Pop your brights

Necklace and bracelet, Hilary Druxman; Blazer, Luigi Bertoli; Tank (actually a dress), “borrowed” from my mom’s closet; Jeans, Ardene; Turquoise platform peep-toes, Schutz.

Shazam! New hairstyle usually equals a change in my style. This is nothing new to me, but I haven’t felt like rocking this kind of a look in quite some time. I’ve been wanting to wear these peep-toes to work as soon as the weather started warming up, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to wear them with. Then I promised a co-worker that I would wear these shoes to show her, and constructed an outfit around these bright turquoise peep-toes. I wanted to have a few bright pops of colour, grounded by dark denim, a black blazer, and a strong lip.

Do you ever build an entire outfit around your footwear?

Photos by Aarron from FOATography.ca!

Sunny skirt, somber top.

Wrap cardigan, lululemon athletica; Tank top, Le Lis Blanc; Skirt, Desart; Sandals, Zara.

There’s something about this outfit I don’t like. I think that it’s the grey tank in conjunction with the rest of the outfit. Originally, I’d thought that the purple cardi would help to pull the cool grey into the warm yellow, but it’s just kind of meh. Oh hindsight – you may be 20/20, but you aren’t always enlightening.

Speaking of 20/20 vision (something I do not have without corrective devices of the ocular variety), I ordered a new pair of glasses from ClearlyContacts.ca, and I can’t WAIT for them to arrive (they shipped yesterday). I picked a style I have never worn before, and I’m super excited to try them out.  I had a haircut today, and I knew the kind of style of cut I wanted, and I picked my glasses inspired by the haircut I wanted to get. Much fun!

In other news, this is the first time in months that I’ve left the house (or had my picture taken) with no make up on. It’s not bad, but it is a bit weird. I never realize how used to make up I’ve become until I decide not to wear some. I highly recommend it. I don’t plan on stopping wearing make up, but it’s a nice reminder what I really look like.

Photos by Aarron from FOATography.ca!

Breezy (but not sleazy) turquoise skirt and clogs

Hat, Ardene; Sunnies, F21; Necklace and Skirt, Hippie Fair in Brasília; Jeans jacket, Buffalo (thrifted from the Ruby Slipper); Tee, Gap; Clogs, Wish Shoes.

Considering how light weight this skirt is, I’d have expected the wind to blow it around and let out some of my secrets. Thankfully, the wind did nothing but artfully encourage my skirt to dance around my calves and blow behind me in the most demure, ladylike fashion ever.

I’ve been loving midi lengths of late. The spring weather has been so inconsistent, a midi is the perfect length to be prepared for all temperatures, be it  freakishly warm day, or a terribly cold one. I’m also obsessed with how well this skirt works with these clogs. It’s almost like they were made to be worn together. As though the fates decreed that these clogs must be paired with this skirt. And who am I to deny fate?

I will say, I did struggle with what colour top to wear. I went with a pale pink, but didn’t wind up taking off my jacket for the whole day. Grey is an easy pick, but I don’t want an easy colour combination. What colour top would you wear with this skirt?

Photos by Aarron from FOATography.ca!

Spoils of the swap

Hat, Le Chateau; Animal print blouse, SWAP!; Ring, Out of the Blue; Jeans, Ardene; Sandals, Zara.

After going to the swap on Saturday, I walked away with this seriously fabulous animal print blouse. I’m not really an animal print kind of girl, but was inspired by some of the fierce and fab ladies at the swap to step outside my comfort zone and pick something I would almost never wear otherwise. A floppy hat, some bright red lipstick, and suddenly the oddness of my wearing animal print was less important, because my red rose ring matched my lipstick and my floppy hat managed to hide a head of bird’s nest hair.

And really, there’s something about finding the perfect gravel road on a dramatically cloudy afternoon that makes leopard print seem tame in comparison.

Pictures by Aarron from FOATography.ca!

Satisfaction = bigger hair

Earrings, Renner (Brasília); Tunic, Esprit; Skirt, Some random boutique in South-East Ontario; Bracelet, gift; Shoes, American Eagle for Payless.

Lately, I’ve been into making my hair as big as possible. To maintain the volume of my hair, I also spend time sticking my hands in my hair and giving it a good ruffle. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s so freakin’ easy for me right now. And, like all hair changes, it has been affecting the way I dress. More colour, more prints, more fun accessories.

Big hair is FUN.

In other news, I need to retire these shoes. They’ve reach a point of irreparability. Thankfully, they cost next to nothing (yay, Payless!), and they still have the same style of shoe available in different colours. New shoes that I know are going to work for me? Be still my heart, my world has been rocked.

Photos by Aarron of FOATography.ca!

Unexpected Staples and The Return of the Squeaky Clogs.

Earrings, gift; Necklace, Something Unusual (gift); Blouse, Sirens; Tank, lululemon lab; Jeans, Ardene; Clogs, Wish Shoes; Ring, gift.

When I received this necklace – made from melted glass – from my cousins this past Christmas, I had no idea how much of a staple it would become in my wardrobe. I liked it, sure – the texture is neat, the design is funky, and the colour pretty much lights itself from within. I just expected it to become an occasional part of my wardrobe. But it’s been sneaking its way into my outfits with increasing frequency (Previously worn on the blog here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). It’s surprisingly versatile. Who knew?

