LahLah x Pixie Mood Accessories

Not to long ago this lovely brand reached out to me to do a collaboration, and guess what…HERE IT IS!

Pixie Mood is a cruelty-free & vegan-friendly bag and accessories company who truly makes such wonderful products!

Earlier this summer Pixie Mood asked me to style and photograph a few outfits for their upcoming Fall 2017 Collection and I finally get to share some of my personal favourites from the collab with you guys. I encourage you to check out their website, as well as the new collection coming this fall, because you will fall IN LOVE!!!

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Alicia Tote in Forest Green
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Alicia Tote Paired Side Bag 
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Geneva Work Bag in Ash Plum

The Canadian company based out of the GTA, has created; smart, unique and stylish accessories with great quality and awesome designs. Cofounded by Chloe and Kelvin;(whom, after some digging, I found out graduated from the Ryerson, Business Management program. WOOHOO!), are the great minds behind the company and they definitely seem to be continuously growing and flourishing their brand.

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Jasmine Bag in Ruby Red
Rachel Large Tote (Ombre Black) 1
Rachel Large Tote Bag in Ombre Metal Black
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Rachel Large Tote Bag in Ombre Metal Black

And my personal favourite: The Kim Convertible Backpack, which doubles as a side bag with a unique shoulder strap feature…

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Kim Convertible Backpack

The styling was very simple for this collab, to keep from drawing away from the main focus of the photos, the bags. I made sure to incorporate neutrals and some fall inspired colours, like the maroon knit sweater; that would compliment the tones used in the products.


Styling x Kaylah Wilson

Photography x Kaylah Wilson

Bags x  Pixie Mood|@pixiemood

If you’d like to read more about the brand and it’s founders click here!

Special thank you to Chloe for reaching out and the Pixie Mood team for creating such a great collab experience and some kick ass accessories! xx

Find me on Instagram @_ksyd

– lahlah xx

 

LahLah x Jordan Mckeown: Golden Hour

Earlier this summer I did a lovely collab with Jordan Mckeown; a Photographer from Toronto, for her photography series called: A Summer to Remember. I was able to help come up with the ideal summer photoshoot concept and style my own outfit, and just let Jordan bring it to life.

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Jordan Mckeown

Her photography is light, airy, effortless and quite literally, makes me feel like i’m apart of something magical. Here’s just a couple of my faves she has shot (featuring my muse and friend @thatgirlnamedtiff on the right)💓:

 

 

But without further ado!

Lahlah x Jordan Mckeown: Golden Hour

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Outfit:

Bathing Suit used as body suit: H&M, White long sleeved mesh top: Aritzia, Vintage stripped overalls: Black Market Toronto

 

Styled x By Kaylah Wilson (@_ksyd)

Photography x By Jordan Mckeown (@jordanmckeown)

Assist x By Lovely Muma Mckeown


Find me on Instagram @_ksyd

– lahlah xx

Think Piece: My Mental Health and Fashion


IT HAS BEEN WAY TOO LONG!

Aside from finishing up my second year at Ryerson University in Toronto, I’ve also acquired a second job, have been taking a course over the summer to fully catch up for my third year of schooling and as happy and excited as I was for the summer, it actually came with a lot of STRESSES.

Without getting too much into it, for me, living away from home at the age of 19; working two jobs, taking a summer course online and trying to have A LIFE is a lot. I seem to be managing it pretty well according to those around me, but it has taken away from the things that give me creative inspiration and has taken up quite a lot of my time as well. If i’m not doing one of the many commitments I have, I am either sleeping, eating or laying in bed out of exhaustion and on the rare occasion, hanging out with my friends/family when our schedules match up.

My love for putting together an outfit and dressing myself in the morning is still prevalent but I have noticed that the motivation to be creative with just that, has faded since the beginning of summer. I’ve been lazy with my clothes and at a creative loss for my work. I haven’t been reading fashion articles or looking at moodboards for shoots. I haven’t been reading leisurely for myself; and haven’t been treating my body like the 11/10 powerhouse it is. Overall my mental health has been getting worse. Im still so happy for everything I have and I know I can manage the busy schedule, but with this lowered mental state, I’ve been distancing myself from things that I love, such as this blog & fashion.


I recently read an Article in Ryerson’s Folio Magazine: Issue 5, Titled: A Portrait of Post-Secondary Mental Health by Ebony-Renee Baker. They went into depth about mental health on campus for current students and alumni, and outlined how difficult it can be to maintain positive mental health while being in a post-secondary environment, on top of anything else that could be pressing on the back of a 18 to 25-year-olds mind. The article spoke about the bad and the good experiences of support for mental health on campus and it got me thinking about what I’m doing to support my own mental health.

????? REALLY, WHAT AM I DOING ?????

