Toronto Vintage Society’s KITSCHMAS CABIN!

10849868_1501533426796396_1296356340448560908_nEarlier this month the Toronto Vintage Society gathered together to celebrate all things MERRY, KITSCHY and BRIGHT by turning the Cadillac Lounge into a winter cabin!

But what the heck do we mean by “Kitschy”?  Good question!

“Kitsch”, according to Wikipedia, is;  (/ˈkɪ/; loanword from German) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. Kitsch generally includes unsubstantial or gaudy works or decoration, or works that are calculated to have popular appeal.  Click here to read and see more about exactly what this means 🙂

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The Event:

$5 at the Door got you entertainment galore!!  40s/50s themed decor and suggested dress code with Best (and kitschiest) Dressed prizes to be won!  Along with vintage cocktails flowing all night and home made treats, handmade kitsch and vintage chachkas for sale!

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The Cadillac Lounge transformed into our Kitschmas Cabin

The Toronto Vintage Society never does anything half-assed …. always FULL ass! 😛

Not only were we able to transform the Cadillac Lounge into a wintery holiday cabin, there was all kinds of fun entertainment all night long to get everyone into the festive spirit no matter what your ‘thing’ was.  There was even a Nail Artist: Strawberry LIPs n TIPs creating one-of-a-kind holiday art one nail at a time!!

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Loving my amazing Rudolph nail art – outstanding!!!

This party was non-stop entertainment which included…vintage vinyl and holidays classic movies played all night long by our very own DJ Tarana Pete…

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DJ Tarana-Pete spinning vintage vinyl & holiday movie classics

PLUS Performances by ELVIS and his burlesquing alter ego – Blue Suede Sue.  Then the adorable Miss Kitten Monroe.

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Me with the talented Tia Brazda and delightful Kitten Monroe

AND performances by the Tia Brazda Swing Band with her hit song Christmas in Mexico!! Take a listen and get yourself a copy… Tis’ the season for this catchy toe-tapper of a tune 🙂

Ooooh…and there was plenty of swing dancing too!!!

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Me with my skirt all a-twirl!

As you can see…..We PACKED the place!  It was a spectacular night!!!

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I’m pretty sure I managed to sell raffle tickets to every single person in here!

And to top it all off…..we even had an amazing Winter Wonderland of a photo booth setup with SANTA!

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Click here for the full TVS Photo Booth album — each picture just jumps off the screen with happiness and joy!

If you didn’t make it out to the event, you can relive the fun – prepare to smile your faces off 🙂15863724779_c6e16886d9_k

Dancing went on until the wee hours of the morning …. AND there was even karaoke in the backroom!!!

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Collage-o-Fun captured by my iPhone …

I’m not gonna lie, due to all the liquid courage (who knew apple cider and rum would be such a delicious combination) I may have gotten up on stage to belt a tune or two.  There is evidence of this on someone’s phone…dun dun dunnnn 😮

 What I Wore: 

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Photo Credit: Val Soo

I picked up this Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress during Tatyana‘s BOGO event – yup…Buy One, Get One FREE!!!  This dress comes in a variety of solid colours that are just as lovely.  But I really, really, really loved this black, white and red polka-dot pattern.  And was determined to xmas-ify for THIS holiday event!

With an amazing lattice style around neckline and sleeves you really don’t need any accessories to jazz this frock up! The waist features a bow at the center that leads to its full circle skirt. There’s a three-eye-hook closures above the back zipper…which requires a buddy’s help, at least in my case 🙂

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The Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress WITH crinoline

The dress on its own is quite lovely with the full circle skirt.  But it gets even for amazing with a puffy red crinoline underneath! Plus, it hides any additional lumps & bumps that may have resulted due to vintage cookie eating the weeks before….click here to see what I mean. 😉

And I’m happy to say that EVERYTHING I’m wearing in this post came from Tatyana Boutique on West Queen West, in Toronto.  To read more about Tatyana’s new Toronto location click here.

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Red Crinoline,  Harlow Heel red shoes and Audrey red purse  courtesy of Tatyana Boutique – Toronto.
The Alika Circle Polka Retro Dress
Photo Credit: Val Soo

As lovely as everything looked all together,  my outfit was incomplete.  It was missing the much needed “Kitschy” factor.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED…..a fabulous Poinsettia fascinator!!!    Hand-made by the crafty curator of TVS, Miss Jacquie – isn’t it amazing?  Totally helped perfect my look for the evening’s event! 🙂

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Handmade Kitschy Poinsettia Fascinator …. I’m told that there are some available for sale at Damzel’s East location, FYI 😉

 

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Earrings from Your Big Sister’s Closet; Hair flower made by Jacquie Jeffery

And ….TA-DAH!  My vintage kitschmas look was complete!

