Fashion

Leather and Lace

While I love colour, there are times when I’m more in the mood for a crisp, monochrome outfit — and this combination of a leather jacket, lacy top, and black skinny jeans fits the bill nicely when I want to wear something that’s casual but still reasonably put-together. One of the perks of a black and white ensemble is that it’s a seasonless look that looks equally appropriate for spring as it does for autumn; the only thing that I’ve changed up a bit is my make-up: bright orangey-red lips instead of berry, and fresh, pale pink nails instead of black.

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Leather jacket — River Island
Lace top — Forever 21
Jeans — Gap
Heels — My DIY Louboutins (Fergalicious shoes with a Rosso Solini stick-on red sole)
Sunglasses — Givenchy
Rings — Forever 21
Lipstick — Heat Wave by NARS
Nail polish — Minimalistic by Essie

 

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Oscars 2016: The Best & Worst of the Red Carpet

January to March may be my least favourite stretch of the year, but there is one perk to this otherwise dreary time: Awards Season! I’m not the biggest movie buff, but I love love love the Red Carpet coverage. Here were some of the best, worst, and, uh, most interesting looks of the night in my opinion. What were your thoughts on the fashion this year? I’d love to know!

BEST

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My mum thought it was “too over-the-top,” but I thought Cate Blanchett slayed it in this seafoam Armani Privé gown. The fit was perfection, and the colour beautifully complemented her fair skin.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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Of course I have to give my homegirl Saoirse a nod in her shimmery mermaidesque Calvin Klein Collection dress. While I didn’t 100% love it (I felt there was something a bit off about the fit), it happened to be both my sisters’ number one pick of the night — plus she wore emerald green as a tribute to Ireland…awww!


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I’m not very familiar with Olivia Munn as an actress…but I thought she looked slick in this vibrant Stella McCartney number. Loved the matching lipstick, too.

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I don’t usually like Rooney Mara’s sartorial choices, and I initially thought this Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tsici dress was a bit too colourless for my taste, but overall I thought she really pulled it off and looked pretty sleek (and l loved the pairing of the burgundy lipstick).

WORST

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At best, Kate Winslet plays it safe on the red carpet in some nondescript navy thing…at worst, well, she does this — basically show up in a shiny black garbage bag (albeit one by Ralph Lauren).

MOST WTF

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Heidi Klum in Marchesa definitely got my vote for the red carpet’s weirdest dress of the night. THAT SLEEVE.

MOST BORING

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I swear Reese Witherspoon has worn some iteration of this basic af Oscar de la Renta gown to every single red carpet she’s ever walked.

MOST PROM QUEEN 

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I think Brie seems like a nice person (fun fact: her surname actually isn’t Larson but she took it as a stage name because her favourite American Girl was Kirsten Larson…aww, mine too!), but her Gucci dress was way too Midwestern prom princess for my liking. That belt! Those ruffles! Even the cobalt blue colour, which I usually like, felt a bit dated.

BEST HAIR & MAKE-UP

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I didn’t like her dress, but I loved J. Law’s icy blonde lob and natural make-up.

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I hated her dress and the accompanying choker, but I liked the braided coronet thing Olivia Wilde had going on.

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I thought her dress was ok, but the best part of Naomi Watt’s ensemble for me was the pairing of a classic red lip with her platinum lob.

MOST COVETABLE SKIN TONE

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Not to be creepy or anything, but my sisters and I are obsessed with Alicia Vikander’s gleaming, caramel-coloured skin. I was on the fence about her Louis Vuitton dress, but with that complexion, she could really pull off any colour.

Image Credits: All full-length dress shots from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/events/oscars-2016-best-dresses-and-style-misses-on-the-red-carpet/
Hair & Make-up: Jennifer Lawrence: https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Jennifer-Lawrence-Hair-Makeup-2016-Oscars-40372280
Olivia Wilde: http://fashioniseverywhere.com
Naomi Watts: http://www.glamour.com/lipstick/blogs/girls-in-the-beauty-department/2016/02/oscars-2016-red-carpet-biggest-hair-makeup-trends
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Festive Feel

While this little dress has been my go-to this holiday season, I can see myself wearing it year-round, too — the gold and black pattern is festive without screaming “Christmas!” like so many party dresses I’ve come across in stores. If you’re in the market for a cute going-out dress, be sure to hit up Vancouver’s own Mimi McQueen at Metrotown or take a peek at their website — they have a seriously impressive selection of dresses in every colour and style under the sun; something to suit every taste!

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Dress — c/o Mimi McQueen
Heels — Winners, Fergalicious (similar here)
Tights — H&M
Lipstick — Red Lizard by NARS

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Stripe City

This stripy dress and chunky cardigan combo has been something of a go-to outfit for me of late; perfect for these early autumn days when there’s a slight chill in the air but it’s not too too cold yet. And I’m so excited about being able to dig my black tights out of hibernation! Because most dresses tend to be a little on the short side for me, I prefer pairing them with tights — a look that doesn’t really feel seasonally appropriate in summer (which is why during the warmer months I almost exclusively wear maxi dresses), but is perfect for fall.

