Fashion Friday: Summer Weekend

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I’m pretty sure I have mentioned this before,  but I find casual outfits difficult.  Let me re-phase that. I find NICE casual outfits difficult. I work in an office and have lots of dresses that are dressier and more corporate, and then I have LOTS of SUPER-casual clothes such as sweatpants (love) and workout clothes. I’m just not great at dressing in the middle.  I’m a dress person, so the summer is a bit easier as the weather allows for casual dresses. Now the the outfit I’ve put together today isn’t totally causal (baby steps people, baby steps) but it could work for a summer party, or dinner with friends on a patio.

Summer Weekend

I love the fun pattern in the skirt paired with the bright tank.  And then the sandals and bag really add the casual feel to it.  If you want to see the details of this outfit (or any others) you can find them here on my Polyvore.

What are your go to summer casual pieces?

XO,

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Summer Jumpsuit Round-Up

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So, let’s talk jumpsuits.  Or rompers, onesies,  playsuits (which I personally think sounds creepy), whatever you want to call them.  My first experience with a jumpsuit was 4 years ago. I bought a black one from H&M.  It was ok, but the cut was strange.  The crotch hung too low.  Now, this was around the time when the “harem” pant or more commonly known as the “MC Hammer” pant, made a brief (thank goodness) comeback, so maybe that is why these hung too low.  But regardless,  it wasn’t quite right.

My other, slightly more personal and neurotic issue with the jumpsuit is having to pee topless. Yes, I’m behind closed doors when I’m doing my biz, but it still feels odd to be topless while doing it. However, recently I’ve been noticing some great jumpsuits on the market.  Ones that are have a slimmer leg, with crotch lengths that are reasonable, and that definitely are not too billow-y.  Here are a few good ones I found that just might just get me over my fear of being topless in a bathroom stall…..maybe.

 

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 Clockwise from top left: ASOS Jumpsuit with Cami Straps, Rory Beca Ludo Jumpsuit, Rebecca Minkoff Suarez Jumpsuit,

AQUA Jumpsuit , ASOS Plunge Neck Jumpsuit, ASOS Jumpsuit in Check

 I love the patterned plunge neck line one, which sadly I could NEVER wear without looking indecent. Also, that bright blue one is great. The ruched bit on the cropped pant is a lovely detail.

How do you feel about the jumpsuit?

XO,

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Fashion Friday: Cat-eye Sunnies

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I need a new pair of sunglasses this year and I’m really liking the cat-eye shape.  Not the over-the-top 1960′s cat-eye, but the more subtle versions that I’ve been seeing around.  Sunglasses (and regular glasses for that matter) are always a challenge for me because I have a really narrow face so 90% of sunglasses look ginormous on me.  And not in the cool over-sized shades way….more like the “my glasses are eating my head” way. That being said, I’d like to find a smallish version of the cat-eye for this summer.  So, today I’ve put together a little save and splurge round-up of some cat-eyes sunglasses.

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From Top to Bottom: Minkpink Candy Land Cat-Eye Sunglasses,Vince Camuto Cat-eye Sunglasses, Armani Exchange Cat-eye Sunglasses,  Valentino Rockstud-Temple Cat-Eye Sunglasses,  Marc Jacobs Glitter Stripe Sunglasses, Stella McCartney Cat-eye Sunglasses

I typically don’t spend much money on sunglasses. I tend to find the nicest pair under $30 and treat them badly until either they get so scratched it’s embarrassing to wear them, or I leave them somewhere.  However, I do think perhaps my lack of care of them is because they are so cheap.  I haven’t invested any money in them so why would worry about their condition?  I’m thinking about potentially investing in a nice pair this year, on the assumption that if I pay more I’ll take better care of them!

Do you splurge or save on sunglasses?

XO,

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Fashion Friday: Finally Spring

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Happy Friday all! It is finally starting to feel like spring so today’s fashion Friday outfit is full of light and airy pieces.

