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Inspiration Tuesday: Tangerine

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This orange tone is super on-trend at the moment and makes for such a rich and saturated colour for the Summer! Accessorized with gold-toned pieces, this look is high quality with designer items, such as the Chanel bag and Christian Louboutin heels. Moreover, it is made fun with statement fashion jewelry that is cute and affordable!

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Favourite Items From Aritzia Sale!

DEXTER PANT - Cropped dress pant with side stripe

Babaton Dexter Pant in Lillooet/Espace

Original price: $148

Sale price: $73.99

ADIDAS TIGHTS - Mid-rise, workout leggings

Adidas Tights in black

Original price: $50

Sale price: $24.99

TREFOIL TIGHT - Mid-rise, workout leggings

Adidas Trefoil Tight in black

Original price: $50

Sale price: $30

THE YOKO SHORT - Fitted Denim Cut-Off Shorts

Denim Forum The Yoko Short in black

Original price: $88

Sale price: $80

GÉLAS SHORT - High-Waisted Paperbag Shorts

Wilfred Gélas Short in classic navy

Original price: $98

Sale price: $58

3-STRIPES LEGGING - Mid-rise workout legging

Adidas 3-Stripes Legging in black

Original price: $45

Sale price: $30

LOIRET CORSET - Sweetheart Neckline Corset Top

Wilfred Loiret Corset in oak

Original price: $85

Sale price: $50

SARIAH TOP - Cropped, linen bustier top

Wilfred Sariah Top in tawny orange

Original price: $78

Sale price: $38.99

THE NIAH WESTERN - Button-down denim shirt

Denim Forum The Niah Western in tequila a go-go

Original price: $98

Sale price: $48.99

THE PERFECT HOODIE - Classic pullover hoodie

TNA The Perfect Hoodie in rose frost

Original price: $70

Sale price: $48

ESSAMBA TUBE TOP - Cropped, knit tube top

Babaton Essamba Tube Top in white

Original price: $48

Sale price: $40

ESSAMBA TUBE TOP - Cropped, knit tube top

Babaton Essamba Tube Top in lillooet

Original price: $48

Sale price: $40

CROPPED HOODIE

Adidas Cropped Hoodie in black

Original price: $80

Sale price: $55

SUPERSTAR TRACK TOP - Classic track jacket

Adidas Superstar Track Top in black

Original price: $95

Sale price: $47.50

CUT OFF DENIM SKIRT

Wilfred Free Cut Off Denim Skirt in medium wash

Original price: $80

Sale price: $55

HAMPTONS STRAW HAT - Wide-brim straw hat

Auxiliary Hamptons Straw Hat in natural

Original price: $38

Sale price: $30

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OOTD: Pale Taupe

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Shop this look: RW&Co paperboy pants (out of season; similar here) | Dynamite lace bodysuit (oos; similar here) | Nine West heels (on sale!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Aldo bag (oos; similar here)

A dressy yet casual way of styling a neutral-coloured pair of paperboy pants. I think this outfit is perfect during Summer for a dinner or a night out with friends. Alternatively, these pants can be styled with more conservative clothing for a business casual office look. I decided to keep the outfit relatively simple with not much accessorizing or variation in colours and to put the emphasis and focus on the shiny and jewelled snake bracelet. I like how it serves the same purpose as a typical gold bracelet, yet is so much more bold and definitely adds personality to the overall look.

Life update: I am keeping busy at work teaching leadership courses and guarding full-time down at the beach. I am very happy to be spending most of my time outdoors and to be getting lots of sun! If you have seen my IG stories lately, you know that the tan line game is real haha. #lifeguardproblems

Other than that, I am looking forward to my last year of my undergraduate degree. As much as I believe that school is important, I cannot wait to graduate this coming Spring! I am also looking at purchasing a new phone and my first car within the year, so be prepared for even more budgeting tips as my budget just got tighter….In all honesty, it is difficult being on a tight budget and paying for school out of pocket as I go through it. It may not seem like it right now, but the benefits for sure outweigh the cons. I will be graduating debt-free, which is such a big accomplishment in itself, but I have also learned so much about  managing my money appropriately and I have gained a new found appreciation for the value of money.

Have a lovely weekend, xox

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4 Ways To Wear Leopard Print

Leopard print goes back as far as Ancient Egypt and today is now a prominent pattern in the world of fashion. Representative of boldness, confidence, and glamour. I believe this trend will never truly go out of style. I have always loved this particular print as far as my memory goes. Even as a toddler, I wanted to wear my spots!

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As A Belt

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Outfit details: OOTD: Leopard Print Detail

As Shoes

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Outfit details: OOTD: Luxurious Black

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Outfit details: OOTD: Holiday Gold

Sam Edelman leopard heels (on sale!)

As Jewelry

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Outfit details: OOTD: Ardor

As A Blouse

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Outfit details: OOTD: Spotted

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Outfit details: OOTD: Printed

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OOTD: Ardor

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Shop this look: Dynamite blouse (out of season; similar here) | Dynamite shorts (oos; similar here) | Aldo shoes (oos; similar here) | Aldo bag (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Leopard print bracelet

A bright and colourful look to take on the Summer heat! Spice up your wardrobe with a hot pink blouse, or any colour of your choice, and be up to date with 2019’s neon fashion trend. Instead of purchasing something that will be out of style later and that you will not be able to reuse, try finding something that suits your body type, personal style and personality and that you will be able to mix with many items in your current wardrobe.

