Friday, April 24, 2015

10 Ways To Wear Your Denim This Summer

As an avid lover of denim, I'm a firm believer that you can go every day of your life with one piece of denim in your outfit and not get bored. Call me Canadian, but I'm a huge fan of the large amount of variations on this multi-seasonal look that never goes out of style. Denim has been a closet staple since the 1980s with icons like Jane Birkin and Kate Moss owning this look time and time again. You can dress it up and dress it down. You can wrap it around your waist or even on your head. Denim is the most versatile fabric on the market and I'm eager to try every version of it that I can. Here are ten ways you can wear it this summer.

NUMBER 10
As A Skirt
At Chloe, the button-front jean skirt made a star appearance and I have been in love ever since. With Normcore being the norm this year, jean skirts are back from the grave and a fashion staple no less.
Chloe S/S 2015 - style.com
NUMBER 9
With More Denim
Take it from Olivia Palermo, the Canadian tuxedo is one to try this summer. Whoever thought you could wear too much denim never wore it like a fashion girl.
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NUMBER 8
As Cutoffs
With festival season in our midst, denim cutoffs are a closet must. Warm weather demands that they be worn so wear them like you're 16 again.
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NUMBER 7
As Boyfriend Jeans
Skinny jean who? With skinny jeans slowly easing out of the picture, baggy ripped boyfriend jeans are the new trend of the moment that's capturing everyone's attention. Are you ready to give it a shot?
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NUMBER 6
As Overalls
Summer is the perfect time to release your inner child and with the latest news that Full House is returning as "Fuller House" on Netflix, overalls couldn't be more relevant.
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NUMBER 5
With 70s Flair
Since the boho look has resurfaced, so has the wide leg. Best worn with a sky high wedge, are you gutsy enough to try this look?
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NUMBER 4
As A Dress
A jean dress is the perfect summer look because all you have to do is slip it on and you're ready to go. Whether you choose to wear it with your crisp new sneakers or a pair of wedges, that's your choice. Either way, when it comes to denim, anything goes.
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NUMBER 3
As A Jacket
A jean jacket is the ideal closet staple for those breezy summer nights. It's casual and put together without taking away from your outfit.
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NUMBER 2
With Embellishment
Are you bold enough to wear embellished jeans? Seen at Dolce & Gabbana and Ashish, this look was a major crowd pleaser on the Spring 2015 runways.
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NUMBER 1
All Patched Up
Who needs uniform denim anyway?
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela - style.com
Which one will you be wearing this season?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Is In-Store Shopping Going Out of Style?

When I was a little girl, I grew up in a neighborhood with a strip mall at a ten-minute driving distance from my house and a giant mall built in heaven at my fingertips. I eagerly anticipated every Sunday when I'd get to peruse the shops, touch all the wonderful clothes, and fall in love with a shoe or six. As a grown woman, I've never gotten over that excitement of stepping into a store and letting the outfit ideas flow as I grab at every piece that screams my name.

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And then, online shopping came along. Everyone raves about this new and exciting system that doesn't require leaving your home. Yes, you can shop in your pyjamas at 4am as you stuff your face with kale hoping to fit into those skinny jeans you spotted on the Zara website, but is that really how you want to experience your shopping?

Whenever I think of online shopping, words like credit card theft pop into my head. I also feel like a couch potato who is digging herself a whole of debt.

And if there's nothing I hate more, it's laziness and debt.

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This new system feeds into these indulgences and promotes two horrible states of existence. At the click of a button, your entire credit card limit can be reached. Of course, your natural impulse may be to extend it, but then you would proceed to drown until you're forced to have a garage sale of your fab vintage finds.

Now, I don't HATE online shopping. However, I do feel as though in-store shopping is one of those things that should never disappear. There's something about touching those clothes that helps you develop a personal connection. You feel it against your skin and you just know it's the one, like your future mate.

Shopping in a store should never go obsolete because if that happens, we will no longer have a reason to wear those fabulous clothes that aren't suitable for the workplace.

For those of you who actually don't have time to shop, play it old school. Save your bucks and twice a year, head to the shops for some splurging. You may actually enjoy that more.

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Monday, April 20, 2015

10 Times Kendall Jenner Was Cooler Than All Of Us

Let's get one thing straight. I'm not the type of person to admire a celebrity to the point of obsession and follow their every move on US Weekly, but I'm starting to develop a girl crush on Kendall Jenner. No, I haven't watched more than half an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. I also happen to think that Kim needs some style tips, perhaps from her more stylish husband Kanye or baby girl North. As for the others, I couldn't care less what they do because they don't exactly affect my day-to-day life. Whether Kendall made it for being associated with the Kardashians or not, she's officially on everyone's hit list and it can't be denied that the girl is a talented model. Not convinced? Here are ten ways in which Kendall has made it in the industry and continues to rise.
Let's start with the magazine covers.

