Friday, December 17, 2010

Everyone's dancing merrily in a new old fashioned way

Outfit Details:

top and leggings - H&M, cardigan - Gap, watch - Kenneth Cole, boots - Frye




This morning Maya sang in her first holiday concert with all her classmates. It was adorable, hilarious and made me smile and laugh so hard that I had tears in my eyes. They sang their little hearts out, and you can tell that they'd been practicing very hard. For a bunch of 3 to 5 year olds, I was so impressed by how many songs they sang, the variety (everything from Rudolph to "O Canada" to "This Little Heart of Mine") and their focus.

All in all, one of my best memories to date. I feel extremely lucky to have Maya in this school. There are less than 30 kids in her school (12 in her class) and 4 teachers. And you can tell all the teachers enjoy and love their job so much.


For the past year, I'd been hankering for an oversize round men's style watch.  I considered buying the Michael Kors version, but hesitated over spending so much on a trend item.  While the watch itself is classic, I doubt that I would wear it once the trend was over.  I am just not a watch person.

Then a few weeks ago, we re-did our den and I came across DH's old Kenneth Cole watch.  It was perfect.  P.E.R.F.E.C.T.  I love the gunmetal, the oversize face and clean design.  I asked if I could have it, and DH (knowing he was saving our household the cost of an MK watch) happily agreed.  I took it last weekend to get resized and a new battery put in, and we've been inseparable ever since.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mauvelous



Outfit Details:

sweater and necklace - Joe Fresh, cami and skirt - Old Navy, tights - Roots, boots - Fraco Sarto

I spotted this recently on the Old Navy sale rack when I was buying some fleece lined pants for Maya to wear to school. I actually own the gray/black version of this from last year, and get a ton of compliments on them. When I saw that Old Navy had the mauve version... on sale... in my size... for under $10. Well, 'nuff said.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My boyfriend's back

Outfit Details:


shirt - Lapis (via Winners), skirt - H&M, belt - Forever 21, boots - Fraco Sarto, necklace - Joe Fresh

This season, I've been loving the look of the silky boyfriend shirt. I spotted this one in the clearance rack of Winners while I was hunting for stuff for the home. (I also found a slipper chair for our bedroom, and a gorgeous cabinet for our main floor hallway. I did good... holla!) I loved the metallic sheen and the loose, drapey fit, and I can see it tucked into a pencil skirt or belted over skinny jeans -- definitely a versatile addition to the closet.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Unearthed from my closet



Outfit Details:

blouse - Filene's Basement, skirt - H&M, sweater - Banana Republic, boots - Frye

Todays outfit is composed of three items which haven't seen the light of day for years. I purchased each of the pieces approximately 6-7 years ago, and threw them into the back of my closet shortly after having Maya. (Read: I was depressed that my favourite work horses of my wardrobe were too small for my post-baby weight.)

Last night, I was leafing through my skirts and this one caught my eye. I grabbed the blouse and sweater, and voila... instant outfit with almost no effort or thought.

And I like it.

And I feel good in it.

And I did it through shopping in my closet.

Don't you just LOVE that?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sales sales everywhere

Lately I feel like everything is on sale, to the point where my wallet and closet can't take much more saturation. (I'm talking about YOU Gap and your 40% off promotions). I've gotten to the point where I need to force myself to second guess purchases I would've jumped on a few months ago.

Case in point, this dress. I spotted this recently on the H&M sale rack and spent a good 10 minutes debating if it should come home with me. I adore the fit, and you couldn't do wrong with the price (hello... $10!). Yet I stood there in the changing room thinking, "Yay, nay? Is the print cute or fug?"

Finally I snapped myself out of it and took it home with me.  I'm glad I did.

