Style Tips for Petites

Here are my tips for dressing and shopping as a petite!

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As you all may know, I’m a petite, like, extremely petite. 4’10” to be exact. So I thought I would do up a little guide on my tips for dressing as a small gal. I did a YouTube video on this last year and it seemed to be a hit, so I thought, why not do a written form!

Dressing as a petite can get tricky, especially when you’re shopping in the regular sized section of a store and your proportions just aren’t the same. My favourite stores are Zara, TopShop, and Aritzia, but only one of them has an actual petite section. So petite style hacks come in very handy when shopping. I’ve listed my mains below and I truly hope that they serve as helpful for all the other petite women reading this!

#1 Shop the petite section when possible.

This is obvious, but my number one tip because a lot of women shop in the regular section when they don’t have to! If there’s a petite section available, shop in it, plain and simple. The tailoring is made for us, so why wouldn’t we take advantage of that?!

#2 High waisted pants are your BFF.

High waisted pants give the illusion of longer legs, plus they suck everthing in 😉 Win, win right? Whether they’re trousers or jeans, a high waistline will be sure to make you look taller.

#3 Dress to your own proportions.

Everyone is different and just because your petite, that doesn’t automatically give you short legs! Lots of petites have longer legs and shorter torsos, or vice versa. If you’re aware of the way your body is, then dressing will be much easier. For example, if you have longer legs, then a regular fit mini skirt will probably be fine for you. Whereas a mini skirt from the petite section might actually be too short! The same goes for tops, blazers and coats.

#4 Avoid wide leg pants.

Culottes are cute, don’t get me wrong, but you’ve gotta know when the pant is just TOO wide. Any pant that looks like it’s eating up your body because it’s so baggy, loose or wide, is not the pant for you. Wider pants will swamp your figure, so a nice fitted or tailored trouser is much more flattering. A cropped and tailored trouser is flattering on just about any petite!

#5 Mini bags FTW.

I’m naturally drawn to mini bags so this isn’t hard for me. But if you’re the type to carry your entire life in your handbag…then this may be a challenge for you. Smaller to medium sized handbags do two things for petites. One, they don’t draw unwanted attention like huge oversized bags do. And two, they’re flattering with just about anything you put on. An oversized handbag overwhelms a petite figure, so they’re a definite no-no.

#6 Opt for open chest tops.

I don’t mean to sound immodest or anything, but open chest tops create the illusion of height. I’m not talking deep v-cuts down to your belly button though. A v-neck or a lower squared neckline are super flattering and make your torso seem taller than it actually may be.

#7 Choose narrow belts.

The last thing you want to do is cut your figure in half and screw up the vertical illusion of height. Slim belts serve as beautiful accessories, they keep things in place and they don’t cut your figure in half. Wider belts on the other hand do just the opposite, so try to avoid them.

#8 Learn how to walk in heels girrrrlllll.

It’s a little bit unfair, but if you WANT to look taller, heels are a sure way to do so. Whether it’s a kitten heel or a 5″ stiletto, heels will obviously lengthen any look you put on. I personally love to wear heels with jeans and pants as casual wear, even if it means my feet are hurting by the end of the day LOL. No pain, no gain baby!

There you have it, my tips for styling looks and shopping as a petite. If you have any tips of your own, I would love to hear them! Feel free to comment them below 🙂

xx,

Haley

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Fort Langley Photo Album

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot with Moe Sasan, from ShotSpot Mobile Photo Studio. This would have been my first professional photoshoot during my blogging career, and it was a lot of fun! We got some amazing shots so I thought I’d do up a little post including my favourites.

Shot Spot is a mobile photo studio, plain and simple. Rather than your typical one location studio, Moe’s studio is on wheels and travels to YOU. How convenient is that?!

The studio fits 4-5 people and is located in the Shot Spot van. It sounds silly at first, but once you step inside it really feels like a professional headshot studio! I was amazed at the photos he took just sitting in the van. There’s lighting, props and backdrops making it easy to get the perfect shot.

The great thing about Moe’s company is that he shoots both indoor (inside the studio) and outdoor. So depending on the type of photos you want taken, it’s easy to drive to a shoot location and snap a couple pics. For our photoshoot we agreed that Fort Langley, BC fit my aesthetic perfectly.

