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Mirina Collections Vintage Multi-Layer Bib ‘Annie’ Necklace

Hello ladies!

I had to update this post after information was brought to my attention about the Mirina Collections ambassador program. Initially I was approached to be apart of their brand ambassador program. Of course I was excited and accepted the offer because as a blogger it’s flattering when brands reach out to you. It’s like a validation or stamp of approval of your social media influence and they see that in you. On their website they state that they are a fashion jewelry house based in New York, where each design is made to order. Seems legit and harmless right, well that’s what I thought. Don’t get me wrong they do have some great necklaces with a wide range of affordable styles to choose from. It’s just that their ambassador program is a bit sketchy and is using bloggers to bring traffic to their website and drive sales without actually following through with the set-up of the compensation side of things  (as mentioned in their program). In their initial email to you they state that you have to first purchase a necklace and you recieve a discount by using the coupon code they provided. That didn’t raise a red flag for me because I get it, not all brands can afford to ship out free products to dozens of bloggers. Once I placed my order I received a confirmation email including my very own coupon code. Sweet right! Just to see your very own personal code to give to your followers, it felt good. They also made sure to include in a separate welcome email explaining that due to design and production times shipment will take approx 3-4 weeks. Still in my mind I was thinking cool, i’m in no rush to receive this necklace anyways. It actually took over 6 weeks for me to receive my necklace and only after I followed up twice, once on December 29, 2015 and then again on December 31, 2015. I recieved a response the same day of my second follow-up and my item was shipped on January 4, 2016 and I saw it in my mailbox on Janauary 4, 2016. When I received the necklace it was packaged nicely, but it wasn’t the highest of quality. Then again I wasn’t really expecting Tiffany quality, I liked it for what it was. Something that did not register to me at all was the legitimacy of my personal coupon code. It was only brought to my attention today by someone on Instagram when I posted about the necklace. I then tested it for myself by creating an order on their website and what do you know, the coupon code was invalid. I immediately removed this information from both my Instagram post and this blog post. I absolutely do not want to promote anything that was not true to my followers or anyone on social media. I brought my concerns up to the Mirina team and instead of trying to resolve the issue they continued to respond in a bullying and agressive manner referring me to their ‘policy’. This immediately made it official that I was dealing with an individual who is operating under unethical business practices. Not to mention that they are reselling cheap jewelry for more than triple the actual retail price, and then promoting it as being hand made by their team. I would ask for my money back but I think they need it most. 

I hope I’ve brought some attention to this issue with some Instagram boutiques who are operating using bad business practices and potentially not being honest with bloggers. Ladies be careful out there and if something seems off about a brand or you get a bad vibe from the get go, run! Better yet, do not respond to them at all. In all cases they will contact you first via email or direct message. The last thing you want to do is promote false information to your followers and readers. You also don’t want to be used to promote a brand when you will not be compensated for it. Comment below if you’ve experienced something like this before and what happened.

On the brighter side of things, I did get some really good shots in with this necklace and I still want to share this look with you below.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Jamelle Lindo 

Love the packaging the necklace comes in.

 

It only made sense that I store my necklace on my half body painted manequin. 

 
You can shop this look below!

 
Missguided Turtleneck Bodysuit


Jacket is Forever 21, similar Zara Leather Biker Jacket

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Forever 21 Zippered Skinny Pants

Booties are Call it Spring, similar Chunky Heel Platform Ankle Boots

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody

 
Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo

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Nude, But Not Naked

Happy Friday everyone!

This look is my way of being nude without exactly getting naked. If you’re not exactly an all black kinda gal and colour is not your thing,  head-to-toe nude is a great alternative. You don’t have to match the nudes either, just play with different shades of it. Nude is often used as a lowkey colour, barely there and can go un-noticed. But with this look you really can make a bold statement. Wearing the same colour at least three times in an outfit, people take notice. I added the blazer to this look because just the leggings and turtleneck on their own, it can feel quite bare. I just felt I was missing that third piece. Instead of finishing the look with pumps I decided to wear my gladiator heels. A little business on top and a little party on the bottom. 

Hope this look gives you a little style inspiration to take your nudes up a notch. Shop the look and see some more snaps below.

   

  

  

  

 

  

   

Photography by Shantel Rousseau

 

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Similar, Missguided Nude Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit

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Similar, Missguided Taupe Blazer

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Missguided Nude Crop Leggings

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Lola Shoetique Robyn Gladiator Heels

Midi Skirt Moment

Happy Friday!

Having a midi skirt moment and it feels so good! Much like the bodysuit trend (now a basic piece for me) the midi skirt is becoming a new basic piece i’m stocking up on. Yes I know everyone is wearing it after Kim K popularized it, but my style mantra if you try a trend and if it works for you, get it in every colour. Don’t let that mentality about not wanting to wear what everyone else is wearing discourage you. It’s all about having the confidence and not worry so much about what someone else is doing or wearing. My only pet peeve with this piece is that because the material is usually cotton, you will be pulling it down quite often. Queue double-sided tape to the rescue, to keep that hem down! I only started using double-sided tape a few days ago and I must say it is a fashion life saver.

