Ever wonder what other Fashionistas like you have hidden in their closets??? We definitely think about it every time we meet someone ultra stylish. Just like when we stalk our favourite bloggers for style ideas, these people can be a great source of inspiration. After all, fashion and style are not only for those who work for fashion magazines and runways! So, we set out on a mission to get a closer look at the everyday style of Toronto’s most fashionable personalities, covering everything from their favourite clothing pieces to their home décor. For our very first feature, we chose one of the most stylish people we know and one of our closest friends, Lee –Anne!
Lee-Anne is a girl with a big style and an even bigger heart! We met Lee in University and have known her for about 10 years now. And let us be 100% honest here…she has never stopped being stylish! A true coquette, she always pays attention to the details, from her hair to accessories – everything seems to just effortlessly fit together with a sort of whimsical femininity! Well actually… part of the reason why her hair always looks so fab is that Lee works part-time at a hair salon, which is where she gets her weekly dose of style!
“In the corporate world, business attire is like a uniform. In a salon, I get to make bold, elegant fashion statements! Working at a salon entails more than just being current with latest hair creations but also serves as a source of inspiration for style.”
Aside from being an eponymous fashionista, Lee- Anne is completing her doctoral degree at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. I bet you she is the most stylish girl in her class!
We caught up with Lee just as she was coming back from a trip to St. Lawrence Market .. Wearing a beautiful shearling vest over a cashmere beige turtleneck, she takes off her brown leather riding boots and starts showing us her place…which is very cozy for how small it is. Then, she starts hovering around the kitchen, unloading her grocery basket into the fridge and telling us all about her wine party plans! Lee Anne is clearly an avid party planner and we realize that we should hurry it up because she has a lot of plans for the rest of day, aside from our little photo shoot.
Here, Lee’s wearing a Jessica Simpson Shearling Vest, Anne Klein Brown Leather Boots, Vintage Cashmere Sweater and Zara Jeans. We should probably mention that over the years, Lee has become an expert vintage shopper. She never seizes to surprise us with unique accessories, which (unfortunately for us) were purchased at vintage shops around Toronto, and can never be found again.
We asked Lee to pull 3 of her favourite looks for us. She had named and created an outfit for every occassion!
An afternoon in Paris
What is more Romantic than Paris? Lee-Anne recently got back from Paris and was so inspired by the feminine style of Parisian women that she had to include a reflection of her love for the city of lights in one of the looks! A Crochet top layered over a mauve pink silk blouse definitely says romance….We can just imagine Lee wearing this little number out on the cobble-stone streets of Paris, yes, it would truly be Le Vie en Rose!
“I often like to be adventurous and push the envelope with my style. But trying to fit the perfect outfit with the perfect event /location is not easy”
Black Crochet Top – Urban Outfitters, Silk Zipper front Mauve Pants from a Boutique in Paris, Silk Zipper back Cami Zara, Vintage Brown Leather Clutch (told you this girl likes vintage!).
This look is so adorable, one doesn’t need to be in Paris to own it…Pretty sure you can wear this in Toronto Lee! ;)
Lee Anne loves to pair contrasting pieces such as masculine leathers and with feminine silks. “ I am big on mixing different textures”. she admits. Here is a perfect example of her style.
We just love the contrast between the femininity of the silk blouse and the masculinity of the leather vest! Only a girl like Lee would think about this unexpected combo, which looks so perfect for a rock concert!
Vintage Black Leather vest, Kensington Jeans, Silk Blouse from Zara, Sterling Lace up Booties.
Lee’s next look was somewhat more on the edgy side, with Leather Tights, a Biker Jacket and ankle boots. We absolutely love how she accessorized it with various necklaces for a rocker chic appeal.
Danier Leather Jacket, Cole Haan Boots, Pants from Zara, Blouse purchased in Paris, Necklaces from Mendocino.
We know we said that we only asked for 3 outfits, but Lee had to get ready for her wine and cheese party and we just had to snap some pics of her with her birthday balloons as she got ready!
Fashionista Home Sense
Lee-Anne is a true fashionista at heart, but her style sense doesn’t just end at her closet…Lee’s cozy little apartment has such a big personality! The girl was able to make the space looks so elegant, with quaint decorations of glass vases, paintings, French Golden Era posters and fresh flowers. There is almost a rustic feel to it, which is offset by feminine accents that scream Lee-Anne!
Life is too important to be taken seriously! – Love the quote tote! We TOTALLY agree!
We hope you fall in love with Lee-Anne’s style as we much as we have! She has incredible taste when it comes to clothes and knows how to add a chic element to everything she touches. Lee Anne is truly a Toronto fashionista!
Stay tuned for more special blog features as we raid the closets of Toronto’s most fashionable personalities!