09. talk too much

++ WE TALK ABOUT HOW TO DRESS LIKE A GROWN UP WITHOUT LOSING YOUR EMO-KID-EDGE

OH, do I have a song for you.

COIN

Guys, honestly, my roommates must be so sick of hearing COIN’s song Talk Too Much — like, over and over, on repeat.  It’s a bop!  Check it out here.

cropped-dots-red.jpgTHE VIBE: BABY PINK BALLOONS, DISCO BALLS, GIRLS IN SKATER SKIRTS, FERRIS WHEELS
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Tell me how much you love it in comments, k?  You’re welcome. Now, let’s talk FASHUN.

So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about “grown up Leah”.  Like, who is that? And, more importantly — what does she look like?  

For most of my life I worked really hard to be edgy.  I was desperate for the world to know I was “different”, though too scared to embrace full on scene hair and snake bites.  As a result, my wardrobe consisted mainly of band t shirts, various colours of skinny jeans, and a lot of scarves that, for some reason, I always wore indoors.

Getting older — not to mention moving to the city — has really inspired me to step up my look, but I don’t want to lose whatever small amount of badassery I was able to cultivate as an angsty sixteen year old.  Edgey rocker vibes are key, but so is looking like a grown up (and one who deserves a job).

The best fashion advice I ever received came from my lovely mother, who has always told me “whatever look you choose, make sure everyone knows it’s on purpose”.  So if you’re rocking blue hair, don’t let it look like you dyed it in your kitchen sink — even if you did. If your jeans are ripped up, make it high fashion, not like a kid who scraped their knee on the playground.  I-woke-up-like-this is a carefully constructed look, not an excuse to roll out of bed and into life — y’know?

So with this in mind, I’ve been compiling all my rules (er, guidelines) for dressing like a grown up… but, like, a cool grown up.  

🔴 Nails on fleek.  I love dark nails — and black nails (short + square are my fave) are a great way to add a bit of edge to your look… as long as they’re not a mess.  I do my best to keep my nails painted, because I think it really pulls things together.

🔴 When in doubt, stick with black and white.  I know it’s not the most exciting option in the world, but monochrome looks are so chic.  When I don’t know what to wear I love a baggy white blouse — tied at the bottom, of course, to give a bit of pin-up flair.

 

🔴 Best foot forward.  I love my converse and vans as much as anyone, but they’re not exactly the most polished look.  I like a cute loafer, anything point-toed, or chunky heeled booties; they can all convey your inner badass, but they’re also grown up.

🔴 Accessories are key.  If you think your outfit is a little bland, throw on a necklace (or 5), some cute hoops, or (my personal fave) some badass rings.  Throw a leopard print coat on over your all black outfit, or a cute colourful scarf. Lipstick is also an accessory, if you ask me.

 

🔴 When in doubt, Paris is always a good idea.  It’s just a fact: french girls do it better. They have effortlessness down to a fine art, and somehow they can make even the simplest outfit look badass.  So if you’re not sure where to start, might I recommend googling “Parisian fashion” or “how to dress like a french girl”.  Here’s a couple of french beauties to get you started:

 

And you? how do you step up your fashion game?

(notice that I wrote a post about a new subject — HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT?  this has been a long time coming tbh, and I’m excited about it.)

01. cheetah tongue.

Remember back in the day when your blog was like your diary — not like your personal ad space?  Blogs were written like stories, nothing was #spon and no one had a content calendar.  And, okay, as much as I know there must be a reason that style went by the wayside, I miss it.  That’s why I’ve decided to start making these song of the day posts.

Simple, casual, and honestly self centred.  Just a post about the song that’s been in my head all day, and whatever else I feel like telling my captive audience.  Lucky you!

So today’s song is Cheetah Tongue, by the Wombats — it’s a real jam, and brand new.  I have a bit of a thing for songs that make me feel like I’m in a movie, and this one definitely delivers.  Weird, I know.

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Anyway the song is off the new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, out on February 9th.  It’s exactly the combination of cute indie music + quirky lyrics + dark theme that you’d expect from the Wombats, and just different enough for us to look past the fact that they haven’t put out anything new since 2015.

In other news, today is kind of the ultimate get your shit together day.  Are you ever on a total roll, then one thing happens and next thing you know… everything is a disaster?  That’s my current state of affairs, and it’s not pretty.  I totally lose my motivation once my room gets messy or I start to fall behind on school work.  I desperately want to be that person who is always on point, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me.

SO yeah, it’s a day of laundry, hot coffee, and catching up on school work for me.  But as I go about it I can’t stop thinking about vacation, and what makes a vacation, and the fact that I could call this a vacation right now if I really wanted to.

Because I mean, I love a beach and bikini vacation as much as the next girl, but the truth is right now when I imagine my ideal trip it involves eating a delicious breakfast every morning, buying my groceries from a market, drinking coffee and scribbling in my journal in charming cafes, looking at art (and making) amazing art, and just generally living it up.  And the truth is… I could do any of those things here, now, today.  Even, I think, while simultaneously listening to a lecture on statistical analysis.  I might not quite be wandering the streets of Paris, but it’s not like there’s any shortage of pastries and paintings in Toronto, right?

Vacation is a state of mind, my friends.  And I would like to be there… once my room is clean.