Fashion

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: 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

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Budget-Friendly Easter Dresses

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Zara Belted Knit Dress – $49.90

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Zara Floral Print Dress – $49.90

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Zara Contrasting Lace Dress – $45.90

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Zara Wrinkled Dress – $49.90

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Zara Belted Denim Dress in pale pink – $49.90

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Zara Floral Print Dress – $79.90

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Zara Linen Dress – $49.90

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Zara Belted Dress With Pockets – $49.90

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Zara Buttoned Dress – $49.90

Cotton button-down shirtdress with sash

RW&Co Cotton Button-Down Shirtdress With Sash – $89.90

Denim shirtdress

RW&Co Denim Shirtdress in light denim – $89.90

ASTR THE LABEL Lace Midi Dress, Main, color, LILAC

ASTR the Label Lace Midi Dress – $124.79 + 9 other colours

ALL IN FAVOR Isabella Wrap Dress, Main, color, YELLOW FLORAL

All in Favour Isabella Wrap Dress – $68.70

ELIZA J Lace Fit & Flare Dress, Main, color, BLUSH

Eliza J Lace Fit & Flare Dress – on sale for $131.77

VINCE CAMUTO Blossoms Tiered Ruffle Midi Dress, Main, color, FRESH LILAC

Vince Camuto Blossoms Tiered Ruffle Midi Dress – on sale for $133.76

VINCE CAMUTO Kors Crepe Shift Dress, Main, color, LILAC

Vince Camuto Kors Crepe Shift Dress – on sale for $82.70

SPEECHLESS Scuba Skater Dress, Main, color, DUSTY ROSE

Speechless Scuba Skater Dress – $82.72

LULUS Lace Cocktail Dress, Main, color, BLUSH

Lulus Lace Cocktail Dress – $124.79

BB DAKOTA Cara High Neck Lace Cocktail Dress, Main, color, LAVENDER

BB Dakota Cara High Neck Lace Cocktail Dress – $137.40

Dynamite Linen Cami Dress – $54.95

Dynamite Square Neck Cami Dress – $54.95

Dynamite Wrap Maxi Dress – $59.95

Dynamite Cami Fit & Flare Dress – $44.95

Dynamite Sleeveless Shirt Dress – $44.95

Dynamite Sleeveless Shirt Dress – $44.95

Dynamite Bodycon Dress With Front Twist – $49.95

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

 

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Shopbop Sale Favourites

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Sale Guide

Use code GOBIG19 for:

15% off $200+

20% off $500+

25% off $800+

1. Acne Studio Velocity Shearling Moto Jacket

2. Valentina Shah Amanda Blazer

3. Astr the Label Brooklyn Jacket

4. Lioness Palermo Jacket

5. Soia & Kyo Brit Jacket

6. Ray-Ban Classic Mirror Aviators

7. Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Sandals

8. Mackage Lucille Leather Skirt

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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.

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Spend Smart With These Valentine’s Day Sales!

Nordstrom Rack– Joie up to 70% off // Curent/Elliott up to 65% off // pumps up to 60% off // Ted Baker London up to 50% off

Aldo– 20% off $100+ + free shipping on $70+

Sephora– 4x the points on fragrance

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Saks Off Fifth– up to 70% off

Le Château– enter V-Day contest for a chance to win $250

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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

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

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

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

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 ❤

Fashion

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 & 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.

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OOTD: Gold Glamour

Shop this look: Le Château sweater (oos; similar here) | Dynamite pants (oos; similar here) | Zara bag | Melanie Lyne crystal and screw bracelet (oos; similar here) | Sam Edelman heels | Guess bracelet

Last week I shared an OOTD with the same sparkly gold sweater as a festive look to celebrate NYE! Another way to style it is with leather pants, which meld glam and edge to get a fancy look that is full of character! This outfit focuses on just black and gold, with no other variations in tone. Paired with bold accessories, such as black chandelier earrings, a black leather Versace-inspired bag, and black leather heels, this look is will make you want to get your party on!

Happy New Year’s Eve loves!

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Last Minute New Years Eve Dress Shopping (And They Are On Sale!)

