Urban Suede

urban-suede

I realized I haven’t blogged for almost a year now. It’s not because I ran out of fashion inspiration, out of chic OOTDs or out of passion for blogging, but the sad reality is that my first year of work as a real adult and #adulting has left me barely any time to continue one of my passions. I’ve found that instead of posting fashion tips and essays on how I think through an outfit, I’ve opted for the easy route through a quick 10 second snap via Snapchat. Sometimes I wonder if the blogging community will one day become obsolete and all bloggers will just be social media influencers on Instagram, Snapchat and Youtube. Like really who has time to read. I would rather spend my limited 24 hours a day reading up on self-improvement books everyone keeps telling me I should read. I actually applaud you if you’re taking the time to read this now…

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Away from pessimistic thoughts and back to the world of #style… This fall season one of the “it” items is SUEDE. Suede boots, jackets, dresses, shirts, hats, bags, you name it. The “it” colour of the season is less so burgundy and more brown. This jacket I found at Zara is the perfect combination of “it” colour and “it” fabric, it’s also in my favourite jacket style, moto jackets. The jacket is quite warm and versatile, so far I’ve paired it like this OOTD with a white tee and black shorts, with a black tank and jeans, with a grey tee and white jeans. Pretty much any top and bottom combination with white, grey, black, denim will work perfectly. This jacket is a nice addition to your closet from all those black and brown leather jackets every person on the street has.

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Another “it” item for the season is the choker. I remember back in the 90s, plastic chokers were all the rage, but now I guess fashion has upgraded to chokers of all styles from leather, plastic, bejewelled and all arrays of colours. Me being me I wanted a chocker that was unique and didn’t look like all those other chokers you could find at Forever 21. Thank goodness for my favourite store Zara, they had a red leather choker with some jewels so it doesn’t look like a boring leather strap cutting your neck. I liked how for the chocker style I could style pair some of my other dainty necklaces to give it some length and so the choker doesn’t seem to be cutting the length of your neck.

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Brown Suede Moto Jacket – Zara ($89.90)

White Tee – Zara

Black Shorts – Next (from my Taiwan trip) (similar here)

Taupe Booties – Shoedazzle ($29.95 on sale, $62.95 regular)

Red Jewelled Choker – Zara ($29.90)

Purse – Ann Taylor (see older post)

British Vibes

British-Vibes

For today’s OOTD I got to collab with two awesome friends of mine. Desiree, the lifestyle blogger behind Desire-plus-an-e and Jonathan, a super pro-photographer. If you like their work, don’t forget to check out their creative outlets.

This OOTD comes from a while back during the Thanksgiving weekend so the weather is much warmer than what we’re seeing now in Canada. Nonetheless, these are some of my favourite fall looks inspired by the street style fashion I observed in London.

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Most of my OOTD was actually purchased in London, but I saw that Topshop in Canada also has these key pieces in store. This fall season we’re seeing lots of 70’s inspired outfits, whether it be flared pants, rustic/burnt colours or suede. I’m not a huge fan of flared pants because I think they don’t fit with my body shape but you can incorporate flare in other ways such as the flared detail in the sleeves of this black & white patterned dress. This dress also feels very 70’s to me as well – I think it’s the way the pattern looks like trippy zig-zag lines. Since this dress has lots of holes, being my conservative self, I would wear something underneath and since I have to wear something underneath anyways I might as well add some colour. Thus I matched the dress with a burnt-red turtleneck and red skirt. This red-on-red monochromatic pairing can actually be its own OOTD but by masterfully layering the dress on top you can almost mix-and-match many outfits. If red isn’t your kind of colour you can always stick with black pieces underneath or cobalt blue. Whatever the colour the top and bottom should be the same colour otherwise you’ll look more like a fashion disaster!

If this outfit looks too cold for you, I would add some black tights, switch the booties for over-the-knee boots and of course an appropriate jacket and winter accessories.

