Brand Love: Stoned Immaculate

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Stoned Immaculate Lookbook

     In my last Friday Favorites post, I mentioned falling in love with 70's inspired brand Stoned Immaculate on Instagram. Today, I want to share a little more of this retro goodness.

Described on their site as "A 70's love child born of our deep appreciation for all things vintage", this brand channels summer of love vibes with their high-waisted pants, ringer tees, and ruffled blouses. It's no secret that I've been a bit obsessed with the 70's lately, and I love everything about this brand; they do an amazing job capturing the spirit of the era, and their efforts to recreate iconic styles are spot on.

Along with their signature label, they also sell a curated vintage collection. The prices are a bit steep for me, but that doesn't mean a girl can't dream. (I'm dying to get a pair of those clear aviator glasses, too!)


Stoned Immaculate Lookbook

Stoned Immaculate Lookbook

Stoned Immaculate Lookbook

Stoned Immaculate Lookbook

Stoned Immaculate Lookbook

Stoned Immaculate Lookbook
All photos from Stoned Immaculate.

The pictures collected in this post are from Stoned Immaculate's Another Pleasant Valley SundayVoulez-Vous, and California Dreamin' lookbooks.

What do you think of this retro brand?

Friday Favorites: 23/06/17

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Friday Favorites: 23/06/17
Photos from Stoned Immaculate & A Beautiful Mess.

      TGIF! The weekend's almost here, and I'm back with a favorites roundup. This week, I've been especially inspired, thanks to all the amazing things I've discovered and rounded up below. Aren't you glad you have me to share them with you?


  • To Want: I spied retro brand Stoned Immaculate on Instagram; their clothing is insanely cool. I am jonesing for this tee.
  • To Listen: The other day, I discovered 80's post-punk band Echo & The Bunnymen. I've had The Killing Moon on repeat ever since.
  • To Read: I'm currently re-reading Jane Eyre and swooning over her relationship with Mr. Rochester.
  • To Make: I have a bit of a macrame obsession lately; this Woven Wall Hanging from A Beautiful Mess is, well, beautiful.

    What are your favorite things this week?

    5 Photography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Outfit Post

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    5 Photography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Outfit Post

         My favorite kind of posts to write are outfit posts. I've been making outfit posts for about a year now, and while my photos are still by no means professional quality, I like to think I've improved through trial and error. Today I'd like to share the biggest lessons I've learned in my time fashion blogging, no technical skill required. Here are 5 photography mistakes that will ruin your outfit post!

    1. Not taking enough photos:

    You can follow every tip and trick perfectly and still come out with unusable photos. There are some things you simply can't plan for, from gusts of wind to blinking. The best practice is to take more than you'll need and choose the very best ones. I usually take around eighty and choose eight. I use the continuous shooting mode on my camera to capture multiple shots of the same pose to ensure I'll have one that's just right. Of course, how many pictures you take is up to you - just keep snapping until you feel like you have a few great shots.


    5 Photography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Outfit Post

    2. Too much light:

    Nothing will ruin your pictures faster than overexposure. While plenty of light is necessary, you should avoid taking photos in direct sunlight. Try taking pictures away from windows, or if you're shooting outdoors, in an area covered by shadow. It's much easier to fix pictures that are a bit too dark than those that are too light. The best time to take photos outdoors is during the golden hours: an hour before sunrise or an hour before sunset, when the light is softest.


    5 Photography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Outfit Post

    3. Not using the right equipment:

    There are some amazing quality cameras available on phones these days. It may seem like using your phone's camera for blog photos will be fine. However, it can be hard to get a great quality outfit post image with a camera phone. That's not to say it can't be done; it just takes a lot of skill. Often times, you'll end up with pictures that are grainy or blurry, like the photo above. I definitely recommend getting a digital camera, even if you're a beginner. Another tool you'll need is a tripod; trying to prop your camera up on household items will only end in frustration.


    5 Photography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Outfit Post

    4. Wearing clothes that don't fit your style:

    There are times when you might be tempted to wear something on your blog you wouldn't ordinarily; maybe because it's fashionable at the time and everyone else is wearing it, or maybe because you've been asked by a sponsor. I personally have found that wearing clothes I didn't like on my blog has been a waste of time and energy. In the photo above, for example, I'm wearing an outfit I'm not crazy about. The picture itself is fine, yet it doesn't seem to fit my blog. You can also tell I'm quite awkward in front of the camera; that's because I don't feel confident. It's hard to look confident when you aren't being yourself.

