Last Week, Today

I’m really enjoying writing these “looks-in-review” weekly blogposts for you friends 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying reading them…

Here’s what I got up to last week:

Back in the Habit Again

Sooooo this happened.  Sister Irene appeared last weekend for the annual Swing Out To Victory dinner/dance event in Hamilton.

Click here to see 2014 and 2015‘s event.

Here I am in all of my holy glory.  Don’t worry – it was sacramental wine I was drinking 😉

Don’t look too closely, as I sewed this costume myself… still can’t believe it!

I was apart of a fantastic costume theme – where 11 of us dressed as the cast of The Sound of Music.  Complete with the Baroness, The Captain, Maria, all 7 Von Trapp children and of course the Rev. Mother …moi! 🙂

This wasn’t the first time I showed off my ‘nun-sense side’.  Check out the below from my days of Halloween costuming in elementary school.

Happy to report we WON 1 place for the Best Dressed contest this year!!!  Huge deal, considering this was my first attempt at sewing anything.

Special thanks to my mom for her sewing machine + help & guidance with laughs. 🙂

Stylish & Warm

Last week the temps dipped into the negatives which forced me to get all bundled up in winter outer wear.

I found this lovely shop on WQW called Pockets & Pearls with this gorgeous wool hat.  The broad brim and tricolour of merlot-camel-navy …

The navy jacket is from Eloquii’s new petite line.  The first time a coat has fit me properly in the shoulders and in the length of the arms.  If you haven’t checked them out before – you should!!!!

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How I Got The Look:  Navy Coat with Gold Buttons, Eloquii Petites; Hat, Pockets & Pearls; Shoes, NineWest; Gloves w/fur trim, Danier Leather; Pants, Old Navy; Scarf and purse are vintage finds

Toddler-Granny

I’ve always have a hard time explaining what my “personal style” truly is.  Until I read this article:  ‘Toddler Grandma Style,’ The Fashion Approach That Will Set You Free

I’m always a sucker for a cute print on a dress.  Found this foxy frock at Forever 21+…

Simply paired it with a vintage gold-button cashmere cardi and booties.  And voila!

A Casual Friday Office Appropriate outfit was born 🙂

There you have it –  what  I wore, last week.

Hope I’ve created a few inspirations for you to try this week.  xo

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Last Week, Today


My office wear series continues with more shameless bathroom selfies and corporate business casual looks that I made happen last week.

I’m hoping they’ll bring you some inspiration for your stylish selves this week 🙂

Sweater Weather….Ooh LaLa

I’ve yet to turn over my closet from summer to winter.  And I’m doing everything I can to avoid wearing pantyhose until absolutely necessary.  Enter knee-high knit socks.

How I Got The Look…..Sweater: Old Navy (click here for other looks); Bird skirt: Old Navy (click here); Knee-high socks: Ardene; Shoes: Nine West (click here)

What I’m loving about this look is how easy it is, but looks like I spent time coordinating colours and graphic prints.  Pssst….I didn’t!

Check my Instagram for more pics and to find out how I got this outfit inspiration in the first place 😉

Camel Cutie

 

This sandy camel colour sweater is an XL from JoeFresh.  Totally fell in love with the adorable and detailed neckline.

I struggled a little to find a way to wear this sweater that WASN’T a basic black bottom.

And then I remembered this batik printed skirts I picked up from The Central Market in KL, Malaysia ….

How I Got the Look: Sweater, JoeFresh; Skirt, travels to Malaysia click here; Flats from Payless, click here

Casual Friday Pawfection

Do you remember this doggie sweatshirt I picked up recently?

I totally didn’t need it.  It was a total impulse buy.  But I managed to take it to the office on my first “casual Friday” #ootd in a long, long time.

How I Got the Look: Sweater & Jeans, F21+, Scarf, H&M; Boots, Payless, Earrings, MyBeadedDesigns

It just so happened that I had the paw-fect earring set to match too!  Click here to read more about these PAWs and how to get yourself a pair.There you have it friends.  A few of my real life “outfit of the day” from last week.

Did you like ’em? Got a favourite?  Let me know in the comments section below … always love hearing from you! xo

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5 Blogger Looks for Fall

Layers are what makes Fall my most favourite season!  But sometimes a girl needs some inspiration to help her shop and repurpose items from her own closet.

That’s when I go to the Fashion Bloggersphere for inspiration.  Here is a short Top 5 list of the looks I’m digging this Fall:

#5.  Style Cassentials

Pale pink over pumpkin – Cassie of StyleCassentials creating colour combos I never think of  ❤ …and those fringed open-toed booties….Gawd!!!  Just lovely!

