Monday OOTD – Work Casual

Lately I’ve been shopping the Zara sale and I’ve found so many work appropriate items. This silk top is one of my favorite colors (forest green 👌🏻) and is perfect for pairing with jeans for an easy work casual look.

Silk blouses are actually my favorite to wear to work. They aren’t stuffy and they steam easily in the bathroom while I shower (so no ironing!). I paired it with a pair of flare jeans from Gap and my favorite heeled black boots from Amazon. The flare jeans are about 8 years old… but a closet staple for my long legs! The gold necklace is vintage and a part of my late momo’s (grandmother) extensive costume jewelry collection.

Do you want more work casual looks? Let me know in the comments!

-Forrest

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Winter Pinks + Perfect Neutral Layering Vest

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I am one of the many people who tend to get really sad and gloomy during the winter time. I don’t wan to say that I have SAD, but I do usually opt to sit in front of my happy light for a little extra time at breakfast when I know that I’m facing a cold and miserable day without sun. When I first moved to Toronto I did a giant closet purge, and before I knew it I was left with only greys, blacks, and navys. While I love a good neutral colour, I realized that I missed my bright yellows, merry reds, and happy pastels. I’m slowly incorporating these hues back into my wardrobe and layering them with neutrals rather than being a neutral blob.

My mom gave me this perfect layering vest for Christmas and it is so soft! I usually wear an XS at Old Navy, but the Small actually fits really nicely. Consider sizing up if you are usually in between sizes.

My sister gifted me the holy grail of shoes – Pink Adidas. I literally didn’t even need to break these shoes in because they are MADE FOR MY FEET. I have high arches and long toes (weird), so sometimes shoes are just not shaped for my feet. These are perfect and I love that the colour is so delicate and unexpected. These shoes will be worn a lot in the winter months (when I’m not braving snowy sidewalks) and even more in the spring and summer time.

TOP: URBAN PLANET (OLD)

JEANS: DELIAS (SO YOU KNOW THEY ARE OLD)

LIPS: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat “Pillow Talk” (You need this in your life)

Does adding pops of colour to your winter wardrobe combat the winter blues? I think it it is working so far!

Mixed Textures – Chenille Under $15

I’m a very tactile person and always have been. When I was younger my parents would tell me to put my hands in my pockets at stores, museums, the produce section (the list goes on) because I LOVE to touch. The recent emergence of soft fabrics, velvet camis, and silk pants have made me SO HAPPY but also so broke. This chenille sweater I found at Kohls and it’s as soft as a golden retriever puppy chasing a roll of triple ply. The texture is unique and easy to pair with your favorite wool coat, leather jacket, or silk scarf!

I paired it with this chic grey coat from Zara for a monochromatic look and my favorite knee high leather boots.

Sweater here

Coat here (similar)

Headband: @raritybycasey (Instagram)

Boots: old Vince Camuto

Outfit of the Day: Wonder Woman Bound

Do you ever wake up and realize that you will need more than just a venti coffee to get you through the day? This has happened very often to me this season. One of the most recent discouragements is waking up every day and seeing a headline of a new outed celebrity assault on women. These headlines make me cringe and in some ways feel on edge I venture out into a male dominated work place. I’ve experienced blatant sexism and also several remarks about the way I look: too young. It seems as if equality and empowerment are pipe dreams sometimes.

When I saw this little collar clip on Instagram I knew I had to have it. While it’s only a mere accessory, it’s the perfect material reminder of my inner strength. Wonder Woman is one of the most inspiring figures for me, especially since the recent film. I watched Justice League growing up, but I didn’t find her character as empowering in cartoon form. Maybe I just took her for granted? The newest depiction of Diana is the exact encouragement I need — to always seek truth and justice.

I adore the vintage vibe of this clip. My outfit is definitely more a “Wonder Woman bound”, and I think the clip could be toned down with a simple cardigan and camisole. In any case, it is definitely one of my favorite and most unique purchases I’ve made in a long time.

Easy Monday Outfit of the Day

Monday mornings are very difficult for me. I’ve been learning tips about waking up on time and having a good morning, but my biological disdain towards being a morning person (especially on a Monday) hasn’t changed. It’s definitely a work in progress and I’m starting from rock bottom.

My first baby step to having a better Monday is to dress nicer (aka: to not dress like a bum). Even if I wake up late and I dry shampoo my hair till it’s an official health hazard, my one goal for Monday is to dress like I woke up on time and to look ready to conquer the day.

