Style Steal: Classic Mini Tote

The other day I found a cute classic mini tote from a brand I would rarely shop at and it gave me a huge shock that I could find something so trendy, chic and timeless at a store my mother would shop at. I guess I caught the shopaholic disease because once I saw the bag online, there was no turning back. The next day I dashed out for a “lunch” break that turned out into a shopping trip. (There’s no room for hunger, when you fall in LOVE with a bag!)

It’s truly a year-round bag that I could see myself walking around town and having coffee dates with. Even my mom loved it – despite yet again another purchase, as if I haven’t spent enough at Sephora last week – so much that she was pondering of getting the black or burgundy version so that she could trade colours with me every so often!

It has a perfect gold chain for if you wanted to sling it over your shoulder and definitely makes it more timeless and luxurious to look at. I could carry my wallet, sunglasses, umbrella and mini perfume and that only filled half the bag. It’s very lightweight and can expand to accommodate even an iPad/tablet/DSLR. It may look petite, but it’s a trendy Mary Poppins-like bag!

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Taupe Mini Tote – Ann Taylor

Navy Peacoat – J. Crew

Striped Nautical Shorts – J. Crew

This Ann Taylor bag is currently $116.77 CDN online & $98 in store, but there is a 30% off Friends and Family sale that ends at 3AM EST, so get it soon, if you are a shopaholic like me! There is a 40% off event for US citizens as well. Since I’m a student I also found out there was a 15% off student discount for all sale and regular items as well! SUCH A STEAL! So it ended up being only $58.31 before tax and $65.89 CDN after tax for me, but truly price did not matter when I fell in love with the bag, I would probably even pay the regular price! (I don’t know why the in store price was different than the online price, but I’m not complaining.) I would say that even if you miss the sale, it’s definitely worth the $98 for such a Celine mini tote look-a-like.

The construction of the bag is PERFECTION, the handles are all one piece of leather with the body of the bag, so that the hinges/handles will never loosen and the seams will never burst.

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IF you’re wondering where the mini perfume came from, it was actually a 250 points reward from Sephora I got last week. The Tory Burch scent is actually one of my favourite new scents, so having the mini version is not only SUPER CUTE but great on-the-go, just dab and you’ll smell FABULOUS.

20141115-DSC_0059It’s been a long weekend learning the ins and outs of blogging at a weekend-long conference, so it’s time for me to get some R&R before the work week starts again tomorrow. Hopefully no more shopping “lunch” breaks.

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Autumn Blues

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My does time pass! I feel so bad for not blogging again after another long hiatus. I hope my readers will understand and keep supporting me as I go through this stressful period of finding my true colour. I think as I face the eminent phase to find my first job after graduation I keep pushing off everything and just watch dramas all day. However, I’ve rediscovered my joy and purpose in blogging, so I hope you will all stick by my side as I grow into the motivating, inspiring blogger I dreamed of becoming.

I have a full list of posts coming up, so be prepared to be updated by a weekly dose of StyleStickynotes!

 

Today’s OOTD was photographed by my good friend Jonathan Tang and shows the dark grunge of cold autumn whilst incorporating royal blues – a great jewel-toned hue that is a trendy fall colour. We also wanted to show you a taste of the downtown core of the small town of Waterloo where we go to school, so we went on a random adventure right after exams (excuse the horrible skin and panda eyes from the late-night cramming!)

A few things I’m going to miss about the summer – besides the fact that I didn’t even get a summer – are these reflective aviators I have on and being able to wear shorts and skirts everyday! Now that I’m stuck in an office everyday, I miss seeing the sun and feeling the warm summer breeze, but I’m thankful for the weekends where I can bask in some Vitamin D and wear whatever I want. HELLO leather, sneaker wedges and sheer tops!

I also love the bag here not just because it’s such a strong but neutral colour that fits with every outfit, but because it’s so light and big enough to carry all my needs around town. I can even fit my camera and laptop in there! Even though it’s so worn out from all the torture in NYC, it’s still my go-to everyday bag.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom for product details and links to where you could buy these fab pieces!