I am acknowledging the lack of support I am getting for my own mental health (other than that of my lovely friends through ranting and wine), so how can I turn this around to get what I need in order to make everything a little better?

I decided to look into my schools mental health programs, because if I can get free personal/career/education related counselling, why not, right? Although majority of the events and the counselling programs are offered during the school year I realized that so much is offered to me, that I’m not taking advantage of. By simply spending a few minutes online, I was able to find so much about my schools mental health programs and I highly suggest anyone in a post-secondary institution do the same!

 

Seeing as it is still summer and the programs aren’t running, what do I do?!?!

I’ve decided that as much as money is necessary and school is important, I need to make more time for the things that will relieve stress in my life and also the things that will actually bring me joy!

SO HERE IS MY 5 PART LIST:

  1. With a sudden opportunity in one of my jobs I’ll be able to work more at one with fixed hours and less at the other (the fixed hours make it so much easier to plan my life)
  2. Setting aside specific times in my day to work on school and really sticking to them!!!
  3. Going to the gym more often to get those ENDORPHINS pumpin’
  4. Making sure every week I do something leisurely to relax my mind and to make headway with my interests in fashion
  5. SLEEEEEP!!! ZZZzzzzzz (because I am definetly not getting enough now)

Five ‘easy‘ things that I plan on doing for the rest of the summer and hopefully into the rest of the year! It’s wild how simple these seem compared to how hard I know they are actually going to be to implement! But my mental state has been affecting my hobbies, my relationships and most importantly my motivation. As a result of that, I think it is really important to keep my mind healthy in order to stay motivated, and how i’m choosing to do that is specific to what I know about my mind and body.

As a young creative in Toronto dealing with school, work and my personal life, as well as the hard truth of rent and living expenses, it is tough to stay motivated. Im sure any creative you talk to can tell you about times when they just weren’t up for working on the things that they love. It is really so important to keep in mind that everything you do is for your own progress moving forward in your field, so although staying motivated can be hard, letting yourself sit for too long in a creative lul, is only hurting you.

All the lovely creatives out there, here’s a little reminder to take care of your mental health and keep coming up with new ways to do what you do! xx

Hopefully my five step summer list will help me get back into my blogging groove and you will all hear from me soon!


Find me on Instagram @_ksyd

See my last project ‘Styled x ByLahlah’

See my other written pieces here

– lahlah xx

#OOTD: It’s art?!

 

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February 8th 2017

Outfit:

  • White turtle neck (Aritzia)
  • Sheer V tank (H&M)
  • Mom jeans
  • Perforated booties (Zara)
  • Accessories (H&M)

It’s been awhile since I did one of these, so here’s one of my fav outfits from recently that made me feel really good in my own skin!

My friend and I went for a stroll through the mall and found this cool wall in a store, and it even had a sitting area, so why not take some pictures right???!!!

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Shoot 3 of this amazing project has brought me to a whole new level!

I was inspired by the colours Red, Yellow, Black and White, the brightness and contrast was what drove my entire mood board. I quickly knew that I wanted to style something comfortable that had layers and something that could easily be worn in a casual or professional setting.

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Different from my other shoots I styled two outfits that followed the same theme but played on different aspects of my taste in fashion. There are always two or more ways to do something, and thats comforting to me because that only means there is so much to be done. When I started thinking about this shoot these two different but similar looks came into my mind and I just figured I’d do them both.


Look 1 (on the left of photoset), was an outfit that if you wore down the street people might do a double take. A bright red turtle neck under a white hoodie, paired with yellow side-stripped pants and shiny loafers.

There a pieces in my wardrobe that make people look twice and wonder if I intended to be starred at today? It’s those pieces that I love the most.

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Outift:

White Hoodie: Stylist (Kaylah), Red Turtle Neck: Stylist (Kaylah), Yellow Sidestrip Pants: Zara, Dress shoes: Model (Jessica)


Look 2 (on the right of photoset) featured a more everyday outfit. A shiny black bomber paired with sneakers and some subtle colours underneath. Connecting the colour theme through the eye makeup was the perfect way to bring in the red.

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Outfit:

White Turtle Neck: Aritzia, Yellow Cropped Long Sleeve: Brandy Melville, Shiny Black Bomber: H&M, Black Dress Pants: Top Shop, Reebok Sneaker: Model (Jessica)


Styling x ByLahlah (@_ksyd)

Photography x ByPam Lau (@pamelaloud)

Modelled x ByJessica Bentu (@jessicabentu)

Makeup x ByNabar Badr (@nabrabadr)

On set assist x ByTiffany Turchyn (@thatgirlnamedtiff).

Special thanks to this great team!


Find me on Instagram @_ksyd and on  the College Fashionista website HERExx

– lahlah xx

BIG NEWS!!!!!


HELLO! HELLO! January is here!

A new year, new adventures and some exciting things are happening!

