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

How to wear mesh this holiday season

Mesh is one of my favourite things right now. It adds such an interesting dimension into your. It’s lightweight enough for layering and it provides a dynamic element when used to provide extra coverage. Don’t feel comfortable in spaghetti straps? Mesh top under. Want to wear a slip dress or any summer dress or jumpsuit in winter? Mesh top under. It’s so versatile so why not adapt it for the holidays?

The first way I use mesh in under a velvet slip dress with tights and heeled boots. I really love this look because for me I get to play with wearing a more fun dress without feeling too revealing. I also feel like the mesh turtleneck adds a level of grunge to this look which is something I am super into right now. I don’t really take myself too seriously so for this look, or any for that matter, I would throw my beloved Christmas cardigan on top for laughs and because it’s December and it’s cold. To complete the more edgy look I really recommend using boots that have some hardware on them or some metal elements.

The second way I use mesh is with a looser, white mesh mock turtle. I find this style of mesh has a more fishnet kind of feel which is really fun to play with. You can wear it over a white cami, but I just wore it over a white bralette. To offset the bareness of the mesh I paired it with fuller wide leg dress pants and some very classic beige pumps. I am really into mixing really classic and classy elements with grungier or edgy pieces because I really love the contrast it creates. You could throw that Christmas cardigan over this look as well because again it is still December and it is still cold!

I hope these tips helped you with your up coming holiday plans, and realistically if these looks fail there is always the holiday onesie!

xo

Lea

Surviving rain season

Surprise! It rains a lot here in Vancouver. But just because it rains doesn’t mean you have to look like a waterproof creature! Heck no, friends! One of my favourite things about the fall is that I can wear my big, waterproof boots. They really help to toughen up regularly girly outfits which I love. Whether it’s with dresses, jeans, or culottes, bigger boots are multifunctional enough to yield comfort, water resistance, and style. And there are so many options out on the market now that there really is no reason for you to be walking around with wet socks. I have also found that having a raincoat that has a double zipper has been really helpful. I have zip the bottom half of my jacket up a bit so that walking or sitting on the train during my commute is easier and less restrictive. But, undone jackets are still my favourite.

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I hope you have found these tips helpful, and I hope your feet are no longer soaked from the rain! Remember: there is no shame in being practically dressed for the weather!

much love,

Lea

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

 

Exploring the world of Crystal Hills

I think there is something to be said about the healing powers of the earth. To be honest I am a firm believer in the idea that if you put energy into something you’ll get energy back. In the Renaissance and even more recently before modern medicine, healers believed if your mind was happy and at ease your body would too. I think that oils, aromatherapy and crystals have some serious merit when it comes to calming and cleansing your mind. So when Crystal Hills reached out to me about reviewing their products I was thrilled to try them out.

Crystal Hills blends oils, herbs, and crystals together to not only help sooth you, but to also help moisturize your skin. I tried their Crystal Dreams and their Crystal Harmony body serums over the course of about a month and a bit and I have to say I have never felt so pampered. I used Crystal Dreams, which is blended to help you relax for sleep more easily, at night before bed massaging it into my hands and arms, and I used Crystal Harmony, which is blended to help you find balance, in the morning to help me get my head straight before headed to work. Both serums smell amazing and don’t leave your skin oily, but feeling and smelling amazing. I personally would recommend both, if not Crystal Dreams more. I love anything that helps me unwind at night.

Crystal Hills’ farm and manufacturing center is located here in British Columbia out in the Okanagan and they boast a long list of impressive feats. They are certified organic/sustainably farmed or produced, vegan, cruelty free, and made with no preservatives. The company is also focused on minimizing their carbon footprint and they are striving towards a more sustainable future which I love.

I definitely recommend them, their products are absolutely lovely, and they have way more than just body serums! Check out Crystal Hill  for yourselves and let me know what you think!

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

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