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Extra Bonus to those reading this right now!!!  Tatyana Boutique will happily give you 15% off until December 31st by mentioning this blogpost friends >>>>

Merry Kitschmas to you!!!  Ho! Ho! Ho!

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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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Holiday Happenings: The Ugly Xmas Sweater Party

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 6.19.04 PMNow that we’re firmly in the middle of December, there’s bound to be a “cheesy”, “ugly” “holiday/xmas/Christmas sweater party in your future.

Me personally, I’ve got three separate invites and opportunity to wear one all happening THIS week!!!  Knowing this, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one…and I think I found just that ========> Ta-Dah!!!
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A Xmas Sweater of Scottie Dogs WEARING Xmas Sweaters!!! OMG! Right!??

Not only is this sweater a convenient cardi …. the details of this knit are pretty amazing:

Those little red specs are actually knit HEARTS.  And the BUTTONS!!!!  Just look at these buttons!!!!!

AND I found it on FACEBOOK being sold for $10!!!!!  BOOM!

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LOOK AT THE BUTTONS!!!!! Little Scottie Dogs — seriously!?!?  The cutest things ever!

How I Got The Look: I’ve had this Dorothy Perkins mini dress for a while now –  I don’t often wear it on its own as it’s uber short and clingy.  I typically wear it as a top to show off the amazing shoulder pleats of this dress.  But this Christmas red dress paired with this “ugly” holiday sweater, over-the-knee boots (AdditionElle) and sheer black hosiery just seems to work, don’t you think?IMG_5945

Now, for the office party this week — I’m gonna swap the sheer hose for thick black leggings.  Ideally, I’d like to wear it with my plaid leggings to add more length to this skirt…if I can find them :).

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So, waddya think of this “Ugly” Christmas Sweater look? I DARE you to call it “ugly”…...I DOUBLE-DOG-DARE YA!!!!  😉   Classic line from my fav holiday movie A Christmas Story AND I’ve got double dogs on this sweater… I’m freakin’ hilarious!!!christmas-story-dare

Do you have any such holiday happenings to attend in your future?

If you’re looking for an excuse to wear one yourself, here’s a listing of fun ideas of how to incorporate this fun theme into your holiday plans!

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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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Sweater Dress 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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Stripes & Leopard

The week began with a post I called Edgy Officewear — there was quite a few comments on the PPMeow Facebook Page encouraging me to do more office appropriate looks on the blog. (Thank you for the feedback and interaction … it really does help me create content that YOU want to see & read…so keep those comments coming!)

It just so happens that I’ve got to head into the office 3 days in a row this week.  HAZZA!!!  If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know that I’m one of those fortunate/unfortunate people who get to work from home most days…so planning work wear this week was a real treat for me.  Nerdy-Nerdsony thing to say – yes, yes, I know. 🙂

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I’ve been more daring these days with mixing patterns in my looks.  When I first picked up this fabulous stripped cropped blazer from one of the many blogger racks at this year’s BigDeal Toronto event, my first thoughts were…

BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE! BEETLEJUICE!

But the cropped style of this blazer and the classic black n’ white combo really hooked me …..and the price:  $10!!!  Yup!  It needed to come home with moi!  (Stay tuned for a complete event recap blogpost for BigDeal Toronto soon friends).

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Being both petite (short) AND plus sized, finding perfectly fitting dress pants are the biggest nightmare ever.  Buuuuuut I have fallen in love with Old Navy’s Pixie Pants … they fit perfectly even after several washes.   (Click here to read my post on discovering this line of fabulous pants.)

Let me apologize for the gloomy photoshoot – it was a rainy day in Toronto and I only remembered to take pictures of this outfit AFTER a full day at the office…hence the wear down of makeup and disastrous hair.  I was pooped!  I dunno how you normies do it – going into the office everyday!  Ew! 😉leopard heels

How I Got The Look:

Striped cropped blazer, Forever21+; Black jewelled tank, Reitmans; Red pants, Old Navy; Leopard fur heels, Calvin Klein; Michael Kors bracelet watch and simple gold earrings.

