Travel Post: The Bahamas

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We took off to the heat of The Bahamas this past long weekend. A long overdue indulgence of sun, sand and sea. We settled in at The Cove at the Atlantis, an ultra luxurious resort perched directly seaside and surrounded with palms and pools.

Long early morning walks along the beach with coffee followed by lazy river rides and lazier lunches. We loved how spacious the resort felt, I love my elbow room and this place definitely delivered. Wandering along the many under ground aquarium tunnels, we were most often alone and loved every peaceful minute. We spent many hours taking in the breathtaking aquatic beauty.

Extended dinners over champagne at both Nobu and 77 West overlooking a gorgeous yacht-filled harbour at sunset, were memories I won’t soon forget.

Plunging feet first to my death on near vertical water slides in the enormous water park was an experience I most definitely could have done without (the things you do for the guy you love…I recommend vodka to ease the piercing anxiety of such activities). However the luscious pools and hidden water fall corners were thoroughly enjoyed.

I only regret not booking myself into the resort spa Mandara, for a treatment or two…walking past the sweet aroma and calm atmosphere was intoxicating….next time.

We spent our last day poolside at The Cain club, the fabulous adult only pool bordered by plush day beds, loungers, a DJ and a smattering of private cabanas and high roller tables . A very relaxing day of full sun, great music, many glasses of champagne delivered by the lovely resort staff and some of the best people watching I’ve seen in awhile.

We have a few other destinations on our travel bucket list, but returning to The Cove to bob in the shallow aqua ocean is most certainly in the plan.

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What I wore that was pictured…

Black suede fringe skirt – Express / Low V-neck body suit – Zara / Nude heels – Express.

One piece black bikini – Zara / Cut off shorts – Vintage Calvin Klein Jeans (cut and distressed myself) / Hat – local beach shop in my hood / Slides – Steve Madden.

Striped halter bikini – Body Glove / High waist skirt (actually a dress folded down as skirt) – Mendocino / Beach bag – courtesy of The Cove, Atlantis.

Brown suede, high slit skirt – Express / Lace up top – Pre-loved / Nude sandals – Express

Pansy Dress with skinny straps / ASOS

Clutch, necklace and watch – Vintage / Earrings – Gift from Dad.

Sunnies – Aldo.

 

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Theory.

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Well hello there. It’s been a little while since my last post, I’ve been itching to post a little something new. Actually, these photo’s were taken a couple of weeks ago, one beautiful sunny afternoon when the fall colours were just beginning to peak. Currently outside my window it’s the most miserable rainy evening…that icy cold rain, that despite even the finest woolly merino sweaters, a chill sets in the bones. It’s that time of fall here in Toronto, where the beautiful toasty colours are beginning to dissipate, and an icy shade of grey seems to cover everything, a familiar sleepiness sets in…curling up with a tea is the only remedy (chamomile; me as I write).

How perfect are these Theory wide leg pants? I am over the moon and above the stars in love with wide leg pants & flares right now. In fact any time I put on a pair of skinny jeans these days (lazy tried-and-true uniform days), I feel a certain sense of defeat and then I spend the rest of the day under a cloud of dated skinnies regret. I love how fresh the wide cut is, its such an interesting, lengthening silhouette. This pair also have these great sailor style details, with a higher cut waist, and buttons along the pockets, love.

On another note, I’ve been working very hard on bringing regular updates to The Amber Edit Shop. Sourcing fantastic vintage pieces is a joyful pleasure of mine, and because I’ve accumulated so many beautiful items, I’m quite literally running out of room to house them. Thus, new pieces are coming to the shop all the time. Its a personal goal to have something new in the shop every day, so please do check back because even my most beloved pieces will be up for grabs…most notably right now you’ll find some pretty major holiday dresses for a song!

xx. A

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Pants // Theory

Sweater // J. Crew

Trench // H&M

Cork Wedge Heels // Aldo

Bag, Watch & Necklace // Vintage

Laced Up.

