COVID-19: Week 1

Spring has always been one of my favourite times of year. After months of hiding under puffy coats and bulky hats it’s time to get out into the city again and BE CUTE!

Unfortunately, this Spring has been postponed due to COVID-19 and the need to practice Social Distancing (and I do hope you all are doing your part). Instead of brunching on patios and sipping wine, er, soda in the park we are all stuck in our homes.

But, just because we are Social Isolating doesn’t mean that we can’t still be cute! If you’re like me, you still have to walk your furry friends a couple times a day and even if you don’t have dogs to take care of it is still recommended that you get out at least once a day to take a solo walk, jog or bike ride.

Staying active and getting fresh air is important for your mental health during this lock-down, and as long as you stay 6-feet apart from others you can do so safely and FASHIONABLY.

For my afternoon/evenings I like to take the time to get dressed up for what I call my Furryball-Fabulous strolls!

My (properly distanced) friend snapped this photo of me during one such adventure in Toronto last week.

This is an easy to put together look that mixes old and new from my closet and is functional for the activity it’s being worn for – waling these guys.

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In the early days of Spring it’s still a little dull outside, so I like to stick to a basic black and white look. It’s chic and timeless. I start to mix more colour into the look as the days get warmer – like nature itself!

Here, I’m wearing bomber jacket made of sweatshirt material from Forever 21. It’s a stable of day-to-day wear this time of year. Surprisingly warm and light it’s practical without being bland.

I accent it with a Kelly Green crossbody purse, a graphic popcorn Tee (both Forever 21) and music note socks from Soxxy Socks. 🙂

Animal print continues to be a 2020 on-trend vibe … and I happily oblige with my tiered leopard print skirt (from Shein, I think).

It’s muddy in the springtime in Canada so I need to wear boots, but they don’t have be ugly. Timbos are popular for a reason, you know!

I round the look off with a chartreuse headband from Addition Elle and a girl shouldn’t go anywhere without her Dior Sunnies!

This entire look is without nylons – it’s spring – RELEASE THE LEGS! 

We may be in a global pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t look great!

How are y’all remaining sane and managing your mental health while Social Isolating?

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The Peplum Skirt

Hello friends….my apologies for being away so long from the blog.

December has been a busy one – and I haven’t been very good about documenting my outfits of the day. :/

I did however, manage to capture this one – a quick and easy combo I put together of black and navy.

 

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I’ve been trying to curb my unnecessary shopping – as Xmas expenses are taking over my wallet this month.

These are new-to-me pieces….

The top, necklace and leopard Keds was bought ON SALE for cheapy cheapy.

And the peplum skirt was found on a via online plus-size swap Facebook group (#win)!
IMG_0470Peplum is defined by The Free Dictionary as “a short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress.”

The peplum design has been around forever and was a big fashion statement in the 1940s.  And if you’ve been following the blog, you already know I’ve got a soft spot for vintage fashions of that era.

But this peplum look has it suddenly made its way back into mainstream fashion for a few years now.

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It’s essentially a fashion optical illusion –  all geared towards making your waist look slimmer – to achieve that coveted hour-glass shape.

I’ve got a few peplum pieces in my wardrobe already, in dresses and tops.  (Click here, here, herehere and here.)

But this was my first peplum skirt!

IMG_0475What I really liked about this piece was that the peplum has a bit of a slant in both the back and fronts.  Giving this overall simple look, a bit more visual interest.

Also, the faux leather top has a fabric back, making it much more breathable and comfortably wearable all-day.IMG_0472


How I Got The Look:

Navy faux leather top, JoeFresh; Black peplum skirt, AdditionElle; Leopard printed Keds; Necklace, Forever21
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What do you think of the peplum trend?  How have you made it work?

Tell me about it in the comments section below 🙂

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Keepin’ it Cozy!

I shop A LOT, I know.  But before I make a purchase,  I always try to make sure I can wear something multiple ways.

If you can’t think of at least two places to wear it, don’t buy it …. is a good rule to follow, I find.

Do you remember this fabulous acid pink dress I bought when AdditionElle opened their new Stockyards location?

