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5 Ways To Shop Like A Pro

So you love shopping right! But are you really shopping wisely or are you just passing some time in the mall?  Here’s the thing, think of shopping like a sport – yes, I’m so serious! Like any athelete, your goal is to win, and when shopping you want to also win, by scoring that piece. Your goal can either be a new dress for a party, basic pieces to build your wardrobe or it can be that time of the year when you’re ready to splurge on an investment item. Whatever your case is, we all have a goal in mind, or we should at least.

So let’s get right to it, see my list on how you can shop smarter like a pro. Also leave some of your shopping tips in the comments below, I want to hear them!



1. Have A Plan

I will admit, many times in the past I will find myself just wondering in the mall, just to see what’s in stores. During lunch breaks are killers because shopping becomes something to do to past time. You then just end up spending money on items just because it’s on sale. So not a good use of your time or money, so cut this habit out. Always have a plan on what your goal is on your shopping trips. Write down which items you want, which stores you will visit and what your budget will be. Write it down in your notes on your phone, so that you have it written down and you have to stick to it.

2. Pay With Cash

This one should be obvious, but we’re all guilty of it, including myself. You are more likely to go over your budget when you shop with your debit or credit card. So instead, once you have decided on your budget withdraw that amount from your account and walk with that cash instead. If at anytime during your shopping trip you want to withdraw more money, that is your red flag that you will go over budget. If you want to be really strict, leave the debit and credit cards at home.

 

3. Never Shop Tired Or Hungry

Shopping on an empty stomach or when you’re tired will leave you irritable, impatient and you’re not in a state of mind to make the best decisions. The last thing you want to do is to get convinced by a sales rep into buying something you didn’t really need because you just dont have the energy to make that decision yourself. Plus when you shop on an empty stomach, stopping to buy food to eat will only cut into your shopping time. Only shop when you’re fully energized and you have a full stomach. Happy belly, happy shopper!

 

4. Try Things On

I will never understand those who never want to try things on. They would always say ‘oh that looks like it will fit’. Pardon me? I mean there are certain items like t-shirts or tank tops where you can get away with not trying them on. Otherwise, I cannot stress enough how important it is to try things on because a jeans in Zara will not fit the same way jeans would in Levis. Changerooms are there and even though they can be a bit overwhelming at times, trust me stick it out and wait in line. The last thing you want is to go back to exchange for a different size and who knows your actual size may not even be there anymore. Get in, try it on and get it right the first time.

 

5. Shop Alone

The best thing you can do for your shopping experience is to shop alone. Yes shopping with your girlfriend can be a great bonding time, but when you have a goal in mind, a shopping partner can be a distraction. This also cuts out the decision making process when you don’t have to look to someone else for their opinion. Trust your own decisions because you’re the one who is going to live with your purchase. If you both have the same taste, you may have to debate over who gets that last sweater on the rack. Vice versa, if you have completely different tastes expect your shopping trip to last longer. You will have to compromise by visiting the stores ahe likes to shop at. So make your shopping trips a personal experience where you can get to know what you like and don’t like.

 

Photo Credits: show & tell me, StyleCaster, Pinterest, Vogue, and imore

15 Solid Ways To Rock Your Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket is the bomb! It has become one of the top jackets seen everywhere on the street style scene. We can definitely thank Kanye for popularizing this hot item. But this piece is not just for the fellas ladies, it has made it’s way into women’s fashion too. You can find it in pretty much all the top retailers in every style, print and colour, at every pric. The best part about the bomber jacket is how surprisingly versatile it is. You can rock an oversized style with some ripped jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers for a kickass off duty look. Take it up a notch and rock the classic style with a jersey knit dress and pumps. Did I mention how super comfortable and lightweight they are? Believe you won’t regret this buy and you can keep it in your closet for years to come.

Still not convinced? Get style inspired and see my picks below for 15 cool ways to rock your bomber all year round.

 

 

Play with textures

 

 

Dress it down

 

 

Dress it up

 

 

Go for a sporty vibe

 

 

LBD + Pumps + Cap

 

 

Belt it!

 

 

Try a crop style

 

 

Supersize it!

 

 

Classic denim + tee combo

 

 

Mix your prints

 

 

Add some colour

 

 

 

Pair it with leather

 

 

Go all white

 

 

 

Layer it up!

 

 

Wear it with shorts

 

 

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Forever 21 Scuba Knit Bomber Jacket 


ASOS Bomber Jacket


Topshop MA1 Bomber Jacket


Urban Outfitters Satin Bomber Jacket


H&M Bomber Jacket

 

Photo Credits: Pinterest, Tumblr, Kenh14, Stilletos and Tequila, The Color Stalker, So Sasha, Song of Style, Micah Gianneli, The Fashion Spot, and Nordstrom.

