Seafoam Nautical

A few weeks ago I pieced together an outfit on Instagram – follow me 😉 –  for an upcoming date night outfit … with pieces in my current closet (as I’m totally broke a$$ since returning from my magical PPMeowAsianAdvenure)

Let me give you a run down of the items I selected.

How I Got The Look:

Seaform hi-low sheer top (Your Big Sister’s Closet) ; High-waisted stripped black n’ white pencil skirt (Winners); Peep-toed black pumps (Nine West); Multi-strand necklace (Stella & Dot); Anchor clutch (Aldo Accessories)

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This sheer seafoam hi-low top I picked up last year from Your Big Sister’s Closet, it’s a piece that has worn well and continues to get tons of compliments and comments every time I don it.

First dates are always tricky when it comes to ‘the girls’ – you want to look alluring and highlight certain ‘assets’ without giving it all away.  A difficult fine line when you’re a busty gal like moi.

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This top works perfectly to give that allure … being sheer, giving you the illusion you can see everything….but having a high-enough neckline to let you have a sit-down dinner without having ‘the girls’ take over the meal.

Love the black lace detail down the front of this to too.  Really just ties in all the other pieces of my outfit and helps dress-up this otherwise simple outfit.
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It seems I’m a big fan of Nautical Inspired looks – click here, here, here and here to see what i mean 😉

What do you think of this as a first date outfit?  Do you approve?  What would you do differently?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Holiday Double Feature: Casual Cocktails


Here we go – the very last outfit post of our week-long Holiday Double Feature collaboration series with Cassie of Style Cassentials.  

We’ve been discussing and putting our own unique twists to some Holiday trends ALL week. Hope you’ve been enjoying it.  If you missed any of my previous posts I’ll list them at the end of this one…so you can get yourself caught up and festive ready! 🙂

There’s bound to be a few dress-down weekend holiday house parties you’re gonna have to hit – and that’s what we’re focusing on with this last post we’re calling: Casual Cocktails!

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I picked this soft pink lace trim top on sale from Penningtons a few months ago.  It totally caught my eye with its mix-media textures, this top would go well with a skirt or dress pants, to the office on weekdays and totally works with jeans on the weekend.

The lovely lace trim and cool colour-blocking over soft pink sheer front and cotton back just makes this top oh-so unique.

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Since this top has lots of interest to it, I was easily able to tone down the vibe of my outfit while still looking a bit ‘holiday fancy’ for a festive house party at the neighbours or whatever last min invites that may come your way for boozy egg nog and Christmas cookies 🙂

Faux fur bag from Aldo Accessories

How I Got The Look:  Sheer & cotton laced top from Penningtons; Navy tuxedo striped pixie pants from Old Navy; Brown suede booties from Reitmans; Faux fur bag from Aldo Accessories; Bow-tie earrings were gifted.

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Cassie’s off-the-shoulder winter white sweater with lace skirt combo is oh-so romantic for the holidays.  Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled the trends.  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 5p vs. after 5p)

3. Sparkle & Shine

4. Tuxedo Glam

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Farewell to Fall: Round Up!

Ok friends….seems like Fall came and went in a blink of an eye and we’ve already been thrown into Winter weather.  I thought before we start focusing on winter wear, we’d take a look at some of the trending colours and vibes in Fall fashion on the blog.

Here’s a roundup  of a few I personally have embraced over the last few months of blogposts.  Each image is linked to this individual post, just click on it for more details on the look 🙂

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The Classic Combo: Black n’ White
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Acid Pink
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Blue Hues

Fall (and Winter) is perfect for  ‘Sweater Weather’ …. so here are a few looks incorporating just that – sweater glamour:

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Transition Summer into Fall with sweater love

The big patterns I noticed and loved the most this Fall have been BLOOMS ON BLACK and PLAID!

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Mad for Plaid III

and last, but not least….is LEATHER!!  It was everywhere:

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Loving the leather at the hems and shoulders of this Newsprint Navy frock
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Warming up my leather moto with a black n’ white plaid poncho
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Wearing a leather jacket as a blazer to take a jumpsuit to the office
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Leatherette panels and collar for some edgy office wear
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Adding leather to dark florals

And of course a combination of everything above to transition a maxi skirt for sweater weather and leather — a little teaser of an upcoming blogpost friends 😉

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Transitioning Maxi into Fall/Winter wear

Waddya  think of this  Farewell to Fall roundup?  Think there’s potential to take some well into the Winter months too.

Any stand out as your personal favourites? Leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!

