#WishlistWednesday: Hats off to these Hats!

Being a rather new blogger, I am still finding my blogging niche. I figure that creating a regular series will help me keep the creative juices flowing and keep it interesting! So I am introducing #WishlistWednesday by Pearls and Polkadots. I have often written about things that I want, and being a fashionista, I am always on the hunt for the next best piece to add to my wardrobe. If only I could be a millionaire (a girl can dream..)

So to kickoff my first, ever #WishlistWednesday post, I will be listing off the hottest fashion hats that I am absolutely swooning over right now! I am relatively new to wearing fashion hats. I have never really had the inspiration to incorporate hats into my looks, but this season, that has all changed! Over the winter season, I found great hats on sale and purchased them in anticipation of Spring & Summer 2015. However, with spring in full swing, there have been a few fashion hats released that have caught my eye.

Straw Hat – H&M, $17.95 
Straw_Hat_HMThis hat screams summer. It comes in this fabulous neutral colour with a black band, but also comes in ivory with a blush pink band as well – both are absolutely beautiful, however, I have a sweet spot for the neutral straw. I can just see this being worn with nautical stripes, a print maxi dress, or on the patio with an LBD! It is for sure going to be added to my collection in the near future!

Felt Hat in Wool H&M, $24.95

Felt_Hat_Wool_HMI love this hat because it is versatile. It can be dressed up or you can dress it down! Wool/Felt hats are perfect because you can get use out of them in the fall and winter as well as the spring and summer. It is an all-year round hat and is definitely a candidate of my wishlist. H&M is a great store because almost everything is affordable!

Wool Floppy Hat – American Apparel, $45.00 

Felt_Hat_AAThis is a long-term wishlist item because American Apparel always seems to have these floppy hats in stock (knock, knock!) so there is no rush. This hat comes in a variety of colours – pink, teal, navy, black, etc. I specifically want this hat in navy because it would go with so many of my pieces that I already have! Now that I have some “hat experience”, I have come to think constantly about what hat goes with what outfit (it’s so fun!)…so when you see a hat online and you know it will go with something you have…you instantly need to have it (or at least, I do).

That is my current fashion hat wishlist for #WishlistWednesday! I would say over the next few months, these babies will be popping up everywhere! Cute, stylish and affordable – three words that I love! Here are a few pictures of the hats I have welcomed with open arms in the past few months:

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Four Month Touch point: My Blogging Experience so far

Instead of reviewing my favourite brands, talking about style icons, or breaking down outfit details…I am going to get more personal on “Pearls and Polkadots” today. Saturday marks four months since I launched this blog. It feels like yesterday that I was setting up providers, getting my theme set up and beginning to get into my ‘posting groove’ as I call it. It is sometimes hard to make time, multiple times a week to get a post up, especially when you have no idea what to post next! As the months have gone by, it has gotten a little easier, but I have to say, writer’s block is always a problem.

Going forward, I have set a goal for myself. Now that school has let out for the summer, I will have my evenings free to prepare posts and get them up the next morning. I am aiming to post roughly three times a week! Five days is a little hectic, and once is not enough to keep momentum. Through blogging communities and my blogger friends, I have gathered a lot of tips to promote “Pearls and Polkadots”, and have got some great plans for the future! If you have joined me for this journey I am on (by subscribing to the right), than you will be experiencing everything as I experience it as well!

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Early Planning Stages of “Pearls and Polkadots”

If you don’t know my story, then here it is: I opened an Instagram account apart from my personal account about eight months ago called “@mystyyle” (follow me!). I would post my outfits of the day and mainly use the platform to get inspiration from other style bloggers. I didn’t think of starting a blog until a blogger suggested I do so on one of my photos. At first, I thought it was a crazy idea…what do I have to say to the world? Who would read my posts? I would have written the idea off completely, except I started gathering more followers, likes and an overall following. I didn’t blow up over night, but I did have a steady increase of people joining my network. It started to become more and more logical…why wouldn’t I start a blog? It would be an outlet, somewhere to focus my interest and really express myself.

So I did.

It has been four months of heaven and I have to say, it never gets old. The blogging community is always full of new people, fresh ideas and support that you wouldn’t believe. Everyone believes in everyone, which is so refreshing! It has been an interesting and positive road so far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn

I didn’t become an Audrey Hepburn fan until this year, around the time I began writing my blog. It’s kind of shocking how I didn’t really know about her until now. Of course, I had heard of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I never really looked at Ms. Hepburn as a style icon. How could you not? She is the epitome of ‘upper class’, in my opinion. The pearls, the updo, the little black dress…it’s all so chic and amazing! I want to go through some of my favourite portraits of her and try and recreate the looks she so fabulously rocked over her many years!

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Audrey Hepburn makes style look effortless, and in her case…it is. A simple striped tee, simple black trousers and simple black pumps. How hard could that be to recreate? Not hard as long as you have they key pieces. If you can  believe it, the summer season catalogues do not highlight black and white striped shirts…but if you must find one, there is one at Reitmans for a great deal. Through shopstyle.ca, I found these great trousers. I’m not familiar with the brand, but they sure mimic Ms. Hepburn’s ultra-casual look. To top it all off, a great pair of Nine West pumps dresses the look up just enough to look hot and stylish!

