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How To Wear Colour At Work And Still Look Professional

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Good evening everyone! I'm trying my best to get back into my Mondays and Thursdays blog schedule but it's been difficult. So this is posted later than usual. I find that posting workwear is the easiest for me since I can shoot this outfit right after I leave work. Compared to last summer, I've been able to come up with so many more outfits. Last year, I would repeat the same like 10 outfits all summer whereas this summer, I've done my best to not re-wear an outfit.
Now that it's my second year at the office I work at, I've felt more comfortable when experimenting with my workwear wardrobe. A lot of people, not even just as my office, never wear colour and I thought for this post I would show two different outfits showing you how I incorporate colour into the workplace.
OUTFIT 1

For this outfit, I'm incredibly excited because I'm wear LAVENDER DRESS PANTS. I got such a good deal for these at Topshop in their clearance section. They were having a buy one get one and these were already on sale for $32 so it was a STEAL at the end. Anyways, I was a bit skeptical wearing these at work because of how much they stand out (even though they are a pastel colour). I decided the best way to wear it was to go for a somewhat monochromatic look by wearing a off-white blouse with purple floral all over it. I thought it toned down the look but also tied it all together. I don't own too many shoes so I opted for these rose gold ones from Aldo!

Outfit Details
Top - H&M 
Pants - Topshop 
Shoes - Aldo

OUTFIT 2

The second outfit, I decided to wear my go-to dress pants from Zara. Matching colour with black or white is the simplest way to get away with colour. Black dress pants are one of my staples for the workplace regardless of the season because it's one of those items you can never go wrong with. Considering this top is lace (with no liner), you have to wear a bandeau underneath. To spice up the outfit a bit, I wore these slip ons from Winners that were only $30! They give me such Gucci slips vibes.

Outfit Details
Top - Zara 
Pants - Zara 
Shoes - Winners

Would you wear colour at your job? Let me know how in the comments below! Don't forget to follow along on Instagram for daily updates on what I'm doing :)

A Review Of Those "Sketchy" Places You're Too Afraid To Order From

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Good morning everyone! I'm excited for this post mainly because it was my first request I've gotten since I started blogging. A lot of people are skeptical of online stores that have warehouses in Asia. I completely understand why; the photos are taken from other websites, the prices are insanely cheap. It's almost too good to be true. This is why I'll be taking the time to review all the stores I've had experience with.

Blogiversary: 10 Things I'm Proud Of

Monday, July 10, 2017
Last week, it was officially my second blogiversary! It's absolutely crazy how much as happened in this 2nd year of blogging. I wrote one last year with all the achievements I'm proud of and I honestly did not think it could get better. 

1) Hair Transformation with Rob Pizzuti

Back in October, I was fortunate enough to work with celebrity master colourist, Rob Pizzuti. Rob works at Hair Artisans Salon in Toronto and for Pai Shau. I remember when he first contacted me and I was astounded by the fact he wanted to work with a small blogger like myself. He is such a funny and great guy and I'm lucky that I've been able to work with him over the past year!
 

2) Ongoing partnerships with clothing companies

Over the past year, I've been working with SheIn. I used to shop their website even before working with them so it was surreal that this company that I'd purchase from wanted to work together. I still work with them and the overalls below are one of my most recent finds! Sadly the button on them did come off. Also, for this particular item, I'd recommend to size up! 

 

3) Invited to Yung Yang's AW show during NYFW 

For this one, I don't have any photos because I didn't actually attend. I was invited to Yung Yang's AW show during NYFW. Although they are a smaller designer, being invited to any show during NYFW was one of my goals so that alone is an achievement for myself!

 4) Spring Campaign with Coach

Okay but this was too good to be true. I was studying for my classical geometries class when I got an email titled "Coach x Adrienne Naval" and I was thinking, "Hold up, this can't be happening." It's crazy how marketing agencies can still find you among the millions of bloggers. The campaign was specifically for Instagram but I was too excited that I had a blog post on styling a statement bag.
 

5) October 2016 with VANS

I'm not one to wear sneakers all the time but I heard so many good things about VANS! This was one of the first campaigns I ever worked on and you can tell how different my editing style was then in the photos below. I'll always laugh at this shoot because it was one of the quickest shoots Mikayla and I ever did and another friend of mine actually saw us taking these photos and thought how weird we were haha. Also, can we take in the long hair?! Good ol' Baby Blogger Adrienne days.
 

