MK and Ashley Olsen have always been on the top of my go-to Google when I need some inspiration and I’ve torn my closet open with clothes and shoes all over. Sometimes it’s easy to get dressed, I know exactly what I want to wear what shoes, lipstick etc; and then sometimes it takes me forever and I don’t even want to leave the house. I find, warning TMI, when I’m about to get my period I absolutely can NOT find anything to wear. I’m sure that’s a pretty typical symptom for most of my fellow ladies.
Anywho, MK and Ashley have an ease to their style, I’m sure comes from the helping fact that they have a bagillion dollars, they never look like they have to try very hard. They always have the best accessories, I am more obsessed with shoes and bags then anything, and they’re never the designer accessories you see sprawled across people magazine that “all the stars are wearing”. These are women of fashion and true style. They find classic pieces with forever life behind them. I have always been intrigued by the pieces they choose. Basics that are worn in interesting ways alongside one-time wear pieces including outrageous prints, emroidery and more. Since Google was a thing I’ve been image searching these two and before Google I have a bunch of scrapbooks I made over the years as a pre-teen that I can’t part with. It’s always fun to look back here and there to see what I was inspired by. Who is your fashion inspiration? What images do you Google when you’re in a rut?
This outfit essentially screams me. Denim, ankle boots and a quirky printed button-up shirt thrown in to spice things up (when I’m not normally dressed in all black). The real reason this outfit screams LAYLA LANE, is because this entire outfit cost me less than $25. I have had a bit of luck over the years finding hidden gems in sale sections, at thrift stores, discount department store, and in vintage boutiques. I think it’s really due to the fact that I have the patience to actually sift through everything and being tiny doesn’t hurt either. My family and friends are always shocked to see what I manage to spend compared to how many goodies I bring home. To me it’s a calming experience, where others get overwhelmed shopping in that sort of environment. Feed me and caffeinate me and I could sift all day.
Here are the details: this shirt, originally from Joe Fresh, I found in the racks at Common Sort in Parkdale (my fave buy/sell shop) for $8.00. The skirt I found on sale for $12.00 after I posted it here, and the boots I got at Value Village unworn for 3 friggin BUCKS (somehow the day I went all shoes were 50% off)…luck?
Velvet is back this season, so says the entire fashion industry anyways, and I am into it. I bought this blazer at Zara like a million years ago and I’ve maybe worn in 5 times mostly to class presentations. I bought it because I have always had a slight obsession with velvet. It may be because when I was a kid I remember many of my favourite items I wore being velvet-this red dress I wore for christmas and class photos and this lilac gymnastics suit I continued to wear as a bathing suit well after I stopped going to gymnastics.
This blazer fit really well with all the cuts for the curves I do not have, and I figured was an easy throw-on piece for added structure. Sometimes as a more petite human adding structure to your outfit can be really helpful to shaping you and helping you look a little older even if you paired with boyfriend jeans and a baggy tee.
I love velvet because it’s such a rich texture that adds that extra note of cool to your outfit. Velvet is so underrated but now I’m seeing a huge welcoming to the fabric even in shoes this season. My fuzzy texture loving heart approves.
Besides iPhone/Apple and all their crazy updates and changes to the software etc I think one of my fave things they ever added was when and where the photo was taken in albums. In this case it just helps me with the date, but with other memories it’s nice to have that extra information.
Anywho, style notes. So Toronto’s Fall is one of the most menopausal seasons ever. It’s hot one minute in the sunshine then you hit shade or a cloud covers the sun and you are searching for your parka. So it’s all about smart layering. With this I threw on my leather jacket for added warmth closer to the evening and during the day added a silk scarf to the oversized cowl-like turtleneck in order to keep my neck a little warmer on this chilly day. Wearing open-toe shoes and ripped denim are key pieces in the Fall months while trying to monitor your temperature.
I personally think fall is fashion season. You get to play with all your jackets (we all know we have a leather, a bomber, a knee length etc etc), layer in interesting ways, colours become richer and dark long nails and dark lips are my favourite vampy accessory. I’ll be taking in all the street style inspiration this season. Show me whatchu got!