Fall

Neutrals Are Always A Good Idea

Happy Friday!

 

My obsession with neutrals has quickly grown and it probably won’t stop anytime soon. This got me thinking about my own personal style a bit more. As much as I may follow certain rules (that I share with you guys) to help guide me with figuring out your own personal, I realize I‘m that person who cannot just sum up my personal style in a few words. My style is not strictly sporty street wear, classic glam, minimalist, rocker chic etc. I usually get dressed based on my mood, whether I just bought something new, the occasion etc. For me I wouldn’t be true to me if I stuck with just one way of dressing. That’s why you may see one month I’m into an all black theme, another month I’m into street wear, then another I’m doing the classic minimalist looks. I like to switch it up and be a chameleon when it comes to fashion and the older I get I try not to take it too serious restricting myself to one way of dressing. However, I do have certain key pieces I have in multiple colours and style that I know works for me and my body type. These are the pieces that help build my wardrobe and are the backbone for my personal style.

 

This week I’m matching neutrals, wearing camel, white, gray and nude. Remember when colour blocking was a thing? The colour blocking rule was matching colours sitting directly across from each other on the colour wheel (see below). Even though I think that all neutrals match well together, I thought I would create a neutral colour wheel below. This is just a cheat sheet to help you match your neutrals together, by pairing colours directly across from each other on the wheel. For example you can pair camel and khaki which are two colours sitting directly across from each other on my colour wheel below. I took my look a bit further by pairing four of the colours on the left side of the wheel. My tip: if you want to wear multiple neutrals, go for it because almost any neutral colour can be paired together.

 

 

Neutral Colour Wheel

 

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My coat is from H&M and it was just one of those right place at the right time kind of moments because it was on sale for just forty bucks. I saw it and tried it on, but I then left the store without it. Within minutes I returned to make my purchase. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and how I’m going to miss out on a good buy. My long-sleeved cotton top is form Sirens Fashion and my gray mini skirt is from Forever 21. These gladiators heels I’ve only worn twice before and this was two summers ago. Even though I don’t wear them a lot, they are a great go-to gladiator heels whenever I want to add some dramatic effect to an outfit. This nude style is currently not in stock, but they do have it in black as well over at Lola Shoetique.

Hope you get style inspired to change things up from time to time. Also let me know if this neutral colour wheel helps.

 

 

 

Photography by Shantel Rousseau

 

Similar, H&M Pile Coat


Similar, Missguided Jersey Long Sleeve Bodysuit

 

Forever 21 Marled Mini Skirt

 

Lola Shoetique Robyn Gladiator Heels

Let’s Layer

Happy Friday!

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall, so I have no choice but to dress the part. Layering is naturally not my jam because I am an island girl at heart. I’m that person who would just throw on my coat or jacket with just a top and pants on. I actually only started wearing scarves and winter head gear about four years ago. Plus I’m starting to appreciate pantyhose and what they can do for your legs. I may not be an expert at layering, but I have learnt some pretty simple tricks over the years that will not only keep you warm, but also looking stylish all season. Here are three simple layering rules to incorporate into your Fall dressing.

Play With Proportions

Chunky knits and skinny bottoms are a great combo for the cooler months. Because you don’t want to look bulky from head to toe, the skinny bottom is a great way to add length. Plus skinny bottoms looks best tucked inside boots which will give you a clean and polished look.

Monochrome

This is my favourite way to layer during the cooler months. You can be wearing up to five pieces of clothing in one look, so the last thing you want to think about is how to coordinate your colours. This is where monochrome comes to the rescue! Choose one colour and wear different shades of that one colour. Gray is a good colour to test this trick with because there are so many shades of gray.

Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and materials. In this look you can see that I’m wearing a leather jacket underneath a simple gray coat. Not only does this keep me warm, but it also adds depth and a bit of edge to my look. I paired this with a lighter gray skinny jeans and finished the look with nude suede ankle boots.

Get style inspired and shop this look below.

 

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m_55c673088ae94003220065a6Zara Suede Cutout Ankle Booties

10 Must-Have Fall Essentials

 

 

With Fall just around the corner and with just a couple more weeks left of Summer, it’s time to get our wardrobe ready for the season. I personally don’t pack away my clothes every season because I like to see all my clothing all year round. It also allows you to have an open mind when it comes to dressing, you don’t restrict yourself because of the season. I just do some rearranging, putting Fall items closer in reach. My favourite part about Fall is the colour palette, you can mix and match almost all neutrals and it looks great! Sounds easy right! Okay not so much. A good rule of thumb is to choose two colours you want to wear and layer on different tones and textures of those two colours. Another good trick is to match the colour of your coat with the colour your shoes or bag. A third trick, similar to my first one above, but taken to the next level. Create a monochrome palette. A mono what! It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. It’s just simply taking one colour and wearing it in your entire look (black is the easiest to pull off). Choosing different tones and textures of that one colour. With that said, see the ten must have pieces to have in your wardrobe this Fall plus some style inspirations for good measures.

