Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Fur Faux Pas

It is commonly suggested amongst fashion folks that shorter girls should steer clear of overly lengthy styles. The rationale behind this tip is that longer-lengthed garments have a tendency to envelope a smaller framed girl and depending on where the hem is, can also cut the line of the body making them appear even shorter. Well...clearly we don't completely agree.

This is another item I picked up at my local thrift store. It was love at first sight when I saw this fabulous collar sticking out between a plethora of other neatly hung coats. Making sure it was faux fur as usual, I proceeded to pick it up and realised that it went all the way down to my shoes. It was at that moment that I decided - rules were about to be broken.

After all, why should I be limited just because I'm petite? Even if it didn't look "good" by customary standards, fashion is all about fun isn't it? I loved it and that's all that mattered.

When I got home I decided to play around with proportions by cinching the coat at my waist with a vintage belt. I paired it with this navy button down shirt and added another vintage piece, a drop pearl bow broche. I think this look is very feminine and would also look great with over-the-knee boots.

We encourage you to play with proportions and ignore the typical "fashion faux-pas." In a lot of cases, that is exactly what inspires new eras of trends (think flappers from the 40's vs. poodle skirts from the 50's). Have fun and let us know what your favourite fashion rules are to break!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Jacket: Thrifted - $17, Blouse: Banana Republic - $35, Gloves: Mom's - Vintage, Boots: Steve Madden - $77, Tights: Old, Broche: Mom's - Vintage.

Location: Hometown
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Monday, 28 January 2013

Charm and Chain

Once again, I decided to go black and white today, adding just a touch of metalic by layering my mother’s belts from the 80’s. I chose two belts with silver detailing to contrast the black and compliment the white in the outfit. Personally, I think it makes me look like a bad-ass…. or perhaps a janitor? I’ll let you be the judge of that. 

This is one of my favourite scarves (made for me by my mom). I’ve been wearing it quite often as of late and I’ve really been digging the dark purple. I don't wear a lot of colour during the winter season on a normal basis but I think this dark purple hue is perfect.

Before purchasing a knitted scarf in the store for $30+, I would suggest making one yourself. Not only are you in complete control over the colour and length of the scarf, but the price of yarn is really inexpensive. A friend of mine knit a scarf for me last year and added buttons to it that act as a clasp, which I thought was really creative. 

If you are like me and do not know how to knit, the winter is a great time to learn since there is more downtime now than during other seasons...or at least more indoor time. There are a lot of great resources online especially on Youtube. I am always envious of those people on the train/bus who can knit - what a great way to pass the time and also be productive! 

I just noticed that all of the accessories for this outfit are from my mom’s closet. It just goes to show that you really don’t need to spend a lot of money to look stylish. I hope everyone is all bundled up and enjoying the snow!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Vest: Esprit - $35, Scarf: Handmade, Jacket: Japan, Belts: Mom's - Vintage, Gloves: Mom's - Vintage, Purse: Mom's - Vintage, Sunglasses: H&M - $2, Pants: Macy's - $20, Boots: Locale - $35.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Deal of the Week: Mexx Sale

If you are looking for some work appropriate attire you have come to the right place. Currently, Mexx is slicing their sale prices with an extra 25% if you use code 25EXTRA. This might be a good time to stock up on some blouses and dress pants for the office.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Photo Credit: Mexx

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Snow Bunny

Today I am showcasing these winter boots which happen to be my most worn footwear during the winter season. I actually bought these boots almost 3 years ago and they are still in pretty good condition. I find the fur lining inside keeps my feet incredibly warm which is essential for days like today when it’s -25°C outside.

The only negative thing I will say about these boots is that the faux suede fabric makes them quite difficult to keep clean especially when you are walking through heaps of snow. I was becoming so careful and anxious about not ruining them that I stopped wearing them to maintain their condition. A little senseless right?

So when these boots went on sale, I picked up another pair for half the price. I figured if I had a back up kicking around in my closet, I wouldn’t be as worried wearing out the first pair.

At the time I thought I was being really clever, but now that I think of it, I’m not sure I made the smartest decision. I really love these boots now, but what about another couple years from now? Will I still feel the same way? 

As I get older my taste changes and I can’t really predict what items in my closet I am going to still feel strongly about so why not wear them whilst I love them? 

If I ever do wear these bad boys out I will likely find something new on the market that is just as good or even better. I’d love to hear about your experiences and what duplicate items are in your closet.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Sweater Dress: London - $90, Belt: French Connection - $10, Tights: Mom's - Vintage, Sweater: Mendocino - $45, Jacket: Zara - $110, Boots: Locale - $45, Earmuffs: Club Monaco - Gift, Gloves: Mom's - Vintage.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A Pop of Red

For today's post, we thought that we would take advantage of the fact that there are still a few Christmas trees kicking around and use them as a backdrop for this amazing red winter coat. 

Before I start, I would like to apologize to our readers for being MIA recently. I won’t bore you with the details but I just started my MBA program in January and there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything. 

The good news is that I should be more consistent going forward so lets pretend that the Budget Brunettes new years resolutions start today, ok? Ok! Now lets move on to the fun stuff.

Today’s look was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw from the opening scene of the Sex and the City movie, but with a winter twist. This bright red jacket brings a little more colour into this ensemble. I tend to naturally gravitate towards monochromatic looks so this was evidence of Emma injecting her style into the outfit.

