Monday, December 31, 2012

You're the closest to heaven I'll ever be

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Wilfred dress (similar here), Kenneth Jay Lane cabochon earrings

Wore this cute little number for an anniversary dinner.. I may be a bit behind on trends lately, but I've really been digging cut-out backs lately.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I can't even convince myself when I'm speaking in the voice of someone else

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Old Navy waffle-knit sweater (similar here), Forever21 tank, Old Navy Rockstar micro-dot jeans, ALDO booties, Urban Outfitters high-low necklace


At $15 with an additional 30% off, who could say no to these jeans?! The Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans are insanely popular, and come in a multitude to washes and colours. I've seen petite, regular, and tall inseams advertised on the website (I've only ever purchased in-store, and I've never paid attention to the leg length), so they definitely cater to everyone. I would definitely recommend trying them on in-store if you can.. it seems that they run teeny-tiny! I purchased a size 2 in all my pairs. Old Navy runs sales very often, so you never end up feeling too guilty when you purchase a pair of fun candy-coloured denim to try.

Congrats to Buggiebean and priincess emily on winning the Joe Fresh lace ballet tee! Please email me at xjoleblog@gmail.com with your name and full shipping address. Thanks to all those who participated!

Hope everyone's been having an amazing holiday so far. Stay safe and warm!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I should be playing in the winter snow but I'mma be under the mistletoe

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Zara Girls cardigan (this season's version here and here), Forever21 Audrey Hepburn tee, Joe Fresh sequin skirt,  Marc by Marc Jacobs bow earrings, H&M tights, ALDO booties

I don't know about you, but for me, holidays and sequins go hand in hand!

Don't miss out on your chance to win your own Joe Fresh lace ballet tee! Click here for more details.

Friday, December 14, 2012

I live in this fantasy where everything is amplified

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ASOS sweater, 7FAM jeans, Sparkle & Fade bow-back bra, Zara wedge booties (similar here), ASOS hand harness, Kenneth Jay Lane cabochon studs



As mentioned earlier, I wanted to host a simple giveaway featuring one of my favourite recent purchases: the Joe Fresh lace ballet tee. This is such a versatile piece that I've worn both it both casually and in the work place. I will be giving away two of these shirts in black, one in a size XS and the other in a S. The measurements, taken with the shirts lying flat, are as follows:
XS: 15.5 inch chest, 14.5 inch waist, 23.5 inches in length
S: 16.5 inch chest, 15.5 inch waist, 25 inches in length
The giveaway will be open internationally and will run from now until Friday December 21st at 11:59 pm EST. To enter, simply click here and fill out the form.

Monday, December 10, 2012

I hear the songs from the places where I was born

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Joe Fresh colourblock sweater, Joe Fresh silk blouse, GAP polka dot trousers, ASOS collar necklace
Exciting news: Loose Button's Luxe Boutique has recently launched, which means you now have easy access to full sized products that you may have previously sampled! Free shipping is offered to all Luxe Box members, as well as orders over $50. Even better news: Loose Button has kindly offered my readers a promo code of $5 off their purchase! Simply use LUXE05C7 at checkout. What's great is that they have compiled a fantastic gift guide to help you with your holiday shopping.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Your words are cold and the season is too

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Joe Fresh lace shirt, Zara skirt (similar here and here), H&M necklace

Are you sick of seeing these lace tees already? I'm certainly not! When Joe Fresh does something right, they really do it right! This style is a tad different with a more fitted body and sleeve, which makes it a bit more of a classic but still just as fun as these other two. I thought I would let you guys in on all the lace fun, so keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway soon!

Friday, November 30, 2012

A new notch in your belt is all I'll ever be

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Joe Fresh lace top (similar here), H&M faux leather pants (similar here and here), ALDO booties, Forever21 head wrap (similar here), Marc by Marc Jacobs bow earrings

'SOCOLDSOCOLDSOCOLDSOCOLD..'

... says PN as he snuggles deeper in to his jacket while continuing to snap away.

The things we do for photos!

