Outfit Details: Downtown on a Saturday

Living outside the city isn’t exactly the most ideal situation, but when I do get to travel in, I make sure I document the process (obviously!) and this was one fun-filled day with my sister that I couldn’t pass up for a mini-photo shoot. Plus, sharing this cute and chic look with you was absolutely necessary!! This is one of my favourite looks to wear because I get to feel like I am wearing sweatpants…but it kind of looks like I am wearing denim!

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Let’s get to the look… 

I am really into jogger pants right now. They are extremely comfortable and I really cannot get enough of them! I currently own one pair of denim joggers, which are seen in this outfit. I grabbed these on sale from Garage when I did my massive outlet haul last month and they are probably my favourite pair of pants right now. I typically like wearing them high-waisted. 5

The thing with jogger pants is that they are so casual, you can wear them tight or loose. Since I don’t like having my pants super tight (unless they are meant to be tight), I size up in my joggers. By sizing up, you can tighten the drawstring and transform the pants into a different look!

Crop tops can be tacky if worn the wrong way, but with high-waisted pants, you can get away with looking fab instead of drab. Showing a bit of midriff never killed anyone, but don’t go overboard. The navy crop top I am wearing is from Garage as well. Keeping inside the blue family was what I was going for in this look – the navy plays off the light blue of the denim.

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Having the blue undertone then really makes my black accessories pop – the shoes, hat and bag. I try to keep some kind of colour scheme – black and blue is perfect – especially against the colourful background!

Adding a little height is always a plus in any outfit and these heels are one of my most comfortable pairs and they are from Avon! Of course, you could wear low-top sneaks with these too (I have before), but I love a good pair of heels! These peep-toe shoes were my first choice for the look because they paired with the hat and bag really well.

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I really love these sunglasses that I picked up from Banana Republic. I am not one for reflective aviators, but when I saw these babies, I needed them! With this look (and the black/blue scheme), they are the perfect accessory! The necklace I am wearing is from IcingThanks to my sister, who chose this piece – she figured that a butterfly was suitable with such a free looking outfit! She was right!

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This is one of my absolute favourite looks. I can never get tired of it, and these joggers are my recent addiction!

My sister and I had such a fun day in the city! Exploring new places is fun and this alley was one for the memory books…and definitely a place to return to in the future!

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Outfit Details: Classic Prep

I like to think of myself as “preppy”. You could classify a “prep” as someone who is well educated, wealthy, a good dresser…but that word has evolved over past years. Although it can still mean all three of those things I just mentioned, I envision “preppy” as more of a way of thinking. I associate being preppy with being a positive, upbeat, stylish human being, who loves the high class lifestyle. I like to focus on the preppy dress style

Sweaters, khakis, pastels, pearls, monograms…all of these things tend to be classified as “prep” or “classic”…that is because these never go out of style. I will never retire my monogram necklace (it is my most treasured item…), I will never give away my sweaters. I will never get tired of my string of pearls I got from my Grandmother when I turned sixteen. There are those simple “preppy” things that are considered to be truly classic.

Classic prep… that is what I call this look I am detailing today. It’s everything I love about J.Crew, prep fashion and truly reflects what I love to wear most. Whether you are heading into the office, attending a baby shower, or going to Sunday service, this look is perfect, and so easy to style.

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This gold polka dot dress is from J.Crew Factory. I picked it up in my outlet haul last summer. I only own a couple of dresses from J.Crew (shocking, right?) and I usually pick them up when they have been heavily discounted. Regardless, they are such great quality and they currently stand as my favourite retailer out there right now.

This colour is a great colour for a dress. Especially if you have fair skin. Why is this? Well, the gold undertone can bring out undertones that you might not necessarily see against white fabric, or a drastic contrasted colour, like black. I am very pale…but in this dress, I don’t look as pale as usual…plus who doesn’t love gold? I do!

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I wore this look to work on a Friday, and because the office can get a little cold at times, I paired it with a white cotton cardi. The white pulls out the white in the polka dots. I wouldn’t recommend pairing the colour gold (at least, this shade of gold) with anything other than white. White and gold go together. Try picturing this look with a pink cardigan…or a black cardigan…wouldn’t look as sharp, in fact, it most likely wouldn’t look good at all.

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Okay…shoes. Shoes are my all time favourite part of most outfits. These are my comfort heels that I wear to work (so my feet don’t die), that I picked up from Payless Shoesource. Every girl owns a pair…cute, affordable, and most importantly replaceable. However, I absolutely love these. They are uber-comfortable, and the perfect nude shade, which happens to go very nicely with this gold dress!

