Vegas Roundup

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nine West flats (similar)
black tote (similar)
L&C ankle pants (similar)
H&M earrings (similar)

We had such a great time in Vegas this past weekend! My mom and I visited to see my friend Lauren Howe, Miss Universe Canada 2017, compete in the Miss Universe pageant. We had front row tickets which was an amazing experience in itself, and best of all she made it to the top 10! 

We stayed at the Bellagio hotel, which we have stayed at before, and ate at some fabulous restaurants such as Lago and Yellowtail, among others. We had a wonderful time strolling along the Las Vegas Strip, with coffee or wine continuously in hand (haha, when in Vegas). My style of visiting Vegas pretty much includes a high emphasis on food and wandering, and to suit this style of travel, relatively comfy but cute clothing (see links above and photos below).

I'd love to hear about your favourite spots in Las Vegas!

Red Coat + Canadian Black Friday

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Aldo heels (similar)

A cute red coat can easily be deemed as a staple in one's winter wardrobe. With the holidays in mind, and simply the fact that red is a power color, a red coat will definitely be worn on repeat this time of year. Not to mention, red goes super well with black, my go-to color for the winter season. 

I paired this look with my favorite Burberry scarf - a staple in any fall wardrobe - my favorite Aldo d'orsay heels (similar), some black pants (surprise, surprise) , and this versatile camisole

Black Friday for us Canadians can often be tricky - we want to shop all the deals, yet hate the hassle of having to pay taxes/duties on certain orders and wait 2 weeks for our order to even reach us. Who wants to pay $30 of taxes/duties on an <$100 purchase? Not me! For this reason, I gathered a few Black Friday sales that are Canadian-friendly when it comes to shipping and listed them below. Although there are a bunch more awesome sales out there, I wanted to only feature the stores that I genuinely shop at online on the regular and items that I will be taking advantage of purchasing.

Old Navy - 50% off entire purchase. Stock up on basics!
Banana Republic - 50% off all merchandise. Take advantage of cashmere and wool sweaters*
The Gap - 50% everything. Stock up on outerwear!
Roots - 30% off entire store. Stock up on those winter sweaters!
The Bay - up to 50% off clothing. Stock up on cashmere and shoes!
Nike - 30% off using BF30_CA. Stock up on the cutest sports bras!
Forever 21 - up to 70% off. Stock up on party attire!
H&M - up to 60%. Stock up on blouses!

What do you think of this look? What Black Friday sales will you be shopping?

Ruffle-Hem Sweater

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nine West booties (similar)

I was on the fence about ordering this sweater, but I am so happy that I did since it fits so well! I love the ruffle-hem and the collar. It comes in several colors, and for reference I am wearing a size medium since I like all of my sweaters looser fitting. It isn't quite peplum, however the ruffle hem gives it that extra feminine vibe all the while remaining a cozy and moveable sweater.

I paired the outfit with my favorite casual jeans of the season (which I own several pairs of) from joe-fresh, my old Nine West booties (similar) and my favorite Louis Vuitton bag. I am getting the vibe lately that you all love casual outfits rather than dressy, so I'm trying my best to feature more of these as often as possible. This works out in my favor as well, since it is much easier to feature what I am actually wearing that day or the day prior. I have also noticed that you all love Christmas/the holiday season, so I am definitely taking a mental note of this all the while planning out my posts for the next few weeks.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! I am seriously losing track of the days of the week. This is sort of a good thing as I cannot wait for Friday because, #1 my mother and I might brace Black Friday sales before boarding our flight to Vegas, and #2 because we are one step closer to seeing my friend being crowned Miss Universe (you hear it here first, folks).

What do you think of this look?

Casual Holiday Outfit

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday colored blanket scarves, oh how I love you! This outfit is seriously an absolute must-have for a casual holiday look - cute and comfy. I pulled out some basics from my fall closet, such as this ruffle mock neck top and faux-suede skirt, and paired it with a new blanket scarf and these pom pom flats to give it a holiday vibe. 

Blanket scarves are a must in your fall-winter wardrobe, and choosing one with a little bit of red and/or green, is the perfect way to get a little festive without spending $$$. Did I mention that they are incredibly comfy? I can honestly picture myself wearing this scarf during my holiday travels simply because I can legitimately turn it into a blanket if I want to take a nap - it's all about practicality, folks.

