Reflecting on 2018

2018 is almost over, can you believe it? I feel like the year went by so fast! How did we get to 2019 so quickly? It felt like summer was just yesterday!

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Today, I want to reflect on 2018.I don’t think I’ve ever said this about any year before, but 2018 was a Good Year! I had so much fun this year.I started my blog and had so many new beginnings this year. I also had so much fun in the summertime and met some really cool people. I had bad days too, but they turned into good days at the end of the day.

I don’t want to reveal all my goals for next year, but for 2019 I want to ….

  • Travel – There are so many places I want to see, especially Europe. I want to go to Paris, Italy and Bali just to name a few.IMG_0849
  • I want to be more spontaneous and have more fun – I like to plan things, which is not a bad thing, but I want to learn to let go more. Sometimes the unexpected or unplanned things are the best things, which I’ve come to realize this year. Let it go, let it gooooo….fullsizeoutput_29f7
  • I want to meditate more – I have anxiety issues and I want to reduce those issues. I have been mediating for a little while and it has done wonders for my psyche. I just want to be calm ya’ll.

These are just some of the little things I want to do, I’m not trying to show all my goals to the world because some people don’t want you to succeed. I also find that working on your goals in silence is the best way! Not everyone needs to know what you’re doing.

2018 was a good year ya’ll, I pray that 2019 will even be better. I am Open to receiving more blessings.

Blazer – Bought a couple years ago from H&M, but you can find similar ones Here

Jeans – Here

What are some of your goals for 2019? How was your 2018? What was one goal that you achieved this year? Comment below.

 

How To Find the Right Type of Clothes for Your Body Type

Hey ya’ll! I’m back! Did you miss me? Because I missed you all so much. I’ve been gone for about 2 weeks now. I’ve just been going through a lot more than usual lately. My emotions have been so up and down. One minute I’m happy, the next, I’m sad. Just pray for me ya’ll. Yeah, so I took a break, I was going to stay longer than 2 weeks but my spirit just said to me “Did you start this blog for yourself or to help people?”, then I remembered my purpose and decided to start today. My advice for anyone who feels like throwing in the towel, “Always remember your why”. Also, my friend called me and told me to get my shit together LOL because she missed my blog posts and not to let shit get me down. She’s the best.

Today I want to talk about Finding the right Clothes for Your Body.

I recently took an online test to find out what my body type was. Not that I didn’t know, but I was just curious to see what the results would be, or maybe bored LOL. I took measurements and at the end, it said I had a body like Cameron Diaz. At first I was baffled, but then when I saw the characteristics I was less confused.

The characteristics of Cameron Diaz body type are as follows

  • Torso and upper body almost same width as hips = Me
  • Lean limbs = Me
  • Straight Waist = Me

The test suggested a few things to wear for my body type so I want to show you how I styled some of these looks

Wear tops, dresses that cinch at the waistline

I already do wear things that cinch at the waistline or I’ll wear a belt because I know that I don’t have a defined waistline. I need to start working out again LOL. I bought this dress from Fashion Nova. It’s from the Cardi B collection. This is my first time buying clothes from Fashion Nova because their clothes don’t really fit my aesthetic but as soon as I saw Cardi B’s collection I fell in love. All the pieces from her collection looked so bomb! And you all know how much I love Cardi B. On U.S. thanksgiving they had a 50% sale on everything so I decided to get this dress from the collection. I typically don’t really wear yellow but I decided to step out of comfort zone. It’s a win, win situation you know what I’m saying? As you can see the belt gives me a more defined waist. Shop it HereAfterlightImage

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Wear Round Skirts 

This skirt is definitely one of my favourites. It’s from Zara. It’s snakeskin which is on trend and it just makes me look so classy.I wore this to church 2 weeks in a row, but to different churches. It’s so easy and effortless. It also makes me look like I have Kim Kardashian like hips. I mean, my hips are not this broad in real life, but thanks skirt! Shop it Here

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Wear Low V necks or U necks that fall below the collarbone

I tend to not wear V necks because my boobs are huge. But when I saw this dress on Zara’s website a couple months ago I couldn’t resist and it was in my favourite colour too, red. When I tried it on I was so happy that it didn’t expose too much. I mean it’s hard out here for us bigger boob girls.  Shop my dress Here

