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Vest- Zara | striped shirt- Saint James | jeans- American Eagle | booties- ShoeMint (old; more options) | clutch- 3.1 Phillip Lim | sunnies- Celine | watch c/o Berg + Betts | bracelet- Chloe
One thing is abundantly clear to me — when it comes to must-haves for fall this year, vests are it. The longer the better, and if they happen to come with a matching trouser, you better believe it'll be on fleek. This one was an impulse purchase from Zara (and if you've read this post, you'll know I have mixed feelings about that), but I can already tell that it'll be the building block of many a fall outfit to come. The weather on this particular day was nice and crisp, and it made me both excited and sad for the coming autumn — it's a bitter sweet season. The clothing is amazing, but it only means one thing (at least where I live): Six months of snow are just around the corner. Well, at least I'll have this vest to help keep me warm. xx

Photos by Lyndsey Forest

Vest of Fall

Friday, September 4, 2015
Achieving a decent base (and I say decent because perfect is never going to happen), is something that's been on my mind a lot leading up to the wedding, and after quite a bit of trial and error this past month, I think I've come up with a system that works pretty well for me. I have combination skin that tends to get dry patches, and although I like to control shine, dewy, glowing skin is always something I aspire towards. 
So after my regular skincare routine and sunscreen is absorbed by my skin, I start with a radiance-boosting primer from Laura Mercier before applying a mattifying foundation. For that, I've been really loving L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Matte foundation because it's affordable and leaves a really nice finish, but use whatever works for you. From there, concealer is slathered under my eyes and on spots (I need it!), and everything is sealed into place with a translucent powder. I really like the HD one from Make Up For Ever because I find it sets everything in place and helps combat shine. Bronzer helps add some colour and dimension to my (super) pale skin, but the real star of the show is my highlighter — and if you follow me on Snapchat, this one should come as no surprise to you. Champagne Pop by Becca in collaboration with Youtube star Jaclyn Hill is A-MAZING and adds so much shine that I can't help but get giddy every time I use it. If you can track it down next time you visit Sephora, it's totally worth a swatch... so. dang. good. xx
Photos by Adventures in Fashion

Base Notes

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Top- Maison Scotch | boyfriend jeans- Zara | sandals- Forever 21 | bag- DKNY | sunnies- Celine | rings- Mejuri
One of my favourite colours for fall is bright red — I just love how it looks against the more muted, earthy tones of the season, and how well it pops against my uniform of indigo... what can I say, it's a well-rounded hue. This little DKNY bag is perfect for accessorizing the colder months away, but there's a million options out there for every taste and budget. Here are a few favourites of mine from around the web to get you excited for fall!

My eye always seems to gravitate towards the larger, more oversized bags we see season after season, but after years of extremely sore shoulders, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to stick to smaller bags that I can't stuff my entire life into. Still, every time I see a girl rocking a gigantic bag I can't help but have mad respect for her and the excess weight on her shoulders — it might not look like much from afar, but believe me, it is. xx
Photos by Ashley Antonio

Hunt for Red October

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tank- T by Alexander Wang | trousers- Zara | bandana- Muji | heels- DVF c/o Shopbop | bag- Chloe | sunnies- Celine | necklace- Jules Smith | bracelet- Chloe | rings- Mejuri + Gorjana
Casual with a twist seems to be my MO lately (sick of that yet?), and when the opportunity to throw in a bandana presents itself, you know I'm all in. This particular "bandana" is actually a pocket square I picked up for Mr. AiF from Muji during my last trip to New York, but it doubles up nicely as a neck piece, and hey, sharing is caring. I've since picked up a proper bandana, but it's been fun getting creative with what I have lying around, be it a bandana-inspired headband or something like this. If this is a trend you're been interested in trying for yourself, I say take a look around your closet to see if you have anything that could work before hitting the stores — the contents of your own wardrobe may surprise you. xx

Photos by Ashley Antonio

Blue + White

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
It's so surreal typing up this post, because I'm actually writing it the week prior to our wedding. I'm sure future Vickie is super happy and tired from all the dancing she did at her 90's-themed dance party, but this current Vickie is all anxious and caught up in the details. Thoughts like 'My welcome signage isn't gold enough — everyone's going to notice,' and 'What if my dress is still too long and I fall flat on my face while children laugh and point?' are haunting me... Let's just hope future Vickie got it together enough to make sure that didn't happen. I'm looking forward to re-reading this little entry on the day it goes live to assess just how neurotic past Vickie really was (what a wreck), and in some strange way, bridge the gap between past and future... but really just the neurotic bit. xx

Photo by Adventures in Fashion

Just Married!

Monday, August 31, 2015