Bring on the Winter, Bitch.

It’s a fashion miracle! I’ve finally accepted the colour brown into my life… sort of. I’ve ended my life-long vendetta against the earthy hue (think it started after an unfortunate encounter with some chocolate brown gaucho pants way back in the day…) and have begun to welcome camel into my wardrobe.

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There’s something so incredibly chic about a camel coat, I just had to buy in. It’s more cream than camel, but I’m baby-stepping my way to Kanye status with this amazing fur-collared Zara coat. Next up, a more structured, longer, darker alternative, or an Acne shearling coat? I can dream.

Luckily, the piece also pairs incredibly well with my pre-approved ‘Fall/Winter’ colours of orchid, periwinkle, and navy. My go-to has been throwing on some light/medium wash distressed jeans, a purple lip, pale blue nails and navy booties. It feels winter-ready without being gloomy or monotonous. Also – don’t forget your tortoise shell aviators if you want to go full 1975-Parisian-male-pornstar, which I clearly do.

xo, Syd

Weathering the Storm

I recently moved to Vancouver, and although I thought I’d be fine with the numerous cold, grey, wet days, they do get old pretty quickly. I personally find nothing more uncomfortable than being overdressed and chilly on a gross day, so I’ve been surviving by combining cute with comfort, rather than sacrificing it.

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1. This VS Pink Sweatshirt – I wrote off Pink for years, but this is definitely the best recent purchase I’ve made. Stick to a neutral color and it’ll give laid back looks the perfect touch of collegiate cool.

2. Sportswear as daywear – Long practiced by mommies everywhere, this is probably the easiest way to stay completely comfortable and still look put together. A pair of thick, comfortable leggings, a cute running jacket and some casual sneakers (my favorite are the Jack Purcell Converse sneaks in white) are all you need.

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashtili Tote – I recently caved and bought this beauty when I was feeling a bit down and found myself in Holt Renfrew. It’s a perfect side for work and travel, and the expandable sides means it holds a ton without being bulky.

4. A blanket scarf – I found my holy grail pale grey scarf for $20 at H&M. It’s incredibly soft and doubles as a shawl or wrap.

5. Topshop Jeans – My favorite are the Leigh jeans (L32 in Summer, L34 in Winter). They’re reasonably priced, high quality, comfortable, and come in an entire spectrum of colors and styles.

6. Mauve/Rose/Brown lip – I’ve caught onto the Kylie Jenner makeup crazy fast and hard. I’m still searching for the perfect shade if anyone has recs!

Inspired by Life: London

So as I briefly hinted in the last post, I spent my Spring Break in beautiful London, England, rather than the typical beach trip. I’ve always been more of a city girl (I spent 4 years in Hong Kong during primary and middle school, and been in love with the cosmopolitan ever since) so deciding on the seemingly unusual destination was a no brainer. One of my good friends has lived there for the past year, so we had a great time tromping around all corners of the city.

Being there really made me realize one thing in particular: I adore the European sensibility. I hadn’t been to Europe since my last trip to London 3 years ago, and I loved relearning the joy that comes with sitting at a corner cafe with a cigarette and a cappuccino, or having afternoon cocktails after a long day of shopping. I wasn’t entirely keen on the typical ‘tourist-y’ things, so instead we spent our days exploring luxe landmarks; Liberty, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods included. As a total clothing addict, these department stores are basically art galleries to me, and despite the fact that I’ll never be able to afford a smidgen of what I want, being surrounded by beautiful things is satisfying enough.

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Luckily for me, I did manage to pick up one thing in Selfridges. Acne has been my favourite brand for just about a year now, so it was pretty obviously my first choice when it came to getting a Prom dress. I got extremely lucky and managed to catch the new collection the day after it came out in stores, and found (what I think is) the perfect dress. It’s simple, understated, and classic, it shows off the female figure without being vulgar, and it’s something I will quite literally have for years and years and years to come.

acne - dressxo, Syd