Hey Guys, I know I am cutting it close with this wish list but technical difficulties put a delay on this post. This is everything I would love to receive for christmas and just good options if you’re shopping for a fashion lover like myself. Enjoy and let me know what is on your list this year. Have you been naughty or nice ?
As this is a space for us budget tight fashion lovers, your probably wondering what is happening here from the title, glad you asked. Basically I was in the shower (this is where true brilliance occurs) and this idea just popped up. I can’t be the only one that would love to invest in designer pieces that can carry into multiple seasons and doesn’t make our stomach turn at the outrageous prices, so why not start a series exploring the options on the blog?Clearly I found no reason why not, so here we are on episode one of The Buy In (very proud of this name if I do say so myself).
Gucci is the first brand in this series, no there is no reason why it is the first other than I fell involve with this piece and it qualified. Here are the questions I have come up with to help guide my choices and hopefully they will be of help to you all. Here are the seven questions I used and will be applying to all purchases in this series.
Is this a piece you love?
Will this work with your current style and wardrobe?
Is this piece trendy or classic?
If the logo was removed would you still want it?
Does the dollar value make sense?
Can you justify the purchase? (will the answer convince a rational human being?
Is it worth it full price or on a discount?
I absolutely love sunglasses in general and I am an avid user, I use them all year round. When I went Into Sunglasses Hut I had no intentions of getting a pair from Gucci, but of all the ones I tried and saw, this was an instant love. I left it for two weeks and went back and nothing had change it was still the pair I absolutely love.
Yes, the tortoise was definitely something I wanted to add to my collection for the fall and winter. The actual style of the sunglasses will work with my style and wardrobe for years to come.
These sunglasses are actually a perfect combination of trend and a classic design. Its trendy simple because Gucci as a brand is very trendy at the moment. However the actually style of the shades is classic as well as the classic Gucci ribbon style colouring on the arms.
Yes, the actual size and shape of the sunglasses and how they look on me is what made me fall in love. The coloured ribbon stripe was the extra pop they needed that had me falling in love. Logo or not I would still want and wear the shades.
Yes, It’s in the mid range of luxury sunglasses averaging about $200 less than that of brands like Dior , Mui Mui and Celine. Also taking in regard the quality, and style and frankly the brand you’re paying for it equals out.
Yes, the main justification for me is cost per wear, like I said before I wear sunglasses all year round and on a daily basis. Winter sunshine does not discriminate against drivers, so if you drive you know what I am talking about. Also since I started invest in much higher quality sunglasses (Raybans) over the last two and a half years, this is only my third purchase as they do not break like cheaper pairs had in the past. I went from having a ton of cheap sunglasses that would break and be replaces multiple times in one summer, to one a year for 3 years and none ever breaking.
I absolutely think these sunglasses are worth their full price value of $435 CAD. However I would be lying if I said the promotion Sunglasses Hut was having didn’t help in my decision-making. This is my second purchase from them and they are a good place as they have a few promotions a year. This time around the deal was $75 off fashion brands over $300 CAD,So I got them for $360 CAD with tax $406.80 CAD. The discount lover in me could not turn down a good deal on something I love and would get the wear out of.
Now, if you wanted to buy into the Gucci brand but was not in the market for sunglasses I would recommend checking out their belts. Initially I though that would have been the route I went however using my checklist it was clear that was strictly trend led. Also realistically I never wear belts, it being Gucci would not have changed that, but if you do that is an option. Check further down I will have links to other pieces that would be worth consideration. With that said Gucci or not, sunglasses are always a good idea to buy into designer brands. They are helpful accessories to elevate any outfit, they don’t break the bank and they transcend time and trends.
Hope you enjoyed this here first episode of “The Buy In”, let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear what brands you are interested in this series covering and what information your interested in knowing about the processes.
Back on the journey of higher education this fall, came the need for a backpack for everyday use. The requirements where specific, it had to be big enough to hold text books but small enough to not look crazy on my small frame. It had to be sturdy, preferably leather because my school bags are known to go through hell.
Not having much luck finding the right backpack I had actually decided on getting a tote instead, still did not have much luck. I have recently become aware and interested in the role the fashion industry plays in our planets sustainability or lack there of, which reminded me I’ve been meaning to check out Matt & Nat.
Matt&Nat (material and nature) is a brand that commits to not using leather or any animal material. But also to source their materials from sustainable sources, they also use a lot of recycled materials such a cork and rubber.
The backpack I choose is the Fabi mini back pack in the black colour. the bag is made of PU (polyurethane) which is less harmful on the enviroment that PVC. My favourite part is that the lining of the bag is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. I’ve seen enough documentaries to know how bad plastic is for the enviroment and I am happy to support a brand that manages to recycle millions of platic bottles every year and use them to produced quality products.
The back pack is sturdy (maybe more so than actually leather), I do not have to worry about it scratching. I love how sturdy and robust the zippers and push closure fastening are, I have been known to have zippers and stitches coming apart after a few uses of other faux leather bags. I am happy to report I have been using this bag for about a month now, everyday, often packed with text books and I’ve had no problems. It still looks brand new and all the stitching and finishes are totally intact.
