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An outfit that can take you from work to weekend is always a must-have, and one of my favourite combinations is mixing casual pieces with dressier pants. Chic black boots always make an outfit look a little bit more sophisticated, but adding a cropped leather jacket into the mix adds in some edge as well. It’s the best of both worlds really.

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This top can be worn with a camisole and underneath a blazer to make it work- appropriate, and then on it’s own to show some skin for when the fun begins. It’s a nice break from an otherwise all black look. I tend to lean towards all black (as I’m sure you know), so breaking it up with a sea foam colour allows me to change up my look a little, but still stay within my comfort zone.

jacket: Forever 21 | top: RW&CO | bottoms: Dynamite | shoes: Just Fab

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Photos by Rita Roque

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So I’ve been seeing these braids everywhere lately, and I’ve always wanted to try them but given the fact that my forehead is more of a fivehead no way did I think I would flatter the style. But then I thought whatever. I’ll do as I please. Turns out they’ve become my go-to style for whenever I don’t feel like using heat or washing my hair. It’s actually quite freeing, no need to worry about flyways, losing volume or any of that hair nonsense.

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I’ve come to refer to them as an accessory as well, taking a simple shirt and jeans combo up a notch, as it adds an instant casual cool vibe to any look you wear. For some odd reason, I feel like these braids look better when you have sunglasses on. Weird, I know.

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coat: Forever 21 | top: J Crew | bottoms: Zara | shoes: Le Chateau | sunnies: Ray Ban

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Throw on a pair of heels… and sweatpants are acceptable? I used to be on the fence about whether I liked the whole sweatpants + heels combo, but I feel if worn properly and with the appropriate colours, they can totally work.

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When I’m around the house I rock my ever so stylish baggy pant and hoodie combo, but actually wearing them out in public called for a different kind of silhouette… or an actual silhouette, in my case.

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I decided to pair my sweats with a basic tank from RW&CO and this “Zora” shrug from Yalivta, which is available in cream as well. The line was made for dancers, so of course the piece is so comfortable, no matter which way I move. Not that I’m planning on twisting my body or dancing in the streets, but at least I know it’s an option if I ever decide to do so.

Check out Yalivta here for more products and inspo from their own blog.

cardigan: Yalivta | top: RW&CO | bottoms: Hollister | heels: Ivanka Trump | sunnies: Amazon

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Special thanks to Yalivta for partnering with me on this post

Photos by Rita Roque

 

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I’ve always loved a good bohemian inspired look for the warmer months. The pieces are breathable and forgiving, saving you time and energy stressing about sweat stains, muffin tops and all the fun stuff summer brings upon us.¬†The weather here has been quite a tease these past couple of weeks, with little pockets of sunshine followed by larger pockets of ice and snow. It’s still so mind boggling how one day you can rock the bare legs and the following day you’re buried underneath layers and a parka. Oh Canada.

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I decided to start my quest for a white eyelet blouse in November. Am I just the smartest human being ever, or what? Stores filled with heavy cardigans, thick socks and thermal leggings… not a peasant blouse in sight. But I was determined. Come boxing week, I scored this (one size too big) blouse for a whopping $10 at H&M. I knew there was one out there in the midst of winter.

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Since it’s not quite shorts weather, I paired the blouse with slim boyfriend jeans and a floppy hat. Come summertime, you’ll be sure to see me rocking it with cut off jean shorts and brown gladiator sandals. The hat will stay, regardless of the season, because who wants to style their hair everyday anyways?

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top: H&M | bottoms: Blue Notes | hat: Winners | shoes: Ivanka Trump

Photos by Rita Roque

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Spring is just a few weeks away, and I am beyond excited for the warmer weather to come rolling in. I love being outdoors during the warmer months, and I try to get out as much as I can when I’m not working. Since we’re surrounded by so much greenery, the trails and hiking opportunities are endless in and around the Toronto area.

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In making sure the environment doesn’t degenerate anymore than it should, comes thinking responsibly and making conscious and ethical decisions. I know, I know, it may seem too overbearing at times, but it really doesn’t have to be. Simple things like buying clothing that is locally and ethically produced can help so much. The Balance Project’s clothing line makes it possible to be able to help the planet while wearing chic, and most importantly, affordable clothes.

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I’m wearing the roman numerals tank from Balance. It’s a no- brainer top that you can wear anywhere (and you all know how much I love pieces like that). I’ve paired it with grey skinnys from Zara and a jean jacket from Bluenotes. I’m a little bit of a maniac for this jacket, so I apologize for the amounts of times you’ve seen it in my posts already. #nonewclothes

jacket: Bluenotes | top: The Balance Project (similar) | bottoms: Zara | shoes: Converse

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Photos by Rita Roque

Special thanks to The Balance Project for partnering with me on this post

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Who says knitted headbands are just to keep you warm when you’re outdoors? Yes, they’re practical, and yes they keep your ears warm, but it doesn’t just stop there. These cute headbands make for a chic accessory with basically anything you wear. My simple blazer, white tee, jeans and converse look? It ain’t so simple anymore.

