Monochromatic chick

Felt like doing no colors today and went for a black and little bit of white look….but mostly black. And no, I am not going to a funeral…as some have pointed out. Although, I would like to take a moment and send my thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragic mosque attack in Quebec city. No one should be attacked in a place of worship no matter what their religion or race is. I send my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and I pray for world peace! No matter where you come from, may peace be with you!

Anyway, back to the real essence of this blog…my outfit. I want to point out that the pants are vintage! Yay for high waist, yay for vintage and triple yay for trousers. I have been on a trouser roll lately and I totes feel like I’m a little bit Blair Waldorf in this outfit. Just a little bit of class, a little bit of jazz and a little bit of pizzazz. I wanted to express how I felt about another Monday and obviously a black on black on black outfit was the perfect way to do so.

And this is how my outfit came out:

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These 80s trousers are the bomb! I got them on a shopping spree in Ottawa in a local vintage shop. They’re so warm and so comfortable to wear. They’re lined and so they’re perfect for the winter cold day. If you can’t tell in the photo that it’s -12, then that’s thanks to the warmth of these awesome Laurèl wool trouser!

What I wore:

-Thrifted wide sleeve black top.
-Laurèl vintage 80s high waist trouser.
-Vince Camuto booties.
-Rayban sunglasses.

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I don’t know why, but I am kinda obsessing over the sock trend at the moment. And I love how I can show them whether with pumps or with booties; the look is kinda the bomb! I have worn these heels so much over the course of the winter season and they’re starting to get used up pretty bad! Le boo! I love them because they offer so much style without compromising comfort..which is necessary when you hit the gym too much and your knees start to cry with pain (thank you yoga)!

Overall, love these trousers to death and will totes wear them styled differently. Adding to your daily routines and outfits is pretty easy. Just find the pieces that you love and the pieces you’re sure to get loads of wear out of. invest in vintage pieces that are timeless and that can be easily mixed and matched to others garments you already own.

Experimenting is key to finding what you love!

The Vintage DIY Overhaul Edit

I purchased this dress a few week ago, while searching for new vintage pieces for my Etsy shop…it was in a pretty bad shape. The fit was horrible because the top was way too big for the bottom. It was literally falling apart but I still knew I could do something cool with it. Besides it was so glamorous…pictures don’t do it justice. It was a beautiful silk dress with delicate beading all around the bottom of the skirt with beads, crystals and sequins. It reminded me of a 50s Dior creation with its exceptional workmanship. Obviously, this piece has been around for a while, because it was starting to fall apart. I knew I needed to save it, overhaul it and turn in into a nicer, more useful piece.

Sooooo, here’s how I decided to disassemble this dress: I undid all the seams, then I separated the top from the bottom to turn in into a midi skirt. I then gently removed the beads at the bottom and sequins to be able to cut the hem to the proper length. I used the top to make a waistband. I removed the pink pink crystals from the hem and added them again all over the front of the skirt.

Annnd, I added pockets, because pockets are everything in a skirt!

After working on it and fixing it…this is how if came out:

I totes loved how it came out. I made a super cute skirt, that you can wear to any party or event. It has the right amount of glamour and the right amount of sexiness and feminism. I am absolutely in love with the fit, it’s just perfect and the pleats are awesome. The beads give it va va voom and allows it to shine in the most delicate way. It’s a skirt that you can dress up or dress down. I decided to wear it with a slight edge, because why not? I always prefer to make my outfits a little more badass!

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What I wore:

-Danier leather jeacket.
-Vintage skirt (made by moi!).
-Entreprenueur Bitch tee.
-Zara heels.
-Colorful thirfted sunglasses.
-Antique metal clutch bag.


This has to be one of my favorite looks, simply because it’s super me. It’s a mix of lady, a mix of confidence and a mix of badass. It’s a mix of vintage, of thrift and of modern. It’s how I like it. Vintage always allows you to express yourself in uniqueness because you will not find 2 of the same piece…and that’s how I always want it to be. I kinda get annoyed when I am in a room with someone else wearing the same piece as me. Not being a queen B, but I just like to feel a little more unique and special.

So, if you find a vintage or thrifted piece you like, allow yourself to work on it and make it your own! Don’t be shy, let your creative juices flow.

 

Feeling the blues

Fashion is so limitless and if you’re brave enough with experimenting, style will be your ally to express yourself freely. I never label my style because I like to play it by ear…or more like dress how I feel when I get up in the morning. Sometimes I want to dress in a Gucci gown and strut down the street of Montreal like ain’t nobody’s business. Sometimes, I want to dress like a tomboy transitioning into a flower. And other time I want to dress like a metal head. My outfits really do depend on my feelings and my state of mind.

