Guest Post: Addicted to Black (Fashion)

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: I think we’ve all had a time in our fashion lives where we were drawn to black everything – shoes, clothes, accessories – we just couldn’t get enough. For myself, it got so bad that friends & family would only buy me colourful articles of clothing for birthdays, Christmas and would slap my hand if I even touched a black article of clothing while out shopping. Flash forward many years later, the dark side of my closet is now minimal as I have embraced colour with open arms (but still catch myself obsessing over those black pieces). If you are someone who loves every shade of black there is, then today’s guest post from Shruti over at Strike A Chord blog is for you (Shruti was my featured blogger on Tuesday so if you missed her awesome interview, check it out here).

Spring is finally here and temperatures are above Zero degrees!!! Yayyy!!! But if you are like me, who feels really cold- because the winds in Toronto are still quite chilly- it is a given that light coats and boots aren’t going away til May!

So before I post a series of full-on spring and summer looks, wanted to post a recent look which I styled, which is ideal for the “not so cold and, not yet summer” temperatures that Toronto has been witnessing!

If you have seen my previous Shlogs and posts, you already know I am ADDICTED TO BLACK! Well, because, wearing black makes any human look 400% better! Haha 😉

Also, I believe Black is so versatile it’s effortless and oh so poetic! I think in my colour personality, Black tops with Goldens, Nudes, Reds and Pinks to follow!

So here goes my Black on Black on Black look!

I styled a light long black duster coat- perfect for this weather, with my calf -length black dress- it is such a relief to not layer clothes anymore!- just the coat over the dress, no stockings, no cardigans!!!

I feel really cold in my ears, so I can’t do without covering them even in this weather!!!

I absolutely love this light pom-pom head cover it is so darn cute!!!

To complete the look, I wore fall boots and styled my look with this Gucci inspired envelope clutch by Aldo Accessories and big hoop earrings and a chunky gold statement neck piece- very chic and very manageable at the same time!!!

On the makeup front, I did a grey eye shadow with Arabic liner ( winged eyes) and red lips. My makeup was inspired by the envelope clutch I am donning here ( yes I match my makeup with my accessories 😉 ) the snakeskin pattern, the silver hues , the red patched up lips  and lipstick, the  golden star which inspired my neck-piece all the embroidery, it all became the foundation for my makeup and jewelry styling.

Details:

Dress and Boots: Torrid, Canada

Coat: Zara, Canada

Earrings: Forever 21

Clutch, Cap and Neck-piece : Aldo Accessories, Canada

Photos by the amazing : Loveoverlenses

Hoping to strike a chord!

xoxoxoxo Shruti

Thanks for such a fun post, Shruti! You paired your ‘All Black Everything’ outfit beautifully!

If you’re interested in being a Guest on the blog, head over to the Collabs page & send me your ideas!

LQB Blogger Interview: Shruti Tewari | Strike A Chord

I was 11 years old when I realized my love for fashion. Growing up with 3 older sisters (youngest of 6 kids in total!), it wasn’t a surprise I came to discover this love after playing in all their closets. I found myself wanting to go shopping with them, asking for clothes for Christmas instead of toys and buying magazines like Teen People and Glamour, with my allowance. I chose to go with a Lifestyle blog so that I while I could write about beauty, DIY and all the other things I’m passionate about, I could still write about my love for fashion. I have been making more of an effort to feature more fashion in my social media posts and am slowly but surely, bringing fashion to the blog. Today, I’m featuring Lifestyle Blogger, Shruti Tewari from Strike A Chord, who taps right into my love of fashion – and I’m sure you’re going to love her too! She’s Continue reading “LQB Blogger Interview: Shruti Tewari | Strike A Chord”

Guest Post: When You Should Give Out Your Work For Free?

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: One thing I’ve struggled with as a blogger trying to attract new readers is the level of content you give away for free to draw in your readers. Some people give such amazing content away for free that I would have sold! Then on the other hand, I feel like things I consider giving away are too lackluster and nobody will bite. Does this sound familiar? If you are also finding it tough to determine when to give your work away for free, then today’s post is for you. My guest, Maurine Anderson, is sharing how you know when it’s the right time to give your goods away, free of charge.

