Date Night in Striped Culottes

date night: striped culottes

Happy Monday!

date night: striped culottes

Can you believe we’re almost at the end of summer? It’s been ridiculously hot in Calgary – I’m so ready for fall! Fall is my favourite season.. I love layering and cozy knits.

I’ve been extremely into culottes this year. I remember when they first started popping up, I thought to myself, “I could never wear that”! However, that quickly changed when I decided to keep the first pair I got from dynamite in a dress-pant material. I started venturing into culottes made in other fabrics and prints, which you’ll most definitely see me style throughout the next couple months! They are the perfect transition pant into fall; it can be worn to work and tied into your office attire, or be dressed casually for the weekend or a date night!

date night: striped culottes

Velvet cami – Ardenes / Striped culottes – Sears / Black strappy heels – Sears / Hat – Joe Fresh / Necklace – eBay

date night: striped culottes

This is the perfect date night/girls night out outfit. It’s put together, there’s a bunch of textures, it’s fun, and the necklace packs a HUGE punch! Ya’ll know I love looking good on a budget; who doesn’t? I got these strappy heels and culottes on sale at Sears during their huge sale about a month or two ago. These pair of heels have a sturdy, chunky heel, making it super easy to walk in (note: I am not a heels type of girl – I always struggle)! It also features a turn-lock clasp on the ankle strap, adding a touch of elegance to them. The striped culottes instantly dresses up the look regardless of what you decide to wear for a top.

date night: striped culottes

This velvet lace cami I picked up from Ardene’s was SEVEN DOLLARS. I shit you not. Easily one of my most bang-for-buck purchases ever… I even picked up another one in a bigger size to layer over other pieces!

date night: striped culottes

I was also able to finally get my hands on a wide brimmed, wool hat from Joe Fresh. They were having an end-of-season sale and I found this hat for $20 tucked away somewhere on a shelf. Wide brimmed hats are so easy to match with outfits and make them look that much more sophisticated!

date night: striped culottes

As September slowly creeps up on us, and our move in date lurks around the corner, I can’t help but feel a little anxious about being away from home. I’ve developed a deep appreciation for my relationship with my parents and cherish the time I get to spend with them. I’m so grateful to have fantastic, polar opposite parents who’ve given me a vast perspective on life and two brothers who always make the effort to go by my room in the evening to talk about our day. I’m feeling emotional as I write this, and I can’t imagine how I’m going to be like moving day!

date night: striped culottes

Photos by Christopher Nguyen 

 

Until next time!
xo becks

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Canmore, Alberta: East End Of Rundle hike

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

HAPPY THURSDAY!
Oh, my, goodness…. you guys.
For a while now Chris has been saying how much he wanted to head out to the mountains and hike, but our summer has been pretty busy and it’s been effing HOT. He mentioned wanting to hike up East End of Rundle (EEOR), but was wary going with me as I exhaust easily since being sick (I literally must nap in-between events when we have a jam packed day).  However…. I was set to prove him wrong.

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

Keep in mind I have zero interest or experience in exercising in any way, shape, or form. I have never scrambled before. Nor do I have hiking shoes. Or anything hiking related. I’ve always enjoyed going out to the mountains to look at them… but achieving hikes rated as “difficult” on trail peak has never been my thing. The most difficult hike I did was last summer; we did Bourgeau Lake (that one is hella long), and it was a pretty big feat for me!

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

We decided to head out late Saturday afternoon two weekends ago due to the weather (it was going to be pretty hot) and because we wanted to catch sunset on the mountain. We actually drove out to the wrong place and hiked down Goat Creek Trail by accident thinking it was EEOR. Approximately 20-25 minutes into the hike we realized we were not in the right place, so we hiked back up and drove back out to try to find the beginning of Rundle. Turns out it was a random little pathway on the side of the road that went straight uphill and looked super sketch. There was also a sign warning us not to touch a bomb if we saw one. Nice.

East End Of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

I wore Nike Roshes that day (It was my only pair of sneakers I had at Chris’ place that day) thinking it would be fine, but boy, WAS I WRONG. It was not bad going uphill at all, in fact, it was actually pretty fun! I was crawling on all fours at some point because it was pretty steep (and I’m a chicken) but I trucked on.

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

As we continued to go uphill, a sinking feeling sat in my chest as I realized this was going to be a bitch going down… I was pretty sure I was going to lose my toenails from my foot hitting up against my shoes going downhill (It happened on our hike back from Bourgeau). Renee shared her power-up gummies with us that she got from MEC and I was dead sure it worked because I had crazy bursts of energy going uphill, hahaha!

