A little about passion

Home at last.

This past week has been a long string of goodbyes, hellos, and final paychecks. I left residence for the summer, saying my farewells to friends I will reunite with again in the fall, and others who I may not see for quite awhile. In both cases, it was tough. I don’t do well with departures, and this time was no exception. There’s just so many expectations and emotions; I get lost in the crossroads. But I did it and I survived, all 5’1 of me. It was a miracle, to say the least.

My co-op ended on a good note, and I left my cubicle for the last time on an accomplished high. I’ve learned so much about myself, what my goals are, what I like (and, you know, what I absolutely loath), and what I’m passionate about. That last one really became prominent as my term was wrapping up, because I’ve come to realize that work and passion can coexist and complement each other. Shocker, I know.

Passion is such a funny thing, isn’t it? There’s so much power to it. Passion is the driving force behind change and innovation, and it’s astounding to see where it takes people. As someone who revolves my life around my passions, I really love admiring this trait in others. One of my fellow co-workers in residence and close friend is immensely passionate about travel, urban planning, and Hong Kong. It’s inspiring to watch him take those three ingredients and shape a future for himself around them. He’s got such a drive, such a fire inside of him that I truly envy.

I guess it’s friends like this who have opened up my eyes to the possibilities of passion. I never really saw a parallel between my passions and my future career endeavours. They may have crossed paths once in awhile, but they were never running on the same track. The two were never friends, but rather, acquaintances who knew each other only on the surface. You know, that “I’ll make a pun and you’ll laugh and you’ll think I’m funny but you don’t even know where my hometown is” kinda acquaintances.

But this semester, whilst embarking on an adventure through the world of co-op and micromanaging my life, I realized that my passions CAN be at the forefront of my future. I just have to have faith in myself and believe that what I love to do can help me make a career for myself. So I’m going to go out there and write like no one is reading, discussing topics I love, and see where it takes me. You can bet your tuition that it’s going to be challenging, and this blog will more than likely be filled to the brim with endless accounts of me struggling. But I want to write about what I know and love–fashion, music, communication, and Korea. So I’m taking one hell of a chance, and putting my heart where my fingers are (does that even make sense?), to utilize my passions into something beautiful.

I guess you could say I’m inspired.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

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OOTD: SFU Fashion Week Wrap-Up

So, SFU had a fashion week, hey?

Well, technically it was only three days, but still, it was something. Only able to attend two of the days due to family coming on the Thursday, I was lucky enough to get the honour of covering the events for my school’s student newspaper. Fashion? At SFU? Of course I was all over that. I already started planning my outfit the moment I saw the event posted on Facebook.

Tonight was the fashion show and, in true Jasmine style, I picked my outfit out with care. Wanting to be on trend but still true to myself, I picked up two new pieces and worked them into one of my favourite wardrobe staples for spring: my mint green blazer. Infamous as it is, this beauty was one of the best purchases I have ever made, all thanks to my previous job at Le Chateau. And it worked phenomenally with this look. I needed a pop of colour (don’t get me wrong–I love me some black and white) because hey, it’s the second day of spring and it was gorgeous out. Mixing the mint jacket and the black and white ensemble with gold accessories and black heels completely tied and unified the outfit together. The result was as follows.

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It was so much fun being a part of this process, documenting the work of these local designers and listening to their experiences. As well, I had a blast putting together this outfit and I could not wait to show it off.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

Items worn:
Blazer: Le Chateau
Shirt: H&M
Slacks: H&M
Necklace: F21
Rings: F21 & H&M
Bracelets: Aldo & H&M
Heels: Guess
Clutch: H&M

OOTD: Sheer Brilliance

So here’s the thing: I have started to wear a bit more colour recently. Shocking, I know. But the truth is those neutral hues are kind of wearing on my spirits. Yes it is still winter and yes it is still bitterly cold out (I’m from BC, okay: -15 means you don’t leave your dorm room) but that doesn’t mean my wardrobe and attire should reflect the same atmosphere. My best friend Maria consistently counts down the days until the first bloom of cherry blossoms spouts because for her, spring is the ultimate season. It gives her the excuse to prance around in dainty dresses, a crown of daisies circling her petite head. For me, being the literature enthusiast that I am, spring recollects quotes from Wordsworth and Keats, where nature is this empowering being that sparks the human consciousness. So why not embrace the look of spring in the hope of its speedy return, to break us from our winter slumber?

