FASHION FRIDAY — OOTD: a new way to wear “jeans & T-shirt”

Hello lovelies & happy Friday! It feels like AGES since my last fashion Friday post… mostly because it’s been over a month. But that’s okay because we’re back, & we’re ready to get dressed up!

First though — let’s address the orange elephant in the room: my hair.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that quarantine has got me down which means it’s time for fun colour hair! But in order to get my hair light enough to put a funky colour in it, I need to bleach it. Usually I use the L’Oréal Colorista All Over Bleach for prepping my hair, which I love because I can lighten my hair perfectly in one go. However, apparently everyone & their Mom is bleaching their hair in quarantine because I can’t find it anywhere. So I decided to go with another brand, which I’ve never used before, & evidently won’t name drop because it did not have the desired effect (although it also didn’t kill my hair, so that’s a plus!) However, my hair is now orange. So that’s fun!

But enough about my hair; how about an OOTD?

Today’s look is an updated version of jeans & t-shirt, this time with a t-shirt dress & jean jacket. In the Spring & Summer, a dress & denim jacket combo is my favourite go to outfit, especially for work.

Forever 21 T-shirt skater dress. Ardene Jean Jacket (similar one here).

I bought this burgundy skater dress on Clearance at Forever21 just before I got pregnant with baby #2, so I didn’t get nearly enough wear of it, so I’m glad to be able to wear it again. I love how it feels like you’re wearing a t-shirt, but has the cuteness factor of a dress! Plus the side cutouts feel really fun. You’ll probably never find me wearing a crop top, but I feel like this little bit of skin showing is just the right level of fun I need in my outfits! Plus, as someone who doesn’t have much of a defined waist, I like that it definitely gives me at least someone of the illusion of having a waist! As well, if I want to wear this dress somewhere where the cut outs might not be appropriate — like work for example — I just throw a tank top on underneath & it still gives the same effect without the skin.

I also love the little flounce of the skirt. It’s actually a fairly good length too; I’m 5’8″ so sometimes I struggle with shorter dresses because they’re too short on my long legs. This dress hits so it’s not too too short on me, & I can get away with wearing it in everyday life. Of course, I always wear shorts under my dresses just in case, but when you’re chasing after a three year old & a 11 month old, that kind of becomes a necessity.

Oh man, I seriously love this look so much. I love that it’s comfy, sporty, & versatile enough you can dress it up with flats or down with sneakers. I also love that it’s now getting warm enough that you can go outside with bare legs again, because as you can see — my legs have definitely missed the sunshine! Now that the sun is shining, I can’t wait to pull out all the dresses from my closet again. I wouldn’t expect to see pants again until Fall!

What do you think about this jeans & t-shirt update? Have you started dressing for Summer yet? Let me know what outfits you love to wear in the warmer months, & what kinds of things you’d like to see me feature coming up!

FASHION FRIDAY — OOTD: Red For Hemophilia ♥️

Hello lovelies & Happy Friday! Today’s Fashion Friday post is dedicated to something special — April 17th is World Hemophilia Day, a fact brought to my attention by my friend Victoria (aka @hitchingsstitches on Instagram). Last year I did some beautiful red roses, but since it falls on Friday this year, I wanted to dedicated my OOTD.

For those who might not know, hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that personally affects both her beautiful little boys. As a Mom, I can’t image dealing with something so scary, so I’m always happy to show my support. In fact, myself & both kiddos are wearing red to show support today (& if I can I’ll try to get a picture of all three of us!)

Red Puff Sleeve Blouse from H&M (similar one from this season here). Dark Levi’s slimming skinny jean. Not Pictured: Black Flats

I bought this shirt almost two years ago on clearance at H&M, & absolutely fell in love with the dramatic sleeves. But honestly, I think I’ve actually worn it once… maybe. But after my post looking at old outfits of years past, I’ve kind of been inspired to pull out my more stand out pieces from my closet. I mean, that’s when I’m not wearing my usual social isolation rotation of sweats. Haha.

What do you think about this look? Are you wearing red today for World Hemophilia Day? If you haven’t thought about it, & have the chance, I definitely enough you to throw something red on (your favourite red shirt, your favourite red polish) & use the hashtag #redforhemophilia on Instagram if you post about! ♥️

FASHION FRIDAY — Reacting to Old Outfits

Hello lovelies & happy Friday.

Today I have a bit of a different Fashion Friday post to share with you. I’ll be honest — like in self isolation means the majority of the time I’m wearing comfy pants & my favourite sweatshirts, which while I think I look adorable, aren’t really the most fashion forward looks. So I had a really fun idea for today’s post — I thought I would react to old fashion looks from my old blog!

Once upon a time, aka 10+ years ago, I used to document my daily fashion looks. It’s been a while since I went through that old blog, but I actually really love looking at old pictures & old outfits — it’s like a time capsule into another time in my life.

So let’s take a stroll down memory lane!

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FASHION FRIDAY — My 5 Favourite Dresses for Spring (from my own closet)

Hello lovelies & happy Friday. & happy first FULL day of Spring!

