365 Outfit Challenge week 20

Tee: Forever 21 | Belt: Olivia boutique | Skirt: Urban Behaviour

Tee: c/o T-post | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity 

Sweater: Zara | Skirt: H&M | Bangles, ring: Aldo 

Sheer polka-dot top: Zara | Ruffled blouse: Urban Outfitters | Brogues: American Apparel

I'm not sure what's up with my photos this week, they're a bit all over the place!  There are a couple of things I've been thinking about over the last week.  One is why people get so up in arms over Facebook.  Myself and others recently have all shared stories with each other over instances where people seemed to get really upset over something innocent posted on Facebook.  While each situation differs, I think there is some common advice these people getting upset should know:

  1. It's facebook and the whole intent is to share. If all you want to do is mildly stalk others and then get all irate over people checking out your wall, then delete your account - don't hate the players, hate the game.
  2. read over point #1 because I don't think you got it yet.
  3. there's such a thing as privacy settings. Educate yourself and use them instead of yelling at others.
The second thing I was pondering this week was girl relationship dynamics.  I'm not sure if it's the same for guys, but in friend groups of girls, it seems like everyone has their role to play; for example, in Sex and the City, they are each very distinct and play certain roles: the flirt, the career woman, the artsy, the prim princess.  I found this sort of thing interesting to observe in real life, as I'm a person who kinda floats around different groups and in each one, I seem to have a slightly different role, ranging from the prim one, to the nerd, to the party girl.  So which is really me?  I suppose it doesn't bother me to have people have different impressions of me, but whichever label is put upon me in the moment, it makes me feel irked as if to say "don't pigeon hole me!"  Has anyone else ever experienced this?

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Vancouver Blogger Challenge: How to wear a LBD

Recently, I was challenged by Sarah of Cooper's Closet to be a part of a multi-blogger challenge extravaganza!! Ok, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but basically she thought it would be fun for us to each showcase our individual styles by styling a similar, yet different outfit. The first challenge was to do the LBD, otherwise known as the Little Black Dress.

LBDs are pretty much in everyone's closet.  They're great for all occasions, universally flattering, and you don't have to break your bank just to get something decent.  I used to count LBDs as one of my staples, but when I started to go through my closet for this challenge, I realized all my LBDs were either too skanky, too formal, or too boring for a blogger challenge!  I needed a LBD to wear to a fashion event with Sheila, and I knew I didn't want to show up in formal wear, or look like a hooker, so I needed something asap that would be cute, springy and fun.  This is what I came up with:

 Shrug: vintage | Skirt: Forever 21 | Lace bicycle shorts: Urban Outfitters | Peep-toe sandals: Spring

Only after I put this together did I realize how colorful this was. I suppose I don't do all black very well!  I think it's because my father is kinda superstitious, so anytime I used to come out of my room in all black, he'd exclaim something along the lines of "Aiya! Why do you want to look like Death?!"  My inspiration for this outfit was to continue my Clashtastic series by pairing 2 fun prints together to add a new twist to a black outfit.  Nude shoes solidify the look and in order to make myself feel a bit more modest, I threw a 3rd lacy print into the mix with these lace bicycle shorts.

Sheila was kind enough to take my photos and I LOVE how they turned out! It was the perfect sunset over the water and we had a great time goofing around and pretending to be "serious models."  Check out her blog here for the photos I took of her!

Want to see more LBD inspirations? Then check out these other Vancouver blogger girls' blogs:

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Get your pastel denim on with ASOS

For today's post, here are some great denim tips from Laura, a keen fashion blogger currently working on behalf of ASOS! If you love the tips shown below, be sure to check out all the cute fashions on ASOS.

When we think of hot, summer days, denim is probably not a material that springs to mind all too quickly. But denim has just got summer ready in cute pastel shades that will look great in your new season wardrobe. 

Pastel lemon skinny jeans are great for late spring days and cool summer evenings as they can be easily dressed up or down depending on the mood. For a chilled out daytime look pair your jeans with an oversized t-shirt in a contrasting colour and some platform wedges or strappy sandals. For evening glamour stiletto sandals and a tropical print blouse will work together to ensure you are noticed on the dance floor.

