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!

Geometry and Patterns

Foremost, excuse the amateur, overexposed/dark photos because I lacked a photographer (my sister) today.


Mixing different shapes and patterns is one of the trickiest things to do, yet when well executed, is purely genius. I am still experimenting with this trend and it is indeed difficult. For an attempt, I paired this geometric button down with my printed sling hobo bag; a classic combination that I’ve tried before. Though the addition of colourful and geometric earrings made this outfit a little more of crazy… in a good way (at least I’d like to think so).

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What I love about these earrings is that they are by locally made (by Adrian Martinus in collaboration with Anne Tranholm) and eco-friendly because they are made from recycled materials! This picture does very little justice at such an incredible piece.

SAM_20121) Button Down: Urban Outfitters (Gifted) (similar here) | 2) Skinny Jeans: GAP (similar here) | 3) Hobo Bag: Gifted (similar here) | 4) Ombré Sunglasses: Nine West (similar here) | 5) Boots: Dolce Vita | 5) Geometric Earrings: Adrian Martinus x Anne Tranholm (local artists)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Double A

Another day, another button down. Button downs are one of my favourites because one could wear it both casually and in formal occasions. It is a classic and timeless piece that can be worn all year: by itself in the summer or underneath a knit sweater for when the weather becomes cooler. I am especially fond of this short sleeved button down because of its crisp collar, shoulder padded sleeves and pastel pink colour! Supporting Canada with Double A: American Apparel.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Button Down: American Apparel (similar here) | 2) High Waisted Corduroy Shorts: American Apparel | 3) Suede boots: Dolce Vita (similar here) | 4) Sunglasses: Nine West | 5) Backpack: Vintage from Mom | 6) Star Stud Earring: Gifted

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

For the Love of Vintage

Having lived in Vancouver, it has exposed me to lots of different ideas: healthy living, kale-eating, hipster loving and vintage shopping. Or you could say it has converted me to an almost full-pledged Vancouverite at heart because I’m all of the above. Fun fact: I still walk at a quick pace.

I live in Calgary now and prior to moving back, I feared that the transition would be difficult. It was and most especially on a personal level. But the anticipated change in lifestyle due to the lack thereof of diversity in services and shopping also contributed to my growing concern in ‘fitting in’. What was I to do without my favourite thrift/vintage/consignment store, Front and Company!? I was afraid to become entirely zombified of mall clothing. Call me hipster if you must, I’ve accepted it 😛

I’m just kidding…

I mean no offense to people who prefer shopping in malls or outlets. I just wish that they would try out thrift, consignment or vintage shopping before rejecting it. Although I do understand if they refuse to because they have been pre-worn by strangers. But in my defence, though rare, some of the items are actually brand new. If you remain unconvinced, vintage bags are at the very least an item that would be worth looking into.

Vintage shopping is fun because there is so much diversity and character in each piece. Since vintage pieces are usually one of a kind, the struggle in finding a size and/ or it being in good shape can sometimes be frustrating. If luck is on your side, this is when you find gems. Figuratively.

Enough chitter chatter and let me finally share one of my favourite stores in Calgary, Used House of Vintage! I have visited one of their locations in Granville Street Vancouver, though I found that I prefer this one in Calgary, down 17th Ave. I would guess their products is a reflection of whoever manages it and I could say my taste is more compatible with that of Calgary’s.

Their products are unique (as expected) and well-picked, the store is charming with its clean, well-organized layout and the customer service is awesome! In my two visits, I have managed to spend at least 30 minutes going around the store and chat with the sweet saleslady. I have failed to ask her name, twice, because I get too excited in talking to her about fashion and vintage stuff. I rarely meet people who share such an addiction… so you can understand, right? I’m also terrible with names.

I have been on the hunt for black, high waisted shorts or pants as I am itching to try crop tops without exposing my non-existent six-pack. I was ecstatic to find a pair of vintage Lee shorts, perfect in wash and fit, though it was sadly too short. In the end, I opted out in buying it but instead, finally snatched up my first crop top, an American Apparel. An incentive to find the perfect black, high waisted jeans I suppose?

At the checkout, a vintage Moschino bucket bag attracted my attention. My growing love for black and it being accentuated with gold hardware did not help in trying to resist from asking to take a look. What harm would a peek do?

Long story short, the answer is empty pockets.

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Outfit details:

1) Round Sunglasses: Queen Boutique in Kensington Calgary (similar here) | 2) Dress: Local Store in Calgary | 3) Cardigan: ZARA (similar here) | 4) Boots: Nine West (similar here) | 5) Watch: Marc Jacobs | 6) Lipstick: Marc Jacobs in Crush


I hope I have convinced you to go thrift/vintage/consignment shopping or even just try it out! Don’t be afraid to do so, it’s tons of fun!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

 

Folk Festival Ready

Going to my first Folk Festival was quite the excitement, even if I had to go alone! I was unsure of what to bring or carry but as with any outdoor festivities, I made sure to carry the essentials. I wore sunscreen to protect me from UVA/UVB and brought along lotion, lip balm, and face mist & moisturizer to keep myself hydrated. A bottle of water is a must as well! But who can forget to bring a camera?

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1) White Instax Mini | 2) Vintage Esprit Purse | 3) Shiseido Sunscreen SPF 50| 4) Starbucks Peppermints| 5) Carmex Lipbalm| 6) L’Occitane Shea Butter| 7) Breath of Fresh Air Toner by Lush| 7) HK mirror| 8) Cosmetic Lad Face Moisturizer by Lush


I found this dress a week ago when I went shopping in Chinook and I decided that it was perfect to wear to the festival! I absolutely adore the neckline and overall silhouette of this maxi. It is also very rare for me to find the right length as I am a little on the shorter side so this piece is definitely a gem in my closet!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Dress: Band of Gypsies from Urban Outfitters | 2) Sunglasses: Queen Boutique in Kensington (similar here) | 3) Leather Boots: Nine West (similar here) | 4) Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs | 5) Backpack: ZARA (similar here)


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy primary reason for going to Folk Fest was to see Hey Rosetta! perform. They were incredible and I will say very little about them in this post as you must stay tuned for they have a special spot in my ‘Music’ page!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!