Walking Up And Down My Spine

(Mackage jacket via PRIVE / Joe Fresh dress / Vintage belt / UO purse / Jeffrey Campbell shoes)

I was fiiiiiiinally able to wear my Mackage leather jacket out. F-I-N-A-L-L-Y :) It's been hanging inside my closet since June. The temperature that day was only in the mid teens but I insisted on taking this jacket out for a spin. Well, it worked out well in the morning but by the afternoon, I was sweating. That's the thing with leather jackets. In my humble opinion, they're too thick for Fall but too thin for Winter. Sometimes I wish I lived in the west coast so I could wear leather jackets all Fall and Winter long. Anybody living in the west coast has a room to spare for this east coast girl? I'm a neat person AND I'll let you borrow my shoes ;)

Have a great weekend, everyone!   

xx toodles.
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Wild Nights Should Be Our Luxury

(Tommy Hilfiger shirt / ZARA skirt / Forever 21 necklace / ALDO pumps (similar style here))

Oh boy, I think this could be the last set of photos you'll see me without tights. Fall is here and I am finally able to wear my black opaque tights again. WOOP WOOP! I forgot how obsessed I was with this skirt when I first got it. High-waisted? Pleated? Color-block pattern? POCKETS?? All boxes are checked! I (almost) never purchase anything from ZARA at the regular price, but I bit the bullet for this skirt. No regrets. Though I rarely wear this out (or on the blog, for that matter), it's definitely one of my Top 5 skirts :)

xx toodles.
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All Long To Be Forgotten

(Thrifted blouse (very similar style here) / Seven7 jeans / Urban Outfitters purse / Forever 21 necklace / ALDO flats)

It was just a few weeks ago when I complained about the scorching hot weather in Toronto. Since then, the temperature has plummeted into the single digits with cool Fall breeze and early sunsets. My kind of weather :) We took these pictures in a narrow alleyway of the house where Chris lives. I had been wanting to take my outfit pictures here, but Chris was always reluctant to do so because it made him feel claustrophobic. Well, I can tell you that we only spent 5 minutes in 'entrapment'. Snap snap snap! Things I do (and Chris "sacrifices") for my blog :p

xx toodles.
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Addition Elle & Matchstick ~ Styling Event

(All participating bloggers with Addition Elle VP of Marketing, Roslyn Griner)

About a month ago, I joined a group of Toronto and Montreal bloggers to participate in a styling event hosted by Addition Elle and Matchstick. Addition Elle is a one-stop shopping for plus-size shoppers who are looking for affordable yet trendy casual and career pieces. It was such an honor to be a part of this humble yet amazing event. Each blogger had a unique aesthetic and it was very refreshing to see different outfits put together and modeled for AE's Fall Lookbook. Ok, enough babbling from me. Enjoy the photos! :) 


Without You There's No Me

(c/o Proopticals.com "Lynn" frame)

I like to think of eyeglasses as an accessory piece, something that I can add to complete an outfit. Since I don't like wearing contacts, I always look for stylish yet practical specs. Proopticals.com was kind enough to let me choose a pair of eyeglasses from their website and this cat-eye pair was a love at first sight. At $19.95, I say it's a pretty good bang for your buck! ;)


You Say Leave, I Say Goodbye

(H&M blouse, skirt, belt / Marc by Marc Jacobs purse (buy here!) / Dolce Vita pumps (buy here!) / Amrita Singh ring via PRIVE)

Happy Monday, lovely peeps! This skinny belt was a recent "necessary" purchase. The other day, I was looking for a black belt in my closet, but I could only spot one black belt out of a bunch of belts I had. Fashion crisis, lol! :p I mean, I love the versatility of a brown belt, but sometimes, you just need a black belt to complete a certain outfit. So I headed over to my usual H&M store and grabbed this belt for $7. Gotta love H&M for their affordable fashion pick-me ups :)

And without further delay, the winner of my Alainn Bella + BLANKNYC giveaway is... Shea from Bon Chic Bon Gastronomique. Congrats! Thanks to everyone who entered and I hope to have another giveaway soon :)

xx toodles.
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A Black & White Affair

(H&M blazer / Forever 21 top / Uniqlo skirt / Vintage clutch / ALDO pumps)