A great jacket is a summer essential to complement all your fabulous summer dresses, shorts and skirts. Choosing a pastel shade will automatically add serious style points. Pastel shades mix really well together so don’t be afraid of using too many colours in your outfit choices; turquoise, orange, pink, lemon, lilac, they will all work beautifully with each other. For a look that can be worn whatever the weather zip-off sleeves are a brilliant idea as you can tailor your look depending on the weather. 

If you are fashionably brave enough why not try double pastel denim by teaming your denim skinnies with a denim shirt. To avoid looking too samey mix up the colours and choose one pale and one darker shade. Whatever colour you go for on your top half incorporate in your footwear to keep the look 
balanced and in proportion.

For easy summer styling pastel denim is so simple to add to your current wardrobe and can be worn so many different ways that you will not regret jumping on board the pastel denim band wagon.

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365 Outfit Challenge Week 19 + my beef with American Apparel

Blouse: Old Navy | Shorts, necklace: Forever 21 | Leggings: Costco | Loafers: American Apparel 

Sweater: BDG | Jeans: William Rast | Camera bag: vintage | Flats: gifted from Hong Kong 

Bracelets: Pandora, Urban Outfitters, Aldo | Denim shirt: Forever 21 | Belt: H&M | Skirt: Winners  

Shrug: vintage | Dress: Conversation Pieces | Clogs: Michael Kors

So the whole cross-border shopping thing was a bust as Mr. Artist's momma had an expired passport!  Instead we spent the weekend mostly holed up inside chilling while the rain poured down.  Typical May long weekend weather here haha  I am SUPER happy about my new American Apparel shoes - soft leather and a delicious tan color.  Makes me so excited to think of all the ways to wear these new babies of mine, although as you can see, I've already scuffed them!  While I am happy in that respect with AA, I also have a beef with them.

A few weeks ago I had bought a pair of their mint denim pants online.  I read the reviews and went a size up as the reviews on the site said (helpful); however when they arrived they fit more like a 23 than a 26 (unhelpful).  No biggie I thought as I could just go to the store and exchange it. WRONG.  So apparently AA has this lame-ass policy that their online and their physical stores are not connected in any way whatsoever, meaning no exchanges or refunds in store.  WHAT THE FUCK.  How is anyone supposed to know that?!  Then to top it off, you can only return/exchange within 45 days, BUT their policy says to get in touch with an online rep to arrange your order.  I tried that, no response via the online form.  In fact it's been 2 weeks and no response.  I could try calling, but their hours are also my work hours and I can't exactly spend an hour on hold and talking to them.  Way to go American Apparel. I love your stuff even though you make me feel like a fat whale sometimes, but this is really testing my patience.

So anyone want a pair of new mint (and in mint condition) jeans?

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Seeking summer: Granville Island photowalk

Photos by me

The weather this long weekend was a bit of a dud considering the amazing weather we'd been having the last couple weeks in Vancouver.  At least we were able to get a few sunny weekends, such as this recent one where I spent a lazy afternoon strolling with my camera and a friend enjoying the sunshine and the colorful Granville Island public markets.  Am I the only person who salivates at the smell of fresh baked bread?

Check out all the photos here.

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Do the summer shimmy with Native Shoes & win!


Funky, comfy, and local, I just heard about this contest local shoe line, Native, is hosting in celebration of their new summer lines, The Paolo and The Blanca.  Check out the video and deets below and enter!

From Native:
To celebrate the The Summer Sandal Shimmy video release, Native will launch The Summer  Sandal Shimmy Contest in partnership with Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa, a leading eco  resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. 

Fans will be invited to submit a video or photo of themselves and friends doing their best recreation of the film and routine. The contest will be hosted on Facebook within a customized tab. Anyone can submit work through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr as long as they are tagged with Native╩╝s handle (@NativeShoes) and the hash tag #SummerSandalShimmy

The contest will launch with the film on May 15 and submissions will be accepted until June 15. Voting will be hosted on a custom Facebook tab and will span from June 16 to June 21. The winning film and winning photo will be announced on June 22. Both winning entries will receive ten pairs of the new Native sandals and beach balls from the film to share with friends. 

