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December 7, 2011

Club Monaco silk dress & scarf, Twenty8Twelve leather jacket,
H&M sweater, necklace & rings, gloves c/o Lost & Found,
Marc by Marc Jacobs bag, Sam Edleman booties

I’ve come to the realization this winter that my closet is 99% pretty yet impractical things and 1% basic pieces. As my taste has changed and evolved, I’ve found that I almost crave the simplicity of a great camel coat (see last post) or the perfect white T-shirt more than anything. What’s more, the more I stock up on basics in neutral colours, the easier it is to throw together a look, which is obviously always a big plus. This isn’t to say that I’ll abandon my bright colours and prints, but I did need to give myself a bit of a tutorial in dressing in basics. For example, this outfit took about two minutes to pull together, I just sought out earth tones and everything came together in record time.




After having wrapped up my term with a 10+ hour day on Monday, I decided to totally crash yesterday. I watched disgusting amounts of Say Yes to the Dress and What Not to Wear, drank tea, ate candy…and that was pretty much it. Oh, and I had two grilled cheese sandwiches.

I love having the odd day off to do nothing every once in awhile, but surprisingly, I woke up today wanting to get back to some kind of work…any work! I’m someone who naturally likes to have a full schedule just so I get to talk about how busy I am, so I’m sure I’ll figure out something time-consuming to occupy myself with soon enough.

I’m actually just starting on some applications for editorial internships this week, so if any of you hear of any opportunities in the fashion/lifestyle publication industry, let me know! I can be anywhere and everywhere come April so even if it’s something outside of Vancouver, I’m game!

Hope you’re all having a great week so far!

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67 Comments

  • Reply Megan December 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Your day yesterday sounds like it was perfect! Cheese, candy and television? Yes, please! You deserved it 🙂

    I completely agree with you, now that I've started blogging I notice I am drawn more to neutral basics, whereas before I gravitated towards prints and loud colors – it's so much harder to put an actual outfit together with that stuff!!

    I absolutely love this outfit, all of the layers and muted colors are beautiful together. 🙂

  • Reply Cara December 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Congrats on finishing your term, you must feel so relieved! And the day you had yesterday sounds absolutely perfect-a great way to celebrate!
    I love all of the neutral colors going on here, and that jacket is gorgeous, I was admiring it at Cee's over the weekend, and it looks just as fab in photos!
    xo Cara
    http://www.afashionloveaffair.com

  • Reply Anna Walker December 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Your outfit looks great! I love your sunglasses look! LOVE Say Yes to the Dress! Tea, Candy, Grilled Cheese sounds like a super good evening! 🙂
    Good luck finding an editorial internship!

    http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Bonnie December 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    We all need a day off once in a while where we do absolutely nothing but watch disgusting reality TV (holla!) and eat candy. That sounds lovely to me right now.

    I am all for dressing in basics and adding personal touches in random, crazy places. Oh, and lots of layers. Obviously.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Sick by Trend December 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    very cool outfit! love the combination of some fabrics and colors like a landscape 😀

    xx

    http://www.sickbytrend.com

  • Reply pink horrorshow December 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I could learn a lesson in layering from you 🙂 looks great!

  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird December 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Love this look, especially your bag!

  • Reply stylekarma December 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Absolutely love this look! You look so glam and the red lipstick gives it such a fierce touch! I wrote a similar piece on basics on monday, Id love for you to check it out if you have time. Good luck on your applications 🙂

    http://www.stylekarma.wordpress.com

  • Reply JennaStevie December 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Such a great look, the layering is perfect, the colours on you are wonderful and I am loving those tights. I am SO bad at buying basics and neutrals, I am easily distracted by a fanciful print haha.
    Say yes to the dress and grilled cheese sandwhiches? Sounds like an AWESOME day, mmm
    xJennaD

  • Reply Meggy December 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Great blog!! I absolutely this outfit! I'm your newest follower, and would love if you followed back.

    http://iammeggy.blogspot.com

    xx

  • Reply Kiki Janku December 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Hello there sweetie! Thanks for the lovely comment over my blog and also for following me with Bloglovin'! I'm already following you!
    Great combination of the outfit, love the pics; even though I like more pics without sunnies because your eyes are stunning 😀
    Hope to hear again from you dear!

    Hope you're having a great evening!
    http://www.kikisbookofdreams.blogspot.com/

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    xoxo Kiki

  • Reply Cathy December 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    LOVE those tights!
    http://www.cathykhayes.blogspot.com

  • Reply EffeVi December 7, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    congrats to you!!!I like your long blouse and the bag!!I love bagssss! 🙂

    http://thefashionlookfv.blogspot.com/

  • Reply MaRiaNela.. December 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    amazing look! you're really beautiful!! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog 😉
    xoxo
    http://www.marilynsclosetblog.com

  • Reply alicia December 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    amazing! love earth tones.