Early in the 2016/17 school year, I applied for a spring internship with this super #RAD group called CollegeFashionista! In November (3 days after my birthday), I got an email saying “CONGRATULATIONS…you’ve been chosen to join our #RAD team!”

Who is CFashionista?

“CollegeFashionista is a community of college students dedicated to preparing for their future careers and reporting the latest trends on campuses all over the world.”

– CFashionista team

What does this mean?

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Photo by College Fashionista

This semester, I will be writing articles for CFashionista each month, sharing my personal style and the style on campus at Ryerson University as a ‘Style Guru Intern’. Not just that, but they provide many opportunities for their interns to learn more about the industry, build their brand and meet some cool new people!!

The experience I will gain from balancing all my responsibilities, will be hard but very necessary to my growth as a student and young adult, pursuing my career. Im so excited for all that I have to offer in these next few months and I hope you all are too!

Make sure to keep up with my new journey as well as my ongoing projects here, on lahlahsocial, on instagram; here xx and on the CFashionista website, here!

Check out CollegeFashionista to learn more about this #RAD team I am joining and follow my semester with them!

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Find CollegeFashionista online & on instagram @cfashionista

Find me on instagram @_ksyd & on the CF website 

– lahlah xx

(Featured image from the @cfashionista instagram, source: styleguru @withlovethelms)

Happy LahLahversary!!

365 DAYS! 52 WEEKS! 12 months! Happy 1 year anniversary to LahLah Social!

It’s crazy to think that it has been a year already, with all of the love and support of my friends, family and loving visitors, LahLah Social has reached over 2000 views in 43 different countries. I have 13 articles, 14 OOTDs, 20 followers and with the beginnings of my ‘Styled x ByLahLah‘ series and ‘LahLah’s closet‘ page, I feel so accomplished in how far this blog has come.

I started this as a random fun way to let out my ideas, opinions and share my fashion with you guys and it as become such an important part of my life! I can only strive for it to continue to grow and for my skills as a writer/blogger/stylist/artist/creative mind to continue growing with it!

THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of this first year with me, and here is to many more!!!

Here’s a recap video (sorry about my terrible video editing skills), I made of this past year of LahLah events in 2015/2016…… take a look!

THANKS AGAIN!!!

See you soon


Find me on instagram @_ksyd

Check out Styled x ByLahlah HERE

Check out LahLah’s Closet HERE

– lahlah xx

#OOTD: Leopard?

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November 9th 2016
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w/ my bestie Tiffany!!

Outfit:

  • Leopard print cropped tank
  • Black Velvet flare pants
  • Suede booties
  • Black bubble jacket
  • Vintage sunglasses

Check out Tiffany on IG for her super cute fit from this day!!

#OOTD:Autumn

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October 26th 2016

Outfit:

  • Plain white sneakers (H&M)
  • Mom jeans (Bluenotes)
  • Colour Patch button down (Black market)
  • Floral bathing suit top worn as a shirt
  • Leather jacket
  • Purse (H&M)
  • Maroon beanie

& a coffee for that autumn wind!!

this is a bit of an oldie but its a goodie!! Happy sunday folks!

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AND SO IT BEGINS.

I wake up, 7:30 am, everything was packed the night before. I get dressed, make some hot chocolate, saddle up and head for the bus that will take me downtown to start the day. I get to Union Station at 9am, enough time to run to staples, buy a memory card for the camera and buy myself a coffee with some timbits for the squad!

10am rolls around and as i’m prepping for hair and makeup my lovely friend (and model for my shoot), Tiffany, walks through the door. We get right to it, making sure the shoes I brought fit, decide the jewelry, and get started on makeup.

Seeing as I am not a makeup artist, nor a hairstylist, I was pretty happy about how perfect everything turned out. My friend Sabrina came to help out with a few on set tasks (and also take some cool behind the scenes photos for my IG of course).

Thanks Tiffany & Sabrina.

So without further ado Styled x ByLahlah, Shoot 1, Mellow Yellow.

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The idea for this shoot came about as I rode the 510 Spadina streetcar up to work… I passed by this community of brightly coloured shipping containers that housed small stores inside them. Unfortunately on all my trips, I never saw the stores open. They were so vibrant and bold, I fell in love.

As summer was fading away so was this magical little corner of the world. I thought, how great would it be to just have a photoshoot there with bright colours on a sunny day, as a “last hurrah!” before the fall and winter closed in.

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I chose to focus on yellow and blue. Using mostly the blue shipping container for my photos, but also showcased the pink, in order to give you an idea of how lively this small part of my world is.

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Special thanks to all my lovely friends who encouraged and supported my beginning this project!

Styled x by Lahlah

Modelled x by Tiffany Turchyn

On set assist x by Sabrina Yussuf


Find me on instagram @_ksyd

Find Tiffany on instagram @thatgirlnamedtiff

– lahlah xx