Tag: TopShop

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 :).

 

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!

Spring Day in Scotland #pastelsonpastels

Uncategorized April 7, 2015

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Sleeveless Trench: TopShop / Dress: Wilfred / Sunglasses: Black Market Vintage / Left Earring: River Island / Right Earring: TopShop Unique / Bracelet: H&M Stockholm / Bag: Auxiliary / Tripod: Manfrotto / Trainers: Acne Studios / Socks: Calvin Klein

Hello friends!

Within the last couple of days, Scotland has suddenly become warm. Yes. Really. I’ve been hiking a lot, enjoying the vitamin D before the reality of impending finals sinks in. Today, I actually bought gelato (wasabi — its better than its sounds), and the line was down the street. Coinciding with the sunshine and good vibes, I decided to rock out to Flamingosis and dress like a girly girl ’cause I’m happy. Life. Is. Good.

To keep comfy, I opted for my new Acne trainers. WARNING to those who buy them: blisters will happen. You will break them in — promise. For the beginning of the wearing process however, I wore cute socks. The habit has stuck.

On a different note, I just returned from an ice hockey game. Its making me miss home terribly (and our university team is pretty bad tbh haha).

Tell me in the comments: what’s your favourite type of gelato? Do my sunglasses resemble Stitch eyes from Lilo & Stitch? [**hopes they do**].

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post! I think Friday posts won’t be happening until the holidays, in which I will post 3x per week instead of once. I am stoked.

Sweden Pt. 1

Uncategorized March 25, 2015

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Jacket: Topman / Teeshirt: Cheap Monday / Dress: DVF / Bag: Phillip Lim / Trainers: Nike / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmaster

Hello friends!

Thanks for the patience — I haven’t been on my “A Game” thanks to a sand dune induced case of whiplash (think concussion symptoms without the concussion. And feeling like you sprained your ankle, but in your neck). If anything, this experience has made me grateful for my health, youth, and all the work my body does 24/7 that I don’t even think about.

Now that I feel much better, I packed my bags and flew to Sweden. First stop? the MoMa of course. I’m currently taking modern art in art history, and my aim is to appreciate it more. Based on my fascination with the gigantic spider, I think my visit worked. (The museum is wonderful!!!!).

For this outfit, I decided that I was going to freeze for fun. Its my Canadian blood. I layered a teeshirt over my DVF dress and I am completely obsessed. As if this dress wasn’t amazing & versatile enough on its own. With the pop of red, I feel like a lady (thanks MAC Lady Danger for matching my Nikes).

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Comment below if you’ve ever been to Sweden, or have MoMa recommendations. I’m on the hunt for more :).

What I Wear: Movie Theatre Layering #trainersontuesday

Uncategorized January 7, 2015

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Photo: Linda Irwin

Hello friends!

I hope you are all well! Personally, 2015 has been going splendidly (despite posting rather irregularly on here, which makes me sad). I’ve been spending all of my time riding, working out, watching hockey (World Juniors anyone?) and applying for jobs. On NYE, I went to an underground deep house party — great way to start the year.

Since I’m about to see a film tonight, I figured I’d dress up, instead of rocking riding gear 99% of the time. We’re going to see the The Theory of Everything , a film about physicist Stephen Hawking. The film is supposed to be amazing — Eddie Redmayne (Burberry model/ Les Mis star) being reason enough to see it.

To stay comfy at the movie theatre, I’m  opting for my favourite Converse! These Converse are quite old, but their metallic fabric has only improved with age.Although a metallic shoe may seem ill-fitting for this look, the metallic texture coordinates with the silver accents on the clutch and the scarf.

For trousers, loose styles are intimidating, but ultimately fool proof. The trousers fall perfectly to cover the upper of the high top, and the high tops themselves prevent any awkward ankle exposure. Additionally, the slim fit of the Converse allow the trousers to fall properly, whereas wider high tops would appear awkward.

To keep warm in the movie theatre, I’ll most likely layer a burgundy hoodie underneath the leather jacket. If crop tops aren’t your style, a baggy tee tucked into these trousers would be equally cool! The key = layers, layers, layers & tailored yet comfortable pieces. Done.

Side note/ advice from a Canadian: If its snowing where you live, opt for flatforms. Flatforms are not only super hip, but they will also prevent your trousers from dragging in the snow. I’m currently coveting these flatforms.

Have you seen The Theory of Everything? What do you wear to the movies? Be sure to comment below. See you Friday (hopefully…hehe).

Update: Film was amazing! Highly recommend!!!

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– Steph

What I’m Wearing

*Not all pieces are my own

Trainers: Converse

Leather Jacket: Ted Baker (old season).

