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From the Streets of Toronto

Hello everyone!

Below are several scattered pictures which I just recently found buried in my photo album from my trip to Toronto with Alyssa this past August. So, rather than making several posts on the different days we were there I thought it wise to just throw them all together in one big post. We were only in Toronto for a couple of days but I still occasionally  find myself reminiscing about the beautiful city. There was so many wonderful people and the environment everywhere we went was lovely. I learned that in Toronto, there is always something to do and I can’t wait to go back there again.

Note #1: Exploring a city in which you have no idea where anything is, is probably the most fun in the world. – Even though you’re lost 98% of the time.

Note #2: It’s totally okay to take pictures like a crazy tourist (It’s fun and it’s a must to capture the memories).

Note #3: Trips with your best friend = expensive (especially when you’re both shopaholics). But oh so worth it. Cheers!

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Shirt: Forever 21 - Bag: Etsy - Shorts: American Eagle - Sandals: American Eagle

Shirt: Forever 21 – Bag: Etsy – Shorts: American Eagle – Sandals: American Eagle

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Shirt: Garage – Necklace: Aldo – Shorts: City Streets – Sandals: Wal-Mart

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Shirt: Forever 21 - Shorts: Garage - Sandals: American Eagle - Bag: Etsy - Sunnies: The Sunglass  Hut

Shirt: Forever 21 – Shorts: Garage – Sandals: American Eagle – Bag: Etsy – Sunnies: The Sunglass Hut

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Unimpressed with Alyssa for some reason hahaha

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Thank you for reading!

Charmaine x

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Zebras and Trench Coats

Hello! These pictures were a bit last minute, my brother decided he wanted to work on his photography skills… so he’s to thank for these ones. It was a cloudy day but it was warm, so I wore the shorts due to the heat and the jacket in case of the rain. I am in love with these zebra patterned high-waisted shorts… they’re so fun and can literally be worn with anything. On this day I just chose to pair them with an average grey crop top, just to keep it simple. I thought the jacket was a nice ad-on because it really changed the outfit.

Enjoy!

Shirt & Shorts: Garage - Jacket: Vera Moda - Shoes: American Eagle - Sunglasses: Sunglasses Hut

Shirt & Shorts: Garage – Jacket: Vera Moda – Shoes: American Eagle – Sunglasses: Sunglasses Hut

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My dog wanted to play tug-a-war really bad...

My dog wanted to play tug-a-war really bad…

Thanks for reading!

Charmaine x

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Blues and Neons

What a beautiful day! (Sunday June 1st, it was). The weather has been gorgeous lately so I thought that I would start June off right with a comfortable tee and blue crocheted shorts. I paired this outfit with a pair of strappy neon heels. I loved the way the blue and neon looked together! Two pops of color… love it!

Shirt: Ardene - Sunglasses: Ardene - Shorts: City Streets - Shoes: Vintage Shop (Shoe Brand: Spring... Last years collection)

Shirt: Ardene – Sunglasses: Ardene – Shorts: City Streets – Shoes: Vintage Shop (Shoe Brand: Spring… Last years collection) – Necklace: Asos

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Thanks for reading,

Charmaine x

 

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10 Things You Need In Your Closet This Spring/Summer

This post is pretty straight forward, these are the top ten things that I think every woman needs in her wardrobe this Spring and Summer! Read on if you’re interested in learning about the latest fads, or if you just like looking at pictures!

 

10. A bright bag. Whether it’s a satchel, or a tote! Everyone loves a pop of color, no matter what other colors you’re wearing the bright colored bag will draw attention to your outfit and will make your look so much more fun! This season, fortunately, it seems like almost every color is in style, so choose a bag in your favorite color  (it’ll make it a little more ‘you’).

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9. A patterned  button-up. Pattern button-ups can go with any occasion, working, shopping, or going for stroll downtown. Patterns are fun, and button-up blouses make the patterned top not look ‘childish’, but chic.

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8. A statement necklace. With a statement necklace you can change a work outfit to an evening outfit with just an accessory. Sometimes all an outfit needs for a little kick is a bright chunky necklace… That is all.

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7. Neon heels or flats. I am obsessed with everything neon right now, especially neon shoes! They are very bold and you have to wear them with confidence, but once you got it you will own that entire outfit… Trust me.

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6. Plaid! As far as I’m concerned, every wardrobe needs at least one plaid shirt because plaid is ALWAYS in style. You can pretty much wear it any way, that’s what makes it fun! For example, one day you could go for a grunge-type look and the next day you could go a little more chic. It all depends how you style it, of course.

