Day for Exploration: Inglewood

It has been ages since I’ve wanted to pay a visit to one of Calgary’s coolest neighbourhoods: Inglewood. And since I’m an avid fan of cafés, I had to finally check out Gravity! The interior was absolutely posh and the food was superb. Is it a surprise that I didn’t order coffee? Go figure, they served Phil & Sebastian.

DSC04592I have a terrible habit of going shopping when I’m stressed, most specifically during exam times. Inglewood is definitely the place to go for all things local and unique! Of all the stores I visited, my top three favourites are listed below:

1) Reworks: This store is the absolute coolest! They are all about artistic innovations made from recycled materials, whilst supporting small businesses and/or local artists.

2) Olivier’s: Sweet tooth got you craving? This is heaven for all chocolate and candy lovers! Upon entrance, you are easily drawn in by the scrumptious whiff of their fresh, local goods. I made my last purchases of gifts & a little something for myself and family.

3) Phoenix Comics: How could I resist not going inside this haven of all things geek? What I appreciated about this particular comic store was it was well-organized, unlike most that are cluttered. It made maneuvering around and finding things easier. Also, if you collect pins like I do, they have plenty of awesome ones! They also have a vintage, yet pimp Ronald McDonald statue.

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Since stores are individually built, prepare well to dress in warmth if you are to visit in the middle of winter like I. Layers will do.

DSC04582DSC045871) Oversized Shirt: GAP (similar here) | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Coat: Thrifted (similar here) | 4) Boots: ALDO | 5) Thigh-Highs: Free People | 6) Backpack: Vintage from momDSC04595Inglewood is definitely a gem & will now be one of my favourite spots to hang out!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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1000 Views Giveaway!

On July 25th, 2014, I started this blog as a way to share my interests and creativity, focusing mainly on personal style. I have had my share of blogs, that even I am unaware of how many there are, though this is the only one that I keep and have kept up-to-date because this one does not feel ‘obligatory’, as it’s something I actually enjoy doing. More importantly, knowing that there are people who actually view my blog is an even better incentive to keep going.

There were times when I wanted to stop posting altogether because nothing that I posted seemed ‘good enough’ in comparison to other people’s blogs that were more refined and essentially, way better. Though self-pity, nor jealousy, were good reasons to stop what I love doing, and they also had to start somewhere, right?

The support of family and friends have contributed to the continuation of this blog, as well as compliments that I’ve received from strangers. I may not be published in any major sites or paper, nor recognized by any major businesses, but I’m beginning to expand my network by connecting with local artists and exposing their works through social media. My pictures having been regrammed by two, local fashion businesses is a good start.

Exactly four months and a day later, I reached 1000 views, people viewing from 23 different countries! I am no Song of Style, nor Bryanboy, but I’m happy. I don’t know if I’ll ever get there but for now, I didn’t even know I would get here.

To show my appreciation, I am doing a giveaway on my Instagram account! Simply like and comment on this photo. As a supporter of all things local and a lover of poetry, I am to share exactly that: a 100g of my favourite Creamy Earl Grey tea + matcha & crispy rice chocolate bar from Naked Leaf and a collection of poems from Canadian writers that I bought from Pages!

Best of luck and once again, thank you!

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Mirror, Mirror

…on the wall, who’s the weirdest of them all? I can neither confirm nor deny that.


It was the last day of classes and as excited as I was to end an awful semester, it was also bittersweet. I am to miss the nicest professors & the warm ambiance of having formed a sort of family in my language courses. And even if this means the storm of finals is near, I am not one you will find in joggers despite the desire for utmost comfort. Then again, soft cardigans, veggie pizza & cute pets that give you kisses would do the trick; comfort in warmth, heart & stomach!

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1) Cardigan: Maison Scotch | 2) V-neck tee: GAP | 3) Jeans: Urban Outfitters (similar here) | 4) Socks: UNIQLO | 5) Bowler Hat: Minimum


Meet Norman, the bunny, and Toby, who gave me a kiss. They are the cutest & sweetest bunch!!

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Notice that half of this grilled vegetable pizza has no cheese. And with that, I didn’t get just any regular coffee. The Irish did right in mixing coffee + whiskey.DSC04410

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(Mad-Eye) Moody is Set Free

The cloudy day is too bright for me, as if I was trapped away by an impostor for a long time and finally released… like (Mad-Eye) Moody. 


