Snippets from New Delhi

It’s been over a week since I’ve been drenched in 30°C (86°F) weather in India! While I’m here for work and time isn’t quite my own, it has been awesome to find small pockets of free time to play tourist in New Delhi. One of the top things on my bucket list was a visit to the Taj Mahal. While the picture below isn’t of the grand marble wonder itself, I think it summarizes my experience.

Beautiful grand structure that we all dwarf in comparison to.

That feeling encompassed in the statement above is exactly how my time in India has felt so far. Getting to see a small sliver of people’s lives in a totally different country with different cultural priorities makes me extremely introspective and reflective. Things are very, very different here. Day-to-day life feels so foreign from what I’m used to in North America. It’s not every day that I get to share the roads with a herd of cows, or witness life under a metal-sheet-covered-concrete-box home, or haggle for fruits on road-side carts, etc. I’m humbled and looking forward to spending a few days decompressing once I get home to really hunker down and reflect on the whole experience.

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outfit details:
ruffle sleeve top: ASOS via thrifting (similar)
paisley cropped pants: c/o J.Jill (exact)
sandals: Crocs (exact)
crescent necklace: Fresh Tangerine (similar)

With the weather here is not exactly the friendliest during this monsoon season, I’ve had to get creative with my outfits. I brought a lot of flowy, breathable pieces. This top was thrifted just days before leaving for India, and these printed paisley pants from J.Jill’s July collection were too cute to pass up on. Also, could you tell these sandals are Crocs? Didn’t think so. ;)

Summer stripes

This season’s outfits are nothing short of basics being worn over and over and over again. It took a lot to muster up the courage to take outfit photos (this was the first set taken since May!) because I’ve been feeling like my style is quite plain and uninspiring in the Summer. I’m a lady who loves layering and layering is not exactly a friendly practice in the warm Summer sun.

I purchased this top from the Moorea Seal store in June and have been wearing it weekly ever since. It’s super comfortable and I love the longer length. It’s great to wear tucked into the waistband or to be knotted in the front (like styled in this summer stripes outfit post).

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outfit details:
striped top: Moorea Seal (exact)
destroyed boyfriend jeans: Topshop (similar, also styled here)
block mules: c/o J.Jill (exact, also worn here)
gold stacking rings: Fresh Tangerine (exact classic, exact twisted)

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Hope you’re outside enjoying the sunny rays!

Style codes you could live by for any occasion

How often have you spent hours scouring the wardrobe just to find the perfect dress to wear? Or perhaps trying to mix n’ match various accessories?

At times being fashionable can be challenging with many of us still facing the struggle of choosing or creating our OOTD. For this reason, we’ve compiled a set of style codes which can work for any occasion.

Remember the primary colors and their families

Even one color faux pas can ruin the whole outfit. It’s easy enough when talking about shades as the basic thing to remember is contrast – light vs. dark. But if all the other colors come in, that’s when everything becomes tricky.

To make things easier, think back to when you were in kindergarten studying primary colors: red, yellow and blue as well as the whole color wheel. Every time you’re choosing multiple colors to wear, envisage the color wheel or have a photo of it saved as a good reference point.

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(image: Wikimedia)

Here are some guidelines you can follow:

1. Color pairs at opposing ends of the wheel that compliment each other.
2. Colors that are side-by-side can work, but only with the right contrast (lightness or darkness).
3. You can use various shades of the same color for a layered effect.
4. Never use too many colors. The ideal combination would include no more than three different hues.

It’s important to note, however, that your complexion also plays a role in this process. For instance, Style Doctors explained in a previous post ‘How to Wear Pink’ that different shades of pink have their own respective matches of skin color. Do a quick test by taking the dress and pairing its color to your skin.

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Clothing budget recap: June 2017

It wasn’t intentional to have back-to-back clothing budget recap posts, but here we are! Turns out that June was a much more productive (and less event-driven) month of filling holes in my closet. After doing a bit of recon on my Summer wardrobe earlier this month, it turns out that I’ve outgrown majority of the shorts and tops from previous Summer seasons. This month was spent trying to prep the closet for the warmer days to come.

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Purchased new
1. Moorea Seal Kyla Top – $42 (exact)
This top has been flying off the shelves of the Moorea Seal store since it first came out! There was recently a restocking of this super cute button down shirt and I am so excited to finally add it to the closet. All sizes were just restocked, so if you’re looking for the perfect Summer button down, now’s your chance (and we can be twinsies!)!

2. Adidas Originals Grey Superstars – $25 (exact (but sold out), similar (but not on sale))
I really didn’t need these shoes, but with such an incredible sale, I couldn’t say no! ASOS was having a crazy sale on all their casual wear earlier in June, which put all of the Adidas Originals shoes on sale. I somehow managed to snag this pair for $25 (regular $100) and am so excited for them!! This specific colour combo has since sold out, but there are other pairs on sale right now!

