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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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!

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OUtfit #2: Seeing stripes

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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.

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Outfit#3: All About the jacket

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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
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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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