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5. The skater skirt. Okay so my goal this season is to obtain as many skater skirts in as many colors/patterns as possible. The skater skirt is very popular this year, it’s fun and flirty and can work with any outfit!

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4. High-waisted shorts. Of course high-waisted shorts are the most popular shorts right now, but instead of buying the typical jean high-waisted shorts buy a patterned high-waist short this Summer and take a step out of the box.

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3. Classic jean shirt. Jean shirts go with any outfit and if the weather is being a little unpredictable, a jean shirt is perfect for any Spring or Summer weather. Can be styled beautifully with a statement necklace or a dainty necklace (depending on your outfit).

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2. A dainty necklace. Yes I will admit that I looove chunky bright necklaces but every once in a while it’s nice to be subtle with jewelry. I love pairing a dainty necklace with another statement accessory (such as a neon shoe, a bright clutch or a powerful top). Dainty necklaces are also great to wear if you’re just wearing a low-key outfit that’s not too dramatic. If you want you can even layer dainty necklaces!ba2d7640a64daf0867914629a9fa30f1).

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1. Sunglasses. Oh no the sun’s in your eyes? Why don’t you take out your super stylish ginormous sassy shades to tell off the sun? Sunglasses of course, are an accessory that everyone wears in the Spring/Summer time when the sun really shines. Why not protect your beautiful eyes with beautiful sunglasses? Duh! This Summer what’s really in is big round sunglasses (yes they look very 70’s vintage, but they’re awesome), and colored rim sunglasses… y’all know how I feel about a pop of color.

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Penny for my thoughts? Basically, everyone needs to be wearing more color! Yes I love my black, whites and grey’s, I will admit it. But this season I made a rule for myself to only buy things of color, whether it’s a pastel or a neon, I need a little more color in my life. (It makes the world seem a little brighter). Even though it’s extremely difficult not to buy a really cute black top, AVOID IT, go for something with color, y’all should make it a rule for yourselves too!!

Thanks for reading!!

Adios,

Charmaine xx

 

 

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Pleather Pants

Hello everyone!
So about 2 weeks ago I made the bold decision to purchase the now ever-so-popular ‘pleather’ pants. I was a bit skeptical at first once the lady asked me if I needed a change room with the pants in hand, but once I tried them on I loved them… so of course they had to be purchased. The ones I bought were from a store called Pseudio, they are stretchy, high-waisted and comfortable (bonus, I know!). I bought it as a last minute outfit piece that I was going to wear that night downtown. After I wore them that night, I was a little worried the only use for them would be to hit the town, but just recently I’ve discovered several ways in which these lovely pants/leggings/things can be worn. Now what kind of person would I be if I didn’t share these ways with you?.. a terrible one! So I sorted out 5 different outfit options which include the pleather pants, for 5 different occasions. If you are interested in knowing the ways in which these pants can be worn, or if you just feel the need to read on or just look at the pictures, then feel free! Enjoy 🙂

1. A Night On The Town
The following outfit was put together with the idea of going out downtown, whether it’s hitting the club with your friends, or going for a couple of drinks. This outfit is chic, comfortable, and everybody looks good in black, so you are sure to look awesome. I am a major fan of the crop top, and this one is a little different and unique, so I love it. If you are not a fan of crop tops then just a black t-shirt or tank-top tucked into the pants would still look great.  I paired this look with a watch, no earrings or no necklaces. If I were to choose a bag for this outfit I would definitely go with a bright statement clutch. I kept my make-up simple but the eyeshadow a little dark to resemble the outfit, and plum colored lips. For shoes, personally I would choose to wear a black strappy sandal (not too high, maybe about 2 inches).

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Top: Garage – Lipstick: Wet n’ Wild’s Sugar Plum Fairy in 908C – Watch: sammydress.com

 

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2. A Little Rock N’ Roll

The next outfit is Rock N’ Roll inspired. If you’re in a funky mood (or whatever mood you would be in wearing a rock-ish outfit), then this outfit is perfect. This is a good outfit to wear if you’re going to a concert,  if you’re just heading to the mall with some pals, or just going to school. I paired a cut-off sleeve band shirt with the pants, a gold and black triangle necklace (the jewelry isn’t necessarily needed, but it adds extra umph in my opinion), and a nude lip (this look isn’t supposed to look fancy, so I kept it simple). I love this top, especially for Summer, it goes great with anything really, and it’s sort of short so I guess it’s crop-top-y. For shoes I would pair this outfit with black combat boots or a chunky heel, also in black.

