Still Sweater Weather

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This is one of my favorite skirts in my closet. The combination of peach and gold with the cinched waist and subtle pleats from the top caught my eye immediately. Another thing that makes it a favorite of mine, is that I wore this skirt to our wedding rehearsal dinner this past September. So  this will be one of those items that I’ll keep in my closet long after it still fits. I’ve been eyeing it recently, wondering how I can make it work when the weather is still a little on the chilly side. In comes a beloved trend I’ve seen popping up everywhere: tucking sweaters into skirts. What better way to be comfy, cute, and warm?

And with that, I give you a goofier side of myself. Well, because, we can’t always pretend to be vogue while perfecting the blue steel face and trying to avoid eye contact with the strangers walking by wondering, “Why is that poor man climbing on those rocks and rolling around in dirt to take pictures of that girl?” Sometimes, we just have to be our silly selves. 🙂

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xo,

Juliana

H&M Trench Coat | H&M Sweater | Evernew Skirt | Nine West Heels | H&M Bag | Forever 21 Necklace | Charming Charlie Watch

Playing with Peplum

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Since peplum resurfaced the fashion scene circa 2012, I knew I had to get my hands on one, maybe two, ok fine, maybe I have three. Although at first, your boyfriend/husband may be thinking, “Why is there a skirt on your shirt…?”, don’t fret. This piece has the ability to make your waist look smaller and add some curves where they may not exist. Not only that, it has a magical way of hiding our food babies after a delicious meal. 😉 Peplums pair wonderfully with a high waisted pencil skirt for a sophisticated look. But sometimes, I like to pair them with a more edgy outfit for that added feminine touch. And hey, this particular peplum really does add that feminine touch with the giant heart cut-out on the back. So if you’re feeling like you want to dress up for Valentine’s Day without going with the obvious red or pink, maybe heart cut-outs are the way to go. 🙂

If you’re on the petite side, be careful about where the smallest part of the peplum hits on your body. You want it to hit at the smallest part of your waist for the most flattering effect. Any higher and it’ll look like you stole a child’s dress, any lower and you’ll be elongating your torso and shortening your legs. Hope you have some fun with peplum!

xo,

Juliana

Top from Mystique Boutique in NYC | Ouniya Faux Leather Jacket from YesStyle | TopShop Aztec Jeans | Aldo Heels | Forever 21 Necklace | Zara Bag

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Wishlist: My Valentine’s Day Look

My Ideal Valentine's Day Look
Sometimes, it would be nice to envision that perfect outfit in your eyes and have it appear right in front of you. I’m sure a lot of ladies can relate that when they’re shopping and looking for something in particular, it’s near impossible to find! So I have come up with the idea to have some Wishlist items.
If I could put together a lovey dovey date night look, this would be it! It’s feminine, sexy, but not screaming Valentine’s Day all over it. I love the pop of pink with the Michael Kors shoes (drooool) and the Bite Beauty hot pink lipstick. I felt that with such a strong lip color, a more subtle eye and cheek would balance the look. I’ve heard Bobbi Brown has amazing eye shadows and Nars is most famous for their blushes.
I have an outfit post coming this week with a more unexpected and edgy Valentine’s Day look. I hope you’ll check it out!
xo,
Juliana

Little Black Skirt

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In my opinion, you can never have too many LBD’s (little black dresses). Although I am making a conscious effort to add more color into my wardrobe, I will always love wearing black. I would describe my style as feminine with a little bit of edge. I love girly details, so naturally I love skater skirts, high heels, bows, and have always had an affinity towards lace. Mix that up with some leather or studs, and I am a happy girl.

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Top | Forever 21 Faux Leather Skirt | EverNew Blazer | Aldo Heels | Michael Kors Clutch

Urban Exploration

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Roaming around the city finding new places to take photos for Inspire Me, Mon Ami has been a great way for us to explore the city. Although Matt grew up in the Lower Mainland, this is his first time living downtown. So although he knows the areas well enough to navigate around, he doesn’t know about all the hidden gems in the area. It’s been great exploring together because it allows us to dig through the heart of the city and find those cool boutiques, unique street art, Mom & Pop restaurants, and all the other treasures that only the locals know about. I like to think of it as… city spelunking? I think I just like the word spelunking.

spe·lunk·er  (spĭ-lŭng′kər, spē′lŭng′-)

n.

