Morning Must-Reads: For Style

MORNING MUST-READSIn the last year, I have become a real blog junkie. Being apart of the blogger community, I have found numerous blogs that I love to read and read regularly. I bookmark them, subscribe, and share as much as possible. After all, bloggers need other bloggers to support them!

Morning Must-Reads is a concept that I am going to carry out every so often in order to share the blogs that I love to read for particular niches.


 

Helena always looks amazing. I envy her style and am inspired by her outfit selections every day! I always look forward to a new post, and regularly are shopping her looks so that I can try and look as jazzed up as she is. The blonde from Brooklyn is a gal that I would love to be friends with…which is why her blog is so great! She is relatable and that’s why I read her regularly! Check her blog out here.

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Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

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Jean has been one of my blogger idols for a long time. Since I got Pinterest, I have been following Jean along on her style journey. Her outfit posts are bright, cheery and joyful – and her clothing is to die for. I am almost always turning to her blog for inspiration, style tips, outfit ideas…and well, everything else!! Not to mention, she and her husband are adorable together! Check out her blog here.

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Jean / Extra Petite

Convey The Moment

Eleni is such a sweetheart and has been one of my inspirations from the beginning. Her unique style is hard not to love, and her pictures are always impeccable. Even better? She is Canadian just like me, which I is always so great to find! Although I love all the American fashionistas out there, it hits closer to home when I see my country in the background (snow, snow and more snow!). Check out her blog here.

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Eleni / Convey the Moment

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Lyndsey is another Canadian beauty that I am new to following. Don’t you just love hashtags? That’s how I came across her page and fell in love with her clothing…and her dog, I mean…how cute! Lyndsey’s use of colour and patterns have given me inspiration in my daily outfits and reading her posts make me smile! How much better can it get? Check out her blog here.

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Lyndsey / Over My Styled Body

Grace is a blogger that I kept seeing pop up on my Pinterest home page and after seeing outfit after outfit that I was drooling over…I clicked a few times and found her blog. It’s been a morning must-read ever since. She is a fashion guru – whether it is a pair of rain boots with jeans, or a fab red mini-dress like below, she looks gorgeous! Check out her blog here.

bb dakota fit and flare dress, holiday dress, nordstrom dress, holiday outfit ideas, little red dress, lace up pump, taupe pumps, statement necklace, chain statement bib, holiday makeup, nude lip, lace dress // grace wainwright from a southern drawl

Grace / A Southern Drawl 

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.

Annabelle The VivaLuxury

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

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!

The Preppy Side of Pinterest: Christmas Looks

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I have been a bit absent these past couple of days. As we head into finals season, I have been absolutely swamped with assignments, studying and trying to maintain my sanity. So, I took a couple of days off. BUT, I am returning today with some great Christmas looks for you…straight from Pinterest (just the inspiration you need this holiday season). A few weeks ago, I showed you my top three must-have looks for this holiday season.

Today, I want to show you some of the preppy looks that I am loving this month…

Classic Red Tartan – I have a thing for plaid and this look screams classic Christmas. Red tartan is the best tartan, and here, paired with a black sweater, a string of pearls, matching red tartan heels and a dark crimson lip is perfect. This season, midi skirts are completely in. Many people think that midi skirts are for tall people, and tall people only. Not true at all – try the length with a pair of heels to boost your height, and you are golden!

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Dressy dressy at the Mall – There is nothing wrong with sporting a skirt and tights around town for the holidays. Just because the snow has come to stay (which we don’t have by the way…), doesn’t mean you can’t show off those legs in the Winter and get your cute on! This outfit below emphasizes the importance of layers. The turtleneck under the plaid flannel, which is under the wool pea coat. Not to mention, the hunter green Hunter boots…simply perfection.

Hunter boots *-*-read coat, green skirt, and that plaid blouse! i LOVE this outfit...I really would like to look like this girl.:

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The Laid back Lumberjack – Okay, so maybe this isn’t what a lumberjack would sport in the forest, but this look is incredibly cute. From the plaid flannel vest to the staple Bean Boots that she is sporting…I love it all. This look is super easy to recreate and perfect for getting the house ready for the family, hunting to buy the Christmas tree, or even running errands at the mall.

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Fur on Plaid – This is an adorable look as well. The tartan, as you know, is already a favourite of mine. However, the fur is a new one for me. I just recently added a faux fur vest to my closet, and I have yet to sport it…but this is one of my inspirational outfits on Pinterest, which is why I am including it today. It is an easy and simple look to recreate with black pants or leggings…throw on some cute heels, or maybe some over the knee boots – voila!

20 Style Tips On How To Wear Leggings, Outfit Ideas | Gurl.com:

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That’s it for today. There is more to come this week hopefully. I love Christmas, and I love writing about Christmas style. Especially when I get to go through my inspirational boards…look forward to more outfit details coming soon (I know Mondays are usually details days…)

What do you think about these looks? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below…