It seems that the more and more digital we get, the more people expect access to free content and services. While this increased access to free content and services is a great thing in many ways, it can really complicate things for bloggers and business owners. How do you get consumers to see the value of paid content or services? When is it appropriate to ask people to pay for your work, and when might it be beneficial to give out your work for free? Continue reading “Guest Post: When You Should Give Out Your Work For Free?”

Guest Post: The Ryan Gosling Style Look Book: 5 Best Outfits

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for Ryan Gosling . I have been a fan since his days on The Mickey Mouse Club, following him to Breaker High, Young Hercules and into some of my fave movies, like Drive. If Ryan isn’t your cup of tea, one thing you’ll agree on is his effortless style. Whether he’s dressed up for the Red Carpet or dressed down to walk his dog, George, you can’t help but appreciate how well he wears a good outfit. Well today, I am happy to have an excuse to talk about Ryan AND have a post that’s just for the boys. My guest, Claire Ashley from Mens Suit Habit, is highlighting 5 of his best outfits that you can recreate in your own life.

[ The Ryan Gosling Look Book: 5 Best Outfits ]

Without any doubt, Ryan Gosling is one of the best-dressed actors in Hollywood. Be it styling or good looks, he can give a strong competition to anyone around the globe and can win it with ease. These are because of his killer looks and stylish dressing sense that makes everyone drool over him. Every girl falls in love with his looks and every man wants to copy his style to win over girls. He looks cool in whatever outfit he chooses; be it a suit, shorts, jeans or a bomber jacket.

Here are 5 best outfits from Ryan Gosling’s style lookbook:

  1. Striped Look and Rolled-up Sleeves
    He has proven himself to be a man that can make an ordinary outfit look the best. He can wear anything and look trendy. He pulls off the ‘striped T-shirt with jeans’ look really well. He once wore vertical stripes and on another occasion, horizontal stripes. Both looked equally trendy and classy. He wore a black leather jacket over it. Striped shirts can look good on anybody and are always in trend. You can try this outfit to look trendy and sharp.

    Ryan Gosling gives major inspiration to go for rolled-up shirt sleeves. He shows off his fair arms and tattoo with quite a style and this gives him a bad ass look. Whenever you look at a man, your eyes rest on his shirt after his face. So, the shirt should be simple and casual yet trendy.

  1. Hairstyle
    Ryan Gosling’s hairstyles are always a topic of discussion in Hollywood news circles.

    If you are looking for a well-cut hairstyle, you definitely need to follow Ryan. You can make a statement with each blonde hairstyle. Go for a side parting like Ryan Gosling always does. For a classy, gentleman look, go for a groomed beard.

  2. Glasses
    Glasses are the new trend these days. Even in the past, glasses portrayed geekiness, intellect and sexiness.

    Be it shades or spectacles, Ryan Gosling wears them with style. Ryan’s prescription glasses are by Barton Perreira. He also opts for Persol and Ray Ban shades to give him a cool look. You can easily pull off these Ray Ban shades.

  3. Well-Tailored Suits
    Ryan Gosling’s taste and style in wearing suits is a major inspiration for everyone. He always experiments with new colors and cuts and does not stick to the same old boring colors. Instead of boring navy, he opts for electric blue color and pulls it off really well.

    When looking for a suit, make sure it is well-tailored and well fitted.

  4. Boots
    Ryan Gosling has a wide collection of leather boots, which he loves to wear. If you look a paparazzi pictures of him, Ryan tends to wear boots often, whether he is going to the airport, heading to the gym or going for a walk. His black boots are his obsession.

    You can try these boots to get rugged, cool look.

 Thanks for sharing the key pieces to pull off a great Ryan Gosling look, Claire!

 If you’re interested in being a guest on the blog, submit your pitch on the Collabs Page!

Guest Author Bio:

Claire Ashley is a Fashion Designer and Blogger at https://www.menssuithabit.com/ & loves to share her professional views on the latest styling trends for men.

She is a creative dynamite who believes that the world should honor two things limitlessly: Ideas and beauty!

 

 

 

 

Image Sources:

  1. Main Blog Image via StyleBistro
  2. Striped Shirt Image via Lookastic
  3. Hairstyle Image via Daily Mail
  4. Glasses Image via Ryan Gosling Wikipedia Page
  5. Suits Image via JBSuits.com
  6. Boots Image via DesignHandbook.net

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