Bright and Shiny Lights

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This time last year I was going through a lot of changes – My ex and I broke up, I moved out of our place and I was temporarily living in my friends spare bedroom waiting to move into my new place. While all of that sounds pretty shit, it really wasn’t so bad. There were so many things that felt like a fresh start and a chance to make things better and different for myself. Now I am sat here, after almost a year, on a couch I bought for myself only a few weeks ago (ya, finally!), in an apartment filled with things I love, and I can’t help but feel content. While the bad was right bad, which at times felt insurmountable, I remember believing  there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, that over-used, cheese saying, but those were the perfect words for it. I felt trapped for awhile, unsure of what was the right decision, but I knew that on the other side of this mess, that when I did find a way out, there would be a little bit more light each day.

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I’m not going to pretend things are all hunky dory (what am I 80?) everyday, because they aren’t,  but I have a whole lot to be thankful for everyday. So it’s fitting that today is Canadian Thanksgiving, seems like the right day to be counting the things in my life that are shiny and bright and give me light, each and everyday.

What are you thankful for?

-WHAT I WORE-
Top: CS | Trousers c/o Miss Patina | Shoes: Dr. Martens | Backpack: vintage Liz Claiborne via CS
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Not Everything Is Black and White

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When I was a teenager, I loved black and white stripes. I owned striped pants, shirts, cardigans, skirts, dresses, anything I could find in stripe, I wanted. To the goth community (or at least my circle of friends), stripes were very Beetle Juice, and BJ was super chill in our eyes and got the (v hard to come by) goth seal of approval. But like most of my style choices from my teenage years, I grew tired of stripes and garnered a sort of disdain for them. So I’m not sure why, but more recently I felt compelled to add stripes to my closet again. It’s as if my eyes (or mind) suddenly saw how they could work for present-day me and accept that not everything when it comes to style needs to be so black and white (pun!) – there are some pieces that are definitely suited to a certain style, but that’s often the exception, and stripes, stripes are for everyone (amen). This outfit is like an ode to teenage me, but more grown up and definitely more present-day me. I’ve felt sort of off in most things I have been wearing of late. I’ve been saying for awhile now I feel very little connection to most of the clothes I own, but when I purchased this dress recently (from my new job, which I will talk about later!) and put this outfit together, this sense of comfort, confidence and ease washed over me. It’s hard not to feel confident with a vintage neck scarf, faux-leather moto jacket and over the knee faux-suede boots…it just feels quintessentially bad-ass.

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Let me know what outfit or piece of clothing makes you feel your best. What do you grab in your closet that you know will feel just right?

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Dress: Zara via Common Sort | Jacket: H&M (old) | Scarf: vintage via Common Sort | Boots c/o Public Desire | Sunglasses: Public Butter | Tights: old
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Outfit: Beatnik

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Unintentionally, this outfit ended up seeming quite inspired by the Beat Generation – Breton stripes, beret, turtleneck, loafers, whole lotta black – a term coined by Kerouac in the late 40s to describe his group of non-conforming literary peers. To be honest, there was no real uniform for this subculture of “beaten down” youth (read: hipsters) of the 50s-mid 60s. The outfits likeness to this subculture is only really inspired by a caricature (read: stereotype) version of a beatnik. But it’s kind of a fun and interesting style trope none the less. Fun because it looks so damn cool, and interesting because it’s so universally understood; even if you know absolutely nothing about beatnik culture, it’s “style” still influences many outfits and trends today.

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Aside from any perceived influence this outfit may have, I mostly wanted to showcase my knapsack, which I have been carrying around with me everyday since I got it. It’s pretty wonderful to have full use of both arms while out and about, a feeling I didn’t realize I was missing all these years being a religious purse carrier. Now I’m hoping I can find a wee bit smaller one, of similar style, in black…so if you spot any on the wide web (or in store), please let this gal know!

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