August Rust

When I was in elementary school, I had a package of pencil crayons and one of the colours, a rusty orange-red brown, was called “Burnt Sienna” and I remember thinking, what a stupid name for a colour. It’s orange.

How young and naive I was. Fast forward developing an interest in fashion, becoming enthusiastic about makeup and having a design student for a roommate, I now reference colours with the weirdest names, trying to describe exact shades.

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If I wanted to name this look anything else, I would call it just that: burnt sienna. August, for me, is usually about three things: my mom’s birthday, the upcoming school year and the impending glory of fall.

Now as a luckless post-grad, I’ve lost one of those landmarks. My mom’s birthday still happens at the beginning of August, and by the middle of the month, I get excited every time I feel a slight cool breeze.

One of my favourite things about fall is the colour palette. One of my favourite things to do in August is incorporate that palette into summer dressing. As it is, it was 30 degrees yesterday and I could barely put clothes on at all.

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That’s the mindset this look came out of. Bodysuits are a big fave of mine lately, although going to the bathroom can be problematic. Still, they’re cute. I used to be cared of long skirts. Well, not scared, really, just apprehensive. In my mind, I would look like a land mass in a long skirt that would just hang off of my wide hips and give me no definition. This was ridiculous thinking for obvious reasons. Long skirts are great. Just show a little ankle and you’ll drive the masses wild.

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But I do like the versatility of a longer skirt or dress. In this look, I wore it with a bodysuit and Keds, but I easily could have worn heeled sandals and a nicer top. I also happen to have plans to transition this skirt into the early fall with brogues, because of course I do.

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I’m not even going to pretend I didn’t co-ordinate my makeup to this look because I so did. But when I walked into the weekly meeting for my internship, one of my colleagues said, “I love your colour palette today. It’s very autumn.” I’m not saying I was smug, but I was smug.

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DETAILS

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: Asos

Sunglasses: Black Market Vintage

Sneaks: Keds

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Moon Ring: Twisted Whimsy

 

Three Summer Hats

As far back as I can remember, my mom has always told me, “You’re a hat girl. You can always rock a hat.”

Because of that, I decided I wanted hats to become my thing. Though, that was hard to do because I didn’t own anything other than a ball cap and a toque for the winter.

Every time I go into a store with hats on display, I try on at least one. They’re easy to throw on, to pose in front of a mirror and think, yeah, I could rock this hat no problem. Thing is, hats aren’t always the easiest thing to wear if you don’t consciously decide to wear them. What I mean is, I liked hats, but I liked the idea of them. I never actually wore the damn things.

Now, as a semi-almost-nearly adult, I’ve consciously started to wear hats for a few reasons:

  1. Bad hair days magically disappear. What bad hair? You never saw bad hair here.
  2. I’ve experienced a sunburn on the top of my head once and I’m never doing it again.
  3. Instant cool. I feel like I always say that a certain fashion piece makes you instantly cool but I really mean it. A hat could be instant mystery – is that Carmen Sandiego? Or it could make you reach instant rockstar status – that girl’s wearing a hat, maybe she’s in a band.
  4. Now that I’ve said instant cool I realize I also wear hats that are more grandmother-ly in vibe, but I work that look.

And in my growing hat collection, there are three that work perfectly for this late summer time of year.

The Floppy Hat

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This was one of the first hats I ever bought. I wanted one of American Apparel’s felt hats for ages, and when I finally got my hands on its sweet neutral glory, I couldn’t wait to become “the girl in the hat.” And I did. I wore it to my brother’s university graduation and I really felt like I was that girl. I consider this to be my spring/summer, watching the polo match hat.

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The Fedora

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This hat was inspired by too many pictures of cool-looking girls in brown fedoras on all of the autumn blogs I follow on Tumblr. Believe me, I recognize all of the cliches in the sentence. Once I got the idea in my head that I too needed a hat like that, I went on the hunt for one. I found this bad boy at the Nordstrom in Ottawa back when I was in school. I got it in August, and every year around that time it begins to make appearances until the end of fall.

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The Straw Hat

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With all of these felt and wool hats, I realized I didn’t own a single straw hat. I always borrowed ones from my mom at home, and up until a few years ago I thought straw hats were lame. How young and naive I was. With how unbelievably hot and sunny it’s been in Ontario this summer, the only option sometimes is a straw hat. I picked up this hat at a vintage store in Toronto, and while it has given me insane hat-hair, it has also given me a brief reprise from the brutal sun. The shape is a little old school, a little matronly, but I actually really like that. Straw hats aren’t sexy, but they are useful. Right now, that’s all I care about.

