I’m a lion, hear me roar

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At first glance upon these photos, you may have asked yourself, “Is that a lion or is that Taylor pretending to be a lion?” Well folks, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I’m not a lion.

As the weather is slowly warming up, I thought this might be my last chance to wear this fur snood this season. I really wish I had picked this up earlier because it would have saved me on those cold snowy days in December. I could have just buried my head in it and forgot all about the bitterness around me. However the only reason I bought this scarf so late is because it went on super sale at Aritzia! I wasn’t going to pay $65 for this scarf. $20 is way more reasonable wouldn’t ya say? I’m a broke college student, it’s a hard life.

I tried to tone down the rest of my outfit, as a giant fur scarf is kind of overwhelming. I wore an all-black ensemble with burgundy boots for a hint of colour and threw a camel-coloured coat over my shoulders because I’m chic like that. Yeah, I will never understand the whole ‘wearing a coat draped over your shoulders’ thing, but I think it looked cute with this outfit so whatever.

Coat- ℅Asos // Top- ℅Romwe // Jeans- ℅Aeropostale // Shoes- Aldo // Scarf- Aritzia // Bag- Similar here //

*ftc disclaimer: I was sent items marked with ‘℅’ for free but all opinions are my own

A More Stylish 20 Year Old

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This was my first outfit as a twenty year old. Don’t I look like a real adult about to take on the world? Why yes. Yes I do.

I guess I should start this post off by stating that I have some of the world’s best friends. They all teamed up together to get my this gorgeous Marc Jacobs scarf for my twentieth birthday. (Whoa, I still can’t believe I’m twenty. This is crazy.) I didn’t know I could a love a scarf this much. It’s absolutely perfect in each and every way. I don’t think I’ll ever take it off. We should probably rename this blog “When I’m Marc” because I’m not getting older and changing anymore. I will just consistently and constantly be Marc.

Your eyes might have drifted from my scarf to the gorgeous purse hanging from my arm. This was a birthday present from my favorite gal, Emily.  There is quite the story behind this purse. So, this bag is from Shoppers Drug Mart where both me and Emily work. I have been eyeing this bag for as long as I can remember. I never had the will to splurge on it however. And then, the day before my birthday, I sold the last one to a customer and I cried. I thought I would never see that bag again. But suddenly my birthday came around the corner and alas, guess what Emily had in her hands. This purse.

So friends, thank you for the wonderful and thoughtful presents. You know me way too well. But also, thank you for being the best friends a girl could ask for. You made my birthday so special and I am so lucky to call this year the best birthday yet. It was such a wonderful birthday weekend filled with laughter, tears, surprises and me almost dying. (I may or may not have ate a silica gel packet, it’s a long story.)

JacketForever 21 // Leggings– Zara // BootsZara // ScarfMarc Jacobs//Purse– Sergio Feretti // Sunglasses– ℅Marc Jacobs //

Oakley and Tay

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Hello friends! I hope you’re all doing wonderfully on this fine Friday morning. It’s been a long week for me, filled with two (yes two!) concerts and a midterm. But alas, now it’s Friday and I am set free for the weekend! Can we get a hip hip hooray?

I’ve been in a bit of an outfit slump lately. Or maybe it should be more accurately called a life slump. My hair is way too long, my skin is hating me and my clothes just seem so drab and unexciting. I think I always fall into this attitude around this time every year. I blame it on Edmonton’s six month winters. By the end of them, I’m just so sick of winter and the snow and I’m ready to start pulling out my crop tops and shorts.

However, since summer is still far away, I was forced to pick out a cold weather-approved outfit. This one consisted of a knit turtleneck sweater from the Bay. I have this weird obsession with tops that have zippers on the side. I’m not sure why, they have absolutely no function, but yet, they’re so intriguing! Underneath I layered a chambray shirt that I thought I had no use for anymore. I’m so glad I didn’t throw it away!

I got a new pair of boots. When am I going to stop buying booties? Can’t stop, won’t stop. I thought these ones were so cute! And to make things slightly better, I had a 40% off coupon on one full priced item at Forever 21 so these boots were quite cheap. So you guys should probably sign up for Forever 21 emails to get discounts like these! Let’s all be bargain hunters together hurrah!

