mint condition

mint shorts, pale leopard shirtaritzia silk tee, topshop mint leather shorts aviators, beach waves, beige and mint Guess Stilettos, Topshop shorts, Aritzia blouse la mer watch, aritzia blouse, topshop shorts, guess heelsnude cross body bag, leopard blouse, metallic heels silk leopard print blouse, nude cross body bag, metallic blue heels

blouse by ARITZIA  ||  mint leather shorts by TOPSHOP  ||  heels by GUESS  || watch by LA MER  ||  bag by CO-LAB

Yes, animal print again…  if you’re over it, too bad for you- it’s my forever love!  This T. Babaton blouse is one of my all time favourites, the fabric is just so beautiful, I love the light color and the drape of the silk.  I got my love of silk from my mum (she’s such a snob about it – polyester is her nemesis) but it really is the best fabric out there,  I’ve said it before, all the best things are made by nature, not man.  Silk is the strongest natural fiber, its hypoallergenic, and it’s also breathable and temperature regulating – meaning it will keep you cool in the heat and warm in the cold! In other words, its bomb-diggity and totally worth the cost, if you aren’t convinced click here.

I found these shorts on a recent excursion to my favourite consignment store, Trends,  in Kensington – it was a great day for thrifting because I found these ones and this gold sequined pair.  I absolutely love a good thrift store find, and these are no exception, combining two of my favourite things – leather and mint.  I paired them with these metallic Guess heels which I am still wearing constantly.  I’ve mentioned before that I  find Guess heels are always the most comfortable.

xo, aiyanajane

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au naturel

summer essentials - la mer watch, aviators, lace, leopard and boyfriend jeans


|| boyfriend jeans by mavi  || leopard heels, fur trim vest, cardigan, green lace top by le chateau  ||  beach stone wrap watch by la mer ||  cross body bag by co-lab  ||  white lace top, floral bustier by sirens ||

If there is one thing I believe in with my whole heart, its that nature has already provided everything we could ever need.  For this outfit I put together all different natural elements – fur, leather, stones, floral, pony hair and leopard print.  In general, I figure if it happens naturally, you can’t really go too far wrong! What do you think?

I’m still really loving these boyfriend jeans. Part of me wants to DIY destroy them but I can’t bring myself to do it because the wash is so nice and they’re such great quality- I think I’ll let them wear out naturally a bit. These are a more polished take on boyfriend denim than a destroyed pair so I can get away with wearing them to the office – I love how cuffed denim perfectly showcases a great pair of shoes, and these are my go-to heels for day or night.

Speaking of go-to, lately I have been layering this vest over everything!  I just love how it pairs with almost anything, the pretty lace and fur trim take the olive green knit up a notch.  The weather in Calgary is so temperamental – easy layering pieces are absolutely essential – a thin cardigan and a vest are just enough to add enough warmth to the cold mornings.  Underneath I wore a floral bustier – another total spring/summer essential, and layered two different lace tops over it- an olive green one under white.  I love the how delicate the lace looks over the floral.

I’m still really stoked about winning this La Mer watch for earth day- as a big fan of the earth (and the brand) I built this outfit around this watch. Usually when I get dressed I pick a single piece to base my outfit around, I love the soft sage leather with the stones and gold – its just so naturally pretty.

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
–  Yves Saint Laurent

I really believe in embracing your natural beauty – if you see photo’s on the blog where I am wearing sunglasses it usually means I am wearing zero makeup.  I don’t usually wear much makeup, especially not to work when I have to be staring at a computer screen all day.  I really wish more girls were comfortable with going out without makeup- the most unfortunate lie we let ourselves believe as girls, is that we need makeup to make us attractive.  

Accept yourself- it’s the most beautiful thing you can ever do. Find your passions, follow your heart and fight for your convictions.  Do not live your life according to the standards of anyone but yourself, and do not let hardships break you. And always remember, a smile is the most beautiful makeup a girl can wear.

xo, aiyanajane

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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

decor ideas: pashmina curtains

 

save space & brighten up any room with

PASHMINA CURTAINS!

Recently I moved into a very small room, it only has a teeny little basement window so I decided to fake a large looking window (and add some color) by hanging a curtain rod above my bed and displaying my pashminas. This is a functional, cheap,  easy and pretty way to brighten up a room and show off your favourite scarves. I absolutely love pashmina’s I cannot stress how much of a difference wearing one can make in your style and your warmth!

Another great item to display? Your jewelry collection- accessories as art!

all the pretty pashminas

As you can see, I have a major love for leopard print!

Do you like my home made body pillow cover? Cedric sure does! fake a window using a curtain rod to hang up your scarf collection

What really makes a house a home is the heart. For me my animals are my heart; Cedric is my everything and  I love my fish- an aquarium as a display is serene, relaxing and beautiful. My favourite way to unwind is to light the candles and watch the fishies swim. The soft light and their fluid movements are very peaceful. In every home you should have a place where you can feel peaceful and meditate.

xo, a

FALL ESSENTIALS: leopard

 

I RECENTLY PICKED UP THIS gorgeous PASHMINA FROM ZARA.  I COULDN’T RESIST SINCE IT COMBINED 3 OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS! LEOPARD (favorite print) COBALT ( favorite color) and GOLD STUDS (favorite trend)

heels, top, tank – le chateau    *    skinny jeans – american eagle

Having a statement scarf to throw on is a fall fashion lifesaver- it dresses up the simplest outfit and will make a huge difference on those chilly fall days! Pick something with color, or print or both!

 

Obviously, I absolutely adore leopard print… I have dresses, tops, scarves, shoes, bags, lingerie- EVERYTHING LEOPARD!! This fall I have 2 more leopard “MUST HAVES” that I haven’t added to my closet…at least not yet!

LEOPARD LOAFERS (like this pair from Steve Madden) and LEOPARD SKINNY JEANS (like these ones from EXPRESS)

 

 WHATS ON YOUR FALL MUST-HAVE LIST? ARE YOU GOING WILD FOR LEOPARD AS WELL? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

xo,a