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Shopping Haul: Toronto Premium Outlets

Last week after an innocent brunch with a new friend, we decided to hit the Danier Leather Friends & Family one-day sale.  In an effort to avoid downtown locations, we thought we’d take a drive out to Halton Hills for Toronto Premium Outlets instead.

And this was the result…

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I know! I know!  I’ve got a problem!  Buuuuuut when I explain how each purchase came about, I’m sure you’ll agree that they HAD to be made. 🙂

Here we go…

Remember when my heart was torn between which furry purse to buy …

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Well, I found it on sale …the very last one (which scored me an extra 10% off at Aldo).   Clearly, it had been waiting for me!!!

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I haven’t bought myself a new pair of sneakers in maybe 5-years.  These hot pink laces totally caught my eye.  Tagged at $110, marked down to $60 PLUS, for today only they were $40% off!!!  That’s basically free… 🙂

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Oh man…those hot pink laces are gonna make me move super fast! I’m sure of it! 🙂

As we continued looking for the Danier.…we came across these babies in the window of NINE WEST:

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These lovelies are uber comfy and made of suede …on sale for $99 + 20% off at the cash!

And then there was a giant sale sign that forced us into ROCKPORT …where I found these basic black lace ups for $29!!!!!!! I’d be losing money if I just left them behind, right?  RIGHT!

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And then finally we made it to our original destination: DANIER LEATHER!

I have to say that for an “outlet” this Danier location didn’t really have ‘outlet pricing’.  Buuuuuut with the 30% off the lowest ticketed price with the Friends & Family day sale, the sting at the counter wasn’t too bad.

IMG_5546Picked up two beautiful pairs of leather gloves: brown with rabbit fur cuffs and black weaved leather … both of which feel like butta! And this lovely black with gold hardware purse marked down to $50!

I was too busy shopping to take Outfit of the Day pictures.  But did manage to get this one shot:

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What I Wore: Danier moto jacket; Black n’ white plaid poncho, Reitmans; Leather cuff leggings, Forever21+; Wine coloured sweater dress, Reitmans; Studded flats, Payless and my MK cross body purse.

Can’t wait to incorporate these new pieces into looks – stay tuned to the blog for those outfit posts!

If you haven’t made a visit to Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills yet…I highly suggest you do!  PS:  They have a Hudson Bay Company Outlet!! My hands (and credit card) were too full for me to explore this time around.  Guess that means I’ll have to stop by again and soon! 😉

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Playful Plaid

IMG_5071Last month I ran a special 7-day long Fall Double Feature collaboration series with Style Cassentials, where we explored and put our own twists on upcoming trends for Fall.

One of the big trends this season is being Mad for Plaid!  Today I’m taking a more playful approach to plaid 🙂

Proofs-05There has been a sudden spike in Toronto temperatures lately,  which means getting into full on Fall garb on 20+ degree days, just doesn’t make sense.  So for today’s outfit of the day I decided to wear a sheer plaid shirt, with leggings for an easy, casual look.

Proofs-06Typically early mornings and evenings tend to be cooler – quick.  So in an effort to combat the sudden dips in temps … this light jean jacket and wooly wonderful-ness of this infinity scarf are perfect solutions! 🙂

Proofs-09How I Got The Look:

Jean jacket from Old Navy; Thick wool infinity scarf from Aldo Accessories; Black n’ white sheer plaid shirt from Reitmans; Leather calf leggings from Forever21+; Large cream Coach bag; Beige + sea foam toed heels from The Hudson Bay Co.; jewelled studded flats from Payless; extra thick infinity scarf from Aldo; and vintage bracelets from Spring’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

 

Proofs-08What do you think of this look? How would you  incorporate plaid into your Fall looks?  Use the Comments section and tell me your thoughts!

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Fall Double Feature: Blue Hues

Hi Friends!!  Today is actually MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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Yep, I’m a September baby – woot! woot!

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I’ve gotta admit …. this year I’m feeling a bit of the birthday blues … and NOT in a sad, depressing kinda way 😉

Have you noticed many shades of blue have been incorporated into Fall Runway Shows and magazines lately?   Blues are often a very flattering colour on every skin tone and silhouette.   With almost every shade of blue out there this season …Today we are talking about: Blue Hues!

I hope you’ve been following my series in collaboration with Cassie from Style Cassentials.   We’re discussing fall trends this week – if you missed any of my previous posts I’ll list them at the end of this one…so you can get yourself caught up 🙂

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This gorgeous royal blue & white Nouveau bodycon dress was sent to me by a delightful online boutique called VoluptousGirlz … and as you can see, it fit me like a golve!