Profs II-53Now, that we’re in the depths of January – a pop of hot pink colour is a sure-fire way to lift my mood and spring in my step.

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Wore this dress to the office the other day.  I simply threw on a warm, extra furry, black and white cowl-neck sweater (a gift I got for Xmas) over top of the dress … belted it … and voila!  Winterized and office ready!  Boom!

IMG_6362Belts can make everything better.  Either a skinny belt over a top, sweater or a sash on a wool coat; having something there to define where your waist is makes you look shapelier.  I really am pleased with how it transformed this furry sweater overtop of this dress.IMG_6369

I often pick out my outfits the night before – especially for those days I’m headed into the office.   I cannot tell you how many times I used to not bother, then be in a rush in the morning and just put on the first thing I could find in a hurry.  With a bit of pre-planning you’ll pick something practical, stylish and feel great, rather than rushing and feeling like a hot mess all day!

Plus it gives you time to pick out your accessories — which I had a habit of running out without when I would pick it out in the morning!  I feel naked without earrings and hate looking for the time only to stare at my bare wrist.  **grumble grumble**

A little planning the night before is totally worth the effort friends. 😉

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How I Got The Look: Acid pink swing dress, AdditionElle; Black n’ white furry sweater, LauraPetites; Sliver buckle belt, Reitmans; Booties, Nine West Outlet

What tricks have you been using to keep warm, cozy and cute during the winter months that help you make the most of your current closet offerings? Tell me about them in the Comments Section below.

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Holiday Double Feature: Sparkle & Shine

We’re mid-week in our special Holiday Double Feature collaboration with Cassie of Style Cassentials.

What holiday series would be complete without talking about Sparkle & Shine?  That’s exactly what we’re gonna focus on today. 🙂

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There is A LOT of sequins in holiday wear this year.  Don’t get me wrong…I love me some sequins!!! But everyone else is gonna be wearing it right now, and I would rather do something different this time around.

Knowing HOW to wear sequins can be a bit tricky.  I’ve done a previous blogpost on How To Wear Sequins & Shine earlier this year, if you’re interested 😉

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Photo credit: Rebecca Northcott Photography

For this holiday look, I decided to let the sparkle and shine show in my accessories, rather an my entire frock.

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I found this peplum dress last year from AdditionElle and have come up with many uses for it, like say THE South Asian Princess Leia…. click here to see what I mean 😉

There is just something about wearing crisp winter whites that really steps up the glamour of an outfit. I wanted to use the ‘sparkle and shine’ factor sparingly for this holiday look.

This amazing sliver-gold-jewelled belt was found in a lovely boutique on West Queen West called Fashion Crimes (NOTE: this shop has recently closed it’s doors and will be reopening as a bespoke boutique elsewhere in Toronto in 2015).

I matched it up with this jewelled bracelet (Aldo Accessories) and gold drop earrings (Your Big Sister’s Closet) to jazz up this holiday outfit.  And lastly, I decided to keep the heels a simple nude pump (Payless), to not distract from the rest of the look.

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Photo credit: Val Soo

Cassie dazzles in her boyfriend jeans, black glitter heels, ivory camisole and black sequin jacket!  Loving the statement necklace too!  Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on Cassie’s holiday outfit.  Or visit her Facebook page here.

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And just in case….if you’ve missed a few from the special Holiday Double Feature?  Not to fear…

1.  Red & Green

2. Office Party (before vs. after 5pm)

Photo credit: Val Soo
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Acid Pink!

I LOVE PINK!  I’d wear it head-to-toe everyday if I could! 😛

So when I found this delightful acid pink dress among the rather drab colour pallets of 2014’s Fall Fashions at AdditionElle last month at the Stockyards Grand Opening – I was over the moon with excitement!
Profs II-53At the time of taking these photos, the weather did not require hosiery.  So I matched up this dress with my NineWest purple leopard peep-toed pumps.

