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Show Me The Denim!

13254522_869579383171868_3443448951467857891_nNow that the warm weather has finally arrived, along with it comes air conditioning! Haha we seem to go from one extreme to the other – personally I am not a fan of AC at all because you wait from October to May to have nice weather and the first thing you do is say “Ugh its hot turn on the AC”…

I have always liked jean jackets when paired with really feminine outfits. For years I was without one and resorted to cardigans but I think they look sloppy on me, I need more structure. I had found one from Cleo, a 3/4 length sleeve with sparkle buttons last year which wasn’t my favourite but it would do for the time being. Recently I found two fabulous jackets, a cropped version (cheap by Digital) and a full length dark denim by Parasuco.

Styling these is so easy, it actually allows me to wear almost any dress underneath whether to dress down or dress up, sometimes make it more country – I even dropped the word Coachella the other day but I was quickly corrected with a “no no far less effort, not the forced look of Coachella!” I find dresses to be the most comfortable thing in my closet currently. I was not built for shorts so I’ve removed them from my summer wardrobe and went back to my beloved dresses.

I snatched up this adorable lavender floral dress by Bar III last week, did a few alterations to make it fit better in the shoulders – story of my life! My lavender statement necklace finally matches something yay!

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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

Sweater Dress Weather

bananarepublicsweaterdressI think I found one heck of a deal last week when I came across this sweater dress by Banana Republic at Value Village. Originally $12.99, minus 30% off coupon I got it for under $10. Banana Republic for under $10?! BR dresses run from $150 to $200 typically, even on sale they’re riding the fine line around $100.

As much as I can lose my faith in the pricing at VV, this one reassures me that there are still deals to be found! It had a few flaws on the arms which is common practice for sweaters they do get bally when they catch on things. Simple fix? Just snip them off!

This is the ultimate cozy winter dress, with a soft cowl style neck, long sleeves and ends just above the knee. A denim jacket adds that extra splash of colour on this overall tan palette, with a wrapped scarf for added detail.

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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Bringing Back Blazers

Mario Serrani BlazerIn working at a women’s consignment clothing store, one of the most popular items that are brought in for potential consignment are business suits, skirts and blazers. Although there are many cities where businesswear is booming and in high fashion, heck even mandatory! In Kingston, we are a university and retirement city, with not much in between.

We are a city that more and more has adopted the casual lifestyle and we have somehow made that lifestyle expand into the workplace. As you can imagine, I’m not one of these people, I will not leave the house in yoga pants unless I am on my way to the gym or to yoga class! We have a few blended trends that in my opinion have been completely overdone to the point of being lazy and sloppy. Let me give you an example.

The first celebrity images that surfaced of Pamela Anderson wearing UGGs several years ago. She now regrets having promoted them while on Baywatch (to keep her barefeet warm on the beach) after learning they were made of animal product. In Kingston, with our Canadian winter, the trend was misappropriated and considered to be a “Winter” boot, when in fact, it is not. It is being worn in this city with sloppy sweat pants or yoga pants, a padded bomber coat with a hoodie hanging out. I can understand if you are cold at home and you want to wear your “warm and fuzzies” but this is not where we are seeing this “look”. It’s everyday shopping, it’s off to work at Starbucks, it’s going to class.

As I said, one of the most popular things people try to consign at the store is a business suit or a blazer. Unfortunately, in our store, the more formal it is – the less likely it is to sell. Usually consignors have the initial shock expression when we decline these items even if they are gorgeous and in pristine condition. But when we then ask them why they aren’t wearing it, the answer is always the same: “I don’t dress up anymore.” Surprise, surprise. We like to use the bank as a great example of what “women” are wearing these days. They’re skin tight, low cut, belly roll hanging over the side of their yoga pants – claiming that anything black on one’s legs is a “dress pant”.


White & Black Blazer
White Blazer

I had a student work along side me at one of my former jobs, a high end photography studio with very business-oriented clients. She showed up day one in a cheap black blazer from Stitches (I can’t criticize too much as she did make an attempt!), a white spandex tshirt with a pair of black yoga pants and dressy flats. Okay, number one – you did make an attempt at business attire with the blazer and sticking to neutrals; number two – who in their right mind thinks that yoga pants are appropriate for the office?!

I thoroughly enjoy listening to customers on a regular basis complaining that they don’t own anything dressy – usually for tonight’s formal event such as the Ballet. While sitting in the Grand Theatre this past Saturday evening I observed a very casual crowd, a mix of jeans and hoodies, a few sequined dresses and a couple tucked in shirts. Far superior in a formal wardrobe, the 6 year old girls out-shined 90% of the adults in attendance. All in all it is very sad.

When I go to work, I usually add a blazer to complete my outfit in the cooler weather seasons. Not only are they easy to match up in an outfit, they feel great and they instantly improve your outfit. Throw on a necklace or a scarf and I’m done! Granted, I am wearing jeans with my blazers to tone down the “business” look, but only because I work in a fashion environment where I want to show customers that blazers can be fun!

The blazers I am featuring in these three images were all under $15 secondhand. You can’t tell me blazers are expensive, I’m living proof that you can look amazing and well dressed on even the smallest budget!

Dress For Yourself

Kismet DressThere are days when we try very hard to get dressed, be fashionable and feel confident but it simply doesn’t work. I have these every now and again, usually due to the realization the outfit will be too warm or too cold, which then sets me into a frustrated state trying to come up with something more appropriate. On this particular morning, I had let some negative remarks made by others (jealous perhaps) get to me and it completely brought me down. I had curled my hair, then heard their negative opinion regarding my hair in my head – I ended up washing it out. I styled up my outfit, then heard the negative comments about the jeans not being their favourite. All these road blocks just from hearing other people’s opinions that were not my own.