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1 Zara Multicolored Sequin Dress

2 Zara Sequin Dress

3 Zara Limited Edition Sequin Knit Dress

4 Zara Sequined Velvet Dress

5 Vince Camuto Sequin Dress

6 Cachet Velvet Bell Sleeve Dress

7 Adrianna Papell Floral Sequin Dress

8 Frank Lyman Velvet Lace Dress

9 Laura Floral Print Illusion Neck Dress

10 Laura Sleeveless Taffeta Dress

11 Laura Sequin Lace Fit & Flare Dress

12 Laura Scalloped Lace Jersey Dress

13 Marina Beaded Lace Dress

14 Laura Sequin Mesh Dress

15 Laura Bell Sleeve Sequin Dress

16 Laura Off The Shoulder Sequin Dress

17 Zuhair Murad Beaded Tulle Floral Gown

18 Temperley London Sequined Midi Dress

19 Amen Sequined Asymmetrical Mini Dress

20 RTA Sequined One Sleeve Dress

21 Jill Jill Stuart Pleated Metallic Dress

22 Ieena for Mac Duggal Plunging Sweetheart Neck Ballgown

23 Dress the Population Michelle Sequin Gown

24 Cinq à Sept Emmalyn Sequin Slipdress

25 Bronx and Banco Emmanuel One-Shoulder Party Dress

26 Alice + Olivia Inka Sequin Flora Dress

27 Jenny Yoo Dina V-Neck Satin Crepe Gown

28 Dress the Population Rani Open Back Sequin Dress

29 Alex Evenings Off Shoulder Velvet Gown

30 Vince Camuto Feather Detail Sequin Dress

31 Xscape Velvet Tulip Hem Gown

32 Dress the Population Zoe Sequin Minidress

33 Bardot Sequin Embellished Dress

34 Ali & Jay Sleeveless Velvet Faux Wrap Midi Dress

35 Eliza J Sequin Sheath Dress

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OOTD: Holiday Gold

Shop this look: Le Château sweater (oos; similar here) | H&M skirt (oos; similar here) | Melanie Lyne hinge bangle bracelet (oos; similar here) | Sam Edelman leopard heels

Such a festive outfit for New Years celebrations, especially with the sparkly gold sweater! I paired this top with a plain black pencil skirt, which can be found in most wardrobes. This makes it very convenient for an office to night out look; all you have to do is switch out your top! Moreover, animal print has been such a hit this year, so you will definitely look like the fashionista that you are with the leopard print heels. Although this outfit has a lot of character and is a little bit flashier than normal, it is elegant and cohesive. By staying within the same colour palette throughout (black and gold tones), the entire outfit flows very nicely. 

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Boxing Day Sales To Shop!

Luisaviaroma– up to 70% off + free express shipping

Guess– 30-50% off + free shipping

Browns– up to 30% off + free shipping

Ssense– up to 70% off

Nordstrom– up to 50% off

Nordstrom Rack– up to 75% off

Boohoo– 60% off everything

Aldo– 50% off + free shipping

Dynamite– up to 70% off + free shipping $40+

Sephora– extra 20% off sale items with code TWENTYOFF

Saks Fifth Avenue– up to 70% off designer selections

Saks Off Fifth– extra 40% off clearance with code MERRY / extra 50% off cold-weather gear / up to 80% off cozy clothes / men’s suits at $199.99

Le Château– up to 70% off / shoes & boots 50% off / dresses up to 50% off / blazers & separates 50% off / jackets & coats 40% off

Karl Lagerfeld– up to 50% off

American Eagle– free $25 gift card on $75+ gift cards / 50% off clearance / use code NICELIST for $40 off $150+, $25 off $100+, $10 off $50+

Shopbop– Calvin Klein underwear sale

Neman Marcus– up to 55% off

RW&Co– up to 60% off

La Vie En Rose– 2 for 1 on selected merchandise

La Senza– SEMI ANNUAL CLEARANCE / 10 panties for $38 / bras starting at $8.99 / lingerie and sleep starting at $14.99

Victoria’s Secret– 30% off with code VS30GIFT / 7 panties for $28.50

Lily Silk– up to 90% off / buy 2 get 1 free on selected items / $10 off $250+ / $20 off $500+

Sam Edelman– use code SAMGLAM for 15% off $60+, 20% off $100+, 25% off $150+, 30% off $200+

Hudson’s Bay– up to 60% off women’s fashion / up to 60% off designer items / up to 55% off furniture / up to 50% off shoes

H&M– up to 60% off

Swarovski– up to 50% off

Calvin Klein– 30% off

Adidas– 40% off selected items

Puma– 20% off with code BOX20 + free shipping

Michael Kors– up to 50% off

Ted Baker– up to 50% off

Cartier– free shipping

Danier– up to 70% off

Melanie Lyne– 20% off + free shipping

Laura– 20% off + free shipping

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday: Blue Christmas

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This look is perfect for a Christmas celebration with friends and family! It is really festive, with a touch of blue velvet and diamonds that sparkle like winter frosting. “Ladies of New York, frost yourselves!” – who knows where this line comes from? (It is a really funny movie. If you know it, let me know in the comments section below). If you live somewhere with a bit of a chill, throw a black fur coat over your shoulders for added warmth and style.