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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! 🙂

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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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Birthday Blues in Newsprint Navy

I picked up this navy Jax Leatherette newsprint dress from SexyPlus Clothing last month at the Fall Preview Blogger Exclusive.

As you saw last week during my Fall Double Feature collaboration series, both Leather and Blue Hues are trending this season.  This dress combines them both perfectly.

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I’m loving the leather details on the shoulders and above the hems of both sides of this dress.

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This Zebra clutch is my new favourite piece right now, I try to bring it along with me whenever I can 🙂Profs II-43It was my birthday last week and I got to unveil this dress over that weekend.

Another year older –  uggh – and not at all wiser.  Or maybe not as wise as I hoped to be at this point.  But in these pics I don’t look a day over 28 😉

Must be magical camera tricks of LawrenceKerrPhotography – I’m loving the images from this shoot!

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I’ve been having mixed emotions about turning older this year.

Not really being up to organizing & celebrating a non-milestone born-day, I took the day off instead and spent some quality time with me, myself and Irene 😉

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The lovely Elmwood Spa – a true urban oasis – treated me for a birthday lunch, which I ate in my plush robe & slippers.  After that I was rubbed down by a giant man, whom I’ve decided to remember as spectacularly handsome ;), for an 80-min Hot Stone Massage followed by Water Therapies which included pool, steam room and the hot tub.  I was determine not to leave until I looked like a raisin!!

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Lunching in fluffy robes and drinking in the afternoon ….Happy Birthday indeed!

In the evening a gf and I met up for dinner (tap pas and sangrias at Carmen – delicious!), followed by tickets to see HEDWIG and the Angry Inch  at the Lower Ossington Theatre where we were entertained by talented rock bands, drinking and great singing by an interesting transsexual with lots of stories and rock songs.  The performance was fantastic!  Buuuuut the story, which I found sad, went over my head.  I had to come home and google exactly what I just spend the last 90-mins sitting through.hedwig-300x164

I got a lovely birthday card that read:

In this world where things move so fast and change before our eyes, I take comfort in the precious and few things that are constant and true…your friendship is one thing I can count on; one thing I keep safe inside my heart.  I celebrate you on your birthday and I honour the friendship we share day after day, year after year.

Between this card, invitations to dinners, brunches and drinks, and the numerous phone calls, voicemails, texts and the 101+ Facebook messages of Birthday Wishes – I felt pretty damn’d loved all day.  I’m a very blessed and lucky girl! 🙂

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Overall, a pretty freakin’ fantastic birthday weekend!!!

And now, let the next 365 days of this new year in the life & times of Irene be awesome!  Cheers!

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How I Got The Look:

Blue suede platform shoes from Payless; Zebra clutch from AlterEgo Clothing; Newsprint Jax Dress from SexyPlus Clothing; Leaf earrings from …yikes, I don’t remember friends, they are super old.

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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.

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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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Dancing on the Pier

PierSo long summer ….. the last Dancing on the Pier swing series at Harbourfront Centre took place last week. I kept my outfit of the day relatively simply, yet nautical …swing dancing by the water and all 🙂

What I wore:  a striped high-neck tank (Reitmans); my navy anchor pencil skirt (Old Navy); and my red Airwaks (Payless)

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For other nautical themed looks click here, here and here.

I only got there for about an hour of solid dancing to the fab Toronto All-Star Big Band, who’s tunes revives the spirit, with the style and sounds of the 1930s, 40s and 50s – that golden age of the big bands.Pier1

Checkout a few candid shots from the event taken by Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography 


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Zebras & Birds

As summer winds down, retailers have enticing sale signs in their windows….and for an addict like me, it is VERY difficult to walk by without shopping.  But I’m doing my best to create my outfits of the day from the items that hang proudly in my closet that deserve my love and attention 🙂

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I threw this look together today – keeping things simple for lunching with a gf + her baby, followed by lindy hop lessons in the evening (minus the sandals for that).

IMG_4263I picked up this sheer bird top during the Spring from Reitmans, from their regular section (it’s an XXL).  The berry bandage skirt is from Forever21+ and was cheap-cheap-cheap ($6).  The blue sandals were picked up earlier this year on a cross boarder shopping extravaganza.

The only ‘newness’ is the Zebra clutch – what I love about it: large enough to hold my laptop, while still looking oh-so chic!IMG_4258How I Got The Look:

Sheer bird top and black tank from Reitmans; Berry skirt from Forever21+; Blue sandals from Payless; Zebra clutch from AlterEgo Clothing; Drop earrings, handmade and gifted.

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