Parisian-Inspired

June 30, 2015

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Jacket: Talula Babaton trench coat (similar)
Top: H&M patterned scuba top (similar)
Bottom: Topshop "Leigh" jeans
Bag: Forever 21 lock crossbody
Shoes: Valentino 'Rockstud' patent leather courts
Sunglasses: H&M cat-eye sunnies (similar)

I’ve always been the one against short hair. The last time I remember having short hair was back in seventh grade, right before the yearbook photos. I hated it and vouched that I would never cut my hair short ever again. But somehow last weekend, I walked into the salon and came out with a lob (long bob). I was actually going for a longer version of the lob, but the hairdresser made the cut much shorter than expected before I could stop him.

On Dreams.

June 29, 2015

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Top: Mango 'Paris' sweatshirt (similar)
Bottom: Forever 21 distressed jeans (similar)
Shoes: J.Crew pumps (similar)
Bag: Mansur Gavriel mini bucket bag (similar)
Ring: Club Monaco ring
Sunglasses: Céline Audrey sunglasses

Speaking on the topic of my dreams today. When I was little, I wanted to be a gazillion things – flight attendant, nurse, teacher, you name it. When I got to university, I had little idea about what I wanted to do, but I was pretty certain that I would be in Marketing. It wasn't until after I started working in the corporate 9-5 world where I realized that I want to pursue a career that was much more creative and also in the fashion/retail industry. This blog definitely had an influence in driving me to want to work in fashion. For those who are new to Allure of Simplicity, I started it back in 2009 in my first year of university simply as a means for me to connect to others and an outlet for me to share all things style and life-related. I would say that it has transitioned quite a bit and made me fall in love with fashion and the industry.

Little things | three scents

June 22, 2015

Three of my absolute favourite all-season scents, each for different occasions.

Sundays

June 14, 2015

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Dress: River Island nightshirt dress (similar)
Bracelet: Brandy Pham cylinder bracelet
Rings: Assorted rings from Etsy and Oak + Fort

I love Sundays. It's my favourite day in the week, even though it's the day before the start of a new week and the Monday we all try to avoid. I love Sundays not only because I get to sleep in, but because I can wake up to an often sunlit room and feel immediately rejuvenated. It's a point of reflection for me and time for me to do everything that I love, such as read my magazines, catch up on my social media and blog feeds, and lay around doing simply everything I want or sometimes nothing at all.

Black & White

June 8, 2015

Jacket: Mackage Kenya leather jacket
Top: ASOS crop top
Bottom: 1. State circle skirt
Shoes: Valentino 'Rockstud' patent leather courts
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody bag
Bracelet: Brandy Pham cylinder bracelet

Happy Monday Everyone! It’s a gloomy day here in Toronto, but I can’t complain because we received plenty sun and warmth on Saturday and Sunday. I wore this black & white outfit to dinner at Jacob’s Steakhouse, featuring a new crop top that I purchased from ASOS over a year ago and this new cute neoprene circle skirt from the Hudson’s Bay sale last week! Even though the outfit lacked colour, the different textures of the pieces made it look glam and chic. It was Terrance’s 26th birthday on Saturday so we spent the weekend celebrating with an overage of meat and carb heavy foods, delightful cakes and lots of candles for him to blow out. What I learned from living together is that it’s very difficult to surprise someone with presents and morning breakfast in bed without them knowing. It’s even difficult to find the time to write a card! I had to wait for him to step out to the gym just so I can sneak in a half hour to fill out his birthday card.

Blue Ruffles

June 4, 2015

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Top: H&M ruffled shirt (similar)
Bottom: Topshop "Leigh" jeans
Shoes: Valentino 'Rockstud' patent leather courts
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody bag
Bracelet: Brandy Pham cylinder bracelet
Sunglasses: Céline Audrey sunglasses

How beautiful is this backdrop? When Fiona and I were looking for a place to shoot last Friday, we stumbled upon this gorgeous empty alleyway surrounded by exposed bricks and high windows. The photos turned out amazing, especially with the pop of colour (which is rare)!