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Dophins and Doughnuts: Thoughts on “chavvy clothing”

Uncategorized July 28, 2015

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Hoodie: Odd Future (Mens) / Trackkies: Adidas / Sunglasses: Aldo / Trainers: Converse / Purse: Alexander Wang
Hey guys..

In life, there are some moments I completely forget (likely your name upon meeting — sorry), and some I remember in vivid detail. Naturally, one of these “photographic memory” moments related to fashion. I was in first year university, sitting on a friend’s floor as she prepared for a night out. The party theme? “Chavvy clothes.”

Regardless, I thought my friend had nailed it. She was wearing big falsies, orange tanner and a short neon outfit. I love tanner, neon and falsies as most girls do — just in moderation. Halfway through my friend getting ready, another girl who was going to the party (I had to study that night) walked into the room. “I need chavvy 14-year-old boy clothes” she announced, sitting on my friend’s bed. “Like, I need a Hypebeast hoodie or Adidas trackkies.” As she continued to describe what constituted a “chav” in her eyes, I began to realize that this 20 year old Canadian girl (me) was dressing like not just a “chav,” but a “chavvy 14-year-old boy.” Great.

My only regret from that moment was not defending my Adidas trackkies and tendency to buy slightly obnoxious trainers and hoodies. I like to think that I look more like Ruby Rose (I wish), rather than a pre-pubescent boy from Dundee who just discovered JD Sports (for the record I love Dundee and I think everyone has rad style. Open your minds people). Considering my recent foray into the men’s section of JD sports (they have good teeshirts OK?), this impression might be fairly accurate.

In my opinion, said “chavvy” clothes aren’t actually that bad. The key? I like to wear pieces that are recognizably from street wear brands, without actually saying the name in giant letters. If I’m wearing a hoodie or trackkies that have the name in giant letters, I at least make the other items less obvious yet still noticeable (i.e: the dolphin is distinctively Odd Future, and the stripes are distinctively Adidas). These trainers pair well with my outfit because they have flash yet aren’t boring or overly obvious.

Also, maybe we should all stop coming up with slang to insult people who are different from us? If I have learned anything about style / life, its that you need to try new things and not judge. There’s a crazy idea.

See you next week! Turns out posting with all my tech-y stuff in the background will work this week. What a relief :).

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 :).

 

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.

Downtown.

Uncategorized June 3, 2015

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Hello friends!

Honestly, summer has been my saviour. At the end of last semester, my brain was far too foggy to function. Even last week, when I wrote the forest post, I was still too jet-lagged to function. Now that I’m physically and mentally present, my mom and I went into Vancouver for my birthday dinner at my favourite Italian restaurant.

Even though it was a grey day, Vancouver always has cool things to take photos of. Besides, summer fashion isn’t really my thing anyways (layering = my thing). For inbetween weather, I’m obsessed with my lightweight tie-dye cardigan. The waterfall cut looks awesome layered under my jacket, but isn’t overly warm like a hoodie.

It was nice to have a day off work and chill with my mom, but all next week = working in the office. Wonder what I’ll wear….

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post this week! Comment below if you know of any new restaurants I can try :).

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. 

Where I’ve Been & What I’ve Learned

Uncategorized May 21, 2015

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Top Photo: Morgan Filliol

Middle & Bottom Photo: Tanya Krotovskaya

Hello friends!

I know that I’ve been M.I.A, but I can explain in one word. Finals. There were no trainers on Tuesday. There were slippers (and outfits that will 100% never appear on this blog) last Tuesday. To compensate, I’ve included some of my favourite outtakes from past blog posts!

Since its the end of the school year, this post is quite special to me. I have SURVIVED two semesters of weekly / bi-weekly blogging! To say that this blog has been a learning experience would be an understatement. Not only have I learned my way around WordPress, tripods and improving my social media, but I’ve also improved myself  in ways that I never expected. Below, I’ve listed some important lessons I’ve learned from blogging (in a hope that you too, will finally have the balls to start your own blog. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).