As much as I like more of a classic wardrobe with neutral tones, I find myself drawn to very saturated colours for the Summer. It makes me think of the Amalfi coast, with its vivid azure ocean and magenta-coloured flowers found throughout the towns.

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See some of my more colourful outfit ideas below:

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OOTD: Belted

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Shop this look: Lilysilk blouse (on sale!) | Kensie denim (similar here) | Sam Edelman heels | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Zara belt (out of season) | Chanel wallet

A simple yet very chic outfit! Using basic pieces as the foundation of the look, and building it up with designer accessories and quality gold jewelry. Because I am using a very neutral colour palette of black and white, I decided to be bolder in my choice of belt. This gold chain and pearl belt from Zara is a total Chanel dupe that came into fashion in 2018.

 

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OOTD: Parisian

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris blouse (out of season; similar here) | Kensie denim (similar here) | Sam Edelman heels | Calvin Klein denim jacket (similar here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren scarf (oos; similar here) | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Gold bracelet & earring set from Spain | Chanel sunglasses

A classic black and white look that will never go out of style! Even though it is a monotone outfit, there are numerous feminine touches that create its charm; the lace collar, the detailed buttons, the dainty gold jewelry and the silk scarf on the handle of the bag.

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OOTD: Karl

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris blouse (out of season; similar here) | Kensie denim (similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld Paris bag (oos; similar here) | Coach loafers (oos; similar here+ on sale!) | Melanie Lyne bracelet | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Gold bracelet & earring set from Spain

A classically-styled outfit perfect for Summer! Elegantly fashioned in all white and accessorized with black tones. This look is very Parisian-inspired and is a dressed-down version of what could be worn to the office; the blouse could be worn tucked into a black pencil skirt or the loafers could be worn as an alternative to heels.

I just wanted to say a few words in the memory of Karl Lagerfeld. He has been one of my favourite designers and I have always loved his pieces. He was such a fabulous source of inspiration and has brought so much to the world of fashion. May he rest in peace.

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4 Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf

Silk scarves are a great way to accessorize an outfit. In recent fashion, in addition to being worn around the neck, they have been styled on handbags, wrists, in hairdos, and worn as belts. These trends originate from the French woman’s love of wearing scarves on a daily basis from which stemmed a need to functionally carry them around after being worn. Storing a scarf inside a purse might not always be the best option; the bag might be too small or you might not want to get makeup and lipstick stains on your scarf. The French woman has developed different methods of carrying around her silk scarves in a practical manner that over time have become a fashion trend in its own.

There are a few reasons why silk makes for the best of scarves:

  • silk will not make you overheat and will act as a wind-breaker. Even in Summer, they are worn during car rides in a convertible or on a boat ride.
  • silk will hold its shape and hardly ever wrinkles. It can be shoved at the bottom of a bag and still look good once taken out.

 Below are different ways to wear a silk scarf.

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With A Ponytail – When you are on the go, it is super easy to throw your hair into a ponytail and to tie your scarf around it. Can be worn as a bow or just tied into a simple knot on a high or low ponytail. It is a great way to accessorize an outfit or to glam up a simple hairdo, and accomplishes the goal of getting the silk scarf out of the way after it has been worn.

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In A Bow On A Handbag  Everyone knows how to tie a bow. This method works on all handbags and takes hardly any time! It is a great way of stowing your silk scarf and definitely makes your handbag look chic.

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Tied Around The Neck In A Simple Knot – By wrapping the silk scarf around once and knotting it prevents it from being chunky around the neck. It is more easily achieved with a skinny or slim scarf. Letting it drape down is not only part of the simplicity of the look but also adds fluidity to an outfit.

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Wrapped Around The Handle Of A Bag – An alternative to tying the silk scarf in a bow. It may look complex, but in actuality takes minimal time to achieve such a luxurious result.

Outfit details: RW&Co blouse (out of season; similar here) | American Eagle denim (oos; similar here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren scarf (oos; similar here)| Danier bag (oos; similar here)  | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Gold bracelet & earring set from Spain | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!)

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OOTD: Printed

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Shop this look: Zara blouse | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Guess belt | Zara bag | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!)

I am loving how casual, yet chic this outfit is! Using a pair of jeans and white sneakers is definitely the way to go when dressing down a blouse or a more attention-grabbing top. I would totally wear this for travelling or even for a day at school. It is functional and comfortable yet is still super stylish!

Happy Monday!

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OOTD: Sporty Tweed

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed jacket (on sale!) | Kirkland Signature men’s tee | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Guess belt | Halifornia hat | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

I love the mix of high-end and athletic this outfit presents. When I first got this jacket, I never thought to style it in such a casual manner. After I got thinking, I wanted to experiment and see, and I really love the resulting look. It is super stylish but relaxed enough to actually get things done in the day. This could also be a great look for travel. Moreover, I love wearing baseball caps and I really appreciate how I can incorporate them into a chic outfit such as this.

Have a lovely weekend!

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OOTD: White Tee

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Shop this look: Kirkland Signature white tee | Zara leggings (out of season; similar here) | Zara bag | Melanie Lyne bracelet | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Swarovski studs | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here)

A very casual and comfortable athleisure look. Perfect for running errands, going to the gym, or just wanting to have a relaxed day at home. I like taking these active-looking outfits and sprucing them up with jewelry and a nice bag to make them a bit more glamorous and feminine.

