These are a few of my Favourite Things…

BannerWhen I was little, my Mom used to sing me to sleep and one of the main songs she would sing me is My Favourite Things from the musical The Sound of Music. I love this song so much and every time I hear it, I think of my Mom. So today, because I was doing a little thinking back (and because it is #throwbackthursday), I am going to throw it back to this memory, and tell you some of my favourite things that I am loving right now!

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PINK ROSES 

Although red roses are romantic and beautiful, there is nothing better than the colour pink! I love pink (shocking, I know) and these hot pink roses are right up my alley. Being that it was my birthday this past weekend, I was absolutely showered by my beautiful friends and family…and that included pink roses from my best friend (she knows me all too well).

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PEARLS, PEARLS, PEARLS 

I obviously love pearls (Pearls and Polkadots)…so it probably doesn’t shock you how much I love pearls. Especially this factory multi-strand pearl necklace from J.Crew Factory! I have rocked this piece so many times before and every time, I love how it looks. The cream tone, the gold accents…and just overall how many there are!! I love them!!

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FELT HATS 

It’s kind of hard for me to rock hats because I am always in lecture (and trust me, people do not appreciate the big floppy hats in front of them…), but when the time comes and I’m not in school…it’s hats, hats and more hats. My hat collection keeps growing and no wonder because they are the perfect accessory. This one is from mark.Avon from roughly a year ago.

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CHUNKY JEWELRY 

Chunky jewelry is one of my favourite types of accessories. I would love it if I my own personal wall of chunky jewelry (jewelry goals). This pale pink-coral chunky bracelet is one of my go-to’s when I am chunking up the accessories in an outfit. This colour goes with a lot of different things, and even though it’s super chunky…it is still not so overpowering – one colour, one type of stone…and you’re good!

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CUTE DESK ACCESSORIES 

My desk is a mess. That is no joke. I try to keep it clean (I am actually writing on it now), but usually it is stacked high with books. However, that does not mean that I can’t make it look nice with cute accessories like this Kate Spade New York eraser. Imagine bringing that to a final? It’s actually a real eraser and it does the job well…but way too big to bring to an exam…pure decoration only!

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Well there you have it – a few of my favourite things…I may have to continue this next Thursday for #tbt. We will have to see!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Over-the-Knee Boots: the Reality for a Short Girl

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Everybody knows that boots are the absolute staple for the Fall/Winter season. In fact, I pretty much forget about all my other pairs of shoes (sorry shoes!!) when Fall rolls around because I love pulling on my riding boots or my cute little ankle booties. The possibilities are endless when you incorporate boots in your look. However, with my short little legs and wide calves…there is one type of boot style that is incredibly hard to style.

What style is this? OTK (Over-the-Knee) Boots. 

I figure I am not the only one to experience these struggles…which is why today I am going to give you some tips on styling OTK boots.

1. Forget the “thigh high”. It’s a harsh reality, but buying and styling boots that go to your upper thigh is just not going to look the way you want it to. I have learned that I don’t have a lot of leg to work with, and covering it up with boot doesn’t leave enough thigh between my skirt and top of my boot to get that desired “fashionista” look that I want.

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2. Heel or nothing. Heels are a short girl’s best friend. Seriously. The only pair of OTK boots that I own are flat with no heel and although they do look great, I get no height. I love heels and I would love the boots way more if I were boosted up 3-4 inches. Heels lengthen your legs, and with OTK boots, that is exactly what you want when you are short!!

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3. Classic neutrals are the best. I tend to follow this rule with all boots. Boots don’t tend to come in crazy patterns, but there are different types of materials that come in weird shades. My favourites are black, brown and camel. These go with the most in your closet, and always look fab (plus, black is really slimming). Note: Images below are sourced left to right.

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4. When you find them, rock them. If you find a cute pair that you love…hang on to them. Take great care of them and most importantly, be confident!! At the end of the day, if you love how they look, then that is what it is all about!! You will always find someone to compare yourself to…but don’t do it. You look great when you feel great! So smile, pull the boots up and strut your stuff!

The reality is…finding a good pair of OTK boots is tough – really tough – for short girls with big legs. It’s a harsh thing to accept, but if you keep looking…you will find your pair. I wish I could suggest some pairs to check out, but I have yet to find a pair that is sold in stores right now (I thrifted my first pair).

