Fashion

OOTD: Belted

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Shop this look: Lilysilk blouse (on sale!) | Kensie denim (similar here) | Sam Edelman heels | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Zara belt (out of season) | Chanel wallet

A simple yet very chic outfit! Using basic pieces as the foundation of the look, and building it up with designer accessories and quality gold jewelry. Because I am using a very neutral colour palette of black and white, I decided to be bolder in my choice of belt. This gold chain and pearl belt from Zara is a total Chanel dupe that came into fashion in 2018.

 

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OOTD: Printed

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Shop this look: Zara blouse | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Guess belt | Zara bag | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!)

I am loving how casual, yet chic this outfit is! Using a pair of jeans and white sneakers is definitely the way to go when dressing down a blouse or a more attention-grabbing top. I would totally wear this for travelling or even for a day at school. It is functional and comfortable yet is still super stylish!

Happy Monday!

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OOTD: White Tee

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Shop this look: Kirkland Signature white tee | Zara leggings (out of season; similar here) | Zara bag | Melanie Lyne bracelet | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Swarovski studs | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here)

A very casual and comfortable athleisure look. Perfect for running errands, going to the gym, or just wanting to have a relaxed day at home. I like taking these active-looking outfits and sprucing them up with jewelry and a nice bag to make them a bit more glamorous and feminine.

The day I shot this outfit, I also talked about men’s tees on my IG stories. Just to recap that conversation, men’s shirts are a lot better quality, with a thicker material that is not see-through and does not stretch, for a way better price! The one I am wearing comes in a pack of four for $20 at Costco! That comes to $5 a piece, which is an AMAZING deal!

Quick life update: I apologize for not being so active on my blog or IG lately; I have been SUPER busy!!! I have officially left the nest and spread my wings. After a lot of back and forth and after finding time between shifts, I have FINALLY moved into my very first apartment! There is still much to do, boxes to unpack, and things to buy however it is progressing bit by bit. It is a pretty big adjustment, however I am excited to be completely settled in!

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OOTD: Spotted

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Shop this look: Zara blouse | RW&Co denim (out of season; similar here) | Guess belt | Sam Edelman heels | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle (Cartier dupe!) | Guess lion bracelet | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here)

I have always loved leopard print and I finally have a blouse in this print! I was so excited to finally be able to wear it! Styling this blouse with white denim brightens the overall outfit and lightens the look for Spring. Alternatively, I would wear this blouse with white or blue denim shorts in the Summer, and a black skirt or pants for the Fall and Winter.

Happy Monday, xox

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Budget-Friendly Easter Dresses

Image 1 of BELTED KNIT DRESS from Zara

Zara Belted Knit Dress – $49.90

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Zara Floral Print Dress – $49.90

Image 2 of CONTRASTING LACE DRESS from Zara

Zara Contrasting Lace Dress – $45.90

Image 2 of WRINKLED DRESS from Zara

Zara Wrinkled Dress – $49.90

Image 1 of BELTED DENIM DRESS from Zara

Zara Belted Denim Dress in pale pink – $49.90

Image 2 of FLORAL PRINT DRESS from Zara

Zara Floral Print Dress – $79.90

Image 1 of LINEN DRESS from Zara

Zara Linen Dress – $49.90

Image 1 of BELTED DRESS WITH POCKETS from Zara

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.

Image 1 of TUXEDO JACKET from Zara

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.

Image 1 of LINGERIE-STYLE TOP from Zara

Lingerie-Style Top in white

Definitely an essential piece to any wardrobe. Very versatile for numerous outfit combinations and occasions!

Image 1 of SHIRT WITH POCKETS from Zara

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.

Image 4 of HALTER TOP DRESS from Zara

Halter Top Dress

I love wearing bold-coloured maxi dresses, especially for late-night dinners during the Summer or for tropical vacations.

Image 2 of STRIPED PRINTED SHIRT from Zara

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.

Image 2 of ANIMAL PRINT TRIANGULAR SWIMSUIT from Zara

Animal Print Triangular Swimsuit

Nothing gets you ready for Summer like a cute bathing suit!

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!

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

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 ❤

Fashion

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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Fashion Finds: Holiday Sequins

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Zara Sequin Dress

Image 1 of SEQUIN TOP from Zara

Zara Sequin Top

Dynamite sequin Peplum Halter Top

Sequin Racerback Gown,                         Main,                         color, INKY BLUE BLACK

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

Sequin Pencil Skirt,                         Main,                         color, SILVER

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: 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!

