What I Wore In Seattle | Last Summer Outfit Inspiration

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

Hello to the most weather inappropriate outfit! I know that autumn is well and truly here in the UK but I still wanted to share what I wore in Seattle back at the end of August because I love just these photos. Plus I thought it might give those of you who are off on a late summer holiday (super jel!) some last summer outfit inspiration! From last week’s outfit post where I shared the reasons why I love vintage clothing to a look that actually doesn’t feature any vintage at all, which is quite a rarity here on Fashion Et Moi! However, sometimes when I travel, I don’t like to bring my best and rarest vintage pieces in case they are spoiled by sweat, food stains or sitting around on the grass.

What I Wore In Seattle

SKIRT: MOTEL ROCKS (old) | T-SHIRT: H&M MEN'S | SHOES: CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

I have had this adorable red heart print wrap skirt by Motel Rocks for over a year now but due to its loose nature, I’ve often struggled with how to style it, until now. A little trend I noticed emerging over the summer was wearing oversized tees tied up around the waist, allowing both the top and bottom of an outfit to be loose without compromising on shape. The tying of the t-shirt emphasizes the waist – which I always benefit from – so it was the perfect way of finally being able to wear this skirt. My white t-shirt here is just a cheap and cheerful one from the H&M men’s section. I went for a size medium so it wasn’t too fitted and I love how it looks.

I finished off the look with my favourite Ray Ban round metal sunglasses and a brand new pair of Converse. Is it just me or does anyone else find immense joy in a new pair of Converse? Of course, I absolutely love the look of knackered Converse but having bright white soles and deep black canvas is such a novelty (and one that doesn’t last long at that) after two years of running my last pair into the ground.

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

This outfit was just perfect for city exploration in hot temperatures as it was super comfy and light. This is what I wore in Seattle on our first day when we headed to the famous Pike Place Market for a wander and some food. I just had to shoot in front of the iconic ‘Public Market’ sign as its red colour matched my skirt and lips perfectly. So that’s it – the last summer outfit of the year and I’m so excited to start sharing autumnal looks from next week. Stay tuned for my mammoth Seattle City Guide coming later this week – it’s going to be a good’un! X

What I Wore In Seattle

My Montreal Travel Guide

My Montreal Travel Guide

Hello and welcome to my Montreal travel guide!

Having lived in Montreal for a year and having completely fallen in love with the city, I thought it was only right that I share a round up of "my Montreal". These are the places I frequented on a weekly, monthly or just generally regular basis when I lived there. Of course, most of these tips are food related - Montreal does have a hell of a lot of restaurants - and to be honest, other than vintage shopping, that is where my passion lies. Before we get on with the post, I just want to say what an awesome city Montreal is. I utterly loved living there but it's a real grower so I would definitely recommend spending at least a week in this incredible city to get a real feel for the place. 

I hope you enjoy it - grab a cup of tea because it's a long one!

My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel
My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel
My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel

ST VIATEUR BAGELS VS FAIRMOUNT BAGELS


The best place for…bagels!

'St Viateur or Fairmount?' is the question on everyone's lips when the subject of bagels arises in Montreal. This of course refers to the two most famous bageleries in the city - St Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel, named after the streets on which they are located. We lived smack bang in the middle of the two and I honestly can't pick a favourite of these Mile End establishments. I mean, it depends on what I fancy. Fairmount Bagel has a larger selection, with more sweet options like blueberry and chocolate chip and they also do an amazing multigrain bagel. However, St Viateur gets my vote when comparing the classic sesame bagel. Theirs are slightly bigger and pretty much always hot from the oven.

FIND IT: St Viateur Bagel - 263 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest | Fairmount Bagel - 74 Avenue Fairmount Ouest

My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel
My Montreal Travel Guide | Lola Rosa

LOLA ROSA


The best place for...vegetarian food.

I have already written a full review of Lola Rosa on Fashion Et Moi but I simply could not write a post all about ‘My Montreal’ without including my favourite vegetarian restaurant. It was the first place we ate out in Montreal, one Friday night in late September after a week of painting our new flat, and honestly we are obsessed with this place. Lola Rosa prides itself on being the favourite veggie restaurant for non-vegetarians and having taken almost every visitor there – whether meat eater or not – it is always a total hit. We know our way round the menu pretty well by know so here’s what I recommend. Start with a signature cocktail – I always go for the Gin Cucumber but they have some interesting ones like ‘T’es qui Lola?’, which, being a play on the word tequila, is their take on a margarita. Alongside, you have to order a starter of nachos because they are without doubt the best I have ever had. Then for main course, it is a tough choice. During our early visits to Lola Rosa, we often opted for the burrito, which is stuffed with spicy sweet potato puree, black beans and mozzarella and I would highly recommend this if you want to stick with the Mexican theme. Alternatively, I absolutely love the Cajun Burger, which is a sweet potato patty with a fried onion ring and sautéed vegetables served with fries and spicy mayo (although swap your normal fried for chickpea ones – they are so tasty!). There is so much good stuff on the menu that multiple visits are certainly required!