Profs II-26The length of this dress is perfect …giving me a professional look from the front, with the helpful pattern distracting from my tummy.  And then when I turn around – BAM!

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….Super sexy deep-v in the back!

I have to admit …when I received this dress I was a bit nervous of how low the deep-v really was.  There was no way I was going braless!

I found by wearing a thin white cami underneath not only did it solve the hide-the-bra issue, but also created more smoothness for the rest of the dress to lay flater against my body overall.

Profs II-29 How I Got The Look:

The Nouveau dress from VoluptuousGirlz Boutique; white & gold bib + gold drop earrings  from Aldo Accessories; glossy grey pumps from Hudson Bay Co.; vintage bracelets from spring’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show; and finally the purse – I cannot remember friends, sorry.

Profs II-28From all of the birthday promotions from my favourite stores filling up my inbox all month long, it is clear that blues are a definite haute colour this Fall.   How are you going to rock the blue hues from your closets this Fall?  Tell me all about your plans in the comment section below…

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Cassie of Style Cassentials

While my look is a bit more Va-va-va-voom,  Cassie combines fall neutrals like ivory and caramel with a long flowy navy maxi skirt for a laid-back look. Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled the trends.  Or visit her on Facebook here.  Me likee!

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Outfit sponsored by Voluptuous Girlz

Voluptuous Girlz is an online boutique that appeals to the Diva whose assets are voluptuous, and she will wear her piece with such style and grace. Each piece is selected by a voluptuous Diva who knows what is takes to appeal to a girl who exemplifies that person.

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Have you missed a few from the special Fall Double Feature?  Not to fear…

Loving Leather click here

Sweater Glamour click here

Modern Monochrome click here

Blooms on Black click here

 

Fall Double Feature: Modern Monochrome

I hope you’ve been enjoying and following my Fall Double Feature series in collaboration with Cassie from Style Cassentials.   We’re discussing fall trends all week long.  If  you missed any of my previous posts, you can check them out here and here.

Today we are talking about Black n’ White aka Modern Monochrome: The Classic Combo!Proofs-11
When you’re done reading my post, head on over to Style Cassentials or catch up with her on Facebook for all the details on how Cassie is styling the trends. 🙂

You really can’t go wrong when you rock a classic like black n’ white together.  This is the first crop top I’ve ever been brave enough to wear.  Waddya think?

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I actually wore this exact look for New Year’s Eve this past year…minus the open-toed booties.  Swapped them for black stockings and my rocker boots instead, to better suit winter weather.

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How I Got The Look:

Skirt and crop top from Forever21+; open-toed booties and burgundy glossy clutch from Aldo; Odetta Cuff and Medina bib from Stella & Dot

For the monochrome skirt in other looks click here.  For the crop top in other looks click here.  For the open-toed booties in other looks click here.

Proofs-14 What do you think about this look?  How are you going to be rocking the classic black n’ white trend this Fall?  Tell me in the comments section…

Looks like Cassie and I are pulling a twinsy-tuesday with the open-toed booties in both of our Modern Monochrome outfits 🙂  I adore all of Cassie’s jewellery and accessory choices in her look below, don’t you?

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Onesie for me

You must have notice all the hype around Jumpsuits and Rompers in plus sized fashion these days….especially for summer.  Wondering what your thoughts are on them?

A few months ago I did a roundup post on this, trying to figure out if this trend is for me.  Click here for my initial reactions to this plus-size fashion trend.

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I wasn’t quite sure this trend was for me …. a onesie in any season seemed to be more trouble than it was worth.  Plus, the length and hip-to-shoulder ratios would typically be all off on my petite-plus sized bod.  Any any alterations that would be required would only increase the price point I was willing to pay for THIS fashion trend.

But this gem fit!  I found it in straight-sizes as an XXL …it wasn’t too long at all, the shoulders were only slightly larger than required AND it was only $19!  #winning  🙂

What I really like about this jumpsuit/onesie is the thoughtful details of the flattering v-neck and the added bonus POCKETS for your phone and lip gloss!

I could totally see myself taking this from DAY-TO-NIGHT with a chic blazer and pointy-toed pumps, to get this office/boardroom ready. Transition to evening cocktails or weekend fun with layers of gold jewelry and metallic sandals.

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This jumpsuit could easily be a great  option to keep your packing light on vacation. Pair it with simple flat sandals to stroll by day, and wedges for an evening look.