Monday, November 26, 2012

And he's long gone when he's next to me

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Buffalo shearling jacket (similar here), Joe Fresh lace top (similar here), GAP polka dot trousers, Zara pumps

The top, the bottoms, the shoes.. three of my most recent favourites, all combined in to one outfit!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Once upon a time a few mistakes ago, I was in your sights

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Joe Fresh scoop-back l/s (similar here), H&M denim button-up, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, ALDO booties, Forever21 headwrap (similar here)

It took me almost four years, but I have finally convinced PN that turbands are cool.. sort of. He's still on the fence, but with ears this warm, who really cares?!

The winner of the $100 Shopbop giftcard has been chosen, and congratulations to... Maggie! Look out for an email from me soon. Thanks to all those who participated!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Got our heads in the clouds and we're not coming down

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Zara draped-front top, Forever21 lace bodysuit (similar here), Michael Kors leggings, Zara pumps, Belle Noel wishbone necklace
The weekend over the weather was quite beautiful, so of course I spent it indoors at IMATS, duking it out with thousands of other ladies for the latest of cosmetic products. While certain events meant that the rest of the day was spent indoors, it's not so bad when you're surrounded by the love and laughter of your family.


Stay safe everyone!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Stripped to the waist we fall in to the river

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Joe Fresh sweater, Forever21 knit shrug, Ebay fleece tights, Diba boots via Winners, Belle Noel wishbone necklace


I can still smell the coconut-scented sunscreen and feel the warmth of the sun's kiss on my face as I finish replacing all my breezy summer tanks and cute dresses with thick tights and heavy knits.... Ah, nostalgia. Hopefully it's enough to tide me over for the next six months! Fingers crossed that our coming winter is as mild as our last one was.

Don't forget to enter my Shopbop giveaway for a chance to update your winter wardrobe!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Fall/Winter Knit Picks and a Shopbop Giveaway!

I'm very excited to announce that Shopbop and I have teamed up to host an amazing giveaway! For those of you who don't know, Shopbop is an online shopping site that offers a wide range of current designer goods, with the added bonus of free shipping. With the temperatures dropping fast, it's definitely time to start bundling up and layering. I'm looking forward to adding some cozy knits and chunky sweaters to my closet this season, and Shopbop doesn't disappoint!

My conventional sweater picks:
1. Boxy Crew Neck Sweater from James Perse sweaters
2. Bedford Draped Cardigan from Rag and Bone sweaters
3. Anthea Je Ne Sais Sweater from Torn by Ronny Kobo sweaters

My not-so-conventional knit picks:

1. Datia Knit Dress from Rag and Bone sweaters
2. Candy Baroque Dress from Torn by Ronny Kobo sweaters
3. Funnel Sweatshirt Dress from James Perse sweaters

Now on to the giveaway: simply just fill out the widget below. This giveaway is open internationally (except to readers residing in Pennsylvania, sorry!) and will run from now until Tuesday November 20th, 2012 at 11:59pm. Good luck!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

After the war we said we'd fight together

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Joe Fresh cardigan, Forever21 lace peplum top (similar here), Ebay fleece tights, Diba boots via Winners, H&M gold belt

Hope all those in Hurricane Sandy's path are staying safe and warm!

Monday, October 22, 2012

It feels like I am just too close to love you

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Joe Fresh low-back top (similar here), Forever21 skirt, American Apparel leather belt, H&M stockings, Sam Edelman Roza heels, Juliet & Company knot earrings

This outfit is from PN and I's annual Cirque du Soleil date night. This year's show is called 'Amaluna' and is about the coming-of-age of a young girl. As usual, the costumes and props were extravagant. While some acts stood out more than others, the overall show was absolutely fantastic. I definitely recommend this show to first-timers and recurrent show-goers! PN and I went on a weekday this time around, which meant that the tent wasn't filled to maximum occupancy. If you're lucky, you could also end up with seat upgrades.

Although I was initially disappointed with the lack of similarity between the online colour and the real life version (I should've figured it out from the use of 'camel'), I've come to really love the fit and shape of this skirt... So much so that I wore it twice the first week I got it. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oh what a shame that you came here with some one

Do you remember when you were a child and you would come across those chocolate calendars in Walmart? I would beg my parents to buy them for me, and whenever they did, I would tear open each flap and devour the chocolates in one session! Well, the innovative team at Loose Button has reinvented the advent calender for adults! This review is based purely on a first impression unboxing basis.

