Inspiration Goes a Long Way

The title could probably sum up this post but instead I am going to do a lot of talking.. well, actually it’s writing. So don’t just think ‘ugh I just want pictures!’. No outfit post this week. Surprisingly I didn’t pack a lot of clothes with me to go camping. Unfortunately, I have been an offender of repeat outfits and I am not just going to put together something you have already seen for the sake of an outfit post. I want to wait until I get back to the city to give you guys something great. I did go shopping though and I bought the cutest lace bralettes from Aerie and an awesome jungle print tank and printed pants. There will definitely be posts about these because they are all amazing buys. I have always under rated Aerie until a couple days ago. Literally they have the cutest PJ shorts, bras and panties. The best thing is I get 50% off my birthday month (which is next month) so I am super excited about that. 

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I wrote the quote above myself because I truly believe it and that anyone and everyone should live by it. It’s true because clothes can make you feel a certain way and can even make you feel like someone other than yourself (not in a good way) so to truly be who you are, you need to wear what you want. On that note, I want to talk about style and give a couple quotes from the books I have been reading lately. So, the books I am talking about are The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia and The World According to Karl which is a collection of quotes by the amazing Karl Lagerfeld. I definitely recommend these two books to every one interested in Fashion, they can be bought at Chapters (in Canada) and probably online as well. 

 

The one topic I came across in Nina Garcia’s book is “What makes a woman stylish?” and almost every answer was along the lines of ‘confidence’, ‘elegance’ and  ‘passion’. Donatella Versace said, “Without a doubt, the most stylish asset that any woman can have is confidence.”. This is SO TRUE and all of us women need to embrace what we have and love ourselves first. Elle Macpherson said, “Find a personal style by not following fashion trends”. Yes, trends make us feel cool, hip and ‘in the know’ but do they really encompass your true style? The answer is no because you are just following what everyone else is doing and that is not style. 

Here are a couple quotes from Lagerfeld; “The clothes don’t have to suit you; you have to suit the clothes.”, “What is a ‘style’? It starts with breaking away from convention, smashing accepted reality.”. 

 

Inspiration… inspiration can literally be found anywhere you can see with your two eyes. It can be found riding your bike down the street, sitting in your office, scrolling through Tumblr, seeing your favourite colour. Everyone needs inspiration to get by, we all help each-other find out more about ourselves, what we like, what we dislike. It is amazing what inspiration can do. 

 

What I hope to do is inspire women all around the world some day and I can only start by writing this blog to showcase who I am and help others be who they are. I hope you all go out tomorrow and buy these books because they are amazing!

What’s in the Bag??!

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What is in your summer bag? Lip chap, money, sunglasses, receipts from that bar on the beach…. That is probably what is in everyone’s bag during the summer. Summer means bright colours, sun and Starbucks (well Starbucks is a year round necessity but I mean coffee fraps, right?). Summer is a time to go the beach..everyday; go on a road trip with your girls or even just exploring the little shops downtown. There are so many great things to do during the summer so you need to have a well packed bag, all the time. In lou of it officially being Summer, I went on over to Polyvore to help guide us ladies on what should be in our summer bag, at all times.

I am really loving bright colours this season because tbh, it makes me looked tan and it stands out. Hot pinks, bright blues, pumpkin oranges, lime green.. they are all great colours to add to your accessories this season. The bag I chose for summer is a ‘bucket bag’ because it is so stylish and versatile yet it can literally carry anything and everything. It can fit all you need for a day at the beach or just your wallet and keys for going downtown with your girls.

I am literally obsessed with skulls so when I found this little coin purse, it was so tough yet so chic and feminine. It can also double as a really small clutch just incase you don’t feel like carrying your bag around. A few months ago I went into Kate Spade for the first time and fell in love with this bright pink wallet (still haven’t bought it yet). So since it is the right colour for Summer I may have to go out and buy it.

In the beauty department there are a few essentials that should always be in your bag; mini vaseline lip care, Lush lip scrub (great for exfoliating lips, removing dry skin and leaving lips smooth with a great taste), bright matte lipstick (so it stays on all day), face powder (just because Summer is hot and your face will show that… I am talking about that damn shine!), your fav perfume (to make sure you smell good all day and all night, duh) and finally we need to protect our skin so make sure you have a small bottle of facial &/or body sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect those eyes and always have a pair of sunglasses (my fav this season is the thick black trimmed, cat eye style).

I think it is a good idea to keep a notebook and pen in your bag, you may want to remember things you did that day, add to your ‘things to do this summer’ list or just doodle while lying on the beach. I recently bought my own notebook because I want to start writing my own fashion book.

Last but certainly not least, you need some money!! Nothing is free.. waw waw wawww. So make sure you have some cash on you or a debit/credit card. They always come in handy for impulse buys. Another key card to have is your Starbucks card because lets be real here, getting an iced coffee is just as important as brushing your teeth.

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