anchor blues

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anchor tee ROXY  ||  blazer LeCHATEAU  HERE ||  heels GUESS  ||  denim SOLO LAB  ||  sunnies ARDENE

Cobalt and mint is one of my favourite color combinations… ever.  You all know by now my love for any shade of blue, its my favourite color and I am still totally obsessed with these metallic stilettos, they add the perfect flash of color to any outfit.  I couldn’t resist these sunnies for the same reason, especially at 3 for $15, I’m especially loving the mirrored lenses lately.

When I’m at work its so important for me to be comfortable, which is why I love this Roxy tee –  its soft and breezy and I love the anchor print!  I mentioned HERE that I’ve been very into nautical lately, so I couldn’t resist this tee on sale for $15.  Paired with a bright, open blazer this is a prefect breezy summer look for those days stuck in the office when you’d much rather be outside.  A blazer like this is a summer essential, I love a good jewel tone and the material is so light and soft.   If you have a large bust, or a fluctuating mid-section like many ladies I know, a tailored blazer without buttons is a godsend.  To make sure you get the right fit look at the shoulders and the arms, if you aren’t sure pretend to drive a car- you should be able to “steer” comfortably, if not, size up.

Dark denim skinnies (these are my current favourite pair) are an absolute essential, they are so easily dressed up for the office or a night out,  or down for a casual day.  How do you dress up your denim for days at work? Or would you prefer to not think about work at all and just enjoy the long weekend!? (If you’re from Canada, eh?)

xo, aiyanajane

sail away

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skirt by MONKI  || necklace by H&M  ||  concert tee – 36 crazyfists  || pumps by LECHATEAU  ||  sunnies by ARDENE

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With Calgary being it it’s current unsettled and somewhat submerged state, I have been feeling a little ironically inspired with everything nautical.  Truth be told I just love nautical for spring/summer every year, and normally it’s not ironic because generally Alberta doesn’t flood itself into oblivion but I digress..
You probably all realize by now that I’m a sentimental type… and a bit wordy, but I firmly believe the best kind of fashion is the kind with a story behind it.  That’s why this outfit makes me so happy.  For one, I’m wearing this old band tee, which was one of the first shows I attended at the tender age of 15 (ish), I love going to shows, I have many more band tee’s to style!  This one is a little tight and short from years of dryer assaults so usually I just sleep in it, but looks adorable tucked into a high-waist skirt!  
A fit and flare skirt like this is probably my #1 essential wardrobe piece.. seriously they flatter EVERYONE.  To find the most flattering fit it should sit at the natural waist (the smallest part of your midsection) and a few inches above the knee if you have short legs like me!  
For nautical looks, red and navy are a sure bet and whenever I want to instantly feel more fabulous I put on red heels and red lipstick!  This Clinique High Impact Lipstick in Red-y to Wear is another absolute essential.
I found this 100% cotton skirt in Denmark while I was shopping with the beautiful Andrea Rungholm, who sent me this H&M necklace for Christmas last year-  she’s so sweet! I chose punk inspired silver bangles from punta cana and rings from a selection of my favourite Calgary boutiques.  Wearing clothes that remind me of people or experiences I love is what makes personal style so interesting to me, its why I love reading other blogs to see all the little differences and quirks!  
This polka-dot skirt reminds me of one of my favourite bloggers who is always so sweet and happens to really love polka-dots.  Who else but the lovely Yi-Chia of Always Maylee, she’s hosting a really inspiring giveaway with Elegantee’s;  all of their clothes are sewn by women rescued from human trafficking. Be sure to check it out!

xo, aiyanajane

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don’t let anyone dull your sparkle

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blouse (here – $49.95) shoes and clutch by Le Chateau  ||  sequin shorts by XXI Forever  ||  sunnies by Ardene  

These shorts are probably one of my most worn items in my closet,  I bought them a couple years ago by now, but I am still constantly going back to them again and again!  I just love anything that glitters, I cannot resist.  If there is one drawback about my gold sequin pair it’s that they don’t have pockets – I hate not having pockets!  Sometimes when I get dressed I just go for all my favourite things- in this case simple silver jewelry from the Dominican Republic, classic aviators and a patent leather statement clutch pair with polka dots perfectly to complement my sparkling shorts! Metallic heels finish the look for polished city style that’s classic and cool.

I am in love with this blouse, the style is my absolute favourite- when shopping for tunic blouses I often go up a size so they will drape nicer and fall just a little longer.  My other requirements for finding the perfect blouse is 3/4 length sleeves and half button-down – the contrasting black and white  and the polka-dot print had me sold.  I love a chiffon blouse and shorts for summer, its chic and cool!

 xo, aiyanajane

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Casual Friday

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denim – american eagle  ||  blazer + beanie + pashmina – le chateau  || shoes + sunnies – ardenes  || cross body bag – colab  || striped sweater – quicksilver  || belt – michael kors 

Thank God its Friday!  What have you girls got planned for the weekend?  I’ve said it before, I live in this kind of business-casual uniform: skinnies, sunnies, blazer, beanie and a blouse.. it’s pretty fool proof!  In Calgary knowing how to layer is crucial, cold mornings, hot afternoons. I’m carrying every Canadian’s pre-work staple- the Extra Large Timmy-Ho’s.  Something most people don’t believe about me is that I hate coffee, in all its forms- if it’s coffee flavoured I do not want it in or around my mouth.  I take after my lovely mum, Earl Grey tea for me please!

