Summer Style Wishlist 2016

Summer Style Wishlist 2016

Since summer has finally returned (and with a vengeance), I’ve been thinking about a few ways to update my wardrobe for this season.

Band shirts are always a staple in my closet, so the David Bowie Shirt really was a no-brainer. I picked this up recently but unfortunately, I was way too big- I’m considering ordering a smaller size so I can sport my love for Bowie in the future.

I’ve also been on the lookout for a nice pair of small, simple hoop earrings that just hug the earlobe perfectly. It’s hard finding the perfect sizing as they’re either too small or way too big, plus I want to buy them in a better metal so that I don’t end up with green ears.

I have shocked myself in considering getting a pair of dungarees. I haven’t taken the plunge yet for fear that I look like an overgrown toddler and I still don’t know if a short or long pair would look less ridiculous. If you have any advice on how to style these, I would be very grateful.

And finally, I’ve already purchased a pair of black Vans Hi-Tops and I could not be happier with them. Their easy to pair with any outfit, be it shorts, dresses or skinny jeans and I feel like they’re going to be a staple in my shoe collection for years to come. I remember owning a similar pair during my teenage years and they just take me back to being a punk-loving, all black-wearing emo kid.

Style Staple: The Wool Coat

I find that the last dregs of winter are always the hardest. There are a few glimpses of spring already, but they are few and far between and the days still seem short and cold, so to make these last frigid weeks a bit more bearable, I picked ip a beautiful new winter coat to keep me warm.

Since coats are something I will only wear seasonally, I tend to get them in classic shapes and colors so they will last me for a fair few years and still look chic and stylish. Usually though, I am a pretty casual dresser, so what was sorely lacking from my collection was a smart, simple wool coat.

I decided to treat myself to the Cocoon Wool Coat by Vancouver-based brand Wilfred (sold in Aritzia) in a classic black as it is the epitome of timeless, classic chic while looking current and on trend.

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(via aritzia.com | seen here in Charcoal)

While this piece has definitely been a splurge, I feel like it will see me through several cold seasons and a multitude of different occasions. Dressed down with a pair of sneakers, a beanie, and skinny jeans, this will look just as good as paired with a nice dress and pretty heels or boots.

It is also the softest coat I have ever felt and while it feels substantial enough for even the coldest of days, it is surprisingly light. Since I picked this up on the post-Christmas sales, I am even more excited about my purchase, but even at full price, I think this coat (or a similar one) is a great investment and a definite staple in my wardrobe.

Cold Weather Favorites

Now that fall is truly here to stay, I love bundling up in cozy clothes and treating myself to more rich and hydrating formulas in order to keep my skin supple and healthy during the colder months.

I talked about my style favorites last week, but here you can see two of my absolute must-haves for fall: my huge Asos Blanket Scarf and my Roots Canada Hamilton Toque, which is just about the softest, and coziest thing you can put on your head to stay warm.

Cold Weather Favorites

For my skin, I love a good serum or oil, but as a last step, I love using the Avène Hydrance Optimal Riche moisturizer which is surprisingly light in texture but really packs a punch in terms of hydration. This one is definitely too rich for me in the summer, which is when I like to use the lighter version, but from October to March, this is what I like to use most to keep my skin from getting chapped or dry.

Speaking of chapped, I recently discovered the Body Shop Aloe Lip Care for sensitive skin, which has shot straight to the top of my favorite balms of all time. Now I still love the Nuxe Reve de Miel, especially under lipstick, but this is a beautifully hydrating balm as well that comes in a much more travel-friendly container.

I just squeeze a bit onto the lips (be careful here not to use too much) and spread it with the applicator, which makes for a fuss free, hygienic application. The scent is also very subtle and inoffensive, so it is an all round winner for me.

Fall Edit: Style

Fall is by far my favorite season. The weather gets colder and out come the cozy knits and layers. My style is pretty straightforward and simple, and that doesn’t really change in fall, but I love adding a few key pieces every season.

Fall Edit: Style

Skinny jeans are a must all year round and recently I’ve been loving the Topshop Jamie’s. I think a bit of a ripped knee could add some interest before the weather gets too cold to show even a sliver of skin.

I also love a big blanket scarf to bundle up in, which goes great with a black moto-style leather jacket in these early days of fall. I picked one up last season from Asos, but there still around everywhere.

What’s still missing from my closet is a nice grey fishermen’s style knit. I’m looking for the perfect slouchy but polished knit jumper, but I haven’t found the one yet.

I’m also looking for a big tote to carry around my essentials (and then some) and the Madewell leather tote bags look amazing but are slightly out of my budget. I’ve been checking out some nice alternatives at Nordstrom, but I have yet to take the plunge.

