WIW: Attitude & Denim

Do you think I'll ever get sick of wearing this Attitude by Jay Manuel dress? I wish I had bought two of them so when this one finally falls apart, I could bring out the other!

It's cool outside this morning but it's going to be hot later in the day so I started my outfit with this abstract print wrap style dress and topped it with my denim jacket. The jacket can come off once it starts heating up. I chose my bone/silver sandals since the bone colour picks up the light cream shade in the dress and finished off the outfit with my cobalt/cream quilted handbag and a blue chunky bracelet.

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

Jacket: Brody Jeans (thrifted)
Dress: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Shoes: Fugitive
Handbag: Danier Leather
Bracelet: Jones New York


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WIW: Pink & Animal Print

I've kind of been tossing around the idea of an animal print skirt for fall but didn't want anything that was too dark (i.e. black background). When picking up socks and underwear for hubby at Sears yesterday, this little skirt caught my eye. It's a lovely stretch cotton and is fully lined. It will be a great transitional piece for the season and I'm thinking could possibly be worn in winter with black or nude micro fishnets and my knee high Blondo boots.

I've paired the skirt with an unexpected pop of pink - not a colour I normally wear but I like the combination with the animal print. It has a lady-like 1960's vibe to it, don't you think? The sweater has bracelet length sleeves with a flat bow on each wrist. I tried my rose gold/black watch but found a watch competed with the length of the sleeve.

I've popped on my newly thrifted dark green suede pumps and added my Fossil handbag for yet another unexpected colour. Not entirely sure the handbag works though. I'm also wearing a copper and rose gold necklace. I haven't been feeling love for my necklaces lately but because I couldn't wear my watch, I felt the outfit needed a wee something. 

What do you think? Does this all work together or is it a bit of a hot mess? I also have this sweater in black which looks great with the skirt. As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Skirt & sweater: Sears
Shoes: Ralph Lauren (thrifted)
Handbag: Fossil
Necklace: thrifted


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What I exchanged the navy blazer for

I returned the navy blazer last night to the thrift store where I bought it. The problem with the thrift store is there is no refund - exchange only and within 7 days. Yesterday was the 7th day so I had to come home with something. This is part of the reason I am working on cutting down on my thrifting - mistakes can be a pain in the butt.

But I did find three things that I'm quite pleased with. Before going any further and looking at the pictures, my apologies for the photo quality. Having some problems with my camera right now plus my hair isn't done and I have no make up on - been cleaning out the laundry room today.

First is a fabulous white with navy stripe boat neck pull over with teal green cuffs and bottom band from Cleo. This is my version of the Breton striped sweater that many Fabbers have. I'm thrilled with this find as I've been looking around for a primarily white with stripes casual knit for fall to wear with jeans. This will work beautifully.

Second are a pair of suede leather dark forest green Ralph Lauren pumps. Despite the heel height these are incredibly comfortable. And I love the slightly unexpected colour. I can see wearing these a lot with pencil skirts, my black sheath dress and even some trousers.

Third is a blush (although it photographed quite yellow) quilted patent leather Elizabeth Grant handbag with gold hardware and chain handle. This isn't a fab brand by any means but it is leather and I love the look of the bag and it's a colour I don't have. This will have to be my version of a Chanel...for now anyway!

So I hope these three finds are better than the navy blazer and meet with your approval. Obviously I wouldn't wear them all together but this was the easiest way to do the pictures. I'm looking forward to styling them in the near future.

Hope you're all having a wonderful Saturday!


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WIW: Cameron & Tom

Today is the debut of my taupe Tom suede wedge booties - this is why I LOVE autumn! It is also office filing day (we're in the midst of rearranging our clerks' space so we're all working today on cleaning out paper no longer needed) so casual comfort is required.

I paired my new oh-so-comfy booties with my Cameron slim BF jeans and a semi tucked yellow/oatmeal striped light weight pull over.I added my animal print belt for a bit of pattern mixing and visual interest. Using my light cream handbag for a bit of lightness and because I was just too darned lazy to change my handbag from yesterday - lol! Gold watch and wedding band are all for jewelry.

What do you think? I wondered if I should roll the jeans one more time so more of the booties showed or is this length the best as it is more leg lengthening for me? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Sweater: Gap
Jeans: True Religion
Belt: Streets Ahead
Booties: Tom
Handbag: Danier Leather
Watch: thrifted


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WIW: Floral, denim & booties

I bought this Vince Camuto floral tube skirt late in the summer so will be looking for ways to "autumn-ize" this skirt to extend its wearing season.

Today I've paired the skirt with a fairly basic soft denim shirt with pearl buttons and a nod to western style. I added my blue suede booties with bare legs and am using my large light cream handbag. Jewelry is my silver wedding band and a metal cuff with rhinestone details.

Does this combination work in terms of proportion? Does this make the skirt work for fall? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Shirt: Reitmans
Skirt: Vince Camuto (eBay)
Booties: Aerosoles
Handbag: Danier Leather
Cuff: thrifted


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Navy Blazer Stylings - now what do you think? (ETA decision @ bottom)

Following my Keep/Sell post on this recently thrifted blazer (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....avy-blazer) it was felt a few more modern stylings should be shown to get a true feel on the fit and style of the blazer and whether or not it should stay in my closet. My outfit in the K/S thread was sadly lacking any "oomph" so here are a few stylings illustrating how I would wear this blazer.