NUMBER 10
She recently covered LOVE magazine with fellow model and (br)it-girl Cara Delevingne.
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NUMBER 9
She just landed on GQ in a sexy white bikini and caught the attention of every male eye (and possibly female).
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NUMBER 8
She was also the cover star for Teen Vogue (Vogue is probably on its way).
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NUMBER 7
And remember when she did bombshell curls on Allure? (Don't you wish your hair was as hot as mine?)
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Now, moving on to her ad campaigns.

NUMBER 6
She's the face of Estee Lauder.
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NUMBER 5
She was featured in a Givenchy group ad photo (in the back, but no matter).
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NUMBER 4
She's also Marc Jacob's new girl.
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NUMBER 3
And looks great in the latest Calvin ad #MyCalvins.
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ALSO...

NUMBER 2
Everyone loves to photograph her at Coachella weekend (more than anyone else, it seems)
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NUMBER 1
AND she's about to become a Fendi girl.
via Instagram
She may be the girl you love to love or love to hate, but her success in the fashion industry is beyond any of her siblings. What will she do next? I know I'm eager to find out.

XOXO,

Bella

Friday, April 17, 2015

#IconCity: The Effortless Giuliana Rancic

At every Red Carpet Event, we zero in on our favourite celebrities to mentally determine whether they fall under the category of best or worst dressed. Occasionally, a non-performer catches our attention because their fashion sense tops them all. Allow me to introduce the lovely Giuliana Rancic. She may just be a host on Fashion Police and E!, but she earned this spot in Icon City due to her spot on taste and consistent sartorial choices. Giuliana is known for taking fashion risks and wearing striking gowns by lesser known designers at the hottest Red Carpet events. Even off duty, she is always dressed to perfection.

Here are five of her best looks:

LOOK 1
Giuliana Rancic looks like the image of femininity in this flared Tony Ward dress. The retro waves complete this 50s glam look.
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LOOK 2
Giuliana loves herself a little red dress. She is one of the few people who can look sexy and adorable with one outfit.
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LOOK 3
While black may be a traditional and uninteresting choice for most, on Giuliana, it has that wow factor. With that breathtaking updo, she's the Red Carpet queen.
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LOOK 4
Giuliana goes full out girly in a Maria Lucia Hohan baby pink dress. The silhouette is fresh and feminine and only suitable for a princess.
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LOOK 5
My favourite look from Giuliana? This red Mireille Dagher dress with floral appliques that she wore at this year's Oscars. Can you say fashion vixen?
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What do you think of Giuliana's style choices? Which one is your favourite?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How To Wear Yellow Without Looking 12

Last May, I wrote about my mysterious case of yellow fever (read here), a plague I have endured for most of my life. This year, the colour yellow is once again de rigueur and it's about to become everyone's favourite colour. With the grim and gruesome winter we've had, we're all craving that sunshine like children back from fat camp crave cake, and alas, it is at our fingertips. Our version of the sundance? Wearing lots and lots of yellow. This year, the hue is brighter than ever on blouses and skirts, and for the bolder ones amongst us, dresses. But how do we make yellow look more sophisticated garden party than little girl crashing said sophisticated garden party? Here is your personalized guide to wearing the colour and avoiding this blunder.

TIP 1:
Keep your accessories yellow and your outfit subdued. Nothing says chic and ladylike like a pair of stilettos, even in a whimsical hue like yellow.
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 TIP 2:
Combine it with your best black and white look. A cropped blazer is always flattering and as the topping on your mini dress, it projects an elegance that doesn't scream for attention.
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TIP 3:
Try wearing yellow on a lace skirt in a straight cut to project a more grown up look that remains ultra feminine. Combine it with a subtle gray and you're golden.
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TIP 4:
Top your Little Yellow Dress with a nude poncho to create a classier look. Drape it over your shoulders like only a true fashionista would.
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TIP 5:
If you're going to opt for a girly coat, wear it over a classic LBD to ensure sophistication. Bows are pretty, but only when juxtaposed with your natural sex appeal.
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TIP 6: 
Try a darker shade of yellow in an architectural cut that oozes confidence and class. Everyone knows that if you're wearing mustard, you mean business.
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TIP 7: 
Combine your yellow with another bold colour like green to make a style statement. You'll be the talk of the party.
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TIP 8:
Nothing is classier than a turtle neck sweater. A bright yellow keeps it young and fresh rather than constricted.
via vogue.es
Now, I must ask: do you have yellow fever too?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What Happens To White Tights After Puberty?