I am still obsessed with wearing a ‘unitard’ that I wouldn’t be surprised if I actually bought one in the future. I tried my best to dress ‘normal’ today by initially putting on a pea coat and scarf, but I found that I don’t feel comfortable dressing in bright colours anymore. The bright pink details should be sufficient, right? Because whoever saw an aspiring, part-time poet in colour? I think my style is currently in sync with my poems: dark and sarcastic.

On a more technical note, my advocacy for the unitard effect, in all its simplicity & chicness, is a great way to showcase interesting pieces. A colour blocked coat like mine, or one that has pattern, are good examples.
DSC04234 DSC04253 DSC04248 DSC04254DSC042391) V-neck tee: GAP | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Coat: Thrifted (similar here) | 4) Socks: UNIQLO| 5) Leather Oxfords: Arnold Churgin | 6) Quilted HK Backpack: Disneyland (Sanrio)

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Le Mur is Now Less Hideous

My industrial mur needed a little help so I brought back 1st year university’s polaroid wall. I also miss so many beautiful faces and good memories thus, this is a perfect reminder. Maybe I’ll become less of a grumpier person. Maybe.
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1) Polaroids | 2) String | 3) Mini clothespins | 4) Thumb tacks | 5) Tags (optional)

DSC04010 DSC04021 And the mess begins…DSC04057 DSC04012 DSC04071 I am so happy to have this new addition in my room! It feels more like home.DSC041121) Tank Top: AE (similar here) | 2) Cardigan: ZARA (similar here) | 3) Trousers:  Nümph | 4) Socks: UNIQLO | 5) Lipstick: Marc Jacobs in Crush

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60s Knit

Inspired by Free People and stuck in 60s mod, voilà! But who can forget iconic Twiggy and her spider lashes? Sure, I’ll never be as pretty as her, but she is such an inspiration that the least I can do is imitation. So a couple layers of mascara later….
DSC03657 DSC03651 For those non-Canadians or simply do not know, Remembrance Day is soon. It is when we commemorate soldiers that fought and died for our country. As a sign of appreciation and respect, we wear these red poppies. Canada wouldn’t be as it is today if it wasn’t for their brave hearts.DSC03660DSC03673Back to a lighter note, I thrifted this ‘made in Italy‘ sweater for $24! How crazy of a steal is that? It is a size too big, but the oversize fit just adds to the ‘cozy factor’. And if that’s not enough knit, why not throw in these thigh-high socks.

Though the softness of all these knits make me appear friendly and in all honesty, I’m not the friendliest. So as to keep my guard up, perhaps a spiked, statement necklace and stack of geometric earrings will help.DSC03669 DSC036791) Sweater: Thrifted (similar here) | 2) Corduroy Shorts: American Apparel | 3) Tights: Claire’s (similar here) | 4) Thigh-Highs: Free People (Gifted) | 5) Oxfords: Arnold Churgin (similar here) | 6) Necklace: Local Store in Granville St. Vancouver (similar here) | 7) Earrings: F21 & DIY

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British Invasion: 221B

Recently, I have been subconsciously inspired by British style: simple, yet has an indescribable charm. Perhaps I am lacking the eye candy of a beautiful British man who lives in 221B who’s got me poppin’ my collar. To those who are currently suffering from such deprivation, I am with you. Perhaps a third time of watching all the seasons isn’t such a bad idea… if only my GPA didn’t need a little more attention.
DSC03546I have absolutely no idea what my bag says for it’s in Indonesian, but my best guess would be that it’s rice related because it’s recycled from the material used in rice bags.
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1) Pea Coat: Aeropostale (Gifted) (similar here) | 2) Ripped Jeans: Levi’s (similar here) | 3) Bag: Local Store (similar here) | 4) Boots: Kensie


I needed a little day off from everything and the beautiful, chilly weather has got me in the mood for a little exploration around one of my favourite neighbourhoods: Kensington. It is full of art, diversity and innovation: an energy I find refreshing and inspiring. A little retail therapy at a local store, Silla, and a visit to possibly my favourite café, Vendome, was my way of getting away from it all. Escapism would be incomplete without immersing myself in self-reflection and poetry. There is nothing more calming than finding time to ‘ajoute life’ into paper. DSC03536 DSC03535 1 DSC035482A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Geometry and Patterns

Foremost, excuse the amateur, overexposed/dark photos because I lacked a photographer (my sister) today.


