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Light Rose

lightpinkgrey There was a year, not too long ago, that I went to the thrift store and picked up a whole bunch of sweater tunics, I think about the time leggings first started being popular. I have since grown a strong dislike of them as I am just too curvy and its not a flattering look on me. However, every year I cleanse my closet and wonder if I should get rid of them or if I’m going to wear them… if they are frumpy or flattering… They are an item that I both love and hate.

I find this light rose one to be the only one I actually wear as it’s light, but could be warm if layered up nicely. It might be the first time I’ve worn it this season, because I finally found the perfect scarf to pair it with! This beauty came into the store this week, not quite long enough for infinity – but really attractive as a full knotted. Best of all this soft rose colour matches my nude pumps almost perfectly!

Rockin’ 30

To celebrate my 30th birthday I decided to book a reservation at a classy restaurant and invite my closest girlfriends. What a night! The girls spoiled me with wonderful cards and plenty of wine! Did I mention the Value Village gift certificates?? They know me so well.

For this fabulous evening I went a little dressy, but not too much! I wore this super comfortable magenta dress, jean jacket and my multi strand necklace from the Shopping Channel. No I didn’t buy it from SC, I just looked it up out of curiosity! Continue Reading

Neutrals & Denim

denimivorymixTo be perfectly honest, sometimes I just find the outfit to match the jewellery! I have often suggested this to our customers at the Store. They love a necklace but they have no idea what they would wear with it, same goes for a pair of boots. Yes they are a statement, but there is always a ton of different outfits that can match!

This outfit I put together for an evening holiday show I was participating in with my new line of jewellery OOAK. I wore it to a previous show with a royal blue dress and oatmeal coloured blazer – but I didn’t want to repeat in case we had return shoppers. So this style is more casual, but made to look dressy with the belted waist and pumps.

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Modern Business Wear

businesswear2My least favourite term is “business casual” as really this could mean a lot of things to different people. For me the typical dress pant, fitted solid colour shirt and blazer makes for one heck of a boring outfit. So I’d like to show you my twist on the business look!

My philosophy is, if you have the basics – all you need is a variety of beautiful blouses! A simple long sleeve black blazer that fits to a “t” should be a staple in your wardrobe. For me, I go for a skinny leg dark black jegging instead of a wider leg dress pant based on my shape. It creates a more flattering look for my wide hips and bum if I go narrow toward my ankle. Continue Reading

Sweater Dress Weather

bananarepublicsweaterdressI think I found one heck of a deal last week when I came across this sweater dress by Banana Republic at Value Village. Originally $12.99, minus 30% off coupon I got it for under $10. Banana Republic for under $10?! BR dresses run from $150 to $200 typically, even on sale they’re riding the fine line around $100.

As much as I can lose my faith in the pricing at VV, this one reassures me that there are still deals to be found! It had a few flaws on the arms which is common practice for sweaters they do get bally when they catch on things. Simple fix? Just snip them off!

This is the ultimate cozy winter dress, with a soft cowl style neck, long sleeves and ends just above the knee. A denim jacket adds that extra splash of colour on this overall tan palette, with a wrapped scarf for added detail.

Full Colour or Bust!

brightfloralskirt Ah yes, a new favourite! I’m sure I say this in every post, but its okay to have a ton of favourite newly-created looks!

Much like most of my other outfits, these pieces had to be altered in order to suit my body shape. This New York & Co floral skirt really didn’t fit at all when I tried it on, but every now and then there are pieces that you just have to have no matter how much work they will involve in the end. I took it in two inches to make it a high waisted style and brought up the hem about the same amount so it came closer to the knee. Anything past the knee on my height makes me look frumpy.

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Western Inspired

westerninspired I’m not what I would call a country girl by any standard, although I did grow up in the country. I am however, a fan of the style attributed to the boonies where I once resided. Layers and warm tones, hints of denim and structured boots.

This outfit makes me think western because of the mixed denims and brick red scarf. I haven’t worn this scarf in a long time, although I swore by it last year in Australia. It just added that something extra to every simple top. I have a long Stella & Dot necklace that I had thrifted last year that compliments the colours perfectly, the real challenge is keeping it untangled!

