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Anna Wintour Did the Ice Bucket Challenge Because Getting Drenched in Water Is The Latest Fashion


Vogue editor Anna Wintour has done the ice bucket challenge — a Facebook trend in which people post videos of themselves getting doused with ice water, then nominate others to do it or donate $100 to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. Nominated by her daughter Bee Shaffer, Wintour has challenged tennis champion Roger Federer and English actor Dominic West to do it next.

The fundraising campaign has raised more than $15 million.

No word on whether this new look will be featured in the September issue.

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The Weather is Laughing at Me

Today is the first day of spring. It is not spring outside. I, however, have spring clothes. Since I can’t wear them, I’m going to share them with you.

If you couldn’t tell from my post “Top Ten: Spring 2013’s Best Fashion Trends“, I’m a huge fan of black and white graphic for spring.

This is my homage to black and white graphic.

Whatever I spend on this look will be a good investment because black and white pieces always look chic.


But in truth, I did not spend that much. ♥ Forever 21!

“If you can’t find a partner use a wooden chair . . .”

My Calvin Klein black heels were perfect with this look because the upper is formed of many black lines which repeat the black lines in the shirt and pants.

In case of drafts, my trusty black leather jacket is in keeping with the slightly edgy attitude of the other pieces.

This vintage Mexican bracelet with black onyx was borrowed from my mother. Ladies, always remember that your mom probably has some good things tucked away that are a better quality than you might be able to pick up at the local mall.

Beauty-wise, black cat-eye liner continues the graphic theme. Of course with a really styled eye, you should use a really neutral lip.

Lipstick: Lise Walter “Plumpissimo”   |   Lip liner: Inspire Cosmetics “Pretty”   |   Lip gloss: Quo Lip Temptation   |   Eye liner: MAC “Photogravure”


. . .use a wooden chair . . . or a cat!


A sleek, flat-ironed ponytail is also in theme.

What I’m wearing:

Shirt: Forever 21 (here)

Pants: Forever 21 (here)

Jacket: Joe Fresh

Bracelet: Mom’s closet

Heels: Calvin Klein Shoes

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A Day Downtown

On Saturday I went into downtown Toronto to hang around for a couple of hours because my brother was getting a haircut. For hair we always go to the trendy Yorkville neighborhood where you could for sure spend every last penny you own on clothes. After hanging around Yorkville for a bit, having lunch at Lettieri and salivating at the window displays all up and down the street, we decided go to the Manulife Centre movie theaters to watch the beautiful movie The Descendants. I went in dressed like this:

–and came out wishing that I lived in Hawaii, where I could wear shorts every day. When you see the movie you will understand… bring lots of Kleenex, though.

For my day in Yorkville, I was wearing my American Eagle wool jacket with brass buttons, green cargo pants from Costa Blanca (do we ever get tired of the “utility” look??), and my graphic print shirt from Forever21.  I also had on my beloved Bare Traps combat boots, which I just got for Christmas. The purse and necklace come from my personal favorite store: The Sister’s Closet. Haha.

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Hello, snow…

Hi World, this is my first post as A Matter of Instinct.

Yesterday, I enjoyed the winter wonderland of the Toronto suburbs by going to my awesome best friend’s house and playing in the snow.


We jammed for a while on the guitar, before running around the yard, hugging some trees and asking out random rubber penguins decorating her yard. Sorry, Mumble, we’re taken.

Because this is a fashion blog, I won’t bore you too long with our escapades, but I will tell you what I wore to stay warm and attract the penguins. When it comes to winter dressing, fashion and function have to make a truce. In other words, I try to look good without freezing. Is that a matter of instinct? My outfit in these wild scenes of Arctic bliss includes this lovely Canada Goose parka–it’s not mine, but I covet one. I am also wearing my all-time favorite William Rast jeans, which you are going to see me in a few more times if you come back to my blog.

For jumping in the snow, I have borrowed my sister’s fur-lined, weather resistant Skecher boots because I want to keep my own boots looking nice. (Is that bad??) They have good treads on the bottom. Underneath the jacket, I’m wearing a short sleeved grey Tommy Hilfiger hoodie that is fitted and always feels like the right thing, and under that is  my sheer black and white tank from Dynamite. Last but not least, random mismatched gloves top off my outfit in the quirky custom of certain members of my family to put mismatched items on the ends of their limbs. (Sister…where’s my other pink sock???)

To go out for dinner après snow, I just changed into this more tailored purple plaid jacket. Sorry, everyone, no details on this jacket due to inattentive borrowing.

Oh, the versatility of neutral dressing.

Well, that sums up yesterday’s clothes. And now I’m off to get dressed.

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