Can we just have a minute for how amazing these Sacai coats are? I haven’t had this much outerwear-lust since the Acne Mape. The Japanese designer behind them, Chitose Abe (also of diffusion brand Sacai Luck), is evidently beyond clever with her menswear-inspired overcoat, motorcycle jacket, sweater hybrids. I’m pretty obsessed. Definitely my favourite outerwear of Fall ’14 collections so far.
Side note: I’m pretty sure these are mohair-type “furs” (sheared – no animal harm) which is incredibly appealing to fashion people like myself who like the look of fur but also care about animals…but something tells me that’s real Karakul fur (a.k.a baby lambs) on a couple of them. Boo.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this look was kind of…KIND OF inspired by a certain street style image of Kim K. (fine – you can see it here) that I recall seeing a while back. The all-nude look was really quietly powerful, if that makes any sense. It really stuck out to me. And while I couldn’t fully commit (hi grey skinnies), I must say that the super simple, semi-monochromatic look I came up with was pretty pleasing to me. Not a stitch of black in sight – but hey, sometimes it’s fun to step out of your comfort zone. Also – I love how this faux fur stole transforms any jacket it’s attached to!
Nude pumps are not something I’ve gravitated to since high school. (Remember when Bryan Boy tweeted about them “being for “basic b*tches”?) Ha. I have two pairs from then – they are both patent & platform, and needless to say have remain untouched since I was about 17-18 years old. So when I went to go pick out a new pair of digs as part of the Le Chateau Ambassador program I’ve been taking part in, it was kind of weird that these caught my eye. I love that the ankle straps kick them up a notch and take them out of “basic territory”.
Shoes: Le Chateau (here) Coat: Theory (here) faux fur stole: H&M (similar here) pants: Forever 21 (here) sunglasses: Anderne (here) ear cuff: Forever 21 (here)
Hi guys – welcome to my first beauty post EVER! I am totally not a beauty expert (nor am I venturing into “beauty blogger” territory), but I definitely do LOVE makeup & hair. I took cosmetology through all 4 years of highschool (graduated with the cosmetology award/highest grade in the course thankyouverymuch) and also worked at a salon for 3 years, so I’m not a total noob with the stuff. So needless to say when Annabelle Cosmetics sent me some goodies to play around with, I was pretty amped. First up, my absolute favourite “going somewhere” look: dark wine lips & winged liner. Equally edgy and vampy, it’s sexy and intense rather than pretty and sweet (yuk).
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I’ve always been attracted to bandanas – it started in my elementary school days, a.k.a Tupac days…when gangsta rap was in its full glory. Along with pants down to the knees, basketball jerseys, and Jordan 1′s, bandanas were part of the unofficial uniform of suburban gangstas during the 90′s. They were cool and controversial. Adults hated them, so naturally I wanted in. Thing was, I was a 7 year old white girl whose mom dressed her in clothes from the Gap – so evidently I never got to live out this trend. Until now. This Forever 21 sweater is my grade school thug lyfe desire embodied! But seriously, could there be a more perfect print? I’m obsessed. Edgy and urban, yet still discreet enough to maintain itself as “paisley” to the untrained eye.
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Currently craving…light icy pastels. Muted grey, silver, powder blue (still no cotton candy pink though-it won’t ever happen for me). The influx of pastels that showed up in the Spring 2014 collection last season might finally be setting in my brain as Spring comes near. While this trend tends to lean toward a sweet & feminine aesthetic, designers like Alexander Wang have helped maintain “cool factor” during the uneasy entry into the world of sorbet hued clothing for edgy-leaners. p.s. - due to the fact that I am increasingly DYING to move out – you will notice some home decor items in this month’s list. Hope you like!
