Tag: fashion

What I Wear: Internship Edition

Uncategorized July 23, 2015

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Hey guys!

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker gave me what most people would consider a compliment. “You look so cute and preppy today” she said. For me, however, looking ‘preppy’ has always had negative connotations — it was actually an insult at my high school. Can’t say I blame my peers, the tendency of preps to wear excessive pink and Lily Pulitzer has turned me off of ‘preppy style.’

However, the place I work at is a preppy brand. I was dressing for the environment I was in. I can honestly say that the place I work (an equestrian brand) makes beautiful clothes that I wear to the barn pretty much exclusively (no pink or tacky prints. Just high quality stuff — the good, authentic Ralph Lauren style prep that has been lost on many preppy bloggers). Still, my co-worker’s comment made me realize something — I had no clue on dressing authentically at work.

When I say “authentically” , it means ‘true to my style.’ In an effort to be professional, I wore too many pleated skirts, polos and button downs. At one low point, I even wore ballet flats. Yes, really.

I felt as if my monicker had died, and it made me sad. But it also made me wonder. Can “Princess in Trainers” still be “Princess in Trainers” at the office without looking unprofessional? Turns out, I can.

Since my office is pretty creative, the dress code is a bit more flexible than most. Using a layering technique that I was obsessed with last summer, I Layered my vest over a thin sweater. Paired with a unique necklace, Skagen watch (IT IS THE BEST THING EVER) and Vince slip-ons, I actually felt like myself. Success.

On the whole, my job has been an amazing experience. Just being around so many talented people has made me realize that I am on the right path. I’m going to write a full post on my internship once its over, and I can’t wait to share that too.

Side note: I am doing lots of tech-y stuff as of late. Can’t wait for you guys to see the new site. Its gonna be up & ready (*fingers crossed*) by the beginning of September. See you next week!

White on White

Uncategorized July 15, 2015

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Tee Shirt: Asmar Equestrian | Shorts: One Teaspoon | Sunglasses: Persol | Backpack: Alexander Wang (not mine unfortunately) | Shoes: Acne Studios | Watch: Toy Watch | Shirt (around waist): Lauren Ralph Lauren
Hello there…

As I write this post, I’m mourning the loss of a white teeshirt to an apricot / pickle juice stain. Its in the wash. Hopefully it recovers.

How is this relevant — you ask?

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with wearing all white everything. There’s something very unattainable about white clothing. When I bought these Acne trainers last March, the fact that they were designer made them unattainable enough. Add in white leather and I was basically in heaven. Problem? Turns out, wearing shoes makes them dirty overtime. Being a young adult who’s pretty lazy with garment maintenance (I wear hoodies 99% of the time), my mom gave me a talking to. Turns out, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser makes white shoes look like new. Just remember to wash the laces separately. Still haven’t done that yet….

On a different note, this Asmar bamboo tee has been an essential during this heat wave. Keeps the sun burns at bay — plus its crazy soft and just thick enough to not be see through.

Let me know what your favourite white pieces are in the comments! See you next week <3.

 

The Island (Victoria)

Uncategorized July 7, 2015

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Top: Top Shop | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Slip-ons: Vince | Shades: Persol | Necklace: Turkey (vendor) | Bag: Alexander Wang (IT WAS 80% off I couldn’t say no — ok?)

Photos: Morgan Filliol

Hello friends!

Last weekend I took a little trip to Vancouver Island. I haven’t seen my best friend since February, and it’s sad that even in Canada, we’re so far apart. On our to-do list? China town, B.C. Parliament buildings, Market Square Flea Market, Green Cuisine ( AMAZING VEGAN BUFFET with food that will convert you) , Baggins Shoes (too many Vans & Converse — in the best way) and an awkward encounter with a flower truck driver. Turns out, he didn’t want to join our photos.  Thankfully, I managed to snap a beautiful pic before he sped off.

The next day, we also attended Victoria Pride. For the event, sidewalks around town were permanently painted rainbow. Awesome.

When these photos were taken, it was also 33 Celsius. Essentially, this makes putting together blog looks far more difficult than usual (I say that a lot — but I prefer cold-ish weather). Since I only brought a backpack to Victoria, I also had to bring lightweight pieces that could translate from day – to – night. Pre layered skirts and dresses are my go-to.

Of course, the Vince slip ons made another appearance. No surprise there.

See you next week! Let me know if you’ve ever been to Vancouver Island — if you haven’t, you’re missing out <3. Also: Whipped Cream is bomb and she’s from Vancouver Island. Reason enough to go :).

 

Clothes That Don’t Fit

Uncategorized June 30, 2015

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Dress (open): Urban Outfitters | Cropped vest: Brandy Melville | Trousers: Aritzia | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Purse: Miu Miu (its a hand-me-down / super old) | Arm band: Boohoo | Necklace: Fernweh

Hello…. people of the internet?

