Exploring Liberty Village: OOTD Sleek Black Outfit

Hailey Hastings

Posted on May 21 2017

I like to think I live in a country that’s warm year round... that is until I step outside. Luckily, spring is finally here with the exception of some not so nice weekends.

Last weekend, I explored the West side of Toronto on a rather chilly spring day to checkout Liberty Village. I was going shopping at West Elm to check out their latest spring / summer collection, and pick up a couple accent pillows to change the look of my living room for spring.

I decided to walk around the village and visit some of the shops and cafes that are tucked away on each corner. If you haven’t taken a trip to Liberty Village, it’s worth the fare.

A little history of the area, now known as Liberty Village this area was once developed by the British Military. It originally held a male prison and reformatory for young woman but as the train tracks were built, it brought growth for a promising industrial area. Later, the city branded the area as a positive up and coming neighbourhood, now know as Liberty Village. 

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I think if you lived in Liberty you would never have to actually leave if you didn’t want to. It’s equipped with all your housing and everyday shopping needs. You can spend your days hanging out in restaurants or local bars, going to the gym, and working at some of the many companies that hold their offices in the new or historic buildings.
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Wearing my Capezzani boots for what I think may be the last time until fall. These boots were a fantastic find and so comfortable for long stylish walks.
The black luxurious Italian leather, gold accents, and hand crafted details had these boot quickly rise to the top of favourite pieces I own.
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I paired these with Dex jeans that I ripped myself. I was feeling the Toronto style one day after being tired with my plain black jeans and thought why not?

And yes, I know what you're thinking. An all black outfit doesn't exactly scream "Spring is here!", but on a dark cold day like this one, it seemed to fit a sleek black outfit.

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I made this look a little more business casual with a black blazer from Zara. Never underestimate a really good blazer and what it can do for your outfit. I have a clean white blazer from Girls Just Know (already sold out) that I wear with my boyfriend jeans and a lacy bodysuit.

I love the look of a bodysuit and blazer. I think it screams sexy and conservative at the same time. I love mixing styles. A feminine skirt with a masculine biker jacket. Or a sexy lace bodysuit with a business formal blazer. Or adding a really beautiful chunky necklace with a somewhat casual outfit. Which for this outfit I have done.

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I paired my jeans with a black scoop neck bodysuit from Girls Just Know and a glamours statement necklace I found at a store on Queen Street West.

To give the outfit some colour and to cover up some skin from the body suit, I added a Louis Vuitton scarf. And lastly, I finished the outfit with a Michael Kors 'Hamilton Large Satchel' handbag that doubles as my laptop bag. I was actually planning on doing some work for Girls Just Know later that day.
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I felt pretty comfortable in this outfit. I have to admit that confidence in what you’re wearing is what really stands out. 
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Our destination was West Elm but If you've ever been to Liberty Village you know how amazing the pancakes are at Mildred’s Kitchen. And I always like to brunch in style! But being unprepared and late to one of the most popular brunch reastaurants in Toroto, it was an hour and a half wait for a table! We decided to skip it this time, and keep shopping. I will be back, Mildred's Kitchen!

West Elm is filled with cozy throws, statement pillows, glamorous desks and side tables, and stylish couches. I have bought all of my succulents and cacti here and have grown them to the ridiculous healthy size of "now they're too big to move and I have no idea what I'm going to do with them!”.
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I love that West Elm is now bringing in pop-ups. I'm not sure if it’s a coincidence but it always seems to be young female entrepreneurs. And as some of you may know Girls Just Know is not just a online clothing store but a community of empowering young women. 

I came across this one pop-up owned by two sisters who make their own jewellery, it was called Monoxide Style. The jewelry was high quality and the designs were unique and stylish. The kind of jewellery that I imagine if I wore to a party, I would be asked multiple times “Where did you get that?!” See that statement piece on the blue bottle pictured below? It was my favourite of the collection.

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It was a wonderful day explore the city and finding new talented designers from the City of Toronto. Comment below and let us know where you explore in this city! 

xo

GJK

 

**This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.

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