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By a landslide, my most important and beloved purchase for fall so far, are these lace up stilettos. I’ve had a pair like this on my wish list for awhile now, so when these beauties popped up on Zara.com not long ago, I jumped on them. I had fantasized about how they would pair with a few outfits, but it turns out they literally go with EVERYTHING. I think of them as my sexy-high-fashion-witch shoes. I love them so much, I’m secretly keeping my eye out for a few similar iterations…I’m thinking: Velvet…Patent…Suede…

A couple other additions to the wardrobe here; this vintage Pierre Cardin sweater, recently acquired on a thrifting adventure. Initially I was going to list this on my Etsy Shop, though like so many pieces intended for the shop, of course I fell in love…some girls are clothes horses. I am a clothes whore; I fall in love with every piece. (this Pierre Cardin may make it to the shop yet…after I take him out for a lap or two…)

Lastly, this perfect-for-fall vintage navy box bag. I’m never actively looking for a bag. In fact, I’m never looking for a new bag. I prefer to spend my earnings on clothes and shoes. Accessories are generally a last minute, passing thought for me. I have my uniform accessories that I stick to for just about every look (see: vintage gold watch I’m wearing in every photo on this blog). I have found that the bags find me. Such is the case again with this box bag, I laser-zoned in on this one, and couldn’t let it go. So happy I didn’t, it chose me, after all.

Don’t forget to check out whats new in The Amber Edit Shop, over on Etsy: TheAmberEdit. New listings are going up every week (including the many pieces I fall in love with, get ready for some vintage Versace). 

Cheers,

xx. A

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Sweater // Vintage Pierre Cardin

Leather Skinnies // Zara

Leather Belt // Vintage

Heels // Zara 

Box Bag // Vintage Persaud of London

All Jewellery // Vintage

Date Night Look: Black on Black

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I love this simple black-on-black date night look. The humidity in Toronto right now is hovering somewhere around out-of-control percent. Keeping cool while looking put together is a prominant sartorial challenge. To remedy this, I’m loving light tanks like this one with little snap buttons, paired with something more structured like this vintage pencil skirt. Topping off the look with a couple of layered, delicate gold necklaces.

I picked up this skirt with matching belt recently and have been creating looks around it ever since. I get so excited about putting together transitional looks, this skirt was a perfect addition to my wardrobe for this purpose. This skirt will easily stretch from hot late-summer nights to chilly fall evenings.

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous labour day weekend, I personally spent mine beach side – as per my Instagram

Don’t forget to stop by The Amber Edit Shop over on Etsy, I have lots of fall pieces coming to the shop (get ready for a major peter pan collar & the perfect strapless cocktail dress, coming soon). Etsy: TheAmberEdit

Cheers

xx. A

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Top // Costa Blanca

Skirt w. Belt // Vintage

Heels // The Kind Exchange

Bag, Watch & Necklaces // Vintage

Summer Neutrals.

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I’m really feeling a neutral palette right now. Maybe I’m subconsciously prepping for the warm, earthy colours of fall. By the way, this is my new favourite bag. I picked it up while vintage shopping recently, instantly falling in love with the rich navy colour. I didn’t realize until I got it home that its lined inside in real suede: Surprise suede is the best suede.

xx. A

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Don’t forget to check out whats new in The Amber Edit Shop, over on Etsy: TheAmberEdit

Top // ASOS

Skirt // Sandra Angelozzi

Shoes // The Kind Exchange

Bag , Watch & Sunnies // Vintage

Knot.

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I’m finding it hard to believe today is August 1st…where does the time go!? Even though the heat and humidity is still on an incline here in Toronto, I can’t  help but feel that summer is edging ever closer to an end…even in August Vogue and on my Pinterest feed, fall styles are starting to pop up here and there. I will admit, I do get really excited to start thinking about styling my wardrobe for fall, its just a little early yet for me.

Any opportunity to style a t-shirt into my look, makes me really happy. Whats easier, more laid-back and comfortable than a t-shirt? One of my favourite ways to instantly make a t-shirt look more interesting is to throw a knot into it. I prefer to keep the knot centred, either in the back or in the front, like I’ve done here. I love how the knot tapers the look at my waist, it makes for a very hourglass shape and adds interest to such a quintessentially simple piece.

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Hat // Unknown

T-Shirt // H&M

Skirt & Shoes // ASOS

Handbag & Watch // Vintage

Sunnies // Unknown

Date Night & The Red Sundress.

