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OOTD: Camellia

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Shop this look: Le Château sweater (on sale!) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Carrington Brigitte bag (oos) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Nine West heels (on sale!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

I have basically been living in white and pink combinations recently! Loving this palette for Spring though. I find the easiest way to make a large number of different outfits with a small selection of clothing is building the core of your outfit in neutral colours and adding one item of colour/print to make it unique from all the other outfit combinations. You have probably noticed a lot of white-based outfits recently, yet all the outfits differ from each other and have their own twist. I only have one pair of white denim and only one white camisole, which is more than enough to build that basic outfit from which you can then add something special.

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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: Cream & White Tweed

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed blazer (out of season; similar here) | RW&Co denim (oos; similar here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Carrington Brigitte bag (oos) | Dynamite lace bodysuit | Sam Edelman heels | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

I have used this tweed blazer for a couple different OOTD posts, and I keep finding new ways to style it. I definitely LOVE this blazer and it fits me like a glove! I was recently gifted a new Karl Lagerfeld Paris blazer and am excited to share it with you all! Outfit for that will be coming soon!

This outfit focuses on the play of cream and black, with white as a neutral base. These colours are of such French influence, as seen with Chanel. By using mainly neutral colours, so many different outfits can be made and each garment can be styled in various manners. As much as I love my pops of colour, I for sure appreciate a more classic and neutral-toned wardrobe. I feel like during the Summer I bring out very bright and saturated colours, which all remind me of the Amalfi coast and of numerous Italian designers (ex: Dolce & Gabbana). However, during the rest of the year, my main colours are neutral, such as black and white, which is more of the French style.

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

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

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

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

Have a nice weekend loves!

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OOTD: Iron Maiden

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Shop this look: Iron Maiden The Trooper concert tee | American Eagle denim | Lauren by Ralph Lauren belt | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Riverdean watch (use code LILY20 for 20% off!) | Melanie Lyne crystal and screw bracelet | Civion arrow bracelet (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

For this look, I am styling a concert tee with white denim cutoffs. I feel like we all have those concert tees, or maybe even plain, less stylish t-shirts, that just are stored away deep in our closet and just accumulate dust. As long as they are not faded or damaged, they can be used to make a comfortable, simple, and stylish outfit. This tee is actually my dad’s haha, which gives it the looseness that I am looking for. To make for a better fit, and to add to the casual vibe of this look, I tucked in the shirt and rolled the sleeves.

I like to spruce up basic outfit pieces with good quality and high-end accessories. In this outfit, I used a designer belt and a high quality leather bag. It really brings all the pieces  together for a stylish look, without bringing too much emphasis on the fact that some items (ex: concert tee) is of lesser quality. Moreover, I find that using white denim for summer really brightens up and brings out the colours of the rest of the outfit. I believe that it makes a nice contrast with my skin tone, accentuating a sun-kissed colouring.

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Fashion Finds: Tote Bags

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Large Canvas Market Tote in natural (on sale now!!!)

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Saffiano Leather Tote in brown (on sale now!!!)

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Coach Turnlock Leather Tote in black

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Calvin Klein Chain-Strap Metallic Tote in pink

Vince Camuto Leila Saffiano Leather Tote in snow white (on sale now!)

Calvin Klein Naomi Leather Tote in navy (on sale now!!!)

Karl Lagerfeld Paris Toby Pebble Leather Tote in black

DKNY Large Leather Shopper Tote in egg nog (on sale now!!!)

Malibu Woven Straw Tote

Michael Kors Malibu Woven Straw Tote in nat/opticwht

Jet Set Large Top-Zip Saffiano Leather Tote

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I own this bag and it is one of my favourites!

