My love/hate relationship with white jeans

20140718-115527-42927972.jpg20140718-115613-42973168.jpg

20140718-115636-42996980.jpg

20140718-115639-42999871.jpg

20140718-115634-42994634.jpg

I have a love/hate relationship with white pants… I think every girl can relate. White jeans can be your best friend in the summer time. That is, if you don’t live in a city where you have super/hot and sticky summers… like NYC. Ahhhh I definitely miss summer days in New York City. What I don’t miss is that sticky, sweaty, clammy omg-I-just-stepped-outside-and-I-already-need-another-shower feeling you have 98% of the time. But I digress! You can frolic in your white jeans from daytime right into the night time by just popping on a pair of pumps! And unless you’re some kind of Bond girl that can run marathons in heels (if you are, You go girl!), at this point you should probably stop the frolicking because, well, you might just hurt yourself. Also, if you’re as clumsy as me… you can wear your white pants for about 2.2 hours before you spill some kind of ketchup, mustard, relish or guacamole on yourself. Can you tell I love hot dogs and Mexican food? So, ladies, be sure to equip yourself with a Tide to go pen or Shout wipes. You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

Dynamite top | Guess jeans | Michael Kors pumps | Express clutch | Nordstrom Rack necklace | Michael Kors watch

xo,

Juliana

Just In Time for Summer

20140620-DSC_0373

Well hello there! It’s been a while since my last post on Inspire Me, Mon Ami. Since my last post, I celebrated my 27th birthday (the first one ever as a Canadian), moved into a new apartment, got our first puppy, and finally started working. Toby, our little Corgi, was my 27th birthday present… one I will never forget. As a first time dog owner, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As soon as I found out we were getting Toby, like a soon-to-be mother, I started reading tons of books on Corgis and training/taking care of puppies.

 

 

Before I knew it, he was here and Matt and I gave him every ounce of our time. During puppy potty training, they say that before you do ANYTHING in the morning, you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom. So… I did as I was told. Often times, I would be in my flannel PJs, nothing on my face other than my glasses and a giant messy morning hair bun, taking out little Tobes. And it’s not like I live in a quiet cul-de-sac where no one would see me. I live in Downtown Vancouver where not only do I have many neighbors, but I have many friendly neighbors.

20140620-DSC_0410

So… as a new fur-mother, shame went out the window along with any worries of how cute my outfit looked that day. At one point, I even considered chopping off my locks and trading in my ‘do for a bob. I’m still only half kidding about that… haha but for these past few months, I put almost everything aside to focus on our little furry little family member and my new career. And now that I’m getting used to work life and doggy owner life, I’m back at it with Inspire Me, Mon Ami… and just in time for summer! Thank you so much for reading!

xo,

Juliana

 

Windsor Kimono | Windsor Crop Top | Zara Jeans | Forever 21 Sandals

And here is the little guy making his first appearance on the blog. πŸ™‚

20140422-Photographer Mantas Kubilinskas-47

Spring In My Step

20140311-DSC_0182 20140311-DSC_018420140311-DSC_0273

When I found these boots, I knew they were the perfect segue from Winter fashion into Spring fashion. Girly flowery combat boots? A combination I had never seen before, but I definitely welcomed the juxtaposition. A couple weekends ago, we had some ugly weather. The rain would not go away and I was yearning for some sunshine. A few days later, the sun came out to play and even brought 50 deg F weather! Now, for my Southern California friends, I know 50 degrees is generally not skirt/dress weather, but after living in New York for 4 years and now Canada, 50 degrees with the sun shining is warm weather to me! πŸ˜‰

20140311-DSC_019420140311-DSC_0198 20140311-DSC_020420140311-DSC_0189

On a side note, I have news. The 90’s are back! Being born in the late 80’s, I grew up a 90’s gal, and boy was it full of some innnnnteresting fashion. We have the grungy plaid look, the overalls, the shirt/sweater tied around the waist look, baggy jeans, and those weird butterfly hair clips you would use to put your hair in corn rows, oh wait… maybe that was just me. Well fashion has recycled itself again! As happy as I was to see some of those trends go after the 90’s were over, I have a soft spot in my heart for some of Β them. I know overalls are back, but I’m not really sure how I feel about them quite yet. This denim shirt tied around my waist, however, felt surprisingly natural! I’m into it!

20140311-DSC_0220 20140311-DSC_026120140311-DSC_0216

Which 90’s trend are you bringing back?

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Long Sleeve Dress | H&M Denim Shirt | Target Boots | Coach Crossbody | Forever 21 Fedora | On the lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

The Matinee: What I Wore

20140306-DSC_010820140306-DSC_005020140306-DSC_005920140306-DSC_0080Β 

At the end of February, we received some great news! My sis decided that it called for celebration! D did some research and found out The Matinee was going to be playing at the Imperial downtown! I took a quick listen to some of their music and immediately knew we had to go check them out. I hadn’t been to a show like this in a long time. It was SUPER cold out so I wanted to make sure I was covered from head to toe. I went for an all gray and black rocker-ish look and added my cozy turban headband to keep my ears warm. When I opt for little color in my outfit, I like to add some color on the lips. I grabbed my trusty Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge and we were ready for a night of fun.

xo,

Juliana

P.s. Young & Lazy by The Matinee was one of my favorite songs of the night. Listen here!

