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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 :).

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.

 

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.. 🙂

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 :).

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.

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.

Night out in Trainers: Mid-Price vs. High-Price

Uncategorized February 19, 2015
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Night out in Trainers: Mid-Price vs. High-Price by stephieirwin featuring white shoes

Hello friends!

As I write this post, I’m fresh off the heels of writing an article for my university paper on style for nights out. Unintentionally, I wore trainers in two of the outfits I displayed (surprising — eh?). This unintentional act got me thinking — why don’t girls wear cool trainers on nights out? Especially when there are so many stand out ways to wear them?

Combined with this idea, I also love doing “low vs. high” Polyvore challenges with friends. Whether we’re determining who can make the cutest look for the least amount of $, or who can make the most lavish outfit, we are always surprised by our own creativity.

So which one would you rock — mid-price or high-price?

Comment below! ❤

How to: Styling your AF1’s

Uncategorized February 12, 2015
How to: Styling your AF1's
How to: Styling your AF1’s by stephieirwin featuring Reiss

Hello friends!

Despite owning an obscene amount of trainers (15 with me in the UK, 7 back in Canada), Airforce 1’s are the one classic that I haven’t gone for yet — and I don’t know why. They’re the epitome of hip-hop cool, and make even the most boring outfit look hip. Despite this assertion, I decided to style a cool look with AF1’s, since most of my friends are too scared to even wear Hi-Tops.

My favourite part of this look are the Ashish jeans. Although I can’t afford anything Ashish, I am really into patches on jeans lately. However, I do own a couple Community tees, and they’re honestly the best thing that’s ever been invented. Thin enough to tuck into high-waisted jeans, yet thick enough to not be sheer. Sold.

P.S: The cape and the backpack may seem like an odd pairing, but I actually love carrying my backpacks by the top handle. Weird, I know.

Comment on how you wear your AF1’s — I’d love to know. Also, if there are any cool colours or editions I should know about, please tell me <3. See you Tuesday!