Meanwhile, the weather cooled since my outfit post with sandals. Obviously, my glee over wearing them was at fault, and I apologize to Winnipeg in general for my role in the cooling. Regardless, my stubborn nature got the better of me, as I have been dreaming about these shoes, bringing them back into rotation, wearing the heck out of them (have I mentioned how much I love them?). Since there is never any time like the present, I slipped them on, and squeaked my way about town.

Normally, the click of heels on pavement, linoleum or tile winds up being one of my favorite things about those high heeled shoes. These shoes – as a result of my wearing them into the ground last summer, as well as being a discount brand – they don’t click so much. They … squeak. But I still love them enough to overlook it, and will continue to wear my squeaky high heeled clogs until it is time for their retirement.

Also, I’m loving how my purple hair has been fading into light lavender in my bangs. Almost makes me want to put grey in my hair!

Photos by Aarron of FOATography.ca!

Swap swap swap till you drop!

Yesterday, after a busy 11-hour day, I didn’t have the desire to set up my old system of photographing outfits when I got home from work, and as such, didn’t take pictures of my outfit. Also? My hair looked pretty awesome. All big and curly and wild. I’m really, really into big hair right now.

If you’re wondering, I wore this jacket, sweater and blouse, these jeans and these shoes. Oh, and these earrings.

Due to my lack of an outfit today, I leave you with this collection of photos on The Big PIcture, gathered in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day (commemorating it’s 42nd year on April 22nd), and a reminder that an awesome way to celebrate Earth Day (especially in Winnipeg), is to stop by Take Off Your Clothes being held at the Delta on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00am-4:00pm. Not only would it be all environmental and stuff, but all proceeds will be going towards the Kids Help Phone!

Easy Eleven Dining Experience

Dress: stolen from my mother’s closet (or rather suitcase, as I nabbed it from her while we were both on vacation in Nova Scotia); Shoes, Zara Brazil.

What I love the most about this dress is that it requires no accessories at all. Originally, I’d been wearing earrings, a ring, and a bracelet, but as I did my makeup and touched up my hair, I took all accessories off, and let my potato-sack of a dress speak for itself.

This was my Saturday night outfit, which I wore out for dinner with the Easy Eleven Dinner Club – a group whose numbers change every dinner, so the name is reestablished at the beginning of every meal (Dirty Dozen, Sloppy Sixteen, etc), but always reflects the nature of the group: funny, entertaining, and fun. And fun it was, even if the food and service weren’t  exemplary. Granted, after downing three gin martinis, what isn’t fun?

Also: SANDALS, bitches. Not just peep toes. Sandals. Rejoice!

Photos by Aarron of FOATography.ca!

Inspired by my mom, circa 2002.

Earrings, Ten Thousand Villages; Robot watch necklace, F21; Lace cardigan, Le Chateau; Dress, Costa Blanca; Ring, inPink; Boots, Locale.

I struggled with these shots. This fabric is less than forgiving when it is in the process of being plastered viciously to your body as a result of strong winds off the prairies. But that’s OK. It’s a reality of the prairies, really. Pick a photoshoot location without windbreaks, and you’ll have to contend with it.

Sometimes, though? You just want an iconic Winnipeg structure in the background (especially when that iconic structure is providing the world with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK DINOSAUR QUARTERS).

This outfit was 100% inspired by my mom. This hairstyle is called, by my momma, “wild and wooly.” She’s perfected the messy, crazy, chaotic curls, and I’ve attempted to copy her, with some success, but really, she’s the master. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day, this dress disappeared from my closet (much in the same way that several pieces I wear on the blog regularly have disappeared from her closet), and reappeared miraculously in hers.

It’s pretty awesome having a mom who doubles as style inspiration.

Photos by Aarron of FOATography.com!

Hey, #Winnipeg: Take off your clothes!

Save the date, my Winnipeg friends. On April 21, from 11-4, The Swap Team is coming to Winnipeg for the first time ever, and taking over part of the Delta Hotel for a giant clothing swap to benefit the Kids Help Phone!

I’m pretty pumped for this event. Not only am I passionate about clothing, but swapping is a sustainable way to flex my shopaholic muscles (I’m a hippie AND a shopaholic). I’ll be curating the clothing selection from 2-4, which is going to be a ton of fun.

To participate, pick out a selection of clean, gently worn clothing in good condition, print out a copy of this form, fill it out and drop off your selection in a clear plastic bag at one of these three locations before April 15th:

The Foxy Shoppe
87 King St.
Mon.-Tue. 12pm – 5pm
Wed.-Fri. 11am – 7pm
Sat. 12pm – 6pm
Sun. 12pm – 5pm

Aldo Formal Wear (ask for Ken)
310 Notre Dame Avenue, R3B 1P4
(204) 947-3917
hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am – 6pm

The Haberdashery 
84 Albert Street, R3B 1G2
hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am – 6pm

For every item of clothing accepted, you are given a clothing credit good for any item in the swap! Be sure to check out their Facebook Page for more information! And if you buy your ticket now, you’ll save $2.00 off the ticket price! This isn’t just for the ladies and their clothes – men’s wear and children’s clothing are also being accepted.

See you at the swap!