Heels

Rock Your Turtleneck Bodysuit 5x

Let’s face it, most of us cannot afford to wear something different everyday. Even if you can, it’s totally okay to rock and repeat items in your closet. Afterall, the most stylish people are great at repeating the same items in unique and fun ways. I find it’s especially common in the more colder months to repeat items a couple days in a row. You are layering basic pieces under your coat so repeating the same turtleneck a couple times per week is no biggie. Turtlenecks are one of my favourite items of the moment, so it’s only right I created some looks for you to steal. Get style inspired and see five looks you can try to wear your black turtleneck bodysuit fives days in a row.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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

Balmain x H&M

So I can finally say that I attended one of the H&M collaboration launch. Last Wednesday, November 5, 2015 as the clock striked five I dashed my little butt out the office to catch the subway as quickly as possible. Toronto was only given three locations to choose from that carried the Balmain x H&M collection. I first called the location closest to work and I was told that people started lining up around 6:00am. I knew I could not chance it so I decided to visit the location closest to home, which is located inside Yorkdale mall just north of downtown Toronto. I didn’t have much time to waste when I got home so I just quickly changed into something comfortable and that showed off my personal style because in my mind you just never know, Olivier Rousteing may very well show up. I mean, a girl can dream right!

 

I arrived in line at 6:45pm and the line was reasonable for the time it was. Right away I put my bags down, set-up my chair and started chatting up the people ahead of me. Not too long after the line started to grow and the person behind me happened to be a friend of a friend so it was good to have a familiar face too. After surviving just over seven hours – getting up ever so often to stretch my legs, warm up in the mall lobby entrance, Snapchatting, snacking on lunchables, chatting with new friends, at 2:00am the H&M security came outside and started to hand out numbers. You would think this was a very simple process, but everyone in line got a bit anxious and started to walk towards the front of the line hoping to snag a number closer to the front. The security guards not knowing who was standing where in line just started to hand out numbers to those closest to them. This obviously started to infuriate a lot of people in line (including myself) as those at the back of the line somehow made their way to the front to obtain a number closer to the front. Finally both the H&M security and the mall security got the crowd under control and the numbers were dished out accordingly – with the exception of those who snuck up to the front to obtain a closer number. I’m pretty sure I would have been at a much closer number to the front, but I ended up with a reasonable number at 191 in line. Quite frankly the security guards could have cared less about this entire ordeal as this was not their highest of priorities to hand out tickets to people standing in line to buy clothes.

 

After another four hours passed, both the H&M security guards and the H&M staff came outside to hand out the bracelets to those who held a number in line. As one of the first 420 shoppers in line we were given a coloured bracelet; there were 14 colours with one for each group of 30 people. This process took another hour and then we were finally let inside the mall where we formed another line in front of the store. My group was given an orange bracelet which had the Balmain x HM stamp in black ink on it. Underneath that was written in black permanent marker our time slot of 9:30am-9:40am. This was definitely the most exciting time in line as we all felt a sigh of relief that it was finally confirmed that we will be shopping the collection. We anxiously watch at 8:00am as the doors opened and the first group of shoppers were let in. Our time slot made us the 9th group in line to shop between 9:30am and 9:40am. H&M did not let everyone in the store at once, for obvious reasons. Not only were there a line in front of the store, but there was also another line formed inside the store just before the section where the collection were displayed. This was where the next group were waiting their turn while the group in front shopped the collection. We had only ten minutes to shop the collection so you can imagine the anxiety and excitement building up. In that ten minutes period we were only allowed to purchase two of each style per customer. Our group was pretty calm for the most part though and we actually talked it out in line to get a sense of what everyone wanted to buy.

 

When it was our turn at about 9:20am, as we were walking in the store to line up, it was announced that the mens collection was sold out. One male shopper in our group immediately started to curse outloud and stormed out of the store, girlfriend left behind. At about 9:30am we finally passed the ropes to shop the collection; there was almost nothing left, a lot of the items on the floor were ones being returned from the changeroom. Blazers, dresses, shoes and the t-shirts were all sold out, with the exception of a few blazers being returned to the floor from the changeroom. Surprisingly there were about eight of the red draped silk skirts remaining on the rack. A lot of the ribbed bandeau tops remained and a few other tops as well. For me, as time past by in line I knew I had to make a plan B for the items I will buy because the t-shirts and blazers being hot items sold out almost immediately. I was actually surprised that the polo-neck jumper was still available so I immediately grabbed that off the rack in sizes 2 and 8. There was one of the suit trousers in silk satin remaining in a size 6, but it was not my size but I grabbed it anyways because I knew the sizes fit a bit smaller. Luckily while I was waiting in line for a changeroom a staff was walking by with the suit trousers and it happened to be my size so I switched it with the one I had in my hand. I also brought with me the drapped skirt in sizes 2 and 4 and the shirt jacket in size 8, so six items in total. The changeroom area was really a panic zone, shoppers yelling at each other for sizes, staff yelling at shoppers to stop switching items as they must be returned on the floor for the next group. At that point there was just no time for me to panic. I just wanted to get in, try on what I had and get out! I quickly tried my items on and the polo-neck jumper fit perfectly in a size 2, while the suit trousers fit nicely in a size 4. Even if my items did not fit I knew I had the option to receive a full refund by November 8th or a store credit after that date.

