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Too much color? Or not enough color?

As the remains of winter keep dragging us down an endless dreary spiral, I am still seeking the help of color to keep myself motivated and energetic. Seems like the cold days are lingering a little bit more this year. Or I feel like maybe because I live in a hot country for a year, I almost forgot what spring feels like in Canada. I don’t mind the cold, it’s just the sun I am missing because the blues are starting to hit. This somehow pushed me to get a few new pieces into my wardrobe for the coming months. I am so excited to wear more colors and play with different layers and texture over the summer. I feel like right now, dressing up is the only motivation I’ve got, and I am not sorry at all because it keeps me happy and entertained. I am even playing dress-up with little monster, except she doesn’t have a choice but to go with what I dress her with and I am fully taking advantage of that because one day, shell have her own opinion when it comes to clothes and I won’t get a say. Babies are so darn cute even though they’re a lot of work.

Anyway, I felt compelled to wear an animal printed pleated skirt I got from Winners with a sequined sweater from Zara. When I paired them together, I was ecstatic; the outfit as a whole is me. What I like about it is the over-sized sweater covering a bit of the skirt, which made it seem like a dress with ruffles. I have been having a little bit of an issue with my body lately. Don’t know if its post-partum depression that is hitting me quite late or I am just not content with my shape. I was super okay with everything until someone pointed out how huge my hips have gotten—Kind of an asshole comment if you ask me, but I just pushed it aside until one of my pants ripped and now I am always self-conscious and want to hide my hips with anything over-sized without compromising style and color. This outfit gave the confidence boost I needed, and I can’t help but share it with pride.

WHAT I AM WEARING

SWEATER: Zara ● SKIRT: Imelda ● SHOES: Zara ● SUNNIES: Ray-Ban ● BAG: Vintage

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I know that a lot of us North Americans suffers from the blues and the struggles is real, especially when the sun is teasing us and only showing up for an hour or two. I hope that the weeks to come will be brighter and happier for all of us!

Happy Monday xx

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Orange you glad it’s Friday

See what I did there!!! Yup, play on words, because today is finally Friday and I am wearing orange. Because orange is the color of life at the moment. Never even considered it, until I decided to get that H&M sweater months ago. I am very peculiar with what I decide to add to my wardrobe, but when I ponder deep and have more pros than cons, then I go for it. These days I am not big on shopping—everything is become a bore, repeat on repeat on repeat. There is nothing that is really catching my attention. Perhaps this is why vintage is my main squeeze, gets me excited to wear something preciously old because it has a story to tell. You can simply imagine the person previous to you wearing it and wonder if they walked in the same path as you and did the things you are doing in life. Or is that just me? Not a creep, just deep interest for the past.

Now, I don’t know if this is truly the image I give off, but I honestly wear color for myself and to feel motivated to get out of bed. But sometimes, people take it as me wanting attention but I SOOO don’t, I am super happy to disappear into the crowd; because it is not as much as attention-seeking as it is fulfilling my love for fashion. And anyway, I am very much known to be a dry person when I first meet someone new…I am always in my own bubble hiding behind my walls….I guess my choice of clothing project a totally different image than what I am. I am very selective when it comes to adding new people to my circle of friends because I guess I have come to a point where I no longer want to explain who I am to anyone. Less people, less trouble. Maybe it is a wrong ideology to have, but this is one I am very comfortable with. I try my hardest to be sociable, approachable and welcoming to everyone I meet, but I don’t necessarily allow them to come into my everyday life. What I’m trying to say is the way I dress is purely out of creativity and happiness and it is not to get a pat on the back for making efforts to put some color into my life.

Today is no different than any other day, I choose color and just because. No explanation needed. I have been dying to wear colored/checkered tartan pants for the longest time and so I did! Felt very proud of my outfit…sometimes I feel icky…but today was total win in my books! Plus, adding the leopard was a must to make the clashing prints tradition live on.

