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Vintage

Find me at Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show!

To all you vintage lovers out there!!! ‘Tis time again for another pop-up shop. This time we are participating in the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, this Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at the Carleton University fieldhouse. We will be there from 10 to 5 selling out some of my best pieces. I always look forward to Ottawa’s vintage show because it’s the biggest event yet. There are so many amazing vendors that share the same passion and are always so supportive and positive. Ottawa is my forever love. If I were to move anywhere, I’d go there; people are so damn happy all the time.

So, this year, I have a lot more dresses than usual as I have been collecting them over the year and I guess my focus this year was the 1970s. I have been so into it lately, I wish I could dress retro all the time. I will have beautiful, colorful, midi skirts from the 1980s and blouses like the one I am wearing also from the 80s. There will be a lot more accessories too!! This year I have been experimenting with my style and adding earrings lately has been so much fun…which means my collection has been growing and this event is the perfect time for me to share my love for all things vintage with like-minded folks.

So, if you are around the region, come find me and say hello! I’d like to meet some of you!! I will be running a contest and when you come to my booth, you’ll be able to get involved!

I will be having 2 pop-up shops in Montreal in April. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

 

See you Sunday!!!!

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Style Vintage

My 10-year-old niece dressed me: Take 2!

My niece has been super obsessed with dressing me for the day that now, once she gets back from school…she runs to come see me to choose my outfit of the day. She’s so adorable! She is getting a lot more into fashion and has been having fun playing with different styles herself and seeing that makes me feel like a proud aunt. So, without making this too long; here how’s the outfit came out:

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She wanted something a little more casual for me to wear as I have been wearing way too many trousers lately. She went for cropped jeans instead and added a little fun slogan sweater to finish it. To avoid the outfit being too too bland, she added interest by playing with layers, hence the shirt under the sweater. Although I felt a little self-conscious wearing this sweater again, I still made efforts to go for it with little niece’s decision. Troublemaker isn’t exactly what I am these days, all I want to do is sleep early and lounge on the couch. Adulthood’s brighter side! Anyway, back to the outfit, I found this beautiful coat at Vallue Village a while ago and couldn’t resist getting it. The color is so bloody cheerful and makes for an amazing spring coat. Perfect for transition period, plus the color is so unique and special–reminds me of a raspberry sorbet!

WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Vintage ♥ SWEATER: Karsen ♥ PANTS: Calvin Klein ♥ SHIRT: Thrifted ♥ SHOES: New Balance ♥ BAG: Core Life ♥ EARRINGS: Forever 21

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I think I am liking having a personal stylist, haha! Makes for so much fun and you never know what you’ll end up wearing. Having not to think about clothes is quite nice for a change. I’m thinking the niece is on the good track with her attire selection/styling talent.

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Vintage

Women: so critical and hard on ourselves!

Why are we so wired to put ourselves down even though we are doing great jobs at life? Many of us women tend to put ourselves down and drag ourselves into low levels of confidence and with the amount of criticism we give ourselves (and sometimes each other) we end up going into downhill spiral of never-ending negativity. But why? I mean adulting is hard as it is, then why do we add more pressure to our plates? Like can we give ourselves a break? I met with my osteopath last week and I couldn’t help but think about the things she said to me. We are pressured to be a certain way and that mold that we all need to fit in, who created it? I feel like many of us women, not matter how much we put out, we still think were not good enough. I am just wondering, according to how though? Because no one is out there pushing us to be a certain way, yes society plays a big role into shaping us humans but who cares about it, really! I mean who cares how perfect you are, as long as you are yourself, because let’s face it, no one out there is ever perfect. I met this woman who I see daily, and she is constantly so hard on herself and she looks miserable!!!! Its is insane how sad she looks and sometimes all I want to do is reach out and hug her and tell her that she’s good the way she is. However, I can’t lie because most of the time, I am that way with myself. When is it that we gotta give ourselves a break and a pat on the back to see, YO, YOU’RE DOING WELL!!!! Do men suffer from the same feelings of remorse and self-judgment as much as us, or are we just living inside our own feelings and emotions that we keep missing our successes? I am sure that there are men out there who are as hard as we are on themselves, but I feel like they have to capacity to appreciate life’s little success a lot more than we do.

