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Royal Blue

bluegreenplaidskirt I think its safe to say I have converted to the love of blue. This rich royal blue skirt by Dynamite was consigned at the Store the other week and I thought it might be a bit cutesy for me, turns out its perfect! Its the right length, has the premade loops for a belt and sits perfectly on my waist. Way to go Dynamite!

Up until recently I didn’t own much that was blue, never cared for the colour honestly but this deep rich royal blue really has me hooked. I’m currently sporting two different looks incorporating the colour, my Cleo blouse (that gets constant compliments!) and my American Eagle plaid shirt.

blueskirtdynamite I have been following tons of stylish ladies on Instagram, admiring their use of blended prints and patterns. I still do not feel that I am that adventurous, but when I wore the plaid combination to work yesterday the responses were along the lines of “now how cool is that?” It was an easy-no-brainer look I put together, letting go of my usual insistence that the colours be exact.

I know how a great selection of stackable bracelets in the same colours too!

Blazers Rock My World

brightcherryblazer All year round blazers are a staple in my wardrobe. They are so easy to wear whether you leave it open or buttoned, cuffs long or rolled. I really enjoy layering accessories when it comes to my outfits combining scarves with long beaded necklaces with a bright blazer over top. At The Store we find blazers to be a difficult sell. The customers seem to like them when they see me wearing them with a pair of skinny jeans and scarves, but they just don’t know how to style them on their own.

This bright coral pink blazer by Mexx is my latest addition to my collection. Brand new brought in for consignment, with its adorable grey and white poka dot interior adds that little something extra. Its vibrant colours like this that make me feel bright all year round – even after the rest of society converts to black and grey, I’m still strutting around with bright pinks, corals and turquoise!

Although I can’t wear them all day long, these Nine West nude pumps are a sexy addition to a casual outfit like this. Its amazing how stylish an outfit can become with a little heel and pointed toe!

Blue Bayou

bluecleo Ok new favourite outfit! Haha I’m sure I say that all the time, but this outfit has been in the making for the better part of a year. In working at a women’s consignment store I see a phenomenal amount of clothing in a day, in a week, in a year. Our shoppers often ask if we ever have paycheques because we must buy up all the “good stuff” right when it comes in. The response we have is typical, no it doesn’t always fit – but more importantly – why buy it if it isn’t WOW?! Now this blouse has come and gone in the store at least once or twice in the last year or so. It’s Cleo, not sure what season but I absolutely loved it the first time I saw it.

Sadly the first time around it was a plus size and at the time I wasn’t doing my own clothing alterations. That would have been a difficult job for just a simple blouse too. But my motto with the consignment store is: there will always be another one or something better. I said goodbye to the first blouse as it came and went. To my delight another blouse came in recently, probably larger than I would have chosen if I had bought it new, but wow what a blouse. I’m not particularly a blue person, but this blouse makes me convert!

All the mixed blue jewellery I had waiting for the perfect match are finally put to use with this blouse. It also has other tones, white and peach so I can mix and match! Love love love everything about the whole 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!

Double the Excitement

whitedress Now this is a story. When you think, yeah I probably shouldn’t go thrifting because I was just there and odds are there is nothing new and definitely nothing I need. Well it was a long day and I needed to unwind! (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) So I popped into the Village and perused the dress rack to discover a gorgeous white dress with a crochet top section, drawstring and beautiful lines. This dress was brand new with the tags still on, a brand Chelsea I believe, if only I had written it down before chopping out all the labels… wasn’t a brand or company I had ever heard of. It was $14.99 which normally I wouldn’t bother with but I thought what the heck, it was completely me I just had to know.

turquoisedressI take a few steps down and wouldn’t you know it, a second dress identical with tags as well in my absolute favourite shade of rich turquoise! I snatched that one up to on the chance that the first one fit. I only have one word to describe these dresses: perfection. Adjustable straps? Check. Crochet details? Check. Shapely design? Check. Favourite two colours? Check. I was blown away I didn’t think again about not having a coupon I was buying these two straight up because I would never find anything so beautiful and so comfortable. To this day they are my favourite, although I haven’t worn the turquoise out yet the white is definitely the easiest dress to accessorize!

*Update: I tried out the turquoise, LOVE IT!

