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9-5 Style: Winter Edition

Monday, January 23, 2017
I'm finally adding another post to my 9-5 Style series! I actually love dressing up for work at an office because it gives me an opportunity to play around with so many different pieces I wouldn't normally wear together on a day-to-day basis. Maybe it's because I don't work those 8 hours, all day, everyday like other people (it's only been in the summer!) but I find it so much fun. Depending on where I'm going or what I'm doing, my style varies so outfits I would wear to work combine a lot of pieces you've probably seen but styled much differently. I decided to put together 5 looks so you would have enough inspo to last the whole week!

FYI: The iron in my house broke the time I took these which is why there are wrinkly pieces!!

MONDAY
For Monday's outfit, it's the typical, dress shirt and dress pants type of outfit. The thing that is different about it is that I wore a cropped shirt on top so the bottom of dress shirt still shows. I felt great wearing this outfit and it was a total confidence booster when I wore it to an interview. I loved it so much that I rewore it when I got my photo taken for my work identification in the summer.


Outfit Details
Dress Shirt - H&M
Top - Forever 21
Pants - Dynamite
Jacket - StyleWe
Shoes - Le Chateau (old)

TUESDAY
 For this outfit, I opted for patterned pants instead of regular black ones. As much as I love the pair I own, it gets tiring wearing the same kind of dress pants. I love patterned ones, especially the one I'm wearing below because it's perfect for work!





Outfit Details
Sweater - Zara
Pants - Zara (old)
Blazer - Jacob (old)
Shoes - Zara


WEDNESDAY
MIDDLE OF THE WEEK! Ever since my 7th grade teacher told us what the meaning of Hump Day was, I always looked forward to the middle of the week because the rest of the week was much more relaxed. For this outfit, I changed up the type of dress pants and wore a pair of wide leg pants with a self-tie belt from SheIn. I love the self-tie because it creates the cutest bow. Bow details are seriously the cutest! It can get boring to wear the same ol' black fitted dress pants so try getting a different cut if you're into plain ones!


Outfit Details
Sweater -  H&M
Pants - SheIn

Sleeveless Blazer - River Island
Shoes - Zara

THURSDAY
This Zara knit sweater is seriously my go-to. You can't tell if you follow my blog but if you see me on a regular basis, you'd know I wear this sweater pretty much weekly. It's perfect to lounge around or dress up for work. I wore it with the same wide leg pants like in the previous outfit as well :)


Outfit Details
Sweater - Zara (old)
Pants - SheIn
Shoes - Zara


FRIDAY
Casual Friday. Okay, I never went THAT casual on Fridays when I used to work in an office, it was a rare sight to see me in jeans, but I would like to think I dressed a bit comfier (if I didn't have plans that night). So for this outfit, I wore a ribbed knit with flared detailing on the bottom from H&M with jeans. I accessorized it with a necklace from Cherry Pick. I usually wear necklaces instead of bracelets at work because I've only worked in an office so I'm on the computer a lot and bracelets get distracting when I'm typing.


Outfit Details
Sweater - H&M
Pants - Hollister
Necklace - Cherry Pick
Shoes - Zara



Which outfit was your fave? Let me know in the comments :)

Disclaimer: Item(s) in Outfit 3 and 4 were given to me by SheIn.

How Accessories Can Transform Your Look

Monday, January 16, 2017
By the title of the post, you already know this is more of a style guide post. Not everyone is fortunate to have multiple coats to rock this winter season and even though I have many coats, I tend to stick to the same few for most of the winter season because I'll take warmth over stylish any day. I try my BEST to stay stylish during winter but like last year's "Go-To Winter Outfits" posts, repetition of outfits/outfit formulas for me is KEY to surviving winter.

Depending on the day/type of event I'm attending, I stick to two different coats: 1) Moose Knuckle or 2) Long Black Laura Wool Coat. It's pretty obvious that my Laura coat is for more formal occasions or above 0 degrees weather and my Moose Knuckle for colder days.


Since it hasn't been too cold in Toronto, I've been able to wear my Laura Wool Coat much more so this post will have the exact same outfit but different accessories to show that changing up your accessories can give you a whole new look.


For this first look, it's practically spot-on from one of the outfits in my "Go-To Winter Outfits" post from last year. I love wearing a cape (Express) because it's much thicker and warmer than a normal scarf. The hat (Forever 21) is a great addition when it's not too windy and don't need your ears to be warm!


Throughout all the outfits, I wear my Timberlands because they're the warmest boots I own and they go with any outfit. This one I felt was my most "dressy" one but the boots make it a bit more casual and more of an everyday look.


The second outfit is probably the one I wear the most in the winter because I've been obsessed with my Hudson's Bay Toque ever since I bought it! It covers my ears and is such a classic piece (especially for Canadians) so it's perfect to wear. I wore a MUJI Arm Stole that they were kind enough to gift me back at their A/W Preview.


