Sunday May 30, 2010


Due to the perpetual rain that seems to be plaguing the city again, my new photographer, Tessa and I decided to duck into a corner store on Main to snap some pics and investigate its run-of-the-mill sketch sugary/savory convenient treats. Luckily for me I left empty handed which meant no guilty pleasures were indulged (…that time).

I’m pretty proud of this outfit, because minus the bag and shoes it cost me a whopping 7 dollars. I’ve been looking for khaki anything for ages now and stumbled upon this loose shirt in the mens section of Value Village. The shorts were originally this really heinous pair of mommy-cut jeans–think high waist and really unflattering taper around the ankles, but I fixed that by just lopping off the legs. To be honest, I’m kinda shitty at cutting stuff. You’d think that because I can sew (a little), I’d be able to eye-ball this thing no problem, but no. I have an embarrassing amount of ‘shorts’ that I have cut on my own that are either too short (butt hanging out) or too tight. I’ve learned now that you gotta buy a pair that are a little looser and have minimal stretch. Anything that is too spandexy will look beyond unflattering.

Oh and my new baby. My precious. Preeeccciiioooousssss. I’ve been in love with the diego since I first laid eyes on it. I told myself to exercise some self control because I already had an Alex Wang bag. Why would I need a second?! But when it came out in LEOPARD (and you all know how I feel about feline print) I just knew I had to have it. It was all I could think of. ‘what can I wear it with?’ ‘ohhh! it’ll look good with this outfit’. So after much delirious day dreaming and a handy 20% discount incentive at Opening Ceremony, I took the plunge and bought it. Needless to say, I’m beyond happy with it and have been toting it around like a proud mamma.

I’ve been feeling like I’m in a rut lately. Is it the weather? Is it because I haven’t been going to yoga religiously? Is it because I’ve been sleeping less than normal human hours every night for almost 2 weeks?? Is it because I’ve been single for too long? Whatever it is. I feel like I’ve been sucked into this black hole of null. This post has gotten unintentionally un-happy. Oh my! But really, what do you guys do to pull yourself out of a rut? I need ideas!

Wearing second hand khaki shirt, DIY shorts, BCBG Mendel boots, Alexander Wang bag, Talula (by Aritzia) belt

Photos by Tessa Tham

  1. by Socialite14

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Love the look and all your previous looks so stylish like an ”it girl” !!!!

  2. by Coco

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    What a shoot…! These photos and the location is perfect. And the outfit is fabulous as well! simply love it ^^

  3. by hayley golightly style

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:46 pm

  4. by Yenny

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    that khaki shirt is just perfect.
    so jealous of your bag lady.


  5. by gabi

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    omg, love this. i totally want to do a shoot in a 7-11 now! lol

  6. by Maria

    On May 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Love this, such a nice palette.

  7. by leflassh

    On May 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    the bag is looking so awesome on your arm.
    the shorts turned out so good, i need a white pair asap.
    + your hair is looking even more awesome now!

  8. by Dree

    On May 30, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    You looks fantastic and those cut offs are brilliant! i love the bag (also love leopard print) and can see why you couldn’t resist!
    Dree xx

  9. by The Starving Stylist

    On May 30, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    girllllllllllllllllllll. that new Wang bag. . . i absolutely LOVE.

  10. by SHARMIAN

    On May 30, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    What better way to get yourself out of a rut by doing a project ! Make that a fashion project, it will keep you too busy to think of the blues (:

  11. by Hadar

    On May 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    love the bag and the boots, great look

  12. by knockyouforsix

    On May 30, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Rad photoshoot location! I forget how unbelievably bright food packaging is. Love the outfit – the leopard print and khaki go together like bread & butter.

    Hmm, when im feeling down in the dumps I like to do the things that I never have time for, like playing guitar, painting my nails, baking sweet treats & eating them. Either that, or write down what you want in your life and work out the small steps on how to get there. Bad weather affects me in a big way too, keep your head up, you’ve got everything going for you :)

    Nicola @

  13. by Shop The far out

    On May 31, 2010 at 12:03 am

    A-FREAKIN-DORABLE! Seriously! These pics embody “cool,” but doesn’t sacrifice femininity. Bravo, V!

