Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Versatility is Always Good




Dynamite Blazer // London coloured denim // Seduction chambray shirt // H&M heels // Material Girl necklace

Hello everyone, how is life?
I've been thinking about how the weeks have been passing by in a blinding flash (as usual) and have recently fully realized that it's already halfway through November! Which is a very good thing as I only have one more week of school after this and some final projects and assignments to complete before I'm doneee for the holidays. I'm counting down to my much-anticipated Vegas trip and a parade of Christmas parties that can be counted on for some good food, company, and snazzy dressing. 
I've also recently discovered the impressive versatility of this mint green boyfriend blazer. When I first bought it, I thought I'd only be able to wear it with a very select range of colours (white and other neutrals). But to my surprise I realized that I could pair it with a much larger spectrum of interesting shades. For instance, I paired it here with some burgundy jeans and a chambray shirt. When wearing these jeans for the first time today, I became aware that at least two-thirds of the girls (and guys) I saw around campus were wearing burgundy jeans. Very popular.
I also wanted to showcase my latest acquisition in shoewear, these platform heels that were on sale at H&M. I just bought another pair of Material Girl heels last week but couldn't resist this tantalizing sale when I was browsing the store... Oh the superficial problems of the shopping-obsessed. 
  


Have a great rest of your week and don't be afraid to be dress colourfully- it really adds extra flavour to your day!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Presentation Ready





I'm wearing:
Forever 21 sweater // Joe Fresh necklace // Aldo headwrap // Jacob shirt // Material Girl jeans // Fergalicious booties // H&M bag

Hello everyone, how are you doing?
I've pretty proud of the fact that I've managed to take photos of my outfits for the past three days without fail (which may be annoying for some) in order to keep my blog from suffering a limbo-like state of neglect. Yesterday happened to be a day that started off cloudy and ended up showing us some sunshine and blue sky. All very nice if I hadn't been cooped up in class for four hours listening to and making presentations. However, in light of the fact that I like to dress to cheer myself up on not-so-fun days, I wore my new Material Girl red denim. I find that I've been buying a lot of Material Girl items lately; I started off with some jewelry and slowly started to accumulate more of their offerings: a faux fur vest, a cute pleather jacket with puffed sleeves, crazy patterned shoes (to be shown in a future post), and now coloured denim. These pants are highly recommended as they are not only are very affordable ($30), they are comfortable and fit me relatively well (other than being a tad loose at the waist). I might buy another colour (or two) in the future unless I find a better option. Material Girl, a fashion line inspired and created by both Madonna and her daughter Lourdes, is extremely affordable for student budgets and offers a wide array of fun, colourful, and trendy clothing and accessories. I managed to stumble over this brand while wandering through The Bay; I like to troll random places where other people don't usually go shop and feel smug about finding awesome deals on my purchases.
It was very chilly yesterday so I was glad that I wore the extra layer of a black wool cardigan over this leopard print sweater and this Aldo headwrap to keep me warm and cosy while outside. I found it extremely hard to wear this headwrap last winter season so I ended up wearing it maybe once or twice. However, since I feel really guilty if I don't end up wearing the things that I've bought, I am determined to wear these head accessories much more this year! I also love this Joe Fresh necklace as the cute gold, black, and rhinestoned baubles are fun additions to my statement necklace collection (which will undoubtedly keep on growing in size within the near future as there are so many necklaces that I want!). And yep, I'm still wearing that fur bag. When I first bought it, I admit that I didn't think I'd wear it more than a few times. However, after starting to use it a few days ago, I was surprised at how much I love having something so soft as my constant companion (as weird as that sounds). 


Thanks for reading this post and enjoy your Thursday. It's my day off and I'm planning to use it to check out some more eye candy at the new Forever 21 store downtown... And maybe to do some school work too.


