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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.

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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!

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Friday attire!

Getting back into the swing of thing finally and I am feeling a little more energetic and a little less lethargic. Sometimes I ask myself if I can get a little vacation from being a mom, but then decide that I don’t need said vacation because I love baby too freaking much. She is growing and is turning into an amazing child, I can already tell that she will the conquer the world with her infectious smile. She truly is an angel; sometimes a monster and sometimes a pest, but an angle nonetheless. I recently took over a temporary contract to be able to get out there in the real world, with real people and have been using the public transport a lot more and although I can’t always be in heels. I try as much as possible to make it happen as I have too many shoes that are dear to my heart. Today I decided, you know what, gotta make a sacrifice and suffer a little to look a bit more polished and put together. I wore colors and happy ones at that, since the winter seems to be dragging a little bit. Freezing rain isn’t really helping much, but we can’t stop living. Right?!
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The day I chose myself…

How much is too much when you give in a relationship? Doesn’t matter if it’s with your partner, sister, brother, co-worker, best friend or even your neighbor. Sometimes I feel like no matter how much you give, it’s never enough. People these days seem to want more. Or is it just me feeling that way? I can’t help but feel emotionally shut down whenever I am searching for validation. Maybe not validation. That’s not the word. Appreciation? Don’t know how to put it into words, really…I guess, us humans get comfortable sometimes around those we love and because we are comfortable and sure that they won’t leave, we tend to stop valuing their presence. Their true worth becomes less and less important and what bugs me is that we allow ourselves, sometimes, to become less valuable because of comfort. We are afraid to let go of things or people that no longer hold a place in our heart. We sometimes end up in toxic relationships because of that said fear. I mean, I know that some relationships don’t have to last forever…but those that you really invest in should and if they don’t…well the best thing to do for yourself is to move forward, shoulders back and head high because self worth is far more important than any relationship you’ll ever be in. Loving and valuing yourself is far more important than waiting for that one person to give you what you’re looking for. Validation or whatever it may be.

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WHAT I’M WEARING

JACKET: Sam Edelman • TOP: Zara • PANTS: Level 99 • SHOES: L’Intervalle • BAG: Winners • SUNNIES: Kate Spade • BELT: Forever 21

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In a technology driven world, relationships seems to have been shaken to their very core and human connectivity seem to have taken a bit of a break. Or so I think. Not trying to be a sourpuss. I mean, don’t get me wrong, technology has helped us humans explore possibilities we never thought we could reach and we have progressed in ways we never thought we would. However, I believe that we all have something to offer and we all need to be valued and not taken for granted. No matter the relationship we find ourselves in, if you ever feel like you’re not valued, then you deserve better and today, I say I do deserve better and that’s how I decide to choose myself. I may not be perfect and I have many flaws and I admit them openly but I deserve to be valuable and valued. Women, and sometimes some men, tend to let ourselves go down a sour spiral where we think that there’s no way out…but there is. We just have to be brave and move forward. Courage is my crown and I will forever wear it. Today, I say, I deserve more!

We all face those little bumps from time to time, in all walks of life and in all kinds of ways but it’s what we do to overcome them that’s important. And today the sun was shining and so was I! Because whenever you feel the best you, don’t be afraid to share it with the world and with the people that truly appreciate your presence!

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The small things in life…

Right, January has finally left us! I am not one of those people that complains about time or weather because I feel like as long as you are protected from the elements, then YOLO! However, for some reason, I feel like January and the bloody snow want to stay forever and it’s starting to drag me down. So I use color to lift my mood and spirit and to get on with my days. I have big projects coming up and I am very excited to get February started. Le hubs and I are starting new plans for the future and although budgeting is not my forte, we are making thing work. I am super lucky, in the sense that my husband is not one of those men that forbids me to shop…as long as I shop in moderation, then he’s all for it. Now that January is finally gone and will only come back out to play in 11 months, I am feeling extremely inspired but most importantly thankful for those small things in life. And here I am sharing them with you!

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1- This is probably one of the things I am most grateful for lately and it’s getting my confidence back. Slowly but surely, I am getting to where I want to be. Having gone through hard time in the past couple of months, I am finally able to push back the bad thoughts and the negativity to welcome inner peace and happiness. Working on myself is a main priority and although I struggle to make time for myself, I still manage to push through. I enjoy being alone and not in a way that is pathetic; it’s therapeutic and enjoyable. Having even 5 small minutes in a day to simply put a mask on or doing my makeup makes me so happy and I cannot wait to give myself more of what I truly deserve.

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2-Having my husband by my side again and seeing him work hard for us to be happier is something I will forever be grateful for. I am super lucky and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us. And although we sometimes struggle to understand each other and argue/fight often, we still manage to clear the slate at the end of the day and start fresh the next. Marriage is work, but it is something I am very dedicate to making it successful.

3-Clothing and more specifically vintage is giving me all kinds of awesome feels. Getting back out there and doing events and pop up shops and sharing my love for all things vintage is absolutely incredible. I am so in love with what I do and I am extremely joyful to be able to share that with many of you out there. And that fact that I am helping the planet a bit more and being eco-friendly in recycling and reusing people’s clothes is humbling. I am learning on a daily basis and I take my stand into being more sustainable and efficient to our planet and that in itself is a step in the right direction. Also, I have been loving experimenting with different colors and patterns and that, currently, is giving me life!

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4-These things are in no particular order of importance but the most important of them all is baby Sofia. Her little smiles are everything! She’s my saving angel and although she is becoming more and more demanding, waking up to one of her infectious smiles heals my heart and hugs my soul. She is truly one hell of a gem and she makes me the happiest and richest human on the planet. She is beyond adorable and being able to see her grow and develop her personality on the daily is something I am extremely thankful for and words can never express my gratitude for having her in my life.