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~PRODUCT DETAILS~

Black Jersey Jacket with White Leather Sleeves  – H&M (Alternatives: here & here)

White “Mummy” Sheer Striped Sweater – Urban Outfitters

Black Pleated Faux Leather Skater Skirt – Aritzia (Similar: here)

Blue Crossbody Purse – Zara (A great alternative)

Blue Sneaker Wedges – Shoedazzle (Charge: $48.95)

Reflective Aviators – Dynamite (Similar here)

Bora Bora Necklace – Jewelmint ($19.99: here)

Now it’s time to prance around in this warm sunshine before the cold front returns!

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Leather Power

DSC_1747 copy Hey! StyleStickynotes is back from hiding! I thought I should start off my return with a quick OOTD, the classic post on StyleStickynotes. It’s summer now so it’s time to take out all them shorts and skirts. While I was in New York, I saw this cute pink leather skirt in a pile of clothes at Zara and thought “I had to buy it!” (That’s not a sign of a shopaholic, I swear). If you haven’t noticed, I love leather everything, but sometimes it can look too edgy and uninviting, but this blush pink colour is the perfect girly meets biker chic. I also added a staple chambray shirt with some stud detailing and sheer black blouse to balance the edgy with the preppy. Stockings are optional, but I added grey ones just because it was a tad breezy at night. Any shoes would look great with this outfit, but to go along with the edgy-girly vibe, I added my white split-leather (think of this material as a cross between suede and leather) combat boots. Just add any bling you like, some cool shades and a vibrant lip (a summer essential) and your OOTD is complete! DSC_1711 DSC_1720 DSC_1753 DSC_1731 DSC_1743 DSC_1749 DSC_1748 DSC_1756 DSC_1758 DSC_1778

~Product Details~

Pink A-Line Leather Skirt – Zara ($49.90 CAD: here)

Studded Chambray Shirt – Topshop (similar here & here)

Black half silk, half chiffon Blouse – Forever21 (similar here & here)

Grey Stockings – H&M

White split leather Combat Boots – Sam Edelman (similar here)

Silver Bow Ring – Vintage shop in NYC

Watch – Marc Jacobs

Silver Arrow Bracelet – C Wonder ($34 USD: here)

Chain Necklace – C Wonder (similar here)

It’s been a long six months… apparently I have started this blog over a year ago, but since I have been MIA, it feels like I just started blogging not long ago… I’m going to be blunt and say that blogging had become more of a chore than a hobby as time progressed. I kept making excuses saying that I am busy with school or that I was out and about in New York, but although these excuses are true, my conscience screams that I just lost my passion to blog. I wouldn’t say that I have totally regained my passion, but after being away, blogging seems like a part that defines me, so it is something I will eventually come back to. If you are reading this today, I thank you for your virtual support and I hope you will continue to support me as I struggle with balancing my priorities and finding myself. Let me know if you have any stories you would like to share about your struggles defining YOU. It’s great to be back! StyleStickynotes

A Walk in the Park

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Long time no post! I have realized that it’s been a long time since I posted something. I have been meaning to these past two months, but every time I plan to write a post school work seems to finds its way into my stressful life. I am so sorry that it seems that I have neglected my wonderful readers. This time I genuinely promise that I will have at least weekly (maybe even biweekly) posts in the new year.

As some of you may know, once every year I spend 4 months of my time building my resume through co-op. This year it seems that I will not be staying home, but going to my dream city, New York! This is a milestone in my life that I want to share with all my readers, so a weekly posts will come your way for sure. IN ADDITION, a special project will be launched starting the new year! Please support this special project when it launches on New Years Eve Dec 31, 2013 at midnight!

Now for the reason why you are here, my OOTD! My kindred spirited friend wanted to take pictures of me after her photo shoot with her special someone (cue the CUTENESS). It was her first time using a DSLR so hope you like her photography skills as much as I did!

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White Wool Scarf: Wifred Collection @ Aritzia (similar here)

DSC_0142When these photos were taken, it was slightly chilly, thus the presence of the scarf. Nothing like the cold weather we have been getting here in Canada. This scarf is so warm and soft like a bunny, it will definitely be making an appearance in other posts in the future.