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Purple? Yes please!

purpleblazer Much like my beloved outfit from a few weeks ago sporting a boyfriend blazer for the first time, this purple one had me instantly. This outfit really fell into place randomly the day the blazer arrived as I do not actually have any purple in my wardrobe. This top (which I thought was very cool) did not sell at the store so I thought hmm, I wonder if that would work. I took it home, tried it out and thought it just needed one final piece.

I have created a new line of wearable art and conveniently one of them was a blend of purples! A few adjustments for length and voila a very stylish setup!

The Wow! Business Look

franklymandressWho says business professional has to be boring black suits?! Check out this fabulous look I put together for a local business expo one of my employers took part in! I have owned this dress for a few years, made some alterations to it back in the day (took up the hem so it sits above the knee) but never found an opportunity to wear it.

I wanted to look professional but sophisticated and stylish at the same time. I just hate the solid black dress and blazer that most women resort to for these events! What’s wrong with a splash of colour? I do not recall if this is a Joseph Ribkoff or Frank Lyman, regardless its stunning and feels like a tshirt when it’s on.

Paired with a 3/4 sleeve blazer and point toe pumps, and vibrant aqua jewellery of course!
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Wearing Neutrals

neutrals2As you know, I’m not really one for neutrals despite a lot of my recent outfits. Yes there are days when I don’t want to be overly flashy – I would rather be classy yet low key. Here are two great examples of how us vibrant ladies can wear neutrals without being too bland!

Option 1 – go for a lighter palette. 

This is one of my favourite looks right now, I would say its my “go-to” for the fall season. Almost head to toe in GAP – surprise surprise! Love this light knit, large turtleneck style top paired with a multi layer chain necklace (thank you eBay!) and ripped boyfriend cut jeans. To make it more feminine I pair it with cute flats by Old Navy and large silver earrings.

neutrals1 Option 2 – lots of layers. 

This outfit was a little different when it began, as in this photo I was simply testing out a pair of boots to see if I wanted to buy them. I finally decided I didn’t want another pair of slouchy boots (they never fit over my calf).

This outfit uses contrast as a base, black jeggings with a loose fit denim shirt, grey infinity scarf and lots of layered silver jewellery. Its easy, comfortable and stylish.

Mad for Magenta

orangemagentamix I saw this top at Value Village once when shopping with my mother and a friend (whom I ran into while I was there go figure!) and as I recall its by Reitmans, a large. Unfortunately it was quite a big large in the shoulders but I began tinkering with it in the mirror at the end of an isle as my mother walks by and nods “Yup its do-able” … she knew what was going through my head.

I still find it amusing and somewhat rewarding that after 29 years I was able to teach my mother something instead of the reverse. In being gutsy and bold, I feel no risk in cutting into an item of clothing, no remorse if I start stitching this and that. Without knowing the official “rules” of sewing and alterations, I am able to do things like this. Now more and more my mother is excited to tell me she altered something thinking like I would!

Just the other day she was fussing with a dress, one of these fabulous multi print – mixed fabric numbers by Desigual – unfortunately with our 5’2 height they can be very hard to pull off without looking even shorter. I came over and started analyzing it after she gave me the few thoughts she had. I grabbed it on both sides below the waist and hemmed it with pins temporarily. “Just needs to go up here so you don’t lose all the bottom details”… “Ha!” she says, “I knew you’d know how to fix it.”

This top wasn’t all that complicated to alter. Yes its a knit, and we don’t “alter” sweaters… this girl does.

Based on having very narrow shoulders and a small frame, I simply put somewhat of a dart down the back of the shoulder equally on both sides. When I wore it to work no one even realized that changes had been made. Yes looking at this photo you can see that the original seams don’t line up the way a normal shoulder does, but its something that only I would notice. Paired with this fun infinity scarf and my favourite bright orange GAP skirt – couldn’t help but wear my magenta pumps to be super matchy-matchy!

Cool Fall Style

mintbluescarf There is nothing greater than a super comfy outfit featuring your favourite colour! I am naturally drawn to mint, there’s something fresh and crisp about it which is why I think this combination is such a great look for me. I’ve worn this scarf a few times with a variety of outfits, often going for the darker greys. I don’t often wear grey pants but to keep with the cool neutral tones of the look it was a softer choice than my typical denim.

I loved these earrings when they were first brought into the store, unfortunately they were missing stones so I did a little rearranging and redesigned them! They really are unique and tie this look together. I find scarves and jewellery complete any outfit, adding that little extra to dress up a simple tshirt and jeans!