Did I also mention how I am obsessed (actually) with the pom-pom shoe trend?! I could not receive my package soon enough to wear these beauties. This will probably be a trend that I will continue to wear from years to come, such as what I have done with leopard print, since I think that the pom-pom adds that extra flare to your basic and otherwise boring flats. 

Speaking about the holidays, I am getting super excited for Christmas! My house is still not move-in ready, so for the meantime I will be helping my mother decorate hers. I also have a few fun ideas of posts to do within the next few weeks. In addition, I still have more holiday looks to share  as we approach Christmas. 

What do you think of this look?

How To Style Leopard Print

Thursday, November 16, 2017

If you know me, you know that I have been wearing leopard print for YEARS. I was that girl in high school wearing the leopard print flats daily (noteworthy to state that they were not "in style" at the time), as a way to "break away" from the strict uniform guidelines. Not much has changed since those days, as I do proudly wear leopard print flats what feels like every other day.

I have learned a thing or two about wearing leopard print over the years, and so for this post I thought I would share with you my secret. The secret to styling leopard print fashionably is quite simple, and I apologize if you were looking to read a long-winded post on this. In order to style leopard print effectively and actually look good wearing it, is to keep the remainder of your outfit simple. Most of the time it is safe to say that you should wear neutrals to balance out the leopard print, however you can wear a bold pop of color so long as it is only one item, and the remainder of the outfit remains neutral. For example, with reference to this this look in particular, this coat not only looks great with an all black classic look, but could also work with a pop of purple (such as in the form of a scarf), so long as the remainder of the outfit remained in the neutral beige/black tone family. In order to give this look a more "stylish" and 2017 vibe, I paired it with chunky heels, tassel earrings and my Gucci Marmont bag - note that all of these are in the same color family. 

The main thing to keep in mind is that your leopard print item needs to be the main focus in the entire outfit - the "masterpiece", if you will. Drawing the eye to too many different colors and textures would clash and cause for the outfit to look "cheap" regardless of the price-tag. Keep to the rule of only wearing one other bold item apart from the leopard print, and you are sure to be styling a very chic look. 

What are you thoughts on how-to style leopard print?

Pink On Wednesday

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kenzie jeans (similar)
Nine West booties (similar here and here)

Happy Wednesday - aka, official (or unofficial) pink day. I thought I would share with you this super cute sweater today and a neon pink scarf I got to go along with. The sweater is super comfy and purposely oversized, which makes it perfect for tucking into jeans. I am also in love with this comfy scarf. It is such a great price, and I can definitely see myself pairing it with a black jacket throughout the winter to give my look a pop of color.

I have received so many compliments on my booties and I wish that they were still in stock, however I have linked similar here and here. My bag is a classic (which you have seen many times before), and the color of my jeans (similar) are also a perfect casual shade.

I hope you all have a great week! Monday was my birthday, and I was blessed to have had celebrations carry on into Tuesday.  As far as my age is of concern, you might have watched my Instagram rant on the fact that I am not looking forward to being a year older. So many things left to accomplish in what feels like so little time! Nevertheless, this past year was a big one. I learned a lot, went through several difficult times, but I came out of it a better and more evolved person, all the while cherishing life beside those that I love most.

What do you think of this look?

Chunky Knit Sweater

Friday, November 10, 2017

I did it! If you watched my Instagram stories, you know that I wasn't sure if I would have the time to post today. Thankfully, I couldn't help but make time since this sweater is too incredibly cute not to post! It is so cozy, comfy, super warm (in a good way), and is such a great price! I of course paired this outfit with my favorite boots of the season and the best casual jeans in my wardrobe.

I am also so excited to introduce to you my new velvet Gucci Marmont bag. I have been eyeing this bag for quite some time now. I was looking for a classic gold and black bag for a few months, something that was slightly bigger than my wallet on a chain and that can be worn casually. I have only had it for a few days, but I definitely think that this bag delivers!

What do you think of this look?

Why You Never Have Anything To Wear

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Calvin Klein turtleneck (similar)
Prada sunglasses (similar)
Chanel scarf (similar)

With all of the talk on minimalism and consuming less these days, the topic surrounding why we feel as though we never have anything to wear comes up as loosely tied. This is mainly due to the fact that overconsumption contributes to feelings of lack rather than abundance, and begins this vicious circle of excessive spending all the while feeling as though we still have nothing. While shooting my outfit of the day in my classic white turtleneck (a staple in my seasonal capsule wardrobe), the temptation to write about this topic rather than my usual simple outfit description grew stronger, and I simply could not resist but to talk about it on the blog! 

