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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Shoes

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Black Leather Boots

Black boots are essential to any closet, especially when living in a four-season country! There are so many different styles, cuts, colours, and heel height options to shop, so when it comes time to find the ones for you, there are so many choices! Here are some links to shop: Charles David | Valentino Garavani | Christian Louboutin

Leather Riding Boots

This style of boot comes from English riding designs, specifically those of field boots, dress boots and hunt boots. Field boots were traditionally worn by military officers ranked “field officers” and are characterized by their black colour and lacing at the upper front part of the boot, which offered more flexibility. Dress boots are similar to field boots, however they do not have any lacing and are more structured. They are also mainly black in colour and some are cut extra high on the outside of the knee for added style. Lastly, hunt boots, which are traditionally worn for fox hunting, are much the same as dress boots, however they have a cuff at the top of the boot. Here are some links to shop: Lauren Ralph Lauren | Frye | Tory Burch

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Sandals

Sandals are perfect for warmer-weather seasons as they leave almost the entire foot exposed. There are 23 different types of sandals, all of which alternate materials, cuts, and colours. There are numerous ways one can style sandals, and they can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. Here are some links to shop: Christian Louboutin | Saint Laurent | Chloé

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Black Heels

If I could choose only one shoe to have, it would be a black heel. This is definitely the most classic shoe that has ever existed, and can be styled into virtually any outfit. Since this shoe will most likely be your most-worn one, it is important to prioritize quality and comfort. Paying a higher price for a shoe that will last you much longer saves time, money, and energy. Here are some links to shop: Versace | Christian Louboutin | Prada

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Nude Heels (or White Heels)

Nude- or white-coloured heels are almost just as much of a classic as black heels. These are more typically worn during warmer seasons with lighter-coloured outfits. Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Sam Edelman | Manolo Blahnik

Black Flats

Another great classic and a perfect alternative to heels, but with added comfort. This style of shoe is inspired by a ballet shoe and consists of a little or no heel. Just like heels, flats can be styled in multiple outfits, no matter the occasion. Here are some links to shop:  Salvatore Ferragamo |Tory Burch | Taryn Rose Collection

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White Sneakers

White sneakers are my go-to casual shoe! They really bring an athletic vibe to the outfit and are super comfortable! Sneakers became part of pop culture back in the 1970’s; hip hopers would wear mainly Nike, Puma and Adidas, while rockers would wear primarily Converse and Macbeth. In recent years, the white sneaker has made a come-back, especially with last year’s dad-sneaker trend. Here are some links to shop: Prada | Valentino Garavani | Adidas

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OOTD: Cherry Blossom

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Shop this look: Vince Camuto blazer (out of season; similar here) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Dynamite lace bodysuit | Nine West heels (on sale!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Walmart aviators (oos; similar here) | Roots Canada watch (from 12 years ago)

A light and airy look perfect for the brighter and warmer days of Spring! By using neutral-coloured basics as the core of the look, it is easy to vary the outfit by using different jackets/blazers and accessories. This season, I am totally loving wearing my white lace bodysuit paired with my white denim jeans; they are definitely on repeat and will be seen quite often. All I have to do is interchange certain pieces, my shoes, and my handbag to get a whole new outfit.

Being a university student with a VERY limited budget, I cannot afford to continually buy new things or to make a new purchase when something else is on trend. By purchasing neutral and basic pieces, I can make many more different outfits with a smaller amount of clothes. Definitely looking at quality and structure of the garment helps to keep clothing longer and helps to elevate your personal style and elegance. As much as fast fashion is very tempting, it ends up costing you more long-term.

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OOTD: Pink Tweed

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed jacket (on sale!) | RW&Co denim (out of season; similar here) | Dynamite lace bodysuit | Guess bracelet | Ivanka Trump heels (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

Such a feminine outfit for Spring! This tweed jacket is new and I am so excited to wear it! Styled with soft and delicate tones and dainty jewelry, this look is very elegant. Alternatively, this ensemble can be dressed up or down with different shoes, bags, and accessories. For a more casual look, one could wear white sneakers with a tote bag or small leather backpack.