An additional bonus…is that there’s a slight elastic ankle, which allowed me to wear the pants shorter if I wanted to…like I did above.  With the interesting dark navy pattern of the jumpsuit, I chose to keep all the other accessories simple and gold to standout a bit more, along with my white ceramic MK watch.  And lastly, I added a skinny gold belt to the waist, as it is the only GOLD belt I own.

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Sorry for the headphone cord getting in the way of this belt pic…

Ideally, I would have liked to have worn this onesie with a more substantial gold belt…like the ones I’ve been coveting on my Polyvore collage board:

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How I Got the Look:

White cross body w/gold stud purse, gold drop earrings & gold coral necklace, Aldo Accessories; Gold & white sandals, Le Chateau; Navy patterned jumpsuit, Reitmans; Michael Kors watch; Gold skinny belt, Dressbarn (from an old dress)

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THIS JUST IN…..Reitmans (one of my favourite retailers) just recently put these pics of me onto their store’s Instagram!  Exciting!!!! 🙂

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Can you find me? **Squeal**

 Who’s already jumped on this bandwagon?  Rompers? Jumpsuits? Where from?

 Share friends…use the Comments section … tell me everything! 🙂

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Hello, Yellow!

It was a gloomy partly cloudy day in Toronto … and surprisingly chilly for a July day.

With an afternoon full of meetings in the downtown core (yuck), my mood needed some lifting.  So I decided that my outfit needed to be bright, loud and fresh.

Here’s what I came up with:

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I’ve been searching for “the perfect yellow” – very difficult to find.  Found this lovely light-weight sweater in the clearance rack ($14) at Reitmans in The Duffrin Mall the other day, figured I’d be saving it for the Fall, but today was just cool enough to unveil it.20140715-122433-44673157.jpg

My favourite parts of this outfit are the shoes and purse!!!   Picked up both pieces LAST summer…..when I was totally obsessing over this amazing turquoise colour.  Even my earrings match in this outfit.  Aren’t these shoes just fantastic!!!!  Gawd! I love them! 🙂

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So….Waddya think?

Multiple patterns!  Loud colours! Too much for an afternoon in the office?  Maybe…..buuuut I don’t care.

I like it!  It totally lifted my mood – and I’m ready to face these meetings with a “passionately neutral” approach 🙂

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How I Got The Look:

Yellow & white stripped summer sweater from Reitmans; Grey checkered pencil skirt (click here to see skirt in other posts), Dorothy Perkins from The Hudson Bay Co.; Fabulous patterned peep-toed pumps from Nine West; Turquoise purse from Aldo Accessories; Earrings gifted.

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OOTD: Rainy Day Alternative

It’s a full week of rain in Toronto … and although I’ll happily take it over snow, I’m always looking for alternatives so I can avoid carrying around a giant umbrella to get from A to B in the city.

I have the best pair of galoshes!!! These pink paisley rubber boots basically screamed “Irene” when I scored them a million years ago from Wal-Mart.

20140402-230400.jpgBut sometimes, a girl doesn’t want to be in humid rubber boots all day.  Plus, these boots don’t exactly go with ever look and outfit.  😉

So here’s what I put together as a Rainy Day Alternative recently … in an effort to rid myself of an umbrella and galoshes.

The solution: A giant hat + booties!

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Now naturally, this alternative is only good if the temperature is warmish (15+) and rain not too heavy so your footwear doesn’t get ruined.  Since my jacket was 3/4 sleeved (and extremely light), pairing it with this fun scarf helped give me that extra bit of warmth.  If you wanna see the many other ways to tie a scarf, I’ve got you covered in that link 🙂

Since the overall colour scheme was pretty simple and muted, I thought I’d add a pop of colour by wearing this HOT Pink gold studded belt to give my outfit some pizzazz!

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I’ve been all over this circle scarf I picked up back in November from Aldo (I even mentioned it in my Interview upon being nominated for a 2014 LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD).   It’s a light-weight simple beige toned bird patterned scarf, that I find myself adding to any and all outfits I whip up, especially on the weekends for running errands or impromptu meet-ups for brunch, drinks and the like.

Like the look?  What are your solutions to looking cute in the rain?

 

How I Got The Look:

Bird circle scarf, Aldo Accessories (click here for related other posts)

Pink paisley galoshes, Wal-Mart (click here for related other posts)

3/4 sleeved brown jacket, AdditionElle

Black n’ white striped long-sleeved dress, Old Navy

Hot pink studded belt, Your Big Sister’s Closet

Large cream brimmed hat, Toronto Vintage Clothing Show(click here for related other posts)

Faux cowboy booties, Payless( click here for related other posts)