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Hurry Up Spring!

feb19finalWorking in a retail setting that doesn’t follow the mall’s idea of “seasons” where they bring in the summer stock in March and Christmas stock in August… we operate based on the weather so naturally mall shoppers will walk in and assume we are taking inventory for the next season. Our shoppers like to be able to wear the item today, not a few months from now. My greatest peeve all year round is how much people complain about the weather, maybe its just in Canada where our weather fluctuates high and low but that seems to be everyone’s favourite topic. Right now with 5 foot high snowbanks and a record 45″ snow fall this week people are saying things like “well Spring is nearly here!” … sorry to be a realist but if you think Spring is nearly here I would suggest you look outside!

What is tough is following women on Instagram that live in the lower United States, as their seasons seem to look like summer all year round its only their choice of clothing colours that seem to change to define the season. Seems odd to me, if it was sunny and mild all year round you can bet I’d be wearing bright colours all the time!

feb19final2I am however, loving the pastels right now even though its not a reflection of the season. This week has been horrendous with a snow day, pipes freezing in -30 degree weather and daily snow shoveling is beyond exhausting. I wanted to try out a new look that wasn’t planned using this new scarf I picked up at The Store. I won’t go into another rant about the size the arms are being made on blouses but basically two I picked up recently that were MEDIUM I couldn’t fit my arms into – so the original outfit was spoiled – TWICE. New plan was to use another favourite that does fit.

Now matching the colour in the scarf was tricky because I wanted to wear pants (-19 you know) but black was just too stark. I picked up these jeggings by Mossimo in a mini thrift haul last week that have already been a bit of a challenge. I decided last minute to bring a belt as I haven’t worn them before and not too sure how they will stretch. Sure enough I barely got to work before they were falling down. Funny you know, how you can struggle to get these tight pants on in the morning then twenty minutes later they’re falling off your bum. It seems I just cannot win when it comes to pants. These will be the next pair that need to be taken in at the bum!

 

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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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.

Leopard Envy

leopard It may not look like it, but I spend a considerable amount of time ensuring everything in my outfit flows from my hair to my ears, neck to wrist, top to bottom… Some days I spend less and just wing it, other days its very calculated. I like to joke that every year (heck every week!) I change my interests and style to keep myself rejuvenated. Last year I hated yellow, this year I love it. Same can be said for leopard print, or any sort of animal print for that matter. I think I had it reserved in my mind all these years as being for women that are of an older generation as usually I would see it in vibrant zebra designs with random sequins (a la TanJay or Alia)…

Certainly not my taste, but more and more recently I am being drawn to subtle animal print just as a print in general. I would feel the same if it were flowers or symbols of any kind. It adds excitement to an outfit much like my statement necklaces do. In this particular outfit the shirt is both simple but loud at the same time. The colour palette is subdued but styled in such a way that it is business casual. You know me, jewellery makes every outfit pop!

Orange and Blue

orangeblueThis is the year I have finally started enjoying sweaters and winter clothing. Normally I find winter to be rather frustrating, all those dark greys and blacks, things that completely depress me. As per my philosophy, thrift is the way to go to find vibrant colours to wear all year round.

These three pieces featured in this vibrant look, are all product of The Revolving Door, a women’s consignment store in Kingston, Ontario. I was instantly attracted to this rich royal blue sweater because of the colour, but it is actually a very nicely designed top, with 3/4 sleeves too! I find that length of sleeve so much more flattering and easy to work with.

Although I’m not the biggest fan of Style & Co, TanJay, Cleo – lately I’ve been noticing their line has shifted to a much younger, more modern style – that I completely love! Now this isn’t to say all their items have a younger feel, but this knit top is one of the few great ones I’ve recently discovered. Naturally I had a scarf to match the blue, but I also have been excited about orange lately, so I opted for this short GAP skirt instead of my typical jeans.

Such an easy look to throw together using contrasting colours that really pop. Did you know orange and blue are the most frequently used colours in movies due to the vibrant contrast between them? Check out an action movie poster next time you’re at the theatre, there’s typically fire and sky because they vibrate and intrigue the eye.


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To finish off the look I redesigned a recently thrifted orange and gold chain necklace, from a shorter multi strand to a long triple strand – and my refashioned bracelet. A great DIY tip: snatch up “broken” bracelets at the thrift store and pop off some of the stones for a unique design. This one pictured was missing two beads, but for only .99 cents, I took it home and popped off a few more to make it a pattern! Very cool and easy idea I’ve done several times!

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.

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

An Old Favourite

Sheer Floral Tunic I tell you what, I have had this dress for so long I have no idea where I got it, what the label is or which way is the back or front! A one of a kind number that’s sheer but a touch short with the slip that I have presently but it works quite well with just a pair of leggings. The leggings however are probably a form of what the girls call “jeggings” these days, a thin stretchy pant with a faux denim print. Quite comfy I’m not going to lie! To make the look a little more feminine and flattering I paired it with a thick warm brown belt and light peach tank top underneath to give it some pop.

Singles Awareness Day

Valentine's Day

SAD aka Singles Awareness Day aka Valentines Day.

At the office today was a special contest to win prizes if you wear pink or red. I realized I had worn most of my vibrant pinks and corals earlier in the week so I stared blankly at my closet wondering what to wear. After pawing through I realized I had a lot of vintage pastel pink I could wear.

The top is a very unique spaghetti strap blouse with ruffles. Such a unique piece that I go months without wearing because I conveniently forget how sweet it is! Not to mention I obtained the same colour leather jacket late last year! It is certainly a lot easier to style now!

For jewellery I wore my fancy glass and antique brass set as it really pulled out the pink accents.

Fleshtone Blouse

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I may have forgotten my Daily Digs post this morning so I took two snapshots at work because of this blouse. Its very unique, as per the usual – found at Value Village on one of my first trips here in Medicine Hat. It’s a miserable snowy-slushy day today so I’ve gone more casual with a simple brown cardigan, jeans and tall brown boots. The blouse however is a lovely fleshtone tan with ruffles around the arm holes, gathered at the waist and beautiful sparkled embroidery around the neckline.

I ♥ Spoof

Spoof Sweater This is such a unique top that is actually NOT thrift, but a serious deal in the sale department. There is a store in Toronto, downtown on Queen Street West called Spoof. A little hole in the wall with two racks and nothing but sales off their already super cheap clothing. Now you don’t go in here looking for a super fine quality – the fabrics are thin and usually not about quality but rather price.

Having said that, this particular top is a knit off the shoulder sweater with lace strips in the front. I fell in love with the colour instantly, not to mention I’m a sucker for off the shoulder tops. It was $5. Pamela was very quickly sold on the idea. Also it reminds me of Toronto and my favourite memories of living there. Its a great accent piece to go with my antique brass necklace, bracelet and earring set I made with beads from my last bead store trip. Not often to do I keep jewellery for myself but these I made specifically for me. Love!

And no, as a final note, the rolled cuff was not a fashion forward thought but rather the fact that these pants are too long.