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#4 Glitter and Lazers

A girl after my own heart rocking the perfect colourful pattern in this long-sleeved collar-necked dress ❤

Click here for the deets on her look.

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#3. Girl With Curves

This is Tanesha of GirlWithCurves.  Just loving how a little fur collar can make such a difference to your entire outfit. ❤  Work wear at its finest ❤

Click here for deets on this look.

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#2. Curvily

This is Sarah of Curvily – a fellow petite who’s rocking a dark denim jumpsuit like a BOSS!

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#1. CurvyGirlChic

This is Allison, of CurvyGirlChic is just doing all the right things with plaids.

Click here for the deets on this look.

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There you have it … my TOP 5 Fall Looks from the Bloggersphere.

Who are your style inspiration/girl crush outfits for the Fall season so far?

Tell me about them in the comment section below and link to their look so I can take a peek! 🙂

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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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Summer Sales, Fall Tales

Oh you feel that crispness in the air … Fall is here friends!

And you know what that means:  Summer Sales!!!

This outfit cost $20!  Reitmans Summer Sales are the greatest!

Yep!  It’s your chance to nab some super cute summer stuff on the cheap.

Stay on the lookout for low-cost pieces in jewel tones that can pull a summer wardrobe into fall.

And the perfect opportunity to try and extend these new pieces you acquire into transitioning weather outfits!  So checkout my recent summer sale finds and how I’m gonna make them work into Fall….

It’s a TWO piece!!!  And the skirt has deep pockets!!!

Winners and Reitmans seem to be my go-to stops for summer sale hunting, especially if I’m in the downtown office.

Purse, old (recently rediscovered it in my closet); Necklace from MyBeadedDesign; Guess Platform sandals, Winners ($29); Matchy top ($10) and skirt ($10) from Reitmans

For cooler Autumn days — simply add tights, trade in open toes for closed toed shoes and a sweater layer in a warm colour, like orange below 😉

Ya’ll know I’m a shopaholic.  It would be really easy to blow your fashion budget on buying new clothes for the fall, especially with so many tempting window displays out there right now.  (I fell victim to it recently after a simple dental cleaning appointment – if you’re following me on Instagram, then you know what I mean). :/

But your Fall Tales doesn’t have to buying a completely new wardrobe. By adding richer textures, darker colours and a little added warmth your summer clothes …and  you’ll be able to wear ’em well into right into winter!!!

So, what do you think of my Summer Sale, Fall Tale here?  You like?

What are some of your tips for transitioning your wardrobe for cooler weather?

Tell me in the comments section below 🙂

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Holiday Double Feature: Red & Green

Your holiday calendar is likely packed with tons of parties and get-togethers over the next couple weeks.   You’re gonna need a festive frock or two for this super-social season.

Not to fear friends, me & Cassie of Style Cassentials, are gonna be giving you some inspiration when it comes to outfits, accessories and all that jazz ALL WEEK with our special Holiday Double Feature collaboration!

We’re kicking off the series talking about the classic christmas combo colours of Red and Green 🙂

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Photo credit: Val Soo

When I’m feeling festive, it’s hard for me not to over do it with the reds and the greens.  For holiday parties, pick one to avoid looking like a christmas ornament 🙂

This green fanny midi skirt is pretty great – so great in fact, that I even bought it in a wine red too! Click here to see that.  To make it holiday and winter ready I paired it up with a simple black sweater and jazzed it up with jewellery.

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The details on the neckline and arms of this black sweater were really pretty, and to draw attention to them I kept the jewellery minimal & matching in a deep red-gold combo to give my overall outfit the festive feeling I was after.

How I Got The Look:  Fanny midi skirt from Tatyana Boutique;  Black sweater from Reitmans; Maryjane shoes from NineWest; Purse from Danier Leather; Red cuff and necklace from Celo, Gold on red belt from Fashion Crimes

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Photo credit: Val Soo

I wore this outfit (slightly modified) recently, to Your Big Sister’s Closet store’s holiday bash  — since it was a mild evening I wore a simple black corp top (Forever21+, click here), my faux fur bag (Aldo, click here) and black suede booties (Nine West, click here) instead.

