HAPPY SPRING Y’ALL!! Hope March is treating you well. In case you’re wondering I’m having a GREAT month, cause #MoreLife obviously. Not to mention the weather is warming up and we all know how I feel about winter *rolls eyes*.
Anywayssss getting to the fashion, this is probably my favourite outfit that I’ve ever worn…. I first saw this bodysuit at Zara and it led me on a mission to find a pair of navy pants, which I found from ASOS. And I thought my pink Louboutins were the perfect shade to add a little contrast. Links to all pieces below! Let me know what you think! xxx
I’ve come to the conclusion that March is the worst month of the year. It use to be November, but he was demoted (I say he because it’s so disappointing it must be a man LOL). At this point it’s been cold for so long I’m ready to lie in a tanning bed until the mother nature decides to start playing nice.
On a more positive note…. I’m here to give y’all some tips on shopping vintage designer bags. In order for a bag to be classified as “vintage”, it is usually one of two things; the age of the bag is 10 years +, or no longer in production. Here’s a small list of things you should check before investing in a vintage bag..
- AUTHENTICITY – Every brand new designer leather good you purchase will always come with a authenticity card. I recommend always keeping the card, in case you ever want to re-sell you’ll have proof that it is genuine. Unfortunately not everyone does this, so most times buying vintage you’ll have to trust your gut. Do your research. Examine seams, stitching and lining.
- CONDITION – There’s a reason designer bags are so expensive, the quality is made to last a lifetime. Obviously over time, it’s natural for a little wear and tear on the edges of a bag. But never consider anything that has any rips or cracks in the leather. A major key to this is seeing and feeling it in person. Don’t buy anything online before doing this!!!!
- PRICE – Don’t break the bank buying a vintage piece. Whether you are buying from a consignment store or from the owner, you can always bargain for a better price! If they are charging you more than 50-70% of the original price, skip it, you can find a better deal! The good thing about buying vintage is that you know the piece has retained its value, and is more like an investment because you can always re-sell it. The brands labelled as the best investments are Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.
I’ll give you the quick version of how I found this bag. We were shopping in SoHo (NYC) and walked into this consignment store. There wasn’t too much selection, mostly LV and Chanel. First I spotted the most beautiful Chanel boy bag in pink velvet (I know!!!!!!!!), I probably would’ve gotten that but it didn’t even fit my phone… 😦 then I saw the LV backpack, and I was actually wanting a cute mini backpack. Tried it on, loved it, bought it. The owner told me the bag is from 1999, and is actually much better quality than the LV made today. I negotiated with him on the price a little bit and ended up getting it for half of what the original retail price was. Let me know if you’re interested in the name of the store! Hope this was helpful xo
If I was mayor of New York, I’d make every airport play Welcome to New York by Taylor Swift in the arrival terminals, cause it just seems like the right thing to do. Don’t @ me
In case you didn’t know I work for a designer boutique and so we went to NY to visit showrooms and see all the A/W17 collections. (You can checkout our online store here). It didn’t really feel like working because obviously I love fashion and getting a sneak peak of all the collections was such a cool experience. Some of my favourite brands we got to see are Cinq A Sept, DVF, Alice and Olivia. I was mentally planning my fall wardrobe the whole time hah.
Two things I noticed about the city right away, it’s reallyyy cold. I know I’m Canadian and I’m supposed to be use to it or whatever but winter is just THEEEE worst. Second, the shopping is insanely good. I took the phrase “treat yoself” a little too seriously, but it’s okay just won’t check my credit card bill and hope it goes away. It didn’t help that we found a vintage designer store in SOHO, obviously being the impulsive shopper that I am, I bought the cutest LV backpack made in ’99. Which – fun fact – the owner was telling me is actually much better quality compared to LV made today.
