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Vintage

Currently having a love affair with statement booties.

We all know that boots and booties are taking over the runways and shops for the past few seasons and the trend is still going strong. Statement booties specifically are having a major moment and I am super on board with that. Although some designer booties are to die for, I am still not convinced on dropping thousands of dollars to partake in said trend. Animal printed booties, colorful booties, color blocked cowboy boots, brocade style and even luscious velvet fabrics are all over the streets lately and I am loving how fun and east this trend is—you can experiment with different styles and you’d be able to pull it off seamlessly. No need to break your head because a simple outfit works wonders with statement, colorful booties…because you just let your boots do the talking!

I am an avid, obsessive, shoe-aholic girl and I am a collector of shoes and especially colorful, unique one. If I fall in love with a shoe, I don’t hesitate in investing in a good pair because I know I will keep it for years to come.  Besides, this is a trend that will stand the test of time, because you always need boots and if you are looking to spice up your outfit, then you can’t go wrong with statement boots. It’s a versatile and stylish trend. Plus, I feel like that booties are a transitional piece that you can take with you from season to season and you can easily dress them up or down! If you are into this trend currently and you’re not sure you will be in the future, then you can just go thrifting! That’s always a good option for you to find something cool without dropping big bucks for it. Since I love my shoes, I am more than willing to spend money because I know I will get my wear out of them and, I am very good at keep my shoes in tiptop shape! However, I love turning to vintage too because I always find something beautifully unique from previous times like the one I am wearing in this photo. These red croco skin booties are amazing!!! They’re a cross between cowboy boots and biker boots and what I love about them is the fit, so so comfy! it’s unreal! I bought them from a luxury thrift shop at the Point Claire village over last summer and have paid 90$ for them and I guess for real leather, that’s a pretty good price, id say! They’re made in Spain and although the brand name has been washed out, I cannot be more impressed with the quality. If I ever find a similar pair in a different color, I’d buy it without thinking twice.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SHIRT: Winners ◊ PANTS: Gap (thrifted) ◊ BOOTS: Vintage ◊ Watch: Marc Jacobs ◊ BRACELETS: Alex and Ani

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A good place to start looking for booties on the high-street would be Zara if thrifting isn’t your thing! They always have amazing shoes and I would definitely put a seal of approval on the comfort front. They always do shoes right. Not clothes, but shoes are their forte.

Happy April and may your shoe game be as strong as your coffee!

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Vintage

Oh so Coco…Coco Chanel!

This outfit, I am particularly very excited about! I cannot get enough of this suit. My brother in law spotted it when we were thrift shopping at Nova a couple of weeks ago and thought it was so me and when he showed me it, I died and a half. I can’t even! It’s so boujee! It made me automatically think of that Chanel suit Marge Simpson bought at a discount shop and wore to a Springfield Country Club, and become so obsessed with fitting in with the rich and famous. I think that was my favourite episode of all time. Seeing how worried she was about changing her clothes constantly to be accepted…I don’t know, there’s something quite sad in this matter—the need for us to constantly spend to desperately fit in into certain social groups. With that, this suit made me feel like I belong in the 1960s where suits became more popularized due to Coco and other wonderful designers. The suit gives me 1950s elegance and this why I felt the need to wrap my head scarf in an Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly kind of way. The head scarf, unlike today, was very popular back then and was donned by leading fashion models where they draped them across their heads and either tied just under the chin or wrapped around the neck for more coverage and security. Even in the 1960s, the fashion of the head scarf continued where young women wore them simply wrapped or even tied in a bow. Jackie Kennedy was known for her head scarf style as well as Sophia Loren who brought back the exotic look with her signature head scarves.

I couldn’t help but add white boots to this look. I feel like it just brought it all together and with the way I tied my scarf…just perfection! Would I wear this out shopping or doing errands you say??? Perhaps, I don’t feel particularly self-conscious in it…meaning I don’t feel over-dressed…I just feel like I came out of a black and white telenovela ready to take on the future.

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WHAT I WORE

SUIT: Thomas Haier • BOOTS: Zara • BAG: Aldo • SUNNIES: Aldo • SWEATER: Thrifted

What do you think of this beaut?! Should I sell it or should I keep it?!


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Style

Did motherhood change my style?

