Monday, 27 January 2014

Yaletown Yammerin'


Coat: H&M // Hat: Ever New // Shoes: Expression via The Bay // Pants: Current/Elliot // Bag: Material Girl // Necklace: Aldo // Shirt: Urban Outfitters // Bracelet: Sirens

Hello everyone, I've had a pretty fantastic weekend filled with fun dates with fabulous people (who coincidentally were also fashion bloggers). Also, it's less than a week before my birthday! Let's hope that next weekend will yield even more fun times. On Saturday I was able to meet a girlfriend for brunch (that turned into lunch) in Yaletown at The Flying Pig, a place that I had been wanting to try for quite a while now. After we had a wonderful time chatting about living in Asia, conservative Chinese relatives, fashion, and about how we pretend to know how to use makeup, we were sucked in by a "80% off" sale sign in the windows of the boutique across from the restaurant. There I managed to find a pair of flared J Brand jeans for $50-- a major steal! 

Friday, 24 January 2014

A Lady in Leopard


Sweater: H&M // Collar Pins: Topshop // Pants: Cotton On // Bag: Material Girl // Shoes: Expression via The Bay

Sometimes a warm and fuzzy sweater is all that is required to brighten up your entire day. This was certainly the case with this lovely leopard sweater that I received as a Christmas present from the lovely Sarah of Crowded Closet. As soon as I released this sweater from the confines of Sarah's elegantly wrapped gift (she'll laugh at this since she deplores her gift-wrapping skills), I knew that I was in love! She was completely correct in her assumption that I would enjoy such a bold animal print and that it would be extremely practical for the wintertime. Since I have an obsession with buying sweaters, I was very glad that my friend was able to expand my collection without me having to spend any money. 

It just goes to show that making friends with the awesome bloggers who live in Vancouver has undeniable benefits!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Wishlist: White and Gold

white and gold

Lately I've been harbouring a hankering for all things white and gold. In fact, my upcoming birthday party was to have a white and gold theme; however, upon pinning a bunch of party decor ideas on Pinterest, I realized that it would be slightly easier to include pink in the colour scheme. All party planning aside, some of my readers may know that I have a recently-begotten obsession over home decor and accents ever since I started re-decorating my bedroom over the past summer. As a result, I've accumulated quite the list of decor-related items that I would love to have but haven't yet bought due to a dreadfully thin wallet. Since my bedroom decor accents are predominantly white, having some more white and gold pieces would be ideal. My favourites of this collage would have to be the urchin, the antlers, and the adorable cocktail decanter; the little details on each of these items would make them an interesting addition to any room. I choose the doll head cups on an impulse as I thought they were quite unique and cute. However, upon closer inspection, I now find them a tad creepy...

If any of my closer friends are wondering what to buy me for my upcoming birthday, perhaps this compilation could be a bit a hint? ;)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

A Day Downtown


Top & Tights: Ardene // Skirt: Bluenotes // Boots: Expression via The Bay // Bag: Material Girl // Hat: Ever New // Necklace: Aldo 

This weekend was a spectacular two days full of various delights and memories to treasure. Firstly, I was able to spend some much-needed time on Saturday night with my coworkers to de-stress and joke around outside of the work environment. These girls are like family to me so it was immensely enjoyable to ramble on endlessly about our lives and experiences without work being in the way. This is also a shout out to those particular lovely ladies as I know that they actually make the effort to read my little blog-- I love you girls!   

Friday, 17 January 2014

No Compromises

Top: Express // Cardigan: clothing swap // Bag: Material Girl // Pants & Bracelet: Sirens // Toque: H&M // Booties: Expression via The Bay // Necklace: Forever 21 // Lip Colour: NYX Jumbo Lip Liner in Burgundy

Photo Credits: Luvania

Tough decisions. Life is full of them. Regardless of whether you are contemplating a life-changing move or if you should get off the couch to hit the gym, the choices you make often determine whether you will stumble onto a new opportunity in the near future or remain in a stagnant lifestyle.Whenever I try out a new restaurant, I'm never that person who takes a good twenty minutes to decide on my order; in fact, my boyfriend often compliments me on my ability to make quick and efficient decisions with minimal fuss. However, over the past year I have learned the importance of making tough decisions on issues bigger than the flavour and toppings of my next plate of pasta. 

