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Loafin’ around

Two favorite things about this outfit post: loafers and the old library. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is Memorial Park Library in Central Memorial Park (between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue SW off 4th Street SW). It is the first purpose-built library in Alberta, opening its doors to Calgarians on January 2, 1912. Neat tidbit on this library: Andrew Carnegie funded 80% of the cost and encouraged City Hall to fund the rest. The library was closed when I got there, but I remember briefly visiting it a long time ago and what I recall is that it is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. I know most people don’t visit libraries much anymore, but they are neat places especially if it’s an old one so if you’re loafin’ around one afternoon I encourage you to check one out!

Speaking of loafing… I don’t know what it is about loafers, but I adore them. My mom always used to say I was weird for liking “granny-ish” shoes, but whether it’s the prep appeal, the tassels, the comfort, or all three elements, they definitely have a cool factor about them and I am excited to see them return with a vengeance this fall. They are the perfect alternative to ballet flats and can be worn with virtually everything. As with flats, it’s great to have a pair of loafers in basic black, but also look out for different leathers (supple calf vs structured patent), colours (camel, burgundy, chocolate brown), and texturing (faux croc, pebbled leather).

Blazer: Aritzia; silk top: Joe Fresh; shorts: Club Monaco; scarf: department store in Korea; loafers: Topshop; watch: Philip Stein; bracelets: Tiffany

Loafin

Alexander Wang small heels, $495 Forever21 loafer shoes, $23 TopShop loafer shoes, $66 Cole Haan mocassin shoes, $198 Jeffrey Campbell leather flat shoes, $115 Sperry moccasin loafer, $90 Christian Dior flat slip on shoes, $550

Have a terrific weekend!

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Accessorize the Accessory

After gawking at the one-too-many accessories that I have piled on for the day, many of my friends often comment that they prefer to stay away from jewelry as they “don’t know how to accessorize”. To this I guffaw and simply state that there’s no “know-how” when it comes to sporting jewelry, just simply pile it on! Although it’s safe to stick with one metal, even that “rule” is not steadfast… but for those who are still weary when it comes to “throwing it on”, here is a tip to help you wear that latest sparkly acquisition of yours…

Try choosing the jewelry first (especially statement pieces) THEN pick the background outfit. For instance, I really wanted to sport this hand-cut Labradorite stone pendant from Stella & Dot’s latest fall collection (get yours here) and so I used it as my starting point to build my look around the piece. I stayed neutral with the color palette to highlight the stone’s earth tones and made sure my top was a simple canvas that would not compete with the pendant. From here, I added a few more pieces (one will never do for me!) to compliment and complete the look. What do you think?! Next time if you are unsure how to accessorize your look, try choosing the jewelry first and treat it as you would with an accent/focus wall/art in your home where you build around that particular piece of inspiration. Jewelry should complete your look not compete with it. If your top or dress has a busy neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings or stick with a cocktail ring and give the necklace a rest. Or, enhance the tribal feel of that summer maxi dress with chunky bangles made of wood. Just remember, the power of jewelry goes a long way; you can instantly spice up a plain black ensemble with a long stranded necklace and avoid looking like a stagehand. There are so many selections of beautiful costume jewelry on the market today that for a nominal investment, you can really enhance your wardrobe without purchasing any new clothing items! Check out Forever 21 for cheap and funky designs (don’t expect it to last long but with the bargain prices you can experiment without fear!) or Banana Republic for a more serious but still very affordable investment. And of course, I highly recommend checking out Stella & Dot online OR contact me for information on where to attend a trunk show.

Fedora from Aritzia, sunglasses by Chanel, silk tank by DKNY, skirt from Zara, Blazer from Club Monaco, purse by Marc Jacobs, gold spiral bangle and pendant by Stella & Dot, oversized ribbon ring from Forever 21.

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White Elements

What is it with summer and white? I’m not sure, but when summer finally arrives, I want to wear white and lots of it.

 

The maxi skirt trend as been around for a couple seasons and I hadn’t bothered to give it a go, but as I was looking through my closet for some new outfit ideas, I found this skirt I got in Korea almost 10 years ago (yes, I’m a now not-so-secret clothes hoarder). It’s too bad I don’t have any pictures of how I wore this skirt a decade ago, but it turns out to be quite easy to wear and I may pull it out of retirement for the summer!

Boyfriend blouse: Talulah from Aritzia (last seen here); skirt: market in Korea; envelope clutch: H&M; watch: Michael Kors; bangles: market in India; necklace: PAX; turquoise necklace: market in Nepal (last seen here); flip flops: Havaianas

Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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In Limbo

I find myself in a strange stage of life where “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman” ~ wow, did I just quote Britney?! Well, everyone has their moments of inspiration! What I’m getting at is that I am “outgrowing” my youthful clothes yet I am not quite ready to step into the world of “adult-wear”. Regardless of age, every woman seems to go through such a phase, a phase where both hoodies and cardigan-sets seem silly. Well, I say we make the most of this limbo-period and use it as an opportunity to expand our fashion creativity. It is not about giving up outfits of your teen-twenties but rather about revising those looks; age-appropriate dressing is all a balancing act, not a “can/cannot list”. Therefore, I am not going to break down the outfits by age but rather by phases: “daring” to “in limbo” to “conservative” Here are some examples: (left column: daring / middle column: conservative / right column: in limbo)

Limbo

Here’s the equation: daring + conservative ÷2 = in limbo! Actually a fabulous place to be when it comes to fashion!