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I’m a sucker for a little sundress. In my dreams, my ideal wardrobe is a mix of simple, streamlined, inter-mixable pieces; with subtle details and excellent construction…but throw me a little sundress and I’ll fall for it every time. Especially those of the uber-feminine-print variety. It really is those little sundresses in my closet that make summer dressing fun, sometimes you need to mix it up a bit.

I like throwing a new sundress into the mix the same way I like trying a new wine, or a new restaurant; frequently and without inhibition. Case in point; last Saturday. I finally carved out time for a date night out with my guy, TDF. Picking this little red sundress to wear was easy, but schedules in my house are unpredictable at best, so actually taking the time to pick a place, is something of a miracle. Making reservations is key, designating a set time to be somewhere is crucial. Leave it to late, and we run the risk of hitting hangry mode…which usually results in takeout on the couch (a slightly less glamorous date night…).

When I’m looking for a new restaurant to try, I love starting my search on OpenTable.com. It’s a huge database of local restaurants (in many cities!). It’s so easy to search through different types of cuisine, menu’s and my favourite; reviews! And as expected, there’s an APP for that. TDF is super picky at the best of times, so being able to show him what he’s in for ahead of time, makes picking a place we’ll both enjoy incredibly easy. I also love that when you book your reservation, OpenTable sends you a confirmation email, outlining time, place, address, nearest intersection, and most importantly; the parking situation (only important to TDF…and other motorists I suppose, but still…)

So last Saturday, my search led me to il Ponte, a fabulous little Italian restaurant in the Riverdale/Leslieville neighbourhood. It was such a beautiful evening, so we enjoyed their sunny patio. Italian food is without question my absolute favourite, and this place did not disappoint. We dined on succulent calamari, a perfect antipasto board of cheeses and savoury meats, with these little juicy peppers and olives. And a crispy thin crust pepperoni pizza, with the melty-est mozzarella…which is making me salivate as I write this….paired with a perfectly chilled glass of sauvignon blanc…okay three perfectly chilled glasses…

We shot these pic’s just before dinner, I love the colour and print on this sweet little sundress. I feel like the dress speaks for itself, no need for additional embellishment. Simple, sweet and perfect for date night.

Cheers! xx

This article is published in collaboration with OpenTable Toronto.

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Dress // Forever21

Jacket // Zara

Shoes // ASOS

Back & Jewellery // Vintage

Sunglasses // Forever21

Mules & Sandy.

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How gorgeous are these black leather mules? From the moment I put them on with these leather skinnies I felt like Sandy from Grease (the part where Olivia Newton-John famously says “tell me about it, stud”)….even though her mules were red, I still felt the nouveau Sandy vibe.

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Top // United Colors of Benetton (Thrifted).

Tank // Zara

Leather Skinnies // Zara

Shoes // The Kind Exchange

Watch and Bag // Vintage

Sunglasses // Forever21

Escape.

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I’m a girl who appreciates a good glass of wine and a good tradition. Visiting Niagara Wine Country every summer and touring around the wineries in the sun with my ladies, is one of my most anticipated summer traditions of all.

It all started a few years ago, when my cousin Ash and our mum’s decided it was time we took escape on a girls weekend. I cant recall how it came to be Niagara Wine Country we chose (lets assume it’s our collective love of wine) but we’ve never looked back. Now, every summer we carve out one weekend to head to the vineyards, to catch up, taste some fabulous wine and giggle our way through some of the country’s finest estate wineries. Happily, our group of gals grows every year. This year we were a group of seven, including my adorable little swiss grandmother who had an ear to ear smile the entire day. Cheers to her, she kept right up with us and was happy to prost! every glass.

Of course touring around while tasting wine all day requires a solid ‘DD’. Look no further than ‘Niagara Fun Tours‘. We’ve used this company for several years now and they are always on point. The tour bus picks us up at our hotel, takes us to four or five wineries (depending on the year), a quick chocolate factory stop, plus a lunch stop in between. The drivers are always so funny and informative. I’ve been going to wine country many years now and I’am always thrilled that I still learn something new about Niagara Wine Country from our tour driver. I should also note, the tour bus has ample under-carriage storage. This is important because the first couple years of this tradition, we each would buy a bottle or two from each winery. Now we know better: cases only. A fantastic way to try new bottles and stock up for the summer.

