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Fall Color Forecast

September 7, 2017 • By

Color is slowly seeping its way back into our daily wardrobes this fall and we’re more than ok with it.

We’ve been mixing our favourite hues back with denim and neutrals (think white, beige and tan).

To help you ease yourself back into wearing color, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pieces and most sought out colors below.


 

Baby Blue – Picture this paired with your favorite blue jeans.

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Yellow – Once the color we’d never caught dead in, but suddenly the colour we can’t get enough of. We’re wearing ours tucked into white jeans.

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Red –  Red is back, wear it with white, black, denim, grey, navy, tan… who said color wasn’t versatile?

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Pink – Pastel pink, dusty pink, millennial pink. This is our second favourite color right now (after red). Actually, we like them even more when paired together.

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Khaki – Wear it head-to-toe. If that’s too much for you, wear it with neutrals or dark blue denim.

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The fall color forecast is a modern twist on traditional colors and anything but boring. You’ll be seeing these colors in our fall collection in lots of unexpected ways. Which color combo is your favorite? Comment below.


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10 things to do in Cuba

June 16, 2017 • By

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I had always dreamed of visiting, tropical Cuba!  Much is said about this country that has been ‘frozen in time’, and also where salsa and daiquiris were born.  Here are 10 things I recommend doing in Havana, Cuba and a few helpful tips when traveling to the country so that you make the most out of your trip!

1. Go cruising in a classic car down the Malecon. Take a ride down the infamous Malecon and watch the waves crash against the seawall. Most of the Taxi drivers there have classic cars and you can find many of them lined up in Parque Central. Find a colourful convertible that took guests to the Chanel resort presentation last year, they are proud to have the logo on their window!

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(Photos from my taxi drive, the Malecon coast and cars in Parque Central)

2. Visit a Museum. I had a chance to visit a few, my favorite was the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – Arte Cubano, which is spread over two campuses, the Bellas Artes is arguably the finest art gallery in the Caribbean, and displays purely Cuban contemporary art.

3. Eat dinner at La Guarida. Cuba’s most charming and famous restaurant and the set of the Academy Award-nominated film Strawberries and Chocolate. Go during sunset and enjoy the spectacular views of the city.

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(Photos from La Guarida Restaurant)

4. Smoke a Cigar –  It’s something that has to be done! Although don’t smoke or inhale, you should ‘puff’ on a cigar.  The reason is because Cuban Tobacco is very strong and can cause you to have a headache if inhaled. Also don’t buy Cigars from street vendors, most are known to be counterfeit or fake.

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(Photo of Cuban street woman smoking a cigar)

5. Drink a Mojito – And make sure they contain the authentic Havana Club Rum for a true experience. Top places to enjoy a Mojito include the Hotel Nacional de Cuba – where the likes of Churchill, Al Capone, Sinatra, Ava Gardner and Nat King Cole supped the good stuff with a beautiful view of the harbour, the sea wall and the city. 304 O’Reilly, and La Fontana are other great places to enjoy a Mojito or two.

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(Photo of Hotel Nacional de Cuba)

6. Go to a show.  A latin burlesque kind of show full of song, salsa and colour.  The Parisian, Tropicana or Buena Vista are the most famous.  As time was limited, we went to Tropicana, it was lovely and something you have to see when in Havana, another tip, don’t be shy and ask to switch seats if you don’t like where they put you!

8. Have a beach day.  If you are in Havana, you have to go to the beach for at least 1 day. There are not too many beaches in the town, most are a bit further away, but I was able to find one that was about 25 minutes from Havana called Cayo Santa Maria. Taxis go there for around 8 Cuc or less. You can also catch a bus there from Parque Central for 5 Cuc.  It’s a beautiful beach with restaurants, so you can really enjoy yourself.
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(Photo of Cayo Santa Maria)

9. Walk around Havana Vieja. Havana Vieja translates to “old Havana”, even though it’s one of the most newly renovated areas. It’s what I would call the “touristy area” because it has a lot of new hotels, restaurants, landmarks, etc. You can see the famous capitol building, that looks almost identical to the U.S. capitol, walk around the cobblestone streets, and check out one of the many restaurants or little souvenir shops that are on every block.

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(Photos of Havana Vieja)

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10. Explore the rest of the country.  Cuba is more than La Habana and there are plenty of stunning places to visit such as Vinales, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Buenavista, Varadero and Santiago de Cuba which I’ve heard are all beautiful.  I ended up taking a bus tour to Vinales for 67 CUC which I highly recommend. They took us to a rum factory, cigar farm and a boat ride through a cave. Although it’s a very touristy thing to do, I think it’s worth going if it’s your first time visiting. You can set up bus tours at any hotel in the Parque Central, or you can take a Taxi.

