Dizzy December

Oh dear!  Another month and so few blogposts to show for it. :/

I’m alive, I promise.  It’s been a dizzy busy December!

Let’s dedicate this blogpost to filling you in and catching you up on all the many fun-filled adventures that took place in the Life and Times of Moi this past month….

Holiday Hair with The Proudest Pony

I don’t know about you…but when it comes to my look, my hair-game is weak sauce!!!

So when I was invited to this blogger exclusive evening at The Proudest Pony – wild horses couldn’t keep me away. See what I did there? 😉

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Me with Ashley, Owner and Hairstylist Extraordinaire + Me with the ladies of Main St. CC
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Tah-Dah!!! Final results: Vintage glamour bob

If you’re following me on Instagram (if you’re not – you should – click here) you can see the entire hair transformation there 🙂

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Me with the delightful hair magician, Garlande … she’s a doll!!                                                                                         Outfit Deets: Top, Penningtons (other looks); Skirt, Forever21+

Corporate Holiday Party

I work for a huge company – and haven’t been interested in going to the companywide holiday party in a few years.

But since I got my hair did the night before, and had a dress that was dying to be worn…. I had to make an appearance this year 😉

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Accessories: Ear cuff from Forever21 and Earrings from Your Big Sister’s Closet
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Outfit Deets: Coat, Laura Petite; Shoes, Guess; Purse, Danier Leather; Dress, Kiyonna

This faux fur zebra coat was the first I’ve found that didn’t add extra bulk to my bod …. and fit me perfectly in the shoulders.  It was from Laura Petite – isn’t it lovely?

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I’ve owned this Kiyonna Valentina Illusion dress for a few years now….and THIS was the first time I was wearing it out!!!

Hooray for corporate cocktail parties!!

Toronto Vintage Society’s White Kitschmas

The first weekend of December, Toronto Vintage Society hosted our annual holiday party  – this year with a White Christmas theme.

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12299271_10205442802570483_5667820712286228048_nThese were some of the beautiful homemade kitsch being sold at the event – I may have picked up a few for myself 🙂IMG_0535Here are a few snaps from the TVS Album
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Team Xmas Lunch and Office Party

Remember that fabulous hat I WON from Goorin Bros last month?  Well, I picked up another glittery kitschy facinator from this year’s TVS White Kitschmas…clipped it to this hat, and voila la!

Holiday Amazingness was Born!!!

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…pardon the no-makeup selfie here friends…
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Outfit Deets: Propeller hat, Goorin Bros; Cropped cardi, Old Navy; Necklace, LOFT; Fanny skirt, Tatyanna Boutique (for more click here and here)

It was the perfect for my Team Lunch where festive gear was strongly recommended 🙂

Later that week, our entire department had some mandatory fun with more festive furvolity and general office appropriate holiday shenanigans! 🙂

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For outift deets, click here 😉

Star Wars Marathon – Xmas Edition

12240093_10153283313424072_7338811313585662244_nI’m one of those rare people who only ever saw the Star Wars films as an adult, not as a kid.  But I was an instant fan…and with the release of Episode VII, I hosted a movie marathon…
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Complete with Darth Vader slippers, Lightsaber pretzel snacks and 1/2 the cast on my couch :)
Complete with Darth Vader slippers, Lightsaber pretzel snacks and 1/2 the cast on my couch 🙂

 

Naturally, I HAD to dress for the theme too….

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BOTH of these tees are from Ardene – FYI!!!

I had tickets for THE FORCE AWAKENS Christmas Day –and oh yes, there’s an outfit for that – duh!!!

Outfit Deets: Faux fur collar long sweater, Reitmans; Star Wars tee, Ardene

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Toronto Distillery Christmas Market

It never really feels like Christmas until you’ve visited the Distillery’s Christmas Market.

Sadly, it’s not quite the the same experience without snow.  But we made the best of it…

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Eating GIANT Turkey Legs, in the street …. Keepin’ it Klassy. That’s how we do!

Outfit Deets:  Plaid scarf/shawl, Reitmas; Jacket, Danier Leather  

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Can’t leave without the mandatory group selfie in front of that xmas tree 🙂

The Many Open House Holiday Get-Togethers

I’ve got so many lovely friends who open up their homes for some good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer.