Included in our tour are 3 or 4 tastings from each winery, a little time to look around the estate, plus lots of time to shop the wines. Our first stop this year was Diamond Estates Winery. Here we enjoyed our tasting al fresco, in a beautiful grassy patch surrrounded by grapevines. Under an open white tent cover, we tasted among other things, their 2013 Fresh Moscato (surprisingly more crisp than sweet!) I also tried for the first time a red Ice Wine (most are produced from white).
Next we visited Palatine Hills Estate Winery. This is a repeat winery for me and I still love visiting it every time. Here, our tasting took place inside one of the fermentation rooms, surrounded by huge oak barrels and tanks. Our hilarious tasting host (Michele I believe? Another familiar face from visits past) kept us on our toes and had us in stitches while we enjoyed some of their Lakeshore Red and Lakeshore White, both fabulous bottles of which I took home more than a few…
Our third destination was Konzelmann Estate Winery. I have to say this is one of my favorite wineries, if for no other reason then their geographic location. This winery sits right on the lake and the views are breathtaking. A seamless vision of grapevines straight to the edge of the water. Few wineries in the region sit this close to the waters edge, the views are truly as good as their wine. Here we indulged in a Riesling Sparkling Wine, a perfect way to refresh our palates. Konzelmann also produces every year their famous Peach Wine, produced entirely from peaches… an ode to the peach orchards which dominated the land before it was Konzelmann Estate Winery. All of us ladies look so forward to the Peach Wine, when our tasting host finally brought it out for us to taste you could quite literally feel the room celebrate in a burst of giddiness. Always a favorite…I bought many, I always wish I took home more.
At this point in the tour, we stopped for lunch at Kurts Orchards. Its basically a farm-market-cafe situation. We place our lunch orders earlier in the day on the bus, chosen from a small but tasty menu and called in by our guide. By the time we arrive at Kurts the food is prepared and ready. We indulged in farm fresh oven roasted turkey sandwiches with sharp aged cheddar, on freshly baked bread. A variety of fruits and a pastry on the side. The market is always fun to shop as well. They always have an array of beautifully packaged local preserves and dips, locally produced balsamic fusions and of course a visual feast of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention the overwhelmingly pleasant aroma of all the fresh baked everything...
Last stop was Reif Estate Winery. Another gorgeous (and busy!) piece of wine making land. This is a larger winery as well. Having been to this winery before I can say with authority they produce amazing ice wine, possibly some of the best I’ve had. This time around however I scooped up their ‘2013 Fortune Cab-Rose’.
This simple black Zara dress Im wearing was perfect for touring around wineries all day. The gorgeous back is so simple and sexy, I fell in love with the skinny little straps. A hat is an absolute necessity for wine touring! We spend a lot of time in the sun, so staying protected with a hat and sunscreen is a first line of defence, allowing for more wine enjoyment. These sandals were also a Zara score, I love the unexpected little block heel, they made teetering between vines easy.
Not surprisingly, most of our happy tour group was made up of several small groups of ladies. It was easy to see we were all in the same girls-weekend-getaway wine boat. Heres to another fabulous escape, and to next year. Prost!
Big thanks to my cousin Ash and Aunt Son for kindly taking my photo for this photo diary.

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Dress, Bag & Shoes // Zara

Bikini Top // Victoria’s Secret

Hat // Unknown (From a little beach shop in my neighbourhood)

Jewellery // Vintage

Wrap Sandals.

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Sometimes I buy things, put them in my closet, and don’t wear them for ten years. Such is the case of these re-newly loved sandals (also featured in yesterdays post below). I love rediscovering a purpose for items like these. These sandals were actually from Payless Shoe Source eons ago. I feel like the gladiator appeal of this pair is still completely relevant and fresh. Oldies but goodies.

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T-Shirt // Zara

Skirt // le Chateau (older)

Sandals // Payless Shoe Source

Bag // Vintage

Watch & Necklace // Vintage

Rings // ASOS

Sunglasses // Forever21