Sunday, September 29, 2013

Nordstrom Must-Haves and $225 Giveaway

Hey everyone! With the weather getting colder and wetter by the day (well here in Vancouver anyways), I thought I'd share with you some more of my must-haves for this season! Nordstrom has always been one of my favourite American stores as they carry tons of brands and everything from apparel to accessories.

Nordstrom Must-Haves

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nordstrom must-haves 2 by stylevancity featuring a steve madden bootie

1) Stripe Infinity Scarf - $23.80 CAD
2)  Faux Leather Crossbody Bag - $41.11 CAD
3) 'Rawlings' Bootie - $108.13 CAD
4) South Western Fringe Scarf - $23.80 CAD
5) Wing Necklace - $11.18 CAD
6) Basic Beanie - $15.15 CAD
7) Bird Print Infinity Scarf - $19.47 CAD
8) 'Cat' Faux Leather Wallet - $17.31 CAD

Love what you see above? (Please comment below!) 

Want to purchase some of these must-haves to keep you fashionable and warm? Then today is your lucky day because I'm teaming up with a lovely bunch of bloggers to give you the opportunity to win a $225 gift card to Nordstrom! Be sure to check the other blogs out below and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom. 

Good luck, and may the odds be ever especially in your favour :)





Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Love Junkee Fall Wishlist

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed a few days ago and came across Love Junkee, an online boutique that carries affordably priced trendy street-style clothing for the budget-savvy fashionista. Below are some pieces that I would definitely purchase for the Fall season!




I am in love with this sweater because of the infinity and anchor sign, I guess it kind of reminds me those Brandy Melville tops! Throw on some tights and high waisted shorts with this sweatshirt, but don't forget a beanie to keep your head warm too. 



Graphic sweatshirts are definitely my go-to item when it's rainy outside. Pair this crew neck with your tribal print leggings and just for style, wear a cropped leather jacket on top.


Hamsa Tank - $15 CAD

Keeping with the graphic print theme here, a tank like this is great to wear under your cozy boyfriend sweaters and acid-wash ripped jeans. 


Zodiac Leggings - $25 CAD

I definitely need some printed leggings like this to spice up simple outfits and make a statement. Pair these with short bright rain boots and a chunky knitted pullover for the casual look. 



So I guess this is one of those summer transition items that can be layered to get the Fall look. Pair this dress with tights, a dark leather jacket and a pearl headband for a cute casual outfit.  

Which items do you like? ;)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

How to Wear A Black Tunic

Today's the first official day of Fall, can you believe it? With the on and off rainy-sunny weather here in Vancouver I needed some quick go-to outfits, appropriate for this season. After a solid closet clean out I unearthed my classy black tunic from Oak and Fort and had a mini photo shoot. The black tunic is definitely my must-have for this season because it's a versatile, simple base piece that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.



Get the look - Denim Love:
1) Jean Jacket - Forever 21
2) Necklace - Thrifted
3) Bag - Thrifted
4) Boots - GUESS



Get the look - Printed Silk:
1) Loose Silk Cardi - ZARA
2) Necklace - Thrifted
3) Bag - Thrifted
4) Boots - GUESS 



Get the look - Dressed Up
1) Necklace - Thrifted
2) Belt - Forever21
3) Sandals - theBay



Get the look - Cute Casual:
1) Necklace #1 - Forever21
2) Necklace #2 - Department store in Asia
3) Coloured Skinnies - TNA
4) Slip-ons - TOMS



Get the look - Knitted Goodness:
1) Knitted Sweater - Aritzia
2) Scarf - Ardene
3) Coloured Skinnies - TNA
4) Slip-ons - TOMS

Let me know which look is your favourite!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creative Way to Hang Earrings

You have your typical wireframe earring stands, the fancy dress mannequins and other tree-like or grater-like structures. After searching my home for any of the listed, I came up empty-handed. And sometimes, frustration is a fortune because I turned my creative gears on. I found these small furniture sets that I used to collect all the time but really, you can use any of those misfit dollhouse chairs you have lying in the back of your closet.  

Featured below are some of my faves from my earrings collection!

The make up case you see was part of a Japanese brand called Re-ment that is well-known for their miniature collectibles! You can check out some of their other products here.

