Nothing Better Than Home

I was so very fortunate enough to be able to go home for the weekend. Think of it as an early-because-we-got-a-great-deal-on-the-flight Thanksgiving break. It was such a nice breath of fresh in the middle of a relatively hectic couple of months for me.

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To be honest this post isn’t so much about the outfit – I’m sure I’ve worn something just like this before here on theClosetCraze. To keep it plain and simple, this is a home appreciation post. I mean look at these pictures! Nothing is more breathtaking than this year’s fall in the Napa Valley.

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Because this is a style blog: Free People Sweater, American Eagle Pants, Converse

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Some more home appreciation: The Fremont Diner: the only place I will allow myself to eat chicken and waffles. All Hail the Fremont Diner.

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Now it’s back to the dusty library I have the burden of calling my second home. (Don’t worry, I’ll keep posting though.)

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A Case for Canadians

These shoes simply didn’t get enough love on the blog when it was warm enough to wear flats. So I’m going to wear them in the fall at the cost of warm feet. With that said, it wasn’t really very cold when we shot these pictures.

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Shoes, Free People

Now that you’ve seen a close up of my babies, I can now tell you that this post is not about these shoes. It’s about Canadian Tuxedos, and how I’m making a case for them.

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Jeans, Topshop / Leather Jacket, AllSaints

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I’ll wear a denim jacket over jeans and I’ll consistently get snide remarks and judgmental looks from “fashionable” girls on campus. Have some creativity, yeh? Personally, I don’t see the harm in wearing man’s greatest invention on the top and the bottom. I mean, sets are in, right? Why aren’t those people getting flack?!

To me, there’s just something so ~cool, americana, effortless, laid-back, name your adjective~ about an all denim look.

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Scarf, Free People / Shirt, Brandy Melville

Of course, if you’re an entry level Canadian Tuxedo-wearer unlike myself, take some tips from this outfit to ease into the look:

(1) Different colored denim – you’ve heard it before, and I’ll say it again. *Warning* black denim with blue denim does not count as a Canadian tux in my books, but it does still look amazing, so you do you.

(2) Majorly accessorize. Whether it be a scarf, fussy bag, or statement shoes (I’ve got all 3 on here), it will definitely present the denim-on-denim look as a canvas on which you’ve created a piece of accessory art, taking away from the denim-on-denim-ness.

(3) If you’re not up for the denim jacket yet, try a denim shirt with a leather jacket on top! I definitely believe that a denim shirt counts towards this trend, and a leather jacket is a great way to make this statement look a little more subdued. But you’re wearing a leather jacket, so you’ll definitely still look ace.

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Photos: Haley LeBaron

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One Coat, Two Ways

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Warning: There’s a lot of pictures today. Enjoy!

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Photos: Haley LeBaron

Coat, Free People / Jeans, Free People / Sweater, H&M / Backpack, Urban Outfitters / Boots, Jeffrey Campbell

Okay – so as noted, I’m posting a lot more pictures than usual. But after seeing them can you blame me?! Last week I teamed up with blogger friend-fellow Montreal resident-photographer Haley, and it was seriously a match made in heaven. We’re so happy with how the pictures turned out and are so excited to continue working together!

Now, with regards to the outfit – by now you’re probably used to me wearing a ton of Free People, and now that I’ve been exposed to it that probably won’t stop. This “car coat” is the new keystone to my wardrobe. I actually can throw it over everything, and it immediately adds an element of cool effortlessness that I love. The title says “One Coat, Two Ways” – so you can definitely expect another post coming at you featuring this staple!

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Photo Diary: Experimenting with Film

My mom’s old Minolta 35 mm film camera has been sitting on my shelf, virtually unused, for almost 5 years now. In April, upon arriving home with unlimited summer inspiration, I decided I would finally really break it out for some experimentation. Throughout the summer, I brought this trusty camera with me on all my adventures, only planning on taking a couple of photos on each excursion. Here are (some of) the results:

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Scan 16

Scan 6

Scan 18

Scan 30

Scan 12

Scan 20

Scan 27

Scan 4

 After 4 months of usage, it’s safe to say that I’ll be using this camera until it practically crumbles apart in my hands. I have grown to love using film on adventures, for many reasons. The primary reason? It truly allows you to enjoy the moment, taking in the experience rather than worrying about getting the perfect shot. If you’re not worrying about framing the perfect photograph, chances are the one picture you did take will capture the moment just perfectly.

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