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My Style

I was once a girl that always felt awkward and uncomfortable, trying so hard to follow these fashion trends but never actually went to the mall or paid close attention to what the magazines were showing. I just liked clothing piece by piece, not how they fit into any sort of style or trend at the time. To this day my feelings about it remain the same, each item I find is unique and it doesn’t matter if its not from this season’s collection.

This is an outfit I could never in a million years imagine putting together, but I did. This light pink furry vest came into the store and I was captivated by it. I’d never liked anything furry up until this particular day and what can I say, I had to have it. Its a soft light rosey pink which is one of my favourite colours lately so that may have everything to do with it – its not black.

“I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.” – Aaliyah

The dress is one of two matching spandex numbers I thrifted together, I believe an H&M or similar brand, one dark purple the other dark green. Now they both required alteration so that I could walk freely so I put a slit in the side of each on one side. The scarf was consigned not long after and it has just the right hint of plum and pink to work with this whole look and tie it all together in a not overwhelming sort of way. I mix the look up with a different dress or jewellery sometimes to keep it interesting, but its still a favourite.

I think I enjoy it so much because of exactly how unique it is, it follows no trends, no magazine clippings and no celebrity style. Its comfortable but edgy. It makes me feel super stylish and with that, I glow when I wear it to work. Its a statement for sure, a conversation starter at the very least. I don’t feel that I have any particular look, any signature style but everything I wear has a “me” look to it because of how its styled with other pieces, with the jewellery accents or the footwear. It all sort of works together in a Pamela-sort of way.

I follow no rules, I blend colours based on my accessories and I try out all kinds of ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. The bottom line is thoroughly enjoying everything I wear.

A Great Business Suit

jan15-final To explain professional attire we used to say, “look at what the girls at the bank are wearing” until it became a casual environment. In the last ten years, or as I would call it “the era of yoga pants and sweats” we are seeing less and less interest in our appearance. As a child I didn’t know exactly what job title I wanted, I simply wanted to have a position of status where I needed to wear a suit… to this day I love the look, so classy and professional. Any time I have walked into a bank I expect to see this but I rarely do. Financial advisers and I’m sorry to say it, any male staff are in my opinion the only ones dressed appropriately for the level of status I feel their job title has.

Everything now is worn tight, assuming spandex and stretch makes it more comfortable – forgetting the amount of rolls it creates. Dress pants are no longer a staple but rather yoga pants tucked into boots. These are meant for athletics, at home, running errands on your day off perhaps… but trying to pass them off as work attire? Seriously. There was a young hire at a job I had a few years ago and she was showing up in yoga pants and a blazer with dressy flats. The Lululemon logo was painfully bright for me to not notice. Although it was not my place to say a word about dress code I just continued to wear my dresses and business suits. The day finally came when she wore black “toe” shoes that people where for barefoot running. This is right next door to running shoes folks. I decided it was time to inform the owner of the lack of dress code – but before the words came out of my mouth he beat me to it. Thank goodness.

jan15-final2 A business suit is not hard to find, even in thrift or consignment you can get a beautiful tailored suit with no bells and whistles that matches any blouse you have – for a fraction of the cost new. This beauty fits to a T without much in the way of alteration. I am not really big on long sleeved blazers so I created a small hem to bring the arms in a little shorter to expose my wrists – great for wearing bangles! The pants were painfully long on me so I added a simple hem to the bottom so I wouldn’t be walking all over the bottoms.

Its comfortable and works well with so many blouses I already have in my closet. Easy for any style or look you want to create. Pair it up with heels or flats, jewellery and accessories and voila you have yourself a very professional suit and look the part!

Full Colour or Bust!

brightfloralskirt Ah yes, a new favourite! I’m sure I say this in every post, but its okay to have a ton of favourite newly-created looks!

Much like most of my other outfits, these pieces had to be altered in order to suit my body shape. This New York & Co floral skirt really didn’t fit at all when I tried it on, but every now and then there are pieces that you just have to have no matter how much work they will involve in the end. I took it in two inches to make it a high waisted style and brought up the hem about the same amount so it came closer to the knee. Anything past the knee on my height makes me look frumpy.

