Monday, 21 April 2014

One Year Ago...

... I decided to start this little blog.

At the time, I wasn't totally sure about the whole idea, and definitely didn't think I'd still be keeping up with it a year later. It also blows my mind that there's people out there that actually READ my blog and (hopefully) take some ideas away from my posts. 

Part of what keeps me so inspired to keep up with blogging are the people I've met. Of course, I haven't met most of you in real life, but I still feel like we'd be friends! It's just so much fun to be part of a community of people who all share a similar hobby and in many cases, similar interests as well. 

Another thing I love about blogging is the fact that you are always learning something new. 

I look back at my posts from the beginning and can't help but cringe just a little bit. I'm sure I'll have that same feeling a year from now, too! As I go, I see myself getting better at photography, design, even how to act in front of the camera. It's really neat to look back and see that progress. 

To celebrate, I've put together a collage with some of the outfits I've shared over the last year. I started with one of the first outfits I've ever posted, ended with one of the most recent, and have a few in between. 


OUTFIT DETAILS:


Thank you to everyone who reads this blog. I hope you'll join me as I start year 2!!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Long Weekend

Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and Happy Friday to everyone else! 

I must say, having a long weekend is a pretty fabulous feeling that I missed during the winter.

Today was one of those incredible days, where I just felt like I could do anything I wanted and not have to worry about being in a hurry. This morning, I ended up at the only Gap in town that was open (typical, I know) and picked up this dress. Perfect for work because I always feel like a lot of my dresses are too low cut for meetings!

This afternoon, I got my nails done and had a really great workout at the gym. I'm keeping it low key tonight, and will just be catching up on some blogs and watching a movie.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow, because I'm having a girl's weekend with a couple of friends. We're heading down to Buffalo for the day, and cracking open some wine and having a slumber party at night. Can't wait!!







OUTFIT DETAILS:

Sweater - Roots (Similar) // Jacket - Danier (Love this) // Jeans - Joe's via Sak's Off Fifth (Similar
Purse - Gap (Same) // Shoes - Sperry Top-Sider (This year's version
Necklace -  Crafts and Love (Same)

What are you doing for the Easter long weekend?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Cargo Vest

Can we just stop for a second and ask ourselves a serious question? HOW IS IT APRIL 15th AND STILL SNOWING???

Seriously. I just can't do it anymore! It was so warm out yesterday that I was driving with my window down. This morning, I had to scrape the ice off my car. (Insert pity party here)

Nevertheless, I left for work this morning wearing my spring trench coat, and carrying my bright coral purse. Sure, I had 4 shirts on underneath the coat, but at least I wasn't about to give in and wear the ol' down jacket. Yes, I'm stubborn, but I don't care. 

In addition to being stubborn, I'm also weak and totally willing to admit it. When I feel like my closet needs something specific, I can't help but cave into the temptation. 

I mean, it was only a matter of time before I got a cargo vest. You already know that I love vests, so it's just plain logical that I'd need to add this bad boy to my collection, right? 

Wait...don't answer that.








OUTFIT DETAILS:

Vest - Old Navy (Same) // Top - Aritzia (Similar) //Long Tank Top - Joe Fresh (Similar)
 Jeans - Joe's via Sak's Off Fifth (Similar) // Purse - Gap (Same) // Boots - Frye (Same
Bracelets - Stella & Dot (Same, Same and Same on sale) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)

Latest trend that you've given in to recently?


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Dusting Off The Flares

I have a bit of a weird complex when it comes to getting rid of things. It's not like I'm anywhere close to being a hoarder, but I struggle with getting rid of things sometimes, even when it's a bit ridiculous. Shall I elaborate?

Before I entered the corporate world, I spent a number of years working at a family-owned boutique, whose primary focus was premium denim. This was an amazing time in my life, and I have a lot of good memories from the days at the store. I also accumulated quite the collection of jeans, as you can imagine.

It's been a few years since I worked at the store, and while some of my jeans are still in rotation, many of them are collecting dust in my closet. Some of them don't fit, and some of them are a bit out-dated looking.

Every time I do a closet purge, I try to get rid of some of the jeans I know I'm not going to wear anymore...but I always struggle to let them go! I really don't know if it's because they're tied to memories of the good ol' days, or if it's just because I hate giving up expensive things. Regardless, the issue is definitely there.

But. It's not always an "issue."

I've been noticing that wide-legged and flared jeans are back in style, which means I've been eager to wear them again. Instead of going out and buying a pair, I remembered that I had some in my closet that I haven't worn in years. 

Lesson learned. Don't get rid of stuff. 









OUTFIT DETAILS:

Blouse - W118 by Walter Baker via Winners (Similar) // Cardigan - Urban Outfitters (Similar)
 Jeans - Guido & Mary (Similar) // Purse - Roots (Same) // Belt - American Eagle (Similar)
Bracelets - Stella & Dot (Same and Same) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)


Do you have a hard time getting rid of old clothing too?


