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Striped Maxi

Xhilaration MaxiDon’t you love half price deals?! I picked up this gorgeous maxi by Xhilaration yesterday at Value Village for their two day super savers sale for only $5! It was one of those daring days when I just had to have it, no interest in trying it on because quite frankly, I figured I could alter it if need be. When I put it on for work in the morning I was beyond thrilled that it fits perfectly! Not a single alteration required!!

Now I know Xhilaration is available for pretty cheap at Target so I kept that in mind when thinking about the price… but for $5? You don’t have to think too hard! To finish the look I paired it with bright turquoise accessories and new go-to Wild Diva gladiator sandals.

Oversized SweaterBecause I work in an air-conditioned environment, I came prepared with an alterative look: an over sized black knit sweater top!

Stunning Royal Blue

Stunning Royal BlueNow this look is was a happy accident, and surprisingly far classier than I expected! I have had both pieces for a little while and had not yet worn either one as I didn’t know how to piece it together. Basically everything I tried didn’t work because this top by H&M is very long and I don’t do the legging look very well. This is actually paired with a long maxi skirt also by H&M. As it turns out the solution to both issues was that they needed each other! Fortunately I happened to realize they were both from H&M, so one could only guess that they were the same shade of royal blue.

This is my latest favourite outfit because its easy to put together, it can be dressed up or down, and it has received by far the most compliments of anything I’ve worn to date!

Polka dots

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Let me introduce you to my very first peplum top! I have seen this style on other women and its pretty hit and miss, the style doesn’t suit everyone so I was a little hesitant to try it out. It was first and foremost the polka dots that had captured my attention. Because I’m a strong believer that you don’t know until you try, I conveniently had on the perfect pair of jeggings by Jones New York at the time which makes this top pop!

As much as I’d like to classify Cleo as an “older” brand, one that is typically not worn by my generation, this beautiful, not to mention super comfortable top completely proves me wrong! I also took some inspiration from my favourite follows on Instagram by finishing the outfit with a really bold blue statement necklace.

 

Grey Linen Pants

Grey Linen PantsTGIF to all the thrift lovers out there! Today’s look is a repeat but I altered these NOA linen pants into capris because the length bothered me. I simply rolled them up to a length I was happy with, tacked with a few pins and then machine sewed the cuffs in place. I felt like adding a cuff made it a little more exciting than a straight hem.

I paired the new capri with an H&M floral blouse which I also altered in a similar way. Often I find our shoppers at the store are rolling their sleeves up, which gets me to thinking about any time I’ve worn a long sleeved top or jacket. I recently altered all of my blazers to be 3/4 length in the sleeve – for this very reason. They are much lighter and more flattering with a shorter sleeve. For this blouse, the long sleeve didn’t roll due to its light silky nature – so I finally decided to chop off the excess and add a hem.

And lastly, finished this fun outfit with a mini belt, flip flops and statement necklace!

Pink Saturday!

20140719-224932.jpgToday once again I felt very feminine and wanted uplifting colours to go with the white denim shorts I had just altered – stay tuned for the tutorial! I opted for a light weight pink blouse by Joe Fresh, combined with a floral cardigan by St. John’s Bay.

This I so far the first floral cardi I’ve been able to thrift that is modern but trendy at the same time. I haven’t worn hot pink in quite some time! I was just running errands today so I didn’t put too much thought into the outfit, although sometimes I think that’s when looks are most successful!

I received quite a few compliments on my outfit today from complete strangers! It’s so uplifting when someone goes out of their way to tell you something positive. It stays with you for the rest of the day! It has always been a goal of mine, call it good karma if you will, to compliment one person every day. Share the love!

Navy Blue Blouse

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Two looks, same blouse! Last month I featured this navy blue blouse by Joe Fresh with a bold gold chain print and paired it with a white and blue pinstripe skirt by Twik. It was an experiment with mixing prints which turned into a big success. This blouse I did alter, it was a long sleeve which I am usually okay with but this one had that billowy base with a button. It just makes the blouse look dated or too cutesy.
With a simple hem job I turned it into a fabulously stylish 3/4 sleeve blouse. The second look features the same tucked in style with a pair of dark denim shorts by Cache with a gorgeous gold button detail. Can you tell I’ve been really into button details lately? The pinstripe skirt has unique one-up buttons too! Its definitely an easy top to accessories due to the gold chain print, a big bold gold necklace works quite well!