  14. by Grübchen

    On May 31, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Amazing outfit.

  15. by VC

    On May 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Amazgin outfit. REally awesome.

    Why did you get another photographer?

    Please Visit & Join


  16. by Abataba

    On May 31, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I love your shirt!

  17. by La Femme Nouvelle

    On May 31, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Love the outfit!

    When I’m in a rut I go for dinner and cocktails with friends. Or I book a holiday-but that could get expensive if you do that everytime you’re feeling down!

  18. by Signe

    On May 31, 2010 at 1:16 am

    wow perfekt outfit! I would kill for that bag ;P

  19. by phuong

    On May 31, 2010 at 1:21 am

    can’t believe the outfit is a only $7 you make it look vey chic though! and about the rut thing, i would say spend more quality time with your friends and family, just hang out and stuff ^^ that’s what i would do.. good luck!

  20. by Irene

    On May 31, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Lovee this loook! greaat shirt!! love the color!

  21. by the style crusader

    On May 31, 2010 at 1:40 am

    ok i love this outfit. i’m totally after a bit oversized shirt like that and i really need some new diy jean shorts. i am feeling seriously uninspired by mine from last summer. in a rut? hmmm. i definitely think sleep is a must, running (or yoga if you prefer), trying to eat well, spend time with people you love, get some perspective. when i feel in a rut sometimes it’s because i’m being a tad too self-indulgent and just need to get over myself… realize i’ve actually really got it quite good. or, go on a trip somewhere. sometimes i change of scenery can make all the difference in the world. xx

  22. by Jennie Stephenson

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Amazinggg outfit I want to dress just like that. right now. and the leopard diego..
    do you mind if I post this look on my blog (and link you of course!)?

  23. by Brooke

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Oh you should be proud, I’m loving this as one of my favourites. I want your shirt! hehe


  24. by FashionCloud

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:25 am

    looove this outfit so much and that bag well it is just gorgeous and if it has pockets then there is just no complaining :)

    Loved it so much I shared it on FB!!


  25. by amalie

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:49 am

    love your shoes and bag!

  26. by magdalena

    On May 31, 2010 at 3:27 am

    uuu love that shirt

  27. by Naomi

    On May 31, 2010 at 3:34 am

    GREAT LOOK!! I really like those boots :D

  28. by Leonie

    On May 31, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I totally recognize this short cutting problem! I’ve already done a few old jeans but not one of them turned out good. I will keep on trying because yours look good!

    Love your blog lady!!

  29. by R

    On May 31, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Love how all the pieces look so great together!
    Esp love the green shirt.

    Sorry to hear youre in a rut…the weather can really bring down the mood. I’m feeling a little down today too. even though i spent a good day at eat vancouver with friends yesterday i still came home feeling a little empty inside. Whatever it is thats making you blue, just focus on the positive, bc that meloncholy feeling will go eventually go away. Just rmb youre not alone :)

    Being loving your blog since day one, stay awesome ;)

  30. by Camille

    On May 31, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I discovered your blog just yeasterday, looking on you tube for a tutorial on how do do milkmaid braids. First of all that video is awesome, I practiced all evening and am now a pro!! lol
    and second of all i love your blog and your style!!

  31. by a stylized hysteria

    On May 31, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Really love this outfit! The shirt reminds me of something Elizabeth and James would release.

  32. by Davidikus

    On May 31, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Very clever idea for a location. The background works very well with the styling!

  33. by carling

    On May 31, 2010 at 5:33 am

    You look gorgeous! as usual:)

  34. by luxe et vanites

    On May 31, 2010 at 5:37 am


  35. by libys11

    On May 31, 2010 at 7:42 am

    great deal on this whole outfit!! i have the same issues in cutting my jeans to shorts, i tend to make them too short. iicck! hahahaha!
    i love that bag with the whole ensemble!!! looks really amazing! :D

    the weather here has been hohum as well! it’s been a lazy weekend. aaacckk!