I know, I know. I missed last week. Even though the readership of this blog is considerably small, I still feel annoyed with myself if I don’t post every single Tuesday (I’ve only missed twice). However, not only was last week insane, but I also had no clue what to wear. Since I’m at home, my closet is mostly full of all my “rejects” that I didn’t take to the UK (meaning pieces that I think are hideous or too small).

Instead of completely writing off these items, I decided that this week, I’d give one reject a new life. The dress. Although it may look like a slightly oversized blouse, its actually a dress that’s far too short. Funny enough, I always discover that a dress is too short at the most inopportune times. Parties, windy days, dinners at grandma’s. The list goes on.

Thankfully, this Urban Outfitters dress is no ordinary dress. Button front anything means that it can be worn like a cardigan or an unbuttoned shirt. I paired it with these loose fit trousers to keep everything chilled, and the crop-top makes the layering look effortless and not awkward (like this sentence). Cropped things are convenient because they decrease fabric weight & allow you to wear more all at once.

As for the trainers, I’m still rocking the Vince slip-ons. They only leave my feet when I go to bed. Or take a shower. No lie.

P.S: I LOVE PARKING GARAGES AS YOU CAN TELL .

Be sure to let me know how you repurpose your “rejects”. See you next week! ❤

Perforated.

Uncategorized June 17, 2015

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Look #1: Button Down: Guess | Top (underneath) Kenneth Cole | Shorts: BCBG | Trainers: Vince | Hat: H&M | Sunglasses: Forever 21 |

Look #2: Top: Kit & Ace

Hey guys…

I went out for drinks the other day (not alone — don’t fret), and as I chatted about my interests, I came to a realization. Call it maturing, but I’ve ended up with completely different friends, fashion tastes and career aspirations. After going to Sweden last March, its as if I’ve opened my mind. Life is beautiful — eh?

Rather than disliking certain things for all of eternity, I’ve made the conscious choice to give them a chance. I’m switching to dressage. I’ve now taken a liking to Swedish style, Jaden Smith, Avocados and yoga. Maybe I’m becoming basic **cringes at the word choice**, but I like to think its a newfound optimism. What’s wrong with trendy stuff if you genuinely like it? What’s wrong with someone else [@lovelaurenelizabeth] proving that a certain trend or style is worth a try? In particular, Lauren Elizabeth’s obsession with perforated Vans & Vince slip-ons caused me to splurge on these Vince ones. It’s her fault.

On that fateful deep chat & whiskey day, I even rocked perforated shorts, shoes and a shirt. Up until recently, I used to think that perforated clothing made the wearer look like a walking car seat. Maybe that’s true, but when its black & white, its like a nice car seat. An Audi car seat — and what’s wrong with that?

*On a completely random note, I visited the Kit & Ace store in Vancouver that same day! I loved the second white top so much that I ended up wearing it for the rest of my photos. It was #truelove.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this week’s post! Stay tuned: some big graphic changes are in the works.. 🙂

Let’s go to the beach.

Uncategorized June 10, 2015

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Hey there…

After a busy week of your standard 9-5, a trip to the beach was long overdue. Contrary to stereotypes, there are actually beaches in Canada. They get hot. We go swimming. It’s a thing. For these sorts of occasions (it was 30 celsius), lightweight shorts, my Adidas and my dog Buddha = the only things I need for some fun downtime — which usually involves music, reading, and immersing myself in all that is not degree-related.

While I was at the beach, I brought some of the “impulse buy” books I bought last semester (books I bought fully knowing I had no time to read them). First up? The Bell Jar. Not the most uplifting beach read, but I can’t put it down.

After spending a few hours at the beach with the family, we had a campfire and listened to the new Kendrick Lamar album (ITS PURE GOLD GUYS). Not to brag, but I can roast a mean marshmallow — golden always.

I always try to appreciate these calm moments in my life…. sometimes I wish I could just become a yogi and move to Vermont. Anyone wanna join?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Be sure to tell me below what you’re reading / listening to? I’d love to know <3.

I’m Home

Uncategorized May 26, 2015

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Fringe Jumper (overtop): Marlene Berger | Hoodie underneath: American Apparel | Pleather Trousers: H&M | Trainers: Acne

Hello friends,

I’m finally home! Since I’m back in Canada, I decided to detach myself from my computer and *gasp* go outside. I unearthed my Diamond board and cruised down manicured paths near a friend’s place. While skating around, I took some shots.

It’s really nice to be back on the west coast. Everyone is so laid back, and I feel a lot more free and casual. However, my penchant for layering was challenged by the Canadian heat. Turns out pleather pants aren’t breathable. At all.

As for the rest of my outfit, I’m particularly in love with the flowered shoe bag that I used as a purse. I tied a cube necklace to it, and I love how it turned out. Purses are a pain to skate around with.

