Sunday, 14 September 2014

EIGHTY-FIVE/ confessions of a bag lady

I read this interesting article not too long about about shoe people vs handbag people and how they approach fashion. When I finished reading the article I just sat there and stared at the screen; it was like a rude awakening. I was truly a shoe fiend in my younger years but my love for bags has come up swinging recently. After reading that article I thought about the progress of my personal style and I found that since converting to a bag lady that I definitely let my bags be the focal point of my outfits. It's no secret that I adore dark coloured basics and designer purses - if my personal could be summed up in a sentence it would be that. But it wasn't always like this and I'm a bit confused how this came to be.

In high school I had a sneaker collection that would make you sick. I had sneakers in every colour and for every occasion. As I evolved I branched out from sneakers - I dabbled in boots, flats and for a short time, even heels. I even used to work at a shoe store so I that I could have access to the latest and greatest kicks on the market. Back in the day I cared so much about my actual clothes and I would try to wear outfits that would coordinate with my footwear to ensure that I stood out as an individual.

Maybe it was all just a phase but I've definitely seen a shift over the years. Now, I let my bags do all the talking. I'm still trying to figure out how to process this information and some days I even feel like a failure in the world of fashion. When I think about my personal style I wonder why I can't have it all. Is it so hard to mix a statement shoe, killer clothes AND an amazing handbag on top of that? Is that just too much fabulous for the world to handle, you can only restrict yourself to one look or the other? Is it just me? Am I just that lazy? I can never imagine myself giving up my admiration for handbags but I want to start in-cooperating more intricate and beautiful clothing and shoes into my daily routine as well. This adventure in personal style will definitely be a journey and it is one that I fully intend on going on with a fabulous handbag still by my side.

For the simple look pictured below I just wore a soft white blouse, my favourite black skinny jeans from Forever 21, a classic denim jacket, a lightweight scarf, a pair of glittery Converse and the new love in my life - my 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli. Although it is still rather basic, I tried to throw on a pair of statement shoes to match the hardware on my bag so they compliment each other. My style is definitely always evolving and I'll always be a work in progress - but such is life.

JACKET/ Old Navy TOP/ Addition Elle JEANS/ Forever 21+ 
SHOES/ Converse (gifted) SCARF/ H&M via Consignment

Photos by Laura Kidd

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

EIGHTY-FOUR/ autumn '14 lust list

I can't believe it has been over a month since I've blogged. A lot is going on in my life right now so I haven't had the chance to actually document my outfits of the day and I haven't had a second to sit down and write a post. Truth be told, this summer is flying by right before my eyes. It seems as though I always have an excuse up my sleeve as to why I haven't updated, but believe me when I say that this summer has been hectic for me. Even my Instagram has been lacking in content. My life should be back on track by the end of August or for the arrival of autumn; I always look at a new season as a new start. Like always, I apologize for my absence and I will make an effort to keep updating this blog. I haven't given up yet, and I refuse to in the future.

As for right now - I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of autumn. It is by far my favourite season (for fashion and otherwise) and pictured below are items I'm currently lusting over for when the leaves change colour and start to fall. There's just something about leather goods and perfumes/colognes that seem to mesh so well with the colder months and shorter days, don't you think?

* I understand that L'Homme by YSL's target audience is men (its called L'Homme for godsake), but that doesn't really mean anything - it smells intoxicating on all genders. I highly suggest you go and smell it if you haven't already, I'm positive you'll fall in love.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

EIGHTY-THREE/ summer style

I always try to ensure that my online presence is fairly positive (aside from the odd twitter rant... I'm only human!) but this is one issue that I feel I have to touch on. I hate summer. I hate the heat, I hate the humidity, I hate that I can't layer on clothes and I hate that I sweat to death just from waiting for the bus. Although I live in Canada and many people view it as pretty much an all over arctic tundra, it does get hellishly hot. My personal style and my overall mental well-being plummets between the months of May to mid September and I find myself complaining more and more as the temperature rises. If you're familiar with my blog you know that my sense of style is mostly centred around dark colours, heavy accessories and boots - all things that are definitely not appropriate for the warmer months. The problem is that I still wear those pieces. It will be an extremely hot and sunny day and I'll leave my house in head to toe black with a pair of clunky leather boots and I won't realize until midday just how stupid I've dressed. I really wish I could love the beach and run around the city in cute sundresses, but that's just really not who I am.

I am however, in true fashion, trying to focus on the positives. The number one thing that has made me smile consistently this summer (other than Rockfest - which was a blast!) is my new Balenciaga handbag.  I have posted about my love for Balenciaga bags in the past and I have lusted over this bag for so long. A part of me always thought that it was something I would never possess. I know that it's a bit ridiculous to talk about a handbag in this kind of way but as you can most likely tell, my love for bags runs deep. I could talk forever about how much I love this bag so I think I'll just end my rant here.

For this look I kept it pretty simple by wearing my favourite black American Apparel leggings with just a basic cotton dress and black chiffon kimono style jacket. I added a bit of interest to the look with my Jeffrey Campbell Lita's and brought it all together with my new Balenciaga Part-Time handbag. This is definitely an outfit you can find me wearing about 95% of the time... if you swapped the out the Lita's for something a bit more sensible, like a pair of Converse, that is!

DRESS/ Forever 21+ LEGGINGS/ American Apparel 
HANDBAG/ Balenciaga Part-Time SHOES/ Jeffrey Campbell
Photos by Laura Kidd