From my previous post I mentioned that I’m obsessing over neutrals and I’ve pretty much got it down right on how to match them. Here I’m wearing a combination of nude, gray and black. I paired my midi skirt with a turtleneck bodysuit from Sirens Fashion. My ankle booties are from Spring and the gray waterfall collarless coat is from Forever 21. I purchased the coat this past Spring, but I don’t see it in stores anymore. Not to worry, I found  a similar style below from Missguided below. This a simple look I would wear to the office or even to an event. I would most definitely switch to some pumps for the office and some strappy heels for the night.

Hope this look gets you style inspired for the weekend. Also shop the look below.

 

 

  Photography by Shantel Rousseau

 Similar, Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit

Forever 21 Heather Pencil Skirt

 

Similar, Missguided Belted Waterfall Coat

 

Similar, Aldo Pointed Toe Ankle Booties 

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

 

Colour Wheel                               

 

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

Black and White Makes Everything Right!

 

 

 

Photography by Shantel Rousseau 

Happy Friday!
If I had to choose a pairing to wear for the rest of my life, it definitely would be black and white. This also includes home decor, but that’s another blog story. Black and white just makes everything look so chic and so right. It’s easy, simple, sophisticated and still effective. It can look a bit serious at times, but I like to think of it as a more mature way of styling and decorating. Pretty much everytime I come across an item I always check to see if they have it in black or white or both. If they do, you bet I’m buying it in both colours. My must-have items to buy in both black and white are:

1. Tops: V-neck t-shirts; turtlenecks, silk blouses; crewneck long sleeve tops; tank tops, blazers, sweaters.

2. Bottoms: Skinny jeans, mini skirts; jeans shorts.

3. Shoes: Sneakers; pumps, sandal heels; sandal flats.

Style Tip-If you have no clue on how to define your own personal style, I suggest to start out choosing black and white pieces. Then slowly incorporate some colour if colour is your jam. I started out styling this look as all black, but instead of colour I used this black and white brick print cardigan from Forever 21 as my ‘pop of colour’. For me, wearing a black and white print or pattern can be used to elevate an all black look. I think of it as my statement piece like I would a necklace or watch. My turtleneck and jeans (DIY knee rips) are from Sirens Fashion. My ankle boots are from Topshop and I added the gold chain in front to resemble the Givenchy ankle boots. I topped off my look with my go-to wide brim hat from Forever 21.

Get style inspired and shop this look below!
 

 

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Similar, Missguided Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit

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Similar, Boohoo Claire Shawl Collar Aztec Cardigan

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Topshop MOTO Black Ripped Jamie Jeans

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Forever 21 Wide Brim Hat

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Similar, Forever 21Chained Faux Leather Booties

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! – August 30th 2015

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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.

 

Happy Sunday!

In addition to providing outfit ideas and style tips, I thought it’s only fitting to add some of my favourite celebrity looks to the site. Afterall, I do get some of my style inspirations from some of my celebrity style crushes. Style stalking is a hobby right! To make it a little challenging, only all black (sometimes with white) looks will be featured in this style round up. In addition, similar more affordable versions of each looks will be included. So let’s get right into it – here are my favourite looks of the week!

 

 

1. Selena Gomez wearing Gabriela Cadena

 

 

ASOS Boohoo Cutout Maxi Dress

 

 

2. Kylie Jenner wearing a Balmain cutout bandage dress

 

A&N Boutique Cross All Over Me Dress

 

Posh by V Harlem Dress

 

 

 

3. Lily Aldridge wearing a Dolce & Gabbana sheer ruched dress

 

Missguided Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress

 

 

4. Emily Ratajkowski in a Primark skirt

 

ASOS Turtle Neck Crop Top

 

Missguided Thigh High Split Scuba Midi Skirt

 

 

5. Kendall Jenner wearing Blk Dnm blazer; Etienne Marcel pants; Victoria Beckham blouse; Manolo Blahnik loafers; Céline sunnies

 

Square Flat Top Wayfarer

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ASOS New Look Tall Tailored Blazer

 

H&M Cotton Shirt

 

Zara Skinny Trousers

 

 

Nasty Gal Open Case Leather Flat

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Something Sheer


 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer is a seductive and subtle way to show some skin, when done correctly. In this look, I decided to do sheer on my legs. Looking back at this look, I actually wished I pulled the pants up a bit more over my navel for a more polished look. None the less, this look is great for a fashion office, first date or even a night out on the town. This look is super versatile and can easily be taken from day to night. As per usual I kept my accessories to a minimum with only a chain necklace and septum ring. If you’re a petite gal like myself and is not comfortable with a super long pant leg, you can hem the pant leg by tying a knot on each side, then tuck in. This will give you a Princess Jasmine kind of look. Finished the look with my fave sandal heels. If you’re feeling style inspired, shop this look below.

 

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Racer Bodysuit

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Sheer Wide Leg Pants

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Chain Collar Necklace

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Faux Septum Ring

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Black, White & Nude


  
  
  

Say hello to my version of the ‘red, white and blue’. This look may not work for the corporate office, but it’s a great Monday look for the creative office. These Missguided crop leggings are a great way to dress up a sporty look. I paired mines with a black cami from Topshop over a white structured top from Zara. You may recall this trend was huge in the 90s and even Cher Horowitz was seen sporting it. It’s been making a comeback over the years as seen on the runways. Finished the look with some nude pumps from Forever 21. Get style inspired and shop this look below.

 

 

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Turtle Neck Top

 

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Petite Ribbed Cropped Cami

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Nude Crop Leggings

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Faux Leather Pointed Pumps

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