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Seasonal Transitions





I'm wearing:
H&M sweater // thrifted skirt // Ribbon & Asher necklace // Topshop bag // Urban Planet leggings // Aldo boots

Hello everyone, it's yet another autumn day in Vancouver full of rain, cold, and super-early Christmas cheer (at the malls). Lately, I've been wanting to wear the many summery skirts in my closet in everyday outfits as their light fabrics and bright colours do wonders in cheering me up. However, in light of the fact that it is indeed fall/winter, I decided to toughen up this look with some darks. In this case, I chose a black sweater, black liquid leggings, and combat boots to do the job. I also used for the first time a Topshop sample bag I got from a good friend of mine when she was visiting Hong Kong recently. It feels a little like an old-school doctor's bag but I still like the pink trim a lot!
 Other than challenging myself to incorporate more summer clothing into my fall/winter wardrobe, I want to be more daring in things like my hair and makeup. For instance, I want to try to wear red lipstick (or other striking colours) on a regular basis or finally try out that hair bow hairstyle I see so often on Pinterest. Are there any crazy fashion/beauty trends that you want to try out?





Monday, 12 November 2012

All Bundled Up






I'm wearing:
H&M headwrap // Blouse from clothing swap // Topshop liquid leggings // Urban Planet grandpa sweater // Urban Planet suede fringed boots // H&M bag

 Hello everyone, enjoying the stat holiday so far?
Today has been my first off day from work since Thursday so I am immensely grateful for some relaxing "me" time. After the last week of hectic activity, it's so nice to wake up to a sleepy morning (despite the rain and the cold) when I don't have to rush to be anywhere. As it is cold out there and I want to feel warm and comfortable, I decided to take my H&M headwrap for a spin. This $7.95 piece has a lovely colour and braided style that I couldn't resist when I was randomly browsing the store a few months ago. However, actually wearing it turned out to be another matter as I find that it looks good when I leave the house but after a while it starts to ride up and mess up my hair. Also, yesterday I bought this cute fur bag from H&M that was on sale for $10 (down from $34.95); if my parents won't let me get another dog, at least I can have a cute furry bag as my substitute companion (so sad right? I could cry). My comfy grandpa sweater is quite awesome; the idea of elbow pads is so nerdy/old-school and awesome at the same time. Lastly, I bought these cheap fringe boots so I wouldn't wear out my more expensive pairs. I don't know why I chose suede material as it is obviously not the smartest choice for a rainy place like Vancouver. In that battle of cute vs. practical, it seems that 'cute' wins out here.

How are you bundling up for this weather? Be sure to enjoy your day off and don't forget an umbrella before heading out there!  





Saturday, 10 November 2012

Studs, Prints, & Hats





I'm wearing:
H&M hat // Forever 21 sweater // Forever 21 shirt // Pins & Needles skirt (clothing swap) // H&M leggings // Aldo boots // Aldo clutch

Hello everyone, how have you been? It's already November and everyone is gearing up for the end of the semester, the holidays, and that hectic gift-giving season. Meanwhile, we've been absolutely blessed with this fantastically sunny weather, I hope it lasts for just a bit longer before we have to make do with that dreadfully cold darkness that we call the winter season. This week I managed to enjoy the weather while waiting outside for my bus during the TSSU & CUPE strikes (I've missed two days of class because of it. Can't complain!). As well, today I woke up relatively early and got outside for a nice drive. I definitely enjoy looking at the beautiful scenery of red, yellow, and brown leaves when I'm protected by layers of warm outerwear, gloves, scarves, and other winter sartorial necessities. As well, I've been trying to wear my favourite hats in my everyday outfits (it's not that easy), especially this lovely H&M hat that has these pretty metal leaf tassels on it that are perfect for the fall season. 
Yesterday, I went to check out a sample sale on Robson Street and was sorely disappointed when I discovered that I had made the trek for absolutely nothing. There was nothing in terms of the brands I wanted (the last sale I went to had Cheap Monday, Mink Pink, Kensie, and other desirable brands) and it was mostly catering to the *cough* Nammer high-school crowd (Ed Hardy, Christian Audigier, etc.). So I walked out of there pretty fast. Nearly bought a Coach bag but then realized that I don't like Coach- so why spend a couple of hundred on it? 
After being quite depressed at the lack of shopping that was happening (I had been retail abstinent the whole week and was ready to shop as a reward for working long and hard this week), I happened to walk past the new Forever 21 on Robson. I had heard from a classmate the night before that it was open on Friday but when I checked online, I saw that the grand opening was for today. It turns out that the soft opening was yesterday and therefore people were more than welcome to go there to shop! Voila! I was immediately transported to shopper's heaven and literally filled my shopping bag with too many items to count. Fortunately, I managed to cut it down to three items (for now): a leopard print sweater and green chiffon shirt with a studded collar (worn here), and a pair of pleather shorts. I love this shirt because it's not so sheer that I am required to wear something underneath, a definite plus! The shorts I don't plan on wearing here, I'll be saving them for my much-anticipated Vegas trip. :):)  