Trousers: Babaton @ Aritzia

Scarf: Street Vendor in Turkey

Bralette: TopShop

Necklace: Blue Ruby

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Clutch: BCBG

Private School Rebel: High tops & Plaid

Uncategorized December 26, 2014

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Photos by: Kate Irwin

Hey guys!

Merry Christmas! As I write this post, its Christmas day! At the moment, I’m sporting riding jodhpurs and bound for the barn, where I usually spend Christmas. At the moment, I’m nursing some kind of disease (a cold probably haha), and I’m drinking copious amounts of tea.

For this photo shoot, my sister took the photos, and I love how they turned out. Although my dog was supposed to feature (my miniature dachshund, Buddha), we had to put him back in the car — dogs aren’t allowed on the pier. (Buddha will be featured soon — do not fret).

Back in elementary school, I was one of those private school ‘uniform’ kids, whose sense of style was stifled by dress code. Every single ‘civvies’ day (days where you can wear normal clothes) I’d dress as far from uniform protocol as possible. This rebelliousness has continued into my style today, in which I try to balance preppy and rebellious — basically trying to be a hipster Effie (from Skins) at every opportunity.

Overtime, I have developed a nostalgia for the rigid private school days.In particular, the plaid skirt has always been a staple which looks far too cool when worn unconventionally. Despite the appeal of plaid skirts, I find it quite challenging to locate ones that aren’t too long or too short (especially as a tall girl). This TopShop tall skirt saved my life — and appears more edgy than mormon with high tops. To finish the look, I added mirrored shades and a beanie — the quintessential ‘ private school cool’ accessories.

For me, the key to rocking high tops and a skirt is to tie the high tops loosely — tightly tied trainers cut off my legs, making me look stocky.

I also love cropped shirts with high waisted skirts, given the lack of unnecessary fabric. The fuzzy material is to die for — I wish this turtleneck had a hood!

Although most normal people wear tights (on a pier, in the winter),these scrunched workmen’s socks are my go to — they’re warm, yet perfect for this edgy look.

Believe it or not, it wasn’t that cold on the pier. Most people thought I was crazy, but I’ve gotten used to that after a while.

Comment below on how you rock plaid skirts — or if you feel nostalgia for private school (and Skins).

What I’m Wearing

Cropped Turtleneck: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: TopShop Tall
Beanie: Johnston’s of Elgin
Shades: TopShop
Trainers: Givenchy
Socks: Mark’s Work Warehouse

Leather in the Library ft. Nike Roshe Run

Uncategorized November 25, 2014

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Photos by Yelim Lee : http://www.orangeeight.tumblr.com

Hello Friends!

If you’re in school or university (like me), then you’re probably near revision period (DUN DUN DUN *commence end of the world*). Since my exams commence December 9th, my anxiety is steadily climbing.  To cope, I like to wear pieces that are comfy, yet happy enough for my dreary library days (I am in Scotland after all). I love this particular look for its comfort and edge. The Dracula vest is an ode to the film, but as a traditional English major, I prefer the book. Besides the literary allusion, this vest is also great for bi-polar library temperatures.

For the library chill, this TopShop cardigan has never failed me. Its blanket-like quality makes it a great impromptu pillow for revising (International Relations theory — anyone?).

Although a vest and cardigan are standard practice for the library — why leather trousers? Why? Great question. They’re comfy, stretchy, and far more original than plain jeans or leggings. Within this look, these are from (surprise, surprise) H&M, and I love them dearly. Although they do feel like wearing rubber pants (not the American Horror Story kind — get your mind out of the gutter), they’re worth it for the cheaper price. If you’re a leather purist, leggings with real leather on the front and an elastic back are ideal. Since its daytime, I usually opt for leather garments either in a slate grey or hunter green, just so they coordinate with my black leather jacket in a non-biker gang way.

To finish the look, I usually opt for my RAINS backpack, which is rain proof, thus keeping my notes safe from the Scottish rain. Every. Single. Day. (Pretty much).

Now most importantly, let’s talk shoes….

For shoes, this is where I’m gonna get a little “basic” and controversial. Roshe runs have become the pumpkin spice latte of shoes. Every girl has them, and every girl wears them with a Barbour, black leggings and a Longchamp Le Pliage at the library. If you’re one of those girls, stop. Reevaluate your life. These semi-expensive shoes you own possess great versatility, which to get your money’s worth, should be harnessed. Although I used to call them the “Crocs of trainers” , (since Roshe’s possess the comfort of Croc, yet look like a trainer), these shoes are far more stylish and versatile than Crocs — which I used to own as a child **cringe**. To reinvent your Roshe’s, go for leather pants (like I did), or a burgundy skater dress with wool tights. These allow you to be comfy, all without looking like 99% of the student populace — if you live in a western country.

