Monday, 14 May 2018

Jeans and a T-shirt: a ritual

t-shirt - Ardene | jeans - old and DIY Forever21 | slides - Matt & Nat | handbag - thrifted | belt - Forever21 | sunnies - Rayban 

The t-shirt and jeans combination is probably the most basic and easygoing pairing you could style with clothes. No one ever said it had to be boring though. There are so many ways to make a simple outfit more interesting and spring is the time to try it. I didn't have to throw on a jacket on this day, it was beautiful out and wearing this dainty polkadot tee was felt lovely in the sun. I rolled up the sleeves to give it a more relaxed vibe. I still had to wear jeans so I threw on the classic black skinnies with rips in the knees. No matter the year, I feel like these jeans are a staple in my wardrobe and always work with the trending pieces of the season. To add some unique accessories to the base of the outfit, I chose these modern slides from Matt & Nat. I love the way they elongate my legs from the ankle. I also added a double o-ring belt to emphasize the high-waisted jeans & to match the gold of my earrings. Pairing this woven handbag was so fun! I absolutely love brown this season and these little hand-held bags are all in for the spring and summer time. These kind of bags give a really put together look but is easy to style with simple outfits or an evening dress. I just found mine at the thrift store for 5$. Because of the pop of warmth from the bag I chose to style my fun hexagonal Raybans. The brown lenses are so unique and add such a great vibe to this outfit. 

Each of the accessories made the simple jeans & t-shirt look come together into an actual outfit. I always think it's easy to dress up a basic wardrobe with more unique shoes and accessories, which is why I mostly shop second hand clothes and invest in new accessories that I know I can wear over and over again. I wear an outfit similar to this on most days just switching out the jeans for trousers and playing with all my different band and graphic tees. I'm definitely a t-shirt gal and will always find a way to make them look chic or edgy depending on my mood. I think that's why I love collecting t-shirts; because I can make them match the way I'm feeling. 
Do you have a favourite t-shirt that you know you'll never get rid of?

Thanks so much for reading,

Thursday, 10 May 2018

It's beginning: Spring

jacket - vintage Danier | turtleneck - thrifted | trousers - H&M | boots - Zara | earrings - machete jewelry | tote - common supply

Spring time comes around late in Southern Ontario. We are so self-aware to the point that they make car commercials advertising the fact that winter seems like it's over but it will come back with snow and freezing rain and ice so without winter tires you're basically f*cked. I like to make sure my outfits have the same fail-safe that all season tires have; the insurance of being able to cover up if the winter chill is still lingering there in the shade on what seems like perfectly sunny days. 

I chose these trousers that are a nice thick fabric but still incredibly breathable. They are really lovely quality and the cut is a nice tailored look. I wanted to dress them casual on top with a plain black ribbed turtleneck that was thrifted. The cropped coat is vintage Danier, a Canadian leather company, found at the thrift store for 10$! It's a fairly stiff suede leather* and quite cropped so this isn't my every day jacket but I thought it paired nicely with this outfit. With days that go up and down in temperature here, having a jacket is still a must, so when you're not in the sun you're also not catching a cold from the chilly wind. I like to make outfits interchangeable from jacket on to still being interesting when the jacket can come off! Of course, I threw on my net tote bag that I bought off of the etsy shop Common Supply last year, I don't think she is selling any more but I believe amazon has also hopped on this trend. These bags remind me of summer at the beach or going to a market and picking the nicest apples. I love the natural cotton look and they are also washable!

*I've said before on my YouTube channel that I believe in recycling leather and suede from the thrift store. I think it is worth it and actually important to seek these pieces out instead of shopping at Zara or Aritzia for leather jackets. Then already-made pieces of real leather are reused and don't just go to waste. I have problems with mass produces leather just because there is no real need to use real leather anymore other than to be on trend, and I don't buy it. Faux leather jackets from mass production stores look just as stylish as the real leather ones created by the same companies. They are produced to charge insane amounts of money for inhumane & old fashioned ideals. Why buy real leather while the faux leather jacket beside it 1. looks like the same quality and 2. is actually a realistic price for a jacket? 

I love the colours in this outfit and although the burnt orangey-brown is quite autumnal, brown is definitely a key colour this year. I can picture myself wearing these trousers with a crisp white blouse as well with simple slides and a baker boy cap once it warms up just a tad more. I have more springtime outfits on the way before summer truly hits so stay tuned!

