Fall is Coming [A B&W Combo]

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Wow it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything. Not to make any excuses or anything, but I had finals for a few weeks and went on an awesome vacation for a bit. Now I’m back in school and getting ready for my final years :S

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Well FALL is in the breeze and it’s time to ditch the summer wardrobe for some jackets and sweaters (my fave!). It might just be me, but I’m still attached to my shorts, skirts and dresses, so I can’t switch wardrobes yet. These days I’m trying to pair my summer clothes with some more weather appropriate pieces. Here I’ve paired my flowy summer dress with my staple black leather jacket. Black and white combinations are a key trend for this Fall 2013 season. It’s actually one of the easier trends to follow because most people would have blacks and whites in their closet already. Combinations can come in the form of patterns (checkered, blocked, stripes) OR simply separates paired together as I have done here. [P.S. for more Fall 2013 trends, follow my Instagram or Twitter]          I think I’ll be gradually uploading OOTD’s in a “Fall is Coming” Series to showcase all the Fall 2013 Trends for your to try yourself. Please let me know what you think of this series so I can decide whether to do this for every season afterwards.

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The key to change your wardrobe from one season to the next without breaking your bank account is to purchase timeless basics, read more on trends in the upcoming season from magazines and blogs, and then window shop/browse online to see what styles are common between all the retailers and worth purchasing. You should also evaluate which pieces can last for more than one season.

If you want to challenge this Black & White Combo Trend with patterns, here’s some inspiration for you:

B & W Striped Pants:      Checkered Dress:                    Striped Dress:

Black & White Pants

B&W Checkered DressB&W Striped Dress

Checked Dress:              Maxi Skirt:                          Colour Block Dress:

B&W Check DressB&W Striped Maxi SkirtB&W Colour Block Dress

Here’s my take on the B&W trend:

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Red crossbody bag: H&M (old)
Red Belt: Forever21 (old)

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Black Leather Jacket: Dynamite $45 (last year) [P.S. you can find a leather jacket anywhere nowadays]
White Dress: Urban Outfitters $30 (Summer sale)

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Brown Cutout Leather Booties: ShoeDazzle $45

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Crazy Girl… Get your CRAYON!

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2013-09-06 18.05.14 From the NEW Maybelline Baby Lips (Lip Balm) Collection Minty Sheer. Looks like a scary green, but since it’s just a lip balm there’s barely any pigmentation.         Available at Walmart for $3.992013-09-06 18.08.38 2013-09-06 17.58.28
2013-09-06 17.56.47I’m still trying to get used to the new neighbourhood, so the pictures didn’t turn out as good as I wished they were. Hopefully future ones will be better.

Thank you for waiting for my posts all this time. I hope to have another one up soon!
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Work Outfits for the Casual Student/Fresh Grad

I think the big question for lots of people when they go into the real world is “What should I and shouldn’t I wear in the workplace?” That’s a difficult question, but it doesn’t have to be.

 

1st: define your industry

First, let’s consider what industry you will be working in first. If you are working in a bank, outfits should be business casual to business formal; those in the fashion/marketing industry may be able to wear shorts; those in a start-up or game developing company may wear casual attire.

Wait! “What is this casual, business casual, business formal lingo you speak of?” Let me explain.

2nd: casual vs. business casual vs. business formal

These are just terms to categorize what is appropriate in the office.

Here are some rule of thumbs:

casual = anything you would wear on a normal day (be it jeans, sweats, but it is the workplace so try to tone down a bit on the ‘bling bling’)

business casual = cardigans, skinny pants, at least one or two parts of your outfit should shout business (e.g. blazer+graphic tee+black skinny pants)

business formal = the WHOLE get-up (blazer, blouse/nice shirt, trousers)

The stereotype is that business formal is always dull and very uncomfortable, but there are ways to turn your business formal clothes into your OWN style.

Remember: you wear the clothes, the clothes do not wear you!

For business formal attire, even with the blazer, blouse, trousers, you can still choose prints and colours that reflect you but are still appropriate for the workplace. Let me give you some examples:

I hope you have learned a bit about what to wear to work, now it’s time to get some inspiration from a few outfits I put together.

OUtfit #1: running to meetings

20130406150342322- Outfit #1 blue blouse and black pencil skirt

Royal Blue Blouse from Forever21
Mint Belt from Uniqlo
Black Pencil Skirt from H&M
Black 40 den Tights from H&M
Black Tall Boots from Steve Madden
Just throw on a white blazer with leather lapels and you are ready to go!

20130406150459722 - Outfit #1 with white blazer (Power woman)

OUtfit #2: Seeing stripes

20130406151356654 - Outfit #2 oxblood blouse and printed pencil skirt

Oxblood Blouse with Chiffon Sleeves from Dynamite
Gold Braided Belt from H&M
Black & White Stripped Pencil Skirt from H&M
Black 40 den Tights from H&M
Brown Booties from Hong Kong
Warm up with a Military-esque tweed jacket and you can tackle all weather moods.

20130406151629461 - Outfit #2 with militaryesque tweed jacket

Outfit#3: All About the jacket

20130406153151873 - Outfit #3 white blouse and black skinny trousers

Leopard sunnies from H&M
Navy Double-button Blazer from Dynamite
White Chiffon Blouse from Zara
Black Skinny Trousers from Uniqlo
Now switch it up with a graphic cardigan, like this one from Forever21
20130406153353793 - Outfit #3 with graphic cardigan

Don’t forget the simple jewelry! I tend to stick to studs for earrings, a simple rose gold ring and a chain bracelet or pendant necklace. Nothing to extravagant  you can save that for the employee appreciation dinner or the Galas.

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