Friday, November 27, 2009

Alteration Dilemma

So a while back, I got suckered into a good deal. A great deal actually. I bought a Miss Sixty wool winter coat that I loved for significantly cheaper than the price that it was in stores. Right now, it is at Macy's and for $150 - $170, which is not even close to what I paid! What a steal I got!

However, the only problem was that because it was such a steal, I never really got to try it on before buying it. Unfortunately, the coat is about one size too big for me. Everything, the shoulder to shoulder seams and the chest are about one to two inches too big for me!

Now, next week I have a reading week, and I’m thinking of going and finding any tailor that I can to take in this coat. But my question is: has anyone ever gotten a wool coat altered? I want to get the whole top half taken in. Does anyone have any advice for me, or can tell me if this is even possible? Will altering ruin the coat?

coat front

close up of coat


What I’m most concerned about is the back pleats being destroyed. I bought this jacket specifically because of how the back pleating looked! It’s so Blair Waldorf / preppy schoolgirl cute!

Here is a picture of the pleats, I tried to make the pleats visible by separating them.

coat pleat

PS, I'm sorry about the bad is not my forte!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Say Yes to the Dress

Now, I don't mean to be a dress snob, but it is my firm belief that Elie Saab makes the best dresses, hands down. Here are some of my ultimate favourites.


Elie Saab, Spring 2008 Couture


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Elie Saab, Spring 2008 Couture

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Elie Saab, Spring 2008 Couture

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Elie Saab Spring 2008, Couture

Elie Saab, Spring 2007, Couture

Elie Saab, Spring 2007 Couture
This one would probably be best, since it combines an Indian Sari with a Western dress! 

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Elie Saab Spring 2008 Couture Bridal Collection

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Fall 2005 Couture, Bridal Collection

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Elie Saab Spring 2005 Couture, Bridal Collection....not feeling the weird veil

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Elie Saab 2003 Couture, Bridal Collection

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Elie Saab for Pronovias collection

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Elie Saab for Pronovias bridal collection

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Elie Saab for Pronovias bridal collection

All images from and

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Style Envy

I love Taylor Swift's style. It's so chic and casual, something that's perfect for a student like me. But what I really like is her selection in outerwear. I must admit, I love to indulge in buying outerwear myself. I live in Canada, so its always cold, so I can pretty much justify any outwear purchase :P Here are some of my favorite Taylor Swift looks.




Wednesday, November 18, 2009


chuck bass

I love him. Such a chic guy.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Style I Love

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emmy rossum

Love, Love, Love her chic simple style. Also, that marchesa white and gold dress is a dream.

Pretty Shiny Things

I got two amazing rings in the mail today (after waiting for almost two weeks!). As much as I like real jewelery, fabulous costume jewelery, especially big, over-sized rings make any girl feel fabulous. I bought these two for about $25 together, and I wasn't expecting much. But when I got them, the quality was ah-mazing! Holy! The way that they shine, and the way that they look is much better then half the stuff I see in the malls for much, much more! These are the pictures of the rings, and I'll be posting how they actually look in a little bit. They are so much more fabulous in person!

honey ring

honey ring

honey ring 2

blue ring

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blue ring

Blake's White Blazer

How stunning is this blazer and short combo? I love the texture in the blazer, so pretty! The only thing I'm not digging are the whtie shoes, but I can get over it with this stunning blazer!

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Blake Lively at the Pippa Lee Premier, November 15, 2009 NYC

Btw, have any of you seen The Private Lives of Pippa Lee? It was an amazing movie!

Friday, November 13, 2009


My sister told me about these fabulous lunch bags which are leak-proof, extremely strechable, and keep foods hot or cold for 2 to 3 hours!
As a person who makes their own yummy lunches (just wait until I post my cooking / recipe section on this blog... I must admit, I am a master at the art of the sandwhich), this lunch bag totally beats taking a brown paper bag, plastic bag, or shoving my lunch in my backpack any day! Plus, it'll save tons of bags from being dumped into the trash, which makes it an even better purchase!  Oh, and its only $15!!


BYO Chomp Lunch Bag, Availible at Kitchen Stuff Plus in Canada. 

Kitchen Stuff Plus is Canadian, meaning I have that much more love for it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Words cannot describe...

I have found true love in this one dress.
It is heaven in a garment.

rebecca taylor

The fabric, the colour, everything is just...magnificent.

close up rebecca taylor

Rebecca Taylor Metallic Party Dress

Holiday Dresses!