I really love the combination of the feminine floral pattern of the dress with the edgy studded rock n’ roll belt. The combination of our styles gives a nice balance to the look. My preferred style is more boyish and edgy whereas Emma really likes feminine silhouettes and colours. We usually tend to find a happy medium somewhere in-between. What do you guys think? Do you like the dichotomy of the look?

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Coat: Jean Machine (Guess) - $200, Dress: Zara - $40, Belt: Dynamite - $3, Boots: ASOS - $36, Scarf: Gift, Earrings: Stella & Dot - $40, Gloves: Vintage - Mom's.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Monday, 14 January 2013

Shades of Grey

Despite the warm weather conditions we have been seeing recently (15°C in mid-January), today we bring you, winter. It is SUPPOSED to be winter after all and nothing says freezing cold me quite like bundling up in fur...faux of course! 

Sorry to all of you fur lovers, but I am taking an official stance. After all, it's just fashion and, while I love it, I believe that there is no need for innocent animals to be killed for it. This coat is really warm and soft and is not nearly as temperamental or as hard to maintain as real fur.

I picked this coat up from Winners last year and was immediately drawn to the different shades of grey in this jacket. The multiple shades add dimension to the jacket in addition to the fur texture. 

I decided to go monochromatic with this look paring my faux fur with other black, silver and grey items in my wardrobe. These textured neutrals are contrasted by the bright red shade of lipstick on my lips.

Behind the scenes a woman stopped us mid shoot to take photographs of my outfit and was adamant that she get the perfect shot which meant directing me for the next ten minutes. Emma found this hysterical so she of course started taking pictures of her taking pictures of me. At least we know there is one person out there who is a fan of this ensemble.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Faux Fur Coat: Winners - $100, Sweater: RW&Co - $35, Jeans: Gap - $16, Boots: ASOS - $36, Earrings: Stella & Dot - $40, Clutch: BCBG - $20, Gloves: Mom's - Vintage.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Friday, 11 January 2013

Deal of the Week: 30% off J.Crew

Today we are showcasing an extra hot deal. Currently, with promo code: STYLEFIND, you can get an additional 30% off  J.Crew final sale items, plus with promo code: GETMORE, you can get an additional 30% off J.Crew Factory final sale items.

There are some really great pieces to be found, especially if you are stocking up on office attire. Let us know if you purchased anything by commenting below!

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Little Red Riding Skirt

Hi Everybody! Before I get started on this look, I want to take a moment to thank you all for entering our giveaway. We've had a great response so far and we couldn't be more grateful to you all for all of your support. You still have time to enter on our 2012 Outfit Round-Up Part 1 or Part 2 posts to win this beautiful (and sold out) necklace from Stella & Dot. January 13th is the deadline.
Good Luck!


Now, back to fashion.

For some reason this outfit reminds me of Little Red Riding Hood - the urban edition. We've lost the red hood, but we've definitely kept the red, and more importantly we've kept the feel of LRRH's look. Or maybe it's just the evergreens in the back that add to this classic fairy tale's theme.... any case, I love that this red skirt provides a beautiful and powerful pop of colour against the neutrals. White, black and red has always been one of my favourite colour combos. I also love how the different knitted patterns of the skirt and the top are not identical but still compliment each other.

Since the colour combo here is quite strong we decided to keep the make-up very simple by adding some illuminating highlighter cream to the cheek bones and pairing it with a soft pink lip and cheek. Why, with this rosey flush you'd think I'd been running to my grandmother house all morning long.

No big bad wolf here though - just a big bad-ass scarf. An accessory like this, that combines one or two colours from the outfit, can really pull a look together and launch it into chic status if you ask me. I love the mix of red and black near my face too! I think it brings out my dark features as well as my rosey complexion. Plus it adds some optical interest to the whole ensemble.

I am happy to report that even though we had to tread through this deep, dark forest all day long in order to get these photos (the things we do for you), we did not have any uncomfortable encounters with the wolf. In the end, we happily skedaddled off to grandmas house for some well deserved treats ...

...adventures like these work up quite the appetite.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Jacket: Zara - $110, Scarf: Urban Outfitters - $30, Sweater: J.Crew - $12, Boots: ASOS - $36, Tights: Mom's - Vintage.

Location: Toronto
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Sunday, 6 January 2013

2012 Outfit Round-Up Part 2

As a continuation from our previous post, we are posting the second half of the compilation of all of our favourite outfit photos posts from 2012. As a special thank you, we decided that we needed to throw in a little giveaway to show our gratitude to the readers of Budget Brunettes. Given my love of necklaces, I decided to give away a brand new Pave Double Bar necklace from Stella & Dot (See here). Here is how you participate:

1) Please leave a comment below indicating the title of your favourite look from the second Round-Up (along with your email address so we can contact you if you win) if you haven't already left a comment on our previous post.

2) Please like us on facebook or follow us on twitter.

*This giveaway is open internationally. If you are under 18 years old, please ask your guardian or parent if you can participate. This giveaway will end on Sunday January 13th and the winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize. Good luck to all!  

Neon Lights - Springtime Sweaters - Garden Party

Summer Wish ListLeading Role: The Sequined Mini

Boy Meets Girl - Silver Snowflake - Scarf Style

Blue Jeans - Reasons to Celebrate

Tree of Light - Sunset Vineyards - Braided Bombshell

Autumn in Napa Valley -  Namaste

Office Party - Marni MadnessDowntown Princess

Skulls and Sparkles - Pumpkin Patch Kid

White Flowers - Grandma Chic - The Colour Purple

Channelling Annie Hall - Between the Vines

I Scream, You ScreamMidyear Declarations - Man Repeller

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