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OOTD: Dusty Pink

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Shop this look: Lilysilk blouse (buy 1 get 1 40%) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Dynamite lace bodysuit | Ivanka Trump heels (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!) | Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle (Cartier dupe!)

I ordered this blouse sometime this year after seeing Sophie Shohet wearing it in one of her youtube videos. It is such an elegant blouse and I love the gold and pearl detailing on the collar. It is a classic cut yet is unique in its details. This piece can be dressed up or dressed down, whether it is for a dressy, casual, or business look.

That being said, I am definitely feeling the blush and white vibes this Spring, as seen with all the other blush and white outfits that are to come, and I hope you are too! Until next time, xox.

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Bags

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Leather Satchel

A satchel is a bag that is carried over the shoulder with a shoulder strap and that has handles. This style of bag originates from the messenger bag English students would use for school, hence the traditional Oxford and Cambridge satchel bags. Today, they are incorporated into everyday outfits, and are worn for numerous occasions.

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Structured Tote

A tote bag is a large bag that is used to carry a large number of items. They started as reusable fabric bags for running errands and purchasing groceries, but have evolved into their own fashion trend. For school, I actually use a tote bag instead of a backpack; it is much more fashionable and convenient and I still have enough room for my MacBook and other school supplies.

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Nude Shoulder Bag

Typically in a smaller size, this style of bag if worn over the shoulder. This is the most common bag style for designer brands, some of whose bags are iconic. For example the Chanel Boy Bag, Chanel Flap Bag, Gucci Marmont,  and Yves Saint Laurent Loulou, just to name a few. They are convenient for small daily necessities, such as keys, cards, and lipsticks. Due to their smaller size, they are lightweight and are easy to manipulate when moving around.

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OOTD: Cream & White Tweed

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed blazer (out of season; similar here) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Carrington Brigitte bag (oos) | Dynamite lace bodysuit | Sam Edelman heels | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

I have used this tweed blazer for a couple different OOTD posts, and I keep finding new ways to style it. I definitely LOVE this blazer and it fits me like a glove! I was recently gifted a new Karl Lagerfeld Paris blazer and am excited to share it with you all! Outfit for that will be coming soon!

This outfit focuses on the play of cream and black, with white as a neutral base. These colours are of such French influence, as seen with Chanel. By using mainly neutral colours, so many different outfits can be made and each garment can be styled in various manners. As much as I love my pops of colour, I for sure appreciate a more classic and neutral-toned wardrobe. I feel like during the Summer I bring out very bright and saturated colours, which all remind me of the Amalfi coast and of numerous Italian designers (ex: Dolce & Gabbana). However, during the rest of the year, my main colours are neutral, such as black and white, which is more of the French style.

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OOTD: Camel

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Shop this look: H&M sweater (out of season; similar here + on sale!) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Dynamite lace bodysuit | Nine West heels (on sale!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

Such a stylish and comfortable Spring outfit! I have mentioned this before, but an easy way to transition from Winter to Spring is to reuse your knitwear and to pair it with white denim. This helps to freshen, brighten and lighten your look for the warm-weather days. This outfit is comprised of basic and, individually, plain pieces. Playing around with them and styling them in alternate ways aids to bring your outfit to life, bringing it from drab to fab. Since this sweater is oversized, I like to do a front tuck and roll the sleeves; just by doing that it balances out the loose fit and adds character to the look. By wearing it off one shoulder, I can show off the lace detail of my bodysuit underneath, which adds a sexy and feminine tone to a rather boxy-looking ensemble. I finished the look with some dainty jewelry; these rings are a recent purchase and I am SO HAPPY to have bought them! I have always had very short and fat fingers, and so rings were always too tight. I found these in my size (ring size 9, eek) and I find they just tie my outfits together and really bring that element that was previously missing.