Trend Spotting : Pantsuits

Perhaps, you thought that the era of pantsuits was over, well, you thought wrong.

It’s official, pants suits are back! Yes, matching your blazer with your pants is in style again. Yass honey! Grab that pantsuit that’s tucked away at the back of your closet hun.

Celebrities have been spotted all over wearing this trend, in varying styles and colours.You can see this trend frequently on celebrities like Bella Hadid, Tracee Ellis Ross and Beyonce.

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So, where did this trend begin? Well, in 1850, Amelia Bloomer, a women’s rights activist popularized the “bloomer pant” aka the baggy pant created by Elizabeth Smith Miller. By the 20th century, women’s pants were only appropriate for “occasional dressing only”.

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By the 1920’s and 30’s celebrities dared to wear full pantsuits to movie premieres. Pants, were deemed as men’s wear. Ordinary women were fined for wearing pants. Women in the United States were barred from wearing pants on the senate floor until 1993 when the “Pantsuit Rebellion” overturned that rule.

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Today, the pantsuit is used to make a statement of power for women. It’s showing the world that  women matter and we have a voice. We can now be on equal footing with men in the workplace.

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There are so many variations of pantsuits right now.There are  bright colours like read, pink and yellow. The blazers are structured differently now, instead of shoulder pads there are  peplum blazers, kimono blazers etc.

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Some of the blazers now have patterns like gingham, florals and checkers.

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I bought this pantsuit, a year ago from Zara. My best friend was graduating from University and I wanted to wear something sophisticated but cool. It was winter so I didn’t want to wear a dress so I chose a suit.  I mean, who wants to be outside trembling in the cold? Definitely not me.

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The color of the suit is army green and it’s really light weight. You can wear it on a sunny day and not feel over heated. The pants are high waisted and the blazer has buttons on the front in case you want to button up.

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The price was reasonable and I didn’t have to break the bank. I think I purchased this suit for about $120 in total. Cheap, I know right? And people say that Zara is expensive. Haha, that’s funny.

I know, pantsuits can be tricky, you have to find the right size and make sure the pants are tailored to your liking. You can either dress it up with heels or down with sneakers.This suit makes me feel like a girl boss. It makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.

Are you going  to a wedding or work function this weekend? Why don’t you try something new? Try a pantsuit instead of a dress. As drake would say ,”You only live once”.

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What sort of clothing makes you feel empowered? What style have you wanted to try but didn’t have the courage to?

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Releasing Negativity

Have you ever had some really negative thoughts? Thoughts like “I’m not pretty enough” or “I don’t deserve this job” or, “No one is going to love me”. Do you worry about things that you have no control over? Whether it’s self imposed or something else, negative thinking can be a big obstacle in our personal development.

It’s a struggle that each of us go through daily. Being positive, takes a lot of work but it can be achieved. Instead of doing the easy thing and drowning in negativity, why not work at being more positive?

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Here are some full proof ways of releasing negative thoughts which I practice as well

  1. Whenever you start to feel worrisome, smile – Acknowledge that your worries are just an old habit that you’re choosing to release. Negativity is a choice and by smiling you’re telling negative thoughts to leave you alone.

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2. Take Deep Breaths – I have anxiety problems so this helps me to calm down. As you exhale say “I’m letting go”. Remind yourself that you don’t have to choose negative reactions any longer.

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3.Focus on something else – Sometimes, when I feel a negative thought coming on, instead of wallowing I try to focus on something else. I go clean my room or read a book to keep my mind focused on something else

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4. Be Grateful – Whenever I feel negative thoughts coming on I remember to be grateful. Gratefulness puts things in perspective and helps me to feel at peace. I thank God for my family, I thank God for a roof over my head etc. After doing this, I feel so much better.

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5) Don’t believe what you think – When my mom got sick I had thoughts of “Oh I’m going to have schizophrenia too and I’m not going to be able to have kids because they’re going to have schizophrenia too”. I felt paralyzed by my thoughts .My manager was the one who told me “You’re not going to have schizophrenia, you’re going to live a happy life”. That really changed my mindset. Believe in yourself.

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Releasing negativity isn’t easy, but, you have to start somewhere if you want to be happy.

You can start with these affirmations

  • I release fear and negativity, I choose to find joy in the present instead.
  • I choose to release fear.
  • I choose to have power over my thoughts.
  • I choose  to have a more peaceful attitude everyday.

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I’m not saying that, you’re going to be in a happy bubble everyday  and nothing is going to affect you. If that were the case we would be probably be in heaven right now. But in the same way that happiness is a choice so is negativity.

You can choose to wallow in negativity or rise above it and release it.

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Why I like Online Shopping

Online shopping is not for everyone, maybe that’s why I like it so much. All you have to do is put your items in your shopping cart and you’re done! No hard lifting, no stress.So easy!

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I’ve been shopping online now for a long time. Do I go to the mall? Yes, sometimes but I’m often disappointed.

So, why do I like it so much?