6) Converse Campaign with Little Burgundy

In April, I got to work with Little Burgundy on their Converse campaign. I've loved Converse and have worn them since I was in elementary school so this was really fun for me to work on. It was definitely a challenge to style these because they are more of an athletic-wear kind of shoe but I managed and was really happy with the result!
 

7) The improvement in the quality of my photos and the photos I've taken for my friends

A couple of the things I'm always continuously doing is trying to improve the quality of my blog through photos, different types of posts, etc. After two years of blogging, I'm so happy with how my photos have been lately. I'm not quite at the level of creativity that I want to be on when it comes to my blog but I'm slowly progressing towards there. With that, I've also improved on the photos I've taken for my best friends (who are also bloggers).
 

8) Launched my Youtube Channel

This one isn't blog-related but it is influencer-related. I launched a Youtube channel back in October and although I haven't been consistent when it comes to posting, I'm super happy I did it. I feel like when you start something like Youtube, especially vlogs, you become more comfortable with yourself. I also plan on uploading more often now (hopefully weekly so be sure to subscribe!)
 

9) Reached 1000 followers on Instagram

I think a lot of people can relate to how hard it is to gain followers on Instagram. I'm not about buying followers or using like pods when it comes to my engagement so I've found it a struggle to get my content out there. It's such a small number but I am happy I reached this milestone on Instagram!

10) All the new friendships I've made through blogging

Of course I saved the very best for last.......MY BEST FRIENDS. Okay, I met Mikayla before the second year of blogging but I'm going to include her anyways. This past year, I also met Carolina who, if you keep up with my Instagram and Twitter, we are together all the time - literally weekly. Both of these girls have easily become my best friends and I can't even remember what it was like before that. October 1, 2016 is the officially friendiversary between all 3 of us :)
 

Now that is my recap over the past year of blogging! I'm genuinely happy with how this blogging journey has come. Not even because of the opportunities I get but more so with the friendships it created. Can't wait to see what the next year of blogging brings to my life! 

What is something you're most proud of this past year? Let me know in the comments below!

My University Experience

Friday, June 30, 2017
A couple of weeks ago, (June 15 to be exact) I officially became a graduate of the University of Toronto! As you know, I've been studying there the past 5 years working towards my Honours Bachelor of Sciences with a double major in mathematics and art history. It's been a crazy ride and I thought I'd share a few things I learned over the last half decade I was studying.


1) You know what's best for you so don't always listen to what other people think.

Even though faculty members are there to help you, you shouldn't always listen to what they say. Back in first year (September 2012), I was enrolled in a business program that required certain grades to stay in the program. I was struggling throughout and although I went to lectures, office hours, tutorial, tutorial office hours and read additional reading material, I still was struggling. Towards exam season, faculty members met with students who weren't meeting the minimum grade requirement and as I explained how I improved my grades a lot throughout the year, the advisor specifically said how it wasn't possible to improve (even though mathematically, there was no issue). Having someone say "You can't do it" was defeating and since it was my first year in university, I felt that they knew better than I did. The following years were really difficult for me because I used to have the mentality that nothing was impossible so gaining that back took a while.


2) It's okay to change programs

After final grades were released, I ended up changing programs. It wasn't the ideal choice but I tried my best in the business program and I honestly wasn't even happy with the courses I was taking (and it wasn't just because I wasn't getting grades I was satisfied with). I planned everything around that program so when I changed, I was pretty lost because I had no idea what to do. I decided I didn't want to take a year off to "find myself" but to just take programs with courses I liked which was math and art history.


3) It's okay to not know exactly what you want during university

Everyone feels lost in university. It might appear on social media that everyone has their life together but I guarantee you that most of those people are just as lost. They don't know what they want to do after graduation or even what they want during their undergrad. I was definitely that person who had no idea after I switched programs and to be completely transparent, I didn't know until last year.

4) It's okay to take an extra semester, year, whatever

Since I changed programs, I fell behind a year. I tried to take the maximum amount of courses but it started to affect my health overall. It was really hard managing but I also didn't want to feel like a failure for not finishing in 4 years.  I am incredibly happy I did take the extra year though. I ended up being able to focus on myself and I am genuinely happy with how my life is.

Of course this wouldn't be a completed post for me without showing you my outfit! For my high school graduation and prom, I didn't spend a lot of money on those dresses. They literally were $20 and $50 respectively. So for my university graduation, I thought I'd treat myself to a dress that I could re-wear to any event. 


Whether it's an outdoor wedding or family reunion, I feel like this is the perfect kind of dress. The long sleeves make it appropriate for any event but the sheerness of them makes it perfect for the warm weather. I actually sent this look for Fashion Magazine's Style Panel so check it out here if you want to see the other looks bloggers came up with!

