New In: Jewels and Baubles

We’ve got tons of new accessories in the shop, perfect to complete any outfit. Here are some of our favourites:

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From left: bracelet – $36.00, set of 3 crystal bracelets – $39.00, leaf cuff – $36.00
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Customized initial necklaces – $10.00 for the chain, and $10.00 for each letter/symbol
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Knot cuff – $36.00
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Leather and silver cuff – $67.00

Stop by the shop and have a look!

Happy Birthday, Coco CHANEL!

Coco Chanel is the epitome of style, fashion, and attitude. She taught women everywhere to dress well and project beauty, but most importantly, she taught women about the importance of self-confidence. To her, your outlook on life and the energy you radiated was more alluring than any garment you could buy. Here, some of our favourite quotes by the late, great CHANEL:

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971), circa 1962. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

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“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

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“I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.”

coco-chanel“Elegance is refusal.”

New In: Chaka Shoes

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Some great shoes just landed in the shop! Comfortable, cute, and perfect for Summer/Fall, these babies would be a perfect addition to any wardrobe! Stop by the shop and have a look, and check out these outfits we put together.

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Chaka beige camo shoes – $245 | Soleil Cashmere sweater – $195 | Jack Gomme clutch – $179 | Kensie Jeans – $110
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From left: Chaka slip-ons – $225 | Chaka Being camo shoes – $245 | Chaka slip-ons – $225 | Chaka Patent Leather brogues – $245 | Chaka slip-ons with tassels – $225
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Fifteen Twenty Blouse – $149 | Peas in a pod necklace – $36 | Chaka Slip-ons – $225 | Tyler Madison pants – $149 | Jack Gomme purse – $295

 

New In: Cashmere Travel Wrap

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Soleil Cashmere Travel Wrap – $259.00

Although the weather isn’t cooling down quite yet, Autumn is inevitable, whether we like it or not.

We just received a shipment of these beautiful (and C-O-Z-Y) cashmere travel wraps from Soleil Cashmere, and we have to say, they’ve got us almost excited for the cold weather ahead.

They’re called travel wraps because of their versatility, so even if you’re no globetrotter, you can still use these as a warm scarf/blacket because who doesn’t want to be constantly draped in soft, 100% cashmere?

There are about a million (well, actually, it’s more like 13) different colours to choose from, so there’s definitely a travel wrap for everyone.

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There’s also about a million (well, actually, we haven’t done an official count, but we are guessing there’s a lot) ways to wear it as well. See? Versatile!

Stop by the shop and check them out!

Style Inspiration: The Man Repeller

In the interest of uniqueness, Layover Boutique carries one size run per item we carry in store. Naturally, we also gravitate towards interesting pieces that we think are a little extra special, which is why we are all about Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller, a blog that celebrates being an individual.

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New In: Transitional Pieces

It’s that time, ladies! Autumn collections are trickling into shops across the city, and while none of us are really prepared for fall/winter quite yet, it’s time to start stocking up on fall pieces that you can still wear right now, in this warm weather. Layering pieces, light knits, and neutral colours are the key, we think, to buying clothes that will seamlessly transition through changing seasons and weather. Here’s what we’ve got in the shop so far:

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Tyler Madison Harem Pant – $139.00 | Bishop + Young Textured Crop Shirt – $105.00 | De’DeMoo Leather Purse – $245.00
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Bishop + Young Fuzzy Cropped Sweater – $99.00
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Bishop + Young Fuzzy Cropped Sweater (photographed above) | Bishop + Young Black Slip Dress – $109.00
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Bishop + Young Mock Neck Sleeveless Sweater – $89.00 | Articles of Society Boyfriend Jeans – $115.00 | United Nude Leather Sandals – (SALE) $165.00

There’s more selection in the shop, so stop in and have a look! Or, stay tuned for more blog posts!

Style Inspiration: Nicole Richie

We’re always looking for style inspiration to fuel our creativity. If you’re like us, and  need a creative boost now and again, look no further! Our “Style Inspiration” series will feature style in all forms: interiors, fashion, and people who we think have that certain je ne sais quoi about them that we wish we could bottle and sell.

For our first installation in the series, we’ve chosen none other than Nicole Richie. We love that she mixes bohemian elements with a lot of glamourous vintage-inspired looks for her House of Harlow collection, as well as her personal style. Here are some of our favourite Nicole Richie looks, as of late.

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All photos, via @nicolerichie on Instagram

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CONTEST!

IMG_5034If you’ve been following Layover Boutique on social media, you may know, or have even entered in the #findyoursoleil contest we’re having with Soleil Cashmere.

Well, at long last, the day has arrived: a winner has been randomly chosen!

IMG_5120The winner of 7, yes, SEVEN cashmere sweaters will be announced in the next few days, so keep an eye out, be sure to keep your fingers crossed—you could be the winner!

And a H-U-G-E thank you to everyone who entered. We were so happy to see so many cashmere lovers participate in the contest. If you’re on the hunt for some cozy, high-quality cashmere, don’t forget that we’ve got many styles and colours in the shop!

