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HOME TOUR: UPDATED

Welcome to my home – AGAIN! I have been busting to share these photos with everyone! Last February I teamed up for the second time with Tracey Ayton to bring you my latest home tour! The decor ...

Back to black

Oak + Fort tee | Forever 21 jeans | Evernew boots | TopShop sunglasses | Kitsch Place rings | Lia Sophia necklace Currently listening to: Panama – Always HUZZAH! This is the last outfit post bef ...

FEATURED: Van City Vogue

Remember that shoot I did a couple of months back for Van City Vogue? Well, it’s up! I’m pretty amped to share this one with everyone because it highlights some of my favourite spots in my ...

As casual as it gets

Lifetime Collective tee | Zara shorts | Aritzia jacket | Native Apollo sneakers | Madewell bracelets Currently listening to: Shakey Graves – Roll The Bones - Photos by Sarah Boland.

Whitney Krutzfeldt Bathtub Series

My dear friend Whitney Krutzfeldt is one of the most talented photographers I know. We first shot together back when I started I See Noise about 3 years ago. She shot my first major editorial for ISN ...

Leaving it to the stars

Zara tank | Club Monaco jacket | Aritzia coulottes | Dotti sandals | Topshop sunglasses | Kitsch Place rings | Madewell bracelets Currently listening to: Tycho – Apogee This post has been a long ...

GIVEAWAY: I See Noise x Keltie Leanne Designs

Happy April 1st everyone! I’m not really an April Fool’s kinda gal so instead of playing some tricks I’m offering up some prizes! I’ve teamed my I See Noise Prints up with Kelt ...



Category Archives: Closet Confessions

Closet Confessions: Randa Salloum (Me!)

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Oh boy! This post has been a loooong time coming. After 8 years of having the blog and featuring 20 different closets for Closet Confessions, I figured it was about time I featured my own. So, to kick off this year’s series of Closet Confessions… I give you… where all of the magic happens.

You’ll notice that my closet doesn’t actually have A LOT of items. Every piece I own is something that I wear and have worn in the last 3-6 months. I have a strict closet system… if I haven’t worn it for half of the year it gets the boot. Purge, purge, purge! It’s the only way to keep a fresh rotation of clothing in my wardrobe and keep unwanted items out of the way. Of course I have the one offs that I can’t seem to part with but I give them about a year and they get shipped out.

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The most efficient way to organize your closet is to color code it. At least for me, I find it much easier to find items that I’m looking for. The order is long sleeves and t-shirts (color coded) then tank tops (in the same color). Sweaters and any other tops that shouldn’t be hung for stretching and shoulder seam damage get folded underneath. Obviously, the same goes for bottoms.

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This Forever 21 faux fur jacket takes my wardrobe to the next level. I may have too many jackets but there really is one for every outfit… although sometimes I could use a couple more!

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I have a thing for black boots and still have my eye on a few other pairs. Black boots just take an outfit from casual to cool, especially if it has a heel.

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I like to organize my heels in their own little cubby drawers. They tend to collect dust and with Riley around, major cat hair. Keeping them in their drawers maintain their quality.

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I used to own more accessories than I remembered I had. Every now and then I would rummage through my jewelry drawers to see pieces that I haven’t worn in years! This really bothers me because it just becomes clutter, especially when the cheaper items tarnish. There are the only pieces of jewelry and sunglasses I now own and wear all of them on a monthly basis.

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Photos by Sarah Boland.

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Closet Confessions: David Vallance & Fiona Hunter of Artizia

This month’s Closet Confessions is very different from the other past features. Instead of showcasing one of Vancouver’s talents, I’m sharing two! I would like to introduce to you, David Vallance and Fiona Hunter. They have to be one of those most stylish couples I’ve ever met… I’m always wanting what they’re wearing. Both David and Fiona work for Aritzia and have the balance between Design and Finance.

David carries the title of Junior Womenswear Designer for the brand Community - a line for the active lifestyle. It’s one of my favourite lines at Aritiza as it’s a lot of essentials with a twist. You can find Fiona crunching numbers in their Accounts Payable department. The two met while working as Visual Merchandisers at Zara and moved to Vancouver on January 2013 from Edinburgh, Scotland – so read their quote with accents… it’s what I did.