I love the holidays. I love walking down any suburban street or the city and see all the Christmas lights strung from the trees. I love how you have to wear hats and gloves and bundle up but everyone is still happy around you. Most of all, I love holiday clothes. And for holiday clothes, there is nothing better than holiday dresses. Some of the prettiest dresses come out this time of year. Honestly, I don’t go to too many parties, but one holiday dress a year is a must for me, even if it only gets worn once. Because of this, I have picked out some chic but not expensive dresses for a glimpse.
Btw, I am Canadian, so whatever I put up here, will be from retailers who ship to Canada or are directly within the Toronto area.
 holiday dresses
Ps, I adore brocade. Give me a nice gold brocade dress any day and it’ll instantly make me feel happier. Last holiday season, there was this gold brocade dress at Bedo, I call it the dress that got away, as it was stunning and only $125. *sigh* but alas, it was not in my size and I had to let it go. This AE version is a nice alternative, but nothing compared to last year’s drool-worthy option.
I won’t lie; you’d be hard pressed for me to purchase any of these things at full price, well maybe except the forever 21 dress. But still, I believe in winter clearance sales. And unless it’s something that I adore, I’m not paying full price for it!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Out of my Zone

I have something to confess: I am one of those women who believe that image is a large part of success (not the only part, mind you), but in today’s world, how you look, smell and what you wear can really give one a competitive edge. But let’s be honest here, we all already knew this. My problem, and I’m sure I am not alone in this, is that looking my best has not always been a top priority for me. I look at those girls in my school who are so incredibly well dressed and well groomed and think “how do you have the time to do all that in the morning?!” Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a credit to their hard work and effort in order to present themselves like that in the mornings. I’m not one of those people who judge well maintained people differently, I actually have tremendous respect for those women (and men!) who believe in taking care of themselves so well everyday!
Anyways, on to the point of the story! The thing is, since university started, I tried to promise myself that I too would be one of these girls; well dressed, well groomed, on top of their game every day. And the first couple days of the semester look especially bright; I try, I really do. But then the sweatshirts and sneakers come out and it’s all downhill from there.
Not only that, but I have a deep confession to make; sometimes when I wear these clothes, I’m so afraid of looking like a fraud. I’ve been in my comfort zone of long sleeved tees and jeans for so long that anything else makes me feel very self-conscious and uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I’ve learned that what really counts and what makes a great overall impression is confidence in what you’re wearing and a true sense of style. Now these are harder to achieve than one might think. I’m going to try, and you’ll hear many more rants about this topic as the days go on! But onto the pictures and exciting things!
 These are the kinds of things that I am thinking of wearing for school, and for making a good impression to both my profs (who I need for reference letters always!) and for other students. I’ve learned that you’ve got to brand yourself right all the time if you want the kinds of opportunities you would like.
Later on, I’ll be posting pictures of the latest clothes / accessory finds that I’ve been getting to update my wardrobe from student to professional. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
out of my zone

Welcome to Insights!

So I wanted to create a blog that was a true reflection of the things I cared about and liked. But when I tried to narrow it down into a couple of categories of subjects that I could blog about for a while, I couldn’t really do it. In many ways, I’m the typical Canadian urban student; homework takes up most of my life, but my close buddies and my family are the things that I care about the most. I love fashion, design and art, but I chose to major in political science and human geography. So far, many of the decisions I’ve made are pretty unconventional. Growing up, I wanted to be an artist; paint, draw and photograph until I had no more creative juices left inside me to give to the world. At some point though, living with parents who saw success as a measure of how well one does in the corporate world started to taint my measure of success. I dropped my dream of becoming an artist, and pursued the other thing I loved; to argue! :p Hence, the political science academia. And I’ve been pretty successful at this, but I think it’s time to move on.

And now, as I’m graduating from university, I’ve started to realize that adult life is finally about to being. I’m probably in the process right now of becoming a nine to fiver! This scares me and drives me into a whole host of self doubt and self-esteem issues. Right now, I’m focusing on how to get a job right out of school.

Anyways, now that you have an introduction of me, I wanted to create this blog so that I can regale you all of my adventures into self- improvement. From the transformation of my schlumpy student wardrobe to a chic business one, to my first foray into makeup and my advice and experiences in what it is like to be graduating and starting this scary process of working and becoming a fully fledged adult! I hope you enjoy, and please, feel free to email me any time at if you have any questions and to leave lots of comments, I love to read anyone’s inputs in my shenanigans!