Style Spotlight: Charcoal Alley

Jul 18, 2014



You can't really label Paris Gerrard's style (the blogger behind Charcoal Alley) because the way she combines all sorts of different elements results in a look that is always shifting focus. Her look is prominently bohemian yet is slightly modern. Her outfits are colourful and subtly striking, but I can't say exactly what I'd call Paris' style besides interesting.

I like the abstract ideas presented on her blog, and the photographers eye. There's something new and different (compared to what you usually see in the blogosphere when it comes to outfit photos) about the way each outfit is presented. I like the layout of each post; the intentionally chosen photos sandwiched between outfit pictures to give a better understanding of the thought process behind the pairing of the clothes and jewellery.

outfit: riverside

Jul 14, 2014

lace shouldered dress Forever 21
black skinny jeans & studded flats Zara
feathered boho hat Forever 21 (similar)
(24 weeks)

This is one of my favourite dresses (and we all know how much I love a good nightgown-esque dress), Usually I throw on a pair of heels and skip the belt that came with it but today it was feeling just a bit too short so I wore it as a tunic top instead. The day started out cool and rainy so I grabbed a hat in an attempt to prevent the rain from turning my hair into a frizzy mess. In the end the rain didn't make a difference because the day warmed up and turned ridiculously humid. The only downside to summer is the sticky humidity that comes along with it.

After the rain stopped we went for a walk down by the river and had dinner at my favourite place, The Green Door. I could eat there every day and never get sick of if! I hadn't been there since they renovated, it looks great inside, spacious and bright and the food was delicious as usual. 

The place was packed when we got there, but waiting in line was worth it, I even got take-out for later! Jay and I shared what we had with Tavi, who surprised us both by liking everything she tried, I thought for sure the beet salad wouldn't go over well but it did! Hands down, The Green Door is best vegetarian/vegan place to eat in Ottawa.

outfit: bluesfest

Jul 8, 2014


new leaf maxi dress c/o For Elyse
cropped leather jacket Free People (similar here)
hmong hill tribe purse Etsy
sandals Sam Edelman
necklace Vintage


Photos do not do this dress justice, I'm not exaggerating when I say it's stunning and I love it! It's a combination of all the subtle shifts in the print, the way the creams and blues fade into each other creating a kind of ombre effect, and the way the dress fits. Unlike most maxi dresses in stores lately this is decidedly not sack-like, it skims your body but is still structured so it's quite flattering. Plus the tiny top manages to incorporate both ruffles and buttons without looking over done. 

Basically, it's perfect.


thanks for all your kind words on yesterday's post :)

sunday series/family life (a little happy news)

Jul 6, 2014


Finally I'm able to sit down and share some happy news with you - this fall we are going to become a family of four, we are expecting another little one! Tavi is going to be a big sister soon. I'm just over five and a half months (23 weeks) and thankful to be over the roughest part of pregnancy. This pregnancy has been a lot harder than my first, which is something I didn't expect. I was much, much sicker, not just during the day, but at night too, often waking up throughout the night to get sick. 

I had a prescription to get the morning sickness under control, but it took about a month to actually start working and even then it was weeks before the neasua completely went away. I've been dealing with anemia too and my energy levels have been really low. I've tried to use my limited energy to keep up with Tavi and do all the types of things we'd normally do, but the compromise often meant going to bed super early and cutting back on fun things like blogging and running.



That being said I've been feeling so much better the past couple of weeks, I think it's safe to say the worst is over!

outfit: summer staples (old favourites)

Jun 23, 2014




embroidered smock dress, turquoise necklace, eagle necklace Forever 21
purse Rebecca Minkoff
shorts, abbey road sunglasses Free People
striped cardigan The Gap
shoes Jeffrey Campbell
rings Club Monaco, Vintage, Hilary Druxman

The days are longer, there seems to be a national holiday every month and it mainly rains during the week when I'm stuck inside at work. I have no complaints about this summer! After a drab Canadian winter I love seeing all the bright colours and prints everyone has been wearing since the weather warmed up. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals but try to break it up with a bit of colour here and there.

This summer seems to be filled with lots of DIY projects, our balcony has once again become a make-shift workshop, our 'garden' moved to one side and the plants cordoned off by a blanket to protect them from sawdust. Our latest redo is a mid-century (at least I think that's the era it's from) credenza someone was giving away when they moved out of our building, a beautiful piece that just needed a new coat of varnish.

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