Lumberjack Plaid

Lumberjack plaid.

Everyone and their dog (literally) seems to have this staple pattern in their closet.

Except me (and my dog). :/

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Well, I’ve subsequently fixed that – thanks to Old Navy!

Not only is this a perfect “Christmas red” … I added an extra nod to an Xmas-y vibe to this outfit by adding my Jack tights from Torrid.

You know Jack…Jack Skellington … king of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town, you know him right? :/  –> The Nightmare Before Christmas

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OK… so I took this casual lumberjack plaid and paired it with a leather skirt and a statement necklace with green booties….

Take a closer look at the jewels on my Instagram page – oh, Follow Me!

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Odd combos – maybe.

Fab results – YAASSS!

How I Got The Look: Booties, Payless; Jack tights, Torrid; Purse, Kate Spade; Skirt, F21+; Lumberjack plaid, Old Navy; Jewellery, BitterSweet

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Hope this look helped give you some style inspiration for your upcoming Christmas holidays.

And with that I leave you with the following greeting Facebook reminded me I wrote 3-years ago …  🙂 ❤

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Photos take by Joel Colbourne

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Shameless Bathroom Selfies

Have you been following my instragram posts?  You should! You should! 😀

If you have been, then you know work-day-Irene is Queen of Shameless Bathroom Selfies!

With colder temps creeping into November, I thought I’d do a recap of some of my favourite!

How I Got The Look:  Royal blue peplum top with bow details on both sleeves is an oldie from F21+; This fabulous white floral skirt is also an oldie from H&M; and Payless versions of Toms on my feet.

Oooooo! I remember this pic…it was the “travel outfit” on the eve of my trip to New Mexico.  Stay tuned for that trip recap blogpost soon! 😉  How I Got The Look:  Shoes from Payless; Top & Skirt from Reitmans; Soft trench from F21+ 

How I Got The Look:  Panda tee from F21+; Yellow midi skirt custom-made-for-me on my trip to Vietnam; Leopard printed Keds on my feet

How I Got The Look: Striped midi skirt & Popcorn tee both from F21+; Shoes from Payless

This entire look was made up of pieces found from Forever 21+ …. but at various times during the year.  This top is really a bodysuit. 
 

This flamingo dress is my absolute favourite summertime sundress ever!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤   How I Got The Look:  Dress from Tatyana Boutique; Cotton 3/4 length tee from Old Navy; Shoes from Payless

How I Got The Look: Long cardi & Butterfly slouch top from Reitmans; Platform flipflops are Coach

How I Got The Look:  Booties from Payless; Pleated midi skirt from Hudson Bay Co.; Long-sleeved top from F21+

 

How I Got The Look: This lovely grey sweater has delightful copper embroidered polkadots on it ❤ – from Old Navy; Pencil skirt from Reitmans; Sparkle kicks from Sketchers

How I Got The Look: Old old old Reitmans skirt; Top from Old Navy; Booties from Payless; Slouch socks from Ardene
As you can tell from this recap post… I seem to have a favourite few stores that I frequent often to create many of my day-to-day looks.

Hope this post gives you some style inspiration for your upcoming weekday outfit choices.  Follow me on Instragram for more Shameless Bathroom Selfies daily (ish).

Got a favourite look? Let me know in the comments section 🙂

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Salsa @ Lula Lounge

Oh man – this past weekend was a fun one!   I had the pleasure of celebrating a stagette Salsa style!!!

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The Lula Lounge (Dundas W/Duffrin Sts) in Toronto has a number of party packages, which makes celebrating a special event easy-peasy.

A gaggle of us -some more tipsy than others- with flowers in hair and penis-staws in hand …. visit my Instagram for that one friends 😉 … arrived for dinner (any appetizer + any main + any dessert), a beginner salsa lesson and then got to dance the night away to three sets by the live salsa orchestra (with a DJ in between sets.)  And before the night was done, we were served up a round of Blushing Bride shooters!!!  T.R.O.U.B.L.E. 😀

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My Entree: Red Snapper over Polenta, with zucchini-corn-bean salad    ~~~~~  My Dessert: Poached Pear. Delish!

Much thought had to be given to outfit choice for the evening.  The MOH (matron of honour) assured us that there was no ‘theme’ requirement in the dress-code for the party she had planned, which naturally translated to:

Saturday Night Titty City Attire was encouraged and welcomed!!! 😛

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I couldn’t find a hot pink hair flower …so feathers had to do 🙂

‘The Girls’, who too often are forced into hiding in an effort of making others more comfortable in their presence, extra precautions always need to be taken to keep them at demure levels of exposure.

But not tonight.

Tonight, “Thelma & Louise” (aka…’The Girls’) were coming out!!!  STAND BACK!

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All Black Everything – jumpsuit style!!!

The pants are a bit on the long side on my 5’2 bod.  So this outfit only really works with a significant heeled shoe.

I picked up these black booties recently – while in search for sandals for my upcoming Asian Adventure –  from Payless on sale for $33 and they work perfectly.

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Now, I bought this all-black jumpsuit online, from Reitmans, just after Christmas.  Buuuuuuut due to the amount of boobage I’ve avoided wearing it much.  This one-piece has a sexy deep-v, back tie-up belt and nice broad sleeveless-shoulders to hide a supportive bra – requirement for fast paced salsa dancing.

And….there are pockets!!! Perfect for lip gloss, iPhone, credit card & ID.  BOOM!

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End of the night outfit shot — bridesmaids came to my hair flower aid 🙂

How I Got The Look:  Black jumpsuit from Reitmans; Black booties from Payless;  Necklace from SexyPlus Clothing; Earrings from Aldo; Hot pink feathered headband, gifted.

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Salsa dancing with the Bride-To-Be + general stagette shenanigans. Fab Fun Saturday Night!

Now I wasn’t always a fan of the plus-sized jumpsuit.  For more jumpsuit action on the blog ….click here and here and here.

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Transitioning…Ooh La La

The easiest way to make your Summer pieces more Fall appropriate isn’t to ditch them altogether, but to come up with new ways to wear them.

Here are a few simple ways to stretch your wardrobe and make all your old favorites work until Winter.IMG_5322

This simple short-sleeved navy geometric patterned, faux wrap  cotton summer dress has been in my Summer-outfit-rotation for a few years now.  I picked it up from the GAP in LA…and even though it’s starting to fad, I just can’t part with it.  It’s kinda perfect for Lindy Hop lessons – that’s where I was off to in this outfit. 😉

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To make it work for Fall weather I simply added tights.  If you’re not into tights, try leggings (like I’m doing in these pics).    They’re perfect to wear under your summery dresses for more coverage and warmth, while still staying fashion-forward.  I chose a loud colour to help break up the other darker colours of this outfit.

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Boots are an autumn staple!  They make all of your summer outfits warmer and more functional.  Easy Peasy!

You can find booties on the cheap and wear them with your favorite skirt and cardigan/sweater combo like I’ve done in this Outfit of the Day. Boots are an ideal item to stretch your wardrobe — I highly suggest you getting a couple of pairs in different heights. 😉

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How I Got The Look:   Navy geometric patterned dress from GAP; Ooh-la-la sweater, Navy & gold earrings and tights from Old Navy;  Guess purse

So waddya think of the tips in this post?  Will they help YOU transition some of your Summer pieces into the Fall?  Use the Comments section and let me know.

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