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

 

 

What I Wore: Saturday Night

In the question of, “How 70s can this girl possibly go,” the answer is, actually, quite a lot.

Mind you, I am missing the Farrah Fawcett hair.

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Sometimes I find things in my wardrobe that I realized have not seen the sun (or the streetlights) for quite some time. These pants are a perfect example of that. I bought them I believe two summers ago now, and I don’t wear them nearly as often as I should. That being said, every time I think about giving them away, I’m like hell nah.

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I do love these pants. I don’t have the skinniest legs, and while that’s hardly a problem I do have days where I’m feeling a bit self-conscious and I think: why not cover up with some billowy-satin goodness? A wide-leg trouser is just so universally flattering. This past Saturday, that was the exact thought process I went through went I got dressed to go out. I donned those bad boys and a backless plunge bodysuit because why the heck not.

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I like to call this look vintage sailor/disco queen realness. Good for a Saturday night on the town. Heck, good for any time of day depending on how comfortable you are having 1/3 of your boobs hanging out.

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DETAILS

Pants: Zara (similar, in a crop)

Bodysuit: American Apparel

Necklace: Bloody Mary Metal (similar)

Watch: Daniel Wellington

 

What I Wore: Summer Dresses

Summer here is hot. Really hot. There are days of blistering sunshine and nights with the windows thrown open and fans on full blast. Booming thunderstorms break up the sunlight but thrive on the existence of a humidity so thick you feel as though you are walking inside of a latte.

If winter is for putting on as many layers as possible, summer is all about taking them off.

There’s an ease to summer dressing you’re hard-pressed to find in any other season. Maybe I simply don’t dress to impress as often because I can’t find the energy amidst the heat. We become shapeless in the summer in an entirely different way to the hulking, tightly wound figures of winter. In summer, we are shapeless in loose fabrics, bare skin shining, stretched out onto the grass in indiscernible shapes.

I hate and love summer dressing. I love it because you can throw on a single piece of clothing: a dress, a romper, a swimsuit and call it a day, usually with no makeup because otherwise you may just sweat it off. I hate it because I feel like I never look as put together as I do in the fall, when my aesthetic turns from 90’s street trash to otherworldly being. Or maybe I always look the same and I’m just projecting right now.

Either way, summertime is throw-it-on-and-go time, and I’m of the belief that one of the best things you can throw on is a lightweight dress. Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. *whispers* Covergirl.

(This post is not sponsored by Covergirl.)

What’s not to love about throwing on a dress in the summer? You can still look pretty put-together while getting a nice crotch breeze. I realize the phrase “crotch breeze” is not an elegant one but I think it’s probably the most effective way to describe it. You know what I’m talking about.

Dress One

 

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Is it a dress? Is it your grandfather’s nightshirt? Does it matter either way?

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This is a linen-blend dress, so the long sleeves aren’t too stifling. Buttons all the way down the front and a really loose fit because 1) ya girl has a big butt and I didn’t want that getting tight at any point and 2) the looser the fit = the higher the comfort factor. Obviously going too loose on certain dresses can give more of a potato-sack-esque vibe, but that’s a look in its own right if it’s what you’re going for.

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Dress: H&M

Shoes: Vans

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Dress Two

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When I wore this dress to my university graduation, not only did I look cute, but I didn’t get overheated under the robe because it’s 100% linen.

 

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This dress makes me feel like a badass fairy princess when I wear it, or something like that. It’s white, which is terrifying, but it also has pockets, which is a game-changer.

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Dress: Aritzia

Shoes: Vans

Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Similar)

Styling Trousers for Summer

If you are like me, and are a human furnace, you also probably balk at the idea of wearing trousers in the summertime. Because, come on. I can’t even wear pyjama pants to bed in the winter. I get way too warm and end up stripping down. During the summer I’m basically a 24/7 sweat machine.

My not-going-out-today uniform from June to early September is a cotton romper or just straight-up underwear in order to stay alive. Having to wear proper clothing to be around polite company can turn into a chore, and it absolutely boggles my mind when I see people casually walking around in trousers and seeming perfectly fine, while my butt is so sweaty it’s sticking to the seat on the bus.

The key is the material. I own a couple of wool trousers for colder months, but those will not fly with me in July. Linen and cotton should be your best friends during the summer, and most people know that. Or rather, I feel like my mom knows that and is always telling me that, but I’m just grasping the concept now. Natural, lightweight materials will keep you cooler but covered.

When I went prowling around for trousers that fit these descriptors, I found two. One is full-length, the other is cropped and both are made of linen blends.

The first is a dark green, which is badass and a step up from black but still looks great with lighter colours. I went with a white tank top because, let’s be real, your girl needs to avoid armpit stains.

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Top: Asos, Trousers: Aritzia, Sunnies: Quay Australia

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Since the trousers are full-length, I thought sandals would be a good shoe to keep everything summery.

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Shoes: Zara

I can confidently say I took this look on a test run on a sweltering day and am still alive, so it worked.

The second pair are cropped, white trousers from Oak + Fort. When I first tried these on, the elastic waistband made me nervous because that does not always look cute, but these look great.