Additionally, the grand prize video winner will win a three night/four-day all-inclusive accommodations for two at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa. The winner will get to enjoy the property╩╝s new Xcalacoco Experience for an authentic cultural Mayan adventure that celebrates 2012 and the beginning of a new era. 

For more information on the sandal collection, film and contest, visit www.nativeshoes.com

Native was established in Vancouver, Canada in 2009 with a vision to combine the best of evolving footwear technology and great design. Inspired by classic, casual silhouettes, the Native aesthetic captures a look that is familiar yet totally new. Our shoes are made from injection-molded EVA, a lightweight, comfortable, and durable material. Using a unique, low-emission manufacturing process, Native shoes are also animal by-product free, waterproof, and odor-resistant. Launched in Spring 2010, Native has quickly expanded to global distribution in over 30 countries. Easy on the eyes and on the feets, Native shoes are for anybody, anywhere, anytime.

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365 Outfit Challenge Week 18

Silk top: vintage | Skirt: Winners | Bracelets: Pandora, Urban Outfitters

Top: H&M | Cardigan: Zara | Skirt: Aritzia

Sweatshirt: Aritzia | Scarf: H&M 

T-shirt: clothing swap | Leather shorts: Bedo | Leggings: Costco | Lipstick: Sephora

Somehow, unbelievably all my leggings have holes in them and in the same spot on my left leg too!  What gives?! Perhaps I have some microscopic gnome living in my drawer that only likes left leg cotton meals? Very mysterious, but this tells me that I need to hit up Costco for more delicious mango trail mix, instant Quaker oatmeal, and leggings.  Perhaps Mr. Artist and I will get to do so on the way to, or back, from our shopping trip to the States!  Happy Victoria Day weekend everyone :)

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Deeeelicious smoked salmon, capers and argula flat bread at Coast 

Consolation fish & chips after missing out on the spot prawn festival on Granville Island 

Creamy earl grey cheesecake and charming tea plates at Berry Good with Mr. Artist. 

A new toy for my baby nephew - so squishy!

Rocking red lips 365 days a year.

On my Instagram profile I state that this is a visual diary of my life.  So far, my life seems to revolve around food porn, doggies and clothes.   Yeah, I'd say it's pretty accurate.

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Mad for Spring with Coopers Closet

A few weeks ago I met up with fellow local fashion blogger, Sarah of Cooper's Closet, for a photoshoot.  As always I was super excited to try my hand at taking photos, so I was happy to oblige Sarah's request for some spring outfit photos.  Definitely check out Sarah's blog as she offers great style and beauty tips for women who live in real life - not magazines.

On the day that we shot, it was a bright afternoon, although thankfully not as super sunny as when I shot Sheila and Rosie!  While sun is great for keeping models warm, it tends to create really over exposed photos.  The slightly overcast weather for this day was much easier to set exposure on, although I do think it also kinda washes Sarah out.  Anyone have tips to compensate for that?

Outfit detail shots are a must!

Doesn't Sarah just have the most gorgeous green eyes?

Check out the rest of the photos on Flickr here and thanks again to Sarah for letting me take her picture! 

If you have a blog you'd like photos for, or are just someone who would like some free pictures taken, email or tweet me!

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Local fashion finds tickling my fancy for summer 2012

After last year's bust of a summer and the disappointment that was the playoffs, Vancouver deserves a pick-me-up and I dare you to find a city more desperate for some vitamin D.   It seems that for once Mother Nature has heard our pleas and we've been blessed with sunny skies and above seasonal temperatures for the last few days.

