Fall Trends to Carry into the Winter

Fall is my favourite season and not for the reasons like Pumpkin Spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and candles. Personally, I enjoy the transition into the cooler weather while the sun is still out, its almost deceitful actually. Aside from that, the crisp air that wakes you right up is a blessing and a curse in the morning. Now another thing I like about fall is the fashion that moves away from shorts and tank tops to oversized sweaters and my must have- trench coats. Today I will share with you 5 style trends that are fall appropriate and will carry on into the winter months. Living in Toronto, I got your back covered for the colder winter months.


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1.  Trench Coat: this is a piece that I have wanted to add to my closet for 5 years now. I have finally found the one that fits just right from Zara. A trench coat is such a timeless piece, it immediately adds sophistication and professionalism to your look. Its a structured jacket and very warm to carry on into the early winter months.

2. Sweater Scarves: I wear scarves all year round except in the summer. I swap them out for fall and spring. My favourite one is the sweater scarf because it feels soft and warm like a blanket but it also accessorizes your outfit.

3. Over the knee boots/booties: I have not been too attached to the over the knee boot trend but it will transition well into the winter because its an extra layer of warmth over your legs which is perfect for winter. Booties on the other hand are a must have.

4. Tights: this is always an underestimated fashion staple. Not only are these perfect for wearing underneath your in winter, but just because winter will be arriving soon, doesn’t mean that you have to stop wearing skirts. I have recently purchased the warmest pair of tights I could find and have been pairing them with all of my summer dresses and skirts shamelessly.

5. Makeup/Polish: the nail polish shades that I find appealing for the winter time are maroons and nudes. As for makeup, I go for warmer tones that from oranges to gold and browns. These are warmer shades that take the cold and dread out of your makeup routine.


Hope you enjoyed this run down of items that will be staying in my closet for the winter time. Let me know in the comments below what items are your staples for fall and winter. 

~Kisses, Kvitka~

 

 

 

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Partying hard with Elle VIP

So last night was basically fabulous! Kvitka and I spent the night with Elle magazine drinking Girl’s Night Out wine and eating eating some of the best cupcakes and macarons. I had so much fun which is why this post is basically a recap of the night. I apologize if it causes pangs of jealousy! 😉

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Kvitka and I dressed up in our favorite summer dresses and headed over to the event. Unsurprisingly, we got lost. But this time it wasn’t entirely our fault because Elle had taken down the event from their website leading to us panicking and taking a random streetcar.

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We were the luckiest pair of bloggers in Toronto because we ran into strangers who were also headed to the event! We got to the show in time and made really awesome friends on the way!

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The fashion show actually took place in a church–the swankiest and most designer rustic church I’ve ever seen (even the washrooms were fancy!). An open bar with a variety of appetizers promised a fantastic evening from the get go.

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We lined up for photos, getting our hair and nails done, drinking chardonnay and eating macarons while watching beautiful models coast the runway.

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Like I said, it wasn’t half bad. I learnt how to create gorgeous beach curls which I’ll definitely be trying out this weekend. Thanks Redken stylists!

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We ended the night with a huge gift bag fully of $100 worth of goodies like wine bottles, rice crispy squares and Smashbox makeup.image

The bag broke, that’s how heavy it was. I was especially impressed by the Polysporin blister pads Elle added to the gift bags because by the end of the night, our feet were in agony. They seriously thought of everything!

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The efficiency, niceness of the staff and the stunning location made it a great night for everyone which is a huge checkmark in my book.
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If you do see an Elle event near you I highly recommend going because it’s a fun event to network at and it’s a nice excuse to dress up for the night!


Until next time,
Rochelle

OOTD Spring: Light-wash Denim 


You know it’s officially spring when cherry blossoms bloom in High Park and I can store away my vibrant, obnoxiously purple jacket. This season, I am expanding my faux-leather jacket collection, pastel colored pants, and actually adding skirts to my wardrobe. With that, I have also downsized my closet to only leave room for essentials and some fancier pieces. Here I am rocking some denim at the Old Mill park where Rochelle and I have decided on a new ritual, walks and talks. First trip was 6km and only took us 3h. Good luck and have fun this spring. 

5 Style Trends to Try This Spring

Recently Rochelle and I attended the Anthropologie Spring Fashion Show. It was a chic event with lots of inspiration for spring must haves. I want to share some of my favourite looks from the fashion show and how you can incorporate pieces into your daily wardrobe. By the way, in mid-May the High Park cherry blossoms will be blooming which is a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm weather.