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(Photos of my visit to the Rum factory, boat ride through the cave, and Vinales view point)

Shop my look, Yasmine Star Embroidery top  and pair with the Jessie Short

Some helpful tips before you go:

  • Manage your expectations.  I had heard a lot about Cuba, but being there and experiencing it is a different story.   However, there are several commodities modern-life has that look like they should be there but their existence is a mere illusion!
  • Take cash (not $ though!).  Loads.  Even to pay your hotel bill as many hotels simply won’t accept credit cards.  Don’t bother taking dollars as you will be taxed 13% on the exchange, they gladly take euros. To avoid the tax, I exchanged my US dollars to Canadian currency and exchanged to CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) when I entered the country. You can exchange to CUC at any hotel but keep in mind they charge a commission, so to get a better rate try to find a Cuban bank in your area.
  • Cuba is overall very safe. What many people do is “friend you” and try to either sell you something or take you somewhere where they can receive a commission for your purchase.  Cubans are wonderful, honest people. However, those who approach you out-of-the-blue are looking to hustle you! Don’t be afraid to say no to them.
  • What to wear. Fashion is very casual, wear things that are comfortable and not too revealing. People are catholic and although you can walk about wearing shorts and a tank, make sure they’re not ‘too much’. Depending on when you go, think about the tropical weather, pack lightweight loose clothing, comfortable shoes and don’t forget your umbrella!
  • Negotiate before hand.  Overall, Cuba can be quite cheap, but tourism being the primary source of wealth for many makes you the target for over zealous street vendors. However, be kind, understand this is how they make their living and in a way you’re almost doing some charity by helping them out.  They are in a difficult situation and just trying to make the best of it in difficult times.
  • Wifi/Internet. WiFi hotspots can be found in every town at the squares/parks. In addition there are also WiFi hotspots in the bigger hotels. You can easily see if a square/park has WiFi or not – everywhere people will be starring into their phones. These networks are provided by the government communication provider ETECSA.  A internet prepaid card for 2 CUC will give you 1 hour internet access. Don’t forget to logout once you you’re done using it, or your credit runs out. Don’t expect the internet to be stable, really fast or the login to work smoothly. Its Cuba!

Shop a few of my other favorite looks for Cuba on velvetheart.com

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5 Trends We Can’t Live Without

April 20, 2017 • By

With all the trends that reigned during the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion weeks all over the world, we could now get a clearer view of what our wardrobe should have this year. We rounded up some of our favorite spring/summer trends to inspire you guys to shake things up a little!

1.Patchwork Denim: I love that you can pair this jean jacket with a solid-colored shirt or stripes and the jacket makes the outfit.

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2. Off-The-Shoulder: The simplest and effortless way to show off your collarbone is to wear an off shoulder top or dress. Get those shoulders out and a ready this season.

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3. Pink : The colour pink is a hue full of passion, fun, and excitement. The fashion industry has certainly caught on it certainly is a hue to look forward to wearing.

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4. Embroidery: Embroidered details on dresses, tops and even denim are taking the center stage, adding a folky and feminine touch to any look.

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5. Fray/Release Hem:  It’s all about the no-hem-hemline, think cut-off, let-down, frayed and raw.

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Now, are you ready to rock Spring/Summer 2017 with your wardrobe essentials? Don’t fret because you still have time to go shopping or you can even just click here and shop! All these fashion trends for 2017 are totally wearable and admirable.


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Chic Ways to Wear Your White Shirt

February 28, 2017 • By

Trends come and go, but the versatility of the classic white button-down is perpetual. It has the benefits of a blank slate and can be dressed down or dressed up. It can be knotted or tucked into our favorite pair of jeans, styled with a pair of relaxed sneakers, paired with a voluminous skirt, the list goes on… need we say more?

From the office to date night, and everything in between, consider this your field guide to getting the most out of one of the most underestimated pieces from some of our favorite bloggers.

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Knot so basic

Leave a couple of buttons undone at the bottom and then tie it up. Note: super cute in summer.

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image via The Glamourai

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Cute n’ collared

Do your buttons all the way up

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image via Kelly Augustine

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Get tucked!

Do a messy tuck or go all in.

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Roll’em up

Roll up those sleeves. Nuff Said.

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Half ‘n Half

Done, but undone. Together, but not too much. Leave a couple of bottom buttons loose and tuck one side to reveal the waist. Très flattering!

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Holiday Looks with Guest Blogger Kimberly Kong of Sensible Stylista

November 7, 2016 • By

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Alright everyone, it’s time for real talk.  The holiday season’s coming up, which means we’re all getting ready to get our splurges on (#sorrynotsorry).  I personally love indulging in all things savory…and sweet (aka all delish food), ha! What can I say? I love my noms.  Now, this all leads me beautifully to a very important topic: how to feel comfortable while looking cute.  I’ll be sharing three effortlessly fashionable outfits with you guys today.  You’ll be able to eat as much as you want without feeling constricted, and you’ll ooze serious steeze (style + ease) while you’re at it.  So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

My first look epitomizes fall-friendly style.  I centered my outfit around Velvet Heart’s Olsen shirt dress, and it’s literally the softest thing I own.  If you’re a fan of plaid, this is a serious must-have.  I styled the piece with a drape vest and threw on suede boots to up my texture game.  To finish things off, I accessorized with a silver statement necklace.

