Outfit: new hair colour and vehicle-print skirt for afternoon tea

I haven’t done an outfit post in a while so I’m excited to share this one with you. This one is actually from earlier this year but I didn’t get around to posting about it, oops… One relatively cloudy afternoon, Jayne, Angela, J and I met up for afternoon tea; I had just gotten my hair done so I was in the mood to dress up. I acquired this skirt late last year from the Kate Spade outlet store near Seattle and I just love it. The vehicle-print in red and white is super whimsical and fun, but still appropriate enough for those casual Fridays at work. Because I have red hair and I wanted to showcase the red and white skirt, I toned down the rest of my outfit by wearing all black. I also brought out my Chanel pin for a wear – I’m pretty sure this is like the 4th time I’ve worn it since I got it a few years ago. Not the best investment, in hindsight.

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Wearing: Black turtleneck by Jacob (RIP) | Skirt by Kate Spade | Balthasar wedge booties by Cole Haan | Pin by Chanel | Coat by Burberry

Thank you Angela for the photos!

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Outfit: classy, preppy, colour blocking with LACOSTE

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A few weeks ago, I announced that I was hosting a style challenge with a few of my fellow Vancouver bloggers in collaboration with LACOSTE. If you haven’t done so yet, you can vote for your favourite look here by liking or commenting on your favourite blogger’s photo.

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Skirt from LACOSTE | Sweatshirt from LACOSTE (also available in grey/pink/red combination)

Today I’m sharing my own interpretation of the LACOSTE style. My personal style is full of pencil skirts, sheath dresses, lace, and other girly yet work appropriate things. Drawing from my personal style, I fell in love with this stretch pencil skirt with contrast zip pockets. I paired the skirt with a bright pink, yellow, and blue sweatshirt to bring the outfit back to LACOSTE’s sporty roots (and because the bright pink is so me). The result? A colour blocked look that would be perfect for sunday brunch, or a weekend outing with the significant other. Since the pencil skirt is such a classic, you can also switch up the top to something else more formal and wear this to work!

Another thing I’m really happy about is the skirt hitting just below my knee, but not long enough to make my calves look fat/short. I’ve been searching for a skirt in this length for months and I’m happy to have found the perfect fit, length and style in this LACOSTE skirt.

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In terms of the fit, I wear a size 6 in both items and I’m generally a 6-8 in US sizing, or size 29 in jeans. I would say LACOSTE clothes fit mostly true to your US sizing.

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I also wanted to share with you my new found love for the LACOSTE L.12.12 tote bag (not available on the Canadian site but available at LACOSTE boutiques across Canada). I’ve been using the Longchamp Le Pliage totes for many years now, while I’ve loved that it’s so versatile and light, they aren’t super durable either. The LACOSTE L.12.12 tote bag is a similar shape and design as the Longchamp, but I find it a lot more durable and better made than the Longchamp. The material for the body of the bag is PVC and the handles are leather, which is the same as the Longchamp. However the material is thicker and the seams a lot more reinforced; because the material is thicker, I also found that it doesn’t sag or dip as much as the Longchamp. The colour that I have is the “Bird’s Egg Green” (aka MINT!), and I absolutely love using it in the beautiful Vancouver spring/summer season. Price-wise, it costs $110 in Canada for the medium, which is comparable to Longchamp. It is slightly heavier than the Longchamp, but it’s such a marginal difference that I would still take this over the Longchamp any day. Definitely recommend!

I hope you like my look, and please remember to vote for your favourite styled outfit!

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lacoste spring summer collection

Fall trends I’m loving!

Normally fall is one of those seasons that I suddenly recoil back into my hermit shell with regards to style and outfit selection – I am a lover of blacks and greys during the time of year when I live in a city fondly known as Raincouver. People who know me in real life also knows that I don’t really follow trends; my wardrobe is mostly filled with classic pieces that can be worn season after season. That being said, I have fallen in love with a few trends that really called out to me this year. Below is a feature of some of my favourite trends for fall.