1) I can get the new arrivals before they arrive in the store – Sometimes, I’ll see something online and want to purchase it but, when I go into the store they say they haven’t received it yet. Like what? I like my clothes fresh out the warehouse you know what I’m saying?

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2) You don’t have to wait in line – Have you ever been inside Zara on a Friday? Girl, you should see that line. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Who wants to spend hours in a line when you can have your clothing delivered right to your door.

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3) You get to stand out – Online shopping allows you to stand out. You get the chance to wear one of a kind pieces that no one else has. Every time I wear something unique people ask me “Where did you get that from?” and I’m like “Online!’.

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4) It’s easy – All you need is your credit card or visa debit and that’s it. LOL. You don’t have to spend hours walking through the mall looking for stuff. You just go online and search for what you want and BAM you purchase it and it’s delivered to your door. It’s like magic!

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5) Online has what I want – Have you ever gone into the mall and couldn’t find what you wanted? Yeah, that’s me. I often go into the mall with a vision and most times the mall doesn’t have my vision. P.s. mall, can you get my vision? Hahah.

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Online shopping is really convenient. A lot of my friends say that they could never do it. They ask me “So how do you know your size?”, well, from experience girl.

The first time I bought jeans online they were so tight! But over the years from going to the store and knowing what my size actually is, I now know how it works. You could say I’m a pro now, hahaha.

I only go into the mall really if I’m close by to one, or to test out makeup in Sephora.

As I said before online shopping isn’t for everyone but it works for me. I love it, it’s so easy!

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How I find the Time to Blog

I have a full time job. I work 5 days per week from 9am – 5pm. I also have a household to take care of. So, how in the hell do I find the time to blog?

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Well, it’s not easy, I can tell you that. It looks easy though. Right?

I’ve always been interested in starting a blog. I read so many blogs and magazines on a daily basis, so I thought, why not? And I love fashion and I love taking pictures so it’s the perfect fit.

People think that blogging  just entails taking a bunch of pictures and that’s it. Well, it’s not sis.

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The pictures have to be edited and you have to find topics to talk about. You have to find the right editing apps because not every editing app makes you look good or makes your content look appealing.

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My Sundays are basically dedicated to creating content for the fashion part of my blog. Sometimes, I try to take multiple pictures of different fashion looks to post. I wake up, eat breakfast and from there I put on makeup and decide what to wear that day. Creating content on Sundays means that I don’t get much time to go out with friends and stuff like that.

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Creating content takes a lot of time. What I try to do these days is write down a list of topics as they come, so that I have inspiration to write. I’m also trying to plan my looks from in the week before Sunday comes so I don’t have to stress.

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The beauty part of my blog is probably the easiest part because I have a lot of beauty products.

I want to be a successful blogger and one day get paid to blog. In order to do that I have to put the time and effort into this.

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Yes, I’m tired on Sundays and sometimes in the week, I just want to go to bed. But my mama taught me that anything worth having takes time and effort and sacrifice.

You have 24 hours in a day, why not use that time to develop that talent that you have, or that passion that you’re sitting on? Beyonce does it. Why can’t you too?.

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Dressing Well, Why it’s Important

There’s this quote on the internet that says, “Dressing Well is A form of Good Manners”. I’m sure you’ve seen it on your friends Instagram or somewhere before. So what does it mean? Does it mean that, if you don’t dress well, you don’t have manners? Does it mean, that I should wear high heels and a long elegant dress to the supermarket? What does it all mean?.

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Well, I think it means that if you’ve put the effort into dressing up or dressing your best, it shows a sign of respect to whoever you’re meeting or whoever crosses your path. Different occasions call for different types of dressing. If I’m going on a date, OF COURSE I’m going to dress up and put on makeup, especially, on a first date. Even if  I’m just meeting up with my best friend, I still dress up. Does that make me a narcissist? I don’t think so, it just means that I respect my friends enough to look my best when I’m around them. It means that I  put thought and effort into what I’m going to wear to see them because I care. And it also means that I love dressing up, LOL, anyone who knows me really well, knows this.

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So why dress well then? What’s the purpose of it all?

 It Promotes Self Respect – Putting the effort into how you dress shows self respect and self worth. When you dress well people will look at you differently. If I respect myself others will respect me.When I go into the office in a suit people are so polite and respectful. If I choose to wear sweatpants one day in the office people look at me differently.

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First Impressions Count – Believe it or not they do. If you’re going to a job interview are you really going to wear that jeans shorts? Ok, maybe not jeans shorts, but are you really going to wear jeans and a T-shirt? What do you think your potential employer is going to think?

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It Builds Self Confidence – There’s no questioning it. When you dress up, you feel good and that in turn makes you feel more confident. When you feel good on the outside there’s no question that you’ll feel good on the inside. This red dress that I’m wearing in my photos makes feel sexy and confident. No wonder I wear it so often.

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It Draws the right Kind of Attention – When you dress well, you stand out from the crowd. Want the attention of that guy you’re crushing on? Girl, take off those sweatpants and put on some nice jeans girl.

