Merry Christmas!

Christmas is best celebrated with family & friends, good food and the exciting tradition of opening presents. Our Christmas Eve celebration consisted of a late, but huge dinner, hours of good laughter, playing games & waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

DSC04701 DSC04727 DSC04713 DSC04705 1) Dress: Glamorous (similar here or here) | 2) Ring & Necklace: Taraxca Jewellry (Gifted) | 3) Clutch: Violet Ray | 4) Booties: Dolce Vita


We’re serious about our food.

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A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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Stress, Evanesco!

After my last final this morning, stress has (temporarily) disappeared from my life. To celebrate, I went to fangirl over Legolas… I mean, watch The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies! For someone who is not the biggest fan of movies with plenty of war scenes, this movie is a definite exception! You must see it and I’ll gladly re-watch it with you ; ) 


For today’s casual outfit, I resorted to denim on denim. Personally, I find that the best ways to wear this trend are a) Pairing separates that are of identical shade for a cohesive look or 2) Contrasting with black or white denim with the regular hue of blue. Finally, stick to basics and neutral colours for the rest of the outfit to not distract from the tough, denim look.

DSC04615 DSC04611DSC046101) Plaid Shirt: Urban Outfitters (Gifted) (similar here) | 2) Ombré Jacket: GAP (similar here) | 3) Distressed Jeans: Levi’s (similar here)  | 4) Booties: Nine West  | 5) Satchel: Dooney & Bourke (similar here)


Never again will I order regular nachos if I have the option of pulled pork. This was the best movie food I’ve ever had!

And for dinner, Lebanese seesh.

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A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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!

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

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

(Fall)ing for Winter

It’s not Avril this month but Calgary weather made us fools with an all day snowstorm, not to mention some hail. Where did fall go? My family and friends were a bit concerned at the my lack of preparedness for the low temperature, but I’m not putting my fall clothes to waste. Layering is key: to look chic and stay warm. A classic wool/cashmere blend overtop a knit, collared shirt with a statement necklace asks for attention. For a little element of punk rock, these striped skinnies and black booties worked perfectly. For an unexpected touch, I used my faux fur cross-body bag.
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I’ve always loved bowler hats because it has so much character but with my short pixie haircut, I am even more of a fan! This dark red, almost maroon is the perfect pop of colour. Since I didn’t want the hat to be too overpowering, adding a little more texture to my hair by curling it was a good solution!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAren’t these boots beautiful!? Not only are they wonderfully made with all the details, I got them on sale for $37.50 from its original price of $150. Such a steal! That is why shopping in America is always better than in Canada.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Knit Grey Shirt: Nike (Gifted) (similar here) | 2) Wool/Cashmere Blend Sweater: Club Monaco (similar here) | 3) Striped Skinnies: Levi’s | 4) Boots: Kensie | 5) Bowler Hat: Minimum | 6) Spike Necklace: Store in Granville St. (similar here) | 7) Faux Fur Bag: Co-Lab

I hope you found inspiration from this outfit!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

For the Love of Vintage

Having lived in Vancouver, it has exposed me to lots of different ideas: healthy living, kale-eating, hipster loving and vintage shopping. Or you could say it has converted me to an almost full-pledged Vancouverite at heart because I’m all of the above. Fun fact: I still walk at a quick pace.

I live in Calgary now and prior to moving back, I feared that the transition would be difficult. It was and most especially on a personal level. But the anticipated change in lifestyle due to the lack thereof of diversity in services and shopping also contributed to my growing concern in ‘fitting in’. What was I to do without my favourite thrift/vintage/consignment store, Front and Company!? I was afraid to become entirely zombified of mall clothing. Call me hipster if you must, I’ve accepted it 😛

I’m just kidding…

I mean no offense to people who prefer shopping in malls or outlets. I just wish that they would try out thrift, consignment or vintage shopping before rejecting it. Although I do understand if they refuse to because they have been pre-worn by strangers. But in my defence, though rare, some of the items are actually brand new. If you remain unconvinced, vintage bags are at the very least an item that would be worth looking into.

Vintage shopping is fun because there is so much diversity and character in each piece. Since vintage pieces are usually one of a kind, the struggle in finding a size and/ or it being in good shape can sometimes be frustrating. If luck is on your side, this is when you find gems. Figuratively.

Enough chitter chatter and let me finally share one of my favourite stores in Calgary, Used House of Vintage! I have visited one of their locations in Granville Street Vancouver, though I found that I prefer this one in Calgary, down 17th Ave. I would guess their products is a reflection of whoever manages it and I could say my taste is more compatible with that of Calgary’s.

Their products are unique (as expected) and well-picked, the store is charming with its clean, well-organized layout and the customer service is awesome! In my two visits, I have managed to spend at least 30 minutes going around the store and chat with the sweet saleslady. I have failed to ask her name, twice, because I get too excited in talking to her about fashion and vintage stuff. I rarely meet people who share such an addiction… so you can understand, right? I’m also terrible with names.