One who explores caves chiefly as a hobby; a caver.
I mean, there is probably a word out there for what I’m talking about, but I’m going with City Spelunking. 🙂

 

On this particular day, urban exploration took us to Kitsilano (known to the locals as Kits) and down to W 1st Ave. This was where we discovered ta little juice bar called Krokodile Pear. Something drew us in and after tasting the Capilano (smoothie with cucumber, celery, beet, apple, pineapple, lime, blended with avocado and spinach) we were sold on this place. In fact, this is the day we decided to do a 3 day juice cleanse. Juice cleanses aren’t for everyone but I definitely had to try it before forming an opinion. To be honest, I couldn’t make it past day 2. I’ve decided my love for food is beyond my control. I would do a 1 day cleanse every once in a while, but that’s probably my limit. Either way, I will be back for that Capilano smoothie!

 

xo,
Juliana

EverNew Sweater | Ouniya Faux Leather Jacket from YesStyle.com | Seven For All Mankind Jeans | Aldo Ankle Boots | Aldo Bag | Forever 21 Necklace

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

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 I’ve really been enjoying blogging lately. I find that it’s a great creative outlet for me and I am finding more and more how awesome and supportive the blogging community is. But lately, I think I’ve been overthinking it. Seeing my favorite blogs out there like the  AMAZING  Wendy’s LookBook , Gary Pepper Girl, Sincerely Jules, and Hapa Time makes me feel like I have to be some sort of fashion pioneer in order to put together a decent outfit.

This got me thinking about why I’m even blogging about fashion in the first place, because in no way, do I think I am the most fashionable person out there. I don’t own every trendy piece of clothing out there or even think I’m the most creative at throwing things together, but what I can say, is that I ENJOY fashion. I love how unique fashion is to each and every person out there. There are no defined parameters of what you should be wearing in order to be fashionable. Everyone sees it a little bit differently! There is no need to compare because everyone is entitled to their individuality and their voice. It’s all about how you feel inside the clothes. So, I decided… Instead of trying to overthink it, which would likely result in me wearing something hideous that I would regret in about a week from now, I would go for what intuitively felt right. I may conjure up some inspiration from something I’d seen lately, but I wasn’t going to think too long about it. Because let’s be real here… No one has time to sit in their closet for an hour every day trying to pick out the quintessential “I want to look good but not like I’m trying too hard” outfit. So don’t!

Pick the Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy outfit that makes you feel good! Because if you feel great in what you’re wearing, exuding confidence automatically makes you fashionable.  So, out of my fashion rut I came and went for easy peasy. I grabbed my ever-so-soft gray oversized V-neck tshirt and some skinny black pants for comfort. Then to amp it up a little, because I was feeling a little more fierce that day, I threw on my white blazer, a colorful necklace, and a pair of pumps and obviously wore my glasses because I had just had a moment of clarity. 🙂

By the way, I am still loyal to my Revlon Lip Butters and have them in too many colors, but I am owning it. I wore the color Sugar Plum in these photos. It gives me that great, “She might be wearing lipstick but I can’t be sure. Maybe her lips are always moisturized and naturally that pinky mauve color” kinda look. They’re not. 😉

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Have a wonderful week! Follow me on Instagram @inspirememonami !

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 V-neck Tshirt | H&M White Blazer | Forever 21 Skinny Pants | Banana Republic Pumps | Charming Charlie Necklace | Louis Vuitton Handbag

Hopeless Romantic

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I am a hopeless romantic. I still cry every time I watch The Notebook and don’t get me started on P.S. I love you.  There is something about the combination of black lace and red lips that screams romance to me. I like this outfit because it can be worn in the office but also has the versatility to be worn to a romantic dinner at the end of the work day. I love putting together a nice outfit without spending too much and it’s so do-able! My trick? When shopping, I search for affordable pieces with added embellishments. I love the embellished collar of this blouse and the studs along the waistline of the already beautiful lace skirt. Both pieces are from Forever 21!

To top off this look, I donned my skirted trench coat from H&M. This coat is perfect over skirts like this and is sure to make you feel a little more lady like.

Thanks for reading!

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Embellished Blouse | Forever 21 Lace Skirt | Calvin Klein Nude Pumps | H&M Bag | Target Hat | Aldo Earrings