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IDK what I’m laughing at. Must have been funny

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That moment when the winter sun seems WAYYY brighter than the summer sun.

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Bangs getting too long and poking my eyes. Time for a new hairstyle!

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Posing like the Statue of Liberty???

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Trying to looking for spare change…

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These shorts are adorbsss. Black shorts with gold floral lace: Topshop $60 (here)

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Navy Military Blazer: H&M (similar here and here)

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White Sleeveless Blouse: Forever 21 (similar here)
Green 60 den Tights: H&M $12 for 2

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Black Tall Boots: Shoemint $129.98 (here)

My friends challenged me to lean over the edge… This is the result (take note that I’m afraid of heights and even though this is like 10cm above the water.. there could be piranhas in that water for all I know!)

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Prepping my mental state :S

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ATTEMPT #1: FAIL

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WAY TO SCAREDDDDD

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BINGO!

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SEXY TIME… on the safe side

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Singing in the rain (without the rain)

That day in the park was a beautiful sight. I can’t wait for summer to come again.

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Daybreak

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I see the sun!

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SUNRISE!

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Duckies enjoying a carefree life

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I wish I could wear these shorts everyday, they are simply stunning. I couldn’t pass them up in the change room even though $60 is super pricey for a pair of shorts. UNLESS they were made of real gold, then that’s a STEAL!

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OHHH the sun is coming up and I stand in awe of the BRIGHTNESS

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Bye bye for now. I hope you enjoyed this impromptu OOTD post. I’ll post back in two weeks after these finals are over.

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Black & White Fantasy

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Crowd watching is one of my favourite past times (that just sounds so creepster…). Seriously though it’s really amusing sometimes to just sit and watch all the different individuals that pass by. Now that school is in full swing, I’m sitting at many coffee shops supposedly working on schoolwork. There really are many characters that walk by, there’s the studious Asians, the bored students who don’t have internet at home, the book-loving adults, the coffee addicts and the frequent coffee shop newbie. Most of the time I just think how difficult and awesome it was to make each person so different yet so similar at the same time.

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All this deep talking makes me sound so ancient just like the black and white era of televisions. Black and white outfits are a really big trend during the fall, not only is it easy to pull off, but you can also add your own personal touch with bright accessories or printed details. If you have read some of my old posts, you will realize that fire engine red is one of my favourite colours. Here my bag, bracelet and hairband are my pops of red against my black and white attire. If you really aren’t into colour, this look is perfect for you because you will have many items to pair in your closet.

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White Blazer white Black colour blocking: Costa Blanca $20 (similar here)
White and Black Sleeveless Tie-front tee: Forever21 $13.80 (found here)

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Red Crossbody Satchel: H&M old (similar here)

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For more outfit ideas, check out this old post for more OOTD inspirations: Fall is Coming [A B&W Combo]

My preference for Black&White outfits are patterned black and white pants or black leatherette pants to give the outfit a sleek look. Black pants also make you look slimmer and the leather shows off them legs.

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Spiked Headband: Topshop old (similar here and here)

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I really dislike all this rain we are getting, hope there will be sunny days ahead. Send me some of your fave black and white OOTDs!

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Fall in School

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This may not have dawned on me yet, but this will be the last fall term I will be in school. If you are from Waterloo and/or doing co-op you will understand what I mean. For those of you who don’t, my University program includes a co-op portion where you work for 4 months during odd school schedules. My unique program has five years – this being my fourth – although I have 4 terms of school left, this will be my last fall term in school. EVER! I think I will only start regretting it by December, but for the time being, let me reminiscent with a keepsake OOTD of falling leaves, Waterloo sunset and my scholarly backpack.

For my avid readers, I just realized I haven’t officially posted anything for a while now. I am so sorry for my delinquency. I have a few sets of posts on the backburner, so you will be fashion updated soontimes!