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This post is not about me judging people who wear sweatpants or don’t dress up. I believe, people should be comfortable, in their own skin, whatever that might be. Dressing well, means something differently for everyone. I might think that dressing well ,means putting on a nice blouse and jeans and to you, it might mean putting on sneakers and a sweatshirt. Again, no judgement here.

Does dressing well mean I have to wear heels everywhere I go? ( I wish I could wear heels everywhere I go). No it doesn’t mean wearing heels or a suit everywhere you go. There’s after all a time and a place for everything. Are you going to wear heels to go camping?.

Does it mean that I’m a narcissist for wanting to look nice?. No again, I just LOVE dressing up and I feel confident when I dress well.

Does it mean I don’t respect my friends if I go to their house in my head tie and sweater? No, it just means ya girl just can’t be bothered today.

Dressing well also doesn’t mean breaking the bank and buying overly expensive clothing. There’s affordable clothing that looks great as well.

I dress well because I respect myself, it makes me feel confident and I love clothes.

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How to be Happier

People might think that happiness is elusive, it’s not. Just because you’ve had a lot of sad days, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be happy. Bad days don’t last. Yes, sometimes life  circumstances might occur that are out of our control, but happiness can be attained. God didn’t place us here, to wallow in sadness, he wants us to be happy. God says “Though weeping may endure for a night, Joy, comes in the morning”.

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I’ve often feel like I don’t deserve to be happy, or I shouldn’t feel happy because of this, or that. I used to feel so guilty. But you know what? Tell that voice to shut up. YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. You deserve to laugh after all you have been through, you deserve that house, you deserve that new job. Stop feeling guilty because God wants you to be happy.

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How can someone feel happier? Well, here are some tips that help

Play an Upbeat Song– You know that song you like? Yeah, that one that makes you get up and dance? Yeah play that. And get up and dance. I like playing Cardi B’s “I like it”, to get me in the dancing mood or some of Kesha’s old songs. Dancing makes me happy.

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Go Outside– Fresh air, is good for the soul. If you’re feeling stuck or sad just go outside it will do wonders for you, try it out.

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Make Plans– Even something small like going to the movies to see that film that you’ve wanted to see with a friend will make you happier. I like going out at least once per month. If I don’t go out sometimes I start feeling blue.

Get off Social Media and Find Something to do– You wanna know something? Endlessly scrolling through social media is not healthy. Get up and go do something. Go call a friend or go for that run that you’ve been planning since last week. The only reason, I’m on social media so often these days, is because I have to keep up my engagement and for my blogging. I’ve deactivated my Facebook so many times in the past and honestly, I felt happier. Find a hobby, clean your house, that’ll make you feel better.

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Express Gratitude – Sometimes when I’m feeling blue, I  start listing off all the things i’m grateful for.I feel so much happier and lighter afterwards. I say things like “I’m grateful for my 10 toes”, “I’m grateful for the roof, over my head”, “God, thank you for my family, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have them”.

Be kind – One day, last year, when it was really cold, I helped this blind guy find the bus stop and I helped him get off the bus as well. I felt really good about that. I couldn’t stop thinking about how, if I wasn’t there, there would be no one to help him. That made me really happy that day. Sometimes the smallest acts  of kindness can do wonders for others and for your soul as well.

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Treat Yourself – Girl, go on that shopping spree, or go for that massage. This will break you out of that rut that you’re in.

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Let things go – Negativity isn’t good for anyone. That person that you hate from 3 years ago is enjoying their life and what are you doing? Hmm?. Holding on to things will only make you angry and unhealthy. If you don’t know how to let things go you will never be happy. Leave the past in the past.

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Be positive – My philosophy is that, a positive attitude always goes a long way. I say it to my coworkers all the time, and when I do I always feel like some motivational speaker or something LOL. But it does go a long way. Mindset is everything. The computer broke down at work? Still a good day. You forgot your jacket at home? Still a good day.

I’m not saying that you’ll never have bad days. In fact, happiness is something that you have to work on consistently. I’m also not saying you’re going to be walking around giggling all day. But, happiness is a choice. You can choose to be Happy or wallow in sadness. Choose Happiness. Life is too short to not be HAPPY.

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Outfits : Spotlight on Dungarees

In Canada, the weather can be very volatile. Recently, we’ve been having somewhat warmer days, as recent, as last week. Dungarees, are a great option for this transitioning weather. They’re long, so if it gets cold, you won’t be freezing and they’re very versatile.

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The ones that I’m wearing are from Asos.com. They’re made of polyester and they’re very comfortable. Throw on a T- Shirt underneath and you’ll look like one of the cool kids, or add an off the shoulder top and you’ll look like a bohemian babe.

 

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Dungarees are making a comeback this season and I’m here for it.

 

I chose these black ones because black, is my happy colour and I feel like my best self wearing black.

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You can wear these to brunch or on a hot date with your man. They are very effortless and fashionable and you won’t break the bank trying to purchase one of these.

 

I bought these about 4 years ago, but here’s a link to purchase similar ones : Asos.com

Here’s to living our best fashionable lives!

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