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Saint Laurent Small Sac De Jour Croc Embossed Leather Tote in black

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Saint Laurent Large LouLou Matelassé Leather Tote in nero/nero

Main Image - Balmain Renaissance Leather Tote

Balmain Renaissance Leather Tote in noir

Main Image - Burberry Medium Banner House Check & Brogue Calfskin Tote

Burberry Medium Banner House Check & Brogue Calfskin Tote in white/black

Main Image - Salvatore Ferragamo Quilted Gancio Leather Tote

Salvatore Ferragamo Quilted Gancio Leather Tote in black

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Salvatore Ferragamo Saffiano Leather Tote in new bisque macaron

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Nancy Gonzalez Erica Linen & Crocodile Tote in white

Gucci Ophidia GG Medium Top Handle Bag in GG supreme

Gucci GG Marmont Small Top Handle Bag in hibiscus red leather

Chanel Large Shopping Bag, Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal in black

Prada Dual calf leather bag BLACK/ASTRAL BLUE Prada

Prada Dual Calf Leather Bag in black/ astral blue

Bags - Cabata Tote Bag - Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Cabata Tote Bag White Calfskin

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Perforated Elizabeth Tote in black/gold

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Rebecca Minkoff Florence Tote

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Tory Burch Fleming Triple Compartment Tote in black

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Fashion Finds: Sandals

Michael Kors Kami T-Strap in beige

Michael Kors Simone Mid Sandal in beige

Michael Kors Berkley Lock Sandal in tan

Michael Kors Berkley Wedge in blue

Álvaro Blue Ariana feather and leather sandals

Álvaro Blue Ariana Feather and Leather Sandals

Gianvito Rossi white 105 frill leather sandals

Gianvito Rossi White 105 Frill Leather Sandals

Miu Miu Metallic flat sandals with crystals

Miu Miu Metallic Flat Sandals with Crystals

Versace black Medusa Medal 110 leather sandals

Versace Black Medusa Medal 110 Leather Sandals

Aquazzura Metallic Moon ray 85 Sandals

Aquazzura Metallic Moon Ray 85 Sandals

Aquazzura Red Sofia 105 Suede sandals

Aquazzura Red Sofia 105 Suede Sandals

Gianvito Rossi frayed denim Kiki 105 sandals

Gianvito Rossi Frayed Denim Kiki 105 Sandals

Aquazzura Gold Nadja 110 Leather Sandals

Aquazzura Gold Nadja 110 Leather Sandals

Aquazzura White Flora Satin sandals

Aquazzura White Flora Satin Sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti Design Gold Cruel 130 Leather sandals

Giuseppe Zanotti Design Gold Cruel 130 Leather Sandals

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Polo Ralph Lauren Kierra Bullion Calfskin Sandal

Chanel Mules, Calfskin & Grosgain in ercru & black

Chanel Sandals, Lamé Lambskin in gold

Chanel Sandals, Lambskin & Calfskin in dark gold & black

Chanel Sandals, Calfskin in black

Chanel Mules, Fabric & Goatskin in white & black

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Steve Madden Kandi Loafer Slides in blackSam Edelman Aly Ankle Strap Heel in black suede

Sam Edelman Patti Ankle Strap Sandal in sand leopard brahma

Louise Et Cie Korella in black/ soft cow pat

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Fashion Finds-Coats

The Group by Babaton GORNICK JACKET | Aritzia
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Gornick Jacket in constant camel/birch by The Group by Babaton from Aritzia (on sale now!)

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Fur Trimmed Cashmere Cape from Melanie Lyne

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Draped Leather Trim Wool Blend Coat by Soia & Kyo from Nordstrom Rack

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Wool Blend Maxi Wrap Coat in rum raisin by Kenneth Cole New York from Nordstrom

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Wool Blend Long Wrap Coat in camel by Ted Baker London from Nordstrom

 

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Bellasio Double Breasted Wool Coat by Altuzarra from Nordstrom

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Wool Blend Wrap Coat in vicuna by Lauren Ralph Lauren from Nordstrom

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Camel Coat in camel from Max Mara (on sale now!)