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WHAT I AM WEARING
SHIRT: Handmade • SKIRT: Vintage • BOOTS: Nine West • BAG: Core Life • BELT: Vintage

I know that women tend to be heroes, we tend to want to do it all and do it all perfectly at that. Just sucks that are missing out on a lot because we cannot stop that little voice inside our head and can’t get past our own expectations. I feel like I have come to an age where I no longer want to be perfect, I just want to be me and need to be at peace with who I am and what I can offer and share the best parts of myself with the people I care about. I no longer feel like I need to push myself to my extreme limits and to make myself mentally and physically sick because I want to be number one. The worst part is that most of us are constantly in competition with ourselves…it’s like the worst kind of competition, because you are always in your own thoughts and in your own head—it’s sickening.

I think what is most important for us women to know is that there is place for all of us in the world, because we are all different and we are all unique in our own way. We all have a gift to share with the world. We simply need to be true to ourselves, be kind to ourselves because when you treat yourself kindly and respect your uniqueness, that’s when you give the world an amazing gift. YOU! What you give it is what you will receive and perhaps if we give ourselves a break and say we’re prefect the way we are, then I am sure that everything will fall perfectly in place. Just like tessellation! I guess, that would be a step closer to happiness from within and a step forward to eliminating negativity, anxiety, anger and all sorts of bad feelings. I think we tend to do more damage to ourselves without even noticing because judging ourselves is a lot more hurtful. if hits is in a different way and on a deeper level.

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So, today, ladies, I give you permission and allow you to fully appreciate who you are and to be kind to yourself! Happy Monday x

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Inspiration Vintage

La La Land!

I finally took the time to watch La La Land this weekend. Thought I’d finally see what all the hype was about back when it came out and I must admit that I feel back into classical and jazz music all over again and all I want to do now is learn how to play the piano. The story line isn’t so innovative but my love for Emma Stone is past the crush stage and has evolved to deep deep love! She is such a breeze and her character is exciting and inspiring and overall moving. Ryan Gosling is also quite adorable and his passion for jazz is very infectious and it makes you see and enjoy music in such a different way. You actually take the time to listen to each note and you get to enjoy it profoundly. I am having such a moment right now listen to the soundtrack on repeat, especially the epilogue. I think I may have broken the reply button. Every time I listen to the soundtrack, I just feel like prancing around and dancing my away to work rather than just walking.

It’s not a life changing movie, quite honestly, but it has somewhat made me feel like I need to take piano classes and dance classes and just be happy overall. I like the fact that they both finally pursued their dreams and even though the ending was nothing short than a typical Hollywood happy one, I still enjoyed it. What I loved mostly about this movie is how hard Gosling pushed Stone to pursue her dream even though the response might be negative. He helped her get out of the rut she was stuck in and pushed her to follow her dreams. That’s kind of man I like, the one that pushes his woman to go hard and to hustle rather than pulling her down. Very inspiring indeed.

I know I am a little late to catch the bandwagon but I wasn’t interested to go to the cinema to watch it but when I found it on Netflix, I finally took the time. Overall, this movie gives feelings of nostalgia and melancholy but in a good way. If that makes sense. I think if you didn’t take the time to see, you should, it very touching and endearing and will definitely make you fall in love with music in the best way possible.

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Style Vintage

An ode to the women in my life!

In honors of women’s day (not that it matters, because women, men and children…and animals should be celebrated every day!), I wanted to take the time to thank all the great heroines in my life that push me daily to become a better human. I am forever grateful and thankful for having a bunch of amazingly brilliant women and I feel like this can never be replaced. I am a feminist yes, but I do believe that women and men have different levels of being and we cannot get to their level and they cannot get to ours. This is simply how we are made, but one thing I know for sure is that women are much stronger emotionally and can take up a beating (metaphorically speaking) and still go forward. We have the power to fight for what we want and make dreams happen.

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My mom, despite having a hard time fending for herself (especially with dad)…she was still able to fight for us, to make things happen for us and to teach us to push ourselves past our comfort zones (most of the time). She is and forever will be my hero because despite the hardships in her life, she still helped shape us into the brilliant women we are today (I can see my sister’s cynicisms shine through at this one). I feel like despite everything, we are inspiring with our perseverance to stay positive and kind despite today’s harsh and cruel world. And that’s where mom comes in, she always pushed us to stay kind to others no matter what happened because it was always about kindness instead of aggressiveness. Granted, we all grew into different characters with different perceptions of what life truly is, but at our core we are all the same. And so, to my wonderful gorgeous sisters, I can never put into words how much they mean to me…yes most of the time we want to kill each other but to kill for each other we would all the time. We are together through tick and thin. We are never shy to be honest and brutal with each other because that’s how we care. We care so much, it’s kinda sickening! Haha! At the end of the day, even though we all grew into a million different directions, our roots are together, and they are grounded. Miles apart, we are still connected by the heart…cheesy but super true.

