Monday, April 28, 2014

White peach

If anyone has seen any signs of spring, I'd love it if you passed them onto me. Taking blog photos yesterday was absolutely depressing. Those trees in the background are totally bare. Not a bud. Not a green. Nothing. The thing about having a blog is that I'm able to look back on what the weather was like a year ago. Consequently, I kept screaming, "A year ago, it was hot, I was in shorts, and I was eating gelato!" Needless to say, I'm running rather impatient with this never-ending relationship with my heavy jackets.

So I got this pretty flower dress from Amiclubwear, hoping that I'd soon be prancing around in the sunshine. And that'd be peachy, but the temperatures are still chilly and this dress is thin, which makes me feel like I'm wearing a tablecloth. I got this pair of shoes from them too, for a bit of an unconventional reason. I just had to have these shoes because they're so distinctly ugly. So ugly, that I think they're cool. There's just something about the juxtaposition of ugly shoes and a pretty dress that works.

Flower dress c/o Amiclubwear / Cutout platform shoes c/o Amiclubwear / Mirror glasses c/o Amiclubwear / White denim jacket from Parasuco / Studded messenger bag

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Modern thrift

I've been saying for a while now that if I ever become rich, I'm gonna be more dedicated to buying only eco-fashion. Eco-friendly and organic everything has gained a lot of steam in the past few years. It's healthier, higher quality, and socially responsible. But it usually also comes with a high price tag. When companies aren't cutting corners, costs tend to add up. Though, I'll admit that thinking that this is the only way to consume eco-friendly fashion is mistaken.

Enter Hey Jude. They're a vintage shop based out of Vancouver that focuses on re-imagining thrifted pieces to work with their creative energy and seasonal fashion trends. They also aim to find and reuse quality items that support eco-conscious initiatives. I fell in love with their lookbook and how expertly their pieces are styled and photographed. Usually when I see thrifted fashion, it's a run-off-the-mill floral skirt and denim vest. You know what I'm talking about- that boring vintage styling that makes you go, "Yeah, I can tell that used to be from the 80s". But with Hey Jude's styling, I'd never be able to tell that they were thrifted finds. Everything looks brand new, modern, and edgy. See for yourself: 

Images via Hey Jude

Happy Earth Day!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Basic essentials

After such a long winter, I've drawn my colour palette inspiration from the beach. Classic blue and khaki, which kind of makes me feel like I rolled out of a Gap ad.  I never used to be much of a fan for that kind of plain preppy style, but I'm starting to see the benefits. I think by now, we understand the concept of owning essential pieces to mix and match and wear for many years to come. But I also forgot how comfy basics are. A relaxed t-shirt is like going out around town in dressed up pajamas, and I have no objections to that.

I'm also a fan of neutral colours because it means that I can make my jewellery a little more flashy. I would've worn more stacked rings if I could, but the set that I got doesn't quite fit me. Which is a shame because I've really been into the stacked ring trend lately. I wish that you could select where your fat went. But even gaining a bit of finger fat is a hard thing to ask for.

You can vaguely see it in the background of the photos, but it's nice to see that the lake is actually blue for once. After a harsh snow that has finally melted, it's almost as if the lake has been washed, watered down with fresh precipitation, and fresh for once. In a populated city with a ton of pollution and a nuclear plant visible from the shore, the lake is usually an odd shade of dark blue-grey. For once, this looks like water that I'd actually want to swim in. Except that it's still just 10 degrees and not nearly warm enough for that.

Denim shirt from American Eagle / Striped t-shirt from Gap / Beige skirt from TJ Max / Scalloped bag from Asos / Wooden sunglasses from Woodzee / Tan ankle boots from Justfor5pounds / Chain necklace & stacked rings c/o Bornpretty Store

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mostly minimalist

I've been having fun playing with shapes and structure in apparel lately. Typically, I'm used to defining "structure" as fitted. Boxy loose clothing were not good. But now, I've embraced baggy sweaters, not only for their comfort, but because of how effortlessly good they look with straight-cut bottoms. I'm also really loving how throwing a sweater over a knee-length skirt naturally makes it more casual and wearable for any day. Being in casual office environments where employees tended to wear flip flops in the summer, I always felt overdressed in pencil skirts. I'm glad that my work skirts don't have to collect dust anymore.

I've also found that I prefer structured bags. Unlike unstructured ones, structured bags still look good when they're empty. And especially with a bag that has more than 4 corners, the shape stands out a lot more. Against a minimalist outfit, why go for a pop of colour when you can go for a pop of shape?

Navy sweater from Forever 21 / Black pencil skirt / Cream colorblock bag from Tacicco

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