Winter Jackets : Styling

Stay warm and still look cute is the number one priority of a Canadian Fashionista.

You don’t want to choose between staying warm and wasting a fabulous outfit.

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Jewels of Yours

 I have been following Jewels of Yours on instagram for awhile.

She showcases her beautiful array of statement necklaces, dainty necklaces, and cute bags!

After a mutual love and support IG relationship- we decided to collaborate.

Coming all the way from Singapore–

Oh the connections you make through life ūüôā

I noticed a package in my mailbox. I practically ran upstairs to open it in my condo.

During our conversations Vanessa from Jewels of Yours would say: “I hope the jewels¬†bring you joy!”

And oh did they ever.

As I unwrapped each of the three pieces that arrived.

I Literally squealed of happiness!!!

Tiana Blue Gem Necklace Tassels necklace agate silver chain pearl necklace

I couldn’t wait to style each necklace.

Right away I had three outfits in mind based around each piece.

Tiana Blue Gem Necklace

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All my current necklaces are either: pearl, chain, black, or gold.

Very neutral because then they are easy to put with outfits.

But now I have been tainted with colour!

This blue gem necklace has been the easiest to style with my clothing ironically.

It compliments colour and adds a boost of colour where there isn’t much.

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Agate Silver Chain and Pearl Necklace 

This necklace felt like the most “me.”

The combination of pearls and chains is so very me.

A little bit of class, mixed with a little bit of attitude.

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It was perfect to add some attitude to a conservative work look.

It adds a lot of personality to any outfit.

But it is definitely enough of a statement piece to stand on its own as well

Just some bare skin and a necklace.

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Tassels Necklace

I just HAD to do a plunging neckline outfit for this necklace.

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This necklace won’t only look great with a shirt or dress that follows the same neckline.

It would also look amazing with a dress or shirt that has a high neckline.

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Follow me on instagram Instagram to watch me style these pieces:

 

Follow @jewelsofyours to see more beautiful pieces!

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You can SHOP Jewels of Yours pieces:

https://carousell.co/jewelsofyours/

She sells surprisingly affordable beauty.

Who can say that they are wearing something from Singapore?!

Shipped directly to you!

Although the company usually ships locally only.

They were willing to make an exception for BabyT Beauties that fall in love while online shopping.

Let’s help bring joy internationally and check out Jewels of Yours!

International Postage
1. Delivery charge of S$10.00 is applicable for delivery to any country outside of Singapore for every item.
2. Delivery takes around 6 to 14 working days (depending on your destination) from the date of payment verification
3. We will send you an email with your tracking number once your package has been mailed out
4. Delivery company is via airmail Singpost
5. Kindly ensure that there is someone to sign for your package at the door
6. Re-delivery charges will apply in the event that the package is being return back to our Singapore address

Contact: jewelsofyours@gmail.com

What do you think of the Jewels?!

Let me know: Comment, like, share …spread love! ūüôā

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Shopping for value- 4 rules before purchase

Shopping for Value in your Wardrobe



Here are a few things to think about before you purchase an item.

1. The second opinion test

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Everyone shops with a buddy. You need someone to look at you in a different perspective.

Whether it is to comfort your insecurities.

Or maybe to bring you down to earth- to let you know maybe that style makes you chunkier than you really are.

Even if you don’t have someone to come with you today- people have even taken to the internet with the “dressing room selfies” to get that needed second opinion.

Make sure your shopping buddy can be honest though- or you might go home with something that makes your waist look bigger, your butt fatter, or legs stubbier. Whatever the body phenonomen you deal with is!

2. Three outfit rule

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Nobody knows your wardrobe like you do- so if you can’t think of 3 outfits with the new item it could be a sign that:

you’re a little love blind.

You’ll take that piece home and it’ll sit in your closet with the tags on.

When I buy something I can not wait to wear it the next chance i get- and that’s because I already have outfits¬†in mind before I leave the store!

3. Am I buying a trend or good style?

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I don’t buy trends- and when I have…I often regretted it.

After a while that trend fades and I’m stuck with a pair of pleather leggings that gather dust in my closet.

It’s not that pleather leggings are a bad trend- I mean there is a reason I bought them…Look at those amazing outfits above!

They just don’t fit well with my specific style and the rest of my wardrobe.

Fashion fades- good style is forever.

Sometimes I get asked where I got items that I bought over 5 years ago

That’s because (1) I try and take care of my clothing, and (2) good style is always worth buying

does it make sense yet?

You want a piece forever…not until a new season trend comes along.

Exclaimer: If a trend fits your style- Go crazy!

If it goes with the rest of your wardrobe:

It will no longer make your outfit look dated when the trend is gone- instead it will look like that is just your style eternally.

4. How much would you pay for this item?

Ok… it’s passed the second opinion test.

You’re excited about three new outfits you have to wear.

And… you know you’ll love this piece for a long time.