As always, thanks so much for reading,

Saturday, 31 March 2018

New Edition: Dark Forest Green Blazer

"Now we come to the most pressing problem of the time. Shall you or shall you not wear a hat? It is really the completion of your outfit and in another way, it is very often the best way to show your personality. It is easier to express yourself sometimes with your hat than t is with your clothes." - Christian Dior's Little Dictionary of Fashion

"Green; It is suppose to be an unlucky colour. I think that is entirely wrong. I am superstitious and green has always been good for me. And it is a lovely colour and very elegant. It is a colour of Nature-and when you follow Nature for your colour schemes you can never go far wrong. I love to see green used in every shade and in every material-from tweed in the morning to satin in the evening. There is green for everyone and for every complexion." - Christian Dior's Little Dictionary of Fashion
blazer - Zara sale | blouse - Dynamite | mom jeans - vintage GAP | beret - forever21 | boots - Dr Martens | bag - forever21

Being able to style colour always feels like an achievement. As we go through the stages of evolving our personal styles, I think almost everyone went through the phase of being "edgy" and "fashionable" because they only ever wear black. If that was only me please tell it to me straight and let me know. The main obstacle I face while getting dressed every day, is that the combinations of certain colours really bug me; Navy and denim, brown and black, any light colour styled with white. I always feel myself slipping back to adding black as the base element. Recently I've been picking out a lot of white and cream to style monochrome outfits with a pop of colour as an accent and this is a huge step for me.
The outfit pictured here looks quite easygoing and simple compared to our fashion world in 2018, but for me it really is quite out of my comfort zone. I have four main colours I worked with, black white, denim and green. Green is an addition I normally would never go for in my wardrobe but I found this beautiful blazer from Zara that I couldn't pass up. The colour is so reminiscent of the 70s coloured suits, I thought it would work really well into most of my basic outfits and be a great statement jacket for my wardrobe. Usually if I wear denim, I only ever wear white or black to complement it and to not overstep with too many different tones. I think the easiest way to get past my phobia of wearing colour, the best thing I can do is to purchase the statement or trend pieces I want to utilize in colour instead of neutral colours. That way when I'm bringing together an outfit the colour comes to the outfit as a statement and can be paired with a neutral base.
Right now my neutral colours for simple styling are black, white (creams & off-white), denim, and warm toned browns. I recently started injecting more camel coloured pieces into my closet and right now am looking for a pair of tan or camel trousers to add into my staple wardrobe for spring & summer. The black and white polkadot blouse is a new selection that is a simple addition to any outfit. Along with the four tonal groups I mentioned, I've found that classic patterns like stripes, dots or check are favourable when you feel an outfit is lack-lustre and needs to step it up. I even find that styling bold colours work really well with black & white classic patterns, i.e picnic blanket checked trousers with a yellow sweater. 
P.S. My favourite and go-to colour combos of the moment right now are denim & white, white & grey, camel & denim, red & denim, yellow & check, black and white stripes & camel.

I hope you enjoyed reading this little spill of thoughts. Let me know if you think styling colour is easy or if I'm not alone with my styling issues!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Creative Spotlight: Thuya Floral Arts

Tasha is a one-woman wonder who is the creative director of Thuya Floral Arts and runs her brick & mortar florist shop in downtown Hamilton. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in Tasha's floral studio & shop with my talented friend Caranina for the relaunch of her jewelry website (more info on Shop Caranina very soon!) Thuya Floral Arts is a beautiful hole-in-the-wall on King St. East with floor to ceiling windows on one wall and floor to ceiling velvet drapes hanging on the other. She has collected a marvellous selection of curated homeware, along with locally made made pottery that you might love to purchase to compliment a recently bought flower bouquet. Which brings us to our main event, the flowers. 

Tasha is an incredibly talented floral designer and photographer with an eye for interior design, who works with fresh cut flowers for all occasions. Caranina and Tasha collaborated to expertly bring together the (wo)man-made jewelry in polished silver and brass contrasted against blooms and delicate petals from mother nature. My job was being the hand mannequin and making sure my nails looked extra pretty, and I had such a fun day with these two creators. I wish I hadn't forgotten my camera that day (silly me) but I'm sure I'll be returning as a customer soon anyways. The shop with light casting in, the smell of fresh-cut flowers and the three of us locked in with calm music while the rest of the world hurried past the windows outside seemed like a whole other world. I had a lovely day and to top it all off Tasha was so kind to gift me a stunning bouquet. Her bouquets seem to have this beautiful coordination of elegance and wildness; it's like she scooped up all the wildflowers she wanted in a meadow and assembled them all with lavish roses and greenery. Tasha's bouquets look as though they could be in a Monet painting or featured in a modern style wedding. She imports the most unique blooms in from Holland at this time of year, some of which we used for the jewelry lookbook with Shop Caranina. I'll be sure to link her Instagram and Website. I'm so thankful to get to know a local brand created by such a hard working individual. Thanks so much Tasha!