From my observations the key to looking like a Londoner is:

  1. Anything Topshop!!! No literally Topshop does a great job in encompassing the London street style fashion. It’s like a mix of biker chic, grunge and sass while looking effortless (that’s probably why it’s my favourite store…)
  2. Chelsea booties – in a very posh manner
  3. Cool sunglasses – continuing with the chic & sassy theme (it also makes Londoners look mysterious I guess)

One more note, since I didn’t have a wide enough black belt instead I interlaced two braided skinny belts to give the illusion of a thicker belt. Without the belt I think the outfit would look a little flat from the funky 70’s pattern, so a black belt would do well in giving me what little shape I have.

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Black & White Dress – Topshop ($60)

Red Turtleneck – Topshop ($48)

Red A-line Skirt – Zara

Skinny Belts – Forever 21

Black Chelsea Booties – Selfridges – Kurt Geiger London (similar here and here)

Mirrored Sunglasses – Express

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As for Desiree’s look here’s her thoughts about her London look:

“I’ve never been to London myself, but I know that the people are out and about in what I would describe to be a stylish street style. Everyone would presentable and stylish. This is an outfit that I feel comfortable in. It’s not particularly dressy but at the same time it is stepping up from a completely casual vibe. The layered collar under the sweater dresses up the outfit and by adding the statement necklace it gives some dimension to the upper half. I wanted to add some colour to the otherwise monochrome outfit with these olive pants. The black Chelsea boots are one of my favourite pairs of booties that I have. It’s different because it’s not a particularly feminine style yet it adds some taste to the outfit. And why not include a wide brim hat with it to complement the structured feel of the boots?”

For Desiree’s look I think the essential London-themed pieces would be the felt hat, structured top handle bag and Chelsea booties. What I mean to say is that sometimes what makes the look can be the super chic accessories that you add to up the “street style game”.

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Black Wide Brim Hat – H&M ($34.99 – also in Taupe)

White Collared Tank – Bluenotes

Statement Necklace – Laura Petites

Glasses Sweater – Banana Republic

Olive Pants – Old Navy

Black Chelsea Boots – Old Navy ($32.50)

From my limited travels I think what differs each culture’s fashion would be how they style the same key pieces together. The way Londoners bring out style is by far my favourite and I was truly inspired by all the fashionable people strutting their stuff down the cobblestones.

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[Product Review] Inglot Lipstick #175 (Dark Wine Red)

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Let’s take a break from fashion and OOTDs this week and talk beauty. Although I love dark lips for fall, I find it hard to pull of super dark colours against my pale skin tone. Mostly because if I have dark lips, people probably think I’m gothic or something like that (it’s definitely not something I want to be associated with at work). Also since I have strong eye makeup everyday, it could be seen as TOO MUCH going on if you have BOTH strong eyes and lips.

Be cautioned that when using dark lipstick I would strongly advise using a lip brush instead of just the lipstick itself, because it will be less likely for you to make an error and have to erase EVERYTHING.

After lots of searching, I think this Inglot colour is the darkest and most wearable wine red colour I could use. Don’t fret, the product may look almost black in colour but when applied it is much lighter.

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The lipstick formula isn’t as creamy as I would have hoped, so it did require a few more applications so my lips wouldn’t look patchy like a Dalmatian. A lip brush would definitely help with filling in the gaps without over-applying. From my experience, the worst thing about over-applying lipstick is it feels like you have a layer of paint stuck on your lips instead of it feeling sheer and natural. (GROSS!)

PRODUCT: INGLOT LIPSTICK #175 ($19)

Below are some closeups of what it looks like indoors, in the sunlight and outdoors in the shade.

Scroll to the bottom for my score of this lipstick.

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All in all this lipstick colour is an A for me but the texture is a B as it was kind of a let down with its sticky application and spottiness, but with a lip liner it could work and the stickiness subsides after time. Overall I’ll give it a B+ because I like this colour and would wear it out on the weekends or afterwork, but I don’t think I would repurchase it again because I wouldn’t really see myself using it too often. Only in the fall and only for night events, but if you’re looking for a dark wine colour this is the one for you and it’s not too much of an investment!

If you live in Toronto, there is a store close to the Eaton’s Centre.

P.S. If you’re wondering where the necklace is from, I got it at Express in the summer, so it probably is no longer available in store. A similar one can be found here and here.

