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!
|| denim – American Eagle || shoes – Guess || leather jacket, pashmina – Le Chateau || sweaters- Sirens || bag – Co-Lab || sunnies – Ardenes ||
Trying to beat the Monday blues by wearing head to toe teal – my favourite color! I’ve been wanting mint skinnies for ages and when I found these ones at Winners for $11 I obviously couldn’t say no, nor could I resist these metallic Guess heels! When it comes to heels, comfort is key, and I find Guess to be one of the best brands for making super comfortable heels, and also, so pretty!
What is your favourite color? And do you ever dare to wear it head to toe? It honestly made my day! Something about wearing all blue just makes me feel just the opposite- happy Monday gorgeous girls!
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knit top by QUICKSILVER || denim by WEST 49 || super low rider sneakers by CONVERSE || beanie by LeCHATEAU || turquoise & panther bangles souvenirs from Punta Cana || knot ring, skull ring, stud bangle by ALDO || turtle knuckle ring from mañana, brass branch ring from PURR – Kensington Calgary boutiques.
More often than not, I can be found in some variation of this outfit.
I have to confess, I bought this top knowing full well it looks almost identical to a TNA one I already own.
Two differences- the TNA one, has a pocket AND this Quicksilver one is much longer- that was the real selling point.
See I have mad love for all things striped and sweatery. Particularly in the grey/black/white family. So obviously I couldn’t resist adding this gem to my shopping cart in order to qualify for free shipping. I mean, its like getting the shirt for free, really. As much as I love my other one, its just too short for me to comfortably wear it with jeans, so I’m pretty happy with this one. There’s really nothing I love to wear more than a delicate knit, jeans and sneakers. Throw on a beanie, some bright sunnies and a few special accessories and you are good to go. Also, say goodbye to my green sunnies, this post is the last you’ll see of them, I lost them over the weekend. (So tragic. This is why I buy super cheap sunnies all the time, I lose things constantly!)
|| CO-LAB cross body bag, KERSH union jack cardigan, leggings – WINNERS|| boots – SPRING|| tank, pashmina – Le CHATEAU ||
I’m still so thrilled with this Studded Union Jack Cardigan! I just love an over-sized cardi, leggings and boots- living in Calgary, I wear a variation of this outfit 365 days a year almost. Even though I am Canadian by citizenship, sometimes my heart feels somewhere else! My mum is from Scotland and I am still harboring the somewhat-secret desire to disappear away to Europe forever.. a few more years of saving I think! Till then, the sweater.
British style is a huge source of inspiration for me, and one quintessential aspect of British style is punk. I ended up adding some stud’s to the shoulders after I posted the original Studded Cardigan DIY here. I like it much more, it adds the perfect amount of edge! I have a feeling I may end up studding significantly more garments in days to come, its ridiculously easy and I urge you to give it a try!
I drive by this building almost every day, and I’ve wanted to take photos there forever! Heritage Posters and Music is such a dope store, and if you live in Calgary, or ever come visiting, its worth stopping into! Or at least hanging around out back to take photos! It seemed particularly fitting since the other day was Record Store day, did anyone go!?
I had an amazing time shooting with my friend Brandi today, who has decided to get back into her photography habit and is gonna shoot for the blog on the regular (we think). I’m very excited. I’m taking my latest inspiration to heart and am hoping to push myself further and farther than ever before by making the best of the every day little things, while remembering that it’s the every day things that build to success. So thanks for reading, and for being a part of it! 🙂
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!)
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!!
A little bit inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, but more because it finally started to feel like spring is in the air! I paired two of the greatest prints and the biggest trends coming up for spring -floral and camouflage. Lately I’ve been embracing my inner hippie with a feather earring worn in the my conch. I cannot wait to have the long hippie hair to go with it! Over-sized sunglasses, an adorable little owl pendant, and a knock-off Hermes studded cuff, all available at le chateau. The rest of the accessories (other than the vintage wooden bangle) “love” thumb ring, open head-to-head skull ring, and gold studded stretch bangle are all available at aldo.
