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Huge Fall Instagram Recap!

OOTD: Pink Blazer

Inspiration Tuesday: Moto Blush

OOTD: Wrap-Around Denim

OOTD: Leather Appliqué

OOTD: Blazer Athleisure

Inspiration Tuesday: Burgundies and Browns

OOTD: Burgundy Knitwear

OOTD: Bare-Shoulder Knitwear

Inspiration Tuesday: Neutrals

OOTD: Neutral Knit

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Inspiration Tuesday: LBD Elegance

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OOTD: Tan Mini

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OOTD: Cable Knit + Button Down

 

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Inspiration Tuesday: Autumnal Grey & Black

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

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Inspiration Tuesday: Blazer Dress

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

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OOTD: Edgy Red

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Inspiration Tuesday: Gucci Red

 

Shop this look: Kenneth Cole NY blazer (oos; similar here) | Parasuco moto leggings (oos; similar here) | Expression OTK boots | Lauren by Ralph Lauren belt | Dynamite lace bodysuit (on sale!) | Melanie Lyne bracelet (oos; similar here)

 

 

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OOTD: Edgy Red

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Inspiration Tuesday: Lady Red

 

Shop this look: Chanel Le Vernis 546 “Rouge Red” | Chanel Le Vernis 08 “Pirate” | Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Color 444 “Gabrielle” | Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour 99 “Pirate” | Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer 57 “Rouge Profond”

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OOTD: Black & White Business

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OOTD: Shimmery Blue For Christmas

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Inspiration Tuesday: Blue Christmas

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OOTD: Shimmery Blue For Christmas

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OOTD: Holiday Gold

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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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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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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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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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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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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: Black Details

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This is the perfect outfit to transition from summer to fall! The cami and cardigan layers are the perfect combination to overcome the warm September weather and the cool, air conditioned classrooms. The mom jeans and high end accessories help create a casual look that is still stylish and put together.

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Inspiration Tuesday: Blush Duster

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I love combining bodycon dresses with matching duster jackets. This is the perfect end-of-Summer outfit, great for transitioning into the cooler temperatures of Fall. Moreover, this light pink tone is one of the main colours in the Fall 2018 colour palette! To complete the look, I paired it with nude accessories to keep the focal point on the dress and duster combination. Wearing nude sandals helps to elongate the leg, since it gives the illusion that the shoes are just a continuation of the body. I finished the outfit with a delicate necklace to create a romantic and feminine vibe.

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Inspiration Tuesday: Black, White & Pink Athletic

Inspiration Tuesday: Black, White & Pink Athletic

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I love wearing athletic clothes to run errands and for those lazy days around the house. Of course being a pink kind of girl, I added those colourful accents to personalize this outfit.  I actually wear a similar outfit very frequently, as seen below. I did use the same hat for both pictures today. Be sure to use my promo code, LILYBELF20 for 20% off your next Halifornia purchase!

OOTD: Monochrome x Pink

See full outfit post HERE

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Inspiration Tuesday: Summer Nights in Blush

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I have recently found this bag in another blogger’s outfit posts and absolutely LOVE IT! I was really inspired to incorporate it into an outfit. Also, I have been wearing a lot of sweaters recently due to lots of freezing AC and cooler summer nights. Thus, I combined my ideas and generated the above outfit! I love v-neck sweaters as they can be alternatively worn over one shoulder just to give a little something extra to the outfit. I would style this one tucked into the front of the jeans with the messenger bag worn across the body.

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Inspiration Tuesday: Red & White for Canada Day

Canada Day is fast approaching! This holiday commemorates the enactment of the Constitutional Act since 1867. It is celebrated with numerous outdoor activities, such as barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Below I am sharing three outfit ideas for Canada Day. Enjoy!

Outfit 1

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This outfit is great for a day out in the sun! Whether you are watching a parade of floats go by, and enjoying a cold ice tea at a barbecue, this look and flirty yet comfortable. For additional ease, you can swap out the heels for flat sandals.

Outfit 2

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Perfect for a day at the beach! These cute sandals and ruffle bikini create a killer combination! Moreover, the Canada flag tote is a great way of showing patriotism!

Outfit 3

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This top is absolutely adorable! It can be so versatile, but my favourite combination is with white denim. Paired with nude sandals helps give the illusion of longer legs.

 

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Inspiration Tuesday: Tropical Goddess

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I found this dress while doing some online shopping for new summer dresses and instantly fell in love! The colour is so vibrant and emanates a hot and breezy tropical summer night. Paired with the gold accessories really brings the pink tones to life and creates a goddess-like aura. This is definitely one jaw-dropping dining out outfit!

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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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Instagram Recap: March 2018

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OOTD: Cream Tweed Blazer

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Inspiration Tuesday- Navy and White

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Spring where are you?

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Inspiration Tuesday- Wineberry for Work

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Inspiration Tuesday- Pastel Purple for Easter

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld blouse (oos; find similar here) | linen pants (oos; find similar here) | Chanel brooch

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OOTD: Pink Sleeveless Blouse

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OOTD: Leopard Print Detail

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Inspiration Tuesday- Blue Butterfly Sleeve Blazer

Hello all! For those of you who do not know, I absolutely LOVE online shopping, especially online browsing. Recently, I came upon this butterfly sleep Ponte blazer and was immediately smitten. The deep blue embellished with the pleated sleeves truly delighted me! Below, I am sharing an outfit idea with this blazer as the focal point. Enjoy!

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Inspiration Tuesday- Wineberry for Work

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This outfit is great for the office; it is conservative yet still has a flare for fashion! Alternatively, this can worn more casually if you switch out the skirt for jeans. Also, I have recently purchased these Sam Edelman heels (in a different colour however), and they are by far the comfiest and most flattering shoes I have ever worn! Highly recommended!

Insta Recaps

Instagram Recap: February 2018

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So excited for spring!

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Inspiration Tuesday: Pink x Black

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Parisian Glam Room Decor Inspiration

Instagram Recap: February 2018

Inspiration Tuesday- Rose

Inspiration Tuesday- Rose

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Instagram Recap: February 2018

Shop this look: Elizabeth Arden lipstick (holiday special edition; find similar here) | Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

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Shop this look: Vince Camuto blazer (oos; find similar here) | Calvin Klein tee (oos; find similar here) | Calvin Klein denim | Danier bag (oos; find similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; find similar here) | Roots Canada watch (oos; find similar here)

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Spring Break Essentials

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Shop this look: Chanel bag (Fall 2017 limited edition; find similar here) | RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | Zara joggers

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Inspiration Tuesday- Romantic Ruffles

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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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Inspiration Tuesday- Romantic Ruffles

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

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Spring Break Essentials

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

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1. Bathing Suit

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

2. Beach Bag

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

3. Sandals

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

4. Waterproof Phone Case

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

5. Sunscreen

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

6. Self-Tanner

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

7. Cover-Up

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

8. Sunglasses

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

9. Sunhat

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

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Inspiration Tuesday- Rose

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This look is all about playing up wardrobe basics. We are using a basic white t-shirt, black skinny jeans, nude patent pumps, and a black structured bag, all of which are found in almost all closets. For this particular look, I would wear the t-shirt in a half-tuck. The focal item of this outfit is the blazer; giving a twist to an ordinary workwear item with a pop of colour and an amusing cut.