This OOTD will be very simple, but also very ME. It’s comfortable enough for school, has leather (my fave), and heels suitable for my short stature. These DULL days full of no shopping and constant studying has left me researching for new fall outfit inspirations. From observation, it seems that a tights combo is very trendy, paired with any summer shorts or cute flowy dress. However, it is super cold in Canada, so wearing just that would freeze you to death and make you look downright crazy. You can opt to add a thick, chunky sweater, a bomber jacket, or a leather jacket (as I have done here). Define that waist with a braided belt, classy watch, backpack and heels and you are READY FOR SCHOOL!

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Black Leather Jacket: Dynamite old (similar here)
Green Circle Scarf: Dynamite $20 (similar here)

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Floral print dress: Topshop old (similar here and here)

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Two words: Oh gosh..

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Gotta say this pic is really nice

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TIP: 1) If those heels are hurting your feet while walking to shoes, either they are too tight or the insole is too hard. I would advise wearing socks until the insides of your shoes weather down. Another tip if your heels are too tight are to wear thick soles and blow dry the.

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TIP: 2) Braided belts are my fave because you can easily adjust them during the day, after you eat too much or drank too much coffee. You just need to unbelt to the next braid instead of all the way to the next whole. I think these belts are most versatile because they work for any waist size.

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Braided Skinny Belt: Forever 21 old (similar here)

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Bonjour!

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Red Herschel Backpack: Little Burgundy $70 (black ver. here)

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I just had to do a jumping picture 

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Pstt. Did you notice that I added some black shorts underneath the dress? It would be a good idea to include if you were to try this look yourself, don’t wanna be exposin’!

What’s your thoughts on this new blogging/photography style? How do you dress up for school?

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7 Days of Thanksgiving

Every October there is a day set aside for Thanksgiving, this month I will commence a challenge for myself whereby each day I will share some article of thanksgiving/inspiration on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Each social media outlet will have different items so make sure to check each one of them. This blog post will be updated everyday to post the highlight memory from one of the three outlets.

All posts will be hashtagged with #stickynoteinspiration.
Feel free to share your items of thanksgiving with this hashtag.

Since I started this challenge on the third day of the month, I am missing posts for the first two days, I hope you can help me with this challenge by sending me a picture/quote/article/story of what you are thankful for this month. Information to contact me can be found on the Contact page up above. I will pick my favourite two (or six if they are too super to pick) to feature on my blog at the end of the month.

Day 3:

WINNER: from Twitter: “Love yourself! Stop comparing yourself to others. Nobody is perfect!” AMEN! Now if only that could be done in REAL life.

Honourable Mention: from FacebookHong Kong’s new smog-free skyline

Day 4:

WINNER: from Facebook:

Sephora is having a daily contest online for where you can win 10% off, free shipping, deluxe samples, all you have to do is enter your email address. There is nothing to lose and will only take 1 min. Give it a try and see what you get.
http://sephoralove.com/beautyfall/?om_mmc=oth-fb-fanfriday-20131004-beautyfall-tab

DAY 5:

WINNER: from Instagram:

Day 5: Time is of the essence: IMG_20131005_174149http://instagram.com/p/fGeIVJShVH/

DAY 6:

WINNER: from Twitter: Day 6: Sometimes I just wish I could live in a fantasy #stickynoteinspiration #harrypotter #florida pic.twitter.com/26sY8aqM9T

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DAY 7:

WINNER: from Facebook:

Day 7: New ESSIE winter collection in stores now: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/categories/essie/collections/shearling-darling-collection-winter-2013.html?utm_source=Nail+Polish+Canada&utm_campaign=bba2881566-China_Glaze_Price_Drop5_27_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c2b3672242-bba2881566-407727989

I think I like the dark blue, light blue and christmasy red colours. What’s your fave? ‪#‎stickynoteinspriation‬

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UPDATED OCT 29: Well I failed this mission this time around, got super busy in school and could only complete 7 of the 31 days. Hopefully my next mission will be scheduled at a better time so I can show you everything I wanted to. There’s still more going on in Fall (which I currently call Winter from this frigid weather), so check all the other posts.

LOVE AS ALWAYS,

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