And for this OOTD, that’s exactly what I did. I fell in love with this soft, sheer pink top the moment I laid eyes on it, and the contrast of it’s femininity with the darkness of my black jeans created the perfect balance for me. I decided to match the silver stud detailing on the lining of the shirt with my black studded loafers to tie everything together. For my accessories, I kept things relatively simple with silver rings to coordinate with the silver else where in the look. The result was this simple, but ready-for-spring ensemble that was perfect for the events of that day: group projects and studying for midterms. Ah, the university life.

Credit to the lovely Druscilla Henault for these lovely shots and for hanging out with me in the common room despite being dead-dog tired after an entire day of production set up. I owe you one.

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Until next time,

Jasmine.

Items worn:
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: F21
Loafers: Aldo
Rings: Oval-shaped: Adrene
2&3: Forever 21
Remaining: couple ring and promise ring.

OOTD: Winter Wonderland

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Winter is here, my friends. I cannot even begin to tell you how long I have waited for this moment, for the first snowfall of the season to occur. And it arrived, the day before my week of hell begins (it’s finals season, people. I hope you understand.) The weather was amazing, I mean there is just something about fresh snow that makes you want to drink hot chocolate and go for a walk to take in the beauty of it all.

My fantastic friend Druscilla offered to shoot a little OOTD for my blog and I was more than thankful for her doing so (it was freezing out and she was only in a leather jacket, God bless her soul).

Again, credit for photos go to Druscilla Henault because she is flawless. Thank you for sacrificing your warmth to take these for me. I owe you a Starbucks or two.

Until next time,

Jasmine

Items worn:

HeadbandL H&M
Button-up: Le Chateau
Sweater: Joe Fresh
Jacket: Joe Fresh
Pants: Topshop
Ankle Boots: Aldo
Necklace: Le Chateau

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The Power of Denim

Everyone, I find, underestimates denim. 

An essential in my wardrobe, I find that denim is that one basic piece from which you can build any type of outfit, not matter the occasion. I mean, think about it. With all the varying colours, styles, and textures, it’s hard not to find the right type for you. Call me radical, but can’t denim work for everyone? I ask you, can you remember never owning a single piece of denim? More than likely, your answer is no, and there’s a reason for that.

You see, denim is the North American (and hell, probably dozens of other countries) wardrobe staple. And, as such, we take it completely for granted. We, for the most part, strictly fasten denim into this tight bubble, only allowing ourselves to wear it in either a) a pair of blue-wash jeans or b) an ever-popular denim jacket. But there are so many other options out there.

For instance, ever heard of acid wash? If not, you are clearly missing out. Somewhat reminiscent of the 90’s, acid was combines a fashion-forward look with an edgy twist. This style is not for the faint of heart. As an acid was obsessee myself, I not only own a pair of skinnies in this pattern, but also several button-downs, and even an anorak. There are endless possibilities.

Coloured denim is also an amazing piece to have in your closet. For fall, oxblood (my signature colour, yes yes), forest green, indigo, and even black are some amazing colours that can compliment any outfit. They make a statement and if paired with basically anything, can make it look like you put a lot more thought into your outfit than you actually did. I live in black skinny jeans because they are so chic and, if paired with a white or black top, make it look like I’m following the monochrome trend (which… I totally am… wink wink).

Chambray shirts are also an amazing way to wear denim with a twist. Thought some of them aren’t actual denim, they still follow along the same lines and colour schemes as denim would. They give a classic look to your outfits, and I love them for colder days, under sweaters.