SweaterThe Bay // Chambray Shirt– ℅Goddiva // Jeans– ℅Aeropostale //BootsForever 21 // PurseMarc Jacobs // WatchFossil // Bracelet– Simons // Ring– ℅Presh //

 

Falling into Fall with Zara

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When my mom took a look at my outfit today, she commented that I’ve been changing up my style lately. And it’s true. My style has evolved quite a bit over the years. I used to wear so much lace and pink and ruffles and super girly pieces. While I’m still girly, I’ve definitely been trying to add a bit more sophistication and edge into my outfits. One of these days, I’ll show you guys the outfits I used to wear in junior high… let’s just say I’m very thankful this blog wasn’t around back then.

Zara has the perfect fall clothing lately. I’m obsessed. I recently got this navy striped button down. It’s such a perfect, classic shirt. I also got a pair of black denim from Zara. I have been looking for the perfect black jeans for quite a while and I just wasn’t having any luck. I really like this pair though, they are cuffed at the bottom to show the teal underside. Plus, they fit me super nicely. I find that Zara jeans just understand my body. Overtop, I’m wearing the Liam vest from Noul, I know, I wear this way too often but it’s my favorite.

I’ve also been noticing that there has been an absence of color lately in my outfits. One day I’ll be a walking rainbow and the next day, I’ll be dressed all in black. I’m nineteen, I’m not going to stick to a style just yet. To add some color, I’m wearing this satchel from Stella Rittwagen. I like the navy with the hot pink. For shoes, I’m wearing these booties from Spring. I’m still so glad I found the perfect pair of black boots. They really are perfect. And they’re surprisingly comfy! I did a good job finding these ones. Cue the applause.

Shirt- Zara // Vest- Noul // Jeans- Zara // Boots- Call It Spring // Bag- ℅Stella Rittwagen // Watch- Marc Jacobs // Bracelet- Pandora // Lips- ℅Maybelline Super Stay #120

 

Confessions of a Shopaholic

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I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been going crazy about shopping lately. It seems like everyday after a long day of classes, all I want to do is go shopping. So that’s exactly what I do. The result? An empty wallet but a ton of cute clothes for Fall.

I feel like this is such a great outfit for school. It’s comfy but still a little bit chic. These grey acid wash jeggings from Zara are the comfiest pair of pants you will ever touch. I paired them with this oversized checkered (does this pattern qualify as checkered?) shirt from H&M. It’s been getting chillier now so I wore my new jacket with this outfit. I have been looking for a jacket with leather sleeves for quite some time now. I have this weird obsession for anything with leather detailing. I found this coat on sale at a local boutique in Edmonton called Bamboo Ballroom and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.

My boots are from Target, believe it or not. I think I got them on clearance last year for $10. I thought I wouldn’t wear them much but they’re turning out to be the perfect pair of booties. I also included my backpack in this post. Most of the outfits I feature on my blog are the ones I wear to school but I usually don’t show you my backpack. It’s from Matt and Nat and I love it to death. The only bad thing is that after a year of me lugging it around campus is it’s starting to break down and I’m crying. I’m now on the hunt for an even cuter backpack. Will I find one?

Shirt- H&M // Jeans- Zara // Jacket- Jack by BB Dakota (all black version) viaThe Bamboo Ballroom // Backpack- Matt and Nat // Boots- Target // Watch- Marc Jacobs // Bracelet- Pandora

Oakley is Watching You

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My friend, Taraneh, and I went shopping the other day. We were supposed to be studying, but we’ll just ignore that tidbit of information. Anyways, she picked up this skirt at Zara and when we went to try it on, I fell in love with it. However, there was only one left. So, we did what any girls would do. We fought to the death for it. Three black eyes and seven broken limbs later, Tars won. She got to buy the skirt. But at the last possible moment in the checkout line, she had a sudden moment of generosity and decided I could have the skirt. It’s a hella cute skirt, the fight was well worth it.

