High-neck paisley dress: American Eagle (similar) | Soft drape blazer: M for Mendocino
Bag: Forever 21 (similar) | Wedge sandals: b.ø.c (Soft Moc)
Pink cat-eye sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar)
Our yearly visit to Montréal last weekend was a nice, relaxing getaway — completely different from my trip to Los Angeles earlier this summer, when we hit up three days’ worth of theme parks, oy!
Of course the highlight of the weekend was getting to shoot in Old Montréal, just as we had done last year. It’s always a treat to have the beautiful Rue St-Paul — the oldest street in Montréal — as the backdrop for my outfits.
✱ See last year’s outfit: Old Montréal (Première Partie) →
This red paisley dress was a sweet find this summer at American Eagle. I had picked it up for my California trip and wore it to a live taping of Conan. It’s clearly now become my favourite summer vacation dress. With a high neck and relaxed fit, it’s easy to just put on and go.
Bonus points: this dress has pockets!
And because it’s a simple wear-and-go dress, it gives you opportunity to add your own touch to the outfit, like I did with this M for Mendocino soft drape blazer. Even on a warm summer day, this was lightweight enough to wear over the dress or hold on to while walking around.
This beige faux-leather crossbody from Forever 21 has also been a key addition to my summer wardrobe. I think the structured shape and gold hardware give it a classy look. I wanted a mid-sized bag like this so it could fit one hard case for sunnies or a bottle of water — summer essentials!
To complete the look, I’m wearing my trusty b.ø.c wedge sandals I got from Soft Moc about four years ago. These are hands-down the most comfortable cork-wedged high-heeled sandals you’ll ever find.
I highly recommend b.ø.c if you’re looking for both height and comfort. From gate to gate at Pearson Airport, to the entire Las Vegas strip, to latenight bar hopping in Toronto’s Entertainment District, these wedge sandals have held up through all my summer trips and warm-weather walks.
We finished off our morning shoot by visiting La Banquise — a famous all-night diner for Québécois grub, best known for its famous and legendary poutine menu. If you ask anyone where to get the best poutine in Montréal, they will likely point you to La Banquise. So we considered this visit a poutine pilgrimage, if you will.
I had been craving smoked meat pretty hard that weekend (obviously), so I got “L’Obélix” — a classic-style poutine topped off with smoked meat:
“L’Obélix” poutine from La Banquise.
My mini review of L’Obélix: For the truest of Québec experiences, let these shredded pieces of authentic smoked meat commingle with your perfectly melty cheese curds and gravy. 3.5/5 — Would have liked larger pieces of smoked meat.
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