1. Flounce skirts

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The peplum trend has moved to skirts! I am all for the girly hemlines, including the flounce skirt trend that’s now available at most major retailers. Above are examples of my two favourites, from a store I love – Club Monaco. On the left is a more playful mini-skirt with a flounced hem made in a casual neoprene material, on the right is a style that’s more conservative and definitely office-appropriate. I picked up the skirt on the right in blue, because it’s just the perfect amount of “flounce,” not to long so that it looks like a mermaid tail, and not to short so that it just looks like a frill.

2. Pop top dresses

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A more conservative alternative for the crop top dresses that are showing up on runways everywhere, the pop top dress is great for lengthening your legs, slimming your waist, and boosting your bust. I purchased a version from Ann Taylor last summer and I’ve been loving it ever since. Two of my favourite examples of this style (above) are the dress that Victoria Beckham wore while shopping at J. Crew during NYFW, and the Whistles Daisy dress, which sadly is sold out. Unfortunately these are currently hard to find at mainstream retailers, so I’ve been trying to make do with a high-waisted pencil skirt and a cropped top, like this outfit (below), wearing a skirt from Diane von Furstenburg, lace top from Joie, and sleeveless silk blouse from Aritzia.

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Thanks to MizzJ for the photos 🙂

3. Leather

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To me, fall is all about the wool and leather. Leather skirts are all the rage this year, and as we transition into fall, we’re seeing more leather jackets as well. Specifically this year, we’re seeing lots of leather panels on classic pieces such as pencil skirts and sheath dresses. A trend I’m loving is the leather skater skirt, it’s a flexible that can be paired with anything from a girly blouse for a girl’s night out, to a casual sweater for a coffee date. Also because it is a full skirt, it is super comfy to wear and you never have to worry about a Ross-incident happening on you. Above are two of the styles that caught my eye: on the left is a classic black and white colourblocked mini leather skirt, this one can be easily paired with a colourful top such as a plum silk blouse or a red t-shirt; on the right is a midi-length skirt in a beautiful red colour, the midi length is conservative but that’s immediately redeemed with the gorgeous red leather.

Are there any trends you’re looking forward to this fall? Please share some of your favourites.

Outfit: neutrals with a big fat red lip

This outfit was actually worn to Fashion Week late last year. I completely neglected to post this, so I am very sorry, but since the outfit combination is wearable during all four seasons, I decided to post it up anyways. I’ve been mostly in the mood of wearing neutrals over the past couple of months – a lot of blacks, whites and beiges – paired with one or limited pops of colour. This outfit is no exception. The red lip is Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon, my perfect red that’s neither blue or yellow. I also tried to pull my hair back into a slick ponytail but as it is always frizzy, it was a semi-failure. Next time I should straighten it then apply plenty of pomade, which should help with the frizz.

Silk top: T. Babaton
Bottoms: Talula
Pumps: Pour La Victoire Irina in black suede
Belt: borrowed from Sarah

Photos thanks to Miss J

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Sunday brunch on a rare sunny day: lace and studs

It was a rare sunny day in Vancouver on one Sunday when I went out for brunch with the girls. It was absolutely beautiful outside and an early preview of the kind of weather to come once summer arrives. Surprisingly, Vancouver has been relatively dry compared to past years. The weather has been pretty overcast but the city isn’t flooding, so it’s a good sign. I hope this keeps up because I really dislike walking into work with wet trouser hems.

Perhaps it was the influence of the beautiful weather, I was feeling adventurous and in the mood for some colour, so I brought out my yellow Fornarina wool coat for an appearance, paired with a toned-down little back dress with pops of colour added in the form of a studded belt and plum-coloured tights and my red Prada bag.

Dress: Esprit
Belt: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: Smart Set
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Coat: Fornarina
Bag: Prada

Thank you to Miss J and Angela for the photos!

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Dinner with the girls: glammed up work outfit with Diane von Furstenberg

Every year restaurants in Vancouver do a food festival called Dine Out. This year, my best blogger friends (Sarah, Miss J, Angela and Karen) had dinner at Market by Jean Georges, which is a fine dining restaurant located at the Shangri-La. I wore a combination print faux wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg, which was my only real purchase from L.A..