The day I shot this outfit, I also talked about men’s tees on my IG stories. Just to recap that conversation, men’s shirts are a lot better quality, with a thicker material that is not see-through and does not stretch, for a way better price! The one I am wearing comes in a pack of four for $20 at Costco! That comes to $5 a piece, which is an AMAZING deal!

Quick life update: I apologize for not being so active on my blog or IG lately; I have been SUPER busy!!! I have officially left the nest and spread my wings. After a lot of back and forth and after finding time between shifts, I have FINALLY moved into my very first apartment! There is still much to do, boxes to unpack, and things to buy however it is progressing bit by bit. It is a pretty big adjustment, however I am excited to be completely settled in!

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OOTD: Camellia

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Shop this look: Le Château sweater (on sale!) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Carrington Brigitte bag (oos) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Nine West heels (on sale!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

I have basically been living in white and pink combinations recently! Loving this palette for Spring though. I find the easiest way to make a large number of different outfits with a small selection of clothing is building the core of your outfit in neutral colours and adding one item of colour/print to make it unique from all the other outfit combinations. You have probably noticed a lot of white-based outfits recently, yet all the outfits differ from each other and have their own twist. I only have one pair of white denim and only one white camisole, which is more than enough to build that basic outfit from which you can then add something special.

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Accessories

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White & Black Camisoles

One of my favourite basic pieces in my wardrobe. They definitely are super useful and help build the core of so many different outfits for various occasions. There are many styles of camisoles, some with lace, others with embroidery, or even plain. They are all good options to explore. Another thing to look at when buying one is the material. The optimal camisole is silk, since it does not stick to your skin and has many other benefits, which I talked about HERE. Here are some links to shop: Theory | SUISTUDIO | Anine Bing

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Silk Scarf

Such a luxurious accessory to spruce up any outfit. Truly ties everything together, and adds a touch of personality through the use of colour and pattern. A recent trend is to tie a silk scarf around a pony tail, or even wrap it around the handle of your purse. Here are some links to shop: Valentino Garavani | Gucci | Burberry

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Leather Gloves

Leather gloves are a must-have if you live in a colder-weather location. They keep your hands warm and supple by preventing your skin from drying out and cracking with the cold. They are not bulky on your hands, which makes them more manageable and a better alternative when driving. Leather is a higher-quality material that will not wear down as easily as others, and stretches to your hand to give you the perfect fit. I shared a couple of stylish options in THIS POST. Here are some links to shop: Gucci | Max Mara | Agnelle

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Black & Brown Leather Belts

Belts are a must-have in my life. If you are like me, I need to belt most of my pants, more so for practicality than for style. Black and brown are classic, neutral colours that pair very easily with black or brown shoes and bags. If you have been with me for a while, you know that I always colour coordinate those three accessories. As mentioned above, leather is a high-quality material and will make your belt last much longer. Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent |  Gucci | Michael Kors

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OOTD: Spotted

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Shop this look: Zara blouse | RW&Co denim (out of season; similar here) | Guess belt | Sam Edelman heels | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle (Cartier dupe!) | Guess lion bracelet | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here)

I have always loved leopard print and I finally have a blouse in this print! I was so excited to finally be able to wear it! Styling this blouse with white denim brightens the overall outfit and lightens the look for Spring. Alternatively, I would wear this blouse with white or blue denim shorts in the Summer, and a black skirt or pants for the Fall and Winter.

Happy Monday, xox

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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.

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OOTD: Amethyst

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Shop this look: Babaton sweater (out of season; similar here) | Dynamite pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Karl Lagerfeld Paris bag (oos; similar here) | Nine West heels (on sale!) | brooch from Italy | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

Its rather cold this Spring and so I am back to wearing knitwear. This sweater was actually borrowed from my grandmother; she is very fashionable and is always looking at the latest trends. I guess I can say that fashionistas run in the family haha. I also just bought these white heels on major sale at Saks Fifth Avenue! I have always wanted white pointed-toe heels and have had my eyes on THESE for some time now. When I saw these equally good ones on sale, I could not resist.

In terms of the outfit itself, I wanted to combine feminine aspects with an edgier vibe. The soft lilac colour and dainty jewelry add a very delicate and pretty ambiance to the outfit. However, the boxy cut of the sweater gives it a looser fit and does not define the waist and curves as much. The skinny leather pants help to balance out the looseness by hugging the legs and adding a moto or rocker look.

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Dresses

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Little Black Dress

This style of dress originates from Coco Chanel and Jean Patou in the 1920s, where the aim was to create a dress that affordable, versatile, neutral in colour, and appealing to the majority of the market. Its many uses include business wear, cocktail dress for lunches and dinners, and even can be dressed up for special occasions for a more glam or ornamented look. Here are some links to shop: Eliza J | Michael Kors | Dress the Population

 

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OOTD: Marigold

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Shop this look: H&M sweater (out of season; similar here) | Chanel Fall 2017 limited edition bag | Dynamite leather pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet (oos; similar here) | Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bracelet | Guess twisted magnetic bracelet | Sam Edelman heels | Dynamite bodysuit

This outfit is perfect for April weather, using both Winter and Spring pieces. Wearing colourful knitwear is an easy and affordable way to use your winter attire in Spring  and Summer outfits. I actually purchased this sweater in last summer on major sale, following my shopping technique of buying outside of the season. You can read all about that HERE.

On another note, I have decided to change my posting schedule from Monday-Friday to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Basically I am just cutting out Wednesdays.