I was introduced to the two almost one year ago by Sharday. When I met them, I knew I would adore them! They have such a wonderful vibe, easy to talk to, always laughing and trust me… they know their fashion. Although I love my black, white and grey, Fiona inspires me to wear patterns  and even though David is wearing menswear I want everything he has on.

But, enough talk! Kate Williams once again brings us into another amazing closet with her photographs. Thanks to David and Fiona for having Kate and I over and snapping some pics.

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“Colour doesn’t really exist in my wardrobe, almost everything is black, grey or white. Denim is about as colourful as it gets! These are my favourite jeans from Topshop (blown-out knee added by me!)”

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Pic 2 - “Linen t-shirts are my staple. These H&M and T by Wang styles are the best out there.”
Pic 3 - “Chelsea boots are a must have in any guys wardrobe. These Saint-Laurent-esque boots were a steal from Zara!”

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“I tend to keep accessories to a minimum…but I’m never without my Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff. Also, who doesn’t own a pair of Raybans?”

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“One of the reasons we chose this apartment was the extra room for my clothes! I’m a little bit of a hoarder, you never know when something will come back into fashion! Here I’m wearing a cotton/ linen boyfriend shirt from Aritzia-Community (supporting the bfs brand). It’s a must have I bought it in three colours!”

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Pic 3 - “I have a huge collection of statement necklaces. These are my current favourites- I have so many that I have to rotate them monthly! Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring all my handbags when I moved to Vancouver, it was very tough but i just brought four favourites. Displayed here is my classic black Marc by Marc Jacobs day bag and my Mulberry over-sized gold clutch for the evenings.”

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“My three favourite things…Vogue, Friends & Phillip Lim shoes!”

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“Clearly I have a love for snake print shoes, these are just a few! My style is quite minimal so i like to add a little fun with a statement shoe.”

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Pic 2 - “I am always drawn to the Aritzia Community brand. Everything is minimal and easy to wear. Great for layering! Community garment dyed tank pictured here with my favourite Urban Outfitters necklace.”

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“Searching for awesome vintage finds is one of my favourite things about fashion. This oversize silver t-shirt was a great steal from my gran. I love this floral kimono from Topshop. Definitely trying to channel the 70′s bohemian vibe!”

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All photos by Kate Williams.

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Follow David & Fiona on Instagram as they live their new lives in Vancouver at @DavidVallance & @FionaHunter1

Follow Kate on her photography ventures on Instagram & Twitter at @Adore_Imagery as well as Facebook.

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Closet Confessions: Jessica Karalash of Kurate Style

Lemme introduce to you Jessica Karalash. Fashion Guru, Style Blogger, Personal Stylist and Founder of Kurate Style - luxury personal styling, online. Jessica founded Kurate Style in 2013 and has styled men and women all across North America and Europe. As of recent, Jessica has been titled as one of Vanity Fair’s Editors Picks and User’s Choice Nominee. To vote for Jessica’s looks click HERE.

I first met Jessica almost 1 year ago over tea at a local coffee shop. Although never meeting in person until then, Jessica and I have kept in contact via social media. Being fans of each others work – we immediately took to one another.

Her style – anything and everything far from subtle. You’re sure to see Jessica at events or possibly just running around town in patterns, prints and sequin. Pants are a no-go in her wardrobe and for myself (who has too many pairs of jeans to mention) I commend her!

Let’s dive right into Jessica’s closet and take a look at her lack of pants wardrobe. A big thank you to Jessica for having myself and photographer MajaImages into her home to rummage through her fashion treasures.

WARNING: this will be a feast for your eyes.

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“When choosing my outfits, I always ask myself a few key questions: Where am I going, who is it with, how am I getting there and what is the weather like? And how am I feeling – this is a big one. Sometimes I am feeling powerful and sophisticated, and other times it’s free and vivacious.”

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“My obsession for the last few years now is rompers and jumpsuits – short, long, etc. – I love how simple they are, and how fun they are! I have several from BCBG, Free People, Forever21, Topshop and boutiques in Vancouver like Jennyfleur Loves, The Latest Scoop, and many others!”