For instance, learning how to save for various trips here and there has taught me how to budget (although I could certainly improve in this particular area), as well as to determining whether certain items or services are needs or wants. Moreover, while pushing myself to do new things out of my usual comfort zone has been a wonderful experience; I've also learned that life can get darn complicated if you fill it with too many obligations, activities, and responsibilities. Consequently, I've discovered another aspect of myself: I have a tendency to be too nice at times. That characteristic has sometimes resulted in me being influenced to do things to which I normally would have said "no"; things that might even go against my usual code of conduct or values. Fortunately, I have learned how to resist, how to stand up for myself, and to what extent I'm willing to adapt to the situation in question.

The main point of this rambling mess? Don't ever let things as inane as materialism and superficial values compromise your character; know who you are and never lose sight of that person. 

While I know that the subject of today's post is much heavier than usual, I think that the occasional voicing (or blogging) of these 'deep' thoughts can be a very cathartic process. Reflecting over my doings of the past year has made me think about what character-building I have undergone within the last twelve months; as well, it makes me even more determined to work hard towards becoming the person I wish to be. 

What have you learned about yourself over this past year?

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Prom Dress Paradise: Dress V


Although there is not enough money in the world that could tempt me to endure the awkwardness of high school all over again, there is one thing that I would go back in time to change: my prom dress. While the dress I chose was fine and dandy, it was nothing in comparison to the spectacular gowns of my youthful self's imagination. If I ever had the chance to re-do my prom night, I would opt to wear a fantastically gorgeous floor-length gown that would flatter my best features while remaining within my very limited high school student budget.

When Dress V (www.dressv.com) asked me to write a post on their prom dresses, I was given the opportunity to browse their selection and fantasize about how my prom night might have gone if I had worn a particularly beautiful dress of theirs. Are you one of those lucky gals who is about to experience her prom night in the upcoming year? If so, pay attention to these lovely dresses below:


Sound the Sirens
There's no better way to exude "sexy" and "sophisticated" than by wearing a fabulous floor-length, vibrantly-red gown. I adore the simple and elegant design of this particular piece as I find that many prom dresses have a tendency to go overboard in terms of embellishment and glittery details. As well, the minute touch of glitter on the one shoulder strap is all that is required to compliment the siren red of this show-stopper.


Dress details: http://www.dressv.com/product/10815417.html


Simply Gorgeous
Although I do not have many positive experiences with taffeta, this prom dress may have what it takes to change my mind entirely! When I first sighted this beauty, I was immediately smitten by how the simplicity of its colour wonderfully contrasts the intricacy of its design; the subtle embellishments on the bodice work in perfect harmony with the eye-catching ruching of the skirt. I can only imagine that wearing this gown would be like stepping into the favourite Disney princess movie of your childhood (the fact that I just watched "Frozen" may have been a slight influence on my last sentence)!


Dress details: http://www.dressv.com/product/10813012.html


Midnight Sweetheart
Like many young girls, I grew up idealizing fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. However, upon the rude awakening of adolescence, I and many other girls discovered that such flat and cookie-cutter love stories do not occur in real life; real love is much more complex and harder to navigate than a dragon's den. Nevertheless, we still love the idea of the clock striking midnight and our handsome prince finding our glass slipper on the stairwell. For me, this dress mirrors all of those wonderful, incredibly naive notions of love; its lovely midnight blue colour and sweetheart necklace are the perfect combination of sweet and regal. As well, if you are apprehensive about revealing too much skin, the beaded cutout design of the top will help to decrease any sense of impropriety.


