Red Sweater, Denim & Leather.

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Happy Tuesday folks, hope everyone is surviving the Mercury Retrograde situation…I was wondering why my life was falling down around my ankles like a worn out stocking. On the brighter side, here’s a look I plan on putting on repeat this fall; cant go wrong with a light sweater, boyfriend denim and a leather jacket thrown over the shoulders. Layering season has arrived!

I picked up this vintage leather jacket a little while ago at my local Kind Exchange. It was kind of an impulse purchase and when I got it home I wasn’t entirely convinced I’d be keeping it. But as it turns out, due to the fantastic construction and the way the old leather is worn in, I love the look of it thrown over the shoulders (also the gorgeous wine colour lining!). I’m working on embracing a variety of outerwear thrown over the shoulders rather than worn. Certainly not a new look in streetwear or style blogging, but in terms of integrating the idea into real life (from subway cars, to errands to cocktail hour) its a very fun sartorial challenge – more to come, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Don’t forget to pop over to The Amber Edit Shop on Etsy, lots of new items are coming to the shop (I’ve got sultry velvet coming your way) Etsy: TheAmberEdit

xx. A

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Jeans // True Religion

Sweater // Thrifted

Leather Jacket // Vintage – Via The Kind Exchange

Box Bag // Vintage

Lace Up Heels // Zara

Watch and Necklace // Vintage

The Amber Edit Shop // Etsy

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

Ode to Summer.

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With tomorrow being September 1st, a literal and symbolic end of summer,  I thought it most appropriate to finish off this month with a post rounding up most of my summer looks.

I think for me, this was a summer of little sundresses, pencil skirts, boyfriend denim, strappy heels, and many a vintage handbag.

Every season I try to figure out what is the backbone piece, that one garment that will bring my wardrobe together and make dressing easy and fun: I think this summer it was pencil-length dresses and skirts paired with strappy heels. My favourite fitted pieces. I’m excited to see about transitioning some of those ideas and translating them for fall.

And even though September will be just as hot or hotter than August, I am officially curating my wardrobe for fall, and the inevitable chill it brings….I actually spent time today putting a few summer pieces in storage…*sigh*…

To the end of summer…cheers;)

xx. A

SEE WHATS NEW!

Don’t forget to pop over to Etsy to The Amber Edit Shop. New items will be getting listed regularly: TheAmberEdit

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

Calvin Klein Jeans & The Leather Skirt.

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Happy Tuesday Everyone! What can I say? One more day closer to Friday! I don’t know about you, but once August hits I try to enjoy every last minute of the summer days that are left. The more time I can spend on a patio, or at the beach, the happier I am. Lord knows, before long my summer skirts and dresses will be tucked away again for a long hibernation…

I recently picked up this cool Calvin Klein Jeans chambray shirt along my travels. As soon as I saw the worn-in label inside, I knew it was some 90’s gold. Its funny, when I was a teenager growing up in love with fashion, Calvin Klein was (and still is!) major designer royalty. Its interesting to see the iconic brand making the editorial pages again with a clear revival of 90’s CK style: think Kate the Great in her Calvins. When I was a teenager I was lucky enough to inherit my older (obviously cooler) cousins Calvin Klein Jeans hand-me-downs (those iconic T-shirts and sweatshirts that the cool kids are wearing). It definitely took me back to pick up this 90’s throwback.

xx. A

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Chambray Shirt // Vintage Calvin Klein Jeans  – Available to buy on my eBay Shop / Advanced search by seller: theamberedit

Leather Skirt // Vintage

Faux Suede Handbag // Vintage

Watch // Vintage

Shoes // ASOS

Gingham.

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I feel the same way about gingham as I do about summer picnic’s with champagne; giddy and ready for more. Is gingham not the sweetest summer print? A little bit retro, a little bit classic, and in a dress like this, still fresh and sweet as ever. I love the details on this version, the back zipper runs the entire length of the dress. The oversized pockets give an almost apron-like feel to the shape; really bringing home that retro vibe.

I mentioned in my post The Wedding Guest: Cream & Stripes , that the dress I was wearing in that post was one of my very favourite cuts of all time. This dress is bang on point with that cut. Super fitted, hits just below the knee and tapered in at the waist: a gorgeous feminine cut. I mean really, this dress was made for a champagne picnic.

xx. A

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Dress // Franco Mirabelli – Available to buy on my eBay shop. Advanced search by seller: theamberedit

Shoes // ASOS

Handbag // Vintage

Watch // Vintage

Sunnies // Unknown

Cherry Blossoms

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This adorable cherry blossom print dress was an end-of-summer sale find from H&M a little while back. I think I paid about $15 dollars for it at the time, its been a summer wardrobe staple ever since. Which reminds me, major end-of-summer sales are happening now…I know what I’m doing this weekend…

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Dress // H&M (older)

Belt // Le Chateau

Gladiator Sandals // Zara

Bag & Watch // Vintage

Sunnies // Unknown

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

The Wedding Guest: Cream & Stripes.

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This past weekend, TDF and I had the pleasure to attend the wedding of a longtime friend of TDF’s, in the beautiful Niagara Wine Country. The wedding took place at a serene Estate, surrounded by cornfield’s, grapevines and wild flowers.

This is the first time I have attended a wedding at a Vineyard Estate, and I have to say I was totally in love with everything about this wedding. The scene was so perfect. It was a a small, intimate wedding. The ceremony and reception took place on opposite sides of the same property. Once we were done witnessing the short and sweet “I-Do’s”, the guests were free to mosey over to this rustic open air barn, to the open bar, and enjoy the delicious appetizers being served around by the staff. After we enjoyed an outdoor buffet dinner, we spent the rest of the evening tearing up the dance floor…until they served us all late night stone-fired pizza, from the outdoor pizza oven…we departed, some very contented guests.

This may be my very favourite dress of all time. I’ve worn it to a couple of events before, (including a bridal shower last summer, and tooling around Las Vegas with flats), I just love the cut and length, the width of the straps, and the tapered affect of the matching belt. I wish I had ten of this exact dress in different colours and patterns. This dress honestly has legs for days, the amount I am able to incorporate it into my wardrobe. It also seems to work for just about any occasion, depending on how I choose to accessorize.

Speaking of accessories, I had chosen another pair of heels for this event, a pair of super-high stiletto’s. Lord was I happy to have brought these wedges as my ‘back-up’ option. There was a lot of traipsing across expansive lawns, and of course through the outskirts of cornfields (to get these shots). Wedges are a vineyard-wedding must. 

I would also like to point out that Cheap Thrills + Haute Chic has undergone a name change. Welcome to the new blog, The Amber Edit

A. xx

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Dress // Zara (Older)

Shoes // Aldo

Clutch & Watch // Vintage

Sunnies // Forever21

Ring // Peoples