FIND IT: 4581 Avenue du Parc | 545 Rue Milton

My Montreal Travel Guide | Lola Rosa
My Montreal Travel Guide | Lola Rosa
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico

CAFE OLIMPICO


The best place for...coffee and cake.

Café Olimpico is the place to be in the Mile End on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Located on the corner of St Viateur and Waverly, Olimpico’s suntrap terrace is the perfect place to have a coffee and catch up with friends. If you walk along St Viateur on the weekend, you’ll see the Olimpico crowds spilling out of the door onto benches or standing up if there is no space. This hipster Italian café serves great coffee, a variety of teas and a smashing hot chocolate, famously made of Nesquik! Make sure you grab some homemade cake or a biscotti too – the marble cake was always a firm choice but at just $2 a piece, why not try a few?

FIND IT: 124 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B

BOUTIQUE EVA B


The best place for...vintage shopping.

My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B

Ah Eva B! This incredible Montreal institution will always have a place in my heart as this is where I worked during my time in Canada. Boutique Eva B is an enormous vintage and second hand clothing store and café combined, located near Place Des Arts on Boulevard Saint Laurent. The outside is not easily recognisable as a shop – it is covered in graffiti art and if you are standing across the street you’ll see a mannequin dressed as Michael Jackson holding a baby doll out of the window. Yes, it is one of the craziest places you’ll ever visit but that’s the charm of it. With hundreds of random objects hanging from the walls and ceilings and rails upon rails of second hand clothing, don’t think it is unusual to be overwhelmed. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to properly explore this café-come-boutique, which spans two floors and a terrace during the warmer months. On the ground floor you’ll find a wide selection of women’s and men’s vintage clothing, arranged by colour and categorised by item. Upstairs there is more vintage, a section dedicated to costumes and a big room at the back full of contemporary second hand clothing. The prices are pretty cheap too – pick up a vintage dress for $10-15, vintage Levi’s for 20$ or a second hand Zara top for around $5. The café also serves incredibly cheap food – most of it vegetarian and made in house – with main courses costing just $5. I recommend trying a wrap (the fillings change daily) or the veggie dumplings finished off with a $1 chocolate chip cookie, which became a bit of an obsession of mine while working there.

FIND IT: 2015 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal

 

My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B
My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B
My Montreal Travel Guide | No 900 Pizzeria
My Montreal Travel Guide | No 900 Pizzeria

No 900


The best place for...pizza.

After crowning NAP pizzeria in Barcelona the home of the best pizza I have ever tried, I looked for something similar in Montreal and No 900 comes pretty damn close. As with all Neapolitan style pizzas, the dough is slightly crispy on the outside but beautifully soft on the inside and the ingredients they use are wonderfully fresh. As for toppings, No 900 has an interesting selection of both tomato-based and “bianco” pizzas. Lewis and I always chose a margherita with extra ricotta cheese, which cost a mere $9! That is incredibly cheap compared to other pizzerias in the city that charge a minimum of $14 for the same pizza. No 900 have a few locations around the city however it does not feel like a chain. We always went to the branch on Avenue Bernard in Outremont, which has a pretty small but cosy indoor area and a great terrace in the summer months. So, if you’re in Montreal and just fancy a pizza, head to No 900 and you won’t be disappointed.

FIND IT: 1248 Avenue Bernard, Montreal

Check the No 900 website for other locations.

My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling

DARLING


The best place for...working.

Darling is the most beautiful café I have ever been to. Big statement, I know! Decked out with plants from ceiling to floor, rich wooden and burgundy tones and the dreamiest lighting, it is just perfect. It is also has such a calm vibe during the day, which made it the ideal place to head to on my days off to get some blogging work done. I would always just order a mint tea and sit there for hours editing or typing away.

FIND IT: 4328 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling
My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling
My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Joe

CAFE JOE


The best place for...cheap brunch.

Serving unpretentious, cheap and tasty breakfast dishes, Café Joe was an instant hit with me. Located in the alternative St-Henri neighbourhood, it was a bus and a metro ride away from our place in the Mile End but it was always worth the journey. They serve everything from simple egg breakfasts (tofu scramble available for vegans) to stacks of pancakes and even poutine so you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. Opt for your choice of two eggs on white, brown or pumpernickel toast and home fries with a side of French toast and maple syrup for dessert for just $9. If you fancy splurging a bit, try the veggie eggs benedict of two poached eggs on an English muffin with spinach, sundried tomatoes and home fries for $12 (still much cheaper than most brunch places in Le Plateau).

FIND IT: 3068 Rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Joe
My Montreal Travel Guide | Sumac

SUMAC


The best place for...falafel.