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Sunday Grunge

Sunday-Grunge

I’ve come to love Sundays. It’s the only day where I can lounge around, bask in the sun and do nothing. Now that I am out of school, I don’t have to spend my Sundays cramming and can spend the day going to church, getting bubble tea and watching Korean dramas. Although summer is over, these Sunny Sundays extinguish the cold. I’ve realized that lately I have gravitated to lots of black & white outfits. I think the cold weather has made me feel muted and boring, anyone else feeling the same dullness? However, a black & white outfit can still be super fashionable and chic. All you need are black and white pieces with different details, cutting and fabric.

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In today’s OOTD I paired a lace black top (that looks kinda like cobwebs), a flowy white skater skirt, leather jacket and leather booties. You could totally add some bling, but I would recommend only dainty accessories since we would want to keep the focus on the outfit details.

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Since the lace black top looks very Victorian, I would curl my hair to continue the romantic theme. This OOTD is not only great as your “Sunday Best” for church, but also as a date outfit or some fancy Sunday brunch.

If you want to add small placements of colour, I would recommend adding a bright bag, red/pink lips or if you’re freezing… a blanket scarf.

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Black Lace Top – Zara (similar here and here)

White Skater Skirt – Dynamite (similar here)

Black Leather Jacket – Dynamite (similar here and here)

Black Booties – Shoemint (similar here and here)

Summary Tip: Don’t be afraid to wear black & white outfits! Just make sure to use different fabrics to make it interesting! (e.g. lace, leather, fur, patterns, silk, pleats)

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Summer Dreams

summer-dreams

Photography by Jonathan Tang

Boy has it been a long time coming. Sorry again for taking forever to post again. I’ve been finishing school, going on my grad trip and starting a new life in the working world. But now I’m back and ready to blog every week, so make sure to check back every Sunday for some notes on how I keep it street style chic with a pinch of charisma and leather (my fave!).

I know you’re going to think “Why are you posting a summer OOTD? Summer is way over! Get with the program woman!” Well… (1) These pictures are too good to waste (2) I really loved the print on this skirt, so I couldn’t wait a full year to show you (3) You can totally add a few items to the OOTD to make it fall appropriate (I’ll show you these pieces at the end of this post)

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First, let’s start with the skirt. I love how Topshop mixed the tones of blue with the bright orange so well in this pencil skirt. My favourite part of the skirt is actually the two black zippers at the bottom of the skirt. I mean if you really want to be scandalous these zippers aren’t decoration, you could actually pull them up, but since we’re refined ladies, it’s better to keep them zipped. As always with any short skirt, I always wear a pair of black gym shorts underneath so I don’t accidentally flash anybody and also for added warmth and comfort. (Don’t you just hate the feeling of your thighs chafing against each other? Or maybe it’s just me and my fat legs. #fatlife #whocares #mylegsmyproblem)

I paired this skirt with a black top that has zippers on the sleeves to continue the theme of zippers. Also I feel like the skirt has a lot going on already that a plain black or white top is the best option. Any basic black or white top from your closet will do.IMG_3481

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Just a small necklace or pendant would look nice with the plain top or you could keep it simple and have no accessories as the colourful shoes and skirt already do the trick.

This crossbody bag is my favourite bag this year and my go-to for all events. Not only is the colour and structure very soft and feminine, but the size is perfect to hold my DSLR and roam around the city. I brought this with me on my grad trip and it did not disappoint! 

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Black T-shirt with Zippers on Sleeves – Zara

Tropical Floral Print Skirt – Topshop (other loves here and here)

Bee’s Knees Necklace – Jewelmint

Narin Multi coloured Lace-up Sandals – Shoedazzle

Blue Mirrored Aviators – Smartset (similar here and here)

Mini City Office Crossbody Bag in Pewter Blue – Zara (similar here and here)

I’m so sad I couldn’t find the skirt online, but the purpose of my post is to tell you not to worry about having one loud and bright piece as long as you match it well.

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If you wanted to make this OOTD more fall appropriate, I would add three items to this look:

  1. Tights/ Over the Knee socks [like these from Topshop]
  2. Switch the sandals for Chelsea boots [like these from Sam Edelman]
  3. Wool coat [like this one from Zara]

That’s it for my Summer Dreams! Don’t forget to check back next Sunday for a new StyleStickynotes post!

