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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.

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.

ALDO Cyphers Tassel Flats

Who could leave these behind?! In a brief stop in to donate some items, I caught a glimpse of a rich dark turquoise pair of flats with an adorable gold buckle and tassle detail! These bad boys were in mint condition and only $5! I looked them up online and their actual title is “ALDO Cyphers Tassel Ballet Flats” and run in the vicinity of $80 new! Talk about a great find!

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Blackbirds

Blackbird Dress This morning was one of those rotten moments when you are upset with yourself, your body isn’t right and none of your clothing seems to fit the way you envision it. Being a visual girl, its exceptionally frustrating when I can see the look I want, but am unable to achieve it either because of the way it is fitting or maybe I’m missing one key accessory or clothing to work with the outfit. After several “failed” outfits I grabbed this beautiful dress out of the closet because I knew it was comfortable and easy to match due to its limited colour palette.

Not as vibrant as I like to be normally but based on the rough morning I was having I thought this was the safest bet. This is the first time I’ve worn the dress too! Paired with a black cardigan and matching tan belt, the look came together quite easy. The only downfall I experienced was the length of the dress due to my long body. Unfortunately I’ve been noticing an issue with things being too short more and more recently. Lucky for me, I am somewhat skilled with a sewing machine, needle and thread so I can adjust items as I see fit.

Next time I wear this outfit you’ll see the most recent adjustments I have made to make it longer!

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!

Vintage Redesign

Vintage DressI have a keen interest in re-inventing dated styles and turning them into modern fashionable pieces. My latest find was based on fabric alone. One of my favourite colours is mint, and this dress by Quintieri has a beautiful mint blue and pastel yellow print. During my recent Ottawa thrifting adventure I found this vintage dress deep in the mess of dresses at Value Village.

Surprisingly when I actually tried it on at home it fit almost perfect without alteration! I did take in the shoulders a bit due to the seams beginning to shred and decided I wanted it raised up to a more flattering knee height. Silly me didn’t measure properly, as I tend to do because I do it by pinning the dress while wearing it, so when you bend over you end up making it shorter than you think.

Vintage DressI was excited at the thought of having a scarf of the same fabric, but after cutting and hemming I realized it was way too short. So I scrapped the additional scarf idea and began sewing the remaining trim fabric into a rippled effect along the bottom. Now the detail at the bottom of the dress is feminine and playful.

Because the fabric is quite light I decided to pair it up with a brown sparkle sweater from Urban Behaviour to wear to work. When I returned to Kingston I popped into Value Village and saw this light yellow vintage necklace, normally I would debate price but I just had to have it for the finished look!

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.


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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!

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.

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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.

Stripes, Sequins and Gold!

Gold Stripes and Sequins As mentioned in my previous post about my thrifting adventure this week, I discovered this super fabulous tank by Bebe for $7.99 at Value Village in mint condition. Beautifully soft and flowy with two tone gold mini sequins in stripes around the whole thing. One of my pet peeves is companies making a design only on one side of a top or dress. I’m talking something really obvious too such as sequins, it looks really strange to see a top full of sparkle on the front and flat matte on the back. Just seems really lazy to me and unprofessional!

It occurred to me today that I am lacking a white cardigan to go with outfits like this. I have had several in the past, but as we all know, white doesn’t last. The cost of smelling good? Damaged, soiled underarms… boo! The lifespan of white thrift cardigans is extremely short sadly, but luckily the cost makes it worth while to simply buy another one when that sad day comes. In lieu of my non-existent white cardigan I pulled out the khaki blazer as it seemed like a softer choice than my black leather jacket.

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the fact that this blazer does not do up. Too often do I hear women fussing over jackets, cardigans and blazers because of the zipper or the buttons. The standard response to these customers is: “When are you going to wear it done up?” To which they always respond: “Well it needs to be able to do up!” Honestly, when have I ever worn a cardigan or blazer done up? It’s usually the top underneath it thats most exciting so I like it to show but have my arms covered! That’s its purpose… for me anyway.

Because its go gold or go home, I pumped up the sparkle with my custom designed “military ball” necklace, bracelet and earring set which I altered a second time about 6 months ago into this very long, luxurious piece of jewellery. I even paired the ensemble with the white flats that tore up my poor toes the other day for no good reason! All in all not a bad casual setup for the office!


As mentioned in my previous post about my thrifting adventure this week, I discovered this super fabulous tank by Bebe for $7.99 at Value Village in mint condition. Beautifully soft and flowy with two tone gold mini sequins in stripes around the whole thing. One of my pet peeves is companies making a design only on one side of a top or dress. I’m talking something really obvious too such as sequins, it looks really strange to see a top full of sparkle on the front and flat matte on the back. Just seems really lazy to me and unprofessional!

It occurred to me today that I am lacking a white cardigan to go with outfits like this. I have had several in the past, but as we all know, white doesn’t last. The cost of smelling good? Damaged, soiled underarms… boo! The lifespan of white thrift cardigans is extremely short sadly, but luckily the cost makes it worth while to simply buy another one when that sad day comes. In lieu of my non-existent white cardigan I pulled out the khaki blazer as it seemed like a softer choice than my black leather jacket.

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the fact that this blazer does not do up. Too often do I hear women fussing over jackets, cardigans and blazers because of the zipper or the buttons. The standard response to these customers is: “When are you going to wear it done up?” To which they always respond: “Well it needs to be able to do up!” Honestly, when have I ever worn a cardigan or blazer done up? It’s usually the top underneath it thats most exciting so I like it to show but have my arms covered! That’s its purpose… for me anyway.

Because its go gold or go home, I pumped up the sparkle with my custom designed “military ball” necklace, bracelet and earring set which I altered a second time about 6 months ago into this very long, luxurious piece of jewellery. I even paired the ensemble with the white flats that tore up my poor toes the other day for no good reason! All in all not a bad casual setup for the office!

H&M Emerald Green Dress

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Every now and again we come across amazing finds that become a staple in our wardrobe. People ask me all the time where I get things but it just makes me laugh, about 90% of the pieces in my closet (save for my underwear!) are thrift. It’s rare that I even go into a “real” store! This particular gem was a “grab first, analyze later” piece. Found it rummaging through the dress rack and my jaw dropped. It’s an absolutely stunning number by H&M with a sequined neckline.

Like I say all the time, I have yet to see anything like it. It’s slightly formal for most people but when has that ever phased me? Beautiful emerald green – my favourite! I look forward to next year’s thrifting adventures when all the girls get rid of their popular “in” pieces from this year… with any luck I’ll have a wide variety of this green to choose from come next January!

Normally I like to wear my nude, peep-toe heels with this outfit but seeing as I’m sitting at my desk all day I just opted for black flats. To give it more of an edge, I paired it with my new addition – black pleather biker jacket. Surprisingly when I got to the office I noticed another girl had a bright coloured dress on, royal blue – with a similar black jacket! Seemed to be the outfit or style of the day!