WHAT I WORE

SWEATER: H&M ● PANTS: Simons ● SHOES: Lord & Taylor ● BAG: Core Life

Are you like me? Do you use fashion as medium to express your creativity? Or is it simply a way to cover yourself and be presentable in society?? I would love to hear your thought on this!

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Fashion VS. Style: What makes an outfit pleasurable?!

I have been asking myself these questions lately…. I mean, what are the elements that make your outfit pleasurable or satisfying??? What style quests are you trying to achieve? There is a big difference between fashion and style and I guess for many, it doesn’t really make a difference. But to those of us who love fashion, we know that the art of dressing up is far more important than just covering your body with fabric. There is something much deeper than that and for me style is a constant evolution of dressing up to your own desire. Style is personal to each individual and it is about expressing yourself freely without having to speak. I find it so interesting to watch and analyze people based on how they dress…but then again, we don’t judge a book by its cover. But, really though, what makes an outfit an outfit??? Should an outfit simply be utilitarian or should it be more style-focused? Sure, it all depends on social status, career requirements, environment and personal taste, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a say in what you put on your body.

These days, I have been having endless amount of fun experimenting with color and clashing print. I sometimes overwhelm myself because I’m super inspired. Crazy, I know. Well today was no different, sometimes I just want to wear all the pieces in my closet, all at once, all at the same time….haha! But I hold myself so I don’t end up looking like the pigeon lady from home alone. However today, I managed to keep my cool and I only got out my yellow pants amid a snowstorm, yes, the yellow pants! Did I get weird looks on my way to work, yes…but come on, where’s the problem with wearing yellow trousers in winter?? And I also paired them with a polka dot navy shirt and made an outfit happen.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SHIRT: FDC ● PANTS: Bianco ● BAG: Cole Haan ● SHOES: Nine West (knee-high boots)

Although, I was sure of the choice when I got up…during the day, I felt a bit out of proportions with the color choice but decided to keep on keeping on, because what choice do I have. Sometimes, we just gotta go with the flow and that’s what I ended up doing today. I guess, moral of the story is to always enjoy your outfit and be sure to feel good in it, because when you feel less confident, it shows, and you won’t be satisfied. There is a huge difference, at the end of the day, between what you are wearing and why you are wearing it. I tend to always think about why I would like to wear a certain piece and that, my friends, is what style is about. Defining yourself unapologetic-ally through your garments of choice.

What do you guys think?!

 

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The art of clashing prints.

Doesn’t really take a genius to mix and match different patterns because it mostly has to do with confidence to be daring and getting out of your comfort zone. There is something quite magical in having the ability to clash prints and to do it in a bold, stylish way is quite sexy. I have always loved colors but lately I am very into mixing different materials and patterns to express my creativity. Most of us women tend to own loads of different patterns in our wardrobes but are afraid to put them together because of them not matching. But it’s never about matching it’s about going together. There’s no secret formula to this, really, but there are a few simple steps that you can follow to get you started into the never-ending wonderful world of clashing prints. The idea of it seems daunting, but don’t be scared because there is something for everyone!

It’s simple, really, because all you gotta do is follow your gut instinct about mixing and matching different pieces in your wardrobe. Whenever I feel the need to clash print in a little bit of a muted way, I go with stripes. Stripes always win! If you’re team strips like me, then you’re going to love this tip. You can easily clash prints with stripes by adding pieces with different colors, widths and directions. This makes for an interesting combination which allows you to experiment with clashing prints without being too too out there or without feeling extra self-conscious. This one works well for me and I swear by it! Stripes are my everything! Like I mentioned in a previous post where I mixed florals with stripes…sticking to a similar color palette will allow you to be creative yet pulled together. Having one color that runs throughout the whole outfit is the perfect way to look sassy and extra stylish! It allows you to put yourself out there without saying a word but by letting your clothes do the talking. For the girls who want to get into the door of mixing prints while staying clean, classy and chic…simply go with monochromatic prints. You can mix stripes with houndstooth or geometrics with chevron or even graphic prints with tartans. Get creative and go wild! The possibilities are endless, and this strategy is very much foolproof, because the mixing is subtle yet impactful all at the same time. Last, but by no means least, you got my favorite prints…the animal prints! I love love love animal prints and I know they’re very big this season and so is clashing prints. Many designers like Parda or Saint Laurent are coming out with amazing ideas that you can easily get inspired from. So, this brings me to today’s outfit and I was very doubtful at first about making it work and frankly, I am happy I took a risk and went with it, because I felt very confidant and very me in it. Leopard print holds a special place in my heart and although I do not wear it often, I keep it in the back of my wardrobe for those times I feel like being loud.