I paired the skirt with all black pieces. I’ve been turning more and more to black in these recent months. There’s just something so simple and timeless about all-black outfits. I tucked in a black button down blouse and layered a blazer over it. With opaque black tights and my new favorite black booties, my outfit was complete.

However, knowing me, I do need a little bit of color in my life so for my purse today, I wore this bright colorblocked satchel. It added just the right amount of happiness and life into my outfit. It made me a happy gal. For jewelry, I decided to wear a statement necklace that complimented the skirt quite nicely. Is it just me or are statement necklaces going out of style? I feel like they used to be the hottest thing but lately everyone is reverting to the daintier, simpler styles. Not that I’m complaining, simplicity is always best in my eyes.

BlazerForever 21 // Shirt– ℅Elizabeth and Clarke // SkirtZara // Tights– Bloch // BootsTown Shoes // Purse– ℅Stella Rittwagen // WatchMarc Jacobs // BraceletPandora // Necklace– ℅Our World Boutique // NailsL’oreal // LipsMaybelline // Sunglasses– ℅Marc Jacobs

No White After Labour Day

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It finally snowed here in Edmonton. I’m hoping the snow will melt away in a day but I have a feeling it’s here to stay. (Hey, that rhymed!) Usually, we have snow by the middle of October so I guess I should be thankful that it waited this long to show it’s presence.

To show the snow how much I love it, I wore my white jeans. And yes, I know you’re not supposed to wear white after labour day. My mom gave me a lecture about it. But I picked up these jeans at the Noul Warehouse sale and I really couldn’t wait until the next summer to wear them. I tried to make them as winter-y as I could!

I paired them with a striped turtleneck from Zara. I order this turtleneck online and I honestly didn’t have high hopes for it. I just wanted it for a basic layering piece. But, it has quickly became one of my favorite tops. It’s so lightweight, yet cozy. It is made out of the softest material ever. Overtop, I wore a grey peacoat. Fun fact about this coat: I picked it up at Old Navy a few years back on crazy clearance. I rediscovered it this year and realized what a great coat it is! It has been one of my favorite coats to wear this year.

For shoes, I’m wearing my oxblood booties from Call It Spring and for jewelry, I’m layering a bunch of rings today. I’m slowly getting back into rings after picking up this really cool moonstone ring from Urban Outfitters.

So, I hope you like my outfit and yes, I realize this is the last day I’ll be able to wear these jeans. My legs were not pleased with my irrational thinking. But all in the name of fashion, right?

TurtleneckZara // JeansNoul // CoatOld Navy // BootsCall It Spring //EarringsForever 21 // RingsUrban Outfitters, Noul, Oak and Fort // LipsGuerlain

Like Dog like Owner

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Anyone who knows me knows that my life revolves around my dog, Oakley. He is the love of my life and I want to be just like him. When I saw this coat at Topshop, I fell in love with it. Some people may think it resembles a sheep, but I like to call it my Oakley coat. We look like twins, wouldn’t you say? My goal in life is to resemble Oakley and I think I am getting closer and closer to achieving that.

For pants today, I am wearing my new leather pants from Zara. I have been wanting leather pants for the longest time, but I didn’t want the traditional black liquid leggings. I have had my eye on these ones for the longest time but they were a tiny bit pricey, however when Zara’s semi-annual sale hit stores, I finally found it in my budget to buy these pants. They are a dark grey color with gunmetal zippers on the pockets and cool ruched detailing on the knees. I’m pretty badass.

The rest of my outfit was kept simple. I think sherpa with leather is pretty loud so I was forced to keep everything else on the down-low. My turtleneck is a striped one from Zara. These are sold out online but if you find them in store, you HAVE to pick one (or ten) up. They are the softest, comfiest, most versatile basic you will ever need. My boots are simple black ankle ones from Spring and I’m wearing my new gunmetal accessories from Marc Jacobs and Oak and Fort.

I think I need to find cream sherpa pants to match this coat and then I’ll dress up as Oakley for Halloween. Is that the best idea ever? Yes. Yes it is indeed.

P.s if you’re feeling the absence of Oakley in your life, I have made the decision to design Oakley a blog of his own. You can follow his stories athttp://whenhesolder.tumblr.com/. Does this make me a crazy dog lady?