Dress details: http://www.dressv.com/product/10812992.html

If you wish to browse Dress V's prom dress selection, follow this link: http://www.dressv.com/prom-dresses-2014-c103441/

I hope that you all enjoyed coming along with me for a little trip down memory lane with these lovely prom dresses. If you are at that special prom dress age, I hope that you find the dress of your dreams (perhaps even on Dress V)!

Note: While this post has been generously sponsored by Dress V, all opinions expressed within this post and blog are exclusively my own.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Houndstooth & Lattes


Pants: Topshop // Shoes: Material Girl // Jacket & Necklace: Forever 21 // Top: Express // Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target  

There should be a rule that Saturdays are reserved for slow mornings, great cups of coffee, and spending quality time with loved ones. Since I've become accustomed to working over the weekends, having my Saturdays and Sundays free for this entire month is a gift that I am treasuring to the last second. In fact, the song Bed Peace by Jhene Aiko featuring Childish Gambino pretty much sums up that lazy feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy every once in a while-- minus the drugs. 

Saturday started out with a crazy rainstorm that made me want to curl back into my warm bed; however, by the time the boyfriend and I got our coffees, the rain had stopped and some sunshine even dared to peek out from behind the clouds. After meandering slowly from Starbucks (where I had my second Caramel Flan Latte of the week) to the clearance sections of the Chapters bookstore, I met up with my equally shopping-addicted friend Jasmeen of Keeping Up With Jasmeen at one particularly large shopping establishment. We then proceeded to clear out that mall of just about every attractive sales item; while I am of course exaggerating, I'm pretty sure that my boyfriend would agree with that statement very literally. It doesn't help that the next day I came home from yet another 'window-shopping' expedition carrying several very large and stuffed shopping bags...

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Bowling Double Date

Top: Urban Outfitters // Belt: Target // Bag: Michael Kors // Cardigan: Urban Behaviour // Tights & Shoes: H&M // Necklace: Aldo // Bracelets: Ardene, Ily Couture


As was mentioned in my reflections of the past year, one of the greatest things about being a blogger is the unique opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who intimately understand the ups and downs of fashion and lifestyle blogging. It's funny to look back and realize that I met some of my closest friends over Instagram or through other cyber channels. Recently, I was able to meet the lovely Jasmeen of Keeping Up with Jasmeen through mutual friends and Instagram; I was immediately awestruck by how amazingly fashionable she was! After meeting her in person, I was even more amazed to realize that this girl is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. The greatest thing I admire about her is her drive to fulfill her dreams while being determined to not lose herself in the journey. As well, we both deeply care about social activism/welfare and I look forward to participating in more charity events with this gal in the near future. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

"Beautiful Bookworm": A ModCloth Polyvore Challenge

Beautiful Bookworm by fortunadebbie112

Sheer Blouse // Ankle Pants // Shoes // Handbag // Wrap Watch // Statement Necklace // Hat // Belt

(All items available on ModCloth.com)

If you've ever seen the Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astair classic "Funny Face," you probably why I chose the title for this particular post. In that wonderful musical, Hepburn plays a quiet bookworm who is suddenly thrown in the glamorous world of fashion modelling with the help of the ever-dapper, sure-footed Fred Astair. I don't know about you, but I would be pretty happy if that particular career fell into my lap while working in a dusty bookshop! This outfit, inspired by the bookish beauty of Hepburn, was created for intelligent and independent women who love fashion; fabulous females who dress for themselves and value stylish comfort.   

