OOTD: Pop of Colour

It seems I’ve been MIA recently… to be honest, I don’t have an excuse for myself. 

But never fear dear followers, for I am back and have a fresh new take on my OOTD posts! 

Lately, I’ve been really loving the black and white trend. It’s huge for spring and it honestly is a timeless look. I feel like the classic combination of these two shades is so simple and easy to work with, giving you a solid foundation for experimenting with other colours. Either worn alone, or with a pop of colour like I’ve done here, the black and white trend is considerably chic and edgy.

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I love this outfit. It is simple, clean, and daring all at the same time. And I love how the red wedges give a punch at the end, almost like a finale to the ensemble .

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For this look, I paired my new favourite black and white striped top with a pleather skirt and threw on some semi-opaque tights underneath. On my head, I thought I would have a little fun and wear my black bowler cap.

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Yay for bowler caps! They are so versatile and unique, and still on trend. I am in love with mine and I really need to invest in some more, preferably in pastel colours.

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For my other accessories, I kept it minimal, with just my gold geometric shapes necklace and my two favourite bracelets. Finally, on the bottom I have my new red wedges (I got the same ones in black, too).

Photography courtesy of my amazing best friend, Maria. 

Items worn:
Hat: Forever 21
Shirt: H&M Korea
Skirt: Romwe
Shoes: Le Chateau
Necklace: Forever 21
Wrap Bracelet: Unknown (it was a gift)
Spike Bracelet: Forever 21

Until next time,

Jasmine.

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Being Chic on a Budget

It’s no secret that I’m a broke university student. I, alongside the majority of my peers, spend thousands on school, books, supplies, transportation, and, well, clothing each and every semester. University is one of those money-sucking fiends that, unfortunately, is necessary for my future. Being an aspiring fashion journalist myself, this makes things somewhat difficult. If I’m constantly strapped for cash, how am I supposed to keep up on the latest trends?

Well, I have a few tricks that I want to share with any other fashion-conscious student like myself, who find themselves stuck in this situation.

Shopping is inevitable. You honestly cannot completely cut yourself off from spending, especially if you’re known to be an avid shopper. It is not going to work. This is why them the moment strikes, there is a way I make sure I’m getting my money’s worth, and this is by using the division method. If I am wanting to make a bigger purchase, something over $50, I calculate the amount of times I know I will wear the item, and then divide the cost by it. Now, you don’t have to do the exact calculations, though I have in the past. It’s just a general way to be more aware of what you’re buying. Say, for instance, you’re looking at purchasing a pair of $200 Jeffery Campbell heels. Now, how many times do you see yourself wearing them in the near future? Would you only pull them out on special occasions? Are they impractical for the weather in your area? These are redflags you want to be aware of. If you’re only going to wear them 5 times in the next semester, that’s costing you $40 each time you wear them. Is that really worth it? Perhaps you could spend your dollars on a pair of $150 riding boots from Aldo. They are a) more practical for everyday use, b) easier to incorporate into outfits, and c) going to be a staple in your wardrobe. It is better to spend the money on something you are going to be constantly using, than waste it on a luxury item that you rarely pull out of its box.

With that being said, I also go by a rule on how I spend my money when shopping. Think of it this way: for trend, think cheap; for classics, think expensive. Trends come and go, so do you really want to be shelling out big bucks for something that won’t even be in season come next month? No. The best way to save money and still look stylish is to spend less on the trendy pieces, and invest in some great basics. Timeless pieces, like black skinnies, blazers, and LBDs will always be in style. So spend your bigger bucks on basics that will last, and are better quality. Sure, Urban Outfitters might have just gotten the latest style of crop-tops in for summer, but are you really willing to pay $80+ for them? You can easily find the same trend-wise pieces at stores like Forever 21 or H&M for much more reasonable price point.

