(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)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Wake up for Alexander Wang x H&M!

I’m not the most affectionate but if I ever wake up unbelievably early for you, that’s my way of saying ‘I care about you.’ That is exactly what waking up at 5:30 this morning was for: to get in line for the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration. Since Wang is my sister’s favourite designer and she unfortunately had a work meeting to attend to, I was her go-to girl. Perhaps I don’t mind acting as if I was Andy from The Devil Wears Prada.DSC03694.1It was still very dark when I arrived at The Core; the only H&M branch in Calgary that hosted the event. Upon arrival, there was already a line-up. Although not until a few more minutes later, I realized that wristbands were to be picked up instead to indicate a time of return. At the sight of 10:15 (as the event begins at 8:00), I had an immediate, mini heart attack. So what better way to kill time and make good use of it too by having an Americano? Caffè Artigiano down 4th Avenue was a perfect place to calm down and study. Even better, they played French jazz and classical music!

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DSC03685Post AW x H&M shopping was a breath of fresh air. Even though I didn’t manage to obtain her most wanted items, I was at the very least relieved that I even had anything to purchase by the end of it.

The event made me feel inclined to channel my inner Wang: monochromatic and tight. I have been loving the illusion of wearing a unitard; best achieved with a black, tucked in top and black bottoms. And why not black shoes too? To add a little more personality, throw in unique pieces, keeping the colour palette in mind.

DSC03708 DSC03702 DSC03698DSC03697 DSC037041) Graphic Sweater: Thrifted | 2) Button Down: FCUK (similar here) | 3) Leggings: H&M | 4) Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here) | 5) Quilted HK Backpack: Disneyland (Sanrio) | 6) Bullet Necklace: DIY

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

University Must Haves & Tips!

sam_1801Winter is Coming and first year students are shivering in both excitement and worry! But fear not, I’m here to give you tips on how to survive this big transition.

1) There’s nothing worst than forgetting your bus pass and getting ticketed for it. I’ve been there. To avoid this accident from happening, find a wallet that has a window ID. I found this functional and chic Michael Kors wallet that has the window ID at the back, a keyring and multiple compartments. Its small size is ideal for tight spaces.

2) At first you would think that having pizza or burgers everyday is a dream come true since fast food is very accessible in most campuses, but I must warn you that your health, wallet and tastebuds will not like you in the long run. It’s not a sin to have the occasional greasy, overpriced food from campus, although I highly suggest that you bring food from home/dorm most of the time. This glass Lock&Lock container is a must in my list as it’s the perfect size, is BPA free, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and best of all, has a locking system that seals it air and water tight!

3) If you so prefer and your professor allows it, laptops and iPads are good ways to remain eco-friendly and sharing notes will be easier. However, I personally find these options distracting because who wouldn’t be tempted to check social media when sat in lecture for hours? I’m going to be honest, I plead guilty to such crime! To avoid this, try it old school. This cute trio from Studio-Oh! that I found from Chapters will do the trick! Also, despite paying overpriced tuition, don’t expect luxurious, oversized tables. It’s most probable that you will find very small desks so aim to buy small notebooks. Lastly, binders will be your enemy!

4) What’s paper without writing utensils? As tempting as it may be to buy those pens and pencils that come in 12s, trust me, you don’t need any more than one. Invest in one good, expensive pen & pencil because it will last you longer and you don’t have to worry about asking it back from that unprepared classmate. Unless you intend to make ‘sharing’ into flirting with that cute guy/girl in class, then perhaps you can save an extra one ; ) I highly recommend brands such as Pentel, Pilot and Staedtler.

5) You may think that school books are more than enough of a read, but if you’re like me who enjoys leisure reading, you’d probably find yourself procrastinating with other books. There is nothing wrong with that because at the very least, this option expands your knowledge and you’re less likely to fall into the trap of pulling an all-nighter because you were too distracted with the internet and all its glory! Bookmarks are very helpful in both leisure and school reads. This feather bookmark is from a local market but you can buy ones similar to it on Etsy!

6) As organized as day/weekly planners may be, there are too bulky and incompatible with my preferences. I like post-it notes better and as a fan of Hello Kitty, these are perfect for those short notes, reminders and to-do lists!

7) Earphones are necessary not only for your favourite tunes in those daily bus rides, but also for when you need peace & quiet when studying. You are likely to encounter a person who prefers studying in groups but as friendly and fun as that may seem, it can sometimes get distracting. Plugging in your earphones, even without music playing, is the ultimate ‘Do not disturb’ sign. If they are really persistent or you just happen to be in a noisy environment, consider noise-cancelling headphones such as the ones I own from Sony.

8) If you are lucky enough to experience dorm life like I did, decorating your own room for floormates/housemates to visit is exciting! Those first few weeks will feel a little lonely, but adding personality into your space will attract people that share common interests and you’ll eventually find some good folks, possibly even lifelong friends. So don’t be afraid to show your inner geekiness and with that, I chose this Game of Thrones Stark Stein! You know nothing, Jon Snow”.


I hoped this post was informative for you freshmen. Which school are you attending and what field of study? Good luck and take care!

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!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!