I love this bag, and totally recommend it, not only for its durability and practicality but let’s be honest , it is aesthetically so appealing. It is stylish and sleek and minimal, what more can you really ask for. I love it so much I’ve already started contemplating getting the frost colour as a travel backpack.
If your on the market for a new bag, or wallets, card holders (yes I have been creeping the website) do not sleep on them like I had been. It is the perfect combination of great design, quality, price and sustainability. it is fashion you do not have to feel guilty about but in the same breath you’re not loosing out on style or quality. I am a total fan of the brand now, maybe you will be too. I recommend actually reading about the brand too when you visit the website, it is very interesting and inspiring.
Autumn floral print were popular last year and the trend is here full force for the current season. From Asian inspired prints to oversized and smaller floral prints like the “Autumn Prairie” prints I am loving. Here is my take on the trend and how I have been enjoying incorporating the trend while spending a fun Sunday lunching and shooting in the city.
If you didn’t already know, now you know, red is the hit colour in fashion for Fall 2017.
I personally always look forward to the deep burgundy and dark bordeaux shades this time of the year but I am all for this trend of a bright bold red. Let’s look at some options for integrating it in your wardrobe and the pieces I have my eye on.
The limited edition Guess Originals Capsule collection was my first step for getting a red piece this season. I love that they pulled out their 90’s pieces and gave them a 2017 update, there is something in this collection for everyone. When I saw the Logo sweatshirt in red I absolutely had to have it, get ready to see me live in this piece. This sweater also comes in grey, however now I am itching to grab the logo t-shirt as well, this collection is a must see.
Are you feeling this bright red trend? Let me know what you’re picking up or if you’re avoiding this trend all together. Check out the links, all are amazing pieces that would be easy to style in any wardrobe.
Hey guys! Hope you have been enjoying the bikini lookbook’s from Cuba, today we are going to look through the outfits I sported on this trip. Shoppable links will be included at the end for everything still available or similar, let’s get into it.
After being up early and flying I just wanted something comfortable for dinner
I have no idea wear to find this maxi dress as I have had it for a few years now and it was a gift.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the end of summer and is ready for fall fashion ( I know i am ) and that you have enjoyed seeing what I wore In Cuba. Let me know what was your favourite outfit in the comments below.
Now I do not know about anyone else but when my skin is bronzed and glowy, I feel some type of way. However I have never had the guts to try traditional tanning products (mousse etc) because I am not trying to look orange. Gradual tanners,serum and oils are definitely my preferred and I have now found my holy grail with the luxe dry oil for St.Tropez.
This product claims to give a naturally looking streak free golden tan, that last up to 10 days and I completely agree. Even when I was on vacation I used this product initially to give myself a glow to keep me from wanting to layout in the sun directly (skin cancer is real people, don’t do it). When I am home I’ve used this before every major event this summer to get my golden goddess glow on and the level of moisture added to you ruin with this is epic. I would say your skin stays hydrated up to two days later with is great for someone like me that often just don’t have time to moisturize my whole body.
For $60 CAD you get 100 ml of liquid gold, you use a small amount so you will get your money’s worth. It is simple to use, shake it up ,rub a little into your skin wash your hands and let it dry for 10 minutes before putting on your clothes and your done. For the next 7 to 10 days your golden and literally have at least 3 days of moisture you don’t have to worry about. It doesn’t have that gross self tanner smell and it doesn’t stain (I sat on my white vanity chair right after and lucky it didn’t transfer). Oh and if you’re a packaging fanatic like myself, if I am spending that kind of money, expectations are high. The frosted glass bottle with gold accents does not disappoint and the weight is not bad either.
If you are in the market for a new self tanner and you want a fuss free easy to use option, I highly recommend this dry oil. Also if your mindful of the ingredients in products like I am, you can rest easy, the ingredients can be read with ease and it is jam-packed with natural oils like castor and grapefruit peel oil and much more. Links will be provided for where you can find this product, I got mine from Shoppers Drug Mart ( had to get them optimum points) but I also know Sephora stocks it as well .
PS. Just realized there is a face oil version, now that we’re going into the fall I myself will be looking in to this product as well, stay tune for that review.
Comment below your favourites or products you want to try from St.Tropez. Let me know your favourite tanning products, and what you think of this post.
Hope you have all enjoyed seeing all the Bikini’s I packed for Cuba. Where is your go to place for beachwear? Remember to check out part one if you have missed it and let me know if you like the more photography heavy post for fashion content.
For my one week escape to Cuba I packed all my favourite Bikini’s and cover ups. As you will be able to see there is a lot from the Aerie Swim collection from last summer. I discovered their swimwear last summer during their $20 sales, I think I hit everyone they had and never looked back. There will be links to them if I can still find them or to similar ones from their current season, I hope you enjoy all the photos.
I am a lover of a simply bikini and this terracotta colour was perfect
Coverup is from Aliexpress
There is so much more where these pics come from but that’s for another post!
Coverup is from Forever21 two years ago
Coverup is from Boohoo last summer
Coverup is from Marciano
Hope you enjoyed part one, stay tuned for part two and check out my instagram for the photos not included here . Down below I will have links to items featured.