6 Things I’ve learned….

1. The art of not caring

I say art only because this one was a challenge for me. Every time someone would take my picture, even in normal social situations, I’d feel self conscious and awkward. Now, I’ve gotten to the point of caring so little that I now take half my photos with a tripod. This ‘bravery’ has seeped into other areas of my life. It has been magical.

2. Developing a Vision

Whether its Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook or just everyday life, I’ve learned the importance of having a clear vision in order to achieve what you want. Because of this realization, I’ve accomplished 90% of  my goal list from January 2015.

3. POSITIVE

Not only does one need a vision to make stuff happen, but being POSITIVE is crucial. Even when the lighting is poor, the wind is raging, or fellow pedestrians are being difficult, maintaining a positive attitude has made even the tough moments fun.

4. Looking Put Together

Now that my friends teasingly call me “princess in trainers”, I have subconsciously lived up to the monicker. For my blog photos, I used to change into an outfit I wasn’t actually wearing. In recent posts, I no longer need to — and I think the results have been much better!

5. Appreciating Details

The photographers I work with (shoutout Yelim Lee & Tanya) have taught me the importance of atmospheric details and photo composition. Because of their wisdom, I’ve become more detail oriented, putting 100% into everything I do.

6. Nothing is Perfect

That being said, nothing can ever be perfect. My former International Relations tutor told me something I’ll never forget. “Honestly, Steph, I wrote 5000 words yesterday and I look back now and hate everything I wrote.” Sure, this statement sounds negative, but for me, it has helped me relax about everything I do a little more. We all improve everyday — and that’s a good thing. Through my blog, this lesson has been further nailed into my brain. A year from now, this blogpost will probably be cringe-worthy. Or maybe I’ll even edit it tomorrow. We’ll see.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Next week, I’ll be back in Canada for the summer. 

Copycat

Uncategorized May 12, 2015

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Oversized shirt: H&M / Leather Jacket: AllSaints / Sunglasses: Cheap Monday / Trainers: Supra Men’s / Chain: H&M

Photos: The wonderful Tanya! Follow her on Instagram: @tanyakrot

Hello friends!

Today I found inspiration from a person I saw. Call me a copycat. It’s cool. I was on  the tube a week ago, and I saw a girl wearing a sheer, long sleeved shirt over jeans and under a leather jacket. She wore a chain overtop. She was crazy cool.

Once the envy subsided, I decided to copy her. I already owned most of what she was wearing, I had simply never thought of putting these items together. Safe to say I’m obsessed.

Since its revision period, I don’t have any life changing updates. I’ve been in the library till far too late, blasting Jaden Smith and drinking copious amounts of tea from my Tate Modern mug. Sometimes, when things are not so fun, we all need coping measures.

Comment below if you’ve ever copied someone’s outfit! Also, feel free to tell me you’re revision coping strategies — I need all the help I can get.

Southwark & Tate Modern

Uncategorized May 5, 2015

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Jumper: An Other Stories / Jeans: Rag & Bone / Trainers: Topshop X Adidas / Socks: Opening Ceremony X Happy Socks

Photo: Tanya Krot / Stephanie

Hello friends,

As I write to you, I have returned from an amazing weekend in London (check out my Instagram: @stephieirwin , for more pictures). Despite the beautiful weather, I managed to spend a lot of time indoors. In particular, I relied heavily upon the Underground for my art gallery trips. While travelling to the Tate Modern, we stopped off at SouthWark. The station reminded me of one of my favourite films, Manufactured Landscapes directed by Jennifer Baichwal. Once I saw this film, I developed a fascination with urban photography and the repetition of industrial architecture.

Before you inform me of the meaning behind Lichtenstein’s paintings — I know. It’s quite ironic for a fashion blogger to pose in front of a Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein abhorred mass consumer culture, and the fashion blogger epitomizes this. However, I feel like its an appropriate backdrop for my repetitive urban theme. After all, Lichtenstein deals with meditations upon comic book scenes, which are mass-distributed in a repetitive fashion.

As for the fashion aspect of my trip, I managed to pick up a pair of TopShop X Adidas superstars, which debuted last Thursday. I have tried (and failed) to acquire limited edition trainers so many times, so this feels like a big accomplishment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post. Comment below on your favourite galleries in London!