Outfit Details:

dress - H&M, necklace - J.Crew, tights - Roots, shoes - Connie

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Simple outfit + statement necklace

Outfit Details:

top - Joe Fresh, cardigan - J.Crew, jeans - Gap, shoes - Connie, necklace - Cleo



It's super cold outside so I decided to dress for comfort and warmth. I added a fun necklace to keep the outfit from being too boring. The necklace was actually a fantastic find from Cleo -- a store which is frequented by an older demographic, including my MIL. I love her, but we definitely have a different sense of style. I wander in there every so often because they do have some cute stuff which I can fit into my style. And they always seem to have a surprisingly good collection of jewelry and their sales can be awesome. This necklace (one of four I hauled about a month ago) was $5.99!

Finds like those make me secretly squeal with delight every time I pull it out of my closet... or in this case, my jewelry box.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Big ole pocket skirt

Outfit Details:

top - Gap, skirt and belt - H&M, tights - Joe Fresh, flats - Banana Republic, Bag - Foley and Corinna

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In the past few months, I've seen this skirt become a favourite with many bloggers.  From pictures, I thought it was cute, but nothing that I really had to have.  Until I happened upon it in a recent trip to H&M.   The pockets looked so cute and drapey, the material had a nice flow to it, and the olive was a colour lacking in my wardrobe.  So I brought it with me to the change room.  At that point, it was plain and simple LOVE.  So much so, that I went back the next day to pick up a second skirt in black.

When I wear this skirt, I can't keep from putting stuff in my pockets. Apparently, Maya can't either and takes great joy in hiding her Polly Pockets and Littlest Pet Shop toys in them.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Yawn

Yesterday's attempt to sleep early was half successful.  DH made it to bed around midnight, and I shortly after him.  A little better than my previous night's bedtime of 1:15am.  (I'm shaking my head.  Seriously, what is wrong with me?)

Unfortunately, our sleep was interrupted by Maya coming into our room -- her little cheeks hot and pink around 1am.  Poor thing had a temperature.  One dose of Tylenol and 15 minutes later, she was asleep in our bed.  But of course, being a paranoid mama of a preschooler, I slept pretty lightly and kept checking her temperature with my hand every time I woke up.

She's better now, temperature almost back to normal, but she'll be home from school from the day.

It was super dark outside this morning, and that coupled with my tired state resulted in the slightly off leg wear.  I thought I was pulling on a pair of grey tights, but they actually turned out to be olive green.  Ah well, I think they still go.

Outfit Details:

cardigan - J.Crew, top - Old Navy, skirt - Gap, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Morning madness

For some reason, mornings in my family are always chaotic.  I think it's because we are made up of a bunch of night owls vs. early birds.  I stay up much later than I should, and ignore the fact that I an exhausted and should go to bed.  (Because apparently, I'd much rather watch bad TV).  Maya fights bedtime claiming that she's not tired and "is it wake up time yet?" until the moment before she conks out.

And then of course, every morning, DH and I resolve that this morning routine is too tiring and stressful, and that tonight is the night that we go to bed early, and subsequently, wake up early.

Yah right!  We'll see if we stick to it tonight...

Outfit Details:

shirt - Gap, skirt - Old Navy, belt - can't recall, tights - Old Navy, shoes - Aldo

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The look for less

Although I swear every fall/winter that I have more than enough coats to last me a lifetime, I can never resist adding a few to my collection.  Enter Old Navy.  I managed to snag a few when they went on super sale last week.  (I placed an order right away because I suspected that the outerwear Facebook coupon would cause Gap Inc. to raise the prices again.  I was right.  My Friday prices are cheaper than the price now... even WITH the code.)

Anyway, the mail person just dropped off my order and I am now sitting here debating between the yellow and orange. The yellow seems more fun, but I'm trying to figure out if I have yellow blinders on. The orange might be more flattering on my Asian skin (yellow undertones with pink cheeks).




And although I missed out on last year's J.Crew ruffle coat:


I think this is a good substitute.



The material is not the best quality nor the warmest, but I'll take it as a cute coat that will take me through fall and the warmer days of winter (or house to car days).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I've got the blues

It's probably not surprising to anyone who knows me that my favourite colour is blue. So I gravitate towards putting a lot of blue (all the different shades except pastel) in my wardrobe.

