2018 RECAP – My Top 30 Favorite IG OOTDS of 2018


Dear Readers,

You know what’s really interesting about me?

My life’s best memories are often shared in my Instagram account (@dezleighh). Each OOTD of mine tells a story. Each post is a personal story of certain moments in my life. Combined, my Instagram account is truly a memoir of my life.

Tonight, we’re going through a 2018 recap through my favorite Instagram OOTD pictures.

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NUMBER ONE

Posted: January 7, 2018

This look is actually completed by two dresses layered together. The bottom dress is a simple black camisole dress, while the top dress is a sheer dress with glitter floral prints!

Both dresses were from Forever21.

Story behind the look:

I wore this look for Jason’s company’s Christmas party which was held at the Westin hotel in downtown Calgary. At the time, Jason had a one year work term for Westin Calgary as their Revenue Manager. Now, Jason is back to being a full time student at the University of Calgary.

Fave memory from this look: Jason and I slipped away early from the party, to have our own private party in our hotel room… the night got even more sexier, I’ll tell you that.


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NUMBER TWO

Posted: January 15, 2018

This coat is actually not as thick as it should be for Calgary’s cold winters. But, the coat is so chic and cute!

Coat and hat are from Zara. Bag is by Kate Spade.

Story behind the look:

It was about -30 degrees Celsius that day when my good friend Franco (@francopoon) and I decided to go out for a photoshoot. This shoot is perhaps the beginning of my IG growth. One of Franco’s photos was even featured in Narcity Calgary!!

Check out the article here: NARCITY FEATURE

Regardless of the cold weather his photos turned out fantastic!!

 


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 NUMBER THREE

Posted: January 22, 2018

Pants were from Aritzia and bell sleeves were from H&M.

Story behind the look:

2018 was a great year for the increasing spread of rape awareness and women empowerment. The rise of the #MeToo movement inspired this photoshoot I had with Jason May (@jmayzle). NOTE: NOT MY JASON.

READ MY BLOG: Let’s Protect the Girls of Tomorrow #MeToo

 

 

 

 

 


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NUMBER FOUR

Posted: February 22, 2018

Full tracksuit is from Adidas.

Story behind the look:

Photo by Hassan (@hzgunner).

Adidas just reached max levels of hip and trendy this year – I hopped on the tracksuit hype too.

My mom was the one who really got me into tracksuits, she has about 6 pairs in her closet. So now, each time I wear my tracksuit, I think of my mom. She even got me this one, and another pair of the exact same tracksuit in black (top and bottom)!!!

 

 

 

 


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NUMBER FIVE

Posted: March 14, 2018

Pants are from Dynamite and top is an old one from H&M. Bag is by Gucci.

Story behind the look:

The weather was finally transitioning from winter cold to sunny spring!

Me and Jason were at Prince’s Island Park when this photo was taken. After, we went to Captain Boil’s Grand Opening as guests and I was officially invited as an “influencer”. That was my first blogger invite to a blogger/influencer/social event in Calgary.

It was the beginning of what was more to come…

 

 

 


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NUMBER SIX

Posted: April 26, 2018

Top is from Forever 21??? (I think, not sure anymore). Leggings are from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This day was super special for me, because this was the day I signed and purchased my first adult car!!!

The car I had prior to this, was very old, sketchy, beaten up and an unreliable piece of crap. My Honda Civic was a major upgrade, and I’m so happy to be the owner of this 2017 Honda Civic Touring Coupe.

Fun fact: This car was a little bit of a spontaneous splurge. This day was our first day car shopping and we only browsed at two car dealerships before making the choice… I didn’t even get to test drive this car… we just rushed ahead and bought it… I guess it was love at first sight! PLUS the deals were perfect for our budget, so it was a WIN/WIN situation!!!


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NUMBER SEVEN 

Posted: May 14, 2018

Full outfit is from Forever 21, bag is by Louis Vuitton.

Story behind the look:

This was my Mother’s Day outfit wherein my mom and I celebrated it with brunch at the Calgary Tower’s Sky 360 Restaurant.

It’s always fun to get all dressed up and take photos from the top of the Calgary Tower.

When in Calgary, I definitely recommend checking out this tourist spot!

Fun fact: My mom is totally a fashionista herself. She loves dressing up, loves designer bags, and have a big closet full of shoes from heels to sneakers to boots. I totally got my love for fashion from her!


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NUMBER EIGHT 

Posted: June 3, 2018

Top and shorts are from Zara.

Story behind the look:

As most of you already know, I graduated university this year – if you didn’t know, now you know.

After walking the stage, my parents hosted a big graduation party for me. It was a party in celebration of my 4 years of studying, hustling, hard work, dedication, and determination to achieve my degree.

