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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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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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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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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How To Define Your Personal Style

How does one define their personal style? The Merriam Webster dictionary describes the word “Style” as, “A distinctive manner of expression”.How do you express yourself? Is your style bohemian, grunge, chic? Is your style ever evolving? Do you only wear plaid shirts and jeans?

It’s hard to find a style you like. It’s taken me many years, of trial, and error to figure out my style. Most people, have a mixture of styles.I look up to people like, Rihanna and Bella Hadid for style inspirations. They wear a lot of black, graphic T-Shirts which I LOVE, and Bella is always wearing some interesting denim pieces that I love as well. Their styles are edgy, yet sophisticated which I love.

Here are some ways to figure out your personal style

  • Find out who your style icons are- Is it Naomi Campbell, or, is it Gigi Hadid’s sporty style that you’re drawn to? Figure out who influences your style.
  • Focus on the outfits- Once you find your style influencers, figure out a name that describes that type of style. Is it bohemian? Is it edgy? Is it trend forward?. Whichever one feels true to you, that will help you get a clear vision of what your style is.
  • Take pictures of your favourite outfits- I always,Always, take pictures of the outfits that I love. Sometimes, when I don’t know what to wear, I look back on my photos to get ideas.
  • Evaluate your Closet- Do you have tons of denim jackets, or fur coats in your closet? This should tell you what your style is. I tend to buy lots of black graphic tees and dresses, this shows me that my style is edgy but sophisticated as well.
  • Try Something New- I LOVE wearing black and dark colours but every now and then, if I see a yellow top that I like, I’ll purchase it. My closet is filled with dark pieces and the odd yellow, or bohemian piece. My style is edgy but I like to step out of my comfort zone at times and try something new, hence, the odd yellow top or bohemian skirt. Style is all about expressing yourself, so if you wake up feeling Bold, wear that yellow top girl and slay the day
  • Wear clothes that make you feel confident- I once wore a green dress from H&M and my mom told me that I looked really good in that style of dress. Ever since then I’ve been wearing silhouettes like that. When I wear that dress I feel confident and sexy.

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You, are the master of your own life. Wear what makes you feel like the best version of yourself.

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If you feel like your style is more like Rihanna’s edgy style, wearing a floral dress is going to make you feel uncomfortable. So, don’t force it.

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Embrace your style, improve upon it and be the best version of you!. Someone once said “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak’. Own your style baby girl.

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How to Build Your Self Confidence

Dictionary.com describes the word Confident as “Being sure of oneself, having no uncertainty about one’s own abilities; Bold”. I may seem confident now, but I wasn’t born this way. Confidence is not genetic,I’ve had to work hard over the years to build my confidence.

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Bullies, self doubt, fear and life in general can deflate your confidence.How do I know this? Because I’ve personally experienced bullying, low self esteem and fear. I still have self doubts, because I’m human, but now I know I can beat them.

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How does one gain self confidence? Is your self confidence in your control?

Yes, you have the power to build your self confidence. Yes, you can be in control of your self worth.

Below are some tips that will help you build your confidence, in no particular order.

  1. Dress Nicely. When you start to dress nicely you will start to feel good about yourself. There are days when my self confidence feels so low but the minute I put on a nice dress or shirt, my confidence goes from 5-500%. Find something in your closet that makes you feel good about yourself
  2. Stay away from Negativity. Try to avoid people who bring you down or make you feel bad about how you look ,or act. Negativity only decreases your confidence. Surround yourself  with people who make you feel good about yourself. People, who uplift you and make you happy.I’m not saying that you should rely on your friends all the time to make you feel good but if they make you feel more bad than good, what’s the point?
  3. Stand Tall. I have the worst posture, so who am I to give this advice?. But I know this works because I do it a lot. When I remind myself to stand tall, with my shoulders pulled back I feel better about myself. In fact, I feel like the baddest bitch in the room.
  4. Create personal boundaries. Learn to say no. Teach others to respect your personal boundaries. Boundaries = more control over your life = higher self confidence.
  5. Care for Yourself.  Make time to take care of yourself. Exercise, eat healthy, get enough rest. One thing I also like to do is masks. Putting on a mask helps me relax and helps my mental health tremendously. Find ways to take care of yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you will feel more confident.
  6. Fake it till you Make it. How does one become more confident? You fake it, till you make it. Yes I said it! And how do you do that? By practicing. Start by looking in the mirror every and telling yourself that you are beautiful, smart, intelligent and that you deserve the best things in life.

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Am I the most confident person? No but I’m learning and confidence can be learnt.

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Own you Confidence Baby Girl.

Why It’s important to Write Down Your Goals

I’ve never been the type of person to write down my goals. I’m a very spontaneous person and I believe whatever happens, happens. So, where did I get this idea from about writing down goals? Well, the very first day when I started my job in sales, my boss said to us “It’s a good idea to write down your goal for the week in not just sales but for your life, if you’ve never done it before, you should try it and see what happens”. I was really skeptical at first, saying “hmm I don’t really know”, but I decided to take my boss’s advice and try it out

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At first I wrote down how many sales I wanted to make for the week and I would email that number to my boss, I was still skeptical but I said to myself, what’s the harm in trying. And lo and behold, I started hitting my sale goals for the week 99% of the time and that made me really happy. It actually really works!!!

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Then, I started applying the same principle to my personal life and things really started happening. One day I said to my boss “where did you get this idea from about writing goals down” and she said ‘I know that it works because I’ve tried it”

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Something magical  happens when you write down your goals. It’s not just about writing down goals, you have to take the steps needed to achieve  them, whether it’s putting in more hours at work, or studying more to get that grade that you want.

When you don’t have a plan, you don’t how you will reach your destination. So here are some steps on how to achieve your goals

  1. Figure out what your goal is-  Everyone has different goals. Some people want to lose weight or make more money, figure out what you want
  2. Write down your goals- Use paper and write down your goals. Start with small specific goals first then add on to the list if you want to. Put this list somewhere where you can view it daily
  3. Set a plan to achieve your goals-  If losing weight is one of your goals, figure out ways to achieve that. Maybe in order to start losing weight you have to start taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Find ways that work for you.

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In the past year since writing down my goals, I’ve accomplished so much, Heck, starting a blog was one of the goals that I wrote down and here I am today on my Blog.

You don’t have to  do what I do, but I’m telling you what works for me. Try it out, something magical might happen to you.

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