I once read an interview from a stylist (can't recall the one) who said that a person's favourite colour tends to be the one that they look best in. And I have to agree that I think blue is a shade that suits me well, especially saturated blues. Do you find that your favourite colour is also the one that you wear best?

Outfit Details:

dress - Gap, necklace - Costa Blanca, cardigan - PURE by Alfred Sung (Zellers), belt and tights - Joe Fresh, shoes - Anne Klein

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Outfit Backlog

A couple outfits that I wore last week which I never posted. Doncha just love that iPhone photo quality?!

(Also, please ignore the fly swatter in the background of pic #2. Pesky fly!)

Outfit Details:

cardigan - Old Navy, top - Joe Fresh, skirt - Zara (many moons old), tights - Old Navy, boots - Frye

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Outfit Details:

dress - H&M, belt and tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

What I've been buying

While it's true that there is proverbial dust on my blog, it definitely hasn't done anything to curb my love of shopping. In fact, I've done quite a bit of damage over the last two months. Yet, amazingly I'm still (mostly) within my budget.

A good majority of my shopping haul has come from the Gap. I blame it on two things.

1) Groupon which lured me back into their store in the first place.

2) Their newly launched Canadian online shopping site.

With regards to number two, I was surprised to see how good the prices were. The prices were much better in fact than the US counterpart. Also, I was a huge online shopper back when I lived in the States, but the number of online retailers in Canada is a fraction of what it was in the US. Not to mention, I refuse to ship across the border -- the thought of paying exorbitant amounts of duty and brokerage fees and shipping freak me out. Well, one click of the submit button on Gap Canada and I was back in business. I had actually forgotten how EASY it is to shop online. Almost too easy...

Just take a look at the damage:


Okay, so maybe the last two are from Old Navy.  They are actually my least exciting purchases, and I'm mostly keeping them because I think they'd make awesome sundresses from my upcoming Mexican vacation.  Plus, they make up the three "C"s -  cheap, comfy and cute.

Now the rest of the stuff, I am pretty stoked over.  I've had my eye on the sunburst ruffle dress ever since I saw it on Rosa. The purple version of it actually came in my second order, once I realized just how awesome that dress was. Plus, it came up to 22 dollars and some change.

I also discovered about six months ago, that Gap jeans fit me perfectly. No exaggeration. So they are my go-to place for all jeans, and have since taken my money for (after the October order) four pairs of perfect fitting denim.

Then of course, the Gap baited me back into the store by giving me the 40% Wednesday coupons while I was innocently buying Maya some clothes from Baby Gap. This prompted me to come into the store on two separate Wednesdays to buy these:





While I love the shirt (who can resist stripes and a cowlneck), the verdict is still out on the skirt. I think I chose it mainly for the gorgeous colour. And while I love the knife pleats in theory, I'm just not sure I love the shape of it on me. What are your thoughts on the skirt? Likey or no-likey?

And hoot hoot hoot goes the owl

That line is taken from one of Maya's favourite Dora books, and is probably one of the reasons why she bought me this necklace for my birthday last month. Just the fact that she picked it out "all by myself" is enough reason for me to love it. But I actually do think it's super cute, and is something I would absolutely pick for myself. I get compliments every time I wear it out. Either I've inadvertently influenced Maya into becoming a little fashionista, or it's in her blood.

Outfit Details:
cardigan - Cleo, top - Old Navy, Gap - Real Straight jeans, flats - Banana Republic (outlet), necklace - H&M



While I'm sure you are just loving the fuzzy iPhone photos, hopefully I'll get into the habit of a real camera + tripod soon!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Where or where has overcaffeinated gone?

I'm back, hollar! I haven't disappeared forever -- just busy struggling with the daily demands of real life, and my newfound "shyness" at blogging. My darling husband has shared my blog address with several of our friends and even my Dad! So I was waiting for the fuss to die down, and for them to stop checking for updates on a regular basis already! I think they've kinda given up, so that means that I'm back.