Liking what you see? Pin'em and share :)

More ideas:

1) Cute themed furniture set
2) Mini modern table
3) Simple modern chair

So how do you store your earrings? :)
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vancity Local: Kara Yoo Jewelry and Giveaway!

Something you should know about me by now is that I'm an ardent supporter of local small businesses and most things fashion-related. I guess its cause of their inspiring yet infectious entrepreneurial spirit that makes me enjoy being around and connecting with people who take the plunge to follow their dream or passion.

Kara is no small exception; in fact, she's the head designer/owner (and her own boss) of "Kara Yoo Jewelry". And you know what? She's based right here, right now in the most beautiful and (in my opinion) greatest city, Vancouver.



I happened to be surfing the web one night in search of local boutiques and businesses looking for that, "je ne said quoi" like critics at a runway show. When I stumbled upon the "Kara Yoo Jewelry" webpage, I was instantly attracted to the simple, elegant yet minimalistic jewelry designs and creative photography.

As Kara puts it, "Kara Yoo Jewelry is quite simple and understated, so it can be worn casually or dressed up". Her must-have pieces are those she can wear everyday that go with almost anything.

One of them are her Triangle Studs:

 "I have a second ear piercing, so I usually wear both the silver and gold ones at the same time"

And the other, her Barrel Two-Tone Necklace:


And lastly Hex Two-Tone Necklace, which is also one of her staple items. 


When I asked her about what inspired her neat designs, she simply told me it was a lot of things. "It's hard to specify as everything comes to me in a jumble. I love geometric and repeating patterns which can be found in a lot of architecture and every day life. She's also inspired by other local designers and the natural environment, of course. 



Local jewelry designers and small business owners just don't appear out of thin air. Some know it from the start and some run down a winding path. Kara never outgrew the crafty stage and loved to make things for as long as she could remember. 

"In high school my sister taught me how to make beaded jewelry, which I took up as a hobby throughout university. During my last year at UBC, I went to a conference and met the designers of Dannijo. I was extremely inspired, and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do!"

After earning a commerce degree with a specialization in marketing and entrepreneurship at UBC, Kara  attended VCC for the two-year Jewellery Art and Design Program. Shortly after, she launched her jewelry line and put those skills to good use. 

Loving the Kara Yoo Jewelry designs so far? (I know I do)

You can purchase her beautiful hand-made creations at:

6) or simply by visiting her website

But wait! Kara so kindly offered a pair of her Meteorite Studs as a giveaway prize. 



Contest Rules:

1) This is an international giveaway; anyone may enter
2) Winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter
3) You MUST enter using the application below
4) Winner must respond within 2 days with shipping address
5) Chances of winning depends on the # of entries

Best of luck! And I hope all of you take the opportunity to enter below for the chance to win a pair of these beauties!
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Aliexpress Jewelry Haul

Hey everyone! This is my mini haul from AliExpress and I'm so excited to share with you some of the pieces I bought. I made my purchases from this retailer who offers free shipping worldwide on any $5 minimum order. The quality was pretty good considering the price and I can definitely say that this is one of the best deals I've ever gotten.

 Who doesn't love dragonflies?
 I guess I just love necklaces.
Bicycle Necklace $1.36 CAD
Super cute! 
Fox Ring $0.69 CAD
Couldn't resist the cuteness of this one either.
Mouse Ring $0.30 CAD

Let me know which ones you like! :)
Friday, September 6, 2013

Must-have Light-Colored Pre-Fall Sweaters

With the Fall season approaching, I thought it would be high time to invest in some casual, loose white sweaters. These pieces are perfect on their own, matched with long necklaces and colourful scarves. Throw it under denim and leather jackets when it gets chilly out, just for that extra layer of warmth. Don't forget that you can pair em with those galaxy leggings you're yet to wear and those ankle studded booties you've been dying to show off. Below are my picks from some of favourite stores; they range in price, differ in style and are all affordably priced. Enjoy :)

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$59 CAD @ Urban Outfitters

Kelly V Back Fisherman Knit


$35 CAD @ boohoo.com


$35 CAD @ Garage


$28 CAD @ Forever 21

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