But I guess womanhood and sisterhood doesn’t stop at family and friends are equally as valuable. I don’t have many friends, but my girlfriends are freaking insane. They are loud and crazy and a mouthful, but they are humble and beautiful both inside and out. I feel like even though we are in the age of women empowerment, there are still loads of female citizens that make sure to bring you down rather than lift you up and I have such a hard time connecting with women because of that. Not everyone is the same, I know, but I find it hard to find a small group of strong women that can tell you how it is. The best kind of friendships are fierce lady friendships. My sisters from other misters aggressively believe in me and they are there when I need them. Even though we are not constantly talking, we know we got each other’s backs. There is no competing, there is no comparing, there is no hating; just pure empowerment, empowerment at its finest.

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This is why I wanted to take the time of day to celebrate the women in my life, because they all have shaped me in ways they will never know. Each woman played a role in making me strong, in making me feminine and in making me a warrior and I in return want to teach my daughter to do the same; be a magical wild thing! So to the women in my life and to all the women out there (including myself), cheers to you for always fighting and for always making place for future generations. You’re all that and a pair of Louboutin’s ♥

 

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Style Vintage

Getting out of my funk and making the most of what’s left of sweater season!

I am making the absolute most of whatever is left of sweater season. If I could wear this 80s vintage neon orange sweater every day, I absolutely would. It gives me so much joy and I feel like since the world is so negative lately, why not get inspired by color to get our moods lifted and happy. Seems a bit difficult these days to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Am I alone on this? Or do you guys feel it too?

Anyway, since I feeling very meh at the moment….I put on the outfit that makes me feel like my bets self and today, I did. A little color and a little clash and a little print is nothing short to pushing me into the lane I want to be in. Perhaps I am feeling blue because little one is now 6 months. Like wth??? How did this happen? I feel like I simply blinked and now jumped fast forward and I am missing out on every little detail of her growth that it makes me feel so icky inside. I can’t push past it and I know I can’t do much except go with the flow. And so that’s what I am doing. Flow, here I am with you by your side, waiting to see what else you got in store for me.

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I feel like orange is the perfect color to marry with blue. The combination is exciting, and it gives life to dead beings. It makes me feel so sad to see so many youngsters stick to just black. I mean black is the king of colors, and yes dress as you please….but don’t miss out on life either!!! Hello, what about yellow?

WHAT I WORE

SWEATER: Vintage ● SHIRT: Thrifted ● PANTS: Zara ● SHOES: Aldo ● BAG: Core Life

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How has your week been so far?? How to you try to get out of your funk?? Do you ride the wave or go the opposite way?? I would love to hear your thought!!

 

Cheers x

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The thrill of the hunt: Etsy’s vintage community is amazeballs!

When I discovered Etsy a few years back, the vintage community wasn’t as big as it is today. It’s bloody awesome how the community grew in the span of five years. When I first started selling on Etsy, I was selling my own custom-made designs with my labels on them and found it very satisfying. Whenever I got a purchase confirmation message, I was celebrating another achievement. When my love for fashion shifted, I decided to close my store and pursue other mediums but then when I thought about it, I figured that since my love for vintage is deep, then why not share it with my fellow vintage lovers. Then I created Le Dressing de Moon and slowly I was growing my current business and I was participating in more shows than I thought I would. I met amazing people, sold amazing pieces and ended up collecting wonderfully unique items that made me truly happy. vintage is not for everyone and sometimes, I feel like I am risking a lot venturing into it but deep down, I know that it is the path that truly makes me happy—so whatever comes from it, at the end, I know I am doing the right thing.