Happy Easter Monday, xox

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Bottoms

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White Denim

Now a days, white denim is just as a classic as blue denim. Usually worn during the Spring and Summer seasons, white denim helps bring out the saturation of coloured tops and accessories. Here are some links to shop: Hue | AG | Balmain

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Leather Pants

Leather pants originate back to the Native American tribes, and then were worn by the cowboys in Western America. Skipping forward to the 1950s, greasers were a huge fan of leather, which became a representation of teenage rebellion. They really came into fashion in the 1960s, inspired by rock n roll musicians, such as Eddie Cochran, Jim Morrison, and even Elvis Presley.  They progressed into 1970s fashion, and then into the  1980s where punk fashion became even more popular. Today, leather pants are still a major trend in the fashion industry, and have made a recent comeback in the past year. Here are some looks to shop: Topshop | Habitual | Good American

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Dark-Wash Denim

Denim originates from 19th century America, where the first pair manufactured was by a tailor called Jacob Davis. He then partnered with Levis Strauss & Co., making that the first company to mass produce denim pants. Today, denim is fully integrated into our fashion trends, and are now worn almost daily. Dark-wash denim is considered the more expensive and luxurious of all jeans, because of the amount of dye that goes into their production. Here are some links to shop: Articles of Society | Hudson Jeans | Paige

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Straight Leg Trousers

Mainly used for business attire, straight leg trousers are a staple in any wardrobe. They are very versatile, and add structure and class to an outfit. Here are some links to shop: Akris | BOSS | Karen Kane

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Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts are, once again, more common in an office setting, however can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Aside from the solid black, they come in multiple different colours and patterns. They are characterized by the tighter-fit, following the shape of the hips and legs, and narrowing at the knees. There are many pencil skirt lengths, some ending at the mid-thigh, above the knee, or below the knee. The longer the skirt, the tighter it gets as it progresses down. Here are some links to shop: Rachel Parcell | St. John Collection | Halogen

A-Line Skirt

This style of skirt is fitted at the waist and hips, and gradually gets wider towards the hem. This term actually originates from Christian Dior’s 1955 collection, which portrayed the most desired silhouette in Paris at that time. This shape of clothing can also be seen on other articles of clothing, such as dresses and coats. Here are some links to shop: Cece | Gucci | Ming Wang

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Budget-Friendly Easter Dresses

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Zara Buttoned Dress – $49.90

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Dynamite Maxi Cami Dress – on sale for $25

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Zara Spring Favourites

Spring will be upon us soon and so will the warmer and sunnier days. It is time to put the coats and boots away and to bring out bright and light clothing! Even though I will not be going out and buying these items, it is still nice to browse and to see which trends are more prominent for this new season. Below, I am sharing my favourite Spring pieces from Zara.

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Tuxedo Jacket

I would style this with denim shorts, heels, and a lace cami bodysuit or a band tee for a more casual look.

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Dark Khaki Duster Coat

Style with white denim and white heels, or light-coloured trousers and wedges for an airy yet sophisticated look.

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Lingerie-Style Top in white

Definitely an essential piece to any wardrobe. Very versatile for numerous outfit combinations and occasions!

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Shirt With Pockets in coral

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Shirt With Pockets in pink

Pink- and coral-coloured blouses are probably my favourite items to wear during the Spring. Brighter and more saturated colours bring out one’s skin tone in a lively manner. My favourite way to style a top such as this is with white denim, to really bring out the colour.

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Buttoned Blazer in pink

Definitely love pink blazers, considering I own a pink blazer and it is one of my most worn pieces for Spring. Can be worn casually with a white tee and denim shorts, or as a set for the office.

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Halter Top Dress

I love wearing bold-coloured maxi dresses, especially for late-night dinners during the Summer or for tropical vacations.

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Striped Printed Shirt

Major nautical vibe with this shirt! Style with white skinny jeans and heels, white loose trousers and wedges, or even white cotton shorts and sandals. The white bottoms help make the blue of the shirt more saturated and more appealing to the eyes.

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Animal Print Triangular Swimsuit

Nothing gets you ready for Summer like a cute bathing suit!

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Sweaters

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Cotton Cardigan

A great piece for layering over a blouse or shirt. Having a cotton cardigan with a finer weave creates a sleek and professional look, perfect for the office, but can also be worn in a more casual outfit. Here are some links to shop: Comme des Garçons Play| Vince | Tory Burch

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Chunky Knit Cardigan

 A really good alternative to a classic cotton cardigan, however with thicker strands for added warmth, texture, and comfort. Predominately worn during the Fall and Winter, it is an easy piece to wear for layering over a camisole or blouse, and under a coat. Here are some links to shop: Wilfred | Design Lab Lord & Taylor | Polo Ralph Lauren

Chunky Knit Sweater

This item is literally all I wear during the Winter. It is comfortable and can is a great layering piece to keep warm. Chunky knitwear is a fun garment, since it comes in so many different colours and weaves. For an elegant and luxurious look, try neutral colours and natural fibres. More on that HERE. Here are some links to shop: Canada Goose | The Group by Babaton | Dior

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Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere is a fine, soft wool that originates from the Kashmir goat. It is one of my favourite natural fibre for clothing, read all about why HERE. Cashmere makes for elegant sweaters that are so versatile in use. They can be dressed up, dressed down, and even styled for an office-look. Here are some links to shop: Victoria Beckham | Vince | Polo Ralph Lauren

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OOTD: Brown Leather Details

Shop this look: Dynamite blouse (out of season; similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos) | Michael Kors bag (oos; other colours) | Guess belt | Aldo booties (oos; other colours) | Walmart sunglasses

This was my school look today; very easy to style and follows my outfit formula. Click HERE to read all about it! It is finally starting to feel like Spring and I can finally wear something other than winter boots, so I have brought out my most-worn, and SUPER comfortable, ankle booties. If you have been following me for a while, or have read some of my other OOTD posts, you know very well that I like to match my metallics and leathers. Since my booties are brown leather, I paired them with my brown leather tote and brown leather belt. All the metallics are gold-toned, as seen by my bag, belt buckle, sunglasses, and by the buttons on my blouse. Speaking of which, I have been wearing this blouse for over seven years now, and it is still going strong! It is a classic piece and with how frequently I wear it, has definitely paid off.

