Out of the Box

Year 2014 was a year of purchasing timeless pieces. This is something I always try to do, but last year was I was extremely successful. However, as a somewhat unintended consequence, my outfits were very… safe. I wore a lot of what I was comfortable in, which is not necessarily always a bad thing, but there is something to be said about stepping outside your comfort zone every now and again. And not just in fashion, but in life.

A style resolution that I have made is not only to keep focusing on timeless pieces, but to try stepping outside the box a bit more. I am still going to focus on filling the “gaps” in my wardrobe (there are still quite a few left!), but also to keep an eye out for pieces that are more out of my “norm” are still consistent with my personal style–while still being pieces that I will actually wear!

One of those pieces, I decided was this sleeveless tunic sweater from Aritzia. In the history of this blog, I don’t think I have ever worn a tunic. But when I laid eyes on this sweater, I could see its potential. It’s quite a bit different from my usual silhouette but I see its versatility, which is also so important to me when buying something new.

Zara Denim / Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boots / Aritzia Tunic Sweater /  3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Forever21 Bracelet / Aldo Rings


If it were warmer out (like, not -20C!), then I would just throw a cropped leather jacket over top to play with the juxtaposition with the pieces. But being as freezing as it is, I will have to settle for my heavy duty parka.

The Extra Long Blazer

I found this blazer amongst the sale racks at Zara this past week. My thought process at stores fast-fashion as compared to other brands, is always, “buy now, think later” because you never know if you will ever see it again. Plus, it’s always great to see things in your own mirror with other items that you own.

Zara Blazer / J.Crew Silk Blouse / Ann Taylor Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater / Zara Jeans /  Zara Boots / Le Chateau Ring / Aritzia Hat (similar).
 

I love the idea of this extra long blazer, but I’m starting to think it falls at somewhat of an awkward length on my 5’1 frame. Either a bit shorter or a bit longer would be more flattering. I will have to mull this over a while longer to be sure whether or not I’m going to keep it.

Winter Favorites

An outfit wearing my favorite things as of late and a briefcomment about this Equipment Cashmere sweater. I am always apprehensive about buying expensive cashmere. Cashmere isn’t what it used to be, and you could be shelling out a lot of $$ for not so great cashmere. I have read tons of reviews on Equipment cashmere, but I wasn’t totally convinced about the quality. I found this particular Sloane crewneck sweater at Nordstrom’s for approximately $100, which I didn’t think was too bad if the quality wasn’t all there. Overall, it is soft, and the fit is a bit oversized on my petite frame, but I am finding that it pills…even before it has been washed. It’s not horrible pilling, but pilling nonetheless. I am happy I didn’t pay full price for it, but I continue the hunt for a great quality cashmere sweater. On the other hand, I love the color contrast between this merlot-colored sweater and the camel blazer!

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