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Look #1: Stripes 


We noticed that stripes made a reoccurring appearance in Anthropologie’s fashion show. Usually I associate the stripe pattern with t-shirts and sweaters, but as it turns out stripes also look great on skirts and blazers. I will definitely keep an eye out for that.

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Look #2: Ruffles 


I always found ruffles to be a bold statement but they don’t necessarily need to be obnoxiously flamboyant. My favourite way to approach ruffles is with silk textured fabrics.

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Look #3: Pastel Pants    


For me spring will always be the time to rock pastel clothing. I like to be bold with my looks by experimenting with pastel pants. To date I own a wide array of colours and I’m not stopping there quite yet.

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Look #4: Shirts


I was surprised to learn that it is possible to incorporate white shirts into a casual outfit. Personally, I always associated white coloured shirts with job interviews or school uniforms. Having an array of these in my closet, I look forward to pairing them with cropped jeans or my pastel coloured pants and adding simple jewelry to finish off the look.

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Look #5: Mesh and Pleats


Reading through Elle magazine and looking through my photos from the fashion show, I noticed that mesh is making an appearance. More importantly, pleats are coming back into style which makes me happy as half of my dress collection is pleaded fabric. Time to dust off and rock those pieces.

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These are some of the trends I noticed at the Anthropologie fashion show and I hope this post will help you navigate the spring season in style.

Let me know what you are excited to wear this spring.

~Kisses, Kvitka~

Spring Cleaning: Top 5 Closet Clean out Tips

I am an organizer by nature which means that no item (in my closet especially) is out of place. However, aside from being a neat freak, I am also very much a hoarder but luckily not when it comes to clothing and makeup. I mean, you never know when you will want to experiment right. This week, I share some unique tips that I use to clean out my closet each season. I like having a minimalist closet with only the items I get a lot of wear from. Let’s get started!

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#1 Timeline: I have a rule that if I did not reach for an item for roughly 5 months (keeping seasons in mind), then it is time to go. I tend to convince myself that I will find the time to branch out and somehow incorporate this item in my closet, but let’s be honest, it mostly likely wont happen.

#2 Donate: What makes items easier to let go of is knowing that it will get loved by a second pair of hands. All metaphors aside, if I am torn between donating or keeping an item, the idea that it will get more use elsewhere drives me to choose to donate.

#3 Reverse hanger: When I find items in my closet that I used to love and hope to incorporate in my closet again, I put them in a visible spot. I do so by putting the hanger backwards on the bar. In the morning I can tell which items have not been worn recently. This prevents the “I have nothing to wear” dilemma and you are less likely to go splurge on a new and similar item.

#4 Reverse system: If you have a small closet space, the best tip is to create a rotating system. With spring in full swing, I move lighter items to the front of my closet and heavier knits to the back. As well, separating your closet in terms of practicality helps a lot. My fancier dresses are all the way at the back and rompers up front.

#5 Clothing swap: If an item is in good shape, why not swap with a friend? Being a university student, I also have the chance to sell my clothes on student sale websites. Otherwise, there are plenty of apps or websites you can use to sell your clothing such as: Shop Hers, Vinted, Walk in my Closet. Why not make a buck with clothing you no longer want.

BONUS: Don’t forget to give your makeup some love. Check for expired products like foundations. I always forget to do this but it has been put onto my to do list.

I hope you found this post useful and will incorporate some of these tips. For now, I want to hear from you!

What are your go to tips for spring cleaning?  

~Kisses, Kvitka~

OOTW: Post Holiday Fashion Feels

With exam season over and the holidays officially over, it is definitely a let down that warm, comfy PJs are not an appropriate day to day look. I have already taken out those heavy duty winter coats because being an ‘instagramable’ fashionista is falling back on my priority list with every fallen degree Celsius. I love the art of layering so here is a look at my go to pieces on those heavy snow days (PS: light leather jackets underneath are totally an appropriate way to keep warm). Do not be fooled by zero snow and grass, it was cold… What are some of your go to winter fashion pieces and accessories?

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What are your fall essentials? 


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~Kisses, Kvitka~

Sweater Weather is here!

Despite the rainy weather the past few days, Canada did experience a dry and warm spell on Election Day! Here’s a few photos of me posing in my go to black sweater and blue jeans with loafers. Sweaters are honestly so stylish and cozy and can pair with anything from jeans, to maxi skirts or leggings. Don’t be daunted by the upcoming cold. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try cropped sweaters with low jeans or oversized seaters with a mini skirt–the effect created can be very chic and fall-worthy! 


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P.S. Topshop seems to be having a 70% off sale so be sure to look for your new favourite sweaters in there!