After walking out of Forever 21, I walked into the store right next door: Aldo. In less than 10 minutes, I managed to buy this cute studded clutch/purse that was sale for $23. Go me! Then I hustled myself out of downtown before I could spend any more money. 



Anyways, hope you all enjoy your long weekend and check out the new Forever 21 store!



Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Granville Island Retreat






I'm wearing:
BB Dakota trench coat // Dynamite floral blazer // RW & Co cut-out sweater // Urban Planet liquid leggings // Rockport booties // H&M tube scarf

Hello y'all! How was your long weekend? I thoroughly enjoyed my turkey dinner and relaxing work-free days! But I still found myself struggling to finish the various school assignments that I had to finish before I went back to prison (aka SFU). Last Thursday, while I was downtown, P and I decided to quickly visit Granville Island. He hadn't been there in ages and I love the food there, so we decided that it was the perfect idea. We bought spinach quiche, fruit tarts, curry, and other treats that were all so fresh and delicious. Unfortunately, it seemed that the birds thought so as well since we were constantly bombarded with their chirping attention wherever we chose to sit down.
I find that although it has been gorgeously sunny out, more layers in an outfit is always a good idea to fight off the impending cold. I had to shed my trench coat at first but, as the day wore on, having a sweater and blazer was definitely a good idea.  

Be sure to check out my Trendy Tuesday post about must have accessories as inspired by Harajuku fashionistas: http://ax3.ca/ORds7f. Hope your Thanksgiving weekend was filled with happiness, love, and lots of turkey! 




Tuesday, 2 October 2012

One Busy Bee





I'm wearing:
Dynamite blazer // Club Monaco shirt // Le Chateau necklace // Urban Planet liquid leggings // DKNY heels

Hello everyone, it feels like eternity since I've last blogged on here but it was really only a week!
My work and school schedules have been crazy lately: I worked four days in a row last week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and still had to finish assignments and do tons of readings. Added to that, I just managed to finish my third Trendy Tuesday post by the skin of my teeth! Click here to check it out: http://ax3battery.com/2012/10/02/trendy-tuesday/  

Luckily, I managed to squeeze in a good hang-out with friends on Saturday night just to keep my sanity. The best thing we did was watch The Little Mermaid and sing along to "Part of Your World" and "Under the Sea." Sometimes going back to your childhood is the best way of coping with more grown-up pressures that have been piling up on you.

For this particular outfit, I needed to go to work and be suitably dressed for a fundraiser dinner right after I finished my shift. The fundraiser was held at my church for the Dalits of India; these are people who make up a large portion of India's population and who are treated horribly on the basis of their caste. In the Hindu religion, it is believed that one's status in this life reflects one's actions from a past life. As a result, those who have been born into a low caste are assumed to have done something horrible in their past life. Although these castes were officially abolished by the government in 1947, the practice of caste segregation and discrimination still carries on into the present day. Also known as "untouchables," these people face daily economic and social discrimination, abuse, segregation, and rape from those of higher castes. As well, they are despicably poor and often must send their children out to scavenge for scraps in enormous garbage dumps. We watched one video about a girl was who was made into a prostitute by her parents but was eventually able to escape from the situation. Her story, sadly, is very exceptional. If you wish to learn more about the Dalits and how you can help, go to their website: http://www.dalitfreedom.net/default.aspx

Well , I must say that write the above blurb about the Dalits dampened my spirits somewhat. However, we should try to stay joyful and positive and to always remember to help and pray for those in need! 


