Let me preface this review by saying that Estee Lalonde is one of my favourite people ever. I’ve been watching her channel from Day 1 and completely adore her. Alright, so here comes the praise!
Bloom is the book we all wish we had at 16-20 years old. Estee imparts on the reader a wellspring of advice and compassion. In that way, Bloom is not just a book, but a companion. A life raft. I myself am 24, and lucky enough to be past the most difficult stages of self-discovery. But like the excerpt states, “Bloom is also for women who might recognize their younger selves in parts of my journey.” (9). I truly believe women of all ages can benefit from this read.
Estee writes with candour no matter what section of the vibrantly coloured pages you flip to. From beauty, travel, and home decor, to depression, anxiety, and living your most happy and fulfilling life – the narrative is impassioned and provides a voice of understanding.
So far, the trend forecast for 2017 is one big NOPE for me. Mules? Nope. Giant baggy silk pants that look like you’re hiding Yoko Ono in there? O NO thanks. And Elle.com can try to rip on classic sneaks, “It’s now about sneakers that are embellished or have something like emojis or logos on them.”, but they’re not fooling me. Dear god if I see anyone in a platform sneaker with a tongue sticking out emoji on them I will burn your outfit while you’re still wearing it.
So what am I here for this week?
Ripped denim even in the winter, paired with fluffy scarves and black ankle boots.
Soft nude coats that Audrey and Grace would be proud of.
Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions dictate your fashion. You want to lose 10 lbs? That’s great, I’ll see you at the gym. But don’t you dare let it stop you from loving your body and buying that dress. There will always be a reason to put it off – but never a good one. Live your life now, because if you wait until they’re burying you to wear that beautiful dress, well… wouldn’t that be a waste.
The Book: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – CEO and Founder of Nasty Gal
I’ll admit that I was caught off guard by how refreshingly down-to-earth this book is. Sophia Amoruso founded and heads one of the most successful and well-known fashion retail sites, and yet somehow by the last page you feel as if you’re reading the words of the best friend you grew up with, or perhaps mores the strange older girl who took you on like a little sister. More importantly, #GIRLBOSS (and yes that hashtag is thrown in throughout the book – we’re not really sure how we feel about it…) is chalk full of real-life wisdom that anyone can put into action. Amorous also provides a glimpse into the lives of other successful women via sections entitled Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS. What I think is most powerful though, is how I felt after finishing the book. Capable. Determined. Motivated. And FREE.
Pair the Gold Astro Draco Leggings with a black lace dress for an eerily vintage effect. Great for a night out at an art show or museum. Red lips add a great finishing touch to bring the whole look together.
Two fun and super flirty ways to wear the unbelievably soft Strawberry Witch Sleeveless Crop Top. Paired with navy shorts and heart-shaped glasses for a more retro feel, then we have a high-waisted aztec print skirt for a look that’s a bit more modern. The perfect top for a hot summer day xox
These leggings may be bright but they have a softer side, and drawing inspiration from bohemian 70’s fashion is a great way to showcase this piece for daywear. Pair with metallic or neutral sandals, or a brown boot.