This look was definitely on the preppy side. But, given the occasion, I think it was the perfect look for my grad party!

 

 

 


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NUMBER NINE

Posted: June 7, 2018

Top and skirt is from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This day, I attended another influencer event hosted by Q Condos Morrison Multi.

My partner in crime, AKA Jason Yang could not attend the event due to the fact that he was working. But, I was already signed up for an appearance… so in Jason’s absence, his best friend Arshian stepped in!

The funny part about it is that, my plus one in the guest list was under Jason’s name. So, throughout the afternoon and until the event was over, Arshian and I pretended that he was Jason.

Fun fact: For every influencer party or social event, most influencers are encouraged or allowed to have a “plus one” or a “guest”. Normally, big influencers and bloggers would bring their photographer or anyone who will take photos of them while at the event… in these type of scenarios, Jason is normally/always my plus one.


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NUMBER TEN 

Posted: June 10, 2018

Top was from Forever 21

Story behind the look:

This was another influencer invite from Chamberlain Group. It was quite a lovely summer day to be out and wearing pink.

After this event, Jason and I found ourselves gambling and playing roulette at Deerfoot casino. During the summer of 2018, Jason and I, got a little hooked on playing Blackjack and roulette. We had so much free time, we decided to waste it at casinos.

Eventually, we got more and more into gambling, that it led towards us slowly planning a trip to Vegas by the end of summer 2018. We really wanted to experience gambling in a wider scope. DON’T WORRY – we are casual gamblers, not addicts.

 


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NUMBER ELEVEN 

Posted: June 16, 2018

Turtleneck is from Aritzia and overalls are from Forever 21.

Story behind the look:

This look was from the grand opening party of Miniso in Cross Iron Mills.

I really, wanted one of those plushies… but then, I have no more room on my bed to put it on. 

At this event, Jason was my date – and all I remember from this night is how much sushi my man ate. During the party, Miniso prepared food for all the guests, such as sushi, chips, and pop… and man oh man, Jason pretty much ate all the sushi they had.

 

 


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NUMBER TWELVE

Posted: June 28, 2018

Dress was from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This was my outfit for Father’s Day.

Most of you don’t know this, but I actually have a step-dad and my real dad is in the Philippines. My parents got divorced when I was younger and my mom re-married about 5 years ago. Ever since then, I was blessed to grow up and live life with two amazing fathers.

Father’s Day is always special for me, because I am blessed to have two men to call my “dad”.

 

 

 

 


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NUMBER THIRTEEN

Posted: July 6, 2018

Top was from Zara and the skirt is from Sirens.

Story behind the look:

Each year, Calgary holds Stampede which is a week long festival full of rides, food, parties, and rodeo inspired shows. Calgary is like the Texas of Canada… so think of Stampede in the lines of cowboys and cowgirls, horses, and chuck wagons and amusement rides.

This outfit was my first Stampede look of 2018 (I went 3 times and wore a different look each time). This look was my favorite of all 3.

My favorite memory from Stampede is playing this gambling game called, “over-under” – the game is essentially a betting game, wherein you place your monetary bets on whether the two balls will land and equal over 7 or under 7… there’s also an odd bet of the balls landing and equaling on 7. The minimum bet for this game was $3.00 and maximum was $100 per round.

Anyways, Jason and I played over-under all Stampede long and wasted quite a bit of money too… but on the bright side, we also won a few stuffed toys during Stampede (LOL).


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NUMBER FOURTEEN

Posted: July 20, 2018

Dress was an old purchase from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

AND we are back to the Calgary Tower once more.

This time, we celebrated my Mom Nora’s birthday and had dinner at the Calgary Tower’s Sky 360 Restaurant.

I remember Jason and Jonas (Jason’s little brother) being there with my family as we ate dinner… and can you believe the fact that it was both their first time to go up the tower and eat there too???

I was so surprised because Jason has been living in Calgary for over 10 years now, and yet he has not been inside the Calgary Tower until that day.


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NUMBER FIFTEEN

Posted: July 26, 2018

Dress was from Forever 21.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken at Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna, when my family, Jason, Jonas and I went to Kelowna for our week’s worth of summer vacation.

READ MY BLOG: 5 Ways to Fall in Love in Kelowna

I just loved how this dress made me feel like a princess, with how it draped over my body and the color too!

This family vacation is truly, one of my favorite memories this far.

 

 

 


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NUMBER SIXTEEN 

Posted: July 30, 2018

Full outfit is from Forever 21

Story behind the look:

Still taken at Kelowna, and just wanted to add this on the recap because I loved those overalls way too much. Sadly, I was only able to wear them ONCE during the summer of 2018… (I have too many clothes).

I pretty much had a photoshoot everyday while at this vacation and I think I have about 1000 non-shared photos just from this trip alone.