Until next time,

Rochelle 

Scarf obsession is real 

It was only this morning that I realized the sheer importance of a scarf. It only took strong winds knocking me off my feet to come to this conclusion. I myself am guilty of hoarding scarves, gathering a wide selection for every season. However, it is slightly disappointing that scarves are not getting all the love they deserve and are labelled as an unnecessary accessory. I am here to do justice to all scarf obsessed fashionistas out there and give you reasons for investing in some scarves this season. 


♦ It doesn’t matter what you wear, a scarf will always pull the look together. Better yet, they give that extra oomph to any outfit (for a lack of any better words) which is an instant confidence boost for me.

♦ When at the end of your lunch break you notice an unavoidable sauce stain on your shirt, don’t be distressed, a scarf will cover it up.

♦ Those coats that have a wide open neck, aside from raising the question why– when you are desperately trying to preserve hear, a scarf comes in handy. Use it as a cover up on the beach or a blanket.

♦ Unlike any other accessory, your wiggle room with a scarf is limitless.

♦ Unlike jewelry, scarves don’t have storage needs or get tangled up, better yet, they tend to be fairly inexpensive. If finances are tight, not to worry, DIY your own–better yet, by cutting a rectangular piece of fabric.

What is your fall statement piece?


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~Kisses, Kvitka~

TV Shows = Fashion Inspirations

Well it’s official, TV shows give the best fashion advice. Before you raise your eyebrow mockingly in my direction, allow me to explain myself. I just watched the first episode of Scream Queens and aside from laughing my head off and looking on in horror, I was very very pleased by the amazing fashion choices going on in the show.

For example, exhibit A shows the outfit worn by Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) for a casual day about her university.

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The pink fur, plaid skater skirt and oversized sunglasses look can often be found in the University of Neverland. But for most university students, after the first week when we all try to look as fabulous as possible, we usually give up and switch over to the ‘oversize t-shirt/sweatpants with pizza stains’ look.

What I loved about the fashion in the show was that, while it displayed a ridiculous over-exaggerated Hollywood version of university life, it did give me a reminder that I did not need to dress sloppily for comfort. But looking good doesn’t have to entail long hours in front of a mirror.

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Just plan an outfit the night before, even if you just picture it in your head before hitting the pillow. It gives you a game plan the next day and gives you options when you reach for the sweatpants. 

I’m now deep into second week university and I’m proud to say I haven’t worn my greying sweatpants yet. However, despite the above advice, come November you’ll find me with a blanket and pillow in lecture hall.

What are your go to outfits? Also, sweatpants- a fashion statement or no?


Until next time,

Rochelle

All photos by Steve Dietl/Fox from Scream Queens.

OOTW: Hermione, Mary Poppins, and I have something in common

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I can strongly attest to my over-preparedness for the unexpected. Looking back, in school I had a Staples stock of pens and pencils but let’s not forget the overlooked essentials like tape, stapler, and hole puncher. These items are like opening a pack of gum in the school yard, you become an immediate hot ticket. This little backpack is no exception, it runs rival to Hermione’s or Mary Poppins’ purses of everything and anything.

Aside from being a chic statement, it is also a better option over purses due to the equal distribution of weight over both shoulders. Am I convincing enough?


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~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

Bringing Green Back

Last weekend Toronto definitely noticed a drop in temperatures which meant bringing our light blazers and cover-ups out of hibernation. I decided to dress up my beloved khaki green Zara t-shirt (très comfortable!) with my new silk Attitude blazer. The green on green ensemble definitely did not clash and I love my cute gold and black belt that added a little more oomph to my outfit. Navy blue loafers, a little red bag and 3/4 boyfriend jeans toned down and complimented the look.

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Until next time,

Rochelle

Fashion Dejavu– Its real

One of the debated perks of being the younger sister is “borrowing” your older sister’s clothes, makeup, and buckets of advice. As my younger sister is starting to learn about this world of possibilities (in my closet in particular), it made me think of fashion items which are making a comeback and reminding me of the good old careless days.


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The beauty behind fashion’s trend recycling is the nostalgia of traveling back a few decades. Who needs a time travelling machine to go to the 1800s when corsets are making a comeback this season. The old trends are simply modernized, reinvented, and adjusted to suite this decade’s vibes. However, there are two sides to this “trend recycling dilemma.”

As I was cleaning out my closet, I came across many pieces which were inspired by the previous decades such as neon scrunchies and bangles (1980s inspired), bell bottoms and shoulder padded blazers (1960s), and yes, even a drop waist dress (1920s), all recent purchases. It got me thinking– is fashion running low on its creative juices? If Google has nothing for the search “Fashion Trends We Need to Create,” you know there’s a problem.