This blazer is possibly my favourite ever- I posted The Basic’s Every Woman Needs and at the top of the list is a black blazer.  This one has all the things I look for- amazing seaming and tailoring, a single button, three-quarter sleeves and cute polka-dot lining!   I love the subtle polka dots with this striped knit top; shades of black, white and grey are perfect for foolproof print-mixing.   For work I lose the beanie and the aviators (and the scarf, its usually hot in the office) but these are all staple accessories for me to throw on every day! I usually like to wear flats on Friday to work, that way I can switch my shoes to dress up the look and last all night long in heels!

To dress up denim for work, every woman needs a good leather belt.  Truthfully, there are a great deal of hideous and impractical belts lurking on ladies sale racks- that’s why I head to the men’s department whenever I want a great basic leather belt- this one is from one of my favorite designer’s- Michael Kors.  Speaking of which, have you seen this Watch Hunger Stop campaign? 1 watch = 100 meals  and I really, really want the gold and turquoise watch.  A watch is another crucial investment piece for a woman, so why not be reminded that your watch helped someone? And that its pretty. So very pretty.

Speaking of pretty, Happy Friday to you! Have a fabulous weekend!

xo, aiyanajane

DIY SHORTS INSPO

Stars, Lace, Tribal, Polka Dot

Lately I have been craving summer like you wouldn’t believe. Probably because its nearly half way through April and I had to brush 3 inches of snow off my car this morning. This needs to stop… I am dreaming of shorts… In the mean time a few styles I am eager to re-create. Since I have been focusing on a healthier lifestyle I have several pairs of jeans just begging to be refashioned into shorts. Maybe its just me but I loathe shorts that are too tight, I often will buy up a size just because of that, so too-big skinny jeans shall be chopped and re-modeled. SOON. Unfortunately my supplies are else where but I am going to rectify that situation promptly.

Which style are you most interested to see a DIY for!? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

XO, aiyanajane

Paris is always a good idea…

… and how I wish I could run off to Paris forever some days! My youngest brother is there now so I think my desire to flee to Europe is exponentially higher due to jealousy!  We missed him over the Easter holidays but I had a lovely time relaxing with my family, visiting my horses and all the new baby calves! It’s so important for me to get home to the farm and remember that life always goes on- even when it feels like its ending because some moron decided to dump you out of the blue by text message because you finally got the job you’ve been working for and aren’t running back to be with him. Obviously I’m not bitter about it at all. . .

Whenever I find myself having a difficult time emotionally, I find myself turning to strong women for comfort.  Sometimes I think about the women in my life and how unbelievably strong and inspirational they can be, I feel blessed to have been surrounded by beautiful, resilient women.  As girls, so often we feel like we need a man to comfort and hold us, but the greatest comfort rarely comes from a mans touch, but rather from the kindness or wisdom of a mother. A perfect embodiment of the kind of woman I am talking about is one of the most iconic actresses who has always inspired me, Audrey Hepburn. What I love about her is the openness with which she always gave her heart- she just loved fully and followed her heart without hesitation, even into painful places. The most beautiful women, as she says, are those who are unapologetic about their heart. An absolute fashion icon, you can see in her style that she always did what she loved – something about her begs for classic black and white feminine style.  Inspired by Audrey, I love this simple, chic look- perfectly paired with my favorite quotes from a woman I think we all could learn a great deal from.

“YOUR HEART JUST BREAKS, that’s all. but you can’t judge or point fingers. you just have to be LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND SOMEONE WHO APPRECIATES YOU.”  ― Audrey Hepburn

head to toe- le chateau polka dot blouse, bow belt, ruffle clutch and tights  ..  sirens pleated faux- leather skirt and bow wedge heels

for me the only things of interests are those linked to the heart

feel the wind in your hair - diy ombre curls & a classic girly outfit

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

Classic Black and white - polka dot blouse, pleated mini skirt, ruffle clutch

I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.

Classic black fitted double breasted wool jacket - woolmark for le chateau

Why change? Everyone has their own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.

Classicly feminine - pleated skirt and leather bow belt, bow wedge heels, leather ruffle clutch, black and white polka dot shirt, red lips and ombre curls

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

cute spring outfit- pleated leather and polka dots

I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.

sometimes change is just around the corner

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

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The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.

Sky High Wedges with tights and a mini skirt

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.