Did you know: my photos in my Iphone 8+ gallery is currently at 16,567 photos and counting.

This is why I pay for Icloud storage LOL!!!

 


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NUMBER SEVENTEEN 

Posted: August 13, 2018

Outfit is from Forever 21 (I shop at Forever 21 way too much for summer/spring clothing)

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken on my way to dinner at Buffo Calgary, as invited by the Summer Feast Team. Summer Feast is an annual event in Calgary, wherein local restaurants create dishes just for a certain period. This foodie affair have participating restaurants create unique and fantastic dishes for a limited time only, and aims to satisfy all the foodies in YYC. This feast helps promote their business to the locals as well.

My favorite memory from this day, is how my friend and makeup artist Carmella (@bycarmstecson) did my makeup!

I normally do my own makeup, and I barely get my makeup done by a makeup artist, so this was totally a treat for me!


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NUMBER EIGHTEEN 

Posted: August 26, 2018

Dress was from Oak and Fort and denim jacket is from Levi’s.

Story behind the look:

Summer 2018, Jason and I really had a thing and a subtle addiction for bubble tea. Our favorite bubble tea places are Chatime, Gongcha and this hidden bubble tea shop inside Dragon City Mall in Chinatown, it’s called Pearl House.

In one of our bubble tea runs to Pearl House, we stopped to take this pic – simply because I was loving my outfit!

Mind you, it was little too hot to be wearing all black that day!

 

 

 


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NUMBER NINETEEN 

Posted: August 29, 2018

Top is from Sirens, and shorts are from Zara.

Story behind the look:

MY 23rd BIRTHDAY PARTY LOOK!!!!

My birthday is actually on August 30, 1995 and the only reason why my family held my birthday on the 29th, is because we flew to Vegas on my actual birthday, the 30th.

Fun fact: This is the first year in the last 5 years wherein I didn’t throw a massive birthday party with my friends. Usually, in my previous birthdays, I would host a party and invite about 15-20 of my closest friends. But this year, I kept it strictly for family only.

As a matter of fact, I think I may be done with throwing birthday parties – I’m at the point and age in my life, wherein I’d rather travel somewhere for each of my birthdays to come.


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TWENTY 

Posted: September 4, 2018

Dress was from one of my PR Package, from One Stop Slay. (After conducting a quick Google search, it seems as if though the e-shop is now unavailable – sorry guys).

Story behind the look:

As I had mentioned before, Jason and I really got into casinos and casino games such as Blackjack and roulette. Thus, our little casual entertainment turned a little bigger when we went to Vegas for my birthday.

READ MY BLOG: Vegas with Dez & Jason – Our 3 Day Vacay

This was taken just in front of the Bellagio hotel on the Vegas strip. I wanted to hold that Jamba juice as a prop, since I was inspired by Travis Scott’s song Sicko Mode.

Astroworld is definitely one of my favorite albums from 2018!


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TWENTY-ONE

Posted: September 18, 2018

Corduroy jacket is from Forever 21 and bag is by Michael Kors.

Story behind the look:

Fall has finally arrived in Calgary!

Fall is my favorite season, especially in terms of fashion and clothing. The best part about fall, would have to be the leaves turning from green to yellow or red or orange!

My favorite color is yellow and it must be why I love fall so much.

On this day, my parents and I decided to go for a walk at Glenmore park. After, we ate at an all you can eat sushi place called Oishi.

 

 


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TWENTY-TWO

Posted: October 3, 2018

Teddy coat is from Zara and the denim joggers are from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This fall, my fashion obsession were teddy coats or sherpa coats.

As seen, this is me wearing my favorite teddy coat as Jason and I make our way to another influencer gig.

After the event, Jason and I went to Tokyo Street Market for the first time – which is definitely the trendiest Japanese restaurant in Calgary right now.

2018’s fall only lasted 2 days – I kid you not. I barely have any fall photos, and not as much as I would’ve wanted… hopefully, 2019 will be a different story!

 


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TWENTY-THREE

Posted: October 15, 2018

Bomber jacket is from Zara, and the leggings are from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This photoshoot was taken to promote Boobyball, which is a fundraiser event organized in order to raise funds to support breast cancer awareness and initiatives.

Without a doubt, Boobyball’s fundraiser was the closest to my heart and I was truly passionate about being a part of it.

As you all may already know, I have two family members who had been impacted by breast cancer.

READ MY BLOG: CANCER

As an influencer, I would like to be known for the causes I stand and believe in – besides my style and my recipes and my lifestyle, I want my followers to know what causes I care and stand for. Breast cancer awareness is definitely among those causes that I hold dear.


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TWENTY-FOUR 

Posted: October 22, 2018

Denim jacket is from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken at the day of Boobyball!

