IMG_1842 IMG_1914Coat:  Asos (similar in blue)  Shirt:  Club Monaco
Skirt:  Forever 21 (old)  Booties:  Coach
Dot Tight:  Club Monaco  Bag:  Mansur Gavriel
Watch:  Folli Follie  Rings:  Forever 21 Sunnies:  Karen Walker

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I bought this coat to pay homage to the infamous Hong Kong’s red, white, blue nylon canvas bag.  Seriously, the first time I laid eyes on this coat, that was the first thing that came to my mind.

My fascination with this bag traced back to 9 years ago during my trip to Hong Kong with my sisters.  I never seem to have enough space in my baggage so I always end up buying this canvas bag.  It’s light, cheap, durable and only CAD $2!!

These bags are said to represent “Hong Kong spirit” and have been popular for at least four decades.  Back in 2007, Kelly Osbourne was seen carrying this bag designed by Louis Vuitton.  Céline also designed a coat in 2013 that was inspired by this bag.  I’m telling you, this is one popular tote.

xo Jo

Happy Year of the Goat!

IMG_2572{Traditional hand gesture when New Year’s greeting is said
You shake your hand up and down slightly while making this gesture}

IMG_2568 (1){The “fu” character means good luck, bliss or fortune}

IMG_2550{The “fu” character is deliberately inverted.
This is because the character for “upside-down” is a homonym
of the character for “to arrive”, which means that
(happiness, good fortune) is “arriving”}

IMG_2544Vest:  Esther Bella (Parker Place)  Top:  Anthropologie (last seen here)
Bangle:  Banana Republic  Clutch:  Ever New
Watch:  Caravelle New York  Earrings:  t and j Designs (similar)


Happy Chinese New Year friends!  Wishing you good health, fortune and prosperity for the year of the Goat!

Did you notice something different this year?  I’m wearing a traditional Chinese New Year vest.  I bought it at Parker Place (Chinese mall).  I’m usually opposed to wearing Chinese-style clothing (mainly because I don’t look good in it) but for some reason I felt like it this year.

I wanted to add some props to my Chinese New Year theme so I ripped a piece of paper from a Chinese magazine and posed with it.  Sorry, I had to strategically cover the ads.  Chinese red posters with messages of good luck are common decorations for Chinese New Year.  My parents have these red posters on the wall all year long.  Lol.

P.S.  Today is my dear friend, Kim’s birthday.  Wishing you a happy birthday and a superb year ahead, Kim!  I love talking and connecting with you.  Thank you so much for your support!

xo Jo

Work Ready

FullSizeRender (12) FullSizeRender (3)Top:  Equipment (sold-out)  Blazer:  Aritzia (old)
Pants:  Club Monaco (similar)  Pumps:  CL
Belt:  Hermès  Bag:  Céline Trio  Ring:  Coach (old)

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Blazers are similar to the iconic white button down shirts.  They’re extremely versatile and a great building block for any outfit.  I love pairing blazers with jeans – it adds a bit of chic sophistication.  But today I created an office vibe with a pair of black trousers and a printed blouse.

xo Jo

Valentine’s Day

IMG_2294 IMG_2318Dress:  Asos Peplum Dress  Clutch:  Coach (old)
Earrings:  Sweet & Spark (old)
Pearl Bracelet:  t and j Designs

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Obviously, I love wearing red on Valentine’s Day.  Although this isn’t the typical red, but it’s still considered “red” on the description of the dress.  I love the Bardot neckline (a wide neck that exposes both shoulders) which is very romantic and appropriate for this occasion.  Personally, I’m not a fan of wearing necklaces when styling off-the-shoulder dresses. I find it very distracting to this beautiful neckline, which is already a fashion accessory by itself.

As you can tell, I’m growing out my bangs and it’s getting fairly annoying.  Therefore, I have to tie it all back.  Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

xo Jo

F21 Camel Coat

IMG_2374 FullSizeRender (7)Coat:  Forever 21  Top:  Aritzia
Jeans:  Paige  Pumps:  Vince Camuto (old)
Clutch:  Clare Vivier  Beanie:  Asos
Sunnies:  Le Specs (very chic and affordable)

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I love recreating outfits (haven’t done one in a long time).  I adore Kat’s blog.  Her style is smart, elegant and wearable.  Ever since I saw this post, I knew I had to replicate it.  I love that it’s edgy and chic at the same time.

Valentine’s Day is coming up.  Do you have any plans?  Too bad my husband will be out of town, so no romantic dinner for me.  Have a wonderful week!

xo Jo