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Style Journal Recap – March

03.31.21

Wowza, there goes March! Which means, it’s time for another recap of what I got up to over on the Style Journal! Last time this recap post was super well received so I’m excited to keep going with these at the end of every month.

This post will be covering:

  • A few of my favourite looks.
  • Themes & tricks to employ in your own style.
  • 10 items readers are loving.
  • My biggest takeaway from the Style Journal…so far.

Plus, a few questions for you!


MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES

I like to make note of my personal favourites because it’s easy to let clicks and likes determine your style on the internet, but that doesn’t always lead to a closet you truly enjoy. I’d happily repeat any of this months looks but these were some of my favourites to put-together and wear.


LOOK 1 | LOOK 2 | LOOK 3 | LOOK 4 | LOOK 5 | LOOK 6


THEMES I’VE NOTICED & STYLING TRICKS ANYONE CAN TRY OUT


SCRUNCHED SLEEVES

I love how a scrunched up sleeve makes any look a little more intentional and lived-in.

See the how-to here.


Style Bee - Styling Sweats

BLACK & WHITE BASE

I used this styling approach not 1, not 2, not 3 but 9 times this month! Clearly it’s a great way to build an outfit.

Shop this look here.


Style Bee - Two of a Tone

BLAZERS & BASICS

One of my favourite combinations is a fitted t-shirt under a relaxed fitting blazer. It’s so comfortable but still polished and totally timeless.

Shop this look here.


Style Bee - Leather Jacket

WHITE SNEAKERS

I think I’ve finally found the white sneakers I’ve always wanted and they’re every bit as versatile as I’d imagined! Review is in the works.

Shop these sneakers and this look here.


OVER THE SHOULDERS

I’ve been hooked on this easy styling trick that instantly adds dimension and an effortlessness to any outfit. It doesn’t get much easier than throwing an item over your shoulders!


LOOK 1 | LOOK 2 | LOOK 3 | LOOK 4


ITEMS READERS ARE LOVING



90’s Cheeky Jean – I’ve had my 90’s Cheeky jeans for a couple of years now and they’re a steadfast favourite. They released a curvy fit version recently, which could be great as I needed the waist tailored on mine.

The Everyday Sweater 15% Off with LEE15 – This is such a great classic sweater, perfect for every season.

Pima Micro Rib Long-Sleeve – A consistent personal and reader staple for years. I wear something from the Pima Micro Rib line almost daily.

The Kim Comfort Jean25% OFF with “SPRING25” – These are such a great fit for anyone interested in branching out from skinny jeans but not quite ready for a wide or a straight leg cut. TTS for a relaxed fit but consider sizing down for a slimmer fit. I have the new wash in my cart.

The Capote Coat (dupe) – This look-a-like has been getting a lot of traction in my outbound clicks. If you’ve been lusting after a Capote Coat but the price point is out of reach, this could be a good answer for you.

The Sara Striped Tee – This gem is on sale for just $10 USD right now (no code needed) and I’m tempted to get all three colours. Race you there!

The Perfect Vintage Jean – I wish Madewell would do this style in more 100% cotton washes but I appreciate that a little stretch makes these even more wearable.

Relaxed Linen Shirt – A truly timeless and ageless style that I’ve had for years. It’s perfect for the warm months ahead.

The Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan15% Off with LEE15 – If I was keeping a wear count, this piece would’ve topped the list for sure. It’s a major ticket item though, so I’m making notes on how it’s holding up for those who’ve asked for such a an update.

The Mae Drapey Tee20% Off with LEEV20 – I’ve had lots of messages about these and I think they’re the perfect elevated option for a classic t-shirt. The fabric has a beautiful weight and drape to it (as the name suggests) and it feels amazing too.


Style Bee - Sunday Softness

MY BIGGEST TAKEAWAY SO FAR


So far, one of the main takeaways from this exercise of building and posting daily outfits is that it’s been helping me rediscover my true personal style. Which, as it turns out, is even more laid-back and minimal than I’d realized.