I have a few events coming up and gearing up for sales season has me thrilled and Etsy helps me share my love for my craft. Collecting pieces from the past is rewarding even though it is a niche thing. I discovered many wonderful vendors through Etsy and bought a few things for myself. Even though I sell a lot, I still selfishly keep a few pieces for myself or sometimes, I take them out for a ‘’spin’’. Just like today’s dress. It is a piece I am forever loving because it is versatile even though it’s pretty straightforward—a dress is a dress….but I feel like I can wear this piece so many ways and still make it special. I can wear a sweater over it and it would just look like a skirt, I could wear it with a leather jacket, or I can wear it with a cardigan for a delicate look or the way I did today. I didn’t want too many layers on my body, so I added a little bodysuit underneath and voila, made it work! I really love the juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity with the ”combat boot” addition.

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This is a piece I purchased from a big load I ordered for my shop last spring…even though I was a massive preggo whale, I was quite thrilled to fill up my store with lots of new goodies. This dress seriously makes me feel feminine in the best way possible…not too girly and too exposé…just the right amount of femininity. You can easily add your own touch and make it work for your own body and style. It truly is a 70s beauty! Plus, the fit & flare is suitable for all body shapes!!

WHAT I AM WEARING

DRESS: Vintage ● BODYSUIT: Koton ● SHOES: Doc Martens ● BAG: Core Life

So, if you are in the hunt of special, unique and amazing vintage pieces, don’t be shy to visit my store (shameless plug!!!) but also go on Etsy in general to discover other vendors because Etsy truly is a treasure trove when it comes to that.

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Mom on the go…

When my sisters used to tell me that they literally never had time to finish their things because said time was dedicated to the children, I would always say…don’t be dramatic! Well, now that I am a mom, I realize that that’s very true. I wish I had an extra two minutes to wash my hair to perfection…but alas, those days are far behind, or taking a rest for a bit. Having a baby is so gratifying but most of time, I am so focused on baby that I forget to do me. However, with time, I have managed to be efficient and fast to finish things for myself and one of those things is getting ready in the morning. Since working full-time outside the house, I noticed that I am a little more pressed for time and juggling all parts of lie equally is giving me a bit of anxiety. I still push through and try my hardest to be a good mama and a good wife and a good woman to myself, first and foremost! So, dressing up is one of the things I enjoy doing for myself and that includes a little bit of makeup on my tired, sometimes dull face….so that makes me feel extra!

I have managed to gain a new skill over the past few weeks and that is getting ready and being out the door in 20 minutes and still managing to look humanly decent! Granted, I take some time at the end of my weekend to prepare mentally what I want to wear…but that isn’t set in stone, and sometimes I am up for something different. What I learned overtime is to dress how I feel and whenever I am tired, adding more color into my wardrobe gives me more energy to take on my days head-high, rather than feeling gloomy and negative. Today is no different, I decided to wear my pink blazer from my Zara suit and having a suit in my wardrobe is handy for layering and for creating different outfits. Mixing and matching becomes easier and having more options with certain pieces helps in spending less.

I went for my favorite ‘mom’ look, which by definition means sporting a blazer! Haha! Because that is the best possible way for me to look like a responsible, I know what I am doing in life, adult! Adulting, you say?? I am an expert!

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I didn’t feel like I needed to purchase anything new to make this outfit work. These days, that’s how I feel anyway. I am super happy with where I am at with my wardrobe and I feel very creative in mixing and matching the pieces I already own. If I feel like I have something missing, I usually turn to thrifting and when I don’t find what I am looking for, then I hit the stores. However, hitting the stores lately has got me so overwhelmed on so many levels. Been having all these existential questions, lately, about consumerism, humanity and the overall retail world. How much shit we put on our poor little planet who is kind enough to receive us all—and unfortunately, we don’t respect it as we should. But then I tell myself, as long as I do my part, then that’s a step forward.

I have been dying to wear my vintage croco-leather booties for a while but they’re so delicate and I need to make sure that there’s no water or snow when I walk because they easily stain…They’re such a great purchase really. I had found them in a thrift shop over the summer and got them because they’re so statement. A good outfit finisher, topper, whatever you want to call it. They fit so nice and are super comfortable to walk in all day…feels like not wearing anything.

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WHAT I WORE

BLAZER: Zara ● SHIRT: Max (from Jordan) ● JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ● SHOES: Vintage ● BAG: SFW

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To me, this is what mom attire looks like: you don’t really look like a mom! You just look fabulous and chic! Besides, you don’t have to give up dressing nice for having children. There’s a balance that needs to happen and I feel like I am starting to juggle things the right way. Hence my awesome sweater!!!!

