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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: 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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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: 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: Edgy Red

Shop this look: Hilary Radley blouse (oos; similar here + 50% off!) | Dynamite pants (oos; similar here) | H&M booties (oos; similar here) | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Melanie Lyne bracelet (oos; similar here)

I am loving the combination of red and leather details in this outfit! Since we are nearing Christmas, it gives off a festive vibe, and can be worn for the office with black dress pants or tucked into a pencil skirt. Alternatively, it can be paired with a black party skirt for other holiday occasions. An easy trick for making your style more festive is to wear a bold coloured blouse (such as royal blue or red) combined with dressy pants or a dressy skirt, black heels, and some bling (ex: on a clutch or jewelry).

Instead of wearing traditional black pants, I opted for a pair with gold zippers and a leather waistband. This really makes them stand out from your typical black dress pants, and adds a moto-chic, edgy vibe to your overall outfit. These could also be worn with other colour blouses or knitwear during the Fall, or a plain white tee tucked in for the Spring.

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

Shop this look: Zara blazer | Calvin Klein Jeans jeggings (oos; similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld Paris silk scarf | Fall 2017 Chanel bag | Lauren by Ralph Lauren belt | Dynamite lace bodysuit (on sale!) | Melanie Lyne bracelet (oos; similar here)

This outfit is focused on using basic pieces all in black to create a neutral backdrop for luxurious details. It is accessorized with high quality items, such as a Chanel bag, a Karl Lagerfeld silk scarf, and a Lauren by Ralph Lauren leather belt. This is the easiest method for getting a luxurious and elegant style; basic pieces + designer accessories. By creating the base of the outfit with basic pieces, your budget is optimized because they are typically inexpensive and you can purchased only a few items and restyle them in so many ways. Basic clothing items in neutral colours can be mixed and matched to make an infinite number of different outfits, that can be repeated numerous times by changing the accessories for different looks. By using high-end or designer bags, belts, scarves, jewelry, and shoes, your bring quality and luxury to any basic outfit.

Furthermore, just a quick life update. I am in the last week of my university session, and nearing final exams. I am super busy with assignments, evaluations, and studying, so I apologize if the amount of content has been lacking a bit or will temporarily be less frequent. Also, if there is a particular post or a type of outfit you would like to see, comment down below or comment/DM on my Instagram (@lily_belf).

Have a nice weekend loves!

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OOTD: Cable Knit + Button Down

Shop this look: Tommy Hilfiger shirt (sold exclusively at Costco; similar here) | Zara button down | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here) | Guess belt (different colour here) | Aldo bag (oos; similar here) | Chanel brooch | pearl earrings

I am loving this look for Fall! It is so preppy and put together, yet can be so casually styled, as seen above with a basic pair of skinny jeans. Conversely, this look could be worn with dress pants or a pencil skirt for a business-style outfit appropriate for the office. I paired this ensemble with pearl accents, as seen by the Chanel brooch, ring, and earrings. Lastly, I decided to wear my burgundy tote, as to give a pop of autumnal colour. In addition, this look is very easy to recreate. Essentially, you could wear any colour cable knit sweater over any colour button down, paired with any bag. The combinations are endless! Let your inner fashionista shine through!

 

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Inspiration Tuesday: Autumnal Grey & Black

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This outfit is very luxurious, using brands like Max Mara and Dior. It is elegant in the way that quality items are being used, and that it is uniform, mainly using black. The sweater, mini skirt, and over the knee boots combination is very on trend this fall and is perfect for the chillier Autumn days!

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OOTD: Side Stripe Pants

Shop this look: Calvin Klein Jeans denim jacket (oos; similar here) | Zara leggings | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Calvin Klein Cindy tote

This look is perfect for those busy days that you are on the go. I like the athleisure vibes from combining the leggings with the denim jacket- both athletic and casual looking. Since the look is busy with the light blue denim colour and the red stripe on the pants, I decided to wear a simple black shirt that would just blend in, tucked into the waistband of my leggings to further define my waist line.