Unfortunately I discovered Sumac quite late on in my time in Montreal but I had to include it because it is one of the best places I have been in the city. They offer a wide selection of Middle Eastern cuisine but as I am a creature of habit, I always got the same thing. Famous for their falafel, I opted for the falafel plate complete with a mountain of hummus, warm pita bread and a choice of two salads. I chose the fresh berry quinoa salad and a tomato relish, both of which complimented the rest of the plate perfectly. You can also get the same thing packed into a large pita bread, although this is messier to eat…slightly. Head there for lunch during the week followed by a stroll along the nearby Canal Lachine or alternatively for dinner.

FIND IT: 3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Sumac
My Montreal Travel Guide | Sumac

Phew you made it to the end of the post! Give yourself a pat on the back if you're still reading and go book yourself a trip to Montreal while you're inspired! I hope you enjoyed my Montreal travel guide and reading about my favourite places in this incredible city. If you have any other Montreal tips, please leave them below because I am sure I will be back before long. Happy travelling X

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

We live in a world of fast fashion. There is almost too much choice out there, both online and on the high street but in the past year I have bought barely any brand new clothes, relying almost solely on vintage shops to update my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong – I love browsing the ASOS new in page as much as the next girl and it will be much easier to shop my favourite European brands again now I’m back in the UK, which I’m pretty happy about. However, vintage will always be my true love so accompanied by these awesome photos of me wearing this insane seventies two piece, I want to share why I love vintage clothing.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

TWO PIECE: VINTAGE | BOOTS: OFFICE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


Why I Love Vintage Clothing

YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING UNIQUE


Now, this is something that has both pros and cons. I find nothing quite as thrilling as finding that perfect vintage gem, whether it is an item that I have been long searching for or something similar to current high street piece. I recently found a seventies blue vinyl coat for a mere $20, which actually made my heart race. I know the PVC/vinyl jacket trend isn’t going anywhere yet but mine will be utterly unique.
As a blogger, I am always striving to share interesting and different looks that have not just walked off the high street, to give you inspiration and a fresh approach towards styling. However, I know that some readers – and bloggers a like – distance themselves from vintage clothing because the exact look cannot be achieved in a simple click on a link. I think this is such a shame and it’s actually one of the main reasons that I am writing this post. I really do want to encourage you to not discount vintage just because you cannot instantly recreate it. Alternatively, take inspiration from a look – any look - whether that be the type of print, the cut or colour palette and use that to create your own unique outfit. That’s personal style and it’s so much more fun.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

EVERY PIECE TELLS A STORY


Even though it may freak some people out, I absolutely love the fact that someone, sometimes decades ago, has already worn what I am wearing now. I imagine what they were doing when they wore it, how they styled it and who they were - there is something quite special about that! I envisage this red spotty two piece was worn with some incredible knee high white boots, a matching clutch and a big hair-do. We all know that trends come round and round again so why wear something that's made to look like it’s from the seventies when you could have the real deal?!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

IT'S GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


I care about our world and if I can do my bit to help it last a little longer, then I’m going to do it. This is just one reason why I am opting for vintage clothing more and more – it’s great for the planet. One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure right? So let’s not allow these gorgeous old pieces to end up in the actual trash and support our local vintage shops now. Although I like the idea of only buying second hand and vintage clothes, I never like to restrict myself when it comes to fashion, whether that be a particular style or shopping destination. However, I am being more conscious and it bloody well helps that I love vintage clothing anyway!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

VINTAGE SHOPPING IS FUN & INSPIRATIONAL


I almost never vintage shop online because for me, the joy of vintage shopping is being in store. You can smell the old clothes (yes, I love that), feel the different fabrics and see all the colour and print clashes as items sit side by side on the rails. Even if you don’t buy anything, I think just being in a vintage shop can be inspirational. You might see a colour combination you gives you all the feels or find a style of clothing that you had never previously thought of, which in turn can help you approach your wardrobe differently. Also, the best vintage shop also have great décor, whether that be cosy corners with sofa on which to take a break from searching or random stuff hanging from the ceiling, you may even take inspiration from this – for your style or for your home! So give vintage shopping a try, you won’t regret it.

Finally let's chat about this outfit and what is the final summer look I'll be sharing on here this year, sob! This incredible vintage two piece ticks all the boxes - it's red, it's polka dot and it's oh-so seventies. It is also really flattering, being composed of a shirt that is just not long enough to wear on its own and a pair of hot pants, which you can just see thanks to the opening on the top. I finished off the look with those iconic silver Office boots from last year and my trusty Ray Ban round metals for all the retro vibes. I picked it up in the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal - I also bought two other sixties/seventies co-ords while working there, one of which you have already seen in my Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit post. I am a bit obsessed with sets right now - they are so easy and effortless to wear - and I guess the moral of this post is: if I had discounted vintage, I would be without this amazing two piece set in my life, which would be such a shame indeed. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the reasons why I love vintage clothing. I am sure there are many more too and I would love to hear your thoughts - are you a retro queen or do you shy away from vintage? Let's chat! X

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

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