I should probably get over my self-conciousness of real life people finding my blog right? Pretty much there reaction should be "T likes clothes? T likes shopping? T likes fashion? SHOCKING!"

Of course, the taking pictures of myself and posting them in a public setting is something that might be considered weird or narcissistic. Hmmm...

Since I've been blogging less, I've been reading blogs that much more. A new blog (to me) that I came across is Small Town Fashionista. Her girly style is wonderful, and best of all, she's a stylish mother of three! I love stylish moms as I can relate with my little one. Check out her amazing giveaway here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Got the blues

OOTD June 17 2010

Outfit Details:

tee - Old Navy, skirt - Joe Fresh, necklace - so old can't recall, shoes - Aldo

Tsk tsk, I have been a bad blogger. Where did I go? To tell you the truth, I have no good excuse. I haven't been out of the country, abducted by aliens or generally too busy to post. I've just been feeling a little lazy lately -- both in terms of writing and putting together inspiring outfits.

In fact, I've fallen into a summer uniform of shorts or capris and a tee or blouse and flat sandals. I still think I look cute, mind you. Just nothing to write home about.

I decided that enough is enough, and it's time to feel inspired again. It might take me a while to find my groove again, so bear with me.

Blue is one of my favourite colours, and I'll pretty much wear all shades -- indigo, royal, teal, you name it. So today I went with a monotone palate of blue. The shoes make me ridiculously happy. I an in love with the silver, and the precious little bow. The fact that they are super comfortable make these pretty much the prefect little flats.




OOTD June 16 2010

Outfit Details:

tee - Joe Fresh, skirt - H&M, shoes - Aerosoles, bracelet - Costa Blanca

I wore this outfit a few days ago because I've been dying to break out my "bird" skirt. After taking the picture, I wasn't entirely happy with the way this look turned out, and ended up changing my top to a ruffled little peach number. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to take a picture of the changeroo, so the initial outfit is what you get.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Oldie but a goodie

OOTD April 9 2010

Outfit Details:

sweater - Banana Republic, skirt - Old Navy, shoes - Steve Madden

This used to be one of my staple outfits from about 5-6 years ago. Most of my sweaters from this era of my life hit me at a similar place -- right at the top of the hip -- which is great for skirts. It's also a nice option to have in my closet since most sweaters and tops hit at mid-hip or longer these days. Yet another argument I have (yes, I'm talking to you DH) for having a well stocked closet.

A little bling bling would make this outfit much more interesting. But when I was getting dressed this morning, Maya was still fast asleep (she made her way into our bed midway through the night) and I didn't want my rustling through my jewelry box to wake her up.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rain rain go away

OOTD April 7 2010

Outfit Details:

dress - Diane Von Furstenberg, necklace - Cleo, tights - Joe Fresh, shoes - Steve Madden

After a week of picture perfect weather, including a gloriously warm long weekend (which I didn't get to partake in since my client doesn't observe Good Friday or Easter Monday), the weather has turned cold, dark and rainy. I knew of course, the good weather wouldn't last forever. But I'm still a little bummed about it.

Since there's a chill in the air today, I decided it was time to pull out this sweater dress. Since it's a cotton-linen blend (hence the wrinkles), it's not too warm for the April weather, but still makes me feel cozy. I adore the extra long sleeves.

Saturday is supposed to be the beginning of another warm and sunny streak. All I have to do is hold out until then.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

H&M Garden Collection

OOTD April 6 2010

Outfit Details:

tank - H&M, cardigan - J.Crew, jeans - Banana Republic, shoes - Poetic License, necklace - Cleo

When the Garden Collection came out a few weeks ago, I was super excited. The collection looked fun and spring, and the price points were surprisingly good. Unfortunately, working full-time has not been beneficial for the inner-shopaholic in me. (Although it has been extremely beneficial for the wanna-be-millionaire in me, since I have less opportunities and time to spend mah moolah). By the time I had a chance to get to H&M a few days after the collection hit stores, it was pretty picked over.

