During peak holidays of kitsch (like Christmas), it’s easy to get carried away with decorations that are aesthetically questionable…like waving Santas (which happen to also be creepy), candy cane shaped anythings, and glittery red and green everythings. But what about those of us that just want to have a ~minimalist~ ol’ time?! I’m not sure I can help with your families’ choice in multicoloured Christmas lights, but Forever 21 and I can show you how to make some seriously cool (and simple!) minimal ornaments for your tree.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
plain glass balls (I got mine at a craft store)
glittery leaves, balls, etc. (I went to the floral/seasonal section in Dollarama)
STEP 2: Insert tinsel, leaves, and whatever else you picked up into the opening of the balls. Try pouring some nail polish/glitter glue into the opening and rotating the ball around for a cool pattern. I stuck to all silver because I think it’s ~visually effective~ but you can definitely mix colours. You can make them all the same or all different…Experiment! Get creative! The world (or these balls) are your oyster.
STEP 3: Replace the tops when you’re done, then hang ‘em up!
BTW - this is the sweater I’m wearing in the post!
Holiday shopping can seem extremely daunting, not to mention stressful with a capital S. So I’ve put together a list of a few of my favourite things in an effort to make your holiday gift-shopping a bit easier…items I personally would be thrilled to receive and believe would be the same story for others. Most of them are under $50, with a few luxe splurges in there for those “extra-special” people.
Holiday dressing for me is kinda complicated…I like to dress like a boy and pretty much despise anything that isn’t black, grey, oversized, cropped and/or ripped. Now while that might sound like it would leave me out of most *holiday appropriate* outfits, I decided to go a quest to find the perfect Holiday ensemble that is comfy enough to wear through an 8 course Italian dinner but dressy and cool enough to impress….uh, my aunt? Lolz ok, no one really cares about fashion in my family but that’s ok.
Honestly, I rarely even wear jewellery, but I figure it’s either go big or go home at this time of the year with it. I’ve loved the look of a stacked-up necklace ever since miss Dylan Lex popped out and took the Instasphere by storm, and paired with a slightly boy-ish blazer and distressed denim it’s just the right amount of sparkle to dress up the look. I finished the look with pointy-toe, patent oxfords…one of those ingenious inventions that significantly dress up a look without being heels. Win.
So, it’s the third month in on the project I’ve been working on with Smart Set called #smartset1P10S…and if you haven’t already seen my other posts about it yet, here’s the run-down – they’ve selected 10 bloggers (including lil’ ol me *angel emoji* *salsa dancer emoji*) and asked that they put their personal styling stamp on Smart Set’s pre-chosen “piece of the month”. And I gotta say…what a pandora’s box of styling options it opens up each time! Seeing a bunch of different girls, varying ages and styles, style the same garment is honestly kind of amazing. So far I’ve seen the other ladies put together looks I never would have thought of and just fully WERK them. It’s super inspiring and has opened my eyes to styling options unbeknownst to me and my current repertoire…not to mention bringing myself out of my own “fashion shell” (which I blubbered on about last month).
But yeah…back to this month’s piece – this time around it was a black sequin blazer, and much like last month’s tulle number, I was moderately intimidated. Because, well, sequins should be slightly intimidating for a minimal-inclined gal such as I, right? Apparently not. As soon as I slid my arm into the blazer, a look from YSL Spring 2013 (that was somehow sticking around in my subconscious) came to mind and I knew I had to recreate it. The whole vibe of the show – monochromatic blazers and button-ups topped off with wide brimmed fedoras – was just so major…it was really all that I could channel. I think my interpretation of the look turned out really cool and totally captured the vibe with Smartset’s fedora, button up, and of course the blazer itself! Which is by the way in stores now if you want to shop it. Oh, and in case you were wondering…the “tie” is a belt from a silk housecoat
p.s. You can see the last couple month’s challenges here and here
Forever 21 pants (similarhere), top (similar here), shoes (similar here)
Simple and sleek is the name of the game. Probably my favourite type of outfit to wear out and definitely the most comfy, leather joggers are actually a heaven-sent article of clothing…anti-constrictive, insanely versatile, and make any outfit look 10x cooler. Thanks Yeezy. ALSO: Crop tops are a year-round staple. Heh. I’ll stop when I’m 25, 26 max…promise.
Life begins when you step out of your comfort zone. This past little while has been a testament to this for me – I moved out of my house in the ‘burbs, made a decision to do freelance work rather than getting a standard 9 to 5 (a.k.a forgoing financial stability), and took a chance on a guy I knew could easily hurt me. And while I’m not going to lie, it is no doubt VERY scary not knowing what’s going to happen next…I know it’s worth it. Some truly amazing things have blossomed from this path I have chosen, and something tells me there are more to come.