Online stores are also a great way to save money. Many web retailers charge a fraction of the cost of what normal stores do. Do some research! There are tons of great online stores that carry amazing things, some that you can’t even find in your normal H&M. My favourites are Romwe (super hipster street style, that reminds me of Myeongdong in Seoul), Runway Bandits (a favourite of my idol, Jennifer Im. Watch her on YouTube!), and Chicnova (a cute little site where you can find anything from basics, to trend pieces). There are so many more out there! It’s definitely worth the time to investigate and do some research. As well, many of these stores offer free shipping, unlike the main stores’ websites, like Forever 21. You’re saving money, and sometimes even getting better quality than in-store!

When in doubt, thrifting is the ultimate money-saving shopping experience. Thrift stores carry tons of unique pieces for as little as $1.00. Sometimes you can even find some really great vintage items, and it’s an awesome place to stock up on basics. Things such as belts, sweaters, shoes, and coats are normally the items I come looking for when thrifting. Why spend tons of money on items you can find at the local Sally-Ann for 50-90% cheaper?

Saving money and still trying to look great isn’t an easy task, especially when you’re following fashion bloggers like songofstyle and chrisellelim on instagram, but with the right tips and tricks, you, too, can look like a million for a fraction of the cost.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

p.s.

I thought I would also add some links to some great inexpensive retailers who offer great deals online:

Uniqlo  (based in Japan, Uniqlo offers amazing clothing for small prices. Though they do have stores in Japan and New York, it is usually hard to get to them unless you are travelling to those destinations. Therefore, their online store offers the same great things)

Shopmarkethq (Though their regular priced items are a tad expensive, their sale stuff are normally a steal.)

Dailylook (A staple website in any fashion blogger’s online shopping list, this store offers the latest trends and items for relatively low prices. Check out their shoes!)

Day in the Life: Vancouver bound

This past Sunday was a day I will never forget. I got to go into the city to see one of my bestest friends, Kaede, who was leaving to go back to Japan. She was an exchange student at my university, and we literally are one in the same. I love her so, so much.

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She’s so cute right?

Well the day was spent doing my favourite thing: eating. First it was Japanese ramen.

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The shop is one of the most well-known is all of BC, and it takes literally an hour just to get in. You even have to wait outside! Thank goodness it didn’t start raining until after we finished out meals. The ramen was the best there is, though I, myself, am not a huge fan of Japanese ramen. It is just too plain for me. I guess I’m too used to the Korean version, with multitudes of spice.

So after the ramen, it was on to macarons at my favourite little bakery.

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The bakery is called Thierry, and it’s located right in the centre of Alberni street. It can be quite crowded, but the experience is definitely worth it. It’s filled with all kinds of pastries and desserts, and there’s a coffee bar as well (they make more than coffee, though). Our macarons were salted caramel (the light brown ones), lychee (the pink ones), and a mixed berry flavour (the purple one). My favourite by far were the salted caramel. It was a shame though, as they were not serving my all-time favourites, the vanilla bean ones. Seriously, you need to have these in your life.

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Close-up shot, anyone? Makes me hungry just looking at it.

Later, we even went for gelato at a famous gelato shop on Robson. Delicious, that is all I can say. They literally have any flavour imaginable, it’s fantastic. I got white chocolate and oreo cheesecake. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth.

Our final food stop was at a Korean restaurant I love. I ordered the kimchi stew, aka 김치찌개, which is my love. Seriously, I could eat this stuff for the rest of my life.

After a little while, we decided to take pictures, and Alston (our guy friend who was with us) took a couple OOTD photos for me, so here you go:

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I’ll list everything I was wearing at the end of this post. I just love the background. The location was gorgeous.

In all, it was an amazing day. Tears were shed, and hugs exchanged. I’m going to miss her beyond belief but I know this is not the last time I will see her. We’re too good of friends for that.

Here’s my items worn:

Sweater: Romwe
Acid-wash button-up: Some Japan store
Jeans: Material Girl
Boots: Spring
Giyongchy beanie: Ebay
Bag: Steve Madden

Until next time,

Jasmine.