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

The view at the top was so worth it! It was actually very windy and cloudy that day (it drizzled on us a bit as we went downhill). I saw marmots for the very first time in my life and it was kinda fun to see! A squirrel was on the prowl for Long’s sandwich and he attempted to lure it several times for photos (as seen below):

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta
Renee lent me her walking sticks to go downhill, but my shoes were a poor choice and I was sliding everywhere regardless… not gonna lie, I wasn’t sure if I would make it down in one piece. I kept eyeing the helicopter that flew overhead and wondered if I would need to make the call, HAHAHA. I ended up sliding down basically the entire mountain on my ass, lifting myself with my wrists and legs. I looked like an idiot and it was probably 100x more work than I needed to put in if I had better shoes. Although, I do have to give Long and Chris lots of kudos for making it down fine in their runners, they made it look like a stroll while I lagged behind, and Renee was behind me encouraging me the whole way down, HAHAHA. We actually hiked in the dark near the last quarter of the hike, as the sun went down. We were off path for what seemed like forever, sliding down random rocks and being confused about where we were. I was terrified we were going to get eaten by bears!

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

All in all, it was a surprisingly fun hike going up and a total hell hole coming down. Note to self to get proper hiking boots next time, and maybe a hike with no scrambling or traversing involved (just kidding, but not really). Would I do it again? … Probably not if I don’t have to.

East End of Rundle Hike Canmore Alberta

I finally sucked it up and ordered a new macbook pro. Macs are getting crazy expensive and I really struggled with trying to justify the purchase. My macbook is almost 8 years old now, and it seems to be doing relatively okay just for surfing on the internet… but it’s been heating up and the fan’s been whirring after using it for the first five minutes. Editing videos = major pain. I’m also a thousand years of updates behind because it won’t be able to handle it. So, I bit the bullet and pressed ‘order’.

ALSO – our move in date got pushed back. Just a little reminder that not everything pans out the way we want it to sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t part of the bigger plan… more shopping for me! WEEEEE!

Until next time!
xo becks

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Mauve sweatpants

mauve sweatpants, cropped top, and bomber jacket

Good evening!
Hope you guys had a great weekend!
I purchased a pair of mauve sweatpants (as shown in my Forever 21 haul) that I absolutely love! Chris & I thought this would be a fun outfit to shoot in front of a mural here in Calgary and the photos turned out awesome! Although these sweatpants ended up being a bit too big and baggy on me, the drawstrings did the trick.

mauve sweatpants, cropped top, and bomber jacket

For those of you living in Calgary, you’ve probably seen this wall a million times. It’s so funky and random!

mauve sweatpants, cropped top, and bomber jacket
Cropped top – Forever 21 / Sweatpants – Forever 21 / Bomber Jacket – American Apparel / Sneakers – Adidas Superstars / Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

mauve sweatpants, cropped top, and bomber jacket
Pairing high waisted things with crop tops are a great way to keep yourself covered while showing a bit of skin. When it comes to clothes, I’m a little shy about revealing too much, so this was perfect!

mauve sweatpants, cropped top, and bomber jacket

Renee, Chris, Long & I hiked up EEOR this past weekend. I’ll have a quick post on it soon to share some of the views from the top. Being my first scrambling experience, it was definitely gruelling coming down but so much fun climbing up! Note to self to stop wearing my Nike Roshes to hike because they are terrible hiking shoes.

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Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers

Happy Monday!
I thought it’d be fun to style this pair of patterned wide-legged trousers for this post; I can’t get enough of patterned pants! Truthfully, I’ve had several pairs of similar pants like these stashed in the back of my closet for several years now (my mother always told me how awesome they looked, and although I never agreed, I just bought then anyways and never wore them). As I continue to mature, my style is constantly evolving, and patterned pants have become a new love. So, alas, I’ve started whipping these pants out of the bottom of my drawers.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit

These pants are from Garage; they’re silky and flowy and everything wonderful for the summer! The dark blue makes it easy to match a variety of tops.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
A white, crisp collared tank really elevates the look of these pants. If you wanted to wear it out more casually, it could easily be paired with a plain tee/tank or even a band t-shirt with a fun handbag! These pants are a tad bit too long for sneakers, so a pair of heeled sandals/shoes are preferred. However, it also gives you more height so that the pants don’t swallow you up!

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
White chiffon tank – Sirens / Patterned Trousers – Garage  / Nude wedges – Nine West / Necklace – eBay / Sunglasses – Prada

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
Ya’ll know I love the bold, crazy statement necklaces. So fun.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
Fun fact: we came across this establishment randomly and I loved the way the pictures turned out!

