The glory of a turtleneck under a jumpsuit

It stopped raining long enough for me to take some photos, so I thought that I will make the best of this dry situation and present to you my favourite outfit combination: turtlenecks under jumpsuits. This isn’t the first time I have raves about this combo and it certainly won’t be the last time either: it is the easiest outfit comfortable mobility and it transcends the season. This pinstriped jumpsuit with that little bow in the front can be worn for a more springtime look or I could easily be made into a more fall/wintertime look. It’s an easy look and it’s crazy comfy.

Also please note that it was dry enough outside for sneakers so it really was an amazing day!

Hope February sees you all well!

xo

Lea

Nothing wrong with little polka dot socks

Sometimes the weather is so gross and grey that I can’t help but feel a little down. To fight this inevitable feeling I try to add one fun element to my outfits. In this case it’s my little nylon polka dot socks. They are the cutest thing to me and whenever I wear them I feel like a fancy circus girl. It’s one little strategy I have to make the rainy days less gross.

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How are you surviving the grey, rainy winter?

xo

Lea

It’s super easy wearing green

You know that time (like every time) when I wrote about not wearing colour ever? Well surprise, surprise! I’m here to tell you monochromatic dressing also applies to the same colour. In this case I wore all the same shade of olive green with different textures and patterns to play with the fact that I was head to toe in one colour. I think you could probably do this kind of a look in any colour, but I was really feeling olive green because to me it is basically a neutral tone.

Let me know what you think of dressing in all one colour!

xo

Lea

An ode to the Groutfit

The beloved “Groutfit”, or a grey-outfit for those who don’t know, is a staple in my wardrobe and it could become a staple in yours too. Grey on grey doesn’t have to be boring or dull if you do it the right way and the right way involves a lot of tones. If you dress in tonal shades of grey you can add a lot of depth to an outfit. You can also add different textures which add such a great layer to a look. Here I have leather,denim, knit, lace, and wool all mixed together in all different tones of grey. You don’t have to fear grey, you can love grey and wear it in clever and unique ways.

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Long live the groutfit!

xo,

Lean

3 Annoying Habits to Adopt

I’m the first to admit that I am very lazy when it comes to keeping my room clean. I never used to think much about it either: so what, it’s just a room does it really matter how clean it is? I thought that until one day a friend of mine told me that the state of one’s room is a direct reflection of the state of one’s mind meaning messy room= messy mind. This may sound a little hooey, but when I have a cleaner room I feel more relaxed and at ease while when my room is a disaster I get irritated and annoyed very easily. Whether or not these feelings are in my head I think it is definitely prudent to adopt a few cleaning habits to help with everyday life. At least these have been helping me so maybe they’ll help you.

  1. Put your clothes away every night

I’m not joking. Those socks you just took off and have lying on the floor? Put them in the laundry hamper you animal. It’s so annoying putting away your clothes after a long day of work, but the next morning when you wake up and your jeans are folded and there’s no laundry lying about on the floor trust me you’ll feel so much better.

2.  Put your beauty products away in their homes when you’re finished with them

Whether you keep your stuff in a bag or laid out in a drawer, make sure that there’s a place for everything and that everything goes into its place. Your bathroom will look cleaner, you won’t run the risk of knocking something  onto the floor, and you’ll be able to find everything the next time you want it because it will be in its home. Honestly it’s a win-win.

3. Make your bed 

I have actually talked about this before, but making your bed in the morning just makes your room feel cleaner and more organized. And who doesn’t love coming home to a bed that is made and not a huge mess? I’m a pretty volatile sleeper and I toss and turn all night so rearranging my sheets so that they look fresh makes a huge difference in my room. 

With all of these little habits the theme is that if things are organized and tidy you will be less stressed out not only trying to find what you need, but also you’ll feel more at ease in your own space. I used to be one of those people who claimed that in my mess there was order, but it was a lie: I just made my mess messier hunting for my things. I have a bad memory so if things are where they usually are I won’t feel as panicked trying to find them. Obviously these won’t work for everyone nor do I think this will ultimately cure anyone of stress or anxiety, but they helped me calm down a bit so if they help anyone else find some zen then that’s awesome. 
Much love, pumpkins!

Lea

The perks of learning your colours

And no I don’t mean ROY-G-BIV, I mean the colours you look best in. Fashion is fun and means you can wear anything that makes you feel good, but if you’re looking to get pieces that you can use to build your forever wardrobe then you should probably know what colours you look good in. Everyone has at least one colour that they look bomb in and everyone has at least one colour they look awful in. For me it’s mustard/dull gold and emerald green. They make me look seriously gross so I stay away from them. But I look great in a dusty rose, in warm caramel, and in pinks, purples, and blues. Figuring out your colours has to do with many factors: your skin tone, if you have pink or yellow undertones, the colour of your hair and eyes also influence what you’ll look best in. But knowing your colours can help you make sure you always look your best.