With the sudden warmth, Vancouverites everywhere have been shucking their boots, sweaters and pants out the door in favour of flimsier things.  While I haven't fully given into the naked madness, I too have felt the urge to purge my closet of anything woolen.  Shop windows are full of temptations to dress for sun, and my inbox is just as bad too as it fills gleefully up with new summer fashions.  Here's a sneak peek of what the local fashion talent has to say about summer (and note that not a single pair of denim cut-offs reside here, sadly):

Winter was all about demure sexiness and the modesty continues with dresses that skim the knee and hug the body loosely.  Sheath dresses like this by local line Little Houses are universally darling on everyone, but a fun print keeps things fresh and a brightly colored belt gives your body shape. (Cedar dress, $112).

Another huge trend this season is colored bottoms.  Colored denim is all kinds of fabulousness, but when it gets stinking hot out, who wants to wear thick denim jeans?  These cotton/linen blend pants will keep you cool and looking cool on cafe patios all season long.  (Little Houses Beech pant, $130)

Another pretty dress option is this one from Broken Doll Clothing.  Made of 100% cotton and coming in 3 different shades, this casual dress features a sexy surprise with its back slit and criss-crossing straps.  Wear anywhere from lazy walks on the sea wall, to lemonades on Granville Island with the BF.  (Obi dress, $124)

Finally, for a piece that will transition you from evening to day, summer to fall to spring, check out this simple striped shrug.  I've recently fallen in love again with this in-and-out of style item as it's such a great piece to throw over anything when you want just a hint of coverage.  Stripes being one of my favourite patterns, it's a no brainer that I felt instant love for this one from Broken Doll Clothing.  (Knox shrug, $89)

What trends are you hot for this summer?

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Top 4 things every woman needs in her closet

If you've been reading this blog at all, you'll know that I've been on a little journey called my #365outfit project.  It's a project where I seek to wear 365 different outfits over the course of a year or so.  Recently I passed the 100 day mark and so I thought it would be a good time to reflect back and go "hmm so why should anyone care?"  

While hardly any of you may care about my narcissistic desire to document my style journey, many of you might care to benefit from some of the learnings I've gotten from it, one being how to know what an essential investment is and what isn't.   You know what I'm talking about; those pieces that you convince yourself is "an investment piece" that you'll wear forever and in a million ways, but which inevitably you end up just keeping in your closet for a proverbial rainy day situation.  Well, I'm going to tell you that investment pieces do exist - they just may not be the things you were thinking of. 

By looking back at my own daily outfits, I've noticed that over the course of a winter and now spring, I can see how some pieces slowly phase out while others stick around.  I've narrowed it down to 4 things as follows:


Totally a no brainer.  The perfect layering item, a cardigan is a girl's second best friend (after diamonds of course).  You can throw these things onto anything and transform an outfit from blah, to casual chic, after work drinks, or weekend style.  

Plain black is a must as a long-sleeved, black cardigan is one of the most versatile things you'll ever buy.  I've also found my boyfriend style grey cardigan to also be a staple as grey is always in and the boyfriend length suits my casual meets trendy look.

Check out: Zara, Aritzia, Club Monaco

Black bandage skirts

The second essential you absolutely must have is an arsenal of black pencil skirts.  These babies go with everything and make everyone look good.  I love me a good black bandage skirt as they hug the curves, but also cinch in my fat, match with everything, and fit every occasion.  I especially love pairing black bandage skirts with any sort of top for going out - spend the money on 1 of these rather than a bunch of flimsy clubbing dresses you'll never wear when the sun's up.

Check out: Urban Outfitters, H&M

Colored denim

One trend I hope has really long legs, is colored denim.  Instantly make any boring outfit pop by adding a splash of color!  I chose mine in a bright cobalt color that is blue, like regular denim, but oh so much more with its in-your-face brightness.

Check out: TopShop, Zara, Forever 21


Finally, the last thing every woman needs in her closet is a healthy array of accessories.  If you know anything about factorials, then you'll know that you only need a small number of items to make a hell of a lot of combinations!  Take that theory to fashion and you've got a hell of a lot of ways to spice up any ensemble.

Check out: H&M, Forever 21, Aldo

I hope these style tips help you figure out where to pad your wardrobe!  If you have any style questions you'd like help with, leave me a comment or shoot me an email - I love to help!

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