I know I haven’t gone out loads lately but on the days I do, I keep asking myself, would I wear this? Would I wear that again? So I couldn’t help but wonder, did motherhood change my style? I mean, yes, I have a daughter to take of, but there’s me too. Clothes, fashion, colors, textures…that’s what truly made me happy, so why haven’t I been indulging and digging into the depth of my wardrobe to dress up and spruce up and feel pretty? Many days, I am not going to lie, I felt pretty shitty about myself, not feeling pretty anymore or lacking the enthusiasm to actually look half decent. I smelled like milk for the first few weeks and had spit-up milk all over and whenever I had the chance to finally shower, the process started all over again and I felt like I might never recover or get back to the old me. I mean do you really go back to the old you after having a baby? Sofia has been nothing but a blessing in my life and smelling like milk didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. As long as baby was happy, I was happy? But that didn’t mean that I should neglect myself and not make efforts to look and feel pretty. It was vital and important for me to get back into the swing of things because I didn’t want my daughter growing up and seeing me that way. I want my daughter to look at me and be like, yes; momma took care of me but took care of herself too.

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Today I was able to go out with baby monster for a friend visit and I felt a little more confident in my new role as a mum. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed and don’t know how to take care of things, mainly because anxiety takes over but the more I let the negativity go, the more I feel like I am in control and feel like motherhood isn’t as scary as we all think. Dressing up plays a big part in my confidence and when I feel pretty, I feel like I can conquer the world. Today I opted for an effortless casual look. Since it’s getting colder out, I wore wool pants that I thrifted a while back and the fact that they’re high waisted, so I feel a little more comfortable with the remains of my stretched little mushy tummy. I added more pink, who am I?? I guess having a girl has given me the love of pink back, although she’s always in grey. LOL! I couldn’t go about town without my Gazelle trainers; they’re the most practical, most comfortable most badass shoe I own at the moment! I having been wearing them a ton lately and I don’t see myself wearing anything else. I feel like such a cool mom with them!

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: Zara • SWEATER: Centerpoint (Jordan) • PANTS: Zara (trhifted) • SHOES: Adidas (Gazelle) • BAG: Gift from Le hubby • SUNNIES: Aldo

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So, I guess, although motherhood somewhat changed my style in terms of practicality, I still do feel like I can get away with wearing a short skirt and knee-high boots if I wanted to! I still do love color and my experimenting game with different patterns and textures is still going strong. I don’t think we should use motherhood as an excuse to stop looking after ourselves and dress pretty or sexy or hot because we are the reflection of our daughters’ future and we have to give them something positive to look forward to. The most important thing is that you should always dress up for yourself first and then to impress others.


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Style Travel

A visit to Temptation Mountain in heels!

This is my last post of 2017! Can’t believe it’s over already! It’s been quite an emotional ride; filled with great and not so great moments, but I know that I am coming stronger out of this one and I cannot wait to take on 208 by the horns. 2017 brought me closer to the love of my life but tore me a little bit away from home. Emotional I tell ya! Anyway, what a better way to end the year than with a huge outfit bang! This is a little bit of a tiny DIY, a very simple one; a super simple one that you can easily do with anything bling-y you have! I was simply too tired of wearing my black culottes all the time, and I didn’t want to buy new ones, so I just pimped them up real good. I had a few knicks and knacks around and so I used them to turn my plain old black culottes into a cultural piece.

Hubbs has been telling me about Temptation Mountain for a while and has been wanting to take me there for a little walk around, but we never got a chance until today. Temptation Mountain is like 5km out of Jericho and it is said to be the mountain where Jesus resided while the devil tempted him during his 40-day fast. There’s a beautiful monastery there and there’s loads of pilgrims from all over the world that pass by this monastery during their prayer and redemption journey. I met a few and it is quite interesting to see them so dedicate to renew their faith. The church is high and isolated and I am sure it is the perfect place to be in when you are in search of finding yourself and in search of inner peace. So, what better way to end the year than in a place of solitude and reflection to get the chance to reflect on your past actions and work on the future to better yourself as a citizen of the world.

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This outfit I wore seems so fitting to the fact that it bring culture and history all together. I know I am wearing heels and all, but it really wasn’t bad to walk in them!

I decided to bedazzle my culottes with Palestinian embroidered pieces I had lying around and add some gold coins for extra oomph.

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WHAT I WORE:

SHIRT: Zara (thrifted) ♥ Pants: Zara ♥ SUNNIES: Claire’s ♥ SHOES: Charles & Keith Sandals ♥ JACKET: Vero Moda Trench ♥ EARRINGS: Aldo

 

I wanted to take time to wish you all the happiest of holidays and to have a wonderful new year!!! May 2018 be filled with amazing opportunities, endless happy memories and loads of peace and love!

