by Jen on Tuesday, August 31, 2010
But the one thing I do like about fall, which is perhaps the only redeeming factor for me, is that September marks a new year for fashion. With that comes the mentality of a fresh start, a chance to re-evaluate our wardrobes and to challenge our creativity to make new looks with the things that we already own. Of course, a few new pieces wouldn't hurt either!
P.S. I know it may be fall and rainy and dark, but that doesn't mean we won't get a peep of sunshine here and there!
Leopard Cashmere Sweater
What`s on your must have list for fall/winter?
Will update with a new outfit post in the next day or two!
Title photo credit: weheartit.com
by Jen on Sunday, August 29, 2010
Joanne turns 23 today (if you're not familiar with who she is, see here and here)! Please join me in wishing her a wonderful and blessed year and also please help me drill into her head that she is NOT getting old!!
Photos were taken before going to dinner to celebrate. Vancouverites, we went to Bishop's: highly recommended! Impeccable service, wonderful atmosphere and great food. Best scallops I've ever had!
P.S. Aren't her shoes fabulous?!
Joanne is wearing: Jacob silk dress, necklace from The Bay, clutch,MICHAEL Michael Kors clutch, Fendi pumps
Jen is wearing: Twelve by Twelve romper, vintage belt, Amrita Singh earrings, Zara pumps, vintage Bally bag
by Jen on Monday, August 23, 2010
These bangles are a memory of the amazing country that is India. I spent a month there on a missions trip last summer and although it was undoubtedly tough while I was there, will forever be a beautiful memory in my heart.
Wearing: blouse from a local boutique, Forever 21 feather earrings, bangles from India
I heard about this humble but genuine cause from a friend of my boyfriend's and was struck by how great of an idea it is. Basically, the Singapore-based website is an e-shop comprised of "an eclectic mix of items that comprise of overruns, past-season stock, samples from local boutiques and tastefully selected pre-loved goods".
The difference between this and other "shop for a cause" sites? The purchaser chooses the amount to pay! And 100% of the proceeds go towards the Jaago Foundation, "[a] children's foundation in Bangladesh that provides free education, health checkups, and hygiene packs to children in the slums".
I've perused the site, and the jewelry and clothing selection is modest but impressive (My favourite items: the Sugar and Splice top and Giraffe Earrings)!
We as fashion bloggers have proven to have way more than we need, as proven by the constant growth of our wardrobes. And I'm sure we would all agree that we spend way more on ourselves than we should. I think this is an innovative way to help out and is also a great way to ensure that products that are no longer needed by retailers do not go to waste!
I will definitely be making a purchase. VISIT THE SITE!
Are you a retailer who has items to donate? Send over and email to me at email@example.com for more information!
by Jen on Thursday, August 19, 2010
Although I've not had a new "meet the parents" experience in a while (not that I have a whole lot of those under my belt, haha), this outfit was put together with that in mind. It might sound kind of silly and it probably stems from my conservative parents, but I think what you wear does have a big impression on the parentals of a boyfriend. Priorities for me include no low cut tops (duh), nothing too short or tight (maybe a wee bit of an exception has been made here) and looking like you put in an effort (but not too much effort!). I wouldn't say that I'm a non-conservative dresser but overall I just wanted to look fresh and polished. I love the emerald green satin and brown ribbon bows on these flats... they're a shade reminiscent of Miu Miu flats to me with all the prettyness but at miniscule fraction of the price.
As suggested by the adorable Hanna,this outfit is my idea of casual and comfortable while still looking put together. One great thing about a skirt like this is that it can be pulled up or down to be adjusted in length so easily! The wedges are ultra comfortable as well as chic as proven by a trip to walk my boyfriend's dog and to the grocery store. I'm not a huge fan of moto jackets because of their mannish appearance most of the time, but the soft hue and material of this H&M one had enough femininity for my liking.
