Suede Biker Jacket | Miss.Selfridge

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                                                                    “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
                                                                            ― William Cullen Bryant

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If you would’ve asked me three years ago to buy or even my opinion on suede outerwear, I probably would’ve laughed and cringed all at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty much obsessed with all things fashion-related from the 1960s & 1970s. Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, Jean Shrimpton and of course, Raquel Welch in the film, One Million Years B.C.

..But a suede biker jacket? On me? In Turquoise? It’s a resounding “No”, honey!

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So fast forward to 2015 and clearly by this outfit my opinion and harsh rules have changed. When I saw this suede biker jacket (fringed version here) at Miss.Selfridge in London, I actually gasped. They had a tan colour and I didn’t even entertain it once. I decided that if I was going to make the investment in a suede jacket, I wanted it to add some spice to my closet and get something truly out of my comfort zone and nice enough that I’d want for seasons and seasons. I’ve discussed #purchasingwithpurpose many times before on SimplyShantel, and if you want a quick re-cap, check out this blog post.

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I snapped these photos at a local museum in Toronto that only opened last year, celebrating Persian, Iranian and Muslim Art/Culture. It happened to be closed when I stopped by but if the exterior is any indication of what’s inside then I can’t wait to re-visit and see what’s in-store. The Brazilian granite, clean lines and open concept courtyard is a sight for sore eyes (and architectural geeks).

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I was inspired to stay in the same colour family w/this outfit and paired with my favourite boyfriend jeans (seen here), suede pumps from Shoemint, kept it clean with a white T and rounded it out w/my Gucci cross body. The Turquoise w/the Navy from the denim and shoes, played off of each other perfectly! I wanted something a bit more unexpected rather than just Nude or Black.

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For my make-up, I wanted a full coverage glam (like always haha!) even though I was wearing sunnies – I used Estee Lauder DoubleWear for my base and set it w/the CoverFX Mineral Foundation powder, I really like these two together when I want a high coverage because they blend seamlessly together and lasts all day. I also wanted a dramatic highlight + contour so I used the LA Girl Concealer for my contour base, then set that w/the Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in ‘Sultry’. I love the contour powder in that trio because it’s a cooler-toned powder and that’s ideal to mimic the shadow for the hollows of your cheeks. I don’t use a base typically when I’m highlighting since my powders are super intense as is; For this look I used both Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Opal’ and the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in ‘Bronze’ for a multifaceted look. Rounding it off w/ColourPop Ultra Matte lipstick in ‘Bumble’, lined with MAC Lipliner in ‘Subculture’.

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What do you guys think of me listing in detail all of the beauty products I used in the post? Is it helpful? Yay or Nay? Tell me in the comments and shop the look below!

Photos by Nickesha McFarlane

Thanks as always for visiting + reading 🙂

xxo.

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