A Year In Canada On 35mm | Goodbye Montreal

A Year In Canada On 35mm

Hello! And welcome back!

I'm sorry that posts have been a bit scarce recently - as you read this we are relocating back to England with four suitcases and a cat in tow so to say things have been hectic is an understatement! I have content coming out of my ears at the moment thanks to a recent trip over to the West Coast (Seattle and Vancouver city guides coming soon), which is really exciting because I love writing travel posts. However, I thought it was fitting to kick off all this content with a look back at our year in Canada, to say a proper goodbye to Montreal here on Fashion Et Moi with some images shot on 35mm by both myself and Lewis. Enjoy! X

A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm

FALL


We arrived in Montreal on Sunday 4th September 2016, exactly 53 weeks ago today. Unlike now, Montreal was having an Indian Summer so we got a little taste of what summer would be like here as soon as we arrived, which was great! Then came Fall and Lewis keeps describing Fall 2016 as "the most beautiful season of his life". As you can see from these photos, he is not wrong there. The East Coast of North America is the place to be during October, as the leaves start to turn there are incredible scenes of trees sporting green, yellow, orange and that oh-so famous red. It is truly stunning and we fully made the most of getting out and about both in and out of the city to see it in all its glory. 

A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm

WINTER


Oh winter! The infamous Canadian winter that if you ever get the chance to experience, I would grab it with both hands. It was both incredibly magical and extremely brutal. For over four months of the year, the ground was covered in snow - there no option to wear anything other than sturdy leather boots - and with temperatures constantly below -10 degrees and sometimes getting as low as -30, fashion certainly takes a backseat during winter, even though I tried my hardest not to let it. We lived through a massive snowstorm in March, went ice skating and skiing and got the full Canadian experience doing a Sugar Shack (basically a big feast based around maple syrup, set in a picturesque forest cabin). I will always remember winter 2016 because that was when we got our beautiful cat Macha! She sat on our laps throughout the cold months and we kept each warm - what joy! Although I am not going to miss the cold, I would swap the British rain for months of snow any day and I wish I was going to be around for another Canadian winter this year. 

A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm

SPRING & SUMMER


Although I do speak highly of the Canadian winter, boy did it drag. When Europe was seeing blossom, we were still getting the odd snowfall, right until mid-May! Once Spring had sprung, it stuck around for a few weeks and then we were into full blown summer. It was so incredible to see grass again and have leaves on the trees! Although the change of seasons can be unsettling, I totally prefer that to living somewhere like Barcelona, where are barely any seasons.

Montreal totally comes alive in summer, with almost too many festivals on - lots of which are free - I would highly recommend visiting the city in summer if you can. On that note, we had lots of visitors during July and August, which meant we were always out and about enjoying what Montreal and the surrounding areas have to offer. 

A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm
A Year In Canada On 35mm

So there we have it – a year in Canada shot on 35mm by myself and Lewis. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, stay tuned for a proper travel guide to Montreal coming in the next week or so. Montreal is such an underrated city, it's a real grower and I could not recommend a place more, for living or visiting. Goodbye Montreal, you've been a doll, my happy place and we'll see you soon. X

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

This is what I wore on a day trip last week up to Quebec City. As we are leaving Canada in less than two weeks (sobbbb), we are desperately trying to fit in everything that we still want to do. As you read this we are currently in Seattle visiting my uncle before heading up to Vancouver on Sunday for a few days and I am definitely planning on doing some city guides and outfit posts when I return. One thing we had to do before we left was visit the province’s capital and even though we could only fit in a day trip to Quebec City, I think we got a good feel for the place and saw some different areas.

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

DUNGAREES: OLD ZARA | BLOUSE: VINTAGE | SHOES: NIKE CORTEZ | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

As we were only there for a few hours, I don’t have a city guide for as such but I did manage to shoot this outfit, which is the perfect day trip outfit. It was super comfortable for long car journeys each way to Quebec City yet put together for exploring a city. These red Nike Cortez have rapidly become my go-to trainers whenever I know I am going to do a lot of walking. They are incredibly comfortable and add a nice pop of colour to any outfit. I was not sure what the weather was going to be doing that day so I opted for an outfit that could work for both a hot summer’s day or a cooler one. I paired my trusty Zara blue cropped dungarees with this super cropped broderie anglaise blouse, which is really to short to wear with anything else. I love this combination and I think the vintage vibe goes perfectly with the trainers. It ended up being quite cold at times so I also wore my black leather jacket for a bit of warmth.