    Now I try to wear only things I'm truly proud of on my blog, and I have to say this technique is working a lot better for me. I totally recommend being true to your own personal style.


    5 Photography Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Outfit Post

    5. Overediting photos:

    The photo above is from one of my first outfit posts, and although I'm still fond of this picture, I can't say I didn't make a mistake with the filter. Using very obvious filters when editing outfit pictures really limits you in the long run. You'll have to keep using that same filter all the time if you want uniformity in your feeds, and in the end, it tends to look a little amateur. I was all about the weird filters and effects when I first started blogging, but then I realized that a good outfit photo will speak for itself; it won't need added effects to catch the reader's eye. 

    Of course, this can't be said for all filters. Some add just the right touch and can help you build a cohesive photography style your readers instantly recognize. It's just the ones that distract that we're talking about here.

    That's it for my photography tips! Do you have any photography mistakes or tips I didn't mention?

    The Quick Guide To Refreshing Your Bedroom For Spring

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    The Quick Guide To Refreshing Your Bedroom For Spring

         Let's be real: when's the last time you did a big Spring clean? With Summer fast approaching, time is running out to start the season fresh. Still, a big bedroom overhaul is exhausting. Who has the time?

    Each year, I make sure to do a good Spring clean, paring down the stuff I don't need, and organizing what I do. I have my process down, so it requires only a couple of hours. Ready to liven things up? Here's the quick guide to refreshing your bedroom for Spring.

    Let the fresh air in.

    First thing's first: Open all the windows wide and let in the fresh air. You're going to need light to work.

    Pare down.

    Sort through everything you have, woking on one part of the room at a time. Put things into three categories: keep, donate, and if it's a complete lost cause, throw away. If you're overwhelmed, try the Marie Kondo method: Start with clothes, then follow with books, paper, and sentimental items last.

    Deep clean.

    It's time for arguably the least enjoyable task: get the areas that seldom see any dusting. Wipe down anything possible, including light switches and door frames. This is also a good time to throw rarely cleaned things like rugs, duvets, and curtains in the washer (but make sure to read the wash instructions first!). Give your room a quick vacuum to finish up.

    Clean your closet

    This step really requires a guide all it's own, but if you can handle it, go for it! Take everything from your closet and go through your wardrobe, sorting into those three piles again. Put the keepers back in. Bonus points for hanging your clothes by color.

    Minimize your makeup.

    Get rid of anything you don't/won't use or anything past its expiration. Mascara and eyeliner last two to three months, foundation is good for six to twelve months, and lipstick and eyeshadow are usable for a year or two.

    Bring in some nature

    Now that your room is nice and clean, bring in a potted plant or two to really liven the place up. It will feel like a whole new room.

    Voila! Now you're ready to relax in your fresh new space. Enjoy!

    Innika Choo Summer 2017

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    Innika Choo Summer 2017

         I was absolutely blown away today when I discovered Innika Choo's Summer 2017 collection. I'd never heard of the Austrailian-born designer before, and I honestly can't imagine why. Her style is perfection; this frilly, feminine collection incorporates pops of bold color, giving the old-fashioned silhouettes fresh, unexpected life.


    Innika Choo Summer 2017

    Innika Choo Summer 2017

    Innika Choo Summer 2017

    My personal favorite pieces are the Broderie Anglaise Mini Smock in marigold and the Linen Bib Maxi Dress in milk rose. This dress is straight out of a Jane Austen fantasy. I'm in love.Broderie Anglaise Mini Smock Blouse
    Innika Choo Linen Bib Maxi Dress
    Photos from Innika Choo.
    What do you think of this dreamy collection?

    June Moodboard

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    June Moodboard
    Photos from Pinterest.

          Need a little inspiration for the coming month? Good, cause' I'm back with another monthly mood board!

    This month, I'm all about the summer road trip vibes. I collected pictures that remind me of hitting the open road and impromptu skinny dipping in great lakes. How I wish this mood board could be my June reality! At least we can dream, right?

    What are your June plans?

    A Blue Midi Dress

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    Blue Midi Dress Summer Outfit

         It's late Spring in Canada. The days have been getting longer, and I'm just about ready to tuck my jeans away for the summer. Time to slip into one of my favorite dresses and talk about my goals for June.