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During fashion week, my ‘dressing technique,’ if you will, is to dress like my everyday self…just kicked up a notch. I’ve spent one too many seasons prancing around, squirming and FREEZING in hyper-planned out outfits. And while I do put some thought in advance as to what I’m gonna be wearing, I make every effort not to peacock or overthink my outfits. I truly think a major part of great personal style comes from wearing pieces that you are comfortable in and that you know work for you, and continually building outfits out of them. For me, these pieces are bomber jackets, pencil skirts, distressed jeans and some form of headwear, be it a toque or baseball cap. Side note: This “yes” sweater is literally borrowed from the boys! If you have love for menswear like me, why not explore the men’s section next time you’re shopping?

sweatshirt: Forever 21 (here) jacket: Forever 21 (here) fishnet socks: American Apparel (here) bag: Triangl (similar here) beanie: Aldo (similar here)

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D.I.Y: Black Candy Apples W/ Forever 21

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One of my favourite treats in the entire sweet-o-sphere is without a doubt the delicious, magical, crunchy candy apple. I love them SO much that I don’t limit their consumption to carnival times…I eat them all year round. I definitely got this addiction from my pops – whenever I’d go to the mall, it was just routine for me to pick him up a candy apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. So when I was brainstorming a cool Halloween d.i.y to do with Forever 21 it hit me – yup, these would be the perfect Halloween treat – in black. Come on…oooobviously I had to do ‘em in black! They’re are an awesome item to bring to a Halloween party because they’re so fun, and people think they are impossible to make (they’re totally not). So without further babbling on my part, here’s the recipe:

What You’ll Need:
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp black food colouring
6 medium apples
3 sets of chopsticks
candy thermometer

Step-by-step instructions + more pics on the next page…

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Stop and Smell The Flowers

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Exactly two years ago, in my second year of university, I wrote a paper entitled, “Where Happiness Lies”. I came across it while cleaning up my old computer files, scanning through documents and taking a virtual walk down (cyber) memory lane. But as I read through the various theoretical points I’d raised in the essay, I realized that I had never really provided a personal response to the question. Now that I’m done school, and am much ~older & wiser~ I decided it was time to revisit the idea: What makes me happy?

The first things that come to mind are, of course, friends & family – including my two beloved budgies. I think that being a *fairly ambitious human*, accomplishing things is often what makes me happy. I used to believe that happiness was the direct result of achieving goals and acquiring objects, and, in part, I still believe that to be true. I’m not going to lie and say that being recognized for work I’ve done doesn’t make me feel great or that going on a shopping spree is not one of my favourite things to do. But I realized that once you accomplish and acquire the things you set out for, you’re left blank again until the next time around.

You know that old saying, “Happiness is a state of mind”? (Sorry for being cliché LOL). It really is true. Sometimes, you just have to take a second and remember to enjoy the little things. Happiness, to me, is appreciating life for what it is. Taking the good with the bad. Life isn’t perfect…but that’s the beauty in it! Get off your phone and really absorb the people & environment around you. Make a delicious, healthy meal and take the time to savour it. Get outside and explore the world around you—who knows, you might discover something beautiful. Help people. Be nice to others for no reason. Stop focusing on the negative and really take a moment to appreciate everything you do have. And most of all…stop and smell the flowers.

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Prada’s latest fragrance evolved from the concept of an imaginary flower created especially for Candy. Of course, Candy cannot simply have any flower. Her flower has to be wondrous and sophisticated, bursting with life and sensuality as Candy herself.

Light airy top notes put the sparkle in Candy, tender powdery heart notes echo her Spring-like grace, and a whisper of warmth and honey reflect Candy’s sensuality.

Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette spray 50ml, $85.00
Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette spray 80ml, $115.00

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by PUIG via Glam Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of PUIG.

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Mesh Bomber

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In an unplanned continuation of my apparent outfit theme of “undergarments on display” lately, (see here and here), the other day I wore this Titika sports bra as a top. It’s literally too cool to be reserved for the gym! And how perfect is this mesh-sleeved bomber by AKA? If I had to pick one favourite article of clothing it would, without a doubt, be a bomber jacket. I literally cannot get enough of them, and make a conscious effort not to buy the same black style over and over again – so I love finding versions like this that have cool details.

skirt: Topshop (here) jacket: AKA (here) bra: Titika (here) shoes: Alexander Wang (sold out, similar here) sunglasses: Think Reese (here)

photos: Denver Rodrigues

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Concrete Jungle

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Yes, I’ve hopped on the Calvin Klein underwear boat. I’m sorry. I hate to be a bandwagon-er, but for me, it’s a trend that’s just too good to resist. We all know that I’m allllllllll for that “borrowed from the boys” swag, so yeah…you get it. Peeking out from under some boyfriend jeans – even some leather bermuda shorts – they add that a touch of 90′s that just screams cool-girl. And besides, there’s just something so liberating about wearing men’s underwear.