It feels like I’ve been waiting for this day too long. & even though it doesn’t quite feel like Spring yet, that doesn’t mean I haven’t already started dreaming about wearing all my favourite Spring-y dresses — literally, as soon as it’s warm enough I don’t think about wearing pants. I’m all about the dress. So just for fun I thought I’d share my 5 favourite dresses to wear when it comes to warmer months, all from deep in my own closet!

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FASHION FRIDAY — Girlie Floral OOTD 🌸

Hello lovelies & happy Friday! Today I’m showing off a fun girlie floral OOTD that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

As you guys have probably guessed from my nails, I love floral. All things floral! Which naturally means, I tend to have a large collection of floral in my closet — where else do you think I get all the inspiration for my nails? So come Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, it’s a pattern I love to wear.

Thrifted O’Neill Brand Floral Peplum Tank. Light Pink Stitches Cardigan. Dark Levi’s slimming skinny jean. Claire’s bow headwrap — Similar Item Here. Not Pictured: Ardene Knee High Black Studded Boots.

I’m wearing my absolute favourite jeans of all time, the Slimming Skinny Jeans from Levi that which I gushed about in my post all about my 5 Go To Items.  I know I already said it, but they really are the best pair of jeans I’ve ever owned. & after 2 years, they still look absolutely brand new!

A floral shirt is always a good idea in my eyes, but I love that this one is peplum style because it shows off the areas I love (my shoulders/collarbone area) while camouflaging the areas I’m a little more self conscious about (my post-baby stomach). I thrifted it this Summer, but I’m a floral anytime kind of girl, so I love that throwing a cardigan over top makes it so verstitle.

This would be a look I could most definitely see myself wearing for a Valentine’s date night with my husband, just because not only is it comfortable, it makes me feel cute.

What do you think about this girlie floral OOTD? Do you have a favourite pattern you love to wear, or are you more of a solids all over person? Let me know down in the comments below!

FASHION FRIDAY — Jeans & T-shirt OOTD

Hello lovelies & happy Friday. Today I’ve got another OOTD post for you!

While I’d love to say that every time I leave the house I feel put together & channel my inner fashion blogger, most of the time if I’m going out for a reason — groceries, coffee run, etc– I tend to go for simplicity over high fashion. But that’s not to say I don’t want to look & feel cute! So one of my favourite looks to pull together for those errand kind of days is a jeans & t-shirt & cardigan combo.

Vintage Suzuki t-shirt. Black DYI ripped skinny jeans {Ardene — similar pair here}. Grey oversized knit Cardigan {Garage}. Not pictured: Black studded knee high boots {Ardene}

So true story: this tee has been in my possession since my University days (circa 2005}, when I used to channel Mary Kate Olsen during the mid to late 2000s. Originally it was my Father’s, & I’m not exactly sure how it came to be in my possession, but I’m going to assume it had something to do with shrinking in the dryer. Haha.

Suffice to say, it’s well lived in & well loved.

What do you think about this outfit of the day? What’s your favourite clothing item to grab for a quick & cute everyday outfit? Let me know down in the comments below!

FASHION FRIDAY — Coffee Shop OOTD

Hello lovelies & happy Friday! Also happy second edition of my new feature, Fashion Friday.

I was so happy to see people embracing my new content direction as this is something I’ve really been debating doing for a few years now, but was honestly scared to start. I have so many fun ideas I can’t wait to share with you guys coming up! & please don’t hesitate to share anything you’d like to see me cover. I’m really hoping for this Friday feature to be a really approachable look at Fashion, & a lot of what I share is you going to be me delving into my own closet & the items I own & love. I have this sentimental attachment to clothing (& the memories associated) that I hope you guys will enjoy reading about as much as I love writing about.

First up though, how about a good old fashioned outfit of the day!

Moneau Pineapple Summer Dress. Danier black turtleneck sweater. Not Pictured: Black tights. Nine West Deep green knee high boots.

Okay, so I love dresses. Like REALLY love dresses. From May to October, you can rarely catch me wearing pants. But being that it’s the middle of January in Canada, it’s not so easy for me to just throw on a dress. However, lately when I’m not in the mood for another day of jeans & sweaters, I’ve really been into laying long sleeves & thinner sweaters under my favourite dresses (along with a pair of tights, or two.) It quite honestly is the easiest way to take a Summer dress you love, & winterize it.

This Danier turtleneck has been in my collection a very, very long time (like 2009-ish) & I had completely forgotten how cute it looks under spaghetti strap dresses (& even tanks) like this. This outfit was my Family Coffee Date OOTD, & it made me feel so cute & so put together when I went out. My only complaint? I wish I had a cute little belt to empahsize my waist (this dress is a little bit big on me) but I just found a couple of my favourite cincher belts (including a black one that would be perfect with this look) that I’ll be able to pull out next time.

What do you think about this look? Do you find ways to Winterize your favourite fashion items so that you can wear them all year long? Let me know your secrets down in the comments below!