Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Pretty in Pink

I have a theory. Whenever you’re searching for a specific item in mind, you will never find it. I went to Esprit specifically looking for a winter jacket to replace mine of seven years and I couldn’t find one. Why? Because the store closed down. Argle margle.

I guess that means I get to keep my old one. Ok, no I cant. It’s completely tattered and the insulation is peeping through. I’m notoriously known for keeping things way past I should. I think it’s time to break up with my jacket. SIGH. We had a good run…

So here is the good news…instead of finding a winter jacket I found this dress. I love the embroidery on this dress, it's so intricate.

The shape of the dress reminds me of a night gown. It came with a sash so it can easily be made more fitted if desired but I think I prefer it loose. I wanted to keep this look really simple to showcase the details of this dress. It's so light and airy!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Dress: Jacob - $30, Heels: Nine West - $25, Bracelet: H&M - $7.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Monday, 28 May 2012

Black or White

I wanted to do a little tribute to the always classic and chic, black and white ensemble. Something about black and white always seems timeless to me.

My favourite part? I’m wearing a chapeau!  I think I’m going to try to incorporate my hat into my daily wardrobe. I'm not normally a hat person so lets see how long this will last.

I pulled this purse out after years and years of storing it in the back of my closet. Since the bag is made out of canvas, the white portions had obvious signs of aging where the material had oxidized creating a yellow stain.

Since this purse was only $35 I could have thrown it out without feeling too badly about it, but since I love this purse so much, I wanted to try to restore it. I took it to the dry cleaners and asked for a quote for cleaning it and as it turns out, it would have cost way more than what I initially paid for it. Boo-urns.

So I went on a mission to try to clean it myself. After some experimentation and lots of scrubbing, I was able to get it looking brand spanking new. Yay!

I documented this cleaning process with my camera so if you are interested in seeing how I was able to clean my purse for under $6 please comment below.

Thanks for following and happy shopping! 

Hat: Mom's - Vintage, Blouse: Joe Fresh - $15, Sweater: J.Crew - $12, Shorts: H&M - $25. Shoes: Zara - $20. Bag: Aldo - $35.

Photo credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Friday, 25 May 2012

San Francisco Bound 2

I’m on my way to San Francisco again, so this time around, I thought would write about what I packed in my purse.  Every time I go on a plane I always clean out my purse to make it as light as possible and to make room for all the other crap items I will need while I’m traveling. While cleaning out my purse, I noticed that I accumulated an insane amount of receipts in a month. What is with that? Is it my subconscious trying to prevent me from making more purchases by making it impossible for me to locate my wallet? Nobody knows!

Ok, Ready? Here we go.

Documents: Passport, itinerary, wallet and IDs.

These are the probably the items I check for repeatedly. I will likely go through my bag at least five times to make sure I have them before I even post this. 
Paranoia rears its ugly head.

Accessories: Headphones, magazine, sunglasses, compact mirror, glasses, hand sanitizer.

Out of everything listed, my glasses are probably the most important because without them, I can barely see 5 meters ahead of me. Everything else can be bought at the airport or on the plane.

Technology: Camera, battery charger, phone.

I like to keep my tech items with me at all times because I don’t want to risk the airline losing my luggage. It's probably best to keep all valuables in your carry-on so you don't have to worry about them getting damaged, stolen or lost while you fly. I personally keep all valuable/sentimental items at home.

Liquid Toiletries:  Hand lotion, face wash, shampoo/conditioner, moisturizers, foundation.

Anything liquid as carry-on needs to be under 100ml in clear containers and placed in a plastic bag. I bought these plastic containers years ago when I was backpacking through Europe. I always grab a bunch of clear baggies at the airport so I can do this step at home. This way I don’t have to rummage through my luggage in the security line and expose my items to the person behind me.

Makeup Bag: Makeup and tools.

I usually bring this in my purse because if I need to touch up before landing I can. I personally don’t think I travel well, so adding some blush can make the world of difference.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Monday, 21 May 2012


Last year, I bought a Groupon for hot yoga classes and I only recently finished my last class. I was contemplating continuing the classes once my Groupon ended since I had such a good time but hot yoga during the summer might be torture so I think I will wait until the fall.

When I started yoga, I needed to go shopping since I didn’t have any workout shorts in my wardrobe. I picked up two pairs, one navy and the other a bright yellow. I also managed to find a really pretty zip up sweater that reminded me a lot of Lululemon, but at a fraction of the price. Score!

