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Styling Athletic Shoes for the Unathletic Person

Monday, May 29, 2017

GOOD MORNING! I am SUPER excited for this post because there is a giveaway at the end for all my Canadian readers that's being held on my Instagram. Long story short, Converse launched a Canadian e-commerce website and to celebrate that, I want to give away a free pair of Converse to one of my lovely readers. All the details for how to enter will be at the bottom of the post :) 
If you know me, I'm not an athletic person AT ALL. A while back I received the new Converse Leather Pro LP shoes for their campaign and as much as I love how comfortable they are, figuring out how to style it has been a journey. They are definitely on the more athletic/casual side so it's been fun to try out different outfits so today, I bring you 3 looks on how I've styled them!

OUTFIT 1: CASUAL

 The first outfit is the most casual outfit you'll ever catch me in. Whenever I think of athletic shoes, I think of being super casual. I decided to pair the shoes in a basic way, being a graphic tee, skirt and bandana. I decided to go for a complete black and white look for those minimalistic city vibes!

Outfit Details
Top - Nakd
Skirt - Zara (old)
Scarf - Ardenes
Shoes - Converse

OUTFIT 2: STREET STYLE 

Wearing athletic type of shoes with a maxi pleated skirt is something I wouldn't normally do but in the spirit of street style, I was totally feeling the look and paired it off with a leather jacket! The pink in the sweater adds some interest and since it's fairly chilly this spring season, it's perfect!


Outfit Details
Top - H&M
Jacket - Ardenes
Skirt - Joe Fresh x FLARE (old)
Shoes - Converse

OUTFIT 3: CITY CHIC

The last outfit is definitely my favourite. I wanted to go for another city vibe outfit. I decided to go for the LEVIs 501 jeans because they are the perfect cut to dress up or down. I wanted it to be half casual and half dressy by having a graphic tee and blazer. The thin scarf was never a trend that I really tried out when it was more in season but I love the effect it adds to the overall outfit!


Outfit Details
Top - Brandy Melville
Blazer - ROMWE
Belt - Aldo
Shoes - Converse

Which outfit was your favourite? Be sure to let me know in the comments below :) Hope you have a lovely week!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: 

1) Must be following me and Converse on Instagram (@aanaval and @converse
2) Legal resident of Canada 
3) Tag a friend and comment on the entry photo on which Converse style you'd pick using  #converseca 



All entries must be received by Friday June 9 and the winner will be announced on Saturday June 10! 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Converse.

Lavender Lookbook

Monday, May 22, 2017

Good afternoon/evening! Today's post is coming to you a little later in the day because of technical struggles with my hard drive. Anyways, today's the last day of the long weekend and I've been constantly on the go this entire year. Whether it's going to work, getting blog content, I always have something to do, which is a good thing!
Now onto the post! My favourite colour is purple, specifically lavender. I love wearing lavender during the spring and summer because of how perfect the shade is with just about anything spring related. After realizing the lavender pieces I got this year and have yet to showcase on my blog, I thought it'd be perfect to have a lookbook based on how I wear lavender.

OUTFIT 1

This outfit isn't out of this world or anything life changing like that. It's a super simple outfit with a thin lavender sweater from H&M and an overall dress from Forever 21. I love the fact that the overall dress isn't the typical button up one but a zipper all the way down (similar to the Dynamite denim dress I've worn on my blog before!)

 
Outfit Details
Top -  H&M
Dress - Forever21
Shoes - Converse

OUTFIT 2

I am so obsessed with this frilled top from H&M! I got it for $15 which was such a steal considering it was originally $60. I've worn it before (in my Shop My Instagram Outfits) but this time, I styled it with a white sleeveless blazer and grey jeans instead. It's half dressy but half casual because of the shoes I chose.


Outfit Details 
Top - H&M
Pants - Bluenotes
Blazer - Winners
Shoes - VANS

 OUTFIT 3

I'm sure I've mentioned this before but one of my favourite parts about blogging is how experimental I can get with my wardrobe. A few months ago, I had a "Pattern Mixing" post but if you noticed, they were very subtle. This time, I felt comfortable to have more a bolder approach to the trend. 

Outfit Details
Top - H&M
Skirt - H&M (old)
Shoes - ASOS (old)
Hope you enjoyed your (long) weekend! Let me know in the comments what your favourite colour is to wear for spring :)

The Underrated Influencers/Instagrammers You Must Follow

Thursday, May 18, 2017

With all the bloggers and influencers out there, it's hard to keep track of them all! There's thousands of them all over the world and you may not necessarily relate to all the ones that made it big. There are also so many bloggers that I feel are underrated and deserve more attention so I thought I'd compile a list of my favourite influencers (with under 100K followers) that I've been following recently. If you follow any of them, be sure to let them know I sent you :)


@DRESSWITHYAS

This girl is such a sweetheart. I love how her outfits are all so different. She doesn't stick to a specific colour palette and all her outfits as put together. Sometimes she'll have edgier shoes but an elegant blouse. I'm all for mixing different styles which is why I love all of Yasmin's stuff.

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@ACID.M

Marie is adorable! Whenever she wears a beret and red lips, she looks Parisian (even though Parisians don't actually dress like that, you get my point). She's able to rock any style, whether it's more street style or more minimalist, she always looks fab.


@PEEXO

I followed Patricia after my friend Carolina introduced me to her videos when I needed more fashion inspo! I love her outfits she puts together and definitely deserves more recognition!