Finally, there’s always denim on denim. Yes, it sounds tacky and somewhat tedious to make work, but trust me, it looks amazing. My tip would be to not over do it: make the outfit simple. Try a chambray shirt with a jean skater skirt. Just make sure that the two denims have slightly different tones and colours. By this I mean don’t do a light wash with a light wash. It will inevitably clash, I’m sad to say.

So there you have it! The many varieties and styles of denim. Playing with textures and colours, as well as styles, can dramatically change your look and make you look at denim in a new perspective. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love all over again.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

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How-To: Back-to-School Essentials

Ah, September. The time for textbooks, crisp air, and, that’s right, a bringing out the fall wardrobe.

Now, when you were a kid, you probably used to get brand new clothes for school. Am I right? Well now that you’ve stopped growing out of your clothes every year, it’s time to analyze what you have, and how to make it work for the upcoming season.

Now let’s start with the basics: shirts.

1. A knit sweater. For this season, preferably in any shade of red or oxblood. The days are inevitably getting colder (unless you live in California, which, in that case, skip this one), so why not break out the sweaters already? Though it still might be above 20 some days, the mornings are always chillier than the afternoons, so use this piece to layer! Wearing a thin button-down underneath can create warmth for those chilly runs to 8:30 classes, as well as making you look Oxford-ready. If it warms up later in the day, take off the sweater and you’ll still be able to look effortlessly chic. My favourite way to wear this look is with a classic blue jean and a knee-high or riding boot. It’s very scholar-meets-vogue intern.

2. A printed tee. Now I know every one of you owns one of these in some form or another, so why not utilize them now? They’re fantastic to wear under chunky cardigans and you can express yourself in the process. Brownie points if you rock one with a cheeky comment. Now that’s individual style at its finest.

3. A black maxi skirt. These are literally trans-seasonal, if that’s even a word. You can wear them every single season and they work great for all of them. Dress them up, dress them down. They provide so much option a buffet would be jealous (…ha…ha). But seriously, you can pair a simple black maxi skirt with any colour top, whether it be crop, baggy, or even tailored. For the fall season, I suggest playing with the dark hues by wearing a grey thermal or a navy crop top, alongside a white or cream cardigan. If you want to bring the edge up some more, wear a black ankle boot or a black wedge heel.

4. High waisted jeans aka the love of my life. High waisted jeans are not just for the stylish hipsters out there. Oh, no. They are great because not only do they rarely fall down, but they will never accentuate or create love handles like low rise jeans do. Crazy, right? As well, they are super fashion-forward, making any outfit you wear them with look like something off of Lookbook. I cannot stress how much I love this style of jean. They’re one of my essentials not only for school but for life. Anyone who owns a pair can back me on this.

5. Plaid. Anything plaid. The quint essential pattern of fall, plaid is my go-to look for school. There’s just something about it. It’s edgy, scholastic, and just so Alexander McQueen. Am I right? Opt for a basic piece to coordinate when wearing this print, just to make the plaid the main focus of your outfit. Whether it be pants, shoes, or a shirt, tone the rest of the outfit down to showcase the piece from and centre.

So there you have it! I hope this gave you all somewhat of an idea on how to put together your outfits of school, or even how to incorporate some basics into your fall wardrobe. To all my fellow students out there, I hope you’re having a great first week back and I wish you all the best this semester. Don’t let the assignments weigh you down!

Until next time,

Jasmine.

In Motion: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Is it just me, or does it seem like the days are getting… cooler? Not drastically, but every day it seems that the temperature has dropped one degree, and for me, this only means one thing: fall is on its way.

Love it or hate it, the autumn season is the best time for any fashion lover. The rich colours, layering, big overthrows. There is so much more potential for outfits.

But before I go any further, let’s back track for a second. It isn’t fall yet, and this means that we are quickly approaching that awkward, in-between time that I like the call a seasonal transition period. During these times, it may be somewhat difficult to figure out what to wear in the morning. The weather can be a tricky thing; it could be freezing in the morning, and above 30 in the afternoon. How does one dress in these types of conditions?