 

After leaving the changeroom I headed to the checkout upstairs and witnessed one of the girls in my group breaking down because she did not get the blazer she wanted. Oddly enough while this was happening her girlfriend was cashing out with two blazers. I felt her pain. Even though I did not get any of the t-shirts I’m pretty satisfied with my purchases. I never had any intentions of spending a ridiculous amount of money so spending just over $200 is a score for me. I also wanted to purchase pieces I know I can wear more than once and mix and match with what I already have in my closet. I felt like I accomplished a goal and another item crossed off my bucket list.

 

This entire experience also had me thinking, when you don’t have access to things before the masses or given free stuff, you have to go out and get it yourself. We live in a social media world where it’s cool to announce and (humble) brag about receiving free stuff and getting access to things before the masses. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people who do this are getting paid and it is their income, so it is a job for them. The problem is we forget what it is like to work for what we want, it’s become much easier for us to befriend those in power to gain access to the things we want. It’s no longer cool to get excited to line up for a big event launch or to meet your favourite music artist etc. anymore. People will spend all the time in the world trying to figure out who they need to know to attend a certain event or gain access to product private viewings. Rather than actually going out there and wait in line to pay for the product.

 

I also want to touch on the social uproar from people talking crap about shoppers (myself included) who stood in line for hours. As crazy as it may sound to stand in line for over 14 hours to buy clothes, it really just comes down to being ‘different strokes for different folks’. Everyone has their thing and if standing in line to buy clothes is someone else’s thing, let that be their thing. My question is why does it bother people so much that someone else is willing to do something that they will never do? I mean, people wait in line for Jordans, iphones and video games so it’s totally okay right! – laughing out loud. But, it’s safe to say that this has been H&M’s most controversial, most talked about and possibly the most successful collaboration to date (waiting for the numbers to come in). Go Olivier!

 

Sending virtual high fives to those who still tough it out in lines for shopping events and music artists. If you also stood in line for hours just to even purchase a toque, I want to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell me about your experience at the Balmain x H&M launch event and what you purchased.

 

Now get style inspired and see two looks I styled with the pieces I purchased from the Balmain x H&M collection.

  

  

  Photography by Shantel Rousseau

 

Balmain x H&M Polo-Neck Jumper, $69.99 CAD

 

Balmain x H&M Suit Trousers in Silk Satin, $119.00 CAD

Sequin x Leather

  

  
Photography by Shantel Rousseau

Happy Friday!
 

Who says you can’t wear sequins during the day! Well, growing up we were all told to save those ‘special’ pieces for only ‘special occasions’. You know, your birthday, a wedding, Christmas party, New Years Eve etc. In the last couple of years I’ve had to ask myself why am I saving these special pieces for just a one-time wear. My motto now is ‘if you’ve got it, wear it!’ I mean why have items sitting there collecting dust when you purchased it to wear it. I sure was guilty of this because I’ve actually had this blazer for a while now, but only worn it a couple of times. It’s a great stand-alone piece that I can also just throw on with a t-shirt and jeans, no accessories needed. For cocktail hour I can also throw it over a fitted mini dress and go! If you’re not a heels gal and you have a lot of walking to do during your day, I suggest switching the heels in for some white sneakers instead. I’m also wearing my bodysuit of the moment from Missguided with leather pants from Forever 21. The bag I purchased from Value Village years ago, but it’s nice to see that this style is coming around again and in stores now. Get style inspired and shop the look below!

 

 

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Similar, Free People Sequin Blazer

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Missguided Sleeveless Bodysuit

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Forever 21 Faux Leather Pants

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Similar, ASOS HINT Heeled Sandals

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Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Style Crushes Of The Week – September 14, 2015

  
See the round up of my picks for best dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet last week. Also shop a more affordable version of each look.

 

 

Gigi Hadid wearing a Balmain x H&M dress

 

Gigi posing for photos at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons event in New York City. The Balmain x H&M collection has not yet been released to the public, but being the model of the moment she got first dibs ahead of the rest of us. Definitely got us excited for the official launch on November 5, 2015.

 

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Balmain x H&M (not yet available)

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Geometric Print Long Sleeved Bodycon Dress

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Multi Strap Heeled Sandals

 

 

Rita Ora in Vera Wang

Rita Ora photographed front row at the Vera Wang SS16 runway show in New York during NYFW last week. She arrived wearing look #36 from the collection, but ditched the skirt that went with the look. She completed the look with Dsquared2 strappy sandals.

 

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Topshop Metallic Striped Midi Dress

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Nasty Gal Lace Up Heeled Sandals

 

Kourtney Kardashian wearing  Balenciaga leather leggings

Kourtney was spotted out in New York looking like the hot mamma she is. Black is a happy colour and she sure does look happy.

