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Navy Blue Blouse

Gold & NavyMixed Prints


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!

 

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

2014-08-24-009Converted Jumper

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.

The Mint Obsession

The Mint ObsessionLast year if you asked me what I thought of this colour I probably would have shrugged and said “well I’d prefer a dark turquoise personally.” But recently, any time I see this pastel hue my eyes bulge and the item is instantly in my hand. I know my style and interests change frequently so I’m sure in a few months there will be another colour that is a have-to-have. I find so often that women stick to black and only black, thinking it makes them look smaller or maybe its just an “easy” colour.



Aldo Flats I beg to differ. A pop of colour such as this mint that I obsess over, not only brightens your spirits but can give a rather simple outfit that perfect pop! Today’s outfit is a super fun mint blazer by H&M (naturally!), a striped camisole by Cleo, the most comfy jeans I’ve ever owned by Jones New York and my ALDO Cyphers Tassel Ballet Flats. Now some might say this look is a bit too matchy-matchy and I would almost agree, but some days you need something that doesn’t take a lot of thought but makes you feel great. For me this was a no-brainer, as although they are different shades of mint, blue, navy and aqua – they are the same colour family and work quite nicely side by side.

The Mint Blues A few days later I had another day that I wanted to go more simple but still put together well and again mint was my go-to colour. With a comfy pair of Guess jeggings paired with a fun floral blouse by Jessica (I know I was baffled by the brand too!) I felt casual but fun.

Once again the flats I’m wearing in this photo are a cute ballet style flat for only $3.99 at Value Village, in the kids section! Sigh!

What goes around…

GAP SweaterSeveral months ago I fell in love with a knit top by the GAP, soft peach and grey stripes with button detailing down the back. My only hesitation with it has always been the size, I think it was an extra small, which I could pass with and no one would make a remark. But I always wished it was bigger and less tight. Earlier this week as I was sifting through the knit tops at Value Village this very familiar sweater popped out at me from within the rack. In excellent condition and size medium!

Today’s outfit was a blend of school girl meets tennis player! Or as I described it this morning: its GAP meets Le Chateau with a dash of Streetwear Society! Combining a variety of cute matching tops and my one of a kind redesigned skirt, this looks is both professional but stylish at the same time. What’s nice about having such a monochromatic outfit is the ability to dress it up with bling – like these adorable bracelets I picked up a few months ago from The Revolving Door.

H&M Bow Print Skirt

H&M Bow SkirtH&M Bow Skirt

I was completely thrilled with how today’s outfit turned out! I had mentioned being frustrated with trying to match the navy in the skirt I had thrifted recently – I’m sure you know the feeling if you’ve ever tried to match blue before. There are just too many shades! Quite randomly this little short sleeve blazer was brought into the Store and is just about a perfect match. I was thinking over the course of that week that I’d have to wait for an H&M navy blue blazer to come in as their colours tend to stay consistent. But this little number is by Dynamite.

Now it took some work to get the details right as I need layers for work (I work where there are no windows and it stays quite cool). The blazer is short sleeved and the blouse by Zara I wanted to wear is sleeveless – with some quick thinking and a stroke of luck, my go-to cream coloured blouse blended flawlessly underneath!

In typical Pamela-fashion, I wanted the skirt to be longer and more flattering to my figure. This lace my mom and I found at Fabricland works perfectly on so many outfits! The bow print is white, but the lace is cream coloured and happens to pull the look together quite nicely.

Willow & Clay

Willow & Clay This sleeveless knit overtopper/vest by Willow & Clay came into the store last week and normally I wouldn’t have looked twice at it but there was something about how soft and detailed it was that pulled me in. Beautifully designed and exceptionally unique. Although I’m not crazy about how short Streetwear Society makes their skirts, I did fall in love with this lace one a week or so ago and this is my first time wearing it out. I wanted a simple yet stylish look today, so I downplayed my usual bright colours and opted for the less-is-more outlook. The blouse is by Smart Set, a slightly deeper shade of ivory paired with a rich caramel brown belt and matching necklaces. And for a dash of fun I chose my fleshtone sparkle flats!

