Bench Canada reached out to me recently and asked if I wanted to pick out some items from their Summer collection to style and wear for a summer 16′ collaboration. SOOOO obviously I had to pick out some new comfy pieces! This month my theme is definitely ‘Stylish but Comfortable”.
For the first one, I dressed up this simple grey t-shirt dress with a pair of nude strappy heels and a nice leather moto jacket. The cut and fit of this dress just felt a little more put together than some of the other t-shirt dresses I own so I really wanted to showcase that factor in the styling. The length is also perfect I think. A lot of my t-shirt dresses are so short that when I lift my arms and the fabric gets pulled up, it’s a full moon. This dress however covers just enough that it’s not too conservative but not too out there either. I think this outfit would be perfect for a nice dinner or even to the club! I don’t know about you, but if I will latch on to every opportunity to be comfortable at the club. I got the dress in a size small and it fit perfectly.
Here’s a good example of how the difference in cuts, fits, and necklines in a t-shirt dress can really change the look and feel of it. This grey t-shirt dress (leave me alone, my favourite colour is grey) has rolled up sleeves and a slightly lower back. It is also made of a thinner material than the one from above. The fit of this one is more casual and loose than the one from above, although that one isn’t a tight fit either. This dress is a little bit shorter than the previous but it still isn’t going to show any parts of you that doesn’t need to be seen. I paired this with a classic pair of high-top chucks and a denim jacket. I think this is definitely my perfect/favourite summer outfit. This dress was also a size small.
Switching it up from the t-shirt dresses this black maxi dress is SO DARN CUTE AH. I’m obsessed with the cut out in the back. I’ve been looking for a new maxi dress for the summer and this one definitely ticked off all the boxes for me. The ONLY bone I have to pick with this dress is the length. I’m 5’8 and even size XS (which is the one I bought) is long on me! BUT I have two solutions for you guys that want this dress but aren’t that tall. I tied two of the corners of the dress together so it gives it a asymmetrical look and also shortens the dress. I liked this option because I didn’t have to do any sewing and I could adjust the length whenever I wanted. The second option is just to tailor it yourself! Super easy just find out how long you want it and make a cut 2 cms away from that line. That 2 cm is your seam allowance so just fold that raw edge over itself (2 cms up) and sew along the bottom and VOILA! The perfect dress is now also the perfect length!
I paired my maxi with some cute flat sandals and a oversized denim jacket. This is my doing errands or brunch with girlfriends look (I’ve worn it in both those situations already) and I love it!
I’ve got to say, I was really surprised with some of the items Bench has! I’ve always known of the brand as a jacket brand and never really thought I would be able to buy regular clothes there. But I’m glad I was given the opportunity to re-discover the brand and I’m definitely going to wear the heck out of my new summer pieces.
ALSO, Bench is having a huge sale on their website currently so if you see anything you like go and check it out! www.bench.ca
I know I’m probably the LAST person to get a lace-up, long-sleeve body suit BUT WHATEVER. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and I’m in LOOOVVVVE! One of the reasons I took so long to get one is because I really wasn’t sure if the low cut V would be flattering on me since I’m definitely a part of the tiny-titty-committee (who’s with me?). But my flat-chested girls don’t fret! I think the look actually looks quite nice on us! I feel like we have an upper hand in situations like this because our lack of cleavage actually makes the bodysuit more wearable ! I can imagine that this would look a little too much for broad daylight if I had a lot of cleavage. But since I don’t I felt a lot more comfortable FOR SURE. Plus I don’t have to worry that my boobs are going to pop out any where! HUZZAH! It’s a glorious day for us flatties!
I got my body suit from a online retailer called SheInside that sells really affordable and fashionable pieces! The only downfall to the site would be the slow shipping. But honestly, for the super competitive prices that they have it is definitely worth the wait!
I’ve seen lace-up body suits sell from$30 to up to $60!!! Absolute insanity… but that’s what happens when something becomes super trendy I guess ): Fortunately for those of us who want to stay on-trend but don’t want to break the bank this SheInside one is only around $12! (BLESSSSSS)
As for the quality, honestly it’s better than I expected! My initial thought was that the quality must be terrible if the price is that long. However, it’s actually quite amazing! I thought that it was going to be a regular cotton or jersey material but the bodysuit actually turned out to be a nice spandex material that molds to the body perfectly. I would recommend wearing pasties with it since you won’t be able to wear a bra with it. The fit is amazing and the bottom is connected with little buttons so it’s a lot more convenient when you have to go to the washroom. (HALLELUJAH)
I’ll link the bodysuit here if you want to check it out! I might go back and cop the green one as well.
If you’ve shopped at SheInside before let me know your experience with them down below! Or if you end up copping the bodysuit let me know how you like it!