When ModCloth challenged me to create a Polyvore outfit collage around this week's featured item (The Grand Tour Guide Top in Ivory) , I knew that I wanted to build a stylish ensemble that didn't sacrifice comfort for fashion. However, don't think that practical and comfortable means sweatpants and UGG boots! Comfortable style can be as simple as choosing wedge heels or fancy loafers instead of stilettos, or fancy slacks instead of a tight skirt. While searching for more ModCloth items to flesh out this outfit challenge, I struck by the extremely attractive and unique selection offered by this site; so many items are so interestingly quirky and offer prints and patterns not often seen in major retailer stores. I was especially struck by this lovely pair of sash-tied pants, the black and gold fox-head belt, the cutout Jeffrey Campbell wedges, and this lovely hat (I have an acute obsession with hats). As the cherries on top, I added in a wrap watch, a pop of yellow with the statement necklace, and a spectacularly adorable crossbody bag. Every one of these items would have a very warm welcome into my own closet!     

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and are inspired to create even more fantastic outfits for yourself! 



Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Dotted Pink Neon

Dress & Belt: Target via Clothing Swap // Tights & Shoes: H&M // Necklace: Aldo // Bracelet: Ily Couture // Bag: Michael Kors

One of the worst things about the wintertime, other than the cold, is the dryness in the air that results in persistently dry skin and static cling. When wearing this dress so recently acquired from a fellow fashionista during a two-person clothing swap, I found that this piece greatly succumbed to the ill effects of static electricity and had a tendency to cling to my body in strange ways. Nevertheless, I do love the print and faux leather details of this dress. 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Reflections: The Best of 2013


Happy New Year once again!
While it's still hard for all of us to remember to write "2014" instead of "2013" (I know this because I had to change the dates written by some of my coworkers on some paperwork haha), I hope that this brand new year is off to a great start for all of you. If you've made resolutions for yourselves, I wish you the best of luck with maintaining your goals and ambitions. For myself, I wanted to take the time to reflect on my top ten favourite moments and highlights from this past year (in no particular order).

1. Travelling to San Francisco: The header for this post was a photo taken near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran when my boyfriend and I visited that beautiful city back in May. I fell in love with the food, the architecture, the shopping, and the general laid-back Californian vibe of the place. I can hardly wait for my next trip to the Golden City (the planning is already in the works)!

2. Travelling to L.A.: I definitely indulged my urge to travel this year by quite spontaneously planning these little trips to various cities in the States. This particular trip was to see my boyfriend's favourite rock band on the weekend just before the crazy holiday season began. And while I loved visiting all of the famous places that L.A. had to offer, I am much more excited to visit Asia this summer for more than a month (tickets have already been booked)!

3. Seeing my first Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas: On my last trip to Vegas in July, I finally saw my first Cirque show (Zumanity) at New York New York. While this was certainly not the show I most wanted to see, I was still greatly impressed by the showmanship and prowess of the performers!

4. Finishing my History Major and Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Minor: After 4-and-a-bit years, I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.95! I was greatly pleased that I was able to both maintain my 24K scholarship for four years and my nerdy need to get as many "A's" and "A+'s" as I could possibly get! Also, this year I started my Publishing minor, which hopefully will be a great stepping stone towards obtaining a career within the publishing industry.

5. Gaining and Maintaining New and Old Relationships: Over the past year, I've had the wonderful opportunity to make several new, wonderful friendships with amazing people. As well, I've been able to strengthen my bonds with the friends with whom I've been close for many years.

6. Blogging on What Doffy Does on a regular basis: Over the past year of 2013, I've made the commitment to blog in a consistent manner. This commitment that has resulted in countless positive experiences that have made my efforts more than worth the trouble! Not the least of the benefits of blogging has been the opportunity to meet wonderful new people both locally and internationally; I have been able to expand my fashion horizons and knowledge of other parts of the world in an unique manner that would have been impossible otherwise.

7. Attending the wedding of two good friends: I had the pleasure of participating (by decorating and singing in the ceremony) in the wedding of two close church friends. We had the honour of attending their actual engagement (we hid inside the house while the soon-to-be groom proposed), so attending their actual wedding was even more special!

8. Obtaining new skills and experiences through various jobs: Over this past year, I worked in three different jobs, one in retail, the second at a condo development, and the third in a customer service capacity. Each job has taught me new skills and experiences; as well, they have highlighted my various strengths and weaknesses (something that everyone should know about themselves).

