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Vintage

Currently having a love affair with statement booties.

We all know that boots and booties are taking over the runways and shops for the past few seasons and the trend is still going strong. Statement booties specifically are having a major moment and I am super on board with that. Although some designer booties are to die for, I am still not convinced on dropping thousands of dollars to partake in said trend. Animal printed booties, colorful booties, color blocked cowboy boots, brocade style and even luscious velvet fabrics are all over the streets lately and I am loving how fun and east this trend is—you can experiment with different styles and you’d be able to pull it off seamlessly. No need to break your head because a simple outfit works wonders with statement, colorful booties…because you just let your boots do the talking!

I am an avid, obsessive, shoe-aholic girl and I am a collector of shoes and especially colorful, unique one. If I fall in love with a shoe, I don’t hesitate in investing in a good pair because I know I will keep it for years to come.  Besides, this is a trend that will stand the test of time, because you always need boots and if you are looking to spice up your outfit, then you can’t go wrong with statement boots. It’s a versatile and stylish trend. Plus, I feel like that booties are a transitional piece that you can take with you from season to season and you can easily dress them up or down! If you are into this trend currently and you’re not sure you will be in the future, then you can just go thrifting! That’s always a good option for you to find something cool without dropping big bucks for it. Since I love my shoes, I am more than willing to spend money because I know I will get my wear out of them and, I am very good at keep my shoes in tiptop shape! However, I love turning to vintage too because I always find something beautifully unique from previous times like the one I am wearing in this photo. These red croco skin booties are amazing!!! They’re a cross between cowboy boots and biker boots and what I love about them is the fit, so so comfy! it’s unreal! I bought them from a luxury thrift shop at the Point Claire village over last summer and have paid 90$ for them and I guess for real leather, that’s a pretty good price, id say! They’re made in Spain and although the brand name has been washed out, I cannot be more impressed with the quality. If I ever find a similar pair in a different color, I’d buy it without thinking twice.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

SHIRT: Winners ◊ PANTS: Gap (thrifted) ◊ BOOTS: Vintage ◊ Watch: Marc Jacobs ◊ BRACELETS: Alex and Ani

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A good place to start looking for booties on the high-street would be Zara if thrifting isn’t your thing! They always have amazing shoes and I would definitely put a seal of approval on the comfort front. They always do shoes right. Not clothes, but shoes are their forte.

Happy April and may your shoe game be as strong as your coffee!

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Vintage

Oh so Coco…Coco Chanel!

This outfit, I am particularly very excited about! I cannot get enough of this suit. My brother in law spotted it when we were thrift shopping at Nova a couple of weeks ago and thought it was so me and when he showed me it, I died and a half. I can’t even! It’s so boujee! It made me automatically think of that Chanel suit Marge Simpson bought at a discount shop and wore to a Springfield Country Club, and become so obsessed with fitting in with the rich and famous. I think that was my favourite episode of all time. Seeing how worried she was about changing her clothes constantly to be accepted…I don’t know, there’s something quite sad in this matter—the need for us to constantly spend to desperately fit in into certain social groups. With that, this suit made me feel like I belong in the 1960s where suits became more popularized due to Coco and other wonderful designers. The suit gives me 1950s elegance and this why I felt the need to wrap my head scarf in an Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly kind of way. The head scarf, unlike today, was very popular back then and was donned by leading fashion models where they draped them across their heads and either tied just under the chin or wrapped around the neck for more coverage and security. Even in the 1960s, the fashion of the head scarf continued where young women wore them simply wrapped or even tied in a bow. Jackie Kennedy was known for her head scarf style as well as Sophia Loren who brought back the exotic look with her signature head scarves.

I couldn’t help but add white boots to this look. I feel like it just brought it all together and with the way I tied my scarf…just perfection! Would I wear this out shopping or doing errands you say??? Perhaps, I don’t feel particularly self-conscious in it…meaning I don’t feel over-dressed…I just feel like I came out of a black and white telenovela ready to take on the future.

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WHAT I WORE

SUIT: Thomas Haier • BOOTS: Zara • BAG: Aldo • SUNNIES: Aldo • SWEATER: Thrifted

What do you think of this beaut?! Should I sell it or should I keep it?!


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Style

Did motherhood change my style?

I know I haven’t gone out loads lately but on the days I do, I keep asking myself, would I wear this? Would I wear that again? So I couldn’t help but wonder, did motherhood change my style? I mean, yes, I have a daughter to take of, but there’s me too. Clothes, fashion, colors, textures…that’s what truly made me happy, so why haven’t I been indulging and digging into the depth of my wardrobe to dress up and spruce up and feel pretty? Many days, I am not going to lie, I felt pretty shitty about myself, not feeling pretty anymore or lacking the enthusiasm to actually look half decent. I smelled like milk for the first few weeks and had spit-up milk all over and whenever I had the chance to finally shower, the process started all over again and I felt like I might never recover or get back to the old me. I mean do you really go back to the old you after having a baby? Sofia has been nothing but a blessing in my life and smelling like milk didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. As long as baby was happy, I was happy? But that didn’t mean that I should neglect myself and not make efforts to look and feel pretty. It was vital and important for me to get back into the swing of things because I didn’t want my daughter growing up and seeing me that way. I want my daughter to look at me and be like, yes; momma took care of me but took care of herself too.