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Wear Boot cut pants

We all love skinny jeans. I used to, but these days I find myself wearing more boot cut pants or cargo pants and less skinny jeans. I mean, skinny jeans make you look sexy but these days I’m just over them. I just want to be comfy in my boot cut pants. Boot cut pants create curvature and makes it look like you have broader hips. These are camouflage cargo pants from Forever 21. At first, I was a little skeptical about the colours because I’m someone who likes to stick to neutral tones, but I said, screw it, and bought them. I really love them, they are so comfy and who doesn’t like comfort in this freezer we call Canada? Shop my pants Here

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This test didn’t reveal anything mind blowing. It just showed me the things that I already wear and own that make me look good. If you are lost though,  and don’t really know what fits your body type you can take a test like the one that I took, to find out what would best fit you. But everyone should know themselves and figure out what suits you and what doesn’t. And trust me, if you don’t know, the mirror will tell you. The mirror doesn’t lie babe. Xoxo

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Grunge Fashion

The term “Grunge” is defined by Dictionary.com as ” A style or fashion derived from a movement in rock music: in fashion characterized by unkempt clothing and in music by aggressive nihilistic songs” 

Grunge became popular in the 1980’s in the northwestern United States then it became globally known because of bands like Nirvana. While I’m not a fan of metal and hard rock, I grew up with people like punk pop princess Avril Lavigne and people like Evanescence and I really loved their style.

Grunge fashion wasn’t mentioned in the fashion industry until 1992. Marc Jacobs was probably the first to bring grunge fashion to the runway with his 1993 spring collection.

Grunge is typically seen as “non fashion”. It’s very uncoordinated, thoughtless, but with an edge. Over the years after the 80’s grunge has taken a backseat but it came back as the music became popular again.

Grunge teaches us not to become slaves to name brands and to be more self expressive through style. And I’m all about self expression, this is why I love Grunge fashion so much. I feel like I wear a lot of trends and different styles but grunge fashion is the real me.

Today, I want to show you all some grunge outfits that I styled.

Look 1

I love these bell bottom cargo pants, they’re very 90’s. The crop top is very grunge with the word “Misfits” emblazoned on the front, because I am a misfit. I always feel like I don’t really fit in with a lot of people. I added my favourite oversized denim jacket to keep me warm.

Shop my Outfit

The top is sold out because it’s 2 years old but here’s an alternative https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/catalog/product/f21/top_blouses/2000315688?lang=en-ca

Cargo pants, also sold out but find similar ones here https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/Search/#brm-search?request_type=search&search_type=keyword&q=cargo%20pants&l=cargo%20pants

Look 2

For this second look I wore Denim shorts overalls with black stockings and a black turtleneck top. You’re probably wondering why I’m wearing overall shorts in winter, but the stockings provided warmth for my legs. I added my velvet combat boots to the look. And of course I wore my winter Jacket because we live in Canada, it’s always cold here.It looked really messy which is what grunge fashion is all about.

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Find black turtleneck tops here https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/Search/#brm-search?request_type=search&search_type=keyword&q=black%20turtleneck%20top&l=black%20turtleneck%20top

Denim shorts overalls here https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/Search/#brm-search?request_type=search&search_type=keyword&q=denim%20shorts%20overall&l=denim%20shorts%20overall

Look 3

You can’t be a grunge fashionista without plaid. It just won’t happen. For this look I wore a black dress with a red plaid shirt tied around my waist.The velvet combat boots added edginess.

Shop my Outfit

Dress – Urban planet

Plaid shirt – https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/catalog/product/f21/top_blouses/2000297222?lang=en-ca

Boots https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/catalog/product/f21/shoes/2000304172?lang=en-ca

Look 4

I would call this look Glam grunge. I’ve had this silver dress for awhile now but I’ve only worn it once out. It looks expensive right? But it only cost me $20 from H&M. I wore a black t shirt underneath to give it a grungy look. Who says you can’t look glam and grunge at the same time? Fashion is about breaking the rules.

Shop my Outfit

Dress sold out but find similar ones here https://www2.hm.com/en_ca/search-results.html?q=silver+dress

Jacket – Club Monaco

Find similar t- shirts here https://www.forever21.com/ca/shop/Search/#brm-search?request_type=search&search_type=keyword&q=BLACK%20graphic%20T%20SHIRT&l=BLACK%20graphic%20T%20SHIRT

Always be yourself whether you’re Grungy like me, or girly, or sporty chic or you don’t even have a name for your style. Style is about expressing yourself whatever that might be.