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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.

Thrift Gone Wild

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Now in working at a consignment store we receive a wide variety of clothing and I’ve seen things you can’t imagine that people still have shoved in their closets. I have always rolled my eyes when velvet and animal prints show their ugly faces in the backroom. The ladies love them (a certain generation of course) but they really do love the wild prints and fabrics.

During my latest half price day thrifting trip in Ottawa I discovered this leopard print top by H&M. Naturally I just seem to love everything that is H&M – I now laugh when I’m drawn to something “Oh look, its H&M, go figure!” This top should never have caught my eye. With everything I believe in my interest in this top makes no sense. Unless of course, my age is becoming apparent and I’ve hit that age where (gasp!) I am being attracted to prints like this!

Haha in all seriousness though, I was surprised at how much I liked the top, but we must also take into consideration the feel, the cut, the print itself and naturally the styling of said top to keep it fresh and modern.

I surprised a lot of people when I arrived at work wearing this top, gold jewellery and vibrant coral red shorts. It was really fun but also very unique!

Stunning Royal Blue

Stunning Royal BlueNow this look is was a happy accident, and surprisingly far classier than I expected! I have had both pieces for a little while and had not yet worn either one as I didn’t know how to piece it together. Basically everything I tried didn’t work because this top by H&M is very long and I don’t do the legging look very well. This is actually paired with a long maxi skirt also by H&M. As it turns out the solution to both issues was that they needed each other! Fortunately I happened to realize they were both from H&M, so one could only guess that they were the same shade of royal blue.

This is my latest favourite outfit because its easy to put together, it can be dressed up or down, and it has received by far the most compliments of anything I’ve worn to date!

Grey Linen Pants

Grey Linen PantsTGIF to all the thrift lovers out there! Today’s look is a repeat but I altered these NOA linen pants into capris because the length bothered me. I simply rolled them up to a length I was happy with, tacked with a few pins and then machine sewed the cuffs in place. I felt like adding a cuff made it a little more exciting than a straight hem.

I paired the new capri with an H&M floral blouse which I also altered in a similar way. Often I find our shoppers at the store are rolling their sleeves up, which gets me to thinking about any time I’ve worn a long sleeved top or jacket. I recently altered all of my blazers to be 3/4 length in the sleeve – for this very reason. They are much lighter and more flattering with a shorter sleeve. For this blouse, the long sleeve didn’t roll due to its light silky nature – so I finally decided to chop off the excess and add a hem.

And lastly, finished this fun outfit with a mini belt, flip flops and statement necklace!

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!

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

Wednesday Thrifting!

For me there is no better way to unwind and relax after work than sifting through racks at a thrift store. Fortunately for me the Value Village is on my route home! Tonight I stopped in and whisked lightly through my favourite sections: dresses, blouses, skirts and shoes. I managed to find some super cute prints in my rummaging at pretty decent prices – especially at 30% off with my full stamp card!

I had great success in finding a pair of brand new fleshtone/nude pumps from Aldo in my size. I typically wear flats all day at work, which by the end of the day offer no heel support what-so-ever. The first thing I thought when I slipped my foot in was: “My gosh, these are actually more comfortable than the flats I’m wearing!”

Max LondonWhite lace skirt

1. Sheer bird print blouse by Max London
2. White lace skirt by Streetwear Society

H&M SkirtStreetwear Society

3. Navy blue bow print skirt by H&M
4. Deep coral poka dot waterfall skirt by Streetwear Society.

Aldo Pumps

5. Nude pumps by Aldo

Jackets: The Finishing Touch!

We all have our wardrobe must-haves, one of mine is a variety of blazers and jackets. I work in a clothing store and I find my body cannot stay warm regardless of the season, either its the bone-chilling air conditioning or the furnace doesn’t heat the room I’m working in. Blazers are a definitely must for work, then I can take them off should that magical day occur when I am warm!

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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!

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