graphic B/W

black and white street style
aztectribal print and aviators
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summer work outfit

skirt BAND OF GYPSIES || blouse + shoes + blazer LeCHATEAU || sunnies ARDENE

To make it over hump-day, when thinking about anything other than the rest of the week seems like too daunting of a task,  I tend to lean towards black & white.   Usually when I get dressed I base my outfit around a single “inspiration” piece.   Here I wanted the print on the skirt to be the center of attention so I paired it with a tuxedo blouse and my trusty nude pumps.   I am  actually obsessed with this skirt for summer – I love the print.. aztec? tribal?   Whatever you want to call it, I am a fan of the abstract black and white!  It’s a lovely silk  skater skirt with an elastic waist, which makes it super comfortable, light, cool and perfectly floaty.  All prerequisites for any great piece!

This combination of a fit and flare skirt and a 3/4 sleeve button-up it my absolute go-to for a fool-proof chic outfit.  This outfit flatters all body shapes, just make sure the skirt sits at the smallest part of your mid-section and tuck in a silk blouse. I have about 7 versions of this blouse, all basically the same cut just in different colors/fabrics and embellishments… and you don’t even want me to count the number of skirts I have.  They pair together in endless, perfect possibilities though!  To cover up, a single-button blazer is also the most flattering style because it will nip in right at the waist, invest in a great tailored piece that will stay classic for years.   

A printed skirt like this is a nod towards all the Stampede going-on’s without being too costume-y for work.  A tailored blazer keeps it professional and a button up blouse balances the short hemline.    To take this look from the “work” to “western” switch to a pair of cowboy boots and add a denim vest!  Or, just take a break mid-week, if like me, you’re still recovering from a weekend full of stampede “spirit”!   Most residents like to show a little spirit.. but an entire ten days of western themed regalia (and festivities) is a bit too much for the best of us.

xo, aiyanajane

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La Mer + Military

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faux-leather pants XXI FOREVER  ||  leather pumps LeCHATEAU  ||  nude cross-body bag CO-LAB  ||  military jacket ROTHCO via MissKL  ||  aviators ARDENE  || sage stone wrap watch LA MER COLLECTIONS ||

Today I’m super excited to show you the two latest objects of my desire that have been delivered to my door-step! This amazing military jacket and gorgeous La Mer charm wrap watch.  I ordered this jacket from Miss KL, it being on sale was the reason I could justify buying this top to get free shipping… I wasn’t sure about it when I pulled it out of the box- its a mens jacket so its pretty huge, but a few adjustments (cuffs rolled up, waist cinched in) and I am smitten.

If this last year has taught me anything, its that something good will always come to make up for the bad, as long as you keep pushing forward.  In life there will always be the potential for failure and loss, but you will certainly go no where if you never bother to try.

I’d say given the fact I run a blog, its obvious I believe in putting yourself out there! A huge part of blogging is trolling social media and brand platforms obsessively for inspiration.  I’ve mentioned many times before how much I wanted one of these La Mer wrap watches and even went so far as to DIY my own last summer. So when I saw this Earth Day-Giveaway on instagram, of course I clicked that little like button. Imagine my surprise, and excitement when I woke up the next morning with the notification that I had won! Follow them on instagram here. Its one of those things where if you want something bad enough – some how, some way – you’ll get it eventually! I was super impressed with them. I entered on Earth Day (April 22) the next morning they had notified me I had won, I emailed and within minutes they had e-mailed me a ship confirmation, one week later (to the day) this gorgeous watch had arrived on my doorstep, with a sweet card wishing me a Happy Earth Day.  You guys might have noticed that I am a big fan of the earth, check out the latest on my surface-rights blog here.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for the gorgeous watch La Mer, keep up the amazing work! Live your life inspired by adventure!

xo, aiyanajane



Designer look for less – Hermes

I love shopping online- at any given time I probably have at least a few hundred dollars worth of items wish-listed on various sites. I love online shopping because you can shop sales and filter by your size and find such amazing deals with such ease! I was looking on a website I frequently order from, Miss KL { the ladies-only Karmaloop site } and spotted this bracelet that looks all too familiar!  Get this trendy designer look for less here! Worn by countless celebs and bloggers, below my personal style idol Victoria Beckham rocks the arm candy trend flawlessly. (Is there anything she doesn’t do flawlessly though?)

Victoria Beckham wearing Hermes Studded Leather cuff

accessories boutique knock off hermes cuff

Above: Hermes studded leather cuff. Left: designer look for less – Large Hardware Bracelet in Camel

Accessories Boutique

Sale $11.95 – 50% Off

AVAILABLE HERE – sold out – similar here

I have almost the exact same one (just a different knockoff version) that I got from le chateau.

SPRING TREND WATCH – WHICH OF THESE LOOKS IS YOUR FAVOURITE? 

conch wooden feather earring, love ring, and hermes leather cuffcobalt and cognac - multicolored braided leather belt, leather and hermes gold studded wrap, wooden bangleaccessories -leopard pendant, bracelets - gold cross, arrow, hermes leather cuff, gold studsdesigner look for less- thrifted michael kors bag, knockoff hermes leather cuff, faux leather knockoff alice and olivia

Speaking of Designer Look for Less- this Forever 21 mini skirt is an adorable alternative to this lust-worthy alice + olivia version!  Click on each photo to see the full outfit post if you like! Thanks for reading lovely ladies!

xo, aiyanajane

Cobalt Blue and Stormy Skies

Cobalt & Stormy Skies

Kimono Blazer, leather leggings and silver leopard print accessories liquid leather leggings by ARDENE  ||  blazer, top, shoes, sunnies and clutch by LeCHATEAU  || elephant ring by F21

Spring time in Calgary is a really weird season. For example, it might decide to start storming in the middle of a perfectly nice day and 2 hours later be bright and sunny again! Its super unpredictable- fortunately you can really feel the difference now that it is officially spring.  No matter how the snow tries, it can’t keep its grip and the grass is sneaking through! I cannot wait for summer and some color in the landscape again. This top I’m wearing reminds me of a snowstorm, I love the abstract print on the silky blouse. A muted silver leopard print on the shoes and matching clutch plays up the pattern even more, while still keeping the outfit neutral. Liquid leggings have been my go-to lately, these ones are getting a bit stretched out by now, but I love how the shine adds a little bit more polish to any outfit.  This shade of blue is my all time favourite color, and I love wearing it whenever I can. The open kimono blazer and the bright color are totally on trend for spring, I love how well this blazer is tailored! Kimono or water fall front blazers are great if you have a large bust, or find your waistline fluctuating because you can wear them as long as they fit in the shoulders!

xo, aiyanajane