5 Cocktails to Try This Long Weekend

Whether you’re at the cottage or relaxing at home, no long weekend is complete without a tasty beverage or two. Here are some tried (enjoyed) and true recipes for you to sip on.

Happy long weekend!

Recipe via savorynothings.com
Recipe via savorynothings.com

Spiced Green Tea Ginger Lemonade

Ingredients
1l (4 cups) water
15g (2 tablespoons) dried green tea leaves
80g (1½ cups) ginger, coarsely grated
10g (2 tablespoons, yield of ~3 large lemons) lemon zest
3g (about 10 pieces) cardamom pods
12g (about 2) cinnamon sticks
60g (3 tablespoons) agave nectar, plus extra to taste
100g (1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons) lemon juice
Ice cubes and lemon slices, to serve

Directions
1. Pre-heat a sous-vide water bath to 70°C (158°F).*

2. Boil the water and cool to 80°C (175°F). Add the green tea leaves and steep for 2-3 minutes. strain the leaves, discard and set the tea aside.

3. To a sous-vide bag add the ginger, lemon zest, cardamom and cinnamon sticks.  Pour the tea and agave nectar on top. Seal the bag and submerge in the water bath for up to 2 hours but at least 30 minutes. Remove from the water bath and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Strain.

4. Stir the lemon juice into the mixture and refrigerate until completely chilled. Taste for sweetener and adjust according to your taste.

5. Pour the liquid into a chilled 1 quart whipping siphon. Charge with 1 CO2 soda cartridge (NOT a N2O whipped cream cartridge!). Dispense over ice into individual glasses and serve immediately with additional lemon slices.

*If there’s no sous-vide water bath available, let the aromatics sit in the liquid in the fridge overnight, covered.

Serves: 4

Recipe via savorynothings.com
Recipe via savorynothings.com
Strawberry Lime Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients
3 tablespoons fresh strawberry purée (yield from about 2 large berries)
½ tablespoon lime juice
⅓ – ½ cup pink (or regular) champagne, prosecco or other sparkling wine, well chilled
Additional strawberries, lime wedges and mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Directions
Mix the strawberry purée with the lime juice and pour it into a champagne flûte. Carefully top with the champagne and garnish before serving immediately.
Serves: 1
Recipe via tasteslovely.com
Recipe via tasteslovely.com
 Tangerine & Honey Thyme Martini
Ingredients
Honey Thyme Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup honey
10 sprigs of thyme

Tangerine & Honey Thyme Cocktail
2 ounces vodka
Juice from 1 tangerine, about ½ cup
1 tablespoon honey thyme simple syrup
spring of thyme for garnish
Directions
1. In a small sauce pan, bring water and honey to a boil. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Keep an eye on it, the simple syrup will bubble up as soon as it starts boiling. Pour the warm simple syrup into a glass container and add the sprigs of thyme to steep. Transfer to the fridge to cool.

2.In a martini shaker, combine all the cocktail ingredients with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Serves: 1

Recipe via tasteslovely.com
Recipe via tasteslovely.com
Sparkling Peach Basil Sangria
Ingredients
4 cups peach nectar*
½ white sugar
1-1/12 cup basil leaves, separated
¼ cup lime juice
1 750ml bottle of sparkling white wine
1 peach, sliced
1 limes, sliced
¾ cup vodka (optional)
*If you can’t get peach nectar, you could use a peach mixture juice. Trader Joe’s has a great Orange-Peach-Mango juice.
Directions
1. In a medium size sauce pan, combine the peach nectar, sugar and lime juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved, just 1 or 2 minutes.

2. Remove from heat, and add in 1 cup basil leaves. Crush and muddle the basil leaves in the mixture to release the flavor. Pour the peach basil mixture into a heat proof container, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 4 days. The longer it sits, the more basil flavor there will be.

3. When ready to serve, strain the peach basil in large pitcher, discarding the used basil leaves. Combine the strained peach basil mixture with the sparkling wine and vodka (if using vodka), then add in 1 sliced lime, 1 sliced peach and ½ cup basil leaves. Stir to combine. Serve in a tall glass with ice and garnish with a wedge.

Serves: 4

Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com
Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com
Raspberry Limeade Slush
Ingredients
1 (1 liter/33.8 ounces) Key Lime Sparkling Water
1 (12 ounces) package frozen raspberries
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 (12 ounces) Limeade frozen concentrate
Lots of crushed ice
Fresh limes, for serving
Directions
1. Make sure the sparkling water has been chilled.

2. Combine the Key Lime Sparkling Water with the frozen raspberries, superfine sugar, and Limeade frozen concentrate in a very large blender.

3. If you don’t have a large blender, you may have to do this drink in two separate blends or it most likely will spill out of your blender. (I used my Wild Side Jar and Blendtec for this drink and it fit perfectly.)

4. Blend together until smooth.

5. If desired, rim your glasses with sugar by squeezing a lime around the rim and then dipping the glass in a bowl of superfine sugar (extra from the 1/4 cup called out for in the recipe)

6. Fill up the glass with crushed ice (either crushed superfine from a slushy machine or just regular crushed ice if desired) and then pour the drink into your glass.

Serves: 8