  • Reply sophie December 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    that glasses is beautiful, looks so good on you! thanks for your sweet comment beautiful lady!
    xxx
    http://blondfreckledgirl.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Framicetta December 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    The composition between the orange sweater and your scarf is absolutely perfect! (: I love it!
    I've just opened a Giveaway, join HERE if you want (:

    xoxo ♥♥♥
    Francesca.
    FASHIONCROUTON

  • Reply Taj Acosta December 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Great colors dear, I love the purse as well! xx

  • Reply Erika December 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    cool look! you are so beautiful
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    kiss
    Erika
    My Free Choice

  • Reply Sara Soda December 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I find the same thing is true for me! Mostly basics. But I like it that way. 🙂 And it does make it a lot easier to dress in the morning!

  • Reply Laksmono December 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Great cardi

  • Reply Sam December 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    You're right, any great outfit can be built up from foundation of basic neutrals. The tights are so unexpected but look so nice! All the best with finding an internship!

  • Reply Chic in Vancity December 8, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Cute outfit! Your jacket and dress are great 'basics'!
    Congratulations on completing your term!
    Always enjoy your lovely comments on our blog and hope you follow us soon! 🙂
    Bella xo
    http://www.chicinvancity.com/

  • Reply Leonie December 8, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Mmm grilled cheese… I could eat that right now! Your day yesterday doesn't sound disgusting one bit and you totally deserved it after all the stress.

    Neutral tones always look amazing on you and this look is no exception!

    Social Experiment

  • Reply Kat December 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

    absolutely love this look!!! so wonderful!! you have a great blog 🙂

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

  • Reply Cee December 8, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I'm with you Alex; my closet is made-up of about 99% pretty but impractical things… I keep trying to change that, but the fact is, I get so distracted when I go shopping. Those pretty but impractical things are eye-catching, damnit! Still, I love what you've done with your neutrals here- the layering is impeccable, and any look that starts with that stunning silk dress is a sure winner. See you (very) soon, love!
    xox,
    Cee

  • Reply Clara Turbay December 8, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Great Blog. keep posting!

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

  • Reply jamie December 8, 2011 at 5:41 am

    i love the colors here, you look great!
    x jamie

  • Reply M.E December 8, 2011 at 7:04 am

    you look great 🙂

    http://fashion-gourmet.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Matina December 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

    loved seeing you tonight. and i especially loved your blazer haha just kidding you KNOW It was dark in the car!!! you look beautiful in these pictures, and the bangs just look so great on you. very light and feathery. xoxo

    Matina

  • Reply Sabrina December 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

    beautiful outfit!!! i'm following you!!!if you like mine,do the same!!!

  • Reply Fashion Cappuccino December 8, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Alexandra! I'm taking notes on your layering skills because your outfit is so inspiring! I like how you keep your accessories simple and not too busy! Plus you look beautiful as always! Like you, I can't stand not having to do anything. It's kind of a problem..I need to have something productive to do otherwise, I'll go crazy. Hope you will find your dream job! xoxoxoo

  • Reply Francesca Giusti December 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

    love this post and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad 😀
    kisses
    http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

  • Reply The Afternoon Tea December 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

    You're nice and I like your cardigan.
    if you want some ideas for Christmas Gifts, visit my blog.
    Frances http://www.theafternoontea.it

  • Reply Sarah December 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    You have such amazing style. I the layering of this outfit and the cardigan!

    Sarah
    xo

    http://www.almostdelightful.com

  • Reply Clara Turbay December 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I enjoyed this blog. Come to check out mine.

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

  • Reply Annie December 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Those are such cool tights, and I love all your layers 🙂

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply Larissa December 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Loving your layers- the dress with tights look great!

    xoxo,
    Larissa

    http://www.livingincolorstyle.blogspot.com

  • Reply Gabrielle December 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I'm so jealous of your Marc Jacobs bag.
    And great layering, love it!

    http://www.dentelleetfleurs.blogspot.com

  • Reply northern style exposure December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    love the look! great bag!

  • Reply Ash Louise December 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I'm with you I'm with you!!! My closet is soooo impractical for winter. I have one pair of heels for winter… I'm kicking myself for it now too!
    And my mind is a brainless goooo everytime I want to throw something on in the morning and be able to take photos of it later too… and then I look outside… and back at my closet. Ya, nothing! I dont know what to wear!!!!

