Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of Canada. In the spirit of Canada Day, I tried to incorporate some red and white in my outfit just like every other proud Canadian! As an aspiring minimalist, my wardrobe mainly consists of blacks, greys, whites, and blues, with an occasional pop of colour such as red, fuchsia, lavender, baby pink, and olive green (if that even counts). While I certainly prefer wearing neutrals over loud patterns or vibrant colours, and often find it challenging to find garments to complement statement items, wearing monochromatic items is one effective way look “put together” and still draw attention to the statement item. This essentially means dressing in all one hue – different shades of the colour work too. It is a colour-coordinating trick I have been using over and over again, and I cannot stress enough how many times it has saved me from wardrobe malfunctions!
Deets of this monochromatic look (Canada Day edition!): Wide strap top and high-waisted shorts with palm trees from Zara, nude slides from Capazio, daisy earrings and bracelet with red, silver, and white charms from Pandora, and toe nails in the colour Malaga Wine from OPI. In this case, I styled the statement red shorts by pairing them with accessories in the same colour, and topping it off with a white top and white earrings to complete that patriotic Canada Day look. Look out for more monochromatic looks on my blog!
I call this look “the hot SOHO mom who just dropped her kids off at pre-school” (which reminds me of Tammy Hembrow btw), and Charles Gross would hundo-p back me up on this one! This Cali-inspired, classic white button-down + denim combo is worn by many celebrities, models, and It girls such as Miranda Kerr, Kendall Jenner, Alexa Chung, the Olsen sisters, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Victoria Beckham, Karlie Kloss, Jaime King… and the list goes on. Similar to many other looks I’ve posted, this outfit can also be easily dressed up or down by just a change of shoes or purse. If you’re ever in need of white button-down outfit inspo, simply do a google image search of celebs in white button-down’s for more pairing ideas!
Deets of this laid-back yet chic look: white button-down from Zara, high-rise light-washed denim shorts from Hollister, necklace from Follie Follie, and aviator sunglasses from Ray-Ban. I personally adore the versatility of this outfit and can confirm that it is practical and suitable for many different occasions. This picture was in fact taken before I left the house for training at a camp (I opted for a more casual purse and sneakers – the Le Pliage Large Shoulder Tote in the colour Navy from Long Champ and Stan Smith‘s in Navy) and ran some errands afterwards. If you can’t already tell from my other outfits, versatility is something I really try to put an effort into because it goes hand-in-hand with budgeting, but also because I hate being overdressed or underdressed for the wrong occasions.
Side note: If you’re extra-petite like me, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch make great bottoms that actually fit right. I find that their sizing tends to be a tad smaller-than-average, which caters to middle school/ high school students, teenagers in general and smaller people like myself!
Happy Monday! Here’s a model-off-duty look especially recommended to counter dem #Mondayblues. “Look good, feel good, do good” is one of the many mottos that gets me through those inevitably stressful and depressing days, such as exam season, nights before deadlines, or Mondays in general. That being said, comfort should never be sacrificed because it directly correlates to one’s productivity and efficiency. There are many different ways or tricks to looking polished while staying comfortable, and wearing head-to-toe lightweight garments is one of them.
Deets of this cool, simple and comfy look: Wilfred Free denim top and Talula joggers from Aritzia. #protip: Aritzia sales don’t come often, so when they do (the seasonal sale in fact started a few days ago), drop everything and go ham! I highly recommend stocking up on quality, pure cotton denim garments such as skinny jeans, denim jackets, and denim shirts. They are versatile, practical, and low-maintenance wardrobe staples that will always be in trend, and can hold up to a good amount of wear and tear. Almost forgot to mention those ‘trendy’ slides, a basic Canadian betch must-have: Arizona style Birks that essentially scream ‘I’m Canadian as fuq’! And for all you frequent shoppers behind the screen that are wondering, yes, this was indeed taken at the Zara fitting room – speaking of Zara, they’re having a major seasonal sale too!
Lately I’ve been trying to find the perfect pair of damaged, loose-fitting jeans for that laid-back and slightly masculine look. The thing about boyfriend or mom jeans is that they are usually high- or mid-rise, which makes it difficult for ladies with extra-petite waists (or those who are slightly curvier than average) to find a pair that actually fits on the waist AND on the hips. Just when I was about to give up on my year-long hunt for the perfect pair of loose-fitting jeans, I dug up the pile of denim sitting in my closet, took a pair of scissors, and started to rip up a pair of Zara girlfriend jeans I bought way back in grade 10. You can never go wrong with DIY jeans, right…?
To my surprise, the result turned out to be pretty impressive – those jeans became a good alternative to what I was initially looking for. While boyfriend jeans are more boxy, baggy, and tend to be one-dimensional, girlfriend jeans are rather clean-cut and more snug on the bum with tapered, slim, straight legs. Paired with a basic wide strap top from Zara, this look keeps it comfortable and appropriate for any casual settings. It has been my go-to outfit for those dreadful, bright and early 8:30 classes!
‘Friyay’ calls for night-outs and fancy dates! Always love a versatile outfit that can be transitioned from day to night – featuring feminine pieces that can be easily dressed up or down! Believe it or not, switching ONE item is all it takes: replacing the sandals with heels, or simply getting rid of the base layer for a luscious yet subtle look by showing some skin (scandalous!). Pieces pictured were bought 6 years ago when I was in grade 10, because some pieces just never go out of style! Crochet top and low-rise light-washed jeggings from Zara, bracelet form Tiffany & Co. and sandals from Davids – the brand name rubbed off from years of wear and I can’t recall which designer made them…
Happy #tbt! Here is a little throwback to last summer at the cottage when my skin was darker and hair was longer. While yellow can sometimes be a difficult colour to pull off especially for those whose skin has a yellow undertone like myself (as opposed to pink), this bathing suit with minimal embroidery and beaded embellishments from American Eagle surprisingly worked pretty well. And contrary to popular belief, bikini style bottoms (offering more coverage) are just as flattering as cheeky bottoms! On another note, wireless triangle bikinis are my all time favourites because they are comfortable, and give off those natural, effortless, low-key boho vibes.
P.s. The striped, delicious looking, turquoise-coloured phone case is from Kate Spade. Not being sponsored, but Kate Spade makes some adorable and affordable phone cases that actually protects your phone, coming from someone who drops her phone on a daily basis!
An effortless, comfy, yet chic outfit that combines some of the most popular and wearable summer trends without showing too much skin – perfect for those warm Torontonian/ Canadian summer days and nights (excuse those hickie-like, 3-week-old nasty bug bites from camp): Wilfred Free knitted sweater top from Aritzia, mid-rise straight-legged medium-washed frayed hem jeans from J. Crew, delicate circle body chain from Urban Outfitters, double buckle Western belt from Topshop, and bracelet from Links of London. Selfie inspired by @lornaluxe!