As always, thanks for reading, 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Bookclub: Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Hey readers! Today I wanted to introduce two friends that I luckily met through the wonderful book world. Primarily we are coworkers at a book store, but with that, came the fact that we are all passionate about reading! Both of them have amazing talents and I'm proud to call them some of my greatest friends, so when we decided to start a monthly book club I knew it was going to be a series on my blog as well. Welcome to the TDH Book Club!

Taylor: @readsbyta
who are you: I'm a film graduate and a lover of books! The dream is to combine these two passions one day.
fave reads: Super into fantasy/scifi! My imagination just booms in these types of written environments.
weird fact: I like food puns and I'm starting to collect many pairs of glasses.

Dayla: @daylafm & her blog
who are you: I'm a writer who blogs about books and loves to share my love for the written book.
fave reads: I love contemporary romance, especially in young adult.
weird fact: I sometimes act out scenes from the books I'm writing in the shower. Volume control is important.

This time I'm bringing you our January read and to start this whole thing off we have Scythe by Neal Shusterman, a gripping science fiction novel set in what seems like a utopian time on Earth. 2042 is the year when death is considered unnatural. That's right, by that year, humans have overcome death by natural causes and the medical system can even revive someone from being absolutely dead. Along with curing death and eradicating all disease, they can turn back your physical clock and make you 25 again. With no death, age, misery, or war, having infinite human lives causes problems with population control so with this advancement comes the Scythedom. Trained scythes are expected to glean (kill) an amount of people to meet a quota for that year to reduce the populous, and that's where our two protagonists come in; they both somehow become a part of a scythe's gleaning. Citra and Rowen are then picked to become this scythe's apprentices even though neither truly want the role. And that is why they are chosen.

We had a lot of fun reading this book together and although Dayla of course zipped through it within the first week of January, it turned out to be one of my favourite reading experiences. We respected the no spoilers rule but always were getting each other excited for what was coming up next so when we were all finished and got together to specifically talk about our thoughts on the novel, the room was filled with our energy and awe over this book.

Scythe touches on some heavy themes of mortality and what makes us human along with questioning who or what we are if we loose our compassion and morals. The main idea is that even if killing is a job in this world, scythes must not become desensitized to what they do. The Scythedom tries to keep training and recruitment incredibly specialized so only a select few apprentices actually become full-fledged scythes. They can't afford corruption, so scythes with empathy for others become the best ones.

"My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human."  Neal Shusterman, Scythe

Dayla, Taylor and I discussed this part of the book quite a bit because of the antagonist and his ideals that intensely differ from the rest of the Scythedom, trying to selfishly make gleaning an enjoyable job. We decided that "like kings & queens, scythes cannot want to do what they do. Kings should not want to rule so that power does not get in the way of making rational choices for the people. Scythes should not want to kill and shouldn't kill just because they have the power to." (Something I wrote down at our coffee table as D & T discussed it.)
Scythes must hate killing, but do it to give the rest of humanity a better life. We see that the most worshipped and praised scythes are the ones who create their own methods of gleaning and coping with the process. Usually, these styles are quick, humane and reassuring to the families that looses their loved one.

This book is filled of quotations that directly question where our society is going with the advancements of technology and evolution of ideals. With infinite life spans, are humans able to be happier and live more meaningful lives? One would suspect so, but without a time limit, human choices would seem to be more about instantaneous rewards and less about working towards a goal. 

“Mortals fantasied that love was eternal and its loss unimaginable. Now we know neither is true. Love remained mortal, while we became eternal.” ― Neal ShustermanScythe

And on the subject of love and raising a family, what happiness does one feel about making a life with a loved one when they have the time to have multiple long-term marriages that simply end when they are bored and tired of them?

Shusterman truly introduced every form of technology as if the reader already understood and lived with it, which I appreciated and made the book feel more like science then fiction. Reading Scythe honestly provoked so many questions to actually research within science forums like I strongly believe that science fiction is important to our world to inspire where we can end up in a utopian future or what we can change to avoid a dystopian future. All and all, this was a perfect start to January 2018, because every day concepts like these are being considered and questioned by science. Is it possible to get to this advancement in our world in 30 years? I wouldn't put it past the minds of our generation. If our only strength on this earth is to constantly evolve and change, then I firmly believe that at some point we will be baffled by the fact that we might not have survived what they used to call "sickness". 

P.S. Lucky for us Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) is now available! Dayla already finished it and gave it 5 stars & claimed it was better than Scythe. I am ready. Follow #TDHbookclub on Instagram for our next novel choices and updates!

"Nature deemed that to be born was an automatic sentence to death, and then brought about that death with vicious consistency." ― Neal ShustermanScythe

Haylie's rating: 5 stars "I'm feeling so many things right now and dying!"
Taylor's rating: 5 stars "I'm addicted and need more."
Dayla's rating: 5 stars "Holy poop balls, I want more."

As always,
thanks for reading,