And finally, since I’m preparing for my first Canadian winter, a pair of Sorel boots is high up on my list. I’ve hear good things about them, so I’m thinking about getting a classic pair of the 1964 Premium style.

Wardrobe Staple: Asos Ultimate Easy

My closet space is a pretty simple setup of monochrome basics, and one of my absolute wardrobe staples – the ASOS Ultimate Easy T-Shirt – doesn’t stray from that category.

Asos Ultimate EASY

It’s a flatteringly cut, high neck simple cotton t-shirt with rolled up sleeves that pairs nicely with skinny jeans, shorts, and skirts.

Since this shirt fits true to size, you have a bit of wriggle room with styling options. Size up for an oversized, slouchy style or size down to have it fit more tightly. They also come in a cropped version, but since I’m not one to expose my midriff, I’ve stuck to the regular version.

Asos occasionally do value packs on these shirts, which is where I got a pack of three (black/grey/white) for about 20% off. But even at normal price, these are great value for money. I’ve worn all three colors multiple times and they have held up well in the wash and haven’t shrunken or lost their shape.

So while basic t-shirts might not be the most exciting (or stylish) clothing option, they are great wardrobe staples and build an amazing basis for styling and accessorizing.

Style Wishlist 6/15

In an effort to update my (very monochrome) wardrobe, I’ve been compiling a neat little style wishlist to pinpoint what’s been missing.

As I’m not extremely experimental or prone to following trends when it comes to clothes, it’s mostly accessories that have made it onto the list:

Style Wishlist 6/15

Ray Ban Erika Sunglasses – I’ve been lusting after a new pair of sunglasses for a while now and these seem to fit the bill: classic but not too mainstream, these are a pair of Ray Ban’s that I won’t see on a million other faces, but they still look effortless and cool.

Bar Studs – after having removed my tunnels a few years ago, earrings haven’t been super high on my list, but a simple pair of studs that will go with everything are an absolute no-brainer.

Nike Air Max – the particular pair here was a limited edition from a while ago, but I do love the paisley print and am hoping to find something similar around the internet. If not, I think a pair of plain black Air Max will be a nice addition as well.

Gold Bangles – I’m looking to add a bit more variety to my wrists, which, at the moment, sport nothing but a simple black and gold watch, and a small gold bangle (or a few) might be the way to go. I do like these engraved ones by Christina Kober and the little encouraging message would be a nice everyday boost.

Closet Revamp

In an effort to make my upcoming move a bit easier, I spent a good chunk of last weekend purging my closet. There little else that gives me the same satisfaction as getting rid of unwanted junk in my life. And let me tell you, there was A LOT of junk. I am essentially merging two closets (or rather a closet and a clothing rack), so it was hard to get an overview of the situation at first, but I think I did pretty well.

Closet Revamp

Since my closet was and still is a plethora of monochrome pieces, it wouldn’t be much use showing you the state of it, so I decided to corral some tips that have helped me in the process instead.

1. The Hanger Trick

At the end of 2013, I went through my closet and turned around all the hangers. I would only turn them back when I took out a piece to wear, so by the end of last year, I had a pretty good sense of what I actually wore. I let everything that I had worn be and then proceeded to go through the stuff that hadn’t been touched and evaluated from there.

2. Be Honest

Looking at all the unworn clothes, I still felt attached to some of the pieces, which made it a lot harder for me to give them away. But I decided to be completely honest and think about occasions to wear them to and if there really was the need to hang on to a certain item. Most of the time, I couldn’t come up with anything, so I decided to let those pieces go. It’s an oddly liberating feeling and makes you think about your style and tastes a lot more. Also, if it’s torn or ripped, be honest about your ability to mend clothes. I always promise to fix something and never do, so those things usually get shoved to the back of the closet as well.

3. Consider the Seasons

There’s one thing to keep in mind with the Hanger Trick and that is seasons. Since we didn’t have a very harsh winter last year, a lot of my super thick knits and cozy clothes didn’t get the use they normally would have. If I know I need something for a certain type of weather and I still like the look of it, I’ll keep it. It’s no use throwing out a perfectly fine winter coat if you’re only going to pick up another one when the first snow comes around.

4. Be Sentimental but Reasonable

Of course there are those pieces that have a sentimental value and carry memories. For example, I still have the dress I wore to my brother’s wedding 9 years ago, and even though it’s not my style at all anymore, I love it too much to give it away. For these types of clothes, I reserve and extra bit of space in my closet and keep them away from my everyday stuff. That way, they don’t bother me while rifling through everything else, and I know which section of my closet to head to when I’m looking for something fancy for a special occasion. I have dresses in there that have seen me through multiple festive occasions and it really is nice to have a little collection to rely on if you can’t find the right thing in the stores.