9-to-5 & 5-to-9

I wrote this a while a go — and seeing the remaining ‘summer day’ left in Toronto are ones that require sweaters and closed-toed shoes, this post needed to be shared sooner than later.

Enjoy.  xo

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The trickiest part to summer (I think) is figuring out what to wear to the office that’s professional, while keeping you cool and comfortable in the heat of summer days.  Here’s a quick outfit of the day that got lost on my iPhone – pardon the sleepy expression – early morning sun and posing on my balcony clearly don’t mix:

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I’ve owned these pieces for many moons…but have never paired them together, nor have I ever thought of creating an ‘office outfit’ with them.

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How I Got The Look:

  • black peep-toed flats (Payless)  these have become a fabulous ‘commuter’ shoe to get from home to office via TTC (usually with heels in my purse)
  • The white jacket (DressBarn) is super light and meant for summer wear, I think it was meant to be 3/4 length-sleeves…buuuut being petite it basically looks full-length on moi
  • Baby blue blouse (Forever21+) super light and airy fabric … I especially like the single pocket detail of this tank
  • Tribal drawstring pant (Reitmans) possibly the most comfortable pants I own.  For the most part, these days, especially in summer  (I’m a dresses & skirts kinda gal), but these pants are so light that I often find myself double-checking to make sure I’m wear bottoms at all when in these pants. 🙂20140803-191406-69246053.jpg

5p to 9p…..remove jacket head to nearest patio pub with co-workers & friends!

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What do you think of this look?  How do you keep comfortable and cool in the summer with your office looks?  Tell me in the Comments Section

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Flower Power

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”

Miranda Priestley’s famed catty retort from The Devil Wears Prada may live on in infamy, but truth be told I’m not the biggest fan of floral prints.  And I’m seemingly late to the party with this trend this year….with summer in full bloom and all (see what I did there 😉 …)

These pink hibiscus earrings I picked up at last year’s Toronto Vintage Society‘s Tiki Party — were the inspiration for my outfit of the day.

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I have a hard time finding a good lipstick/gloss that actually appears PINK once applied to my lips.  This RIMMEL LONDON Stay Glossy Lip Gloss – Jewel In The Crown is actually perfect…and has become by go-to summer colour.

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This outfit of the day had to do double-duty as a office appropriate work-outfit AND  comfortable enough to Lindy Hop in immediately after work with SWING TORONTO in front of the Gazebo of St. James Park (King/Jarvis Sts)!

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For dancing in the park….the heels had to go.  Sooooo these navy flat peep-toes (Payless) worked out perfectly….

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As you can see, dancing in St. James Park isn’t the easiest thing to do…..the grounds are pretty beat up and kinda tricky for dancing on.  Not like that stopped us or anything.  Check me out friends!!!  🙂

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Special thanks to Liz for taking this perfect shot 🙂

Turns out Old Town Toronto took a bunch of pictures too.  Check out a few during the swing lesson by Swing Toronto before the band went on…..click here for their full photo album of this event.

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Swing Toronto’s lesson before the Band went on….Photo courtesy of Old Town Toronto

Love that this city has soooooo many outdoor music & dancing opportunities….

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Photo courtesy of Old Town Toronto
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Photo courtesy of Old Town Toronto

Here’s a few snaps from at Harbourfront Centre’s Dancing on the Pier event earlier this month.  I love this city!!!

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Dancing on the Pier a few weeks ago….with fellow Toronto Vintage Society sistas: Liz (The Vintage Inn) and Erin (Delovely Delightful)
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Yet another Swing Dancing in the Streets pic…from 2014 The Beaches Jazz Festival (this past weekend) with Toronto Lindy Hop  Can you find me?  Click here for outfit details on this Seafoam Swirl dress

How I Got The Look:

Floral pencil skirt from H&M; Navy top from Reitmans; Navy flat peep-toes from Payless; Pink heels from MTNY; Purse from Your Big Sister’s Closet

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Have you made it out to any outdoor music and dancing events in Toronto this summer?  Which ones?  Tell me all about the in the comments section friends!

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Summertime Simple

BBQ invitations are in full force … and I’m lovin’ it!

So fun, flirty, light-weight summer dresses is what I’m all over when it comes to going from the heat of daytime sun into the wee hours of late night drinking in someone’s backyard or balcony.

Like this easy-peasy summertime look I put together the other weekend:

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Waddya think of this cute lil’ cherry tote I picked up from Forever21?   Not only is it oh-so cute…. It’s perfect for BYOB and for carrying along pot-luck contributions to shindigs 🙂

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Depending on what time these BBQ get-to-gethers take place have ultimately been the determining factor on whether I’m bringing along sun-protection aka a HAT!

I picked up this simple wicker fedora from The Public Butter (vintage shop on WQW) and it has worked with basically ever summer outfit I’ve thrown together.

Don’t believe me?  Take a look at Exhibits A, B and C below:

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Exhibit A: Best Summer Fedora Ever!
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Exhibit B: Best Summer Fedora Ever!
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Exhibit C: Best Summer Fedora Ever! (Too much sun & sangria this day) 🙂

How I Got The Look:

Layered strapless dress from Old Navy; Navy peep-toed flats from Payless Shoes; Wicker Fedora from The Public Butter; Cherry Tote from Forever21; Seashell necklace, earrings and bracelet souvenirs  from Dominican Republic, Cuba & Halifax, respectively 😉

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What’s your easy-peasy Summertime BBQ outfit of choice friends?  Tell me in the comments section!

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