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)

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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Chic Rebel

Chic-Rebel

 

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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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

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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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