Now is the moment of truth- How much would you pay for this article of clothing?

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Fill in the blank…

Don’t look at the tags- just be honest.

I often do this game with my man when I’m not quite sure about an item…I ask him:

“How much would you pay for this?”

If the price is on or under his answer- this article definitely adds value to my wardrobe.

If it’s over- maybe I should hold out for something better or an upcoming sale.

What’s interesting is… I never regret leaving these items behind- I never have that dreaded “I wish I just took it home”

You know why? Because that piece wasn’t worth it!

Only get pieces that pass these four tests because then you know you’re buying value!

Great style is melded through a long process of accumulating great pieces that all go together.

Using these four rules before buying will help your wallet stay fuller and your closet more cohesive.

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Asian Impression Photography

I’ve followed @asianimpression ie. Teban on instagram for quite some time.

His instagram is dedicated to asian beauty and fashion.

I am never disappointed with his posts. He even adds witty and inspirational captions to each photo.

What’s not to love about that?

You can check out his work here:

http://www.asianimpressions.photography/

or his instagram:

http://instagram.com/asian_impressions

Teban had decided to come to toronto to do collaborations with some of his friends from Instagram.

He contacted me to do a 3 outfit photoshoot.

I got to say I was a little shocked.

1. little ol me? really?!

2. umm.. Im not asian? haha … luckily¬†I was one of the few rare exceptions

3. Oh crap. Im not in the shape I would love to be for such an opportunity.

But you know what it was an amazing opportunity that such insecurities would not hold me back!

I was pleasantly surprised that Teban choose to shoot in Kensington Market with its beautiful colours and culture.

I thought that it was such a perfect setting.

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Outfit one: My favourite

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Every wall that Teban placed me in front of- i loved. Exactly why i picked this outfit.

It was fun, colourful, and funky.

Perfect for all these graffiti walls.

luckily he was willing to shoot me in front of my favourite wall, the black and white one,  even though the sun overexposed everything.

This outfit represents how I like to have fun with my wardrobe and experiment!

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Outfit Two: Teban’s Favourite

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The housing in Kensington Market was a perfect backdrop for my more classy work look outfit.

I think this outfit best represents what my instagram shows.

Classy #dailygrindlooks

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Outfit Three: The Cute Outfit

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This outfit is more of how I look on my days off.

On the weekends I like to keep it simple and cute.

So the locations he chose were actually quite perfect- they look like everyday scenery.

Everyday scenery for a Everyday look!

Which is your favourite?!

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Alexa Fantham Photography

You ever have that moment with your long time friends where you think…wow look how much we’ve changed and who we have become!

One of my high-school girlfriends made her profession as a photographer- a rather talented and passionate one!

She does everything from wedding, baby photos, engagements, sports, beauty and fashion.

Check out her work here:

www.alexafantham.com

https://www.facebook.com/AlexaFanthamPhotography

With my unexpected life course into a passion for fashion shared through social media.

We decided that it would be perfect to do a fashion photoshoot while she was visiting one day.

Here is the results of that decision!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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How to eat and lose weight

Disclaimer: by no means am I a dietitian, I also have not consulted with one.

But I can only tell you what worked for me to lose 30 pounds.

Restrictions

Before I started I was a frequent customer to both my local convenient store and fast food joints.

Put an end to that!

That extra weight will shed from your rear-end and transfer to your wallet. win-win!

Do not drink your calories. Do not be fooled by those 0 calorie products. They have hidden calories from all that sugar- that sugar turns to fat in your body.

Water is your new best friend.

These were the only restrictions I put on myself- everything else I ate, I kept.

Don’t Diet – Be Mindful of Calories¬†

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I don’t like vegetables… I love the “meat and potatoes” lifestyle. Meat and grains are my favourite food groups!

So how could I still enjoy eating and lose weight at the same time. I mean, I didn’t want this to be a “fad diet” or something I was going to do for a short time. I wanted this to be a sustainable lifestyle change. And the only way I would be able to sustain it is if I was still enjoying what i was eating. I mean I LOVE TO EAT; I cannot be one of those people who look at food as fuel. Food is comfort, food is a social facilitator , and food is …well DELICIOUS!

So that was when I had my revelation, if I watch my calories I can still have home-made burgers, pasta, and snacks!

So, I researched how many calories with my BMI (age, gender, and weight) I should be eating to lose weight.

and I was successful with 1,200-1,400 calories with workouts.

This means you have to start looking at the nutritional values on the back of the products you buy at the grocery store. If you don’t know how to read them, do some research. The main important values are: Serving size, calories, fat (trans), and sugar.

But as you will soon find out your calories will go much further if you eat better, so i started adding the vegetables i would actually eat to my eating habits such as carrots, peas, corn, lettuce, and cucumber.

You also feel better during a workout when you eat better.

