Value Village

Pinstripe Duster

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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.

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Vintage Warmth

DSCF8137Hulapopper Jacket, Roots scarf, Forever 21 orange turtleneck, H&M black turtleneck, Joe Fresh jeans, thrifted boots, Philistine sunnies

This winter I finally got to wear this vintage gem I got from Hulapopper last year for only $60! I die. This is one of the dopest spots for vintage shopping in Toronto. Hulapopper is a spot where you have to be in the frame of mind to get down and dirty and DIG! Piles and piles and racks on racks of garments and shoes and more, you are sure to leave with something at a great price. Make sure you follow them on Instagram though (linked above) because they don’t have regular shopping hours. Happy digging!

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Budget Buying

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This outfit essentially screams me. Denim, ankle boots and a quirky printed button-up shirt thrown in to spice things up (when I’m not normally dressed in all black). The real reason this outfit screams LAYLA LANE, is because this entire outfit cost me less than $25. I have had a bit of luck over the years finding hidden gems in sale sections, at thrift stores, discount department store, and in vintage boutiques. I think it’s really due to the fact that I have the patience to actually sift through everything and being tiny doesn’t hurt either. My family and friends are always shocked to see what I manage to spend compared to how many goodies I bring home. To me it’s a calming experience, where others get overwhelmed shopping in that sort of environment. Feed me and caffeinate me and I could sift all day.

Here are the details: this shirt, originally from Joe Fresh, I found in the racks at Common Sort in Parkdale (my fave buy/sell shop) for $8.00. The skirt I found on sale for $12.00 after I posted it here, and the boots I got at Value Village unworn for 3 friggin BUCKS (somehow the day I went all shoes were 50% off)…luck?

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#OOTD

layla-1Joe Fresh Turtleneck, H&M Skirt, Cartel Footwear Booties, VV Boutique Belt, Courage My Love Scarf, Philistine Sunnies

I’m starting a New Series called #OOTD featuring the daily outfits I capture on my iPhone6. I don’t get to meet with my photographer Josh as often as I would love to to capture my current outfits; thus I want to switch things up for a little bit. I want MORE content on here MORE often and I imagine those of you that visit here do too. When I see Josh I’m going to change things up-explore more of the “trends” that have been forecasted by editors and influencers, and really get more creative with the shoots like the glossy pages you see in magazines and explore the art of styling.

To be honest the iPhone takes better quality photos than professional cameras half the time and just because Josh isn’t around to take my photos doesn’t mean I turn off my style. I certainly put effort in usually everyday. Yes I’m human and have lazier, sick , offish days etc but I almost never leave the house without thinking about what I’m putting on my body; even if I’m just popping over to the grocery store.

This series will showcase the what were lost photos on my iPhone6. The pictures I normally snap for Instagram purposes and I have saved for a #tbt or #latergram. I no longer want to save them as a distant style memory for future purposes so you’ll be seeing a lot more from my iPhone6 archives.

 

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