Sunday, 18 September 2011

Bridge of the seasons

This summer has never fully made a presence. Now it departs just shy of the end. Let us pay homage to the days where we don't quite know whether it is the beginning or the end. Like an infinity scarf that anchors an outfit.

Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style, Jasmine Zhu wearing Fall trends infinity scarf, Street Style

I absolutely love this self-made infinity scarf! It's huge first of all, I can totally get lost in it. The cherry on top is the fact that it is a vintage item from Talize.

Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style, Jasmine Zhu sitting with Balenciaga giant pink city designer purse, Street StyleI misplaced my cheap gold aviators that I stumbled upon a while ago. As I was driving down Granville, the store Zoe caught my eye. A quick trip inside lead me to their end of season sunglasses clear out. I was reunited with another pair of gold aviators. Versatile and easy to wear. Adds that extra pop to a lot of outfits.

Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style, Jasmine Zhu standing with Balenciaga giant pink city purse, boots, sunglasses, Street Style
Two years ago I started buying designer purses. A pink Balenciaga Giant City was pretty much my Holy Grail bag. Malleries.com is a great source for designer goods at amazing prices. Most importantly, it's a place where you can find discontinued colours. For a great review, visit, Spotted Fashion Reviews



Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style, Blank and white with red highlights in Jasmine Zhu's hair, Street Style

Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style, Jasmine Zhu leaning next to beautiful tree, Street Style


I love pairing feminine pieces with some edge. The Kimchi Blue top's soft rosey hue is made extra apparent by the black bottoms. The studs on the Harley Davidson booties as well as the liquid black tightsgive outfit the right amount of edge.This outfit was thrown together the last minute. It was one of those rare days that both my boyfriend and I had the day off. A stroll to the park became more.


Where to buy.

John Richmond Aviator Sunglasses Zoe Boutique
Zoe Boutique location

Black chiffon skirt and black Harley Davidson booties Talize
Talize thrift super store location



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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Flowers

Where I come from, it is called the city of flowers. The mild weather all year round has made it an ideal place for plants to grow. Though I have since departed my birth place, but the flowers have always followed me.This time, it is in the form of this gorgeous dress from Gentille Alouette.

Jasmine Zhu wearing Convertible floral tube dress purchased at Gentille Alouette, vintage cowboy boots, Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style
I practically live in cowboy boots. What a great way to wear something so masculine with something ever so feminine. This pair is vintage and a gift from a friend.

Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style, Jasmine Zhu wearing Convertible floral tube dress purchased at Gentille Alouette, vintage cowboy boots


This is a fun summer dress. Maybe a little formal for everyday wear. But I don't follow rules.Jasmine Zhu wearing Convertible floral tube dress purchased at Gentille Alouette, Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style

Jasmine Zhu wearing Convertible floral tube dress purchased at Gentille Alouette, vintage cowboy boots, Vintage Fashion, Thrift Fashion, Street Style, Style

Gentille Alouette is a beautiful boutique in the historical Gastown of Vancouver, BC. I have passed by many times outside of their business hours. The window display is unique and captivating. I have always wanted to go in. Finally, during one of my trips wondering around town, I remembered that this little store is on Carrall street. The visit proved to be fruitful. Just my luck the owner, Eliza Lau, was in. Her taste matches mine almost exactly.

She has many unique feather accessories, as well as pieces designed by past participants of Project Runway Canada.

Well worth anyone's time of day.


Check out her website for contact information.



Or her Facebook Page.

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Friday, 9 September 2011

Fashion Graffiti

Since I am not the most eloquent speaker, I have decided to borrow from the words of those that are.
Yves Saint Laurent once said, fashion fades, style is eternal.

I can honestly say I do not know very much about fashion. The industry itself is not something I ever identified myself with. I do not follow trends, aside from the major design houses, I am oblivious to labels.

Growing up, my parents kept my hair short so my mother would not need to spend a lot of time in the morning to fix my hair. Thus, I have always taken the persona of a energetic tom-boy. I rarely wore dresses, I rode my bright blue sports bike everywhere. Climbed trees, tread water in the ponds, caught insects, terrorized my grandparents, got shot at by bb-guns, and eagerly shot back.

I never thought I was girly in the least bit. And to be fashionable, you had to be girly. Those two things came hand in hand, right?

But I had always been different, I would wear the only elastic high waisted ripply flower skirt I had on my head and pretended that was long hair.

Fast forward till my late teens. Finally, I grew out my hair, along with my maturing curves, I can no longer blend in as a tom-boy.

Scarves would be worn as a belt, ties would be worn as head bands. Colour rules based on the seasons were never followed.

I have always admired artists, to be able to take an idea in their heads and outwardly express it on an canvass and share it with the world.

Even more so, is my love for graffiti, it is original, personal, loud, spontaneous, fun and amazing. To the graffiti artist, the whole world is their canvas.

I take the same approach to my personal style. I shop almost exclusively thrift. I love the hunt, I love creating outfits on the spot. I love spotting diamonds in the rough.


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