Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Modern 90's

Long wool coat / Navy striped shirt from Gap / Floral dress from Sheinside / Tall boots from Le Chateau

90's nostalgia is a weird concept to me. I don't know about you, but I was a 90s kid. And as an 8 year old, I really didn't give a hoot about what was in style during that decade. It was just a few years ago, and still now, that I'm discovering shows from the 90's. And in the same way, I'm just starting to discover fashions that were popular in the 90s. I'm not re-discovering them, nor do they make me feel nostalgic. Instead of going full 90's today, I grabbed one item from the past and mixed it with a more modern look. Complete with boxy shoulder pads, this jacket has been hanging around at home for a while. I thought that it looked drab and unfitted (like a lot of items from the 90s), but paired with a straight dress and a belted t-shirt, it adds a more fitted silhouette to the look. So I guess if we're pulling out a fashion dictionary, this would fall under "90s-inspired". But to me, I call it "too cheap to buy a new coat so I found an old one that I wouldn't normally wear and made it prettier".

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Basic classics


I've been looking at my closet lately thinking that I have a love-hate relationship with the majority of my wardrobe. I've got coloured jeans, crop tops, military print, wide legged pants, florals, spikes, and other trendy styles that have been deemed popular over the past few years. Now, I love my clothes because I genuinely like them right now, but at the same time, I kind of hate how not all of these items are timeless. And you can give me the "if it makes you happy..." all you want, but let's face it: When some of these items are out, they are really, really tacky and difficult to look at.

That's why I've been obsessing over basics and classic staple pieces lately. Y'know, things that match pretty much everything. Things that will continue being trendy and versatile in years to come. And things that are pretty spiffy on their own too.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Old school charm

Caramel blazer from Le Chateau / Pink sweater & structured bag from Forever 21 / Pleated skirt from TJ Maxx / Combat boots 

A few weeks ago, I was dabbling with the idea of dying my hair a funky colour to embrace my rebel side. Well, this just in: I don't have a rebel side. To commute to work, I have to drive to the bus stop. But yesterday, the parking lot was full. My workplace has a policy where you have to buy coffee for the office if you're late on Tuesday. So I really didn't want to be late. Which is why I recklessly parked in a commercial plaza. Risking a parking ticket? Fine, whatever! Risking a $50 ticket is totally worth not buying $15 worth of coffee! Yeah, that's pretty much when common sense started sinking in. And for the rest of the day, I was freaking out internally with a lumpy feeling in my stomach from my fear and guilt of illegally parking. I suppose I do have *a bit* of a rebel side...I mean, I did duck out of work 10 minutes early because I was that anxious to see my car. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On the rocks

White t-shirt / Long grey cardigan / Denim shorts / Navy Keds

What wonderfully weird weather we're having. It's the end of September and hot enough that I can go out in shorts and a t-shirt. I took advantage by going to the beach over the weekend. As I walked there, I was crunching on freshly fallen leaves, which is a really strange contrast since leaves and beaches usually don't mix. Some people were at the beach running around, eating ice cream, and flying Hello Kitty kites. Instead of using this kind of environment to contemplate things like what I'll do over the weekend or if I should buy some new shiny accessories, I think about things like life. Y'know, careers, success, mortgages, etc, etc. That's normal for a 23 year old, right? 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Buyer beware

Houndstooth skirt from TJ Maxx / Black blazer / Contrast trim blouse 

Here's a bit of a fun story for you. During my lunchbreak at work, I decided to get my hair cut. I work in kind of a trendy neighbourhood where the average haircut is $50. So I was really happy when I found this little place that said that they did $20 women's haircuts. The place was small and definitely not glamorous, but I'm going for a haircut, not to gawk at nice decor. I told the hairdresser I wanted a haircut ONLY and he told me to sit down to wet my hair. As he started shampooing my hair, I asked him if there was an extra cost. Yup, my "haircut" would now cost $25 because wetting my hair was necessary (though he didn't mention it when I walked in). Otherwise, he suggested that I come into the salon with my hair already wet. So finally, he cuts my hair, but not as short as I wanted it because he insists that long hair will look better on me. But the worst was next. He left my hair wet. Yup, he wouldn't dry it because he said that a "professional blowdry" would cost $10 extra. Dude, I wasn't looking for an intense style & blowdry or anything. I just wanted to be able to walk back to work without wet hair. So instead, I sat there blowdrying my own hair. Needless to say, I won't be going back there. So here's a picture of the neighbourhood instead.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rebellious

via Pinterest

Since high school, I've made sure that I dressed nicely and said things like "oh crackers" instead of swearing so I'd be fully prepared for the work world. But the place I work at now can best be described as anti-corporate. All sorts of language flows freely and I'm thinking about showing up in sweatpants (nicely styled, of course). Since I work somewhere that does't expect me to be in a pencil skirt with hair tied back everyday, I've been tempted to be rebellious since I never went through that stage during my teens. In keeping up with my previous post of subtle badassery, I've been contemplating wildly coloured hair. Except that my rebellious side takes a backseat to my laziness though because I can't be bothered to upkeep hair like this. Oh, and since I'm asian, I risk looking like an anime character. That's a big factor too.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

