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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Credit: whimonline.blogspot.com

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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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!)

Fitness and Fashion

Fitness and fashion. Who knew that both could work so well together?

Recently, I’ve been starting to get back into the swing of exercising and eating healthy. It’s not an easy task, but I’m up for the challenge. You see, I used to be a fitness fiend. Running everyday, constantly doing Blogilates videos. But as university crept into my life, and my free time started to rapidly deplete, I found that I no long wanted to put aside time for health. No, I did not gain the notorious “Freshmen 15” (my body doesn’t put on weight heavily, so I normally only gain 3-7 lbs, but it looks like a lot on my smaller frame), but I did find myself slowly getting out of shape. After some time, I was disappointed on how far I had let myself go. Things such as a 6km run that were easy before seemed like a marathon to me.

So I have decided that with my newly found free time over the summer, I will get back into the fitness thing, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll score that swimsuit body I’ve been waiting all my teen years for. But we’ll see.

Fitness is such a big part of the fashion world. It’s not just about going out and running. Oh no. You have to look good while doing it. Think of the whole yogi trend going on right now. There is almost this chic image to Yoga, and if you’re apart of it you’re seen as this fashionable person, who is indie and new. Yoga clothing even supports this image, with retailers such as Lululemon and TNA producing yoga (as well as other workout) wear in fresh designs and colourful pieces. It’s become a fashion genre of its own.

Personally, if I am going to work out, I know that I am bound to get sweaty and my hair will inevitably become matted. This is why I want to make sure my attire looks funky and in style. My favourite fashion piece within my workout wardrobe is my long-sleeved, turtleneck running top from Under Armour. First off, it has an optional piece at the neck to bring up over your mouth for colder days (the material is made to be breathable) and this is so convenient for winter runs. The other thing I adore about it is the design: it is magenta and navy striped, which is so interesting and different for exercise clothes. It’s just one of those pieces that makes me feel cool while wearing it.

You can literally do so much with exercise apparel. There is neon, cut-out, polka-dotted, mesh. Anything. So mix it up. Exercise is a part of a healthy lifestyle, so why not make it funky and still fashionable with the numerous interesting pieces you can find out there at your local shopping centre. Have fun with it.

Until next time,

Jasmine.

OOTD: Sunshine Queen

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Today was amazing. The sun was shining (finally) and campus was buzzing with activity. I can honestly say that it not only affected my spirits, but my over all aura as well. It was a great day to wear something cute and frilly, like this polka dot black mini dress that I chose. It’s quite a low cut piece, so I added some modesty and edge to it by layering a studded white button-up underneath. This was a mistake, I later found out, as I was basically boiling from the inside out. Thank goodness for my university’s AC, or else I would have toasted completely. I could have easily taken of the cardigan, yes, but I wasn’t a fan of how the outfit looked without it. It gave it a more scholarly feel. To play things up though, I put on some funky sunnies that are actually my best friend Maria’s (sorry, Mia. They were in my car). As well, I opted for my favourite backpack that I’ve had since… well, forever ago.

Sonia, again, you’re amazing for taking these for me. I cannot ever thank you enough. Plus, our lunch on the green was a blast.

Items worn:
Sunglasses: Borrowed
Cardigan: Bluenotes
Dress: Ebay
Belt: Forever 21
Button-up: Thrifted/DIY
Shoes: Forever 21
Backpack: Forever 21

Until next time,

Jasmine.

P.S.
Might be doing a shoe unboxing video tomorrow and a vlog from going into the city to do some shopping! Stay tuned!

OOTD: Right on Trend

OOTD: Right on Trend

A day of shopping at BC’s biggest mall called for a spot-on outfit, accessories and all. I decided to follow the ‘it’ trend this season–the classic duo of black and white–from head to toe. To add some dimension to the … Continue reading