Dernier Cri X Tobi: Hello, Moto

Jacket (Vintage/Thrifted); Dress (Tobi); Shoes (Shellys London).

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to my third and final post in collaboration with Tobi fashion (and early, too!). You can check out my two previous posts here and here. I just want to take a sec to extend my heartfelt thanks to Tobi for reaching out - this has been so fun and means a lot to a small-time blogger like me! As per yooj, all opinions are my own...

 

Much like my last post, the overt femininity of this dress (it's literally called the Oh So Sweet Bodycon Dress) made me want to style it in a less conventional way than perhaps the designer(s) intended. And while this style is definitely trending right now, I have to admit, I didn't pick this dress without some trepidation. My proportions (*flashes Itty Bitty Titty Committee badge*) don't lend themselves well to anything too popular in the Instagram-o-sphere. Though it's definitely not a perfect fit - thank the fashion goddesses for double-sided tape - it wasn't a complete fail: thanks to my booty, the dress fits me perfectly from the waist down. It likely won't be in regular rotation for me, but I urge anyone with a chest size 34B or larger to give this dress a try! 

I immediately set about creating this biker-inspired look with one of my absolute fave vintage finds - this toddler-sized (no really, I found it in the kids' section) Harley-Davidson motor jacket. Questions about why a child would need a Harley-Davidson jacket aside, I actually love the mid-length (cough *too short*)  sleeves. They offset the equally inexplicable extra padding on the inside of the jacket (I guess this was originally worn as a winter jacket?) making it warm enough to wear on a crisp Fall day but not too uncomfortable for, say, a cool Summer evening. Mid-length sleeves are also a very modern cut that I've been dying to find on a jacket since they began trending back in 2012.

Since I'm clinically unable to wear anything without cinching my waist, I added Agent Provocateur's beautiful Raive Waspie as a belt. I was delighted to find that the lace on the garter-less suspenders happened to match the lace of the dress almost to a "T" (I love it when two pieces find each other in that way). I finished off the look with something I think any style-conscious person should have in their closet, even if they only wear them once a year: a pair of Big, Bad-ass Booties. 

Personal fit issues aside, I love the halter neck and backless detail of this dress, so it's a shame I won't get to wear it as often as I'd like (especially since it comes in a beautiful blush pink and burgundy as well - ugh!). But hey, we can't always get what we want.

I wanted to play up the orange of the Harley-Davidson logo by adding a couple pops of a complementary colour, blue, to my makeup (I use colour theory way more often than I care to admit, sometimes). The blue eyeshadow is from Melt Cosmetic's Love Sick palette and on my lips, I'm wearing Nyx's Liquid Suede Cream lipstick in 'Stone Fox', which is actually "grey" but shows up as a muted, dusty blue on my complexion.

What are some pieces you love but you just can't pull off for whatever reason? Spill it in the comments below!

xo,

Dayana

(Photos by: The Boyf <3)

Dernier Cri X Tobi: Graffiti Ally

Dress (Tobi); Fishnet Catsuit (eBay); Shoes (Just Fab).

Another week, another amazing dress courtesy of Tobi, styled by yours truly. I have to say, when I originally picked this dress, I imaged styling it with a wide-brimmed summer hat and wedges for a cute day out by the Waterfront. But as the season began to change, so did my fickle stylist's mind and I thought it'd be more fun to see how raunchy this cute LBD could be. As previously mentioned, all opinions are my own.

Truth be told, this outfit is full of great finds. This fishnet catsuit is perhaps one of my most prized sartorial possessions. I spent so many moons fawning over this Ludique Lingerie version but the price made me weep, so off to eBay I went. I found this sucker for less than the price of my early morning Jasmine Green Teas and have been wearing it pretty much every day since it arrived in my mailbox. 

As for the shoes, after an awesome 2-for-1 BOGO deal I just couldn't pass up, I finally bit the bullet and signed up to JustFab.ca. The business model closely resembles a subscription box in that you pay a monthly fee for your goods. However, with Just Fab, you're getting one to two pieces (they claim members save 30% off retail price) and can skip any time and for however long you want. The pieces I ended up getting were stylish, durable, and well worth the price. 

I thought both items paired beautifully with the dress, which I'm pleasantly surprised to say, fit me like a dream. I love the off-the-shoulder, fluttery-sleeved detail and the length is perfect for hot Summer days and lit Summer nights. I topped off the look with a "neck party" of necklaces and my new fave, a colour-blocked lip (NYX Full Throttle lipstick in "Up the Base" and Colourpop Matte X Lippie Stix in "Poppin'").

Is there a piece in your wardrobe you're obsessed with? I wanna hear about it, comment down below!

xo,

Dayana

(Photos By: The Boyf <3)

Dernier Cri X Tobi: Autumn Nights

Jacket (Zara); Dress (Tobi); Shoes (Public Desire).

Jacket (Zara); Dress (Tobi); Shoes (Public Desire).

I know, I know, I've left the few of you who have supported me since the beginning hanging. Truth be told, my life has done a complete 180 since my last post. I've never stopped thinking about blogging again, of course, but in typical fashion, I let self doubt get the best of me.

So when I was approached by Tobi to do a collaborative post, I thought, "This is it. No more excuses!" and I'm so glad I did. It feels amazing to be back here, writing for myself and sharing my passion with the world again. Where it was once a sad and stagnant shell of the creative person I used to be, my mind is now swimming with possibilities, both for this blog and for other personal projects. I'm just grateful to have gotten such a stylish kick in the butt!

