Author: laylawbdw

Off Duty

Life of Manek Bomber, Forever 21 T-shirt, Joe Fresh Jeans, Catherine Malandrino Mules via Winners, Philistine Sunglasses

 Most days you’ll find me in some variation of a jeans and t-shirt combo. I’m all about being comfortable. I remember I used to dress in ways that I thought was on trend, and it may have been, but I just never felt comfortable. I remember putting outfits together that I knew I wouldn’t wear but would photograph for my blog because it was spread across magazines and was the “trend at the time”. Meanwhile after shooting pictures I would change back into jeans and t-shirt. That has become such a go-to for me that it’s comical when I put a dress on I feel extremely over-done. 

Jeans and a t-shirt is how I feel my most comfortable and I like to spice it up with accessories. A statement jacket, interesting shoes, dramatic sunglasses, unique bag and the list does on. 


Pinstripe Duster

Forever 21 Duster, BDG Jeans, Thrifted Tank Top, Yoki Loafers, Zara Sunglasses, H&M Bag

The beginning of Summer in Toronto is mother nature on menopause as i’ve said many times over. The weather has been 30 plus and humid for the last few days, but on this day it was 20 with no humidity, and currently today as I’m writing this it’s 18/chill and yet another thunderstorm threat on the horizon. The weather and level of comfort truly determine what I’m going to wear day-to-day. I am a jeans and t-shirt girl till death do us part so I like to amp up my basics. That said, enter “the duster”. These long, robe-like coats are so effortlessly chic and I am obsessed with the look. I am a tinier girl so it’s hard not to get lost and swallowed into the length and fabric. Finding the right fit, cut and length is key to this piece. This one from Forever 21 is a great base to finding what worked for me and the price point is perfect; roughly $49.00 CAD. The navy and white stripe combo is a dead given so when I saw it hanging lifeless on the hanger I wanted to give it a home on my back-I was praying it would work. The reason I think this works for me is somehow it cuts me at the mid-shin (I’m about 5’2 one good day), and the horizontal stripes give me a longer looking sillouhette; flattering for ANY woman. The waist tie I tied at the back which cinched the wasit a little; thus not as much fabric flowing all around me.

My other half and I are big thrfiter/vintage shoppers. On my days off we like to hit up VV boutqiue and our fave vintage spots across the city. On this particular day we went to the East side in Leslieville where we stopped at the Lesliville Pumps for lunch. UM HELLO! if you’ve ever been to the southern states and had bbq on the side of the road at a gas station then you know this place in a given. It was unreal. We shared a smoked turkey BLT (Arugala, turkey and turkey bacon, sundried tomatoes with a pesto sauce spread on the bun) and a brisket sandwich with crispy onion and a delicious grainy mustard and a side of wicked coleslaw. We were full until 10pm and it caused me to cheat on my no more carbs diet. I suggest grabbing a bite there if you’re in the area.







How I Organize my Dresser Drawers: Tips and Tricks


I’m kind of an organized slob if you will (ask my other half what he calls me). Mostly my closet/dresser is organized and well-kept everyday, but come the need to find an outfit and you will find most of my clothes everywhere they shouldn’t be; but that’s every girl, right?

I have a a few tactics to keeping things neat and tidy while being easily accessible to avoid Tornado Layla when creating looks.

First off I bought this dresser from IKEA for two reasons:

  1. It was narrow enough to fit behind the door of the apartment I was currently living in.
  2. The two little top drawers and the amount of drawers it has all together helped cure my OCD of separating my clothing.

(It didn’t hurt that it’s also only $150.00 CAN so WIN.)

Slide21) Drawer one – top right.

This is where my under pinnings lay. I bought these Ikea ‘SKUBB’ drawer organizers forever ago. Ikea still makes them all year, every year because they are genius. For one thing they’re only $9.99, it’s basically robbery, and second they are this plastic sort of nylon like material for easy clean, and they zip up the middle so if you don’t need to use one of the 6 at the time they’re super easy to store along the side of your drawer until you need it. I was never a person that had OCD when it came to keeping things separate like foods on a plate or whatnot, but for some reason I highly enjoy my under pinnings being in their perfect and rightful home. It just makes my life that much easier when getting dressed. There is nothing more I hate than digging for something when it’s probably right in front of you.


2) Drawer two – top left.

This is where the other half of my under pinnings lay. I like to keep my full back undies and thongs separate because again, nothing like digging for something you need that’s most likely on top and just hiding in a mess. I’m all about avoiding the mess as much as possible because even though Molly from The Comfy Couch had a song to make it fun, it ain’t a good time; yes, I said ain’t.