Well, I have a few basic pieces that can carry over from summer in to fall effortlessly, all the while incorporating the latest trends from both seasons.

1) Boyfriend Jeans. These babies can work literally year-round and are ridiculously on-trend at this period in time. They work great for seasons shifts because they are loose and lightweight, but also still keep in the warmth due to their jean material. I personally loved ones with shredded detailing, as they give the pants a bit more edge. Pair them with a minimal heel, oxfords, or even ankle boots — it all depends on what the weather is like. The best pair of BF jeans I have found are from The Gap. Yes, they’re a tad pricey, but the quality will make them last for years. I have had mine since I was in middle school! (And yes, they do still fit. Quite well, actually.)

2) Breathable Blouses. Now it should go without saying that this should be a staple in anyone’s wardrobe, as they’re versatile and great for any style out there. But what is even better about these shirts is that they make the best bases for layering. They’re light on the hotter days just on their own, and they look amazing under sweaters or comfy cardigans. Basic colours work the best, too: look for neutrals like black, white, and beige. If you want to mix things up, take the plunge into Fall’s biggest trend and grab one in plaid. Layering it with something more summer appropriate, like a crisp white or tan, can off-set the extreme autumn-ness of the print.

3) Anoraks. These thinly-lined jackets make great overthrows for the chilly transition days, and can also be worn into fall as well. For the most part, they come in colours that work both in summer and in autumn, like army green, tan, and brown. Great for keeping you protected from the rain and the sun, anoraks provide the ideal coverage for any type of weather found at this time of the year. I personally love them on my lazier days, where I can chuck on a loose t-shirt, a pair of black skinnies, and a forest green anorak.

There you have it, my top three essentials for transitioning from summer into fall! These pieces are staples in any girl’s wardrobe, so make the most of them! You can use these basics to wear now and wear later!

For those of you heading back to school like I will be in the next two weeks, I wish you the best. Our break has sadly come to an end, and it looks like we’ll be hitting the books in no time. So keep your chin up, your mind open, and your coffee brewing.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

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Victorian Style: Day Trip + OOTD

Wow, where has the time gone? I feel like just yesterday it was the beginning of July, and now here we are, four days into August.

Lately, I have been working my buns off, selling clothing to customers and attempting to keep my head afloat amongst the other hungry stylists. I cannot even begin to explain how tired I am from working so much. I literally have had no time to post, to take photos, or to put together outfits.

But this past Saturday, I had a day off (finally), and it was the perfect time for Kyujin and I to take a little vacation to our province’s capital: Victoria.

Though we didn’t take too many photos, I did want to share the ones we were able to capture, as few as they are. The day was so grey in the beginning (which I loved), but slowly, the sun started to show its face through the clouds. In the end, it turned into a beautiful sunset, which was perfect for snapping a few shots on the ferry back to the mainland.

First stop of the day: The Parliament building. I just love the look of it, and the gorgeous fountain out front makes the perfect backdrop for a picture. (Ignore my expression in this one)

My accomplice for the day (and pretty much my life): my amazing boyfriend, Kyujin. Ain’t he a cutie?

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Most expensive hotel in Victoria (and all of BC, for that matter) say, what?! Even going inside there you feel inadequate. Absolutely gorgeous. I’m making it my mission to one day stay a night there.

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I caught him off-guard. My bad.

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Look who we found. I just love how different our expressions are here. Me, attempting a supermodel pose and Kyujin, trying to copy Sully’s stance. Sigh.

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Chinatown in Victoria is amazing. If you’re in the area, you need to go.

And now for the outfit.

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Since we were going to be walking the entire time, I wanted to opt for something comfortable and cute. The weather in the morning was terrible, so I knew riding boots were going to be a must. As well, I wanted to add layers, just in case it warmed up as the day progressed (which it did) so I wore a lightweight and flowy white button-down under my new duo-toned cardigan/jacket. Going along with the colour scheme of the overthrow, I chose to wear my comfy black skinny jeans which blended well with the rest of the look.

