WIW: Attitude and Oxfords

Last time I wore this Attitude by Jay Manuel dress, Angie suggested I try it with my two-tone oxford sandals. Being a willing student, that's exactly what I've done today! I further played up the cream and caramel tones of the sandals by adding my snakeskin belt - I actually did the belt slightly looser than I normally would giving it a bit of a "hip slung" feel. Then I added my cream croc vintage bamboo handled purse and my gold mesh bangle for accessories.

What do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Dress: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Belt: Olsen Europe (thrifted)
Sandals: Aerosoles
Bangle: Michael Kors
Purse: vintage


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WIW: Snakeskin & Dots

A little bit of pattern mix felt right today - so I started out today's outfit with my polka dot Mother's Day blouse and paired it with my Gap lightweight black trousers. I'm ashamed to say I've only worn these trousers twice since I bought them. I then added my black Clarks sandals, silver/white circle bangle watch and silver ring, and my yellow/cobalt snakeskin clutch (pattern mixing with the polka dots).

What do you think? Does this combination work? How are the proportions to your eye? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blouse: Winner's
Trousers: Gap
Sandals: Clarks
Watch: thrifted
Ring: local jeweller
Handbag: Trouve


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WIW: To show off new Fossil handbag

I have the day off work today to help my MIL finish cleaning the old house and hand over the keys to the new owners. Imagine my delight when we got back home and my son handed me this lovely box - the new Fossil handbag that dear sweet Natalie (Goldenpig) helped me get.

I quickly changed out of my dirty shorts and tee and popped on my Gap BF jeans, hi-lo F21 tee, snakeskin belt and Doc Danielle animal print shoes so that the handbag could be showcased properly.

I'm in love with this handbag - the two-tone leather and vintage inspired shape is gorgeous - Natalie I can't thank you enough!!!

Jeans: Gap Sexy BF
Tee: F21 (thrifted)
Belt: Olsen Europe (thrifted0
Shoes: Doc Danielle's
Handbag: Fossil


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WIW: Animal & White

It's a little cooler today so I felt I could wear my white jeans without melting in the heat. My goal the last few weeks is to dress as lightly as possible. I find that gets difficult after a while.

I started today with my white jeans and then topped them with this breezy blue/purple/white animal print flutter sleeved blouse. I'm wearing my neutral Boutique 9 peep toe booties so as not to chop up my leg line too much and my red quilted handbag for a pop of colour. I'm wearing my blue chunky bracelet for an accessory.

What do you think? Colours and proportions ok? Does this pairing work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blouse: Reitmans (thrifted)
Jeans: Jeanne Bekker
Shoes: Boutique 9
Handbag: Nine West (thrifted)
Bracelet: thrifted


WIW: Floral Blazer

I'm so glad I found this crazy floral blazer at my local thrift shop - it just makes me happy looking at all the vibrant colours and flowers. It's like wearing my garden!

I've paired the blazer with an asymmetrical neckline ruched tank and my black capris. I've added my chunky Fly London sandals for a bit of edge and my green handbag for a bit more colour (if the jacket is my "garden" maybe my handbag is my "lawn"?).

So what do you think? Does it work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: thrifted (no label)
Tank: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Capris: Reitmans
Sandals: Fly London
Handbag: Cleo (thrifted)


WIW: Tiered Dress with White Denim

This is my favourite outfit formula of all time - dress with jacket. I mean really - how much easier does it get???

I started with my black/white tiered dress, added my white denim jacket for the inside A/C, my trusty black Clarks sandals and my kelly green handbag for a pop of colour. For a secondary pop of colour, I've put on my MAC Brave Red lipstick.

How does this look to your eye? Proportions ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome. BTW - sorry for the blurry second shot - Gain was sniffing the camera and slightly nudging it.

Dress: Cleo Petite
Jacket: thrifted
Sandals: Clarks
Handbag: Cleo (thrifted)


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WIW: Printed A -Line skirt and denim jacket

Last time I wore this skirt, I paired it with a white tee and my faded denim jacket. Today I've paired it with a black tank and my darker wash denim jacket. I've added my snakeskin belt to show my waist (I see in the pictures it's a bit wonky - will fix that before I go to work). I'm wearing my two tone neutral oxford sandals and my camel leather handbag to keep the skirt as the star. Have added a simply navy faux stone bracelet for my only accessory.

I'm liking this combination - what do you think? Proportions and colours ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Skirt: Cleo Petites (thrifted)
Tank: Cleo Petites
Denim jacket: Brody Jeans (thrifted)
Sandals: Aerosoles
Handbag: Mondani New York (thrifted)
Bracelet: thrifted


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OT: Tough Day Today

As you may recall, I had posted about my MIL moving in with us at the end of July (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....-the-forum). In the last month, we have sold my MIL's house, had my father come to visit from the coast, built a bedroom downstairs for our teenage son and got him set up, renovated my son's previous bedroom to be comfortable for my MIL, made safety changes in our bathroom to accommodate an elderly person, and cleaned out my MIL's old three-story house of its 52 years worth of stuff. Oh....and shopped NAS!

Today was the yard sale of that 52 years worth of stuff and it was a tough day, particularly for my MIL and my husband. It's very emotional to have complete strangers rifle through your possessions, haggle your price down, and then take it away with them. Yes, they are just things but many of those things had memories attached to them and the sad reality is that you can't keep all of them. My husband watched his childhood and teenage years slip away with each item sold and you could visibly see the pain on his face when many of his recently deceased father's items were purchased.

When it was all done, we all walked through the now empty 102 year-old house, with its creaky floors and leaded glass windows. It echoed with emptiness. It still smells like my in-laws. We found underneath the basement stairs a small portion of the wood wall where all 5 kids had carved their initials at different points in time. My hubby took a picture of that wall to take with him.

My MIL is staying with her daughter tonight and moving in with us tomorrow. We're all relieved and pleased that she's coming to be with us. But it sure was a tough day today.

Why am I sharing this? Just a reminder to love your family with all that you have in you. They are truly the most important thing in your life.


Summer Fun Money Summary

If my choices from NAS work out, this is what I got with my summer fun money:

1. Black leather blazer from Danier Leather
2. Jeffrey Campbell tricolour patent leather low heeled oxfords
3. Fossil Re-Issued Vintage satchel handbag
4. Vince Camuto teal/black v-neck banded long sleeve tee
5. Halogen tipped sweater blazer in purple
6. Black & white abstract pattern Maggy London wrap dress
7. Elliot Luca "Cordoba" flap front snakeskin handbag in sage colour

I went $172 over my limit but DH said not to worry about, considering all I got. Here's hoping my choices in #4-6 fit. If so, I feel like this is a HUGE influx into my fall wardrobe and I couldn't be more thrilled.

I want to thank everyone who has given input into my gazzillion posts about these items and the spending of my fun money. Your responses seriously helped me make thoughtful choices. Love ya!


WIW: Brown & White

It is yet another scorching hot day with crazy high humidity - light, breezy and breathable fabrics are the key to comfort.

It's casual day at work so started with my white shorts (these were a pair of bad length capris until Wonder Woman got her hands on them). I've paired the shorts with my brown & white polka dot silk blouse with a light camp underneath. Then added my most comfortable brown leather wedge sandal (these are Clarks and I've had them for years). I'm using my vintage cream woven with Bakelite handle clutch and I'm out the door.

Not an exciting outfit but it's comfortable and reasonably cool. What do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blouse: Nygard (thrifted)
Shorts: Jones & Co (thrifted and altered)
Sandals: Clarks
Handbag: vintage (thrifted)


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