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I feel like the older I get, the more I’m starting to lean back towards classic pieces and neutral colours. Definitely went through a colours and prints phase in high school (goodbye forever hot pink tights and yellow skinny jeans) but I’m feeling more comfortable than ever being back in the basics. I feel like every wardrobe needs certain pieces to make it complete. A luxurious pair of denim, a classic leather jacket, a timeless purse, or even just a simple white tee.

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With all the different cuts and fabrics that exist with simple white tees nowadays, it’s actually kind of difficult to find that perfect white tee. And I’m definitely not saying there’s a PERFECT white tee that is going to meet ALL your needs and when you find it THAT’S IT. Nope. I own about 10 different white tees, and they’re all perfect in totally different ways. (Neurotic, I know.)

Recently, however, I have definitely been reaching for this ‘Spot Short Slv’ tee by Bench a bit more than my other tees. I really like the length of this tee and where it hits on my hips when I wear my mid-rise jeans (which is ALWAYS since it hasn’t actually been hot enough for shorts lately). Not to mention it’s incredibly soft and breathable which is perfect for Vancouver’s bipolar summer weather.

I also absolutely love the low-cut back of this tee (as shown here). I think it adds a unique factor to the shirt without compromising the simplicity of it which is always a plus in my books.

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I dressed up my white ‘Spot Short Slv’ shirt with my Mackage ‘Rumer’ jacket as well as some cute sandals from H&M. This look is essentially a mash-up of all my closet staples, which pretty much creates my perfect go-to look. VOILA.

Hope you guys are having a really great week!

Until next time,

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Who doesn’t love summer inspired clothes! Especially festival inspired clothing. Anything festival related totally brings me back to attending SVMF last year. Hands down one of the best music festival experiences in my life.

I got the chance to pick out something from Bench Canada’s new Festival Lineup collection. And of course I had to grab another maxi dress! I loved the fit and quality of the ‘Acting Out’ dress that I got from Bench in May, and so I thought it would be a pretty safe bet that I would love their ‘Santa Catalina’ dress as well… And I DO!

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The dress comes with a nice black tie belt which gives you the option to cinch in your waist and make the dress a little more fitted. However, it’s also super cute without the tie as just a simple long black maxi. Like the ‘Acting Out’ dress, this one also has slits on both sides which I LOVE because it means I can adjust the length and shape of the dress by tying a knot on one of the sides (as I did here). Although it seems like just a plain maxi dress there are actually so many ways that you can wear it to make it your own. Versatile pieces are the best pieces!

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Love the braided detailing in the straps. The braided straps actually separate into three braided strands in the back before connecting back to the dress (as shown here). UGH LOVE. Sometimes the simplest details does SO much for me.

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Gotta love Bench for introducing me to yet another summer favourite. They’re also having a huge summer sale right now and their entire inventory is on sale for 30% off. So if you were eyeing down any pieces this is definitely the time to check it out. My favourite items from them are their simple T-shirt dresses (this one and this one) and of course their maxi dresses which I’ve mentioned in this post. I’d say Bench is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some staple good quality basics for your summer wardrobe.

Cheers,

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Had an amazing shoot day with Vernice earlier this week. We shot on the roof of a hotel in downtown Vancouver. Had to do some searching and hop a fence but when we made it ooooo was it worth it. There aren’t actually many publicly accessible roof tops in Vancouver. But when you find one, you really appreciate the unobstructed view of the cityscape. We might not be a big city, but we’re doing okay.

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Finally bought a necktie choker! Was really not sure if I’d like these or not but thought I’d give a try. It was definitely VERY uncomfortable when I first started wearing it. But after a while, you get used to something being that close to your neck and you forget that it’s there. It’s definitely grown on me. My all black one is from Aldo. 

Love that I actually have time to explore and shoot around the city now! Stay tuned because there will definitely be loads of cool shots this summer! 

More soon, 

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Had the most exciting Monday ever this week. Just so happened that Monday was one of my days off this week so Vern and I decided to conquer another BC hike. We wanted to do one that we’ve both never done so we decided to tackle Garibaldi Lake. The Garibaldi Lake trail is a 18 km (roundtrip) hike that leads to a beautiful glacier lake. It’s different from the Chief or Grouse Grind because it doesn’t really have man-made stairs/steps that help with the incline. Instead it is just a inclined trail, which got pretty hard on your calves and knees especially on the way down. 

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About 5 km up there’s a small divide where you can choose to take a quick 100m detour to Barrier viewpoint. If you’re planning on doing this hike I DEFINITELY recommend going to check out this viewpoint. It was magnificent. You can look into a beautiful valley and see all the mountains behind it. It was breath-taking. 

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Once you’ve passed the 6 km mark where you get to decide whether you want to continue on to Garibaldi lake or take on a (WAY) larger challenge, The Black Tusk (I’ve heard people cried on that one) you will reach an amazing little waterfall about 15 minutes in. There’s a bridge that lays just on top of the falls for you to cross and it is SUCH an amazing photo opportunity. Not going to lie it was a little daunting at first but the beauty of it really takes the fear away. 

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And there you have it! That’s my awesome Monday hike to Garibaldi lake. Overall I definitely wouldn’t recommend this hike to you for your first hike of the summer. It was pretty intense. I’ve got to say my body has never hurt more than after walking down 9 km on a steady decline. My knees, hammies, and lower back definitely took a toll. However, it’s definitely one to tackle if you and a friend are up for a challenge. We felt AMAZING when we finally reached the lake. It was definitely well worth it. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this little adventurous post and I hope that I’ll be able to do more of these throughout the summer. 

Until next time, 

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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”. 

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Outfit 1

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. 

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Outfit 2

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. 

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Outfit 3 

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

More soon!

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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!

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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, 

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