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore
A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

These photos were shot in an area called Saint-Jean-Baptiste, a residential area that we walked through when going from the pretty but extremely touristy Old Town to the more edgy Saint Roch neighbourhood. I loved all the cute colourful houses, which made a perfect backdrop for a spontaneous outfit shoot. If you are planning a day trip or a even weekend visit to Quebec City, I would definitely recommend exploring outside the old city walls. I tend to feel a bit claustrophobic if I’m in a super touristy area for too long, especially when there is so much else to explore! Take a stroll down Rue Saint Jean and then wiggle your way down to Saint-Roch where there are lots of shops, cafés and even a huge church on Rue Saint-Joseph Est. Happy exploring! X

A Day Trip To Quebec City | What I Wore

The End Of An Era | A Life Update

The End Of An Era | A Life Update
The End Of An Era | A Life Update
The End Of An Era | A Life Update

This ‘life update’ post has been a long time coming but I did not want to rush myself and I have only just felt ready to write it. About two months ago, on Saturday 10th June to be precise, my life changed forever. This was the day that my mum told me she had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and I felt my whole world collapse around me. This news resulted in me flying back home to Bristol where I stayed for around a month to spend time with my mum. I blogged where I could and even though worrying about outfit photos and how many likes my latest Instagram photo had received seemed so bloody trivial, sitting down and writing my British Summer In The City post was a great release. I was also lucky enough to attend Glastonbury last minute, which was a great way of forgetting all my troubles for a few days (until one too many wines were had, oops). It was a very strange month. I did not feel like myself at all. I missed Lewis. I suffered watching my mum suffer. I was and still am completely heartbroken.

I returned to Montreal in mid-July for the rest of the summer because it was something I had to do. Lewis and I had planned to stay in Canada until at least the end of the summer – after that we weren’t so sure - and it was something that I had been so excited about. The city was just coming alive after what seemed like the longest winter ever and I just had to get back to my happy place, my boyfriend and my cat. Of course, you will not be surprised to read that we are leaving Montreal in mid-September to return to the UK. It is something that we had been considering – although just as the news broke my career had taken a step in the right direction and I had started thinking about Montreal more long term. However, when you hear that your mum has a severely limited amount of time left on the earth and you live across the Atlantic Ocean, there is no other option than to go home. However, it is difficult to accept that after four years living abroad, it was not our decision to stop that lifestyle. It was nobody’s decision. It is also no-one’s fault. It is just life throwing a shit storm our way and I need to try and cope the best I can.

The End Of An Era | A Life Update
The End Of An Era | A Life Update
The End Of An Era | A Life Update

I hope this post does not sound too much like a self-involved pity party when actually it is my mum going through the worst of it. I guess I just need to write these things down and hope that if anyone reading is going through a tough time too, I want you to know that it is ok to think about yourself and that selfish thoughts are totally normal. Some of the selfish thoughts I have daily are that I simply do not want to leave Montreal and the fact that this is out of my control angers and scares me so much. So rather than just going back to my hometown of Bristol, as I’m sure my mum would prefer, I had to take control of where I live even if for now I am restricted to the UK. You’ve guessed it – we’re going to give London a try and I feel both excited and apprehensive about it. I am looking forward to reconnecting with old friends in London and being close enough to take regular trips back to Bristol to see my mum. I am worried about finding a job that pays enough to sustain a London lifestyle but I also can’t wait to get stuck into the “career ladder” I have been dodging the last few years.

So there’s a little life update for you. It’s the end of an era, the end of life abroad and the end of life as I know it. Perhaps now you’ll understand my reduced presence on social media and why there have been fewer blog posts recently. My head is so full right now – of things we need to sort out before we leave, trying to job hunt in London and making sure we enjoy our last month here. I have some all-important Montreal posts planned over the next few weeks so watch out for that. Having covered my trips to Boston, Toronto and Vermont with tips on where to eat and places to see, I have not yet posted a travel guide to Montreal, which is a crime! So yes, please bear with me and thank you for reading X

The End Of An Era | A Life Update

Oh, Summer (Date) Night!

Summer date night
Summer date night
Summer date night

Summer evenings are just the best aren’t they? I love how a too hot day can turn into a beautifully warm summer night and I have been trying to make the most of these while I still can. You guys know that I love sharing my “OOTDs” on this blog but what about my outfits of the night?! Of course in winter it’s pretty much impossible to be able to capture an evening outfit because of the lack of light. Therefore, I made a point of shooting this outfit I wore on a Saturday night out to a restaurant a couple of weeks ago and I do think it is rather perfect summer date night outfit indeed.

