Summer Sunday Feels

I LOVE Sundays. To me, Sundays were made for sleeping in, lounging, recharging, but also enjoying some Sunday Funday time! We had a family birthday party to go to this past weekend and I had the Sunday feels. I had no idea what I wanted to wear when I walked into my closet, but I knew that I didn’t want to have to think too much about it. And to my, and hubby’s surprise, I left the house in the first outfit and pair of shoes I put on… I know, shocker! 😉

The trick to that relaxed and effortless Sunday look that you can also feel fab enough to go to brunch in is having the right key pieces.

Here are a few tips on using pieces from your closet to create your summer sunday look:

  1. An effortless one piece outfit. I chose this polka dot H&M piece out of my closet because all I needed to do was literally throw it on and tie a bow. Done! Other pieces that would work well would be rompers/jumpsuits, a maxi dress, or a sheath dress.
  2. A pair of shoes you can “slip” into. I am a BIG fan of slip on shoes, mostly because I love the feeling of my feet being free. It must be the California girl in me that grew up in flippy floppies pretty much 365 days of the year. So when I discovered these mules I thought to myself, “slip on shoes that come in heel form?!” That was a no brainer for me!
  3. Statement accessory. I felt a hat worked best to pull this look together. Find whatever works for your outfit/mood/style to tie everything in.



  

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Forever 21 Hat | H&M Dress | Forever 21 Heels

I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday! Thanks for reading!

xo,

Juliana

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Just In Time for Summer

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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.

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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. 🙂

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Spring In My Step

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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! 😉

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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  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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

Preppy + Paisley

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In my opinion, a great tailored blazer is a necessity in every girl’s wardrobe. There will be times when you either want to prep up your look, or you need to add that professional piece to your workwear outfit. If you want to look polished and professional, whether it’s for an interview, presentation, or professional networking event, you can’t go wrong with a tailored blazer. Being petite, I often have trouble finding a blazer that doesn’t overwhelm my frame. The stores that have pleasantly surprised me with great options for petite frames are Ann Taylor Loft, H&M, Zara, and Evernew.

xo,

Juliana

Forever 21 Paisley Top | H&M Blazer | Citizens for Humanity Jeans | Dani Black Ankle Boots (thrifted) | Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Aldo Earrings