Blazing Pink

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Isn’t everything better with a pop of pink?

YES!  I think so 🙂

Wearing summer appropriate outfits that fit with corporate-life and life-life can be a challenge.

But having solid staple pieces make things a bit easier.

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Take this outfit I threw together for one of the few days I’m forced into downtown Toronto  office life.

A simple stripped pencil skirt can be worn for work and play.  Bone kitten heels are always at the ready at the office.

The crochet top isn’t something I’ve worn to the office before. It’s really from my ‘summer beach time’ wardrobe.  But with a solid cami worn underneath, it becomes totally wearable for the office.

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A hot pink blazer just pulls the look together, giving the illusion that some effort was made when I came up with this look.

My uncombed hair, on the other hand, gives me away 😛

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How I Got The Look:

Pink Blazer, INC Hudson Bay Co.; Stripped pencil skirt, Marshalls; Crochet top, Forever21+; Bone kitten heels, NineWest

For more looks featuring this skirt click here and here.

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Belt It!

I was on the verge of uttering “I have nothing to wear” one morning last week, as I tried to plan my outfit for the day.

All I knew was that I wanted to wear these gold open-toed sling backs (Nine West) no matter what!

I bought them last summer for a wedding I was to attend, but last-minute decided another pair worked better with my outfit instead.  So these babies were yet to be worn!  AND today was the day! 🙂

Also, I was determined NOT to brush & do my hair…so whatever outfit I was gonna wear needed to go with one of these floral claw clips …

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I picked up this cotton polka dot open-backed tank from Old Navy ($10) from their colossal summer sale a few weeks ago.

The aqua/turquoise pencil skirt from Forever21+ ($6) …. both perfect separately, but something was missing when I put them together…

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 And then I belted it!  And Tah-Dah!  It became awesome!!! 🙂

Sadly, try as I might there is no escaping the ‘bra-strap-peek-out’ situation.  Sigh…

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All I hear in my head is that Bubba Sparxx song……..“Booty booty booty rocking everywhere” as I write this post. 😉  LOL!!!

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Sparkly gold flats work well with this outfit too (and is what I switched to for my Lindy Hop lesson at LHR that evening)

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How I Got The Look:

Aqua Pencil Skirt, Forever21+; Open-back Tank, Old Navy; Sparkly flats and Gold drop earrings, Payless; Open-toed sling-backs, Nine West; Wide Brown Belt, Lane Bryant; Hair Flower Claw-clips, Ardene; and a Suede vintage purse gifted20140716-182145-66105363.jpg

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Deep-V Faux Wrap

I have to say that I’ve been really, really good about NOT making too many additional outfit purchase since my Cross Boarder Shopping Extravaganza earlier this summer.  Buuuuuuut, every now and again, usually when I finally make it into the office downtown, I maybe find an amazing piece or two that is simply too lovely to pass on.

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Like this amazing sleeveless deep-V faux-wrap dress I saw hanging in a Winners rack just as I was leaving.  There isn’t much of a plus-size selection at many of the locations in the downtown core, or so I’ve found.  This dress that I fell in love with for instance, was a XL in straight sizes.  Dun dun dun…..

I didn’t even have time to try it on – just held it up against my body.   I decided that the DBA (designated-boob-area) was ample enough, the pattern and fabric forgiving enough, that I just ran it over to the checkout and hoped for the best.

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Later that week I found myself running errands in The Duffrin Mall (who, I must say, have really stepped-it-up from the frightening array of shops it housed from my memories as a teen), and discovered these fab booties on sale at Reitmans…… regular price $60 — marked down to $14.99!!!!!!

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A little accessories love: Suede Booties from Reitmans; Jean jacket from Old Nay; Bow earrings and vintage purse were gifted & thrifted.
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New Sunnies!!! My first Aviators…from ElleHardware

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And like that a country line-dancing outfit was born! 🙂

I rocked this outfit and made my way to Boots N’ Bourbon for their Thursday Night lesson + 1/2 priced appies and $5 beers!

Happy to say I wasn’t a complete disaster on the dance-floor.  Thank goodness for all the vid clips from my previous blogpost: Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy!

Giddy Up!

How I Got The Look:

Dress from Winners (Wellington/Yonge); Jean jacket from Old Navy; Booties from Reitmans; Aviator sunglasses from Elle Hardware (West Queen West); Bow earrings were a gift and vintage suede purse thrifted/gifted.

 

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Graphic Tiki

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Nothing screams summertime like tiki prints!

I picked up this graphic tiki dress from Forever21 recently — with full intentions on saving it for the Toronto Vintage Society’s annual Tiki Party this August. (Check it out this year friends….super fun times…add it to your summertime fun calendar!)  😉

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Buuuuut I couldn’t wait!

Since my toes are a bit of a disaster and badly in need of a pedicure… I pulled the tags off this sucker and paired it with my black high-tops that I’ve been dying to break in since my Cross-Boarder Shopping Extravaganza .20140627-223228-81148041.jpg

This dress (in 2x) was a bit big on me – the length and the shoulder weren’t the best fit, plus turned out that all-day wear made the neckline of this cotton dress pretty droopy & wide.  Not cute.

But since these pictures, I’ve put it in the washer/dryer and am happy to report it’s a much better fit and has shortened up nicely.  HAZZA! 🙂

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Farewell lovely cat-eyed sunnies.  Sadly, I’ve since misplaced these gorgeous sunglasses…sigh.  Ya’ll know what that means….an excuse to buy new ones!!!! 🙂

How I Got The Look:  

Graphic button up Tiki dress, Forever21+ (Eaton Ctr); Black hi-top platform kicks, Torrid (Walden Gallery, Buffalo); Vintage Cat-eyed Sunglasses, The Public Butter; Grey cross-body purse, Michael Kors

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