  36. by Georgina

    On May 31, 2010 at 7:51 am

    You’re gorgeous!!


    On May 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I love your shirt! Great color. x

  38. by fashion roadkill

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I can say with 100% certainty that this is my favorite look of yours ever. amazing.

  39. by fashion roadkill

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I think I can say with 100% certainty that this is my favorite look of yours ever.

  40. by Nádia

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Your outfit is amazing and so is your new baby bag!!! :)

  41. by magdalena

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:56 am

    my fav outfit so far!

  42. by Moni

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Ugh, I’ve been feeling the same way lately. When I’m feeling sad, I try to talk to friends, watch really happy movies or indulge in my favorite sitcoms… I would shop, but I am in a perpetual state of broke-dom, soooo… :)

  43. by Elizabete

    On May 31, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Oh,I agree about the weather.It has been damn cloudy for the past few days and rain,hooray! Drooling over that bag and vitamin water ftw! XO

  44. by Style of a Fashionista

    On May 31, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Oh I hate getting stuck in a rut good to hear it happens to others. You always think successful beautiful people like yourself will be immune to these feelings. It will pass mine always do and I always find the weather effects moods when the suns comes out I am sure you will feeel more positive :)

    Fab outfit btw your always look amazing and inspiring xoxo

  45. by Wanderlusting

    On May 31, 2010 at 11:02 am

    It’s the weather. Definitely. It’s like Groundhog Day.

    Having a giveaway on my blog for a GORGEOUS, NEW tangerine dress from ASOS!!

  46. by Aimee

    On May 31, 2010 at 11:14 am

    eek, sorry ure going through an unhappy moment stage.. (
    u look absolutely fabulous tho. i hope everything works out for u beb <3

  47. by confessions of a marc addict.

    On May 31, 2010 at 11:25 am

    what happened to dan?!

  48. by Frances Segsmundo

    On May 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Hi hun, it looks like you did a really good job in cutting them mum jeans! In fact I’m trying to get a pair of really nice old mum jeans and altering so that it not baggy and more or less skinny, in short I’m trying to find myself a good pair of high-waisted skinny jeans. But anyways, this outfit looks good! You look gorgeous as usual! So jealous
    Love the bag
    new post

  49. by revital

    On May 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    great outfit! and I really like the location!!

  50. by Francesca

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    im obsessed with that bag!

    F <– Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  51. by Damy

    On May 31, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Your Diego leopard print bag looks sweet! I’m surprised the owner of that store didn’t kick you out.
    Sweet outfit though.

  52. by Ninah

    On May 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Very nice : )
    When I’m in a rut I like to shop, buying little things like stationary or a little trip to VV always cheers me up. That and indulging in heavily fried foods.
    Feel better m’dear!

  53. by Ashley

    On May 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    That bag is *gorgeous*!! Love how your DIY shorts came out too! When I’m in a rut, I usually go shopping – but that’s horrible advice, because I’m not in the best place financially right now, so I shouldn’t be telling anyone what to do, lol! But I hope you feel better soon, and come out of your rut!

  54. by Tina

    On May 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    This outfit is perfection!!!
    Love everything, now I neeeeed a khaki shirt! Lol! :)

    Sorry to hear you ‘re in a rut, that sucks! I find that doing stuff outdoors helps a bit! ;)

  55. by shu qi

    On May 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    OMG I love this outfit so much! Your khaki shirt especially! I’ve been wanting to own a shirt like this in blush pink or brown but looking at your shirt I feel like I’ve to own it in khaki too! :) Anyway, your whole ensemble is awesome- simple and yet still very chic. Love the belt and the bucket bag as well! :)

    Well, everyone gets stuck in a rut once in a while. I’ve also been feeling like I’m in a state of inertia. Maybe take up a new sport or any other hobby? Explore nice, novel places around your area? Things will get better soon anyway! Hang in there!