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WHAT I’M WEARING

JACKET: Vero Moda ◊ SHIRT: Winners ◊ SKIRT: Vintage ◊ SHOES: New Balance ◊ BAG: Zara ◊ SUNNIES: Ray-Ban ◊ BELT: Vintage

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5-Reading. I love reading but not having had lots of time to do it lately, I started to lose the habit of picking up a book and indulging in it. Since little monster is growing, she is quite occupied in exploring her surrounding, so I have a little bit more time to myself and reading is something I am getting back into, especially poetry. I love poetry!

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So here y’all have it! These are currently some of the little things in my life that are making me so happy right now. I’d love to hear if you can relate to feeling this type of gratitude to any number of the small things listed above in the comments below.

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A little bit of foliage in this dreary weather…

I know that this time of year, many of us have the desire to throw out all our clothes and renew our wardrobes for the new seasons. Sales are calling our names through the computer screens and through the store front windows. However, being conscious of our spending and of our consuming is much cooler than getting that new in trend piece. I do love revisiting my wardrobe and adding a few new pieces isn’t wrong but when you already have a lot, then why not try to be more imaginative and creative in reworking the pieces you already have to make new outfits. The possibilities are endless! I promise! Even when you think that certain pieces don’t match, it doesn’t matter, give it a try and you’ll see that things only need to go together.

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Today, I revisited my clothes, as they were tucked away in a box because I couldn’t wear them during the pregnancy and this weekend, I was able to get some of it out and I had so much fun creating new outfits and mixing and matching vintage too. As I have a few events coming up…pop-up shops and all, I want to be able to the most of my wardrobe. Even though, I quickly put together my outfit today, I was happy with how it turned out. It’s very 70s business chic but in the most colourful way. As the winter blues continue to kick in, I find it necessary for me to play with color a lot more to feel energized and inspired to take on life. Lacking sleep doesn’t help either… so when I need to adult and get on with my day, I like to dress up!

I got this blazer from chequered blazer from an old friend. She’s 90 years old and she was kind enough to give me a lot of her clothes when she was younger because she knows just how much I appreciate vintage. I instantly thought about clashing prints even though the color palette is the same; the chequered with the leafy print came out quite bold and is certainly statement but it’s still muted.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

BLAZER: Vintage • SHIRT: Walmart • PANTS: Zara • BELT: Vintage • SUNNIES: Ray-Ban • BAG: Gift from le hubs • SHOES: Charles & Keith

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This belt, vintage, is one I am very much obsessed with and I have worn it non-stop since getting it. I feel like belts add a bit more attitude to any outfit. It adds shape, femininity and grace. This one in particular is very opulent with the gold detailing and worked seamlessly to bring everything together.

For a mom on the go, this outfit might need a little bit more effort than a simple sweater and jeans but it is one that makes me feel very good about myself. A little boost in confidence these days is very much needed. Whoever said girls are easier to raise than boys is a liar and a half, but nonetheless, they’re adorable!


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Punching life in the face with a colorful outfit!

Happy 2019 y’all! May anything you dream of happens and comes to life and flourishes to take you place you’ve never been to before. Day 4 of the New Year and I can’t help but feel quite stressed out and worried already; adulating is hard! Sometimes I wish I was little again and had all my problems taken care of or just go back to the times where finding an outfit was the biggest problem I’ll ever face in life! Sigh……
Despite that, here I am out and about trying to carve my way into this thing called life. I was quite sure and focused about my goals 4 years ago and I knew exactly how to get there, my plans were devised and I was working my way up to my dreams. Things happen, unexpectedly, and life takes you to roads you aren’t quite sure how to handle. I guess I may have put my career on hold and through all these hardships I have been through, I am happy to say that right now, where I am in life, I am content because I found something much more meaningful and fulfilling; love and family. Yes, my job is cut-out for me at this point but I feel more focused and I’m more confident in what I want and don’t want anymore. Cutting out people that bring negativity and drama into my life is much easier and it brings me inner peace and mental health. Using fashion and dressing up is always a way for me to bring my mood up and have a jolly spirit and today’s outfit gave me exactly that! It’s badass, it’s cheerful, it’s wonderful and it makes me happy because it’s a combination of vintage and modern pieces and that’s always the way I want to go.

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I got these wonderful boots from Nova (thrift shop) a couple of weeks ago and they were only 5$! I fell in love right away when my eye caught them. They’re giving me super Lenny Kravitz circa the 70s vibes!!! They’re so freaking beautiful! I can’t!!! And I know they’re not everyone’s cuppa tea but, man, are they special. The heel itself brings me so much joy…even the stretchy faux leather gives me thrills! I feel like whenever you’d have a dull outfit, you’d pull these bad boys out and voila! Boom! Clap! Your outfit would be made!

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WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Sam Edelman ◊ SWEATER: Forever 21 ◊ JEANS: Tommy Hilfiger ◊ BOOTS: Vintage ◊ BAG: Vintage ◊ SUNGLASSES: Aldo ◊ BELT: Forever 21

Even though the boots are loud enough, I couldn’t help but add even more color and wear a rainbow sweater! Yes, rainbow yet again, because why not? And how can I forget this amazing green vintage ostrich bag. So cute!

I think it is important for us to know our weaknesses and our issues and say them outlook to ourselves but it is even more important to push through them and prevail to arrive to a better version of ourselves. So, yes, adulating is quite hard for me these days but despite it all, I am where I am meant to be.


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