Gray Matters

Start your weekend off to a good start and get some style inpiration from this week’s look. Wearing a little gray today to match the weather! Did I mention that I cannot wait until summer? I will take the heat anyday, but less complaining and more focus on the positives. This look I put together with an occasion in mind. This is something I would wear to a casual lunch meeting. It’s super comfortable and by adding the pumps you get that ‘I’m serious about my business’ vibe. Paired with the ripped girlfriend jeans, it says I can also losen up as well. Topped it off with a light weight collarless gray coat, and a simple white long sleeve underneath. I’m carrying my current go-to quilted purse from Forever 21. Thanks to Chanel, quilted purses are everywhere in fast fashion and I had to get my hands on one. One day Chanel, i’m coming for ya!

Don’t forget to shop this look below!

  

  

  

  

  

  

Photography by Jaemelle Lindo

  

 Forever 21 Open-Front Coat In Charcoal

  
Forever 21 Classic Cotton Tee

 

H&M Girlfriend Jeans 

  
Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody

 

Forever 21 Faux Leather Pumps 

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.

 

 

SHE MEANS BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

 

OFF DUTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

KICKIN’ IT

 

 

 

 

THE COOL CHICK

 

 

 

 

 

THAT 70S GIRL

 

Looks to Inspire Your Weekend Happenings

Happy hump day everyone!

With the first week of the year coming to an end, it’s time to gear up for the weekend. Whether you have social plans or work scheduled for this weekend, I’ve put together five looks for you to steal.

 

LACED UP

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CAMEL, BLACK AND WHITE

 

 

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COZY CASUALS

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BLACK AND BLUSH

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BLACK ON BLACK

 

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Outfit Ideas: What To Wear For NYE

Happy NYE everyone!

Can you believe that 2015 is coming to end already! I mean come on, it feels like we just rang in 2015, no? I know we say this every year, but this year just felt like it went by extra fast. As you reflect on the past year, gear up for the new one and set your goals and resolutions, you always have that one question lingering in your mind: What should I wear? With just a day away from the biggest celebration world wide I thought I’d give you a hand. So don’t fret, here are three fab looks for you to steal to ring in the New Year in style.

 

Luxe in Tuxe

I love a good blazer dress and paired with some thigh high boots, yum! This is a great alternative to the typical super tight LBD. It’s “tight enough to show that you’re a woman and loose enough to show that you’re lady.” Baby it’s cold outside, so not only are you keeping your pedi in tact, but those legs will be nicely warmed. Keeping it business on top and a little sassy on the bottom, you’re guaranteed to have heads turning all night. Leave your out and sleek the front back with some gel with a red lip to finish the look.

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Blush Crush

Blush is a subtle way to add colour without the pop. I personally consider blush a neutral and it’s a great way to incorporate colour into an already neutral wardrobe. It’s also a great alternative to wearing something red because it’s unexpected. Super popular right now, a high neck top is chic, sexy and classy. I paired it with a feathered skirt and leopard print pumps, and topped it off with a blush coat and silver accessories. Because this is a neutral look, you can see that I played with patterns and textures to vamp up this look. A sleek pony with pink lips finishes the look.

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Suit It Up

Not feeling the dress this year? No problem, a little black suit does the trick. Take that nine to five suit and give it a spin by replacing your white button up with a sequin bandeau top. What makes this masculine look so sexy is showing the right amount of skin in the right places. Your neck, shoulders and midriff are the stars tonight. Finish this look with a centre part sleek back bun and deep red lips.

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Outfit Ideas: What To Wear To A Holiday Dinner

Happy Holidays everyone!

It’s that time of the year again! This is the best time of the year to have an excuse to get all dolled up, with our hair did, nails did and everything did. We’re all so caught up in our own lives during the year so why not put on your very best when you visit the family. Yes I know what you’re thinking, we’re just going to eat and sit around anyways so why dress up. Dressing up just makes you feel good and when you feel good it shows and people notice. Not to mention how contagious it is. So go on and spread the good vibes and energy.

With Christmas just a day away I’ve pulled together three outfit ideas to get you through your dinner rounds this weekend. Whether you want to keep it comfy, glam or trendy, get style inspired and shop your favourite look below.

 

Ready to Rock

This is a great semi-casual look for the gals who want to be comfy, with some edge to it. Sweater dresses are super popular this season and they’re a quick go-to piece to make your dinner rounds this weekend.

 

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Glam Gal

This look is great for a dinner soirée where a dresscode is implied. Cocktails and o’dourves are served, music is playing and conversations are flowing. Even though you are covered up, this is a very sexy and sophisticated look. Leather is a sexy material, while red is a sexy colour. Put the two together and you have a match made in holiday fashion heaven.

 

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Cozy Chic

This is my version of the sweat pants and hoodie plus Uggs. It’s a cozy and comfortable look without looking like you just rolled out of bed. I chose I slightly oversized knit sweater in mustard, an a-line skirt and over-the-knee boots for a casual feel. StyleTip: Pairing a slightly oversized sweater with a dressy bottom will give the same effect.