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What I Wore: TOM Opening Party

Because the editor of the magazine I work for is a superstar, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the opening party for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, or TOM.

I haven’t attended many (or any at all) fashion parties yet in my life, so naturally I was really excited but also rather nervous. I wasn’t sure how to act, or what to wear.

I wanted to look nice, but I didn’t want to look like I was trying to hard. I wanted to be on trend, but not ~trendy~. I ended up settling on a monochrome outfit that’s honestly not the most flattering on my figure, but it was comfortable and I loved the full look it created. The culottes with the sandals were a bit basic, but I felt were on-trend enough, would keep me cool in the heat and would assure there would be no unfortunate falls in front of the fashion elite of Toronto.

I was definitely more casually dressed than some there, but the thing about fashion week is you find all kinds of outfits and I love it.

These pictures were taken on Sam’s balcony, as it provided the perfect Toronto background for photo ops.

I didn’t wear a designer label, I didn’t wear anything from Saks Fifth Avenue, because honestly, working as a freelance journalist and blogger doesn’t really allow for that kind of lifestyle. Not yet, anyway.

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DETAILS

Top: American Apparel

Trousers: Oak + Fort (Similar)

Shoes: Seychelles (Similar)

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Rings are all from Urban Outfitters

Lipstick is the Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in the colour Beso

Of course, I had to include some selfies from the actual party. Alcohol was on the house before 10 p.m., so I may have indulged in some glasses of wine.

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It was a great time at a great party. As one of my first forays into the world of fashion parties and events, I’d say it was a pretty good start.

 

 

 

 

What I Wore: “Is this 90s?”

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I’ve titled this blog post “Is this 90s?” because that is an actual question I asked out loud about this outfit. Naturally, the answer was, “Yeah, I guess. I dunno.”

I took that as an enthusiastic yes.

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I’m in the mentality right now where whenever I’m putting together an outfit, and I feel like it’s a little lacking, I just think, put a choker on it. Instant cool-ish. To me, a small addition of an accessory can really put together a look. For this particular look, I was feeling that accessory.

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I don’t really know what to call this, maybe something along the lines of, “day-off outfit.” The motivation behind this look was comfort. The bodysuit and jeans are super soft and comfortable. As I write this, I’m sprawled out in a rather inelegant position on my couch, all made possible by the comfort of this outfit.

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And since we’re doing full disclosure here, I got these jeans on sale at Topshop. $30. The last pair I found in the shop. I felt blessed. I’ve been looking for a high-waisted boyfriend jean for what feels like a millennium, but it’s not easy to get that loose, easy fit when you have any kind of curves going on. These guys are a little loose in the waist, but I’m into it. These are possibly the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever worn.

*praise hands emoji*

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Alright, enough about the jeans. The rest of the outfit was put together with things I’ve been really into lately (re: my favourites post with these shoes). I’m having a bit of a closet renaissance right now where I’m rediscovering pieces and re-styling them to discover I actually love them. I would highly recommend doing the same to everyone reading this.

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Details

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters

Jeans: Topshop – Similar (I raved about these for a full paragraph and I can’t find them online I am so sorry.)

Shoes: Seychelles  – Similar

Choker: Urban Outfitters

Sunnies: Black Market Vintage

 

 

Latest Faves: Midsummer Edition

Sometimes, I un-ironically like things. Sometimes, those things are related to fashion and beauty. Sometimes I assume absolute strangers will care about those things, so I list them on the internet.

Monthly favourites are a common topic for bloggers and YouTubers and I thought, maybe I should do that too. Why not capitalize on someone else’s idea???

However, since I’m only putting out one blog post a week, for the sake of not getting repetitive, I’d like to do posts about my latest faves every once in a while, kind of a “what I’ve liked in the past few months” type of thing.

This is clearly a well-thought out plan.

I’m calling this episode of latest faves the “midsummer edition.” It is definitely past the official midsummer time and I have no excuse other than I liked how it sounded. Generally, the way this will work is I’ll sort everything I mention into three groups: fashion, beauty and assorted.

Fashion

Rompers

What an extremely vague favourite I have given you to start with. I posted a picture on Instagram a few weeks back about how rompers are the only thing I can wear in extreme heat, other than absolutely nothing at all. There’s something about the ease in dressing, with the coolness of a dress and the freedom in wearing shorts. And it is true, if you see me around town on a very hot day (basically every day in Toronto, RIP), then chances are I’m in any one of these rompers.