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OOTD: Shimmery Blue for Christmas

Shop this look: Peter Nygard Collection blouse (oos; similar here) | Dynamite pants (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Guess bracelet | Sam Edelman heels | Costco pearl necklace

This look is very elegant and glamorous for Christmas, without being in-your-face or tacky. I love the combination of the feminine blouse with the edgier leather pants; it creates a good balance between the two. Not overly sweet but not completely rocker either. Styled with a nice pair of black high heels and a pearl necklace, this outfit is perfect for Christmas parties with the family, midnight mass (worn with a black coat), or even work parties.

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Fashion Finds: Holiday Sequins

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Zara Sequin Dress

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Zara Sequin Top

Dynamite sequin Peplum Halter Top

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Galvan Sequin Racerback Gown in inky blue/black

High Neck Sequin Gown with Train,                         Main,                         color, AUBERGINE

Mac Duggal High Neck Sequin Gown With Train

Inka Sequin Flora Dress,                         Main,                         color, BLACK/ GOLD

Alice + Olivia Inka Sequin Flora Dress

Allesandra Sequin Dress,                         Main,                         color, BRASS

Dress The Population Allesandra Sequin Dress in brass

Sequin Embellished A-Line Skirt,                         Main,                         color, GOLD

Eliza J Sequin Embellished A-Line Skirt

Sequin Faux Leather Leggings,                         Alternate,                         color, BLACK SEQUIN

Spanx Sequin Faux Leather Leggings

Sequin Blazer,                         Main,                         color, BLACK SEQUIN

Something Navy Sequin Blazer

Mixed Media Reversible Sequin Camisole,                         Main,                         color, JET BLACK/ SILVER

Habitual Mixed Media Reversible Sequin Camisole in jet black/silver

Sequin Pencil Skirt,                         Main,                         color, NAVY MINI SEQUINS

Chelsea28 Sequin Pencil Skirt

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Halogen Sequin Pencil Skirt in silver

Sequin Camisole,                         Main,                         color, BLACK- NAVY SEQUIN COMBO

Chelsea28 Sequin Camisole

Sequin Leggings,                         Main,                         color, BLACK

Nordstrom Sequin Leggings

Racil Sequined Tank Top

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Le Château Sequin Notch Collar Blazer

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Le Château Sequin & Knit V-Neck Camisole

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Le Château Sequin 3/4 Sleeve Sweater in cobalt

Vince Camuto - Sequin Dress, Blue, hi-res

Vince Camuto Sequin Dress

Sequin Lace Fit & Flare Dress, Black, hi-res

Laura Sequin Lace Fit & Flare Dress

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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!

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Black Friday Sales You’ll Want To Shop!

Luisaviaroma– Extra 20% off sale items. Use code BF20 / 30% off of full price purchase of £300. Use code BF30

Guess– 40-50% off entire site + free shipping

Browns– up to 25% off

Allsaints– 30% off everything (except fragrances)

Ssense– up to 50% off

Nordstrom– up to 60% off

Nordstrom Rack– extra 30% off

Boohoo-50% off everything

Aldo Shoes– 50% off everything

Dynamite– 40% off everything (excludes clearance items)

Sephora– up to 50% off

Saks Fifth Avenue– up to 40% off / earn a $75 gift card with your $150 purchase. Use code THANKFUL

Saks Off Fifth– up to 90% off. Use code AMAZING

Le Château– 50% off your 2nd sweater / up to 50% on dresses, suiting separates, boots and shoes / pants 2 for $50/$60 / 30% off coats and jackets

Karl Lagerfeld– up to 50% off

American Eagle– 40% off + free shipping

Shopbop– up to 25% off regular priced items with code MORE18 and up to 75% off sale items

Farfetch– extra 20% off using code x20BF

East Dane– up to 25% the off regular priced items with code MORE18 and up to 75% off sale items

