On The Radar: Banker Stripes!

Banker Stripes
On The Radar: Banker Stripes in For Summer!

This spring and summer, work wear has just gotten a serious fashion girl re-vamp! Not only are banker stripes still being used in business attire, the pattern has been brought into the fashion world as a S/S staple. They are feminine in so many ways, but still accomplish that boyish feel that every classy lady strives for. Personally, banker stripes have always been a staple in my family…we live by the classic Ralph Lauren meets J. Crew uniform throughout the duration of our time at our cottage. I mean, what goes better than a banker striped button-down with a pair of denim cutoffs and worn out Sperrys? I say nothing.

Here are a couple of ways one of my favourite summer trends is being worked into everyday wear!

This Zara asymmetrical top is a little less summery, but would be perfect for a night out on the town.

The Cartagena Top from Faithfull looks amazing the way that it’s styled, with a denim skirt and pair of cute loafers.

Or, if you’re not into the off the shoulder trend, here’s a pretty little Faithfull sundress for a day on the beach.

I recently bought a dress similar to this one and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s really versatile, so you can dress it up for an occasion or dress it down for a casual day running errands!

A cool retro-style sundress with goldenrod stripes will help you to look fashionable as you lounge in the sun.

I’m currently living in this striped ‘his’ shirt but in the classic blue colour! It’s perfect used as a tunic, a coverup or a shirt with cutoffs underneath!

LOVE these culottes for a simple yet put together everyday look. I tried these on the other day and they are so flattering it’s ridiculous!!!

Finally, a beachy rectangle scarf to keep you warm on those chilly summer nights!

Hope you’re all gearing up for a wonderful summer!

Xo Lil

 

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Out With A Bang

With the new year comes everyone’s inkling to incite change into their lives. Whether it’s to work out more (cue the new years resolutioners), be kinder, eat more healthily or try shopping less (ahem..) most people make at least one goal to complete in the new year. 

Now I try not to make new years resolutions, because why only make a change with the beginning of a new year? Why not right away? 

For most girls I know, their hair is an important part of their identity. As the years have gone by I’ve placed increasingly less importance on my hair and accepted something my mother has always said: “it’s just hair”. For years I have been wanting to embrace change and move from the side bang to the front bang, but never have I been gutsy enough to do it. 

While in Calgary over the break I had the opportunity to get an appointment with my favourite stylist at Hedkandi Salon. With the haircut quoted as being a little bit more pricey than I usually opt for, I decided to make my cut worth it and take the new year by the reigns. The combination of a student budget and an itch to try something new urged me to go for the bang look I always wanted and I can’t say I’m disappointed in the slightest. 

So a tip for all of you out there who desire to make a hair change but are too nervous to do so, like my mother said, “it’s just hair”. Now is as good a time as any to make that cut and enter the new year with a bang!

XO Lil

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On the Radar: This Is Us

THIS IS US -- "The Game Plan" Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US — “The Game Plan” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Of course, with the turn of the season comes a new slew of shows. Now I’m super guilty for (foolishly) starting a new show right in the middle of the school term. I’ve gotten better…but still I feel the need to binge-watch the show in order to focus again on my work (I realize there is no logic to this system).

All I can say is This Is Us, This Is Us, This Is Us. It follows a number of individuals and their day-to-day lives, but throws in some plot twists to keep the storylines interesting and fresh. I’m a little bit late to the bandwagon, but at least I’m on the bandwagon right?

First thing’s first, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. Ever since I saw A Walk to Remember when I was in my teens, I’ve had the biggest girl crush on Moore. She is smart, funny, she can sing and is absolutely beautiful — what’s not to love? Even character Miguel tells Jack “she is the gold standard of wives”. I’ve found she just has a genuine sunshine-y vibe to her which is so contagious. About Ventimiglia, I’m gonna be honest but I never really liked him as Jess in Gilmore Girls (I realize I’m gonna get a lot of hate for this). My opinions on him have totally changed though, thanks to his dynamic with Moore and their kids on This Is Us.

