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New Look for Spring

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Unfortunately due to my temporary housing situation we are back to the old changeroom mirror photos! Last week was the first teaser of warm weather with lots of sunshine. This week is a typical “spring” day with its ups and downs and lower temperature. Already the complaints about it being cold are heard endlessly. Its Canada – the weather is all over the map!

To keep myself cheerful in my dark workspace I styled up some new outfits including this one. I’m trying out a newly thrifted Talbots floral cardigan, sleeveless blouse from Rickis and some fun Stella & Dot jewellery that was consigned recently.talbotscardi2

In all this moving my clothing is just piled up in rubbermaid bins, some winter, some summer, everything everywhere. Finally last night I buckled down with the most energy I’ve had in weeks and sorted my living space which is my mother’s sewing studio. For the next month or so I have completely taken it over and made it a claustrophobic bachelor apartment! My everyday wears are now organized on my garment rack and my shoes are lined up in a laundry hamper. My mother was gracious enough to hang a bed sheet to separate the hallway from the studio, as my parents do need to continue living and me changing in and out of work clothes may happen at inopportune times!

Friday was such a happy day for me at the store! As you know, its very few and far between when small shoes are consigned at the store. On this particular day, a girl brought in three pairs of smallish size 6’s including these adorable kitten heel coral pink Impo pumps. So far they are quite wonderful! I’m sure she only wore them once but these are such a nice addition to my coral-infused wardrobe.

Rockin’ 30

To celebrate my 30th birthday I decided to book a reservation at a classy restaurant and invite my closest girlfriends. What a night! The girls spoiled me with wonderful cards and plenty of wine! Did I mention the Value Village gift certificates?? They know me so well.

For this fabulous evening I went a little dressy, but not too much! I wore this super comfortable magenta dress, jean jacket and my multi strand necklace from the Shopping Channel. No I didn’t buy it from SC, I just looked it up out of curiosity! Continue Reading

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!

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!

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

 

Neon Pink

hotpinkblackscarf I think I say this every day, but this colour is my new favourite! In fact, anything neon, much like my latest purse thrift! Although my skin tone is not exactly natural (thank you bronzer!) anything fluorescent or neon really pops against it. I received a ton of compliments on this outfit because of its bold colour.

To all the women that feel you need to go dark in the winter, I give you this outfit! I expect all year long I will be promoting thrilling colour and bold statement pieces. Why go dark when you can go bright?!

Last week I picked up this neon knit top by Gap at the Store, which I had just brought with me in case I was cold – but it ended up being a great addition to this outfit! Underneath it all is a half price white blouse by Banana Republic (from Value Village’s half price sale this month) and a simple black pencil skirt. This super fun scarf was also in my bag of goodies from the half price sale, only $2!

 

Fabulous New Bag

neonpurse I tried out a new trend yesterday and I would like to proudly say I rocked it! Although the outfit itself is a combination I’ve never tried before, the new neon bag I snatched up at Value Village really seals the deal on this one! I’ve officially decided this is my favourite colour of the month!

It really makes this whole monochromatic look pop. I saw on Instagram recently women sporting shorts with their blazers – so I thought it was worth a try. The main reason for wearing it was quite simply, the AC in the store is way too cold for me! I’ve said it a hundred times but blazers are awesome, especially this simply tailored RW&Co 3/4 sleeve one. I also have it in a dark sage green!

blackwhitebracelets I also wanted to comment on my jewellery for this outfit. It worked so perfectly with the outfit, a fun blend of sparkle and attitude! As part of my adventure in eBay shopping, these two pieces were among my favourites from the latest shipment.

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!

Orange Sherbet

Zara BlazerI am known for my love of scarves and pashminas, rarely am I seen without them! Lately I have been loving this pale sherbet orange colour, it keeps popping up during my thrifting adventures! Last week this beautiful scarf came into the store – it didn’t get far!

I picked up an Old Navy shift dress for less than $10 at Value Village last week, but even at a size medium, my curves were just too much for it. I loved the print regardless and decided to shorten it into a top. That was easy enough to alter, but something was still wrong in the chest area. It was pulling, but not in a way that would suggest it was too small – but in the shoulder and arm area. I cannot understand why but more and more tops are being made with exceptionally small sleeves!
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The easy fix to this conundrum was simply to chop the sleeves off! No problem at all and now I have a really cute cami to wear under cardigans and blazers!

Another great find is this sequined jacket by Zara! I spent more than I typically do on this sort of thing, but knowing how expensive the brand is, I decided it was unique enough to be worth the whopping $15 🙂 I paired it today with a super soft denim shirt by GAP, my sherbet orange pashmina and new thrifted GAP jeans! Wouldn’t you know it, the new Nine West flats were an excellent match to the blue in the jacket!

From Flare to Straight

GAP JeansYou know that feeling you have when you try on a pair of jeans and they feel amazing? No pinching, no crotch-biters, no saggy lines, no muffin top… They just look awesome?

I recently discovered by chance the perfect fit jeans for me, GAP 1968 “Sexy Boyfriend” jeans are it. Now these bad boys retail for $80, which I wouldn’t pay even if they were the greatest fit ever, that’s just not me. But $20 at our store? Hells yeah! So my first pair made me deliriously happy, so I went to Value Village on a hunt for this particular pair of jeans. To my surprise that first attempt I found one pair that were also a form of boyfriend jean, in a lighter denim, and a second pair that were a more flared leg style.

Unfortunately with my height, I can not easily pull off a flared leg or the “long and lean” style simply because my feet are barely a size 6. The leg width swallows up my tiny feet! So the jeans I found on my hunt fit great at the hip and thigh which is my hardest place to fit first try without alterations. I wore them once to work but felt like they weren’t quite right. It occurred to me a month later the issue was just that my feet are too small.

Having discovered the issue I was able to test out a solution: transforming the flared leg into a straight leg. I’m certainly you just tilted your head to the side and said “Whaaaa?”

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Having Saturday to myself I put them on and began to pin. I wasn’t quite sure what I would need to do but I thought pinning folds would be a good place to start. I ended up doing the legs differently at first, and when I sat down to sew noticed that one was folded nicely with the original seam hiding the fold. So by the time I went to sew the second leg I redid the pinning to have the same finish.

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With the denim being dark it hides any sort of flaw in the stitching or folds from the dart I installed near the knee. The end result I was actually really impressed with, you do not see the fold at the top, and the bottom is folded over so it is rather seamless!

Denim Fever

Sexy Boyfriend JeansDenim is one of those magical things that is always in style, it changes colour, it develops, it improves in many ways with new technology. I can honestly say I am not a fan of the latest trend or rather last year’s trend of skinny jeans, as quite frankly, they only look good on girls with slender legs and no bum. I am neither.

I am very curvaceous: I have both hips, thighs and substantial bottom. Skinny, spandex based jeans or “jeggings” are worn across the board and its a style that is not suitable for everyone. In fact, some of the most fit women I know will not wear them due to their unflattering nature. If you are a person that can wear long tunic style shirts, skinny is fine. For someone like me that needs layering or shorter shirts to minimize the wide section, these jeans just don’t cut it.

Last week a pair of jeans came into the store that were not stretchy and not skinny. I took a chance that they might work and was completely overwhelmed to discover they fit perfectly and sat comfortably on my hips. These magic jeans “Sexy Boyfriend” by GAP, is my ideal fit. The look may not be for everyone, but for someone as shapely as I am in the leg, you might like these!

I naturally had to make the joke that now I too, had a sexy boyfriend to go home with 😉

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