 

Parisian Inspired Looks

blackwhitepinstripesRight now black and white stripes are HUGE in my summer wardrobe! Anything with stripes that comes into the store I get all giggly! If you’re like me and you’ve always been afraid of stripes, fear no longer! I’ve put together three looks recently that are simple, fun and Parisian inspired that show how you can easily wear stripes – if they are the right stripes!

This top is a beautiful long sleeved dark navy and white striped number by Jones New York – I was a sucker for the gold button detail on the shoulders! Black capris by Le Chateau, low heel wedges by American Eagle paired with red acccessories! This look was extremely flattering especially for my wide hips! Who knew?

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One of my faves lately, a long pinstripe maxi skirt with no label, white tshirt by Reitmans (again with shoulder buttons!), mini belt, new flats from ACo and mixed gold white and black bangles. Now this is everyone’s favourite new dress by La Classe Couture, although painfully short, I simply chopped a pair of black leggings into shorts and voila! I have been painting flats lately and these used to be coral but was itching for a pair of red ones. Couldn’t find any at the Ardene or thrifting so I decided to paint these up!

Easy Preppy Looks

orangestripesIt seems lately I have been looking for a more simple, easy to throw together look that mixes prints or fabrics. In my early high school days I always thought GAP was the cream of the crop. If I had found anything with that label thrifting it was a dream come true. Much like Abercrombie models, I seemed to have this idea that the girls that wore GAP were successful and had their lives sorted out. Its what I idolized. To this day, I still think women who wear GAP clothing put themselves together nicely. Maybe its because their clothing is simple, subtle patterns if any and have nice lines.

As you know from reading my blog, I’m not longer envious of those in GAP clothing but rather the suggested style that these women had. Every now and again I like a look that is a little more casual but clean cut. Here are two examples of fun preppy meets casual looks! The first look is a cozy long sleeved (rolled up naturally!) white and orange knit top by GAP, vintage acrylic beads, denim capris by Jones New York and ACo flats. I was debating whether this outfit would be too warm for the summer but once I arrived at the store the air conditioning reminded me!

greywhitestripes The second outfit came together quite randomly as I had been given these Martin Richards board shorts last week and found them to be super comfortable – unfortunately as per the usual – way too big at the top. So sitting on the floor in my wardrobe room I had to sew a 1 inch deep dart down the back after removing all the labeling which always seems to be where I need to stitch. Trimming the excess it is a much more flattering pair of shorts! The top is a 3/4 sleeved white and grey striped top by Joe Fresh and a very soft denim overshirt by GAP.

The Casual Prep Look

Casual Preppy LookLately I’ve been seeing some great simple looks on Instagram featuring plain denim shirts, exciting bottoms and statement jewellery. This is my first attempt at recreating the look with a pop of bright coral shorts by GAP, denim pinstripe shirt by American Eagle Outfitters and a gold loop necklace. Not only was it easy to throw together but it was really comfortable for work.

Black, White and Gold

Black, White & GoldI like to refer to this look as “edgy meets high fashion”! I will admit this outfit didn’t come all that easily as it was probably the tenth outfit I attempted to assemble that morning! Things don’t always fall into place but I am exceptionally thrilled with how this look turned out in the end. Due to my 5’2 stature I did need to do some hemming to this maxi skirt before I could wear it. Tall girls need things longer, short girls need things shorter. Sigh!


Gold Coin Necklace
I was unsure for probably two weeks about what would work with this skirt due to it’s black and white pinstripe. I originally thought a bright coloured blouse or shirt but none of those were quite right. I then decided to paw through my tops one by one and found this black one with gold dots. Although the dots are subtle I think it is a very cute mix of patterns.