Profs II-52But for Fall/Winter,  I totally plan on paring this look with booties and dark tights. I was recently sent some hosiery from Sonsee – these would be perfect for taking this look into the winter months.   Unlike shape-wear – Sonsee is both comfortable & smoothing with broad ranges in sizing, products and seasonal colours.  Stay tuned for that product review on the blog soon friends 😉

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Since this dress is relatively plain, I thought I’d step up the dazzle-factor with giant jewellery!

Profs II-57This gorgeous statement necklace by Victorious Me, I picked up at SexyPlus Clothing’s Blogger Fall Preview …. I managed to find a perfectly matching set of earrings cheaply from Ardene.
Profs II-51I unveiled this frock at the Damzel’s 20th Anniversary Gala  – adding some vintage effort to my hair and created a mini-bumper-bang (click here for the vid that helped me create it).  Along with my Torrid gold studded black suede sling-backs and my fantastic black petit point 1960s purse (from The Vintage Domain).   

You can really notice my sun-tanned face when you compare the pics from the event to the ones taken by LawrenceKerrPhotography …. stay tuned for a vacation recap post coming soon friends 😉

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Remember when I was torn on wether I should buy this wool + leather jacket from Retmains a little while back (please ignore the floral leggings and laundry basket in the background)?

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Well, your Facebook feedback helped me make the right decision I think —- just look at how great it is with this acid pink frock!

Thanks for the good advice friends!!! 😉
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How I Got The Look:

Acid pink swing dress from AdditionElle; Statement necklace from SexyPlus Clothing; Earrings from Ardene; Hosiery from Sonsee; Wool + Leather jacket from Reitmans; Shoes: NineWest purple leopard peep-toed pumps; Torrid gold studded black suede sling-back heels

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What are your thoughts on this loud acid pink dress? How would you style it for Fall and Winter?  Tell me using the Comment section below…

Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Star Wars in Fashion

I am one of those rare people who only watched the Star Wars movies  as an adult, but never as a kid.  And I’m proud to say I’ve become an instant fan – owning both sets of trilogies on blu-ray 🙂

My favourite character is R2-D2.  Is there anything this beeping trash can on wheels can’t do?R2-D2-8

He’s a projector, a Swiss Army Knife and tolerator of 3PO, all rolled into one. I don’t even mind that he’s gotten too CG in the prequels, when R2 dropped oil slick on some battle droids and ignited them with his personal jet boosters – he’s a rockstar and can do no wrong.  He helped the Rebels topple the Empire, was X-Wing wingman to Luke and to C-3P0’s Riggs, and then stuck around to help the new Republic grow and prosper. R2-D2 is nothing but cool and reliable.

Any droid that can survive getting spit out by some Dagobah sea whale thing is worthy of winning my heart!

 

In an effort to celebrate May 4th – Star Wars Day – I’m dedicating this post to the awesome fun geeky fashions out there that I’d totally rock for realz (if I could find them)… paying homage to this fab sci-fi cultural phenomenon that is STAR WARS.

Shoes 

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(Above images taken from Pintrest, however no links to actual products to purchase 😦 )

 

Love love love this infinity scarf — you could totally wear this anytime, all the time.

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R2D2 Skirt

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Opening Story Text Crawl Tee

In case you have no idea why this Tee is awesome, check out the clip below….

 

In a galaxy far, far away from geek culture there are some fabulous Star Wars fashion out there to be worn May 4th and beyond!  Check out a few of my faves:

Outfits 

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How amazing is this dress!!! (image from Pintrest, no link to purchase)

 

*Insert Vader breathing sound here* 🙂

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The Yoda Look – Do or Do Not. There Is No Try.

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This hooded jacket is beyond words! (image from Pintrest, sadly no link to purchase)

 

And last, but certainly not least….. are these fantastic Star Wars gowns by Rodarte !

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 Do you own any Star Wars fashions of your own?  Where did you get ’em?  Tell. Me. Everything…. use the comments below 🙂

And May the 4th Be With You!

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THE SouthAsian Princess Leia, Swing Dancing Look:

White Peplum dress from AdditionElle; shoes from Winners; sock buns for hair….Tah Dah!  🙂

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Gussied Up & Tess Munster!

