Should I stop buying cheap clothes??

This seriously goes against everything I’ve written about looking fashionable while cheaping out. I believe my definition of “cheap” is quite skewed. I consider a top cheap if it’s under $15. I consider a pair of jeans cheap if it’s under $30. I don’t own a single pair of shoes I paid over $40 for. Meanwhile, for you, it might be entirely reasonable to spend more. Maybe I never grew out of my frugal-immigrant-living-in-a-rat-infested-basement mentality. (Yes, my family did have a rat problem back in the second basement we lived in). Just yesterday, I had a wake up call that it’s time to change my habits.

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Two things I’d tell my nineteen year old self

In an ideal world, I’d be immortalized at nineteen (I’m turning nineteen for the fourth time this year). Maybe I’d be a vampire…they’re pretty cool. Rest assured, I’d be the type that drinks animal blood though. As extra as it sounds, it feels like it’s been a lifetime ago since I turned nineteen for the first time. I’ve definitely grown over the years, although there are still things I’m working on. This week, I’m back at it again with a personal topic. Here are some important things I would definitely travel back in time to tell myself.

P.s, no judging my cover image! This is me in my natural habitat. Like the unicorn slippers?

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Tales and tips of a fashion girl on a budget

I realize that looking fabulous while being frugal is a recurring theme for me. Well, what can you do when the world has infinite pretty things but you don’t have an infinite budget? Ever seen Confession’s of a Shopoholic when Rebecca describes the feeling of falling in love with beautiful things? I don’t know about you, but I love pretty things. In this week’s post, I share three major tricks I’ve learned over the years for having nice things while still spending responsibly.

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Fall into the darkness – my frequent ootd’s lately

Just a quick update on my life- I’ve recently gone part time at my job at Trade Secrets so I can find something more corporate. So I’ve been seeing a lot more of my friends and wearing things that would normally be work-dubious. My style has definitely taken a turn for the darker. Here’s my August summer ootd’s for comparison. I’m officially bidding good bye to summer pastels and frills. The following are my top three most frequently worn outfits for the past month. Also known as me asking myself how much I can possibly dress down without looking lazy.

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Fall fashion trend if you’re in a weather rut

I’ve found myself falling into a weather rut lately. You know that period of time when you wear the same general thing because of the weather and start feeling “meh”? I love keeping cozy in sweaters and leggings- basically what you’d wear on a relaxed Sunday while enjoying a pumpkin spice latte. But it’s time to break out of the jacket-scarf-and-jeans habit. Instead of a regular pumpkin spice latte, let’s be pumpkin spice lattes with extra whipped cream, sprinkles, and a pumpkin spice cupcake on the side.

[Feature photo by the lovely Samantha]

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Soft grunge style for the fall

If you ask me, one of the biggest fashion tragedies is grunge never really taking off. It started in the 1980’s and peaked around the early 90’s. Silhouettes were androgynous and the entire vibe was very anti-fashion or anti-society. But everything old is new again! With the rise of oversize sweaters, midi skirts, and chokers, 21st century grunge is here to stay. Which is great for people like me who never quite grew out of their teenage aesthetic. This year, I dived straight into autumn with soft grunge. Here’s what I typically wear to be comfortable at work or hanging out over the weekends.

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Where to shop in Toronto without breaking the bank

I realized that in almost every one of my posts, I’ve talked about looking stylish without spending a lot of money. I’ve mentioned certain garments and where I got them, but never actually shared where I love to shop. Although Toronto is a hotspot for brand names (we have a Saks and Nordstrom here now!) there are many hidden gems for those of us who aren’t bathing in gold. Through my years of shopping in Toronto, here are my top places to go to for looking bougie on a budget.

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Looking slayin’ while working out

I’ve been so excited to share this post with you guys!!! (One exclamation mark isn’t enough haha) Keeping active has always been a big part of my life, and it took me a while to figure out how to look good while sweating buckets. With the rise of athleisure, it’s become possible for us fashion girls to kill our style while killing the weights.

*psst* If you’re a gal on a budget like me, Marshall’s and Winners are great places to shop since they have huge active-wear sections and carry a variety of brands.

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