July 30, 2013

Summer 2013 Trend: White


Lately, I've been wearing very basic colour palettes in my outfits. Examples include white on white, achromatic, neutral colours, grey on grey, and black on black. Some might call it boring, but it's a break from all the bright colours that people always associate with spring and summer. Wearing white is one of the biggest trends this spring/summer 2013 and it really is a breath of fresh air. Don't be fooled by how "simple" it looks though! The white on white trend involves different textures (leather, lace, etc.), transparencies, and structures. How will you be wearing it this summer?

BB Dakota photo c/o Shopbop. Other photos c/o Lotus Leaf.

July 28, 2013

How to Fake a Romper

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H&M Divided lace tank top (similar) // Oasap high-waisted lace shorts (c/o)
Alexander Wang Rockie (Tundra) // ASOS double finger rings (similar)

This outfit can be added to the combinations created in my "What to Wear with High-Waisted Shorts" post. I paired two lace pieces together to create a "romper" look, but after looking at these photos, I realize I should've at least tucked the shirt in (and maybe added a waist belt) to make it look more convincing. Rompers are a cute idea, but they're very inconvenient in the washroom. This "DIY" method of making a romper with two pieces can save you both time and money (that you would've otherwise spent on purchasing a romper).

On another note, have you watched Despicable Me 2 yet? (Or plan to?) The Minions and their language are so adorable! My boyfriend & I collected the complete Canadian set of the Minion Happy Meal toys at McDonald's this month. (And P.S. Happy Meals are soo worth it at $3.99!)


Giveaway: Famous Footwear

For those in the GTA who aren't aware yet, we're going to have our very own outlet mall soon! Toronto Premium Outlets opens in Halton Hills this Thursday, August 1st. The outlet stores opening there include Kate Spade, Burberry, Hudson's Bay, and Famous Footwear (first time in Canada!). There mayalso be a few major U.S. retailers that will be coming north of the border.

This giveaway is sponsored by Famous Footwear. The store carries shoes by New Balance, Franco Sarto, Steve Madden, and many more. The winner of this giveaway will receive a $25 gift card to shop at Famous Footwear online (U.S. only) or in-store (U.S. & GTA residents).

Some of my picks from their website (that may not necessarily be available at their outlet location):

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* Giveaway is open to 1) all U.S. residents, and 2) Canadians who are able to visit this location so that they can use the gift card. (Namely, GTA residents.)
* Please read everything carefully. Incorrect or incomplete entries will be automatically disqualified.
* Winner will have 48 hours from the time of my email to claim the prize or the prize will be deemed forfeited.
* Giveaway ends on July 31st at 11:59PM EST.

~ GIVEAWAY CLOSED ~ 
Winner is Sandra H.


July 23, 2013

Two Coupon Codes That Expire Tomorrow

Shopbop is offering 25% off all sale items with the code SALE25 (ends July 24th @ 11:59PM PT) and ModCloth is offering 15% off all orders with the code WOOF15 (ends July 24th @ 10AM PT).

My Shopbop picks:

I own both of T by Alexander Wang items listed above in size XS. The tank top runs a size bigger, but I shrank it in the washer/dryer. It's great for casual wear and the price can't be beat. The dress is shift-style and hits a couple of inches above the knee on me. Both items are super soft! I ordered the leather leggings in size 24 to try on. The general consensus seems to be that the quality is great for vegan leather and they run 1-2 sizes small.

My ModCloth picks:

I've always been a fan of ModCloth's cute and eccentric pieces. The bat skirt is so adorable! It's on my watch list as I think about how often I'd be wearing it. If you're going to a summer wedding and not sure where to look for dresses, I recommend ModCloth for their huge selection of both casual and formal dresses.

Will you be picking anything up from these sales?

July 22, 2013

Grey Accessories (and a Haul Video)

Alexander McQueen silk-chiffon skull scarf (grey/black) // T by Alexander Wang Classic Pocket Tank (Fiji)
Garage white denim shorts // Alexander Wang Rockie (Tundra) // Dolce Vita Cybele Sandals (Nude)

I've been really into collecting "unique" basics lately. Unique (to me) being bright colours, different patterns, asymmetry, and so on. These little characteristics make it easier for even the laziest person to add a simple pop of interest/colour/whatever to their outfits without over-accessorizing. This top is one of my recent purchases from Shopbop. Watch my Instagram video for the rest of my haul from the past month or so. Let me know if you have questions about any of the items!

