Fashion

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!

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

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

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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

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Green Monday Savings! Today Only

Dynamite – 30% all orders until 12pm + free shipping on $25+

Hudson’s Bay – 40% apparel by Levi’s, Calvin Klein Jeans, Buffalo David Bitton and more

Lily Silk – up to 90% off // buy 3 pay for 2 // $10 off every $250

Guess – extra 10% off order + free tote with $150+

Browns – 50-70% off selected styles

RW&Co – 30% off regular-priced merchandise // 40% off dresses and jumpsuits

Allsaints – 30% off all coats and sweaters

Boohoo – 60% off everything

Aldo – 30% every $150 + free shipping $70+

Saks Off Fifth – up to 80% off // extra 50% off with code FRIENDS

Saks Fifth Avenue – up to 60% off

Karl Lagerfeld – up to 50% off

American Eagle – 30% off jeans and joggers (online only)

Neiman Marcus – extra 20% off sale items

La Senza – buy one PJ, get another for $1 // buy 3 panties, get 5 free // up to 50% entire purchase (with exclusions)

Fashion

Fashion Find: Light-Wash Denim

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Zara Authentic Denim Pinafore Dress

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Off-White Front Pocket Dungarees

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OOTD: Denim on Denim

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Shop this look: Parasuco cropped denim jacket (oos; find similar here) | Dynamite blouse (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here)

Major 80s vibe with the denim on denim! I dressed up this look with a black blouse with leather appliqué. It is subtle yet brings it all together really nicely! This outfit can also be worn in a very casual manner, by simply swapping out the blouse for a tee or tank top. For shoes and accessories, I would pair it with a black leather cross body bag (ex: here & here) and black ankle booties (ex: here & here). For a more laid back look, I would wear white sneakers (definitely my go-to comfy shoes!).

Have an amazing day filled with sunshine!

 

Fashion

OOTD: Navy & White Fila

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This outfit combines chic with sport. The sweater is super comfortable (great for those lazy days), and looks even better paired with white denim, which makes the navy pop. I styled this look with a brown leather bag and shoes, which gives it a nautical vibe.

I have actually worn this outfit numerous times for midterms and final exams, as it is really easy to assemble, but still looks put together! I wore my favourite booties, as seen below. Alternatively, this outfit would look great with white sneakers too!

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Enjoy:)

Fashion

What’s In My Shopping Cart

Hello everyone! There are currently numerous end-of-winter/spring sales going on, and so I thought I would share with you some items that I am currently craving or that I have in my shopping cart. A winter to spring transition can sometimes be a little challenging, so now is the best time get it done! I know my spring wardrobe definitely needs updating! Enjoy!

Butterfly Sleeve Ponte Blazer, Blue, hi-res

Melanie Lyne Butterfly Sleeve Ponte Blazer

Topshop MOTO Oversized Denim Jacket

Le Château Crêpe de Chine V-Neck Blouse in Pink

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Zara Puff Sleeve Shirt

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Zara Pleated Linen Top

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Zara Poplin Shirt with Ribbed Placket

Calvin Klein Iconic Logo T-Shirt (50% off now!!!)

Calvin Klein Mandarin Collar Exposed Zip Roll-Up Sleeve Top in Black (50% off now!!!)

Solid Cami Blouse

RW&Co Solid Cami Blouse in Black

Dynamite Satin Cami with Lace

Dynamite Satin Cami with Lace

Cami with Adjustable Straps

RW&Co Cami with Adjustable Straps in Snow White

These polyester camisoles are so very practical. They are great for layering under sheer blouses, and are thin enough to wear underneath a cardigan or blazer.

Dynamite Belted Wrap Front Maxi Dress

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Zara Faux Leather Mini Skirt

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Zara Mid-Rise Basic Mini Skirt

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Zara Faux Suede Mini Skirt

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Zara Jogging Trousers with Side Stripes

DKNY Large Leather Shopper Tote (on sale now!!!)

I always opt for tote bags so that I can use them for school. They are large enough that I can fit my Mac and other school books.

Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Heel in Black Leather

My order has just arrived today, and they are definitely the COMFIEST heels I have ever worn. I also have these in Sand Leopard Brahma. Best heels ever!!!

Nine West Mana Leather Stiletto Sandals in Peach

Aldo Myly in Bone Suede

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Kate Spade New York Calfskin Leather Belt in Black

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Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown

Aldo Moano in Milk (on sale now!!!)

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday- Romantic Ruffles

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This outfit features three common neutral colours: navy blue, white, and nude. Even though this combination may seem simple, this look has a certain flare and embellishment, due to the pleated ruffles and bows found on the blouse. The waistband tie detailing also adds to the romantic tone of this ensemble.

Fashion

Spring Break Essentials

Spring break is coming up soon and maybe you have a trip planned somewhere warm and sunny. However, packing can be time consuming and overwhelming, especially if this is your first trip to a tropical destination. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Below I am sharing nine spring break essentials to make packing easy. Enjoy:)

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1. Bathing Suit

If you are going anywhere near water, you definitely need a bathing suit! Instead of putting pressure on finding the perfect bikini, find something that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin and that you like! Have fun with colours and patterns, and explore different styles! The worst part of a vacation is if you buy something that looks good on the hanger but you hate how you look in it. Don’t waste your vacation time thinking “Do I look fat in this?” or continuously sucking in your tummy; you’ll end up hating it. I personally love wearing one piece swimsuits, but that is just me. If you feel good in a bikini, that is absolutely fine too! Walk onto the beach like you own it:)

2. Beach Bag

Nothing is worse than getting to the beach and having to carry everything in your hands. Having a beach bag is practical and stylish! So useful for keeping your sunscreen, sunglasses, cover-up, and phone all in one place, securely tucked away. I enjoy having a neutral beach bag, so that is matches with almost all swim suits and cover-ups. Furthermore, I prefer when it can be zipped up and has pockets, due to personal experience. The one I had was just one big pouch, with no fastener or pockets. Everything was jumbled together, and I ended up having a bag full of sand and sunscreen spilling all over my phone:( Since then I have definitely learned my lesson!

3. Sandals

Strappy sandals with stiletto heels can be very cute, but so impractical for the beach. When you are getting out of the water, trying to fit wet feet into shoes is challenging. Also, heels tend to sink into the sand, making walking nearly impossible! I recommend flat, slip-on sandals, that can also be worn during the day when playing tourist. Moreover, again from personal experience, travel usually involves lots of walking, so having a flat sole will reduce the end-of-day foot pain.

4. Waterproof Phone Case

Something I regret not having on my trip is a waterproof phone case. I did not get the chance to take pictures when snorkelling with turtles, and dropping your phone in the ocean when trying to take that perfect wave picture is not a pleasant experience. Instead, make sure to have a phone case that permits you to bring your phone everywhere! Capture every part of your trip with no regrets!

5. Sunscreen

When travelling to sunny destinations, sunscreen is a must. The reality of sun damage and skin cancer is not amusing, but with the right precautions, can be avoided. I am allergic to most sunscreens, but not to Banana Boat. I especially love this particular recipe since it is waterproof and sweat proof, which is definitely necessary if swimming.

6. Self-Tanner

I do no know about you, but I very much dislike arriving to a location of sun and sand and being the only one that is pale. A good pre-vacation tan helps bring you get into the tropical mood sooner and all your time on the beach won’t be spent rotating every 15 minutes trying to get that perfect tan. Also, even though I tan quite easily, when I am not exposed to enough sun, I am naturally very pale. I almost look sick, so having self-tanner brings a lively glow to my general appearance. I have tried numerous self-tanners, and being that I work in chlorinated pools, I have had my share of failed products. However, I am absolutely in LOVE with St Tropez self-tanning mousse. It works like a charm and gives me the perfect colour. I prefer the mousse to the lotion since it is easier to apply and I feel like the saturation goes deeper into my skin. For application, I like to use the applicator mitt, which helps to spread it in consistent layers without any darker/lighter spots. I apply it after my night shower, and leave it overnight. When I wake-up, I take another shower. This is very important since it helps remove any excess product and seals the rest into your skin. Before discovering this trick, at the slightest drop of water the product would be removed and I would end up with white spots.