In terms of socks I generally only wear black. I have a few fun pairs; sparkly, fruit themed, funny sayings etc, but when you’re going over to someones house and have to take off your shoes and are wearing white socks with stains, even if it is from your brand new adorable black leather boots, hunnay it just isn’t cute. I stock up on black ankle and mid-length socks all the time. They’re always on sale at Walmart. That way if you get a hole just chuck them and you’ll still have a thousand other pairs. I also have a small assortment of “liner socks“. You know, the kind that are made for flats that you don’t want to see poke out but you still need to wear socks so you don’t make your shoes stink or get a blister? Again, I stock up wherever I can and I buy the small tan nylon ones at the dollar store all the time because I go through them a lot. They get holes and stains from shoes, again not cute.


3) First Drawer

This is where I keep t-shirts and long sleeves that I don’t prefer to hang. For me that means they are just silly to hang because they’re basic tank tops, or they would get ruined on a hanger due to fabric and shape. This  drawer includes crop-tops, turtle necks, various tank tops and “house shirts”. In another one of the Ikea ‘SKUBB’ organizers I keep nylons because there’s really no where else for them to go.

4) Second Drawer:

Denim, denim, denim. We all know I’m obsessed with denim. Some pants I hang but I mostly roll them. Reiterating what I wrote above, I roll them from the top of the pant to the bottom so I can tell what jeans I’m grabbing for by the detail at the bottom. If they have rips or details I will fold them with the crotch out and then roll them from the top to bottom so I can tell if I’m grabbing my plain black skinnies or black skinnies with ripped knees.

You can also see the value village bag below of which is filled with items to donate. How I go through the process of what to donate/ keep/sell etc will be in a later post, if that’s something you’re in to? Email me if you have any requests or questions on wardrobe organization.

5) Third Drawer:

This is sort of my miscellaneous drawer. In it contains workout gear, sweat pants and another Ikea ‘SKUBB’ organizer with my bathing suits. I again roll all of the pants so that they fit tighter and can fit more into the drawer. That’s also how I pack to get more into my suitcase as well to avoid wrinkles! I am getting rid of loads of my old bathing suits this year and going to look for some new better quality suits. I tend to buy a lot of mix and matching pieces versus sets as I have my own body demons to deal with and don’t find sets to ever fit me right. Either the top fits and the bottom doesn’t or vice versa. When I do find sets that work I like to keep them together in the organizer. Sometimes I will roll them and then put a small not-harshly tight hair-tie to keep them together. Again, makes life simple when you’re on the go.


6) Fourth and Last Drawer:

This sad bottom drawer took a beating with the move. For some reason it doesn’t sit on the roller/slide part and falls off so it’s a bit wonky. It’s not the biggest deal because I think when I move again I want to get a big vintage beauty/vanity type dresser. I don’t fold much of my clothing anymore. I really just need a home for my under garments, bathing suits, PJs, and workout wear. This is all true if I find a home with a large enough closet that I can live out this vintage dream. On the other hand I truly love this Ikea dresser. It warms my OCD heart and makes cleaning my clothing tornado that much easier. If you have any tips or tricks on organization I’d love to hear them. If you have any questions always feel free to email me!

Happy Organizing!


Mixing the Elements of Your Closet: Dressy with Casual

H&M kimono, DIY sweater (Halloween Costume), Joe Fresh jeans, PUMA shoes, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

I recently saw on Instagram a girl wearing a kimono over a sweater and I was instantly inspired. I love mixing elements of my closet to create looks that wouldn’t necessarily make sense if you wrote them down, but put them on and somehow this casual dressy mix really works; ie the kimono sweater combo. Of course depending on your lifestyle, job etc it’s not as easy to wear a sweater to work, but I would say this is perfect weekend wear. Off to brunch? Don’t want to look like a total slob but you’ve worked hard all week and feel lazy? Well girl keep that sweater on and find a cute kimono to layer on top for some added class and style. Your outfit will go from couch potato to breakfast hash brown appropriate in a second.

Honestly I think Kimonos are a super cool way to dress up any outfit and are super handy to have in your closet. I wear mine when I’m going out with jeans and a plain tank top and it’s given me that confidence I need to feel going out ‘apro-pros’. Getting a legit kimono can be harder to come by, I suggest vintage shopping and shelling out the extra bucks for something legit and unique. If you aren’t a savvy vintage hunter then stores like Anthropologie, Urban OutfittersFree People, and Zara always have items like this as they’re hot on the trend game always. I’ve linked these store above with some of my fave kimonos I spotted on their site.