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
It’s been a crazy busy month for us! We found a place to rent, the new job is going well, a couple of weddings are coming up… I anticipate the rest of the summer/fall to be full of more changes and growth. If you asked me if this was where I saw myself five years ago, I would’ve told you no. I’ve always led a fairly ‘straight’ path of going to school, graduating university in four years, finding a good job, buying a house in the burbs, etc, etc. Never did I think I would rent, work where I work now (ever), nor did I think I would live central (soon) or move in with my boyfriend (hello, conservative asian parents!). Sometimes I think becoming ill was a blessing in disguise for many reasons; it changed the course of what I thought the path my life was supposed to take. It was taught and brought so many unexpected things to the table for me.

I am so thankful for everything.

Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit
Patterned Wide-Legged Trousers Outfit Pictures by Christopher Nguyen

Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!
Until next time,

Becks xx

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Royal Blue Pyjama Pants

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants

Good morning! I am back with another how to style patterned/pyjama pants post today. Sateen pants are so comfortable to hang out and lounge around in! These royal blue pyjama pants are super fun for the summer. For this look, I paired it with a white chiffon button up. I love royal blue and think the orange triangles adds such a fun pop of colour to this look! I also opted for a pair of nude wedges to keep the pants the centre of attention.

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Shirt – George’s / Pants – Sirens / Heels – Nine West / Necklace – eBay

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
White Chiffon top with statement necklace
I love the way a necklace dresses up an outfit instantly.

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
Royal Blue Pyjama Pants
I thought it’d be fun to make this outfit a bit more summery feeling by tying a little bow with the front of the blouse. As always, if you want to opt for a more formal or put together look, all you have to do is just tuck the shirt in!

Royal Blue Pyjama Pants detail shot

Photos by Christopher Nguyen

We are still in the process of looking for a place. It’s been hard not to get ahead of myself with oogling at furniture and decor! I’ve also started my new job and it’s been an exciting change from what I’m used to. Things are going really well and we’re hoping to book a winter vacation soon!

And yes – I am still working on editing our Seattle vlog. In the meanwhile, you can watch our Vancouver vlog that I uploaded last week! Hope you’re all doing well! xo

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Nike BETRUE Flyknits

Nike BETRUE Flyknits

YOU. GUYS.
Chris and I got our hands on a pair of the Nike BETRUE flyknits!

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
Let me backtrack.

On our last evening in Portland (we had to leave the next morning), we visited the Nike outlet. Mainly because we hit up the outlet in Seattle as well and didn’t find anything, so we didn’t think too much about going to the one in Portland. We saw a bunch of the BETRUE knits for sale.

Never thought much of these when I saw them online before release.

Till I saw it in person.

I loved them!

However, there were no more in my size. Being the nice guy Chris was, he didn’t purchase a pair because he felt bad about me not being able to get a pair; we had hoped for these knits to be our first pair of matching kicks. Checked the interwebs – sold out in Canada and none left in my size on the American site. I left Portland all heavy-hearted (dramatic).

A week later, while Chris was at work, he texted me that the outlet in our city had the knits! He somehow spotted a pair that was my size in a video that someone had posted of the stock. I quickly called to ask if they still had it available, in which they confirmed that there was one pair left. Ya girl put it on hold, Chris went to pick it up after work (along with a pair for himself), and that was that.

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
These are freaking fiiiiiiireeeeeee yo.

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
Also wanted to show how I wear them – this is the perfect weekend uniform.

Nike BETRUE Flyknits
Lots of baby hairs – Beck’s head / Sweatshirt – Stussy / Leggings – generic ones from Asia / BETRUE flyknits – Nike 

Nike BETRUE FlyknitsPhotos by Christopher Nguyen

I start my new job tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Until next time – BECKS OUT!

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Dressing a classic look up and down

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Happy Monday!

Chris & I just returned from our road trip to Vancouver/Seattle/Portland on the weekend. We had such a blast – we loved Portland the most! I will share some photos from our trip hopefully later this week. I’ve also taken a lot of footage from our trip, in which I will post on YouTube to share once I find the time to sit down and edit the clips!

I wanted to style an outfit with a wool jacket I picked up a couple months ago from Hudsons Bay. I love the look of camel and black together; it screams sophisticated and it screams classic. But I also didn’t want to look too crazy-put-together, so I paired the look with a pair of pleather leggings. As you know, I don’t like looking too formal, so I added in a pair of sneakers to show how you can dress this look down if you choose not to wear heels. We hit up Sunalta station for this outfit… it was our first time there and it’s gigantic!

