August 30, 2017

7 Must-Have Fashion Items for Fall

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This is the first year on-record that I have not been desperately awaiting fall weather. In the past I would be parading around in my new fall wardrobe during a mid-September heat wave, cursing myself (as I battled mild heat-exhaustion) for being so impatient. This year is a bit different, winters in Ottawa are looooong, spring took ages to come around in 2017 and definitely outstayed its welcome; summer I am hanging onto your coat tails as long as I possibly can.

Just because I am waiting for actual fall weather before I don the fashion doesn't mean I can't plan ahead, get excited and lust over every new item that hits my inbox. I am not planning an exceptionally large fall clothing haul but here is a list of my 7 must-have items for fall/winter.

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Felt Hat: I'm not usually someone who wears hats all year round, usually if it's really hot or really cold I'll put one on. I am currently loving my new black felt Vivian hat from Sunday Afternoons, it is lightweight enough that I can get away with wearing in the summer but I am really looking forward to wearing it with my sweaters, scarves and boots come fall.

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Velvet Hand Bag: I think we all have mixed feeling on velvet, it can be really good or way scary, I've been seeing some beautiful, structured, velvet handbags on Instagram lately and I am totally on-board with this velvet trend. I would likely choose a jewel-toned color like dark green, burgundy and navy or even just plain black.

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Leather Ankle Boots: Basic black is always a fan-fav but there's just something about brown leather boots that has always floated my boat. I like them in ankle height with a block heel, lace up or side zipper. I recently discovered the perfect pair of fall boots in the "Coming Soon" section on Everlane that are a beautiful cognac-brown, pebbled leather, let's just say I am definitely on the waitlist for those bad boys (coming September 25).

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Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt: This trend is nothing new but I have been loving crew neck sweatshirts for a ew years now and i was over the moon when I found out in June that Club Monaco was coming out with a throwback collection which included both crew neck t-shirts and sweatshirts. Unfortunately, this launch was a bit of a debacle and they either way underestimated the popularity this collection would have or they wanted it to be very exclusive and piss off a lot of their customers. Either way, they have decided to re-stock, I've been on the waitlist for the last few months so I'm not too sure when the next release date will be though I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I'll pick up a cozy one by Adidas, their iconic trefoil logo is perfect with shorts, jeans or even over a dress.

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Oversized T-shirt: It's really the Holy Grail of any outfit, a good t-shirt will go with anything and if you go with a slightly oversized version it can be half-tucked, twisted, or rolled for a different look each time you wear it. I'm loving the luxury logo tees (Prada, Gucci, St. Laurent) but there are also lot's of high-street brands with great options as well. I like these tees in basic colors, white, grey, black but also pink and red for fall.

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Leather Jacket: Most of the time when I'm shopping, fashion thoughts will click into my head, the latest was "I need a black leather moto jacket". It may seem weird that I don't already own one, after all it is a staple item in most people's closets, but I lent it to my sister and it was taken on a night out. There are so many different styles of leather or faux leather jackets to choose from but I like the "tough-girl" feel that the moto-style jacket gives to girlier outfits.

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Chunky Knits: This is an obvious one for fall/winter, it gets cold and we get out our big sweaters.  I'm loving sweaters with open backs, lacing details, longer hemlines and thicker, intricate knits. Try tucking a sweater into a skirt or wearing over a dress for an unexpected look.

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Long Trench Coat: I saw a few of these lately in my online perusing for new fall-favs and I'm definitely loving the idea of a long blazer. Over a logo t-shirt with a shirt, jeans or even dressy joggers this is an easy layering piece to add to your wardrobe as the temps begin to drop.

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I love fall shopping so much and I really would like to hear what your must-have fall fashion items are, please share them with me in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram for OOTD looks :)

August 16, 2017

4 Ways to Feel Confident in Your Clothing

Are you new to the wonderful world of fashion or maybe just in a style-rut? Want to look like all those OOTD beauties on Instagram? It's not really as hard as you think, you don't even need to buy a whole new wardrobe (I mean you can if you've got money to burn but it's not in any way crucial to your success.) All you need to feel fabulous in your clothes is confidence.

When we get dressed some of us tend to play it safe, we second guess what our "style instincts" are telling us and end up choosing a look that doesn't push the boundaries of our comfort. In this post I will share with you my advice on how to dress with confidence and to hone in on your unique sense of fashion, so that you too, may showcase your own eponymous brand of style.

Je Ne Sais Quoi:
You've probably noticed that some people just seem to know what they're doing when it comes to dressing. Style comes easily to them and they make it look effortless. They have that special something, you just cannot put your finger on it, but it's there. They have confidence. They know what looks good on them, they have spent time and money curating a closet full of clothes that are "their style" and they understand that by wearing things that make them feel good, that confidence will show through in their outfit.

It really comes down to being comfortable with yourself exactly the way you are and not being afraid of what other people think. When you stop worrying that everyone is looking at you, you will begin to realize how confident you really are. Strut your stuff, take risks, learn from your mistakes, really get to know yourself, and always trust your instincts.

Inspiration Over Imitation:
When I said before that you can look great in your current wardrobe, I wasn't joking. You do not need to go out and buy new clothing to start making great outfits, in fact, you will likely develop a better sense of style if you challenge yourself to work with what you already have. It can be hard when you're looking through Pinterest or Instagram at all the beautiful OOTDs, the temptation to buy all the items in their posts is REAL. You know it looks good on them so why wouldn't it look good on you? This can be a mistake,  buying things because stylish people are wearing them is kind of like cheating on a test; you may have gotten a good mark but you didn't really learn anything.

Instead of copying the outfit why not use it as "inspiration" for your own looks, sometimes seeing what other people are wearing can give you some great ideas of your own. If you do find a look that's a must-try, why not recreate it using items from your own closet, by putting your own twist on it you get to test drive the outfit without much investment and it can help boost your outfit planning confidence for the next look.

Comfort Always Wins:
This may seem strange but wearing something that is comfortable can definitely boost your overall confidence in your outfit. We've all gone out in something that was too tight, too loose, too short, too long. too itchy, etc. Wearing clothing that doesn't fit right is going to make you feel self-conscious, this is definitely going to attract attention but it won't be the good kind. Comfort and fashion are not mutually exclusive, there are plenty of brands that produce clothing that feels good, fits great and looks fabulous, look for quality pieces made from breathable fabrics and you won't be disappointed.

Resist Fear:
Whenever we push ourselves there will be fears, doubts, reservations. The people who, in my opinion, look their best are constantly living outside their comfort bubble. The decide that they're going to bend or break the conventional notions of what fashion is and they come out looking stylish most of the time, and if they don't, they've learned a lesson for the future. Like everything in life, confidence, style and beauty take practice.

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I hope these tips are helpful, let me know in the comments what are your go-to confidence boosters when you are choosing your outfits!
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