Although I won’t have time to skate too much next week, lots of exciting stuff will be happening! I’ll be starting my summer job, and getting back to boxing and riding.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Be sure to let me know where you’re from in the comments <3. 

Spring Break: Dubai Burj Khalifa

Uncategorized March 17, 2015

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Clothing: All H&M / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Trainers: Givenchy / Watch: Michael Kors / Purse: Prada

Hello friends!

I’ve been having a wonderful time in Dubai for the last few days. It’s my first time, and it has been…. interesting. Although I’m not exactly one to cover up in hot weather, I managed thanks to some strategic H&M. I think there’s something really cool about the contrast of light, airy layers against chunky boy shoes.

Besides the fashion, The food is also STELLAR! Back in the UK, I get made fun of profusely for eating dates all the time. Over here, there are boutiques that sell dates — and they’re delicious. I also went to a buffet today which featured only foods from the Middle East. I was in heaven.

After the massive buffet lunch, we headed to the Burj Khalifa, where these pictures were taken. I love the futuristic architecture in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa being a prime example. They also gave us more dates at the top. I can’t complain.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and comment below if you’ve ever been to Dubai (or love dates as much as I do)!

Guess Where I’m Going: Spring Break Edition

Uncategorized March 13, 2015
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Guess Where I’m Going: Spring Break Edition by stephieirwin featuring Vix

Hello friends!

Now that I’m done with deadlines (until after break), I’ll be off somewhere special for a week. Can any of you guess where I’m going — based on the outfit above?

Have a wonderful break. I will genuinely try to get a post up on Tuesday, but it might not happen. Regardless, I promise to doubly compensate the week after.

Comment below on what you’re doing for break — I’d love to know!

Until next time 🙂

My Thoughts. Honestly.

Uncategorized February 27, 2015

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Photos: Yelim Lee

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As my mom’s Jamaican friend used to say, “sometimes you’ve just got to keep it real.” In my case, I feel as if a direct, from the heart ramble has been long overdue.

This blog started with mixed feelings. On one hand, I was dying to style looks and stretch my own potential, but on the other, I was completely terrified. I’ve always been the awkward kid who would either run away from a camera, or make a stupid face. I never really felt “pretty” , was far too occupied with how my Barbies looked and felt (yes — really), and I spent most of my time eating and drawing.

When I put down the Barbies and picked up the computer, I discovered fashion blogs (Jay Strut, Fashion Toast etc). The whole blogger world fascinated me — could I actually be like them? Could I have that much confidence?

The answer to these questions used to always be “no.” Funny thing is, I was oblivious to my own fear. Thankfully, something changed last summer. I stopped caring. All of these excuses of why I shouldn’t write a blog used to flood my brain.  As a perfectionist, I always want everything to be just so. If all of my “ducks are in a row” I’m happy. But life doesn’t work that way, does it. At least for longer than a day.

When writing a blog, a spelling error here and there happens. Maybe I dislike a certain outfit. But overtime, I’ve learned to accept those errors. What I find harder to accept, however, is the personal aspect.

Seeing myself as a stylist first and foremost, I’ve been styling my mom and my Barbies since I could form sentences. I would collage obsessively, draw for hours , style my online characters on Stardoll and The Sims (90s kids — remember?), and even sew clothes. I used to take my friends shopping and pull them clothes. I used to lay out outfits for my mother on her closet floor, later informing her that those were her “looks of the week.”

I think this desire to style things, to create things, was always directed towards other people. When the spotlight turned to myself, I subconsciously panicked. I enjoy talking about styling, colours and the latest runway shows, but I’ve been far too scared to talk about myself.

But just like poetry, I think a certain “look”, if you want to call it that, can often speak for itself. What can’t be spoken for, is me. And that scares me to no end. How do I know if I’m being too revealing? Should I include less? Should I include more? Is the word count on this post too long (is it — tell me in the comments)?

Just like the photography aspect of my blog, conquering the fear of the personal is going to take some time. Consider this your forewarning. I might get TMI, but just know that I consider you — yes, you — a friend. I don’t care if you randomly stumbled across my blog on Google, or are under the false assumption that I dislike you (I have serious resting bitch face), just know that I am grateful for you. I am grateful that you spend a fraction of your time on earth reading my words.

As I decide to open up more to you guys, I hope that this newfound “friendship” will go two ways. I’m freakishly fascinated with the lives of others, and would be honoured for your perspective (good or bad). Feel free to link me your blog and I’ll check it out. As Jojo would say, “I Wanna Get To Know You.”

Comment about yourself, how / why you started your blog, and one random fact about you. 

My random fact? In school, my favourite classes were French and Art. Some things never change.

 

 

*Normal posts will be coming back next week — just with a new flair.