Black and Gold

January 30, 2012

Joe Fresh coat, H&M blouse, necklace, & skirt, vintage belt,
Rebecca Minkoff bag, BCBG clutch, ring c/o Social Experiment
 Unlike many girls, I’m not really crazy about black. I usually buy the odd black piece out of a sense of duty, as if I need to have something black in my closet just for the sake of normalcy. Having said that, this winter I’ve made a slight shift towards wearing neutrals more, and black is undoubtedly one of the best bases. I find it’s especially amazing paired with jewel tones and gold, two of my favourite winter-appropriate colours/materials!

I had what might have been the most boring weekend of my entire life thus far. I had to get serious, buckle down and focus on school work. Not fun but hopefully it will all be worth it by the end of this term…that and reading week is just around the corner! I’m planning on heading up to my cabin and doing absolutely nothing aside from working out, applying for work (if anyone has any tips for online/print fashion and lifestyle writing positions – LET ME KNOW!), and eating. A lot.

Hope you all had a much more relaxing and fun weekend than I did! To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply Small Town Gal January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I'm your opposite. Going back to 3-4 years ago, my wardrobe was full of blacks and grey. So boring that I decided to add more colors and I only have a few basic pieces which are black now. I'm sure your weekend wasn't as boring as you said it was. School work could be boring but it will pay off at the end.

  • Reply Jen January 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Awww, you look gorgeous!

  • Reply JennaStevie January 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I would be much better off If I had actually buckld down this weekend…whoops!! I really love this outfit, that skirt is so amazing and looks so perfect with that blouse and coat. I used to wear way too much black and now i try to avoid it except in basics. Your reading week sounds like it will be relaxing! I'm actually going to be in van for 3-4 days over the break!

  • Reply Cara January 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Love that jacket and clutch Alex!
    xo Cara

  • Reply Anna @ SMS_Style January 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Back to Black – so good a song was written about it..! Like this look, think people have gone back to neutrals cos' of the recession and stuff – you need a piece to work with as many outfits as possible. Love the necklace too xxx

    South Molton St Style

  • Reply Casey January 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Love how you paired this all together, and the black base! I was just saying I want to try a little more black in my closet, so I love your tips. Have a wonderful time and tell us what you end up reading :)!

  • Reply Shannon January 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Gorgeous!!! Love that clutch.

  • Reply Pearl January 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I love this look on you, it is black, but still gorgeous and funky. Everyone in Paris wears a uniform of black, which is not how I pictured Parisian fashion when I moved here. But still, a little black never hurt anyone 😉


  • Reply Bonnie January 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I love how you used the black as a backdrop for everything else awesome in this outfit. I am a HUGE fan of black, as you can probably tell since I always seem to wear it, but I can see why you aren't. I do love your interpretation with this outfit, though.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Judy January 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I love this blouse on you. Jewel tones are definitely nice with neutrals.


  • Reply alison*elle January 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Sighhh… one of the things I miss most about being in school is Reading Week. So jealous. Unlike you, I would say about half my wardrobe is black. I love how you paired this with all the gold accents, Alex!

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Jessica Gitler January 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    really stunning look, I love the pop of color with the belt!

  • Reply Lindsay January 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I love the detailing on your belt! It's so fun how an accessory can make an outfit!

  • Reply Melissa January 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Very pretty colour palette! That coat is gorgeous and looks so warm!


  • Reply Myrna January 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    You look gorgeous ! I just found myself a fur coat while consignment shopping and I can't wait to wear. Loge the look !


  • Reply two birds January 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    That jacket is gorgeous! It looks vintage, which I love. And I love the little pops of jewel tones throughout the look, too!

  • Reply Ly January 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    You look gorgeous! I love the different tones you put together and make it work. So jealous of your style chica.

  • Reply Franzi January 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    love your outfit!
    and i love the gold jewellery as well 🙂

  • Reply Sam January 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Hi dear, it's hard to believe, but also refreshing that you don't like wearing much black, I think most of my closet is made up of it. I like the colour mix you've used, the rich berry shade is so pretty. Nice accessories. All the best with school work & job hunting!

  • Reply cakesandshakes January 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    That coat is fabulous on you, really gorgeous. Good luck with your studies, and with the job hunting, my advice is think big: write really targeted, proofed-to-death application letters to the top women's fashion magazines in Canada, link them to your blog, and tell them exactly why you would be perfect for them. Worked for me when I graduated, I got a writing job abroad, and things went from there. Obviously jobs are hard to come by now so don't be afraid to phone the Editor-in-Chief if you don't get a response, and try to get a meeting scheduled. Face to face, I'm sure no one can turn you down!

  • Reply Kultur und Stil January 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I'd love to wear less black, but I don't manage to avoid it. especially now in winter.
    the clutch and the belt are very cute!
    xxx Anita

  • Reply Matina January 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    you got that coat at Joe Fresh?! Such a good find! It looks gorgeous on you, and super expensive. beautiful as ever Bpizzle. and love the maroon on you. x

  • Reply Marie a la Mode January 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Your coat's from Joe Fresh? No way! I looooove it! Good luck with the job hunt. I hope people contact you left and right! You're such a good writer…

  • Reply Katya January 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Your reading week sounds fantastic! Enjoy the time off 🙂

    PS. I am head over heels for that ah-mazing jacket!


