Thursday, June 27, 2013
I've been off from work this past week which allows for a more casual wardrobe. I wore this out today to hang out and have lunch with a friend. It was a bit humid out and this dress is quite light. My only gripe is that it's hella static prone. Nothing a bit of static spray can't fix. This is another Yumi piece that I managed to find on sale in a department store. It was supposed to come with a belt but it was missing, which might have been why it was reduced in price. No biggie, it's not like I don't have enough belts.
The shoes; I managed to find while I was in the US earlier in the week. I had been wanting the red glitter Toms for awhile, but they weren't available on the Canadian website anymore. I noticed them right as the store was about to close and they were on sale, so I ran in at the last second. I didn't really need to try them on since I already own several pairs. All in all, the trip was quite successful. I got cheap shoes, a day with friends, and a butt load of snack food they don't sell here; also cereal. Not only is it super cheap in the US, but there is way more choice. I always end up buying peanut butter Cheerios while I'm down there. Best cereal ever!
Rose print dress: Yumi -49.99$ (Buy it here) or (Here)
Black sparkle belt: Joe Fresh (old)
Red glitter shoes: Toms-39.99$ (Buy it here)
Thursday, June 20, 2013
No meetings/appointments at work= more relaxed clothing. This is the first time wearing this shirt. Originally 65 bucks (pffft) ,I managed to find this rummaging around in a sale section of a department store for 29.99$. Woo! Another Yumi top that I was surprised managed to fit. The front, as you can see, has a floral print, with some beading and sequins in there for good measure, whereas the back is a solid mint green with a tie at the back. Very nice and light for a warmer day.Bonus for the cute camera drawing on it.
The shoes, oh what an ordeal these shoes were. So I found these a few years ago on clearance for about 20 bucks. Now I'm not one to complain about crappy customer service, I get people have bad days and whatnot, so I try to just ignore it. Well, as I was purchasing these shoes, which I admit might be considered a tad flashy, the girls working at the store pretty much made fun of me the entire time I was in the store. I don't think they realized that I could hear them, or see the vomit gestures they were making when they thought I wasn't paying attention. I left the store feeling super bad about myself, shoes in hand. What made it worse was when I got back I realized the shoes were even cheaper online. So I quickly returned to the store with the shoes saying I wanted my money back since it was 5 bucks less online and that I'm pretty sure their website wouldn't make fun of me or my choice in footwear. The gave me the online price and I was off again feeling somewhat satisfied that I had called them out on their previous behavior. It's unfortunate but the last thing I wanna feel when I shop, is bad about myself. I haven't been back to that particular location since then. Ah well, I'm still wearing the shoes so nuts to them.
Cream floral top: Yumi- 29.99$ (Buy it here)
Black pants: H&M- Old
Multicolored sparkled loafers: Old but around 15$
Gold Bow bracelet: Ardene- 7.50$ (Buy it here)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I am a fan of prints. Most of my clothing is printed in some way with the exception of pants. I don't think I can pull off printed pants. Maybe I will give it a try at some point, but for now I will stick with dresses and skirts. I saw this dress on street style at some point, probably Chictopia, and as soon as I did, I was on the hunt. I love cats, so how could I not get this dress? After realizing it was Anthropologie, I figured I was not going to find it for less than 100$ so I gave up for a bit. Well at some point I was searching eBay for deals I managed to find it for 60$ in my size. It also happened to be my birthday around that time, so I casually let my boyfriend Dave, know what I wanted.(Which means I e-mailed him the link and said get me this!) Once it arrived ( in January), I was just waiting for it to get warmer again for me to wear it. I was a tad concerned with the length, but I always wear gym shorts under my dresses, since it's fairly windy in the city. Am I the only person who does this all the time? Every once in awhile I get made fun of for doing it but it's worth it to not have to worry about flashing people.
The cardigan is also Anthropologie, currently on sale and was originally going for 138$. Seriously, I can't imagine paying that much for a sweater, and if you can afford to shop there at full price, I envy you.
All in all, I was pretty pleased with how this outfit worked, and will probably be wearing this again in the future.
Cat print dress: Anthropologie/purchased on eBay- Gift
Coral Cardigan: Anthropologie -59.99$ (Buy it here)
Beige Belt: Ardene- Old
Brown peter pan collar flats: 1861-29.99$
Pink rose ring: Ardene- 2 for 7.50$
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
For years I steered clear of color, especially light ones, on my top half. I think it's pretty obvious based on the photos, but I'm quite large in the bust. I used to do the best I could to minimize it, which involved a lot of black and dark colors. Over the last little bit, I've branched out and started to wear a bit more color, and I'm glad I did. I kind of feel like I've been missing out all these years.
