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What does “affordable clothes” mean to you?

I read this quote on my Instagram by someone and agreed WHOLE HEARTEDLY!

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Is this not true? Not everyone in the world can afford what they would like to have. We have budgets, some of us are students, some are just tight on finances and some of us need to learn to stop shopping all name brand all the time.

I just thought of this as today’s realization, putting-it-out-there-inspiration of the fashion world today! Afterall, we all start somewhere no?

To me, a good deal feels good when I’m not second-guessing my purchases at the counter and staring at my credit card thinking, “is this worth it?”

xoxo Dana

If there’s one thing I love about Pretty Little Liars, it’s their amazing fashion!

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This has to be the most relevant quote since I started watching the series!

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I love that each of the girls have their own unique style that really reflects their character quite well. If you didn’t know anything about the show or their characters, you could actually get an idea just from their appearances.

Mandi Line truly is an amazing costume designer! Here’s a video that talks about how she creates each of the girls look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9lgy6GhI0Q Spencer surprised me the most, it was adorable~

Aria is a very vintage like girl! She’s what I would call the thrifter! Her outfits are not things you can just find in a store mannequin, you have to personalize it and truly make it your own!
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Hanna truly signifies what an “it” girl is; the one with all the up-to-date fashion that is currently trending! I absolutely love her outfits, and it’s how I would dream of dressing, but I feel like it’s a hard look to maintain. She looks so out-there and ready to go out anytime anyday! Ever her slump days look great!hannah_0

Emily is the character who’s fashion definitely changed over the seasons. While the other girls didn’t change as much, Emily (from my perspective) acquired a more tough badass feel to her looks. I think her signature piece is her leather jacket, it really makes her look edgy. I don’t normally love her outfits as much, but I feel that now she’s gone through so many situations because of A, her look says, “I’m not afraid of you. Bring it.” Funny enough, off-screen from her jock character, Shay Mitchell is actually my favourite person in real life! I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN HER? she’s gorgeous! I only wish she could look like that when she’s playing Emily as well!emily-fields-tea-cup

Spencer has the most sophisticated wardrobe out of all the girls! She’s one of my top two favourites! I always think of an honour roll student/Tommy Hilfiger/American Eagle kinda look to her, which I personally love. This jacket below is one of my favourite pieces that she’s worn. I have a denim jacket similar to this, but the army green really makes it look tough and edgy, which is a nice contrast to her normal look. 0 (1)

xoxo Dana

I need to make a sticky note and post it on my forehead of things I need to be on the lookout for!

  • Thick scarf– IT’S GETTING CHILLY!
  • Poncho– I get cold in lectures .. it’s sad
  • Fuzzy socks– Do we not see this trend about me being cold a LOT!?
  • Christmas themed pj’s– TIME TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT!
  • Gloves– Carrying art supplies in the cold is NOT cool without gloves!
  • iPhone 4s case– Gotta protect that expensive little thing yenno!
  • Winter jacket– I have one, but it’s more pretty than practical, YIKES!

-What’s on YOUR list? =)

xoxo Dana

Mwuaha! It’s halloweeeeeen~

Bring on the ghouls, monsters, witches anddddd pumpkins!

Actually, I could do without the scary since I’m a HUGE scaredy cat! However, in the spirit of Halloween  me and some friends got together to do some pumpkin carving!

Meet the crew!

Don’t be deceived!

It was POURING rain when we were picking out our pumpkins, GAH!

I also put together a fun quick 3 minute video of our pumpkin carving if you would like to have a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrFPaoFG-jM&feature=g-all-lik

watch in 480p for better quality~ 

This tiny pumpkin is eating the bigger one! ONOMNOM

Meet Frankenchu; the zombie version of Pikachu!

I’m not a fan of Halloween, but I DO enjoy movies like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and fun Halloween songs such as: Terror Time Again, The Hex Girls, (<– From Scooby Doo movies) and This is Halloween~

xoxo Dana

Today is a windy, rainy sorta bad weather day that is the one thing all commuters like myself hate! However, today I am home for the day and I was thinking of all the things I can do today and thought I might share it with you fellow bloggers!

 

  1. SLEEP IN! (Let’s be real, we all need it!)
  2. Spend that morning till noon reading all those blogs you’ve been meaning to catch up on!
  3. Read a magazine and enjoy that simple quiet time with some music~
  4. Watch some YouTube videos to stay up-to-date with your favourite YouTuber’s!
  5. Read a couple of chapters from that book you’ve been meaning to catch up on
  6. Appreciate the fact that you are still super cozy and comfy in those pajama’s and snuggled up in bed
  7. Make yourself a hot cup of hot cocoa with whip cream or a refreshing vanilla ice cream smoothie because you deserve it
  8. Hide yourself away and dedicate some time to write in your journal or draw in your sketchbook
  9. Look through images for some inspiration and make collages if you are like me; always in need of inspiration!
  10. Waste away some hours in the middle of the day to give yourself a well-needed nap
  11. Watch some movies you’ve been telling yourself to see! (I finally saw Coraline last night!)
  12. Go through your closet and make some brand-new outfit combinations
  13. Then re-vamp your room in big or small ways!~
  14. Create that bucket list you’ve been meaning to tackle on!
  15. Keep away from the interacting with people today and take photo’s or do whatever let’s you have fun!
  16. Reflect on your life; are you doing everything you want to do?