YesStyle Jacket | thrifted Top | Guess Jeans | Aldo Ankle Boots | Kate Spade Crossbody | Forever 21 Scarf | Aldo Midi Rings | Evernew Turban Headband

Vest Up

20140306-DSC_0036

20140306-DSC_002120140306-DSC_0041

20140306-DSC_0038

20140306-DSC_0032

20140306-DSC_0025

20140306-DSC_0030

To be warm while still fashionable in the winter months, it’s important to play with layers. Layering a great sweater over a collared shirt can make all the difference in keeping you warm and feeling cute on those chilly days. Another great way to play with layers is with vests! When I was perusing Target with my mom last month and stumbled upon this vest, I knew I had to have it. I love the moto style with zipper detailing and the faux leather touch this vest has. Vests are a great way to add another layer without feeling confined in a heavy coat.

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Sweater | Target Vest | Ann Taylor Loft Jeans | Etienne Aigner Boots | Aldo Beanie | Aritzia Scarf | Aldo Midi Rings

Spring Awakening: Pretty in Pastel

Spring Awakening: Pretty in Pastels

Topshop top
topshop.com

Topshop skirt
topshop.com

Forever 21 earrings
forever21.com

Valentino sunglasses
bloomingdales.com

Spring is just around the corner and I am so excited about some of the trends seen on the runway for Spring 2014! One of my favorites is the pastel trend. While one of my favorite colors to wear is black and I love my neutrals, adding color into your wardrobe can be so much fun. These are some of my favorite picks for spring. I made sure to choose some affordable pieces, but I could just not resist adding those baby blue Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and I love those Valentino sunnies. I’m sure there will be similar styles popping up at more affordable locations this season.

Two more trends seen on both the runway and street style are crop tops and midi skirts. And although the mention of crop tops may remind you of belly baring Britney Spears circa 1999 with “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, don’t worry! The more recent crop top trend is much more wearable and less risque, mostly because the tops are slightly longer, normally hitting just above the belly button and are best paired with skirts or pants that are a little bit higher waisted. Click here if you’d like to see how I wore one of my favorite crop tops.

I have yet to search out the perfect midi skirt, but petite ladies beware! This trend may be more difficult to pull off because skirts that hit below the knee have a tendency to cut us off and make us look shorter, so find that perfect heel and make the trend more wearable.

xo,
Juliana

February Beauty Favorites

February Beauty Favorites

Hello lovelies! I can’t believe March is already here! This means my birthday is coming soon and so is Spring! πŸ™‚

 

Here are the beauty items I was reaching for all month in February.

 

1. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: This is a great neutral palette for every day looks that can be used on its own or to compliment almost any shadows or palettes you have. The color Naked 2 (third from the left) is one of my favorite blending colors for any look. Just make sure you don’t drop your palette, because mine is now missing the black color… oops!

2. Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation: I picked this up when CVS was having 40% off all of their Physicians Formula products. After purchasing it, I have worn it almost every day in February. It’s less viscous/more liquidy than most foundations I’ve ever used so I can understand how that may be off-putting for some people but it still offers a medium coverage that is buildable. The benefit of this is, it looks as if you’re not wearing foundation at all because it’s so lightweight. I was drawn to this particular product because it claims to be a foundation and a skin care serum that reduces the appearance of spots by 67%. I have noticed that some of my spots from recent blemishes have faded faster than usual, but there is a chance I’m just paying more attention to that now. If anyone would like, I can do a full review on this product.

3. L’oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions in Blackest Black Waterproof: In the past, I have been a fan of layering mascaras but sometimes I just can’t be bothered with that. I love this mascara especially in the waterproof formula because it makes my lashes look long, separated, and holds curl like no other. I would say this mascara offers more lengthening than volumizing, so on a daily basis without any need for layering, it’s a great pick. Just a warning, for those of you who don’t like the feeling of hard lashes while you’re wearing this mascara, this one WILL give you that feeling. I don’t particularly mind that feeling so I will be staying loyal to this mascara.

4. NYX Cosmetics HD concealer in Medium: This is a great creamy concealer with medium to full coverage that’s great for the under-eye area. I think it’s a great dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I own, but don’t necessarily find myself reaching for that often. So if you’ve been wanting to try the Nars concealer but are unsure if you want to splurge, give this one a try!

5. Nars Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto: I can’t say enough good things about this eyeliner. The formulation is creamy and smooth but does not budge. Although I have dry skin, I have quite oily lids, and even with a good eyelid primer, I would find that almost every pencil eyeliner would transfer above my crease on the upper eyelid. This eyeliner does NOT transfer or smudge on me. The application is nice and smooth because of the creamy consistency so you won’t feel tugging on your eyelid and I personally find pencil eyeliners are the easiest to apply. This particular color (Via Veneto) is one of the blackest blacks you will find so this is great for smoky eyes.

xo,

Juliana

P.s. If anyone has been wondering where my Project 365 posts have gone and if I’ve still been doing them, I have! I just decided to move them to a different location to keep Inspire Me, Mon Ami dedicated mostly to fashion and beauty. If you’d like to still see my Project 365 posts, either comment below, or let me know at inspirememonami@gmail.com, and I’d be happy to share them.