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Thrifty Threads

Value Village top, Levi’s shorts, H&M shoes, Value Village bag, Marc Jacobs sunglasses

This whole outfit is very “thrifty”. Either from value Village or on heavy sale, or found a discount store. I love a good deal! I like to invest in key pieces that will last me forever but when it comes to “trends” finding them at a deal is important. I’ve been really into this gingham trend lately and found this top at VV boutique and I was so surprised to find this piece there. It’s definitely an at home made piece, no tags or branding which made me want to buy it even more. I’m really into the floral detailing, it reminds me of something you would find on the Revolve website. Through blogging lately I’ve noticed how much of my wardrobe is either from VV or thrifted of which I love. I think all together this entire outfit cost less than $50! Win. 

Late start


Vintage T-Shirt, H&M shorts, converse shoes, H&M bag, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses 

Getting up and “throwing something on” can sometimes turn into an outfit I’m obsessed with. I love pairing things together that you normally wouldn’t. When I bought these lace “lingerie” inspired shorts my intentions were to wear them as you see in the pictures. A loose vintage tee and some worked in chucks or vans to offset the girly lace. 

On this particular day it was a pretty late start. Working in the service industry killed my sleep habits but it allows my bf and I to go have brunch and have the back patio all to ourselves to listen to the birds and just chill out. So I guess you win some you lose some. 

 

Summer Tuxedo

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J.O.A. Top (Similar styles @ShopBop), Vintage Levis Shorts, BC California Slides, Joe Fresh Tote, DIY Choker, Bittersweet “t” Necklace for the boy, Urban Outfitters Anklet

Here is my Summer ode to the Canadian Tuxedo that I hold close to my fashion heart. Denim on denim is a look I clothe myself in often because I find it comfortable but still breaks the boundaries of fashion; side note I can sleep in denim no problem, I swear to you it’s my second skin.

I prefer lighter washed and lighter in feel denim during the summer months as it can get pretty hot in our urban jungle. Also, any denim with a fringy finish has my heart as I love the 70s and the carefree nature of dressing in that decade.

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How To: Layer Like A Pro

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Lark and Wolff Dress, Zara Jacket (Last year, Similar), H&M Sweater and Bag, Forever 21 Scarf, Joe Fresh Tights, Aldo Booties, Urban Outfitters Hat

There IS a strategy to layering. Mixing textures, prints and piling on accessories are how to do it; though you can go overboard really quickly. I tend to do it a lot where I look a tad too hobo chic, or too many pieces I get frustrated and want to rip everything off in public. Which is why I tend to carry a bag bigger than my head, see below.

Many women are afraid of layering because they fear looking frumpy and larger than they are. But the key is to pick pieces that are right and flattering for you! Don’t look at Mary Kate and Ashley’s oversized men’s coats, large knit scarf and bug sunglasses if those shapes, cuts and sizes are proportioned. As much as layer falls into the over-sized category the size can still “fit” you and your figure.

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 Start with a basic:

I always layer this dress because it’s a soft comfy linen that can withstand any shape, colour, or print on top. It’s a bit oversized so everything else I pair will be fitted, until it comes to the accessories. If you’re afraid of looking frumpy, stick to one item being oversized.

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Add texture:

In my last post I mentioned I’m obsessed with anything furry/fuzzy/textured; just give it to me. Back on track, add a texture. Something to amp up your basic for when you take off your outerwear. I have this in the short and long version from H&M, duh, go get yours.

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 A figure shaping piece:

Who doesn’t have a black leather or faux leather jacket these days? If you don’t you’re not living in this century. Zara makes it easy with tons of styles and cuts to fit any shape. Where to invest in a killer leather jacket: Mackage, Danier, Rudsak.  The biker style I find the best because it always has great extras like quilting, zippers and clips, to add a little “oomph”. Have one piece in the layering mix that gives you some shape and is fitted as to not lose your figure in all of your layers.

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Add a print:

Usually I add my fuzzy vest over top of my leather jacket, but because I already have a fuzzy pink sweater on I figured that was a tad of an overload! Instead, a super comfy sweater that doubles as a blanket is my other go-to. Complete with a hood, it adds an extra layer of warmth when my jacket can’t keep up with Toronto’s ever-changing weather.

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Accessorize:

Accessories are the finishing touch to your layered ensemble. If you don’t like to layer too much, your accessories can fake it for you. A bag that doubles as luggage, a wide-brimmed hat and large scarf will set you apart from the other layering queens of Toronto.

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