Style Bee - Look 7 - 10 x 10 - Spring

Spring ’16 10 X 10 – Look 7


Style Bee - Look 7 - 10 x 10 - Spring

So this look is probably, ok definitely, my personal favourite from this 10 x 10 series. I was going to save it until the end but felt like it fit perfectly at this point in the challenge. It’s one of those looks that instantly transports you somewhere else and having recently booked a trip to Paris and Amsterdam in June I can’t help but day dream about what I’ll wear, what I’ll see and, of course, what I’ll eat! Needless to say, this outfit is at the top of my packing short list. In fact, this whole 10 x 10 has been a great way to test looks and prepare for a summer trip.

I was just talking to my Dad about how having something to look forward to always lifts my spirits. Whether it’s a simple thing like looking forward to walking my dog in the afternoon or getting a fancy coffee on the way to a morning meeting or something much more special like a freaking trip to Europe, it all triggers the reward centres of my brain and makes the long nights and weekends of hard work feel that much more purposeful. Then it occurred to me that this whole lean closet mission I’m on functions under the same principles. It takes time, effort and a lot of work to get there (I’m still en route!) but the rewards along the way are plentiful and I know the end result will be more than worth it.

In turn, I believe that’s how buying something great for your closet should feel too. It should take some thought, some time to save up and some patience to wait for it’s arrival in your life. In this day and age we want everything right away but that teaches us nothing. Getting something for nothing (or for very little) is too easy and it certainly doesn’t help us appreciate what we have. But when you’ve really truly earned it, well, that’s what I’m talking about!

So tell me, what are you working towards right now? Is it a trip? A home? A job? A new piece for your closet? Or something else entirely? I’d love to know what you’re looking forward to!

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Blank Canvas Top Olive c/o Jamie + The Jones  (5 other colours avail. + a similar option in olive) | Florence Pant c/o Elizabeth SuzannMars Boots Rachel Comey |  Stacked Rings c/o Everli | Shape Cuff c/o Stvdio Brooklyn | Straw Hat Janessa Leone | Bag Vintage (similar here)

Photography by Jacklyn Barber


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  1. Sara says:

    Oh you’re going to have a great trip! Good on you for rewarding your hard work. We just got back from The Netherlands and Denmark. We only had 24 short (rainy) hours in Amsterdam but we very much enjoyed the neighborhood we stayed in (near the Vondelpark) and the Rijksmuseum is a MUST. If you want to go out to eat for dinner, make sure you have “reservations”. Everywhere we went in The Netherlands (even Amsterdam) they would look at you like you were crazy if you walked in off the street and wanted to eat dinner without one. Many of them accommodated us, but the interactions were always very awkward and made me feel like I was a nuisance while dining. Also, the service there is slow (on purpose). They don’t want to rush you through your meals so they won’t come take your order until all menus are folded and closed, and they will never bring your bill, you need to ask for it (preferably far in advance of when you want to actually pay it). Do your research ahead of time and book some great dinner meals!

    Gosh I hope this doesn’t sound like a downer, I just wish someone would have told me these things ahead of my trip! Anyway, go go go to the Rijksmuseum it is amazing!!!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience and travel tips! Not a downer at all! I’m lucky to be visiting friends who live in Amsterdam so I’ll be in good hands but I’m curious to know if they’ve had the same experience with reservations and restaurant etiquette. It’s all so different depending on where you are. I must admit I like the concept of slow dining service! Thanks for the tip on Rijksmuseum too, I have a morning to myself in Amsterdam so I’l definitely check it out! xo

  2. Stacy says:

    I love being able to look forward to something, big or small. I always have something short-term and aim for something long-term to look forward to, so I have mini victories on my way to something bigger. I just booked a flight to NYC in the fall (it will be my first time there!) and now anytime I see something New York related I get SO excited. Planning trips is so much fun – jealous of your Amsterdam/Paris trip! Paris is one of my favorite places.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Stacey! I love your approach with long and short term things to look forward to, that’s a great idea. You will LOVE NYC, it’s honestly my favourite city outside of Canada, especially in the Fall! If you’re near the East Village be sure to go to the Stanton Social for dinner, get the french onion soup dumplings and prepare for total mind explosion! I am beyond excited to see Paris for the first time. It’s been on my bucket list for years and years! xo