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Gussied Up, a plus size clothing boutique owned by the lovely Victoria McGroarty, celebrated the store’s 3rd anniversary this weekend – with a Meet & Greet with Miss Tess Munster!

 

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This delightful Bathurst boutique has classic pieces and Canadian designs in sizes X-3X.  With versatile pieces like day-to-evening dresses, casual blazers, leggings and cute but practical undergarments.

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This past visit I had my eye on the vintage-inspired bathing suits — any era with fashions that celebrates hips & tits wins my heart every time!  The feminine details for belts and bling is what I go weak in the knees for (ended up buying a sweetie-pie one I’ve had my eye on since seeing it on Instagram).

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MINE! The Black Bow Belt!

 

With the weather oh-so gorgeous, I walked up from West Queen West (a significant distance) – so I decided to dress down cozy and comfy with my navy faux Toms (Airwalk from Payless), pink stripped maxi (from AdditionElle), cat-eye sunnies (from The Public Butter), pink moustache scarf (from Winners), faded denim-hoodie jacket (Jessica Simpson from HBC) and my MK grey cross body bag to make my Saturday afternoon stroll to meet Miss Tess Munster!

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The line up to meet Tess nearly wrapped the corner of Dupont!  Lucky for me….Rebecca (of Rebecca Northcott Photography) and I had a “tag-team approach”… and who ever got there first would save a spot for the other, regardless of the dirty looks to come our way by fellow-in-line fans! 😉

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Tess is a Plus-Size Model, Make Up Artist, Body Positive Activist and Blogger based in L.A., who turned her hobbies into a successful career.  She is a petite woman with an amazing smile that truly does light up a room!

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She recently founded the #effyourbeautystandards movement which has over 65,000 shares on Instagram alone, that changed her life. She receives letters and emails from different women every day thanking her for empowering them to love their bodies, and to not be ashamed of being short, pale/dark, or dare I say…Fat.

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The features that Tess was bullied about in her youth, that she now embraces, that has led to her success.  She really is an inspiration, encouraging other women to embrace and accept who they are, as they are.

Tess hopes that girls who are bullied, and women who lack confidence will begin to see their inner and outer beauty at whatever size.

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For everyone that says we can’t show our tummies, wear a pencil/form-fitting skirt, wear a bikini, wear sleeveless tops… YOU can!

That’s the main message of the #effyourbeautystandards campaign   — Tess wants YOU to join her in wearing “daring” fashions & stop hiding your body because society tells you to.

BE a total babe regardless of our size..big OR small we all deserve to feel beautiful.

 

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Take a look at some of the beautiful shots Rebecca captured at the Meet & Greet with Miss Tess Munster at Gussied Up:

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Tess was a delight to meet!  A genuinely nice person — happy to give hugs, pose for pictures …even TAKING SELFIES with her adoring fans!

I’ve got a massive #girlcrush on this woman – even more now that I’ve met her!

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Tess with Rebecca, of Rebecca Northcott Photography

Tess is proof that determination, relentlessness, and positivity can look beautiful on anyone, and that there is a wonderful life past a size 20.

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Gussied Up located at 1090 Bathurst St (at Dupot) in Toronto, Ontario.  You should def make a visit to see what fabulous fashions finds need to be yours!

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Here are a few shots taken by my iPhone camera too:

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Me with Victoria, Owner of Gussied Up!

 

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Shots taken with my iPhone: Me + Victoria and Me + Tess Munster

 

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How to Wear Sequins & Shine

Sequins was a big trend this winter….and it seems to be carrying into spring.  But knowing HOW to wear sequins is a bit tricky.  So I thought I’d dedicate this post to just that!

I personally own 5 sequins/shiny items:

  • Copper/silver  chain purse (Aldo)

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  • Black pumps (Guess)

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  • Copper/Gold tank-top (INC, Hudson Bay Co.)