Mixing different shapes and patterns is one of the trickiest things to do, yet when well executed, is purely genius. I am still experimenting with this trend and it is indeed difficult. For an attempt, I paired this geometric button down with my printed sling hobo bag; a classic combination that I’ve tried before. Though the addition of colourful and geometric earrings made this outfit a little more of crazy… in a good way (at least I’d like to think so).

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What I love about these earrings is that they are by locally made (by Adrian Martinus in collaboration with Anne Tranholm) and eco-friendly because they are made from recycled materials! This picture does very little justice at such an incredible piece.

SAM_20121) Button Down: Urban Outfitters (Gifted) (similar here) | 2) Skinny Jeans: GAP (similar here) | 3) Hobo Bag: Gifted (similar here) | 4) Ombré Sunglasses: Nine West (similar here) | 5) Boots: Dolce Vita | 5) Geometric Earrings: Adrian Martinus x Anne Tranholm (local artists)

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Market Collective’s 6th Year

Market Collective was established in 2008 to promote local arts and culture. After moving out of Calgary in 2006 and returning this year, the city has undergone great progress. I’ve found that there is improvement in establishing connectedness between Calgarians because events such as Market Collective aid in doing so. It’s always nice to be part of a good community!
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I’m all about great finds and vintage. There were a few stalls of shoes and clothing, but I ended up buying from Joyce’s Closet. Joyce, the owner, is an absolute dear! She has a good eye and seems to be very knowledgable about fashion. As usual, I won’t be showing what I bought until I wear it!

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But it’s not only all about shopping in Market Collective. There is food, food and more food! What I love about food trucks is their menus are so innovative and made for sharing. My friend and I decided to order from Yummi Yogis and Waffles & Chix. I highly recommend the regular Waffle & Chix and the Goji Strawberry Protein Smoothie! We overestimated our appetite that we had leftovers to bring home.

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We ate in front of the stage and listening to Kirsten Ludwig was pure eargasm! I loved her hauntingly beautiful, soft voice and fashion sense! It was a pity I couldn’t stay for the rest of her performance. Her music is definitely on my list of ‘albums to buy’!

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Though I knew I was not to leave without purchasing earrings. Since getting my hair cut short, I’ve been wanting studs to complete my outfits. When my friend and I saw Adrian Martinus‘ artwork made from recycled materials, we were in awe of his artistry. Each piece of furniture or jewelry (which was made in collaboration with Anne Tranholm), was well executed. I was particularly fond of this table, but I have no space for it in my room, nor money to even purchase it. Instead, I bought two, cool studs that I am very excited to wear! 

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I had so much fun looking around and it was a nice way to spoil myself for the last time this summer. I am now back to work and saving money shall commence! I will definitely come back again next year to empty my pockets, fill my stomach and backpack home some goods.

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

 

Music Recommendation of the Week: Coeur de Pirate

My fan art!

Coeur de Pirate is the Amélie of French music, at least in Canada. Béatrice Martin is the Canadian singer-songwriter behind Coeur de Pirate, hailing from Québec. The first song I heard from her was Comme Des Enfants (“Like Children”), a sweet composition that plays with the listener’s youthful feelings about love.

As a fan of all things French and a learner of its language, I appreciate Martin’s music because of her clear enunciation, making it easier to understand for a beginner such as I. But more importantly, her songs are full of emotions and is almost all narrative. She has a charming voice and is best accompanied with piano as instrumentation. Rarely does she tour outside the East Coast so I’m hoping that one day, I’ll be able to see her when I have the chance to go to Québec!


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Comme des Enfants: Et on se prend la main, comme des enfants
Le bonheur aux lèvres, un peu naïvement
Et on marche ensemble, d’un pas décidé
Alors que nos têtes nous crient de tout arrêter.

2) Adieu:Je t’ai aimé, mais je t’assure que c’est la fin. 

3) Place de la République: Je sais, ton cœur est habité
Par une ou d’autres filles qui t’ont marqué
Moi je suis moins forte que les autres
Mais j’espère tant te manquer, tant me démarquer.

4) C’était Salement Romantique: Et au sud de mes peines, j’ai volé loin de toi
pour couvrir mon cœur d’une cire un peu noire
Que tous les regards lancés à mon égard
j’ai tenté de voler loin de toi
J’ai tenté de voler loin de toi.

Website: http://www.coeurdepirate.com/en/

Come back for next week’s recommendation!

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