College dropout

Short black blazer / White corduroy shorts from West49 / Studded bag / Chain necklace 

After being in school for nearly two decades of my life, it's a bit weird that I'm not going back to school this year. After finishing my undergrad, I decided to take another two years at college. I knew that I wanted a job in digital marketing, but I wanted a way to stand out in this competitive market. So I thought that learning how to code and design would give me an edge.

Only one term into college, I had the feeling that it wasn't for me. Sure, I was learning stuff, but it was at a slow pace and I had a feeling that I wouldn't learn enough in two years to make it in the real world. After talking to my profs about these concerns, I got the impression that school politics favoured low failure rates over exceptional success rates. That's not how people get a proper education, which is the point of higher education after all. For the record, my profs were awesome at honestly telling me about the curriculum and guiding me towards a better direction for my goals. That's something I definitely recommend: talking to the right people.

So I spent my second term applying for jobs and sending out resumes. For 4 months. Job hunting while still in college was probably my best move. I said that if I found a good job, I'd stop taking classes. But in the meantime, I would still be learning great skills. At the end of my first year, I ended up finding a great job, so I officially became a proud college dropout. Yes, being a college dropout has a negative connotation. That connotation almost made me feel like I was giving up on education. But I'm proud of dropping out at the right time where I grabbed a few skills and avoided wasting any more time and money.

Not that any of that matters because my workplace hired me because of this blog.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Belated summer

Blue top from American Apparel / Long vest from Joe Fresh / Brown shorts from Forever 21 / Wood sunglasses from Woodzee

All summer long, I've been complaining about the weather not being summery and hot enough. Now September has finally rolled in and summer temperatures have finally arrived. I spent a day over the long weekend at the beach, which does not actually deserve to be called a beach. Just because it has a patch of gravel and thin sand, doesn't mean it's a beach. I've been craving the outdoors all summer long but once it was out there, I remembered that I hate the humidity, I hate the beating sun, and I hate sweating. So I took a different approach the day after and enjoyed the outdoors during a short walk to a local 50's style restaurant for a strawberry milkshake. Enjoying the outdoors from the comforts of the shaded indoors? Now that's the kind of summer I want. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to: Wear a summer dress in the fall


Since this summer has been so chilly, I planned to do a nice little post today on what to wear for the early fall. But we finally had one of the hottest days of the season today, so now I'm a little conflicted. A summery day is wonderful, but I was already getting excited for layers and chunky pieces.

My point was that instead of packing up those pretty summer dresses already, you could squeeze a bit more life out of them by styling them for the fall weather. One of my favourite things to do lately is to throw on a dress and then lazily slap a sweater over it. I'm also a fan of contrasting a dainty dress with heavy combat boots, which is also great because combat boots are super functional for dreary rainy days. For colder days, I'd pair the look with a bold coat. Patterned and coloured outerwear make the season more vibrant in a sea of black leather jackets and green military jackets (yeah, you know the one I'm talking about!). I prefer this deep rich green, which is still subtle enough to be worn with anything. But for now, I guess I'll enjoy this freak heatwave. And remind me not to complain about melting and sweating because I just remembered that I absolutely hate the cold of Canadian weather. This cute layered look only lasts for about a month before I give up and bundle myself up like an abominable snowman. I'll be grudgingly counting down with an oversized watch this season in the meantime. 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sheer madness

Navy blouse c/o Lovely Wholesale / Lace skirt from Shop Ruche / Studded black bag / Navy Keds sneakers 

I'd like to take this time to highlight the importance of having good lighting in your room. I got ready for work thinking I had a nice little outfit going on. It wasn't until after I got off work that I was informed that my shirt was fairly see-through. Oh, the shame! I work in an office with big bright windows and I'm pretty sure that lighting situation brought some unwanted highlights to my outfit. So thanks to dim lighting in my room (and maybe not enough caffeine), I didn't see that my bra was visible. Terrific. 

In other news, I won a gift card to Shop Ruche about a year ago from Lot 65. I've been waiting for my friends to get married so I could buy something accordingly, but I got tired of waiting and went for this skirt while it was on sale. It's so pretty, but I gotta say that I'm disappointed that it fits a bit too tight. On the site, the measurements fit my usual size. But with this skirt on, it constricts my ribs and leaves a purple ring around my torso from cutting the blood circulation. Ugh, I hate inconsistent sizing.

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