When I post looks in collaboration with brands, I always strive to create a broad range range of styling ideas and the “best” looks I can think of. With the Style Journal on the other hand, I don’t have as much time to think about the looks since I’m usually shooting several at once during a short window of time. I usually just have a Pinterest board open and some notes on the items I’d like to incorporate.

Because this is a much more realistic scenario when it comes to getting ready, I’ve been getting reacquainted with my closet and how I really wear my clothes. It’s been helping me see what I actually like to wear and feel best in, rather than what I feel like I should wear or style something.

How interesting indeed!



Questions for you!

Feel free to answer as many or as few as you’d like.


  1. We’re two months into the style journal, are you still enjoying it?
  2. Have you found it helpful in seeing potential in your closet and new ways to style items?
  3. Have you shopped any of the items featured on the journal or do you find you have a lot of similar pieces already?
  4. Are there any brands or items that I’ve worn on the journal, that you’d like to a review on or to see covered more in depth?
  5. I try to offer a broad range of looks that are appropriate for different lifestyles and climates. Do you feel like yours are represented? If not, please let me know what you feel is missing.

Any additional feedback, styling requests or types of outfits you’re keen to see more of on the journal? Please let me know! I want to continue making this space a great resource for you.


THANKS FOR TUNING IN!

Wishing you all a great start to April!

Leave me a comment here!

  1. Kirra says:

    I really love the style journal you’ve set up and this recap is also great. I’m a bit similar to another commenter, I wear more colourful clothes/patterns but I still learn lots from how you style clothes and out things together. I’m in Australia so it’s not always affordable to shoo the items you post, but I often click through and look at them! It’s got quite suddenly cold here so I’m going to look through your posts for inspiration for dressing warm, suddenly I need to wear layers, shoes or ankle boots and a jacket! I hope you’re getting warmer weather in return!!

  2. Birgit Scheel says:

    Hi Lee, I really enjoy the style journal and check in frequently. It’s already inspired me to a few looks and I enjoy the little tips and tricks. Since I am living in Europe, most brands aren’t easily accessible to me and if they are, the addition of taxes makes them unaffordable. Having said that, I already have discovered a few lovely brands via your site, and just managed to grab a pair of pre-loved Jenni Kayne mules on Vestiaire Collective! Next project: sewing a Georgia midi with the sewing patterns sold on Elizabeth Suzanns new homepage! Please keep up your lovely work! 😀

  3. Susan Telfer says:

    I love your style journal and look at it often. I am only 5′ 4″ so can’t wear long sweaters and jackets as often as you do and I do have a bit more colour than you do, though I am striving to have minimal base through the seasons. Also, I have been teaching in a classroom throughout the pandemic so have a slightly more formal style. I found Bareknitwear through you but got different sweater. I also have been watching the Eileen Fisher recycled cashmere cropped pullover in honey and waiting for a sale but then the smalls were all gone, but I did see it in the Vancouver EF store last week and they had small on deep sale!!!!! It was more beautiful in person. I was glad I saw it on you so often so could recognize it and be confident in buying it. I am also older than you (55) but I do think your style is ageless. Many of the bloggers my age are not minimalists!

  4. barb says:

    I really like the style journal. Our styles are not really much alike (lol) as I love colour and pattern and look washed out in a lot of the neutral tones that look so great on you. I’m also 60 and not lovely and slim like you! That said, the basics of your style are translatable to pretty much anyone. I appreciate seeing how you combine items and how a small tweak can move an outfit from casual at home to meeting-ready. Also like your reviews of products and your commitment to sustainable practices. Keep up the good work!

  5. Ralda says:

    Hello,
    and thank you for your blog! I check it very often and really enjoy it. To answer questions 1, 2 and 5: yes, yes, and yes!!! I live in Europe (in Switzerland) so it is not always possible to buy from the brands you talk about though… anyway, last time I was in NY and Montreal (pre-pandemic!!) I checked a couple of shops I had found through your blog. Thank you and keep up the good work 🙂

  6. Lexie says:

    I love your style journal so much! I like to look through it on weekends for inspiration for my upcoming week. I find it very easy to look at your style journal pictures and find comparable items in my closet to recreate looks.

    I am super curious about your relationship to color. Do you see yourself adding more bold or softer colors as we head into brighter months?