On a side note, I am in the homestretch of my third year at university, with finals coming up in the next few weeks. I apologize in advance if the amount of content I publish will diminish, but rest assured, it is only temporary until school is less of a rush. I have 13 assignments due in a 14-day period. Wish me luck.

xox

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe- Coats, Jackets, & Blazers

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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

Wool Coat

This coat is definitely an essential fashion staple. It can be during Fall through Spring, styled with different accessories for unique looks. Its classic cut goes with everything; whether you are wearing a dress, skirts, dress pants, or jeans, you will always be fashionable. The wool material provides a certain standard or quality and warmth not found with acrylic or polyester. Pea coats come in a variety of colours, however purchasing one in a neutral colour looks more expensive (due to natural fibres being neutral in colour) and is much more versatile. Here are some links to shop: Givenchy | Max Mara | Dolce & Gabbana

Trench Coat

Trench coats are loose, belted, double-breasted raincoats in a military style. They are very practical during Fall and Spring, to provide a little warmth against the wind and to stay dry in the rain. Trench coats can be effortlessly styled with all outfits. They come in a variety or colours, however once again I recommend purchasing one in a neutral colour for it to come into further use. Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Burberry | Ted Baker London

Military Jacket

Military jackets, also known as officer’s jackets, are a suit-type jacket of who’s style originate from British militia uniforms. Iconically known for the double-breasted front and gold buttons, this jacket also comes in a variety of colours and cuts, sometimes with further gold ornamentation along the sleeves, shoulders, and collar. Here are some links to shop: Ralph Lauren | Saint Laurent | Saint Laurent

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OOTD: Black & Cream

Tweed Jacket

Brought to life by Chanel, this iconic jacket emirates elegance and class. Gabrielle Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion in the 1920s and 1930s, inspired by menswear. Back then, women were constricted to corsets and thus could not move comfortable. She began to wear her beau’s clothes, and quickly noticed the suppleness and comfort of his clothes. To this day, the tweed jacket still recognized as the archetypal Chanel look. Here are some links to shop: Karl Lagerfeld | Chanel | Rebecca Taylor

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

Black Blazer

Owning a black blazer is almost just as important as owning undergarments; it is a essential piece of clothing in this modern world. It can be styled for casual, business, and formal wear; the possibilities are endless. There are numerous cuts and details, so find one that speaks to you! Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Balmain | FRAME

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe Series

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Welcome back! I have decided to introduce a new mini-series to my blog: the Timeless Capsule Wardrobe. It has been a long-time coming, so I am excited to finally be sharing it with you all.

As you know, I am currently in university and am living the life of a broke student 😦 My reality involves working 30+ hour weeks to be able to pay for school out-of-pocket as I go. My goal is to avoid student loans in order to graduate debt-free. It is doable, however it is challenging and takes great discipline in order to maintain a tight budget.

Unfortunately, as much as I love fashion and beauty, I do not have the funds to afford all the luxuries that I desire. Therefore, when shopping, my philosophy is putting more money towards one item with high quality that I know will last me a long time. I am not a fan of fast-fashion; buying multiple cheap clothing items of low quality that do not last long. You might get a couple of wears out of them before having to purchase a whole new item once again. This shopping mentality not only exhausts your money, but also your time. Time that could be spent at your job working and making more money (increasing your cash inflow), instead of spending more money (increasing your cash outflow).

With that in mind, I have chosen a few items that I find every wardrobe needs, but that create a variety of timeless outfits. The whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to exploit as many different outfit combinations with a select number of clothing items. The trick is to buy neutral pieces that can alternate well with each other.

Every week, I will be posting a continuation of this series, focusing on a certain type of clothing item. First one to come will be about coats, jackets, and blazers. Stay tuned!

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Accessorizing Your Look With Jewelry

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Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bangle | Guess twisted metal cuff

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Guess vera lion gold-tone bracelet

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black chandelier earrings oos; similar here

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bangle

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pink Biwa pearl bracelet (handmade gift); similar here

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Roots watch oos; similar here | silver bracelet (handmade from Greece); similar here

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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black chandelier earrings oos; similar here

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

 

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Shopbop Sale Favourites

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Why I Choose Natural-Fibered Clothing

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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

When looking at clothing and deciding on making on purchase, the material and texture of the clothing items play a huge factor in my decision making process. I always try to opt for high-quality, natural-fibered clothing that will look and feel good on my body and that will last a long time. There are numerous types of natural fibres used in the fashion industry, the most common being cotton, wool, cashmere, linen, and silk. There are many advantages to choosing them over synthetic materials.

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

Sustainability & decomposition. Since natural fibres come from nature, they are a much more environmentally-friendly alternative. They help maintain a sustainable environment since they can decompose easily. Conversely, synthetic fibres take much longer and much more effort to fully decompose. They are man-made plastics that do not break down easily.

