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From day look to evening look

Lara

I remember when I was a teenager, I'd spent so many hours deciding on what to wear and on getting ready. All the clothes in the world weren't enough. Even though I still spent time on styling and putting a nice outfit together, I also didn't want it to take over. I mean, it's not the most important thing in life right?! 

So nowadays with clothes, I like good quality, minimalistic and timeless pieces. I think about in how many different ways I can style the piece, so I can wear it often in different ways. That's why I decided to take one of my favorite go-to dresses for summer, and just style it in two different ways. A more casual look for during the day and a more dressed up evening look. This dress is just perfect, it's pretty loose, it has the perfect length and (obviously) you can wear it in a lot of different ways. 

I decided to wear the black long dress with a simple white tee and for the day look I paired it with my black converse (I just can't get enough of these old school sneakers), my denim jacket and my waist-bag (sooo convenient). It's just a casual look that you can wear to a lot of things. I wore this while exploring Venice - LA. 
For the evening look, I just switched the shoes and the jacket and wore the bag differently. I styled it with my blue embroidered ankle boots and my leather jacket. I find a leather jacket gives the outfit a bit of a cool vibe, but because of the fit it also gives it a more dressed up feeling. This was the perfect evening look to have a quick stroll at Santa Monica Boulevard and then go for dinner. It was a great day (besides alle the traffic jams)! 

Which look do you like the best?

With love,
Lara

Wearing
Long black dress from Aritzia
White tee from Stig P

Denim Jacket from H&M
Sneakers from Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Waist-bag from WarewarE
Blue embroidered ankle boots from Zara
Leather jacket from Modström

Dare to be bold!

Lara

So glad it's getting warmer here in Canada. For me warmer weather also means to be more daring and creative with my outfits. Or at least, I'm trying to be. As you probably know I love wearing black and also I'm not a big fan of wearing clothes that are too showing. Well, hello there grandma :P So with this outfit I decided to put on my brave face and shove my self consciousness aside...

Actually when I saw this top I immediately fell in love with the print, the tones and the cut. I really love the flower power vibe and the zipper in the back. So I didn't hesitate when buying it. But when I tried it on at home for certain other occasions, I didn't feel comfortable in it. I felt like the top showed too much of a cleavage, like I wasn't skinny enough to wear a crop top like this and other people would feel that way too when they would see me. So in the end every time I tried it on, I chose to wear something else, something familiar and not so daring (for me). My self consciousness and me trying to be bolder was biting me in the ass. So this time I decided not to get changed, even though I still didn't feel comfortable, at all. I just needed to suck it up, because I really love the top and that's what matters right?!

I styled the top with my dark green trousers, plateau sandal and of course my beloved half moon bag and golden watch. I bought the trousers during my last visit to the Netherlands, at NOW, one of my favorite shops in Maastricht. If you're ever visiting, definitely a must-go-to-shop! I'm really happy with those trousers, since it has the perfect fit and you can style them in a lot of different ways. I've worn them with sneakers, heels and now with more edgy platform sandals. Also I'm a big fan of delicate chokers and I think this one is a great and elegant addition to the whole look. 

I think it's the perfect look to stroll around in the city, but you can also wear it into the night. And I have to admit, even though I was glad to be home and able change into my pj's, I was very pleased with myself for not giving into my insecurities. In the end, life happens when you step out of your comfort zone. 

So my new motto is: dare to be bold(er)! Not only in fashion, but also in my day to day life.
Do you ever experience something similar? Let me know in the comments!

With love,
Lara

Wearing
Top from Zara
Trousers from FRNCH 

Platfrom Sandals from Selected Femme
Half Moon Bag from A.P.C.

Choker from ALDO
Watch from Skagen

That LA feeling

Lara

Pfew, finally time to write a new blogpost. After we got back from our trip to California, I had so many new ideas, but then I got the flu and after that just life (read: work) happened. You know the drill... But here it is, a new post about one of the outfits I wore in LA and some of my thoughts about the city. 

About the look, I really love Disney, always have, so when I saw this t-shirt with Mickey Mouse on it at Uniqlo, I knew I needed that one. It's actually from the men's section, because I really wanted the t-shirt to be a bit looser and more oversized and also this way the sleeves are looser and longer. Most of the times with women's tees they tend to be tighter and shorter and after a few washes it won't fit as comfy anymore. I love that it's just a white shirt with a breast pocket with a mini Mickey Mouse on it. It just makes me smile.

For this look I decided to style it with my vintage black leather skirt, a grey leather belt my converse (since they're so comfy for walking) and of course my beloved Half-Moon bag. And what about those earrings?! I was so happy to see & Other Stories in LA, I really did miss that store (no, we don't have one in Ottawa), so of course I had get a new pair of earrings. This skirt is just perfect to create many different looks with and I just love how it makes this whole look a bit more edgy, especially when styled with black converse. I found this waist belt that you have to knot in my closet, catching dust (oopsiee) and decided to style it in some different ways. I have to admit I was kind of smirking when I tried it on this outfit. I think it just looks effortless cool... And yeah sometimes you just have to admit it that you're pleased with your look/outfit. The Half-Moon bag is just my go to bag and I love it even more now than the day I bought it, that's a good sign right?! With trying to be al minimal and shit :P

So yeah, I was kind of pleased with my outfit for a stroll through LA. Yes, I said it... A. Stroll. Uhhh, yeah I know, BIG mistake. You don't walk in LA. But stubborn as we were, we just thought we would try it. It didn't work out great though, so after a long day of frustrating walks (LA isn't the most pretty city to walk around) we got an Uber back home. So some of my thoughts on LA... it isn't walkable, traffic is terrible and you need a LOT of time to get some decent exploring done. So my first impression actually is that I wasn't that impressed. Sorry for all the LA-lovers out there. Don't get me wrong, I do think that the city has a lot to offer and has a lot of amazing restaurants, coffee spots, boutiques and some cool spots, but I just think you'll need more time. If I was able to spend at least a month or so in the city, I think I would see the appeal of the city. 

Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts or experience about visiting LA and let me know what you think of the outfit! 

With love,
Lara

Wearing
Vintage leather skirt from We-ar vintage & design
Mickey Mouse t-shirt from Uniqlo

Grey belt from Designers Remix (old collection, find something similar here)
Chuck Taylor All Star from Converse
Earrings from & Other Stories
Half-Moon bag from A.P.C.