I love my Roshe’s specifically for their subdued burgundy + bright red mix. Not only is it fun, but it also allows for easy intergration of brights for winter with darker pieces, making it help — rather than hinder, creative and DIFFERENT new looks. You can find them here! Can’t find standard Roshe’s you like? The Nike Lab Pendleton collection is next level [and double the price — but having my name on a pair would be killer]!

Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s post! Comment below on what you wear during revision/how you deal with the stress of it all #sodeep.

What I’m Wearing
Vest: ASOS
Necklace: Turkish shop in St Andrews
Cardigan: TopShop
Leather Trousers: H&M
Trainers: Nike Roshe Run

Look Book: All Furry Everything #trainersontuesday

Uncategorized October 14, 2014

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After re-watching Get Him to the Greek , I realized two things: 1. I need a furry wall in my flat, 2. I need more furry clothing. Although installing a furry wall probably wouldn’t please my landlord [what a shame eh?], I decided to compromise. With great enthusiasm, I went to TopShop and picked up this surprisingly warm vest. I liked its colour and lack of try-hard “I really wish I was fur but I’m really a plastic coat that looks like a dead beaver — from three years ago.” Rather, it reminds me of a pink teddy bear suit cut in half. For colder weather, layering this vest over a longer wool coat or a Barbour is a cool way to transition into winter. Safe to say I’m in love. TopShop also has shaggy vests in white that I’m considering (labour day is gone and idgaf).

As for the snow leopard jumper, it may be older, but it’s still a favourite. The main body is wool, but the snow leopard itself is angora, which goes along with the “furry” theme. Side note: The snow leopard’s butt is on the back of the sweater — which automatically makes it worth acquiring.

On a more personal note, I missed last week thanks to three deadlines & an Old English existential crisis. Nevertheless #trainersontuesday is back, and better than ever.

Comment below on your favourite furry thing [nothing sexual please], or how your favourite films inspire you style wise. ❤

What I’m Wearing
Jumper: French Connection
Vest/ Gilet: TopShop
Jeans: J Brand
Shoes: AllSaints

Thrift Store Find: Cole Haan X Nike

Uncategorized August 24, 2014

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On an ordinary Friday (the best things always happen on Fridays I find), I decided to embark on a trip to Value Village. Although I did purchase my expected corny shot glasses, what I didn’t expect to find were these shoes. On the surface, they appear to be ordinary oxfords with neon accents. In reality, they’re Cole Haan oxfords with Nike Lunar technology from several years ago. This pair was barely worn, and far cheaper than their original price. I can attest to their Nike comfort after running to my car to avoid a parking ticket (hehe). Just when I thought sports and luxe had to be an awkwardly styled choice, this preppy piece diverts indecision.

Thankfully, Nike Lunar oxfords like mine actually still exist (just in a different colour at full price, check them out here). Even though neon accents are tightly associated with spring, these oxfords can add much needed pep to darker fall ensembles. I’m looking forward to pairing these with hunter green khakis, dark cuffed jeans and plaid day dresses. Since its still summer however, I decided to go with a happy, non-heat stroke inducing look. The ripped denim jacket makes the look more relaxed, and the message tee is a fun, sporty alternative to an ordinary top.

Moral of the Story: Give Value Village a chance. Cole Haan X Nike collab = the best brand collaboration in a long time. Its longevity is evident of this.

What I’m Wearing
Denim Jacket: AG Jeans
Tank top: Primark
Shorts: TopShop
Trainers: Cole Haan & Nike, Value Village
Purse: BCBG

Look Book Chapter 3: Harmonious Navy & Black

Uncategorized July 31, 2014

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As a trainer junkie (couldn’t tell from my blog title I’m sure), I’m always on the lookout for inventive ways to wear sneakers, so I can wear them as much as possible. Thankfully, DKNY’s s/s 2014 runway was a great source. What caught my eye in particular was the balance between sportswear and high fashion in such a way that the trainers make sense with the look. DKNY made their looks flow thanks to upstying with trenchcoats and blazers, and downstyling with overalls and snapbacks. The bright lips were also a highlight (no pun intended), giving the runway a very “sporty editorial” vibe. Although this “sporty editorial” vibe usually involves bright colours, I decided to do a darker spin on it — mostly because I only own black overalls — but also because I like to personalize. As long as at least two of the items are the same colour (in my case, the shoes and overalls), you’re golden….ponyboy.

What I’m Wearing
Overalls: Aritzia
Blazer: Thrifted Equestrian Jacket
Earrings: Vintage
vest: Lulu Lemon
Bag: TopShop
Trainers: Saucony