Monday, 7 April 2014

Bare Legs...Sort Of

I'm happy to announce that it's finally starting to feel like spring around here!

The temperature was in the low 50's yesterday, so I went for my first outdoor run of the season. It was amazing! I love having the option to run outside, because as much as I want to work out regularly, I just find it really hard to get myself into that gym. I know I'm not alone in that feeling.

I always get a good workout and leave completely drenched in sweat, but it's never fun to do cardio in the gym. Let's face it - there's nothing interesting about running on a treadmill. NOTHING. I watch TV, listen to music, do interval training, and all of the other tricks to pass the time, but it will never compare to the real thing.

Another way I've been embracing the warm(ish) temperatures is by rocking the bare legs, if wearing a maxi skirt counts. I say it counts!

I've only been a fan of the maxi skirt since last summer, so this was the first time I've ever styled it in cooler weather. I feel like it's an idea I'll continue playing around with...especially if it continues being too cold to show just a bit more leg.












OUTFIT DETAILS:

Top - Alternative Apparel (Similar) // Skirt - Gap (This year's version) // Scarf - Gap (Similar)
 Boots - Brown's Shoes (Similar)// Purse - Roots (Same) // Jacket - W118 by Walter Baker (Similar)
Bracelets - Stella & Dot (Same and Same) // Necklace - Vintage (Similar
Belt - American Eagle (Similar)

Who's been embracing spring weather? Have you had a beer on the patio yet?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Pinking of You

What a week it's been!

I've had requests and opportunities flying my way at work this week, which is awesome...but makes me wonder if I should consider a second coffee during the day.

Right now, I'm working on a project with a very design focused client, who's in the midst of re-branding. They realized there were some materials they should have held onto in order to make some decisions, so on a whim, I decided to rush downtown and drop them off. It was the end of the day, so I figured I'd go home from from there.

But. Let me remind you of something. I don't actually live in Toronto!

I say that I'm from Toronto, because most of you aren't. The assumption is that if I mentioned the actual suburban town I live it, no one would have any idea what I was talking about. I think a lot of us do that.


Anyway, instead of my typical commute from Mid-town (which to me, it totally "the city"), I had to trek home from the west end of the downtown core. UGH. Just another reminder that I am so not a city person. Aside from having no clue where to find a subway stop when I'm slightly off the beaten path, it's just too crowded and chaotic for me! I never said I was your typical twenty-something, okay?

I act like an old woman sometimes, so maybe that's why I love grandfather cardigans so much? I picked up this one about a month ago, and have worn it a lot. It's the perfect transition piece and I see it being a great add on with shorts and a tank on a cool summer evening.











Photos were taken by my bestie - Samantha. Thanks for being my photographer!!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

Sweater - Forever 21 (Same) // Tee - Gap (Similar) // Jeans - Gap (Similar)
 Boots - Arturo Chiang (Similar and Splurge-worthy)// Purse - Roots (Same)
Bracelets - Stella & Dot (Same and Same) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)

Do you ever get lost in your own city? This wasn't the first time I had to ask for directions and feel like such a tool!



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

At Least I Had My Hat

You know those times when you realize that you made a big mistake when you got dressed that day? Well, I had one of "those" instances this weekend.

I went down to the Toronto Festival of Beer on Saturday, which was at a venue that's partially outdoors. I had only been outside for a minute or two that day, so I thought that my thick sweater was enough to keep me warm in the weather that was a few degrees above freezing.

Friends, this was not the case.

I wore my favourite floppy hat, thinking that (and the beer) would be enough to keep me warm. I quickly realized how big of a mistake it was, but it was too late.

Sometimes, it's fashion over function and the fashion won this round. While I had my cardigan buttoned up a few minutes after getting to the venue, I was rocking my graphic tee, which I love. If you're wondering, this tee was last seen here.

A lot of random people asked me if I was cold...and if I wasn't one of the most awkward people ever, it could have been a great conversation starter to meet some boys. Apparently, it's easier for me to talk for hours on end about what sweaters I love, and how to accessorize, but I'm pretty sure that's not how I get anyone to ask me on a date!









OUTFIT DETAILS:

Sweater - Free People (Similar) // Graphic Tee - J.Crew (Similar for Spring
Jeans - Joe's (Very Similar) // Boots - Roots (Same) // Purse - Gap (Same)
Gold Spiked Bracelet - Stella & Dot (Same) // Hat - Target (Good Summer Option)
 Necklace - Target (Similar)

Tell me stories about total outfit malfunctions!!
Oh and PS - Happy April Fools' Day :)


On another note, to help launch my new Stella & Dot business, I'm self-hosting an online trunk show for the next couple of weeks. Check it out here. There's a "shop online" link you can click. Keep in mind, if you spend $50 or more at this trunk show, you can get 50% off selected pieces!! If you have any questions about how this works, or what I'd recommend, send me a note: somethingaboutthatblog@gmail.com