An outfit inspired by the 60s, 80s, and 90s. Can you guess which piece belongs to which decade?

While pieces like mocassins, crop tops, converse, skater skirts, and baggie denim jackets are making an appearance yet again, what can the 2000s bring to the table? I have considered graphic tees and DIY clothes to be a new edition to the fashion hemisphere; however, this summer has proven to be a fashion dejavu instead.

Some trends I would like to see come to fruition are quite far fetched but original:

  • Stain removing tank tops— no need for the Tide stain remover stick
  • Colour changing jeans— a new version of the mood rings, one pair fits all moods
  • Tops with removable sleeves— try dressing for a blizzard and a heat wave on the same day
  • Self heating winter boots— these will make winter a little less dreadful

What trends do you think are unique to the 2000s? Share them with us in the comments. Do you think fashion is running low on new, creative ideas?


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Until next time,

~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

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Inflated Prices, No problem

Recently, I sprinkled some shopping wisdom and suggested ways to save money on your next shopping trip. Today I will share the formula I use to determine if the item is worthy of being placed into my shopping crate. 


The strategy I use is not universal and will fluctuate depending on your budget and prices in your favourite stores. Here is the basic principle behind my money saving shopping strategy.

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Over the years, I have identified pricing patterns for items such as blazers, jeans, and tops in my favourite stores. By estimating average prices for these items I have determined my personal spending limit. If the prices are significantly above this average, I do not make a purchase (most of the time that is). However, make sure to check out the sales racks before committing to newly arrived items, you never know what you might find. 


For example: My Summer Spending Averages 

  • T-shirts  →  ~ $15
  • Sandals  →  ~$40
  • Summer Dress  →  ~$30- $35
  • Shorts  →  ~$20
  • Sunglasses  →  ~$15 (none glass lenses)

Do you think this formula was helpful? Will you be giving it a try? Let us know in the comments. In the mean time, you can keep in touch with by following us on Twitter, Instagram @lipstick_trilogy and Pinterest for more on our adventures and interests.

Best of luck,

– Kisses, Kvitka –

$$$ Saving Shopping Tips

This week Rochelle and I decided that some shopping therapy needed to be put in place. We hit the malls and managed to stick to an allotted budget of under $100. Personally I like to do my shopping by season which generally prevents me from overspending throughout the year.

Today, we will be sharing our tricks of the trade for becoming an efficient and savvy shopper.


1. Before purchasing a new item, I envision outfits to accompany the piece. There were countless times where I couldn’t think of a way to pair neon coloured shorts with the existing tops in my closet and they got sorted to the back of my closet after the purchase.

2. The next tip is to decide if the pricing is reasonable. I use the formula– blazers are typically $30, jeans tend to be $35, and t-shirts are about $15 in my favorite stores. Anything significantly above my formula doesn’t make it into my shopping basket.

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3. If a piece is an investment, it is better to purchase a more expensive item. For example, winter/fall coats tend to be investments because chances are they will be worn for years to come. More often than not, the item’s quality and life expectancy will match the price tag.

4. I always make sure to check outlet stores. The prices tend to be significantly lower while the clothing is still on trend. Also sign up for emails to receive updates about sales and visit thrift shops for some second hand options.


5. Try making a To Buy List. I tend to write the items I think my closet is missing out on. This summer I put a summer dress, small backpack, and basic tops onto my list and remembered to keep an eye out for these pieces when shopping.

6. I start my shopping trip at the back of every store, where the sale/clearance items are displayed and move upwards to the new arrivals section. Before you have a chance to fall in love with an overpriced new arrivals item, you will get a glimpse of a more reasonably priced sale item which isn’t necessarily out of style. Sometimes a new piece may just be missing a button or all the sizes have been sold out and it immediately gets sectioned into the clearance racks.

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7. Make sure you don’t buy items that are too similar to each other. I noticed my passion for floral designs and found myself trying on pieces with a near identical print. Remember, to keep your closet fresh and unique rather than filled with duplicates.


Do you have any tips you would like to share with us? If we missed something, we would love to hear from you in the comments. You can also stay in touch with us by following us on Twitter, Instagram @lipstick_trilogy and Pinterest for more on our adventures and interests.

Happy Shopping,

– Kisses, Kvitka –

Outfit of the Week: Garden Camouflage

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Top: Dynamite, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Geox


For those who are curious, my name Kvitka means “Flower” in my native language. Any item of clothing I choose to wear with a floral print is also followed with playful teasing from friends. These pants are no exception to the usual. They are a bold statement that as my father jokes around, “Can camouflage with flower fields.”

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