To all the fabulous mamas out there, sending you endless positive vibes for the week ahead xxx

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Style Vintage

Grown-up or cool kid? Which do you prefer?

As much as I love going downtown, every day, for work purposes, I feel like it’s a little depressive still. I always had this romanticized idea in my head of what it would feel like working in downtown Montreal in one of those beautiful shiny skyscrapers but its just so not what I expected. People are so focused on themselves and don’t see past their phones. they dress so dreary and never smile. Gosh, is this where we’re headed, really?! Anyway, I choose to dress the way I want to dress because it’s my way of motivating myself (in the morning to leave) the house and leave baby girl behind. Sincerely though, I do get weird looks in the AM because I dress to colorful and they’re not looks of admiration, they’re those looks you get when you’re too out there for the world. Am I just supposed to follow those grown-up and dress in boring black suits for the remainder of my contract? Or do I brushoff those complex ideologies of standard dressing to wear pretty, colorful things and clash colors and make a statement, purely for my own creative hunger? I am seeking attention whatsoever and on the contrary, I am not as outgoing as I seem to be in my photos. I love my comfort zone and I love being safe, but I use garments, fashion and style to live outside the norms I have set for myself and work on my anxiety levels. Therefore, I choose to be the cool kid, the one that takes risks and makes statements and pushes the boundaries. The little kid who is not afraid to be different!

Although I have days where I want to wear paper bags and potato couch through the passing hours…I still try to make efforts to dress well to be in a happier mood. Today was no different. I put out my shiny pants and dressed like a cast member of the Pirates of the Caribbean. My sister claims that I wear too much bling, but I say, who cares, wear the shine, because YOLO!

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SWEATER: H&M ● PANTS: Zara ● BOOTS: Nine West ● BELT: Vintage ● SCARF: Zara

Yes, more culottes please. Don’t know why my husband hates them because I love them and find them incredibly flattering for my petite frame. Since it was leaning towards the colder side today, I did a chunky sweater to keep myself warm and snugly. This technically is a dress but tucking it in the front of my pants and cinching it in with a belt worked perfectly. Adding those knee-high boots underneath made me feel powerfully feminine.

So even though I didn’t spend too much time thinking about my outfit—I still felt pretty amazing and I do prefer feeling that way than being a ‘‘grown-up’’ or a prisoner in my own wardrobe dreadfulness. I do acknowledge the fact that certain companies have a dress code but that doesn’t not call for wearing boring black or grey clothes all winter. We lack vitamin D people, so why not feel some joy through the art of dressing. Be a cool kid too!

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Bloom Baby, Bloom!

Hope your day is as productive and positive as mine! I have been on quite a high lately and sort of on a “no f*cks given” mood and I couldn’t be happier. I tend to have my little moments of anxiety here and there, but once they’re sorted out, I feel bloody alive. I am enjoying being out and about—killing it at life if you will and although I have been having mom-guilt kick in hard, I am comforting myself with the fact that all I am doing currently is for little one and as long as she is smiling, happy and healthy, then I’m doing well. Being a parent is very difficult and not in the sense that you have to take care of another human but it’s due to the fact that you have to deal with emotions such as guilt, frustration and anxiousness. I feel like most days, I do my best and on others, well let’s not go there! Today, I felt very feminine and pretty and that’s because I dug in my endless pile of amazing 70s dresses. Oh the 70s; the patterns are joyous, the tailoring is impeccable and the designs are out of this world. I am totally hooked on the 70s lately and for good reasons; the 70s make me feel like a total babe. Even though my dress was simple today, it still made me feel special—its’ a gorgeous A-line floral dress that I own and have put up on sale in my shop. I wish that I could keep everything, but unfortunately space is limited and I am sure it will go to a better and loving home.

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This 70s floral number is pretty straight-forward and there’s no need to actually hurt your brain trying to style it and even though I wanted to go all out in terms of styling it—I ended up keeping it to a bare minimum. And here’s how it came out:

WHAT I WORE:

DRESS: Vintage (70s) •SHOES: L’Intervalle • BAG: Kate Spade • SUNNIES: Ray-Ban

Spring seems to be on the horizon with the blues skies and mild weather but then the cold sneaks in to remind us that winter is still going strong. Oh spring, you tease! I don’t winter, but I think more sun would do all us of some good!