Happy girls are the prettiest - Audrey Hepburn style

As a matter of fact, I rather feel like expressing myself now!

Girls just wanna have fun.. spin around in a pleated mini and girly accessories - bows, ruffles, and polkadots

I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.

DIY- ombre lightening hair spray & classic black and white girly style

On the one hand maybe I’ve remained infantile, while on the other I matured quickly, because at a young age I was very aware of suffering and fear.

in motion - leather pleated mini skirt, bell coat, short loose waves

I have learnt how to live… how to be in the world and of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch… walk with the knowledge that you are not alone

Marilyn Monroe Moment - pleated faux-leather skirt

We all want to be loved, don’t we? Everyone looks for a way of finding love. It’s a constant search for affection in every walk of life.

embrace everything girly - red lips, ombre curls, bows, pleats, polka dots and ruffles.

You have to look at yourself objectively. Analyze yourself like an instrument. You have to be absolutely frank with yourself. Face your handicaps, don’t try to hide them. Instead, develop something else.

only look back so you can smile and show them how happy you are to be moving forward

“i believe that LAUGHING IS THE BEST CALORIE BURNER. i believe in kissing, KISSING A LOT. i believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. i believe that HAPPY GIRLS ARE THE PRETTIEST GIRLS. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.”  ― Audrey Hepburn 

I’ve always been very girly – even though I went through a decade long tom-boy phase thanks to growing up in a tiny farming community – but since leaving I love wearing outfits that appeal to my inner princess. A black and white polka dot chiffon blouse tucked into a flouncy faux-leather mini and accessorized with bows and ruffles satisfies all my sartorial desires.   I remember in my week of school (like back in grade one) I wore this beautiful sky blue lace ruffle dress, and all the kids made fun of me.. so after years of jeans and hoodies, sometimes I think I like to wear excessively girly outfits on an average day now just because I can, and because I no longer care if the other kids want to make fun of my feminine side! When I have a bad day I like to wear clothes that make me feel happy and beautiful! What better outfit to start spring (because its finally here in Calgary!)

wearing: blouse, wool jacket, clutch, bow belt, sunnies by  LeCHATEAU || pleated faux-leather mini skirt, suede bow wedge heels by SIRENS  ||

xo, aiyanajane

Audrey Hepburn Quotes

X Marks the Spot

Yesterday was depressing. Today, the first day of spring, started with hope and happiness!  I took a good long run (and stopped to do some yoga on the banks of the Bow River) enjoying the sunshine that finally hit Calgary.  Speaking of which, apparently our chilly city edged out the capital for the No. 1 city to live in Canada, so go team!  It was such a nice day today, I spend some extra time appreciating Bowmont Park, this city and all that it has to offer! (I still can’t wait for summer and stampede season though!)
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wearing: clutch and tops by sirens  ||  beanie by joe fresh  ||  Converse low tops  ||  Bluenotes denim ||  sunnies by ardenes

I borrowed some of my roomie’s style for this post (the clutch and undershirt are hers, and she gave me these jeans) since certain color palettes look better on certain people, I also decided to borrow her hair color too since grey and blue look better on the blondes! I love this sweater and the little skulls give it some punky edge, by layering the chambray button-up underneath, the preppy polka dot collar makes this outfit a cool easy mix of styles.  Converse super low riders, skinny jeans and a beanie topper complete this easy layered spring look!

I was feeling a bit inspired as well by one of my favourite fictional characters ever as well, Veronica Mars, who is anything but a dumb blonde!  When I tell you I am obsessed with that show, know that I mean truly obsessed!  I was thinking about it because in the TV series Veronica presents such a strong and inspiring character *spoiler alert* particularly in the way she handles being sexually assaulted.  I always thought that she was such a smart and talented character for girls to look up to.  Then in season three, Veronica Mars was cancelled, and in its time slot was The Pussycat Dolls- Search for the Next Doll.  Shoot me.   Talk about another perfect example of rape culture and sex selling, I still remember my outrage that a well written show with a strong female lead character was axed for a bunch of bimbo strippers trying to be the next hyper-sexualized example of female perfection.  Okay, I’ll stfu about it, if you already read my Steubenville post, you’ve had more than enough.

Anyways, the real reason I bring up Veronica, is because my fictionalized female heroine is set to come to the big screen thanks to a Kickstarter fundraiser, where fans raised money for the film in less than 11 hours! More about that here! Honestly, if you have never seen the show, WATCH IT.  I hardly watch any TV, but when I find a series I love, its because it is worth watching.  It like if Sherlock Holmes met Pretty Little Liars. Veronica Mars people, she’ll be kicking some ass on screen sometime in early 2014, that gives you plenty of time to become a super-fan of the series before the movie.  Or if you’ve been a long time V Mars fan, which supporting characters are you hoping to see?  Personally if there is no Logan and Veronica resolution ima be upset.

Hope you started off your spring in style!!

xo, aiyanajane