I wanted to share with you my weekend looks….and what you will notice throughout my blog posts is my deep love of leather jackets. I have said it before and I will say it again, I am definitely a leather kinda girl. The fit, the feel, the smell!!! And let’s not forget the fact that it make me feel like a bad-ass..more precisely like Alice in Resident Evil!
I was out and about this weekend running errands and shopping for gifts. So i opted for outfits that were comfortable yet stylish. I wore some of my favorite vintage items and thrifted pieces. Looking good, on trend and stylish doesn’t have to cost you and arm and a leg.
What I wore: Danier leather jacket, thrifted plaid shirt, Forever 21 navy top, Forever 21 skinnies, Coach bag, Vince Camuto booties and Betsey Johnson sunnies.
This was the perfect for my running around town. I was able to be proactive and productive yet I felt stylish and very fashionable in my own way.
~ SUNDAY ~
What I wore: Zara leather jacket, Nygard floral top, thrifted high waisted flared jeans, Ferragamo vintage purse, Zara flats and thirfted glasses.
It is still a little chilly out, so this jacket gave me both style and warmth. I wanted to feel super comfortable while being out in town again to take my niece to the salon for a hair cut. I am super in love with this 80s Ferragamo purse: its forest green color makes it cooler than black and more special yet can be very easy to mix and match in any outfit.
Hope y’all like these looks! Let me know if a comment below what you liked and if you would like to maybe see more makeup details in future posts.
Some of these items are on sale in my online shop. Go to etsy.com and search LEDRESSINGDEMOON!
It’s been kind of a long winter for me this year…and I have been feeling super blah! So this week I just told myself: enough is enough! And since I have been having loads of fun with my outfits, I wanted to share some pics with you guys. What I love about the fashion industry, more than design, is styling. Why? Because I feel free and uber creative. Styling gives me the freedom to express myself fully and unapologetically. To mix and match colors and patterns..just ugh!! Happy camper right here!!!
In this outfit, the main focus is obviously my Topshop coral jacket. I decided to add my favorite vintage striped silk shirt and add these slim fit Forever 21 pants. I definitely have to add that these pants are the bombbbb. The fit is just ummm…Amazing! I wore my Vince Camuto booties and to bring it all together, I added a floral veil and a turquoise blue necklace.
These pants! I gotta say, the fabric is the softest fabric I ever touched and I touched plenty. I bought these pants when I was on a vacation in the Middle East. I just kept them in the closet and never got the chance to wear them. So to break away from the winter blues, I brought them out for a ride and matched them with my Dynamite top and my favorite vintage necklace. I then added a simple white veil to bring the whole outfit together.
I recently went shopping with a friend, and when we noticed a shop carrying European brands having major discounts, we just went crazy. Everything in that shop was just perfection. Every piece was unique and special. This skirt is exactly that and more…the fabric, the fit, the pattern….everything about this skirt is beautiful, especially the way it makes you feel like a princess while wearing it. Since the skirt is the focal point in this outfit, I decided to keep the rest of the color/pattern combo simple.
I added a red veil to bring a pop of color around my face and a gold necklace to recall the gold touches in this brocade skirt.
These are some of the outfits I wore this week. Styling for me is like a game and I have developed a deep love and passion for it since I was young. I always say that over dressing is a privilege and don’t be afraid to do so, because it is what makes you you.
Leave me a comment below and let me know which outfit you like best.
Now the question of where do I see myself in a few years…well I cannot answer that question, because I don’t know where I will be. It’s just like the quote says ” the plans I make for myself, God laughs at”…so what I can say is this… in a few years from now, I want to be wiser, more knowledgeable, I want to be able to look back and say WOW I DID ALL THAT…I want to grow as a person and be exactly where I am meant to be.
In light of International Women’s day..I wanted to share my admiration for this wonderful and extremely fierce woman I met whilst presenting my first collection at OTTAWA FASHION WEEK. She’s a kind, creative, funny and super adorable woman <3 A mother, a journalist, a storm (in a massively good way), an inspiration, Julie Beun is a force to be reckoned with. I asked her to give me some of her time and answer a few questions so that we all have the chance to get to know her more and pick at her brains!!
1-What inspires you in life?
Life inspires me. Strong, determined people who have faced setbacks inspire me. I am inspired by people who are good, kind and generous to their fellow humans no matter what, but who stand firm on what they believe in and what they value. I am inspired by my children, who despite the mistakes I’ve made, are astonishingly bright, creative and dazzling creatures. I am deeply inspired by women, particularly minority women who overcome massive obstacles. Women like Maya Angelou make my heart sing. I don’t know if this is all because I was abandoned at birth (and adopted into a wonderfully inclusive, multiracial family), but I particularly value those who generate positive energy, regardless of what colour skin is or what man-made beliefs they hold. I always tell my kids to seek out those with a different vibration than themselves, people from different cultures, races and spiritual inheritances. If we seek only those who resemble us and reflect us, we are but one note. If we seek out other vibrations, we live amidst a symphony.
