Taking your Summer favourites into Fall: part 2

Welcome back to another installation of “Taking your Summer favourites into Fall”! Today I want to argue that a leather jacket is all you need to bring pretty much any cute girly dress into the darker, more edgy season that we know and love: Fall. This is more a continuation off last post where I paired a Summer jumpsuit with a turtleneck and a leather jacket since all I really did to Fall-ify this dress was throw a leather jacket on top, but I think it needs revisiting because, friends, it really is that easy to keep wearing your favourite pieces past labour day!

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So for this look I wore a super cute and simple wrap dress, which on its own given its’ darker colour actually wears well in Fall already, and I threw a moto styled leather jacket on top and BAM I have myself a great look for those not-super-cold-but-still-Fall days!

Stay tuned because I have one last and final installation of the “Taking your Summer favourites into Fall” coming at you hot next week.

Until then, friends!

Much love,

Lea

Taking your Summer favourites in Fall: part 1

For me Autumn starts when you feel the air change: what once was a warm southerly breeze is now a cool northern wind. To me, this not to subtle change, signifies the start of a new season. I personally am ready for cooler temperatures after the scorcher of a summer the west coast just had, and I hope the rain and cooler temperatures helps slow down and stop the forest fires we are experiencing in the interior. The hardest part about the changing seasons for me used to be putting away all of my summer clothes. This was until I realized if I pair them with warmer options I can actually wear them into the coming season.

Take my black strapless jumpsuit: on its own it is impractical for cooler temperatures, but paired with a long-sleeved turtleneck and a leather jacket it can easily change seasons and transition into fall.

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I’m wearing it here with white sneakers, but it can easily be worn with black boots or blundstones if you get stuck in the rain.

So my first tip for extending the life of your summer faves is to layer! Layers are fun and add a lot of texture to your outfits which is perfect for fall.

Stay tuned for more tips!

xo

Lea

What I Learned After a Year in Vancouver

So it looks like I’ve officially been in Vancouver for a year now and man what a year it has been. Now this isn’t the first time I’ve moved away from home, but this past year marked the first time I’ve been more than a two-hour drive away from my family. I feel like being so far away made me feel like more of an adult for some weird reason. I guess perhaps because I couldn’t just take my laundry to my parents or call asking them to come help me fix something I have been forced into unchartered waters of ~adulthood~. I have learned a lot this past year and I thought I would share some of my wisdom with you all so bear with me.

First of all I learned that when something says “Hand Wash” HAND WASH IT. Viscose will shrink and you will cry when your favourite little outfit is ruined. Actually I’ve learned a lot about laundry that you’d have thought I would have just learned in university. Not being a student shockingly changes how much you care about the quality of your clothes. SHOCKINGLY your boss might not find you rolling into work in sweats at 8:30am as cute as your prof/classmates might have. Learn to love washing in cold and laying out to dry. Your clothes will love you and your hydro bill will shrink (your clothes won’t though).

Secondly, Vancouver you are clique-y. I was warned about this before I got here and thought nothing of it. I’m fun, kind, and loud who wouldn’t wanna be my best friend?! A lot you actually. I learned that you can’t go into relationships at 100kms an hour: relationships take time and you can’t force all your weird on people right away because it can be a lot to handle. Learning this made me a better person. It made me understand that people have boundaries and it made me take a deep long look inward at my own boundaries. The nice thing about Vancouver being clique-y is that once you’re in, you’re in for life.

Thirdly, forget about owning anything ever. Vancouver’s market bubble is too high and renting is cool. Possessions tie you down anyway, and you’re a free spirit. Who needs credit, or equity, or anything.

Fourth, when in doubt complain about the weather! Vancouver has the weirdest weather and everyone here is always unhappy with it.

“It’s raining!”

“It’s hot and everything is on fire”

“There are cherry blossoms everywhere URG”

Trust me, it’s an easy topic of conversation if you ever get stuck and don’t know what to say.

Finally, I’ve learned that once you get a taste for seeing the mountains you can’t get away. They are captivating in every way. The west coast is stunning and there is so much to explore. Also everything I considered steep before I moved feels like a mole hill now in comparison.

It’s been a pretty crazy year out here, but I can honestly say I feel like I made the right choice. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

with love,

Lea