I did manage to snag a few cute tops including this rosette tank that I fell in love with. It is very J.Crew-esque without the J.Crew price tag.

However, even though I love the tank, I'm not happy with how my outfit came together today. The tank is hitting me at the worst possible spot making me look wider. I think I'll need to take it up a few inches, and then it'll be perfect.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring is here

OOTD April 3 2010

Outfit Details:

tank - J.Crew outlet, cardigan - H&M, skirt - H&M, necklace - Banana Republic, shoes - Connie, belt - Anthropologie

The weather this weekend was wonderful. Each day seemed to be nicer than the next, and I am happy to report that I spent it doing very little besides relaxing, playing with DD and BBQ-ing with friends and family. I'm sure it won't last, but as I am typing here by an open window in my den, letting a cool breeze through and some much appreciated sunshine, I am content.

This is what I wore on Saturday when I went with a friend to get a mani and pedi, and have a little girlie chit chat. I always forget how wonderfully indulgent it feels to be pampered. I should really go more often.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The skinny pants experiment

OOTD Apr 1 2010

OOTD Apr 1 2010

Outfit Details:

top - Joe Fresh, cardigan - J.Crew, necklace - Cleo, pants - Old Navy, shoes - Poetic License

Today is officially the first time I've attempted skinny pants since the 80s. (Of course, back then it was accompanied by an oversize graphic sweater, a million neon bracelets, lace headband a la Madonna. Oh, and I was 10. I probably got away with a lot of fashion crimes in those days.)

When I tried these on in Old Navy, I wasn't sure if the silhouette would work on me, but figured these were worth a try for $14 (gotta love those friends and family sales!).

With the boyfriend sweater to cover up the junk in the trunk, and heels to lengthen the look, I don't think it came out too badly. I'm sure DH will still say I look like a penguin, but what do boys know anyway! I'd rather know what you think.

My OOTD skills have apparently gone rusty. It took me 40, yes that's right 40, shots to finally come up with these two decent ones. Hopefully things will speed up once I get back into the swing of things.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I'm back... AGAIN!

I'm so sorry that I keep disappearing. Things have just been a little hectic between work (am officially a full-time work-from-home now), home and everything in-between. But it's been a good busy, and that's always a good thing.

I have to admit that another reason I disappeared for awhile is because I was trying to decide if I should even continue blogging. (Yes, I'm sure all 24 of you followers would have been crushed! LOL) I think that putting yourself out on the Internet, especially fashion blogging, runs you at risk of looking unprofessional. And I went through a panic attack wondering if any of my colleagues could stumble across my blog and think... WEIRDO! So I've been busy cropping my face out of every photo in the hope of anonymity. I'm sure if someone really tried, they could still find out who I was... but at least this makes it harder. Plus, the crazy stalker type that does that is probably not someone who I work with. Gee, I hope not anyway!

So stay tuned... regular updates and outfits to resume!

Friday, February 26, 2010

And the mommy's heart grew three sizes that day

Last night while she was getting ready for bed, Maya told me quite out of the blue "You're a super good mommy!" And then proceeded to give me a big squeeze and a kiss.

It's times like those that make even the less than stellar days just perfect.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Whew...

OOTD Feb 20 2010

Outfit Details:

dress - Martin and Osa, earrings - The Bay, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye, bag - Rebecca Minkoff MAC

Excuse me while I crawl out of a tired haze. Maya has been sick and pukey for the last three days. Yesterday, she seemed to be getting better, and she is back to her old self today. In the meantime, I'm recovering from the lack of sleep and the toll of worrying. This is probably the sickest she's ever been, so DH and I went through a lot of "new parent" stress - even though we should be old pros by now.

You probably wouldn't have cared to see me over the last few days - no shower, no make-up, yoga pants, faded tees and greasy hair have been my uniform. Today, I'm looking a bit better since the "no shower" and "greasy hair" have been rectified. (Still wearing the yoga pants and old tee though).

