Birthday Frock

 

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Doesn’t this dress just scream:  FALL IS HERE!?

Gawd!!  I fell in love with this on the hangers at Tatyana Boutique – before they closed their Toronto location – which means up to 80% discounts on all their gorgeous frocks.

So I picked up this bad boy…and have been patiently waiting for my birthday to wear it. 🙂

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Not like I ever need an excuse to treat myself to a new frock …teeheee 😛 ….

But if you’ve got a looming birthday on the horizon – that is an EXCELLENT excuse to treat = a new outfit!

At the time of purchasing this dress, I didn’t really have any plans to celebrate my birthday.  All I knew was that this dress needed to be mine.

Click here for more deets of the exact moment this dress stole my heart! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Just look at the fun and sassy lace embellishment around the entire neckline ….. ❤

This dress came with a sweet little deep green ribbon belt…. which I chose to wear in my hair instead of around my waist.

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Now Toronto’s still pretty lucky with the weather we’ve been getting.  So for true birthday purposes wearing this dress solo was perfect!!!

But with Fall officially here now, a girl’s gotta come up with ideas to keep cute + warm.

Here’s my plans for this dress into cooler temperatures….until the snow hits, that is:

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How I Got The Look:

Mirabelle Dress, Tatyana Boutique; Glossy Beige Pumps, Payless Shoes; Fur Collared Sweater, Reitmans

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

What I Did

September babies are the best!!! Turns out several of my peeps are fellow September babies.

So what better way to celebrate ALL of their birthdays than by one big ol’ party doing all the things we each love:

Day Drinking – Patio Potlucking – BBQ’ing – Cake Eating – Dancing – Pole’ing – Hot Tubbing too!!!

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It’s not a party until there’s a POLE!  Giddy Up! 😉

There you have it friends – celebrating turning 29 for the umpteenth time with patio fun, good friends and the perfect weather day!!!

Curious about my birthday outfits from previous years?  Click here, here and here  🙂

Make a Wish! ~~ Happy Birthday to ALL the September Babies out there! xo

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Smart Set


We’re mid-September, but instead of layers-upon-layers to keep us warm, the weather is keeping us in summer dresses!

And I’m loving it!!! 😀

Like this cutie-pie floral one I picked for $10!!!!!!  From a little shop called Smart Set, maybe you’ve heard of it? 
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Smart Set recently had a CLOSING sale.

The Montreal-based retailer said it will shut 107 Smart Set stores over the next 12 to 18 months, including 31 by year end or early next year.  Curious as to why, click here.

Only 31 of the locations will be closed completely. The remaining 76 will be converted to other company banners, which include Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle and RW&Co., as well as Thyme maternity stores.
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When I was in highschool, this was a shop I’d visit often.  But I don’t think I step in one until a few weeks ago, when I saw the closing signs while I was on my lunch downtown.  FullSizeRender-19

Smart Set didn’t carry a plus-size line.  So I was very surprised at finding an XL fit me.

What I really liked about this dress was the criss-cross deep-v back…
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If I had a longer torso, you’d be able to see how the peek-a-boo criss-cross action should work. But for $10, it was coming home with me for sure…and my short-waisted self was gonna wear it anyway!!! 🙂

Oh, the hat … picked it up from Public Butter, on WQW. Click here for other looks in this hat 🙂

Were you a Smart Set fan?  Are you sad about the news that Smart Set having closed?

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How I Got The Look: Hat, Public Butter; Sandals, Berkinstock; Dress, Smart Set

Looking for other summertime simple looks … click here, here, here and here. 🙂

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