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Getting the "Maxi"mum Summer Experience

I'm wearing:
Forever 21 maxi dress // Urban Behaviour belt // H&M straw fedora // Forever 21 statement necklace // wedges from states outlet // OPI "Blue My Mind" nail polish

Hello everyone!
Remember last week's late summer heatwave? The fall equinox has just snuck around the corner and we can finally start wearing our fall layers without breaking a sweat. However, on today's post I decided to wear a maxi dress that I had bought at a Forever 21 store while I was on an epic clothing and food foray in Seattle. Have any of you ever noticed how the Forever 21 stores in the states are just so much nicer than the ones in Vancouver? I'm hoping that the new location opening up soon on Robson Street will prove me wrong.

Anyways, although this maxi dress is relatively plain, its vibrant color and edgy back design made it a keeper for a mere $12.50 USD. I also probably should have worn my hats more this summer, as evidenced by my overly-tanned face (it looks much lighter in photos). Better start hardcore using that anti-aging skin serum that I bought for $60.

Also, be sure to check out today's "Trendy Tuesday" piece written by yours truly: http://ax3battery.com/2012/09/25/trendy-tuesday-from-the-silver-screen-to-your-closet/. Today's post features movie-inspired outfits from Pretty Woman, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Spellbound, and Nightfall.
Bonus marks for my awkward expression in the last picture. Have a great week guys! 



Thursday, 20 September 2012

Ready to Work



I'm wearing:
H&M dress // Talula shirt // Spring flats

You know these pretty dresses that you buy for one special occasion but never find the opportunity to wear ever again? Well on today's intrepid adventure with fashion, I was determined to battle that very unfortunate trend and find a way to wear this H&M pleated dress in a more casual manner. Wearing a button-up shirt over a dress can be a great way with which to dress down something that is usually more suitable for a formal dinner. In this particular outfit I decided to use that easy-peasy technique of tying the bottom of the shirt into a knot to create a casual and cute look. 

Also, the weather in Vancouver has been remaining in the mid- to high-twenties so I've had the immense pleasure of giving my summer wardrobe an extended lifeline. On this particular Thursday, AK and I decided to have a lovely breakfast at DeDutch where I was able to use a $15 gift card that I received from @DeDutch through Twitter (how awesome is that?!!). Thanks so much! It just pays sometimes to be a complete twitter addict. Then we shopped. I got some good deals but was still kicking myself for buying anything as I need to save for my much-anticipated December Vegas trip! Argh.

After our shopping expedition, we headed over to a local library to study. Which is where I am right now. And the only studying I've done so far is of the cool outfits girls are wearing on other fashion blogs. Sigh, guess it's finally time to go study now... #lifeofastudent


Laptop in hand. Happy Thursday and remember that the weekend is almost here!

(All these lovely photos were taken by the amazing AK, my gorgeous partner-in-crime.)


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Stripes and Print on a Trendy Tuesday



I'm wearing:
H&M print tube scarf // swapped shirt // H&M pants // Guess leopard print heels // Aldo Accessories earrings

Hi everyone!
Last week and this week are proving to be a surprisingly last stand from good ol' summer! Mid-twenties weather, sunshine, and blue skies have got me wearing shorts and sandals as if it were still in the middle of August. Today on www.ax3battery.com, my very first "Trendy Tuesday" fashion post will be featured! Check it out at http://ax3battery.com/2012/09/18/straight-from-the-catwalk-the-top-five-trends-for-fall-2012/. Today's post was merely speculating on Fall 2012's top trends; however, my next few post ideas will be much more scintillating (I hope)! Enjoy :) 
This outfit was thrown together during my failed attempt at wearing more fall-themed clothing. I was trying to wear my new trench coat but when I looked outside at the sunshine I couldn't help but want to wear something a little more light and summery. I'm currently in love with my new H&M print tube scarf; it's the perfect combination of a tube scarf (which requires very little adjustment to look good) and a pretty print pattern (which was something I was looking for recently). P was my reluctant (and last resort) photographer for this particular post but I think he really got into the role after a few shots. ;)

Thanks for being patient with me again!

Make sure you take advantage of this summer weather by wearing all of your prettiest summer outfits!