I love camo print, mostly because I’m a big green fan, but it also just gives that casual cool touch to an outfit. I had a dope pair of camo shorts that I donated a little while back just because I had them for so long.. then naturally, camo starts appearing everywhere! I have been searching for the perfect fitting pair of camo skinny jeans that don’t break the bank. I fell in love with this current elliott pair, but not the $198 price tag. So the search for the perfect camo pant continues, meanwhile I couldn’t resist these $7 leggings from Sirens to embrace the trend a little without busting the college student budget!Floral, an annual spring trend, has been my BFF forever- I’m a girly girl at heart when it comes to clothes! The bustier is also from Sirens, retailing at a whopping $12 – it adds just a touch of print and the tiny floral print is unobtrusive enough to mix with the bold camo print.On top I wore this Billabong Henley its one of my favourite shirts because its honestly as comfortable as pajamas and its such a pretty, subtle shade of green. I bought it in extra-large so that I could get away with wearing it with leggings. I love buying over-sized tops, although I have to admit, I toe the line a bit when it comes to the leggings-are-not-pants rule. To add some shape to the over-sized top, and visually elongate the look, I layered a black cotton and lace vest from le chateau over top. That baby cost me a total of $5 so I keep it even though I only wear it once in a blue moon.
The ankle boots are from le chateau as well, old season. The day after I took these my roomie brought home the most beautiful over the knee boots that would have been perfect! Thankfully we have the same sized feet so I promise you’ll be seeing them soon!
when mixing prints remember the MAJOR/minor mix rule
A major print – something that can be seen at a distance, pairs best with a minor print- something that is only noticeably printed when viewed close up.
which SPRING TRENDS are you most excited to try?
let me know in the comments , and be sure to leave a link to your blog as well, I love discovering new blogs to follow!
DENIM by MAVI || HEELS by GUESS || BAG + BANGLES by ALDO || BLOUSE + SUNNIES by LeCHATEAU
I have to admit, I am a matchy-matchy person by heart. The whole effortlessly-thrown-together-without-a-care look, I can’t quite do it, something always matches. I mostly do this with my accessories, I love adding color to a look with punchy shoes or a great bag. I bought these two pieces right around the same time. First I got the bag, then I found these beautiful Guess heels and I obviously HAD to have those too, after all, they matched.
Patent accessories are a nod to the neon trend dominating the runways for spring, pair with the menswear inspired pant and a chiffon blouse for balance. My roommate gave me these jeans because they didn’t fit her, lucky me! I love the relaxed fit of this Mavi boyfriend denim. I’m thinking of DIY destroying them a bit, perhaps when they get a bit more worn out, for now I have been enjoying the great wash and quality of the denim. When cuffing jeans roll up the hem in even sections (about an inch) to the slimmest part above your ankle, then scrunch the hems to make them look imperfect, but not unbalanced.
Since I’m already making style confessions here’s another- if I find an item that works really well for me, I often buy it in multiples. For example, I have this blouse in 4 colors… its a go-to for me because I love the fit and the drape. It looks either casual or professional, depending on how you style it. A bright bra underneath the sheer chiffon makes this look a bit edgy without being over the top. (I swear, it is actually quite subtle, even though in the one photo the flash illuminates the bra like a neon sign!) Choose a full coverage bra and a loose fitting sheer top to try this trend, and when in doubt, wear the same color or all black! If it’s not immediately obvious to you, the bra-baring trend is not an office appropriate look, leave this for Friday night!
enjoy your weekend girlies,
XO, AIYANA JANE
BLAZER by DERETA LONDON || BLOUSE by SMARTSET || SUNNIES by ARDENE || BEANIE + CLUTCH + SHOES by LeCHATEAU || DENIM by BLUENOTES || ACCESSORIES by ALDO
One thing you may know about me by now is that I cannot resist a good deal- its why I love thrifting so much! My mother always said I could pick out the most expensive item in the store the moment I walk in- it’s this eye for the expensive (read: quality) that aides in my constant search for thrift store deals. This navy blazer jumped out at me immediately- the tailoring and the stitching are impeccable. I firmly believe that when you find something at a thrift store that is clearly good quality AND fits like a glove, that it’s a divine sign that you obviously NEED to buy that item. For me, $6.99 for a blazer that fit in all the right places was much too lovely of a deal to pass up!
