!fullsizeoutput_2dfefullsizeoutput_2df7fullsizeoutput_2df8fullsizeoutput_2dff

Jacket  /  topshop

T-Shirt  /  H & M

Jeans  /  Zara

Shoes  /  Zara (similar here)

Bag  /  Rag & Bone (similar here)

Truffle Risotto

Although not the most nutritious of meals, truffle risotto has to be my all time favorite.  I’ve made it well over twenty times and I would have to say the key to making this dish perfect is patience.  It’s not something that you can just put on the stove and come back to when it’s ready.  It requires constant attention and effort.  That’s probably one of the reasons why I enjoy making it so much.  You get to put love into it.  And the constant stirring for 40 minutes is actually meditativeWho knew?

Recipe 

Serves 4-6

1 1/2 cups of Arborio rice

5-6 cups of chicken stock

1/2 cup of dry white wine

2 cups of assorted mushrooms

1 large white onion

2 tbsp of butter divided

1 tbsp of olive oil

1/2 cup grated parmesan

truffle oil

Parsley to garnish

  1. In a pot, add the chicken stock and bring to a gentle simmer
  2. In a separate large saucepan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent.
  3. Add the mushrooms and 1 tbsp of butter and sauté until golden brown
  4. Add the arborio rice and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Add the wine and stir for about 1 minute until most of the liquid is absorbed
  6. Slowly add the chicken stock to the rice, one ladle at a time making sure the liquid gets absorbed before adding more
  7. Stir constantly between ladles of stock to make sure it all gets absorbed.  Repeat this process until the rice is tender.
  8. Add the remaining butter, parmesan and drizzle with truffle oil (start with a very small amount of oil as it can be very strong)
  9. Garnish with grated parmesan and fresh parsley

 

 

Shades of Blue

fullsizeoutput_2d79fullsizeoutput_2d41fullsizeoutput_2d3bfullsizeoutput_2d3dBefore I became obsessed with pink in true millennial fashion, my go-to colour was definitely blue. For some reason, I’ve always thought of blue as one of the classiest colours. I love the modern twist this blue adds to an otherwise classic linen button-up. It’ll be perfect for the summer as a beach cover-up too with a straw hat. And these navy blue slip-on loafers are ideal for this transitional weather while I wait for warmer days.

Hat  /  Urban Outfitters

Bag  /  Saks Fifth Avenue Collection

Top  /  Aritzia

Jeans  /  RE/DONE 

Loafers  /  Zara (similar here)

Spring Blush

IMG_3552-1DSC_0493DSC_0518DSC_0505DSC_0481Spring has officially sprung! (knock on wood…)

I’ve never been a big pink person but somehow it’s creeped its way into my wardrobe. I can’t get enough of it lately! These blush pants are perfect for spring. It’s so easy to dress them up with a fun blouse or dress them down with a nice white t-shirt and sneakers. Speaking of blouses, how cool are these sleeves?! Another spring trend I’m so into – ruffled blouses. I can’t wait to wear it with a pair of high waisted jeans and loafers. These are all such versatile pieces which is so important for a girl on a budget!

Top  /  Zara

Pants  /  Zara

Shoes  /  Vintage