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I’m working on a pretty cool project called #smartset1P10S with 9 other bloggers over the next few months. The name of the game – each girl is to style Smart Set’s pre-chosen “piece of the month”, putting their signature twist on it. And while I can never say no to a challenge, I have to admit, this month’s item of the month was definitely something out of my comfort zone – my CLOTHING comfort zone, which I rarely step out of. A tulle skirt? HOW would I do this? It definitely freaked me out significantly. But you know what – after completing this challenge, I’ve made a pact with myself to do this type of thing more often. Seriously, I encourage you to pick up an item you normally would never reach for, as strange as it may feel, and put your full efforts into styling it. If you’re anything like me and reach for the same pieces over and over again, this will probably be a welcome change and open your eyes up to new styles, textures, colours, etc. So if tulle isn’t your thing (or even if it is) I encourage you to pop into Smart Set and pick up this skirt, or any other piece you wouldn’t normally wear for that matter, and step out of your comfort zone. Who knows…you might even make something beautiful
You know when you get so comfortable in life, like you’re just sailing along…then, all of a sudden, a hurricane comes out of nowhere and flips your world upside down? What started as the week from hell for me has mellowed out into a “calm after the storm” type situation. So, needless to say, I’m reaching for my creature comforts in my outfits lately – a.k.a leather joggers, sweatshirts, backpacks, and of course black and white. To expand…things haven’t really been going my way lately (as is life, I guess), but I’ve come to realize that things can always be worse. It’s all about perspective and how you respond to the challenges you’re faced with – you can sulk in a corner and dwell in your negative emotions or you can better yourself and actually get something from the situation. Seriously…when life hands you lemons – make a damn lemon meringue pie!
You know when you see something you like and it just somehow automatically archives itself into your brain without you even realizing it…only to be remembered the next time something triggers the image for you? It’s like a weird selective photographic memory, and it happened with this striped button up – I can’t tell you where I saw it (probably through my merciless Instagram creeping) but I can tell you about the look, which was simply a striped button-up, halfway buttoned, worn with a pencil skirt. It popped into my mind the second I saw the shirt hanging on the rack and I had to recreate the dressed-up-yet-slightly-disheveled vibe. Stripes are usually a big no for me for many reasons – too loud, too obnoxious, to nautical, blah blah blah. But something about thin, vertical lines works for me because its still subtle and minimal.
Also – I just joined a new platform called Fitbayand I’m dying to tell you about it (!) If you know me personally or follow me via social media, you’d know that I have a rather…errr…*healthy* backside. And hey, while I love the junk in my trunk, it does pose a problem clothes-fitting wise. Ordering pants online is pretty much a nightmare that I avoid at all costs. That’s where Fitbay comes in – it’s basically a “fit-sharing” online community that helps us online shoppers find the right size by connecting us to people of similar height, weight and proportions. And the more people join in, the better, because recommendations are based on other users who have a similar body to your own. Oh, and the tool is free forever…no strings attached. So all you big booty bishes (or basically anyone that doesn’t have a mannequin body lol), come join the community with me! My profile here.
clutch: Nine West (here) shoes: Nine West (here) skirt: Nastygal (here) top: Forever 21 (here) hat: H&M (similar here)
World MasterCard Fashion Week Spring 2015, held here in Toronto, signalled the dawn of a new era of Canadian fashion for me. Sorry if that sounds super dramatic and *LIVE BREATHE DIE FASHION*, but I was really in awe at the fact that it was the young talent that really blew me away this season. I have been a Sid Neigum fan for a long time now (read about his last collection here), so watching him win the Mercedes Benz Start Up Award was pretty great. I was also impressed with what newbiesHayley Elsaesser and Som Kong brought to the table for their first showing.
Whew! Fashion week is over. Let me just say…it’s been um…a week no doubt and I am super grateful to get the chance to slink back into comfy outfits like this (and also to eat proper meals rather than bags of nuts from gift bags and coffee LOL). I’m gonna take this chance to introduce a cool new project I have on the go with Smart Set - It’s called 1 Piece 10 Styles, and the concept is simple: 10 girls with different styles, ages, etc. (all with a passion for fashion – duh!) create a look every month focused around the same article of clothing. So essentially, each month I’ll be doing an outfit post focused on styling their “Piece of the Month” along with 9 other bloggers. This month, it’s their ¾ sleeve cardigan – and I looove how versatile and comfy it is. Honestly, my whole wardrobe is basically comprised of anything that falls into this category so it’s obviously a staple piece for me! You can dress it up or down, layer it, or even tie it around your waist for a cool, effortless look…A fall must-have for sure. So yeah, uhhhh…what chu waiting for? Pop into Smartset and snag one for yourself! There’s tons of variations on colours and prints - I was stuck between this one and a speckled black and white one – so I’m sure you’ll fine the perfect version for you Also – make sure you check out the other bloggers’ looks! I’ve included links to all of their blogs at the end of this post…I hope you’ll follow along for the next little while to see what myself and the 9 other lovely ladies manage to come up with.
p.s. You can also creep the hashtag #smartset1p10s for an Insta-fix!