But here's a little shot of my last decent outfit, which I wore to a fundraiser comedy club event on Saturday night. Whenever I'm feeling unsure of what I should wear and want to feel fabulous, I tend to throw on my favourite things. In this case, Frye Adrienne boots, Martin and Osa sweaterdress (love the extra long sleeves), Rebecca Minkoff MAC (which I saved my birthday bucks for) and gold filigree earrings.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Eureka!

OOTD Feb 19 2010

Outfit Details:

dress - Old Navy
cardigan - J.Crew
tights - Joe Fresh
necklace - Forever 21
boots - Frye

OOTD Feb 19 2010

So this is a bit of a "duh, no really?", but it just occured to me this morning that I could set my camera to take multiple shots on timer. Now, instead of taking 2 minutes to take 5 shots, I can take 10 shots in about 30 seconds. It also gives me more time to play around with my poses. Instead of posing, taking a shot, and then reseting the timer, it's now pose, (click), pose, (click), pose... Well you get the idea.

The fact that I could do this whole session in such a short time kept the toddler from noticing that I was taking pictures. Usually Maya hijacks my camera mid-way through and makes me take photos of her posing by the fireplace. (Like mama, like daughter).

OOTD Feb 19 2010

In response to my eureka moment, here are some gratuitious photos. I took ten shots, and managed to easily find four that I liked. Rather than edit, I figured I'd toss them all up on the blog today.

The fact that I'm having an amazing hair day probably helped matters greatly.

OOTD Feb 19 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A little springtime...

OOTD Feb 18 2010

Outfit details:

dress - H&M, cardigan - J.Crew, tights - Joe Fresh, necklace - Cleo, boots - Steve Madden

Unlike the last couple of outfit posts, this one is composed entirely of pieces I've acquired in the last year. My goal for today was to break out of the blacks and greys of winter, and play around with a little colour.

I have a lot of trouble with incorporating paler shades into my outfits, although I do love them. I tend to gravitate towards blacks, greys, navy and brown neutrals with bright pops of colour. So when I put on this dress, my first instinct was to pair it with a berry purple jewel tone cardigan. Then this peachy one caught my eye, and I decided to go against the grain and wear it instead.

I'm pleased with the results. I think the peach compliments the green nicely, and makes me feel one step closer to spring. I'm so glad I broke out of my comfort zone today.

What colours do you gravitate towards?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Vintage appeal

OOTD Feb 17 2010

Outfit Details:

cardigan - Milly, dress - Forever 21, necklace - The Bay, belt - Banana Republic, shoes - Nine West

Are you getting tired of the digging in my closet posts yet?

Here is yet another outfit made almost entirely from neglected pieces. The sweater was a sample sale find from several years ago. I should have taken a detail shot so you can see, but it has these darling little flower button closures on the cardigan. I also love the large pointelle knit and the scalloped edging.

OOTD Feb 17 2010

The dress was purchased back in spring 2006, and makes me feel so girly and pretty that I can forgive its unfortunate polyester content. I haven't worn it much lately because it had a longer hemline which threw me off a bit. The hemlines have risen quite a bit over the last two years, and I feel matronly in anything that isn't above the knee. A quick jaunt with my sewing machine last night has fixed that dilemna, and now it's the perfect length.

It's snowing today, so I had to trade in these darling heels for a pair of sturdy black boots. But let's just pretend I wore these heels out instead because I think they made the perfect completer to this vintage inspired outfit.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy heart day!

OOTD Feb 14 2010

Outfit Details:

cardigan - Old Navy, blouse - Max Studio, skirt - Baia, shoes - Nine West, necklace - Macys

After spending two days of family fun at Great Wolf Lodge with our friends, we're taking it easy for Valentine's Day to re-coup our energy. We're planning to give Maya her dinner and put her to bed early so that we can enjoy a toddler-free homecooked meal made by DH! Caesar salad, lobster tails, and filet mignon... mmmm...

