Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Sorbet: Fresh & Sweet Colour Inspiration

It's that time of year where we all starting cleaning out our closets: switching out the faux furs and plaids (well, in my case, anyways) for fresh whites, brights, and pastels. So the Style By Fire gals Aurora Chan and Miranda Sam, Samantha Sito, and I pulled our pastels out of storage, and got together for a fun spring photoshoot with Jason of Aparte Photography!

I've always been cautious with wearing a lot of white or pastels for the obvious reason that paleness usually just makes it all look very, well, white, but lately I've been playing around with light colours again. I think I just need to stop worrying about what I think might not look good, and test out some new colour combos!

The beginning of a season is a great time to reassess your wardrobe, and maybe add some new styles or colours to the mix that you haven't tried (or been afraid to try) before. If you pick something in the store and think "hmm I shouldn't.." maybe it's still worth trying on! It's like when I go thrift shopping: if I'm ever in doubt, I still try it on, because you really can't tell when it's just on the hanger.

Don't forget to play around with draping and textures too! I loved Aurora's vinyl mint pencil skirt, Samantha's draped skirt, and Miranda's killer gladiator sandals. All awesome, fun elements that added some character to the usual "spring pastels".

From left to right: Samantha of Obsessive Trend Invitation, Aurora Chan of Style By Fire, me, Miranda Sam of Style By Fire

Thanks to Aparte Photography for the photos!

My outfit: Shirt - Meiling Couture (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Necklace - Olive + Piper | Bracelet - Betty Be Good | Skirt - Zara (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Heels - Call it Spring (thrifted via Value Village)

Samantha's outfit: Shirt - Malaysia | Skirt - Ego Closet (similar) | Heels - Malaysia

Aurora's outfit: Shirt - Zara | Skirt - Topshop | Necklace - Whiskey Teacup

Miranda's outfit: Shirt - Vince Camuto | Shorts - BCBG | Shoes - Matiko

Happy Styling! xo


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vancouver Fashion Week FW 2015: Day 7

Ah the final day of coverage for the Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 season! And reflecting on the week's worth of extraordinary designs, it definitely was inspiring. On Day 7, my favourite designs of the evening came from Alcoolique, Jackson Rowe and Zuzana Hrubos: quite a variety of different styles.

Alcoolique was such a cheeky collection: the makeup was bold, the designs were fun and flirty! I was a big fan of the dress you'll see below with the white hearts. What a cute detail! The sheerness of the blouse definitely offsets the sweetness of the full skirt and soft details.

This might not be my usual style, as it's obviously quite casual with a bohemian flair, but there was something about the way Jackson Rowe's scarves draped and billowed as the models walked the runway that had me hooked! It made me remember how versatile a scarf can be: how it can be layered, worn as an accessory, or rather as another item of clothing. Add the sweet yet casual knee highs and suede booties to the mix and this look is definitely ready-to-wear right off the runway!

Probably the most futuristic show of the FW 2015 season was Zuzana Hrubos' collection "Pulse". Obviously, my first thought when the models hit the runway was 'Tron!', as all the looks were designed with integrated optical fibres. The designs also contained electro magnetic shielding textiles to protect the wearer against wifi and cell phone waves, you know, in case that's something you're ever worried about. I told you, it's futuristic fashion alright! I was particularly fascinated by this collection because I actually really wanted to make my own Tron costume for Halloween last year, and did some research on how to get the suit to glow - and let me tell you it is apparently no easy process, which is why I gave up on the idea - so kudos to Zuzana Hrubos for making these techie designs a reality.

Also, make sure to check out the video coverage of my week at VFW below so you can see a whole bunch of other amazing designs that graced the runways this season:

for the runway photos!

Many of you may recognize this Kassinka skirt from this recent post, but I just couldn't resist pulling it out again for this momentous week of fashion! I felt like I'd been wearing a bit too much black and white so far, so a solid dose of colour was definitely in order for the final day of VFW. From experimenting with items in my closet, I found that I actually quite liked combining neons and pastels together, so I opted to pair the pastel skirt with a flowy neon shirt and neon nails. I love how it makes everything pop. If you're feeling uninspired by your pastels this spring, try infusing the look with a splash of neon too! 

With the fabulous Vicki Duong of Flirty and Frugal: isn't her comic-inspired outfit bang on??

Outfit: Shirt - H&M (thrifted via Value Village) (similar) | Jacket - Zara (thrifted) (similar) | Skirt - Kassinka | Necklace - Olive + Piper | Bracelet - Nobis & Grey | Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Purse - Forever 21 (similar)

Happy Styling! xo


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vancouver Fashion Week FW2015: Day 6

Once again, I picked out 3 of my favourite designers from all the runway shows at Vancouver Fashion Week on Day 6, who turned out to be: Lawrence Pirnay, Michelle Lesniak, and Gala Limon. All had superb collections that made me wish I could own each and every one of their designs. Such a great variety of textures, patterns and cuts, Day 6 brought a whole lot of inspiration our way!

Easily one of the most anticipated designers of the week was Michelle Lesniak, winner of Project Runway Season 11. You know me, I'm a sucker for retro style, so obviously I was a big fan of the vintage swimsuits that graced the runway. The nautical rope detailing was a great touch, and made me wonder why I've never seen anything like it before! Oh man, this really gets me excited about nautical style for summer... Plus, you'll see the bikini pictured below features Michelle's 'falling upwards' hot air balloon print- too cute!