Christmas Gift Guide · Fashion

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

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)

Fashion

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 · Money Saving Tips

Designer Lookalikes For Less At Zara

Designer Lookalike: Chanel

Image 1 of TWEED NAUTICAL CAP from Zara

Zara Tweed Nautical Cap

Image 8 of TWEED BLAZER WITH CHAINS from Zara

Zara Tweed Blazer With Chains

Image 7 of TEXTURED WEAVE BLAZER WITH TRIM from Zara

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: Blazer Athleisure

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

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

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

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

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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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Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

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.

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Shopping Ahead of the Season + Tips and Tricks for Buying on a Budget

Welcome back! In today’s post, I will be discussing how I shop for clothes ahead of an upcoming season. It sounds a little strange, however just hear me out. Lately, I have been on the lookout for fall clothes, especially sweaters, skirts, and OTK boots. I already have enough jeans and tote bags (practical for carrying around my Mac to school), thus will not be diving into those categories as much. With the Fall2017/Winter2018 season officially coming to an end, there are still a lot fall/winter inventory left over. Since they are out of season, most of them are on sale or clearance. Here a some items I have found thus far.

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Sale price: $25.99

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Zara Oversized Sweater with Seam Details in orange

Sale price: $25.99

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Zara Oversized Sweater with Seam Details in light gray

Sale price: $25.99

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Zara Diagonal Knit Sweater in black

Sale price: $19.99

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Zara Sweater with Puff Sleeves in green

Sale price: $25.99

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Le Château Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater in black

Sale price: $39.99

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Le Château Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater in pink

Sale price: $39.99

V-neck Sweater - Orange - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M V-Neck Sweater in orange

Sale price: $17.99

Double-knit Sweater - Red - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M Double-Knit Sweater in red

Sale price: $19.99

Knit Wool-blend Sweater - Cerise - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M Knit Woll-blend Sweater in cerise

Sale price: $22.99

Knit Sweater - White - Ladies | H&M CA 2

H&M Knit Sweater in white

Sale price: $24.99

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Zara Check Mini Skirt in gray/tan

Sale price: $19.99

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Zara Faux Suede Mini Skirt in pale pink

Sale price: $17.99

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Zara Suede Mini Skirt in mustard

Sale price: $19.99

Michael Kors Harland Boot in black

Sale price: $269.98

Artica boots in black

Sale price: $249.98

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Rapisardi Ron White Rapisardi by Ron White Velda Platform Boots in black

Sale price: $197.50

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Ron White Rapisardi by Ron White Long Tammy Boots in black

Sale price: $222.50

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Kenneth Cole New York Angelica Over the Knee Boot in black faux patent

Sale price: $138.76

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Stuart Weitzman Keenland Knee High Stretch Suede Boots in topsue

Sale price: $429.97

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Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot in walnut suede

Sale price: $429.97
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Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot in walnut suede

Sale price: $429.97

When shopping for clothes every year, most styles and cuts remain the same for that brand. The only major changes are the colours and patterns of that season. Also, buying good quality, classic pieces also help reduce the amount of spending, since they can be reused in numerous outfit combinations. The catch here is buying from a good quality retailer and looking for good quality materials, so that it will last longer. I try not to buy cheaper-made clothing as I know I will end up having to buy another of the exact same in little time due to deterioration of the original item. This results in extra spending for repeated purchases of the same item. Buying it once and it being of good quality saves money and time, two very precious commodities, in the long run.

In addition to out of season stock being discounted, another trick is the time of purchase. Their are multiple times during the year that almost all stores are on sale (depending on which part of the world you inhabit). These annual sales usually take place during a civic holiday, such as labour day, thanksgiving, boxing day, new years eve, easter, Victoria day, memorial day, and Canada day. Sales also tend to occur during cultural holidays, such as Valentine’s day, St Patrick’s day, mother’s day (usually women’s clothing), father’s day (usually men’s clothing), Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Halloween. Another good sale time is the first couple of days of a new product/clothing line and the end of season sale. I try to plan my purchases around these times during the year. Their are a couple of ways I do so. I either go to the store, browse the entire selection, and try on my picks. Whatever items fit well and that I want to purchase, I take a picture of it and the tag with the price and my size. However, I do not purchase it if it is full priced. In my safari bookmarks, I have a folder specifically for these “fashion cravings” as I call it. I visit these pages ever week, looking out for sales. When that item does go on sale, I purchase it online.