    I love how you've layered though. I normally just throw the most unattractive bundlessss of clothes on and then a big puffy jacket. I cant stand the cold!

  • Reply Katya December 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    My day consisted of pretty much the same stuff – both those shows, and celebrating finishing this term 😉

    So glad I came across your blog by the way. Your style is pretty darn awesome!

    xx
    thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

  • Reply Ria :) December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    i love your bag, your blog is so lovely by the ways, i will be visiting again very soon 🙂

    http://haveapeekinsidemywardrobe.blogspot.com/
    xxx

  • Reply wesothrifty December 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    The patterned sleeve edging out of your jacket is my favourite part of the whole look, although I love it all – effortless layering!

  • Reply Elisabeth December 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Love the cardigan-belt-shoe combination! Thank you for leaving again such a nice comment on my blog!

    xxx
    E
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.com/

  • Reply M and C December 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    yet another amazing outfit! wow!
    http://spliffedcookies.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Leah December 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Love that silk dress! The earth tones are beautiful.

    xo L.

  • Reply WestmountFashionista December 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I adore this look on you, so effortless and stylish! I have a similar situation in my closet….I have piles of cocktail dress but hardly any sweaters.
    xx
    Jessica
    http://westmountfashionista.com

  • Reply The Key To Chic December 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I feel like I need more basics in my closet, too. It's easier to make outfits, and just add standout accessories that way. Love your layers!

  • Reply Jenny Ong December 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Yay to all the layering 🙂 love the jacket.

  • Reply world on high heels December 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I adore this outfit!

    xx

  • Reply Mabel December 9, 2011 at 12:17 am

    This is a gorgeous outfit! It just looks so effortless. I used to live in the north and now I live in the south and I pretty much only had sweaters and jackets when I first came here. I've had to rework my whole wardrobe, which was fun.

    Also, What Not to Wear and Say Yes to the Dress are the best, as are 'doing nothing days.'

    Mabel
    http://mabel-time.blogspot.com/2011/10/girl-on-budgets-guide-to-cheap-wine.html

  • Reply Pola Katelu December 9, 2011 at 12:41 am

    cute :] love.

    http://www.polakatelu.com | @polakatelu

  • Reply canvasofculture December 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

    wow gorgeous outfit! love the layering going on here- so many interesting colors and elements:)

    http://canvasofculture.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Dale December 9, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Wow, you look so pretty, I just found your blog and I know what you mean about having a lot of impractical outfits and craving more basics. You have really great style and I like how you accessorized everything as well.
    Great post, following you now

    xoDale
    I'm a stylist with a fashion blog here in San Francisco if you have time to stop by 🙂
    http://www.savvyspice.net/

  • Reply Prairie Girl in the City December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Love the layers! You may just have inspired me to wear my leather jacket tomorrow:-)

    Jen xo
    http://www.prariegirlinthecity.com

  • Reply Fashion-Bridge December 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Absolutely love the silk shirt-dress! The color is fantastic and it complements your eyes color!

    good luck with an internship search! I'm pretty much on the same page right now, so good luck to Alexandras!;)

    Xx

    Alexandra

    http://www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

  • Reply Jen Umm December 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    great inspiration! love the first pic!
    thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin 🙂
    let me know!
    STYLE DECORUM

  • Reply lifeisamaze December 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Beautiful outfit !
    🙂

  • Reply Sarah CHIC NEVERLAND December 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    you look like a model!! you're stunning!! O.O

    http://chicneverland.blogspot.com

  • Reply Phuong December 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    you look great

    Travel in Style

  • Reply Simona December 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hi darling!
    You haven´t had a bangs before or?:) But you really look lovely! And as usual you wear amazing outfit 🙂
    Thank you for your comment I kissed him 🙂
    Simona
    http://www.life-is-a-change.blogspot.com

  • Reply Sandy Joe December 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    You're layering skills are out of this world. Amazing outfit!

    x The Pretty Secrets

  • Reply Ashleigh Nicole December 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Absolutely love the cardi!

    xo Ashleigh

    http://www.thedaileigh.blogspot.com

  • Reply Anna @ SMS_Style December 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Really cute outfit. If you ever want an internship in London let me know, it's what I find people for a living xxx

    Merry Christmas xx
    http://www.southmoltonststyle.com

  • Reply Mich and Kris December 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for the sweet comments, your blog is amazing. Love your style!

    Kristina
    MK Style Diaries

  • Reply Cloudline Chic Flows December 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    a beauty such as yourself only needs neautral pale tones to accentuate your natural charm and strikingly radiant facial characteristics.
    Indeed this look of yours is so balanced and although layered seems so structured and shapely. Love it!! 🙂

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