It was a splurge for me but I was pretty frustrated since I walked around the entirety of the Cabazon Outlets in Palm Desert and I couldn’t find a single thing to buy. I didn’t even plan on buying this dress because of the interesting print combo, but when I put it on, the way it draped on my body just said “buy me,” so naturally I did.

I wore this with black patent Vara pumps from Ferragamo and a Chanel Mademoiselle handbag. In order to tone down my outfit for a day at work, I wore a black knit cardigan over top, which toned down the patterns for the day but still kept the originality and chic-ness of the prints.

Thank you to Angela for taking the photos and editing them for me!

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Vancouver Bloggers Fashion Challenge: Shorts!

Shorts: Propaganda (from Plenty) | Top: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Ferragamo

To be honest, I’m not a shorts person. I was never a leg-baring person until probably a year ago, so this is definitely outside of my comfort-zone. I actually bought these shorts especially for the challenge because I only had super casual shorts, and nothing that fit the theme of this challenge: shorts for day and night.

The other fabulous bloggers:

Hey look, me and Angela bought the same pair of shorts, but in different colours! She looks a million times better than me, but that’s just a fact I’ve come to accept *fake sobs*.

As usual, a silly photo to end things off =)

You might have noticed the Kiehl’s store background where we took our photos. Yes that is a little sneak peek of what’s to come. More  sneak peek…

 

Vancouver Bloggers Fashion Challenge: Little Black Dress

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Dress: Esprit | Cardigan: Esprit | Tights: Ross

Photos by Miss J

Sarah from Cooper’s Closet came up of this idea of doing a Vancouver bloggers challenge where we pick one theme or piece of clothing and everyone creates a look with it. We’ll then all post up the look on the same day, thereby spamming everyone with our solutions to this challenge on the exact same day (just kidding, no spam!).

This month’s challenge is Little Black Dress. I actually don’t wear dresses that often; the only times where for events or some special occasion. I did buy this black dress last winter during Boxing Day that I love to bits but never had a chance to wear out, so this was the perfect opportunity.

This little lace and chiffon number was picked out at Esprit before all of their North American stores closed down (RIP). I absolutely love it and thought it would be perfect for work, until I realized it’s way too short. Oh well, will be wearing it to parties then! And of course I am wearing a cardigan with it…

Hope you enjoy the look, and please check out all of the other bloggers participating in the challenge:

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Outfit: classic work attire… Pencil skirts and cardigans galore~

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Cardigan: Esprit | Blouse: Ann Taylor | Pencil skirt: Mexx | Shoes: Ferragamo | Necklace: Forever 21

Photos by Miss J

Miss J recently wrote a blog post about the four items that are a must-have in every girl’s wordrobe. I strongly connect with the first item on her list… cardigans. I LOVE cardigans. I have at least 6 or 7 lying around in various shades of the rainbow, and even two grey ones.

I recently wore this outfit to work as the skies were clearing up and the weather was getting warmer. It is a classic work outfit for me: pencil skirt (or bootcut trousers), flowy blouse and the all-mighty cardigan. I paired everything with a (faux) pearl necklace that I picked up from Forever 21 for under $10. I am also wearing my new Ferragamo Vara pumps which I am in the process of breaking in. So far, so good. After softening the patent leather overnight with some damp socks, they are actually super comfy. I can feel myself wanting another pair very soon…

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Outfit: Studs & Leather

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Leather jacket: ASOS (similar) | Max Dress: EDC by Esprit (similar) | Shoes: Nine West | Belt: Taobao

Photo by MizzJ

Studs are one of my favourite things on any piece of clothing or accessory. These studded belt are actually a replica of Carrie’s famous leather belt from the original SATC movie which I bought it off Taobao for about $2 CAD. The quality is kind of terrible, but you can’t go wrong for just $2. I’ve also gotten a little more creative with my poses, but of course there is still room for improvement. I look to Rosie for some posing inspiration.

Contrary to this blogging pattern from the past couple of weeks, no, I will not be turning into a fashion blogger. BUT, the weather is so beautiful now that I must take advantage of it and get some outfit photos taken. Thank you to MizzJ for taking all of my photos for me!