I participated in the vintage cookie exchange again this year – click here for the cookie recipe.

But this time baked up a few billion extra and packaged them up as giveaways and hostess gifts 😉
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One of my favourite holiday looks this year was this one:  BLACK & RED!

A pleated black circle skirt is a staple in my wardrobe.  You can dress it up or dress it down.   For an easy house-party-outfit, I chose to wear it with this retro red plaid top, and added  a fun broach/hair fascinator to amp up the christmas-y factor to this look.  Adding that needed festive vibe needed by all holiday party attendees.
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Outfit details: Skirt, Forever21+; Plaid top, Collectif, Loveless Boutique; Shoes suede tie-up flats from Christian S for Payless; Holiday bow earrings Target; Holiday broach/fascinator, handmade kitsch from Toronto Vintage Society
What’s great about this outfit is that the pieces can totally be worn together or separately, paired with other items, throughout the year!

Orphan Xmas Eve Dinner

What was originally gonna be a dinner for two in pjs xmas eve….became a proper grown-up dinner for 6 xmas eve 🙂
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Friends are the Family you choose.
Since selling the house and downsizing to a shoebox of a condo, I didn’t think I’d be hosting many parties ever again.
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I’m very fortunate to have found some lovely new people in my life whom I can call friends.  And am thrilled to be hosting get-togethers again 🙂

NYE 2016

Alas, I’ve yet to make any firm plans for New Years Eve just yet….

There’s plenty happening.  I did pickup this amazing beaded vintage jacket…that will very likely be incorporated into my outfit, once I make a decision on what to do for  NYE.

What are you doing for NYE?  What are YOU gonna wear?  Tell me in the comments section below 🙂

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Found this vintage beaded beauty at The Public Butter – 50% off!!!!

 

Hope you all had a fabulous time off from work, and had lots of time to catchup with family and friends and everyone in-between.

Looking forward to 2016 and all the adventures to be had in life and fashion.

Thank you for following the blog!  Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year ahead! xo

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Leather & Sweater

This scarf I picked up from H&M earlier this Fall, as so many perfect colours in it.  It was the inspiration for this outfit of the day.

They perfectly match deep brown of my hat and the camel suede of these Nine West flats that I found deep within my closet as I’ve been purging.  Speaking of purging… have you visited my TrendTrunk?  Shop my closet friends!!! 😉

Leather pants can be tricky.  There are only a handful of days where the weather is perfect enough to wear leather pants all day comfortably.

You don’t want to end up like Ross from Friends dumping baby powder all over your legs.

I picked up these leather pants many years ago from The Bay.  They were the perfect length for my 5’2 height!

Plus, what’s really great about them is that only the front of the pants are leather, while the rest is fabric.  Making it a very comfortable to wear.

I got this asymmetrical sweater as a birthday prezzy this year.   It has a flattering neckline with faux leather trim (which you can’t see cuz of my scarf).  That’s what made me want to pair it with my leather pants!

 

I know I’ve read many a style article warning against wearing leather on leather looks…

Your leather pants should be the only part of the look that’s this material. Otherwise you’ll look like you’re dressed in a biker chick Halloween costume, or part of a motorcycle gang.

Well, call the style police, cuz I did it!

Turns out my hat and sweater alone weren’t warm enough…soooo I went with function, over fashion I guess… :/

How I Got The Look:  Moto Jacket, Danier Leather; Scarf, H&M; Leather Pants, Edit by Jeannie Beker; Camel flats, NineWest; Angled sweater, Reitmans; Hat, Winners

What do you think of this leather & sweater look?  Was my leather-with-leather a terrible, horrible, ridiculous style choice?

Tell me your thoughts in the comment section friends 🙂

For more leather looks click here and here.

Until next time…

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Pumpkin Patch Posse

Making friends … genuine friends … in your adult years, isn’t so easy to do.

I’ve been very fortunate to have found these fun-few who I can proudly call friends, as well as my co-workers 🙂

With husbands, kids, moving into new houses, planning a wedding and general ‘adulting’ activities, scheduling a long-over-due Girls Afternoon seemed impossible.

And then one glorious Sunday afternoon, everyone was free, the weather cooperated and we were off to Knox Pumpkin Farm!!!!

