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I’m almost done.
For Day 94, I was feeling very gothic ballerina, much like Natalie Portman in her Academy Award-winning performance in Black Swan. The dress I got at a local indie store in downtown Toronto, while the belt was part of another outfit from Vero Moda.
For Day 95, I further explored my love of gingham print and solely focused on the Forever21 skirt. I kept it simple with a black long sleeve from Forever21 and black and white tassel flats from Kate & Mel.
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I keep slacking, but I’m entering the last 10 days of my challenge and it’s crazy! I can’t believe it’s been a year already.
With the colder weather in tow, it’s important to start dressing for the cooler climate without having to compromise your sense of style.
For these colder months, I really like throwing a pop of colour in (in this case, purple or maroon) against an all-black and grey ensemble. It helps bring warmth to this general look.
Coat – H&M
Gloves – Danier
Purse – Aldo
Dress – Dynamite
I guess you can say I got a little inspiration from Natalie Portman’s performance in Black Swan.
To further exemplify my love of 60s fashion, I wore these swan printed pants with black and white moccasins to finish the look off. While it was a casual look, it as chic enough that it made a bold statement.
Shoes – Plato’s Closet
We are now entering the final 10…thanks to everyone for following my blog and my posts during this time!
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Remember last week when I said that I was pulling clothes for models? Well, here is the exciting follow-up: my internship led me to my first time working Fashion Week. Yeah, you read that correctly.
The event that I was covering was in partnership with The Weather Network. The
fashion show was held on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto and I couldn’t have had a better experience.
My duties prior to the event included pulling outfits, putting the outfits together, taking part in the fittings as well as steaming the final products and giving the role call for the show. I know that this doesn’t sound too glamorous, but I constantly remind myself that there was a point in time when Anna Wintour steamed clothes and worked behind the scenes. Now look where she is.
That is literally the true inspiration behind the lyric, “started from the bottom now we here!”
The headlining endorsement product for this fashion show were Danier and Columbia, who provided coats, jackets, activewear and scarves for the models to wear. I thought it was pretty incredible to see so many people and industries come together to create this show and create unique outfits for each of the 18 models.
Of course, there was an after party that I got to attend and it was a great way to network, make people remember my name (and sense of fashion!!) and, of course, take advantage of the open bar. While I might have gotten a tad bit tipsy (no one noticed thank god!), I managed to walk out of that hotel with a few business cards and prominent figures from the business acknowledging my work and my sense of style. I’d say that this was a win in both my personal and professional life.
I cannot give enough thanks to Afiya Francisco, former Editor-in-Chief and current Style Expert and Founder of The Style House, for taking me under her wing and giving me such an incredible opportunities these last few months. It is really important that you not only network with the right people, but find role models that you know will actually help you and push you towards success.
Since Fashion Week coincided with my #100DaysofFashion Challenge, I will tell you about my outfit and why I chose this particular look.
If my previous posts weren’t a clue, I am in love with polka dots. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that I decided to go for some bold print mixing with my trousers and my blouse being two different kinds of polka dots. This particular look works, as the polka dots on my blouse are opposite to the polka dots on my pants, which offer a nice contrast.
Originally, I had thought that maybe a nude lip would be best for this look. Thankfully, my cousin Julia talked me out of it. “This is Fashion Week, you can be bold,” Julia had told me as I was getting ready. Thank God I listened to her – my look wouldn’t have stood out if I had done a nude lip.
It never hurts getting a second opinion from anyone, no matter how set you are on your look. New perspectives are so important.
Trousers – Forever21
Bracelet – Graduation gift from my neighbours
Ring & Necklace – Flea Market
There is no doubt in my mind that this is only the beginning for me. I am open to every opportunity that comes my way and I feel more fearless than I ever have in my entire life. I am so much more open than I have ever been, as I used to be so rigid and uptight about what I was going to do with my life and what kind of woman I wanted to be.
Now, while I know what I want my goal in life to be and who I want to be, I am so much more flexible with my methods and what opportunities I choose for myself. I find bravery to be one of the most beautiful things a person can have.
I’ve shared a couple photos of my Fashion Week adventure below. Thanks for reading this post and sharing this experience with me!
Of all the things I’m thankful for, I’m most thankful to all the people who have stayed in my life.
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, never stop taking a moment to be thankful for the things you have, the people who love you and the opportunities that will fall upon you. There is always, always something to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Iconic Sex and The City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw once said, “It’s hard to find people who will love you no matter what. I was lucky enough to find three.” She might be just a fictional character, but I am a real person and I know that I am lucky to have found my own three soul mates.
It has been ten years today since us four girls – lovingly named The Core Four – found each other and filled a space in each other’s lives and hearts that we didn’t know needed to be filled.
I can say with all seriousness that we have been through everything together. We survived elementary school, high school and university and we always stayed by each other’s sides no matter what. We have faced bad days, good days, terrible boyfriends and bosses, friends outside our comfortable group and days when sometimes we wished that we could be each other’s biological families.
We have helped each other overcome loss, breakups, pushing each other to believe in love again, cheering each other on with job promotions and final exams and being there for each other when things were “normal”, not just when things were bad or good.
I can say with all my heart that the friendship/sisterhood that I have with these three ladies are the most meaningful and profound relationships I’ve had. There are so many people who aren’t as lucky to have find their best friends as children and be able to keep that relationship strong into adulthood. I can honestly say that my life wouldn’t be as enriched as it is without my best friends.
So here is to ten years of friendship – I love you all very dearly.
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I’ve been slacking on my posts lately, so I am going to make it up to you guys with a sudden rush of posts (stay tuned…).
So many people think that when going for job interviews you are confined to a look of slacks and blazers. While that certainly can be done, you can incorporate parts of your personality into your outfit.
Whether that is through animal printed scarves and shoes or an eye-catching tote bag, you can make a “drab” interview outfit look like something off the runway, while still looking professional and put together.
Scarf – Aldo
Ring – Forever21
Pencil Skirt – Vero Moda
Kitten Heels – Town Shoes
Keep an eye out for more posts in the coming days 😉