This outfit can alternatively be worn with a black leather crossbody bag (as seen HERE). However, since I was headed to school, I wore a large tote bag, so that I could fit all of my school supplies and my Mac.

I am going to finish this post with a question for you: What kind of looks do you want to see next? Let me know in the comments or comment on my latest IG picture 🙂

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

OOTD: Tan Mini

Shop this look: Le Château sweater (on sale!) | Zara skirt (oos; similar here) | Expression OTK boots (25% off!) | Zara handbag

I am absolutely obsessed with this Fall look! It has been a favourite of mine for years, and this year I finally purchased a tan suede mini skirt and OTK black suede boots. If you look at my Fall Fashion Pinterest board, this type of outfit appears very frequently haha.

This is such a fashionable look, and it is super affordable to recreate. Both the sweater and the boots are on sale right now, and the other two pieces are both under $45 each. An easy trick to buy nice pieces at a great price is buying outside of the season. Usually, Autumn clothing will be sold at a discount during off-seasons (Winter/Spring/Summer). I actually purchased the sweater and skirt this past Summer for an incredible price, since they were from Fall 2017/Winter 2018 collection. This is a good strategy for pieces that are repetitive from year to year. For example, tan suede mini skirts are sold every single year; they are a Fall wardrobe staple. However, if you are interested in buying an item that is very unique and you know will be out of style soon, this money-saving hack might not be the best idea as it will most likely sell-out fast and will not be restocked.

Lastly, let’s talk about the handbag. I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH IT. It is super stylish, and I am very satisfied with the quality. Also, it is a Versace look-alike, except instead of retailing for approximately $2000, it’s only $44.50. To add to its already awesome characteristics, it can be worn two ways; as a crossbody bag, or as a fanny pack, which we all know have been really in for the past two years. I honestly cannot express how happy I am to have received this bag (it was a gift from my mom, thanks mom❤️). All I can say is that it is very much on trend this season and it is going fast. So, if you have not gotten it yet, hurry!

As an end to this post, I just want to say thank you for all the love and support. It really means the world to me. Xox

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OOTD: Neutral Knit

Shop this look: H&M sweater (oos; very similar here) | Calvin Klein Jeans jeggings (oos; similar here) | Calvin Klein Cindy Tote | Guess belt (different colour here) | Melanie Lyne nail bracelet | XOXO 5th Avenue boots (use code NYCREP for 10% off + free shipping!)

I love this look for Fall, and how I can play with black and beige tones! This oversized knit sweater is perfect for the cooler weather, and is super comfortable! I like to wear it over the shoulder, with rolled-up sleeves and a front tuck just to give it a bit more structure. I explained in an earlier post HERE how to wear oversized clothing so that it looks intentional and not that you are wearing the wrong size of clothing.

Moreover, this was my first time wearing my new booties! They look super cute, especially with the faux fur lining. In all honesty though, they are not the best quality. They are just an inexpensive pair of booties that are fun and look good for now. They are definitely not an investment piece, something I would really spend money on to get quality that will last me a long time.

Happy Monday:)

 

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OOTD: Pink Blazer

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Shop this look: Vince Camuto blazer (oos; similar here) | Calvin Klein Jeans tee (oos; similar here) | Parasuco moto leggings (exclusively at Costco; similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Calvin Klein Cindy tote

This is one of my all-time favourite looks! I am always wearing it on repeat! It can be casually worn or for a business environment, depending on how it accessorized and with what kind of pants. For example, I sometimes wear this look with leggings for a more casual look, or it can be dressed up with black cigarette-style pants for a more formal look.

My favourite part of this outfit is the pink blazer! It definitely adds a twist to a classic black (or neutral colour) blazer. I am personally a pink kind of gal, but any variation of colour would work as well.

Moreover, it is hard to see in the pictures, but my leggings actually have a seem detail on the thighs. These moto-style leggings help to dress up the outfit, rather than having plain black leggings.

 

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday: Neutrals

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I am obsessed with this look! If I had an unlimited budget, I would be dressed in this manner EVERY DAY! Using neutral colours really creates an elegant and sleek outfit, and the high quality accessories make it look polished. Although this outfit is very expensive, investing in high quality items, fabrics, and brands ends up costing less in the long run. You will never have to repurchase the item, as they will last you a life time.