EMERALD IS THE COLOR RULING THE FASHION WORLD AT THE MOMENT…
Which is great news for me because I love wearing jewel tones, particularly Emerald! (Fun Fact: its also my mom’s birthstone) Would you believe that I found this beautiful Steve Madden cape at Winners (around this time last year) on sale for only $24.99!? Obviously that was not a deal to be passed up!!!
I was so excited that I immediately texted my girlfriends that I had bought the most beautiful cape, their response was significantly less enthusiastic than I expected. Clearly they didn’t get it, I mean the color, the tailoring, the price – it was perfect! Truly, they thought I meant something a little more batman-esque. A cape is one of the absolute cutest ways (or most badass, in Batman’s case) to keep warm. Just keep the rest of the outfit simple to let it stand out. Thankfully, my hair is finally getting long enough to make a nice bun! I love being able to put it up in a sock bun in just minutes and look perfectly pulled together!
CAPE by STEVE MADDEN || LIQUID LEGGINGS by ARDENE || INFINITY SCARF by PURR || ACCESSORIES by Le CHATEAU || BOOTS by BFF
Check out these other amazing capes by a few of my favourite designers:
I really like that the VS one has a hood, like little red riding hood! Which is your favourite? Oh, and did anyone see Oz, the Great and Powerful? What did you think?!
xo always, aiyana
Last Sunday I helped out my beautiful and talented (hairstylist and makeup artist) friend Kay-lee with a “gothic teaparty” concept shoot.. Every time I chill with her the urge to dye my hair blue grows!! Anyways, even though its a bit out of touch with my usual style I had a blast styling and working with her and the team!
a beautiful creative team || gothic teaparty || cara mae || sarah ramen || kaylee snow || aiyana jane || mackenzie || anthony yuen
Even though it ended in me being sick for a week and counting, I had a lovely time working with this amazing group!! For hair styling and makeup artistry be sure to check out the lovely and talented kaylee pearce on her youtube channel or her facebook page. As well, for more great photos, be sure to check out Anthony Yuen on facebook!
WHAT I WORE: sunnies, blouse, tights, shoes – LE CHATEAU ❤ floral cut out shorts- H.I.P. via WINNERS ❤ watch- walmart ❤ bracelets – ALDO ACCESSORIES
MAKEUP INSPO – valentines day ❤
I love a classic red lip in the winter against pale skin, its that pretty Snow White look! Add a little blush and some amazing mascara on the top lashes, then fill brows to finish the look. These are my 3 ESSENTIAL GO TO BEAUTY PRODUCTS! Clinique Long Wear Lipstick in Red-Y to Wear 012 + Maybelline Great Lash – Lots of Lashes in Black + Covergirl & Olay Sculpting Blush 230 ALL THREE ITEMS ARE ON MY MUST HAVE LIST! ❤
XO aiyana jane
I’ve been obsessed with everything gold lately, so much so I want to go get my philtrum jewelry changed to gold instead of silver!! I got this leopard pendant from le chateau last month and have been dying to feature it ever since. I have such love for statement pendants, they’re simple and super chic! I was feeling inspired by the wild today, here’s how I tamed the leopard look to be office appropriate.
WHAT I WORE
* Sunglasses, Gold Leopard Pendant, Faux Hermes Studded Leather Cuff – Le Chateau * Leopard Poplin – Jones New York Co.- thrifted * Hunter Green Cable Knit Sweater, Rose Gold Watch – Walmart * Belt – Michael Kors Men * Braided Bracelet, Cross Chain Bracelet, Gold Studded Bracelet – Aldo * Boots – Jessica Simpson, online from Victoria’s Secret * Mascara- Maybelline Great Lash “Lots of Lashes” in Black * Arrow Bracelet- Vintage, my moms =]