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Amanda. 19. Ontario, Canada. UWO – Check out @heartofrosegoldstyle for daily style posts!

Category: OOTD

Where Have I Bean?

1 12 hour bus ride later and I ended up in the Windy City. We were only able to spend the weekend but from just this small taste of Chicago I cannot wait to go back. Our visit went a little something like this:

Friday arrival: straight off the bus to deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s, checked into our hotel, walking around and shopping on the Magnificent Mile, taking Shake Shack back to the hotel room and hanging out.

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Saturday: LOLLAPALOOZA – see previous post for details.

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Sunday: Art Institute of Chicago, touristy stuff like the bean, took the subway to Wicker Park neighbourhood for some WICKED tacos, then strolling around and heading home.

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All in all, it was a fantastic trip and I fell in love with the city. Saw the sights, ate (way too much of) the food, and saw some great performances. If I had an hour or two to spare I would have tried to go up the Sears/Willis tower to see the glass floor! If anyone has been, let me know how it is! Guess that just means I’ll have to go back someday soon…

xx Amanda

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A Day of Lollapaloozing

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August 5th, 2017. 100,000 people. Chance the Rapper, Alt-J, Banks, 21 Savage, Vance Joy, Zara Larsson, Alvvays, Anime, LEON, Jacob Banks.

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Needless to say, last Saturday was a pretty good one!

2 of my friends and I decided to take a last minute trip to Chicago (for the Canadian long weekend) and ended up scoring a last minute Saturday ticket to Lollapalooza. Saturday was the perfect mix of performers for us, and proved to be a great first Lolla experience!

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I had been to music festivals before, but Lollapalooza is a whole other world. As such, I came up with some tips for next year:

  1. Don’t pay crazy amounts for tickets. Don’t buy them on Facebook and get scammed. Always have a plan when purchasing to scope out whether they are fake or not. Better to look skeptical than to be sorry.
  2. Go festival fashion crazy, but stay comfortable. It is a long day and an even longer 4 days (if you choose to attend the whole thing). I went from sweaty in the morning to cold and sore feet at night.
  3. If you are of age (which I was not, so no festival beers for me 😦 ) make sure you monitor yourself – and others. The amount of people I saw carried out around me was definitely unnerving. You paid this much for a ticket, the least you can do is remember the performances!
  4. Try out the vendors inside – I was shocked at how many options they had AND how reasonably priced they were. A filling meal of a chicken taco, chips, and (a decent portion of) guac for $10? DOWN. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset
  5. This could possibly be one of the most photogenic festival grounds around. Oversized frames, props, and signs make for perfect Insta spots, but even the Chicago skyline in the back makes for a killer shot. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset
  6. Stay close to the park or have a reliable means of transportation back. You WILL NOT want to walk, streets are overflowing with people, and you can literally watch people sprinting to catch the last trains out. Get home and order food in, you’ll be waiting ages otherwise.

I encourage you to check out Lollapalooza, or other summer music festivals in your area. They are a fantastic way to be introduced to some new music, and my playlists will definitely be upgraded from here on out. There’s something special about festival crowds all dancing to the same music. I’ll never forget Chance the Rapper talking about his Chicago roots to a packed field as far as the eye can see, the whole skyline acting as a spotlight on the crowds screaming the lyrics back to him. At that point, your extreme foot pain tends to just fade from memory.

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Let me know if you have attended/ have plans to attend any festivals this summer! Which one is your favourite?

xx Amanda

Slipping Back into Blogging

How many times can one start a post by saying “sorry for my leave of absence”? Started a new full time summer job, and boy has it got me busy. I’ve still been reading and instagramming, just not so much posting. For more day to day stuff, check out my instagram @heartofrosegoldstyle . I’ll get better one day, I swear!

So we seem to have stumbled right into the heat of summer without so much as a warning. Seriously, here in Toronto we went from jacket to pool weather in a matter of days. So I am soaking up this newfound sun.

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I have been wearing this oversized denim jacket nonstop since I received it for my birthday in May, and let me tell you, it is the most comfortable and versatile piece.

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And, to pair with it, what is more versatile than a slip dress and white sneakers. Casual and perfect for throwing on after a day at the pool at which I got a little bit more red than intended.

Jacket is from M for Mendocino (brand is Sneak Peek), slip dress is Banana Republic, shoes are Superga, and glasses are Spitfire.

Thanks for bearing with me! I hope to be posting a lot more content soon.

xx Amanda

Thanks Mom

Hope all the mothers out there had a day full of being spoiled, good eating, and lots of love. As for my own mother, I can’t thank her enough for her kindness, strength, and humour. They definitely deserve this kind of love more than once a year!

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As for my festivities, my sister and I made my mother breakfast in bed then we had a lovely little lunch with one of my grandmas including some delicious “milk and cookies” cake and then followed to take my other grandma out to dinner at The Keg. All in all, not a bad day for me either, but all our love was definitely showered on them.

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Shirt is Aritzia (Talula Brand), pants are Dynamite, long vest is Forever 21, small necklace is Tiffany&Co., large necklace was a gift, and mule shoes are H&M.

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Kept my outfit neutral, comfortable, and simple. Received this lovely necklace from my grandmother as a late birthday present and put it on instantly. Still obsessed with these mules, definitely one of my best staple purchase items.

One day I will remember to remove that pesky hair tie from my wrist!!!

How were your weekends? Have you started summer dressing yet? Is it warm yet where you live? Let me know!

xx Amanda

Cherry Blossom Blooms and Brews in High Park

I am officially home for the summer and I have made a promise to discover more of what my city has to offer. Plus, the gorgeous weather doesn’t hurt, right?