9. Running my third 10 km Sun Run race: As a longtime runner, I find it important that I have a goal to challenge my fitness levels in order to avoid complacence and plateauing. Each year for the past four years (one year I was forced to not run due to sickness), I have trained harder and harder for the annual 10 kilometer race held in downtown Vancouver. Although this particular year was not my best (I got 47 minutes plus), I will be working in 2014 towards beating my personal best of 45:06 back in 2012!

10. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone: During 2013, I also made a great effort to do things that I normally would not have pushed myself to accomplish. For example, I made a bigger effort to meet and befriend new people and I joined a Toastmasters club (and took up a role as club secretary) for public speaking. Here's to making 2014 a year of even greater risk-taking, character building, progress, self-realization, and love!



Saturday, 4 January 2014

Affordable Dream Wedding Dresses for 2014: Dress V


While I am but in my early twenties, I've attended enough weddings over the last few years to start imagining what my wedding and, in particular, my wedding dress will look like. My dream dress would blend together the best elements of style and comfort; such a dress must flatter all of my best features while downplaying (or, better yet, erasing) every flaw. All blushing brides should aspire to wear a dress that makes them feel like the most gorgeous creature in the room! Besides feeling fabulous, the most important thing for the bride to consider is the price tag. Since many young couples today are faced with wedding costs of at least thirty grand, it is never a bad idea to procure a dress that looks both gorgeous and costs a fraction of the usual hefty amount.

While there are many horror stories in relation to online shopping, I find that shopping in the electronic world has many perks and benefits, such as stumbling upon the chance to save big on items that normally would cost ridiculous amounts in-store. When Dress V (www.dressv.com) approached me to write a post about their 2014 wedding dresses, I was excited to have the opportunity to both browse their selection and daydream about my future gown possibilities. I discovered that this online boutique offers a deadly combination of beautiful designs and unbelievably affordable prices. In particular, Dress V aims to provide brides-to-be with the opportunity to purchase beautiful bridal gowns at a fraction of their usual market retail prices.

Here are some of my favourite 2014 wedding dresses from Dress V:

Classic Appliques & Sequins Mermaid Wedding Dress
If you ever watched The Little Mermaid as a small girl, I bet that you've also dreamed about walking down the aisle wearing a mermaid-style wedding gown. Make those dreams come true as an adult by choosing this gorgeous strapless and sleeveless dress; this piece features a tasteful amount of appliques and sequins that keeps things interesting without going overboard with embellishments.


More dress details here: http://www.dressv.com/product/10856703.html


Flower Tulle Chapel Train Wedding Dress
One of my biggest childhood regrets is that I never pushed my parents hard enough to let me fulfill my dreams of becoming a world-famous ballerina. What better way to celebrate the most important occasion of your lifetime than by being as beautiful as a ballerina in all her finery? This particular tulle-skirted dress features an A-Line silhouette, as well as a unique one shoulder strap over an appealing sweetheart neckline. 



Glamorous Ball Gown Lace Wedding Dress
If you are a fan of Prince William and the Duchess Kate Middleton, you would have watched their wedding ceremony in 2011 with bated breath and slightly teary eyes. Even if you are not a huge admirer, you probably would have been awed by the beauty of Kate's gorgeous dress, which was soon after imitated by countless dressmakers. If you wish to be wed in a gown that will draw you as much attention as Kate, choose this incredible long-sleeved lace ball gown wedding dress that will have you looking as amazing as a princess on your big day. 


I hope that you enjoyed daydreaming (or strategically planning, depending on your life stage) about your wedding day and dress with me! If you wish to check out Dress V's selection for yourself, follow this link: http://www.dressv.com/wedding-dresses-2014-c103383/.


Note: While this post has been generously sponsored by Dress V, all opinions within this post are exclusively mine.