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A New Sleek Style

MINTBLACKSometimes I am slow to take on new trends if I even dabble with them at all. A lot of times fads are simply overdone and they become either a tight disaster or a sloppy mess compared to the original. I tend to look at the positive aspects of the upcoming trends and incorporate it into the style I already have. My mother is a petite woman and pulls off the leggings-with-tunic top very well. She has this artsy unique way of combining pieces.

I had worn leggings in the beginning when they became the latest craze, but I found people would start making remarks that suggested I was dressing like my mother. Not that it is by any means a negative, I simply do not like being compared to the style’s of others. I like to think my look is my own.

I took a long hiatus from the leggings trend and went back to wearing jeans, panty hose with skirts, that sort of thing… what I was comfortable with. I think a big part of my hiatus was from simply hearing the negative remarks that other girls around me were receiving (whether they were aware of it or not) about them being too big to be wearing those, or that their shirt wasn’t long enough to cover their bums… I think I was subconsciously afraid of having those same comments said about me.

I have recently decided to restock some fun leggings to reintroduce them into my style. I had picked up a bunch of pairs for $2.50 during an 80% off sale at Ardene. I decided to be smart this time around and go for a large size because they stretch and often in those “youth” stores their sizing is not meant for an adult. My safe size is always Medium, for these leggings I thought at least I buy too big I can take them in. I even got a pair that were XL…. lo and behold, they all fit perfectly! My repeated lesson: never go by sizes!!

For a friend’s birthday dinner I decided to dress a little more stylish but with a sleek, girl’s night meets pastel sort of feel. I tried out a pair of black reptile print leggings from my pre-xmas purchase, over top of a pair that are fleece lined for warmth! I had thrifted this top recently from Forever 21 which is a large so it has more flow than a fitted one. Instead of going dark with a black jacket I decided to punch up the mint with one of my favourite spring blazers from H&M. Adding some assorted gold and mint jewellery I felt like a million bucks ready to celebrate.

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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.

 

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!

 

Redesigning Your Shoes

ACo FlatsI’ve talked about the wonders of redesigning your footwear a number of times but I have revisited it quite a bit lately for two reasons:

1. The store doesn’t sell my size in the colour or style I want.
2. I realize after the fact that my toe nails dig into the end of the shoe.

Most people would be afraid to attempt such a feat, but I however, love a challenge!

Ardene is currently having an 80% sale storewide so I took the opportunity to see what they had in regards to my beloved flats. Yes not the most comfortable in regards to standing all day long without support, but they seem to be the only shoes I can wear. After perusing the nearest store, I found only 3 pairs of size 6 in the entire store. If I hear a woman with larger (8, 9, 10) sized feet come into work and complain about there “never being any shoes in my size” I will flip my lid!


Redesigned Shoes I managed to find blah beige flats that would be great for painting. As you can see with this work in progress shot, it sure isn’t hard to paint a pair of simple flats! These are a very cool gradient from white to mint blue! I have prepped a second pair from stone to white and still have one more pair that I haven’t decided what to do with. Perhaps maybe pink?


American Eagle Navy Flats My second issue with footwear is the fact that my toenails point upwards, at least on my big toes. This you’ll find, digs a hole into the top of the shoe! Even if I have them filed down it still seems to happen, its just the nature of my feet. This latest pair of navy blue flats I thought were too adorable to pass up, and at the time fit quite well.

Unfortunately when I got home and wore them around with a potential outfit, I noticed my toes were starting to pinch in the usual area. So taking inspiration from another pair I had altered, I grabbed the scissors and created a new pair of peep toes!

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.

A Little Sea Green

Sea Green Top Originally this morning I was going for a more formal look with a high waist skirt and blouse. I tried two different skirts before deciding they were either too short & tight or completely the wrong style. As it’s such a specific item I have not successfully found the ideal high waist skirt. One day I shall find you!

Instead of a dressy day it’s a casual one with my beloved blue-hand-staining yoga jeans, nude flats and my super cheap Ardene blouse! Love the colour and how light the fabric is. Nothing too special about today’s setup except for my hairdo that is, put it all in miniature braids last night to give my hair some excitement. It’s interesting!