The farm-house was built in 1887 to replace the log cabin which stood just south of it, sometime in the later 1800’s. Built for Jordan and Edith Van Nest, their ten children were the first of many children since to slide down the banister and play in the ‘big room’ with it’s seven doors. Today the Knox descendants from far and wide come ‘home’ to the farm, which has been the heart of the family for four generations.

Now, this was my first time ever visiting a pumpkin patch.

You might not know this about me, but I am a total city girl.

Gotta say, it’s pretty nice to know that gorgeous countryside adventure is just a wee train-ride away 🙂

Knox Farms had a ton of fun things to do with the price of admission (weekends $7/adults, children under 2 are free!)

Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch!

Straw Jump!  Pumpkin Picking!  Face Painting!  Farm Animals!

A Snack Shack!  Baked Goods! Kettle Corn!

Hot Apple Cider – with purse rum 😉  Don’t judge!  It was a brilliant plan!

And a Corn Maze!!!

Normally I would be terrified of this activity …it would be right up there with my irrational fear of Sunflowers...but this was a mini-maze and I had a crew of my peeps with me who I was sandwiched between, so it was safe 😛

We’re on a hay-ride!!!  For a video of the hay-ride adventure, checkout my Instagram channel 😉
This adorable mini-fashionista and I became BFFs … bonding over ponies and pumpkins.  How fab is her hat and jacket?! ❤

THIS farm is beautiful!  So many great spots for photo ops – and as you can see, we took full advantage of every posing opportunity we could!
Now, even though Halloween is over and you’re likely no longer in need of a pumpkin …

Knox Farm will be open in the winter with Santa and Mrs. Claus weekends:  Nov 28/29 and  Dec 5/6, 12/13, 19/20.

They’ll have Christmas Trees to choose from too!   If you want to reserve your spot –> email them soonest. 😉

Alright…well you’ve read about What I Did, now let me tell you about What I Wore…

What I Wore:

I’m not gonna lie, coming up with Farm-appropriate attire was difficult.  All I knew was that I wanted to wear as many light, Fall accessories as I could.  Layers. Layers. Layers.

Not knowing how muddy the grounds would be, and what sort of farm animals poop I’d land in with a misstep, I’ve kept a pair of demoted boots in the depths of my closet…clearly they were kept all this time for pumpkin-patching. 😉

Also, a perfect reason to wear jeans.  A rare Irene sighting …. I’m totally a skirts and dresses kinda girl … I think the only other time I’ve worn jeans this year was for Rosie-O-Rama this summer.

How I Got The Look: My knit burnt orange hat, H&M; Bird circle scarf; Aldo Accessories (click here for more); Jeans, Forever21+; Mustard yellow plaid shirt, Old Navy (click here for more); Gloves, Danier Leather (click here for more); Sunglasses from Ardene; Boots from Payless; Puffer vest, Old Navy (click here  and here for more); Cross-body MichaelKors purse
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And of course no group outing is complete without a SELFIE!

Pretty proud of this shot taken by moi … capturing EVERYONE’S smiling faces…babies, husbands and all 🙂



Special Thanks to my girls Candice, Tammy and Nadica for all the fabulous photo sharing from this super fun Sunday afternoon. xo

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Nashville in Toronto

Are you following me on Instagram?

If you are…then you know how I was out and about, innocently walking into downtown for my University Alumini Day (Go Ryerson Rams) when I stumped upon Tatyana Boutique crazy eff’ing sale of up to 90% off their racks!!!

Naturally, I went nuts.  And never made it to that Alumni Day.  **blush**

 

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This Nashville dress features a lively flower print with colorful, textured cotton string fabric running throughout and a sweetheart neckline.  At first glance it didn’t really speak to me…..but then I tried it on. And just look at it!!! ❤

When stores offer super discount pricing … very rarely is my size among them.

But it seemed like it was my luck day … 🙂

Plus after all discounts THIS dress was 80% off the sticker price,  Making this frock $24!!!  #winning

How I Got The Look:  The dress, Tatyana Boutique; The boots, Reitmans; The jean jacket, Old Navy;  The belt, earrings and cowboy hat are super old and very much still loved 🙂

Giddy up!!!  Guess we know what I’m wearing the next time I round-up the troop for some good ol’ fashioned country line-dancing 😉

Were you able to make it out to Tatyana Boutique during their super duper summer clear-out sales?