It’s hard to discuss the show without giving anything away, as everything is interconnected after a HUGE plot twist in the Pilot episode. I’m gonna tell you right now, the plot twist leaves you in shock and wanting to rewind the program saying “What the heck just happened?!” I’m not kidding, the show leaves you amazed at the end of every episode. I could be the poster-child at the rate I’m raving about it (probably told around ten of my friends, but for good reason). Long story short, it’s pivotal because it addresses various aspects of life, even the really difficult areas, but lightens the discussion while getting you right in the feels. No lie, I don’t think I’ve made it through one episode without crying (allergies are really bad, people). I find that I feel less guilty about watching it, because it’s one of those shows that really gets you into a contemplative state. It dives into the complexity of the evolution of marriage and the way that one’s childhood affects them in later years. So what are you waiting for? Get. On. It. I can guarantee you’ll be hooked!!

Cheers,

Lily

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Wanderlust – How to Prepare For a Trip Abroad

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As school comes to a close and summer begins, students around Canada (and the world) are jetting off to foreign lands. I have about a dozen friends who have asked me multiple times “what should I bring?” and “how should I pack for my trip to ___?” Lucky for me, I am too, jetting off to the other side of the world, and have begun to prepare for my trip abroad. Here are a few things that I’ve learned as a (somewhat) seasoned traveller.

1. Bring wardrobe staples.

It may sound obvious, but bringing a few versatile wardrobe staples that can be mixed and matched can help you to assemble an effortlessly chic outfit that looks like it took ages to put together (in reality, it probably took you a total of five minutes). Some wardrobe staples that one could bring, depending on the weather, include a white or black cotton t-shirt (Club Monaco’s basic tees are the comfiest and super light and airy), a chambray shirt (which I often use as a beach cover-up on vacations), a pair of medium-dark wash jeans (so they can be dressed up or down), a light Breton shirt and white tennis shoes (which are so versatile).

One of my new favourites that I will be bringing along with me to China, is this Club Monaco tank top — it’s somewhat pricey, but it’s super soft and if you’re a student, you can take advantage of Club Monaco’s 25% off deal if you show your student card!

Also on a side note, don’t forget to pack your PJs (somehow my mother and I always forget this essential travel piece).

2. Pack by “outfit” and not by “piece”.

When I was younger, I used to think that it was best to pack in a way where I brought all of pieces of my wardrobe that I loved most. Low and behold, this technique often led to me over-packing.

As I’ve gotten older and travelled more, I have realized that the most effective way to pack is by outfit, meaning that you plan your outfits ahead of time. Not only does this limit the articles of clothing that you bring (particularly tops, I find), it also helps you to narrow down your daytime and nighttime shoes (the pieces that end up sending your bag way over the desired weight limit). Try to think about the pieces that you wear often, rather than the pieces that are “perfect” for the trip but that you have actually never worn (don’t try to pretend you’ve never fallen into this trap, I know we all have).

3. Lay out your outfit, all of your necessary toiletries, chargers and travel documents the night before.

ALSO give yourself more time than you think you need to get ready. This will help you feel less overwhelmed the next day when you’re trying to round up all of the odds and ends that you needed the night before. It will also limit the things you could possibly leave behind in a frazzled haze.

4. Pack snacks.

I never go on a plane without a few snacks, even flights that are only a few hours. You end up spending way less money, and you can often clear your fridge and cabinets of those foods that you forgot about that may go stale or bad before you get back.

5. Bring an extra charger.

I carry all of my chargers in my carry-on because I am always needing a charge. Sometimes I get caught in a pinch and need to charge my phone on the go. That’s where my trusty portable charger comes in — it’s saved my life more times than I can count.

6. Bring an extra sweater, cardigan, or scarf in your carry-on.

I am someone who has poor circulation and is always cold, therefore I need to pack accordingly. I always keep an extra cardigan or pashmina in my carry-on bag, as planes often tend to be chilly, and there’s nothing worse than being cold and unable to get comfy.

7. Have a “carry-on kit”.

I know that a bunch of my girlfriends carry their makeup bags in their carry-ons when they fly. Personally, I hate having to go through my makeup bag ensuring that I’m not carrying anything sharp (but ok seriously, how could you possibly injure someone with a pair of tweezers). Instead, I take a little cosmetics bag and fill it with essentials (generally those which make me feel particularly pampered).

My essentials tend to consist of hand sanitizer (and sometimes wipes), all of my good jewelry (because you wouldn’t want to lose that in your checked bag), hand lotion, my favourite chapstick, a rollerball perfume, a hair tie and a couple of bobby pins, a few lipsticks (to help me feel extra pretty), concealer, Abreva (you don’t want to be stuck at an altitude of 39,000 ft. with a cold sore coming on and no Abreva) and FACE MIST (the Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe herbs and rosewater is my favourite).