 

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Leopard Is A Neutral

Happy Friday!

If you don’t know, then now you know! Leopard is a neutral – at least in my eyes. If you think about it, the colours in a leopard print are just black and variations of camel, but paired together they seem more threatening right! Breaking down the colours in a print this way makes it much easier to work with. For today’s look I used the black in the leopard print as my starting point. I wanted the skirt to be the centre of attention so my other pieces were black to let that happen. Always keeping my accessories to a minimum, I added just a statment belt for a hint of glam. Plated belts like these are not only a great way to cinch in your waist, but also a great way tie your whole look together for a clean and chic feel. I finished the look with my favourite pointed toe booties and a coat over the shoulders. The shades were actually a last minute touch because I tend to close my eyes alot in photos. This helped to get better shots quicker. This is a look I would wear over the holiday to dinner or a night out with the girls. 

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Photography by Jae Lindo

 
 

Similar, Boohoo Bodysuit

 

Topshop Jacquard Animal Print Pelmet Skirt 
 

  
Similar, ASOS Oversized Coat

 

Similar, Aldo Ankle Boots

  

 H&M Waist Belt 

  

Similar, Sunglas Spot Oversized Flat Top Shades
 

Black, White & Gray 

Cheers to the weekend!

I still cannot believe that it’s mid December and it’s still so mild outside. But i’m not complaining by any means. I’m enjoying every bit of it while it lasts.

 
I put together today’s look with a relaxed vibe in mind. When you think of mini skirts, sexy automatically comes to mind because you are showing your legs. Also usually with a-line skirt, pairing it with a more fitted top tucked in gives you a more pulled together look. Instead I wanted to look less put together so I left my white button up hanging over the skirt. I paired it with some pantyhose from H&M, which are super cheap and is usually my go to place to buy them. Over the years i’ve had such a love/hate relationship with pantyhose. They’re such an essential item when you live in a colder climate yet they can be such a pain in the butt. They do wonders for our legs, but god forbid something clings onto it and there goes that pair. I’ve purchased expensive pairs and i’ve purchased cheaper ones. The conclusion is I don’t see a huge difference in fit, but a slight difference in the amount of wears you get out of it. They both get ruined the same way, but with a little hair spray or a little freezing technique (I can’t wait to try) apparently they last longer. I finished up the look with a leather jacket from Suzy Shier and some black booties. Lastly, I tied a gray knitted sweater around my waist for some cool factor. For me this is a great styling trick to make you look less put together, as if little to no thought was put into your look. Paired with a leather jacket and you’re an instant cool chick. Sexy is always the easy route for us women, but try turning that sexy look into something loose from time to time because loose is sexy too.

 

Get style inspired and shop this look below!

Photography by Shantel Rousseau

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Vero Moda VMVEGA Shirt

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Similar, Zara Leather Jacket

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Forever 21 Marled Mini Skirt

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Similar, Gap Roll Neck Ribbed Sweater

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Similar, H&M Platform Ankle Boots

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H&M 2-Pack Semi Shiny Tights

I’ll Have A Camel And Black Combo Please!

Happy Friday everyone!

I know we always say it this time of the year, but can you believe it’s already December? But hey the closer we are to Christmas means that we are that much closer to Summer! Nothing but positive thinking over here.

 

Today I’m wearing my go-to camel coat. Camel coats are super popular right now and they’re just an awesome neutral piece to have to throw on over any outfit. If you’re pretty clueless about what your personal style is, a camel coat can give you an instant cool factor and easily give people style envy. It’s a great starter piece that will stay as a staple in your wardrobe. I’m a huge fan of the camel and black colour combo so I had to take it for a spin myself. This is a simple look you can recreate by just wearing black pants, a black top and black shoes and then of course topping it off with the camel coat. For my top I decided to wear a graphic sweater to just give the look a pop without colour. This is something you can also try, if neutrals are your thing but you are unsure on of how to incorporate some pop in your look, try a graphic top. I mentioned in a previous post that I snatched up my camel coat from H&M for a great deal, but I also have my eye on a few other candidates. Zara and Topshop are my two in-store options, but I haven’t really scoped out the online options. This is a piece you will definitely want to try on for fit, length and warmth before making that commitment. For a good quality one that can take you into at least five seasons that you will drop a couple hundred dollars on, you should get it right the first time. When I make that decision I’m really looking forward in sharing that with you guys and possibly do a ‘ways to wear’ a camel coat style story.

 

In the meantime, get style inspired with this look and shop some camel coat options below.


 Photography by Jae Lindo

 

 

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Forever 21 Wide Brim Hat

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Similar, Nasty Gal Off-Duty Embellished Sweater

 

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Similar, H&M Pile Coat

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Similar, Zara Hand Made Coat

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Similar, ASOS Cocoon Coat

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Similar, Topshop MOTO Black Ripped Jamie Jeans

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Forever 21 Flatforms

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Calvin Klein Leather Gloves