Wednesday, July 20, 2011

By George, I think I've got it!

Outfit Details:

top - H&M, skirt - Gap, necklace - H&M, bracelet - J.Crew Outlet, shoes - Joe Fresh, clutch - Aldo

Back when this skirt first appeared in stores and on the website, I kinda went gaga for it. The colour, the pleats, the oh-so-girly bow. I felt that I had to have it. I managed to snag a 40% off Wednesday coupon booklet (does Gap still give these out?) and decided that it was time to purchase the skirt. At home, I wasn't so sure about it. The knife pleats and bow added weight to my middle. Something that I need no help whatsoever doing. After much deliberation, back it went to the store.

Until the really big sales started, and somehow, this skirt was marked down to something like $14.

I bit.

And then I did not wear.

$14 or not, the dilemma of whether the skirt was flattering on me was still there!

Last night, I was sorting through my closet and came across the skirt. No matter what it did to my shape, I was still in love with it. Determined to make it work, I started pairing tops with it until I came up with a combination that worked. The peplum on the shirt carves out a waistline, hides the most unflattering part of the skirt, and still shows off the adorable pleats and awesome colour. I'm extremely pleased with how it came out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

Outfit Details:

dress - Forever 21, necklace - Forever 21, shoes - Joe Fresh, belt - H&M

When I first saw this dress on Lisa, I made it my quest to find it. The full skirt and high waist (perfect for short waisted me) has a lovely 50s ladylike feel, while the hem length and bold stripes add the perfect modern tough. I was fortunate enough to find it on a quick trip to Forever 21, and happily snatched it up. That was probably two months ago and it's been sitting in my closet ever since.

Ruh roh Shaggy.

This is most likely a sign that I have too much stuff in my closet! And of course, what did I go ahead and do yesterday? Order a crap load of shoes from Talbots. Yes, I'm rhetorically smacking myself on the head here. But... I do love the shoes I hauled. The heel strap on the back of the blush and blue pair had me swooning in front of my computer. I can see them being styled with a floaty ballerina style skirt, and the peep toes would be a great addition to my shoe closet for cool summer and warm spring/fall days.

Okay purchase justified! I will stop hitting myself on the head now.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Childhood memories

Outfit Details:

dress - H&M, necklace - Etsy (gift), shoes - Matt Bernson, belt - H&M

When I was little, maybe around 6 years old, I had a sundress in the exact same print as this. It was my summer favourite and I wore it constantly, despite getting grass stains on the skirt and spilling a small amount of nail polish near the hemline... which of course, I tried to hide from my mother without success. It was also the first of many nail polish incidents in my life. Lesson to parents: do not let your little kid put on her own nail polish because she will do things like spill it on her clothes, her desk and her pale yellow carpet although the carpet incident wasn't my fault (but yes, I was an accessory to the crime).

Whenever I picture my 6 year old self in that dress, I see her on the swing set of my parent's backyard with her hair in pigtails. Oh to be that young again, playing outside where the summer days seemed to stretch out forever.

The nostalgia of that memory was enough to send me rushing to the cash register. And whenever I put on this newer grown-up version, it brings back just a touch of that endless, lazy, yet chock of I-can-do-anything-possibilities, feel of my childhood summers.

Friday, July 8, 2011

It's Friday Friday... gotta get down on Friday!

Outfit Details:

top - Anthropologie Skylight tee, skirt - Anthropologie Nouveau Rose skirt, necklace - Forever 21, shoes - American Eagle

Every Friday, at some point I seem to get Rebecca Black's song stuck in my head. To be totally honest, I actually like the song despite making fun of how bad and cheesy it was when it first came out. Well okay, "Party and party and YEAH! FUN FUN FUN FUN" is pretty cheesy. And let's not forget my favourite part "Tomorrow is Saturday and then Sunday comes afterwards..." GENIUS I tell you! But the cast of Glee sang it on their show and don't forget Stephen Colbert's rendition, so that must justify it as one of the most awesome cheesy songs ever! It's become a bit of an anthem on Friday's in our house with Maya singing it right along with me.

And for the haters out there... I'll bet you have the song stuck in your head now don't you? *evil laugh* Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

California Dreams

Outfit Details:

top - Anthropologie Sudden Downpour top, jacket - Forever 21, jeans - Gap, shoes - Dolce Vita Pela, necklace - Joe Fresh

Last Thursday, a friend of ours scored his company's executive suite (box) for the Katy Perry concert in Toronto. They took their two daughters who invited two friends each, and also a couple of their own friends (parents of the kids invited). Since DH would rather die a slow and torturous death than go to the Katy Perry concert, he stayed home with Maya while I went.

I must say that I enjoyed it... a lot! It was quite a performance with fireworks, cirque de soleil style acrobatics and Katy Perry floating to the middle of the audience on a fluffy cotton candy cloud. Plus, we ordered a couple bottles of wine for the adult non-designated drivers...

I did stress the evening before on what I should wear. (Ya, I don't get out much). I wanted something that was fun and didn't scream "given-up soccer mom", but also didn't come across as "I'm trying to look like a teen and failing miserably". So something that looked cute, effortless, yet sophisticated and modern. In the end I went with my awesome Dolce Vita pela wedges (heart these so much), skinny jeans, a fun top and the striped blazer I'd been dying to break out.
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