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I mixed leopard with plaid…yes! Plaid! I instantly felt alive because my outfit was playful and riotous. I even dared to wear and layer 2 shirts over each other. Crazy? Maybe…but I did it anyway! I paired a vintage shirt that I got given from my mom’s friend with a really old plaid shirt I have in my wardrobe. This shirt traveled with me pretty much everywhere and it’s the shirt that I met my husband in…I am really attached to it, yes, and I am intending on keep it for as long as I can. Then simply added leopard and there, outfit made! Did I overthink it?! Not really! I think the best things in life happen when you don’t overthink them! Just go with it and you’ll see that sometimes, the result is fascinating and rewarding.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

SHIRT: Forever 21 (5 years ago) ● SHIRT: Vintage (gifted) ● PANTS: Zara ● SHOES: Charles & Keith ● WATCH: Marc Jacobs ● JEWLERY: Damas (Gold)

If you still struggle to figure out what goes with what and want to try this trend but don’t  know where to start…then I suggest to go with garments that are already made that way. Meaning, go to Zara or H&M to buy dresses or shirts or pants that are already sewn and made with multi-prints. That will get you started with ease and from there you can test your own limits and knowledge. (Show example). You can even play with the contrast of small and large prints. Like why not try wearing a micro polka dot top with a large polka dot printed skirt or trousers? Trying gets you places!

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The how to of a vintage blazer!

Another clashing print outfit but it’s not that outrageous I would say. The color palette is within the same family so it’s still pretty safe. I am gagging at the fact that I can’t wear jeans to the new place I am working for and it sucks because all I want to do is wear jeans. However, this pushes me out of my current style rut and forces me to wear anything that is not within the denim family. Therefore, trousers have been my very best friend lately and I am revisiting old items in my wardrobe that I have kept on the side when I was pregnant. Rediscovering certain of these items has been very interesting and even though I have put on a little bit of weight, I am so happy that they still fit (somewhat nicely). Seeing said items after months of not using them usually gives me different ideas on how to wear and style them. This in itself is such a game changer, because I am not spending on buying new things and I’m being super eco-friendly. If I am bored of certain items (usually that’s what I do), I put them away for a while and decide to revisit in a couple of months. That’s how it usually works with any great piece of art, doesn’t it?! Leave it on the side and work on it when you’re inspired.

Today’s pièce de résistance is a pair of printed culottes I got from Zara 3 years ago while on a trip in Jordan. They were on sale for like 10 bucks and I couldn’t resist the beautiful color. My husband hates them and whenever I wear culottes he never gets it, but nonetheless, I love them! He always thinks that there’s no point to culottes, if pants are going to be cropped then wear shorts instead…men!

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I even almost forgot I still had them, but I got super excited to see that I had kept them and luckily, they’re still in wonderful condition. Seeing that I didn’t want to wear another boring black top with it. I added a printed vintage blazer that I have had in my shop for a while and was debating of selling or not. I mean it’s a boyfriend fit, clearly, but the quality of it is beautiful. I put it on sale then removed it because I wanted to keep it.

WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Vintage ◊ SHIRT: Vero Moda ◊ PANTS: Zara ◊ SHOES: Doc Martens ◊ WATCH: Marc Jacobs ◊ JEWELRY: Damas (Gold)

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An outfit like this one is still wearable because the colors are muted even though they somewhat clash. But lately, I have been having such a huge interest in clashing prints…perhaps it’s the simplest way I can find to express what’s currently going in my mind. Don’t know if it works for everyone, but for me it does!