I have been on the hunt for black, high waisted shorts or pants as I am itching to try crop tops without exposing my non-existent six-pack. I was ecstatic to find a pair of vintage Lee shorts, perfect in wash and fit, though it was sadly too short. In the end, I opted out in buying it but instead, finally snatched up my first crop top, an American Apparel. An incentive to find the perfect black, high waisted jeans I suppose?

At the checkout, a vintage Moschino bucket bag attracted my attention. My growing love for black and it being accentuated with gold hardware did not help in trying to resist from asking to take a look. What harm would a peek do?

Long story short, the answer is empty pockets.

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Outfit details:

1) Round Sunglasses: Queen Boutique in Kensington Calgary (similar here) | 2) Dress: Local Store in Calgary | 3) Cardigan: ZARA (similar here) | 4) Boots: Nine West (similar here) | 5) Watch: Marc Jacobs | 6) Lipstick: Marc Jacobs in Crush


I hope I have convinced you to go thrift/vintage/consignment shopping or even just try it out! Don’t be afraid to do so, it’s tons of fun!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

 

Monochromatic and Bloody

Five hours of insufficient sleep later, with lingering feelings from Phantom of the Opera the night prior, one can only dress in monochrome and bloody tints.


Everyone wakes up one morning knowing that it will be a t-shirt and jeans kind of day. Well, today was my day. It’s a surprise that I even managed to get out of bed.

With scenes from Phantom of the Opera still fresh in my mind, I may well continue sorrowing at its dramatic plot with this black V-neck paired with my striped skinnies. Not wanting to look any duller with my already sunken eyes, a much needed call for colour brought bloody tints of red to my lips and feet. Since the stripes on my jeans are thin and narrow, it does not clash with my shoes but instead, attracts interest to the play in patterns.

To indicate caution for today’s highly irritable nature, it was appropriate that I wear my bullet necklace.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Black V-Neck: GAP | 2) Striped Skinnies: Levi’s (similar here) | 3) Flats: ZARA | 4) Bullet Necklace: D.I.Y (similar here) | 5) Lipstick: L’Oreal in Ravishing Red | 6) Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Bright Hue

This morning, I made the mandatory visit to Sephora to receive my yearly, free gift. In order to do so, I must purchase an item and since I’ve been wanting to try an orange lipstick, I braved ahead to finally do it. There were so many choices but I was particularly captured by none other than Marc Jacobs, especially after seeing the newly released line of lipsticks that looked like crayons. Not only was the packaging adorable, the bright hue of Crush perfectly matched my unexpected style. I tried it on and fell in love!

The consistency of the lipstick is smooth and hydrating and the matte finish is perfect for its vibrancy.  Aside from this, it is ‘kiss-proof’, leaving no stain in my glass cup. It won’t be a surprise if I come back to purchase another lipstick from this collection!

I did receive my free gift at the checkout and an additional freebie, a DKNY perfume. I was very impressed with the free gift: a MAKE UP FOR EVER lipstick and mascara, the mascara containing a generous amount!  image

1) DKNY My NY Eau De Parfume | 2) Make Up For Ever Lipstick in Rouge Artist Natural N9 and Mascara | 3) Marc Jacobs Lipstick in Crush


I did not bother removing the lipstick after trying it on and now, I’m probably blinding some of the customers’ eyes while I work.
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Folk Festival Ready

Going to my first Folk Festival was quite the excitement, even if I had to go alone! I was unsure of what to bring or carry but as with any outdoor festivities, I made sure to carry the essentials. I wore sunscreen to protect me from UVA/UVB and brought along lotion, lip balm, and face mist & moisturizer to keep myself hydrated. A bottle of water is a must as well! But who can forget to bring a camera?

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(Left to right)

1) White Instax Mini | 2) Vintage Esprit Purse | 3) Shiseido Sunscreen SPF 50| 4) Starbucks Peppermints| 5) Carmex Lipbalm| 6) L’Occitane Shea Butter| 7) Breath of Fresh Air Toner by Lush| 7) HK mirror| 8) Cosmetic Lad Face Moisturizer by Lush


I found this dress a week ago when I went shopping in Chinook and I decided that it was perfect to wear to the festival! I absolutely adore the neckline and overall silhouette of this maxi. It is also very rare for me to find the right length as I am a little on the shorter side so this piece is definitely a gem in my closet!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Dress: Band of Gypsies from Urban Outfitters | 2) Sunglasses: Queen Boutique in Kensington (similar here) | 3) Leather Boots: Nine West (similar here) | 4) Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs | 5) Backpack: ZARA (similar here)


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy primary reason for going to Folk Fest was to see Hey Rosetta! perform. They were incredible and I will say very little about them in this post as you must stay tuned for they have a special spot in my ‘Music’ page!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!