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)

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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