Thursday, 5 May 2011

busy bee

Holy smokes!  My last post was much too long ago.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't know how you all do it.  I was fortunate today to have my guy back from LA so that I woke up too early for work/placement and had some time to read personal emails, and sneak a peek at a fashion blog or two!  I am all tucked up in bed with a bowl of "rice krispies" (the natural kind, not the Brand kind with added and unnecessary refined sugar...pfffft!) and I won't think about what to wear today until I've had a long hot wake-up shower, but if I do have the good fortune later of finding the time to take and post photos I will do my best.  Until then, I was just perusing the new catalog put out by a very good and talented friend of mine, Kristen of Laborde Designs.  Check out these beauties:

Antoinette No.300 | Cameo with gunmetal mixed metals
Deborah No.809 | Turquoise and wood

Just two of my faves - if you like what you see, pease visit her at Laborde Designs

On a final (sleepy) note, as soon as I settle into my new routine a little bit more I intend to get back on a regular posting schedule.  Working full-time Monday to Friday is a huge shift for me!  Week one is going really well though and I am really excited to be where I am.  (For those of you that don't know, I am placed for the summer at an eating disorder support centre.)  I look forward to spending more time in blogland soon.  Until then... xx!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

final exam, rain, headache.... post !

So Tuesday was study-study-ignore-the-computer day. Final exam of my degree on Wednesday (yay!)... followed immediately by a train trip out of the city to visit my parentals, all whilst fighting of a migraine (thanks to all this crazy atmospheric pressure...stuff). The dropped me off a few hours ago and I snapped a few shots before dinner. This was not a well thought out outfit by any means, but it does show off one of my favourite summer dresses. Along with, the annoying yellow cardigan that just seems to go with everything (I am going to wear this out in approximately one more week). It rained... again... hence the wellies. Waiting anxiously for May flowers!

Dress, UO, approx. $60. Cardigan, F21, $18.
Scarf, H&M, approx. $10. Tights, UO, approx. $15.
Boots, Hunter, gift from Aron.

Oh and this is our new friend.  Aron named him.  He is... get ready for it... "Robocop". 

Monday, 25 April 2011

constructive criticism mondays ?

So I've noticed that bloggers in general have special features on their blogs.  Now I haven't seen this on another blog so I apologize if it's already in existence and I'm claiming the idea as my own, but here goes.  What I've noticed for the most part while browsing blogs endlessly is that the comments are all positive, and for the most part, generally positive, for example, "Gorgeous outfit!".  While this is a nice, warm and fuzzy compliment, I am using my blog to learn more about how dress myself in a flattering way.  Today is a good day to start this I think, since I sort of like my outfit, but definitely feel it could use some improvement.   So please, feel free to provide some constructive criticism!  I welcome your ideas and comments.

I apologize for the lighting in these.  It began to pour rain, and even with all the blinds wide open I couldn't get enough light.  Enter reading spotlight!   

Skirt, thrifted (ToGo), $1.50. Tank, Club Monaco, $35 (w/student discount).
Belt, CM, $70 (w/student discount). Cardigan, F21, $21. Clutch, $20, Winners.
Boots, Blowfish @Little Burgundy, approx. $75.

So - what might you change/add/remove if you were my stylist?

Sunday, 24 April 2011

friday staycation

---Disclaimer: this post is absolutely non-fashion related!---

Friday was Good.  We began with a good sleep in; I hit a hot yoga class at 10, and by early afternoon we were off:

A leisurely stroll up to Queen St.

Stopping to sit on a curb, enjoy the sunshine and scarf
down potato pancakes, applesauce and sausage.

Next stop: Kensington Market.  Stocking up on dates, figs, dried peaches, and pecans.

Kensington is jumping on a holiday Friday.

Grilled street clams - a delicious surprise.

Aron eagerly awaits.

Fresh squeezed juices from the Urban Herbivore.  Ginger and pineapple seen here.  A+.

Back home to continue eating - fresh figs and dark hazelnut chocolate.

Retiring to the couch for a crime show marathon.

After a dinner of organic burgers, poutine and Black Swan, Aron is down for the count.

Friday, 22 April 2011

thursday night, party time

Ok ok, two posts in just a few hours. I know - cccccccrrrrazy! But this is what I wore out last night. We went dancing at Revival.  Fun!

Dress, Tristan, gift from Aron. Belt, H&M, came free with a skirt.
Cardigan, H&M, approx. $30. Tights, Hue, $no idea.
Necklace, Absolutely No Clue (I may have picked it up at Outer Layer), approx. $30. 
Bag (seen in first photo), H&M, $no idea (at least 4 years old).
Polish, Essie in "Shifting Power", or what I like to call "Gold", $7.

Darkened the day time eyeliner and added Stila lip stain in "Poppy".
Aron trying to hide behind my parent's retro tripod (indefinitely borrowed).  Nice try.

Oh and as for the shoes that didn't make it into the photos....  I had initially planned to wear these, but wore them for sushi before the club and found they were hurting a little.  Decided to go with these to ensure continuous hours of dancing.


