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!

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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

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Camouflaging

20141013_152522For Thanksgiving, my family and I went to the park to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Not even realizing until later, I was dressed as if intended to camouflage against the colours of nature (with the exception of my bright hat).
image[2] image image[3]1) Grey Tee: GAP | 2) Vest: ZARA (similar here) | 3) Jeans: GAP | 4) Sneakers: Converse | 5) Cross-body Bag: Coach | 6) Hat: H&M Divided (Gifted)

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Lunch Date: ‘Roman Vibe’

Today’s attire was not the easiest to walk in and got my family and friends wondering where I was off to. My mom thought I was to attend a party, a friend felt as if I came from Italy and another explained it with the words ‘Roman Vibe’, which the latter I’m most fond of. It’s really difficult for me to leave the house without looking overdressed because it’s just the way I am. I love to dress up, make my old clothes appear new by mix & matching and I hope it inspires other people to enjoy fashion as much as I do. To end all curiosities, my day consisted of a lunch date and attending Japanese class.

We made a first visit to Oak Tree Tavern in Kensington and I ordered the classic fish & chips and beer combo. The batter of the fish was well executed, though the fries could have used less salt. As for the beer, which was Newcastle Brown Ale, it was one of the best I’ve had for a dark choice.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere is something about matching a long sleeve top with a maxi skirt that I’m very fond of. Perhaps it is most comparable to the fashion during the Victorian Era: feminine and elegant. Since the top & bottom half pieces are both voluminous, the addition of the belt cinches in the waist to balance out the proportions.

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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

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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

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Tres Marias

Growing up, my mom would dress my sisters and I in matching outfits but as cute as that was, we inevitably grew up and developed our own sense of styles.


1. Me

My style can be best described as sophisticated with an edge. I like pieces that have plenty of character but in its materials durable and retains hints of elegance. It is of utmost importance for me to keep everything balanced. I like to mix prints and textures with basics, incorporate both light and dark colours and be watchful of lengths. In this outfit, I particularly focused on maintaining balance in skin exposure. Personally, I do not like to wear tank top with shorts but instead, with jeans. My style secret: I like to buy sale and vintage!
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1) Strappy tank: American Eagle | 2) Cigarette Skinnies: GAP (similar here) | 3) Flats: ZARA | 4) Leather Backpack: Vintage from Mom


2. Second Sister

My second sister has an affinity for wearing dark colours with tints of red, military boots and generally, comfortable attire. She is best described as edgy and is inspired by menswear. Her casual attires are usually oversized and laid-back but when it comes to more formal occasions, she can be seen rocking body-con dresses and high heels. Her style secret: Black works with everything!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES 1) T-Shirt: Rihanna line from Hard Rock NY | 2) Jeans: Guess 3) Cross-body bag: Kate Spade | 4) Rings: ALDO | 5) Watch: Skagen Denmark | 6) Aviators: Ray Ban | 7) Boots: Enzo Angiolini for Nine West


3. Eldest Sister

My eldest sister’s style can be best described as classic, yet on trend. She likes to wear pieces that are timeless and comfortable, mainly neutral in colours and simple silhouettes. She can make Converses and tees look chic by adding expensive details. Because of her petite frame, she is able to snatch up cute pieces from the junior’s department, one of her biggest style secrets! Fun fact: She takes the photographs for my blog!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Patterned Dress: GAP | 2) Jumper: ZARA Kids (similar here) | 3) Sneakers: Converse | 4) Cross-body bag: BCBG Max Azria | 5) Watch: Burberry


I hope you liked this post! Thanks to my sisters for being such good sports!

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Indulging in Summer

The scorching weather called for minimal fabric and indulgence in the last month of summer by wearing classic white with orange and gold accents. To play with lengths, I wore my cross-body bag that sits longer than my romper to elongate my height by a tad bit.

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How am I suppose to call my bae now? I kid myself xD

I usually opt out from buying backless pieces because the cut is usually too low, but when I found this a year ago (on sale too) and tried it on, the amount of exposure maintained class without losing the element of interesting.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWhite is one of my favourite colours to buy for clothing because it allows you to pair it with so many different and colourful pieces!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Romper: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Sunglasses: Queen Boutique Kensington (similar here) | 3) Cross-body Bag: Shelter (gifted) | 4) Orange Loafers: Nine West (similar here)

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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!