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Style Travel Vintage

That green angora sweater <3

I have had this 80s agora  mix sweater for ages…I never had the guts to wear it because, well, it’s green. I just don’t really know it this color suits me all that much. Green, yellow and purple are colors I never usually gravitates towards because I feel like they make my complexion even darker than it already is. But today, I put my big girl pants on and got some courage to wear it. It’s so freaking soft too!!!

Hubs and I were walking around town and just went for a small stroll into the woods before we hung out with family. The weather was beautiful and it was good enough for me to just get away with wearing a  sweater without a jacket. October has been a good month so far and we’ve been super lucky. Hubs has enjoyed every moment he got here so far because it wasn’t too too cold (as it usually is in October).

So here’s how my outfit turned out…I guess you can say I kept it pretty simple because the green was a little overwhelming for me.

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Vintage (80s) Rino Rossi  (posted for sale on ETSY)♦ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ♦ BOOTS: Aldo ♦ SUNNGLASSES: Forver 21 ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein

In person, I guess I felt a little awkward wearing such a powerful color…but looking at myself through these photographs, I realize that I may be a little too harsh on myself and that green actually suits me and that my complexion is fine. We sometimes just put limitations and boundaries from ourselves to ourselves (if ya gys know what I mean). We need to be kind to ourselves once in a while…we tend to forget we’re human.

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Wearing green actually made me happy as I fit in with nature and mt surroundings…or whatever green left there is in my surrounding. Taking some time off these past few weeks has made me realize that life needs to be enjoyed fully…make every moment worth it and last. Sometimes, we run to catch up with life and then we forget about the true core values of our lives such as family and health. It is necessary to taste what’s around us with our senses and our hearts.

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As mother Teresa said: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough, Each moment is all we need, not more.”

 

 

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Fashion Style

The smart pants edit

These were my first pair of proper professional pants. Super nice fitted wide leg trousers. So chic and so comfy. I got them a little over 10 years ago for my first office job after uni and they were just perfect. The neutral color made it easy for me to mix and match it to many items in my wardrobe. I haven’t worn them a lot since I went into the fashion industry, because jeans were always a better option for me. Until today! I decided to get them out and wear them for a cool Monday office look. Worst decision ever!! I am so sad because now, they are trash. I fell going to work this morning and now they have a huge hole in the knee area. I mean, I am a DIY queen, so they’re not going to trash just yet…I will end up turning them into much cooler culottes now. Or maybe cool shorts…who knows! I’ll keep you guys posted.

So here’s what I ended up pairing my Laura Petites trousers with:

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PANTS: Laura Petites trousers ◊  SHIRT: Thrifted H&M  ◊ VEST: Forever 21 Cropped top ◊ SHOES: Calvin Klein thrifted

I am so saddened that I don’t to pass these trousers to my daughter or my nieces or something. I wanted to keep them as much as I could and I guess today was the day I had to say goodbye to the pants and hello to a very badly bruised knee.

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This look reminds me of those days in my last year of high school where I would always dress smart and add a tie on top of that! Haha! I was so ready to go to college, I even got the tie going. I always in my heart believed I was meant to be a boss lady! A true hard-working, sassy, awesome, killer business woman. I always had that fire in me and this outfits take me back to those times.

It also kindda reminds me of Cher Horowitz from Clueless…Can you tell this movie marked me or what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Uncategorized Vintage

Tinsel Mania

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! Okay okay! I am so like totally head over heels in love with this skirt! I can’t even! Like so not even, if that makes any sense. I got this bad boy from Topshop a little while ago and I cannot get over how pretty it is. It’s sensational! It’s feminine! It’s sexy! It’s a special piece. For any extreme fashion lover out there, this piece is a definite must-have!

It’s an A-line midi skirt made with the nicest crepe fabric and is adorned with cute tinsel patches on the front. You can totes dress it up or dress it down. Wear it to the office or wear it for a night out. It’s black, so you can mix it and match it with any color or any texture. Just let you mind go and get creative! I got it for about 60$ for the Topshop website, but it’s on sale for 24$ right now and there’s a couple of sizes left.

I was schedule for meetings and so I wanted to make sure I looked professional yet fashionable. Ended up cancelling them and not going…I still looked cute though!

