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The Story of…Costume Jewellery

Your trusty fashion accessories play no small part in dressing up your outfit. In fact, I think many girls can agree with me when I say that the easiest way to add some pizzazz to your wardrobe is through costume jewellery. Now a days, finding something to complement your outfit is easy and affordable. In New York, I am blessed with street vendors (though, some can be rather …dodge-y), little markets with talented local accessories designers, and fast fashion retailers a-plenty. We may take it for granted, but costume jewellery actually became popularized less than a century ago!  Before that? Wearing necklaces, rings, bracelets… anything that cost you less than an arm and a leg was much less common (I am only half joking).

So what exactly is costume jewellery? The term ‘costume’ is really what we refer now to as an outfit! Costume jewellery can be synonymous with junk jewellery, fake jewellery, trinkets, or more pleasantly known as fashion jewellery. Originally made from inexpensive materials like simulated gemstones, semi-precious stones, metals,  plastics, woods, costume jewellery has come far in the variety and the quality that is available. ‘Real’ jewellery are ones that are generally more pricey, or made from rarer materials are known as ‘fine jewellery’. Baublebar is a fantastic place to find your latest fashion jewellery, as opposed to a place like Harrods, which would be a lovely place to turn to for a stunning selection of fine jewellery brands.

Those of us familiar with fashion icon Coco Chanel may have heard that she popularized the use of costume jewellery with her adamant love of faux pearl and gold, but did you know that costume jewellery has actually been around for well over 300 years? In its beginning, affordable jewellery was made accessible because it was largely made from inexpensive glass. The demand for it grew over time because common people could afford to indulge in this bit of vanity. The happy days for costume jewellery really came with the industrial revolution in the early 20th century, when production abilities were able to satisfy the demands of the new and arising middle class. Now, owning costume jewellery that looks like fine jewellery is easy fun that even I could partake in. And that’s coming from a poor college student! Hooray!!

Now that I’ve shared a bit of back story for costume jewellery (I’m sure I’m not the only person sick of reading the word jewellery over and over and over again…), let me share with you some of my absolute favourite pieces at the moment (there are actually quite a few , haha).

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I completely realise that I look like a silly monkey in most of these, but… eh, it’s a lot less boring that looking at the camera, hoping that it turns out to be a good shot, yenno. Anyway, I will tentatively be back soon!

Thanks for reading.

Much love,





Wandering a Sleepless City : Part 2

Hello , Hello!

I’ve been kind of neglecting to update my blog as of late, so I thought that a part 2 of my New York trip would be a nice way to get back in to the groove of things : ).

So here we are, some of the things that I saw while wandering the city. It was really quite stimulating to see the juxtaposition of serene , timeless beauty against the clash of loud bright screens of the now. There is a lot of art to be found here too… Hope you guys appreciate it as much as I did!

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‘Til next time , New York!

Thanks for reading :).

Much love, Vi

Waking in a city that never sleeps : Part 1

Here it is , the first post for my wanderlust.  I haven’t been to too too many places as of yet, so this will also be a work in progress (:. I realize that this blog is intended for Fashion, style, art and what not, but because I’ve been largely shaped by my travels and my experience abroad, I really hope to be able to share some of the amazing things that I’ve been blessed to witness.

A week ago, I paid visit to New York for the very first time in my life. I was primarily going there to scout out the place for my tentative move there, and check out the school that I hope to enroll in in the near future. The city truly lives up to the excitement and the adoration given to it ; it’s a place for everyone with a dream.

New York offers plenty to do and much to be in awe of , but the strongest impression made on me was the charm of the unexpected clashes found there. Dazzling advertisements and spectacular lights perched atop antiquated buildings;  the most modern structures juxtaposed against architecture of another time; obscenities graffiti-ed on to the sides of sophisticated constructions. Every where I looked, there was some contrast to be found … This , I think, is what keeps the city bubbling with life. There is movement everywhere, at any given time. This bustle of energy is probably what drives the ambitions that make dreams come alive.

I lived in Tokyo for a year prior to moving back to Vancouver (where I live now), and have been to various places in Asia,  so , big cities were never really daunting for me. I was not overwhelmed with the imposing advertisements or  the persistent flashing lights or even the sheer amount of people always there. This city really allows for self expression, allows the privilege of being who you want to be, thinking what you want to think, and chasing after what your heart desires. There are so many people with different backgrounds from all walks of life… and yet, unity is found amidst it all.

Okay, so , without further ado, here are some first impression pictures of this gorgeous city.





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I will be back with  part two and more pictures for some of the places that I went to (:.  It will be much less wordy, haha, so fret not!

Thanks for reading !

Much love, Vi