shorts: Forever 21 (here) heels: Alexander Wang (sold out, similar here) top: Forever 21 (similar here) boxers: Calvin Klein (here)

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White Friday

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Warning you – I’m starting this post with a rant. Here it comes…I think fashion “rules” are stupid. Some of the most exciting outfits I’ve ever seen are the result of people wearing “fashion don’ts” or things that theoretically shouldn’t be worn together, even worn period. When someone take a questionable item, pairs it so well that the look couldn’t be anything but chic, and then confidently rocks the look…I think that’s true style. And while my own personal style is pretty minimal and I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a ~groundbreaking~ risk taker, I do like to engage in some fashion don’ts from time to time. My favourite being no white after Labour Day (exhibit A above).

So, rant pretty much over. ALLS I’M SAYIN IS…if you like something…wear it. Because A.) You will probably feel really good in it B.) You might even start a new trend c.) Blending in is boring. Remember when Birkenstocks were considered ugly? When wearing black and blue together was practically a crime? Yeah.

culottes: Oak + Fort (here) top: H&M sandals: Zara (similar here) bra: Nike (here) sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar here)

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Lust List: September 2014

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My take on Fall 2014 dressing: clean & futuristic with an urban-cool edge. My key pieces for the season include some super dope clear frames and a to-die-for slate grey mohair coat – I might just spring for this Tibi one, but I’ve had my eye on a great one at Topshop (for half the price). And as you may have noticed, white after labour day is always a do in my books. The sleek lines on this Kara backpack are really doing it for me. I’m so team backpack because of the hand/arm freedom and general schoolboy vibes – try one out and I guarantee you’ll be a purse convert!

Clockwise from top left:

80′S PURPLE Optical Frames, No Longer Available

RICK OWENS x ADIDAS Sculpted Sole Sneakers, $790 via SSENSE

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Folded Off-The-Wall Sweater, $380 via SSENSE

KARA Pebble Leather Small Backpack, $410 via Opening Ceremony

TIBI Kelby Mohair Coat, $950 via Tibi.com

CALVIN KLEIN Raceback Bra Top, $30 via Simons

*If you liked this post, I’m doing a similar one for theaugustdiaries.com later this month with even more amazing things to ogle + shop. Keep your eye out!

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BERMUDA

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Bermuda shorts. Something I thought would be no more likely to grace the presence of my hips and bottom than Brad Pitt himself. Nevertheless, Mr. Wang did it for me again… rendering an otherwise unwearable item to something I needed in my life. I think that’s what draws me to his brand most – the ability to make something otherwise undesirable desirable is something not too many people are capable of doing. And while these shorts are Forever 21 and not A. Wang, I think they are a pretty darn good substitute. Maybe even a little TOO good for 23 bucks, actually. I paired them with last summers’ t-strap sandals that I was minorly majorly obsessed with at the time, plus my new leather lunch bag clutch from – you guessed it - Forever 21 (Seriously, I’ve been on a roll with these finds lately!)

shorts: Forever 21 (here) top: H&M clutch: Forever 21 (sold out, similar here) heels: Alexander Wang (sold out, similar here) watch: Daniel Wellington (here)

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Bench #LoveMyHood

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Born in Mississauga but sometimes I feel like Toronto adopted me…LOL. I’m genuinely sorry for referencing Drake lyrics in a post, but I promise it is v relevant to the content. Sorry again. Anyways, Bench. is running a super dope campaign called #LoveMyHood (more here) and encouraging us Canadians to show love for our ‘hoods (whilst maybe even simultaneously rocking actual hoods…Bench. hoods of course!). So since I now am an almost legal resident of the 6, when they came to me and said: “Hey Vanessa – show us a cool area in your hood!” I was of course happy to oblige. I chose to show off a spot I love in my new ‘hood – a “secret” rooftop in Queen West, downtown Toronto. See, told you the Drake quote was relevant.

p.s. Want to win a $100 Bench. gift card? Of course ya do. Find out how on the next page (and see the rest of the pics from my so0o Tdot shoot)

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Destroyed

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I’m having a bad day…so I bought shoes. Now I feel better, kind of.  Subtly reminiscent of those Balenciaga buckle boots (you know the ones), it was only natural to pair them with some x-tra destroyed denim and a crestfallen gaze. Wah.

jeans: Forever 21 (here) boots: Le Chateau (here) top: Zara bag: Givenchy (here) watch: Daniel Wellington (here)

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