Another thing I noticed after a few meals in, WOW THE FOOD IS GOOD!!! And when I say good I mean I can never eat again cause what’s the point. It made me sad because I realized I’ve been eating average food my whole life. There’s this cafe called Pret A Manger, and they have the most delicious sandwiches and snacks. I had it everyday when I was in London so I was just dying to have it again. THEN there was the miracle that is known as Shake Shack!! My favourite food in the world is burgers, I could tell you why but this post would take days to read. I’m literally thinking of starting a petition to bring it to Toronto because it’s really not fair. If you’re ever in NYC, you should check out a restaurant called Beauty in Essex.. the entrance is a some janky pawn shop and then you open a back door and it’s like this super lit bougie restuarant. Seriously I was mind blown, they were even serving champagne in the washroom… like pls remind me why I live in Canada again??? Oh ya, no donald trump :))))
On a more fashion related note, we visited the DVF showroom (where Whitney and Olivia interned on The City, – pretty cool I know) and saw Jonathan Saunders’ first fall collection as creative director, which was very refreshing and brought a more youthful essence to the brand. Though there are still plenty of her signature styles, his take on them will definitely attract more of us “millennials”. I’m still dreaming of a set of bright faux fur jackets that I saw.
Cinq a Sept, which is one of my favourite brands, was actually – and I hate to say it – a little disappointing. It is known as a contemporary brand but I felt like it had too much of a runway look to it for the average person to wear. One thing I did notice was a lot of layering going on, which I do like because I find it elevates any outfit.
The brand I was most surprised by was Alice and Olivia, though I love her designs it’s not usually my style. I found myself wanting so many of the pieces!!! Probably because a lot of it was velvet and embroidery, two of the best trends this year and they don’t plan on dying anytime soon. Not to mention the showroom was to die for.
I realize I wrote an essay and if you actually made it this far, I thank you for caring enough to read it LOL. I posted some pictures of the spots I mentioned above. Let me know your fave spots in NY! xo
Alice and Olivia Showroom
NYC Public Library
Just the best macaroons in the world
If you go through the SS17 collections you’ll probably notice there’s a lot of pink happening. I’m not complaining cause I’m obsessed it, but if you’re not a person who wears colour then you might wanna start LOL. We saw pink in every shade, so if you want to be more subtle then you can try mauve or if you’re going for a bolder look, try magenta. It is no doubt THE colour of this spring season, so thought I’d pick a few of my favourite pink pieces to inspire you guys on how to rock it. Click on the links to check them out online!
AG Jeans (get 10% off your first order)
Calvin Klein Sweater (btw I love na-kd.com, they ship internationally and don’t charge customs or duties!)
Satin Slip Dress ( my faveeeee)
Wildfox Graphic tee (I have this one because relevant.)
Christian Louboutin Shoes (My new babiessss I’m scared to wear them cause they’re so pretty)
Gucci Wallet (on my wish list)
Well well well… if it isn’t Valentine’s day again. If you’re feeling lonely today just remember you can eat your feelings with half price chocolate tomorrow :)))) glass half full people!
Anyways onto less depressing topics, recently I was doing some shopping at Topshop and a pair of jeans really caught my attention. Refer to the pictures below and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I couldn’t decide if they were nice or really extra.. until I realized they were both LOL. When I was trying them on, the girl who worked there told me only 50 pairs of this jean were made in the whole world. That was when I knew I had to have them even if I did look like Kanye West at the 2016 Met Gala. I kept the rest of outfit neutral and simple since the jeans are the focus. They have a few left online if you like them.
Happy Valentine’s Day! xo
If you go through my outfit pictures, you might notice I don’t usually wear all black. There’s no particular reason, I just feel like all black can look a little lazy. With that being said, sometimes I like to feel badass and pull off an all black look.
Here, I’m wearing what is technically a dress from Free People. The top half is this pretty sheer lace, and I wore just a black bra underneath (which does show, so you can try a black tank for a more conservative look). The dress is available here – also comes in a gorgeous blue colour, which unfortunately I am now seeing for the first time -_-
Thigh boots are the Lowland in black suede by Stuart Weitzman available here.