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“My outwear and shoe closet is key for completing my look. My boyfriend is now used to waiting a couple of extra minutes while I pair my outfits with the right shoes and coats, if they aren’t already picked out. I’m a lucky lady.”

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“Right now my closet is transitioning from Spring to Summer, which means more brights and short dresses will rotate to the front of my closet. It’s always growing and changing and evolving – like me, and my style.”

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“The beautiful print on the top of my jewellery disply was one I received from my photographer for KurateStyle, and friend Jamie Mann. It’s a FENDI print, given out only at the Milan Fashion Week Runway Show, and sketched by Karl Lagerfeld for the Spring/Summer 2014. I absolutely adore it, and it happened to match my room perfectly with the coral-pink and teal tones.

I also recently organized my jewellery and it has made a huge difference. Matching and choosing pieces to outfits so much easier when it is all on display.”

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Photo 1 - “I love color, prints and patterns and I have an organizational system for it. I arrange my closet to what is in season at the time – which is color-coordinated in the front area of the closet for easy access.”

Photo 2 - “I love keeping a stack of magazines for inspiration near my bed. Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ and decor magazines are some favorites, and are perfect muses.”

Photo 3 - “I love teal. It’s my go-to color in accessories and clothing. I always feel confident in it, no matter the season. It’s one that always goes with my skin tone and hair color and makes me feel alive. Knowing yourself and what makes you feel good can make a big difference when you are getting dressed for the day, and wanting to feel confident and empowered.”

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Photo 1 - “Jeans and pants are few and far between in my closet – although I have a few that are favorites. I just love the feeling of wearing skirts and dresses, and the feeling it gives me. I do love jeans, but it’s really important for me to find the right fit. There are brands that work with my body shape and that I love to wear, and I tend to stick with those. A good pair of jeans can go a long way.”

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“I have a work space in my home that I love. Another Pinterest-style board and my calendar keep me organized and inspired (with teal accents). I love looking ahead at what the month and week has to bring – meetings, proposals, travel, etc. I also love my Mac Book Pro. It’s perfect for traveling, and I love the design and screen.”

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Photo 1 -“always have my moleskin with me. It’s great to take “time-outs” from my computer and just write down all of my ideas and to-do’s without distraction. My desk is actually a sit or standing desk, and can be adjusted for both. I love this, as I do not always want to be sitting at my desk, it’s so great to have the option, and I definitely use it!”

Photo 2 - “I have several pin boards up in my room (like real-life Pinterest), with one strategically set by my closet for outfit inspiration – this is where all my magazines come in handy! I post trends, editorials, prints, colors and outfits that I love, and always have inspiration right beside my closet! It’s also a great place to display some of my statement necklaces.”

Photo 3 - “I love this version of the crop-top, and the two-piece set. It is really fun, and the pieces can be easily mixed and matched, but also look chic together. I added the statement necklace for a pop – as I love color, and wanted to add a bit to it.”

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“I love the outdoors and exploring. If I am busy with work and do not have the time to hike, a quick break to the deck is all I need. It’s also perfect for early morning coffee. I love the view on the seawall and in the park and it always sets the day off right, or ends it perfectly.”

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“This BCBG gown is one of my favourite pieces. I love the the structure and flow that is has, and the balance of it. And the bright color of course! BCBG is one of my favorite brands. From beautiful fancy pieces, to the patterns and designs – this brand always has pieces that work well in to my wardrobe, but are also special.”

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Photo 1 - “I’m a big fan of the cross-body bag. Because I travel a lot, and I am constantly walking, cross-body bags are perfect for day-time, and if they have the option to switch to clutch for the evening – that is an added bonus!”

Photo 2 - “Quiet moments and reflecting are a big part of my day-to-day. I have often find quiet time to meditate and give gratitude.  One big thing I learned about meditation, which also applies to yoga, is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. And finding a teacher or mentor that you are aligned with. You have to find the way that works for you, and serves you.”

All photos by MajaImages.

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Follow Jessica on her style adventures on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter at @KurateStyle.
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