Spring Summer

I am normally not a fan of the jumpsuit (mostly because you have to get half-naked to go to the bathroom) but I think this one is pretty cute.  And no it’s not quite sandal weather here in Toronto but a girl can dream, right?  You can find the details of the pieces here on my Polyvore.

Have a good day!

XO,

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Arizona Vacation Outfits

Good Afternoon!

Although the first day of spring has come and gone, it’s still very grey and winter-y here in the T-Dot.  However, that makes me even more excited to get on a plane tomorrow for Arizona.  It looks like it will be 30+ for much of time I’m there. Ah-mazing! I’m generally a terrible packer, and don’t expect this time will be much different, but I have been thinking about outfits for the trip.  Below I’ve put together three outfits ideas that (hopefully) will help guide my packing tonight!

Day of Exploring/Shopping

Arizona Outfit #1

Relaxing by the Pool

Arizona Outfit #2

Out for Dinner

Arizona Outfit #3

All product information can be found on my Polyvore pages 1, 2, 3

These could work, right?  Do I own any of these items?  No. Do I own anything like them? Maaaybe.  If I could pack directly from Polyvore life would be much easier. But it has given me a little inspiration for the looming task.

Have a great day!

XO,

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Valentine’s Day Outfit

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Happy St. Valentine’s Day to all.  This isn’t a holiday I would say that I actively observe , nor do I have anything particularly exciting planned for the day (unless eating cinnamon heart until my tongue bleeds can be considered “plans”). However, since the day is here and I figure there is no way to totally ignore it I’ve put together a V-day themed outfit for a casual Friday at work.

Valentine's Day

(Click on the image above to see all the sources on my Polyvore page).

Distressed jeans are back, and I’m a fan of the trend.  Those flats are very pretty, and even a V-day cynic like me can admit that the heart sweatshirt just screams cute and fun.  I mean a girl can dress the part even if she’s not feeling the vibe, right?  Yes she can.

I hope you all have a great day full of love, (and more importantly) candy and chocolate!

XO,

High and Low: Black Crossbody Purses

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I am in the market for a new black purse and I’m leaning towards a crossbody purse.  When this trend first came around I was skeptical, partly because so many of them were “mini” purses and really looked more like wallets with the strap.  That being said, having used larger purses over the years, I’m getting sick of having too much space in my purses and constantly losing things in the great abyss, so to speak.  So, I’m leaning toward something larger than the mini crossbody, but not too large.  A purse that can fit my wallet, phone, and a few other small items.

For example, this one would be too small….

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While this size is just right….

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Also, the crossbody strap is pretty practical – true “no hands” functionality so that if you are carrying other things you know your bag won’t fall off your shoulder or arm.  An added bonus for sure. I’ve put together a little high-low round-up of black crossbody purses.  The “highs” are greater than $200, while the lows are less than $200.  crossbody bags copy High (clockwise from top left) – Elizabeth & James Leather Mini Crossbody bag, J. Crew Goodwinn purse, Loeffler Randall Crossbody – Mini Rider, Opelle Baby Botanist 

Low (clockwise from top left) – 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target® Top Handle Crossbody, Lodis Accessories Olympic Blvd Sloane Chain Crossbody, Pieces Diana Boxy Across Body Bag (Via Asos.com), Mango Metal fastening cross body bag

This really does prove that there are some decent inexpensive versions of the crossbody purse.  My PURSE-onal fave in the high category (see what I did right there??) is the Opelle Baby botanist.  It isn’t cheap but it’s made by a Canadian company (buy local) and I’ve touched their bags (they were at the One of a Kind Show this year) and the leather is beautiful and the designs are amazing.  In the low category, I think I would go with the Pieces Diana bag because it has a little added texture….then again none of these would be in the round-up if I didn’t like them, so all of them get my approval.

How do you like the crossbody purse?