This is how I styled my little baby:

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What I wore:

-Voile Chic mustard scarf.
-Thrifted burgundy sweater.
-Topshop Tinsel patched skirt.
-Vince Camuto booties.
-Vince Camuto studded belt.
-Simmons sunlgasses.

 

I wanted to balance out my silhouette, so I added a belt over my sweater to make my waist be the focus of the whole look. I feel like a proud mama owning this one. There’s endless opportunities to style this number and I can’t wait to get full on creative. Annnd, I got so many compliments on this skirt and I am super happy! Because I know I will get loads of wear out of it. I consider it to be an investment piece and I am sure to get this baby out for loads of spins.

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Fashion Style Vintage

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!

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Fashion Style Uncategorized

That 50s skirt…

This is a vintage item I cherish so so much. Not only for its rarity, but for its beauty, sexiness and femininity. This skirt was a random purchase a few years ago at a thrift shop. I saw it and I knew I needed it in my life. The tweed fabric offers opulence and elegance. I feel like a elegant rich old woman from the Upper East Side. So dramatic, haha, but so true! I sincerity feel like I can slay an meeting is this skirt and just rock anything I undertake. It such a special piece! I can’t even explain it! Youu gotta put it on to know what I mean! Plus, the colors in the tweed are awesome…there are specs of pink, of white and of yellow. This makes this piece so versatile and easy to style. You can just pick any color in the tweed to bring your outfit together and make it on point….

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….annnnnddd, it is so on trend right now! So happy I own it! It’s a gorgeous 50s item and it’s made in Canada. Since I will be moving very soon, I sadly need to get rid of a lot of my items..and this baby is currently posted for sale on my Etsy page…plus it’s on sale!!

Sooo, anyway, this is how I styled my baby…

I wore this beautiful midi tweed skirt with my favorite feminine white Topshop shirt, Vince Camuto booties and a mustard veil to bring it all together and topped the whole look off with a bold red lip…obviously, because when you feel like a boss, you wear a red lip!

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What I wore in details:

-Vintage midi tweed skirt
-Topshop white top
-Vince Camuto booties

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This is definitely a look I wore wear often, especially if I have an important meeting or event, because it offers a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s funny to say, but our psychology completely does change when we wear something good. It changes our thoughts and our ideas about how we feel about ourselves. Whether we admit it or not, clothes and fashion make us happy; they makes us gain strength and confidence in ourselves and offers us a platform to express ourselves freely without limits or boundaries. The only limits out there are set by us through our fears and vulnerabilities.

Through clothes and through fashion, be yourselves and be your own. Do not let others set limits for you…break the boundaries and make yourselves happy and proud!

Till next time x

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Fashion Style Vintage

Back to the 80s

Today, I felt like going back…way back to the 80s. I have had these pants lying around for a while, but never put them. I don’t remember if they belonged to my sister…or if I had bought them from my store. This morning, I looked at them and knew I needed to put them on. They are just so cool! Too bad they’re a little too big for me. Chucks!

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The palazzo pant trend has been coming back slowly and there are so many pretty ways to wear them out. To events or just to the office, these pants are so freaking stylish and cool. They’re like a pretend skirt, perfect for those days you want to dress up without compromising comfort and warmth!

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Why I fell in love with these ones in particular? Well because of the fabric and the endless pleats. It’s in a very pretty crepe fabric; thick enough to hold shape and body and keep warm in the most feminine yet delicate way possible. I truly felt princess-y in it…oddly enough, because they’re just palazzo pants, but whatever, I fully accept the princess title.

For a vintage pair of pants, they’re in the most exquisite condition. One of my colleagues even complemented me and thought they were brand new. I felt so proud and honored to own them…

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…so honored and proud, I felt like a princess ninja warrior! Hence the pose! hahaha!

So this is how I styled them. I needed to wear something a little more fitted at the top because it would have been a little too much if I wore a loose fitted top. It would have been way to much fabric and it is necessary to have balance in your outfits, especially if you”re on the petite side. You don’t want your fabric eating you up.

So, I wore a feminine blouse with bell sleeves and since the pants were a little too big, I added a thrifted gold belt for a little pizzazz and color. Then to tie in the gold, I wore my favorite knee-high boots with a gold rim.

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I kinda want to make it a priority this year to wear as many of my vintage pieces as possible. And this is my first outfit and I felt pretty happy with it, so here I am documenting it and sharing it!