Keep your chin up shorty, your pair is out there for you!

With that, I leave you with some of my favourite fashion blogger ensembles that feature OTK boots! Cheers!

how to wear boots 2014 | 20 Style Tips On How To Wear Over-The-Knee Boots:

Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots — IRL: You don't need me to tell you that everything looks different on a model than it does in real life.:

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fall / winter - fall outfits - street style - street chic style - casual outfits - black leggings + grey over the knee boots + grey sweater + black leather jacket + green plaid scarf:

Jean / Extra Petite

Holiday Ring Guide to Sparkle You Up!

bannerI have been really in to bling rings lately. I have never really been one to focus on the fashion of my hands. I don’t get my nails done, I am so bad at moisturizing, and I have terrible habits that leave my hands looking…well, not so nice. However, I do try and dress them up with rings (so that people don’t notice the fact that I have zero nails).

Since the holidays are right around the corner and gift giving season is in full swing, I thought a little ring round up would be nice to show you what is out there right now (and for how much!).

UNDER $25

Etched Ring / Pava Tube Ring / Simulated Turquoise RingDeep V Ring / J Lo Bar RingStudded Chevron Ring Set / Floral Statement Ring / Modern PearlGold Tone Pave Statement Ring / Pave Shield / Mesh Statement RingLeopard Statement Ring

UNDER $50 

Goreski Glasses / Ready Set Bow / Gamma Ring / Mag Ring / Pearl Floral RingCrystal and Fringe / Infinity Ring

UNDER $100 

Brilliance Statement Ring / Charlotte Ring StackCora Shell Ring / Darling DaisiesNew York Knot / House of Harlow / Laurel Leaves RingOlympia Shimmer WrapPamela Love Ring / Faceted Hinge Caged RingThree Row Band / Light as a Feather / Caged Statement Ring / Paved Border RingLouise et Cie StoneMickey Mouse

NO LIMIT 

Triple Horn / Tortoiseshell RingGold Knot Ring / Moveable DiscSarah Chloe Ring


 

Hopefully you all found what you were looking for this year in terms of fashion rings! One of my upcoming New Year’s resolutions is to wear more hand jewelry…and work on my awful nails (no more bad habits!!). We will see how that one turns out…

What is your favourite ring of the bunch? Do you wear rings regularly? Let me know in the comments below…

Style Spotlight: Leopard Accessories

Style SpotlightThere aren’t too many patterns that I won’t wear. When it comes to style and fashion, I am a complete open book and ready to try anything. I first caught on to leopard print two years ago when I found the cutest leopard print flats from American Eagle. I just couldn’t pass them up, and when I began to experiment more with the pattern, I became a bit of an addict.

Today I want to talk about the best ways to wear the pattern. I am not huge into leopard print statement pieces like dresses, shirts or pants (are there leopard print pants?), but I am all for the leopard accessories!

Leopard Booties + Cognac + Gold

Leopard print is a very warm pattern, which is why I tend to stick to warm, earthy tones to pair the pattern with. In the case of leopard print shoes or booties, I am a huge fan of pairing the shoe with gold based jewelry and the colour cognac. It is probably one of my favourite combinations.

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I picked up these booties at a consignment store brand new in my area, but they are Sperry TopsiderI love them paired with my gold link necklace (Icing Stores), gold based glasses ring (Kate Spade New Yorkand to top the look off, my cognac shoulder bag (Michael Kors).

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Using cognac as a main colour to pair with the print worked perfectly in the case of these Sperry Topsider booties since the trim between the tread and pattern is a close-cognac shade.

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Leopard Beanie + Chambray + Pearls

Before this year, I really wasn’t into hats. I started getting into fashion hats, beanies and baseball caps at the beginning of this school year. This leopard beanie (D&Y) is the perfect printed accessory to spruce up any look.

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Pairing the blue chambray with the leopard print really contrasts the two fabrics. Not only are you contrasting the knit with and chambray, but you are contrasting the print with the solid – makes for a great pair.

