Roaring twenties: OOTD

As I am going through some major changes in my life…in a particular closing chapter, I have turned to fashion to make my days brighter and happier. It doesn’t really mean I’m unhappy, it just means I’m feeling quite nostalgic and emotional. I sought after color, texture and style to remind me of how beautiful life is and how this next big chapter in my life will be filled with amazingly ‘notorious’ adventures with the person I love and cherish. Fashion consoles me in difficult time and I needed a break from all the chaos. So today, I went for the happier times in modern fashion…the roaring twenties; the times of perfectly joyous, avant-garde, jazzy days, where nothing else but happiness mattered. The times of women decided to break through the Victorian era and rebel against the corsets and uptight clothes. The flapper women are a little bit like heroes for wanting to free themselves from certain rules and for expressing themselves through fashion.

As I was inspired by their strength, I went all out with my outfit…like I mean all out. Perhaps it is a little bit too much for certain people, but I can strongly say that this particular outfit uplifted my spirits and gave me energy and strength to keep fighting. It may sound super funny, but clothes really do change your perspective on life and how you see things.

Without going on too much on feeling my feelings…here’s what my outfit came out:

Can we just take a moment and look how awesome these pants are! They’re super jazzy and cool! And when you walk and the wind just hits them….ugh, the hems just go flying and dancing into the breeze, making beautiful poetic fashionable waves!

WHAT I WORE:

NECK TIE: Vintage ♦ SHIRT: Thrifted ♦ PANTS: Zara ♦ SHOES: Topshop (y’all have seen them like a million times) ♦ EARRINGS: H&M ♦ SUNGLASSES: Vintage

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I tired up my scarf in a way to recall the bob cut and the gorgeous hats…I was pretty impressed on how it came out…although sometimes I felt a little bit like a pirate. Haha!

Nonetheless, I can truly and safely say that today was a good day. I totes needed this and the 1920s were just the right amount of inspiration to keep me going!!!

The little rebel I am

Sometimes I feel super blessed to be bi-cultural because of how much horizon I can see and cover. I feel like I can understand other cultures so much better. But most of the time, I find it difficult and hard to deal with, especially with the fact that I cannot seem to find a true place in which I fit in. I mean, in my heart I am African, in my dreams I am Mexican, I speak Spanish and Italian, I am an avid German fan and I die for Chinese food…I feel like the whole world is my home (except when I am with my hubby, then that truly is home). The point of this post is that today I woke up feeling quite rebellious (a huge trait I have), and felt like my Canadian, North American side needed to come out. My inner Louise was itching to come out. And so, this is how I decided to dress this morning…a mix of Louise, with a little bit of badass, a little bit of attitude, and a little bit of hate for love.

This is how my look/style turned out….featuring my new favorite vintage BB sunglasses from mum:

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What I wore:

SHRUG: Lucky Brand ♣ TOP: Girl Boss tee from Simmons ♣ JEANS: High rise Gap denim ♣ SHOES: Topshop ♣ SUNGLASSES: Vintage ♣ RINGS: Vintage

I haven’t been able to wear any other shoe lately, I love these ones too damn much…and although my shoe wardrobe is quite big, this Topshop heel is the one i reach out for the most.  I find that those shoes add more va va voom to any outfit because the heel is quite high and it’s velvet.

These rings were purchased by mum…from a cute little antique shop in Montréal. They’re amazing and they add the perfect gypsy/bohemian to any outfit.

I was feeling very me in this outfit. I will most of the time prefer jeans over anything else…although sometimes I itch to dress ‘decent’ and ‘appropriate’ or ‘lady-like’ if you will….but today was one of those days where I gave no importance to anything else but comfort and freedom. I know it might sound weird, but dressing up to your own liking is liberating and freeing as you can easily express yourself without too much effort. This is why fashion and style is so important to me, because I speak way too  many languages, I get lost and can’t find my words…I just choose to dress a certain way and voila the trick is done!

The all white-r edit!

I wanted to wear these white trousers forever…but the weather has been a letdown for the past few days…seems to always rain here in Montreal. So, when I saw the sun peek through the blinds today, I knew this was the right time to wear these babies out. I bought these from the Nova stores a couple of weeks ago for a whooping 5$…what?!?! Such a bargain, especially for a beautiful vintage find! What I loved about these Studio trousers is that they are fully lined with a thin non-static satin fabric, which is super perfect for whenever you don’t want your underwear to show through the white pants. TBH, they fit like a gloves, which is amazing, I don’t even need to hem them! They’re totes a keep in my closet!

