"Bloggers pretending they have dropped something on the ground and are casually looking for it while having their photo taken": a series by Chloë Gordon.
This pose is becoming a serious problem/crutch for me (and many, many other bloggers, based on the 700+ of you I follow on Instagram). I guess the thing is that I don't love the way my face looks in a lot of photos, so the more hair and less face I can show, the better.
Or, I can start practising my "smize" and just get on with my life. That's also an option.
I went on a little exploration adventure with my friend Natalie last weekend - she talked me into driving us to (wait for it) Barrhaven. We checked out a thrift store called Plato's Closet, that ended up having quite a few diamonds in the rough. I ended up with a brand new with tags Forever 21 utility jacket for $16, so I won't complain too much about the 30 minute drive out to the boonies. A similar current-season one is available at Forever 21 here.
Natalie ended up with some brand new One Teaspoon boyfriend jeans, which was pretty fateful, given the fact that she had spent some of the ride out to Barrhaven decrying how expensive these exact jeans were when buying new, even though they were exactly the style of boyfriend jeans she wanted.
Then we stumbled across Cafe Cristal, a little tea cafe that we had been talking about visiting - but had put on the "maybe" list due to its ridiculous location (again, Barrhaven) (sorry to anyone who lives in Barrhaven, but seriously). This cafe is seriously instagrammable, and the actual food and tea is very good too. I had a savoury pesto chicken crepe in hopes of curing my mild hangover (oops), and some blood orange tea. Natalie was a bit less impressed with her macarons, though she was comparing them to Laduree...
We also ran into Patricia from @fashioncanadians, who had come in with some friends for high tea... so obviously this is the place to be for bloggers!
Aritzia Beckledge Coat (similar here and here)
Dynamite ribbed turtleneck (similar here)
Mother Denim jeans (similar style here)
Zara booties (wayyy old, similar here)
Gucci Soho Disco Bag (navy no longer available, similar here)
Mejuri Lotus necklace (use code CHLOE for $20 off your Mejuri purchase!)
Thanks to Natalie for the photos!