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Dress — Old Navy
Cardigan — Old Navy
Hat — Topshop
Boots — Vince Camuto (similar here)
Tights — H&M
Lipstick — Majella by NARS

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Autumnal Attire

I’m a big fan of fitted little crop tops during the heat of the summer, but as soon as September 1st rolls around, my big, bulky sweaters and scarves come out in full force (sometimes prematurely, I must admit — I get a little too eager and end up sweltering when a day that starts off crisp switches back to summer mode by the afternoon).

I’ve also gotten really into hats of late, and this aubergine coloured gem from Dynamite is my new favourite… On days when my hair won’t cooperate (read: every day), I just toss it on and feel that little bit more put-together.

IMG_5618IMG_5614IMG_5635IMG_5649Sweater — Dynamite (similar here)
Skirt — Banana Republic (similar here)
Scarf — H&M (similar here)
Hat — Dynamite
Boots — Steve Madden (similar here)
Tights — Primark
Lipstick — Lingonberry by BITE

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Shop Spotlight: Topshop

I’m so excited to introduce this new series to the blog! Once a week or so I’ll be giving the lowdown on one of my favourite clothing stores, including a round-up of some current in-store items that caught my eye. (I had a similar series on my old blog, but this is a revamped and more thorough version — I hope you’ll enjoy 😉 )

The Shop: Topshop
The Vibe: Trendy, edgy, quirky, British
The Location: Worldwide
The History: Founded in Sheffield, England, in 1964, Topshop now has over 500 stores in more than 40 countries
The Goods: Unique pieces that are fashion-forward and distinctive; big on colour, print & texture
The Price Range: $$$

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1. Gypsy Lace Dress by Sister Jane // 2. 70s Floral Print Wide Leg Pants // 3. Neat Wool Cape // 4. Highland Check Sweater // 5. Wrap Front Culotte Jumpsuit // 6. Pastel Stone Hand Chain //  7. Lips in Temptation // 8. Floral Overlay Dress // 9. Gold Flamingo iPhone 5 Case by Skinnydip // 10. KATHY Luxe Ghillie Pointed Shoes

 

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One Last Summer Dress

This little photo shoot was actually one of the first we ever did with my new camera…so please excuse the graininess going on 😉 Despite my intense love for autumn and the wealth of new wardrobe options it presents, I always feel a little bit sad saying goodbye to my summer clothes, including this tea dress from the now defunct Jacob (I’ve had it for 5+ years and it’s still going strong). Sadly, it doesn’t cross over well into fall though (I don’t think it would look great with tights), so I’m trying to get as many wears out of it while I still can! I love pairing it with a simple pair of ballet flats and vintage earrings, and I think its bright orange-y red colour looks great with a burgundy lip and nails.

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Shoes — J. Crew (similar here)
Earrings — vintage clip-ons
Lipstick — Majella by NARS
Nail polish — Fallen Angel by Estée Lauder

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Transitional Dressing: Summer to Autumn

While I can’t help but dream of thick, chunky wool sweaters, moody floral prints, and sleek leather boots, the reality is that the current weather doesn’t quiiiiite lend itself to such dressing…yet. Seeing as we’re likely to get another few weeks (maybe even a whole more month!) of summery weather, I’ve come up with ways you can incorporate two wardrobe staples — a maxi skirt and a breton top — into outfits that can be worn both now and on chillier days.

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Jaeger top // Topshop sandals // Lucky Brand shorts // Marc by Marc Jacobs tote bag // Illesteva sunglasses // Givenchy bag // Uniqlo trousers // Grenson brogues // Intermix suede jacket 

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Dare to Flare

While I definitely consider myself more of a dress/skirt kind of girl, I occasionally like to shake things up now and then with a look that’s a bit more out of my comfort zone, like these retrotastic flared jeans paired with a loud, printed shirt. I’ve always been drawn to a good pair of flares though, and, given that roughly 70% of the music on my iTunes is from the ’70s, this get up didn’t feel like too much of a stretch for me.

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Shirt — Gap (similar here)
Sunglasses — Céline 
Boots — Steve Madden (similar here)
Lipstick — Velvet Teddy by MAC

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Grey Lace and Lots of Neon

I love pairing something a little on the dressier side with a more casual item, and this outfit is a case in point: a formal grey lace pencil skirt with a slouchy neon tee (topped off with a big, bold necklace for good measure). And with just a few simple adjustments, you can easily change the feel of the whole outfit — leave the t-shirt loose for a more laid-back vibe, or tuck it in for a look that’s a bit more professional.

IMG_5334IMG_5439IMG_5403IMG_5401IMG_5328IMG_5333T-shirt — J. Crew
Skirt — Jacob (similar here)
Necklace — Banana Republic (similar here)
Shoes — Steve Madden
Sunglasses — Aldo (similar here)
Lipstick — Love It by Lancôme (similar here)

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