Monday, 21 July 2014

What to NOT Wear to a Wedding (The Bride will never Forgive You)

Recently, I've been watching quite a lot of dramas, and believe me, most of them had at least one wedding scene! These days I pay more attention to wedding scenes to observe what the actors wear. Since high school ended, me and my friends keep signing each others' yearbooks, jokingly promising we'll become each others' bridesmaids or that we'll race to see who'll be the first to send out those wedding invitations. I'm not in a hurry, but I thought it'd be a nice and helpful post to give out some hints for attire on a wedding day of a friend's or closed one's!

Bridesmaids usually have matching dresses (or similar dresses) while guests usually have their own option of how they wish to dress. So, assuming you will be attending as a gust, here's a small tip from watching some wedding scenes: don't wear black- it may be interpreted as a bad omen; don't wear white either- too bright; dark coloured; or any bold dress that will outshine the bride on her big day!Light coloured dresses such as tan and beige are great choices for attending a wedding! Of course, these aren't actually laws fixed by the government, but it's a good head's up for future reference! 

And with that, I'd like to introduce, a company that specializes in selling dresses of all sorts- prom dresses, evening dresses, formal dresses, cocktail dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding dresses... you name it. Here are my top 4 picks for dresses to wear to a wedding from their wide variety of dresses:

I'd more likely prefer to wear a short dress to a wedding. I have never been a big fan of long dresses until I started searching for them for my graduation banquet. For some reason, I used to think short dresses were "short and sweet" while long ones just drag all the way down to the floor and didn't look as attractive. Now, I can easily start gawking over the beauty of long dresses. However, wearing short dresses helps me be certain I won't be tripping over my own dress, learning from my experience of my banquet dinner that happened during the end of May (you won't be able to guess the number of times I had stepped on my dress). But otherwise, long dresses most certainly have their own beauty!  I'd definitely wear one of these two long dresses to a wedding:

I tend to lean towards dresses that are simple with some small details; don't forget to accessorize if you feel your dress doesn't have some blingy shine to it! 

Any thoughts about my above suggested dresses? & any ideas about what to wear or what not to wear to a wedding?

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day! 

*FTC Disclaimer: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Plaid and Edgy with a Touch of Moon

Hi everyone! Today I opted in for an edgier, cool look with the tie-waist flannel. I can remember back in elementary when we'd have our spring jackets around our waist just so life would be easier during recess when we start getting warm. What a coincidence that Olivia of HerNameWasCelebration blogged about this recently, too- do check out her post on the That Jacket Tying Thing for a more feminine look on this trend and for our share of elementary days! ;) 

This moon phases tank top was bought a few months ago for five dollars from Winners! I remember buying this bag from Aritzia around four years ago- everyone was wearing it and I don't know what part of it I fell in love. So, when it went on sale for roughly 50% off, I bought it for almost $25 and so far, I've only used it as a "travel bag", aka a personal carry-on when riding the plane. It's really spacious but a downside might just be that it's heavy and you might easily (though not intentionally) bonk people's heads with it! Nonetheless, I think owning at least one of these sorts of large bags are also an advantage to a closet, too, right? 

Outfit Details:
Moon Tank Top: Winners
Plaid Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch / Hollister (forgot- will update!) 
Denim Shorts: Urban Planet
Bag: Aritzia
Watch: vintage
Shoes: vintage

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Grainy Day | Aztec and Denim

Hi everyone! 

These past few weeks have been as hot and warm as ever, and considering the fact that we have eight months of snow here, we should cherish it; however, the hot weather has been harming mother nature- there were six wild fires ignited across our province so far during the past week! Perfect timing for the wind to come and blow those dust particles and the smell of smoke into our city... I was holding my breathe as I got these photos taken by my lovely sister! Tip #1: try to avoid the outside world as much as possible; tip #2: close windows and doors to avoid the odour and dust. Don't get me wrong- it's not deadly or anything- it's similar to that day when those trucks come and dust the roads! So these grainy days should be over soon! 

Anyway, here I am, sporting this used to feel quite baggy on me, but not so much anymore (Thank you, Grandma and Momma for the food and care!) aztec sweater with this denim skort, here in my backyard (do excuse the soil and debris by my apple tree). This sweater was bought around a year ago, when I went crazy online shopping, haha. I can control myself quite well nowadays, I'd say. I added my old watch I've been wearing since probably seventh or eighth grade and a pair of black flats with some studs on! I honestly can't believe I'm wearing a sweater in the summer... but today was quite a windy, cool day! 