This is me trying to be zen but my best friend and photographer for the day, Mandi was throwing dandelions and grass towards me in order to get an artistic shot. It's obvious that her plan didn't work. (evidence of a falling dandelion in the bottom right hand corner)

After three months of yoga, I finally got some poses down. I'm hoping that I will be able to master a head stand at some point but at the moment I'm happy with the basics. This is a tree pose in front of a tree. Tee hee.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Sweater: Joe Fresh - $15, Shorts: Joe fresh - $7. 

Photo credit: Mandi Taylor
Location: Hometown

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

5 Tips to Saving when Shopping

Now that we are coming towards the end of May, I wanted to do a post on how I manage my clothing budget. I love to shop but there are times when I need to stop the madness. I’ve been on a spending spree lately and I have decided that I finally need to take a hard look at the numbers.

For the past two years I have been keeping an excel spreadsheet of all the items that I have purchased. I like to do this because I can keep track of what I have bought and how much I have spent on each item. Further more, when I look at the grand total I always get a sense of urgency to stop shopping. It's obvious that this feeling only lasts a short while.

Here is what I have spent in the last two months:

$283?! AH! Ok, that's a lot, well at least for me it is. 
Now the guilt and self loathing is starting to kick in…

BUT....practically everything I bought recently has been on sale. 
Here is a closer look:

So as it turns out, I saved a little over $700 which is 70% of the total retail value. Yay!

Everyone who knows me knows that I am price proud. Hunting for deals is practically a glorified sport for me so I thought I would share some of my tips to shopping and saving at retail stores:

1)     Shop end of season 

Shopping at the end of a season is a great way to save on clothing and shoes for next year. Most items are significantly reduced since retailers are trying to clear out their past season's inventory in order to make room for the new. Since I won’t get much wear out of these items until next year, I try to stick with classic shapes and styles that will last the test of time. Since it's the beginning of spring, you will likely find a lot of boots, sweaters and winter jackets significantly reduced. At times I will find spring items like sandles that haven't sold from the previous season in the clearance section so don't forget to look there as well.

2)     Check the sale racks first

Most retailers have an area of the store that is devoted to sale merchandise. In these cases this is the first place I always look.  I tend to always find things that are in my size and at a price point I like so there is generally no need to look elsewhere. When shopping the sale section be on a look out for damaged items. If the item hasn't already been reduced, always ask to see whether you can get an additional discount. The worst that can happen is they say no right? Just make sure that these damaged items are things you can repair quite easily yourself with a wash or some minor stitching, or at the very least, the savings should be more than the cost to fix it by your tailor.

3)     Head to the outlets 

What I love about the outlets is that almost everything in the store has been reduced and on top of that, there is almost always an additional sale going on. Once upon a time, retailers would send items to the outlets that hadn’t sold in stores but now I find that retailers are producing items specifically for their outlet brand. Not to say this is a bad thing, just be careful about this because sometimes you are compromising quality and style for a reduced price. Now that it's starting to get warm outside, getting a little tan while shopping is a nice alternative to being in the mall.

4)     Subscribe to your favourite stores

Most retailers will send emails to their subscribers letting them know when a sale is going on. Often retail stores will have exclusive sale events for these loyal customers. Knowing ahead of time that your favourite brand is having a sale is a great way to save. I have to say that since I am a subscriber to an embarrassing amount of retailers, temptation is constantly waiting for me when I read my morning emails. So I only recommend this option if you are a strong willed person.

5)     Keep your tags and save your receipts

I'm a big believer that you should keep your tags on your clothes until you wear them. Usually it takes me a little time to decide whether or not I have made a good purchase. I always keep my purchases in the bag in which I bought them along with the receipt. This way the items are kept clean and organized if I ever decide to return them. Some retailers will participate in price adjustments. If you bought something (full price or on sale) and the item is marked down even further, within a certain amount of time (sometimes weeks), the retailer will honour you with the difference. Besides having the ability to return items that you no longer want, this is one of the biggest bonuses to keeping your receipts.

After looking at my latest VISA bill, I’m thinking that this is probably a good time to go on a shopping freeze for a least a month or so.  I'm hopping I can make it to the end of June without stepping foot in a mall. SIGH. I would love to know your tips to saving when shopping so please don't forget to comment and rate below!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Man Repeller

 Today I’m wearing my summer suave dinner/cocktail party look. (I haven’t actually used this ensemble for this purpose since I’m a hermit and like to stay at home hidden from the sun).

My boyfriend absolutely hates this top and especially the sounds of the sequins moving. Yes, there is a soundtrack that accompanies this look. I on the other hand LOVE it. So what do I do? I go out and buy essentially the same thing in dress form.