Since it was all sunny out, I went with an all white outfit…but then felt like I look like a nurse, then I decided to add a big belt to make it work and I was quite pleased with the result. Some told me I looked like a ninja, others said I look like I am going to karate class and others said I took a risk…then I said F*K it! I feel great!

I actually feel like I am pulling off a Jackie Kennedy right there with the all white ensemble… but hey, to each his own. Whatever makes YOU happy, do it!

Without further ado, here’s what I wore:

I told you guys I was giong to abuse this white COMO BLACK shirt until it wears out. I am totes in love with everything about it; the shape, the cut and the length.

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Como black ♠ PANTS: Studio trousers ( 80s vintage) ♠ BELT: Handmade by yours truly ♠ SHOES: Topshop ♠ VEIL: Voilechic

So like I said, I didn’t want this look to be one dimensional, so I added this corset belt and to recall the details of the belt, I finished up the whole look with a mustard chiffon veil. This has to be one of my favorite veils I own…I’m guessing you guys figured that too…I am almost in it in every post! Haha!

I have said it before in multiple posts and will do so for the rest of my life…I think it is absolutely crucial and necessary to dress to make yourself happy first and what everyone else thinks is not that important. I mean you can take notes and take people’s feedback…but what’s important is for yourself to do you.

 

 

PS: I just wanted to share that I am super proud of myself for wearing this all white ensemble without dirtying it! This is a total win for me, considering that I am a clutz and all. Sooo, I would add this in my success book!

Back to the 60s

Today, I’m going all the way back to the 60s. I sort of wish I was born in the 30s….I mean, in terms of style, the 50s all the way through to the 80s are years filled with great fashion mementos. The prints, the cuts, the fit, the colors, the detailing….everything was beautiful; even the quality! I would do the 50s for the Dior style; all those full skirts have me swooning. The 60s would be awesome to relive for the amazing wide variety of prints; houndstooth, gingham, stripes, and the list goes on. Oh! And!!! Those cute short dresses that Twiggy endlessly sported!! The 70s would be amazing to relive for the flared everything…sleeves, pants, tops, you name it. And the psychedelic prints. The 80s, well, the 80s are the years of crazy neon colors, the layering, the big denims and the crazy hair. It’s a notorious year; the year where you can one day get away with wearing skin tight miniskirts to large MC Hammer pants. Alas, here I am in the modern times where fortunately, history repeats itself! And so this is why I allowed myself to go back to the 60s, it’s not vintage per say, but it is a 60s inspired look.

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I had a meeting, so I couldn’t do denims for sure, and I wasn`t going to do a skirt either. So I went for something professional but with flare, obviously, because we’re talking about me. I would almost never settle for boring; I need detail in every outfit. So without further ado, here’s what I wore:

I opted for velvet pants, I know it’s spring, but it’s still kinda chilly out here in
Montreal with all the rain we’ve been getting. I paired them pants with a cute high low gingham shirt. I kept it pretty monochrome in the color department and let the shoes do the talking (they’ve gotta be my favorite pair ).

What I wore:

TOP: Topshop tie sleeve top ◊ PANTS: Zara ◊ SHOES: Topshop

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I obviously would have loved to use vintage items today, but I don’t own anything (yet) from that era. I would need to go do a little of bit of sniffing around the thrift shops to find ideal items I can add to my insanely growing collection. But for the moment, this will do.

 

It’s the 70s…Bardot style!

My mom have had these sunglasses in her drawer forever. I remember seeing them in photos of her wearing them so effortlessly and chicly. Always found my mom such a babe! With her mini skirts and long hair…classic. So, recently, my mom came to me giving me her 70s Brigitte Bardot sunnies so I can sell them. I totes refused! It would be a real crime if I did that! I mean come on! Look at them! They’re beautiful!!! I can’t even.

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Since it hasn’t been the greatest weather in Montreal, I wasn’t able to wear them much. But this morning, the sun peaked through and I took advantage of that to wear this baby. However, the weather cheated me yet again and it started raining in the afternoon. What a shame (not really, because I am a big pluviophile). At least I got to wear them for a little bit. These are Brigitte Bardot with the classic BB logo on the side temples. Originally, they were designed by Ted Lapidus, a French fashion designer who then, in his career, decided to venture into accessories.

