spring cleaning vol. 1

Seeing as how spring is right around the corner (ignoring the sudden blizzard in mid-March) I thought it would be fun to do a spring cleaning series! The first area of spring cleaning I’ll be talking about is your closet. Well, my closet. Hopefully, this will help you clean out your closet too!

// closet //

I purge my closet seasonally, partially because my closets are never big enough to hold more than a season’s worth of clothing at a time, and mainly because co-op has me moving every 4 months anyways. (I’m also wondering if I ever really thought through enrolling in a co-op program because I definitely didn’t fathom the sheer amount of moving I’ve had to do over the last 3.5 years.) The moving really helps with keeping clutter down because moving is already a hassle and who wants to move extra things if they don’t have to?

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intern fashion – winter 2017

(The alternative titles to this post were “co-op clothing” and “sartorial struggle” because I will forever love alliteration.)

Having gone through 3 co-op terms and a summer office job, I feel like my wardrobe has seen many iterations of my business-casual clothes. I’m really enjoying what I’ve been able to wear this term especially since my commute is super easy (read: no real need for clunky winter boots) and I’ve finally settled into a comfortable colour scheme + personal style.

If you glance at this summary grid of my favourite work outfits of this term you can pick up on the fact that I don’t wear colour and that I’m a huge fan of sweaters and asymmetrical hems.

summary of most of my outfits – can you tell that colour isn’t my jam?

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all about: summer sixteen

It seems like every season I’m all about something new, and I wanted to share these summer sixteen trends and faves of mine with you!


I’m all about: matte topcoats

Not that I’m completely against glossy nails (because if I’m not wearing white/grey/black my nails are usually gold) but matte has such a nice quality to it. More subdued + feels pretty nifty.

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(eye) can see clearly now

I swear to God, the majority of my time writing blog posts is just me sitting in front of my computer wondering what are the lamest titles I can give them.

Note: there is no way my blog is getting enough traction for EBD to want to pay me to blog about them, I just really really love this site.

When your vision is as bad as mine you have no choice but to either wear glasses or contacts. I gave contacts a shot two years ago and struggled for a solid 4 hours to put them in and take them out. I know it’s because I’m not used to putting little pieces of plastic (??) directly onto my eyeballs, but the real reason I never gave them a second chance is because I didn’t like how my face looked without glasses. I know – what a strange thought to have, right?

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how to dress like vicky – fall/winter 2015

Not that many people would want to, but I decided that I needed to create a how-to guide for my standard outfits for the fall/winter! Helpful pre-guide steps: be Asian, be 5’2″, stay indoors often.

1. Clean your room before doing this shoot. It’s not that messy…but it is.

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2 a. Curl hair. Spend about half an hour doing this. Also look mildly concerned because you weren’t sure you had the multitasking skills to press the shutter and not burn your face at the same time.

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fall faves

Man, how much do I love fall? Crunchy leaves, crisp cold air, and the layers on top of layers. Really, I’m just excited to start wearing the entire other 2/3 of my closet again. I feel like I’m pretty basic too – but swap out pumpkin spice lattes for london fogs (which I’ve figured out how to make at work so I’ve been having two a day).

Anyways, I have some things that I’ve already been wearing non-stop that I’m going to boldly proclaim as my fall faves, and I also want to add some key things to my fall wardrobe that I don’t have yet.

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what’s in my bag | june 23rd 2015

I want it known on the record that I do not have a bag problem. It’s totally in check and I only have like 15, and everything is fine. That being said I bought another bag last week (to reward myself for surviving all the papers/presentations/midterms) and it’s just super cute. It also fits all my stuff, and is big enough for my laptop which is actually a struggle I deal with often.

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What’s in my front pocket: Little Burgundy bag, Urban Outfitters cat wallet, earbuds, WatCard, NYX Butter lipstick, keys.

What’s in the bag: Macbook Air, Nexus 7 tablet, bluetooth keyboard, portable charger, pen, lotion, lip balm, mirror.

closet goals

If you know me, you would also know I have a slight shopping problem. I help my wallet out by doing most of this shopping at thrift stores or sales, but it was still getting to the point where I didn’t recognize half my closet. On top of the money issue, I just wasn’t loving all the things that I’ve bought. I’d buy a skirt because it was only $5 then never wear it again. It didn’t matter how cheap the skirt was because I never got any use out of it. So, a couple months back I decided to sit down and take a look at the clothes that I already owned and figure out what my personal style is.

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I threw together a collage of pictures from my Pinterest board of the direction I want my closet to move towards. Some of the words I scrawled down when I was contemplating this change included: minimal, chic, simple, refined.

I think you can tell right off the bat that I’m taking a step back from colours and staying monochromatic. About 70% of my closet right now is already blacks/whites/greys so this is an easy enough move. It makes it so much easier to get dressed because everything goes together. I’m not rejecting colours entirely, but I’m definitely walking away from crazy prints and opting for black and white patterns instead.

I’m also trying to find pieces that are just slightly different enough from the standard that makes it unique. I love the sheer panelling on that black skirt and I’d love a plain white t-shirt that has a similar panel on the sleeves.

I also cracked down on how I shopped:

  • Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean I need it.
  • If I can’t think of at least two outfits to wear it as a part of, I can’t buy it.
  • If there’s anything I don’t 100% love about the fit or the material I put it back.

My ultimate goal is to figure out exactly what my personal style is and to pare down my closet so I’m not over-shopping and over-spending.

Vicky