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings
Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings
Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings

Camel turtleneck – Forever 21 / Wool Jacket – Hudsons Bay / Pleather leggings – Dynamite / Black tote bag – Call It Spring / Black heels – G21

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings
Aaaandddd as promised, here’s the outfit with some kicks – completely changing the look from “going to work” to casual athleisure.

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shot

Camel turtleneck with wool jacket & leather leggings detail shotPhotos by Christopher Nguyen

A lot of big changes are taking place in the next month. After a lot of back and forth, I start a new job after being at my current one for three years, and Chris and I are in the process of looking at places because we are finally moving in (with the potential of a place already!). As much fear, anxiety, and excitement all of this has brought on, I am so grateful that everything has fallen into place ever so (literally) perfectly. The timing of things are so strange and peculiar sometimes, but at the end of the day, I am always taken care of. If you ever feel worried, unhappy, or stuck in a situation that you just can’t seem to get out of… know that it will pass and that you will be taken care of too. Trust that things will work out, push yourself to move forward, and continue to count your blessings in each and every day.

Until next time,
Becks

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I DIDN’T WASH MY HAIR FOR 30 DAYS! Hair Story Studio New Wash Challenge

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

I had the opportunity to try out Hair Story Studio’s ‘New Wash’ shampoo in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I swapped out my entire hair care routine in the shower for this one product for thirty days. Here was my journey.

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HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

My shampoo arrived packaged nicely in a box. I personally find the packaging of the product to be aesthetically pleasing; I’m all about glossy white things and minimal lettering.

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot
Here are my in-shower products I use:Products being replaced: herbal essence shampoo, coconut oil hair mask, dove hair conditionerHerbal Essence “Honey I’m Strong” shampoo | African Gold Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner | Dove Plum & Sakura Blossom hair conditioner

So, what exactly is Hair Story Studio’s ‘New Wash’? Here is what they claim (ingredient list included below):

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

HairStory Studio New Wash Product Shot

Hair care really isn’t my thing. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair; I rarely blowdry it, sometimes curl it, and that’s about it. To be completely honest, I don’t always remember to use the coconut oil hair mask… I literally have to push myself to use it because it feels like it’s so much work! Which leads me to the next point; I’m not one to be picky about the shampoo and conditioners I use. I’ve never been consistent with repurchasing any shampoo/conditioner except Head & Shoulders.

Before I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer, my hair was thick, coarse, and got oily real quick. After getting sick, I lost at least 50% of my hair and it has been brittle, delicate, flat, and lacks a LOT of volume. So, I’ve been on the hunt for ways to grow out my hair quicker. [[ In fact, I’ve been making smoothies (almost) daily with flaxseed and sesame seeds, in which I feel has been making a difference. ]]

My hair has always been dry but I never gave much thought into the fact that the shampoos I use may contribute to it. So when I heard of ‘New Wash’, I was excited to try something that was more natural than what I used on a regular basis.

Not gonna lie – I was extremely skeptical about using a shampoo and conditioner in one that was made with essential oils for thirty days instead of my shampoo and conditioner. HUH? That sounded way too good to be true. Not to mention how awesome it was that I could skip the step of conditioning after shampooing since this was a one step thing. YAAAASSS!

So, for thirty days, I only used New Wash as my shower product for my hair. Nothing else. The instructions were to wet my hair thoroughly, coat hair with a generous amount of product, massage into entire scalp to make sure it really gets in there and cleans, and then rinse with water. Within the first couple days, I noticed a difference with my hair – it was less frizzy after it air dried, and was a lot softer than before. I was shocked. I wish I took before photos, but I completely forgot to. However, I took some “after” photos of my hair near the end of the thirty days; here is what it looked like.

Hair Story Studio New Wash Hair Results

Hair Story Studio New Wash Hair Results

Hair Story Studio New Wash Hair Results

Ever since finishing my bottle of New Wash, I have gone back to using normal shampoo and conditioner again. Let me tell you – I can definitely tell the difference between using generic every-day normal shampoo/conditioner versus Hair Story New Wash. My hair is unfortunately back to being dry-er and frizzy-er (especially post shower air dry).

I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle of New Wash and giving it a whirl if you’re curious at all or looking for a natural alternative to shampoo. From my experience, it lives up to what it claims – that it cleans your hair without having the harmful ingredients in it, resulting in healthier-looking hair.

If you’re curious about how I curl my hair, I’ll be posting a video on Youtube soon about it – stay tuned! I’m currently on vacation in Seattle and having a blast… but I’m excited to come home to lots of changes, in which I will touch base about it soon!

Until next time!
xo, BECKS

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