Really?  I can't take anymore.  We went for a Good Friday walk up to the market (will post pics soon!) and I almost cried on the walk back, as I utilized Aron as a wind shield. I mentioned in my Wednesday post that I was on a mission to find a warm springy outfit for Thursday.  Here's what I came up with:

Maxi dress, Lucky Brand, approx. $80. Sweater, Aritzia, approx. $45.
Belt, H&M, came free with a skirt. Booties, Blowfish, approx. $80? (last year).

This awkward pose is to show off how battered these booties are. 
I love them.  I need to take them in to get cleaned and fixed so the
rolled over suede stops dragging on the ground.

I love you booties, but you are looking weathered!

I was feeling a little blah so I piled on some eyeliner.  It made me happy.

Bag, UO, approx. $70. 

Just a note about my fashion credits.  You may see items from post to post credited with different prices.  When I write "approx." it is beacuse I really have no idea and I am guessing.  That being said, most of these items are quite old, so I'm hoping that those who read my blog understand that the sometimes high prices (that don't necessarily jive with my student budget) are not recent purchases.  Also, I am jobless as of the end of the day tomorrow it is now SERIOUS remixing time.  Oh summer, how I eagerly await you.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

it's matzah time !

Hello, friends!  It's been a while, I'm sorry.  I haven't posted since last Friday - I worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - and with Passover festivities Monday and Tuesday, the time has just disappeared.  I think also that winter exhaustion is setting in as we are STILL in winter coats here in Toronto, and I am frustrated and bored with having to dress warmly.  Tomorrow it will be my mission to find a warm AND springy outfit to lift my spirits.

These photos are from Monday, post-seder:

Pants, GAP, $60? Tank, Club Monaco, $30.
Cardigan, F21, $27.  Flower, H&M, $5. Watch, Burberry, gift from Aron.

I went thrifting on Monday during the day and scored these glasses for $8 (that Aron hates...  but it's okay because I LOVE THEM).  I have always liked the look of dark frames and these are over the top.  My prescription is too strong, so I don't usually wear glasses because even with the ultra thin lenses I feel like I'm wearing bottle caps.  Not sexy time!

Anyway, I'll be including some of my new items over the next few days so watch out!  I scored 4 skirts, 2 tops, a cardigan and these glasses for a total of $32.  Amazing! 

Friday, 15 April 2011

sunny sky... or something...

I wasn't going to post today.  It was a crazy one, and I didn't get home from work until about 10pm.  But I powered through...  tried out the flash... and.... ta-da! 

Pants, Esprit, $70. Cardigan, F21, $17. Tshirt, Jacob, $14.
Belt, H&M, $15. Scarf, Zara, $30. Polish, Essie, $4.
Bag, UO, $70. Booties, Blowfish, $50 (sale).

I threw in this last photo because I love how my hair colour is fading out.  It's one of those things I didn't really notice until I saw a picture of it.  (Hence why blogs are so useful.)  It is also really interesting to see myself in a photo with no makeup on.  A little scary, but I'm okay.  I had a facial today and didn't want to mess up my freshly microdermed skin with the makeups.  I love the microderm.  If you haven't tried it yet, you should !

Thursday, 14 April 2011

it's in the seafoam

Ahhhhh!  I'm done!  Well at least until my exam on the 27th.  Yep, one exam, and it's half a month away.  Cruelty.  I started my placement today and I wanted to dress for spring even though the temperature is not anywhere near where it should be.  I got home much later than I normally would and barked at Aron to take photos of me.  Hence why they are dark, blurry, and generally terrible.  Sorry.  I promise better work over the weekend.

Shoes, Seychelles @ Winners, $?. Canvas tote, Dollarama, $2.

Coat, F21 on clearance, $20?

Skirt, XOXO, bought it at least 8 years ago $no idea.  Tank, Aritzia, $25.
Belt, H&M, $14. Cardigan, F21, $17.
Aron did not want his photo taken today.  Laaaame!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

See you Thursday, lovelies!

Photo: Psychology Today

I am in lockdown until this paper is submitted late tonight. Wish me luck. I'll be wearing something bright and celebratory on Thursday - for sure! Keep on followin'... xo Jenn

Monday, 11 April 2011

it's a... firetrap

Last week of class.  Of my whole degree!  I may be a (fashion) slacker this week, or maybe not.  Today I didn't slack: today, the shoes determined the outfit.  I have been dying to wear them and the weather made them completely doable.  I am so sleepy and full of sushi right now.  Adding photos and off to dreamland, stat.

Coat, Buffalo @ The Bay on clearance, $70?. Cami, Guess, $gift from dad.
Cargo-style crops, Esprit, $80.  Belt, H&M, $15. White shirt, H&M, $14.
Necklace, $gift from Aron's mom. Shades, Anne Klein @ Winners, $24.

Watch, Burberry, $gift from Aron. Wooden bracelet, Cuban beach vendor, $5.

Favouritist red shoes (starting to show wear, boo), Firetrap @ Balisi, $100?

I am gradually working up the nerve to take the tripod outside - promise.  You suburbanite girls at least have some space.  There are people everywhere here, especially in our neighbourhood.  And there is tons of construction going on.  The last thing I need - an audience of construction dudes.  Not to contribute to stereotypes or anything... but... but...