2012 May

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
• 11:25 AM •

My Big Fat Fake Wedding

The other day I was vegging on my couch and watching an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. It was one of those blowout sale episodes where hundreds of bridezillas line up outside of NYC’s Kleinfeld Bridal boutique for hours to buy a 30G dress for half price (yesss! 15G! MUCH more affordable now!). The show had its usual lineup of entertainers; the ones that cry hysterically the minute they walk into the boutique, the ones that think a Kleinfeld sale justifies buying more than one wedding dress (… I know today’s divorce rate is high, but seriously?!), and last but not least, the ones that buy a dress…and aren’t engaged…or even in a relationship.

Crazy right?! Yeah, that’s what I thought as I mocked them then proceeded to get on my laptop, go on pinterest, and pin pretty pictures of wedding dresses, wedding favours and wedding cakes. Ahem.

Ok, so many of us who hope to one day get married are guilty of imagining and planning what the event will be like long before knowing when it might actually occur. From the guest list, to the venue, to the dress design, some girls (and guys!) are SUR-RE-YUS when it comes to the ‘big day’. So, in the spirit of this embarrassing realization, I bring to you My Big Fat Fake Wedding… destined to potentially never occur after this post.

The 411

Guest list: between 175 to 225 guests.
Theme: TBD
Season: Autumn…obviously.

The Dress

I didn’t realize lace was my thing… until I realized lace was my thing. I need lace on my dress, and lots of it.

The Shoes

My mother recently told me a horror story about a friend of a friend who got married in sneakers. Not cute, dainty or bedazzled sneakers… sneakers within the New Balance realm. Perhaps she had a back or leg injury? Not even. Apparently it was solely for the comfort factor.

Doesn’t she know Ryan Gosling totally disapproves of New Balances?!! For shame.

Because I take Gosling’s expert advice very seriously, you can expect to find me rocking some Choos or Louboutins on my wedding day.

A girl can dream.

The Bling


Friday, May 18, 2012
• 2:32 AM •

Outfit Post: Office Wear and Something to Consider

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What I’m wearing: Top by Jones New York (thrifted), American Apparel pencil skirt, Mary Jane patent leather cap toe heels by Franco Sarto

Here’s what I wore to the office on Thursday.  I think that although many work places are pretty lenient with their office attire, it’s always more motivating to be wearing something sharp instead of jeans and a polo (casual clothes make me sluggish).

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Since this is a personal post, I’d like to add that I don’t work for Vogue, or any sort of fashion-related company for that matter.  I proudly work for an engineering firm whose specialty is aircraft simulators.  I am one of few women in my age range, but that does not mean that I will be any less me at work – I am an engineer and a fashion enthusiast at the same time!

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When I was studying in CEGEP (grade 12 for people outside of the province of Québec), everyone around me was recognized as a student, coming from different backgrounds.  Everyone had different interests, be it sports, music, astronomy, you name it.  Once we all specialized in University, it was as if we were all expected to become less diverse people.  All of a sudden, an arts student was just an arts student, a med student was just a med student, and I was just that – an engineering student.  It doesn’t seem to be the priorities of people to really get to know others if they can quickly scan a profile and build up a stereotype based on that person’s career path.

We are complicated beings.  Not only should we take this into consideration when meeting new people, but we should remember not to assume the stereotypes of our own careers, for fear of being different.  As I don’t need to be a car fanatic to be in engineering, an Arts major doesn’t need to be a hippie and a Business student doesn’t need to be conniving.  Keep this in mind, and have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• 12:21 AM •

What’s Your Fashion Personality?

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a fashion buyer at big retailers like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, Macy’s, or even Sears? As an aspiring stylist, I certainly do! And this week, I had the opportunity to open a store via StyleOwner called Alpha Caste. I find that a stylist and a fashion buyer have common responsibilities: find the best clothes for your clients. Except, a stylist works with one client making it a really personalized experience, where as a fashion buyer has to work with different segmentations of clients. What makes a good stylist is the ability to actually be style-neutral and to realize the aesthetic appeal and the potential of a piece of clothing for what it is, regardless if it suits your personal style or not. One important aspect about being a stylist, is to understand a person’s style, which can be a mix of various fashion personality types. Take a look at the summaries of each fashion personality, and find out yours now!

If you’ve visited my profile, you would see a breakdown of my style:

– 5% Bohemian
– 10% Bombshell
– 15% Classic
– 0% Eccentric
– 5% Edgy / Rocker Chic
– 10% Lady
10% Minimalist
– 30% Modern / Fashion-Forward
– 10% Preppy
– 5% Sporty/Casual

Alright, at first glance, it looks like I have a huge style identity crisis. Maybe it’s a little chaotic and diverse, but this specific breakdown represents ME! And as my style evolves, the percentages will increase and decrease in certain areas.

EDIT: If you like this post, download the PDF version in the S.A. Downloads section or click on this direct link.

If you check out Alpha Caste, I have created several collections based on these 10 personal styles. Yes, I am unsubtly luring you to my store =D.
If you’re not sure where you fall (maybe your style is diverse like mine!), here’s a summary:

  1. Bohemian
    Image / Vibe: Free-Spirited, Whimsical, Romantic, Vintage
    Style Icons: Kate Moss, Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton
    Couture Inspiration:  Matthew Williamson, Chloé, Missoni
    Signature: Funky and Tribal Prints, Head pieces, Vintage accessories and clothing, Earthy-Colored Tones (Browns, Neutrals) with a pop of vibrant color!
    Alpha Caste Collection: Miss Alpha Boho
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  2. Bombshell
    Image / Vibe: Confident, Glamorous, Sexy
    Style Icons: Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren
    Couture Inspiration:  Versace, Valentino, Zuhair Murad, Marchesa, Hervé Léger, Gucci, Armani Privé
    Signature: Fitted “Body-Conscious” dresses, Bold animal prints, Glitter and Bling
    Alpha Caste Collection: Miss Alpha Bombshell
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  3. Classic
    Image / Vibe: Timeless, Simple, Basic
    Style Icons: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Elle Macpherson
    Couture Inspiration: Calvin Klein, Dior, Chanel
    Signature: T-shirt, Blazer, Straight-cut pants/jeans, “Timeless” colors (Black, Grey, White, Camel, Navy, Khaki, Burgundy)
    Alpha Caste Collection: Miss Alpha Classic
  4. Eccentric
    Image / Vibe: Quirky, Fun, Wild, Maverick, Unique, Risk-Taker
    Style Icons: Lady Gaga, Michelle Harper, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj
    Couture Inspiration: Vivienne Westwood, Betsey Johnson, L.A.M.B., Comme Des Garçons
    Signature: (Haha try explaining this one!)
    Alpha Caste Collection: Miss Alpha Hype
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  5. Edgy / Rocker Chic
    Image / Vibe: Dark, Mysterious, Urban, Underground
    Style Icons: Rooney Mara, Taylor Momsen
    Couture Inspiration: Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Givenchy, Ann Demeulemeester, Altuzarra
    Signature: Black, Leather, Ripped Jeans/Leggings
    Alpha Caste Collection: Miss Alpha Edge
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