TurtleneckZara // CardiTopshop // Leather Moto PantsZara // BootsSpring // WatchMarc Jacobs // BraceletPandora // RingOak and Fort

Too Cool For School

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Back-to-school time always has a tendency to bring out my preppier side and while this outfit isn’t exactly termed preppy, I definitely feel more put together than when I am wearing my summer uniform consisting of shorts and tees.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have been loving this vest. I’m so glad i bought it because I have been wearing it nonstop lately. Today, I paired it with this seersucker blouse from The Fraternity Collection. The Fraternity Collection is a company dedicated to southern, preppy style and I love combining that style with my more Canadian style. I love how the edginess of my vest compliments the classiness of my shirt.

For bottoms, I’m wearing my boyfriend jeans from American Eagle. Currently, my legs are covered in mosquito bites so goodbye shorts and hello jeans. I’m not even complaining though, I love these jeans! As for shoes, I recently got these Steve Madden heels for a super good price at Town Shoes. They are surprisingly comfy and not so surprisingly adorable.

For accessories, I kept it pretty simple with one of my new favorite bracelets from the Willamy Collection. It is a beaded leather wrap bracelet and I think it goes great with this outfit! I love the layered look of it! I then just slipped on a cool pair of sunglasses because even though summer is slipping away, the sun hasn’t quite yet.

Shirt– ℅The Fraternity Collection (buy here) // Vest– Noul (buy here)// Jeans– American Eagle (buy here) // Shoes– Steve Madden(similar here) // Bracelet– ℅Willamy Collection (buy here) //Sunglasses– ℅Giant Vintage (buy here) // Lipstick– ℅Lancome //

 

Who needs a boyfriend when you have boyfriend jeans?

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Let’s talk about jeans today. When was the last time I wore jeans? Not for a very long time. For the large majority of my life, I have opted for skinny jeans or jeggings. Those are the only two styles I would wear. Sure, they’re great for wearing with boots but they get boring after a while. So now that boyfriend jeans are in style, I couldn’t be more excited. I have been looking for a good pair of boyfriend jeans for a while now. Being relatively short and tiny, I couldn’t wear just any pair of baggy jeans. I needed some tighter ones but still ones that resembled boyfriend jeans. I came across these ones at the beginning of the summer but I decided to keep my options open and pass them up in case I found better ones. Four months later I had not come across a pair I liked better so I picked these ones up from American Eagle. If you don’t have a boyfriend, you can still wear their jeans, ya feel me?

The tee that I paired with these jeans has quickly become one of my favorites. It this loose striped shirt that is made out of the softest material I have ever felt (think Wildfox crossed with Brandy Melville). Its has a high-low silhouette with a large slit on the sides so it’s great for wearing with high waisted bottoms.

If you have been following my monthly fashion wishlists, you would know that I have been on the search for a pair of open-toed booties for the longest time. Even thought the Steve Madden Non-Stop Booties are perfect and gorgeous, I just didn’t want to spend money on a trend that might only last a few more months. I’m so glad I didn’t buy those and bought this more inexpensive option instead because they are not the most comfortable thing at all. But they’re hella cute. Fashion is pain and all.

Speaking of my monthly fashion wishlists, I have also been looking for a silver statement necklace. There’s a story that goes along with this necklace as well. I first saw Kylie Jenner wearing a bunch of layered silver necklaces so that sparked my hunt. Then, I spotted this necklace at H&M but there was only one and it didn’t even have a price tag on it so I didn’t end up buying it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it out of my head and went to look for it again. It was sold out of every H&M in Edmonton. I decided to forget about this necklace… until I went on my roadtrip to Calgary. I stopped in at the H&M in Calgary and low and behold, there was my necklace. So I bought it and now it hangs on my neck, looking wonderful.

Shirt- Plndr (similar here) // Jeans- American Eagle (buy here) // Booties- similar here // Clutch- ℅Stella Rittwagen // Necklace- H&M (similar here) // Watch- Marc Jacobs (buy here) // Bracelets- Pandora (buy here) and Kate Spade (buy here)