Lace & Leather

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Lace and leather are perhaps two contrasting materials that I honestly love to combine. Lace is inherently feminine, delicate and dainty.
It evokes notions of innocence and vulnerability. Leather, on the other hand, is more masculine and edgy.
Pairing lace and leather always brings together the right amount of masculinity and femininity to an outfit.

It is a contradiction, no doubt. But I believe that to be a woman in any age is to exist as a walking contradiction.
As a wife and mother – something many women become – you are simultaneously sexual and not sexual, or
at least you have to appear unsexual.

In our modern age, women are expected to be independent breadwinners yet somehow still conform to certain
cultural expectations like how you must submit to your male family members or husband. This remains
the lived experience of many woman today, quite unfortunately.

Break away from those social constructions perceived to be the norm.
Instead, define yourself by your own terms.
Be who you want to be.
Wear what you want to wear even if its lace and leather – a contradiction of the masculine and the feminine.

XOXO
The Lady
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Outfit Details:

- Lace skirt – Spoof on Queen Street W
– Bralette top – NastyGal
– Leather vest – Only
– Heels – Steve Madden

Photography by Franny Alder, follow her on tumblr

Sneak Peak!

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come on the blog this week. Stay tuned for more!

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Photography by Franny Alder. Follow her tumblr

Not a Wall Flower

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I wouldn’t call myself a wall flower. That’s for sure. Sitting on the sidelines and not engaging with people or taking action for the things you want in life – that is not who I am.

Photo 2014-09-15, 3 51 44 PMWhen it comes to life you can think in black and white: you are the product of the cumulative external influences – whether tragic events or undesirable people – and your identity is helpless against these forces; or you are defined by you and you alone.

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But life is not black and white. And thinking in such a way is going to get you no where. Life is somewhere in the muddled grey zone. You indeed the product of all those external forces, both good and bad, but you also have the agency to aspire to be whomever you desire to be. It is not an issue of either or, it is both – this is my outlook on life.

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I refuse to be a wallflower. I refuse to be helpless in the face of the many challenges that life throws at me. Life has given me many hardships, but adversity has made me stronger.

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When your dreams are kicked down, dream bigger. When you are challenged, rise above it. Be someone you like and always aspire to be the best you can be. 

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Outfit Details:

- Floral peplum top and shorts, BB Dakota
– Black Aritzia cap
– White leather Vans

Photography by Justin Vo

Fringe and Fall

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One of my favourite fall accessories is a little bit of fringe which ads a boho vibe to your outfit. All these pieces are well loved and have been in the closet for some time now, but I’m working them all the same. After all, we look our best when we wear what we love.

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When it comes to hair, I’ve traded in my side-part for a middle-part this season which is the ongoing trend heading through winter and into Spring of 2015. A more severe middle-part is currently on trend, but making sure your hair is a little tussled with some waves and texture will soften the look.

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So how are you going to wear fringe this season?

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Outfit Details:
– Fringed, patterned kimono, M for Mendocino
– Mid-riff dress, Aritzia
– Boots, Aldo
– Maroon leather purse, Vintage

Photography is once again by my friend, Franny Alder – click to see more of her work!

One Day I’ll Fly Away

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I follow the night
Can’t stand the light
When will I begin to live again

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
What more could your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away
Fly fly away…

- One Day I’ll Fly Away, Randy Crawford (Adapted for Moulin Rouge)
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I think we have decided.

In a year, we will get engaged.
In two, we will marry.
Then we fly, fly away to somewhere we’ve always dreamed about.

City Chic

The City Chic woman is #ohsoladylike

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She is strong.

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She is independent.

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The city is her playground.

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She is ohsoladylike.

Outfit Details:

- Vero Moda blazer
– FCUK harem pants
– FCUK nude ankle strap heels

Last of Summer Love

In those last few days of summer I squeezed in some wear time for this ModCloth skirt that I adore and have owned for a second season now.

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When life gives you warm weather, you take advantage and wear them skirts…

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and break a few hearts.

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I want to mention also that photos for this post, and for many more upcoming, are by my talented friend Franny Alder. Franny’s work focuses on beautiful still lifes and tranquil landscapes but she is expanding into portraits and editorials. You can follow her work on tumblr

- The Lady

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Outfit Details:

- ModCloth floral skirt
– JustFab wedges
– JoeFresh simple white tee

White After Labor Day

Happy Monday all!

Some quick snaps of my #ootd and more from yesterday’s Cabana party with my boys.

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Who said you can’t wear white after Labor Day?

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- The Lady

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Outfit Details:

- FCUK white harem pants
– NastyGal crop top
– M for Mendocino leather sleeved jacket