Summer Fashion Inspiration

Summer is officially in full swing, and with warmer weather comes a less strenuous morning routine when figuring out what to wear. The longer days can make it pretty easy to resort to your usual cut-offs and white tank uniform, which can eventually lead you into a fashion rut. Summertime is for fun and for being adventurous, especially with your style! I rounded up some of my favourite fashion bloggers’ recent outfits to draw inspiration from for your next summer date.

Outdoor Event: The sophisticated tank

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Whether it’s an outdoor art fair, street festival, or a barbeque in the park, the summer season brings on an array of fun outdoor events. It can be tricky to find the right balance between casual and dressy when figuring out what to wear. Look no further and take a cue from Aimee Song. I love the element of romance and billowiness in Aimee’s tank The light blue colour is perfect for summer, but is also great for a night out. Maybe a movie under the stars? Late night bonfire with friends? Paired with a casual striped skirt, it’s a great outfit that mixes casual and classy all at once.

Wedding: Bright pops of colour


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Emily Schuman is hands down one of my all-time favourite style bloggers, and this dress is no exception to the never-ending list of clothes I want from her closet. We all know that at a wedding, the bride is always going to outshine you, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear something boring! This fitted, bright canary-yellow dress is the perfect homage to summer and paired with a coral lip, you’ll be sure to snag best-dressed of the night.

Vacation: Patterns galore


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When you’re on vacation, it’s a time to relax and explore. But that doesn’t mean you should be wearing the same old outfits from home! I love how Ashley Madekwe mixes this lacy top with a fun patterned mini. It’s casual enough for walking along the beach, but nice enough that you feel energized and stylish at the same time.

 

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Prom Inspiration 2014: Dresses (Celebrity Edition)

Prom season is upon us and I could not be more excited. For those of you who have tucked your prom memories into your high school yearbook and left it there, this will be a great dose of nostalgia.

With each generation comes a new wave of updates to classic prom staples. Gone are the days of stiff ball room gowns and skin-tight minis. A prom dress can be anything you want it to be, whether it’s a sexy dark gown with a thigh-high slit, or a ladylike frock full of lace and sparkles.

Finding the perfect prom dress is a timely (and costly!) endeavour and one that should not be rushed. Your first step? Inspiration. Who better to look to for the 101 on fabulous gowns than the A-listers who wear them all the time? Celebrities practically breathe designer dresses and have perfected the poses that show them off the best. Here are some of my favourite celebrity and runway inspired prom dresses with some less costly alternatives:

1. Feminine Pastels

Images Courtesy of: vogue.co.uk and Le Chateau
Images Courtesy of: vogue.co.uk and Le Chateau

How  gorgeous is this satin pink Prabal Gurung dress? Pastels are always a huge trend for spring (*cue Meryl Streep*) and I love how this dress is beautiful without being too girly. The alternative to the right from Le Chateau is a gorgeous petal pink that is not too stuffy but formal enough to make you feel like a princess.

2. Sporty with a Twist

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Images Courtesy of: tswiftdaily.tumblr.com and renttherunway.com

Taylor looks amazing and toned in this J. Mendel gown. Slits are great for girls with longer legs, but make sure you’re pairing it with a demure top, or else it can look over the top for prom. Crop tops are great way to add a sense of sensuality and show off your toned arms, but once again, make sure it’s made up of a strong material and doesn’t look like you’ve cut out one of your t-shirts. My alternative to the right is a BCBG Max Azria gown from Rent the Runway and it’s a perfect blend of sleek cutouts and slits to make you look and feel like your best.

3. Short and Sleek

Images Courtesy of: Getty Images and asos.com
Images Courtesy of: Getty Images and asos.com

I know that dressing up does not quite excite others the same way it does for me, but never fear! There are great ways to spice up a shorter dress. Make sure to look for unique details that will help you stand out and not blend into the cluster of indistinguishable cocktail dresses. For example, the white sash on Selena’s Erin Featherston mini adds individuality to an otherwise boring outfit. This ASOS alternative is such a cool blend of lace and pastels, that gives it a modern and refreshing look. All the unique details will really have heads turning!

Road to the Classics: Part 1

20120622_4645As I’m nearing the end of my high school career, I have been updating various departments in my life. One of those departments is my reading pile. Gone are the days of vampires and dystopian futures, I’m now feeding my literary appetite through the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf. In order to become the best writer I can be, I need to study the classics and discover what it is that made them so worthy a read. So far, it’s been an eye-opening experience and has reminded me of how vast and unique literature is. I definitely recommend taking some time to re-read some of your favourite classic books, it gives you a whole new perspective!