How do you spend your lazy day? =)

xoxo Dana

We all have those moments. Those things that we say to someone, but we never do it ourselves. Just like the saying “try taking your own advice”.

I went all M.I.A on my poor little blog because school started, even though I had SO many blog post ideas running through my head! I now hang my head in shame.

I’ve always been one for time management, but I feel like I have no time to even BREATHE anymore! WHAAAAT!? I now live on the bus, which is QUITE sad. 

Inbetween classes, eating, no sleeping, schoolwork, readings (which don’t get done), assignments, buying books (every student does this and pretty much signs their death personally, grr!), I feel like I don’t even see my family much anymore, I don’t get to take some time to look nice for school nor keep up with people as much as I’d like to!

I STILL am not done my 30 day fashion challenge! Am I bad at this or what? -__-

HOWEVER!

I AM going to finish that challenge AND I AM going to blog, hopefully weekly, but it’ll be at odd hours.

What do you preach but never do yourself?

xoxo Dana

Ah! Tomorrow is the first day back to school! I’m still in the crazy Frosh ’12 mode after a week of crazy cheers and awesome events! Oh, university life, you are just too much at times!

No matter what, the first day back always gives me that funny butterflies in the tummy feel, the awkwardness of what to wear, thinking of how everyone’s gunna look and trying NOT to walk around like an idiot finding your class so your aren’t the late one! (The hard part is trying to act like you don’t have to try to look so good or so cool effortlessly)

My way of getting ready is packing that schoolbag and having that schedule ready! Yes, I’m lame, I did make sure to get an agenda because I KNOW I’m gunna need it! I even printscreened my schedule because I don’t have a printer *facepalm*

I realized that I had actually visualized in my head what I’m going to wear … how sad …

And of course, since I have long breaks, I just HAVE to have my music up to date! My current FAV song, Autotune by Jason Chen ft. the ever so awesome Bubz! I always smile and feel content listening to this~

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvSsMhbBYm4

How do you deal with back to school? Best of luck to everyone! =)

xoxo Dana

Be prepared: this is a bit of a photo rant!

Something that I found was really amazing was when I was at my MYT 5 year anniversary. I felt like I learned a couple things about my camera, myself, and photographers. Of course, I could be wrong because I can only go off on what I saw from my point of view from the professional photographers that were hired for the event.

Before the event had started, I’m an early bird kind of person. I like arriving to hang out with my volunteer family, and they all know that I love to take photos. So, I had some of the guys stolen by yours truly because I don’t always photograph guys and it was just TOO GOOD of an opportunity to pass up.

I definitely had to use my communication skills to get what I wanted, and anyone who knows me knows I’m not crazy about telling people how to pose. This was a step up for me. Some of the guys didn’t know me too well because they had just met me quite recently and some of them are more relaxed in front of my camera then others. This was definitely a great experience for me.

I unconsciously used techniques and tips that I had picked up from watching the YouTube channel The FramedShow. Things like visually showing my models what I was looking for, constantly talking to them to make them feel more comfortable, and levelling with them. I found this worked extremely well.After a few attempts, I had some interesting shots.

Later on, one of the guys, who was one of my models and also didn’t know me very well, said something surprising to me after the professional photographer took his tables group photo. It was basically along the lines that he felt like I was a more real photographer and I was more passionate because I actually talked to everyone to tell them how to pose and allowed them to really make the picture happen. I was actually quite shocked hearing that, and at the same time I felt blessed.

Ps. I’m not trying to boost my ego or anything because I KNOW I could have taken better photos and that I’m still in a learning process. I just wanted to share this experience.

xoxo Dana

  • Black shorts- Urban Planet ($8.00)
  • Striped top- Blue Notes ($10.00)

It’s called “quickie” because I was getting ready super quick before having some friends over, throwing these two pieces together, not bothering with jewelry, except for gold and black earrings. Afterwards, looking at the outfit, it went with my messy right-out-of-the-shower curly hair pretty darn well.

Tip: Tucking in a top into your bottoms can always make any outfit look a bit more put together~



xoxo Dana

It’s funny how you can learn a lot from other bloggers, and I felt REALLY blessed to learn from this blogger!

http://90daycloset.wordpress.com/

She did a fashion challenge (NO SHOPPING FOR 3 MONTHS), and she picked up a lot of tips from not shopping for a while.

  • Shopping impulses can occur, but it’s funny that if you wait it out and look back later on, you actually will notice that you won’t want that specific item anymore.
  • There’s the 90% chance that the desire will pass, and this is true!
  • Quality over quantity

Finding this blog was truly epic. I learned a lot from her!

And of course I had to follow her new blog once her challenge was done: http://closetstrategy.wordpress.com/

I’ve been doing my research on the upcoming fall fashion and creating my wishlist and my basic essentials list of the few transition pieces to look for this fall. Yes, I still shop from time-to-time, but I think I have more fun window shopping and researching.

For anyone who loves shopping, it takes a LOT of effort NOT to shop for a certain time period.

xoxo Dana

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