What a crazy week! I booked a small part in a movie and
won a shopping spree with Zara through Eaton Centre, all in the same week! If it wasn’t already rewarding enough with winning the shopping spree, I was also able to shop with Toronto’s coveted fashion bloggers Alexander Liang
. I am relatively new to the world of fashion blogging so I must admit I had a bit of stars in my eyes when I met these two. They were incredibly sweet and down to earth. Throughout the evening I had the chance to get to know them and get some personal insight into their world while getting styling tips. Every girl’s dream!
Who or what influences your personal style?
Alex: I get inspired by street style, outfits I see on instagram, travel. Everywhere! In terms of icons, I love the classic, simple look of James Dean. I also love Ralph Lauren as a person and a brand.
Justine: I am influenced by street style a lot. I love getting inspo from other women I see on the street. I’m also inspired by Victoria Beckham, blogger’s like Maria Kragmann, Happily Grey, and editor, Vivianna Volpicella to name a few.
What is your must-have piece for spring/summer 2016?
Alex: My must-have piece this spring would be a suede jacket.
Justine: My pieces for Spring/Summer 2016 are a lot of ruffles and frills. I love the whole Spanish romanticism vibe from the Spring runways. I also think anything that exposes my shoulders in an off-the-shoulder kind of way is on my list.
What advice could you give to bloggers who are just starting out?
Alex: My advice is to stay true to who you are and your own personal style. Be yourself and people like you from around the world will find you and connect with you- and that’s the most fun part!
Justine: If I had to give a piece of advice for bloggers starting out, it would be to stay true to yourself and be supportive of your peers. Never lose sight of your vision, your readers will know when you’re being authentic or not, they are smarter than you think. And there’s no point in being jealous or competitive with other bloggers. Success will only come to you when you can learn to accept and be happy for other people’s success.
What is your favorite quote or something fun people may not know about you?
Alex: Not many people know this, but I love to paint. Abstract on canvas. I haven’t done any paintings in a while, but I’m meaning to get back into it this year!
Justine: Where to I begin! Here’s a few:
- “There’s always next season” – Me, on everything in life and fashion.
- “The passion of an aesthete is absolutely inaccessible to man of ordinary concepts who calls a dog a dog and a spoon a spoon” – R. Huelsenbeck
- “Find your people” (Passed on to me from a random afternoon in an artist’s brownstone in Brooklyn.)
- “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” – Diana Vreeland.
|Some of the pieces I picked out along with my CFShop! Gift cards|
Peter, the store manager of Zara, and Brittany, who is the social community specialist for CF Eaton Center, accompanied us on the shopping spree taking photos and getting a personal change room started. They were so helpful. If you haven’t already been to the new revamped Zara you have to check it out! The store is huge! It took all of us about 45 minutes or so to pull several looks and when we thought we were done we kept finding more pieces to mix and match.
I am all about finding classic pieces that I can incorporate into different looks within my wardrobe. For the Zara shopping spree I was looking to update my 2016 spring wardrobe. Anything clean cut, neutral yet still fashionable were things that I was looking for. I walked out with some of my favorite pieces yet! Stay tuned for upcoming posts on how I styled my newfound pieces from Zara.
|Photography by Brittany Ashie|
What’s your style intention this year? Use the hashtag #MyIntention on Instagram or Facebook. Thank you to Cadillac Fairview Eaton Centre, Zara and to Alex and Justine for an incredible shopping spree. Be sure to follow them and check out their pages! xoxo