2- You’re a busy bee…how do you manage being a kick ass mum and an awesome writer all at once?
It’s about living in the moment, constantly. I try to plan forward and be organized, but I do better by the seat of my pants. My assistant wishes it was otherwise, but….As a result, my approach to parenting is ‘maximum impact, minimal harm.’ I yell at my kids, I swear like a trucker, but I love them fiercely and they know it. I am not very good about making them do their chores, but I insist they know who to cook, how to keep themselves clean and how to ask questions. Aside from that, the adults in their lives—me, my hubby and my ex—are all ‘big idea’ people, so we’re constantly challenging them, discussing life and asking questions. Fortunately, my kids have responded to that. Unfortunately, they also talk as much as I do. And they’re smarter. So.
3- We’re all human…when the blues kick in, how do you manage to get back on track and push yourself to move forward?
I never compare myself or my life to anyone or anyone’s life. So I don’t envy anyone, because I’ve seen firsthand that the poorest have rich lives and the richest have shockingly shallow ones—not all, but enough to know that comparing yourself or envying anyone is a foolish pastime. The other thing is that I only do thing that are fun. By fun I mean engaging, challenging, interesting TO ME. Keeps it real.
Also, I have had a challenging life and if I were to go into it, you might say, ‘Oh, wow, how did you manage to be so positive and upbeat after so much loss and violence?’. Truth is, we all have shit in our lives. My life had some spectacularly cataclysmic moments, but I can’t say someone who lives a saner life suffered any less, because their frame of reference is just different. How can we compare? In science, you must compare like with like in clinical trials, but in real life, who is the ‘control’ and who is the ‘subject’? Impossible and ridiculous to think that’s a thing. Plus, I’m an aggressively curious person and always wondering about the next story, the next cool thing. I think life is full of wonder and stories. As a journalist, I’ve made my career out of telling them all, the good and the really really scary and awful. I think they’re all part of the human tapestry, so I relish them all.
4- Your motto: ‘‘Accuracy, integrity and a little bit of attitude’’ tell us more about that:
When I first started at People magazine back in the early 90s, accuracy and integrity were the two key ethical values we cherished. We had a rigorous fact checking department, an absolutely rigorous editing process and an environment of mutual criticism that was very healthy and more than a little terrifying at times. Leave your ego at the door, mate. We believed in accuracy and integrity as the hallmarks of good journalism. It was a Time Inc thing. I’d already been a professional journalist for years before I started with Time Inc, but the years I spent there were the most formative of my career. I refer to those years still, although they were taxing, anti-family (I often worked 24-hours covering breaking news) and at times, utterly disemboweling if you had an ego, even a shade of one. You had to be absolutely confident in your skills as a journalist, yet absolutely willing to have your work put through the shredder, because you knew you were going to learn something invaluable. I loved it all, especially the other warriors who felt as I did about what we were doing, telling stories about the ordinary people doing extraordinary things and the ordinary details of extraordinary lives, as we put it. So, that’s where my motto came from. Accuracy, integrity and me—a little bit (or a lot) of attitude. Because you can’t go through that sort of ‘blow torch to the underbelly’ as we called it, without developing a healthy attitude!
5- Finally, what advice would you give to girls struggling with finding themselves and their career path and how can they remain true to themselves whilst hustling:
Ha. This is an entire book on its own, but number one? Shut up. Open your eyes. Listen. Learn. Don’t pretend or think you know everything because you were brought up with the internet at your fingertips. Life is happening around you, and the internet and the content therein is only someone else’s interpretation of what’s going on. Go out there, figure it out for yourself. Travel widely. Learn two languages. Study art and history. Listen to tons of music and find out what inspired those songs. Be confident in what you know, but be willing to learn at all times. I’m 50 and still find myself wandering into the weeds. Surround yourself with people smarter and kinder than you, then absorb all you can from them. Listen to people a bit older than you, they know more than you think and will provide invaluable context for how to go forward in the world. Don’t distain the friendship of older people either—I surround myself with hot young minds so that I may be influenced by them and they may learn from me. I want them to be the architects of a better world, so they need to know what has come before them. Finally, love wildly, deeply and passionately but never to the extent that you lose yourself. I have done that, too, and it took years to reclaim who I was.
I wanted to ask many more questions, but this post would have been 10 pages long. Julie is not only a wonderful woman, but she is a kind, raw and genuine human being and I absolutely admire her vivaciousness. She’s very energetic and you can definitely see that in meeting her and in her work.
Hope y’all took a little something out of this and don’t forget to stay true to yourself and shine!