Outfit Details:
Skorts, flats, watch, bag: forgot/old

Is the weather doing you any good wherever you are? No sweater for summer, I'm guessing? :P

Thursday, 10 July 2014

"An Experimental Beauty Haul"

Hey everyone! As I'll be leaving Edmonton for London, Ontario (nope, not the one in England), I started buying lots of beauty products in preparation. This haul was from last week's, featuring Sephora and The Face Shop.

Entire haul! 
The Face Shop: 3D Ampule Mask, Model Gel Patch, Rasberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch, black gel liner, Design My Eyebrow Dark Grey, Avocado Body lotion, 
I've bought most of these to try since I've never used them before in my whole seventeen years so far, haha. I'm actually really excited to try the Model Gel Patch for the smile and the Rasberry Roots Collagen Eye Patch (though I wanted the Bright Eyes Modelling Gel Patch, but it sold out). I also love the smell of the Avocado body lotion- love smoothing it over my skin right after I shower! I'm also still experimenting with the eyebrow pencil- it's really soft and it gives a nice colour to my eyebrows, though I'll probably opt in for a brown one next time instead of dark grey. 
Sephora: silver pencil eyeliner, black waterproof liquid eyeliner, daily makeup brush cleaner
 I seriously didn't even know there were brush cleaners out there! And I decided to get a silver pencil eyeliner for a tint of sparkle and colour for the eye.  

Claire's: ear cuff 
My friend got me a small little present for our meet up that day. I have never worn an ear cuff before and it looks so fun- I can't wait to try wearing it!  

 Hopefully I'll find a few products useful so I can then splurge on them in the next few weeks before I leave for university! 

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Let's Travel Back in Time!

Unfortunately, it's impossible to travel back in time- but it's our decision to choose if we'd like to sit in our room and regret about our poor choices or we could simply look forward to the future, learning from the past! 

Funny.. the other day when me and a couple of friends had a get together, some of my friends told me they traveled back in time- with the proof of a photo! The newer public transit buses show the time and date on the front of the bus for the passengers to see.. and the date we had a hangout, they bused together to find the date being August 1998. 

Anyway, in honour of time, here's to this bright and playful outfit: a chiffon polka-dot overalls from Forever 21 and a mint lace top from Forever 21, and a pair of polka dot sneakers I snagged from China. 

The gorgeous flowers and trees and a vast blue sky- the feeling of forever! 

A close up on my bracelet that reads NICOLE  
My sister got me this bracelet with my name on it when she went on a tour band with her school band group. They traveled east of Canada to Quebec- lucky! 

Haha, I know what you're thinking... it's just leaves.. 

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21
Overalls: Forever 21
Shoes: Bought from China
Bracelet: Custom-made from Quebec

Friday, 4 July 2014

Formal blazer and a Casual Romper

Hey everyone!  Hope everyone is enjoying their day thus far! Within the last week, I can't believe I watched 2 movies.. of course, it might not be a lot to some people, but I'm not a big "movie person" though it's probably the number one "hangout idea" with anyone. 

Friends: "Let's meet up this weekend!"
Me: "Sure! Let's watch a movie- what movie?"

Anyway, I watched How To Train Your Dragon 2 (didn't watch 1 yet) and The Truth In Our Stars. They were actually both touching with some funny scenes- I would recommend them! Now, onto my outfit- mixing a blue, formal blazer with a casual print romper. I'm getting really hyped up about mixing different pieces together lately, haha. I would say this outfit is good for casual events such as lunch or breakfast.. maybe a little under semi-formal, too! 

Outfit Details:
Blazer: Stitches
Bag: bought from China

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts on mixing something formal with something casual? Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Vintage from Head to Toe!

Don't you just love it when you incorporate some clothes from your mom/grandmother/aunt/any other family member 's old collection (basically, hand-me-downs) into one of your going-out outfits? I love it when that happens because I usually get bugged at for spending too much money on new purchases while I have piles of hand-me-downs from my family, stored in the back of my closet where they usually never see the light of the day, except perhaps once or twice a year. 

So, since summer break started, I started cleaning and clearing my whole room- from the old notes to the desk, bed, bookshelf, and to the closet- Voila!  Here's to the birth of this outfit  with this button-up floral shirt, white shorts (the double pockets at the front can't seem to stop flipping up though), the beige knit bag, and these black shoes. 

Outfit Details:
Top/ Shorts/ Bag/ Shoes: hand-me-down

Since I'll be moving to another province to study in Fall 2014, I thought this would be the perfect chance to splurge on clothes and more (and my sister thought it'd be the perfect time to raid my closet), but unfortunately, I was recommended to save money... we'll see how that goes...

Anyway, thanks for reading and have a great day!
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