So what do you think about the blazer after seeing these outfits? Does it stay or does it go?

#1-3: TR Cameron slim BF jeans with fully buttoned crisp white shirt and Doc Marcie boots.

#4-5: TR Cameron slim BF jeans with fluid navy/white wide pinstripe shirt with white collar and blue suede booties.

#6-7: Silky black textured trousers with ink blue hi-low light knit sweater and black patent Ara booties.

#8-9: B44 dress with blue suede booties.

#10-11: INC tiered dress with blue suede booties.

#12: white JS sized up skinnies, Gap white sweater and python booties.


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WIW: More Black & White

What can I say...it's my favourite combination to wear! And BTW, I meant to semi tuck and forgot so I have fixed that since taking these pics and the sweater is now semi tucked.

Today's outfit is a simple combination of my black silky slouchy pants, white cami and my white laser cut pull over. I added my black pointy toe kitten heels and my print oversized clutch. Jewelry is my silver Haida wedding band and a silver and Abalone shell bracelet. 

I can feel myself leaning towards wearing fewer number of pieces in an outfit but ensuring there is texture and visual interest. 

What do you think? does this work together (picture the semi tuck)? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Sweater: Nygard
Trousers: Joe Fresh
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Clutch: XOXO (thrifted)
Bracelet: thrifted


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Keep/Sell: Navy Blazer

I've been looking for about two months for a navy blazer for work. I've been wanting something with great drape while still having structure, a rich ink blue colour and something a wee bit "different" while still being classic. Sort of my version of a Theory jacket. So far, nothing has turned up.

And now that I am shopping mindfully (no more "willy nilly" for me) and watching my pennies, I am once again scouring my favourite thrift shops while still making sure whatever I find meet the same criteria as would be applied to a new pricier item.

I came across this ink blue blazer on the weekend and am finally getting around to posting. It is by a Canadian designer (Rena Rowan) and brand new with tags. The fabric is a fantastic wool-blend mid weight, perfect for fall and winter. The sleeves are slightly long so I have tucked them under for the full length sleeve shots. It is a double breasted style but I would be wearing it open for now as I adore the drape and once fitting a wee bit looser, could also wear done up. I adore the length - not too long and not too short. I also really like the shoulder pads...crazy, I know...but I had a wonderful relationship with shoulder pads in the 90's and am thrilled to see them back in various forms. For someone like me with very narrow and sloping shoulders, this type of shape can give my upper body some presence and helps to balance out my larger midsection.

However, it is entirely possible that I have such a sugar eye for this jacket that I am not seeing it clearly. So I am turning it over to you - is this jacket a keeper or do I re-sell? (pic 8 is the original price and pic 9 is what I paid at Value Village).

P.S. I have slightly overexposed the pics so you can see the details a bit better.


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Black & white with flats

A dress with flats??? Me??? I used to feel frumpy in flats but somewhere along the YLF road, I got over that.

So today I've paired my black sheath dress with my cream/black quilted flats. I topped the dress with my black/white striped knit blazer and added my cobalt/cream quilted handbag for a pop of colour and more texture. Jewelry is my silver wedding band and a vintage grey/silver enamel bangle. Oh yes...and a swipe of red lipstick!

Do the flats work here? Do I look stumpy? How does it all work together to your eye? As always, all comments suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Winners
Dress: Banana Republic
Shoes: Shelly London (thrifted)
Handbag: Danier Leather
Bangle: vintage

Now a quick fit question - as you can in pictures 5 and 6, this sheath dress is now getting too big. I find from underneath the bust down to now be too wide making the skirt almost bell shaped and the dress now gapes under the arm around the side of the bust (how cruel is THAT to lose weight THERE?). In pic #8 I'm showing if the excess fabric were to be removed on the bottom portion of the dress and in pic #9 if Wonder Woman were to put in two tucks beside the bust. Worth doing?


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WIW: Lace jacket & Doc oxfords

Good morning my lovelies - I've missed you :)

Dressing this past week has been somewhat confusing - the leaves are falling off the trees, geese are flying and the days are getting shorter but the actual temperatures are hot, hot, hot. So I'm wanting to dress in fall like ensembles but try and stay cool.

I was thrilled to see Angie's blog post about refined darks in casual ensembles for MOTG and decided to take that formula and apply it to my office attire. I couldn't be more pleased that the colour combo of dark blue, black, grey and white is going to trending this fall - that's pretty much what my fall and winter wardrobe already consists of. Don't you love it when that happens?

Today's outfit started with my black midi pencil skirt and a simple black tank. I then added my ink blue lace jacket. This jacket is the perfect weight for this time of year since the sleeves breathe with the lace cut outs. For my touches of white, I dug out my neglected Doc Martens Sara oxfords. I like how the black in the shoe ties in with the skirt and then the white gives the lightness. I realize these shoes do not fit the current refined shoe trend as they are quite chunky, but hopefully they work in this instance. I then added my large light cream handbag for another touch of lightness. A simple black and white large watch completes the look.

What do you think? Does this illustrate Angie's formula? Do the shoes work with this? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Oh yeah...and I've switched to my fall lipstick which is a darker red/burgundy blend.

Jacket: INC
Tank and skirt: Cleo Petite
Shoes: Doc Martens
Handbag: Danier Leather
Watch: Calvin Klein (thrifted)


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