I’m currently devouring J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in The Rye and I have to say, I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. Its mix of 40s slang and culture is so refreshing but most interestingly, I find Holden’s character really relatable. That is truly a feat, because I usually don’t resonate that well with male protagonists. Salinger did such a good job of mixing teen angst, loneliness and passion into something real, not cliché. It’s remarkable that even today, decades later, teenagers like me can still relate to Holden. In an age where everyone is too busy updating their various social networking accounts to think too hard about anything, it’s really refreshing to take a break and glimpse into a simpler time. I’m almost half way through, and will definitely post up a review as soon as I finish!

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How to Book Shop Effectively

Books, books, books. We love them, we hate them, and sometimes a little bit of both. They let us escape for a while, to new places ans sights, and lets us become someone more dazzling, secretive and adventurous.

But is it just me, or is book buying sometimes treacherous? Whether it’s finding the right book, finding too many great books, or not finding anything at all? Well, fear no more! I’ve broken down book shopping and curated the best tips, just for you.

1. Make a List

Always do your research, and this goes for all shopping endeavours. Write down exactly what you want, and what you’re willing to afford. Whenever you see a cool book in a magazine or article, write it down for future reference. Also, check out their reviews! What might look like a great read, may actually be a dud.

2. Be Strong

Do not fall for glitzy displays and glossy pages! Most times we will deviate from what we really want and buy something else, which may appear to be something you might like, but ends up being eventually tossed aside and forgotten. That’s not to say you shouldn’t treat yourself; you utmost should. But if your treat isn’t something you need, then it will just take up more space in your beloved bookshelf.

3. Think Longevity

Try to aim for books that you can use for a good couple of years, for whatever age. For example, if you love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, you should definitely get yourself a copy! It will be your own, one that will always be ready for looking back at your favourite scenes or quotes, and you can show it to friends or future offspring/grandchildren. Make sure your purchase isn’t just based on a current interest, that you might not care for later on.

4. Why?

It’s an odd question, but it works. Sometimes when buying books, especially non-fiction ones, you’ll want to really narrow it down to what you will use it for. Why do you want/need this book? You can use books for reference, creativity, knowledge, and pleasure, just to name a few. Before buying that book, be confident that you’ll make time to use it effectively.

Now off you go, my fellow book lovers!

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How to Actually Keep Your New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! Sorry I’ve haven’t been on for awhile, things got a bit busy and I wasn’t able to update as frequently. Nevertheless, I’m here now!

A new year undoubtedly comes with a new set of goals you have for yourself: a healthier body, higher grades, and other areas of your life you want to improve. These all seem like wonderful and exciting things to venture on, but after the first week or so, you slowly revert back to your old self. We’ve all been through it, and it’s okay, we’re not robots. Although, it’s not impossible either to make your resolutions a concrete presence in your life.

Hence, I’ve concocted some tips and tricks on how to hopefully help you keep your resolutions:

1) Smaller

Keep your resolutions small! We all get swept away by the swift change of our calendars and feel the need to change our life instantly. But in reality, we learn pretty quickly it’s not as easy as it seemed in our head. First, start off with smaller things. For example, if you want a healthier body, try breaking every step into smaller pieces. Instead of starting out by doing hard core workouts at the gym, try doing simple yoga stretches in the morning. Instead of your morning coffee, try drinking some green tea, or at least drinking it a few times a week. Green tea has countless antioxidants and nutrients for your body. By breaking down your big resolutions into smaller ones, it’s a lot easier to accomplish and you can keep working your way up.

2) Fun

Make some fun resolutions as well! We all concentrate on serious, life-altering goals for ourselves, but who said resolutions should be limited to that? Add to your list some of the things you want more in your life, instead of focusing on the things you want to cut out. For example, some of mine are to spend more time with friends, read more books, and to try to just live my life and let whatever happens, happen. You could add other fun things too, such as to do more travelling, learning a new skill, or just treating yourself more often (I do this with sugary treats!)

3) Don’t Worry About It

Much of the reason why people can’t follow through on resolutions is because it doesn’t work out the way they want it to and they get frustrated and give up. You have to realize that it takes time to love yourself and change. Sometimes things don’t work out, and THAT’S OKAY. It’s totally okay to be angry and confused. The trick is to not let it stop you. Adjust yourself accordingly to a pace you’re comfortable with, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. You have the whole year after all!

All in all, just enjoy the ride. Whether you made resolutions or not, remember that you don’t need a new year to be a new you. You can change whenever you like, and how often as you’d like. That’s what life is all about.