Author: thatfirsthello

Mixing Neutrals

There’s something so chic and elegant about being able to mix neutral tones in an outfit. Neutrals are generally very easy on the eye and are often overlooked on the streets, but mashing three or more neutrals together can make the outfit a little more eye-catching and a little less ordinary. I’m not recommending a safe combos like black & grey, beige & white, etc. Instead, try beige and grey, army green and grey, and so on to see if it has the effect you want to create. By wearing more neutral shades, it quickly amps up the chic without adding too much noise. Neutrals don’t have to be boring, so go test your creativity. 🙂

Styling Faux Fur

What comes to mind when you think about wearing fur? I personally think of couture, statement, luxury, and maybe freezing cold, haha. I’ve recently discovered a new found appreciation for it as I looked for winter outfit alternatives. I’ve now officially ventured into the world of faux fur coats and I can’t seem to stop. It’s addictive. I’ve always thought fur coats are very pretty but happily stayed away because I wasn’t sure how to style it without it looking a little “too much”, and that hasn’t changed, I still think it can look excessive, I just no longer have a problem with it. 🙂 Why should you limit yourself from wearing what you feel like on any given day? I’ve picked up this gorgeous fur coat in pink from Shein.com and it’s a great buy, it kept me warm on this zero degree weather and it just looks so chic. It’s on sale so click here to check it out! How to accessorize: Remember, it’s a coat, but it’s also a fancy accessory because of the fur, so you …

Back to Basics

I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly had enough of winter. Despite the positive elements of this season such as the aesthetically pleasing snow and fun winter sports, I find it limiting when it comes to fashion and blogging – often times I’m forced to choose between style and warmth (yes, my creativity runs out once in a while in trying to achieve the best of both worlds) and my blog posts have also been quite monochrome since this is a season with a lack of colour. But! Spring is around the corner, and here I bring you an outfit consisted of simple basics which can strike a powerful impression. Here I wore my white turtleneck sweater and tucked it inside a pair of bright blue jeans for a warm and eye-catching look, then threw on a collared cardigan blazer to add some professional vibe into the casual mix. I added a hat and some red lipstick to complete the look but those are totally optional. I also followed my “have no more than 3 colours in an outfit” rule religiously, as you can …

Embroidery

Whether it is to stand out on the streets, or to feel youthful, embroidery and patches has become the hottest go-to for the younger generations today. Women’s dress shirts and denim bomber jackets are where embroideries or patches are most commonly seen.  And this sunny LA afternoon is no exception. In an earlier post, I’ve demonstrated the rebellious and trendy look of patches on denim bomber, and here I took a different spin on the trend, which touches deeper of the oriental roots. The origins of embroidery can be traced back to Ancient China, where people would sew and capture the beauty of nature (i.e. flowers) and animals (i.e. dragons) on garments as decorations. Because they’re often patched onto silk garments, it was considered a luxury and only the wealthy had the privilege. When I spotted this jacket from Zara, I was instantly drawn to that very combination nostalgically presented on a modern bomber. 

Styling Waterfall Coat

Christmas and new years in Toronto are always so cold that I find myself constantly shopping for outerwear during this season. I fell in love with this waterfall coat the moment I saw it on sale on Shein.com. I adored the neutral tone and the ankled length – making it a classic timeless piece. In general waterfall coats are versatile, in winter it’s best matched with turtle necks and jeans whereas in spring and fall you can rock it with a simple tee or tank. This coat is medium in thickness so it’s even more flexible and seasons friendly, remember to always wear some pumps for additional sass and flare and let the coat fall beautifully at your ankles. ❤ P.S. Happy new year everyone! I had a great 2016 and I welcome 2017 with open arms 🙂 As a fashion new year resolution, I plan to be more adventurous and open to experiment with new styles, I’m optimistic that pleasant surprises await me 🙂 Outfit Details: Jacket – Shein | Jeans – Zara | Shoes – Aldo | Sweater – Boutique Thank you for reading lovelies, what …

Day Out With Florals

As part of my LA trip, I prepared many outfits to take advantage of the gorgeous weather, and so I bring you a summer outfit in the middle of winter! If you follow my blog you’ll know I love off-the-shoulder anything; It’s feminine and simply impossible to mess up. I went for a casual day out vibe and matched my floral off-the-shoulder top with shorts and sneakers (Shoes matter! you’d change the vibe to “sexy” by just wearing some strapped heels). Florals and warm toned accessories together is a match made in heaven, so I wore some dainty gold accessories and made sure they’re subtle so they don’t add onto the busy-ness, including this beautiful minimal choker from Lucky Jerks – an accessory e-shop with everything hand made in Paris! I’ve always been a fan of gold coloured accessories, it’s versatile and timeless. In comparison, gold also offers a wider range of options i.e. white gold, rose gold, etc. while silver accessories tend to make a bolder statement – so depends on how you feel that day, accessorize accordingly. 🙂 Thanks …

Patched Denim Jacket

Beautifuls, I bring you a recent favourite of mine – denim jacket with patches. Designers often look to the past to design for the future, and here’s a product of that. I remember in grade school I used to love decorating my sweaters and jackets with pins and stickers, who’d think that I was one futuristic cookie? 😎 The jacket I’m wearing is from fashionmia.com – If you love sales and deals like I do, then you’d love this site. I was ultra excited to discover them because they have trendy and affordable pieces without compromised quality. When I received my jacket I remember being so impressed with the material considering I got it on sale for only 15 dollars, such a steal! Definitely check out their site, I just bought another item from their flash sale going on right now! The key to style any contemporary pieces is to embrace simple compliments in the outfit to turn down the loudness, like the monochrome croptop and skirt I have here. It’s also critical to at the same time have other bold elements in the look to turn up the chic, may …

Thigh High Boots

Lovelies! I know it’s been weeks since I blogged, but I’ve got some really good excuses – life has been keeping me ultra busy! I do have exciting updates to make up for it though 🙂 In the past 3 weeks, I vacationed to Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. I took lots of photos in LA so expect a series of outfit posts! I think I’m going to name it the “Val goes to Cali” series. I’ve also been occupied with paperwork…because I’ll be starting my a new job next week, who’s excited with me?! 🙂 Without deviating any further from the subject – here I have a recent favorite outfit to share featuring my newly purchased thigh-high boots! I’ve been a non-believer of thigh-highs for as long as I can remember, but this season I decided to give this trend a chance, annnnnnd I LOVE them! Whether in leather or suede, flat or platformed, these shoes are statement pieces that are surprisingly functional in cold weather. Pull them over skinny jeans/leggings, with an oversized sweater, or with a cute & …

My Street Style

Street style is avant-garde fashion inspired by contemporary culture of urban youth. Although it’s not emerged from studios, it’s certainly been changing the game. Not only is the paradigm carried by fashion bloggers, celebrities like Gigi and Kendall have surely helped push it far as well. This look is inspired by an outfit of Kendall’s, although I can’t find the original photo to show you. But in a nutshell, she rebelliously paired a casual baseball hat with a leather jacket, which may seem odd at first but I quickly found it to be brilliant. I rebelled a little more by throwing a bodycon dress into the sporty/leather mix – which actually looked surprisingly good, who knew! Of course, the key to successfully mixing different styles into one outfit is to stay minimal when it comes to the colors, but I’m sure you already knew that. 🙂 Remember the simplest form of street style is a documentation of chic styles worn on the streets, it’s meant to be stylish with individuality.