Posts in Style
Easy And Affordable Ways To Update Your Style

Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I put up a style post. I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been feeling as inspired by personal style as I’ve been in the past. However, one thing that I have been thinking a lot about lately is how I can update my personal style with as little clothes in my wardrobe as possible. I wouldn’t say I’m a minimalist, but I am trying hard to limit the amount of stuff I have, and that primarily means the amount of clothes I buy throughout the year. After having moved my life to England and back to Toronto I learned the value of not having more than you need, so I thought it would be helpful to share my style habits in a post.

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Wardrobe Items I Can't Live Without

I am a very simple person when it comes to my daily wardrobe. I don’t stray far from the same colour palette and you will almost always catch me in a pair of leggings or comfortable pants because I just hate sitting to work with jeans on. However, with time I’ve started noticing that there are a few clothing items that I just can’t live without and will continue to repurchase in the future, whether that be from retailers or from thrift shops. Here is a quick round up of a few of my favourite style items.

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Why I Thrift Shop (& Stores I Go To In London)

It’s been about a year and a half now that I’ve given thrift shopping some serious consideration and effort as an alternative to traditional shopping methods. It was a bit difficult at first, primarily because I felt uneasy about what others would think if I told them that the sweater I was wearing was from Value Village rather than some high end retail store. How could I ever show my face if people knew that the clothes I bought were worn by someone else at some point?? But the reality is that all our clothes have been worn by someone else, either in the store or by someone who has bought and then returned them.

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Staple Autumn Outfit Pieces

It’s finally my favourite time of the year and the easiest way to tell is by how active I am on my blog. I always get a surge of motivation and creativity in September after all the lethargy I experience in the blistering heat of August. The anticipation of slightly cooler weather and a bit more outfit diversity has me bristling and wanting to share all of it here on my little corner of the internet. For today’s post I wanted to talk about my staple autumn outfit and makeup pieces and how I plan to incorporate them into my England move, seeing as I only have so much luggage space to move my wardrobe over there with me.

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Is Fashion Trivial?

I have never been a clothing connoisseur. I wear the same tattered Birkenstocks almost every day and live most of my life in a boyfriend tee and denim bottoms. I can't tell you the difference between Calvin Klein or Dior on the red carpet nor do I fully understand the impact Coco Chanel has had on the fashion industry. And I am completely comfortable with these realizations about myself. However, there are some days or even weeks at a time where I feel the interposition of a muse that favours self-expression through a different creative outlet: my daily outfits.

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My Go-To Summer Outfits

Summer weather is finally here in Toronto and I've been excited to share a few outfits on my blog, seeing as I rarely do any style posts anymore. I feel like I've finally crafted a personal sense of style that I feel comfortable and cute in without having to try too hard or follow any specific trends. While I do like trends as they come, it doesn't work well for me and my budget to always be buying clothes to keep up with them. Instead, I'd rather find pieces that speak to me and that I always feel confident in. The past year and a half has been a big learning curve when it comes to minimalism and thrift shopping as a means to save money while also saving the planet. 

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A Few New Wardrobe Additions

After months of taking shelter from the snow and cold weather I finally crawled out of my cave to make a few new purchases for my wardrobe. As mentioned in my last post, I had been trying really hard to live the minimalist life, but it was making me feel very uninspired and less creative than when I add a beautiful piece of clothing/jewelry/art to my life. So, rather than continue on wearing the same 3 things over and over again (usually an oversized sweater, a pair of black leggings, and my Doc Martens) I thought that I should update my wardrobe slightly for the spring and summer months. 

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What I've Been Lusting After Lately

Lately I've been writing a lot about writing, and while that is the focus of my life right now and my passion, it's not a very diverse topic for a lifestyle blog. So for today's post I thought I would devote it to talking about the things I've been lusting after the past little while. Since spring has finally arrived in Toronto, I've been getting super excited for a warmer weather lifestyle - long walks without feeling like you'll freeze, dresses, light jackets, picnics in the park. You name it, I want to do it ASAP! The winter has felt incredibly long here and I'm just ready to take on the summer when it finally arrives; my last summer before I move to England to be with my boyfriend. 

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Transitional Fall Style For Simple Dressers

Fall in Toronto this year has been quite unexpected. Here I was hoping for a cold breeze every morning when I leave the house and so far it's still been in the mid 20s for the majority of the week. I am not a fan of the warm weather so now that it's finally cooling down I can start thinking about my fall wardrobe and the outfits I plan to wear during this transition. 

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Style Pieces That Elevate A Simple Wardrobe

If I'm being honest, I am probably one of the least fancy people out there. I try my best to find simplicities in life and stick with them, opting to splurge every now and then if I deem something valuable to my lifestyle. With this territory comes repetitive outfits and monotonous colour palettes; something that's much more evident during the winter months when all I want to do is drown myself in oversized sweaters.

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BRALETTES FOR BIGGER CHESTS

Bralettes have quickly become a big trend in the past few years and it's understandable why. We're moving away from constricting, restrictive bras and adapting a more free, bohemian lifestyle. Just imagine yourself carelessly at Coachella - that's what your breasts should feel like every day. I am all for this movement, especially since bralettes are typically cheaper than bras and a bit cuter with their lacy and floral designs. 

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MY FALL 2017 STYLE STAPLES

I've decided to take back the term "basic bitch" and own it. I am basic and that's something I've learned to love about myself over the last year or so. I always felt the need to try and out-do people with the way I behaved or the way I dress, but that isn't authentic and it only leaves you feeling kinda icky in the long run.

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MY FALL ACCESSORY PREP & FAVOURITES

For me, fall begins when it's September. Perhaps it's the aftermath of years in the educational system, but I can't help feeling like pulling out the stripes and corduroy as soon as kids go back to school and the weather drops ever so slightly. However, ever since I gave my wardrobe a big minimalist cleaning a few months ago, I've had a harder time piecing together outfits that aren't comprised of leggings and an oversized sweater. The struggle, I know!

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BECOMING A THRIFT SHOPPER IN THE AGE OF FAST FASHION

If you've been reading my blogging the past few months you may have noticed (cue sarcasm) that I've been attempting minimalism. Of course, everyone's version of this philosophy is different and I'm not exempt from being considered a "rule breaker" compared to hard core minimalists. But as I've discussed in past posts, it's more about the value placed on items rather than the amount of them.

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SIMPLE STYLE FOR THE LAZY AT HEART

For some people, style comes easy. I, on the other hand, prefer easy style. I want to be able to just throw on a pair of pants and a jacket and feel like my outfit is complete. The fact that Normcore has become popularized this year has really helped in this endeavour because I've never felt like I have a sense of style aligned with any contemporary trends. However, this past year I've been able to explore the nuances of developing a look with simple items and staple pieces that are undecipherable in price or brand. 

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