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  • Gold sequins mini-dress (Sears)

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  •  Blue & black headband/fascinator (Ardene)

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Here are a few general tips for incorporating sequins into your wardrobe:

  1. Mixing sequins with simpler articles of clothing that do not have embellishments will almost always look good. You can dress up something old or something plain without fear of going overboard. For a super casual downtown vibe, I’ve donned my sequins tank layered with long cardi or flannel button-down, black jeans, and a beanie.
  2. If you’re a little wary about wearing sequins on your clothes, you can still work this style out through your accessories!  You might choose a pin, a headband, a purse, shoes, or a piece of jewelry – sequins are great for accent pieces.  As you can see … I started that way with a purse, headband and shoes…easing myself into the sequins scene. 🙂
  3.  You don’t have to stick to standard black or even silver. Sequins come in every color of the rainbow, after all, different colored sequins can create a dazzling effect.  There’s no reason not to experiment with different colors.
  4. However, let me repeat: do not try every colour all at one!   A multicolored sequined extravaganza might be great for a costume and is common with Bollywood looks….., buuuuuut keep it down to one or  two.   Otherwise you’re going to look a little like a disco ball threw up on you, and possibly blind someone.

So waddya think?  Were my general tips above helpful?

Would YOU incorporate a bit of sequins into your wardrobe and outfits?

Rebecca Northcott, of Rebecca Northcott Photography took a few fab shots of me in this gold sequins dress – insisting that this glittery frock be brought out and worn more often.  I wholeheartedly agree!  I’ve only worn this ONCE for a company Holiday Party (more than a year ago).  But by pairing it something more casual, like these tall knee-high/thigh-high black leather boots (from AdditionElle), gives the dress more wearability for a fun night out and about rather than just limited to a Holiday/New Years/one-time only events.  What do you think?   DSC_5404DSC_5386 DSC_5387 DSC_5389 DSC_5398  DSC_5407

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Girls Night Out + Spa Day

With Valentine’s taking place over Toronto’s first long weekend since Xmas holidays –  I’ve allowed myself a few extra days off work to just enjoy being single in the city. My plan was to combine lots of ME time with at least one day of complete indulgence at a Spa + a fab dinner + good wine, where we have an excuse to get all dolled-up and paint the town red…or pink, my fav!

With all the love that’s in the air….spa’s were offering tons of couple deals. Sooo a gf and I decided to take advantage of Elmwood Spa’s $299 deal:

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I’ve been to this spa many times – it truly is an Urban Oasis right in the heart of the city.  Best part about getting any service here is the unlimited access to their Water Therapies! Hot Tub! Steam Room! Pool! All. Day. Long.

We purposely booked this pampering-day-of-bliss on a Sunday…which meant we could spend the Saturday night before with copious amounts of cocktails!  Since neither of us have ever been ‘clubbin’ girls’…our plan for Saturday night was simple: meet at my place for some pre-outting libations, then walk along Queen W towards Ossington to see what sort of happenings we could encounter.

First stop was The Midpoint – this unpretentious little spot that boasted drink specials and cheapy tacos!  The tunes were amazing … early 90s hip hop & RnB! Totally my vibe….unfortunately after a while we realized how young all the other patrons were…apparently this was “Old Skool Night”….sigh.  So we finished our drinks and continued down the street for another happening!

Second stop was quickly found when we discovered $3.50 tequila shots at The Savoy.  I’ve been here a few times for a quick afterwork drink especially on Wednesday: $5 martini friends!  Boom!  Also the lovely bartendress, Heather, often hooks a girl up with this price-point martini any day of the week …cuz I’m charming like that.  😉

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I’ve never been to this spot on a Saturday night where this casual diner spot transforms into a hot-spot, complete with giant bouncer at the door and duelling DJs spinning a terrific mix of old + new.  It was perfect for us …so we drank and danced like nobody was watching in our hot gal outfits and stumbled our way back to my place around 2am! {Insert Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” tune here}

For Saturday Night….here’s what I wore:

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Y’all may remember these over-the-knee/thigh-high boots from my recent shoe haul last week from AdditionElle, finally got to break them in on the dance floor. And I’m happy to say that after spraying them they are still in fantastic shape even though they encountered an evening of salty-slushy streets of Toronto.  I also unveiled one of my dresses from Doll Factory that I picked up at their Epic Sale – this shear long-sleeved Winter Forest dress.  Now being a curvy girl, this dress quickly becomes uber short once all my T&A gets into it. But by pairing it with solid black leggings and these thigh-high boots, I think the dress moves from the scandalous category into the chic-hot-gal category, don’t you think? 🙂

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Originally I wanted to wear this dress with the black lace leggings I picked up from the Sears closing sale at the Eaton Center, sadly the weather wasn’t cooperating. Buuuuuut my freind Bexx captured a few fancy shots of this look as an alternative …see below friends.

