Taking your Summer favourites into Fall: part 3

Welcome to the this and final installation of “Taking your Summer favourites into Fall”! I think the unsung heroes of any successful Fall wardrobe would be denim and turtlenecks! If there is ever a time to dress denim heavy it would definitely unquestionably be in the Fall. Not only is denim pretty cozy, but it contrasts so nicely with the fire coloured leaves. As for turtlenecks, and honestly any collar, they add warmth and a vibe that says I’m warm and cute. Here are two different looks incorporating these ideas that denim and turtlenecks/collars.

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I paired two different denim tones with a rusty red mock-turtleneck here to give a little more of a casual, grungy feel which is so fun to do in Autumn.

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And here I went with a lighter denim jacket over a Fall coloured dress with tights and black boots. It’s just girly enough for me to handle!

I hope these two tips help you extend the life of your clothes further into the year!

Much love,

Lea

 

It’s all in the details

My mother used to tell me when I was a little girl that less was more. She felt this was necessary to remind me, at age 5, as I piled on dresses, skirts, socks, and pretty much anything I could layer onto my little body. To reinforce this idea that perhaps “simple pictures are best” I remember reading that all the chicest women of France took off one accessory before leaving the house. This concept of being choosy with that I adorn myself with led me to be very detail oriented with my furnishings. It is for this reason that I am in love with Jord wood watches. They are beautifully designed and intricately made, and they have such a charming earthy feel to them that makes these watches truly unique. I really love the Frankie 35 Series (the one I’m wearing) because the face is a little smaller than some of their other collections, and as someone with baby wrists having a smaller face is necessary. The earthy tons of Jord’s watches I find really compliment the winter since it’s such a pale and dull season. The rich and warm colours of their watches bring a little hint of summer to any outfit making it a detail not to be missed. I’m not sure if the simple lesson that less is more was meant by my parents to teach me about accessorizing, but regardless it’s made so easy and chic with these watches! If you’re as obsessed with Jord as I am, check out my giveaway with them! There’s a link at the bottom of this post.

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My watch, the Frankie 35 Series, is available here.

Follow this link to enter for a chance to win your own Jord wood watch. All entrants get a $25 discount code simply by entering the contest too. Let me know in the comments how you would style your watch if you won!

Love,

Lea


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My StyleWe Closet Essentials

I love building my wardrobe so that I feel it has longevity, and StyleWe helps me do that. Their website is filled with affordable pieces to help any young woman prepare for her future with smart and beautiful pieces. This post has been a long time coming because I have been working on my closet for a while, it actually has helped me with budgeting too. Basically I made a list of all the things I thought I would need in my closet for the next 5 or more years and have slowly been checking things off the list. And it protects my budget too because I am only buying things that are on my list. So when StyleWe reached out about doing a little collaboration with me I was overjoyed because here was the perfect avenue to get some pieces checked off my list and to share what I considered some of the easiest and most versatile pieces.

For me two of the most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe are a striped shirt and a v-neck sweater. They yield endless possibilities: date night, office wear, hanging out, running errands, even brunch. They literally can be worn countless ways and are so simple to add into any wardrobe. Here is how I styled them for a more casual look and a formal look.

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You can shop the v-neck sweater here and the stripped tee here.

What do you think about these two pieces from StyleWe? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Lea

How I fixed my skin

Hey there friends! Today I thought we would talk about skin. For a long time I have struggled with my skin, but not necessarily in the conventional ways. I never had acne, I never had oily skin, nor have I had overly dry skin: what I do have is sensitive skin that is prone to rashes, and small under the skin bumps that aren’t quite pimples. So sure, I never had “bad” skin, but the skin I have has given me my own set of annoyances. But after high school most of my skin bumps seemed to sort themselves out. Unfortunately on break during university when I would go home, my skin would break out in rashes. It happened for a few years and were endlessly frustrating, but I found my cure (thank you hydro-cortisone) and moved on. More recently I stopped taking birth control because the progestins and the hormones really were not right for me (this is a long story, I tried countless different forms which either resulted in manic behavior or very depressed behavior). Ultimately it was clear it wasn’t for me so I stopped, but what I wasn’t expecting was for how it would affect my skin! Out of nowhere I started breaking out and having uneven skin tones, like super blotchy cheeks and like pimples. I mean, COME ON! I’m in my twenties, I’m not some puberty newbie, why me world why me! I had to figure out something to do to fix my skin because wallowing in my sadness wasn’t getting me anywhere. So after many trials and errors I finally have my routine that works perfectly for me.

