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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: Black & Cream

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

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

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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

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

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

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

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

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

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OOTD: 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!

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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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2018 Christmas Gift Guide

2018 Christmas Gift Guide

1 Melanie Lyne Floral Crystal Pin

2 Melanie Lyne Faceted Crystal Bracelet

3 Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate

4 Balmain Double-Breasted Wool Blazer in black

5 Costco Marquise Cut Diamond Earrings

6 La Vie En Rose Flannel PJ Set (nutcracker print)

7 La Vie En Rose Flannel PJ Set (champagne print)

8 La Vie En Rose Flannel PJ Set (checkered print)

9 Lily Silk Bow-Tie Neck Silk Blouse in white (on sale!)

10 Tory Burch Brooke High Knee Boot (33% off!)

11 Guess Crystal Hinged Rhinestone Bangle

12 Guess Twisted Magnetic Bracelet

13 Guess Twisted Metal Cuff

14 Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Heel in dark cherry patent

15 Gucci GG Marmont Velvet Small Shoulder Bag

16 Zara Tuxedo Style Blazer

17 Lily Silk Sleek Puff Sleeve Silk Blouse (25% off!)

18 Aldo Froredia Over the Knee Boots in black

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Favourites of Fall 2018 Fashion: Leopard Print

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1 Zara Leopard Print Jacquard Coat

2 Gucci Leopard Print Modal Silk Shawl

3 Christian Louboutin Panettone Wallet

4 1901 Cotton Voile Blouse

5 Gucci Leopard Princetown Pony Mules

6 Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Heel in Sand Leopard Brahma

7 Frame Denim Leopard Print Button Down Silk Blouse

8 Zara Lingerie-Style Leopard Print Top

9 Gucci Leopard Sylvie Mini Pony Tote Bag

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My Go-To Outfit Formula for School

Trying to get dressed in the morning can be challenging. We are not all blessed as Cher in Clueless, with her outfit generator, therefore trying to put an outfit together in a limited time frame usually results in 1) a not-so-flaterring outfit combination, 2) sweatpants and a messy bun, 3) being late, or 4) losing sleep (I know how precious of a commodity this is in university :/). Over the years, my natural style has resulted in me repeating the same style of outfit with different pieces ever day; I like to call this my outfit formula. It is very simple to use and can result in numerous different outfits; blouse + jeans + coordinating bag and shoes. Simple. Done. Nothing special or complicated, and always results in a flattering outfit. Below are some examples of my last looks following this concept:

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Shop this look: Zara blouse (oos; find similar here) | Chanel bag (Fall 2017 limited edition; find similar here) | Ivanka Trump heels (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (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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Shop this look: Melanie Lyne blouse (this colour (coral) no longer available; other colours on sale now!; magenta colour) | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here) | Tommy Hilfiger cardigan (oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: Danier leather jacket | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | Guess belt (oos; find similar here)

During the colder days, I like to pair my outfits with a jacket or cardigan!

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Shop this look: RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | Sam Edelman leopard heels | Aldo sunglasses (oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: Dynamite blouse (oos; find similar here) | Calvin Klein jeans (oos; find similar here) | Tommy Hilfiger cardigan (oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | Guess belt (oos; find similar here) | Aldo clutch (oos; find similar here) | Ardene bracelet (oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | RW&Co jeans

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Shop this look: RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | American Eagle denim (oos; find similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: Le Château  blouse (on sale now!) | Dynamite jeans | Aldo sunglasses (oos; find similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld bag ( oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: Laura blouse (oos; find similar here) | Dynamite jeans

IMG_2986.JPG Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld bag (oos; find similar here) | Dynamite blouse (oos; find similar here) | Dynamite shorts (oos; find similar here) | Ardene bracelet (oos; find similar here)

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Shop this look: Le Château blouse (on sale now!) | American Eagle denim (oos; find similar here) | Aldo sandals (oos; find similar here) | Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

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Shop this look: Dynamite blouse (oos; find similar here) | American Eagle denim | Aldo clutch (oos; find similar here) | Ardene bracelet (oos; find similar here)

Alternatively, during warmer days, I will wear shorts instead of jeans. Still makes for great outfits!

Although there are numerous different outfits, there are not that many individual pieces; they are just reused a lot in different outfit combinations. So many more combinations can be made with these items of clothing; the possibilities are endless!

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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

Image 1 of PUFF SLEEVE SHIRT from Zara

Zara Puff Sleeve Shirt

Image 2 of PLEATED LINEN TOP from Zara

Zara Pleated Linen Top

Image 2 of POPLIN SHIRT WITH RIBBED PLACKET from Zara

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

Image 2 of FAUX SUEDE MINI SKIRT from Zara

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

Main Image - Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown

Aldo Moano in Milk (on sale now!!!)

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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 🙂