As I stated in this post, although this website mainly features what I'm wearing and what I put on my face, I do want to dabble in topics that actually matter on occasion, and the truth is that overconsumption in the realm of fashion is a real problem worth addressing! Although I absolutely love having the BEST things as the BEST prices as much as the next person does, there exists a fine line between staying on-trend and simply having too much. If your closet is as big as your guest room, you might have yourself a problem. So to combat the issue of overconsumption (and save the planet while doing it - world peace, haha), I think that the simplest thing to do is get to the root of what ultimately propels us to buy more - the feeling/thought that we have nothing to wear. 

Below I am listing some of the reasons that we might find ourselves thinking that we have nothing to wear. Getting to the bottom of this issue will truly help you save money, save the planet, feel completely satisfied and at peace with all the items in your wardrobe. As a result you will find yourself in a "happy place", where you only purchase items that you genuinely love and will be able to wear them on repeat without feeling as though you still need more.  

Disclaimer: This article is written from my perspective and I do not claim to be an expert. 

You are too matchy-matchy
I used to be incredibly guilty of this one! If my outfit wasn't color coordinated, the anxiety I felt was all too real! I used to believe that in order to look "put together", all of my items needed to match in some way or else my outfit would look cheap. In reality this couldn't be further from the truth. Adding different colors and textures to an outfit can really elevate ones overall look and personal style. A benefit to this is that when you adopt this mindset, you will feel increasingly comfortable experimenting with different items in your wardrobe, and will therefore wear a greater portion of it. You will also diminish the desire to continuously purchase new items in order to fit into a certain mold. 

You don't have a budget
It doesn't matter if you have a lot of money to spend on clothing or not, you need to set yourself a limit. I find that this is best done if you allocate a certain monthly percentage of whichever income you have coming in and dedicate that toward your designated clothing money. I let myself spend 20%. This is high for most people, and some might be comfortable with something lower like 10 or 5%, however considering I run a fashion blog (mostly) and I also don't have many other expensive hobbies, this is the number that works for me. When we are careful with how we allocate our money, we tend to appreciate what we own, are more likely to use it all, and in the case of clothing, are more likely to wear it all.

You don't feel good in your own skin
Just like most women, I have a little extra fluff here and there, cellulite and a few fine lines. In order to feel good in our own skin, it is important that we realize that this is completely normal. The truth is that when we don't feel good about our bodies, we often look to the outside world for validation, which can manifest in the form of a bad relationships, a drinking problem, and potential overconsumption through shopping. Shopping addiction is a real problem that often stems through feelings of inadequacy about ones own self. Due to this insecurity, we might find ourselves continuously feeling as though we have nothing to wear, which ultimately leads us to continuous large purchases of new items as a way to fill some sort of "void". The truth is that that a new pair of jeans isn't going to make you feel better about the size of your thighs in comparison to the practice of self-love. Incorporating small self-care actions on the regular, telling yourself (out loud) that you are "enough" (I know it sounds silly, but trust me), seeking professional help if necessary (no shame), in addition to incorporating small forms of exercise, are excellent ways to help raise your body-image self-esteem. When we feel good we look good in almost any clothing that we choose!

Your closet is too big
Now, I don't want to sound hypocritical here since I am having my husband knock down some walls in our new house to build me a walk-in closet, but I find that today's mentality of "bigger is better" is fundamentally flawed and guides many individuals into enormous amounts of debt and ultimately, despair and unhappiness. Nowadays, its hard to deny that almost everyone feels as though they are entitled to a McMansion, a luxury car, and of course, an enormous closet. The truth is that although all of these things are wonderful, they are only meant for certain situations (such as those who are personal stylists, performers etc. with reference to the closet for example, or those who have 5 kids, with reference to the house for example). The problem with massive closets is that they need to be filled to the brim or else they look awkward, and having an exuberant amount of things is known to cultivate indecisiveness. Now don't get me wrong I love a beautiful closet, however my belief is that a high-quality custom closet can be created without having to be excessively large. The point is that this can lead us to feel as though we have nothing to wear due to the fact that the sheer amount of clothing that we have is so mentally overwhelming that we just "give up", which can often look like only wearing a few key items in our wardrobe, purchasing something new and/or purchasing multiples without realizing it. Even if you already have a large closet, changing your mindset to the belief that bigger is not necessarily better, beginning to value quality over quantity and adopting the simple notion that it shouldn't be about what you can buy but about what you should buy, can change your spending habits for the better and help you find something to wear in what you already own. These beliefs will definitely change your life with regard to your spending habits and eliminate that feeling of having "nothing to wear". 