OOTD Feb 14 2010

I decided that a quiet day like today was perfect for doing a little digging in my closet. After only a few minutes sorting through my blouses, I came up with this cute little brick red shirt, namely for the darling heart detail. It's actually a hand-me-down from one of my BFFs. She's 6' tall, so normally we can't share clothes (unless she wears my pants as capris), but unluckily for her this top shrunk at the cleaners and became a perfect fit for me!

OOTD Feb 14 2010

I paired it with this tweed skirt that I scored during my bargain finds last month. I bought it because it looked similar to Anthropologie's Twilit skirt which I had been eyeing. The flat pockets on my version are more flattering on me than the pockets on the Twilit skirt, and the bows are just too adorable. I decided to go all out with a sparkly cardigan (which I bought maybe 5-6 years ago, and haven't worn it in years) and a necklace that DH gave me many moons ago on another Valentine's Day. Finally, I put on my favourite pair of heels. I adore these shoes so much that I'm irrationally worried about wearing them out.

Although the blouse was the piece I was building around, I ended up with four items that I've had which don't get worn enough -- blouse, cardigan, necklace, shoes. Not bad!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Digging in my closet day

OOTD Thursday Feb 11 2010

Outfit details:

cardigan - Kohl's, tee - H&M, skirt - Old Navy, belt - Banana Republic, boots - Franco Sarto, necklace - self-made

Hold your horses... two posts in two days? It's a miracle!

After my relative blahness over the last week, I felt that I should do a little digging in my closet.  I unearthed this cardigan that I purchased a few years ago. It's a knock-off of a J.Crew cardigan, and I adored it when I bought it, but I don't think I've reached for it at all the past two winters.  One of the problems is that it's about a size too big for me.  I cinched it with this skinny belt, and I think the result is great.  It defines my non-existent waist and gives the cardigan a better shape.

From the cardigan, I decided to get over my lackluster creativity by mixing it up.  Literally!  Pattern mixing is always something I've admired on other people and wanted to try myself.  In the past, I've done subtle mixes.  For example, I'd wear a floral print skirt with a thin striped tee, and a cardigan over to tone the whole thing down.  This time, I wanted to go a little bolder.

I'm pretty happy with the end result, and amazingly, it only took a few minutes to put together this combination.  But what do you think.  Does this outfit work?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday February 10

OOTD Wed Feb 10 2010

OOTD Wed Feb 10 2010

Outfit details:

dress - In Wear (find from The Bay), turtleneck - Old Navy, shoes - Connie

I apologize for the lack of posts lately. The extremely creative title above should be an indication of how tired and uninspired I feel lately. Between doctors appointments, work, Maya's birthday party and hosting Super Bowl Sunday, I haven't had a moment to update this blog.

My outfits have also been pretty uninspired as well. I still feel good in them, but they definitely did not require any creative thought processes. I pretty much spent the days waking up, thinking "What can I throw on in one minute that still looks pulled together". And then I would rely on my standby outfit combinations which I've shared with you all before. Whenever I try to get creative during a busy time and try something new, I ultimately end up frustrated with a huge mess on my floor and late for whatever appointment-class-meeting I have planned. And I still end up feeling like a frumpy mess all day.

How do you keep your outfits fresh and inspired when life gets hectic?

Today was the first time in well over a week that I was able to put some thought into what I am wearing. The dress is a new bargain find ($22) from the Bay and I adore the ruching/ruffles that can be adjusted for what flatters the wearer best. The shoes are another irresistible bargain ($28). I originally bought the brown on sale for $40. When they dropped in price again, I re-bought them at the cheaper price and felt compelled to get the black pair as well. Mary jane heels are a weakness of mine, and I thought these were very Anthro-inspired (yet another weakness).  The fact that I can actually walk in these heels and still chase after the toddler sealed the deal.

(Stock picture of the brown pair)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy birthday to my favourite girl!