I also don’t get on a flight, especially a long one, without some kind of eye mask (you will thank me, and yourself later when you’ve gotten sleep, despite your neighbour’s bright reading light).

8. Keep all of your travel documents in one place.

This will come in handy when you are rushing through the airport trying to make your flight. If you don’t get your boarding pass sent electronically, make sure you keep it with your passport (this will make it much easier when airport officials ask for your ID and boarding pass). For years I have used a Hudson’s Bay passport case, where I keep my passport and often fold my boarding pass into.

And with that, I hope you all are a little bit less stressed after reading this, as you prepare for you trip!

Much love,

Lily

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Stay Inspired!!

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(Dress: Similar – J. Crew | Necklace: Similar – J. Crew | Bracelet: Hermés | Shoes: Chelsea Boots)

We all know it’s extremely difficult to stay motivated and inspired during the winter months. Luckily enough, we are getting to that point where the weather is getting warmer and everyone is a little bit more chipper. But with this transition, comes the dreaded slushy and mucky conditions that everyone fears as they gear up for spring and summer. Here are some ways to stay inspired (and feel fresh) in these yucky, slightly gloomy, months!

1. Go for a walk!

Although the weather is warming, which means that the ice is melting and the sidewalks are muddy, getting outside for a walk can really get your mind turning. Add a friend, and you’ll be instantly happier.

2. Have coffee/get drinks with friends!

This is one of my all time favourites. Whenever I’m in a funk, I always go to my friends and family – they instantly make everything better! A little conversation over coffee or drinks with your best girlfriends never hurt anybody!

3. Stay busy!

It sounds contradictory, but when I’m more busy, I tend to feel more inspired. I think this is primarily because when you’re busy, you feel like you can accomplish almost anything. Staying busy means you’ll likely be using the rest of your free time to the best of your advantage.

4. Wake up early!

I always find that I’m more productive (and more inspired) if I start the day off on a good pace, particularly if I get up early. You not only get more done (because you have just as many hours in a day as Beyoncé), but you also have more time to do things that you enjoy!

5. Read a book!

Whether or not you’re an avid reader, I always suggest picking up something from a bookstore that gets your mind going. One of my favourites right now is the book, Love Does by Bob Goff. It’s short and sweet, and is filled with short stories that demonstrate how love “does”, and does not sit idly. I find it so inspiring, that Goff sees so much joy and potential in the little bits of his life. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan is also one of my absolute favourites, as it too consists of stories that are short and sweet, yet inspirational. It teaches you a lot about treasuring the smallest of moments.

6. Have a pamper night!

Pamper nights always make me feel inspired, as I often feel more beautiful in my skin and much more relaxed! It’s important for the mind and the body to have these nights, especially if you are often bogged down with work and have little time for yourself.

7. Create a dream board!

These are always fun little ways to stay inspired, as you curate them yourself according to your interests. I find that these do the trick when I’m stuck in a creative rut, as they help me to get my mind back on track and stay focused on what I enjoy most! Whether it be fashion, décor, food, or drink, there is always something on Pinterest to get you inspired!

8. Peruse a bookstore!

Even if you don’t love to read, there are so many books out there for a wide range of interests and people from different backgrounds. Whether you are an avid reader or only crack a book open every once in a while, you will enjoy spending time here. It is one of my favourite things to do. Whenever I need some rest and relaxation, I will drive to my nearest Chapters and spend hours looking at the stacks with a Starbucks in hand. There is nothing better than the smell of new books and a fresh coffee!

9. End your day on a high note!

Okay, this one is a little bit abstract, but hang tight. It is one of my favourite things to do after a long day. It’s a tradition that I used to have with someone that means so much to me, that I can’t help but enjoy carrying it on to this day. At the end of every day, the two of us would share with each other one new or interesting thing that we learned that day. Then we would have a discussion about each one, and why it inspired or interested us. It is surprisingly fun, and you learn an additional new thing every day! You also are able to gain more insight into the person that you are sharing these with, which allows you to understand them on a more intimate, emotional level. You can do it with a SO, family member, or even with your best friend!

I hope that this list helps you to stay inspired, as it does me! I’d love to hear about what inspires you most!

Much love,

Lily

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