Polished and Proper: Wilfred skirt, Zara sheer blouse, Max Studio emerald green satin flats, vintage belt, Miss Selfridge satin headband, BCBGMAXAZRIA earrings
Comfortable and Casual: Wilfred skirt, H&M jacket, ASOS top, Aldo Wedges, vintage belt, elephant necklace from Front & Company
by Jen on Sunday, August 15, 2010
A beautiful new (to me) dress that is longing for an occasion in which to be worn...
...amazing shoes picked out and gifted by my boyfriend who happens to have impeccable taste...
...a little project for rest and relaxation...
...and after two years of dating, he still brings me flowers for absolutely no reason :)
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
by Jen on Thursday, August 12, 2010
So for the next handful of posts, I will be featuring ensembles for different events using the same piece. I already have a few occasions in mind, but am willing and eager to hear your suggestions! So please do provide ideas!
Without further ado, here are the first two looks: the first being one that I would wear on a date with my boyfriend, and the second being a get up that would be suitable for an office.
For this look I had two things in mind: flirtiness and girliness. What girl doesn't want to feel pretty on a date with her boyfriend? For me, that includes dainty details like silks and bows, and a big statement ring featuring one of the most feminine of subjects of all: a flower. I felt like the messy chignon kept it from being too serious.
9 to 5
Since I am working in the office for the summer, I've had to put more thought into what I wear on a day to day basis. Though my style is pretty conservative to begin with, I wanted to work on looking more professional regularly without sacrificing style. Of course I wouldn't call this interview appropriate, but I feel that a pair of large earrings, ruffle front top and bright yellow heels add enough spunk to the outfit while still allowing people to take you seriously. And I threw in a blazer for those chilly, air-conditioned offices.
What is a piece that you could and would wear with anything in your closet?
Date Night with the Boyfriend ensemble: Wilfred skirt, Jacob red silk blouse, Calvin Klein pumps, Etsy earrings, BCBGMAXAZRIA ring, black belt from another skirt in wardrobe
Office-Appropriate ensemble: Wilfred skirt, Forever 21 ruffle top and earrings, Zara blazer, Stuart Weitzman pumps
by Jen on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I am excited to announce that the winner of the Harriet Grey necklace is.. Michelle of Always Overdressed! Congratulations, lucky girl! I'm really happy she won! I have always enjoyed her style and she is super sweet. I'm also sure that she will style it amazingly well (and I hope she shares it with us!)
For those of you who didn't win, not to worry... I have been keeping my eye out for another great piece for a future giveaway :)
Quick outfit today... basically what I wore to work, but swapped the pencil skirt with shorts and accessorized it a bit for the photos. I realize now looking at the photos that I went kind of overboard with the accessorizing... but please bear with me. I went to the optometrist today and they put these drops in my eyes that dilate my pupils... and I couldn't really see properly for a few hours (also why I am wearing sunglasses)! Haha!
By the way, some of your comments in my previous post got me wondering. Since a few of you said that the outfit would be perfect for work, I wanted to ask: do you ever wear shorts (as short as these) to work? I've never done it myself and don't think I would, but am curious as to how you ladies feel about it.
p.s. If you are into this kind of thing, the reason why some of my photos look so freaking cool is because my dad got a new digital slr... and my boyfriend borrowed his sweet lens to shoot with :)
Wearing: H&M leopard print blouse and "pearl" polka dot cardigan, Zara shorts and pumps, ASOS ring, Marc Jacobs sunnies, chiffon flower taken from a dress
by Jen on Monday, August 9, 2010
Sorry for being such a procrastinator about announcing the winner of the Harriet Grey necklace!
I promise I will be back tomorrow with the result and a new outfit post. Thank you for your patience!!
by Jen on Tuesday, August 3, 2010
When I started working, I told myself (and you) that I would be more careful about my spending. But in all honesty, it has been a little difficult, especially since this week is the last week of sales for the summer! This outfit is comprised of entirely new items... including a $34 peplum jacket, $29 shoes, $11 belt and an $11 statement necklace, which makes me feel a little better about my lack of control lately.