I kept my accessories minimal, with my gold watch, leather friendship wrap bracelet, silver and pearl cat earrings (see the photos below for a better look) and a few rings. I really love to mix metals, so my little details really incorporated that into the look.

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The final shots of the day, on the ferry home. The sunset was absolutely stunning, and we had to go on deck for a better look. The way it reflected off the ocean… I am so glad I got to share that with this kid. It was magical, just like the day itself. A perfect finale.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

Items worn:

Earrings: Le Chateau
Wrap Bracelet: Gifted
Watch: Aldo
Rings: Midi = Aldo
Wolf & Spike = F21
“LOVE” Couple Ring = Korea
Promise Ring = Gifted
Cardi/Jacket Hybrid: Le Chateau
Button-down: Japan
Pants: Material Girl by Madonna
Boots: Spring
Sunglasses: Night Market

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Summer in the City

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I spent the day in Vancouver with the best friend (who is behind the lens for these photos), shopping, gallivanting, and doing what I do best: drooling over pieces that I can not afford in Holt Renfrew. It was one of those days where the weather was seemingly unpredictable, so I opted to layer pieces in my outfit. On top, I wore a thrifted sweater over my lightweight, white button-down from Japan. On the bottom, I opted for my simple indigo skinny jeans from H&M. I loved how the forest green and indigo played together, and the white brought a crisp feel to the ensemble. And, really, it was ridiculously comfortable. When walking for hours on end, one tends to aim for optimal comfort.

List of complete items worn here will be posted below! Hope you all are enjoying the weather, where ever you are!

Until next time,

Jasmine.

Items worn:

Sunglasses: Ebay
Sweater: Thrifted
Blouse: A gift from my friend in Japan
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Aldo
Necklaces: F21
Bag: Steve Madden

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Summer Essentials

Summer has always been one of my favourite things about living on the west coast. The long days, the ocean breeze, and the coolness of the forests. I love it all.

When it comes to summer fashion, though, I have some key items that will help me last until the school bells ring once again.

1) A printed romper.

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Credit: AX Paris

The great thing about a romper is that it’s light weight and easy to wear. Adding some print to it will help to create dimension, as well as keeping it on-trend for with this season’s explosion of prints. I love this one from AX Paris because of the colour scheme, which looks effortlessly summer ready.

2) A Breezy Maxi Dress.

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Credit: ASOS

What I love about this one from ASOS is that it is airy, but still edgy at the same time. When ti comes to maxi dresses, flow is definitely key. They can be great pieces for the beach during the day, and taken up a notch for a dramatic evening out on the town.

3) A Skater Skirt

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Credit: Nasty Gal

I love skater skirts because they are girly and easy to wear. Pair them with a crop top, or a tucked in button down, and you can look effortlessly chic. This one from Nasty Gal adds the perfect punch of summer coral to any outfit, while still keeping everything simple and fresh. It can also act as a create piece to colour block with!

4) A Pair of Cat-Eye Shades.

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Credit: Topshop

Nothing says sassy like a pair of cheeky cat-eye sunnies. They’re cute, flirty, and fashion-forward. These ones from Topshop take a different approach to the traditional shape of the cat-eye shades by altering the initial frame. I like the way they look both vintage and modern at the same time.

5) A Flower Crown.

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You’ve seen them everywhere: Coachella, Lana Del Rey, Nasty Gal. Flower crowns have taken the fashion world by storm, and all for good reason. Giving an outfit a more laid-back, boho vibe, this accessory is one that will have you chilled out in a meadow, singing along to Summertime Sadness all season long.

And there you have it! My 2013 Summer Essentials. Remember to keep hydrated, slather on that SPF 60, and stay in the shade as much as you can! Summer is meant to be enjoyed, so keep yourself safe from the harmful UV rays and enjoy away!

Until next time,

Jasmine.

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