  • Reply Karla January 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Love how you added a pop of color with that belt, really brings the outfit out! Loving your style

    New follower 🙂

  • Reply Erin @ Currently Coveting January 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Love this look. So glamorous with your fur jacket and flirty skirt. You look really beautiful!


  • Reply Lucia Del Pasqua January 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    It's a perfect mix of colors with a touch of gold, which is glam…like it !

  • Reply t January 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Great jacket! Nice look!

  • Reply Wren January 31, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I really love the jewel tones you paired with it and the cute shoes! You look amazing.


  • Reply Mr. Taylor and his Lady January 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

    you look so very fabulous and chic. i just love it!
    xo TJ

  • Reply Cee January 31, 2012 at 2:06 am

    You work such magic with layers, pally, and this look is just another fabulous example of that. I'm pretty sure you could put that fur coat over a paper bag and still look stunning 🙂 I love, love, love your Bordeaux colours blouse and the colours you've paired it with are ones I would never expect, but they look perfect. The vintage belt is particularly special.

    Hope your week is off to a better start! And thanks so much for sending the photos from Saturday, they are fabulous. We should shoot together more often 🙂

  • Reply pink horrorshow January 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Omg, that coat. I just want to snuggle up in it, it looks so soft and warm!

  • Reply Kaitlin Mattingly January 31, 2012 at 3:05 am

    that coat is literally perfect.
    and i love all of the little hints of different colors.

    xoxo katlin

  • Reply Lil Bells January 31, 2012 at 3:16 am

    that outfit just perfectly good! i love your necklace!:D

  • Reply Ceciliette January 31, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Ohh i had the most improductive weekend.. or should i say month! hahah so nothing interesting…
    I love the little gold touchs in the outfit 😉


  • Reply The Key To Chic January 31, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I sometimes feel the same way about black. I rarely wear it head to toe, but it's a great way to anchor colors. Jewel tones are so pretty and flattering! You look so elegant, love that coat!

  • Reply Stevia January 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

    The colors are just gorgeous. from your top and your belt and your gold necklace
    just perfection all over

    The Sweetest Escape 

  • Reply erica marie January 31, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Love the jewel tones…gorgeous look and photos. New follower here 🙂

    xo erica

  • Reply my mini bag January 31, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I love the black,red and gold. Cute combination.

  • Reply Diana Chow January 31, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Definitely don't miss that part about school – good luck in all your studies! I love the colour of your top… and that jacket so ridiculously comfy. I would probably curl up with it and sleep.

  • Reply cryskay January 31, 2012 at 6:03 am

    gorgeous! you have the prettiest eyes ever! does that sound freaky?

    i went through a period where i tried to avoid black but not it's the complete opposite… i have to make an effort to stray away from black. xx

  • Reply yiqin; January 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

    lvoely <3

  • Reply Leonie January 31, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I definitely agree with you on the black & gold combo – love it! I have never really noticed that you don't wear too much black, but now that you mention it… But you rock neutrals and pretty jewel tones so well, there is no need for an overload of black anyway 😉 I really like this outfit, the pretty belt immediately caught my attention. Lovely color!

    Happy Tuesday! xo

  • Reply Life's a shoe January 31, 2012 at 8:29 am

    very nice outfit! love how you put it all together…and that belt is SO gorgeous!

  • Reply ATW January 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

    you're so pretty!! & i really like your blog!
    i'm following you!!
    xxx love

  • Reply Markéta Trpišovská January 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Very nice outfit, great colours

  • Reply Annie January 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Loving that belt you are wearing – adds such a nice touch of color. And the black coat looks amazing on you 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply NaNa January 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I have a skirt very very similar to the one you're wearing, and I LOVE the way you styled it! Very inspiring~ Gonna have to try this out, because you seriously look fab. 🙂

    Love from the NaNa girls x

  • Reply Mica January 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Really like the red and teal together! 🙂

  • Reply Nia Langley January 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Ahhhh! You look stunning! This is simply amazing! =)

  • Reply Megan January 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love that skirt and the color of that awesome belt! Ah, hanging out in a cabin and eating sounds pretty nice right about now…

  • Reply Ine January 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    That's such a fancy (and supercomfy, I think) coat! 🙂

  • Reply Jenna Hughes January 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    love the fur coat and the gold accessories that make it seem so much more glamourous

  • Reply cecilie andrea torp January 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    AMAZING !! Love this! could defiently think to wear this outfit 🙂

  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird January 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Gorgeous, very classic!

  • Reply Kelly January 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I always love your outfit! Your style keeps getting better and better!!


  • Reply Leah January 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    The faux fur jacket looks great on you! Joe Fresh never ceases to make me want everything

    xo L.