So, without further ado, here's my first post back after a way-too-long "hiatus", as well as the first of three posts in collaboration with Tobi! I got to choose the dresses so all opinions are my own...

The minute I saw this bell sleeve shift dress, I knew it was full of possibilities. I loved the easy silhouette and the sexy dip of the v-neck. I immediately thought of styling it for a chic girl's night out. Thing is, September is here and Mother Nature did not come to play. But if there's one thing you can say about me, it's that I'm stubborn, so rather than cover up on account of the slightly cooler weather, I did the next best thing and worked with an Autumn colour palette (#logic). 

The jacket is an always-in-rotation moto must-have from Zara, I love how the rich yellow pairs with the deep burgundy and the zipper details add a touch of toughness to an otherwise relentlessly sexy outfit. I kept the accessorizing to a minimum with a pair of army green Aquazurra lookalikes, a DIY necklace to accent the dress' neckline and a statement ring. Finally, rather than go for a vampy lip (too obvious), I topped off the look with my favourite orange lippy.

How do you guys dress up a girl's night out in between seasons? Drop a comment down below!

xo,

Dayana

(Photos by: The boyf <3)

Summer Warrior

Top (Zara); Pants (American Apparel); Shoes (H&M); Jewellery (Forever21, Aldo, DIY). 

Top (Zara); Pants (American Apparel); Shoes (H&M); Jewellery (Forever21, Aldo, DIY). 

As you can see, I recently had a bit of a makeover when it comes to my hair. As someone who is super low maintenance (surprising, I know), my hair just wasn't cutting it (heheh) for me anymore. Over the years, it has become a dry, shapeless, dead mess that no wand, iron or moisturizer could fix and I was OVER IT. I'd never done anything remotely like this to my hair (no weaves or extentions...just that creamy crack) so I was not without some trepidation - the trip to the hairstylist's felt like a trip to the doctor's, I was so anxious - but I am so glad I took the plunge and I'm honestly never going back.

All that to say that this new hair has me feeling like a completely different person. Like many other things in my life this year such as past jobs and relationships, I hadn't realized how ugly and low I felt on a daily basis until I had no reason to feel that way anymore. This hair seems like one of the final pieces of the puzzle to making 2016 my greatest year yet and I feel incredible and stronger than ever, like I can take on the world!

Of course, I'm beyond excited to integrate this hair into my own personal style and this is just the beginning. I adore this top for its easy-breezy chicness but there is something bohemian about it as well. And the bare shoulders mean more emphasis gets put on my bob braids.

With that in mind, I styled the top with an army of gold jewellery; the chain choker is a chain shoulder strap from a clutch, the Y-necklace is from Aldo and everything else (geometric choker, rhinestone-d collar necklace, rings) is from Forever21. Below the waist however, I kept it simple with my fave summer staple, white high-waisted jeans and strappy heeled sandals

My lipstick is the amazing new Matte X formula lippy from Colourpop in 'Trust Me...' and I added a streak of La Splash's metallic StudioShine Lip Lustre in 'Guadalupe' for an added a touch of ~*tRiBaL*~ detail.

Stay tuned for some more awesome lewks featuring this hair! 

xo,

Dayana

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Photography By: D.A.M.M. 

 

By Moonlight

Jacket (Zara); Bodysuit (American Apparel); Skirt (American Apparel); Socks (Topshop); Shoes (GoJane); Pins (SugarBones).

Jacket (Zara); Bodysuit (American Apparel); Skirt (American Apparel); Socks (Topshop); Shoes (GoJane); Pins (SugarBones).

This outfit is pretty much the type of thing I'd wear every day, all day in a perfect world. Anyone who knows me, knows of my obsession with hit 90's Japanese animated tv show, Sailor Moon so when I came across Hamilton artist and creator of SugarBones, Cheyenne Federiconi's latest collection of pins and patches, I was (pardon the pun) over the moon! Her creations are all about feminine bad-assery with a touch of kitsch. My favourite outfits (and incidentally, my favourite thing about Sailor Moon) tend to be fearless yet unapologetically feminine. I love flying in the face of people who think you can't conquer the day in a skirt and gigantic heels. 

After looking over the Sailor Moon (with a naughty twist) inspired collection, three pins stood out to me in particular (I'm not much of a patch person). 'I Will Punish You', a pin depicting the Crystal Star brooch reimagined as a ball gag; 'Moon Wand', a pin of the Moon Rod as a vibrator; and 'Fighting Evil & Winning Love', a pin of everyone's favourite side-kick/guardian, Luna, probably mid-100th-rant about how Serena needs to get her damn shit together. 

The minute I saw those pins I knew exactly which jacket I'd affix them to. The baby pink colour alone is a perfect match but the pins just upped the Bad Bitch factor of this cotton zipper Moto jacket to the max. I'm planning on eventually covering both lapels in cool and quirky pins. As for the bodysuit, I had been lusting after it for quite some time. I almost didn't buy it due to my lack of any breasts whatsoever - I mean, 50% of the allure of it is meant to be the side boob action, but whatever, I'm owning it. The tennis skirt, you may remember I posted a while ago and it is still a fave (I need to get more colours). Of course, socks and platforms are another one of my staples and as it turns out, Topshop has a great selection of these fun, frill-top, patterned socks (and at like, half the price of American Apparel ones). As always, GoJane has yet to let me down in the heels department. The lips are (shockingly) my first foray into wearing a true purple shade and are NYX's Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst.

By the way, in case it isn't painfully obvious, I had no clue what I was doing at that pool table, LOL!

xo,

Dayana

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Photography By: D.A.M.M.