When we're little girls, it's customary for our mothers to dress us up in pretty dresses and a wide range of tights, primarily in white or some flashy colour like hot pink or blue. Black is an anomalous colour for children's stockings because it is perceived as being too grim a choice for a little girl. When a girl reaches a certain age (let's say puberty), those adorable playful tights are replaced with more serious "grown-up" tights. In other words, we become limited to nude or black. White tights cease to be appropriate. At most, we might experiment with navy or dark brown, but white is something we only take out on Halloween to complete our sexy maid costume.

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Now let me ask you this. How is it possible that white tights can be associated with little girls and slutty nurses? When did white become the forbidden fruit? Is it possible that is it a symbol of innocence and in the case of the Halloween costume, innocence lost? Does it represent women "attempting" to look like little girls, an act that is frowned upon in our society. And the better question is WHY?

As someone who loves anything cute and girly including but not limited to bows, ribbons, flared skirts, frills, and lace, I can't help but question society's aversion to white tights.

Apparently, the ladies on the streets are the only ones concerned with how they appear in white stockings. At Giamba, the models walked the runway in sheer polka dotted white tights with their bold platform sandals. The trend has also been done in the past at Chanel and Miu Miu. But why doesn't it translate onto the streets?

Could it be time we take a risk and revive this trend. I'm game. Are you?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Coachella Prep List

Coachella is just around the corner and of course, you have no idea what to wear. Lucky for you, the 70s are trending like crazy right now and nothing says Coachella better than your favourite hippie skirt. I know what you're thinking. Coachella is for celebrities and famous children, not you. What you don't know is that H&M has a Coachella collection dedicated to those of us who are fantasizing about the upcoming music festival and preparing our summer wardrobe accordingly. So you may not be attending this Hollywood extravaganza where fringes are favoured to sequins, but these trends still apply to you if you're planning on hitting the streets this summer for any social event. In honour of Coachella, I've prepared a list of trends to help you stock up your wardrobe and make you Coachella-ready for this 70s-inspired summer.

Here is what you need.

A Wide Brim Hat
I cannot stress enough the importance of a wide brim hat this season. For those of you who aren't inclined towards head attire, it's time to flip the switch and go for something bold. Nothing makes a statement better than something you would have never been caught dead in back in 2014.
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Something Fringy
In case you hadn't heard, fringe is the new black, ladies and gents. Whether on your handbag, the bottom of your skirt, or the rim of your crop top, fringe is everywhere and I simply can't get enough of it. Coachella may have not happened yet, but I can guarantee that fringe will make a star appearance on a number of celebs. If there's any trend you need to try this season, it's definitely this one.
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Cutoff Shorts
It isn't Coachella without a pair of inappropriately short cut off denim shorts. If you're not sure you're ready for high waisted flowy pants just yet, an easier option is a pair of jean shorts that you'll probably wear all summer long. In other words, it may be your best investment.
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Cowboy Boots
This may be the only time in your life where short shorts and cowboy boots are quasi appropriate. Conjure your inner Daisy Duke with a pair of suede booties that are purely #forthesakeoffashion because frankly, boots in L.A are never necessary. Add some fringe and you're right on trend.
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Big Shades
The sun is finally out and it is time to take out those funky shades. Coachella is a festival that celebrates the return of the sunshine with statement-making eye wear. Whether aviators or the latest round trend, pull out your festival best because this is the only time sunglasses are an essential accessory.
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A Statement Piece of Metallic Jewellery (Or Five)
When it comes to your Coachella jewels, more is more. It's time to tack on as many metallic pieces as you can whether stacked on your wrists or around your neck. Get out your best hippie jewellery and get ready to make some music with your bling.
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 Flowers or Florals
Whether worn in your hair or as a print on your dress, flowers are a must at Coachella. It's the festival that celebrates the start of spring and nothing says spring better than flowers blooming. Also, flowers are a symbol of nature and everyone knows that a true hippie lives for the natural landscape.
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Your Best Pair of Hippie Pants
What are hippie pants, you ask? Anything that provides all the breathing room you need to compensate for the constricting skinny jeans you're been wearing all winter. The flowier and wide the leg, the better. If you want to make a real statement? Get them in a bold print.
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A Cross-Body Bag
If you're going to spend the entire day at a festival, your best friend is your cross-body bag. Who wants to carry a heavy purse when partying with your friends? Since cross-body bags are hands-free, there's no better way to ensure that you're a free spirit this festival season.
via en.louloumagazine.com
Your Best Friend
And the best accessory to try this season at Coachella? Your best friend. A group of well-dressed ladies attending the festival is guaranteed to attract some looks. Also, nothing is more fun than a party with your BFF a la model-off-duty.
via whowhatwear.com
Are you ready for Coachella? What will you be wearing?

Ponder it,

XOXO,

Bella