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A lot of change has occurred this summer. I’ve been in Vancouver, I started a new job at Anthropologie, and my style has really developed (as it usually does when you start a new retail job right before back-to-school shopping). With change, usually comes new favorite things! I’ve been experimenting with lots of different products, styles, and inspirations – here are a couple of things I’ve been loving in particular:

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  1. Aritzia Bertillon Blouse – I even surprised myself when I picked up a purple top off the rack, but I’ve been getting a ton of wear out of this incredible transitional piece! The dusty purple color can bring a bit of depth to a look while its unexpected neutrality allows it to be worn with almost any other color.
  2. Free People August Catalog – You have to check out the video that accompanies this month’s catalog – it screams autumn and makes me so incredibly excited to begin preparing for those crisper days.
  3. Anthropologie Catalog – With my new job, I’ve come to appreciate Anthropologie in a totally new way, and this catalog only strengthens that admiration. Beautifully shot and styled, it’s definitely worth checking out for some prime fall inspiration.
  4. Rifle Paper Co. Notebook – I love collecting notebooks so much that I simply can’t write fast enough to fill all the ones I have. I’ve been digging this blue one in particular as my love for wearing color only grows stronger.
  5. Tocca Liliana Perfume – I’m currently loving this fragrance as the perfect scent for this summer-to-fall transition phase that we’re about to go through.
  6. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in “Hollywood” – I’ve found the perfect glam daytime color! Nude with a gold sheen across the top, this liquid lipstick has been worn many times since I got it just last week.
  7. Free People Skinny Scarf – I’ve had this for a while, I know. But I feel as if I’m always finding new ways to wear it and new looks to pair it with.

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Grandma’s House

There’s something about going to my Grandma’s house – drinking tea and admiring her garden – that make me feel a little more girly and a little more dainty than usual. So when I finally gave in to the uncontrollable urge to buy this dress, I knew there was only one place I wanted to shoot it.

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Aritzia Dress, Brandy Melville Choker, BP Hat

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Of course, girly-ness reaches a point of discomfort with me. So I had to rough up the look with touches of black, the beat up sneakers, and the velvet choker. Usually, I’m hesitant to toss around black accents with a summery outfit – they can come across as harsh and can ruin an outfit in a second.

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But I tried adding the accents to the top and bottom while avoiding the creation of a stark divide across the dress (ie: a big black belt) and I think it worked! The black draws the eyes around the look without overpowering it.

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The other accents were natural. The braid prevents overpowering the neck area (imagine my hair, the straps, and the choker – a disaster in the making) in what’s supposed to be a light look. Meanwhile, the rose-gold sunglasses are a subtle way to bring in some color and shine.

The teacup is half for fun and half for my caffeine fix.

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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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This is Halloween

So if you guys are anything like me, you have probably only juuuuust started to think about what the hell you’re going to wear this weekend. And, if you’re actually me, you don’t really feel like going out to spend a bunch of money on a non-reusable outfit. So, my friends, I’ve come up with two costume ideas that are actually pretty awesome for being last minute – and free.

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Being a huge fan of Grease, James Dean, and The Outsiders, costume #1 is pretty much a dream. Going as a “Greaser” is a perfect excuse to wear a leather jacket on Halloween, and you seriously get to channel an inner badass.

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What you need:

A leather jacket, white t-shirt, black jeans, black boots, a belt with a noticeable buckle (optional), and something you can fashion as a neck tie. Tell me you don’t have like 90% of those items already.

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Beyond what you’re wearing, being a greaser is also a fun excuse to curl your hair to near-perm status and wear a bright red lip just like badass Sandy at the end of Grease.

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Costume #2 might be a little hard to get across outside of the U.S., but I’m gonna go for it anyways up here in Montreal. In case you didn’t know, “Rosie the Riveter” is the classic WWII icon – the woman on that poster telling all women that, “We can do it!” This costume is also very easy to accomplish.

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What you need:

DENIMMMMM. Denim top, jeans, denim jacket, literally anything denim! A denim utility jumpsuit is ideal for this costume but remember that we’re on a budget here, and I’ve got midterms! Not exactly a recipe for Halloween shopping. (Of course, if you have a denim utility jumpsuit already – wear it.)

The real giveaway of this costume is the bandana for your hair. The one I have happens to be the ideal classic red bandana, but anything you can fashion as a bandana will do.

As for shoes, I’m going with classic black Converse, but any work-boot or Converse will do!

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Again, go crazy on the beauty side. When else do you have an excuse to wear hair and makeup like they did in the 40’s?! I’ll definitely be attempting the pin-up hairdo and a red lip – again.

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I hope this gave you a little inspiration for any last minute Halloween costumes you may need. Have a happy Halloween!!

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