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Friday, 31 August 2012

{Style Panel} Peplum & Polka Dots...

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Peplum can be one of the most flattering, feminine silhouettes out there, but it can also be one of the least. Worn well (hello, Kate Middleton much?), it can yield diminutive waistlines and elongated figures. Worn poorly, and it can lead to exaggerated hips and unnecessary bulk. So what's the secret to finding the right peplum? Consider proportion. A flowy, understated version is the most universally flattering because it won't accentuate the hips, while solid colours or basic prints (think polka dots or simple stripes) can keep unwanted bulk at bay. Play with different styles and try different variations of the trend — be it in shirt, skirt or coat form — and you'll find the perfect fit for you in no time!

To read more about mastering peplum, head over to Fashion Magazine... Happy weekending, lovelies! xx

Outfit details: polka dot peplum top- Forever 21; oxblood leggings- H&M; pumps- Zara; glitter clutch- Kate Spade; watch- Michael Kors; bracelet- House of Harlow; necklaces- Forever 21

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

{Wardrobe Wednesday} In the Bag...

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I've admired Olivia + Joy's stylish yet super affordable bags for some time now, so when they offered to send me a bag of my own, I was beyond excited. This Viper Top Handle bag caught my eye immediately with its bold pattern and hardware detailing, and I love how much you can fit inside —always a bonus when you tote your whole life around with you!

A big thank you to Olivia + Joy for the oh-so thoughtful gift, and as always, thank you guys for reading! xx

Outfit details: neon tank- H&M; jeans- Michael Kors; bag c/o Olivia + Joy; pumps- Zara; necklace & bracelets- Forever 21; watch & ring- Michael Kors

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Safari Chic...

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Nothing says safari chic quite like a military vest and leopard print, but as stoked as I was to channel my inner Indiana Jones, I thought it best to neutralize things with a mint dress and girlie accessories... After all, we wouldn't want to over do anything, now would we?

And in other news, I'm seriously smitten with this Forever 21 necklace. I bought it for pretty much no money (gotta love that!) and instantly fell in love with its vintage vibe... Hey, sometimes a girl just needs a cheap repro to tide her over, am I right?

Happy Tuesday, lovebugs! xx

Outfit details: mint dress- H&M; military vest- Old Navy; leopard loafers- Forever 21; belt- thifted; watch- Michael Kors; bracelets- The Bay & Michael Kors; necklace- Forever 21

Monday, 27 August 2012

{Weekend Update} Stripes & Sweets...

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My weekend kicked off with my most favourite of pastimes, catching up with friends over sweet treats. Now I know what you must be thinking — "What a glutton!" — to which I would simply shrug, nod my head and pass you a macaron... Now I'm drooling just thinking about them, but I digress.

The adorable Jenna joined my little calorie fest, and together we caught up over caffeine and spiked blood sugar levels... It was lovely. I wore my new, sparkly loafers which were a thoughtful gift from Kastles, as well as this mullet skirt that I had long forgotten about; I guess that's what happens when you hoard clothes, am I right?

Hope you guys had lovely, sugar-filled weekends too... Happy Monday! xx

Outfit details: jacket- Zara; striped tank- H&M; mullet skirt- Forever 21; sparkle loafers- Target; necklaces- Forever 21; watch & ring- Michael Kors

Friday, 24 August 2012

Romping Around...

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Outfit details: romper- Duchess; neon crossbody- Urban Outfitters; sandals- Michael Kors; sunnies- Karen Walker; necklace- Pamela Love (even better version here!); watch- Michael Kors; bracelet- The Bay

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Back to School with West 49...

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Back to school is one of the most wonderful times of the year — whether you're in school or not. The leaves turn red, new stationary is purchased (arguably the best part of all — at least if you're a total dork like me!) and we get a chance to refresh our wardrobes with lovely new layers... What's not to like?