Aritzia romper

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H&M romper (similar)

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Urban Outfitters romper (similar)

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Vintage 80s Sweater

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I met my friend Sam for lunch at the El Furniture Warehouse on Queen St. earlier in July. We drank, ate, got sunburnt and decided, after all of those things, to pop into Tribal Rhythm Vintage to have a poke around. Now, I don’t go vintage shopping nearly as much as I would like to. Part of that is because of time, because I really like to hunt for the good vintage stuff. The other part is laziness, which can also be linked to the previous statement. While I was in Tribal, I found this French tennis player meets vintage English private school kid sweater and I loved it. It’s a bit weird I liked it so much, because I’m not the preppiest dresser, but something about it made me so down to have it in my wardrobe. I’ve loved having this around to chuck on when it’s slightly cooler in the evenings, throwing around some “I’m vaguely European” vibes. I don’t know when those became vibes I want to put out into the world, but here we are.

Aritzia Monterey Bralette

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It’s a bit weird to have underwear as a favourite, so all I’ll say about this is I love it and have it in two colours. It’s comfortable, beautiful and works well under most of my wardrobe. The last time I wore a proper padded bra was back in the Spring. Once you go bralette, you really don’t want to go back.

Block Heel Sandals by Seychelles

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The 90s are it right now. Chokers are everywhere, space buns are popping up on Instagram and block heel shoes are coming back. These sandals I found at Heel Boy aren’t as 90s as the jelly shoes, but the thick straps and block heel made me think of The Craft and I was sold. I’m really not a big sandal person — I like to wear sneakers and boots all the time — but these were a great middle ground for me.

Similar

Quay Australia Sunglasses

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The perfect summer sunglasses. Colourful, round without making my already-round face look like a beach ball and reflective, so people never know when you’re staring at them. These sunglasses were a bit of a gamble because I bought them online, and you never know how a pair will look on you. In this case, however, the gamble paid off very nicely.

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Beauty

Colourpop Blush in Birthday Suit

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Colourpop products are amazing. With the price point, quality and ever-growing product list, my only complaint is that the prices are in American, and the exchange rate doesn’t become real until the credit card bill. (I cry.) I wanted a pretty pink shade I could dab on to give myself a fresh-faced flush, and this dude delivers. I love how this shade looks with my skin tone and I really like how subtly you can apply it. Obviously for super pink cheeks, you could always build up the colour, but I like the soft spot of blush. It’s as though I just finished a round of skiing in the Alps. Or whatever.

MAC Lip Pencil in Spice

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Hand to God, every single time I wear this lip liner, someone compliments me on it. It’s the prettiest brown shade that wears flawlessly on its own. This is one of the things I love about MAC liners – they’re creamy enough that you could wear them without lipstick no problem. I first picked up this colour to use as a linear for Persistence, but found wearing it on its own gave me a more dark mauve-brown tone, if that makes any sense at all. It’s that 90s inspired, summer neutral lip. Get into it.

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream

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Fun fact: I do not like wearing foundation in the summer because I sweat. That’s just the truth. I do, however, love wearing sunscreen because my sensitivity to sunburn is too real. Enter this tinted face cream. Given the name this is probably obvious, but it applies just like a moisturizer and has very light coverage. I don’t necessarily need heavy coverage, so I wear it in place of foundation and set it with a powder. If you’re looking for much heavier coverage, this would also make a great primer, especially with the added SPF 30. Sunscreen that shit.

Assorted

Stranger Things

Believe the hype about Stranger Things. It’s wonderful. I loved the story, the characters, the way it was shot and I am obsessed with the soundtrack. Gimme all that 80s synth action. This is a spoiler-free zone, so I’ll just say that the show made me feel really nostalgic about being 12 years old but also made me rethink so many things about life, science and my own existence.

The Black Tapes  

I’ve talked about this podcast before on Snapchat and how it has made me scared of everything. I’m one of those people who absolutely should not get involved with anything horror-related because I scare really easily. And yet. This podcast isn’t straight-up horror, but it’s so suspenseful and contains some pretty harrowing moments. It’s a mockumentary podcast, following a journalist investigating unsolved paranormal cases. It’s really good. So good, in fact, that the last time I listened to it I was so engrossed I missed my subway stop.

Arkells: Morning Report (Released Singles)

Here’s the thing about this band: I always have their albums on non-stop during the summer. There’s something about Arkells and these dog days for me that just works. The full album will be released on August 5th, just a couple of days after this blog post will go up. I can tell you right now I’m going to love it for two reasons: 1) I’ve been pretty consistent with enjoying everything this band puts out and 2) I’m already in love with the first tracks they’ve released as singles. Drake’s Dad and Private School are, in particular, some supremely decent jams.