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June 28, 2014

I've Told Every Little Star



This outfit comes straight from my archive of unposted looks (you can even see my nose ring, RIP). I took these pictures on an extremely hot and humid day, hence the pinned bangs. I remember going through this phase of being obsessed with vintage scarves and huge bow clips. Oh, and shoes with really sharp spikes! There were safety warning stickers on the soles of these. To this day, I still (secretly!) feel like the most badass lady ever when I slip them on. They elevate the most simplest dresses to a whole new level of awesomeness.

What is your craziest, most extravagant pair of shoes?






O U T F I T  D E T A I L S

Dress: H&M • Scarf + bag: vintage • Sunglasses: Aldo • Shoes: Truth or Dare by Madonna
Hair bow: Ardene • Earrings: XXI



Linda Scott • I've Told Every Little Star

Warning: you will be humming it for days.


May 26, 2014

The New Girl

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Today, I started a new gig as a freelance designer for a toy store. It went great! My coworkers were super welcoming and I had lots of different projects to work on, which kept me wide awake and made the day pass too quickly. It was so refreshing to do what I love and actually get paid for it (aka what should pretty much be the initial concept of work).

Since graduating college a little over a year ago (eek! time flies!), I have split my time between freelancing for a month or two doing, then doing random minimum wage jobs and going back to freelancing. Sometimes, it can be quite demotivating not to be able to do design full-time! It's a classic case of "I have spent [insert number here] years of my life studying design and photography - not [insert random  side-job chore I loathe]". But hey! I am young and freelancing offers me the opportunity to figure out what type of office (or non-office) is best for me. So far, I have worked in a  big creative agency, a small studio, two corporations and I also did freelance work on my own. The variety made me more aware of who I am as a designer and what I need to be happy and fulfilled at work. Now I need to work towards obtaining (or maybe building?) the job of my dreams. I am focusing on all the great things my work experiences of the past year have taught me rather than just pondering why I don't have a full-time gig yet.

The most important thing I learned this year is that most creative jobs are a journey, not something included in a bundle along with your diploma. You have to put time, effort and lots of patience in order to make a career out of it. You need to keep learning and creating - more, more and always more. Keep that in mind and go get your hands dirty already. You've got this! :)

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Dress by XXI • Jacket by Monica's Jeans • Brooch/necklace by Le Château
Socks by Ardene • Shoes by UO



Michel Delpech • Pour un flirt (1971)

How about some cheesy vintage french music? Also, I need the same white boots the first girl is wearing!

May 23, 2014

Candid Thoughts On Blogging

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Snapping these first "real" outfit pictures in almost a year was fun! I visited my favorite semi-abandoned backyard and everything went perfectly. I used to fear the possibility of someone catching me doing faces and fashion-y poses alone in my corner, but now I am way more relaxed about it. No more paranoia! 

Here's a confession: my timidity almost made me quit style blogging altogether. I was insecure about how people would perceive me if they found out I had a blog with 1) all kinds of personal thoughts and 2) so many pictures of myself. I got teased a bit about this whole fashion thing by family and friends and it made me doubt if style blogging was something acceptable to do. And you know what? It is.

I had a few job interviews over the last months and every single interviewer asked me why my blog was now inactive. They liked how I had merged some of my biggest passions into one entity. Fashion, writing, photography, design... this blog of mine offered me a chance to do all of this. So why abandon it like I did? Sure, I had a busy year, but I had quit blogging because of insecurity and shyness. I've always had a bit of a I-don't-care-what-you-think attitude, but this time, I had let other people make me doubt of something I was passionate about. And I was too proud to admit it - even my lovely boyfriend asked me why I wouldn't blog anymore and I kept denying. I had stopped writing, taking pictures, making playlists for the blog, designing little graphics, thinking about DIY projects... and I was wondering why I was so miserable. This blog was my playground, a little world I had built for myself to share inspiration and I had stopped visiting it.

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I think now is a good time to claim back this playground. The blogging scene has changed a whole lot in the past year(s), but I know who I am and what I like. I do not blog for likes, recognition or a seat at local events. I blog for passion and solace. This blog was created by a suburban 17-year-old who had just gotten into design school, was experimenting with personal style and obsessing with street style photography. Sure, I have evolved, but this 17-year-old was building something without even knowing. She had stars in her eyes, big dreams for her future and had fun sharing all of these.

I blog to keep that spark alive. 

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O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

Top by H&M • Skirt by UK2LA via Stitches • Socks by Ardène
Vintage shoes via Comptoir Emmaüs • Old floral headband from unknown source




Beta Frontiers • So Cold



April 24, 2014

This Is The Day



Here are a few self-portraits I took in my apartment, featuring my absolute favourite vintage dress. I love wearing clothes that possess a unique vibe and a bit of history! This dress has the loveliest ethereal shape and some delightful crochet details. However, it is super fragile so it's more of a collection piece that I save for special occasions. It has more than 40 years of existence, after all. I must take great care of it!

Side note: I'm obsessed with shooting RAW and editing my pictures in Adobe Lightroom. Taking outfit photos inside my apartment is pretty hard since the lighting is quite poor, but I can fix it in Lightroom without destroying the originals. I like how these photos turned out, especially the rainbow sorbet colours of my dress! Just one thing: I should have smiled. Hehe.






O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

Dress: Boat People Vintage • Earrings: Aldo




The The  •  This Is The Day





April 9, 2014

Memphis Blues Again



I must admit that writing a blog post after such a long absence is incredibly bizarre - I almost feel like a stranger on my own blog. Never mind! I was going through my hard drive and found some outfit shots I took last October. It took these on a very windy day, just 30 minutes before sunset - my favourite conditions to take pictures. Even if the wind makes my hair go nuts (so. many. tangles), I love how it gives movement to clothing. With long pleated skirts, the effect is almost surreal and clearly worth the consequent hair untangling session ;)




O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

Top + shoes (I added the ankle straps): Urban Outfitters 
Shirt: H&M • Skirt: vintage • Tights: Simons • Pendant: XXI





Bob Dylan • Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again



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