The other method is kind of the opposite. When a store is on sale, I browse the sale section and purchase online whatever has caught my eye. I usually double-up on the item if I am unsure of my size. When my package is delivered, I try everything on and decide what to keep and what to return to the store. I usually buy enough to qualify for free shipping. The reason I buy an item in more than one size is because having to go to the store to exchange and try it on again is really a hassle. Also, when exchanging for a size, it is usually a final sale. Therefore, if that new size does not work, you are stuck with a non-refundable purchase.

Most of all the clothes you have seen on my Instagram and other blog posts have been purchase at a discount. As a university student paying my way through school, I cannot afford many wants and desires. I keep my money for tuition, books, parking, gas, and other necessities. Luckily, I do not pay rent or utilities since I still live at home with my parents and brothers. I could have gone away for school, but I would have graduated with students debts, which goes against my goal of graduating without any debts. Of course, once I start my Master’s degree, I will have no choice but to take out students loans, hence why I try to save most of my money earned.

Resisting the urge to buy anything of any quality at any time is ultimately the trick to being able to save most of my money and investing in good-quality, long lasting classic pieces. I hope this helps!

xox

Insta Recaps

Instagram Recap: May 2018

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Inspiration Tuesday- Minty

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Shop this look: Zara blouse (oos; find similar here) | Melanie Lyne pants (oos; find similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; find similar here)

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Inspiration Tuesday- Daffodil

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My Trip in Old Québec

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Inspiration Tuesday- Teal Trimmings

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Shop this look: American Eagle denim overalls | Aldo sunglasses (oos; find similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld bag ( oos; find similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; find similar here)

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OOTD: Striped

Inspiration Tuesday: Black x Gold

Inspiration Tuesday: Black x Gold

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OOTD: Basic

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Fashion Find: Light-Wash Denim

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Zara Authentic Denim Pinafore Dress

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Off-White Front Pocket Dungarees

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Insta Recaps

Instagram Recap: April 2018

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Happy Easter!

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Inspiration Tuesday- Blushing Blossoms

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Gayness blush bag (oos; could only find used blush bag here & here; new black version & new taupe version) | Dalia sweater (oos; find similar here) | George pink aviators | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here)

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OOTD: Barbie

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Shop this look: Dynamite leopard blouse (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | H&M suede booties (oos; find similar here) | Danier shoulder bag (oos; find similar here)

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Inspiration Tuesday- Pretty in Pink

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Shop this look: RW&Co ruffle blouse (oos; find similar here) | Dynamite pants with leather band (oos; find similar here) | Aldo booties (oos; find similar here)

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OOTD ft. Calvin Klein

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OOTD: Oversized Blazer

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld blouse (oos; find similar here) | Chanel bag (Fall 2017 limited edition) | RW&Co jeans | Costco pearl necklace

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Inspiration Tuesday- In Mint Condition

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OOTD: Boyfriend Denim

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Shop this look: Zara blouse (oos; find similar here) | Zara pants (oos; find similar here) | Forever 21 bag (oos; find similar here)

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OOTD: Navy & White Fila

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Inspiration Tuesday- Nautical Navy

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OOTD: Denim on Denim

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Comfortable Road Trip Outfits

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Fashion Finds: Jackets & Blazers

Butterfly Sleeve Ponte Blazer, Blue, hi-res

Melanie Lyne Butterfly Sleeve Ponte Blazer (on sale now!)

Faux Suede Zip Detail Jacket, Pink, hi-res

Laura Faux Suede Zip Detail Jacket

ZIP FRONT MODERN BOMBER - 72244

Danier Zip Front Modern Bomber

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Balmain Double Breasted Wool Blazer in white

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Madewell Jean Jacket

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Via Spiga Double Breasted Trench Coat (33% off!)

Polo Ralph Lauren Knit Cotton Blazer (use code FAMILY for 30% off!)

Ralph Lauren Collection Apparel Fillmore Checked Jacket

Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton-Wool Admiral Jacket (50% off + use code FAMILY for 30% off!)

JAZZ JACKET

Nanette Lepore Jazz Jacket in white

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Zara Faux Suede Biker Jacket in black

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Zara Tweed Blazer with Trims

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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!

Fashion

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

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Zara Puff Sleeve Shirt

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Zara Pleated Linen Top

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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

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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

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Ray-Ban Standard Original 58mm Aviator Sunglasses in Brown

Aldo Moano in Milk (on sale now!!!)

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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