  • Reply Steph January 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Lovely color combo and that faux fur jacket looks so cozy! Xx

  • Reply LPFashionPhilosophy January 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    You are amazzzzzing! Love your blog and sense of style! Following you!

    Wardrobe Stylists, NYC

  • Reply Jules January 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Love the vintage look of the entire outfit, and that belt is gorge!

  • Reply Brooke January 31, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for the comment on my blog! That jacket is adorable. I need to invest in some nicer belts like those. I usually stick with black or brown, but a bold one like that would really make an outfit pop!


  • Reply universeandyou January 31, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    beautiful look ! loved the belt and clutch !

    xoxo from Japan

  • Reply Paula January 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Lovely look, love the colour blocking dear! Btw, good luck on the applications!


  • Reply Heaven January 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Your look is beautiful !!

    I invite you to

  • Reply Fashionettista!! February 1, 2012 at 12:25 am

    just love the blog! feel free to check out mine and follow if you like! thanks! and will follow back!!

  • Reply Sweet Harvest Moon February 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Lovely look, beautiful necklace!

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} February 1, 2012 at 1:17 am

    bombshell, drop dead, jaw-dropper, total stunner and whatever other synonyms could possibly describe this lovely look and lovely YOU! Alexandra, you are so chic in black, it brings about a certain elegance but i understand how your heart is drawn to a more colorful world of pastels and aqua's and those grand jewel tones. seeing you in those shades feels right on target, i do love the change and always obsess over the way these looks are meticulously put together, this is why you can wear anything…ANYTHING and make it work 100%. so lucky!

    poor school headfull of studies – i hope you do get that awesome cabin in this upcoming weekend. you deserve a reward for how hard you're working! and YES, it's gonna pay off big time, no question!!!

    Alex (shuffles feet and kicks the ground) i saw the voting link 1st thing and went there right away but is the only way we can vote is through facebook? i went off fb a couple months ago, long story, but is there another way i can support you? hugs!!!! xo ♥

  • Reply Marisa February 1, 2012 at 2:56 am

    The jewel tones are absolutely gorgeous. Love how the top and belt pop against the black.


  • Reply Melina February 1, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I seriously thought I was the only girl out there who wasn't obsessed with black! I literally do exactly what you wrote about and buy black pieces out of a sense of duty! Love how you wear it here though. That jacket is beautiful and pairs nicely with the maroon blouse!

    xx Melina

  • Reply Kassianey K February 1, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Hello! Just a quick comment to say I'm a new follower, and I love your site! Great style, great posts, and you live in a great city. Although not a Vancouverite myself (I'm an Edmontonian), Vancouver is a city we visit as frequently as we can. I look forward to visiting your blog and getting inspired 🙂

  • Reply Collections February 1, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Gorgeous outfit. Love the color combination!


  • Reply Jackie February 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Love that coat and all the fabulous jewel tones that always compliment you perfectly. Good luck with your studies! Its great knowing I'm not the only one going insane with schoolwork!!

  • Reply The Fancy Teacup February 1, 2012 at 4:52 am

    The colours in your outfit are so rich and beautiful, and adore the gold accents! Thanks for stopping by after seeing my guest blog post, super sweet of you. xo

  • Reply diana kang February 1, 2012 at 5:58 am

    seriously stunning xx

  • Reply Onivana February 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

    The belt complements the blouse so nicely!

  • Reply Violetta February 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

    awesome style!!!!gorgeous! love this look!!!!

  • Reply Sandra Leiva February 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Nice coat!
    I love your accesories!
    What about follow each other, dear? <3

  • Reply Ilka von Torok February 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

    So beautiful so stylish!
    I follow u!
    xx Ilka

  • Reply Wynne Prasetyo February 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    i think the belt, the top, and the necklace make such a stunning combination.


  • Reply Heather February 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    That belt is just perfect with that outfit – lovely splash of fun 🙂


  • Reply The Midwest Muse February 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I love your skirt. It's a beautiful color. I'm the opposite of you, I buy everything in black because it goes with everything. At least in my head. I need more other neutrals. Good luck with finishing school and applying for jobs!

  • Reply Paula February 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    you look so lovely! I've loved the whole outfit and a lot <3

  • Reply Carla Florendo February 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    this look is so Blair Waldorf and i'm inlove with it. the colors are perfect! i do wish i have a coat like yours because it looks so warm and cozy and perfect for the weather!

  • Reply LBVie Ashley February 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Lovely style! I adore the color palette and textures 🙂

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  • Reply Karissa February 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Love the vintage belt and skirt! Very cute.

  • Reply Heather February 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    LOVE the whole look. Esp the coat and the necklace.

  • Reply DailyGlamour February 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    love the coat !

  • Reply Swapnil February 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    In love with the look <3


  • Reply Sunkissed February 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I love your shoes ! And you look lovely as always 🙂

  • Reply Analisa February 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I LOVE your coat 🙂

  • Reply Timmy.Norris April 19, 2012 at 5:31 am

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