EXPRESS YOURSELF GIRL/ BOY!

Have you ever tried grunge fashion before? Do you like band t shirts and plaid shirts? Let me know what you define your style as in the comments.

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I Went Thrifting

I went thrifting on Saturday night. To be clear, this wasn’t my first time thrifting. I have done this maybe 5 years ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. Back then, I had found a really nice leather skirt and a red blazer and I really loved them. So what prompted me to go thrifting on Saturday? Well, this lady on Instagram named Netta started a Goodwill challenge and I was so inspired to go thrifting to see if I could find some nice pieces just like she had. Follow her Here

The thrift store that I went to is called Talize. I had been there many years before, but I wondered if they were still as good as they had been before. I also donated a few items from my closet.

To be honest it was really hard to find anything.I searched the whole store but I only found two things that I really liked. A faux fur coat and a blazer. I’ll show you the looks below.

The Faux Fur Coat

I was going to buy a brown faux fur coat, but I figured that everyone on instagram has brown teddy coats so let me get something different. It’s black and grey and cost $24.00. The price is reasonable compared to the prices of faux fur coats from Forever 21 and other stores which can go from $50- $150. This coat makes me feel rich. I felt like I had 5 million dollars in the bank.It’s a little oversized but that’s how I like my coats, it gives you room to add layers underneath if you want to. I wore it with my blue one shouldered dress from Zara and tall boots from Shoe-dazzle. This coat could be worn to a banquet or some elegant event and no one would know that it’s thrifted. Oh, the beauty of thrifting.

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The Blazer

This blazer is sort’ve a pinkish nude colour. I really liked that it was so different from all the blazers that I owned. I liked that it was long because I really like when blazers cover my butt. I just think I look better in long blazers ok? I liked the gold buttons on the front as well. The cost of this blazer was $9 but they had a sale where blazers were 50% off so I got it for $4.50. I would say that’s a good deal, wouldn’t you? I mean, where else can you go and find a blazer for $4.50? Nowhere. I paired the blazer with jeans and my trusty ankle boots. This look gives off elevated casual vibes.

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Conclusion

Thrifting has taught me that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good. You can go to a thrift store and find fashionable pieces for less. Also, you get to help the community by donating and giving back to the poor. This thrift store that I went to called Talize, they give back to the Children’s Wish Foundation. This foundation grants the wishes of Canadian children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. So I’m happy that I went there.

Will I go back? I think I just might.

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Wearing Army Green In Fall

Army green is always in. Pretty much all the stores have this trend running every year. You can find jackets, cargo pants and so much more items of clothing in this colour! It just never goes out of style.

Today, I want to show you how I styled some looks using army green coloured clothes from my closet. Btw, nothing here is new.

Army Green Utility Jacket

This utility jacket is perfect for fall. It’s  really light weight and great for the beginning of fall, when it’s not too cold yet, or you can wear a long sleeved top underneath to layer up. I paired it with this black Caribbean themed crop top from Zara to give off a cool girl vibe, which is what I always aim for. I then chose black high waisted jeans, to finish the look. This look was definitely inspired by Rihanna, who is the queen of fashion in my opinion.You can shop my Jacket Here

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Army Green Cargo Pants

These are  army green cargo bell bottom pants. I really love them, they so comfortable. I like the fact that they are bell bottoms and not your typical skinny jeans. Sometimes you just get tired of skinny jeans, you know? Sometimes your legs just need to breathe! I paired these cargo pants with a black buttoned down blouse from Zara. I added red stilettos to add a pop of colour. Simple, but nice enough to wear out to dinner with friends. The exact pants that I’m wearing are sold out, but you can shop similar ones Here

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Army Green Blazer

Pair a blazer with jeans and your outfit instantly goes from a 5 to a 10. It just makes you look so sophisticated, no questions asked. This army green blazer is from Zara, it’s a part of a suit but I decided to pair it with boyfriend jeans. The blazer is double breasted, you can wear it open or buttoned up. I chose to leave it open because I wanted to have a relaxed vibe. This blazer is from last year so it’s sold out.

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These are the ways in which you can incorporate army green into your wardrobe. As seen in my pictures there are different shades of army green. You just have to find the one that is perfect for you.

