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!

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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!

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

A plus tard et avec l’amour!