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Winter Storm

Winter-Storm

Photography by Jonathan Tang

I can’t believe it’s already spring and unsurprisingly I have yet again taken another hiatus and failed to blog for the past 4 months. I’m so sorry that I keep making empty promises, with school constantly piling up it’s just so easy to make excuses. Before winter is officially over, I wanted to share at least a few posts of how I attempted to stay warm this past winter. This year’s Canadian winter was again a harsh one, with many snow storms and even a school closure; heavy jackets, winter boots and lots and lots of sweaters was a basic necessity. It is always a challenge for us Canadians who commute to not look like a Michelin Tire man or a super stuffed dumpling. The key is to find a super warm jacket (most go for Canada Goose) and super warm but thin layers.

My favourite super warm layer has been this Colt Sweater from Aritzia, it is made of 100% wool and not itchy at all unlike some other wool sweaters. Just remember not to put it in the dryer or you’ll end up with a child’s sweater! The reason I love this sweater is it’s cut is super unique with a bit of high-low going on, a little flare at the bottom and a wide neckline perfect for matching with chunky necklaces (my fave accessories)

Since just wearing a sweater and black pants is just too dull and boring, adding a cute skirt with leggings is a nice change. It definitely ups your game from a typical everyday girl look into a chic fashionista! I found this unique Julina skirt at Club Monaco; it uses a special material that I call “scuba” because the feel and sheen reminds me of a scuba diver’s clothes. I can imagine adding this piece to any date night outfit and is a perfect winter-spring and fall-winter transition piece. 

I would say the major two essentials this past winter is 1) A Blanket Scarf & 2) Colourful Mittens. Thank goodness for blanket scarfs being a major accessory in fashion, without it my face would’ve definitely frozen to death countless times this winter. It’s also good for car naps without grabbing an extra pillow. Looks like it’s too late to buy one in stores now and I’m not sure if it’s staying in trend for next year too, but here are some alternatives from Dynamite and Aritzia. I recall seeing almost every girl on the streets with one of those Aritzia scarves. Colourful mittens definitely brightens up any dull winter ensemble, so these pink ones I got last year are my go-to pair.

Scroll down for more pictures of my chic winter outfit and pictures of me trying to “swim” through the snow.

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Colt Sweater – Aritzia

Julina Skirt – Club Monaco

Blanket Scarf – Dynamite (similar here and here)

Black Tights – Topshop

Black Boots – Blondo

Colourful Mittens – Aritzia

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of winter, so spring please come soon! Let me know what your winter must have item was.

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Chic Rebel

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I can’t believe the year is almost over, no matter how much I love the holiday season, I very much despise the cold. This year it feels as if we skipped the fall season entirely and went straight to winter. To bring back the last bit of fall before it leaves, I wanted to share a simple sunday stroll OOTD with only a glimpse of skin so that I don’t freeze to death. If I had the time (every girl’s excuse), I would definitely add a dark berry lip to this ensemble just to add an extra punch of rebel to this look. Even though the top is very grunge and biker, I tried to add a bit of city chic with a flowy, sheer blouse & some preppy pinstripe skorts & (the winter staple) knee-high black leather boots.

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I think the little bit of skin shows a smidgen of sexiness that I know every girl has and also helps to lengthen them legs! Even though I don’t have slim legs at all, this skort + skin + knee-high boots combo makes your legs look like they could go on for days. (Trust me, I’m pretty short at 5’2″ but this combo definitely helps me one step closer in achieving Kpop idol looking legs). Just make sure to tuck in that blouse into the skort to make your hip appear higher and so that blouse isn’t hanging loose and looking frumpy.

~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Black Leather Jacket – Dynamite (similar here)

Red Gingham Shirt – Forever 21 (for the girls & for the guys)

White Blouse – Forever 21 (similar here)

Grey Pinstripe Skort – Zara

Necklace – Dynamite (fave alternative)

Black Knee-high Boots – Chinese Laundry

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What other tricks do you have to pretend like you have longer legs than you actually do? Please share with us down below.

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