(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!

Homme Pour Le Jour: Inspired by Menswear

With my new haircut, I have become better inspired in blending it all together with my outfits. Today, I attempted to style it in a slick back and I must say, I have much more respect for folks who do this on a daily basis. Ladies, men have it difficult too when styling their hair. Personally, I found that achieving this style is much more difficult than curling my hair (that is when I still had the length to do so :P).

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I lacked a texturizer but this proved to be more than sufficient for my first attempt.

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1) L’Oreal Hair Spray | 2) Rat Tooth Comb | 3) Gatsby Air & Rise Wax | 4) Hair Dryer


But what’s a slick back without an outfit to match? I have mentioned to several of my friends that I wish men’s clothing would be available in my size but as this is not the case, I have to settle for menswear inspired pieces to play with. What I love about menswear is the classic, clean and crisp silhouettes, giving space for attention to interesting patterns and textures in the fabrics. One of my favourite trends is ankle jeans paired with leather oxfords and a pair of vibrant socks.

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1) Button Down: FCUK | 2) Ankle Jeans: BDG from Urban Outfitters (similar here) | 3) Socks: Club Monaco | 4) Leather Oxfords: Arnold Churgin (similar here) | 5) Gargoyle Ring: Used House of Vintage Calgary

I had so much fun styling this whole ensemble and I must say, my efforts have not gone to waste as I’ve been turning heads this morning. Just have fun with it as fashion should be!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Finding a Hair Salon

Moving to a new city is challenging in itself: settling down, finding new friends and of utmost importance, finding a hair stylist! I have always been experimental with my haircuts that it’s important to me that I find the right fit. After living here in Calgary for a few months, I’ve finally found my go-to stylist after three trials!


1st trial: Gina Hair Salon @ #18-1324 10th Ave SW

image (1)This haircut was impulsive and a walk-in. The hairstylist informed me that she was able to accommodate me, even without an appointment. I was truly ecstatic that day to find that out because I felt the awful need to get a haircut. At the moment, I was satisfied with my haircut but now that I look back, it was awfully executed and the service was mediocre. I cannot fully put the hairstylist into blame as it was a walk-in, however I would have preferred to have been denied the walk-in than receive dissatisfaction. Price paid was not worth what I received.

 


2nd trial: Fai Hair Design @ Suite 218-2066 18 Ave NE

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Foremost, I apologize for not having a better picture of this haircut. However, I can say that I was more satisfied with this salon visit than the previous. This salon was recommended to me by my sister. She says that Fai specializes in Asian hair and therefore, proves himself to be a good hairstylist. I truly cannot deny this claim because I was very happy with the overall service. It is apparent that he is very experienced because he cuts quickly, but not at the pace of haste that finesse is absent. I would have returned to this salon but I wanted to at least try elsewhere before settling. Price was fair for the service received.


3rd trial: RedBloom Salon @ 638 11 Ave SW, Calgary

For days, I looked online to read reviews of hair salons and I decided to try out a more higher-end salon, that of which ended up to be RedBloom. The reason for this is that they offered $10 off for the first visit and this was enough of an incentive to try it out. As well, their hair stylists had short descriptions of their preferences and specialities. Wanting an asymmetrical haircut, quite a daring kind,A I went ahead to book an appointment with Amanda who claimed to enjoy ‘fun cuts’ (her hair looked cool too!)

Upon entering, the salon looked exquisite! I was taken back by the posh interior of zebra-coloured wallpaper, red chandelier and large mirrors. I was greeted with the choice of water, tea, or coffee and pampered by the unexpected scalp and shoulder massage prior to the haircut. As well, there was a long, but very informative consultation of my desired haircut. It was apparent that Amanda was well-experienced because it was as if she was reading my mind! She knew everything I wanted and was able to address my concerns before and after the cut: from length, after care and styling. She was the friendliest too!

The service great and I absolutely adore my haircut. As I’ve already mentioned, the price is a little on the higher side of things but I can no longer trust anyone else with my hair but Amanda after this piece she has well executed!

RedBloom even featured my transformation in their Instagram account!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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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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!

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