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Monday, 24 April 2017

158/ STYLE RUT

These pictures are from the beginning of March. That was a weird time for me. It was before the weather started getting warmer; winter was still in affect, I was feeling low and it was right before I got an edgy new hair cut (pics to come). 

It was a time where nothing was inspiring me. I was in the habit of just throwing on some kind of floral dress, a pair of leggings, my Doc Martens and running out the door. That's typically my end of winter / not yet spring uniform and I was so sick of it. I'm happy to say that the weather has since changed and so has my outlook. I've been rocking more daring outfits lately and I've been loving it. I can't wait to blog some of the looks that I've been wearing lately!

Here's a little tip if you ever find yourself in a situation where you just don't know (or care about) what to wear: put on a floral (or any patterned) dress. If you wear dresses I highly suggest keeping a few bold patterned ones on hand for when you're unsure of what to wear. They make all the difference. They make it look like you tried when in reality you just picked one thing from your wardrobe and you threw it on. It's a simple tip but it has helped me out season after season. These kinds of dresses always come in handy whenever I'm running late or running on fumes and you can pick them up at any fast fashion or department store. The one that I'm wearing for this look was inexpensive, I think it was about $12 from Giant Tiger, and I don't think that I could have made it through my style rut without it.

DRESS/ Giant Tiger LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve 
BOOTS/ Dr. Martens HANDBAG/ Alexander Wang


Photos by Chelsea Alyssa

Thursday, 20 April 2017

MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE PAIRS OF SHOES

If you know me in real life (or follow me on Instagram) you'd know that my love for footwear runs deep. I discovered my love for shoes at a young age because my shoe size is common and I realized that while it's rare for a clothing store to stock my size, shoe stores would never let me down.

Today I'm going to be talking about my top five absolute favourite pairs of shoes in my collection and spoiler alert: they're mostly sneakers. Casual and classic kicks hold a special place in my heart.

The shoes pictured are all from my collection and they've all been worn to hell and back. The soles on some of them are completely worn and need to either be replaced or resoled. Most of them are down right dirty and need to be cleaned. This is photographic evidence that I do not baby my shoes. I expect A LOT from my day to day footwear and the second a pair of shoes starts to hurt my feet is the second that I either give them away or consign them. These five pairs are always in my outfit rotation and they're the shoes that I trust above any others.

I hope you all enjoy this list and please let me know what some of your favourites are. I'm always in the market for a new pair!!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

157/ MAKING GOOD ON MY RESOLUTIONS

I'm trying to make good on my New Year's resolutions

It has been rewarding, albeit a bit difficult. 

Let me explain: I live with social anxiety. Meeting new people and making small talk is not easy extremely stressful for me. I'm trying to put myself out there more and I'm taking small steps to do that. Blogging has always been about community for me and that's why I love it. It's a whole lot easier to strike up a conversation with someone that has a known similar interest to you. So with that being said, I've been trying (my best) to converse with other bloggers and to collaborate with them. This past weekend I met up with a new blogger in Ottawa, Chelsea, to grab coffee and snap some pictures for each other's blogs. It was such a lovely afternoon and I'm so happy that she reached out to me.

In my New Year's post I talked about reaching out to both old friends and new friends and I'm pretty happy with the progress that I've made on that front. I also discussed stepping out of my comfort zone in terms of my fashion choices. I haven't exactly lived up to that just yet but there are a few exciting (and edgy) #ootd posts coming up shortly. I kept it pretty simple for this look, though. I stuck to wearing a lot of my favourite pieces because that's what I feel most comfortable in, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I have been wearing a lot of grey lately. I used to be drawn to all black ensembles but I love how grey adds a bit of depth to those kinds of looks. I've talked about this coat from H&M 101 times but my love for it is still going strong. This large pukey coloured scarf is a new addition to my wardrobe, though. If you know me, you know I'm drawn to anything that can be described as ugly and I think that the colour of this scarf fits that description perfectly. I'm a fan of how unexpected it is and how it has the ability to go with everything. I tend to wear this scarf when I'm wearing lilac lipstick; I think the combination of those two colours + the blue in my hair is a match made in heaven. The black skinny jeans that I wore, along with my Dr. Marten boots, are fairly standard in my outfit posts (and in my life) because they work perfectly with just about everything in my wardrobe. I'm trying to make changes in my life and in the way I see/approach things, but some things are bound to stay the same. And that's okay too.

HAT&SCARF&COAT&TOP/ H&M JEANS/ Forever 21+
Photos by Chelsea Lanthier

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

156/ A CANADIAN'S GUIDE TO WINTER WEAR

I'm posting this when we're having unseasonably warm weather, but I assure you we have suffered through some extremely cold days this winter.

Canada is known for their winters and they're no joke. We have things like windchill, frostbite, blizzards, snow squalls and freezing rain to worry about. Every day seems to throw a different obstacle at us but we fight through it every year. I always laugh to myself because we're used to temperatures dipping past -10, -20 and sometimes -30 degrees celcius. It's not enjoyable, but it's a fact of life.

Not everywhere in Canada has it this bad (I'm looking at you, Vancouver) so I can only really speak about what it's like in Ottawa/Eastern Ontario. I used to love winter but now I'm finding myself counting down the seconds until spring (which can happen anywhere from March to May depending on how long winter wants to stay).

How do we survive it? Well, it takes a lot of strength. And layers. A lot of layers. Being a Canadian is expensive in a way because we truly experience all four season. And since we experience all four seasons, we have to dress appropriately for them. Frigid constantly changing weather conditions in the winter months means that we have to be ready for anything that Mother Nature throws at us.

On really cold days (-15 and below) I wear my parka. I couldn't live without it. It's from Eddie Bauer and it's rain/wind resistant. My only complaint about it is that it's a little too hot and I find myself sweating in it even on the coldest of days.

My main mode of transportation is the city bus, which isn't reliable even on the best days, so my outerwear really has to perform. I have a selection of winter boots, from brands like Dr. Martens, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger, and I switch them out on an almost daily basis. Some are waterproof, some are extra warm and some have better traction - it all depends on how the sidewalks are and how much water/ice/snow there is out there.

A large scarf is a great tool to have, especially when frostbite warnings are in affect. They can cover your face and still keep a large portion of your upper body warm. A toque (or beanie for all my non-Canadian friends) is absolutely essential. You can find them at just about any store and the cheap ones work just as well as the expensive ones. Just find one that's thick enough to keep you warm. You lose a lot of heat through your head and your ears are a target for frostbite so it is imperative that you have your toque at the ready at. all. times.

I keep promising myself that I'm going to be a better blogger but it's so hard to take outfit of the day posts when the temperatures are low and when there are only a few short hours of daylight. I'm trying to be better. I will be better.

COAT/ Eddie Bauer SCARF/ Forever 21 TOQUE/ H&M
BACKPACK/ Matt & Nat
Photos by Laura Kidd