Wednesday, 17 August 2016

146/ BACK TO BASICS

I have a weird relationship with basics. On one hand I see their role in fashion and I understand their purpose. On the other hand they confuse and even frighten me. How am I supposed to feel like myself when I look like everybody else? That's what goes through my mind when I put on something simple like a white top paired with blue jeans.

I do, however, try my best to make every ensemble my own by mixing in a handful of interesting features or textures. The raw hem on the jeans pictured below is my favourite trend in denim right now. I absolutely love how effortless and carefree it is. The blouse that I'm wearing is about two sizes too big and I love the oversized silhouette against the tight skinny legs. Of course it wouldn't be one of my looks without dashes of pink here and there so I went for a (subtle) pink lip, a fuzzy bag charm and hot pink nails. I really feel as though I've made this classic look my own.

And isn't that what personal style is all about? Taking something that has been done a million times and making it your own? I feel like I've come a long way through my personal style evolution revolution. I'm proud to say that this is the happiest I've ever been with my wardrobe and because of that I feel extremely comfortable and confident. It is such a great feeling. It is extremely difficult to find your own personal style, especially when you're plus sized, but that's a different post for a different time.

TOP/ Penningtons JEANS/ Old Navy SHOES/ Birkenstock
HANDBAG/ Longchamp via consignment BAG CHARM/ Ardene
Photos by Sue Waugh

Sunday, 14 August 2016

145/ BEAT THE HEAT

I wear these wide leg cropped trousers from H&M as much as humanly possible. I love how short and stout they make me look. I love playing with silhouettes and prospective. I think it's so important to go against the grain when it comes to fashion. It's easy to fall into a style rut but I recommend picking up pieces in stores that you wouldn't typically go for. Try them on and see how the piece makes you feel. That's what I did with these trousers and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

The silk scarf around my neck made me feel like a flight attendant and I absolutely loved it. It is such a fun and easy way to liven up and outfit. A scarf tied around your neck is a great and unexpected alternative to a necklace and it's a lot easier to wear than I thought it would be. You can tie it in a million and one different ways, and they all look great. For this look I just sloppily tied it around my neck and knotted it twice - et voilà! - super chic, but with minimal effort, and no one's the wiser.

BLAZER/ Junarose TOP&PANTS/ H&M+ SCARF/ Pierre Balmain
HANDBAG/ Thrifted SHOES/ Urban Behavior

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

SUMMER 2016

This past season has been a whirlwind, I wouldn't even know where I would begin to explain it. My friends and I went to Toronto, to Florida, to Sandbanks and had many adventures in between. I'm going to look back on this past summer with a ton of memories, some good and some bad, but it has been one hell of a ride.

Here's a small collection of photos that were taken over the past couple of months. All of them were taken with my iPhone 6+.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

144/ LITTLE DAISY DRESS

It was love at first sight when I spotted this daisy patterned dress at my local H&M. I love how soft and flowy the fabric is and it even has pockets. It has the perfect amount of print for me and I feel as though I can comfortably dress it up or down. I'm now finding it impossible to imagine my life without this dress.

I paired the little daisy dress with my usual (summertime) uniform of a denim vest and outrageous bag charm. I love layering, even when it's one million degrees outside, and a denim vest is the best way to do so when it's just too hot for anything else. This outfit is perfect to just throw on and run out the door while still looking put together.

This outfit is a bit of a nod to the nineties as well. I was born in '91 so I wasn't really able to appreciate the unique fashion at the time, but now that I'm older I really recognize the beauty of it all. The flatform trend from the nineties was my all time favourite; the Spice Girls' iconic Buffalo boots were always high on my wishlist but my balance isn't suited for something quite that high. I have to stick to more modest options like my double soled TEVA sandals instead. I'm not mad about that, though. These sandals are probably the most comfortable footwear option in my wardrobe right now.

VEST/ Old Navy DRESS&HANDBAG/ H&M
BAG CHARM/ Ardene SHOES/ TEVA
Photos by Sue Waugh