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Today I was able to go out with baby monster for a friend visit and I felt a little more confident in my new role as a mum. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed and don’t know how to take care of things, mainly because anxiety takes over but the more I let the negativity go, the more I feel like I am in control and feel like motherhood isn’t as scary as we all think. Dressing up plays a big part in my confidence and when I feel pretty, I feel like I can conquer the world. Today I opted for an effortless casual look. Since it’s getting colder out, I wore wool pants that I thrifted a while back and the fact that they’re high waisted, so I feel a little more comfortable with the remains of my stretched little mushy tummy. I added more pink, who am I?? I guess having a girl has given me the love of pink back, although she’s always in grey. LOL! I couldn’t go about town without my Gazelle trainers; they’re the most practical, most comfortable most badass shoe I own at the moment! I having been wearing them a ton lately and I don’t see myself wearing anything else. I feel like such a cool mom with them!

WHAT I WORE

JACKET: Zara • SWEATER: Centerpoint (Jordan) • PANTS: Zara (trhifted) • SHOES: Adidas (Gazelle) • BAG: Gift from Le hubby • SUNNIES: Aldo

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So, I guess, although motherhood somewhat changed my style in terms of practicality, I still do feel like I can get away with wearing a short skirt and knee-high boots if I wanted to! I still do love color and my experimenting game with different patterns and textures is still going strong. I don’t think we should use motherhood as an excuse to stop looking after ourselves and dress pretty or sexy or hot because we are the reflection of our daughters’ future and we have to give them something positive to look forward to. The most important thing is that you should always dress up for yourself first and then to impress others.


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Style Travel Vintage

That green angora sweater <3

I have had this 80s agora  mix sweater for ages…I never had the guts to wear it because, well, it’s green. I just don’t really know it this color suits me all that much. Green, yellow and purple are colors I never usually gravitates towards because I feel like they make my complexion even darker than it already is. But today, I put my big girl pants on and got some courage to wear it. It’s so freaking soft too!!!

Hubs and I were walking around town and just went for a small stroll into the woods before we hung out with family. The weather was beautiful and it was good enough for me to just get away with wearing a  sweater without a jacket. October has been a good month so far and we’ve been super lucky. Hubs has enjoyed every moment he got here so far because it wasn’t too too cold (as it usually is in October).

So here’s how my outfit turned out…I guess you can say I kept it pretty simple because the green was a little overwhelming for me.

WHAT I WORE:

SWEATER: Vintage (80s) Rino Rossi  (posted for sale on ETSY)♦ JEANS: Buffalo (thrifted) ♦ BOOTS: Aldo ♦ SUNNGLASSES: Forver 21 ♦ BELT: Calvin Klein

In person, I guess I felt a little awkward wearing such a powerful color…but looking at myself through these photographs, I realize that I may be a little too harsh on myself and that green actually suits me and that my complexion is fine. We sometimes just put limitations and boundaries from ourselves to ourselves (if ya gys know what I mean). We need to be kind to ourselves once in a while…we tend to forget we’re human.

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Wearing green actually made me happy as I fit in with nature and mt surroundings…or whatever green left there is in my surrounding. Taking some time off these past few weeks has made me realize that life needs to be enjoyed fully…make every moment worth it and last. Sometimes, we run to catch up with life and then we forget about the true core values of our lives such as family and health. It is necessary to taste what’s around us with our senses and our hearts.

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As mother Teresa said: “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough, Each moment is all we need, not more.”

 

 

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Fashion Style

The smart pants edit

These were my first pair of proper professional pants. Super nice fitted wide leg trousers. So chic and so comfy. I got them a little over 10 years ago for my first office job after uni and they were just perfect. The neutral color made it easy for me to mix and match it to many items in my wardrobe. I haven’t worn them a lot since I went into the fashion industry, because jeans were always a better option for me. Until today! I decided to get them out and wear them for a cool Monday office look. Worst decision ever!! I am so sad because now, they are trash. I fell going to work this morning and now they have a huge hole in the knee area. I mean, I am a DIY queen, so they’re not going to trash just yet…I will end up turning them into much cooler culottes now. Or maybe cool shorts…who knows! I’ll keep you guys posted.

So here’s what I ended up pairing my Laura Petites trousers with:

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PANTS: Laura Petites trousers ◊  SHIRT: Thrifted H&M  ◊ VEST: Forever 21 Cropped top ◊ SHOES: Calvin Klein thrifted

I am so saddened that I don’t to pass these trousers to my daughter or my nieces or something. I wanted to keep them as much as I could and I guess today was the day I had to say goodbye to the pants and hello to a very badly bruised knee.

