Merry Christmas!

Christmas is best celebrated with family & friends, good food and the exciting tradition of opening presents. Our Christmas Eve celebration consisted of a late, but huge dinner, hours of good laughter, playing games & waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

DSC04701 DSC04727 DSC04713 DSC04705 1) Dress: Glamorous (similar here or here) | 2) Ring & Necklace: Taraxca Jewellry (Gifted) | 3) Clutch: Violet Ray | 4) Booties: Dolce Vita


We’re serious about our food.

DSC04716 DSC04723Beyond thankful for the people around me and everything in my life. Merry Christmas!

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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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)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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!

Plaid is Rad

Ok, so that title is for the purpose of rhyming because to be honest, I have a love and hate relationship with plaid. And the explanation as to why is for another time.


It has been ~a year when I last wore this jacket, which is probably a good estimation as I found my long, ‘lost’ debit card inside one of the pockets. This also means that winter has come. Sadly. The temperature dropping to -21°C (minus the windchill) explains how everyone, including myself, are waddling like penguins. Perhaps skates would have been a better choice over rain boots.

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Since plaid is usually colourful and is a busy pattern, it can be tricky to work with. The easiest solution would be to pair it with basics. If you require more colour outside black, incorporate accessories that are of the same colour from the plaid.

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And mischievous Raiza strikes….
DSC037621) Plaid Coat: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Pants: Makers Of True Originals (similar here) | 3) Rain Boots: Mel | 4) Bowler Hat: Minimum

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Making a Statement

Bright & whites during the winter, why not? And if that’s not asking for enough attention, why not a statement piece? Literally.

This $10, thrifted sweater has got people staring. I’m usually not one for clothes with writing, but can you blame me for picking this awesome one out? To make sweaters a little less casual, try layering it with a button down.DSC03593

DSC03589DSC035921) Statement Sweater: Thrifted (similar here) | 2) Button Down: Club Monaco | 3) Jeans w/side zippers: BCBG MaxAzria | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren


On a side note, I’m currently obsessing over Hey Rosetta!’s new album, Second Sight! You know what’s a steal? Obtaining this gem for $7.00 at HMV!DSC03628

I have been listening non-stop to this catchy tune!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Jumping for Autumn

Autumn is my favourite season: the leaves fall beautifully and crisps dry, rustling, the sun shines brightly though not scorching and layers can finally be worn! For today’s outfit, I wore denim on denim for a bold statement paired with the colours of nature: brown and green. I opted for an all blue and white outfit to draw attention to my boots that has an interesting, yet oddly placed cut-out.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI tried to do the classic ‘throw the leaves’ picture yet failed miserably with my questionable expression.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES These lace socks added that extra, pretty detail. I am absolutely in love with the long tassel on these boots!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Ombré Denim Jacket: GAP (similar here) | 2) Denim Shorts: Forever 21 | 3) White Tank: ZARA | 4) Backpack: ZARA (similar here) | 5) Lace Socks: Club Monaco (similar here) | 6) Boots: Nine West

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Zodiac Signs

It wasn’t until much later that I decided to get on the crop top trend with this American Apparel piece. I wasn’t exactly fond of having to show my non-existent abs, though liked the idea of an illusion of longer legs. Solution: wear high waisted bottoms! Oui, there is a little peek of skin but thanks to today’s workout that it’s a little under control.
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It felt as if I was dressed like a 90s pop star. Don’t you agree? Non?

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Les “non

La maladie may be getting to me, enough that it has manipulated my mind to wear my “non”s. What do I mean? I have never worn leggings as pants, earrings that are mismatched and rarely on the brown and black combo. Yet, I did all that today.

I suppose that since all the pieces can be categorized as basic, I didn’t end up looking like a hot mess. As you all know, I love achieving the illusion that I’m tall. These polka dotted leggings by UNIQLO are perfect because the fabric is magical. It can be stretched effortlessly, which allowed for this high-waisted look, and hugged my body very well as if made for my proportions.
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1) V-neck Tee: Topshop | 2) Polka Dot Leggings: UNIQLO | 3) Satchel: Coach (Sister’s) (similar here) | 4) Boots: Kensie | 5) Earrings: F21 and Gifted

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

(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!