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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Summerlicious Nights

Toronto kick’s off their Summerlicious season!!!  Which means this petite plus diva gets to get dolled up to discover and experience the diverse cuisine this city has to offer at exceptional value!!!  For two mouth-watering weeks in July, foodies savour delicious three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 of the city’s top restaurants.

Last Night a gf and I tried out CHURCH APERITIVO BAR.  Located in an old church at Queen and Dovercourt….this spot’s speciality is Italian cuisine.  The food was delish with very generous portions. The meatballs were just like my  ex’s Nona used to make (once you added some of their chili-flake sauce).  There’s a built-in 18% gratuity, and the paired wine with the menu turned out to be $15 PER GLASS.  A little outrageous, I think, but waddya gonna do once your belly is full and the bill comes.  Sadly, I failed to take any photos of my food … which is very unusual for me… guess we were more hungry than we thought.  🙂

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Here’s what I wore:

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Does this dress look familiar?  That’s cuz … it was one of the dresses I wore for the collaboration photo shoot entitled “IS IT SPRING YET?” with Rebecca Northcott Photography and Your Big Sister’s Closet this past Spring.

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1452453_855600717799568_1177078007_n I fell in love with this dress  immediately!  So much so that I had to buy it BEFORE we even got to the location for the photoshoot 🙂

If you look closely at the photo shoot pictures you’ll see my bra strap is showing … sigh.  At the time I didn’t have one that was suitable of the way the back of this dress is cut.  Buuuuuuut in the newer pictures from this post – this has been corrected with Cacique’s Lace Racerback Bra!!

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Black suede platform sandals (Nine West) give me the height needed to wear this lovely maxi dress without any alterations!

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Short Diva Trick – I tied a wee knot in the bottom of my dress so that I don’t trip over the length whist indoors without those sky-high platform sandals.

It was a bit on the cooler side that night – with temperatures threatening to dip into high teens tonight (+18) … so keeping that in mind, I paired this gorgeous maxi with an open black 3/4 sleeved cardi (Reitmans).  In an effort to keep it ‘summertime fun’, I tied it in front rather than keeping it open so that the lovely paisley pattern doesn’t get hidden. 🙂

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How I Got The Look:

Black & paisley maxi dress from Your Big Sister’s Closet (click here to see the photoshoot I did for them that prompted me to buy this dress)

Sandals from Nine West Outlet (click here to see my cross-boarder shopping haul post)

Black open cardi, Reitmans; Silver teardrop earrings, Payless; Black clutch wallet, Ardene

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