11.2.13

The Maple Leaf Forever



Bag c/o Roots, Old Navy flares, blazer c/o Club Monaco, Aritzia shirt,
red earrings + bracelet c/o Keltie Leanne, heels c/o Joe Fresh

I unearthed this Canadiana top recently and it brought back so many amazing memories. I wore the shirt obsessively during the 2010 Winter Olympics here in Vancouver and to say that period of my life was incredible would be the understatement of the century. During the Games, all we did was party amongst ourselves and our international visitors, go watch the incredible events (watching Canada win men's hockey was maybe one of the most amazing moments ever) and indulge in some over-the-top Canadian national pride (which is saying a lot for us, given that we're usually a bit more discrete in the way we put our nationalism on display). 

Anyway, it made me think: if the Union Jack and Stars & Stripes are so iconic and proudly worn by Brits or Americans, why shouldn't us Canadians wear the maple leaf more often? Our country is pretty ridiculously incredible and we're just too self-deprecating to put our pride out there as much as our "Motherland" or neighbour's citizens do. So it might go against our tendency to be more modest, but  I think instead of simply stitching our flag on to our backpacks while traveling, we should start putting our flag on display on the regular too. Plus, red is my colour, so I have all the more reason to splash the flag across my clothes.

And just an FYI, aside from my maple leaf top from Aritzia (a Vancouver-born retailer), I'm also wearing Roots, Club Monaco and Joe Fresh...all Canadian-born retailers!

Happy Monday everyone, and happy Family Day (yes, it's a thing) to my fellow British Columbians! Speaking of Canada, how absolutely Canadian is it to have a "family day"? Love it.

30 comments:

  1. Love the green, love the bag, love everything! :)

    Love,
    Diana from http://thegirlwhocouldntbeafashionista.blogspot.ie/

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  2. Such a cute outfit - I really love the idea of pairing a graphic tee under a blazer...it's a great mix of casual & structured pieces together :)

    www.pennypincherfashion.com

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  3. That is such a cute Canada shirt! I love that you layered it with the blazer!

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  4. I'd definitely wear the maple leaf proudly :) Love the look!
    Love, Shushu

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  5. those jeans are perfection on you! LOVE!

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  6. Nice blazer! I like Club Monaco stuff.

    Work that maple leaf! I think Canada is AWESOME! :)

    nialangleyspeaks.blogspot.com

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  7. i agree with you on rocking the maple leaf! you look great :)

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  8. So cute! Love the hunter green jacket paired with your t-shirt! You should definitely be proud and rock your maple leaf!! Canada is an awesome country!!
    ~Sara

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  9. You look great. I want to rock the Maple leaf and I'm not even a resident yet, I'm not even in Canada!

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  10. Such a cute outfit, love the story behind the top and the blazer!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

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  11. I love this, I a really getting into t shirts and dressing them up a bit. Wear your Maple Leaf proud! -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  12. I love that you're wearing all canadian brands!! I wish I could have went to Vancouver for the Olympics, but the flight prices skyrocketed around that time :(
    This is such a great look, Canada proud and that green blazer is SO perfect
    xJennaD

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  13. I love this look! That blazer is perfection, and I love that bag. You look stunning as usual.

    www.pinsneedlesfashion.blogspot.com

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  14. I need some crazy bootcut jeans now...haha, these look amazing on you and I love the hunter green jacket!

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  15. I love the ease with which you put this outfit together! I have all the elements and never thought of doing so my self! The Canadian t-shirts I picked up whilst travelling Canada which although have taken a back seat in my closet now seem full of life after seeing you wear yours and so patriotically too! I am all pro-Canada it is one of my favorite travel destinations.

    Janey
    www.janeysoutfits.wordpress.com

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  16. love the tee! i love how graphic tees are making their rounds again, i think they canbe great in certain instances and this one fits the bill!
    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  17. Lovely shirt.. and i like colour your lips!! kisses

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  18. Loving the whole emsemble!!!! The pairing of a graphic tee with a blazer really stands out!!

    Love
    Mehak
    Www.thedoublemlife.blogspot.com

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  19. The Olympics 2010 were seriously some of the funnest times I've had in the city. I love reminiscing about it so thanks for the reminder, Alex ;) We should wear maple leaf items more often!

    xo, alison*elle

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  20. such a cute look! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  21. As a promoter of local retailers I love that you are wearing all Canadian fashion! You look terrific!
    Sue Dickie
    www.wearthosedeals.com

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  22. That green blazer is so chic, and I love it with your patriotic t.


    -Erin-
    OneTwoSummer

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  23. Like this look and your top!
    kiss
    Aurélie
    www.lespetitesbullesdemavie.blogspot.com

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  24. i love this so much and I totally agree with you. Canada is the best.

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  25. stunning lovin ur hairstyle & make up

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  26. Great look...especially love the maple leaf tee! As a fellow Vancouverite, I've been wondering the same thing...why is everyone sporting the U.S. Flag or Union Jack and no one ever seems to wear our flag proudly? So, I say, good for you! And hope you had a great family day too - I spent it exactly that way with my hubby.

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    Megan
    budgetfashion101.blogspot.ca

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  27. What a fabulously chic, casual outfit! I'm loving the green blazer on you - it's a nice alternative to the usual suspects (black, grey, navy).

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

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  28. Hi!It's been a long time! love that outfit! It's simply sofisticated and I think you've done a great job with your hair and makeup :)
    xoxo
    Bea
    www.becatwalk.com

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