Happy Accidents

Le Chateau DressTo the untrained eye, this is just an adorable pleated skirt. Now let me fill you in with the story behind it.

I am guilty of not often bothering to try outfits on at the store, usually the reason I do spend the time is because I think the price might not be worth it. This particular dress by Le Chateau I did take the time to try on. I was instantly in love with the bottom of the dress with the three rows of adorable pleats.


Le Chateau DressLe Chateau Dress


Well the dress fit just fine in the store but I wasn’t too crazy about how the sleeves felt. I get home try it on again and decide that the sleeves needed to be redesigned. I spent about an hour first thing in the morning adjusting the sleeves, essentially removing them altogether and adding the design elements back on afterward.

Once the sleeves were complete I tried it on ready to wear to work. It was like the top half had doubled in size. A thought occurred: I had tried it on wearing two tank tops and a thicker padded bra. If this was to fit I’d need a pair of DD’s which isn’t happening any time soon! But I was still infatuated with the bottom, so in typical Pam style, I grabbed the scissors and make a drastic design decision.

Le Chateau Dress Le Chateau Dress

Within moments I had created the beginning of a vest and skirt both cute but in a whole new way. At this point I was going to be late for work if I didn’t sort this out so my quick and easy solution for this new skirt was to pin the unfinished-freshly-cut top to a thick belt. Voila! Totally cute and one of a kind pleated skirt.

You’ll never guess how many compliments I received all day long. Now when anyone comments I have a great story to go along with it!

Ottawa Thrifting – Round 2!

I spent my Sunday up in Ottawa once again checking out what a few Value Village stores had to offer before heading to a concert in Burnstown. It was rather successful if I do say so! I found a super cute vintage dress I plan to alter and a few vibrant skirts!

H&M SkirtOrange Splatter Dress

1. Purple and pink floral skirt by H&M
2. Orange and blue splatter print top, no label

Vintage Dress Urban Behaviour

3. Vintage dress by Quintieri
4. Brown and gold sparkle knit sweater by Urban Behaviour

George Beechers Brook Skirt

5. Orange blouse by George
6. Floral pencil skirt by Beecher’s Brook

Max C Studio blouse

This blouse by Max C Studio is a perfect example of a snatch-and-grab item that you find every now and again on your thrifting adventure. You see the fabric as you’re walking by and suddenly have to make a bee-line for it! It doesn’t matter to you what it is you are completely intrigued by the print! Fortunately for me this blouse is absolutely adorable and I adore everything about it.

Max C Studio Max C Studio


I was disheartened however, when I tried it on when I got home (I know its bad but I do not like trying things on at Value Village – the 6 item limit irritates me!) and I could barely fit my arms into the sleeves! This is becoming a problem with how clothing is being made and my typical argument: I don’t have large arms or calves. Being the crafty girl that I am, I was able to open the finishing stitch inside the arms as it would still hold together because of the serged line. Voila!

I love the tucked-in pencil skirt style however like many women, I am sensitive to my stomach area so I feel that it just accentuates where the underwear, pantyhose and skirt meet at my belly button. Too much resting at one area! So I’ve shown the outfit as two different looks, the way I’ll wear it when my stomach becomes more toned (hopefully!) and the way I actually wore it for comfort at the store. In a perfect world I would wear my adorable high wedge heels from Spring – as the buckle just completely finishes the look – however standing on cement all day such a high platform isn’t recommended!

Lavender & Grey

Lavender & Grey Today’s Daily Dig is a beautiful combination of lavender and grey! This New York & Company blouse was consigned at The Revolving Door a week ago and realized upon tagging it how light and intricate it was. I’m not normally a greyscale kind of girl but this butterfly detail is adorable. I paired it with my Zara cardigan, Gap jeggings and my own Daelia Jewellery.

And yes it was entirely coincidental that my nail polish matched the jeggings perfectly.