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I try to wash my face morning and night with Just Natural Skincare’s acne soap. But I also try to give my face a day off from everything: washing, makeup, everything. So once a week I just don’t wash my face, I might add moisturizer, but I have found it’s been good to give my skin a break every now and then. Anyway, on a face washing day after I use a toner to help remove any left over dirt, right now I’m using Clinic’s classic purple toner because I had it on hand, but I am on the market for a new toner. In the morning my next step is to use Ole Henriksen’s Vitamin C Serum followed by Caudalie’s Premier Cru eye cream to try to tame my puffy eyes. Finally every morning I put on a moisterizer with SPF in it, right now I’m using one by Clinic which is nice, but again I am on the market to try something with more protection.

At night after toning I used Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Treatment followed by Caudalie’s eye cream and topped off with Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation cream. (Pro tip: get the Sephora 3 little wonders bundle to try the three Ole Henriksen products I use, it’s pretty affordable and an easy way to try them.) Finally if my skin feels dry, it is almost winter after all, I throw on a little of Josie Maran’s Argan oil.

This has been working really well for me right now, but it’s also important to know that your skin changes with you and that what works one year might not work the next. Listen to skin! And drink more water!

What are you using that you love? Let me know!

Love,

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

Valentine’s Day gifts for people who don’t like Valentine’s Day

Look, time to face the facts: not everyone likes Valentine’s Day. Not even people in relationships (cough cough my boyfriend cough), and for a good reason too, it’s kind of a dumb holiday. Why pick only ONE day of the year to tell your loved ones they rock? I mean yeah I will take any excuse to wear pink and red together, but seriously people need to stop freaking out over this day.

If you feel morally obligated to gift someone with a token of affection then you’re in luck because I have complied a list of easy gifts for your difficult friends!

Your “Netflix and Chill” Friend

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For your friend, partner, or FWB peep who is obsessed with taking crazy binges on Netflix get them a universal cell phone mount that they can use to watch their shows on, like this BESTEK one here, a cozy throw that’s perfect for cuddling and cannodeling like this one from Chapter’s, and a funny pillow to help prop them up for optimal Netflix viewage like this Levtex one.

For Your Sexy/Fitspiration/Wanna-be-Kendall-Justin Friend

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Yes, Victoria’s Secret makes super sultry lingerie that will make you feel slinky and sexy, but nothing is hotter than Calvin’s. Not only are these under garments comfy af they are versatile and a non-clique Valentine’s Day gift. They’re available at all department stores, but for my Canadian peeps check The Bay for them!

For Your Difficult/Weird/Eclectic Friend

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This friend is pretty much all my friends: difficult to shop for because they honestly never want anything. This is fine, not liking gifts is awesome (everything is awesome), but I love giving gifts so I do anyway. Get them something fun like this Sonix lippy phone case it’s super fun and isn’t super Valentine’s Day-ish so it’s still cool. Or if they like burning things and hate cute fluffy pets get them a PyroPet candle. They are a normal wax candle with a metal skeleton that becomes exposed as the candle melts down. And if all else fails a simple mug will do, like this CB Gift mug that constantly reminds your dude or dudette that you love’em.

In the end flowers, candy, or a ridiculous plushy holding a heart will do, but where’s the fun in that?

Good luck friends,

Lea

Last Minute Gifts

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It’s that time of year again, just a few days left until Christmas. And if you’re like me you wait until the last possible minute to shop. I think of it as a game, but like all games you need strategy. You need a plan: you need to know what you’re going in to get and who you’re shopping for. I thought I might make this a little easier for you all by letting you know what my top gift picks are for this year!

A duffle bag is an awesome gift for anyone who travels a lot or even for someone who needs a new gym bag. This one by Herschel is not only beautiful, but really well made (and Canadian which is an added bonus).

Diptyque candles are the best gift for your trendy friend. They will instantly make them feel more chic while giving them something new to instagram.

The fitbit is super cool for many reasons, but perhaps my favourite is because it tracks your sleep. This is great for your health conscious or sleep deprived friend.

This Rebecca Minkoff keychain is adorable AND makes a great stocking stuffer or small gift for that friend who has everything. Hey, everyone needs a place to put their keys!

Who doesn’t love snuggling up in a cozy, knit blanket? This Ikea one is perfect for your mom. Added bonus: it’s great for watching Christmas movies.

Swell bottles are responsibly made AND are so awesome. I am obsessed with mine and would give this to a friend who really like warm coffee and cold water.

Coffee table books that are actually crazy interesting are great for parents or friends who just got a new apartment. Grace has lived an insane life and has wrapped it in an aesthetically pleasing package ready for reading and viewing.

Finally, Frends headphones are great for your techy-chic friend. The caps are interchangeable so you will never get bored and you can always change up your look.

Hope you’re all having a great week so far and stop procrastinating! Get those gifts wrapped!

Love

Lea