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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A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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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)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

(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!

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)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Lady-like in Public Transit

New York is a fashion capital and I was not going to waste my chance of pretending I belonged. I achieved this lady-like look by wearing a floral dress with lace and pearl embellishments. Since the dress is already very busy, I chose simple, yet elegant accessories. To juxtapose the softness of the dress, I paired it with a leather satchel, watch and shoes.
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1) Dress: Gifted from The Philippines | 2) Leather Satchel: Coach | 3) Cut-Out Shoes: Jeffrey Campbells | 4) White & Rose Gold Watch: Bulova | 4) Round Sunglasses: The Queen Boutique

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!