Moe was great at directing poses, getting the best lighting and photographing the perfect moments. He shared with me that he prefers to photograph street style and “blogger style” images, which obviously was a huge plus for me! So if you’re a blogger or a creator in the Lower Mainland, this is a great option for you. Here are a few of my favourite photos from the shoot. I’ve edited the right side images with my regular filtering so you can compare the original to the edited.

If you have any questions about ShotSpot feel free to comment below or DM me on Instagram!

xoxo,

Haley

My Everyday Gold Jewelry

Jewelry is something that I don’t talk about very much on here, but wear every single day. It’s one of the accessories that I cannot go a day without wearing! I stick to very minimal and simple pieces and I love gold over silver. I always get asked where I get my jewelry from on IG so today I thought I’d go over my “everyday” pieces and link them so you can shop!

Earrings

I don’t like leaving the house with naked ears, and if there’s one type of jewelry that I’m going to wear on a “lazy” day it’s earrings! Depending on my outfit and mood I like to wear a variety of ear pieces. From statement earrings to studs, these are the pieces I always gravitate towards when getting ready.

Necklaces

I seldom wear necklaces, but when I do, I like to layer! Layering is the perfect trick to get away with a dainty and bold look. All of my necklaces are dainty, besides a couple pendants and since they’re all gold they go really well together. These ones below are my top picks at the moment.

Rings

I don’t think I’ll ever stop wearing rings, I love them so much! I used to be a one or two ring type of girl, but now I like to go all out and deck out both hands with jewelry. Most of the rings I wear have a special meaning to me. These are my go-to’s.

Bracelets

Out of all of my jewelry I find myself wearing bracelets the least, but that might just be because it’s winter and my wrists are covered most of the time. I do however have a couple bracelets that I love to put on for a date night or fancy event!

You can get a 10% discount on some of these pieces by shopping through my link here. I will earn a small commission if you end up purchasing. But like I said, it’s very small 🙂 Happy Shopping!

xoxo,

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2019 Spring Fashion Trends

It’s that time of year again to share all that 2019 has to offer in the fashion world! This Spring we’re going to be seeing some old and some new. From butterflies to powder blue, there’s lots to be excited for this year.

Each season comes with a set of trends that have repetitively walked the runways at fashion weeks all over the world. I’ve rounded up some of the most exciting trends down below. You should be seeing these styles roll into your local clothing stores very, very soon.

#1 Biker Shorts

This one isn’t news to us because we’ve been seeing them all over since Summer ’18. The biker short trend is here to stay. Personally I could never find a pair that fit super well and made me comfortable enough to wear out in public. But if you’ve got a pair already, there’s no need to shove them in the back of your closet anytime soon.

#2 Powder Blue

A big colour this Spring will be the gorgeous powdery, baby blue. I love this colour because it can be worn in so many different ways, from daytime to evening! Even if it’s just in the form of a silk scarf, this powder blue will definitely be an “it” colour on the street.

#3 One Shoulder Tops

Even though we’re a couple months out from being able to bare one shoulder, you can get excited now about all the cold shoulders you’ll be serving this Spring 😉

#4 Plastic

Here in Vancouver, we get rain until late May, so I’m happy about this Spring trend! Expect to see a lot of “plastic” coats and pants this upcoming season.

#5 Fringe

Although it’s not a personal favourite of mine, fringe will be back this Spring. I do have to say though, it was executed well on the runways last year!

#6 Tie Dye

Clearly it’s going to be a very colourful year! I cannot believe tie dye is back!! I know some people who are going to be very happy about this.

#7 Puff Shoulders

I’ll be honest, even though the puffed shoulder look is outrageous, I’m obsessed with it and even wear it myself. It doesn’t seem like something you’d wear for a day out in the city, but if styled correctly, it can look super chic. You’ll feel so stylish that you won’t even care that people are staring LOL.

#8 Print

Prints are in, but not just animal prints this time! This upcoming season we’ll be seeing a lot of different floral and geometric prints strut the streets.

Which trends are you excited for this Spring?

xoxo,

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3 Types of Boots You Need This Winter

With the temperatures dropping and the snow falling, you’re going to need boots that keep you warm this winter. However, that doesn’t mean you have to throw style out the window! There are three specific styles of boots that you should have in your closet for the chilly season because they’re the best of both worlds (warmth & style).

I used to despise the rainy/snowy season because I never knew what to wear, but now that I’ve figured out which shoes are appropriate, it’s easy-peasy to get dressed in the morning!