I try to promote dressing well in general. I’m not trying to say what you should or shouldn’t wear, but rather help those that need inspiration on how to style the pieces you have or clothing you like. Maybe the jeans you’re wearing aren’t your friend’s favourite, but the point is, they’re yours. They don’t realize you like them, you like the colour, you like the way they feel and how you feel when you wear them. People are very opinionated.

This outfit came from a morning of tears and frustration, negative remarks I overcame with a sense of pride and accomplishment. I was given this green and light pink print dress by Kismet a few months ago in hopes I would be able to create something with it. I decided to try it on and wouldn’t you know it – aside from the length it was actually a very flattering dress! To my surprise I instantly felt more slim, the lumps and bumps were minimized by the wild print… I plunked down at the sewing machine and took it up a few inches to a more flattering length and voila!

I had not worn my pink Danier leather jacket since last spring but I would need a warmer layer for at the store. It really did wonders to pull the pink out from the dress! Styled up with a cozy knit scarf and my DIY leg warmers! I had this American Eagle sweater for a few years – I tried wearing it a few times but ultimately it was too short and probably shrunk. I hung on to it for no particular reason, maybe thinking one day I’d be a size 3 again – but in a matter of seconds, the decision was made and leg warmers were made! A quick stitch around the edge to hold the yarn together and chopped the sleeve away from the sweater. Done and done!

Timeless Denim

denimlook2Only recently have I discovered how denim jackets can one’s life so much easier! Take these two outfits for instance, great for work or play and very easy to style! A great 3/4 sleeve jacket is all you need for that extra layer of warmth and to break up a lot of one colour.

Now to the budget-savvy part of the post, these two sweaters cost under $5 each. Tell me where would you find a better deal for your fashion budget?! Albeit they aren’t by any fancy label, they are a little pilly when you look up close – but hey, if you’re that close you are seriously in my personal space!

This mint coloured cable knit sweater I snatched up originally had a black ribbon bow at the back of the neck. Leave it to Streetwear Society to add something totally unnecessary! Luckily it was an easy snip to remove leaving a very cozy and quite lovely sweater that was far better without! For me simple is better! If I had left it, I would have felt obligated to wear black to match, this way the possibilities are endless.

The scarf featured in this minty-fresh look is actually a clearance buy from Claire’s! Most people are fascinated by it, thinking it is high end or handmade perhaps. But no, the big secret exposed, it was a splurge for $3 in January.

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The second look features a dusty rose, almost fleshtone pink sweater with a huge cowl neckline. What’s great about this one is the fact that it has short sleeves, so a jacket can easily fit over top! To style this up nice I mixed tones with an aztec-meets-geometry scarf and necklace from Endeavour.

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 😉

Black & White Bow Print Dress!

Lipsy Dress Happy Friday! Today’s super cute outfit brought to you by Value Village and The Revolving Door! I found this adorable Lipsy dress this week – totally thrilled that it fit perfectly. Bows are quite the trend right now and this dress just screamed cuteness. To add another classy detail to the look, I chose black pantyhose with a stylish line down the backs. Those got the most compliments of all!

I googled the dress online and didn’t find it but I did see plenty of similar styles by the London based company. This style retails for about $140 Canadian! Scored this gem for $14.99 🙂

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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Crazy for Royal Blue!

Royal Blue Skirt Today I just had way too much fun putting together my outfit. I have been going crazy for royal blue lately but the problem with all colours is its hard to match exactly as every brand has it’s own version of the colour as well as things fade and change with age. This skirt was consigned at The Revolving Door for only $10! I’m there 5 out of 7 days a week and it was brought in on a day I wasn’t working. I was cleaning racks and the blue really caught my eye.

I have always liked the high waist style but only in skirts, I simply do not have the body structure for the pants! This vintage (no label) skirt is the ideal length that falls right at the knee and super feminine pleats. Again, normally not a pleats person but if done right they can be an adorable detail! I dug deep into the belt box and found a thick one to complete the look, not that you even see it under my blazer!

Premade Rips & Clearance Racks

Thrifting at The Post
I have no idea how I missed posting this Daily Dig as I felt like a million bucks in it. The day I put this outfit together I was heading off to meet a friend for tea and thrifting at The Post, a new location to add to my shopping adventures. The weather was mild but chilly enough to still require a jacket.

Because it was Saturday, I finally opened one of the large boxes Mom had shipped to me full of my clothes that I had set aside as a “ship to me later”. Inside was this khaki green blazer I had found a very long time ago that I wore a lot a few years ago – then it sat lonely in my closet for a few in between and now its back in regular use. Funny how that works! So the jacket compliments the Kismet scarf perfectly making the look a little more vintage chic.

I have always shunned the “premade” ripped jeans look, in fact I’ve made a point of always wearing clothing that is in perfect condition. But I was losing weight and found myself tired of yanking up my jeans day in and day out. I dragged myself to the mall, got very lost inside its walls looking for a deal, a clearance rack… anything that was not going to break my bank. After many failed attempts, a lot of mirror-less changerooms later, I stumbled upon Garage. I’m not particularly a fan but I thought I should at least try while in the mood. Not even the “mood”, just determined to find something I could fit into.

I tried many pairs of skinny leg pants in bright colours, pastels – regular blue denim with very little luck. Finally I decided on these that were on clearance for $10. A lot of stretch; not too skinny; light blue denim and I would convert my long-standing anti-rip mentality to acceptance. As it would happen they are a very modern, almost edgy addition to this outfit. Paired with clean white flats that buckle at the ankle and my off the shoulder sequin sparkle sweater.

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