OOTD Mon Feb 1 2010

Outfit Details:

sweater - H&M, tee - J.Crew, skirt - Old Navy, boots - Fraco Sarto

Is it just me or do the days seem to be passing by quicker and quicker? Today Maya turned 3 years old, and I am simply in disbelief. When did my teeny baby grow up into this rambunctious, darling little girl, complete with a personality all her own? She tells jokes now, can do handstands (with help), chooses her own clothes and is even copying some of the behaviour from her big girl friends. (The other day, she was drawing on her MagnaDoodle and frowned at her picture. "I hate it", she sighed, and proceeded to erase and re-do her drawing.) It's funny. On the one hand, I'm proud of every one of her achievements and relish the amazing person she is becoming. But on the other hand, I feel sad with every passing day that she's getting older, and will miss who she is right at this moment.

The official party for her is on Saturday. I feel a little behind in planning, but thankfully, she's not at the point where she's overly picky about themes, colours or even the complete invite list. Her only request was that her cake be a Princess Dora one and that she get to wear a pretty dress to her party.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Teal and yellow

OOTD Fri Jan 29 2010

Outfit Details:

cardigan, Old Navy, tee - Joe Fresh, jeans - Joe Fresh, shoes - Connie, necklace - Banana Republic

Seeing Sal of Already Pretty and Diana of Smiles go With Everything rocking teal and yellow combinations lately inspired me to put together one of my own.

I just love the way they look together, and it brightened my day to be wearing such fun, spring-like colours. This necklace is a favourite in my jewelry box, yet I never seem to wear it. I seem to always reach for metallic jewelry or more understated colours.

Although I feel pretty comfortable in this outfit, it's not one of my favourites. I suppose I feel most comfortable in a dress or skirt, rather than jeans or pants, and I'd have felt much happier wearing a denim pencil skirt or similar. But once in a while, you have to truly dress for practicality, which I did today -- for Maya's parent and tot gymnastics class. It's a mild workout for the parents, and obviously a cute dress won't cut it.

Looking at this picture, I feel a little wide in these jeans (wide-leg... natch). Although I'll admit that the wrinkled pants (complete with smushed cookie on it from Maya's snack) and the craptastic hair day aren't helping matters any.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fast yet slow

Jan 28 2010

OOTD Jan 28 2010

Outfit Details:

dress - Forever 21, tee - Gap, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like you're rushing around, yet look at the time and realize that you have actually accomplished very little.

This is me today.

I even tried to hasten things by throwing together an outfit that requires very little thought from me. Sweater dress, tights, boots... done! Then I realized how very cold it was outside, and put on a long-sleeve tee and full slip underneath and for warmth. Then I got Maya dressed, fed (breakfast) and prepared to pack my bag (work stuff) and her baby (toddler stuff) so we could go to Nana's. (My MIL babysits while I work "from home").

In the end, it took us over an hour to leave the house. I did take a few minutes to make some coffee to drink in the car because I cannot start my day without a caffeinated beverage (yea, see my domain name). But still - doesn't it feel like it should take less time? So frustrating.

In other news, Maya spotted her first animal in the clouds on the ride over. It was a piggie. Just one, no other animals or shapes in the sky according to her. It was very windy and the clouds were moving quickly against the sky. Or as Maya explained to me "All the clouds want to go home to their cloud house. It's over there!" And she pointed to a cluster in the sky.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'd Wear It

OOTD Tue Jan 26 2010

Outfit Details:

sweater - Martin and Osa, camisole - H&M, skirt and tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Steve Madden, belt - Forever21, necklace - Banana Republic

Recently, I came across the blog I'd Wear It. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should! She has great style, and achieves the casual pulled-together chic that I aspire for.

Here's an outfit that is totally inspired by her blog. Aww, who I am fooling? I totally copied!

When I saw this outfit, it immediately brought to mind the grey cowl-neck Martin and Osa sweater I have only worn once or twice. And I thought... hmmm, I can totally re-create this fabulous outfit from pieces in my closet! I hope she doesn't mind. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattering, and I think her style is amazing.
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