The easiest way, and the most common way of identifying your colous is by season so I’ve found some great swatches to show you what each season looks like to help you figure out what your colours are. Now you don’t have to love all the options nor do you have to wear them, but it’s an easy system for remembering and could come in handy when you’re investing in some more substantial pieces.

Winter

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Winters are typically those who look better in jewel tones and cooler tones, think Christmas trees dressed up with gems. Winter is a darker time with a smaller portion of the day with sun, so anything that touches sun is extra rich to make the sunshine count. People who are winters look great in these darker colours, but also look great in rich crimson, and luscious violet, and deep green.

Spring

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Springs are those who look best in pastels and lighter, softer colours. Similar to Easter colours, those who are springs are usually those who look best in colours that look fresh, like fresh buds on trees, early tulips and light daffodils. Colours that are a little muted, not in a faded way, just in an early way if that makes sense.

Summer

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Summers are those who look best in bright, saturated colours. This swatch I found doesn’t really do it justice. Think fresh cut grass, watermelon, beach towels, deep water, and wild flowers. Everything that makes you think of hot, sunny places.

Autumn

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Autumns look best in rich colour, like those you would see in a dying farmer’s field or on a crisp fall drive. People who look best in Autumn colours, like burgundy, camel, and olive green, tend to look the best pictured in a field of wheat or in a pumpkin patch. Their colours are those of the start of hibernation, of the end of summer, and of the start of a new beginning (first day of school anyone?).

If you need more inspiration try looking up seasonal colour palettes on pinterest! That’s where I found these beauties!

Personally I am a mix between autumn and winter. It’s not a perfect science, but it is a classic method for figuring out what looks best on you!

Let me know what you think below!

Love,

Lea

For the love of coats

Personally I think sweater weather is overrated; it’s all fun and games, but to me the best weather is coat weather. It’s a bit crispier, a little bit cooler, but man, I love draping coats over every outfit. They make me feel classic, timeless, and chic. It makes fall feel way more manageable!

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My coat is from Simons, my sweater is from Brandy Melville, my pants are Zara, and my boots are Nine West.

Are you a fan of coat weather, or are you carrying a torch for sweater weather? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Lea

Slouchy Mondays

Growing up I never found much comfort in being in sweatpants outside of my house. Because of that I had to find other ways to feel comfy when on days when it was grey and mopey. This quest lead me to my new found love of mom/relaxed jeans. I almost feel like a mermaid because they aren’t super fitted so my legs swim in them. It’s magic. 

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My sweater is from brandy Melville and my jeans are from ZARA. 

Hope you all have a happy Monday!

Love

Lea

How to make your summer staples fall ready

Now that it’s officially fall it’s officially time to put away your summer disposition, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away your summer staples away. I have been playing around with a few of my favourite pieces from this past season and have found that they can in fact translate into great autumn pieces. All you need are darker colours, richer fabrics, and layers.

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These white pants were a huge hit for me this past summer and I was a little nervous about wearing them after labour day, but I have never really played by the rules so I wore them anyway. Since they were such a light, airy fabric and colour I felt it would become more autumn by pairing it with leather boots, a darker tee and my go to bomber. With heavier fabrics and textures, and with strategic layers (hello cute coat season) you can make any summer pant, dress, or shorts fall ready.

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Speaking of shorts, I found that I could only really wear them on warmer, sunnier days just because I get cold easily. These pink shorts came in handy this summer and I felt like if I put them with a sultry knit they would easily translate into a fall piece. This v neck sweater is actually super fuzzy and cozy, and since it’s dark it adds such a nice contrast to the lightness of the shorts. Paired with loafers and some hard metal these pink shorts can easily become autumn favourites.

Basically anything you really loved in the summer can still be loved in the fall so long as you add your fall pieces to them to make them heavier. With richer fabrics, warm textures, and layers you can play up the summery lightness of your warmer weather faves while still making them fall appropriate. It’s science.

Let me know how you’re creating longevity for your summer clothes in the comments!

Much love,

Lea

The transitions of life

Transitions are hard and they will always be hard no matter what age or what stage you’re in. Transitions are hard. Recently I have been able to experience the transition from student to graduate and let me tell you it feels so weird. After being in school since I was 4 having the freedom to go any direction is truly overwhelming. But stages and changes aren’t unique to my age, they follow you throughout life. Things are constantly changing and moving nothing really ever settles which is both humbling and exhilarating.

Things change, people change, time changes, but you know what doesn’t have to change? Your outlook on life. I find if you expect nothing, but embrace goodness and happiness you will be better off. If you realize you can’t do everything, but do what you can well and so that you can be proud of it you will be happier and feel fulfilled. And finally if you can understand what you can and cannot change and only focus your energy on what you can change then you will worry less and find peace. These are the lessons my parents taught me and I want to pass them along to all of you. Embrace kindness, but don’t expect it; something worth doing is worth doing well; only spend time on things in your control.

Life is also full of philosophical people like me who love to chat about nothing and everything, but hey who doesn’t?

Love,

Lea