So you’ve just got home from a hectic day and got almost no time at all to get ready for evening plans. Or maybe you’ve been lounging at home all day, blinked twice, and only have 15 minutes to get ready! As an accomplished rush-out-the-door girl, I’ve put together a guide that will get you ready with minimal time and effort.
I’ve never been much of an online shopper until just recently. Between work, chores, socializing, and me-time, who has the time to physically go to stores when you’re just a click away? Still, some things I prefer buying in-store, like things that really need to fit. However, I’ll be sharing what I’ve been saving time by buying online lately.
I don’t consider myself to be extremely fashionable. I don’t scour the runways for inspo, keep up with magazines, or stan designers. I don’t meticulously put together outfits every morning. Instead, my fashion motto lately has been “beauty from within” or “try to look effortless.” This week, I’ll be sharing a few easy tricks on how to look and feel put together.
Capsule wardrobes always fascinated me because it doesn’t seem like a lot of clothes, but you can get so many combinations out of them! They’re also great for when you’re limited by dress code. I’ve been wanting to build one for a while….but it’s hard to do without specific guidelines. But now I have two- the dress code at my work is all black or mostly black. PLUS, the building is kept very chilly.
The fashion industry can be a vicious pit of consumerism and lifestyle marketing. But to me, fashion is first and foremost a form of self expression. Somehow, it has become rebellious to be individualistic when the media pushes for conformity. This week, I’m sharing some common traits of fashion rebels.
I keep telling myself to shop more at mid-range stores like Topshop and M Boutique so I’d feel more like an adult. But wherever there is a big sale, I’m a moth to the flame. It’s just part of my bargain hunting DNA! Anyways, for any Toronto ladies reading, I totally recommend checking out the closing sale at this Urban Planet. The entire store is $10 or less! And very select items like some jeans and outerwear are $20.
With cold weather comes the need for layering. And the need for layering comes with the ‘solids or prints’ dilemma. On one hand, wearing all black all the time (and occasionally throwing in some color or print) is one of the fastest ways to look effortlessly stylish. On the other hand life’s too short not to take some fashion risks! Here is my crash course on mixing and matching prints without looking like a clown. Instead of using images from the web, I decided to show some examples using my own wardrobe.
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This seriously goes against everything I’ve written about looking fashionable while cheaping out. I believe my definition of “cheap” is quite skewed. I consider a top cheap if it’s under $15. I consider a pair of jeans cheap if it’s under $30. I don’t own a single pair of shoes I paid over $40 for. Meanwhile, for you, it might be entirely reasonable to spend more. Maybe I never grew out of my frugal-immigrant-living-in-a-rat-infested-basement mentality. (Yes, my family did have a rat problem back in the second basement we lived in). Just yesterday, I had a wake up call that it’s time to change my habits.
I realize that looking fabulous while being frugal is a recurring theme for me. Well, what can you do when the world has infinite pretty things but you don’t have an infinite budget? Ever seen Confession’s of a Shopoholic when Rebecca describes the feeling of falling in love with beautiful things? I don’t know about you, but I love pretty things. In this week’s post, I share three major tricks I’ve learned over the years for having nice things while still spending responsibly.
Just a quick update on my life- I’ve recently gone part time at my job at Trade Secrets so I can find something more corporate. So I’ve been seeing a lot more of my friends and wearing things that would normally be work-dubious. My style has definitely taken a turn for the darker. Here’s my August summer ootd’s for comparison. I’m officially bidding good bye to summer pastels and frills. The following are my top three most frequently worn outfits for the past month. Also known as me asking myself how much I can possibly dress down without looking lazy.