Sunday, November 24, 2013

Plot it out in black and white

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

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Charlie Brown

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

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to: Mix cute and edgy

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.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


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.

Sierra wooden sunglasses c/o Woodzee / Light brown pleather jacket from Cleo / Floral Skirt / Red boots

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