Tis the season to go see friends and family and be merry and such. I like to dress up when I go out, since I spend the greater part of my day in my pajamas if I'm being a coach potato at home. But with cold temperatures, it can be hard to motivate myself to put on a dress. I made an exception though for this striped dress from Surfdome. I've been looking for a white dress for a while, and it's a pretty big deal that this dress isn't see through, which is especially unattractive in the winter when you're sporting tights underneath. Sure, it's a fun summer dress in essence, but under a few layers, it still works for winter. And if I do say so myself, it's still just as cute.
A dusting of snow is already on the ground, so that means that we'll be seeing more monotone black peacoats and black yoga pants against white (and eventually dingy) snow. On one hand, all the black and white can be a bit depressing and boring. But on the other, you never have to worry about matching colours together.
Contrast trim blouse from Smart Set / Faux leather skirt / Grey cardigan from Zellers / Chunky chain necklace
I have a thing for drawing inspiration from cartoon characters. My current inspiration is Charlie Brown. For a cartoon kid, he has quite the nervous character with just the right amount of dry sarcasm. As someone who took 13 tries to hit a baseball in Gr.9 gym class, I can relate to his struggles of not being able to kick a football. As someone who is a bit socially awkward, I'd have trouble asking out the Little Red-Haired Girl too. As someone who can barely fold a piece of paper symmetrically, I'd end up ruining my Halloween ghost costume too by messing up the eye holes.
I'm also someone who can appreciate that he wore chevron before it was cool. So I'm copying that wicked style, but with a monotone palette. In other news, this bag has two sets of handles and one strap. Yes, three distinct ways to hold it. I have never seen a bag with so many handles.
Chevron sweater c/o Chic Nova / Green purse c/o Persunmall / Black skirt from Garage / Combat Boots
I've had a soft spot for cute winter/Christmas sweaters this season. But I'm a bit wary of wearing festive prints that look like they could be worn by a five year old. So if I'm gonna pull off a cute sweater, I'd want to style it with a more edgy look to balance out the holiday cheer.
Playing with proportions is a great way to pull off a refined and cool look. Oversized sweaters are the way to go this season, which look great with a fitted skinny jean tucked into classic black ankle boots. Oversized is also the way to go for your accessories. Reach for a larger tote bag rather than a small purse (and this is also a lot more functional!). If your sweater isn't overly busy, pair it with a chunky necklace, which can take a bit of the attention off the cuteness of the sweater. And finally, adding a beanie is a great way to top off the look (get it?) with a cozy touch.
And there you go- 3 C's of winter wear. Cute, cozy, cool.
It's such a refreshing change to see an original and innovative company. Woodzee offers a great collection of sunglasses made entirely from real wood. I was impressed at how light the frames were and that they were styled to show off the wooden finish distinctively. They also have different kinds of woods and colours to suit any taste. But I was especially impressed with the company's commitment to environmental initiatives. You can actually plant the tag and it'll grow into wildflowers. To me, this was the cherry on top of an amazing product. There might be other companies that offer wooden sunglasses, but tell me how many offer embedded plant seeds? It may not be much, but I appreciate their efforts to get me to take an active role in (re)connecting with nature.
I even wanted to frolic in the fallen leaves, and I never wanna do that. 'Cause y'know...dirt and bugs and stuff.
I stumbled upon a series of abandoned hospital buildings and decided to poke around a bit. Eventually, I found a building with an unlocked door and walked right in. Among broken glass windows and peeling wallpaper, there were a few isolated posters on the wall still that reminded guests to wash their hands to avoid spreading disease within this children's hospital. I wandered up the stairs, but totally got spooked once I heard a noise, which could have been someone/something upstairs or the wind playing tricks on my mind.
Exploring an abandoned building was kinda cool and I was caught up in the rush. Then afterwards, I remembered that I'm a total chicken when it comes to this kind of stuff. And people asking how Silent Hill-esque the exploration was didn't help. I don't actually know what Silent Hill is about, but I know it's a scary movie. And please don't tell me.
Also, it was a bit hard to find the buildings threatening when "Happiness will find when you stop hiding" was spray-painted along an outside wall. Gotta love that inspirational Canadian graffiti.
Leather peplum top / Grey bomber jacket / Light denim jeans from Pac Sun / Combat boots from Persunmall
Let me begin by saying that I hate the book/movie "The Devil Wears Prada". Yet when I saw this shirt, I was drawn to the colour. Shamefully, because I remember the scene in the movie where the boss from hell was describing how high-end fashion trickles down to consumers. It's not just blue, it's cerulean. Anyway, my main beef with this movie is: If you walk into your job and laugh at the industry and don't know the importance of your boss, you don't deserve the job. A million girls might want your job, but there's at least one who is more deserving. There's no excuse for unprepared underachievers. Not even if you're Anne Hathaway.
Cerulean sweater from Smart Set / Leather shorts from Necessary Clothing / Bird print scarf from Smart Set
The season of crop tops is over. Not just because it's finally chillier, but because it's the month of Thanksgiving and Halloween, which means that excessive eating and food babies have begun to pop up. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I'm looking forward to convincing my mom to buy really good Halloween candy so I can eat it all and blame it on frequent trick or treaters. Yep, it's a great month for food.
Don't get me wrong. I'm all for saving the polar bears and frowning on climate change and such, but if global warming means that I can wear shorts in October, hey, I'll take it. The only thing about wearing shorts during this season is that you're fine in the afternoon, but it's freezing cold in the morning and the night. I tried wearing long pants the other day to stay on the safe side, but I ended up getting mad at myself for unnecessarily wearing pants in the warmth. Canada has two seasons: winter and construction. It's still construction season, so I'm going to take advantage of shorts until winter really nears.
I had a pretty good time being a little touristy in my own city over the weekend. It's pretty great going to high traffic attractions during a weekday because, well they're pretty empty on a workday. I'm quite a fan of prancing around the gift shop and getting excited about the stuffed animals and trying on fuzzy hats for kids. It's a lot less weird when other people aren't around. I imagine that it's pretty funny for people that do see me prancing though. Especially when I'm in army print with a serious look on my face that suddenly disappears when I'm squealing about "cute widdle pengwins" and such.
Burgundy chiffon skirt c/o Lookbook Store /Camo print jacket / Leather top