Ever since I found this star print shift dress in the Zara sale, I have been waiting patiently for the right occasion to wear it. During the day was a no-go because it has been rather humid of late so when we decided to treat ourselves to a Saturday night out, it was the obvious choice. The combination of the short length and the long sleeves meant it was great both during the early evening while the daytime heat was still lingering and later on when the air was a bit cooler. As we were going to a restaurant, the loose shirt shape of the dress was great for hiding any food babies – and trust me, there were definitely multiple food babies going on after a trip to our favourite vegetarian restaurant, Lola Rosa.

Summer date night

DRESS: ZARA SALE | BOOTS: OFFICE | BAG: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


Summer date night
Summer date night

The star print is the thing that drew me to this dress in the first place. Being black and white, it is understated yet still fun and easy to wear both during the day and for a summer date night outfit. With such a monochrome base, I had to sass things up with some colourful accessories. Starting from the feet and working up, I chose to rock my much loved – but recently neglected – silver boots to go with the Starman theme of the dress. I added some fuchsia socks, just allowing them to peep out the top of the boots in such a fun way. This pink silk bag with bamboo handle is one of my favourite purchases of the summer and as I don’t get to wear it much, this pink themed date night outfit was the perfect opportunity.

Summer date night
Summer date night

I finished off the look with some statement earrings of course! I don’t own any pink ones so opted for these amazing round purple ones that clash perfectly with the pink. Finally, I thought I’d try bright pink lipstick for a change! The amazing shade is by Clinique and it has been sitting in my make up bag for ages as it was a free gift. Well, I am well and truly converted to hot pink lipstick and it’s a great alternative to red. I am not sure Lewis was such a fan but then again he prefers me sans lipstick, for smudge-free kisses ha!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I wore on a recent summer date night! I’m sorry that blog posts are a bit sparse at the moment – we have been having a constant stream of visitors and have some big life changes happening, which I am going to post about soon. Thanks for bearing with me! X

Summer date night

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

I have long admired people who can put together outfits with clashing prints but I have never fully given it a go myself. Perhaps that is because I have not quite had the right pieces or have not properly thought about why certain clashes work and some do not. So today I want to talk about how to wear clashing prints for summer and why this particular ensemble works oh so well together.

Today you are looking at an outfit that was not meticulously put together, but one that I thought up as I was lying in bed about a week ago. Both the floral top and the gingham skort are two of my favourite vintage finds so far this summer but I had had trouble finding an interesting way to style either. Suddenly, from the comfort of my mattress, it came to me and I wondered if they might look just awesome together - I was right! (I hope you agree!)

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

SKORT: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA ASOS) | TOP: VINTAGE (SIMILAR VIA ASOS) | SHOES: VINTAGE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | EARRINGS: VINTAGE


How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

I think it is important to find some common ground between the two clashing prints. That could be combining similar shape prints (like gingham and tartan together); wearing different variations of the same print (pairing horizontal stripes with vertical); or, in this case, choosing two pieces with the same colour palette. The black and white of the gingham combined with the black base of the top means the two prints work really well together. It also helps that the skort is of a small gingham print and that, in true nineties style, the floral print is more understated and thus neither print dominates the look.

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer
How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

Accessories are key to bringing the clashing prints together into a well-styled outfit. I chose to pick up on the red of the flowers to finish off the look, adding red accessories, as is all the rage right now. These adorable red vintage shoes go perfectly with the sixties-meets-nineties vibe of the outfit, although I can’t walk far in them because they really pinch my toes (I cry). My favourite Mac ‘So Chaud’ lipstick is my go-to for injecting a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit and it matches the floral print so well. Of course, I had to wear a pair of statement earrings too, which is my latest obsession, and as I don’t have any red ones in my collection, I thought these white plastic sixties ones were just the ticket to tie in with the white of the skirt.

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer

Clashing prints aside, let’s talk about the pieces themselves and why I decided to add these to my summer wardrobe. With gingham being the print of the season, the skort was a no-brainer and I know it is something that I will wear not just in summer but also all year round, thanks to its monochrome colour palette. Furthermore, it is super lightweight; perfect for both the humid and cooler summer days we are having here in Montreal and its unique shape is so flattering. As for the top, you may have noticed that I never succumb to the off the shoulder trend that has been around for a couple of summers now and that is because I don’t feel it really suits me. This top is a happy medium because it allows me to show off my décolletage, which I find so flattering, but I don’t have to have my shoulders on display – something that makes me feel a bit self-conscious (I wish it didn’t!).

So there we have it – how to wear clashing prints this summer. Will you be taking my tips on board and giving clashing prints a try or have you already got the print clash down?! Let’s chat! X

How To Wear Clashing Prints For Summer