Neman Marcus– $50 off $200 with code THANKFUL

RW&Co– 40% off

La Vie En Rose– 2 for 1 on everything

La Senza– 50% off entire site

Victoria’s Secret-Free shipping on $50 + $10 off $100

Lily Silk– up to 90% off

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Fall Fashion Dupes

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Guess Mia Logo Mini Crossbody ($80)

Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis ($2370)

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Guess Reversible Quattro G Logo Belt ($45)

Gucci Leather Belt with Double G Buckle ($540)

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Zara Tweed Blazer With Buttons ($150)

Balmain Double-Breasted Tweed Blazer ($3250)

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Expression Adley Over-the-Knee Boots ($75 on sale!)

Stuart Weitzman The Tieland Boot ($800)

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Zara Chain Print Blouse ($80)

Versace Barocco SS’92 Print Silk Shirt ($1200)

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Zara Jogging Pants With Band ($40)

Gucci Technical Jersey Stirrup Legging With Crystals ($2620)

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Zara High-Waist Pants ($50)

Gucci Stretch Viscose Flare Pant ($1170)

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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!

 

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

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!

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Designer Lookalikes For Less At Zara

Designer Lookalike: Chanel

Image 1 of TWEED NAUTICAL CAP from Zara

Zara Tweed Nautical Cap

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Zara Tweed Blazer With Chains

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Zara Textured Weave Blazer With Trim

Image 7 of PLAID FABRIC CROSSBODY BAG from Zara

Zara Plaid Fabric Crossbody Bag

Image 1 of CAPPED TOE BALLET FLATS from Zara

Zara Capped Toe Ballet Flats

Image 1 of QUILTED FLAT from Zara

Zara Quilted Flat

Image 1 of TWO-TONED BALLET FLATS from Zara

Zara Two-Toned Ballet Flats

Image 1 of SPARKLY CROSSBODY BAG from Zara

Zara Sparkly Crossbody Bag

Designer Lookalike: Gucci

Image 1 of CHAIN PRINTED SHIRT DRESS from Zara

Zara Chain Printed Shirt Dress

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Zara Printed Shirt Dress

Image 2 of CHAIN PRINT BOMBER from Zara

Zara Chain Print Bomber

Image 2 of CHAIN PRINT BLOUSE from Zara

Zara Chain Print Blouse

Image 1 of MINI DRESS WITH BOW from Zara

Zara Mini Dress With Bow

Image 5 of JOGGING PANTS WITH BAND from Zara

Zara Jogging Pants With Band

Image 2 of JOGGING PANTS from Zara

Zara Jogging Pants

Image 3 of PANTS WITH SIDE STRIPE from Zara

Zara Pants With Side Stripe

Image 1 of HIGH-WAIST PANTS from Zara

Zara High-Waist Pants

Image 3 of SLIPPERS from Zara

Zara Slippers

Image 2 of PLEATED LEOPARD PRINT SCARF from Zara

Zara Pleated Leopard Print Scarf

Designer Lookalike: Versace

Image 5 of CHAIN PRINT MIDI DRESS from Zara

Zara Chain Print Midi Dress

Image 7 of PATCHWORK CHAIN DRESS from Zara

Zara Patchwork Chain Dress

Image 2 of CHAIN PRINT BLOUSE from Zara

Zara Chain Print Blouse

Image 8 of CHAIN PRINT PLEATED SKIRT from Zara

Zara Chain Print Pleated Skirt

Image 2 of SKORT WITH CHAIN PRINT from Zara

Zara Sort With Chain Print

Image 1 of CHAIN PRINT TOP from Zara

Zara Chain Print Top

Image 9 of CHAIN PRINT MIDI DRESS from Zara

Zara Chain Print Midi Dress

Image 4 of CROSSBODY BELT BAG WITH LIONHEAD DETAIL from Zara

Zara Crossbody Belt Bag With Lionhead Detail

Designer Lookalike: Balmain

Image 2 of SEQUIN SHORTS from Zara

Zara Sequin Shorts

Image 2 of FRINGED SEQUIN DRESS from Zara

Zara Fringed Sequin Dress

Image 6 of TWEED BLAZER WITH BUTTONS from Zara

Zara Tweed Blazer With Buttons

Image 9 of FITTED SEQUIN DRESS from Zara

Zara Fitted Sequin Dress

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Fashion

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

Fashion

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:)

 

Fashion

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.