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!

Improperly Proper

On days I remember that I’m a girl, I put on a few coats of mascara and tint on my lips. Proper with a button down, but remaining edgy with the unexpected excess of stripes.


Stripes on stripes, if done right, is an interesting and chic trend. A mixture of horizontal & vertical stripes is key, as well as the differences between the size. Do not pair stripes of the same size, otherwise it will become one, hot mess! Remember to also keep the rest of the outfit basic and plain.

DSC04539 DSC04533 DSC04535DSC04551DSC045451) Button Down: UNIQLO | 2) Knit Sweater: Michael Kors (similar here) | 3) Leggings: H&M | 4) Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here) | 5) Crossbody Bag: Vintage (similar here)

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Day Out in Wang

I finished my first exam this morning and since my next and last isn’t for another while, I decided to make a visit to Kensington: Naked Leaf & Pages! Teas and books are always good presents.

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I finally wore my Alexander Wang x HM purchase, that is this cool jacket! There is no other way to dress a Wang piece than with monochrome, or in my case, all black. Unaware, the works of flash brings out a surprise of the reflective detail embedded in this jacket! Très cool, non?

DSC04514 DSC04519DSC04507 DSC04509Almost everything I wore today are either limited edition, unavailable online or vintage, so no links for tonight. However, I hope you found inspiration!

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Winter Has Come

In all black with a hint of bloody red makes me seem like a walking Bubonic Plague; or at least that’s how I’ve been feeling these past few days. Sickness has struck me and I think it’s trying to tell me that I should be better prepared in keeping myself warm now that winter has come. A trip to Winners this weekend and voilà, a wool scarf and leather gloves that cost me less than $30. If there’s anything I like about winter, it’s that I get to wear leather, wool and suede.
DSC04312DSC04332DSC043021) Wool & Leather Jacket: Guess (similar here) | 2) Heather Grey Crew: GAP | 3) Leggings: H&M | 4) Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here)| 5) Wool Scarf: Igloos (similar here) | 6) Backpack: Vintage from mom | 7) Leather Gloves: Winners (similar here)

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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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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!

Exotic Taste & Bright Days

Perhaps holding on to hope for warm and bright days was not such a bad idea as today, the magical genie granted my wish. With the majority of the day spent outdoors: consisting of deep conversations and park walks, it was a good reminder of how satisfying life is wi-fi free, while well indulged in good company.
DSC03637For lunch, we had a first visit to Rose Garden Thai Restaurant located in Stephen Ave. The setting was very authentic, as well as the food. Though to be honest, it’s not the best Thai food I’ve had in Calgary. But if in need of a quick fix, it’s worth a visit. Their good hospitality and delicious, coconut rice is what would bring me back.

DSC03631 DSC03632DSC03630Since we supplied Naked Leaf teas at work and my manager urged me to pay a visit, I decided to do that today. We were drawn in by the warm and unique setting, not to mention the fragrant scents of tasteful teas. The owners were so friendly and accommodating. They informed us that with the purchase of ~100g of tea, we would obtain a free tin customized with local artists’ drawings. Knowing that my purchase supports local artists was enough to convince me to come back for more!
DSC03633My dark outfit may not have represented how I really felt today but to be fair, served me well when the night fell to a Chicago setting of strong winds. But overall, I’m thankful for today.
DSC03640DSC036431) V-neck Tee: GAP | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Burgundy Coat: Vero Moda (similar here) | 4) Boots: Very Volatile (thrifted) | 5) Socks: UNIQLO | 6) Satchel: Dooney & Bourke (similar here)

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Not in the Mood Though Mod

Today offered a series of unfortunate events but at least, I was well dressed for it. Perhaps I foreshadowed my own fate with the monochromatic Mod. I am unaware whether it’s because of Halloween, or apparently looking like Michael Jackson, that I have been gravitating towards wearing almost all or if not, all black. To my defence (and all who are fond of wearing black), perhaps I’m at a phase of ‘less is more’ and wanting to achieve a vibe of class without needing to wear a dress. Or, I could simply be channeling my inner garçon.

1 DSC03514 There is nothing more pleasing than finding designer pieces at more than half the cost. Yesterday, I bought this cool Ralph Lauren biker jacket on my first visit to Better On You, a consignment store in downtown Calgary. I adore the quilted, shoulder detail, button clasped, round collar and its perfect fit. A fitted jacket is definitely a staple in anyone’s closet.DSC03519 DSC03516I acknowledge than I have more than enough black and white shoes, but after finding these Stuart Weitzman‘s (a brand that I dared not dream to obtain during this status of broke, university student), I had to make an addition to my collection. One of the things that made my day was when a woman came up to me, complimented me on my shoes and asked me about them. There is nothing more satisfying than being acknowledged on my style (most especially by a stranger), let alone being asked to inform them about fashion. It’s moments like this that motivate me to never stop pursuing fashion as my ultimate career.

(Scroll ahead and you will be creeped out at how cheap I got these for!)
DSC03518 2“You ain’t got nothing on my gang.”  

DSC035301) Jacket: Consigned Ralph Lauren (similar here) | 2) Leggings: H&M | 3) Grey Socks: UNIQLO | 4) Creepers: Consigned Stuart Weitzman (similar here) | 5) Leather Backpack: Vintage from mom

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Camouflaging

20141013_152522For Thanksgiving, my family and I went to the park to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Not even realizing until later, I was dressed as if intended to camouflage against the colours of nature (with the exception of my bright hat).
image[2] image image[3]1) Grey Tee: GAP | 2) Vest: ZARA (similar here) | 3) Jeans: GAP | 4) Sneakers: Converse | 5) Cross-body Bag: Coach | 6) Hat: H&M Divided (Gifted)

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