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!

Roz & Ali Redesign

rozandali This gorgeous Roz & Ali dress has been laying on top of my sewing desk for most of August and September as I knew it would be a project that required a lot of time and effort. I love boxy dresses but they do not fit my shape (hips & bum require more structure!) but this dress was so stunning and it fit over all the necessary parts quite well.

In order to make this dress fit I would need to take it from a 12 to a 6 but keeping in mind the intricacy of the print. I started at the top and worked my way down, beginning with a dart in both shoulders as mine are rather narrow.

The dress was also considerably longer and sat awkwardly below the knee, which on my height and shape – makes me look shorter and wider! Not good. The waist was elastic which didn’t sit at my waist, so that was going to be a challenge to adjust. Step one – hem over top of the elastic section with a loose stitch to ensure the look would be right. The print doesn’t line up but it didn’t with the elastic either. I simply belt it and it looks finished!

I had to take in quite a few inches above the bum due to removing the elastic that held all the extra elastic together. A few stitch-tryon-stitch-tryon’s later and it started to form a more flattering shape. Unfortunately I still felt a little uncomfortable wearing it to work, by the time I arrived at my second job I realized it was only the interior lining (which never lines up correctly when redesigning!) was short – causing me to think the dress was too short.

A few seconds later with the assistance of my mother (because she was standing there with scissors and its a pain to take on and off) cut out the lining from the waist down. It was the perfect classy outfit for work and received a ton of compliments all day long.

The Pantyhose Dilemna

greenpinkprintdress I recently intercepted a conversation being had between a woman trying on outfits suitable for her daughter’s wedding and a friend. Each time the woman came out of the changeroom in a new dress they critiqued, hmm’d and haa’d over what was most flattering, what message it gave off and what her conservative daughter would think.

This woman has tried on many outfits in our store over the course of the week. I did not catch the date of the event, but she kept coming back to “do you think my conservative daughter would approve?” Continue Reading

The Boyfriend Blazer

forever21boyfriendblazer Let me tell you about this blazer.

This unique boyfriend blazer by Forever 21 sat in our racks for two months, untouched, lonesome and without cause. Every now and then I am puzzled when things I think are exceptionally fashionable are not touched on these racks to the point where I try them on just to see if there is something wrong with it. Maybe its not sewn correctly, perhaps the fit is off somehow.

I didn’t touch this blazer originally because of my skin tone, hearing endlessly by women in the store saying “its not my colour” or “it won’t look good with my skin”… things I’ve always believed are total malarky. I put it on and right away a few of my employees stopped and ushered a soft “Wow!” as I looked at it in the mirror. Yes wow indeed. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, its a beautiful blush colour, very soft fabric and the cut is perfect for my shape.

Maybe the problem all along was that I was the Cinderella, and didn’t realize it.

I think the main reason that people don’t touch boyfriend blazers is they are unsure how to wear them. Yes they are an oversized look, you see the teenagers wearing oversized bulky sweaters and most of the time – yeah they do look frumpy. But these are tailored jackets, they are not too big or “oversized” but rather styled to look less formal than your traditional double breasted blazer.

There are many ways to wear them without ending up in frumpy-town, I’ve listed some great articles below. For me I styled it in such a way that I would deem “trendy”. Ripped boyfriend jeans a la Gap; nude pumps by Nine West; a simple white tshirt and a long rose quartz necklace made by yours truly.

I was very impressed with how this look turned out its definitely one of my favourites. I was even asked by Gap Yorkdale on Instagram if they could share!

Here are a few great posts on how to style this awesome blazer:
The Fashion Tag
Lucky Shops

 

Neutrals for Fall

ericalexandreskirt As you are well aware, I’m not often one for neutrals or dark palettes. When this skirt caught my eye I think it was more of the fabric than colour, the soft texture and the feel of it on my body. In the fall and winter seasons I do add a blend of neutral outfits into my wardrobe as some days you just don’t feel like being too bold but rather more focused on comfort and warmth.

This particular day wasn’t overly warm in late September so I thought I would embrace the season everyone was pushing on me and styled up this Eric Alexandre skirt. To give it some punch I paired it with my stone 3/4 sleeve blazer, Nine West pumps and my own one of a kind jewellery.

Ladies have often commented on this particular set and no, I will never sell it. It was one of the first complicated-time-consuming-ready to rip your hair out – pieces I ever made. Each brushed coin is hand wrapped to dangle from the chain. It has all three pieces to match, bracelet, earrings and necklace. It truly is unique and is the perfect colouring for this outfit.

Jade Green

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Stumbled upon this outfit completely by chance. Within the same week I obtained this necklace from eBay, tote bag and cardigan all with the same jade green colour accent. Its such a rich vibrant colour, naturally I was hooked instantly. It is not only an easy outfit to throw together but I decided to have fun with the unique prints and fabrics. You can dress it up or down, I think the bold jewellery makes it pop personally.

The tote was brought in for consignment, and I yes I’m fully aware it was a “freebie” with purchase of makeup or perfume, but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful. I often see these at Value Village and their designs are so simple yet surprisingly beautiful. Not that I need another tote I certainly have an array of them, but this colour was beyond captivating.