Got Beat

I got beat on Boxing Day, beat by exhaustion. I woke up awfully early to avoid the crowd and long lines as best I can, which was not much of a success. On the bright side, I managed to purchase $644 worth of items for ~$240, 63% worth of savings!

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Tips for future Boxing Days:

1) The food court is probably one of the busiest so grab a bite before leaving your house or eat at a nearby restaurant because good luck on finding an unoccupied table.

2) Wear comfy (and easy to change out of) clothes. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to ninja through the crowd in uncomfortable clothing, or when trying on clothes.

3) Avoid using large satchels because carrying one around would be too much of a hassle. Stick to backpacks or mini cross-body bags so that you can maneuver around easier. You’re also doing everyone else a favour, trust me.

DSC04737 DSC04736DSC04730 DSC04744 DSC047461) Denim Jacket: GAP (similar here) | 2) V-neck Tee: Topshop | 3) Distressed Jeans: Levi’s (similar here) | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren | 4) Recycled License Plate Cross-body: Reworks in Calgary

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Christmas Came Early

This morning, I ran out of the house in my pyjamas as soon as I found out that the package from my best friends has come! I was truly ecstatic & extremely grateful for having the friends that I do. This could not have come at a better time to cheer me up, and tear up, at the same time. Merci beaucoup mes meilleurs amis!

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Nordstrom’s changeroom’s waiting room (got that?) is extremely posh! I suppose they have done right in making sure the husbands and boyfriends are waiting in comfort, or broke girlfriends like I.

Straying away from my usual black and loose fitting clothes results in this. For a more refined side of my style, I wore a bright jumper with a subtly coloured button down and a pair of classic jeans. To escape a rather ‘basic palette’, the addition of a statement necklace gives an interesting neckline. Brown, leather accessories are a must in any woman’s closet to finish off an outfit.

DSC04688 DSC04694 DSC04690 1) Jumper: Thrifted (similar here) | 2) Button Down: Maison Scotch | 3) Necklace: Topshop (similar here) | 4) Jeans: William Rast | 5) Satchel: Coach | 6) Booties: Nine West (similar here)


Have you finished Christmas shopping yet? If not, good luck on those long line ups!

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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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Jamming & Nomming

Winter season is best season for spicy cravings and what’s better than tteokbokki, which is Korean rice cake with sweet, red chili sauce, and kimchi pancakes? But no Korean meal is complete without traditional beverage: makgeolli for a first.

My friend suggested we go to Don Day, a quaint Korean restaurant on 7th Ave in downtown Calgary. The setting struck me a little because it was if I was immediately transported to Korea, that is judging based on what I’ve seen from K-dramas. Need I mention that K-pop music was playing and oppas were our cooks? In short summary, this has been the most authentic and best tasting Korean food I’ve had in Calgary! I will definitely find myself coming back for more.
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Perhaps I couldn’t wait for another Friday to come that I’ve resorted to casual attire. I am absolutely in love with GAP’s supersoft tees. I went a little crazy two weeks ago when I bought a couple pieces. They are so comfy and easy to wear. Highly recommended!

DSC03913 DSC039231) Shirt: GAP | 2) Jeans: William Rast | 3) Socks: UNIQLO | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren (similar here)

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Morning Grind & Poetry Rhymes

It has been a while since I worked a morning shift, but it feels nice to have a trek in peace and quiet, despite the frosty chill and slippery slopes.DSC03862 DSC03864 What better way to start the morning than to listen to Daughter and have myself a bite and coffee?DSC03866 DSC03879 DSC03882

I am currently obsessing over thick, long socks, scrunched to peek out of booties. I went to Roots yesterday and am in the state of regret for not getting myself a couple of cabin socks. They’re so comfy, warm and Canadian!

For an hour, the café was terribly quiet so I went ahead and recited my poems… not that there is reason to practise.
DSC03872 DSC038851) Plaid Coat: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Sweater: Garage (similar here) | 3) Jeans: Makers of True Originals (similar here) | 4) Socks: Walmart (similar here) | 5) Rain Boots: Mel | 6) Toque: Club Monaco (similar here)

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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!

Non-Vintage Vintage

Good vintage pieces are not easy to come across, but who says you can’t make modern-day clothing appear as if they were from 10 years ago? 

An oversized souvenir tee paired with loosely fit straight jeans is a vintage classic ensemble that I decided to recreate. To keep it consistent, I slid into my exhausted, brown boots.

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Calgarian Raincouver Ready

Waking up to heavy clouds this morning made me happy! It gave me good reason to dress up in almost all waterproof. As a former Vancouverite, I am still well-equipped for a dance in the rain: clad in raincoat, a waterproof wristlet and rubber boots. Though my bestest friends are well aware that these boots are cursed because everytime I wear them, it doesn’t rain. It held up to its title today.
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Since I wanted the raincoat to be the main point of interest for its cool vibrancy and built-in cinching waistbelt, I paired it with light, cigarette jeans. Though a little more pop of colour from the addition of this functional wristlet should ease this outfit from ordinary.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs I very much adore the cute bow detail on these rainboots, I decided to cuff my jeans. Now, it even looks like I have a new pair of denim!

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1) Blue Raincoat: Tulle (Gifted) | 2) Cigarette Jeans: GAP (similar here) | 3) Wristlet: Coach (Gifted) (similar here) | 4) Rainboots: Mel

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Tres Marias

Growing up, my mom would dress my sisters and I in matching outfits but as cute as that was, we inevitably grew up and developed our own sense of styles.


1. Me

My style can be best described as sophisticated with an edge. I like pieces that have plenty of character but in its materials durable and retains hints of elegance. It is of utmost importance for me to keep everything balanced. I like to mix prints and textures with basics, incorporate both light and dark colours and be watchful of lengths. In this outfit, I particularly focused on maintaining balance in skin exposure. Personally, I do not like to wear tank top with shorts but instead, with jeans. My style secret: I like to buy sale and vintage!
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1) Strappy tank: American Eagle | 2) Cigarette Skinnies: GAP (similar here) | 3) Flats: ZARA | 4) Leather Backpack: Vintage from Mom


2. Second Sister

My second sister has an affinity for wearing dark colours with tints of red, military boots and generally, comfortable attire. She is best described as edgy and is inspired by menswear. Her casual attires are usually oversized and laid-back but when it comes to more formal occasions, she can be seen rocking body-con dresses and high heels. Her style secret: Black works with everything!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES 1) T-Shirt: Rihanna line from Hard Rock NY | 2) Jeans: Guess 3) Cross-body bag: Kate Spade | 4) Rings: ALDO | 5) Watch: Skagen Denmark | 6) Aviators: Ray Ban | 7) Boots: Enzo Angiolini for Nine West


3. Eldest Sister

My eldest sister’s style can be best described as classic, yet on trend. She likes to wear pieces that are timeless and comfortable, mainly neutral in colours and simple silhouettes. She can make Converses and tees look chic by adding expensive details. Because of her petite frame, she is able to snatch up cute pieces from the junior’s department, one of her biggest style secrets! Fun fact: She takes the photographs for my blog!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Patterned Dress: GAP | 2) Jumper: ZARA Kids (similar here) | 3) Sneakers: Converse | 4) Cross-body bag: BCBG Max Azria | 5) Watch: Burberry


I hope you liked this post! Thanks to my sisters for being such good sports!

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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.
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