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In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn searches in the pouring rain for her cat. Even in the pouring rain, she looks fabulous. In case you are cat-hunting in the rain, you will want your chic beige, tie-up trench coat, accompanied by a headscarf tied at the chin to keep your very polished updo dry. I have linked a very in-style trench coat below that I found through shopstyle.ca. To complete the Hepburn-esque look, add a headscarf of your choice!

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Now for the ultra-classic look of the century. Audrey Hepburn basically created the little black dress look that every woman considers a must-have in their wardrobe. I have about three go-to little black dresses, but you really can never have too many. I particularly love this look of hers though because it incorporates matching black pumps and a multi-strand pearl necklace. With or without the gloves, the look is timeless.

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Those are my three favourite looks that Ms. Hepburn wore effortlessly over her years. There are many more and her overall outlook on life is admirable. She is certainly one of my favourite style icons. I will leave you with this quote…

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Outfit Details: Mother’s Day!

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11194486_887715744623254_7065757134448883502_oBWhat a fun and short weekend it was! That’s usually how weekends go, right? Short. My weekend has run a little long this week since I woke up this morning feeling awful and sick as a dog. The good news is, is that I was up and about for Mother’s day and had the most wonderful day ever! My family and I woke up on Sunday morning, had breakfast as a family and spent the majority of the morning having my Mom open her gifts. After that, we spent the day at home together and then met my Grandmother for dinner! It was a lovely day.

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My Mother’s Day look highlighted one of my favourite, casual dresses from Old Navy. I found this in the clearance section, so I don’t know if there would be any left, but they have similar styles selling right now! What is great about this dress, is that acts as a neutral that you can pair with bright pops of colour. That is why I paired the dress with my bright blue mark. by Avon statement necklace. It really ties the outfit together. My mark. by Avon hat is from last year, but a floppy felt hat looks amazing with this fun dress. To top it all off, I wore my nude covered heels from Avon. They are the ‘Cushion Walk’ line which means they are super comfy (and they are).

It was a great weekend, great Mother’s Day and one of my favourite looks!

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Closet Organization 101: Drab to Fab

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When it comes to storing clothing, you must be smart! We would all love to have a closet the size of our bedrooms, but for most people, that is not a reality. Over the years, I have accumulated many articles of clothing and unfortunately, my closet was suffering, which was evident by the bar beginning to bend from the heavy weight. It was at that moment that I realized…it was time to re-organize.

Re-organizing truly is a pain…it’s a huge project and you really need to clear a day or two when you know you will have the time to finish what you start. Last week, I hopped on Pinterest and went pin-crazy for all things closet organization which led me to my ultimate design. This past weekend was the perfect weekend to set my plan in motion. With the help of my Dad and left over cabinets, poles and screws around the house…we put together a closet for the low cost of $50.00!!

So how did I do this? I am going to give you the lowdown on making over your closet, step by step:

1. Research, research, research! 

If you aren’t on Pinterest, go set up an account now. You will not regret it. Before any big project, you have to know what you are getting yourself into. Not only do you need time, you need to know what you are doing and what you want the results to be.

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2. Set a budget. 

Having someone come in and make-over your closet can cost you hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars. You absolutely do not need to spend that much money on a closet (wouldn’t you rather spend it on clothing!?). Wal-Mart or any other large department/home organization store, sells pre-made kits and shelving. With that being said, this is not a $20.00 project. Be prepared to dish out a reasonable amount or use an old shelving unit and fashion your own “kit” (all you’ll need to go get is the hardware!) 

3. Choose your design. 

After sifting through Pinterest and setting your budget, you must choose the design to follow. You may find actual plans that you can download for free online, but don’t count on that. Use your imagination and think of how you can replicate your design idea with the things you have or can get for a good deal. Keep in mind that you need to choose a design that fits the space you have available to you in your closet. I have a double closet and it is reasonably deep, so I had a pretty fair amount of space to work with. The design I chose to replicate was one I found on Pinterest, of course:

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4. Clear out the closet and get to work!

Once everything is cleared out of your closet, the relief is unreal. Not only is it satisfying, it is equally horrifying. Yes, your closet is clean…but your room will be a mess! The pile of clothing on my bed was scary, I contemplated if there would actually be enough space. If you have accounted for the amount of clothing you have in your design, you should be fine!

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5. Organize, organize, organize! 

This is the fun part! Putting everything back! If you are doing this in one day or over the course of a weekend, space Step 4 and 5 out. Take a break in between because both are HUGE jobs. This one in particular, is where your organization skills come into play. This is your closet, so organize it the best way you see fit! I like grouping my clothing by colour and by type of clothing. Blouses stay together, coats stay together, dresses stay together…but that’s just me! Let your obsessive, hair-brain, OCD kick in and work towards the goal of a clean, organized, and beautiful closet! The finished product will be picture worthy!

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BEFORE & AFTER

Before: Not only was the bar bending, there was no space for shoes and space was not being maximized!

After: With the cubed shelves and double bars, space is maximized and the floor stays clean

My closet went from drab to fab in just one week! Hopefully, you will be able to use these steps to effectively maximize the space in your closet! You will not regret it (I sure don’t!). Below, I have included more shots of my new fab closet!

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