 Also as a side note, if you're planning on having an event, you should check out Paperless Post for e-invites. I was introduced to it last year and it's a great way to send out invitations in a faster way. I'm saying this now because I'll have an upcoming post in collaboration with them :) So check out their stuff here!


Outfit Details
Bag - Topshop (old)
Shoes - ASOS (old)

Did you finish school? What did you study or are currently studying? Let me know in the comments below! :)

The Simple Upgrade Your Hat Needs: Summer Edition

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Good morning everyone! I haven't done a fashion "DIY" or any DIY on my blog in a while. I actually have so many fashion-related DIYs on my blog spreadsheet that I figured I should start on working through them. Like I said in a previous post (or at least I think I did), I mentioned how I wanted to have different types of fashion posts instead of just style guides. As much as I love them, I want to shake it up a bit.
   
Straw hats have been an on-going summer trend since last year and it's definitely a classic summer piece that will never go out of style. With that being said, there are a few ways of spicing up your hat (even if it's temporary) so that you can switch things up a bit. I had a similar post like this back in September but I thought a summer edition was appropriate with the beautiful weather Toronto has been having!

 

I put DIY in quotations, mainly because all you have to do for this is use body tape to stick on fake flowers that I got from the dollar store. I use this versus double sided scotch tape because it's flexible and can bend the tape better than scotch tape. As for the outfit, I wore a gingham romper that has a bow back. Gingham has been one of those trends that have been seen everywhere. I wore a pair of Converse Pro Leather since this day (which was actually yesterday), Carolina and I decided to have a picnic on the rocks by the lake. This picnic was actually so much fun even though it ended off with geese invading it...literally.
   
I love that the bow can be taken on and off this romper. I personally love bow details so I kept it on but there is a slit on the back of the romper where the ribbon goes. You could even add a plain black one instead of the gingham one provided if you wanted! I actually think that'd be super cute now that I realized that.
   
Outfit Details
Romper - SheIn
Hat - Mendocino
Shoes - Converse

Anyways, that is it for this week's post! I will actually have one up on Mondays (I know, if I usually post once a week it's a Monday, not Thursday!!) Also, hope you like that this outfit post was taken in a bit of a more lifestyle setting! Can't wait for you to see Monday's post where my graduation dress is featured :) Let me know what you think of the gingham trend in the comments!

Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with SheIn

9-5 Style: Summer Lookbook

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Good morning everyone! Now that it's been freakishly warm in Toronto, I thought it'd be perfect to share a workwear summer lookbook. I'm trying to space out my workwear fashion posts because to be honest, I could have one all the time since I've been working full time the past couple of months!

A huge struggle for me during the summer is how to properly dress for the office because it can be really cold inside but the minute I walk outside, I'm sweating. I put together 3 looks that I've worn to work within the past week that I think are perfect for the season!

OUTFIT 1

I love how light and breezy this outfit is. I got the top from H&M for only $10 which is SUCH a good deal. I paired it with these straight leg dress pants from Dynamite to give the overall look a very feminine approach. To finish the look, I used a pair of rose gold sandals and accessorized with the typical Cherry Pick bracelet and Fossil watch combo.

Outfit Details
Top - H&M
Pants - Dynamite
Shoes - Aldo
Watch - Fossil
Bracelet - Cherry Pick
OUTFIT 2

A huge tip I recommend when it comes to summer workwear is to wear chiffon or satin blouses. They're extremely light and airy for the warm season. I love this floral print blouse I recently got at H&M. I paired it with a navy linen shorts I got from there last year. H&M is usually my go-to which is why there's probably at least one piece in each outfit featuring them.

Outfit Details
Blouse - H&M
Shorts - H&M
Shoes - Aldo

OUTFIT 3
For the last outfit, I'm not going to lie, it was a last minute outfit I put together early in the morning yesterday. I ended up being really happy with how it turned out after looking at the photos yesterday. I was telling one of my coworkers yesterday how the two pieces (the top and skirt) are my go-to pieces. You can always catch me wearing the top with any bottoms and the skirt with any top because they're black and white. It's so easy to match with anything in my closet so since I put those pieces together, I decided to add a scarf I got from Value Village. Literally, it was $2 and it's been a go-to accessory of mine ever since!

Outfit Details
Top - Zara (old)
Skirt - Zara (old)
Shoes - Zara
Scarf - Value Village // thrifted
Hope you enjoyed today's post! Which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! :)

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