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Amanda. 19. Ontario, Canada. UWO – Check out @heartofrosegoldstyle for daily style posts!

Month: April, 2017

Cherry Blossom Blooms and Brews in High Park

I am officially home for the summer and I have made a promise to discover more of what my city has to offer. Plus, the gorgeous weather doesn’t hurt, right?

Yesterday I ventured down to High Park in hopes of seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms for their limited-time-only peak. It is a beautiful sight, with those gorgeous pink trees covering everyone below in a soft rose-tinted light. Unfortunately, we happened to stumble across the wrong side of the park in which there were no cherry blossoms. SO, I will have to go back another day before their time is over.

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Top is a bodysuit from Zara, jean skirt is from ASOS (brand: New Look), shoes are white Superga Classic Cotu sneakers, bag is Rebecca Minkoff, and glasses are Spitfire. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Guess I wore my new cherry blossom (ish) bodysuit from Zara for nothing right? WRONG

We ended up stumbling across the ultimate Canadian patio for lunch, called Loons Pub. They even happened to have the local High Park Brewery beer with a special limited time “Cherry Blossom Lager” so, needless to say, not everything was wasted.

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Food was upscale pub grub where I got the Pulled Duck Confit Sandwich and my mom got the Chicken and goat cheese sandwich, for which we took half of each (including half fries half salad – the fries were to die for). Overall, it was a great place to watch the game and I hope to go back!

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What are your plans for this weekend? Is it nice enough where you live for patio season yet? Let me know!

xx Amanda

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Dupe Discovery Day – Rag & Bone White Mules

I first came across these shoes when I was watching a YouTube video (Lauren Elizabeth). It then sparked a chain of other YouTubers (Olivia Jade, etc.) all hauling the same pair. At first I didn’t know how I felt about this new “it shoe”. It is a mule, so still very on-trend (just ordered a new pair for myself yesterday) but looked more like a winter “shoe-tie” in white… The more I have seen them, they are starting to grow on me – or maybe I just think I should like them because they have a massive blogger following. Either way, they are sure to be a hot item this season. So, if you are looking for a new wardrobe piece…

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Here they are, in all their glory; the Rag & Bone “Elliot” Mules. ($550 USD). (Net A Porter) So, what do you think? Leave me a comment about what your opinion of the shoes are!

Are you hooked yet? Need to get your hands on a pair?

If you are not willing to drop that kind of a price tag on such a trendy piece, here are my alternatives!

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H&M Leather Shoe Boots ($79.99 CAD)

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Pour La Victoire Capri Mule ($109.95 USD)

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Aldo Dorthy ($90 CAD)

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Franco Sarto Sela Mule ($79.95 USD)

What do you think? Which dupe captures the style the best? Would you rather splurge on the Rag and Bone ones or save with the dupes? – Or are the dupes even worth it?

Let me know!

xx Amanda

#WWWspring30 Day 3 OOTD

Who What Wear is one of my holy grail sites to follow for fashion and it just so happens they have a great contest going on at the moment. They are known for running wardrobe challenges that offer a new trendy outfit shake-up every day. I am hoping to participate as many times a possible this month, whenever one of the ideas seems doable. So here is my outfit for day 3 of the Who What Wear Spring Wardrobe Challenge.

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Today’s challenge was to switch up your basic heels for a fun pop of colour. So, I took what was otherwise a relatively grey outfit (and a relatively grey day!) and added these bright blue lace up heels. I love this idea, and think it actually managed to cheer me up from the rainy weather. Everything else I kept neutral, but these shoes are so versatile that they can be brought in for many different looks.

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Blazer: Forever 21, Turtleneck: Mendocino, Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Steve Madden, Watch: Michael Kors.

What do you guys think, will you be participating in this challenge? Definitely a good way to transition from a winter style rut into spring. Do you have any tips to shake off the winter blahs when it comes time for spring? Let me know!

xx Amanda

Festival Must-Haves

I got to attend my first music festival last summer, and I probably over-packed and over-prepared for it. So today, in the middle of Coachella weekends, I wanted to share my must haves for upcoming festival season. Hopefully these aren’t too basic, but I find that I was surprised that some of them you really do need, and a lot of other things I brought were just dead weight. Of course, as you can probably see by most of the festival pics, less is definitely more, which is not always convenient on a sweltering day, let alone in the middle of the desert (kudos to you Coachella survivors!).

First, the thing I didn’t expect to need as much as I did, a collapsable water bottle. I cannot tell you how useful and practical this was. I brought it on a whim, the one I had was won at a conference or something and was sitting in my junk drawer. Mine had a clip which made it exponentially more convenient. PLEASE, I am telling you, do yourself a favour and pick one up. Being able to fill something up after standing in the astronomically long fountain lines was so nice, and probably kept me from fainting.

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Second, and this one may seem obvious, but a portable phone charger! With all that instagramming and snapchatting your battery will die like no tomorrow. Everyone knows the best/headlining acts are always at nighttime, so make sure your phone is all charged up for then! Small ones like in this picture are practical for small bags, but the one I have is about the size of an iPhone, stores 4 charges worth, and can charge two phones at once. Think about what your needs will be!

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Please, for your health’s sake, bring hand wipes/sanitizer to try and combat the amount of dirt and portable washrooms you will encounter before eating with your hands. Even for aesthetic sake. WASH YOUR HANDS!

Hair wraps, bands, ties, etc. It is hot, and your hair will get sweaty and gross by the end of the day. Don’t expect your curls to last. Learn how to do the instagram braids or throw it up in a bun like the rest of us.

SUNSCREEN! Obvious, but also something a lot of people get burned by (hehe get it?). Apply a solid coat at the beginning of the day and don’t pretend like you are impervious to sun damage, heck even throw on a hat. Your future self will thank you.

My don’ts include: outfits or shoes that are too crazy to be even remotely comfortable, bags that are not fanny packs, large signs or objects you will have to carry around all day and hate yourself for, makeup because who wants to retouch in small handheld mirrors (just melt and move on) and people who don’t try the cool foods the festival has to offer – your instagram will thank you.

Have a good time, sway to the music, and take lots of pictures. After all, if you didn’t instagram Coachella, did you even go?

Will you be attending any festivals this season? Which ones? Any tips for me?

xx Amanda

 

Hopping Into My Spring Wardrobe

Well, finally some spring weather to be cheery about! Had a lovely Easter brunch yesterday and got to break out a new breezy top. A little bit windy, which doesn’t mix well with an already ‘poofy’ shirt, but managed to get some decent pictures out of it. Off the shoulder shirts are a hassle in themselves, but the style payoff is worth it.

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Not exactly the crazy sleeved blouse I was looking for, but it worked for the occasion. Usually better to not wear wide sleeves when you are reaching across the table at brunch… That’s what is really important!

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Top is from Mendocino, Pants are J.Crew, Purse is All Saints, and Shoes are H&M

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Let me know if you have been able to break out your spring wardrobe yet based on the weather where you live!

xx Amanda