My favourite thing about the arm stole is that it can be worn multiple ways. You can either wear it like a poncho/cape like my first look or wear it like a normal scarf (without it being too bulky)!


As for the last look, I'm wearing a faux fur headband I got from Hudson's Bay. I've always wanted a faux fur headband so I'm so glad I finally got this one! It adds such an elegant look for the winter. I paired it with a blanket scarf from ASOS that I received last year.

Outfit Details
Sweater - Lord & Taylor
Jeans - Hollister
Coat - Laura (old)
Shoes - Timberlands

Hope you enjoyed today's post and saw how you can achieve different looks by changing up your accessories! Accessories can seriously give you an endless amount of outfits and really transform your overall look :) Leave a comment down below what your go-to accessories are for the winter!

5 Winter Trends You Should Bandwagon On

Thursday, January 12, 2017
As much as people say they don't follow trends or that you shouldn't, we all want to know what's in for the current season. We're human, we're curious and it's totally okay. The trends that I've been noticing in the fashion world (via Instagram, obviously) are ones I think people should try out. I also added a mini wishlist of what I want for each trend :)
1) (FAUX) FUR STOLES


Faux fur stoles have been everywhere this winter season. I for one am loving the colourblocked faux fur stoles. I love how it transforms your coat to a whole new look without spending the price of another coat.


2) PLEATS


Okay, pleats are here to stay. It's been a continuing trend since the summer and whether you want a pleated skirt or pleated top, go for it. I'm obsessed with the colour selection of pleated skirts recently! I personally love maxi accordion pleated skirts because you can easily dress it up or down for whatever occasion.


3) FRILLS/RUFFLES


If you saw my post from earlier this week (click the photo if you'd like to read it!), you'd know that I love the frilled blouse I'm wearing. The versatility is still there but adds so much more to your outfit because of the detailing--whether it's plumetis or just ruffles, these blouses are my favourite!


4) SHEARLING


I have been on the hunt for an affordable faux shearling jacket since last year! Since the beginning of fall, I have been seeing shearling coats EVERYWHERE. They look incredibly cozy and snug and is the perfect coat to wear throughout winter.


5) UNIQUE SLEEVES ON SWEATERS


I don't know about you, but I've been seeing so many unique sweaters recently. Specifically, the sleeves; most of them have cute flared details that I am totally obsessed with. From layered flounced sleeves to bell sleeves, these details make your winter style so much more chic than your regular cable knit!


Which trend are you keen on trying? Let me know in the comments below or if I missed out on any trends you're looking forward to trying!

1 Item, 3 Ways: Frilled Plumetis Blouse (ft. Carolina Pinglo)

Monday, January 9, 2017
I have another styling post for you all, surprise, surprise. I find these posts the most useful and I want to make it a habit to feature more of these kinds of posts versus #OOTD ones. As much as I love a good #OOTD inspo, I feel like Instagram is enough for just one outfit you know? This styling post is featuring my gorgeous friend Carolina Pinglo (at Carolina Pinglo). She's been featured on my blog and Youtube before so you all should know her by now!



After watching Carolina's November haul, I totally fell in love with the frilled blouse she got from Zara that I ended up getting it in the black version for Christmas. We wanted to have another collab post and thought we'd each style the blouse. Although our styles can be similar at times, this post will show you how differently we would style this particular top.

I ended up styling it two different ways--one casual and one formal. I thought it'd be great to show how you can easily take it from day to night. If you want to see the third way to style this blouse, head to Carolina's post that is here!

Outfit 1: Casual

I love how simple yet put together this outfit is. I have been living in these LEVI jeans ever since Neon gave them to me. Neon is a store on Queen St. that let me do some shopping there in honour of them opening up a Toronto location (Here's the blog post for that if you're interested). They're the perfect vintage fit and they also have room for me to wear thermal underneath (because winter is here and your girl needs to keep warm!). To add a bit of a statement piece, I wore my velvet Topshop bag which adds a bit of texture to the overall outfit.


Outfit Details
Top - Zara
Jeans - LEVIS (via Neon)
Shoes - Zara
Bag - Topshop (similar)


Outfit 2: Formal

I'm absolutely obsessed with this H&M pleated skirt I got a couple of months ago! I used to own an accordion pleated skirt back in high school but it was no where as nice as this one. Especially for only $40, it looks and feels gorgeous. Accordion pleated skirts are everywhere and tend to me $70+ so if you're looking for an affordable one, I definitely recommend this one. If you want to see another way I styled this skirt, check out my holiday lookbook :)
Outfit Details
Top - Zara
Skirt - H&M
Shoes - Zara


Hope you enjoyed all the outfit inspo in this post! Leave a comment down below which way you'd wear this top & don't forget to check out Carolina's post and be sure to follow her on all social media: Twitter, Instagram, Youtube.

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