So today’s outfit was more lady-like for me. I don’t like to dress in trouser a lot because I am a jeans kinda girl…and also I feel a little older when I do trousers. Lately, I have been loving the trouser look, which I have done for a couple of days in a row…today was one of them yet again. This time, I went for blue tones. I did a grey—ish blue wide leg trouser from Topshop and thrifted striped white and blue shirt. I was totes feeling it this morning. These trousers in particular are my favorite. I love them because they’re comfortable and they’re wide leg….so if I decided to wear a tight/fitted top, I wouldn’t feel too self-conscious about my booty.

Details: Topshop pants – Thrifted striped shirt – Pink Asos sling back shoes – Kate Spade sunglasses.

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I really do love these pants. They make my thighs/legs look less manly. I have ragging muscles from all the Pilates and Yoga I have been doing over the years, so sometimes I feel like maybe my thighs are too big for certain things. However, I try as much as possible not to be self-judgemental.

Self-acceptance and self-love are necessary to a happy life. So be proud of what you got girlies and flaunt it!

Color Kerfuffle!

When you just don’t know which color to wear….you just go for them all at the same time. This is what I did today! I could not for the life of me settle for a certain color scheme and so I though to myself, just why not? Why not be colorful just for the sake of being fun, youthful and yourself. I bought this beautiful geometric over-sized shirt from Topshop a few weeks ago and today what its first public appearance. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea styling it is a little tricky if you don’t want to look like you stole grandma’s shirt. I decided to take a risk and buy it anyway. It cost me about 25$ CAD. It was on sale on the Topshop website and unfortunately is currently out of stock. But I know that Topshop sometimes brings things back and they’re constantly in and out. So if you’re interested, just keep checking and you might find it!

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I bought it simply for the color selection. It’s something I usually wouldn’t go for but there’s always a first for everything.

I decided to go for a turban style today, since I hadn’t done one in so long. I feel like maybe sometimes my face is a little too fat for this look and sometimes I end up with a double chin if I don’t stand in the right angle. Anyway, enough blabbing and here’s the final look:

What I wore: 

-Topshop geometric over-sized shirt.
-Zara culottes.
-Zara heels.
-Vintage neck scarf.
-H&M earrings.

So I totes didn’t follow any particular rules today. I just thought, girl, go for it! You can do this. Although some people obviously had to give their 2 cents…I felt good in this outfit. I felt professional, clean, stylish but most of all feminine. It is important that we feel good in our skin and be sure of what we put out there. Now, I am not saying I never doubt myself…but I always try to know who I am and know what I put out into the world. And even though there were loads of negative comments on this particular look, I felt damn good. So unapologetically good!

The sock thing, ps, was on purpose. It’s a look I never tried and this was the time for it. The cold was reason enough for me to wear sock with my heels and I kinda like it. It’s different but it’s cool! Now that doesn’t excuse your old folk wearing his sock with his sandal! That’s not a look to go for….but this one is super cute.
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And, that yellow was just another color I wanted to integrate for another pop of color. I was quite happy with the results…it might be too much for some, but this was my cup of tea. OHHH and,  I think that the sock look will happen again! Maybe with a little more girliness next time!

 

Take me to the 80s

I have worn these pants before…as they belong to a favorite suit of mine straight from the 80s. What I love about it is that I can wear it as a plain full suit or I can deconstruct it and mix & match it to many different pieces I own in my wardrobe. It’s the most beautifully tailored Tristan & Iseut suit I have came across. The fit, the fabric, the cut, the feel…everything about it is just perfection.

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So today, I decided to use the suit’s trouser with a different combination, as I wanted to go for something a little more colorful. What better way to beat the winter than to bring color in your outfit. So here we are going back to the 80s….when Canada used to still produce locally!

And here’s how my outfit looked like:

Along with my Tristan trousers, I wore a salmon-y coral-y blazer from Topshop (a favorite piece of mine). On a little side note…I super love Topshop; the prices are great but the quality is amazing. You get you’re money’s worth. And, if you take the time too take care of your items, they will last you ages. This is a blazer I got a little over 3 years ago and it still looks lovely. Plus, the fabric is amazeballs!

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I combined these 2 pieces with this floral top from Nygard, which I also own for like almost 2 years now. And last but not least, I obviously wore my favorite booties from Vince Camuto. I like always wear them, I have been on them since the beginning of November and I seriously cannot get enough of them. I like have a gazillion pairs of black boots and booties, but I always reach from this one more. I guess because it’s comfortable despite the height and it’s super stylish too!

I love the color combination of the whole outfit! But I mostly love that I was able to throw vintage in there and re-use some older pieces in my closet. I always get excited when I deconstruct outfits and reconstruct them. It like gives me a sense of control in a world full of chaos. Plus, you don’t need to spend loads of money to look good. You just need to be open to mixing and matching in pieces in your wardrobe.