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OOTD: Bare-Shoulder Knitwear

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Shop this look: Le Château sweater (on sale!) | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here) | Aldo booties (oos; similar here) | Michael Kors bag (colour “luggage” is no longer available)

This was the first time I was wearing this particular sweater (I also have it in pink- see blog post here). I think it makes for such a simple yet stylish outfit that can be worn for most occasions. Furthermore, I think the fact that it is off-the-shoulder helps to differentiate it from all the other sweaters that are seen everywhere. Because I kept to basic colours, and the way that this garment is designed, the focal point is the exposed shoulders. Even though my shoulders are the only body part exposed, it still is more on the seductive side.

This sweater could also be styled tucked into a plaid mini-skirt, with a black leather belt (something similar to the Gucci Double G belts) and over-the-knee black suede boots. Something similar to this. If I had those garments, I would totally wear that outfit. Unfortunately, I must follow a strict budget due to high tuition and school costs. A girl can dream though…

Quick life update: it is currently reading week at school. Since I have no classes to attend, I have been studying and getting ahead in all my courses. Moreover, trying to get as many hours at work as possible. If I am being perfectly honestly, my life is quite boring. The only activities in which I engage are school, studying, work, blogging, swimming, and sleeping. I think we often forget that when you are a full-time student, you live a different reality. There is nothing wrong with that; our lives are just filled with different schedules and objectives. We must do what we need to in order to achieve our goals and be successful in our results.

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OOTD: Burgundy Knitwear

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Shop this look: Hilary Radley sweater (oos; very similar here) | Calvin Klein Jeans jeggings (oos; similar here) | Michael Kors bag (“luggage” colour is oos) | Aldo booties (oos; different colour here)

I have owned this sweater for approximately four years, and to this day, it is still my all-time favourite knit sweater! It is super soft and is very durable, based on the number of times I have worn it. I basically live in it during the Fall. Funny enough, I purchased this sweater at Costco, for I think $25?!? I love going to Costco and finding really cute and fashionable clothes, and they are SUPER affordable! I have never seen such good prices. You can even find some designer clothing, such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger for a fraction of their retail price. Of course, if you are looking for the latest trends or clothes that are in for that season, you might have more luck at an actual retail location. Costco however has more classic and basic pieces that can be styled anytime.

I completed this look with brown leather tones. I find that browns paired with burgundies look AMAZING for Fall! Paired with black pants, in this case I wore black jeggings, really makes those tonalities pop!

 

Thanks for reading!

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday: Burgundies and Browns

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I am loving these colour tonalities for Fall! The burgundy poncho is the focal point of the outfit, keeping the other items in neutral shades of black and brown. Also, Fall is the time to bring out your leather riding boots! They are comfortable, warm, durable, and super fashionable! Especially this pair with both brown and black leather, they are very versatile and can be styled endlessly.

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OOTD: Blazer Athleisure

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Shop this look: Kenneth Cole NY blazer (oos; similar here + 25% off!) | Zara leggings | US Polo Association men’s tee | Calvin Klein Cindy tote | Costco pearl earrings

These red-striped leggings were a huge trend last year, and continue to be this Fall season. They bring an athletic vibe to the whole outfit, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. I decided to keep my overall outfit in the shades of black, white, and grey, so as to bring more emphasis on the only colour: red.

Moreover, lately I have been loving men’s white tees. They are super comfortable and tend to be cheaper than women’s tee. To style it more femininely, I tied a knot to remove some of the bulkiness and looseness of the shirt. Alternatively, you could do a front tuck to achieve the same result. This helps to cinch and define the waist, especially for a look like this one, in which the blazer is more oversized. Similarly to the shirt, I rolled the sleeves of the blazer to make it fit in a more flattering manner. I find when styling over-sized clothing, you want to tighten some part of it, so that the looseness and bulkiness looks intentional. Otherwise, if the garment is left alone, it just looks like you are wearing the wrong-sized clothing.