    All the way from Singapore,
    Shu Qi

  56. by violet

    On May 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    i love the shorts… i recently got a pair of short that i cut sucessfully im the same way when it comes to cutting jeans into short they and i almost went wrong with these but i got lucky!

    you look great in those shoes btw and that bag is perfect (leopard being my fave). hope you come out of your rut really soon

    Vi from Cali

  57. by v

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I love this outfit, and the Diego bag. You always have the best outfits compared to other fashion bloggers (my friends and have come to this conclusion). Your style is so daring and versatile. You can pull off anything it seems. Kudos to you.

    p.s. – what happened to your old photographer?

  58. by Shoesfordessert

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Love the look! That shirt is gorgoeus and I love it with the white cut offs. I’ve been eyeing that bag too, but sadly don’t think it will ever just DROP in my hands

  59. by Mandy

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I love the outfit. I’ve been wanting white jean shorts and you make me want them even more!! Anyways, I’ve read that you use mane and tail horse shampoo and was wondering where did you buy it? I can’t find it in vancouver =(

  60. by Lin_me

    On May 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Bargain outfit i love. your feet look tiny.
    I need to buy shoes that make my sasquatch feet look smaller.

  61. by TIFFANY thegirlwithafeather

    On May 31, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Love the khaki and your outfit! Been looking for one for ages too! Been basically ducking into the op-shop every other day! You’ll get out of your rut soon, don’t worry, I think it’ll just happen!

  62. by Jodie

    On June 1, 2010 at 2:31 am


    absolutely gorgeous =)

    I’m your new follower xx

  63. by melissa

    On June 1, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Amazing pics and great look, especially for your wedges! I would like to take some photos in a supermarket like yours! <3

  64. by IVY

    On June 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    love these! hot!
    p.s. i have the same door as you :)

  65. by katkas

    On June 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    i love everything! especially the bag…. so beautiful

  66. by katkas

    On June 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  67. by Natasha

    On June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    You look absolutely amazing! I wish I had the legs for cute white shorts like that. And that khaki shirt is lovely too. xxx

  68. by mOUNA

    On June 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    OMG LUUVV this outfit the bag is TOTALLY to die for…Now if only I could afford it!!! :(

  69. by Brunette Trigger

    On June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    That’s so cool how you fixed the mom pants lol! great outfit.

  70. by Alicia

    On June 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    It is definitely the weather! This west coast has been too rainy and dreary… brings everyone down :(
    hope things clear up for you!!


  71. by nhi

    On June 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I love the shirt/whole outfit so much!! I have a similar sage green one.

    Trying to understand the nature of rut is probs the first and most important step in getting out of it. I find that not sleeping enough for a long period of time makes me easily annoyed and feel like I’m being consumed by an abyss. So, hopefully a good night’s sleep will help you outta the rut, bbygrl!

  72. by maximilian

    On June 2, 2010 at 1:03 am

    love this laid back, but chic look!! i’m loving the slight blonde in your hair vanessa!!

    also when i’m in a rut, i turn on some funky hip quirky tunes, and i shimmy and shake all by myself to my own cheer. ( I personally jam to The The’s – ‘This is the Day’ or Alphabeat’s – ‘The Spell’)

  73. by caylee

    On June 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    did i already comment on this post? whatever, if i did i’m commenting again! you already know i love this outfit :) i wish i could find a shirt that is green like yours (mine’s more dark khaki). and you did an awesome job hacking those jeans into some sexy shorts!

  74. by constance

    On June 3, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I cant believe I havent already put you there – but I am putting you in my ‘visit these sites’ links on my blog!


  75. by Jenny Cindy

    On June 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Beautiful outfit – I love everything about it. An I really like your cross, it makes every outfit of yours so special and edgy.

  76. by LaDorian

    On June 12, 2010 at 6:02 am

    love these images, great background :)

  77. by Redheadfashionista

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Hun, I am IN LOVE with your style. You’re a DIY Queen! And are soooo on my blogroll, can’t wait to see what you come up with next!


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