Here are three styles of boots that you should certainly have in your wardrobe this winter…

(1) Combat Boots

It’s taken a few years for me to get used to the combat boot look because originally I felt like they just weren’t me. However now that I’ve styled them a few different ways I know how versatile and convenient they are for the winter time.

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A combat boot can take your look from a 5 to a 10 within seconds, and they really do look great with just about anything. Even if you’re a skirts and dresses kind of gal, a combat boot can add an edgy feel to your girly look. They also look great with a pair of skinny jeans or leather leggings and an oversized sweater.

(2) Patent Boots

I’ve never been the type to wear traditional rain boots so when I found my first pair of patent booties I was happily surprised that they kind of double as them! A patent boot is like the stylish version of a rain boot. They come in all different colours and styles and with a thick pair of socks they actually keep your feet nice and cozy!

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Depending on the length of the boot, they can be styled with jeans, skirts, trousers and dresses. The options are endless with this style!

(3) Knee High Leather Boots

This is the first year that I’ve actually purchased a pair of knee high boots and seriously WHAT was I waiting for?! I got two pairs of scrunched leather knee highs, one white pair and one black, and let me tell you, they are GORG.

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Since I’ve recently been wearing skirts more often, I knew that I had to at least try on a pair of knee highs. It’s always been difficult for me to buy taller boots because I’m so short (4’10”) LOL, but I finally found a pair that fits!!

It’s obvious that this style of boot keeps you warm and the best part is that you can wear dresses and skirts with them in the winter time without freezing your butt off.

Out of these three boot styles, what is your favourite?

xoxo,

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How to Look Cute on a Lazy Day

Sometimes you just don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, and that’s okay. If you’re having a lazy day, there’s still hope for looking cute 😉

Believe it or not there are ways to look cute without having to put too much effort in and today I’m going to share them with you! Everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time, so take these tips and use them the next time you’re feeling tired.


1. Joggers VS. Sweats

Baggy sweats look cute on some girls, but they’re usually not socially acceptable when you’re going out, so opt for a pair of joggers instead. These babies are comfy AND cute at the same time. They’re also super easy to style, especially if you have them in a neutral colour (black, white, grey, brown).

2. Braids

If you’re not up for styling your hair, a braid is a cute and quick alternative. I personally don’t know how to french braid but even a regular braid looks better than undone locks.

3. Throw on a hat!

If you’re really not up for styling your hair, throw on a hat! A ball cap looks cute (as long as it’s in good condition) and a toque works just as well. If you’re wearing a comfy casual outfit, either of these two hats will make you look just a little more put together.

4. Jackets

Don’t underestimate the power of a jacket! Even if you’re wearing joggers or leggings, a jacket adds something unique to your outfit. Try layering a hoodie and a leather jacket with a pair of joggers for a cute off duty look.

5. Loafers

Instead of socks and slides or your torn up sneakers, try wearing a pair of slip on loafers with your outfit. Whether it’s leggings or joggers that you have on, a pair of loafers are comfy, easy to slip on and they’re cute!

How do you look cute on your laziest days? 😉

xoxo,

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15 Ways to Look & Feel Put Together

We all have those days that we just feel blah, but thankfully there are a few tricks that can actually help us look and feel put together. They’re easy, quick and pretty simple I think!

Whether it’s your mood or appearance, these tips will help you to look your best, and then hopefully feel your best! Keep reading to find out what they are…

  1. Wash your hair. Everyone knows that a freshly washed head of hair makes the world of a difference in your appearance!
  2. Wear black. No matter what the occasion, wearing black makes you look put together! If you’re not into black though, you can certainly wear a different monochrome outfit 😛
  3. Use a lint roller. Lint-free clothing screams “I’ve got this”. It’s a quick clothing fix so why not do it before you run out the door!
  4. Put on some mascara. If you’re looking tired, mascara can do wonders for your face. A natural makeup look really makes a difference!
  5. Shave. This is pretty self-explanatory… who doesn’t feel awesome after they shave their legs?!
  6. Be mindful of your eating throughout the day. Eat good, feel good.
  7. Wake up early. Ever since I started waking up early everyday I’ve seen a huge difference in my mood throughout the day. Waking up early gets you on the right track for the day and you’ll feel good 🙂
  8. Put on some perfume. Spray some on, thank me later.
  9. Write out a to-do list. Stay on track with your productivity and feel good about what you’re doing throughout the day!
  10. Listen to some up-beat music. Nothing is better than a little dance sesh!
  11. Chew some gum. Does this really need an explanation? What beats fresh breath?
  12. Do a five minute breathing meditation. Feeling blah? A quick meditation will immediately refresh your mind.
  13. Get dressed as soon as you wake up. Take action as soon as you jump out of bed!
  14. Have a 30 minute workout. A workout has been proven to increase positivity and productivity.
  15. Put on a pair of earrings. Going out but still feeling blah? Throw on a pair of earrings or other jewellery. Usually when you look good, you feel good.