Usually I would have a handbag for the look, but in the grand scheme of the look, a bag doesn’t add or take away anything. This could be accompanied with a simple white clutch, a nude tote…anything that continues the gold-white colour palette.

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This look is the classic prep look. It embodies the pearls, polka dots, gold tones, white accessories, and I see this as timeless. Timeless in that it will never go out of style. I won’t ever outgrow this look and I certainly think that a polka dot dress (or some classic pattern) is a staple in every prep gal’s closet (just my opinion, of course).

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Outfit Details: Tropical Threads a’Flowing

Summer fashion is full of tropical patterns, sheer threads and flowing dresses! Which is why today I am detailing one of my favourite dresses from mark. by Avon. This dress is last summer’s dress of the season and happened to be one of my Christmas gifts this year. Being that I received the dress in the dead of winter, it hasn’t gotten much use. However, on my recent weekend getaway, this dress was the perfect night out look for dinner and a stroll through town!

This tropical statement dress does all the work when wearing it out. The detail on the top half of the dress in the pattern and the beading makes jewelry unnecessary. I decided to pair the dress with minimal arm candy, including my watch. To finish the look, I included my favourite pair of turquoise sandals with leopard trim around the sole, that I also bought from mark. by Avon.

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High-low dresses are right in style this season, and I have to say…the style is quite practical as well. The high cut in the front allows there to be a little leg action, while you are totally covered in the back. This naturally lets the dress be swept around, creating a magical and tropical look!

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I have seen this dress styled many different ways, however, when I put the dress on and went to style it…I thought to myself, why dress it up, when it is already dressy? Jewelry would take away from the wild pattern in the thread. Heels would be a good compliment to the high-low cut, but they aren’t totally necessary. Adding any other accessories would need to be neutralizers to the pattern because you don’t want to upstage or compete with the pattern itself…

So that’s how this look came about…

The dress is the superstar of this look. The dress is the look! Dresses are easy looks to style and this one was ridiculously easy!! I highly recommend any fun patterned high-low dresses for your summer wardrobe!

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Outfit Details: Baseball Getup 101

Sporting events are always a fun outing with friends, and this past Sunday, I went to a very exciting baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees!! Since the Jays are in a very good position this season, the fans were dressed to the nines in their Blue Jays getup and I was one of them for sure!! It’s been a while since the Jays were in a good season position and I knew a lot of my friends had their own fantasy baseball teams so it would be a very exiciting game! Although there isn’t too much to an outfit for going to see a baseball game, who says you can’t put your personal spin on the look? Well I am saying you can…and I’m showing you exactly how I did just that (along with some wardrobe tips for sporting events)…

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I picked up my MLB shirt at Old Navy, if you can believe it!! It is the perfect cotton shirt to keep cool while sitting up in the nose bleeder seats (which is exactly where I was)! It was super hot and although this was no dri-fit shirt, it certainly was cooler than a thicker cotton or other type of blend that doesn’t breathe!! I really love this shirt design, specifically because of the stripes on the sleeves! A light cotton blend shirt is always the best option when you know you are going to be in the sun all day. It won’t soak up all your sweat (I know, gross…), but it is a lighter option.

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This little red cross body is perfect. It is my latest #WinnersFabFind and I am drooling over it right now. It has three pockets on the inside and snaps closed. It is just enough to hold money, a cell phone and any cards or tickets. It’s pretty much a large billfold, but when heading to a baseball game…that’s really all you need. One thing I have learned when going into any kind of sporting event, is to keep the bag as small as you can!! That way, you can get through security a lot faster!!

These vibrant red shorts were a bring-home from my recent outlet haul. This was the first time I got to wear them, and how perfect are they?? They go amazingly!! I highly recommend wearing shorts to a baseball game. Although that may be an obvious tip, it is one to remember. Jeans are good…but they do not breathe as well, and if it is a really hot day, then that’s not the best option!!

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I am not a huge baseball cap fan…but when going to a baseball game and sitting directly in the sun, a little head gear is nice to have! Plus, this wide cap was perfect for a hot day – completely protected my face (which we all need to do)!! Fun Fact: This cap is technically “vintage” because it belonged to my Dad – I think – almost twenty years ago!!