I’m a grad student, so wardrobe is negotiable. I can show up to class looking like  Rory Gilmore after a Wookiee hook-up, but I’m trying to make the choice to consciously prepare my outfits the night beforehand as an act of care for myself. Self care can come in a variety of ways, and I think putting effort into self-presentation is a part of it (since I do want to look nice, but I never feel like I have the time).

My easy Monday outfits consist of 3 things: skirt, plain top, and scarf. It’s a fail safe outfit. There’s no fuss (besides tights if it’s cold). It’s Easy as Monday Morning.

So this is my first step to becoming a morning person. It does help in the smallest amount to know that I won’t have that helpless moment in front of the closet five minutes before I’m supposed to leave feeling like I have NOTHING to wear. Any small step is a good step!

Hiding the Pooch on Thanksgiving: Easy Holiday Outfits

What to wear on a day when you may or may not stuff your stomach until it feels like a amorphous, turkey based, extension of your once human-shaped body?

There’s always confusion on what to wear for this food-centric holiday. Why do you have to dress up to go somewhere with people you know and stuff your face? The question seems unanswerable, because every year I find myself standing in front of the closet asking “what should I wear?!” There’s a few different types of Thanksgiving atmospheres, so I’ve created a list based on what I’ve experienced in the past.

For the Casual Event: 

The Casual Event may be one of the hardest things to dress for — I usually end up dressing up a little bit, just so I won’t stand out too much for looking like a bum. A nice sweater at Thanksgiving Lunch is definitely what I’m planning on wearing this year to my family’s event. Some people wear t-shirts, and others wear pretty dresses… a sweater seems like a happy medium! Plus, chunky, loose, or flowy sweaters will be trendy and work to hide the mid-day belly.

 

For the Joey- Challenge – You’re Eating An Entire Turkey Alone and No One Can Stop You:

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Is there a better excuse to wear yoga pants and cute work out top? Going to the gym is probably what these would be best for, but accepting a Joey challenge is a close second.

My go-to yoga pants are actually from Cost-Co (of all places), but I have definitely had my eye on some cute ones at Target and Old Navy. These high waisted yoga leggings are perfect for workouts and eating to your heart’s desire. The cowl sweater below just looks so chic and cozy (it comes in so many colours!).

For the Fancy Dinner – do people do this? 

Swing Dresses are your friend — add statement necklace and some heels and you are good to go! Amazon is my go to for fancy dresses. They have so many options under $25 that are versatile beyond one Holiday event. This lace number is flowy and loose, so it will be super comfortable.The lace sleeves are fun and sexy, but they also add enough contrast between your skin and the sheer material so you can wear a bra with straps without it being too noticeable.

 

 

 

 

Cozy and Cute Fall Sweaters

There’s nothing like having a go-to sweater (or sweaters) in the fall and winter seasons. Pieces that are easy to dress up with some pearls or dress down with a blanket scarf make the cold season a little more bearable in my opinion. I’ve been combing the web for some perfect additions to my wardrobe and I wanted to share some of my favourite finds.

  1. Pretty in Pink Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 12.00.02 PMThis little number has just enough slouch to be cozy and just enough structure to flatter some curves. The sweater comes in a variety of colours at HM and is under $30 CAD. I like this pink shade the best because I like to wear bright colours as autumn begins to fade. My winter heart wants to wear a lot of greys and blacks, but that just gets depressing after a while. Having a go-to pop of colour brings the happy back.

2. Stranger Things Inspired 

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If you are like me then you slowly begin to shift your wardrobe to emulate your television heroines. I have been through a Blaire Waldorf phase (and a similar Veronica Lodge phase), a Rachel Green phase, and now I’m totally leaning into the 80’s style because of Stranger Things. With the second season coming, I’m dying to get my hands on some Nancy inspired ribbed striped sweaters. This one from Macy’s is under $30 CAD (which means in USD its pretty affordable). Ready to fight a demigorgon? I’ll get my bat.

3. Cozy Mock Neck

I’m a big fan of turtle necks for the fall and winter seasons. They can look extremely chic with a skirt but you can also dress them down with jeans (as pictured). I love Old Navy for trend items like the t-neck (or the mock neck) because you’re not spending an arm a leg on an item that may or may not be a fashion don’t in the next year. This one comes in a variety of colours, but I love this Gryffindor burgundy. If there is ever a choice in life – always pick burgundy. However, the Mustard colour is also a huge fall trend this year so why not get both (sass emoji)

4. Splurge Item – Teddy Sweater

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This special little Rose Gold number is from J Crew Factory. I label it a splurge because it is just short of one hundred dollars when it is not on sale. I’m betting that around American Thanksgiving I maybe be able to find it under $50, but in the meantime I am just going to sit here and obsess over those shimmery polka dots.