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OOTD: Neutral Knit

High-quality. Natural fibres are of better quality than synthetic fibres. They last longer since the fibre is stronger. Moreover, they are more breathable and are softer. The clothing item is thus more durable and retains its shape, structure, and colour. Synthetic-fibered items tend to deform after a couple of washes and significantly fade with time, making them look cheaper. Synthetic fibres are also more likely to pill, which is when fabric forms small balls of fluff on its surface. The longer the fibres, such as in silk and linen, the less likely a fabric will pill.

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OOTD: Business Casual

Creates a luxurious and elegant style. Instead of feeling sticky and constricting, natural fibres are softer and breathable. They can better absorb moisture, which draws it away from your body, leaving you feeling fresh instead of sweaty.  Furthermore, natural-fibered clothing hold their shape for a very long time, hence stay beautiful for a very long time. They do not wear down easily, even with frequent washes. Moreover, most luxurious outfits and wardrobes are mainly comprised of neutral colours. Since they come from plants and animals, natural-fibered clothing are usually found in neutral tones. Cotton is naturally off-white, linen is naturally cream/beige, wool is naturally white/grey/cream/brown/black, etc. The less natural-looking the colour, the more it looks man-made and “fake”. Not that bold colours are unfashionable, in fact numerous natural fibres are dyed. However neutrals are generally more luxurious.

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OOTD: Pinky

Less toxic. Natural fibres are a healthier alternative for your body and skin. Since they come from nature, your body is naturally inclined to be more accepting of those materials, and less likely to have an allergic reaction or a rash. In addition, they are not made up with any chemicals, unlike synthetic fibres, which are predominately produced with plastics. Dyes are also not very healthy, as they can further irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. As in the previous point, natural-fibered clothing are naturally neutral in colour, and do not require as much dye work as synthetic fibres.

For future shopping endeavours, take a look at the materials and see how the fabric feels in your hands. Realistically, natural-fibered clothing are more expensive, but they last so much longer and the pay-off is so worth it!

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OOTD: Pinky

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Shop this look: H&M sweater (out of season; similar here) | Parasuco moto leggings (oos; similar here) | Kirkland Signature boots (total Ugg dupe!) | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bracelet | Guess twisted metal bracelet (total David Yurman dupe!) | Aldo medallion (on sale!)

A sweet look to warm up your winter days. It has been cold lately, and I cannot wait for Spring and the warmer weather it brings. This look is really easy to recreate and can be worn with any style and colour of knit sweater combined with black leggings. It is hard to see in the pictures, however these leggings actually have diagonal seams running along the legs. It gives it a moto style, making the outfit edgier and balances out the sweetness of all the pink tones.

Also, I just want to apologize for my lack of content last week. It was my school reading week (basically my spring break) and decided to take time off of blogging to focus on work.

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American Eagle– online only: 25-60% off everything // free shipping

RW&Co– leggings 2 for $45.90 each // tops 2 for $39.90 each // get $50 in RW&Co money for every $50 dollars you spend // free shipping $120+

La Vie En Rose– free shipping on all regular priced swimwear // heart pillows buy 1 get 2 free // free shipping $50+

La Senza– Bras 40% off // lingerie + kimono + hosiery set for $95 // Remix bras 2 for $32.95 // Remix panties 7 for $29.95

Victoria’s Secret– free shipping on $100USD // panties 10 for $35USD // beauty bags buy 1 get 1 free // The Mist Collection, Rollerballs, & Mini Mists for $6 // small backpacks for $35USD // free slides with $50USD Pink purchase // free slides + travel duffel bag with $100USD Pink purchase // Pink panties 10 for $35USD // Pink Mini Mist for $5USD // Pink Mists & Bodycare for $7USD // Pink sport bras for $10.95USD // Pink long sleeve waffle tee + high waisted leggings for $39.95USD // Pink wash + lotion + mist + beauty bag for $32.50 // Pink wash + lotion or scrub + face mask + beauty bag for $14.50USD

Lily Silk– up to 90% off // buy 2 get 1 free on selected items // $10 off $250+ / $20 off $500+ // sweaters buy 1 get 1 50% off // silk PJs up to 30% off // silk pillowcases buy 1 get 1 40% off // clothing buy 1 get 1 20% off selected items // silk bedding sets $10 off $500+ // silk duvets up to 30% off

Hudson’s Bay– extra 15% off & 10% off selected home items with code EXTRA // intimates up to 25% off

H&M– 14% off + free shipping with code LOVE

Puma– free shipping

Cartier– free shipping

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End-of-Winter Season Sales!

Luisaviaroma– up to 70% off // free express shipping // free returns // imports fees included

Browns– up to 70% off // free shipping on $198+

Nordstrom Rack– dresses, sweaters, jeans, and boots up to 70% off

Aldo– up to 70% off // free shipping over $70+

Dynamite– 30% off selected dresses and jumpsuits // extra 30% off sale items // free shipping over $40

Saks Fifth Avenue– TODAY ONLY: spend $400 get $100 off, spend $800 get $200 off, spend $1200 get $300 off with code ILOVESAKS // free duties on all orders // free shipping over $100 CAD

Saks Off Fifth– Jeans buy 1 get 1 free with code BOGO // online only take an extra 20% off with code CONTEMP20 // up to 60% off jewelry // up to 80% off clearance // $199.99 suits for men with code 199SUIT // flat rate shipping of $15 CAD on $125 CAD+