A black and white combination is the easiest outfit you can put together for a professional environment aka. the office. However, it can also look dead-boring if you: A). Love fashion and B). Have a style blog to update. So I stuck with the color palette but played with different textures and patterns to come up with a more modern version of the classic black-and-white outfit. Well, I cheated a little with the charcoal grey skirt. It looks almost like black though, no? ;)

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. I will announce the winner this weekend or early next week!:)

xx toodles.
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Color Me Bad

I like good deals when it comes to beauty products, so I mostly shop for my make up at the drug stores. The same goes for nail varnishes. I love Essie and OPI, but at $10 a pop, I needed to find a more affordable option. Cue in Rimmel's Lasting Finish PRO nail polishes. I am a HUGE FAN of this line. They have a good range of colors, they last for at least 7 days with very minimal chipping, and they go on smoothly when applied.


Meet The Pillows

Last winter, I would never be able to survive the snowstorm, frost bites, and slippery streets if I didn't have my Cougar boots c/o Matchstick. This year, they were kind enough (again!) to send me a pair of the limited edition "Pillow" boots by Cougar.

(Old Navy shirt (get it here) & cardigan (get it here) / H&M belt / BLANKNYC jeans c/o Alainn Bella / Cougar "Pillow" boots c/o Matchstick)


Swallowed By The Waves

(H&M top & belt / ZARA pants / Forever 21 necklace / Longchamp tote / Sam Edelman pumps)

The easiest way to "mix prints" in an outfit without looking like a train wreck is to keep them as far away from each other as possible. At least that's how I did it in this look: stripes as top, leopard as footwear. But now that I think about it, leopard print might look good layered with stripes. I am going to try that out in my future pairings. Yay for outfit ideas! :)

Have you entered my giveaway yet? TWO DAYS LEFT! :)

xx toodles.
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Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

(American Apparel lawn tee / Urban Outfitters skirt & purse / Forever 21 necklace / ALDO flats)

I just noticed that I've been wearing repetitive outfits lately. A simple top tucked into a skirt, cinched  the waist with some kind of belt and polish everything off with a statement necklace. And flats... for comfort. I don't want to call it my 'signature' look because other bloggers (and stylish people alike) do it 100x better than I do. What I don't understand is how girls can wear boots in the summer. Or over-the-knee socks with heels in a 35°C weather. I can't imagine my feet sweating inside a pair of boots. Umm... hello smelly toes!

Want a free pair of jeans? YES? Enter my giveaway! :)

xx toodles.
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ps. I passed my driving test... with flying colors ;)


BB Dakota & Jack ~ Fall 2011 Collection

Living in a 4-season country 'forces' me to maintain 4 separate sections in my wardrobe. Well... I could have gotten away with 2 sections, but 4 is more fun! :p One of my favorite things about the colder seasons is shopping for outerwear. For some reasons, I always end up buying a new coat or thin jacket every Fall. I recently flipped through BB Dakota's Fall 2011 lookbook and I was floored by their collection of coats and jackets. Some of my favorites are:
Josie Coat in Camel Brown (a Fall must-have!) - $173


Deeper Than The Sea

(Old Navy tee / H&M belt & skirt / ALDO flats / Urban Outfitters purse)

Just a few quick snaps of what I wore last Saturday, a day when the temperature in Toronto reached 35°C and felt like 40°C (104°F). I had never felt stickier in my life. EVER. It was three days into September, yet Fall still seemed to be out of reach. Perhaps in a couple weeks. *fingers crossed*

Thanks to everyone who've entered my GIVEAWAY. Less than a week to go, so hurry up and enter! :)

xx toodles.
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There's No Need To Visualize

How's everybody in North America enjoying the Labor Day weekend? We've been having gloomy skies for the past 3 days and the temperature is either super humid or too cold for September. It's going to be a busy week ahead at work since the week is cut short. I will also have (finally!) my driving test on Thursday, so I need a lot of well wishes from you guys because I tend to get nervous during any exams (including eye exams, ha!) :) 


G-G-G-Giveaway Time!

This is my second time partnering up with Alainn Bella to do an awesome giveaway for my readers :) Up for grabs is a pair of Bubble Butt Cord jeans from BLANKNYC.