 

 

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  1. Wool Coat

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Bea Faux Leather Detail Long Coat

2. Patterned Cardigan

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Jacquard-knit Cardigan

3. Leather Biker Jacket

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Biker Leather Jacket

4. White Jersey Tee

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Wide Jersey Tee

5. High Waisted Skinnies

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MOTO Zip Ankle Jeans

6. Nude Ankle Booties

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Cole Haan Abbot Suede Booties

7. Wide/Short Brim Hat

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Felt Short Brim With Hat Bar

8. Black Tote Bag

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Chic Solid Black Zipper Closure Tote

9. Lux Scarf

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Lux City Scarf

10. Red Pout

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Red Lipstick in Lady Danger

Something Navy

There’s just something about Fall that makes you want to bring out the neutrals. Too bad Fall didn’t seem to last long this year. Fall felt like it really came and went because before you knew it, it’s now full on Winter out there. Here I’m wearing a navy long sleeved top tucked inside some vintage trousers. I finished the look with some open toe lace up booties.

 

 

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Photography by Marvin Morgan

Top, Suzy Shier

Trousers, Vintage

Heels, Urban Behaviour

Shop the look below.

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7 Jacket Style Every Woman Should Own

Consider it the perfect ending to your personal fashion story. Not only can the right jacket style make a look, it can also solve some of your fashion woes. I mean, these days, jackets are worn as an outfit on it’s own. Shop five classic styles below – from the trench to the moto to the blazer – that will be timeless pieces in your wardrobe.

CLASSIC TRENCH

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Topshop premium trench coat ($150.00)

Topshop Premium Trench Coat ($150.00)

 

 

MOTO JACKET

 

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Nasty Gal Moto Zip Crop Jacket ($98.29)

PEA COAT

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ASOS Pea Coat In Double Breast ($180.63)

JEANS JACKET

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New Look oversized acid wash denim jacket ($59.62)

OVERSIZED BLAZER

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Forever21 Open-Front Boyfriend Blazer (41.90)

BOMBER JACKET

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H&M Bomber Jacket ($59.95)

PUFFER JACKET

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Alice + Olivia Blakely puffer coat ($409.00)

Keeping it Neutral

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Summer is quickly slipping away from us, so this may just be one my last few moments in shorts until Spring. In this look I’m keeping a neutral palette with a pop of colour and mix prints. My tip is to treat leopard print as if it were a neutral – if you’re able to think this way you will be able to pair your leopard print with just about anything with no fear. Keep in mind that in small dosages works best. Here I paired mines with small horizontal stripes, khaki and a pop of orange to give the look some colour. Style tip: when pairing two prints together, make sure one is large and one is just tad smaller to give your outfit some dimension. Khaki is classic and neutral so this sleeveless trench helped pull together my look to give it a cleaner feel. See below for some of my favourite pieces to help you put this look together yourself.

 

 

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Photography by Marvin Morgan

Sleeveless trench, Suzy Shier

Striped top, Suzy Shier

Leopard print shorts, H&M

Strappy heels, Jessica Simpson

Shop similar pieces below to get the look.

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7 Boot Style Every Woman Should Own

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So Fall is just around the corner – womp, I know! Like it or not, it’s just about that time to start thinking about layering and bundling up. I’m personally not a fan of the colder weather – I’m a summer girl at heart. So with summer almost coming to an end, it can be a bit depressing for me. But that’s another story- or blogpost. I’m still trying to master the skill of layering – a littler secret, I really don’t layer that much when the temperature drops. I just throw on my coat and go! My thinking is as long as my legs, ears and hands are covered and my coat is on I’ll be okay. I mean, I never dress planning on staying out in the cold for long anyways. For me boots are one of my favourite pieces to wear in Fall/Winter to show off my style. The styles are endless and you can easily work them in your hectic schedule from day to night. To help you out in the boot department, I’ve done my research and found seven boot styles every woman should own. Okay maybe not all seven, but you get what I’m saying.

 

ANKLE BOOTS

 

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These boots are perfect for casual weekend wear. Wear them with some jeggings paired with a biker jacket in the Fall/Winter or for a more festival look pair them with a dress in the summer.

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Vince Camuto Hasia Suede Ankle Boots ($44.70)

MOTO BOOTS

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My favourite look to rock these boots with is over leather pants, a white boyfriend tee and a leather jacket.

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Enzo Angiolini Semia Leather Moto Boots ($64.98)

RAIN BOOTS

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Rain boots have become super chic and stylish these days. They look best over skinny pants, but can also be pulled off with a dress or skirt for us commuters.

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Dirty Laundry Riff Raff Knee High Rainboot ($50.00)

CHELSEA BOOTS

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This style may just be the most classic of them all. If you have no idea on what kind of boots to buy, your safe bet is to go with a Chelsea. It suits everyone!

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Top shop Month Chelsea Boots ($90.00)

RIDING BOOTS

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This style will probably cost you the most. Call this an investment boot and one you want to take good care of so that it lasts you for a number of years.

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Tory Burch Marlene Riding Boots ($495.00)

OPEN-TOE BOOTS

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The open-toe boot is a great fashion forward item. It adds that extra flare to your outfit and can take an outfit from day to night in a second.

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Steve Madden Nextstar Boots ($96.94)

STILETTO BOOTS

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This style is usually worn for a more dressy occasion. It looks great over tights in the winter with a mini skirt.

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Adrianna Papell Natasha Stiletto Ankle Boots ($94.48)