Le Château– up to 60% off dresses, blazers & separates, jackets & coats // buy 2 tops for $15 each, for $25 each, or $30 each // 50% shoes & boots // jewelry buy 1 get 1 50% off // 50% off handbags // ties, bowties, pocket squares buy 1 get 1 50% off

American Eagle– 25%-60% off all AE jeans and joggers // all tees  starting at $15 // 50% off aerie bikini bottoms

Shopbop– 70% off final sale

Neman Marcus– up to 70% off cashmere

RW&Co– up to 70% off // free shipping over $120

La Vie En Rose– up to 70% off // free shipping on $50+

La Senza– Bras 40% off // lingerie up to 70% off // free shipping $75+

Victoria’s Secret– free shipping on $50 USD with code SHIP50VS

Lily Silk– 5$ off every $250 // buy 1 get 1 20% off selected items // up to 90% off clearance sale // free shipping over $45

Hudson’s Bay– 25% off selected styles // up to 25% off intimates // 50% off furniture // TODAY ONLY 75% off luggage // $50 off Nespresso machines // 25% off selected handbags

H&M– free shipping over $50 with code 0050

Calvin Klein– take 50% off sale items // free shipping on $99+

Adidas– extra 30% off outlet items // free shipping over $50

Puma– free shipping

Cartier– free shipping

Danier– up to 60% off

Melanie Lyne– free shipping $150+ // up to 50% off

Laura– free shipping $150+ // up to 50% off

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My Favourite Shopping App!

Hello dears! Before we get started with today’s post, I just wanted to apologize for the lack of content recently. I have been SUPER busy with midterms, work, and just life in general. More to come about that later.

For the past couple of months, I have been using the Shoptagr program on my browser. It is a browser application with which you save items (basically a massive wishlist!). It organizes your products, and notifies you when they goes on sale, are about to sell out, or are back in stock. Moreover, they provide you with coupon codes that are not widely known to the public! I used to bookmark items in a wishlist folder, and would have to manually check every couple of days for sales. Using Shoptagr saves me so much time in my busy life, and is so much more convenient and efficient.

Here’s a sneak peak to a few of my wishlist items.

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This post is not sponsored in any way, I thought I would just share it with you since it has changed my life for the better!

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe- Tops

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OOTD: Blazer Athleisure

Basic Cotton Tee

Having black and white cotton tees are some of the most basic wardrobe staples. They can be paired with almost anything, and are great for layering under sweaters, jackets, and blazers. These are very commonly sold and you do not need to spend a fortune to get a good quality tee. Moreover, buying from the men’s section can usually lead to better quality tees with thicker cotton, and they are usually a lot cheaper! Definitely worth checking out! Here are some links to shop: Caslon | Topshop | Theory

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OOTD: Shimmery Blue for Christmas

Blouse

Blouses are so versatile; they come in all cuts, styles, colours, and prints. When building your wardrobe, try to find classic styles that look and feel good. It can simply be a white blouse, but ornamented with a bow or gold buttons. Furthermore, I recommend silk, since it is not static and does not cling to your body. It falls nicely and does not wrinkle. Here are some links to shop: Valentino | Gucci | Akris Punto

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OOTD: Black & White Business

White Button Down Shirt

Along with a black blazer, a white button down shirt is a very important wardrobe essential. Especially useful in a business environment, they can also be worn countless of ways; paired with jeans, tied at the waist, or tucked into a skirt. Button down shirts can be found in various colours and cuts, and so find that fits your character! Here are some links to shop: Victoria Beckham | Lily Silk | Michael Kors

Breton Shirt

A breton shirt is characteristically known for its horizontal navy blue and white stripes. Originally worn by the French navy, it is now part of typical French style, brought to surface by Gabrielle Chanel in 1920s women’s fashion. Since both navy and white are neutral colours, this item may be paired with a diversity of jackets, blazers, vests, and so on. Here are some links to shop: French Connection | Saint James | Gap

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OOTD: Denim & Leather

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Shop this look: Calvin Klein Jeans denim jacket (out of season; similar here) | Halifornia shirt (use code LILYBELF20 for 20% off!) | Chanel Fall 2017 limited edition bag | Dynamite leather pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet (oos; similar here) | Guess bracelet | Sam Edelman heels

A stylish yet casual look perfect for school or running errands. This outfit focuses on being able to take basic pieces that can be found in almost all wardrobes, and styling them with luxurious accessories. You can usually find your typical black pants+tee+denim jacket outfit almost everywhere, but here I have glamourized it for a more high-street fashion look. Using real jewelry and designer accessories such as a Chanel brooch, luxurious leather bag, and black heels can really take your outfit to the next level.

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OOTD: Pink

Shop this look: Le Château sweater (on sale!) | Dynamite leather pants (out of season; similar here + on sale!) | Lady Hathaway coat (oos; similar here) | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | H&M booties (oos; similar here) | Guess bracelet

Loving this all pink & black look! It is feminine, edgy, and perfect for cold weather, all at once! This sweater is actually retailed as an over-the-shoulder sweater (as seen HERE), however I like to also wear it as a cowl-neck sweater. It is a great money-saving trick I use; I basically get two sweaters for the cost of one. Alternatively, this outfit can be recreated in a similar way with other colour combinations, once again using black as a neutral backdrop with coordinated accents of colour in the top and accessories.