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While I went green, Cassie did the opposite showcasing a red dress with sheer panel at the hem of the skirt, with green nail polish to add to her festive look.  Her crisp white blazer can take this look to the office …and beyond!  Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled her holiday look below.  Or visit her Facebook page here. 🙂

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Cassie of Style Cassentials

What do you think about these looks?  How are you going to be rocking the festive red & green this holiday season?  Tell me in the comments section…

Stay tuned tomorrow as we continue with this special Holiday Double Feature Collaboration!!!!

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Photo Credit: Val Soo



 

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: Sporty Chic

Here it is folks ….. the LAST outfit post from our week long Fall Double Feature special. Hazza!!!

I hope you’ve been enjoying and following this FIRST SERIES on PPMeow!  Cassie from Style Cassentials and I had so much fun putting together this collaboration.  And we’d love to know what you thought too (use the comments section below to do just that, friends).

We’ve been discussing and putting our own unique twists to Fall trends ALL 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 and Fall ready! 🙂

Let us end this series  by being Sporty Chic!

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Waddya think of this triple-split shot taken by LawreneceKerrPhotography …whist I was ‘getting camera ready’ in the mirror? Kinda clever huh…

This was the hardest of all the Fall looks for me to put together this week, from my existing wardrobe.

Truth be told, dressing down or sporty isn’t something I do regularly.  Seeing as I work from home, I revel in the opportunities to leave the house — and when I do I always wanna dress up, rather than dress down 🙂

So this was a good challenge for me.

Profs II-17My entire mauve-toned outfit is from Reitmans.  I’ve totally become a skirt-and-dresses-type-of-chick days, so I paired this simple pencil skirt with a tri-coloured striped button down v-neck cardi.  For some reason anything in a stripe seems ‘sporty’ to me …

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Of course, these high-top platform sneaks help give the whole look a more casual-sporty-vibe.  I try to avoid wearing sweaters with jackets in the Fall – so in an effort to keep warm for Fall temperatures, a simple black n’ white patterned pashmina scarf worked out perfectly.  And then for a third pattern, my zebra clutch.

Profs II-18How I Got The Look:

Tri-colour stripped cardi & mauve skirt from Reitmans; High-top kicks from Torrid; Zebra clutch from AlterEgo Clothing and the black n’ white pashmina scarf and hoop earrings were gifted

How much do you love this diagonal zip jacket Miss Cassie is wearing? And that fabulous cuff – LOVE IT!  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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Cassie of Style Cassentials

And just in case….if you’ve 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;       Blue Hues click here;     Mad for Plaid click here

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Fall Double Feature: Blooms on Black

Happy Hump Day!!!  I hope you’ve been enjoying and  following my Fall Fashion series in collaboration with Cassie from Style Cassentials.

We’re discussing fall trends this week – if you missed any of my previous posts, you can check them out here, here and here.

Today we are talking about Blooms on Black!

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I haven’t always been a big fan of florals, but this Fall, I’m starting to re-think this….considering we’re only at Hump Day Wednesday with this special blog series, and I’ve already worn blooms-on-black twice!  (Click here to see how I incorporated florals with leather earlier this week.)

Profs II-06This Dorothy Perkins metallic floral top is adorable and feminine…perfect for evening or date night.

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I’m really feeling gold this Fall … in accessories like watches, bangles, necklaces, earrings.  Get yourself some GOLD friends!

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In an effort to really play up the gold elements of this top, I paired it with a simple black pencil skirt and my giant pearl necklace…

Profs II-12…keeping my purse and shoes simple matte black.

The back of this top is really the showstopper – don’t you think? 🙂  Dorothy Perkins – A UK company that sells some really beautiful, classic plus size pieces that are high quality and that you are sure to have in your wardrobe for years to come. Many of the items are wardrobe staples. Excellent quality and they sell Canadian sizes 14-18, as well as straight sizes.  Lucky for me The Hudson Bay Co. carry her line and I got to scoop up this fab top without online hassles!

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How I Got The Look:

Floral ivory & metallic toned top from Dorothy Perkins; black pencil skirt from Old Navy; open toed pumps from Diesel; Giant pearls from Your Big Sister’s Closet;  vintage bracelets from Toronto Vintage Clothing Show; black purse gifted

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How cute is Cassie in this terrific felt hat!?  The blue hues with yellow blooms on black in this dress is just lovely.  Plus those amazing gold earrings….Love. It!

Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled the trends.

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Cassie of Style Cassentials

What are your thoughts around wearing florals in Fall?  How would you incorporate this trend into your wardrobe this season?  Use the comments section and tell me all about it…

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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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

 

 

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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Cassie of Style Cassentials

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