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The headband I’m wearing is from Etsy shop Marquia Makes. It’s a handcrafted good made from yarn and acrylic, and most importantly with #loveandcaffeine. Amen sister. Along with headbands and throws, Marquia Makes has an array of super cute mason jars with various saying on them… and she’ll be adding new items to the boutique in Spring, like these pom poms I’ve got clipped onto my Kate Spade clutch!

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Ever since I started rocking the pom poms on different handbags and my jacket zipper, I’ve gotten so many compliments on them. I mean… they also take a simple something and make it into something unique. And who wouldn’t want that?

Shop here for more colours and goodies: Marquia Makes

blazer: Aritzia | top: French Connection | bottoms: Bluenotes | shoes: Converse | bag: Kate Spade | headband: Marquia Makes (here)

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Special thanks to Marquia Makes for partnering with me on this post

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I am beyond ready for the warmer weather to roll through… not only are the skirts shorter and the days longer, I find that I’m more upbeat and productive during these sunny months. I blame the vitamin D. ūüėČ

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This Winter has been a fairly mild one, with some days being *almost* acceptable to be able to put on a dress with bare legs. However, good old mother nature decided to stop by now, as we’re approaching the end of the cold. Of course she has.

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I’m wearing one of my go to looks: leather jacket, black top, denim and converse. I usually opt for jeans and white converse, but switched it up with a denim skirt and black shoes instead. It’s such a easy look to pull together, and one of my go-tos on days that I don’t feel like being creative. And let’s not forget this top… it’s the epitome of me (and I’m sure majority of people) in the morning.

jacket: Winners | top: Zara | skirt: Bluenotes | shoes: Converse

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I try to stay fit and work out as consistently as I can… but I’m only human, which results in having an off week or two… which means the only work out I’m getting is hand to mouth while chomping away on something that could be healthier.

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I’ve figured out a solution to when this lack of motivation comes creeping: cute work out clothes. And Bench does just the trick. I love the cool vibe their streetwear inspired collections have, and the even cooler vibe of being able to wear them to the gym. How can you not be motivated by these clothes?!

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I am a big fan of black leggings, especially ones that have a firm elastic band and actually stay put. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s so hard to find a decently priced legging that has a long lasting elastic. But then again, I could be wearing them out way faster than I should be…

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I’ve paired my Parya¬†leggings and¬†Original Overhead sweater from Bench, with simple black Nike shoes and an olive green hat from Artizia. Whenever I’m doing something active, I like to put a baseball cap on, because it keeps my hair in place and hides my face… I’m definitely not the cutest after a long, sweaty workout. So it’s either working out in the dark or putting a hat on. I choose hat.

top: Bench, Original Overhead (here)  | bottoms: Bench, Parya Legging (here) | shoes: Nike | hat: Aritzia

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Special thanks to Bench for sponsoring this post 

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I love versatile outfits that I can wear anywhere from school to working out to kicking it at home. With my busy schedule and the colder weather, I’m currently reaching for comfy tops (especially sweaters) that I can throw on top of leggings or jeans.

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This¬†sweater does just the trick. It’s simple logo and dark blue colour are both chic and practical.¬†All B‚Ė≥LANCE clothing is made from organic cotton and bamboo blends, and it’s manufactured right here in Canada. The organization has also collaborated with select artists to showcase their work on their products. Check out some designs in their¬†lookbook¬†here!

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B‚Ė≥LANCE is much more than just a clothing line. Part of the The Balance Project, this enterprise was founded by a group of students based out of Ottawa, Canada. Their mission is to educate young people on making a conscious effort when making consumer choices.

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Making the world a better place, all while staying on trend? I like the sound of that. ūüėČ

*For more information on The Balance Project and how you can join the movement, visit www.becomebalanced.org*

sweater:¬†B ‚Ė≥ L A N C E¬†| bottoms: Guess | shoes: Converse

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Special thanks to The Balance Project for partnering with me on this post 

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My feet seem to always be cold, so socks for me are a must. And when they come in so many cute designs and colours like these stance socks, how can you resist?

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The description of these socks on the website is just too cute, I had to share…

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or off the market (with a keen eye on the goods), Stance’s Single Mingle are the quickest way to raise some heart rates. Fall head over heels for the buttery softness of combed cotton and the reinforced stitching on these Tomboy Light fit socks. Whether you wear them out on a first date or in for a night of Netflix and chill, they’ll do all the talking for you-we know your lips are busy.

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So cheers to keeping the love alive, and keeping your feet toasty all year round. xo

top: Club Monaco | slip: Vintage | socks: Stance

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