Bardot was always on point in her style; always perfection without too much effort put into her outfits. Her style was timeless. As I was inspired by the sunnies, I decided to go a little bit on the 70s side and wear some tartan and a loose, gypsy, boho shirt. This is how my outfit came out.

Obviously, I so wasn’t going to do heels today, because I definitely wasn’t feeling it. I made the 70s work by adding my own twist. I went with my most worn item (lately); my white leather converse. I borrowed a vintage jacket from a friend and went super simple in the rest of the look.

What I wore:

JACKET: Vintage leather-borrowed ∞ SHIRT: Como Black ∞ PANTS: Thrifted  NECKLACE: Vintage (find it in my store) ∞ SHOES: Converse

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In this outfit, there was flare, print, texture and most definitely comfort. I felt 70s in my own way. I didn’t particularly feel like this was my favorite outfit of all time, but it was good enough for today and the way I was feeling. Just  a little side note, I freaking absolutely love this white shirt! It’s everything. I was looking for the perfect white shirt forever until this baby. I will get loads of wear out of this one this summer!

 

African Queen

I got this momma a few months ago from the Salvation Army…when there was a 50% off deal. I bought it simple for the daring and beautiful colorful shape it came in. But after washing it and putting it aside, I completely forgot about it. When spring cleaning came to a complete start, I went trough everything I owned and started posting whatever I did not want to keep on my Etsy store. I rediscovered this bad boy. Then I thought to myself, WHAT WAS I THINKING?? This is like a total disaster…like a failed painting project? But then I really thought…that’s so unlike me to discriminate on colorful clothes. And this is how I came about this and gave a chance to this beautiful silk 80s dress (and German made at that!!).

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I didn’t feel like wearing this as a dress, simply because I didn’t want to do stockings, so instead, I wore it as a long tunic and cinched it up as a belt. I felt like a total African queen in this. I mean, it’s beautiful! It’s a little big, but it’s beautiful! Why didn’t I ever wear this before? I have this weird theory and always apply it when I go shopping. I usually hate going to the dressing room and buy items purely on looks and then decide at home whether it will look nice on me and fit me or not. And 90% of the time, it works out great for me. Basically, if the item is laid flat or is hanging and it looks ugly, it means that it will totes be fabulous on! And it’s super true!!! For me anyways.

So without further ado….here’s the infamous colorful jewel:

What I wore:

DRESS: Vintage ◊ PANTS: Thrifted ◊ SHOES: Forever 21 ◊ BELT: Vince Camuto

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I am so happy I found this item again and will totes give this another go down the line. It’s a very nice piece to own because it’s different and unique. It’s cultural, it’s ethnic, it’s retro and yet super cool.  What more can I ask for?

The gypsy in me…

Round two of the Moroccan journey…this outfit is a good mix of east meets west. I wanted to show off my other pair of handmade Moroccan corset belt and today was the perfect opportunity! Yes, yet another self-promoting post…I’m so incorrigible. The weather in Montréal since the beginning of April has been yo-yoing with us; one day sun, and ten rain…and so on and so forth. I couldn’t wear any more boots or booties (even though I love them so much), I just needed to get my little shoes out.

So this outfit totes made me feel like a super gypsy. It’s free, it’s liberating, it’s ethnic, it’s amazing…and here it is:

This is honestly how my friends describe me…a gypsy, free-spirited chameleon.  My style is never really the same, day in day out; I usually love to experiment with different textures, styles, cuts and looks. For the most part, I push myself out of my comfort zone, because I always like a challenge. I don’t ever like to settle or keep feeling insecure; clothes and fashion give me the choice and power to work on my fears. I am a very anxious child…long story. Just like the choices I took to mix 2 different cultures in this outfit. I am not going to lie, the response of this outfit was mixed…some loved it and some truly hated it…but what mattered the most was that I felt super comfortable and daring!

What I wore:

SHIRT: Thrifted ♥ SKIRT: Zara ♥ BELT: Handmade ♥ SHOES: Aldo ♥ JACKET: Leather-Vintage

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I wanted to go with a turban style today, but it was chilly…so I went with veil instead; my engagement veil….that I ended up using as a turban then. Every time I wear it now, I feel nostalgic; in a good way though! I feel like I could potentially wear this forever, it really does feel so liberating for some reason.