February 5, 2016

Camel Coat & Sneakers - Layering for Cold Weather

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Sneakers H&M, jeans unknown old, T-shirt H&M, cashmere sweater The Bay, coat Zara, fur sole vintage, bag Ebay, scarf unknown old, hat Le Chateau, gloves H&M, sunglasses unknown, broach vintage/one of a kind (Toronto Christmas Market show)

I read an article in the newspaper not too long ago, about how to keep up appearances. The writer of the article talks about attending a high society type of an event and having been complemented on her Joe Fresh sunglasses. For those who are reading this article but are not familiar with the brand, here is an explanation. It is an affordable brand of clothes and accessories which started off being sold in full service grocery stores but later opened up standalone stores.  The write or the article goes to say that if we are ever in a similar situation, we should resist the urge to share the information that the item we are wearing is not a designer one. Furthermore, it suggests we should never admit to not having money.  This was a shock to me! I don’t understand where the shame is in wearing affordable clothing. Not that we need approval from celebrities, but even they wear affordable pieces. Someone like Olivia Palermo who is one of the most photographed people at all fashion weeks, has become known for being the best at mixing the high and the low.   
Style doesn't come with money! If you look stylish, put together and expensive on a cheap, to me that’s an even greater accomplishment! Why be ashamed of it? I never was. I have attended many events where everyone wore expensive suits, ties and purses, meanwhile I wore an outfit that all together cost $100 yet received so many compliments. I agree that you don't need to blurt out right away where you bought the item and how much you paid (which I often do because I get awkward being given a compliment) but when asked, why not share and be proud of your style?

My outfit today is made up of all affordable brands and vintage pieces, and I would not think I look cheap at all. I do however suggest not buying something just because it is on sale or is cheap. Do look for structure, quality, proper stitching and rich colours and materials. If you want to spend a lot of money, do invest in more classic pieces. I love investing in shoes and bags, and this is what I save for.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic or outfit with me. 

Happy weekend all!

Ciao!

Aleksandra <3

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January 25, 2016

Winter Layering with Over The Knee Boots (& a Visit to Ripley's Aquarium)

Jeans Zara, boots Aldo, jacket Danier old (similar jacket or check out Ebay), bag Chanel (vintage), scarf unknown, fur sole vintage

I hadn’t planned to post this outfit on the blog, only on Instagram, but I had too many beautiful pictures of my excursion to the Toronto Ripley’s Aquarium that I just had to share. If I had shared even half of them on my Instagram account, I’m pretty sure complaints would start coming in for posting too much, and inundating the Instagram feed hehehe. Anywhoo, I have a few pictures of the outfit too, so this still counts as an outfit post right?
Winter has finally arrived to Toronto (temperature wise, but still no snow) so it was quite cold to walk outside, but my layering skills have improved over the years so I can now tolerate the cold. I used to wear bulky sweaters or shirts to keep warm but have realized that it’s not the thickness that counts (I am talking about clothes, please get your mind out of the gutter!), but the number of layers and materials you wear. On this day I also used one of my summer scarfs as an extra layer but also to add to the interest of the outfit. It gives the outfit more dimension and therefore it’s more pleasing to the eye.
This gorgeous lined jacket is from Danier Leather but it’s at least 3 years old. It’s warm yet the leather is really soft and allows for ease of movement.
Over the knee boots are a perfect way to add layers to your bottom and keep you extra warm.
Oh by the way, before I forget, I just wanted to say I recommend to everyone to visit the Aquarium. It’s not just for kids. It’s very relaxing and before you know it, you will have spent 3-4 hours observing the life under the sea. I gotta say, it’s not the same as scuba diving, but if you never did that, this will come close. Enjoy!

Ciao!

Aleksandra <3 

January 17, 2016

Color Block Maxi Coat

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Coat Sheinside, pumps Privileged (Heels), backpack David Jones (Winners), earrings JLO (old), sunglasses Aldo, turtleneck (H&M), jeans Joe Fresh

As promised yesterday on my Instagran account, a new outfit post is here. I have been taking it easy this holiday season, so this new post is a little over due. Actually, if you walked into my house now, you would still think it’s Christmas. My tree is still up. Well, I have a few reasons for it. First, Orthodox Christamas and New Year which I celebrate are on the 7th and 14th of January, so I have a good reason to keep the tree up longer. But also, I just love the warmth it gives to the home, so I choose to keep it longer for that reason too. I am not however going to mention that I hate undoing the tree and storing away decorations, cause you may think I am lazy. God forbid! J

I have been wanting to show you this coat for quite some time. Of course, it’s an imitation of a designer coat, but my version is waaaay cheaper and affordable for most people. I got it off the Sheinside website back in December and have been wearing it quite a lot since it arrived. I may be wearing the most bland outfit underneath, I just throw it on and it looks amazing. I love the bright colours, especially in the darkness and gloominess of the winter. It is not warm enough for those extremely cold days, but I have figured out a layering technique which saves me every time. One of my longer cardigans I own turned out to be the best layering piece for even the coldest weather. So I just wear it underneath when necessary and I take it off with the coat when I arrive at my destination. Easy.
Today I opted to wear it with boyfriend jeans, a must have thin black turtleneck and pumps. Yes I opted for a floral print in the winter. Why not?

Ciao!

Aleksandra <3
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