Gala Limon's Mexican Fairies collection was packed full of sweet, flowy, ready-to-wear dresses, tops and skirts that made me wish I could blink and find them in my closet! My favourite is the pastel purple/pink dress you'll see below. The laser cut details were a unique touch, and the dress swayed beautifully as the model walked the runway. Such an easy, breezy, chic design!

My favourite show of the night, Laurence Pirnay, had a wide range of styles hit the runway, including a fun fringe, 3-D dress, chic cape, and a mix of flowing prints. As I've been completely enamoured by capes lately, the second I spotted the full length cape dress you'll see below, my eyes opened wide. What a beauty! So elegant and refined, that style is right up my alley. Even better was the ever-so-subtle diamond pattern along the cape and dress hemline: lovely detailing!

Thanks to Kuna Photography for the runway photos!

I had a lot of fun with my Day 6 outfit for Vancouver Fashion Week! I've been patiently waiting to wear this massive piece of statement jewellery that I picked up back in December...and finally the day has come. It's a pretty busy necklace, so I figured the rest of the outfit should be all-black, to make it really stand out. But of course, you know me, I can never go with no colour: hence the red lips!

Twins! Another fashion week attendee with the same style in mind!

Outfit: Jumpsuit - H&M | Necklace - Aldo | Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Heels - Vince Camuto (thrifted via Value Village)

Makeup: Eyes - Sonia Kashuk Kajal Liner, Lips - NYX Butter Lipstick in Juju

Happy Styling! xo


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Vancouver Fashion Week FW2015: Day 4

Oh man, the runway shows continued to surprise and delight all the way through Day 4 of Vancouver Fashion Week! I now have some new favourite designers, after seeing the collections of Narumi, Pouneh Askarian, and Paola Gamero.

I was actually surprised with myself, because I was really fascinated by Narumi's collection, even though its minimalist designs don't fit my usual style. I couldn't get enough of it! The 23 year old Peruvian designer used fibres like alpaca to create beautifully chic ponchos, capes, and dresses. The designs are simple in colour and cut, but they fit fabulously and had the perfect flow to them when the models walked. I would want every one of them, especially the poncho pictured below, to wear all winter long!

Pouneh Askarian's collection was perfection, right down to the accessories. Lace and embellished headpieces were such a beautiful touch, and fit perfectly with the ultra-feminine full midi skirts and luxurious fabrics. I'm glad to see the midi skirt will be sticking around for another season, because they really are great on every figure. Same with the 50's-style coat you'll see below. Such a great coat to have in your wardobe for special occasions and its loose fit makes it so versatile.

Ah Paola Gamero. Every gown in this collection was breathtaking! The gowns were paired with beautifully coiffed victory rolls and retro-inspired makeup. My favourite of all the designs was a marsala-coloured plunge gown with sheer sleeves. Utter perfection: the detail was exquisite! You'll see another one of Paola Gamero's gowns in the video below. The delicate ostrich feathers danced along the hemline of the dress as the model walked the runway, and the plunging neckline was truly gorgeous and dramatic!

Thanks to Kuna Photography & Norm Lee Photography for the runway shots!

My outfit for day 4 of Vancouver Fashion Week incorporated my Value Village thrifted leopard pants first seen here, and my newly purchased (and now favourite) cape blazer from Lavish Alice. This white cape blazer is going to be the perfect summer jacket. I was feelin' pretty edgy with this outfit, so I thought Nobis & Grey's snake ear cuff would be the perfect accessory!

I always love seeing what Aurora Chan of Style By Fire is wearing front row!

Cape blazer -  Lavish Alice (via Asos) | Pants - Zara (thrifted via Value Village) | Top - Winners | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Heels - Spring (thrifted via Value Village) | Purse - JustFab Queenly

Thanks to Lawrence of ddbg.photo for the above photo!

Happy Styling! xo


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#STBC: Shop the Blogger Closet Sale

This Sunday, March 29th from 11am - 3pm I'll be selling off my clothes with 9 other Vancouver style bloggers at the Shop the Blogger Closet Sale, hosted by Stephanie Trembath of MINIMAL-ST.ME. Now believe me, it's usually pretty hard for me to part with my clothes, but the closet just won't allow for more space, so I've bundled together 9 bags of clothing and shoes that will be up for sale at the event.

And because fashion events are always also social affairs, there will also be a bake sale, photobooth, and pop-up shop featuring Vancouver Candle Company and I See Noise Prints. Happy Water has kindly offered to keep us hydrated during the sale, and Daily Secret is also sponsoring the event! Plus, of course, you have a chance to meet all 10 of us bloggers in person, chat about personal style, and shop our closets!

Thanks so much to Frontier Luxury Flooring, who are sponsoring our event by offering their amazing space to showcase our clothes!

Partial proceeds will be donated to

Don't forget to bring cash along with you, as the event is cash only!

See you all there, and happy styling! xo


Beauty Haul Video: e.l.f. Cosmetics

Many of you know that I've become quite a beauty buff over the last year (don't worry though, my outfit posts aren't going away!). So I was insanely excited when I found out that London Drugs would be carrying e.l.f. Cosmetics products in their stores now!

This is a big cult favourite in the beauty community for 2 obvious reasons:

         1) most of their products retail for an awesomely low $3.99
         2) they have these random cool products like lip exfoliators and eyeliner sealers that you can't help but want to try out!

I had the chance to do a beauty haul video with London Drugs Cosmetics to take some of the e.l.f. Cosmetics products for a spin, so check out the video below and find out what my first impressions were!

e.l.f.Studio Lip Exfoliator

e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer in Tone Adjusting Green

e.l.f. Studio Eye Refresh

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set

e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Rich Red

e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer & Sealer

Happy Styling! xo

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