Thursday, September 18, 2014

1PIECE/2WAYS: The Breton Shirt

Happy Thursday! I'm glad the week is almost over, because I had the misfortune of getting sick on Monday night and it's no fun trying to maneuver through classes and readings with a headache and a sore throat. Add in a overall sense of sluggishness and ugh, just want to sleep forever, haha. But not really, because life is so much more interesting when you're not sleeping it away... I'm rambling, haha, so I'll stop now. Here's a style post for you all, hope you all are doing better than I am, haha!

It's pretty common knowledge that the Breton shirt is an icon of Parisian style. It's slightly less known that it was part of the uniform of the French Navy beginning in the late 1800s. Did you know, however, it entered the realm of fashion through a nautical-inspired collection in 1917 by Coco Chanel herself? Since then, it has been made further popular by a number of artists and fashion icons: Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Jean-Paul Gaultier and more.

Pretty impressive, huh? But for the fashion plebeians like me (haha), a Breton shirt is simply the 'stripey' shirt that looks good with almost anything. Here are two ways I've styled this iconic item of French chic...

#1 Dress it Down

If there's one thing that I could not live without in my closet (I would've said closet but then I can't very well walk around naked except for this one item) shoe collection, it's a good pair of lace-up black combatish boots. I love how they look with basically everything and I've worn mine to death for two years, they've taken me to Seoul and back, I've even got a backup pair, but I still can't let them go just yet. Long tangent, but yes, I'm definitely a combat boots kind of girl, LOL! Add in a black watch (don't get me started with black chain link watches either), some soft pink makeup, and a bag big enough to carry your house in, and you're all set. This is definitely my favourite way to wear a basic top like this one.

Click through to see the second outfit after the jump!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ramblings: Final Year Thoughts

now playing Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour album

I have yet to come up with a clever enough idea for these basically-purely writing posts, so "ramblings" will have to do for now. Under certain criteria, all blogging is rambling, anyway.

So I have just finished the first week of my final year at university -- unreal. I've only got two more terms before I'm entitled to wear that cap and gown and step into the real world and blah blah blah cliches. It's already sort of settled in that I'm a fourth-year now. How did I get so ... old? I went out the other night with friends and we were all a little shocked at how young the crowd seems--there now seems to be a world of difference between us and the lowly (jk) third- and second-years. I know it's all in my head, but still. It's hard to forget it when you've got people going, "omg, you're almost done!! aren't you excited? are you ready?"

The answer to that is of course, yes, I am beyond excited, and no, I am by no means ready. I veer violently between "I just want to stay in school forever!" (cue dramatics in italics) and "I can't wait to finish and get out of here!" ... The question is, of course, where would I go? Probably to post-graduate school, if only to escape reality for a liiiittle bit longer.

I suppose I've just been trying to take things slowly and just live in the moment and to do the best I can, while I'm still here. I've made it my goal to graduate with Honours, which will definitely require much dedication and focus on my part -- but who knows? Maybe finally, after three years, I've finally realized how high the stakes are. I've got 830am classes this term for what might be the first time ever; usually I manipulate my schedule into nothing earlier than, say, 11am, but I've since realized the benefits of starting the day early, because then there's so much more of it. Also, because I really liked the professor for the earlier time slot, so sacrifices have got to be made.

I like to tell myself that I've become better at rearranging my priorities because I've become more mature--and I really hope that's the case. But hey, fake it 'til you make it, right? If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to achieve it, and if not, you'll find an excuse. Geez, I'm just full of cliches right now.

I had a job interview today (didn't get the job, unfortunately), and it got me thinking how much I dislike interviews. How do you expect to know how well someone will work in your company by following a structured Q-and-A format designed to put the person on the spot (thereby making them uncomfortable)? I wish there were some other way to prove my abilities or something. Obviously, this is something I've got to work on; I probably won't get very far if I'm not able to properly express myself in such situations, but goodness, it's just so much easier through writing.

I've been contemplating where writing can take me, as a career. A degree in English is versatile, yes, but sometimes, it can only get you so far; and as much as I love studying (only half joking), I don't think my 'calling' lies in academia. So I've been reassessing my interests and passions. This blog is definitely one of them, and I'm glad I've recently found the 'mojo' to blog more often. I'd love it if I could actually do something with this blog; but as of yet, things are unclear, and the avenue isn't easy.
I guess I don't know, really, which category I'm in yet -- and this applies to my blog, my life, my career... things are really unsure at the moment. I've been a student for so long that it seems the safest route. Now that things are changing, I'm trying to decide what to hold on to, what to improve or nurture, and what to let go. It's a little terrifying, I guess, but you could also say, it could be pretty fun.

xo, jess[i.e.]
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TUESDAY TEN / 'Back to School' Outfits

Image Credits: from left to right, top to bottom, via Tumblr
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Technically, school started yesterday (for me, anyway) but it isn't too late to do a back to school thing is it? I feel like a 'life update' post is probably in order but everything has been such a whirlwind, what with moving into my new place, starting my final year of university, and just generally getting back into school mode that things haven't quite settled down yet.

Funny, I actually woke up this morning and basically decided to blog straightaway--I guess I've just been away from the blog for too long, haha!  Hope those of you in school are enjoying your first week back! And if not, a little bit of outfit inspo never hurt anybody. ;)

xo, jess[i.e.]
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Playlist: Packing Up, Moving In

Taking a break from the style-inspo/Polyvore collage posts on this last day of August with a Youtube playlist of what I've been listening to lately, pulled straight from my watching history. There's a mix of throwback K-pop, Disney, and Glee songs on there. Yep, you read right--I've just started watching Glee on Netflix, as my 'packing' show. I'm two days away from moving back into my uni town and though it's definitely been hectic, I'm also beyond excited to be back in the thick of things, school, friends, and all that.

I probably won't be blogging again until I'm settled, so I guess see you on the other side! Hope everyone is living up their last few days of summer and/or enjoying their first few days of school! :)

xo, jess[i.e.]
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

1PIECE/2WAYS: A Little Black Dress

How to Wear an LBD

... or really, here are two takes on how I would or could wear an LBD like this bodycon one pictured.

A little black dress is an essential for every girl's closet because it's a piece that can take you anywhere. Girls' night out? Check. Proper work attire? Check. Casual ordinary day wear? Check. Date outfit? Check. It's like a blank canvas that you can accessorize with anything.

#1 Dress It Up                                                                                    

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The first outfit is definitely more of a night-time look. The sleeveless blazer keeps it chic, while the metallic heels bring glamour. The outfit could also easily be work-appropriate if I switched out for a more traditional sleeved blazer and nude pumps. Mint, while traditionally a daytime colour, gives the outfit a more relaxed summer vibe, and the coral lipstick finishes off and gives a bold touch to the otherwise neutral colour scheme, finishing the look.

Check out the second look after the jump!

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