5 Ways to Slowly Transition Your Style from Winter to Spring

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If you are reading this post, you survived yet another winter! Congratulations. Personally, I think I lose a little part of me with each Winter that comes around. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the cool temperatures from time to time, sipping on a nice warm cup of tea and getting all cozy at home. I am a rabid fan of soups, hot chocolates, comfort food and a nice crisp Beaver Tail. Noticed I said “cool temperatures” though? Needless to say, here in Canada, I am more of an early Fall type of girl. The old body isn’t what to used to be, so although I like to layer up, I love it even more to layer down. Once I see the temperatures climb up to above zero, and I can catch a glimpse of the early sunrise in the morning before work, I know Spring is slowly making a grand entrance.

I stay in my lane, however. But I don’t quite pack up my winter coat just yet, store my boots away and bust out the sundresses. I know how temperamental Canada can be, so I slowly make the transition over. I will share with you 5 tips on how I make it as graceful and painless as possible – because we all know that getting caught in an unexpected drop in temperature to not only be unpleasant but painful.

    1. Get creative with your layering techniques. Although this is a crucial step in the Winter, I think it is equally as important in the Spring… or whatever we call the in-between time frame. I figured I would mention this tip first and foremost because everything else that shall be discussed builds up from there.
    2. Exchange your winter coat for a lighter one. Ah! I told you that it was important to layer up. Before you ditch the heavy wool coat for something lighter though, make sure that you are SAFE from frost bites! Yes, you can get those in the Canadian “Spring”.
    3. Slowly add more colors. I like to do this by throwing on a scarf (as seen in the photographs and video below). This instantly takes an otherwise dark outfit and add some life to it. Nothing says “Come through Spring” like a nice, bright scarf at the end of winter.
    4. Ditch the hat and gloves. When you are feeling brave, I think you can get by without the hat and gloves. The downside? You will actually have to spend a few more minutes to do your hair in the morning. And for the love of God, please don’t have your summer dress on with gloves… Awkward.
    5. Learn to love black leggings. I personally had this point in my life where I hated leggings. I know, I know, how can I? I was young, naive, and self-conscious about how skinny my legs were! Now that I know better, I’ve also realized that they can be a great transition piece. Just make sure that they are thick enough to withstand the wind and you are set.

How do you slowly come out out the winter depression? Let me know below!

..xo

-J

My Style in Three Looks

Spring LookBook

Hey Guys!

I hope that you all had an amazing Easter. As you all know, I have been cleaning out my closet/basically finding out new gems that I had purchased, but forgotten about. What a feeling to have a clean, organized space, where you can find exactly what you need? Although I am not completely done with such an overwhelming task, I decided to put together a lookbook, showcasing some of the pieces that I have been loving lately. I feel like these outfits really capture my developing style, in the essence that they are chic, yet comfortable.

 

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I love the color of this bag. It really makes me feel well put together, yet is fairly practical. I honestly can stuff my entire life in there and have space left over. I rarely wear skirts but I actually love the relax look from this one.

DETAILS
Top→H&M
Skirt→ Garage
Tights→ Forever21
Shoes→ Call it Spring
Scarf→ Aldo
Bag→ Dynamite

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Who doesn’t like a pop of color? Especially with the warmer weather (supposedly) coming around, it is a great way to transition from Winter to Spring. These shoes really took this look to the next level. Ironically, I still had the tag on when I “discovered” them and they were on super sale when I purchased them. Gotta love a great bargain!

DETAILS
Shirt→H&M
Jeggins→ H&M
Shoes→ Forever21
Bag→ Call it Spring
Jacket→ H&M

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This last look is my favorite and was my Easter Sunday look. I absolutely love this olive jacket and it is a recent buy. I decided to pair it with a floral top, in an effort to hint to mother nature that I am more than ready for the hot weather. I actually got it from Forever21, which is odd for me. It is VERY rare that I find something that fit me from their stores. I find that their sizes run big and never quite fit me how I like. Although I usually stick to their shoes/accessories,  I couldn’t resist trying this on and to my surprise, I loved it.

DETAILS
Jacket→F21
Jeans→ Zara
Top→ Sirens
Shoes→ Payless

I hope you enjoyed this post and I cannot wait to share more of my style with you all. Do let me know which one was your favorite in the comments below.

p.s: A great way to bring your favorite looks to life is by making a photo book with Social Print Studio! It is a great way to showcase all your favorite looks in one place

..xo

-J

Feeling like a Teenager!

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Hey guys!

I still remember quitting my full-time job so vividly last Fall. It was a nerve-racking thing to do as I not only enjoyed my work but I was also diving into a new chapter in my life. The uncertainty was killing me but I am glad to say that I survived two semesters of school!  It’s crazy how fast time went and I am one step closer to completing my degree. This goes to show that sometimes you just need to take the leap, and everything else will follow.

As we are finally experiencing warmer temperatures here, I have to say that I am looking forward to having four months off and enjoying the summer. The good thing about being a student is actually having downtime in the spring/ summer.  I feel like I am 18 all over again! When I was working full time, it just wasn’t the same. I still had to wake up early, went about the task of the day, and was too tired to accomplish much after work so it didn’t feel like summer at all. The days felt just as busy as any other seasons. However, I find myself rolling out of bed around 11am lately with a grin on my face and going to bed around 3am. I am telling you, the life! lol

I hope you are enjoying yourself, wherever you are!

..xo

-J

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”

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Hey all!

Thanks to all who read my last post and kept me in their prayers. It really felt good to get this off my chest and connect with you all on a personal level. I have decided to take control of my life once again and have started to rebuild my relationship with God. It’s been a while, but going to church last Sunday gave me a sense of inner peace that I really needed.

I snapped these shots last week. I find the first photo pretty amazing. This plant is able to thrive in this dry, rocky environment. I am sure many of us can learn a thing or two from this. We are stronger than we imagine and are able to make it through the storm.

Anyways, I hope everyone is enjoying their week-ends!

..xo

-J

Sexy Can I?

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Happy Valentine’s day!!!

I hope you guys enjoy this day and remember, it is the simple things in life that we often forget!

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Hair

As you probably know by now, I cut my hair and I ABSOLUTELY love it. Healthy hair is so much more easier to style. I have less breakage and tangles. Granted, I do have way less hair to deal with but I am telling you, I am in love. I achieved this style with Goody perm rods, which I purchased from Walmart for $1.50! What a steal!

I started with washed and conditioned hair as usual and used the Giovanni Direct Leave in. I also used my shea butter mix to seal in the moisture. I set my hair with the rods and made sure that my hair was completely dry before taking down the twists.

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Outfit

Blouse: Garage

Jeggings: Garage

Jewelry: F21 and Garage

Shoes: Garage

..xo

-J