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Our massage appointment was booked for mid-afternoon, allowing us a much-needed late-wake-up and a lazy do-it-yourself brunch before we walked our way into the downtown core to begin our day of pampering.  We got there around 2:30pm so that we’d have a nice long soak in the exclusive women-only whirlpool/hot-tub before our full body couples massage with handsome, giant German men with big hands (or so we imagined) whist the knots were rubbed out of our necks and backs.  Then back into the hot-tub + steam room for a few more hours – I was determined not to leave until I looked like a raisin!  Then we got dressed and had a splashy prix fix dinner at the Bangkok Garden.

Upon reflection and further investigation, I’m not entirely sure this Elmwood Spa deal was a “deal” at all….but it was still a fantastic day … money well spent in my books!

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How I got The Look:

Nighttime Forest print dress from Yumi, Doll Factory by Damzels  (Roncessvales & Dundas W Sts.)

Solid black leggings from Old Navy, Toronto Eaton Center/Black lace leggings from Jay Emmanuel, Sears (Toronto Eaton Center)

Over-knee/Thigh-high black boots from AdditionElle (Queen & Yonge Sts)

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Photo credit: Rebecca Northcott, Rebecca Northcott Photography

Quest for Silver Shoes…

I’m going to be a Bridesmaid for a gfs wedding at the end of this month… at the Bride’s request we the Bridesmaids need to find ourselves silver shoes.

For those of you who know me – I love me some shoes!!!  ❤  But to my surprise, among my current collection zero silver options existed. The Bride did say grey pumps were a suitable substitute (which I have)…but I thought I’d poke around a few shoe stores yesterday while I was in the downtown core during my lunch break and see if I could find silver flats that floated my boat enough to wanna wear post-wedding.

The quest for silver shoes led to this mini-haul:

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Ladies! There are crazy deals afoot on footwear at the flagship store at AdditionElle – pun totally intended in this shoe post 😉 

I picked up these seriously-sexy thigh-high wedge boots for $25!!!!! No joke! No catch! $25! Now granted, they aren’t leather and likely not meant for the snow & slush we’ve been contending with…buuuut at this price if I can get a few wears during good weather days over the next few months I’m laughing! $25!!! I’d be loosing money if I didn’t buy it, right? Right! 🙂
Plus…they had tights reduced to $3 a pair!!!! Crazy town…picked up a white and teal pair. How can you leave them on the rack at this price-point? Exactly – you don’t!

OH… Sadly….no silver shoes to be found at AdditionElle.

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 Then I tried Winners at ScotiaPlaza…sadly, no silver shoes that curled my toes…buuuuut check out theses cutie-pies!!! Couldn’t decide on which I liked and needed more: classic black & white OR pink & tan…? At $29 each…why choose? Both pairs clearly needed to be mine. And so they followed me home too. 🙂

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The last spot I wanted to check for silver bridesmaid shoe options was Payless across from the Eaton Center…and there they were! Simple silver glittery flats for a steal at $19! Boom! Shopping done like a Boss!

This bridesmaid-ing stuff is tough…I’m beat! 🙂

Oh…you’ll notice in my haul there’s three packages of pantyhose. At the end of the day I quickly stopped by Dollarama for black sheer pantyhose. YUP Dollarama friends! I dunno ’bout y’all, but if I just look at hosiery the wrong way, they’ll run…LITTERALLY!  So I’ve quit buying expensive hosiery.  The Queen size at the Dollarama fits this petite plus chick just fine and looks fab…Meow!

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