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OOTD: Edgy Blazer

Shop this look: Keneth Cole NY blazer (out of season; similar here) | Halifornia shirt (use code LILYBELF20 for 20% off!) | Chanel Fall 2017 limited edition bag | Dynamite leather pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet (oos; similar here) | Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bracelet | Guess twisted magnetic bracelet | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here)

This outfit is really easy to style, using basic pieces found in most wardrobes: white sneakers, black skinny pants, white graphic tee, neutral blazer, and a black leather shoulder bag. Even though each item has its own individual style, putting them together creates a unique and fashionable look. The leather pants give off an edgy rocker character, the white sneakers are more hipster, the blazer creates a business look, and the black leather Chanel shoulder bag gives it classiness and elegance.

This is the type of outfit I wear to school most often; it is neither too fancy nor too basic. It is the perfect balance for that stylishly easy look. Moreover, it is the kind of outfit that can be worn almost year-round! As I am writing this post, it is currently -22 degrees Celsius, so I am gearing more towards a winter jacket, boots, a hat, and mittens.  Brrr! It is so cold, but at least we got some great snowfall! Ideal weather for hitting the slopes! That aside, it is the perfect outfit for Fall, during those cold-morning, hot afternoon days, and is great for transitioning from Winter to Spring.

Happy Monday loves ❤

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OOTD: Black & Cream

Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld tweed blazer | Dynamite lace bodysuit (on sale!) | Dynamite pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Sam Edelman heels | Chanel 2017 Limited Edition bag | Chanel sunglasses

This look is simple and classy, yet subtle. Using classic pieces, this outfit is easy to recreate with alternative styles of tweed jackets and classic leather handbags. The luxury lies in the details: the gold buttons, the shimmer thread occasionally woven through the tweed material, and the coordinated colour palette of black and cream.

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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

Shop this look: Danier coat (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Chanel Fall 2017 limited edition bag | Karl Lagerfeld Paris silk scarf (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Chanel brooch | Zara cap | Sam Edelman leopard heels

This outfit is definitely a classic when it comes to Fall and Winter fashion! I received this coat as an early Christmas present, and love it! I have been looking for the perfect one for years, and am so happy I finally have a camel-coloured wool coat! I had a few questions about why I would spend (in this case why Santa 😉 would spend) so much money one a single coat, when I could just get a one for less. Here is the answer: I believe in buying higher quality clothing items for more, that I can wear for 10+ years. As much as I appreciate budget-friendly stores, like Zara for example, continuously buying clothes that are of lower quality and are less expensive ends up costing you more in the long run. Not only is this a huge waste of money, but it is a waste of time (going out shopping and looking for replacement clothes) and it is not ecologically friendly. Clothing that you buy for a reduced priced that are cheap can only be worn a limited number of time before they stretch, fade, and unstitch, and end up in the garbage.

Obviously, being a university student is expensive, and I do not have that much money that I can spend for shopping and fashion. The way I approach shopping is by buying very infrequently and purchasing higher quality items that will last longer. I think I go shopping maybe three times a year, excluding when I find something at Costco. With Costco, they can have some pretty good items, even low-end designer items such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, for AMAZING prices! When I see something, I cannot wait and come back later, as it usually sells out within a few days. When I do go shopping, I do a lot of window shopping and do not usually end up buying anything in stores. I try on pieces that I like, and those that are a success, I add them as a bookmark or add them to my Shoptagr app. When I see that item go on sale, and if I still want it, only then will I make a purchase. As for sales, if it is only 15% off, I do not purchase it. 15% covers the taxes you would be paying for the item, hence does not actually get you a discount on the item price. Therefore, I only take advantage of a sale when it is 20% off or more. I also have a great strategy for online shopping to avoid shipping fees and how to get really good discounts, as seen HERE.

Going back to the coat, it cost Santa* approximately $300, including tax, on sale. I intend on keeping my coat for at least 10 years, so the item cost per year is $30. A similar style coat at Zara goes for $150, and would probably only last me at most 4 years, so the item cost per year is $37.5. It may not look like a huge monetary difference, but it adds up. Moreover, after 4 years, I would have to go look for another coat, wasting time, energy, and more money. Not necessarily money on the coat itself, but gas money or shipping fees, and salary money you would be making if you were at work instead of being busy shopping.

Hope this gives you an insight as to how I shop and proves to be useful for you as well. Enjoy you weekend ❤

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OOTD: Black & White Business

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Shop this look: Lily Silk blouse | Dynamite pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Chanel Fall 2017 limited edition bag | Sam Edelman heels | Costco diamond heart necklace | Costco akoya pearl studs | Guess bracelet | Melanie Lyne hinge bangle bracelet (oos; similar here)

This outfit is your typical street-style office wear look. A white blouse slightly tucked into skinny black pants and black stiletto heels, with a top knot to finish the look. A classic blouse paired with the leather pants is one of my favourite looks, and I have been sporting this so much recently, as it blends classic and feminine style with an edgier look. I especially like this silk blouse, as it is made from natural fibers (thus is not static and glides over my skin) and it is not see through. When purchasing this however, the sizing guide is very confusing and inaccurate, as with the size the models are wearing. I found that if you are bigger in the bust and shoulder areas, definitely size up. In my case, I usually purchase size medium for tops, however I ended up sizing up to a large.

For a more festive outfit, I would let my hair down in curls, and swap out the bag and jewelry for a glittery clutch and bold jewelry. Something along the lines of chunky black earrings and a huge fashionable gemstone ring.

This is something I would also wear for school, but would dress it down to make it more casual. I would wear white sneakers instead of heels and a black leather tote rather than the shoulder bag so that I am able to carry my MacBook and all my other school supplies.