So slowly your tastes begin to change. You actually begin to enjoy different tastes (like me with vegetables i never liked before) and hinder your craving to those meals that make you groggy and slow- and therefore workouts harder.

It’s all about the baby steps of change.

How I Handled Cravings 

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low-calorie snacks!

You know what… they aren’t the best nutritionally, but they are a guilt-free way to satisfy my cravings.

low-calorie is the new advertising ploy, as a result there is basically aisles full of low-calorie snacks. (I can hear the dietitians of the world screaming “Nooooo!”) But my favourites were granola bars and goldfish crackers- I have frequent salt cravings. But for all you sweet-tooths out there, fruit can subdue your urges for sweets with natural sugars!

At the end of the day when I’m watching my recorded television programs, i like to munch. ¬†Two of my favourite new munchies are:

A peanut butter lollipop- that’s a glorified way of saying a spoonful of peanut butter. It is salty-sugary-goodness that has a high protein content that helps you feel full. It is the perfect “fix.”

Another good munch food while watching a movie is popcorn. 3 cups of air-popped popcorn (NOT popcorn in a bag!) with two tablespoons of margarine is 200 calories. Fool Proof!

Tricks and Tips

When I first started watching my caloric intake, I found it quite difficult but let me pass on my tricks to you.

1. Eat every 3-4 hours.

You won’t get hungry and¬†therefore you won’t binge eat on something bad. Also you keep your metabolism working throughout the day. If you don’t eat for long periods of time, your body goes into storing fat mode to anticipate the next lull period between meals.¬†You want your body to be using the fat on your body not storing more.

Also if you don’t eat for a long period of time, your body obviously gets hungry and you have a higher likelihood of binge eating!

2. Don’t Skip Breakfast!

¬†Not eating is going to put you into fat-storing mode; I mean you haven’t eaten in more than 8 hrs. Get your metabolism moving right in the morning. Even if you don’t eat breakfast usually, add something small to your coffee routine such as an apple, peanut butter toast…just something to wake your metabolism up!

3. When eating high caloric meals …split it!

Whether you are eating out at a restaurant, split the meal. Me and my man would order something together then just split it. I mean restaurant serving sizes are completely out of whack anyway. The average meal (without appetizers or desert) is 1,200 calories. Therefore when you split it, you consume the more reasonable 600 calories.

But high calorie meals are enjoyed at home as well. I know some of my dishes I always make are ¬†roughly 800 calories. So what do i do? I split it, time wise! I eat half now and the other half 3 hrs later. I’m still eating the same amount of calories but because I split it up, I won’t get hungry later.

4. Snack!

Cravings and Hunger can throw you off track. So satisfy them the smart way.

Your eating every 3 -4 hrs that doesn’t mean they all have to be the same size meals all day. You can eat a larger meal, and three hrs later have a little 100-200 calorie snack such as an apple (75 calories- apples have been known to be natural way to help wake yourself up without caffeine), granola bar (100-200 cal), nuts (200 cal- both granola and nuts help make you feel full) …these were some of my favs. Find what works for you!

5. Don’t eat three hours before bed

Three hours before bed, your body has enough time to digest the food you have eaten. If food isn’t digested before hand, it turns to fat. It’s that simple. If you just cannot make it… like I can’t sometimes….I eat a low-calorie,easy to digest snack: Peanut butter. I spoke of this gem already- It helps makes you feel full to make going to bed easy.

6. Eat on Smaller plates

Ok, this one might be my most silliest. But todays plates are huge, and don’t represent what a proper serving size should be. Therefore you fill up your plate, and you essentially over-eat. So instead I use the smaller plates that come with a set and i fill that one to the max.

That way it doesn’t feel like I’m not eating anything compared to what i used to (while gaining weight!)

7. Don’t drink your calories!

Sugary pops or juices just are not worth it. As i said before water is your new best friend. I would SO rather use those calories for a snack then a favoured drink.

8. Alcohol Beverages

Most nutritional information and dietitians will tell you to remove alcohol from your lifestyle. AND…I just said not to drink your calories …But I’m giving information to the average woman like myself, and let’s face it…I’m not giving up my cocktails.

So…

Vodka tonic with lime is the drink with the lowest caloric value.

Your welcome. ūüėČ

9. Lastly, workout!

You will never get the results you want if you don’t workout.

It burns those calories.

It keeps your metabolism working.

When you research how much calories you can eat with your BMI. Whether you workout or not and how often.. will be a factor.

You can eat more if you workout because you burn more calories!

Who doesn’t want to eat more?

¬†And when you finally hit your goal weight- you can enjoy much more! If you continue to maintain your muscles, that means you burn more calories. Meaning you can eat more compared to someone who doesn’t workout. The good thing is it takes less working out to maintain muscle then to gain it.

Did I lose you?

Look at it this way:

If you workout you lose weight faster. And later to maintain your weight: you can work out less and eat more!

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