Last week we focused on office appropriate looks on the blog. So, this week I thought we should focus on creating more casual looks instead!
Truth be told, I have a much easier time dressing up than I do dressing down. Maybe because I work from home mostly, anytime I have an excuse to leave the house, I wanna get all dolled up rather than dressed down.
So dedicating this week to more Casual Looks is a good challenge for me 🙂
I’ve always shied away from these puffer vests – adding more “poof” to the top half of me just wasn’t cute. But then I came across this quilted vest at Old Navy (on sale for $15!) and it won me over! I think it worked out well with this denim & plaid combo for Fall. (For other plaid looks click here, here and here.)
I put this outfit together for an afternoon of mall-window-shopping. 😉 They are kind of perfect for the weather we’ve been having in Toronto lately too.
Waddya think…you likee?
How I Got The Look: Plaid leggings from Ardene; Hunter green quilted vest & Denim long-sleeved shirt from Old Navy; Brown suede booties from Reitmans; Grey cross body purse from Michael Kors;Swarosvski PAWS Jewellery from MyBeaded Designs
Since I’m usually a work-from-home kinda gal …. these last few days of having to get up, dressed and out the door to go into the office has created a lot of alarm clock anxiety in my life. I find myself waking up multiple times in the wee hours of the morning (4am, 5am, 6am..) freaked out thinking I’ve overslept.
Well, this fear became my reality the other day, when I opened my eyes to see that it was 8:14am and I was still cozy under my comforter with my first meeting downtown beginning at 9am!
What’s a girl to do outfit wise when time is NOT on her side?
It’s Office Jumpsuit time!
How perfectly did this selection work out. No need to worry about coordinating tops to bottoms. No need for hosiery. Just cover it up with a cardi or a blazer and BOOM – office ready!
As I was running late, I chose to go with my light leather jacket (Danier) and simply wore it all day as a chic blazer to help bring this Summer jumpsuit Fall wearability. [SIDE NOTE: This lamb skinned jacket hasn’t fit me in years – and now it zips up and everything! Woot! Woot!]
Now, I wasn’t always so keen on this onsie-look. Click here for my initial reactions to this plus-size fashion trend. Click here to see how I wore this jumpsuit in the Summer months.
Some general rules I think need to be followed to take a jumpsuit into office wear:
Choose a jumpsuit that is simple and basic. No sparkles. Nothing with a deep-v – keep ‘the girls’ workplace appropriate.
Cover up with a jacket, blazer or cardi to create a more conservative look and neckline.
Keep your jewellery and accessories simple.
I would have loved to rock some pointy toed heels with this look to give me some height and make my legs look longer, buuuuuut as you know I was running late. So flats that matched my purse was all I could swing I’m afraid. Plus, they facilitated in my mad dash into the downtown core as fast as my little legs would carry me!
Who’s already jumped on bringing a Jumpsuit to the office? Would love to know what you did to make it work for you. Use the Comments section … tell me everything! 🙂
How I Got The Look: Jumpsuit from Reitmans; Purse from Kate Spade New York; Jacket from Danier Leather; Swarovski PAWS Jewellery by MyBeaded Designs; Shoes thrifted
This table is covered in lovely jewellery by My Beaded Designs. These unique and custom handmade creations are the brainchild of Maryanne Walczak, a Toronto-based artist.I had the pleasure of meeting this crafty gal last month at SexyPlus Clothing’s exclusive blogger soiree.
Turns out she’s been a long time follower of PPMeow! She was touched by the blogpost I did as a Tribute to the passing of my pup, The Berto a few months ago, and wanted to gift me a set of memorial Swarovski PAW jewellery to help lift my spirits and keep his memory with me always, by way of these symbolic pieces 🙂 (Isn’t she the sweetest?)
The special collection gifted to me in the picture below included:
small Swarovski PAW Print necklace (Black Clay, Clear Swarovski Chatons – hung on a 24 inch silver plated ball chain with an 8mm Swarovski Jet Black Crystal)
Swarovski Dog PAW Print keychain (White Clay, Hematite Swarovski Chatons, Cute Charms and Chinese Crystals
Swarovski PAW Print Earrings (Black Clay, Clear Swarovski Chatons on silver plated lever back earrings – 12mm)
Each piece is made with love by Maryanne, using an Apoxie Clay and then she hand sets each of the Swarovski Chatons (ie. the crystals).
My Beaded Designs original Swarovski PAW Print Necklace was designed and created almost 3 years ago. The very first PAW Print necklace was donated to Urban Cat Relief (UCR) in memory of a kitten that volunteers tried to save, but couldn’t. Maryanne spent quite some time trying to figure out how to create something beautiful as a memory of such a sad event. Many tears were shed while Maryanne was making this first piece. And ever since that dreadful day when that kitten passed, she was determined to help UCR raise money so that they can do what they do best. Since that time she’s been able to create and donate to Cuddly Cats Rescue and Sanctuary and several other animal rescues and causes – donating $5 from the sale of every Swarovski PAW Print Necklace. And she is now proudly known among these communities as “The PAW lady” :).
In 2014, Maryanne got involved in Toronto’s WorldPride event and introduced a few new pieces into the PAW collection:
– Rainbow PAW Print Necklaces/Keychains
– Love PAW Print Necklace/Keychains
Please use the code “PPMeow” when requesting your orders friends, so that the donations for PSBR can be tracked and collected easily from now until December 31, 2014.
For a Album of PAW Necklaces and options, click here.
I am personally very pleased and proud to be wearing such a lovely, stylish symbol of puppy love in memory of The Berto. AND am trilled to be able to help support Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue in his memory at the same time — Thanks so much Maryanne & My Beaded Designs. xo\
So, which ones are your favourites? And which ones are you gonna order? Tell me – take pictures and post them to the FB page. I wanna see you in your PAWs!