 

Let your creative juices flow girls! Because it’s the best way to truly express who you are!

The Foreo experience

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I’m not one to spend so much money on little gadgets and beauty tools…but my skin had a little bit of unwanted texture over the end of the summer and carried on like this till October. It was gross to the touch; almost felt like a sidewalk or something. I used to wash my face with the Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System for the longest time and I was quite satisfied with it. However, when I felt like my skin got drier and more sensitive, I knew that the bristles were irritation and stripping my skin for its natural oils. I stopped it for a while but I couldn’t get rid of the dead skin. I had seen and heard about the Luna device but never wanted to invest it because of the steep price (299$). I heard so many people rave about it and swear by it in their daily skincare routines. When I got notification of a 20% discount at the Sephora VIB Rouge sale, I though this is the chance to risk it and try it out. It’s now or never!

I wanted to try the product for a little while before I shared my opinion and thoughts with you guys. I have been using it for a little over 3 months now and it is safe to say that this little baby changed my life. Literally! It helped improve my skin texture, remove dirt gently, exfoliate lightly and improve circulation. I can honeslty attest that the Foreo Luna 2 changed the way I clean my skin! It’s super safe to use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin. ANDDD I use it morning and night! So far, my skin loves it.

 

A The Luna is made with a thick silicone material, which makes it easy to clean, easy to use and makes it gentle on the skin. It’s waterproof! So it’s totes safe to use freely under water…which I don’t usually do, but this is a good option to have. The device comes with 2 sides, the one with the little bristles and the one with the big waves. One side for cleaning and one side for massaging your products into your skin. I do not ever use that side, but that’s an option for those who want to get the full experience. This device pulsates and allows you to clean your skin everywhere on a timed frame…which means that you do not over-clean and strip your skin or hurt it.

Now, this device claims to help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and it helps obtain radiant, firm, youthful-looking skin. Now, I don’t know about the wrinkles and fine line, but I do know that I have radiant, healthier looking skin. What I like about it is the shape, I feel like its shape is perfect enough for you to get those little narrow ridges clean. Like around your nose or under your lips. It honestly feel like you’re getting a baby massage every time you clean your face. It gives you the right amount of clean with the right amount of fresh and plump. I feel like products skin better and absorb better with the help of this device.

I am super surprised that I would like this so much, but I really do! Plus I do not have to change batteries or charge it. I have been on the same charge for the past 3 months. This is always a plus for me!

If you’re looking into investing in the Luna device, I recommend it! Annnnd on top of it, there’s a little offer right now on the Sephora website, where you can get the Luna in a package with products for 199$. They have the sensitive skin one and the combination skin one.

It’s truly a good investment, especially that it gives you results. It’s totes a keeper!

Neurotic vintage lover

Want to beat the winter blues, ain’t no better way to do so than to add gorgeous vivid colors. I am not one to go for bright barbie pink color, but when I saw these pants on the Asos website, I knew I’d like them, because they’re wide fitted trouser…a little something more than lady-like for me. I am so used to being in jeans that I almost forget that trousers exist. As soon as I got them in the mail, I tried them on! And as expected, the fit is beautiful! It’s wide, sits on the hips and hugs the body just in the right places. Trousers are awesome if you’re trying to hide some of your curves (not that you should! flaunt them sista’!!!!), and they make you look like a grown-up, which is sometimes necessary when you got a bunch of meetings.

They’re in a delicate crepe fabric, that hold body yet drapes poetically over your curves. It’s like a hug! And what a better way to complement my barbie pink trousers than with an epic vintage beaded top!!!

I bought this exceptionally unique and delicate top last summer, in a vintage warehouse scavenger hunt. I was on the lookout for new products to add to my Etsy store…and then I came across this one. It’s one of those top that you look at and say eeew when it’s flat but you know it will look super rad on! Let me tell you it does. It’s a little big for me, but I still like it. It’s cute to wear over top jeans for a more casual look, with trousers for a chic look or over a skirt for a princess-y, special event look. This 80s top is seriously one of a kind. However, it’s sometimes annoying to care for a piece like this because it is one of the most delicate pieces I own. It’s special, yes, but you have to always be careful with it and your surrounding. Nonetheless, it’s an amazing piece to own because you can dress it up or dress it down.

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So I wore the River Island pink trousers (which are currently on sold for 32$) with my Sarafino sequin top and added a little more color with my red Zara heels. To make the top part of the outfit a little more proportional with the bottom, I cinched my top up with an elasticated thrifted belt. Then to top it all of, I wore a black veil with some hint of gold lurex thread.

Loads of people were happy to see me in pink as it’s a rare occurrence. I wear it, but not to this extent. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised with people’s reactions but felt super flattered that they found me pretty in pink.

I have a few more ideas on how to wear my new River Island trousers and I am excited with the possibilities!