That night was so much fun!

I was able to celebrate breast cancer in a different light and I am so proud to be part of an event that led to a greater cause.

I’m truly looking forward to next year’s party!

AS I SAID BEFORE: FUCK YOU CANCER, YOU REALLY AINT SHIT.

 

 

 


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TWENTY-FIVE

Posted: November 1, 2018

Tee is from Thread Tank (@threadtank)

Story behind the look:

One thing I never “blogged about”, was the fact that Jason and I had another shitty and depressing Halloween… (our 2017 Halloween was also shitty and we had not have a Halloween that wasn’t shitty yet).

shitty as in: we almost broke up.

I only told 3 of my closest friends what happened that Halloween night, and I will leave it at that.

Some chapters are not always meant to be revisited, just like how some stories doesn’t always need to be shared.

This tee and this photo meant so much to me at the time, because it made me feel empowered, strong, and independent… I was foreshadowing what could had been another relationship’s ending…

BUT – we made it. Jason and I settled our disagreements and decided to strengthen what made our relationship weak. Instead of abandoning ship, we decided to fix the ship and stay on board.

Maybe at some point, I’ll officially talk about this little chapter of our relationship… but for now, let’s continue on with our 2018 recap.


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TWENTY-SIX

Posted: November 13, 2018

Loose coat is from Zara and the boots are UGGS.

Story behind the look:

After our near break up scare, Jason and I escaped the city and ventured out into Banff and Lake Louise.

In this trip, we spent the night in Banff with Jason’s family and drove to Lake Louise the following day.

My favorite memory from this trip, was how happy I was Jason and I got it together, and managed to stay together despite what had happened.

This photo will always be one of my winter faves too!

 


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TWENTY-SEVEN 

Posted: November 18, 2018

Blazer was from Forever 21, and the bag was by Michael Kors.

Story behind the look:

Pandas are my new favorite animals, it used to be elephants but you know…. people change!

The Calgary Zoo currently have baby pandas from China, and I had been begging and hinting and telling Jason just how badly I would love to see these pandas in real life. Finally, the time has come and I had never been so happy in my life!

Seeing the baby pandas was a dream a come true!

I’m so happy to share my first time seeing pandas in real life with the only panda in my life, Jason.

 


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TWENTY-EIGHT

Posted: December 4, 2018

Dress is by Kate Spade.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken on the night of my company’s Christmas party at the Big Four Building.

Jason, was obviously my date.

Jason and I spent the night at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel. Since Jason was still on his work term with Marriott, his manager was able to hook us up with the biggest room in the hotel. We even had free breakfast, free snacks, free drinks and full access to the M Lounge (only Marriott’s platinum members have access to this lounge).

The night, was truly a dream – our hotel room was a fantasy on its own.

AND, we also went to Cowboys Casino, since the event was super close to it. We couldn’t resist playing Blackjack and roulette… and yes, we took a BIG L on that.


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TWENTY-NINE

Posted: December 12, 2019

Vest is from Forever 21 and blouse is from Aritzia.

Story behind the look:

This photo was taken by one of my best friends, Chelsea.

Just after my photoshoot collaboration with Craves cupcakes (@cravecupcakes), Chelsea and I went for a lovely stroll along Prince Island Park and took some shots. Of all the 500+ photos we took, this is one of my favorites!

OHHH  – this vest is actually my mom’s… just don’t tell her that I took it.

 

 

 


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THIRTY 

Posted: December 25, 2018

Full outfit is from Zara.

Story behind the look:

This was my Christmas outfit, wherein I was blessed enough to spend it with all my family members, including Jason and Jonas.

This Christmas was perhaps my most blessed one of all.

The fact that I now have a job, I was finally able to afford to buy gifts for all my family members!!! I was fortunate enough to bless my cousins all the toys they wanted, and buy my mom the Hermès bangle of her dreams – back in the day, I was too poor (student life aint easy) to even afford any gifts… now, my job allowed me to live a little more comfortably and I worked hard to be able to share my blessings with my family too.

On top of that, it was Jonas’ first time spending Christmas Eve with my family and boy oh boy, was the kid ever spoiled this year!!!


Dear 2019,

I don’t know what you have in store for me… but I know 3 things for sure:

1.) I will be just fine

2.) I will own this year and make it mine

3.) I will continue growing

Compared to 2017, 2018 was truly a great year for me. All my goals that I had planned and established has been met. As I continue on towards another year, my new year goals are as follows:

  • Eat healthier by meal prepping more and eating less junk food
  • Save money by shopping less and spending money wisely
  • Be more open to growing and living within my OWN TERMS 

2019, I’m so excited to meet you and may your year be even better than 2018 was.

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Sincerely,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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