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!

Toughing Up ‘Tacky’

There are certain things that I have other people will hate… like this t-shirt. I was convinced it wasn’t my style but oddly, I gravitated towards it. Perhaps its because I can appreciate the uniqueness of its pop art print: colourful zebras, ribbons and reindeers. In my defence, Christmas is around the corner.

However, I am not one to flaunt such tackiness. Instead, I juxtaposed it with darker and tougher pieces. A biker jacket, black thigh highs, corduroy shorts and oxfords did the trick.DSC03967 DSC03988 DSC039761) Graphic T-shirt: Silla (Local Store) | 2) Biker Jacket: Ralph Lauren (similar here) | 3) Corduroy Shorts: American Apparel | 4) Thigh Highs: Gifted (similar here) | 5) White & Purple Oxfords: Arnold Churgin (similar here)

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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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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!

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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!)
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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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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?

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Brunch in Miu Miu

It’s been three weeks since I got my Miu Miu’s and it was only today that I thought fit to wear them. So what did I get? Vintage inspired sunglasses which I absolutely adore!

Since I wanted this piece to be the main point, I worked around it by wearing blue, white and brown basics. Having already worn my white tee yesterday, I used my romper to act as a tank by layering high waisted shorts over it. Classic, white sneakers was trending on NYFW but guess who bought a pair just a week before that? Moi 😉
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy sister, her boyfriend and I went to Red’s Diner on 4th St, 17th Ave. because I was suddenly craving brunch food. Call me crazy but there is something magical about eating breakfast when it’s no longer morning. You can also call me clumsy for having ordered the wrong course.

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What a posh bench!
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Not only are the sunglasses perfect, so is the packaging! It screams ‘doll’ in this hue of pink and that touch of luxury in velvet.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Romper: ZARA (similar here) | 2) High Waisted Shorts: Forever 21 | 3) Satchel: Coach (Sister’s) | 4) Sneakers: POLO Ralph Lauren | 5) Sunglasses: Miu Miu

A plus tard et avec l’amour!