Until next time,
Shoeme (or Shoes.com if you’re in the U.S.) now has their very own brand of shoes! I was given the opportunity to choose a pair of shoes from their new brand, Hardy, to try out and I was beyond excited. Hardy shoes all have this great ‘men’s fashion’ silhouette and are all slim, sleek, and GAAAWWW-GEOUS.
After much deliberation, (like literally took me over an hour just to pick a style), I decided on the Devon style in the colour ‘Mushroom’. The Devon shoe has a Nubuck leather outer layer and has a leather lining. My favourite part of the shoe has got to be its cushioned sole, making the shoe really comfortable. BUT I would recommend sizing up half a size especially if you have wider feet like me. Although I am usually a true 7.5 in shoes, I found that the slim shape of the shoe made it tight for my feet. I’ve only worn the shoe twice so far so I think it definitely still needs to be broken in, but I think size 8 would’ve been a good idea cause the shoe would be comfortable right off the bat.
Other than that I really love the shape and style of the Devon shoe! I think it’s a very classic oxford shape with an elegant feminine twist. Plus how LOVELY is the ‘Mushroom’ colour though? Perfect for the spring/summer. I’m going to stick a shoe stretcher into it and see if it helps break in the leather a little. Will keep you guys updated on how it feels!
If you want to check out these babies you can go here: http://www.shoeme.ca/products/hardy-womens-devonmushrm
Talk to yall soon!
With only a couple weeks of school left (my finals week is at the end of May), I can’t help but crave everything that is summer. Almost everyone I know from neighbouring universities and colleges in Vancouver are already off for the summer and off on vacations. Meanwhile I’m still struggling to stay awake in my 8:30 am classes at BCIT … WHY SO CRUEL WORLD?!
So, while I’m still imprisoned by classes I can only pretend to go to cool places to shoot… when in reality I literally went downstairs and found a corner of my apartment that looked acceptable and shot by myself with a remote and a tripod. 3 cheers for creativity though?
The Arlenis blouse from Aritzia is definitely going to be a summer favourite this year. I can just feel it. I bought it in the bleached indigo colour and have been LOVING it with my midrise and highrise jeans and shorts. I think I’m going to have to buy it in the dark indigo colour as well. It’s just such an easy top to wear.
I think it pairs beautifully with my mom jeans from Brandy Melville. The bleached denim shirt with the light blue denim bottoms makes for an easy “Canadian Tuxedo” look without being too out there matching the same shades of denim. I love the Canadian tuxedo look but it can definitely look a little much sometimes.
I originally wanted to pair a light-washed denim jacket on top to complete the look but I decided to break up the denim with my camel cardigan from Oak & Fort. Definitely ties it together in my opinion.
BY THE WAY… have you guys noticed the new page I added to my menu bar called “InstaShop?”
Pretty much I found a really quick and easy way to give you guys suggestions to wear you can purchase some of the items that I wear in my photos! Some of the items are exact but I try to find you guys an equivalent or a cheaper alternative! The link is http://www.speakoftheangel.com/instashop if you guys want to check it out! Or just look to the top of this page and there should be a link in the menu bar!
I’ve been forced to do a lot of “quickies” for my blog lately :(. And yes I realize how disturbing that sounds. I thought it was funny HAHA.
Okay let me explain myself. A lot of my posts on here and my instagram recently have been, what I like to call, “quickie” content. Where I just go outside and get my little sister to take a few shots for me before having to get back to stressing about school. I’ve been feeling an itch to create lately… but with projects and reports and final presentations all being due in the next 2 weeks, I’m really going to have to lock it down and get my shit done. If I could I would 100% dedicate all my time to Youtube and Blogging and Instagram. But it just doesn’t pay the bills. Plus I still have to finish school or else my Asian parents would disown me, so I am left with “quickies”.
Here’s a typical outfit that I would wear to school. And then on other days it’s just slight adjustments to the same-ish outfits. Here I’m wearing a boyfriend-fit Aritzia button down which I LOVE. So comfortable. I also have been obsessed with this thin jacket from Oak and Fort. It looks like a oversized all-black flannel almost, with an elongated back side for that. It’s the perfect spring jacket since it’s thin but it’s still lined. And then of course can’t go a day without wearing my favorite brand of jeans, Citizens of Humanity. So comfortable while keeping me looking stylish for school days.
You know what’s the giveaway that this was a quickie? Not sure if you could tell but I’m wearing sunglasses because I’m not wearing any make up. I could not be bothered putting a face on just for photos so how do I fix it? Wear the darkest pair of sunglasses I own. TA-DA! Ready to shoot.
Hopefully I’ll be able to create some bomb photos/videos for you guys soon. I have a shoot day planned for next Monday so let’s hope it all goes as planned.