XO,

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GIVEAWAY! Her Pretty Bird

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I am crazy excited for today’s post!  You see this year I discovered a fabulous new jewelry designer, Ms. Lauren Shostal of Her Pretty Bird.  How did I find her? She also just happens to be my hair colourist (and one of the best…my highlights always look good much longer than they should as I tend to wait way too long between appointments).  But back to her other talent. She has creates amazing jewelry.  Beautiful statement pieces that I know so many of you will be drooling over. I already have a couple of pieces myself and they make great gifts. Here is little sampling of the sheer awesomeness sitting over at the Her Pretty Bird Etsy shop right now….

Vintage snake chain with quartz

pyrite arrows and rose quartz

Crystal quartz and matte silver chain

Asymmetrical spike earrings

chunky jade necklace

I wasn’t making this stuff up.  She is awesome.  I recently went to a Her Pretty Bird trunk show and I took some photos…

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Tell me you aren’t in love with those gold druzi lovelies on the top right. I know, you can’t….because they are awesome. Sadly many of the pieces in the trunk show photos have already sold, but she is making and adding more things to the shop all the time, so visit often!

Now for the BEST news! Lauren has been kind enough to offer these fabulous earrings to give to one lucky-pants Recreated reader.

Yes people, these could be yours!  They would be a gorgeous accessory to rock at a  New Year’s Eve party, don’t you think??  And if you live in the Toronto area you might even get them in time for a last-minute gift for someone.  To enter all you have to do is write a comment below telling me your favourite piece in the Her Pretty Bird Etsy Shop!

For additional entries (please provide a separate comment for each of the ones you do):

1. Fave the Her Pretty Bird Shop on Etsy

2.  Like Her Pretty Bird on Facebook.

3. Like Recreated on Facebook

4. Tweet the following ” I want to win some gorgeous earrings from @herprettybird and @lgrecreated! http://recreated.ca/2013/12/13/giveaway-her-pretty-bird/

This giveaway won’t last long…..it closes Monday, December 16th, 2013 at midnight EST.  The winner will be chosen using Random.com and will be announced on Tuesday December 17th!  So get on it.

Happy Friday!

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Fashion Friday: Classic Red Coat

Good Morning!

I have been feeling bored with my black wool coat and have been considering getting another one with some colour.  And maybe it’s the holiday season, but I’ve been really drawn to red lately.  And what is more classic than a red wool coat?  It makes a bold statement but still has an air of conservatism.  Just take a look below…

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Right?  Totally beautiful.  And here is a round-up of a few that I would love to have….if I had a million-bajillion dollars.

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1. Mackage Elizabeth Chic Wool Jacket in Red  2. Alexander McQueen Wool-felt coat

3. Burberry ‘Rushworth’ Belted Wool Blend Coat 4. Mackage “Sofie” Belted Zip Front Coat

5. NICHOLAS Felted Wool Coat in Red

Gorgeous. Love this look.

Have a great weekend!

XO,

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Fashion Friday: Winter PJ’s & giveaway winner!

Good Morning!

It’s fashion friday around here, but before I get into my round-up for this week, We have a winner of the $50 credit from Minted!  I’ve compiled the list of entries and using Random.org a winner was selected….drum roll please….

Winner - Random ….Meredith S!  Congrats to you! You’ll be hearing from me soon!

Now back to fashion.  I don’t know about you but now that it is getting dark before 5 pm (ugh) and it’s starting to get colder, I find myself wanting to spend more time at home curled up in my PJ’s. Now typically for sleeping I like to have thinner pajama’s because I tend to get very warm when I sleep. But for lounging around the house in the depths of Canadian winter, I like having a cozier pair kicking around.  So today I’ve rounded up some cute pairs of  cozy PJ’s that could work for this purpose.

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Clockwise from top left:  Juicy Coutour Jazzy Floral PJs via Revolve Clothing, J. Crew End-on-end pajama set in swiss dot, South Beach Victoria Super Soft Multi Stripe Onesie via ASOS, Tiptoe on the Tile Pajamas from ModCloth, Juicy Coutour Flannel Nightshirt via Revolve Clothing, C. Wonder Twinkle Twinkle Star Pajama Set

If it were for the peeing part I would be all over the onesie PJs. But I’m also really liking the flannel nightshirt.

Which ones would you like to lounge around in?

XO,

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