Yesterday I ventured down to High Park in hopes of seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms for their limited-time-only peak. It is a beautiful sight, with those gorgeous pink trees covering everyone below in a soft rose-tinted light. Unfortunately, we happened to stumble across the wrong side of the park in which there were no cherry blossoms. SO, I will have to go back another day before their time is over.

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Top is a bodysuit from Zara, jean skirt is from ASOS (brand: New Look), shoes are white Superga Classic Cotu sneakers, bag is Rebecca Minkoff, and glasses are Spitfire. Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Guess I wore my new cherry blossom (ish) bodysuit from Zara for nothing right? WRONG

We ended up stumbling across the ultimate Canadian patio for lunch, called Loons Pub. They even happened to have the local High Park Brewery beer with a special limited time “Cherry Blossom Lager” so, needless to say, not everything was wasted.

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Food was upscale pub grub where I got the Pulled Duck Confit Sandwich and my mom got the Chicken and goat cheese sandwich, for which we took half of each (including half fries half salad – the fries were to die for). Overall, it was a great place to watch the game and I hope to go back!

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What are your plans for this weekend? Is it nice enough where you live for patio season yet? Let me know!

xx Amanda

#WWWspring30 Day 3 OOTD

Who What Wear is one of my holy grail sites to follow for fashion and it just so happens they have a great contest going on at the moment. They are known for running wardrobe challenges that offer a new trendy outfit shake-up every day. I am hoping to participate as many times a possible this month, whenever one of the ideas seems doable. So here is my outfit for day 3 of the Who What Wear Spring Wardrobe Challenge.

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Today’s challenge was to switch up your basic heels for a fun pop of colour. So, I took what was otherwise a relatively grey outfit (and a relatively grey day!) and added these bright blue lace up heels. I love this idea, and think it actually managed to cheer me up from the rainy weather. Everything else I kept neutral, but these shoes are so versatile that they can be brought in for many different looks.

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Blazer: Forever 21, Turtleneck: Mendocino, Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Steve Madden, Watch: Michael Kors.

What do you guys think, will you be participating in this challenge? Definitely a good way to transition from a winter style rut into spring. Do you have any tips to shake off the winter blahs when it comes time for spring? Let me know!

xx Amanda

Hopping Into My Spring Wardrobe

Well, finally some spring weather to be cheery about! Had a lovely Easter brunch yesterday and got to break out a new breezy top. A little bit windy, which doesn’t mix well with an already ‘poofy’ shirt, but managed to get some decent pictures out of it. Off the shoulder shirts are a hassle in themselves, but the style payoff is worth it.

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Not exactly the crazy sleeved blouse I was looking for, but it worked for the occasion. Usually better to not wear wide sleeves when you are reaching across the table at brunch… That’s what is really important!

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Top is from Mendocino, Pants are J.Crew, Purse is All Saints, and Shoes are H&M

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Let me know if you have been able to break out your spring wardrobe yet based on the weather where you live!

xx Amanda

Fashion Week Vibes in a University Town

Last night was a pretty big deal for the fashion community… Not as a whole, but specifically for the students of one university, mine! The largest student run fashion show in Canada, and one of my friends was modelling in it. SO, of course I had to be there. I was very impressed with the show and honestly just the style of all the people attending the event. You could tell everyone was dressing up for a good time, and it was all for an incredibly good cause. All in all, I would call that a pretty successful night. Not quite fashion week, but my own personal fashion-y night.

Hey! Sometimes a girl needs a night of getting ready and wearing non-everyday clothes. The possibilities were almost overwhelming (and somewhat limited when you need to bus there in less than spring-y weather).

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Any chance I get to pull out these heeled over the knee beauties, I live for. The rich chocolate brown suede and flattering cut just above the knee are a killer combo.

Boots: Nine West, Dress: Forever 21, Jacket: Danier, Necklace: Forever 21.

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I also try to capitalize on low-risk lipstick wearing situations, and last night fit the bill. Went for NARS Train Bleu, but ultimately decided to tone it down to a nice moisturizing Burt’s Bees lip crayon in the shade Napa Vineyard. I was very impressed by the texture as well as how long it lasted on the lips (even through post-show guac and chips!).

How was your Saturday night?

Thanks for reading!

xx Amanda

The Tassel Was Worth the Hassle

Ok you know you love an outfit when you’ve already worn it twice in a week. OOPS.

This Forever 21 dress is one of the most versatile pieces I own, and I should’ve picked it up in other colours when I had the chance. The hunter green colour is versatile without being boring, the fabric is soft and very light, and the midi fit is professional, yet can be dressed up for going out. This silhouette appeals to me greatly as I feel it lengthens your body when worn with heels (ideally ones nuder and taller than these).

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As you can see I am wearing these lace up heels as often as possible to break them in before I head off to school, and happened to have a similarly grey toned blazer ($5 Forever 21 steal!!) to pair them with.

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The real headliner of this outfit as far as I am concerned is the unique tassel necklace, on which I have already gotten a few compliments. I picked it up during Express’ sale not too long ago and can vouch to say it looks way more expensive than it was.

Hope you all had a good weekend! 🙂

Amanda

Another Dress I Wear Way Too Often

As I continue my work-filled summer I am slowly losing my motivation to actually have to put together more than one item of clothing. This means I have started to gravitate to the same easy, pull-on and go wardrobe pieces that I know will look good. 13626357_10209638326825526_6402832245224380039_n

I picked up this purple dress this spring (featured in one of my earlier posts) and have been wearing it nonstop since. The cut is super flattering and office appropriate and I find the colour upgrades it from a boring neutral. I did manage to up the style factor a bit with my All Saints birthday purse, which I am of course still obsessed with (and now have it stocked to the brim with unnecessary things). As well as these cute new trendy booties I picked up from Marshalls which were a steal at $40.

 Hope you all enjoy this week, it is supposed to be extra hot here!

Amanda