I have been raving all summer about these sneaks that I picked up from Payless Shoesource. They are comfortable, cute and perfect for summer! I’d love to transition these into Fall…but they are pure white (oh well). I am getting as much wear-time out of them as possible, because come Labour Day weekend, I have to put these away for the year!! I was going to wear flip-flops to the game, but opted for these supportive and comfortable shoes!! Climbing up and down stands can be tiring, which is why you want to have that support for your feet that you need!

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Baseball games are always fun to watch and when you are with great friends and the weather is amazing…you end up having a great time!! As a bonus, the Blue Jays won and Toronto couldn’t have been more thrilled!

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So there you go…this is my go-to outfit for a baseball game, and although I am not the sportiest chick out there, I can’t deny a fun time with friends!!

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Thrifting on a Thursday: the “Under $25” Challenge

This is a post that I have had in my head for a while now. I have always loved to thrift shop. You can find the greatest of treasures amongst things you probably would never think to look at! About two weeks ago, I came across a post written by the lovely Addie from Old World New. She took on a challenge to create a look for $20 or less and hit it out of the park!! This very post led me to her other helpful posts on “thrifting”, including five tips for finding some lovely diamonds in the rough.

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Being that it has been an outstanding goal of mine to plan my thrifty series, I thought that this would be a nice introduction to my love for thrift shops. Today, I want to share with you, what I found and how I completed this challenge of mine!!

Let’s take a look at what I found…

Four pieces. Four simply a-mazing finds that, when assembled with each other, make for the perfect Fall look!

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Before I went on my thrifting excursion, I set my budget. Most challenges call for keeping the spending to $20 or less…well, since tax is high here, and I wanted to have a little breathing room for that, I set my budget for $25. When I stepped through the door, there were racks, shelves and trunks full of knick-knacks, shoes, and clothing!

This can be overwhelming and you can’t really plan what you are going to buy, because you never know what you are going to find!! In addition to the spending limit I set for myself, I also went in with the mindset of finding one piece and building the look around it.

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I found this little gold clutch on the floor under a rack of pantsuits. After looking it over, I concluded that it was in perfect condition. Ta-da! Starting piece acquired!! Every item from that point forward, I coordinated with the little gold clutch. I am a huge fan of gold accessories. It is a great metallic to work with when styling a dressed up look, but it also gives an ultra-casual look that pop of glam!

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Because I wanted the gold to stand out, I was on the hunt for neutrals. As we head into the Fall season, I wanted to make sure that the outfit I took away from this thrift trip contained pieces that I could wear over the next few months. 

I found the lace top and the olive pants instantly. They were only one rack away from each other, and because they were in such great condition…I snatched them immediately. Olive is a hot colour for me right now. Earth tones are great, and this shade of green really plays off the metallic accessory very well.

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Cream is the alternative to white for the Fall season. I am a big follower of the “no white after labour day” rule. Why? White clothing should be reserved for beach trips, romping around in the sun, and keeping cool in the summer time. Cream is the loop hole. It allows you to have a super light colour to wear out, but doesn’t completely break the rules.

I spent the majority of the shopping spree searching for shoes. I am extremely choosy when it comes to picking out a pair of shoes at a thrift shop. Normally, I don’t come away with any great pairs, simply because I like to find evidence that the shoes are either brand new, or barely used at all (not the case, most of the time!!). This is mainly because feet are gross (warts, sweat, germs…) and wearing well-used shoes makes me squirm.

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However, when I came across these thrifty beauties (brand new), I knew that this thrift challenge was over. I was complete. I made a beeline for the cash and walked away with a huge smile on my face!!

Dressing it up…

Due to my “splurging” on the shoes, I wasn’t able to incorporate jewelry or accessories. I found when I put it all on that a big statement necklace would look incredibly great with the cream lace, and really tie everything together. Which is where this mark. by Avon necklace came in. It is a very unique piece, which is why it fit right into this thrifty look!!

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As a bonus, when I got to the cash, I found out that most of the items were slightly reduced and I didn’t actually have to pay tax (woohoo!). This would mean, that all in, the cost of my outfit was…

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$21.00

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Well, that is all for this week’s thrift trip. I love to pull together outfits while keeping the cost down (student life…) and second hand shops are the best way to go. You may have to do a little digging, but when you find those standout, one-of-a-kind pieces, it will be worth it!!

Stay tuned for more thrifty posts in the future, and make sure you check out my inspiration for this post, Old New World

Happy thrifting!!

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