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Top: Aritzia, Trousers: Oak + Fort, Sneakers: Vans

The fit is loose, which I like (skinny jeans in the summer is a form of hell) and the colour is nice for summer and for making things exciting, i.e. I hope I don’t sit in anything coloured today. Since I’m all about wearing colour now, I went wild and wore a yellow top and white sneakers as well.

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Watch: Daniel Wellington

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I may possibly give off a staring-into-the-sun vibe, but it’s summer, bitchez. Work with me.

Wearing Colour (an autobiography)

My hair used to be white. Straight up white. It had nothing to do with genes or premature aging. Oh no. I bleached the crap out of my head for two whole years. I fucking loved that hair. I thought I looked like some kind of alien queen visiting from a far off galaxy. Fear me, humans.

 

 

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December, 2015. Very sassy.

Two years, however, is a long time to bleach your hair. Anyone who’s done that before will know. You will get breakage, your scalp will be sensitive and you won’t want to do ANYTHING involving heat for fear it will start to fall out. Combine those factors with the expenses. Frankly, I’m pretty crap at doing hair. There was no way I would ever attempt to bleach my head by myself when I can’t even do a decent braid. I went to a professional, and had to pay out of my ass for that.

So, one day, I said fuck it and went back to brown.

While I was still a blonde, I wore black all the time. I still do now, but when I had my platinum hair I thought the contrast with black was so badass. (Sidebar: I stand by that to this day, regardless of that girl in my film class who asked me, “Who’s funeral are you going to?” I’m like, bitch, probably yours.)

I didn’t want to wear white very often because then looking at me would be like staring into the sun. Yellow was out because I would resemble a lightbulb. Generally, all other colours would be totally acceptable, but I was constantly rocking the black. Sometimes variations of grey. Every St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day it was the same deal. I still don’t own any green. I still don’t own any red or pink.

Now, of course, I have gone through immense growth as a person and own one red dress. And two pink t-shirts. I’m not even being sarcastic, I just went into my wardrobe to confirm those facts.

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T-shirt: Ginger G; Shorts: Aritzia

I know, people are going to read this and go, “What’s the big deal? So many people don’t like wearing colour simply because they don’t like it.” Fair enough. Some people might also see this and think, “Why the hell are you so opposed to wearing colour? Give me all the colour.” That’s also very fair.

For a while, I just thought my style thing for a while was going to be monochrome. Even when I went back to brunette, I thought I would keep it white, grey and black always, sometimes with a bit of navy or brown.

I had a weird hangup about it. For me, wearing colour, especially bright primary colours or *gasp* combining colours wouldn’t work in my favour. I didn’t want to look childish, and for some reason, I thought colours would do that. This is the reality of it: my face is hardly mature-looking. I have round cheeks that bulge out when I smile, big eyes and about a million freckles. I thought, I can’t pull off wearing colours without looking like a tall pre-schooler. Obviously, that’s a ridiculous thing to think, but I didn’t know how ridiculous it was until I started wearing colour again.

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Top: Aritzia; Denim skirt: Topshop

Now, I actually got out of my way to find colour, especially since it’s summertime. Lord knows I have enough white and black in my wardrobe to pair with it. And the truth is the colours I wear are still pretty conservative in terms of brightness or boldness (probably not a word), but it’s how I style colour. It’s how I wear it. I wouldn’t call this a personal breakthrough or anything, but it’s a small change, a small thing that has expanded my personal style, which is a process I hope never ends.

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Top: Urban Outfitters; Skirt: American Apparel

What I Wore: First Day on the Job

 

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On the first day of my internship, I was faced with a dilemma. I needed to look professional, in a I get my work done well and efficiently way, but I also needed to look cool, in a I get invited to a lot of parties kinda way.

I have no idea how successful I was on either of those fronts, because I honestly believe those are two vibes I am just unable to give off.

But let’s move on. I wore black skinny jeans, even thought it’s June, which are great because they’re stretchy and are definitely more appropriate than my ripped-knee blue jeans. My brogues, I thought, were a perfect combination of the professional yet cool vibes I wanted to emit. A little cutout never killed nobody. (Even if it’s on the foot.)

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My blouse was chosen mainly for comfort purposes because it gets some nice ventilation, and also because I fucking love the colour. Accessories-wise, I always have a watch on, but I threw on some other simple adornments just to add a little extra to the look.

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My internship doesn’t have a strict dress code. I think it’s more of a wear what you want place. That being said, I work with some exceptional cool-looking people, so I need to step my game up.

Details

Sunglasses: Quay Australia – No longer available.

Blouse: Aritzia – No longer available (in that colour.)

Jeans: Topshop http://goo.gl/cDyR9s

Shoes: Michael Kors – I got them majorly reduced at Little Burgundy, but they’re not available anymore.

Necklace: Etsy https://goo.gl/v47kRY

Watch: Daniel Wellington https://goo.gl/2JuKJv

Rings: Brandy Melville – I can’t find the link for them online., but they should still be available.

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