Hope you enjoyed this post and some of these styling tips! Have a lovely week!

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OOTD: Wrap-Around Denim

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Shop this look: Parasuco denim jacket (oos; similar here) | Calvin Klein Jeans tee (oos; similar here) | Calvin Klein jeggings (oos; similar here) | Michael Kors bag (“luggage” colour is oos + on sale!) | Aldo booties (oos; different colour here) | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet | Civion arrow bracelet (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

This is such an easy outfit to put together, and it is seen everywhere for Fall! It is a great way to bring your wardrobe basics into one outfit: white tee, black denim, denim jacket. I finished off the look with brown accents, to bring out Fall colours and tones, and to warm it up a bit. Conversely, I could have worn white sneakers and a black leather tote instead, it really is personal preference, however both alternatives would look good.

I find this type of outfit very convenient for university. It is comfortable enough to get through a long day of classes, and is perfect for varying temperatures (ex: air-conditioned classroom and warm outdoors). Not only does the jacket act as a great layering piece, but also helps to cinch the waist, creating an hourglass shape.

Take care loves, xox

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Inspiration Tuesday: Moto Blush

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This look is perfect for Fall, with the double-breasted blazer and over-the-knee suede boots! It is a good mix of classy and edgy, especially with the moto-style leather leggings. The blush accents adds a hint of femininity to soften the overall look. Of course it can be interchanged with another colour, but as we all know, I am a pink kinda gal!

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OOTD: Navy & Pink

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Shop this look: Laura blouse (oos; similar here + on sale!) | RW&Co blazer (oos; similar here) | RW&Co denim (on sale!) | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Guess belt (oos; similar here) | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet | Costco pearl earrings

I love wearing blazers for Fall! They are the perfect layering item and are so versatile! They are also great for transitioning an office-type outfit for an evening or after-hours look. I decided to wear white denim to make the pink and navy colours stand out more, two colours that compliment each other very well. Even though I wore this outfit for school, it can easily be worn for a business-casual environment as well, such as an office (if such workplace permits business-casual attire).

 

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OOTD: Grey Cable Knit

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Shop this look: Tommy Hilfiger shirt (sold exclusively at Costco; similar here + on sale!) | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here) | Chanel sunglasses | Michael Kors bag (colour “luggage” is no longer available; other colours on sale!) | Aldo booties (oos; similar here) | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet

This is a very simple and stylish look to put together for Fall. I kept to basic pieces and added a luxury accessory: Chanel sunglasses <3. I was so happy that my mom let me borrow them, since I am still in university and budgeting is my best friend. I would never be able to afford these as of this moment. I finished the outfit with brown leather booties, belt, and bag, brining in some warm tones. I like to coordinate these particular items since it creates cohesiveness throughout the outfit.

 

Have a happy Monday!

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Inspiration Tuesday: Plaid Mini

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Plaid mini skirts are one of the most prominent fashion trends for Fall 2018! Paired with a beautiful oversized knit sweater that is super cozy for fall weather and brings out the camel undertones found in the skirt. Finishing the outfit with high-end designer items, such as the Gucci belt or the Chanel boy bag, really completes the look.

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Inspiration Tuesday: Louboutin

Inspiration tuesday: lace elegance

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This outfit oozes femininity and elegance! I love the lace overlay on the pencil skirt and the bow and ruffle details on the blouse! This look can be worn to the office, to a cocktail party, or for an fancy night out. The nude colour for accessories helps bring out the navy and white contrast. Furthermore, the use of nude shoes helps to give the illusion on longer legs, thus is overall slimming.

 

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My Favourite Fall Accessory

This hat is by Park Hurst, purchased through Hudson’s Bay for $65. Unfortunately, it is only sold in-store, not online. It is 100% wool and is super comfortable.

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Shop this look: hat by Park Hurst from Hudson’s Bay (find similar here) | sweater by Hilary Radley from Costco (find similar here) | jeans by Kensie from Costco (find similar here) | black bag from Danier (find similar here) | burgundy bag from Aldo (find similar here) | coat by Lady Hathaway from Costco (find similar here)