A lighter colour palette for spring is top of my list Outfit details: http://liketk.it/2rl0a #liketkit

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@LUCITISIMA

Basically I followed her because she looks cool in every photo. If I could look even half as cool as Lucita then I'd be happy.

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@SANSSOUCI.A

I don't usually follow back on Instagram but when I saw SANSSOUCI, I immediately followed back. There's just something about seeing fashion through her eyes. The way she puts her content together is incredible and unique which is hard to find on Instagram nowadays!


@WHEREISEEFASHION

This account is one of my favourites that I followed back when I would use Tumblr! I love seeing how the owner of this account sees fashion in absolutely everything. It makes me look at everything differently.

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@ARTLEXACHUNG

I always knew how fashion designers take inspiration from different centuries but seeing side by side comparisons of modern versions is absolutely incredible. I love how Alexa Chung emulates these famous artworks perfectly without intentionally doing so, or maybe it is intentional. Either way, it's gorgeous!

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As a bonus, I thought I'd include 4 bloggers/Youtubers whose Instagram accounts that I'm so in love with!
@MILENALESECRET

I'm surprised I never knew who Milena was until this year! I love how she tries out basically any trend and can look flawless in anything!

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@XENIAOVERDOSE

I feel like you can't mention Milena and not mention Xenia and vice versa. I love their friendship so much - it reminds them of mine and Carolina's actually. We relate to them so much haha. Anyways, I love how raw and authentic Xenia's feed is. Like the other people I've mentioned, her style can change depending on what she's doing.

@TLNIQUE

I mentioned before, in my styling neckerchiefs post how much I love Levi's blog and style. She always looks so effortless in her photos.


@TESSCHRISTINEXO

Lastly, I obviously had to include my favourite Youtuber! Tess is so down to earth and her videos have only gotten better.

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Who do you think are underrated influencers? Let me know in the comments! :)

The Unexpected Colour You Should Wear for Spring

Monday, May 15, 2017
Good morning and happy Monday! I'm already on my 3rd week of work which is crazy. Today's post looks a bit more summery now that I look at it but with the really nice weather we are expecting in Toronto this week, I'm still going to post it now! By the title, this post is oriented around a certain colour which is sage. I've said before how I tend to lighter colours in the spring/summer months and if you know me, I don't like to go for the "typical" spring colours all the time. I love experimenting and one of the colours I've been loving is sage. If you noticed in the fall/winter, I wore a lot of forest green which is another favourite colour of mine to wear. The green and purple family I think are my absolute favourite to wear!

OUTFIT 1

For the first outfit, you've seen this trench coat before in my spring lookbook back in March. I'm obsessed with it and I think it's unique compared to other pastel colours you see during the spring season. I paired it with denim shorts and a cream top from Forever 21 that I got years ago. I opted for Chuck Taylor's because they're my go-to shoes whenever I go out in the spring/summer.

Outfit Details
Jacket - ASOS (old)
Top - Forever 21 (old)
Shorts - Zara (old)
Shoes - Converse

OUTFIT 2

As for the second outfit, it features a romper I got from Rosegal. Rosegal is comparable to stores like Zaful, ROMWE and SheIn. They have a lot of variety in terms of types of clothing; from pinup dresses to street style to vintage, there's a huge range of products. I was contacted to do a review on this item which is why it's featured in this post. Personally, the fit of this particular romper isn't the best. Since there was no style gallery to refer to, I relied on the photo. It looks like the elastic is fitted at the waist when actually it doesn't so I wouldn't recommend this item. I'm not sure about their other items but for this one, I would unforunately have to give it a thumbs down. Colour-wise, I think pairing it with denim is super cute for spring. I love the colour combination of green and blue (it's my favourite combo actually!)

Outfit Details
Romper - Rosegal
Jacket - Boohoo
Hat - Forever21
Shoes - Aldo
Bag - Topshop

Hope you enjoyed today's post! Let me know in the comments what colour you're planning on rocking this season.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Rosegal.

How To Take Your Outfit from Work to Night

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Happy Thursday! I apologize for not getting a post up on Monday but if you kept up with my Twitter, there was a bit of a TMI update. Basically I had a bunch of terrible nosebleeds that I ended up postponing photoshoots that I had planned.

ONTO THE POST!

I've mentioned before how I started working full time again and since then, it's been a bit hectic going straight from work to the city to shoot blog stuff so I decided to have a "Day to Night" outfit look that shows how to take your work outfit to night (obviously), without changing much.


For the first look, I wore a sleeveless black knit and a wrap skirt from SheIn. I love this skirt because it's so versatile. I've been able to wear it casually to the mall, more of a street style look and at work. I paired it with an old H&M blazer that has a similar pattern so it looks like it was a matching set. I think it did the job pretty well! I paired it with the new go-to work shoes which are slingback heels from Zara. I wear these ones all the time because of how big the block is. It's the perfect size so that I can walk around the office all day. I paired it with Rudsak's Middleton Bag that I got a couple of years ago. It's perfect for the work because of the size (fits documents, etc.) and all the different compartments!


The night look doesn't have a lot of changes. All I did was lose the blazer and add fishnets to the look. I kept everything else the same. I didn't change my hair or makeup but if you do, you can totally make it even more a "night out" look!

Hope you enjoyed today's post! Do you want to see more workwear outfits from me? Let me know in the comments below :)

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