July 18, 2013

Classic Summer Outfit

Levi's cut-off shorts (DIY) // Daniblack Violet Pony Hair Wedges

The classic "t-shirt & shorts" outfit can be a little more interesting when paired with a hat and the right shoes. I Instagram'd a similar variation of this outfit last week with my new purse wearing grey jeans instead of shorts. Groundbreaking, I know. There have been a few "extreme heat alerts" in Toronto lately and I haven't been putting much effort into my outfits. All I wanna do is sit at home beside my A/C. Hope you're all having a fun & memorable summer!

July 14, 2013

What to Wear with High Waisted Lace Shorts

In a previous post, I asked readers to offer ideas on how to style lace shorts. I took a few of the ideas and snapped some quick cellphone shots in the hopes of inspiring those who have trouble deciding on what to wear with these shorts. I know there is a lack of colour in the outfits, but those who know me will know that my wardrobe does lack a lot of bright colours. Regardless, I had a lot of fun playing dress-up in my own closet. Both pairs of lace shorts will look great with bright blouses and tops as well, but I'll leave that to your imagination as I don't own too many colourful tops. : )

Both pairs of high waisted lace shorts are on sale at Oasap. The coupon code TLDP may provide further discount.

Outfit 1 - Talula Bedford Shirt in Light Blue Twill; Cooperative Canvas Wedge Heel
Outfit 2 - Mexy Contrast Top (c/o) // Expression nude pumps via Hudson's Bay
Outfit 3 - Zara necklace (similar) // Gap pocket tee // H&M cropped blazer (similar) // Zara mid-heel court shoes
Outfit 4 - H&M leather vest (similar) // StyleMint Berlin T // Jean-Michel Cazabat Rica Wedges (on sale!)
Outfit 5 - Zara army green jacket (similar; 30% off first-time orders) // Gap Favourite short-sleeve scoop T // Call It Spring wedges
Outfit 6 - Sheinside sleeveless pocket blouse (c/o) // Expression nude pumps via Hudson's Bay

I showed more combinations with the white shorts because I find them harder to style. Black shorts can be worn with almost anything! Below is another outfit combination I previously wore with my lace shorts.
Thank you to the ladies who contributed their ideas for this post! You can find their suggestions in this blog post and this Instagram photo.

Which outfit (above) would you wear? And how else would you style these shorts?

July 12, 2013

Mexy's New Alterations Services

I introduced Mexy to you guys in April 2012 and since then, I regularly receive questions about their products and service. Knowing that Mexy is a favourite among my readers, the store contacted me back in April/May to discuss their upcoming alterations services. They recently launched this service and only offer hemming at the moment. They look forward to expanding their services into slimming waists and altering shoulders. While Mexy & I were discussing prices, I suggested that lowering their price range would encourage more purchases of their alterations services. They have now lowered their price range from $8.99-$12.99 to $5.00-$9.50.

I had the chance to pre-test Mexy's new service with these pants. All I had to do was give them my desired inseam measurement and they did the rest! When the pants arrived, the length was perfect on me (see above).  Alterations aside, I love the fact that these pants came with a belt and are slim fitting. I rarely find pants that fit me perfectly at the waist and throughout the legs, so I was extremely happy when I tried these on. If the khaki pair was still in stock, I would grab it immediately.

Check out this link to see the kinds of alterations they offer. Please let me know if you try this service out! Don't forget to use the coupon code JESSY to get 5% off your order!

Disclaimer: I received these pants as a gift from Mexy to test out their alterations services. I do not receive commission from sales or the use of my coupon code.

July 10, 2013

Boohoo.com Launches in Canada (with coupon code!)

Boohoo.com is a very popular online destination for finding affordable UK fashion that is always on trend. After years of serving thousands of customers worldwide, the store is finally available for Canadians. I was unable to attend their Canadian launch party a couple of weeks ago (thanks to NKPR), but I had the great pleasure of experiencing their website firsthand. The site is easy to navigate because everything is organized into categories. There are also hundreds of customer reviews available, which makes picking out items a lot more easy.

One of my favourite parts about the website is their curated collections of the season's trends. Two of my favourite collections right now are the Geo Traveller and the Pure White collections. My choices are polar opposite, but I think they go very well together. The idea of a clean (white) slate with a statement geometric piece sounds quite eye-catching (see below). Although I didn't purchase from either collection this time around, I'm excited to try it out with existing pieces in my wardrobe this summer.
{items listed from top to bottom starting on the left}

Boohoo ships internationally and the best part for us Canadians is the free shipping (on orders over $25) and no duty fees!! Courtesy of boohoo.com, I was able to pick out four items from the company for future outfit posts and review. I'll update you guys on everything once I receive the items. : )

Use the coupon code SUNCA15 to get 15% off summer essentials. Don't forget to use Ebates (referral link) when shopping at Boohoo to get 5% cashback! You also have the option of using Mr. Rebates (referral link), which offers 4% cashback. If you're unfamiliar with cashback services, you can refer to one of my older posts here.

