keep it fresh.

one thing i love about new seasons is new fashion. and what i love more about new fashion is the sales on the last season’s fashion, especially for fall since the addition of tights, boots, a scarf or a cardigan can easily transition a summer piece.

sadly for my wallet, i discovered joe fresh is having a three day online sale with great pieces that transform or help transition.

these four are currently in my shopping cart waiting for final decisions and checkout, with nothing over $19.94.

joe fresh sale

print crepe dress
i’ve never been much of a fan of spaghetti straps due to the bra situation needed to keep the girls in check, but this crepe dress paired with a belted cardigan (hello, waist) will take care of any exposed bra strap issues created by full support.

ruffle shirt
so it seems diner en blanc has changed me to the core if i’m looking at white items. this shirt is so precious with the ruffling detail without looking too Seinfeld pirate shirt.

ruffle trim dress
more ruffles! i must admit, the ruffles are in some weird spots, but that’s what makes it unique, no? i’ve found myself transitioning out of black to more navy as my favourite neutral. plus, with tan knee boots, this dress is already my go-to fall piece.

deep v cardigan
one of the things i’ve found the hardest to fit properly is a cardigan. they either hit at the wrong spot, or are too baggy, or too tight, or a weird material, or too thick – ouch, i’m really hating on cardigans. this one looks to fit well, and can be paired with jeans, or worn over a great light dress.

what’s your favourite way to transition fashion into fall?

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one thing i’m not anymore is a night owl. when my alarm goes off at 6 a.m. to get to the gym, this kitten is settling into bed at 10 p.m.

party animal.

Mary and i decided to get a little crazy and stay up way past our bedtime last friday for the sneak a peek opening of Bespoke, calgary’s newest nightclub.


then i officially felt old because i realized i’m now part of the group that says, “we should go dancing, it’s been so long.” instead of just partying every saturday, and friday, and well wednesday…and sometimes sunday….and thursday was student night…

so, university was fun.

we both agreed the interior is something we’d expect to see in toronto or new york. where you enter from an alley and walk up a dimly lit set of stairs only to find a beautiful and ultra trendy nightclub, with vintage exposed-brick walls.

it’s really a first of it’s kind in calgary, with bottle service booths and servers dressed in matching little cutout dresses. dance on the couches, drink from the bottle – this will be a place for those looking for a wild party.

bespoke calgary nightclub

maybe not my scene anymore, but something to experience.

bespoke also offers a membership program that gives calgary’s affluent access to services and exclusive events. the membership database already boasts an impressive list, blending together the city’s influencers from a variety of industries including entertainment, finance, oil & gas, the arts, and lifestyle.

bespoke nightclub

leather shoulder dress: zara | shoes: call it spring | clutch: aldo | bracelet: express | lipstick: flat out fabulous, MAC | earrings: coutukitsch 

most of the dressing up i do for ‘going out’ in calgary means changing out of my chucks into nicer flats or boots. while the simplicity of casual nightlife is much appreciated in the freezing winter months, it was a nice change to get all dressed up. plus, a 24 year old asked for my number – cougar in training.

are you a nightclub partier? what’s your bar scene?

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secrets do make friends.

last thursday, i waited with a few hundred other strangers, all dressed in white to be taken to the secret meeting location for diner en blanc calgary. a short bus ride later, we were there. pumphouse park in sunalta.

table, chairs, and bags in hand we ventured across the park to get set up with the rest of our group. the parisian sound of an accordion set the mood while rows and rows of white tables were constructed.

diner en blanc tables

what began in paris 26 years ago is now an international exposition of all things french joie de vivre, friendship, and gallantry, held in major cities around the world.

diner en blanc

this is calgary’s second year.


so i know what you’re thinking, 2,800 people all dressed in white – a little pretentious, no? not the case. while it was posh and see-and-be-seen, the night was elegant and fun.

pink champagne may have also helped create that vibe.

DSC_0579that smile brought to you by a few glasses of champagne.

before we go much further, let me introduce you to my dates for the night.

diner en blanc calgary 2my fantastic table mate Katey and Katy.

diner en blanc calgary

Jenn and Martin.

we’ve covered friends, now on to the food.

diner en blanc table

along with bringing your own table, chairs, etc. you are encouraged to bring your own  picnic (or order it from one of the night’s caterers).  the idea of  menu planning makes me giddy, so you know i took on the challenge of meal prep.

grilled peach and prosciutto salad

a delicious crusty baguette accompanied my salad creation of grilled prosciutto wrapped peaches with fresh mozzarella on spinach and arugula with balsamic vinegar.

DSC_0573instead of making dessert, i splurged on stunning creations from my favourite pastry shop, Manuel Letruew – the chocolate and caramel creation pictured above, and a delicious lemon mouse tart that was unphotogenically smashed after having to stop short when a bike cut me off in traffic.


no matter the appearance, they were still delicious. Jenn and i enjoyed licking the plates clean. #howclassy

time for the last “f” of the evening: fashion.

diner en blanc outfiti had a difficult time dressing for this event. as mentioned, white isn’t my scene – i blame it on catholic school uniforms, but the truth is, i have no idea why i didn’t wear it. maybe it’s like stripes, i always just felt fat.

there was no bargaining here. if i wanted to attend diner en blanc, i needed to be en blanc.

i found my a-line skater dress at aritiza, and paired it with the most fun, all-sparkle flats i found at payless.  when the sun set, i donned my cape (aka ikea blanket) around my shoulders to keep me warm.

to me this ‘pop-up picnic’ of magnificent proportions lives up to all it’s hype. get your name on the guest list, and enjoy it’s mysterious, secretive and attractive je ne sais quoi.

have you attended diner en blanc? what city? 

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