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.

Work (x6)

Top (H&M); Pants (Zara); Shoes (H&M).

Top (H&M); Pants (Zara); Shoes (H&M).

Last month, my journey at Agent Provocateur came to a bittersweet end and on Monday I started an exciting new job as part of the Creative Marketing team at an amazing tech company.  

I'm excited about this opportunity for an immeasurable amount of reasons but mainly, I'm just happy to finally be putting my talents and passion to good use. Being part of a truly respectful environment that fosters creativity with some kick-ass colleagues (who are all smart AF) isn't too shabby either.

That said, I'm now faced with an even greater need for a wardrobe update than I thought. Not only am I due for a serious style re-haul, but now I have to think of some work-appropriate wares as well. Funnily enough, my office doesn't actually have a dress code, but you're probably well aware by now of my propensity for too-short shorts, monster heels and playing peek-a-boo with my lingerie so...that's probably a no-go. 

All that isn't to say that I'm completely hopeless in the work clothes department. In fact, on a hunch that they might come in handy, I recently purchased some pretty decent "trousers" from Zara. You know the type - they're closer to leggings than anything else but they're cut and sewn to blend in to any professional environment for those of us who are allergic to big, scary "Real" pants. I think of all the pieces in my closet, pants are what I lack the most. I tucked in one of my classic H&M blouses in a bold striped-pattern to add some detail and finished off the look with these amazing shoes. I'm super stoked (and surprised!) by these, I didn't expect to like them - they're a huge departure from anything I would normally put on my feet. Alas, the faux-croc patent leather and gorgeous burgundy colour meant I couldn't resist at least trying them on and I'm so glad I did! They go really well with the business casual side of my wardrobe (as miniscule as it is).  

Overall, this week (on top of being a whirlwind of meetings) has been kind of a weird balancing act between trying to wear something fit for a young, casual, tech-y office and still staying true to my fashion-forward, constantly overdressed self. All the while slogging through a bunch of clothes that, to be honest, really don't inspire me much anymore. 

I don't believe in having separate, starkly contrasting wardrobes for different aspects of my life; you know me, I'm all about versatility. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how my personal style evolves from this!

xo, 

Dayana

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Photography By: D.A.M.M.

Spring Fishnettin'

Necklace/Choker (DIY); Jacket (Costa Blanca); Bodysuit (H&M); Skirt (H&M); Hold Ups (Agent Provocateur); Shoes (H&M). 

Necklace/Choker (DIY); Jacket (Costa Blanca); Bodysuit (H&M); Skirt (H&M); Hold Ups (Agent Provocateur); Shoes (H&M). 

Although the idea that 'Spring has sprung' is far more conceptual than factual at this point, I can still feel my sartorial inner self slowly unfurling like a flower in bloom. No matter how hard I try, I'm never as excited to dress up in the winter as I am in the warmer months (which is probably why this blog is a series of photos of me freezing my ass off for the sake of ~fashun~). Style analysis aside, I've been on a real H&M kick lately and this outfit is a direct and bomb-ass (if I do say so myself) result of that.

The bodysuit is unlike anything currently in my wardrobe which I truly appreciate (I'm in dire need of a re-up). It fits much better than any v-neck T-shirt probably would and I love the stand-up collar. I paired it with my new favourite trend, a faux suede skirt (in black this time and a tad shorter). I would have worn this outfit with my favourite lace-patterned hold ups to give it more of a romantic goth appeal but those weren't cooperating (they needed a wash), so I wore these knit fishnet hold ups instead. I find the whole ensemble (minus the jacket) reminiscent of something Paige Matthews would wear which is fitting, seeing as I'm currently marathoning Charmed on Netflix and Rose McGowan is one of my personal style icons. The strappy, suede sandals with a stacked heel are KILLER and will most likely be worn to death this summer (no pun intended). The cute necklace/choker combo are just a piece of black ribbon tied in a bow and the chain strap of a clutch looped into its own clasp. The above-mentioned jacket, you've seen before. Easy breezy, courtesy of Hennes and Mauritz.

xo, 

Dayana

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Photography By: D.A.M.M.

Le Tigre

Top & Skirt (H&M); Necklace/Eyemask (Agent Provocateur); Bag (eBay); Shoes (Zara). 

Top & Skirt (H&M); Necklace/Eyemask (Agent Provocateur); Bag (eBay); Shoes (Zara). 

Story time: when I first saw these pony skin, tiger print wedges I wasn't all that impressed. Animal print has never really been my thing. In true fashion-victim style however (hey even I succumb sometimes), once I started seeing them cropping on more and more bloggers and celebs, I started looking at them a little differently and soon enough it was decided that I couldn't live without them. It also helped that by then they had dropped in price from a whopping $159 down to a more wallet-friendly $39. Of course as my luck would have it, the day I decided to treck over to my nearest Zara to procure them, they were all sold out. And not just from that location - all of them. I was heartbroken. I went through all the stages of grief, right down to very nearly hitting "Buy Now" on a pair selling on eBay that were a size too small and almost double the original retail price (ladies, we've all been there right? Right?!). Thankfully, I snapped out of it just in time and figured, maybe I could live without these after all

A year later, I walked into Zara and a bright yellow spot immediately caught my eye amongst a sea of black. Could it be? Holy crap! Lo and behold, for no reason other than fate (no seriously, the store wasn't even having a sale or anything and they couldn't have been a return as they had stopped selling months prior), a pair of size 38 pony skin, tiger print wedges sat perched on a shelf surrounded by the latest collection. I snatched them up (so fast that I may or may not have accidentally elbowed a fellow shopper in the process) and shoved them on to my feet, still not fully believing what I was seeing. As I twirled in front of a mirror, I called my then bestie, nearly breathless, to give her the rundown. "How much are they?" she asked. Good question! I checked and for whatever reason, the price had jumped up to $59. "That's weird," she remarked as I sighed in defeat (I was buying them regardless) "if the last price they were at was $39, it's probably a mistake that they're marked $59 now. I would ask an associate." Normally the ever-so-meek shopper, I took her advice and asked the cashier once it was my turn at the front. Barely looking up, she assured me that they were indeed marked correctly. Thankfully, someone I can only assume is some sort of Guardian Angel of Shoes overheard and offered to scan the shoes just to be sure. And wouldn't ya know? They were $19.99! The cashier proceeded to cash me out (with an unmistakably sour look on her face, I might add) while I was nearly foaming at the mouth with sheer glee. I wore the shoes out of the store.

Since that fateful day, I haven't worn them nearly enough (I can't bear the thought of scuffing them up or getting them dirty) but they make a great statement shoe if your outfit is more on the basic side. Though "co-ords" have been a thing for a while now, I'd rather mix and match 99% of the time. For once, I let the pieces do their thing. I paired them with the infamous tiger wedges as well as a sleek, clear pvc envelope clutch I got from eBay eons ago. To balance out the black and add a touch more detail, I finished off with my favourite eyemask/necklace hybrid. Great look for a lounge setting (and less likely to scrape up your pony skin shoes).

xo, 

Dayana

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Photography By: D.A.M.M.