Blue Jessica Dress

bluewhitejessicadress It’s finally dress season in Ontario, gorgeous warm May weather inspires me to style up fun dresses with belts, flats and bold jewellery. Two weeks ago there was a half price sale at Value Village so I thought I ought to pop in “just in case” to see if there was anything I had to have.

Using my technique to prevent splurge shopping, I photographed some items I liked and tried on the day before. The only item that was of interest from that list of items was this blue and white print dress by Jessica. Every now and again Jessica surprises me by having very stylish prints… I must say I’m impressed!

Now this dress I found in the 16 section of the dresses. I am by no means a 16 but there is also no way that this dress is a true 16… I am guessing it was mislabelled in the factory as Jessica is a brand that tends to be on the larger side. I knew it would be an easy alteration if it was indeed a large size. When I tried it on the next morning at home I was very surprised at how nice it fit around the thigh/hip area. Anyone bigger than an 8 would not be able to fit in this dress! The top half however had way too much room for my frame so a few adjustments were in order.

I simply removed the pointless side zipper for comfort and sliced the dress in half. I loved the bottom trim but unfortunately the dress was an unflattering below the knee length. I cut it across the waistline and hemmed it by a few inches (hidden under the belt). I think it turned out rather well!

A Hint of Plaid

PlaidI think a number of my ex-boyfriends would die laughing if they saw this post… the girl that hates plaid is wearing two outfits featuring plaid! Like I often say, my style and interest changes constantly. What I love one year, I’ll hate the next. Today I like pink tomorrow it’s green.

Although it isn’t my favourite thing on this planet, I do enjoy a more casual look with a simple plaid shirt that I can style up with big jewellery. If I hadn’t of been sick on St. Patrick’s Day this year I would have had the greatest outfit lined up! Emerald green and royal blue plaid… there’s always next year I suppose if I still have the shirt!

plaid2The key for wearing plaid shirts (based on my body type) is picking a size larger than my other shirts. This style needs to be more loose fitting with sleeves that can be easily rolled up. My original plan for these was to wear a light knit cardigan or sweater over top through the winter but the look hasn’t been quite right.

Thrift Finds

Thrift FindsDuring tonight’s Thursday thrift adventure I found a couple unique items plus a nice Gaiam yoga mat I had been looking for (not pictured). The best yoga mat I’ve ever had was a cheap one from Value Village, so I have been watching for another one to try. I had heard Gaiam mats are hit and miss so here’s hoping it is non-stick!

I started my evening with a stop at the jewellery rack. I was drawn to two pieces, a gold chain with anchor pin pendant and a multi coloured necklace. I later found out the one necklace is actually a $50 Fossil necklace, score! I think the anchor one will be really fun for summer.

I then veered over to the assorted housewares section and heard a piece of apple green pottery calling my name. It’s not perfect, it’s full of drips – and I love it! It has found a very cozy home in my kitchen.

With a 30% off coupon I snagged all these pieces for under $20!

1. Gaiam Yoga Mat $7
2. Pottery $6
3. Necklaces $5
Total: $20

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.

Earring Organizing

EARRING ORGANIZERIn addition to my post Simple Ways to Organize, I decided to do a serious house cleanse in the last few days of my holidays this winter. I had always used a thrifted silver jewellery tree to hang my earrings off of, but as I collect more and more pairs, it just seems to be a mess rather than something to help me stay organized.

When you have as many earring sets as I do you need more than the cookie cutter jewellery displays you can get at the store. For this you need to be a little more innovative! I am not a big fan of the mesh or chicken wire setups that some girls have tried, but I did think the most non-intrusive way of organizing would be some sort of storage case. I had several different styles of these clear boxes at home but mostly full of sewing supplies. I didn’t have one that had just the right amount of compartments and depth I visualized.

One evening while I was killing time, I popped into the local Michael’s and had a look through their jewellery displays that were on clearance – as predicted nothing that would really do the trick. I walked further down the beading aisle and saw all their plastic storage containers, piles and piles of different styles. Although very interesting designs not all would really be that useful for me for such frequent use. I knew I wanted something relatively shallow, but deep enough to hold a larger pair of earrings.