So when West 49 asked me to style a back to school outfit from their new fall collection, I jumped at the chance. The brand isn't traditionally my style, but their latest offerings intrigued me, especially this sweater. I instantly knew I had to have it, and my mind raced with all the different ways I could wear it. Since the weather is still rather lovely, I threw on shorts, a bowler hat and my trusty satchel for a simple, school-inspired look. The best part? As the months get cooler, I can easily transition this sweater by pairing it with pants and boots or patterned tights and a great skirt... Oh the possibilities.

I had lots of fun picking out my new pieces (and was seriously tempted by this dress!), and was surprised by how affordable they were (always a bonus, no?). All in all it was an awesome experience, and I would recommend checking out their stuff for some fun, casual basics, especially if you've never thought to look there before... You might just be surprised.

Outfit details: sweater- Billabong c/o West 49; short- Billabong (similar and on sale here) c/o West 49; neon satchel- Cambridge Satchel Co; hat- H&M; loafers- Zara; necklace- Forever 21; ring- H&M; glasses- Gucci

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

{Life Log} Ode to the Little Things...


Life is beautiful, and taking the time to photograph little bits of my day through Instagram has really reminded me of that. Cheesy as it may sound, if it weren't for that little app I wouldn't have nearly as many (oh who am I kidding, I wouldn't have any!) fun memories of daily life. From food and drink, to accessories, activities and the world around me, I'm capturing, and in turn, documenting my life. It's real and it's honest (because let's face it, not every day is an outfit post kind-o-day), and I'm pretty stoked to have so many visual souvenirs.... So here's to all the little things that make life so lovely! xx

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

{Style Panel} Black-on-Black...

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Embracing the coming season's black-on-black, leather-hungry sensibilities might not be for everyone, but the girlie girls (myself included) of the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief — The trend is as flexible as it is fun!

To achieve a look that feels feminine yet decisively on-trend, I opted for a faux leather mini and a black, peek-a-boo cutout sweater. By keeping silhouette, proportion and accessories in mind — think statement necklaces and fun bracelets — I was able to embrace the trend while still remaining true to myself. Fist pump.

Outfit details: sweater- Talulah (Aritzia); faux leather skirt- H&M; loafers- Zara; necklace & ring- Forever 21; watch- Michael Kors; bracelets- The Bay & Michael Kors

Monday, 20 August 2012

{Weekend Update} The Farmer's Market...

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This weekend marked my official departure from shift work, because for the first time in a very long time, I had the entire weekend off! So what's a girl to do with all that extra time on her hands, you ask? Well, let me tell you: I visited the farmer's market and our local Fringe Festival, saw friends, cleaned house and — best of all — relaxed... What a concept! Top that off with HBO Sunday and some freshly manicured nails, and I'm one seriously happy girl.

Happy Monday, lovelies! Hope you all had fab weekends... xx

Outfit details: top & shorts- Forever 21; bag- Marc by Marc Jacobs; necklace- Zara; watch- Michael Kors; bracelets- House of Harlow & the Bay; leopard loafers- Forever 21

Friday, 17 August 2012

Weekend Dreaming...

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Outfit details: tshirt- Club Monaco; skirt- Urban Outfitters; quilted clutch- Michael Kors; pumps- Zara; jewelry- Forever 21; watch- Michael Kors

Thursday, 16 August 2012

{Detailed} Flower Child

A Forever 21 floral crown adds whimsy...

                       ...While an asymmetrical top, wayfarers and bracelets-galore keep things current.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

{Nailed It} Leopard Mani


I recently got out of a job that only let me wear red nail polish (how rude!), so after many months of aesthetic oppression, I'm like a kid in a lacquered candy store... Neon nails? Ok! Sparkly glitter? Why not! Leopard print? Holy moly!

But I digress.

My first order of business was to go as brazenly against the [former employer's name here] grain as I could, which I think I accomplished rather nicely with these Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips. Leopard print is totally my jam, so what better way to mark my newfound freedom than with a saucy,  "Kitty, Kitty" entitled mani? Oh self-autonomy, it's good to have you back... xx


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