Zara Faux Leather Pastel Faux Leather Biker Jacket, $119.00 on zara.com
Think Reese “Malaya” Ring, $105.00 on thinkreese.ca
Tom Ford Hardcover, $94.63 on barnesandnoble.com
Uncommon Goods Gun Flower Vase, $58.01 at uncommongoods.com
Givenchy Grey Leather Antigona medium Duffle Bag, $2,475.00 on SSENSE
Nicholas Kirkwood Silver Leather Horn Heeled sandals, $875.00 on SSENSE
Byfredo Fleur Fantome scented candle, $80.00 on Net-a-porter
Can you see yourself in my shoes? No seriously, can you? YEAH YOU CAN! Becaaaaause *pls exaggerate this when you read in your head for effect* I finally found myself a pair of metallic shoes! I’ve been looking for a pair since last Spring, when the only decent ones floating around were the Jimmy Choo Anouks and those t-strap Zara ones that nearly every blogger bought (R.I.P). I wasn’t 100% into either, so needless to say they weren’t purchased and I never got the whole metallic kick out of my system. So needless to say I squealed when I saw these ones online at Forever 21. I LOVE that they are flats and render actually wearable, and I’m obsessed with the sleek Phillip-Lim-esque design.
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Thrifting is one of those tricky things some people just have an inherent knack for. Some people were born to do it. Seriously…I know people that can walk into Goodwill and walk out with an insane new outfit. While I am not one of these people (I get easily overwhelmed and am consistently drawn to stores that have like, 5 things on the rack), I occasionally get a random itch to go thrift shopping. And occasionally, I find something good. This navy overcoat is one of my favourite finds to date (also worn here), worn this time with my new Opening Ceremony leather and velvet trainers and leather track pants. The whole outfit was inspired from a single Phoebe Philo image that is archived in my brain (see here).
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I have come to realize that most of my “personal style” delves from my laziness and the strong inclination to always look cool rather than pretty. The busier (and subsequently lazier) I get, the more inclined I am to wear super comfy pieces. Since this past couple of weeks has been crazy with a capital c, I’ve been making a conscious effort to pick up pieces that I know I will get TONS of wear out of. I’m proud to say I’ve really started to change my shopping habits and buy stuff I know I’ll actually get use out of – rather than mindlessly snatch up pieces that attract me on the rack but are good for max 3 wears because they are uncomfortable. I’ve already worn this Wilfred sweater probably 10 times since I bought it two weeks ago (embarassing), and the drawstring pants are super transitional – the light chiffon-y material will be perfect for spring weather, and with leggings underneath they’re good for winter. I like to believe that it is possible to look chic while being comfortable AND still looking cool/edgy but NOT sloppy…at da same damn time.
+ the slip-on sneakers are territory I haven’t previously ventured into…but hey, if they’re good enough for Phoebe Philo they’re good enough for me.
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Story behind these overalls: A couple of weeks ago I went out with a bunch of girls for my friend Caroline’s birthday. Her friend Vanessa (I know, best name) walks in and her outfit literally makes me stop and stare, which rarely happens for me. She had on some wicked waxed overalls, a white crop top, and these half mule-half ankle strap heels which I was almost 90% sure were Alexander Wang. Because she’s a total Ryerson fashion gurl, naturally I figured everything she was wearing was designer. Turns out, the overalls were Forever 21 and the heels were old Zara (still not sure how I missed them). Reiterates my strong belief in that it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. Anyways, I obviously had to go snap up the overalls right away, which I found out were still in store. And I too had to wear them with a crop top – I just thought it was is an ingenious way to show skin, completely eliminating any skank factor and replacing it with cool~ness.
As for the camel Theory coat, it’s the second magical Holt’s sale item I’ve found in the last few months. It was literally the only one left…over 60% off…in my size. Meant. To. Be.
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I must admit – I was never keen on leopard print…that is, until Phillip Lim introduced it into his s/s 2013 and pre-fall 2013 collections. I had never seen leopard done so tastefully – classy, streamlined, and beyond chic. I don’t know if you remember this s/s 13 runway look, or this jacket, but I feel like if those two items were to procreate the offspring would closely resemble this sweater from Forever 21. As soon as I saw it, visions of the two aforementioned Lim items jumped into my brain – and so I jumped the gun and bought my first-ever leopard something. (I lied, I actually have a skin-tight polyester dress with futuristic Gaga-esque shoulder pads that I bought on a high school New York trip in one of those random Soho shops. I thought it was the hottest thing ever.)
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