You don't know your personal color palette
Your favorite color might be yellow, but do you really know the colors that truly compliment your skin tone, style and personal aesthetic? They don't necessarily have to be different for each season, but I would definitely say that this is the most important step (saving the best for last) in curating a wardrobe that you love and the secret to always feeling as though you have something to wear. Whether or not you want to build yourself a minimalist capsule wardrobe or larger, knowing this piece of information is key. Take a good look at your most worn items while considering the colors, all the while also taking into account the colors that look best on you. 

I hope that these tips help you find something to wear and also help you build the wardrobe of your dreams. There are many more suggestions that I could provide, but will have to wait for another time since this post is long enough! I'd love to hear some of your tips!

What do you think are some of the reasons that we often can't find anything to wear?

The Perfect Fall Sweater

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nine West boots (similar, same brand)

I was on the fence about posting today, however could not resist but to share with you this amazing sweater. It comes in 8 colors, is on sale, AND is the perfect casual sweater! I must say that Style & Co never fails to make quality and long-lasting product, at great prices. I chose to size-up (medium) to go for that over-sized look and to be as comfy as possible, however I would say that my "true" size is probably small. Long-story short, if you want an over-sized fit go one size-up from your true size.

The jeans I'm wearing are also a new purchase that I picked up from the Bay Days sale, and I am absolutely in love! As you can probably tell, I prefer black pants and/or jeans to any other color of pant, so the fact that I ventured off and bought these ones truly says something about how much I like them. They are mid-rise, and although I'm usually a high-rise jean kind of girl, I purchased them so that I could wear them with belts and tuck in my shirts. 

With reference to the scarf, I must say that splurging on a Burberry scarf is worth it on so many levels! I bought this scarf in 2013? and I have worn it hundreds of times - not joking. I chose to buy the lightweight scarf versus the cashmere winter one, since it has more versatility when it comes to the seasons. The boots are from last year, and you may have seen me talk about how I got the zipper repaired early this season so that I could re-wear them. Investing in a good pair of leather riding boots is also a an essential purchase in my opinion, since it is such a classic fall boot that you will surely way over and over. In addition, repairing shoes is also an excellent idea in order to avoid waste and help your cutest pairs last longer! You can shop similar  from the same brand here.

Now time to get personal. Today is a weird day when it comes to my emotions. The new owners of our condo in Montreal took possession last night, and I have all the feels! Living in Montreal was such a great experience when it came to living that "big city" life. I would definitely recommend that everyone (if possible), live in a city where they know virtually nobody for at least short time in their life. I know that a lot of young people have the opportunity to do this thanks to internships, for example, which is great! We did not expect to leave so soon (or else we probably would not have bought our condo in the first place), but looking back on that time I am grateful for it. I grew so much on a personal level during my year in Montreal. This day "officially" marks letting go of that chapter of my life and moving on to the next, and to be honest I so excited for it. 

What do you think of this look?

The Cutest Fall Vests

Friday, November 3, 2017

Kenzie jeans (similar)
Exclusive One sweater (similar)

If you have been a part of my life for several years now then you know I frequently wear vests - puffer/quilted vests in particular. I very much prefer them to coats/jackets, and you can catch me in a vest up until it snows - I'm not joking. 

This one in particular has been an absolute favorite this season. In my opinion, a simple black vest is essential in every woman's wardrobe. Vests are the perfect layering piece and provide just enough warmth to get you through autumn (in several areas of North America - not Quebec, haha). In addition, if you belong to car culture, you know that vests feel much better worn when simply hopping in and out of heated cars and buildings, in comparison to bulky coats.

I paired this look with my favorite over the knee boots of the season, a classic bag, some comfy jeans and a velvet trim top (similar). The look can be browsed, as per usual, by clicking the links above and/or the photos below.

I hope you all have a great weekend! My plans for the weekend include celebrating a family birthday, spending time with one of my best friend's, and catching up on some work. 

What do you think of vests?