If you have any other tips on how to look and feel put together, feel free to share them below!

xoxo,

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How to Wear a Beret With Short Hair

I’ve heard a lot of women complain about not being able to wear berets because of their short hair. Now that I’ve chopped mine off and had the chance to try on a few hats, I’ve figured out what the best ways are to wear a beret with short locks.

The problem that usually arises when hats are tried on with short hair is the ears sticking out! Fortunately there are ways around this little annoyance 😉 Keep reading to find out how you can prevent elf ears in your beret!

#1 Behind the Ear

One of the chicest ways to wear a beret is with one side of hair behind your ear. This allows you to pull the beret a little lower down on the other side, thus covering your other ear!

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#2 Slouched to One Side

If you don’t want to expose your ears, try styling the beret off to the side! You’ll be warm and stylish 🙂

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#3 Pulled Back

This may not work for super short bobs, but if you’re able to pull your hair back into a little ponytail or bun, do it! This is a really sleek look and makes the beret very easy to put on!

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How do you style your beret?

xoxo,

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5 Ways to Pose for the ‘Gram

Are you stuck for poses? Seeking inspiration for your weekly Instagram photos? Look no further, here are five different poses that you can use for your #OOTDs 😉

#1 Look Back At It

This is a great pose for showing off the backside of your outfit or any heels that you might be wearing!

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#2 The Walk By

Show a little attitude by doing a walk by photo! You can capture this on an iPhone or a professional camera by completing a burst photo of you walking.

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#3 The Knee Pop

This pose looks great close up or far away. I personally love using this pose for a details shot.

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#4 Look Afar

So you don’t want to look straight into the camera huh…why don’t you try looking away! Your photo will turn out with a laid-back and effortless look.

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#5 Hand to Hip

This pose is a little more flirty and goes great with a smile. I love this pose while wearing a dress or skirt because it helps to flare out the bottom a little bit!

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What’s your favourite pose? 🙂

xoxo,

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5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes | 2018

Is anybody ever truly ready for Halloween? I feel like it creeps up on me every year! Get the pun? 😉 For real though, thinking of a costume is pretty challenging and they can get quite expensive too. Today I’ve rounded up some easy costumes that you can re-create out of your very own closet.

#1 Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl

Whether it’s a party dress or a preppy school outfit, Blair is super easy to dress as! Here’s what you’ll need for a preppy school look:

  • navy blue mini pencil skirt
  • classic white button up shirt (long sleeve or quarter sleeve)
  • pop of colour (headband or handbag)
  • knee high navy socks
  • flats

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#2 Cher – Clueless

Ironically most of the pieces that Cher wore in her movie Clueless are now on trend! Here’s what you”ll need:

  • yellow plaid jacket
  • matching yellow plaid skirt
  • white t-shirt or sweater
  • yellow cardigan
  • white knee high socks
  • flats (black or silver)

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#3 Rachel – Friends

This is one of my favourite costume ideas because I haven’t seen it done by a lot of people and Rachel is one of the easiest characters to re-create. She really dressed quite normal in the show Friends so you’ll definitely have her pieces laying around your closet. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • denim overalls (preferably shorts but pants will do)
  • navy or black blazer
  • striped t-shirt
  • white keds or vans

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#4 Holly Golightly – Breakfast at Tiffanys

A classic indeed and so simple to dress up as! This is the perfect costume for a Halloween party because it’s so fancy! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • black high-neck, floor length dress
  • pearl necklace
  • sparkly earrings
  • mini tiara
  • black flats or heels
  • long black gloves
  • large black cat-eye sunglasses

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#5 Regina George – Mean Girls

So you could be the star of the show and dress as Regina, or you could do this whole Mean Girls costume as a group! Here’s what you’ll need for Regina:

  • pink mini skirt
  • pink cardigan
  • white camisole (if you really want to go all out, write “A Little Bit Dramatic” in pink on your shirt)
  • pink high heels

** feel free to dress like her, just don’t be a mean girl! 🙂

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What are you dressing up as this year?

xoxo,

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