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The Luxe Advent Calendar is big.. and I mean really big! You can see in the comparison photo that it is easily double the size of my slipper. It came in a sturdy brown box, and was beautifully wrapped. And now on to the unveiling...

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As you can see, the Luxe Advent Calendar contains 24 deluxe-sized samples, with all ingredients listed on the reverse side.

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To open, you just simply pop in the half-moon tab...

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... and pull!

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I'd like to say that I opened all of the tabs for the sole purpose of this review, and totally not because I don't have any patience... Who am I kidding? I was never one for surprises, and I was just way too eager to get my hands on all of these little samples.

The calendar contains 6 fragrances, 9 cosmetic products, and 9 skin care products. There is seriously something for every one in this box! Some stand outs: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara, Lancome Tresor perfume, and the YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01. You can get more information and a closer look at the contents by clicking here.

This box would be a fantastic Christmas gift for a girlfriend or a relative. It's the gift that keeps on giving! Not only do they get a little surprise each day (assuming that they have more willpower than I do and will only open one a day), but each sample can easily last for two weeks of daily use! The variety of products in this box means that you could be using some of these samples months after you've initially opened them. This would also make an amazing gift for yourself! You can experiment with a slew of high end products for a reasonable price.

Some other important details about the Advent Calendar:
- There is a limited quantity, so order while you can! The boxes will be shipped at the end of November.
- Only available to Canadian residents.
- The cost of $109 includes a $10 gift card, to be used towards the purchase of a full-sized product, which will be available via the Loose Button website.

Although the Luxe Advent Calendar was sent to me for review purposes, I am not being compensated in any way for this blog post. This review was strictly based on my own, personal opinion.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Let's make the most of the night like we're gonna die young






1. Joe Fresh silk blouse, Zara skirt (similar here), Unbranded necklace
2. Forever21 lace peplum top (similar here), Joe Fresh cardigan (similar here), G2000 trousers, Tory Burch Reva flats
3. Joe Fresh sweater, Joe Fresh leggings, H&M leopard scarf (similar here), ALDO flats (similar here), House of Harlow triangle necklace (similar here), Forever21 ring, Oasap claw ring
4. Joe Fresh marled sweater, Joe Fresh houndstooth silk bouse, Loft trousers, Tory Burch Reva flats
5. Zara jacket (similar here), American Apparel lace tee, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Zara heels

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I've got a stubborn heart for you

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Unbranded blouse (similar here), American Apparel cardigan, Ebay fleece tights, Zara heels, House of Harlow sunburst earrings

The minute I saw the leather collar and cuffs, I knew I had to pick this piece up, so I snatched it off a rack in a Hong Kong flea market without a second thought... only to find that the shoulders are actually stained with leather dye! For only $7 though, I would probably do it again. It's been deemed irremovable by two different dry cleaners, so I've been contemplating just bleaching the entire shirt.. In the mean time, I'll continue to layer this piece.

Anyone have any other suggestions on how to make it wearable on it's own?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Some people search for a fountain that promises forever young

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Joe Fresh cardigan (similar here), Joe Fresh blouse, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, Zara heels, ASOS collar necklace

I took advantage of Old Navy's recent sale and picked up two pairs of the Rockstar jeans (this mustard pair, as well as a deep purple). I wouldn't have paid regular price for them ($44.50?!), but at $19, they were an amazing buy! They come in an amazing array of colours, and with a decent amount of stretch, the fit is great.

Did you pick up any denim from the Old Navy sale?

Don't forget, today is the last day to enter my No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner giveaway! Click here for more details.

Monday, October 1, 2012

So tell me you love me only for tonight

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Zara jacket (similar here and here), H&M denim button up, Wilfred bustier tank, Joe Fresh leggings, Vince Camuto sandals, H&M scarf, H&M necklace

I'm pretty sure the days of wearing open-toed sandals are long gone, but at least this means I can finally pull out my latest Zara jacket! Wide collar, leather sleeves, gold hardware.. What's not to love?

You have 5 days left to join my No Bleeding Lips Secret Lip Liner giveaway! Click here for more details.