 

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Outfit no. 2’s vibe is casual and minimalist.  I’m a fan of all things lace-up, so naturally, I fell in love with Velvet Heart’s Bridgette top.  If you’re looking for a timeless basic that screams quality, pick this shirt up stat.  To mask potential muffin top, I went with a pair of high waisted jeans, and threw on a long duster on top to show off my layering game.  Now, since my ensemble’s fairly simple, I elevated my look with a pop of animal print!  It’s amazing how much of a difference a splash of print makes.

 

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I centered my third and final look around a fabulous printed long Cannes tunic from Velvet Heart.  FYI: This tank has high side slits – just wanted to give you guys a heads up.  Personally, I didn’t want to show too much skin so I wore mid-rise gray skinnies + a chunky knit on top.  Also, I went easy on the accessory front because I wanted my top & faux-fur collar to take centerstage.

 

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How do you guys stay fashionable during the holidays? Is comfort important to you?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  To see more outfit posts + lifestyle blasts, check out my blog, Sensible Stylista.

XO

Kimberly Kong

 

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How to Style the Shirt Dress

August 5, 2016 • By

One of the hottest trends happening right now is the “shirt dress.” The “must have” closet item that transcends seasons. So what actually IS a “shirt dress”? It’s simply a longer version of a shirt – almost any shirt: long sleeve, sleeveless, short sleeve, rolled sleeves, button down, pop-over, and with collar choices and hem lengths galore. There’s a shirt dress out there perfect for everybody … and every body type, and when styled right, a shirt dress can look chic, cool and totally #OOTD worthy.

Here are 6 style tips on how to wear a shirt dress to get you inspired:

  1. To achieve a smart, yet summery style, pair with your favorite summer shoes and/or a woven hat to capture the spirit of summer.

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Or for a simple summer twist..wear as a topper with shorts.

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2.  Belt it. If you’re looking for a simple way to spruce up your dress, why not try adding a belt?  It’ll give you more definition and a flattering silhouette. We love this simple trick!

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3. Keep it casual with a pair of slip-on sneakers or slides. Add a leather jacket to toughen up the look.

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4. For a more professional look, try adding a blazer and flats or heels.

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5. Make a shirt dress look elegant with strappy heels and an accent purse.

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6. Transition into fall by layering. Add a sweater on top or a turtleneck shirt underneath. Pair with leggings or pants and other cold weather accessories.

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*all photos via pinterest.com*

To find the perfect shirt dress for you, shop these looks and more at velvetheart.com

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5 Festival Trends To Try

March 17, 2016 • By

 

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Festival season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited to rock one of our favorite trends: Boho! To save you the stress we’ve picked out some great key spring trends for you to wear while rocking out to your favorite band!

  1. The Romper – Chic, easy and will keep you comfortable all throughout the day, add your favorite accessories.

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2. The Denim Shirt – A classic, wear as a jacket or tie around the waist for an effortless look.

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3. The Plaid Shirt – Edge up your look with a little plaid, mix with different prints and fabrics.

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4. The Denim Flare – One of this season’s hottest trends. Become an instant boho goddess with a pair of flared denim, wear with your favorite crop top or band tee.

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5. Tribal Print – You can never go wrong with a little tribal print. Pair with sandals or ankle boots.

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For more looks, shop our Festival Guide

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How to wear a plaid shirt:

February 25, 2016 • By

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It doesn’t appear that the trend for great plaid shirts and dresses is going away … in fact, if recent fashion markets are truly a barometer of what’s hot in fashion, then plaids are not simply a trend – they’re a basic. Colors may change with the seasons, and classic tartan patterns may get tweeked, but plaids are proving to be almost as  versatile as a basic white shirt!

  1. Wear a button front shirt tucked into a pair of skinny jeans or a pencil skirt for a clean, modern cowgirl look.

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2. Layer up! Wear your plaid shirt or shirtdress under an oversized boyfriend sweater … or on top of the sweater. See. Versatile! With or without leggings or slim jeans. Go with the season and what feels right. Add booties or gladiator sandals, depending on the weather. Timeless and seasonless.
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4. wear it open over a dress or T-shirt. The shirt jacket. Didn’t I say “casual”?

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The truth is, one plaid shirt in your closet is worth it’s weight in fashion “gold,” so why not stock up on a cornacopia of plaids in colors that will add zest to your wardrobe all year long.