7. Cover-Up

Definitely a must! So useful when going back and forth between the beach, lunch, the washroom, and general walking around. Just like with the beach bag, I prefer a neutral colour so that is coordinates with all my bathing suits.

8. Sunglasses

Also an essential item, sunglasses bring style to an outfit and protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. There are various options, so play around with colour and shape. Find the ones that speak to you!

9. Sunhat

Great way of bringing shade to your face and protecting it from damaging sun rays. This is also an amusing accessory. Sunhats come in a huge range of styles, such as floppy hats, which happen to be my favourite. Something about them just says dolce vita (“sweet life” in Italian).

Insta Recaps

Instagram Recap: January 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

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Shop this look: Vero Moda sweater (out of season) | Calvin Klein jeggings (oos)

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Book worm for life! Shop these books: City of Heavenly Fire | The Hero With A Thousand Faces

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Shop this look: Hilary Radley sweater (oos; similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | H&M booties (oos; find similar here) | Danier bag (oos; find similar here)

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Winter weather, beautiful but so cold!

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Shop this look: Laura dress (on sale now!) | Costco pearl necklace | Pegabo heels (oos; find similar here

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Shop this look: Dynamite blouse (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | Aldo tote (oos; find similar here)

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Start of Inspiration Tuesday series. Every Tuesday, I will be sharing an outfit idea post. First one is Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

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Shop this look: Puma sweater (oos; find similar here) | Mondetta leggings

Fashion

Fashion Finds: High Heels

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Hazel Pointed Toe Heel in Bright White Leather (on sale now!)

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Hazel Pointed Toe Heel in Sand Leopard Brahma

 

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Hazel Pointed Toe Heel in Navy Denim

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Fiolla in Pink Misc (on sale now!)

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Tilley in Bordeaux (on sale now!)

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Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal in Classic Nude Leather

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Michael Kors Ashby Flex Pump in Pink (on sale now!)

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Imagine Vince Camuto Olive Black Velvet Pumps

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Kain Velvet Pumps in Wine

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Gianvito Rossi Pink Satin 105 Pumps

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Christian Louboutin Pink Suede Decoltish 100 Pumps

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Aquazzura Red Suede Love Tassel 110 Pumps

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Manolo Blahnik Velvet Logia Bow 110 Pumps

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Jimmy Choo Shocking Pink Romy 100 Pumps

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Pigalle 85 Nude Patent Leather Pumps

The best for last 🙂

Fashion

Fashion Finds: Boots and Booties

Hello again! One fashion item that I crave all-year around (especially now with all the fabulous sales going on) are shoes! They are an easy way to spice up an outfit, or to give a hint of personality.

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Calvin Klein Cailey Booties

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Portman Leather Riding Boots in Whiskey Leather (on sale!)

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Nine West Carrara Knee High Pointy Toe Boot in Black Fabric

Main Image - Louise et Cie Yuma Genuine Rabbit Fur Bootie (Women)
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Louise et Cie Yuma Genuine Rabbit Fur Bootie in Black Suede

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Louise et Cie Yuma Genuine Rabbit Fur Bootie in Gravel Suede

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Louise et Cie Yuma Genuine Rabbit Fur Bootie in Mulch Luxe Suede

I really could not decide which one I liked best so I included them all<3

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Coach Sutton Riding Boots in Saddle Leather

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Michael Kors Remi Bootie in Black Suede (on sale now!)

I love the fur pompoms!

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Vince Camuto Prini Leather Riding Boots

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Tory Burch Sofia Buckled Riding Boots

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Alexandre Birman Lora Genuine Rabbit Fur Bootie

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Francesco Russo Over the Knee Boot

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Stuart Weitzman Hiline Over the Knee Boot in Topo Suede