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This leopard beanie is my favourite hat right now (next to my university baseball cap, that is). I ordered it off Amazon but it is sold by D&YIt sits perfectly on my head and is actually really comfortable. The multi-strand of pearls is from J.Crew Factory – this accessory is pretty much a staple for me. I picked up the blue chambray button up at my local Marshalls last year. They always have a great selection!

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Leopard Scarf + Cognac + Gold

Like I said, leopard print goes really well with cognac and gold accents. Here, I have flipped the look from above – leopard is now shown in the main accessory, and cognac is accenting in the boot. Gold is used to compliment both the print and the cognac boot throw the gold accents on the boot and in the necklace.

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This is my one and only leopard print scarf and I love it (Charlotte Russe). I got it a couple of years ago and it is my go-to when it comes to my fave leopard accessories. The boots are Ralph Lauren booties from a couple years ago. These were kind of bought on a whim because it was a half of sale at The Bay and so I had to take advantage. The necklace is from my fave accessory palace, Icing Stores

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Leopard accessories are my favourite. 

These are three of the ways that I love to wear the pattern, but there are so many other ways you can wear it. It’s always best to make the leopard print your focus in an outfit. It is a very loud pattern, and although it is not against the rules to pattern mix with this print, I love to make it the focal point of any look that I am sporting.

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How do you wear leopard print? Do you make it the stand out of your outfit? Let me know in the comments below…

19 Camo-Stripe Looks to Copy…

BANNERI am obsessed with everything fashion and one trend I am loving right now is pattern mixing. Pattern mixing is anything that combines two or more patterns. Personally, I stick to mixing two patterns and one of my favourite combos right now is camouflage + stripes. So many bloggers out there have done up their own look using camo and stripes. So I am pulling my favourite renditions that I have found out there…

Camo and stripes can totally be BFFs.:

Christine / Hello Fashion Blog

6 Chic Ways to Wear Camouflage | Glam Radar:

Taylor / Sterling Style

How to Wear Camo Prints: 40 Outfit Ideas To Try Now | StyleCaster:

Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

Really diggin the camo pants :-):

Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

Julie / Sincerely Jules

BowsandDepos: Camo vest + striped tee + jeans + coganc booties + burgundy satchel:

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Suburban Faux-Pas: Fall Uniform in a @sugar love boutique jacket:

Krystin / Suburban Fauxpas

Clothes Casual Outift for • teens • movies • girls • women •. summer • fall • spring • winter • outfit ideas • dates • school • parties Polyvore :) Catalina Christiano:

Kate / The Fancy Pants Report

jean jacket, striped tee and camo leggings - www.lovelucygirl.com

Kayla / Love Lucy Girl 

Stripes, Jewels, Camo and Dots:

Sandy / Sandy a la Mode

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Meggan / Somewhere, Lately

jacket: old navy / top: h & m / jeans: hudson / shoes: aldo / glasses: c/o warby parker / bag: c/o coach:

Kimberly / Eat Sleep Wear

Not with camo shorts...:

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pattern mixing perfection:

Jen / Jen Loves Kev

 camo jacket, burgundy pants, striped top:

Krystin / Suburban Fauxpas 

Camo + Stripes:

Grace / A Southern Drawl 

Pattern Trio: olive green camo print cropped jacket, black and white striped silk tank, flowy chiffon nude Chic Wish maxi skirt, black lace up booties, Vince Camuto leopard clutch, Chanel cateye sunglasses, stripes and camo, camo and leopard, pattern mixing:

Meagan / Meagan’s Moda

Wake Up Your Wardrobe What I Wore: Green with Envy Camo Jacket, Striped Sweater, Neon Green Beanie, Deconstructed Skinny Jeans, Rock Stud Heels, Wayfarer Sunglasses, and YSL Lingerie Pink Lipstick:

Morgan / Wake up your Wardrobe

camo pants, stripes, blazer, valentino pumps.:

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I love rounding up my favourite looks from different bloggers because it spreads the word about these fabulous ladies and the marvelous fashion that they showcase. Camouflage can scare some people, but I say try it! Why wouldn’t you? Start off small with camo accessories if you are feeling a little anxious. Then work your way up to the larger pieces like tops and bottoms!

Pairing camo with stripes or another pattern is a fun way to mix up your look – give it a try!