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Bandeau Top

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Satin Bomber Jacket

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H&M Leather Pants

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Steve Madden Sandal Heel

 

Shay Mitchell

 
The brunette beauty attended VH1’s 5th Annual Streamy Awards on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. This was a great example of how a black and white look is done well. Her bone straight hair works so perfectly with her dark pout.

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Nasty Gal Crossover Knit Halter Top

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Palazzo Pants

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Aldo Leather Pump

Black x White

 

 


Happy Friday all!

I like to dress my short shorts up with heels and a blazer because it’s a great way to take my look from day to night. This is a look I would wear on a date or out for drinks with friends on a Friday. I love a black and white palette too because it’s clean and fuss free. These leather shorts were actually leather trousers I cut into shorts and folded over at the waist. Get style inspired and shop the look below.

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Petite Tailored Blazer

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Petite Ribbed High Neck Top

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Leather Shorts

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High Heel Sandals

White x Gray


Keeping with my neutral trend as of late, I’ve decided to go white and gray today. I’ve been obsessing over these tank dresses because of their simplicity and effortless style. I purchased mines from h&m ($6.99, cannot go wrong with that) and I have them in black, gray, hot link and highlighter yellow as well. Too bad they’re not online, but a similar style from Shop Chriss Zoe is equally as good. You will have to spend a few more bucks though. I paired mines with a light coat because otherwise it will just be another sexy mini dress right. The coat is from one of my favorite affordable stores Forever 21 and again it’s not online, but there’s a similar style you can shop below. My heels are another favorite in my wardrobe right now. These single sole strappy heels makes your legs look long and lean, just a great way to accentuate your legs. If you’re like me who has wide feet, they’re definitely not the most comfortable so make sure when you wear these heels you won’t be standing for too long. My tote was actually a freebie from The Bay – just one of those lucky days when you spend a certain amount. This has become my summer go-to bag, it’s been everywhere with me so far. Running errands, shopping, the beach, meetings etc. Get style inspired and shop this look below.

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White Tank Dress

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Gray Trench Coat

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Aldo Paules High-Heel Sandals

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Siena Tote Bag

RIPPED JEANS X HEELS

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Photography by Ray Harripaul

 

Loose is sexy too! I love pairing over-sized pieces with heels like I did here with this Adidas Number faux leather top and heels. Taken from one of my favorite quotes by Marilyn Monroe, I like my clothes to be tight enough to show that I’m a woman but loose enough to show that I’m a lady. I chose ripped jeans to add a little edge to the look. For the most part, I make all my own ripped jeans, or I will buy them a little ripped and then distress it a bit more. I finished the look by just holding a hat as an accessory instead of wearing it. I would wear this look to a concert, a night out with the girls or just running errands on the weekend.

 

Shop the look!

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Adidas Number Faux Leather Front Tee, $30

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Topshop MOTO Washed Black Ripped Joni Jeans, $38

IBENAMA_90_RG_324Aldo Ibenama Heels, $70

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Actual Pain Black Leather Hats, $58

10 Items Every Woman Should Own Before 30

As the clock ticks down to the day I turn 30 (not fretting or anything) I’m becoming more of the woman I want to be. Not only emotionally and intellectually, but also when it comes to my personal style. I’m taking more risks, but also being mindful of what is appropriate for every part of my life. Knowing what works for me and what does not work for me. What I should splurge on versus what I can save on. Where and when to buy certain items. Over the past year and half I’ve really been sticking to the ‘less is more’ mindset when it comes to my wardrobe. If I purchase something new I remove something from my closet so that it’s not cluttered with pieces I no longer wear anymore. Editing and maintaining your wardrobe should not be something you do only at the start of Spring, but on a regular basis. Along with editing your wardrobe, you should also have key pieces that are considered your ‘go-to’ timeless items that will help build any look you want. These are the pieces that will help create your style uniform. The ones that will come in handy for that very important meeting, interview, first date or dinner party. I’ve rounded up my top 10 pieces every woman (and me) should own before 30.

 

Summer Essentials – Top 8 Must-Haves

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Happy Friday readers!

Spring is here and you know what that means! Summer is near! The warmer weather just makes life better. We can’t be friends if you disagree with that – ok just kidding! Well a little. With all my excitement for summer on its way I had to round-up all the items and style that will be on repeat in my wardrobe all season. Having key pieces in different colors, sizes, patterns, textures etc. is a great way to establish your own style. You’re mixing it up, but at the same time you’re staying true to your style.  This is how the world will know that this is your uniform. With that said, see my round-up of this Summer’s wardrobe.

 

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Faux Leather Slip-ons, Forever 21 $29.90

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Black Strappy Mesh Triangle Bikini Set, Topshop $14.00 and $12.00

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Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, Forever 21 $33.90

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White Tank Dress, Shop Chriss Zoe $24.00

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Barely There Strappy Heeled Sandals, Missguided $50.00

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Wool Hat, H&M $29.95

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Trapeze Handbag, H&M $39.95

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Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC $16.00