Who needs colour?

Whenever I look through my wardrobe and end up with no options, I always default to the same staples – all black everything. Im fairly confidant it is impossible to go wrong with this combination. Black skirt, black shirt, black tights and a statement lip colour, and you have the ingredients for success. I will never tire of black, it just gets me.

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Dear winter, can you relax?

I really don’t appreciate the winter creeping up on me so quickly. I am making a silent protest by refusing to bust out my winter jacket. However, that leaves me freezing to death – Ive made my decision though! My winter jacket will not surface until December! Unless absolutely necessary. Until then, I will live in denial land pretending that it is still fall. But hey, at least I added some boots and a scarf. Im at least a little bit sane…

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Makeup magic

Despite my limited artistic abilities, I have to admit that my skeleton face painting came out pretty decent! My friend and I got lots of compliments at the party we went to, and i feel like I spent 15 dollars very wisely! Now I’ll just have to work at topping this costume next year 😉 image

Bare bones budget

Its easy to get swept up during the halloween season. There are so many cute decor ideas, costumes and baking projects. Keeping my budget tight was a priority for me, so that meant getting creative with my costume. Originally, my friend and I had settled on doing some youtube DIY face paint project. We were going to test our art skills and paint on some creepy skeleton faces. I just couldn’t shake the feeling that our costume would be lacking without some additional skeleton details. Of course, adding the details is where your budget can grow steadily out of control. It starts with something small here and there, but it all adds up in the end to being way more than what you bargained for. Regardless, I went hunting for some skeleton accessories. I found myself strolling through a party supply store, when a toddler skeleton costume caught my eye.  I decided I would take a peak, just out of curiosity, and after inspecting the type of material, I realized I could probably repurpose pieces of the costume. Ringing in at only 8 dollars, this costume was way cheaper than trying to purchase individual skeleton accessories. I went home and got straight to snipping. I cut the legs off of the costume, and was able to use the top portion as an actual top. I reused the gloves by snipping off the finger tips, and could even save the leg pieces to use as leg warmers. I won’t lie, I was pretty impressed. Once I add the face paint on friday, I think the look will really come together! Doing halloween on a budget is tough, but if you get creative there is definitely a way to put together an awesome costume! IMG_3349

Knits for days

I love this knit sweater. Its baggy and fluffy and warm. Im pretty sure that is the quintessential requirements for any winter wardrobe pieces. Having a good quality knit is a must have in cities like Toronto. They are predicting an extremely cold winter again this year, so its best to get your wardrobe equipped for the cold! I know that I will be preparing for the worst 😦 But who knows, maybe mother nature will take some pity on us this year!

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Work daze

One of the perks of starting a new job is having an excuse to update my wardrobe. I try my best to repurpose my clothing, but inevitably new pieces will need to be added. Unfortunately, I don’t get my first paycheck for a couple weeks. So for now I will have to be creative with what I already own. The office environment isn’t super formal, so that gives me more flexibility. My go to is the high waisted skirt. It’s always classic looking and it suits my body type the best. Another favourite of mine is a cropped blazer. It helps to define my shape, and it keeps me from looking too boxy. I look forward to scanning through the business casual section of stores. I’ve never really needed to have too many formal wardrobe pieces, so I get to build up the basics from scratch 🙂 but until I have some funds, I think I can make do!

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Fashion Night Out

Yesterday, Vogue hosted their third edition of Fashion Night Out In Amsterdam. Four different shopping districts in the city came alive with photo sessions, champagne, music, and of course, exclusive product features. Unfortunately, my friend that joined me for the event was bike less, and the streets are pretty spread out around the city, not too walking friendly. So, we ended up staying in the Bijenkorf, The Netherlands largest upscale department store. Luckily, the Bijenkorf was jam packed with different things to check out. Most stores were featuring some sort of photo both session. There were servers walking around handing out snacks and champagne, and all different types of models strolling around the store dressed up in costumes. Of course, it was a strictly window shopping session, but it was nice to see whats coming out for fall/winter. I ended up with some cream samples from Kiehls, and a couple perfume samples from Hermes. Nothing too special, but you can’t complain about anything free. It was really nice to walk around and see so many people dressed up in Amsterdam’s normally super casual atmosphere. I wish I had gotten to see more, but I still had a great night! It was the perfect way to roll in the weekend.

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Het Kaufhaus

My financial situation is a bit dreary at the moment. Logically, you would assume that means no more shopping. Reality, is that I shop for better values and less often. I know, not the brightest decision. What can I do though, I have an unhealthy addiction I’m not ready to curb 😉 I just came across an amazing vintage store in Amsterdam called Het Kaufhaus One of my favourite parts about the store is the organization. Vintage can often be a bit of an explosion. You walk in and are completely overwhelmed by the selection of pieces. Her store is organized by colour, which I find really helpful, and her pieces are all within a similar style family. Upon walking in, I found myself browsing in the knit section, and became instantly smitten with a peppered grey cable knit. I had fallen in love with a very similar piece at Zara, but it did not play nicely with my budget. At 17 euros, this sweater was a steal! I gave it a try, it fit like a glove, and I left the store with slightly less money, but twice as much happiness 🙂 Sadly, summer has pretty much run its course in Amsterdam, so I don’t suspect that it will be too long until I am able to wear it. Which is bittersweet, because now that I have this sweater I am a little more amped up for fall 😉

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Summer time style

Summer time is my fashion butterfly. I like to think that my feminine side is hiding in a cocoon from Fall until Spring. Once the heat starts rolling in, and the sun starts setting later, my fashion butterfly begins to emerge. Gone go the days of all black and grey, and in comes the whites and lace and pops of colour. Its always exciting when summer comes because its my least used clothing items, so they always feel like they are kind of new. You get to familiarize yourself with a bunch of pieces that have been waiting patiently at the bottom of your closet hoping to be worn. Of course, I still wear a ton of black during summer, it is my go to shade; but I definitely push my fashion limits more, and expand into new colour territory. I like simple, easy and comfortable fashion, and I am learning to find the balance between chic and shabby. I think it is a line that can easily be crossed with more comfortable clothing. Here are a few examples of outfits that I think look cute, and don’t leave you gasping for air after a big dinner 😉 ImageImage