What did you score?  Tell me all about it in the comments section 😉

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Plaid, Pleats and… Pigeons?

Ok friends, if you’re following me on Instagram (if you’re not, they you should …start already geez) 🙂

I recently did an unexpected shopping haul from good ol’ Old Navy …and picked up these pieces of Fall goodness…

Booties, Reitmans; Hat, Winners; Plaid shirt and Bird skirt, Old Navy

Late September/early October…we were still having gorgeous, warm, sunny temps.

I was lucky enough to wear this ensemble …. stockingless with all my open-toed shoe and peek-a-poo mid-drift exposed glory!

It was kinda of perfect, just warm-enough-wear to get away with for an entire afternoon out and about.

Think I was off to have lunch with a few friends, before catching the Mirvish production of Kinky Boots.  (Such a good show – Cindy Laupur is totally present without actually being present) ❤

Plaid shirt and Bird skirt, Old Navy; Jellyshoes from Malaysia; Fringe purse, Aldo

This bold pattern mixing of plaid on top, with birds on the bottom got me a ton of compliments!!!

But the most reoccurring of comments was:  How did you know these patterns would work together?

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Here’s my ‘trick’ when it comes to mixing patterns:  match colors, not prints.

If the colors look good together, more often than not the patterns or prints will look good together too.

Notice that the birds of the skirt pickup the reds, blacks, and mustard colours of the plaid shirt. 😉

For some, this might be too bold, but it’s really a matter of personal preference. Matching colours seem to be the safest bet.  That said, you’ll never go wrong with black and white — they go with everything.
  

Adding dark hosiery just changed the vibe of this outfit.

Not only did it help warm up the look (literally), it added a hint of night-time sophistication to an otherwise casual look, don’t you think?

Wore this outfit this way for an evening of outdoor gazebo swing dancing in the Beaches…a lovely way to end a busy work week.

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Want more Mad for Plaid looks?  Click here and here.

Want more Pattern Mixing? Click here, here and here.

Want more Lindy Hop Swing Dancing?  Click here, here, here and here.  🙂

 Is plaid something you’re doing more off in your Fall outfits?

How have you been mixing patterns in your Fall looks? Tell me about them in the Comments below.

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Birthday OOTD

Sooooo I recently celebrated yet another birthday 🙂

This year it fell on a FriYAY!  Which meant, this chick wasn’t gonna stay at home…and I definitely wasn’t gonna cook for myself. 354930d80c4d86043826cca1d0968a74

AND of course,  I needed a new birthday outfit.  Here’s what I came up with:

It wasn’t a milestone birthday or anything.  Plus its tough trying to round-up the troops after a long work-week to celebrate on a Friday night.

So the plans were simple Triple-D:  Dinner – Dessert – Dancing! 🙂

Which meant, I wanted to keep my new bday outfit simple too:

BOTH the Jacket and Floral dress were from Old Navy! Booties are last season from Reitmans.
This was a fairly cool evening, so the sweatshirt material of this jacket was just enough warmth.  And with minimal accessories with hair pulled back – it would be easy to dance in too!

This dress was super discounted. I really liked the key-hole button up in the back. And it had an interesting dropped waist situation too.  I belted it to help break up the floral pattern a bit.  Plus, it ties in nicely with my brown booties.

 Special Thanks to the handsome owners of NighOwl Toronto who treated the entire table to a round of free drinks … and this birthday girl to post-dinner libations too –> SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! 😉

AND to the lovelies of Bean & Baker Malt Shop who stayed open extra late for this rowdy gaggle of hooligans I call friends.  And for the extra special cake surprise – it was DELICIOUS!!!

AND to Lindy Hop Revolution for all the ‘birthday girl’ paraphernalia, glow sticks, wine and BIRTHDAY JAM. 😛

And to all of my friends who showed up to dinner – stayed for ice cream – continued on to swing dancing – and karaoke/car-eokee late night.  You guys are the greatest!  And sure know how to make this girl feel special and loved!   xo

Thanks for reading friends!  Until next time…

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