You don’t have to wear the typical all black outfits, black blazers etc. Change things up a little. Put a little army in your green! Haha

You can never go wrong with a little army green.

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Break The Rules- Wearing White In Winter

Winter is always reserved for dark colours. Blacks, dark reds, and greys, but if you want to make a statement why not wear white? And yes, there’s this rule that you can’t wear white after labour day, I don’t know who made this weird rule but forget the rules. Fashion is all about having fun and taking risks. Lets break the rules together!

Today, I want to show you how I wear white in winter in 2 ways.

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The First Look – For this look I wore a white dress that I bought from Express.com this summer which I paired with a cream coloured Faux Fur Jacket that my best friend got me for my birthday. This Jacket is from Sirens and I absolutely love it. It’s so warm and cosy. The dress is really classy and the split at the front gives it a really sexy vibe. I wore my trusty black ankle boots to finish off the look. This is an elevated look that can be worn to church or to a fancy event. You can find similar faux fur  jackets Here. You can also find similar white dresses Here

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2 The Second Look –  I wore tan coloured trousers and a white crop top, white sneakers and the same cream coloured faux fur jacket for this look. It was really relaxed and comfortable. I find that white always pairs well with tan or nude colours, so if you have a nude skirt, chances are that it will look great with a white shirt. You can shop similar trousers Here

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I’ve never really worn white in winter or at all but now I’m just loving it. I’m tired of the same fashion rules. Try something different, whether it’s a small white piece or a full on white look.Will you make a statement this winter and stand out, or will you remain the same? As I always say, “You only live once”.

Break some fashion rules babes! I promise you won’t forget it! You can thank me later.

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The Best Types of Boots to Wear for Fall

The weather in Canada is always fluctuating. Just one day last week, it was 15 degrees, then the next day, it was hailing. Can you believe it?  Fall is so confusing. To wear layers or not to wear layers? To wear a heavy jacket or to wear a light jacket? Boots or sneakers?

Today, I want to discuss the best types of Boots to wear for Fall. I don’t wear sneakers during fall because I find that my feet get really cold. Does that happen to you? Or is it just me? Yes, so I only wear boots, to church, to work, to hang out with my friends. So lets’s discuss..

1 Combat boots- These are are my favourite types of boots to wear for fall. They are very functional and good for a busy lifestyle. You know, when you have to drop your kid off at school, or do a grocery run. The best thing thing about them, is that, they are so comfortable. The ones that I’m wearing in the picture below are velvet with coloured laces which give a punk rock vibe. And I love looking like a punk rock girl. The boots are from Forever 21, you can shop them Here

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2 Ankle Boots – I wear these everywhere. Sometimes I don’t even care if they go with my outfit. I just love them. These are leather patented boots and they are great for fall. They are not too high and can be worn in the office or out on the town. These boots add a layer of sophistication to your outfit. They look like balenciaga sock boots right? These are from Justfab.com. They are probably 2 years old.

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3 Tall Heeled Boots –  I bought these boots 2 years ago. The heels are very skinny but I needed something that could keep the cold away from my legs so I thought these would be the perfect fit. And they are! I mostly wear these to church and they keep my upper legs so warm! These are from Shoedazzle.com

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Boots are the best option for me for fall. I don’t know how I’d survive if I didn’t own them! The weather in Canada is brutal man! I wouldn’t encourage anyone to live here. Ha, I’m kidding. Canada is great!

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How to Wear Layers for Fall

Fall is upon us and it’s really cold outside. I don’t know where you live, but in Canada it feels like winter already. With the dropped temperatures it’s time for scarves, sweaters and boots. It’s time to layer up!  The only thing with layers is that, sometimes you get too hot, but I’d rather be hot than cold. You know what I’m saying?Today, I want to show you some really fashionable ways to wear layers.

 

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For this look, I wore a nude coat over my outfit as a cape. It really made the outfit pop.  and incorporated colour into my all black ensemble. It made my outfit look really high fashion. A black coat would have made the outfit boring.

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Under the coat, I wore a black blazer, this really provided a lot of warmth as I was only wearing a tank top underneath. The blazer was double breasted and it looked really smart on me.

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I also wore a really thick grey scarf to keep out the cold from my neck. This I bought from H&M a year ago.