I first found a cute circular storage container for $2.99, it would be perfect for my tiny stud earrings. It has 8 compartments each with their own snapping lids. Ideally they want you to buy the full kit which includes a stand so you can stack multiple storage units and have them spin… apparently. I just needed the one!

Further down I saw two units with very similar designs, one wouldn’t hold as much but seemed like a more stylish container – and the other cheaper ($11.99 vs $19.99) that had 24 compartments and one easy lid. I settling on the budget-wise unit and it has done wonders for me ever since!

Reviving Broken Jewellery

JEWELLERYALTERATIONSI can honestly say one of my favourite past-times is creating or reconstructing jewellery. Enough so that I have my own business doing it! In regards to thrifting mind you, if you can wield a pair of small pliers you can save a ton of money on jewellery and accessories. Most stores wouldn’t be too keen on selling broken jewellery, or they sell it at a serious discount – which is great news for those of us on a tight budget!

I have been finding more and more earrings are being made too heavy for what they are. For example I picked up a few packages of $1 earring sets that were made as posts, I wore one pair for a few hours only to be driven mad by them falling forward and pulling my earlobe down. This is not a result of me wearing heavy earrings for years (because I haven’t been!) its simply a cheap design.

Granted it takes a moment and you do run the risk of the post snapping off completely if its really cheaply made, but a simple loop of the post wire can make a huge difference in whether or not a pair of earrings is wearable!

With my finger I bend the post as far upwards as I can make it without pressing too hard so that it doesn’t completely snap. Usually the tiny piece at the end of the post snaps off because of the dent manufactures put in it to hold the backs on. Using a pair of needle nose pliers I can slowly create a loop in the post wire. Combining the strength of my fingers and stability of the plier, I wiggle the looped post as close to the top centre as possible so I can ensure the earring will dangle straight.

Depending on the style of earring hooks you find, you can add it directly to the loop you just made OR you can add a jump ring in between. This is also great if you want to have a bit of dangle rather than a solid earring hanging down. I went on a tangent that morning and essentially changed every pair of large post based earrings I had into regular fish hook style earrings. The only post-style earrings I have left are tiny studs which I like the way they are.

As per my post about my vibrant Orange and Blue outfit on December 6th, I discuss how you can find great broken jewellery at thrift stores for $1! Here is another great example of a piece that I redesigned using what Value Village called a “broken” necklace. I thought the red and black rhinestone design was quite cool especially since I feel like there is no longer red in my wardrobe at all this would be a good way to start adding it back.

BLACKREDNECKLACE Unfortunately I was too efficient in taking this apart without thinking of snapping a quick photo first! What you don’t know is that this set was originally just one necklace with 8 interconnected sections. I only ended up throwing out one section, but was able to salvage some of the rhinestones that I needed to re-embellish the few I was needing to fix. I then needed to snap off extra unwanted loops with pliers.

The earrings were slightly more tricky to complete as each piece had a different arrangement of loops on the side depending on where it was in the original necklace. I salvaged two pieces that had the same loops – but needed to add a small chain in order to add a centered earring hook. Luckily being a designer I had all the required materials on hand and was able to complete the task without too much trouble.

 

Simple Ways to Organize

Jewellery Closet OrganizerIf you are an accessory girl much like myself, you may find yourself with a surplus of jewellery and shoes that are ending up in a messy pile. Unfortunately the cute jewellery trees available at Michaels just don’t cut it for an avid jewellery lover like myself! Considering only about 2 of my necklaces would even hang on one, I use it instead for my earrings!

Now I described my issue to my father who is far more crafty with woodworking than I am, and he came up with this. My problem was having too many large necklaces, some short and some very long. I wanted a quick way to display them so I could find them as I was getting dressed. His solution was four boards with staggered screws for hanging that would be simply screwed into my wood closet doors via the two end screws. It was simple, easy and is actually a neat visual!

Shoe OrganizerLately I have been only using the two hangers (or one door!) and the other is full of things I never wear. I finally decided this weekend to take down part of the second installation in order to have a location for my shoe organizer. I do have several shelves inside my closet but now that I have moved all the summer flats into the door organizer, I can leave the shelves for heels and loafers!

My next step is to use a second organizer and attach it to another door so I can have all of my sandals easily accessible come summertime!