Today is cause for celebration on Jemaroons because today's post is an outfit post, which, if you've been paying attention, hasn't been done in about a year. Outrageous. Since last summer, my personal style has definitely evolved and matured in a lot of ways, so let this serve as its public debut.
July 20th was a special day for two reasons: 1) It was my big brother's birthday (Happy 23rd, you oldie), and 2) It was the last day of Summerlicious Toronto; so naturally I suggested that the clan have a nice, semi-fancy lunch somewhere downtown for a change to celebrate. After browsing all the restaurant options, I decided to go with Ciao Wine Bar in Yorkville because the menu and place looked great! And it didn't hurt that it was only $15 for 3 courses. I'll say a few words about my experience later, but for now let's talk about what I wore.
Although Ciao is a really nice restaurant, it's not super formal at all, so I wanted to go for something smart casual. The H&M top I'm wearing is a recent addition to my wardrobe, and a piece I am currently obsessed with. To me, it resembles a casual baseball tee because of the striped pattern on the neckline and sleeves, as well as the boxy silhouette and long short-sleeves. But it's in this light, flowy material that feels like chiffon, which dresses it up. I love that it's longer in the back than front, and I think that the length and fit is just perfect for my shorter torso.Keeping it really simple and basic, I paired the top with my favourite boyfriend jeans cuffed at the bottom.
To complete the baseball chic look, I wore my sleek (but uncomfortable as hell) ASOS Hoxton sandals. I think it really pulls everything together. However, for the actual lunch I traded them in for my much more comfortable white Birkenstocks which are definitely more casual, but necessary when your family insists on walking around Yorkville for 1.5 hours prior to said lunch. Oh! Slapped on some red lipstick (Revlon Matte Balm in Striking) just to finish it off.
I really enjoy this outfit for its basic and chic look. Edit: Shoutout to my sister for the amazing pictures!
Okay, now onto lunch. The clan had such an amazing experience at this restaurant; I'm so glad I ended up picking Ciao! Our server was incredibly nice, down-to-earth, and friendly. The dishes were cooked to perfection and the portions were just right. I opted for the polenta fries with gorgonzola dip as an appetizer, salmone fresco atlantico as my main, and tiramisu for dessert. We all agreed the salmon could have used a sauce, but otherwise this meal was perfect! It was just such a comfortable and nice lunch out. Overall I highly recommend Ciao and will be back if I'm ever in the area.
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