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There are so many ways that you can layer up for fall. You can wear cardigans under your jacket, scarves, sweatshirts with an added shirt underneath, so many ways!

Are you layering up? Or are you someone who likes the cold and doesn’t care about being warm? Comment below.

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Coat – Borrowed from my mom. You can find similar ones Here

Blazer – Given to me by my brother from Moores, but you can find similar ones Here

Cargo pants – Here

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Fall Fashion Trends You Won’t See Me Wearing

I’m a trend whore!  Yes I am. As soon as a new trend comes out, I’m on it like hot chocolate and milk. Like bread and butter. Get it? But ,there are certainly some trends that you won’t see me wearing! Unfortunately, not everything looks good on me OK?

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This Fall season is about taking being noticed and fierce animal attraction. All across the runway I see Neons, Animal prints, snakeskin styles…. so much to choose from! Here’s a list of the trends that you most likely will never see me in

1. Neon –  This one is just not for me. The only bright colours that I like are red and yellow. I just can’t see myself in Neon green and neon pink. I hate attention and this would be too much. Imagine me in neon orange. Yeah, I can’t imagine that either.

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2.Animal print – Animal print is all over. I mean, every time I sign into instagram I see some influencer in animal print. It looks great on them but I can’t see myself in head to toe animal print. In fact, I don’t really like prints in general. Maybe I’d consider wearing an animal print bag or even a scarf. Little things you know?

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3.Clueless Plaid – This trend looks really cool but too many bright colours for me. It’s just not my taste. I prefer normal plaids like red or green.

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These are the trends that you will never see me in. I mean maybe one day I’ll change my mind but for now I don’t see myself in these things.

Never say Never they say.

Disclaimer : All these are my words and I’m just being honest. Some photos were taken from google and are labelled as such.

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A Day In The Life of A Blogger

I think I’ve said this countless times, “Blogging is like a second job”. It’s not a hard second job, it’s really fun,  but it’s a lot of work and effort. Instead of sleeping in, you have to wake up and plan outfits and write about them. It’s like your weekends aren’t yours anymore because they belong to blogging. But I’m happy, at least I get to immerse myself into something creative.

Today, I want to walk you through A day in my life as a Blogger.

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So here’s how my day goes…..

1. I get ready – I wake up and take a shower. I used to take my blog photos early in the mornings in the summertime and I used  wake up at 7 am on Sundays, but now it’s really dark and ugly outside and I don’t want to spend hours editing my pics and adding light to them. So now ,I take my photos indoors, in my room to be precise. I start around 5 pm

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2. I choose my Outfits – Look, I’m not one of those rich people who can afford to buy clothes all the time. I buy clothes occasionally for events. When blogging, I don’t necessarily plan my outfits the night before. Sometimes ,I’ll just walk into my closet and say, “Hmm, that pants would look great with that shirt”, and that’s how I come up with my outfits.And sometimes I get inspiration from Instagram. It’s all very random, it’s not something that I plan really. I always have one outfit for my blog, and I also take additional photos  of different outfits for my instagram as well.

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3. I set up my Camera – I used to have a photographer, then my mom started taking my photos for me. Now, I take them by myself. So how do I take them by myself? I use my tripod, and I use my Iphone 7. I have a professional camera, but the focus on it is trash so now I use my phone. I also have a light in my room that enhances my pictures. And I put my phone on self timer for 10 seconds and I take a whole bunch of photos.

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4 I edit my photos – Editing is not a long process for me. I use Afterlight because it has dust and I like the presets as well. It basically has everything that I like to add to my photos, and it’s really easy to use. Sometimes I use Vsco cam and Lightroom as well.

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5. I blog – Coming up with a topic to blog about, is hard sometimes. I have a list of topics but sometimes it’s still hard to find one that fits.. I always do my blogs based on the photos I take. Maybe I should change that though. Sometimes I also find inspiration from other bloggers. It takes me an hour to blog, depending on what I’m blogging about but I enjoy writing. It’s one of the subjects that I truly enjoyed in High school.

This is how my Fashion blogging days usually go. This is a day in the life of Raceen, the Fashion blogger. It’s a lot of work but I know that one day it will pay off. And it’s actually things that I LOVE TO DO. I LOVE to write, I LOVE taking photos and I LOVE editing.

Blogging is the best.

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