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!

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!

Day Out in Wang

I finished my first exam this morning and since my next and last isn’t for another while, I decided to make a visit to Kensington: Naked Leaf & Pages! Teas and books are always good presents.

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I finally wore my Alexander Wang x HM purchase, that is this cool jacket! There is no other way to dress a Wang piece than with monochrome, or in my case, all black. Unaware, the works of flash brings out a surprise of the reflective detail embedded in this jacket! Très cool, non?

DSC04514 DSC04519DSC04507 DSC04509Almost everything I wore today are either limited edition, unavailable online or vintage, so no links for tonight. However, I hope you found inspiration!

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Knit Racerback

I’m starting to fall in love with knits, but when it comes to maintenance, I’m not much of a fan. I have ruined way too many, expensive pieces of clothing due to laziness. Although most ‘Dry Clean Only’ items are made of the best fabrics, they are quite inconvenient.

Enough exposure of my Snorlax personality and more on this knit racerback. Knit is a technique often used for thick sweaters, but have you heard of a (little) see-through, racerback? And in a mixture of blue & red? I’m sold. This is why Club Monaco is one of my favourite stores.

DSC04383Not many people wear halter necks because one must find the ‘right’ kind in order to rock it. Personally, I find that my shoulders are on the broader side. If the straps on this top were any thinner, my shoulders would appear broader. The depth of halter tops is another factor to consider. Some styles are made with round necks and this constrictive construction is not flattering to shorter necks. Therefore, if you want an illusion of a longer neck, choose pieces with a deeper neckline. Try on & experiment with several halter tops in order to learn and find what’s ideal for your own body type.DSC04391DSC04392DSC04386

1) Knit Racerback: Club Monaco| 2) Jeans: Forever 21|  3) Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here)| 4) Backpack: Vintage from mom


On a completely different side note, I went to Don Day again! Samgyeopsal wrapped with jalapeño and gochujang is so good, but incredibly spicy!DSC04401 Oh Calgary, you looked pretty tonight.DSC04397

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!

Le Mur is Now Less Hideous

My industrial mur needed a little help so I brought back 1st year university’s polaroid wall. I also miss so many beautiful faces and good memories thus, this is a perfect reminder. Maybe I’ll become less of a grumpier person. Maybe.
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1) Polaroids | 2) String | 3) Mini clothespins | 4) Thumb tacks | 5) Tags (optional)

DSC04010 DSC04021 And the mess begins…DSC04057 DSC04012 DSC04071 I am so happy to have this new addition in my room! It feels more like home.DSC041121) Tank Top: AE (similar here) | 2) Cardigan: ZARA (similar here) | 3) Trousers:  Nümph | 4) Socks: UNIQLO | 5) Lipstick: Marc Jacobs in Crush

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)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Morning Grind & Poetry Rhymes

It has been a while since I worked a morning shift, but it feels nice to have a trek in peace and quiet, despite the frosty chill and slippery slopes.DSC03862 DSC03864 What better way to start the morning than to listen to Daughter and have myself a bite and coffee?DSC03866 DSC03879 DSC03882

I am currently obsessing over thick, long socks, scrunched to peek out of booties. I went to Roots yesterday and am in the state of regret for not getting myself a couple of cabin socks. They’re so comfy, warm and Canadian!

For an hour, the café was terribly quiet so I went ahead and recited my poems… not that there is reason to practise.
DSC03872 DSC038851) Plaid Coat: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Sweater: Garage (similar here) | 3) Jeans: Makers of True Originals (similar here) | 4) Socks: Walmart (similar here) | 5) Rain Boots: Mel | 6) Toque: Club Monaco (similar here)

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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!