3. Crocs – Lina Dorsay Flat Sandals – $27 (exact)
Almost positive I once said, “I’ll never own a pair of Crocs!” and here we are. Who knew Crocs made such cute styles of sandals? These wedged sandals are really cute and super comfy. The only downside is that they’re only made in full sizes. As someone who is in between a size 8.5 and 9, the reviews recommended going half a size up, so I went with a 9. They’re a tad bit loose, but not unbearably awkward.

Thrifted
June was such a fun month for thrifting! I had a lot of really incredible finds, especially after coming up with nothing in May. Here is my June haul:

1. Philip Lim for Target green button down – $2.50
I had actually purchased this button down a few years ago while the collaboration line was available in stores. I ended up returning it in favour of the floral printed version of the button down instead. At $2.50, I couldn’t say no and am really glad I added this back to my closet years later. The colour is so vibrant and super out of my comfort zone, but the design and cut make it such a fun and interesting piece to wear.

2. L.L. Bean Vintage Cable Cardigan – $8 (exact)
This sweater is currently on sale on the L.L.Bean website for 50% off ($50 after sale) and I am so glad I snagged it from the thrift racks for even less than that. As a huge fan of the quality of clothing from L.L.Bean, this cardigan was a no-brainer. Thrifting for off-season items is one of my favourite things to do because you can find the best gems!

3. Merona chambray shorts – $2.50 (exact)
As it turns out, one of the Goodwill stores that I like to frequent is the hub for Target overstock. There were so many pairs of new with tags shorts that made picking one pair difficult, but I’m glad that I ended up picking a pair up! The chambray material is definitely way out of my usual comfort zone, but they’re so soft and were a steal. I was pleasantly surprised to see them still for sale online (only $12!) considering that there were at least a dozen or so pairs already on the racks at the thrift store. The pair I linked are the 9″ length ones, which are the ones I purchased… I accidentally used a photo of the 3″ pair for this post (which are also on sale for $12 right now).

Total for June: $107

Although I stayed under budget for June, looking back at the purchases, I think I should’ve come in even lower. I really didn’t need those Adidas Superstars, but they’re cute and will get worn this season!

Clothing budget recap: May 2017

The month of May totally snuck up on me and seemed to have flown by just as quickly! This month was the first month I spent my full clothing budget ($200). It was really surprising because I didn’t expect to buy anything, but as luck would have it, I ended up splurging on some new pieces.

Having to attend a wedding earlier in May, I realized that my go-to shoes for weddings got trashed after the last wedding they were worn to. I had a great pair of wedges from Shoe Dazzle that attended all of last year’s weddings and barely survived the last one. Having to replace these wedges was a bit of a pain, but I found a great pair on sale at Nordstrom.

Here’s my clothing budget recap for May:

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Purchased new
1. ASOS embellished cold shoulder dress – $120 (exact)
This dress was too pretty to pass up on. I actually bought one of each of the ASOS embellished floral dresses (maxi, pencil, and cold shoulder versions) and ended up returning all except for the cold shoulder version. I had a really strong vision for the outfit I wanted to wear to our engagement photo shoot, but it went in an entirely different direction after I saw this line of dresses on ASOS. One thing to note if anyone’s going to pick one of these dresses up, the sizing is a big snug. I ended up having to size up because the underbust was really fitted.

2. 1.STATE Kayley sandal – $80 (exact on sale)
Thank you to everyone on Instagram who helped to pick these out! After realizing that my go-to shoes for weddings were kaput, I had to scramble to replace them– literally purchased this 1.STATE pair on my way to the airport! Since I didn’t have time to break them in before the wedding we attended, I asked the wonderful Nordstrom shoe staff to help find a pair that would be comfortable enough to stand in for 6+ hours. Although these are much more embellished than I usually like to go with shoes, they were super cute and surprisingly comfortable! This was the first time I didn’t take my shoes off after hours of being on the dance floor already ;)

Thrifted
Nada! Turns out when you’re in and out of the city every weekend for a month, there is no time to go thrifting. Aside from the dress and these new heels, I really didn’t have any closet holes to fill in the month of May.

Coming up in June, I’m hoping to amp up my Summer tops collection. I’ve always struggled with dressing for the Summer because of the fact that I love to wear layered outfits and the warmer weather doesn’t work quite well with that approach. As of right now, I have 3 t-shirts that I absolutely love and 2 crop tops, which was not exactly work appropriate.

Check out how I’ve fared in previous months of sticking to my clothing budget here!

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