If you aren’t familiar with SSENSE, let me introduce you. SSENSE is an online retailer that specializes in high end luxury goods and street wear items. This Canadian based company has made quite the name for themselves since 2020, and they have some of the best deals I have seen. I would consider myself a very light luxury consumer, as I am always considering what to purchase at the best price.
SSENSE often runs sales and private sales on huge designers such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Off-White and more, at discounts I can’t seem to find anywhere else. Right now, I have gone through and found my favorite picks from shoes to dresses, and what I recommend snagging before it sells out. During these sales, things go fast.
Shop each individual link here, or see more on my LTK.
Aritzia, Aritzia, Aritzia. The new colt favorite (and personal favorite of mine) has been steadily releasing their fall collections throughout the month of August. First came Wilfred, then came TNA, now comes Sunday Best.
Sunday Best is an Aritzia in-house brand that is tailored more towards their Gen-Z customer. The many tennis skirts, sweater vests and baby tee’s are the 90’s reinvention that we didn’t know we needed. And this 90’s to early 2000’s look is all the rage and a huge hit with the company’s target audience. But there is one issue with this style being so popular – the copying of designs from other companies.
I was beyond excited to see Sunday Best’s fall collection, but there were a few things that stuck out to me from their release. Their graphic tee’s are almost exact designs from Réalisation Par and Brandy Melville.
While this original design from Brandy Melville has been copied many times in fast fashion, I was not expecting to this at Aritzia in their fall collection. They have also made similar designs on other shirts with the words “Ranger”, “Rodeo Kid” and “Buckaroo”.
The second design that I immediately recognized from another brand is this shirt originally designed by Réalisation Par. This brand rapidly increased in popularity through social media as their floral dresses were seen on many influencers throughout the summer. Their dresses weren’t the only thing that stuck out on their website. Their unique baby tee’s were flying off the shelves. Constantly sold out, this is an immediately recognizable shirt. So I was yet again shocked to see this on Aritzia’s website. Aritzia and Réalisation Par bring in the same kind of customer, so this won’t go unnoticed.
While unfortunately designs are copied all the time, I am disappointed with these pieces from Aritzia. What sets Aritzia apart form its competitors is its timeless, unique yet classy pieces that are wardrobe staples to keep in your closet for years. But with this collection that is launching on Thursday, it shows that the company is taking a different approach to reach their target audience. And to be honest, the target has been missed. By this ever so slight rebrand from Sunday Best, they are putting themselves on the same playing field as other overdone Gen-Z brands. What they have works, there is not need to change that and it shows in their numbers. Some of their past quarters have hit company records in terms of revenue, so I am curious, why the change to be like everyone else?
The collection comes out tomorrow. While I will be browsing the new items, you won’t find me making any purchases from Sunday Best.
When it comes to beauty I normally keep things very tame. Same makeup, skincare and hair care every day. If you know me you know I have a hard time wearing colors as I tend to stick to neutrals – just seems more practical in my opinion. But over the past few months color has taken over my Instagram feed and TikTok big time. Colorful nails, hair accessories, etc. are all the rage. While they are definitely in style I just can’t seem to hop on some of the trends that seem so “out there”. Not because I am afraid to wear a bright lip or anything of that sorts, but just because it doesn’t feel like myself. And when it comes to fashion or beauty, that is all I am trying to accomplish; feeling like myself.
I have been wanting to branch out of my normal neutral color palette in terms of beauty and still manage to feel comfortable with what I have on. If you are in the same boat, here are some beauty trends for you to try to step up your everyday looks.
Something that I have changed up the past few months is switching up the blush I use from day to day. Recently, Kylie Jenner has been using Dior Backstage’s Rosy Glow Blush, which comes in two super pigmented colors. Definitely a good summer look.
Nail art is extremely popular right now and I love it. But something I don’t love is worrying about is if my nails are going to match my outfit or not – which is why I want to try neutral nail art. Still part of the trend, but ensured to match everything you wear.
P.S. – I think the colorful nail art is popular in the summer, but we will be seeing more neutral nail art coming up in the fall.
Not eyeshadow; eyeliner. Liquid colorful eyeliner I think adds such a chic yet playful look to your makeup routine, and I really would like to try it myself. Chose the right color eyeliner for your eyes pop!
Hint: chose an eye liner that is complementary of your eye color.
Something I tend to skip in my everyday makeup is highlighter, which I shouldn’t because in my opinion it elevates your whole look. Especially in the summer – this is a must. To get the most glowy, dewy look go for a liquid highlighter like Becca Ignite Liquid Highlighter.
Knowing how to style an up-do is essential especially during these hot summer months. I have been wearing my hair in a ponytail constantly and trying to style it different just to switch things up. Again, not a large change but something slight to get me to try something new.
My up-do go-to’s: slicked back ponytail, claw clips, and pigtail braids.
This 2000’s trend is making a large comeback in the world of beauty. This is the easiest thing you could add to your makeup routine, as you don’t even need a brush to apply it. Shimmer eyeshadow is so forgiving, effortless and simple which is perfect to upgrade your everyday minimalist look.
With restaurants and bars starting to open back up you may be thinking… what do I wear out? It has been a long time since everyone has gone to a bar or out to nice dinner, and since early 2020 style has changed tremendously. Fashion evolves so quickly, and with that comes with the uncertainty of what to wear out.
I have styled outfits from some of my favorite retailers such as SSENSE, Shopbop, ASOS, and more. Each outfit made for a different occasion, but all supposed to make you feel confident for hitting the town this summer. Shop them all with the links below and via my LIKEtoKNOW.it .
I have always wanted T.J. Maxx to make a website and since COVID hit they finally have made the transition to e-commerce. They have the best prices, but honestly it takes a lot of digging to find great things there. But when you find something, you strike gold.
I have done the digging for you by making a mini T.J. Maxx catalog of things that you need. Some of these are more “higher end” products that are super hard to find at these prices.
Halloween is on of my favorite holidays. It allows you to dress up to in ways you don’t dress on a day-to-day basis, and get creative with your fashion sense. Every year I think long and hard about what to be for Halloween, so I won’t match everyone else. It’s okay if you do – but it’s better if you don’t.
“You HAVE to stop being a space cowboy for Halloween”
Jenny from the Block
A 90s and early 2000s icon. This is another take on a pop star costume besides Brittany Spears. Shop her look here:
This one is so fun because you can get as creative as you want. If you buy a doll from the store, you can mimic the clothes on the doll to tailor to your style. If you want to get the same look at this one, you can look at the links below.
Easy, super wearable shape to wear on your face or head. I have a Quay pair that is no longer sold, but these Free People sunglasses are very comparable.
Trader Joe’s Individual Matcha Packets
I don’t really drink coffee due to its high acid content, so tea is a much better option. These matcha packets are from Trader Joe’s but can also be purchased on Amazon.
ILYSM Podcast with Kenzie Elizabeth
This podcast has been what I listen to while working every day! Kenzie is amazing, the guest hosts are so inspiring, really good entrepreneur/ motivational/ self love podcast. Listen to it here.
Daily Harvest Ice Cream
Being dairy free and gluten free can suck so badly sometimes, but THIS makes it not so bad. I have been purchasing Daily Harvest since January, and they just came out with ice cream and I am obsessed with it. All clean ingredients and taste just like the real stuff.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss
All I have to say is I put this on before I went to bed, woke up in the morning and it was still on. Buy it off here.
These have been a go to because they are so easy on my hair, and don’t pull like a ponytail holder does. Shop here on Amazon.