American Eagle Low Heel Wedges I thrifted these fabulous American Eagle Outfitters low heel wedge pumps last week in the children’s section of Value Village – only $3.99! As depressing as it is for me to sift through the sparkles and Hannah Montana sandals, occasionally I do find the perfect gems such as these and of course my favourite gemstone toe flats by GAP Kids. Oh and yes I did notice that the sole of these shoes match the skirt perfectly but it certainly was not planned!

Country Style

Country StyleLately I’ve been favouring soft peach, ivory and cream tones in my wardrobe. Perhaps its just a result of how my thrifting adventures go! My most recent find is this orange blouse. I have had similar ones in the past but they haven’t fit quite right or maybe the colour was wrong. I knew at some point I would find the perfect one and I do believe this is it! No altering required!

In this first look I was given a cream coloured maxi skirt which I know I would never have picked out for myself. But seeing as it was free I thought I would see if I could style it up. I thoroughly enjoyed the label on the inside: XL. Yeah right. One of my many shopping philosophies is “just because it stretches, doesn’t mean it fits as sizes”. Nothing worse than seeing a large girl stretch out a top and brag about how a medium fits; or for instance the plus size woman that purchased this skirt thinking it was a true extra large fit, clearly it is not if a size 6 girl finds it “just” tight enough on the waist not to be bothersome…

The key to styling this skirt was quite simply a blouse I could tuck in and a thick belt to hide the very large elastic top on it. Yes I did try the fold down option but it just doesn’t suit the style of skirt, nor was that comfortable. For a layered look I paired my matching three piece jewellery set and a soft peach shimmer scarf (tied at the bottom to create the infinity look!) I received a lot of compliments on the look, probably mostly because we hardly see women wearing long skirts these days.

Country Girl Style In this second look I had finally decided to fight with this orange sherbet blouse by George. Now I normally avoid Walmart and other cookie cutter brands like the plague, however this blouse was so unique I couldn’t pass it up. However this blouse doesn’t fit. In this image you are not seeing the four safety pins holding everything in place. Take note gentlemen – sometimes this is why it takes a long time to get ready – things don’t fit!

The blouse has a wide set shoulder design, which wouldn’t fly with me so I safety pinned my bra straps to the gathered shoulders and saved myself a day’s worth of pulling up my straps. The base of this blouse is smaller than the rest, going inward in a very awkward way which doesn’t cooperate with my figure. To rectify this issue I simply tucked it into the skirt and pinned the thick brown belt to both the blouse and the skirt so none of it would move.

Although it does take some fiddling and awkward adjustments it did turn out very cute. I felt the lace details and brown boots added a very welcoming country girl vibe.

Converted Jumper

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As much as I love the jumper or romper look, my body structure does not allow for it. My body is simply too long! I have the same issue with one piece bathing suits! Now in my thrifting adventure recently in Ottawa for Value Village’s half price day, I found a few gems that I thought were really unique. This jumper for instance, I knew in the back of my mind it probably wouldn’t fit but it was one of those things I just had to have. Naturally when I got home and tried it on properly it was as expected, unless I wanted to give the world a show, it was not going to cover all the necessary parts.

Not to worry though my thrifty friends, if there’s one thing I know how to do its using scissors! (insert evil cackle here) I have scared many individuals in the past with my bold attitude when it comes to cutting clothing and hair, including my friend Julia whose face was absolutely priceless watching me simply chop the sleeves off a white tshirt I wanted to wear that night. It was a great combination of horror and sadness, as if the shirt was a living thing and I just butchered it.

Back on a lighter note to this jumper. Standard black tube top attached to light flowy pink print pants. They were miles too long unfortunately but that’s an easy fix with a quick hem. I’m not crazy about elastic waistbands but for the look I envisioned I figured I would find a way to mask it. In the future I’d like to add a more loose, thicker white elastic or stretchy fabric to the top so it can sit more on my hips than on my waist. I feel it makes my hips look bigger than they need to be. For the first day out in these “new” pants I paired it with a $2 Mossimo blouse I found on the same trip to match – paired with a thick belt, scarf and bold jewellery.