So this top has received mix reviews from some of my friends. Some love it, other have told me the print reminds them of hospital scrubs. I saw the dress version of this shirt first and was instantly drawn to it. However, Yumi brand clothing is not always made very big or with much stretch, so the dress was a no go. I couldn't get it to zip up because of my bust and was afraid I was going to break the zipper. When I saw the top made with the same fabric, I was super excited. Not only because it fit, but because the shirt was way cheaper than the dress. The shoes were a splurge. I will buy shoes at the drop of a hat but they have to be really nice and practical if I'm going to spend more than 50 bucks on a shoe. The exception to this rule is winter boots. I was looking at them for awhile on Mod Cloth but since I'm in Canada, I'm always hesitant with buying things from American retailers, mostly because shipping and returns are a bitch. I decided to hold off until I manged to find them at a Canadian retailer, which I did!
Multicolored shirt: Yumi 55$ (Buy it here) or (Here)
Pale yellow cardigan: Joe Fresh 19$
Black pants: H&M (old)
Mint t-strap shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear 70$ (Buy it here) or (Here)
Monday, June 10, 2013
Another work day outfit. If you had told the teenage me that I would have a closet full of skirts and dresses, I probably would have laughed at you. Something happened over the years that caused my clothing choices to veer towards super girly. I'm not complaining or anything, just noticing how sometimes things can drastically change while some things don't. Like my love of Sailor Moon; that's been going on for at least 15 years now and teenage me would be super pissed if I ever let that go.
This skirt was something I was scouting at Anthropologie for awhile now. I really wanted it, but wasn't willing to pay the 148$ is was originally going for. So I just waited...it went down to 79.99$; still too much I figured. I have gotten things there for 10 bucks before, so I just needed to figure how long I was willing to wait before they ran out of my size. By the time it got down to 39.99$ with only one size 8 left I decided that would be my chance. Since I had already tried it on previously, I ran in and out super fast. I'm glad I bought it when I did, because while it's even cheaper now (19.99$) I still paid a price I was comfortable with and got my size. Good things come to those who wait...and who are cheap.
Light blue lace t-shirt: Joe Fresh 14.00$
Blue and white bird skirt: Anthropologie 39.99$
Blue ballet flats: Toms Free! (A friend gave them to me when they didn't fit.)
Gold bow bracelet: Ardene 7.50$ (Buy it here)
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
So I have to admit that my hair is a sensitive issue. I had actually been coloring it since I was in my teens, usually just black; not anything over the top. When I hit my 20's though, I went all out. Pink was my color of choice but I had done pretty much every color I could get my hands on. The problem with this is all the bleaching I had done, consistently, for at least 5 years. I realized I had to stop when I noticed I was going bald from it. I never thought much of it, figuring that it would just grow back after I gave my hair a long enough break. Well it turns out that wasn't the case, as I was told that due to the wonderful world of genetics and years of bad dye jobs, that a long break wasn't going to be enough.
In order to cover the thinning areas on my head, I got me some blunt bangs. Needless to say I have not seen my forehead in years. Today, I just decided, maybe on a whim, maybe because I woke up late and didn't have time to meticulously style my bangs, that I would just let my hair do it's natural thing ( I clearly have curly, often frizzy hair), and pin the bangs to the side. The reaction I got was surprising to say the least, with some people not even recognizing me. All it took was 4 bobby pins, go figure. I think it's a sign that I need to change up the hair styles every once in awhile.
On to the clothes: This cardigan is by far one of my most favorite recent purchases. It's so embellished that I really don't need to do much else with the rest of the outfit. Also, when I stand near a window I pretty much blind people with all the beading and sequins. So it's both flashy and defensive :) I figured I could pair this with my black sequined Toms that I got last summer, to go with some of the sparkle from the top half. I have a lot of Toms but these ones are by far my favorite.
Blue peacock cardigan: Anthropologie 49.95$ *on sale* (no longer available on the website but I'm sure you can still find it in store, and probably cheaper too.)
White ribbed tank top: Old Navy (old)
Black pants: H&M (old)
Black sequined shoes: Toms (old) 39.99$ *on sale*
Monday, June 3, 2013
Like most people out there, I have some issues when it comes to sizing. Sometimes clothes just don't fit you in the right spots. I have always wanted to learn how to sew, mostly because I thought it could save me some money, but also I would be able to make stuff that fits me specifically.
A friend of mine came over during the weekend to teach me the basics. We hit up our local fabric store and went to town. I chose a basic circle skirt that required limited skill to make. That being said, she did help me with most of this project but I learned a lot. My goal is to make one without her help to see if I was paying attention. I chose this fabric because I love a busy print and it had apples on it. I have this thing for prints with fruit, so this fabric had a lot going for it. They had one with potatoes too but I thought that was a bit much; maybe next time when I'm feeling more rustic. All in all, I am extremely happy with how this came out and I'm looking forward to trying to make more clothing in the future. I got a lot of compliments on it too, which helps with the motivation.
Apple and pear skirt: Hand made
Cream peter pan collar cardigan: Onze 34.99$ (Buy it here)
Brown Belt: Ardene (old) 9.50$
Green Wedges: B.A.I.T. Footware 39.98 *still on sale* (Buy it here)