Disclaimer: I was invited to Boohoo's Canadian launch party and gifted items for outfit posts, but all opinions are my own. This blog post was written in an effort to help promote the launch of boohoo.com in Canada.

July 8, 2013

Styling Gold Sequin Shorts

I finally changed my image hosting site from Picasa Web Albums to Flickr and the difference is amazing! The quality and colour of my photos all remain pretty much the same compared to how it looks on Photoshop and my computer. Picasa was ruining the colour profiles of my photos and I spent a long time Googling around trying to figure out my problem. No one suggested switching hosts, but I decided to do it anyway. So happy about the change. : )
Chan Luu Gold Sequined Track Shorts (similar on sale)
When I purchased these shorts, I didn't foresee how much wear I would get out of it. I mean...how many people wear sequined shorts on a daily basis?! I'm surprised at the number of times I've whipped them out this summer. They can still be wearable in the fall with black tights, which might look a little more dressed up. Would you wear sequined shorts? : )

July 5, 2013

Aritzia Spring & Summer Sale

I always get excited when Aritzia has their seasonal sales. Things are sold at regular price most of the year, so you can bet that girls go wild during sale season. I've seen hauls that range anywhere from $50 to $1000! One of my favourite things about Aritzia (besides the fact that it's based in Canada) is that most of their styles come in XXS. Their clothing fits my body type perfectly without the need for shrinking in the washer/dryer.
When I received the invitation to their private sale, I spent a long time on their website deciding on what to purchase. The items in my cart added to almost $700, so I took a break and decided to come back to my cart later. Here are some of the items that caught my eye:
Wilfred Diderot Sweater (heather grey) // I've been wanting this sweater for the past couple of years, but was never able to justify the price. The sweater is long enough to cover the bum, which is perfect for wearing with leggings.
Babaton Harper Blouse (lavande) // I love the muted colour of this blouse. The drape gives it a very classy & sophisticated look that can be worn with skinny jeans or trousers.
Wilfred Free Libre T-Shirt (heather grey) // One of my favourite tees at Aritzia is the Babaton Ace T-Shirt because of the fit, feel, & drape. I love the oversized look of this Wilfred Free top, but I have too many tees so this is out of the question (for now).
Wilfred Mabillon Jacket (white mix) // I love the look of this collarless blazer with contrast edges. I think it's the perfect jacket for dressing up and down.
Mackage Ibbie Leather Shorts // Mackage is a brand that I've long admired. I want every leather piece they make, but my wallet says otherwise. These lambskin running shorts are simple, yet sport chic, which is one of this year's biggest trends.
Wilfred Free Rebelle Pant // These leather pants come in five colours. I would snatch the black ones up immediately if I didn't already own a pair of leather pants.
Wilfred Minou Camisole // I've been into both metallics and tank tops lately. I love silky shine of this cami because it'll make a statement if layered under sweaters or blazers.
Talula Mercer T-Shirt // I rarely pick out printed tops when I shop, but this tee is pretty plain and I like the cheeky statement on it. Also digging the Talula Oleta Shorts on the model.

All sale items cannot be returned or exchanged.

July 4, 2013

Styling Boyfriend Jeans

Basic tee with a twist + boyfriend jeans on a casual day. All I need is my Starbucks drink.

Check out my closet sale! http://instagram.com/jessydustcloset

July 1, 2013

Black Sheath Dress with Contrast Piping

This sheath dress fits me perfectly without alterations. The waist hits where it's supposed to and the length isn't too short or long. The comfy ponte material makes it extremely travel-friendly as it won't crease or wrinkle. I especially love the invisible zipper and how the stripes cinch in the waist without hugging the body too tightly. It's the perfect dress for wearing for business or a nice dinner! I look forward to wearing this dress multiple times both alone and with blazers, jackets, or cardigans.

I recently purchased a Groupon deal (referral link; open to international members) for five yoga classes with a couple of friends. It'll be my first time and I can't wait to try it out! I'm not as flexible as I used to be, so I'd love to read any tips you have for my first class this week. : )










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