Top row – THE DESIGN TOP: loud prints in skin-baring tank tops + classic prints with soft silhouettes ÷2 = don’t be afraid to stick with the tank but opt for shapes that loosely flow and drape. If loud graphic prints are too obnoxious to be comfortable, opt for subtler statements like a shimmery or sequined fabric.

2nd row – THE FITTED SKIRT: bold colored and curve-hugging mini skirt + knee-length pencil skirt in neutral shades ÷2 = you can still wear a short hemline but in order to raise the comfort quotient, look for a skirt that has pleating which will be more forgiving than a form fitting style; a slightly voluminous form will transform that sexy skirt into a sophisticated and more demure version but still maintain the flirty quality that your average work-skirt may lack.

3rd row – THE COLORED SHOE: Bright multi-colored skyscraper stiletto with stud/design details + black round-toed mary jane pumps ÷2 = if bold shoe colors seem frightening to incorporate into your wardrobe, try easing into it by experimenting with more subtle shades such as jewel tones (navy blue or ruby red). Navy blue shoes are surprisingly easy to coordinate into your everyday looks and it will add a special accent whereas your basic black pumps will simply blend in or may even look overly formal for your summer look.

4th row – THE NUDE DRESS: body-hugging, skin-toned strapless dress + creamy lace A-line dress ÷2 = cream tones can be very sexy (club-worthy) or very formal (church/chapel-worthy) and this depends largely on the silhouette. Instead of braving a strapless or playing it safe with a cap-sleeve, try half and half, literally! One shoulder dresses and tops are a great way to maintain a flirty and contemporary look without completely compromising comfort.

5th row – THE PEEP TOE PUMP: bandage mesh stilettos + suede pumps with ribbon detail and tiny peep toe ÷2 = a happy medium between strappy booties (which are not universally flattering as they tend to make legs look shorter than they are, especially in a color other than nude) and your average work-week peep toe pump would be a pair of stilettos that have a crossover design where the peep toe is accompanied by a couple other cut outs, making it more evening-appropriate.

These are only a handful of suggestions but feel free to email us for more in limbo ideas!

I truly believe that each stage is equally fabulous but they differ in attitude. The way I simplify it in my mind is: daring is in your face risk-taking, conservative is understated classics and in limbo is subtly flirty; but remember, it is true that sometimes less can be more. Here are some mainstream shops & premium designers that epitomize the three phases:

Daring: Forever XI, BEBE, Guess by MARCIANO, Herve Leger, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace

Conservative: Banana Republic, RW&CO, Jacob, Max Mara, Teenflo, Ralph Lauren, St. John

In Limbo: Club Monaco, Aritzia, Anthropologie, Zara, Derek Lam, Catherine Malandrino, Phillip Lim

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Pastels and Prints

On our last get together, my girlfriend and I kept coming out of our respective hotel rooms with exceptionally complimentary outfits on…you’d think we coordinated our looks! #friendsdressalike

I’m wearing a cream lace dress (Forever XI), gold braided belt (Banana Republic), round gold locket (vintage), oversized sunglasses (DG), mauve clic-clac H bracelet (Hermes), multi-stranded pearl bracelet (vintage), pink bow bag (Miu Miu), sandals seen here.

I’m wearing a cropped leather jacket (boutique in Korea), polka dot tank (Aritzia), turquoise & gold necklace (Holt Renfrew), pleated dress shorts (Aritzia)

shout out to Mable ^_^ !

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It’s a jungle out there!

There are certain things that I am helplessly drawn to, mainly anything that sparkles and anything in animal print! And I am a lover of all the animals in the kingdom and I don’t discriminate ~ cheetah, leopard, zebra, snakeskin, you name it! Many people are hesitant about wearing such fun prints, especially after their twenties, ever since cougars got a bad rep! How unfortunate…! But honestly, once you embrace the joys of animal print, you will not turn back. Even the most basic tee becomes instantly chic with an animal injection, transforming your statement from bland to bold. There are so many rules and warnings that people associate with animal print (only small print sizes, neutral color, no print mixing…blah blah!) but I say toss those to the wind and do what feels great to you! The only thing I try to be conscious of is not to overkill the print. I am also a firm believer in juxtaposition; by nature, animal prints stand out and add a subtle sexiness to any outfit therefore I try to avoid anything overly form fitting or exposing. But then again, if that were a true and fast rule, we would not enjoy the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, I could go on…I think nothing says easy chic and sophisticated like a flowing silk zebra print top (see below for my current fave) accented with a colorful statement necklace (I mean, the print can’t have all the fame and glory!). Yes, it is true that you want to keep other pieces of your outfit on the simple side to offset the loud print but do not be too literal about this! As with any other print, funky and unexpected combinations and accessories can make an average outfit into an outstanding one so why not go wild?! (I couldn’t resist the pun…) Just because cheetahs and zebras aren’t friends in Africa, doesn’t mean they can’t coexist on your Thursday outfit! Rules and regulations are a snore, so have some fun with animal print and don’t take yourself too seriously. Do justice to your print by accompanying it with a fierce attitude!

Pictured above: silk zebra print top (Anthropologie) | faux fur vest (Korea) | cheetah print purse (Kate Spade) | red leather gloves (The Bay)

Pictured above: cheetah & lace print silk top (Nordstrom) | baby blue silk tank (Aritzia) | soft pink snakeskin scarf (Club Monaco) | double wrap watch strap in dusty rose (Philip Stein)

If you are just a cub when it comes to sporting animal-print, take baby steps by incorporating it into your wardrobe subtly in the form of accessories or even as the lining of a handbag or the trim of a jacket or a pair of shoes. Which reminds me! Here is the most fabulous pair of shoes that illustrates my point perfectly:

Christian Louboutin

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