I guess this item would be categorized as a man repeller? Actually, it could also be classified as a human repeller since most of my girlfriends also hate it. But sometimes you gotta take some risks and sport the ugly. 

Speaking of the ugly, here is a blog that I enjoy that is essentially a website that is devoted to trends women love and men hate. What are your favourite man repellers?

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Necklace: Madewell - $110, Top: FCUK- $25, Jeans: Gap- $16, Heels: Nine West - $25.

Photo credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Toronto

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Neon Lights

When I was in San Francisco at the end of April, I picked up this Barbie pink jacket (I personally think it's neon pink but I stand corrected). When I asked my boyfriend if he liked it, he responded with “umm….I like you.” Lol, nice. Take notes guys.

This jacket can be a little jarring since it’s such a bright colour but I think it works well when you pair it with neutrals. I love neon, but only in small doses. A neon clutch, ring, sunglasses or shoes make a great statement. I personally would stay away from going neon head to toe. No one wants to look like a walking highlighter right?

I paired this jacket with my neon green necklace which I think works well together. It also adds a little sparkle to my plain t-shirt and pants.

As you all know, Emma is usually the one who photographs me for my outfit posts. Posing for photos definitely does not come naturally to me and it takes a lot of direction and abuse to get the perfect shot. I thought this time around I would share some of the dialogue that goes on behind the scenes. Here are some outtakes:

Emma - "yes...yes...yes...NO! NO! NO!"

Emma - "be a box...become the box"

Emma - "lunge...LUNGE!...fix your face"

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Blazer: H&M - $35, Necklace: H&M - $16, T-shirt: Joe Fresh - $7, Jeans: Gap - $16, Heels: Nine West - $25.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Toronto

Sunday, 6 May 2012

English Garden

When I wear this dress I feel like I should be wearing a big hat and sipping tea in a garden somewhere in England.

I love the colour and print of this dress. It's so appropriate for spring! 

Suede shoes! These are probably one of the most comfortable high heels that I own that are over three inches tall. The thicker heel and platforms make these shoes a lot easier to walk in.
I'm such an awkward high heel walker so I will take all the help that I can get!

I’m not particularly a girly girl kind of dresser. I prefer pants to skirts, loose to tight, long to short and runners to heels. Consequently, I felt a lot better paring this ultra girly dress with my leather jacket.

In my opinion, there are three types of jackets that will never go out of style; 
leather jackets, trench coats and pea coats. 

To be honest, this jacket cost a little more than I would generally spend. I eventually decided to buy it when it went on sale since I thought it would make a good investment piece over the long haul. If the quality is there, and you maintain it well, I think some items are well worth the extra dollar.

When investing in leather, I recommend purchasing your item in a size smaller since leather stretches quite a bit. I would also recommend protecting the leather with a leather protecting spray to prevent water damage.

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. I would love to hear from you so please don't forget to comment and rate below!  

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Necklace: Stella and Dot - $70, Jacket: Danier Leather- $230, Dress: Zara- $60, Heels: Nine West - $20.

Photo credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Toronto

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Since I lack all knowledge on beauty products, Emma has agreed to share more of her beauty her secrets, 
here is her latest tip... - Emi

Hello again everyone! I’m glad to be back. This time I want to let you all know about my favourite toner in the world – Thayers Alcohol-free Toner in Rose Petal Witch Hazel.

While working at a health food store a woman purchasing the toner handed me her senior citizens discount card. I gave her a sceptical look and thought, “c’mon lady, give me a break” – there were hardly any lines on her face! After proving to me that she was, in fact, 72 years old (eagerly whipping out her drivers license), I just had to know....?? HOW??

She credited her success all to Thayers Rose toner. I grabbed a bottle for myself that day and I have been using it twice daily now for about 5 years.  Since I’m still in my 20s I’m not too worried about wrinkles yet but I do love that it makes my skin soft, makes my makeup go on smoother, and is a natural product perfect for my sensitive skin. The price is great so if you try it out let me know what you think. Enjoy!  

355ml (12 fl. Oz.) $9.95 - $11.50. 

Tip: if you use it directly out of a spray bottle instead of using a cotton pad, 
the bottle goes a very long way

Available at most health food stores including Whole Foods. Other scents are available. 

Here are the main ingredients and why they are good for your skin:

Witch Hazel – natural astringent cleans and tightens pores, decreases inflammation, treats acne
Rose flower Extract – helps tightens pores and prevent wrinkles, cleanses pores
Aloe Vera – treats minor skin injuries, heals sun damage, maintains skin pH, natural exfolient 
Vitamin E – antioxidant, protects and repairs skin

Guest Post: Emma Kapetanovic