Shirt: Forever 21 - Necklace: Ardene - Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight 700

Shirt: Forever 21 – Necklace: Ardene – Lipstick: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick’s Nude Delight in 700

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3.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button-Up

This next outfit is an outfit for everyday wear. It is casual, and fun and can be worn for walking around the city, running errands,  going to school… practically anything really. It’s not too fancy, and not too… slouchy and boring. This outfit consists of a bright colorful collared cotton button up (that was a tongue-twister), layered underneath a jean button-up shirt. Of course you can choose whether or not you want to button up the jean-shirt, but I chose not to because I wanted to expose the bright coral color of the shirt I had on underneath. For jewelry I have a dainty 3 chained necklace with a tiger pendant attached… Personally I would have went for an overall dainty necklace with a smaller pendant but unfortunately I didn’t have one with me! I chose to not wear any other jewelry because I believe this outfit is supposed to look a little more effortless. For hair, I chose the half-up half-down look with straight hair (even though I didn’t straighten it… oops), however my second choice would have been anything with a braid in it (a braided crown or a simple braid would look nice). For accessories, I chose to wear a tiny brown satchel with tiny jewels on it, my second option would have been a solid colored leather tote.  As far as footwear goes for this outfit, I would wear a pair of black flats, knee-high rider boots (no heel) or a wedged heel.

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Jean Shirt: American Eagle – Coral Button Up: Ardene – Necklace: Ardene – Brown Satchel: Aldo – Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms in Tease (130) and Coquette (110)

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This picture must have been taken after I decided to do something to my hair……..

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4. Edgy and Black

This next look I love, it was inspired for almost any occasion. This outfit can be worn going out for drinks with friends but too lazy to bring a coat for coat check, for shopping, to the movies, going for a walk downtown etc… see any occasion! I like how the fabric of the pants contrast with the fabric of the sweater, which makes this look comfortable, fun and again very chic. This outfit consists of a baggy sweater which is made up of 100% acrylic fabric which is sooooo soft, with a giant number 12 on it (which doesn’t stand for anything… I don’t know why they chose the number 12, I guess it looks cool or something) and it is super comfy, not itchy at all which is awesome. The accessories for this outfit is a faux black leather satchel and a thick gold chain which adds a little bling and dimension to the outfit (a fun, colorful ring would also look amazing with this outfit). I chose a red lip for this outfit to add a pop of color, but of course I think any color would look awesome (it would depend where you were going or what you were doing). As far as shoes go, for this outfit I would choose little black booties, or cheetah print heels to add a fun pattern.

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Sweater: Forever 21 – Gold Chain: Aldo – Black Satchel: A boutique called Twig – Lipstick: Revlon’s Super Lustrous’ Cherry Blossom in 028

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5. O Holy – Sweater

So this is my final look for the pleather pants extravaganza. This is one of my favorite looks because it’s a little more creative and a little more fun. Essentially this look was created because the sweater had holes in it and is a bit see-through and I was looking for something to wear underneath it. Now normally I would choose to wear a solid black tank-top or something, but this looks so much more exciting to me! Rather than a black or solid undershirt, I paired this thick blue hole-y sweater with a fun button-up patterned shirt underneath. The button-up shirt I have on underneath is a very pale shade of pink and has several colorful flowers on it (very Spring-y!) 100% polyester and is therefore very sheer and thin, so you don’t need to worry about it frumping and bunching up underneath the thick sweater. I buttoned up the collared shirt all the way up to the collar to expose the collar. I like that this sweater has a wider neck-hole (I don’t even know what the correct term is but I’m gonna call it a neck-hole for now) because it shows off the under shirt quite well. I also like the contrast of the two fabrics together, because if they were both of the same fabric… it would look a little strange. I decided to tie my hair up for this look in a loose pony tail with loose wavy curls in order to expose the collar, and I also decided not to wear any jewelry with this look (although a dainty ring would have looked cute). For shoes I can only see myself wearing little black booties honestly. And finally I chose the bright pale pink lipstick because the color wasn’t too dark and too bold, and it matched the brightness of the button-up.

 

Sweater: American Eagle - Button up shirt: Ardene - Lipstick: Revlon's Super Lustrous' Primrose in 668

Sweater: American Eagle – Button up shirt: Ardene – Lipstick: Revlon’s Super Lustrous’ Primrose in 668

 

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Well I hope you found some of these outfits inspiring or helpful in any way. It’s a lot of fun for me to share my fashion knowledge and ideas with you guys! There will definitely be more posts like this in the future. Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Adios,

Charmaine xx

 

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