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This look reminds me of those days in my last year of high school where I would always dress smart and add a tie on top of that! Haha! I was so ready to go to college, I even got the tie going. I always in my heart believed I was meant to be a boss lady! A true hard-working, sassy, awesome, killer business woman. I always had that fire in me and this outfits take me back to those times.

It also kindda reminds me of Cher Horowitz from Clueless…Can you tell this movie marked me or what?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Style Vintage

Feeling the blues

Fashion is so limitless and if you’re brave enough with experimenting, style will be your ally to express yourself freely. I never label my style because I like to play it by ear…or more like dress how I feel when I get up in the morning. Sometimes I want to dress in a Gucci gown and strut down the street of Montreal like ain’t nobody’s business. Sometimes, I want to dress like a tomboy transitioning into a flower. And other time I want to dress like a metal head. My outfits really do depend on my feelings and my state of mind.

So today’s outfit was more lady-like for me. I don’t like to dress in trouser a lot because I am a jeans kinda girl…and also I feel a little older when I do trousers. Lately, I have been loving the trouser look, which I have done for a couple of days in a row…today was one of them yet again. This time, I went for blue tones. I did a grey—ish blue wide leg trouser from Topshop and thrifted striped white and blue shirt. I was totes feeling it this morning. These trousers in particular are my favorite. I love them because they’re comfortable and they’re wide leg….so if I decided to wear a tight/fitted top, I wouldn’t feel too self-conscious about my booty.

Details: Topshop pants – Thrifted striped shirt – Pink Asos sling back shoes – Kate Spade sunglasses.

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I really do love these pants. They make my thighs/legs look less manly. I have ragging muscles from all the Pilates and Yoga I have been doing over the years, so sometimes I feel like maybe my thighs are too big for certain things. However, I try as much as possible not to be self-judgemental.

Self-acceptance and self-love are necessary to a happy life. So be proud of what you got girlies and flaunt it!

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Fashion Vintage

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

As a designer and vintage curator, I had the wonderful chance to participate in loads of events, from fashion shows to pop up shops to charity events…but nothing was as awesome as the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show! This event (happened on November 6th) gave me some much thrill to keep digging, searching and learning about vintage..to love it, cherish it and share it with the world. I met some many wonderful people and avid vintage lovers. Everyone that came to that event had a wonderful impact on me: the stories they shared, the positive comments they made and the touching welcoming hugs. Anyone who loves vintage out there has to visit this show, because there are loads of participants and endless racks of clothes from every possible era. Each and every piece has a story to tell. That’s why I love vintage! I feel like every piece counts and every piece is meaningful and every piece impacts history.

I was fortunate enough to be a vendor and a buyer and learn about vintage through a different perspective. The vendor next to me where the most beautiful and lovely ladies. Beautiful German women who made me feel completely at ease. They were so warm! They were kind enough to share their stories with me and have me relive it with them. You truly do not know someone unless you have the chance to get a piece of their mind.

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I also met Joa Gamelin (above). The most eccentric and vivacious woman I have ever met. She’s power, she’s fierce, she’s freaking amazing and super inspiring. She shared with me her love for fashion and vintage and her disappointments in the loss of the pure craft of sewing. We both took a moment to appreciate the pieces that were displayed before us and shared our passion for sewing and making special unique pieces to wear. Unfortunately, sewing and creating is a dying craft in Canada…since everything is imported from China or Bangladesh. You will rarely find a true artist/designer that makes every single piece by hand.

I took the time during the show to visit other booths and some pieces were to die for!!! Jewels, shoes, clothes, accessories..ugh!! It was beautiful. This show was a success for me in every aspect because I came back home enriched with history and more passion for vintage. I have been blessed to be part of this event and I hope to be able to be part of it for many more years to come!

 

A special thanks to the Ottawa Clothing Show team for being so on point, so helpful and so welcoming. You made this experience 10 times more fun for me and I will for sure be seeing you again soon!

 

Cheers xx

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Fashion Style Vintage

The perfect summer dress!

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I found the perfect summer dress while thrifting with my sister a few days ago. This is so reminiscent of the 90s and those maxi dresses I would love to wear going to school. It’s like a cross between She’s all that  and Never Been Kissed. This dress totes reminds me of skipping class and sitting by the bleachers or going to the mall at lunch break. Carefree, innocent, youthful times….AHH, youth!!! “Nobody feels the youth pass, but everyone feels when it’s gone”. LOL! I am totes being dramatic. PS: that’s a famous Seneca quote. So, I wouldn’t want to go back to high school, not that my days were bad, they were actually really really really good, but I just prefer life now as an adult. I mean how can I live without paying bills and taxes, huh?!! Adulthood rocks!!!

Anyway, what I am saying is this dress is a beautiful little number that takes me way back to the carefree days (can’t you see how much I want to twirl in this?). This is such a versatile piece because it can be worn in some many different ways and this is exactly why I love it. It’s so girly, delicate, summery, feminine, sexy and just so so unique. PPS: it cost me only 14$CAD…such a bargain and plus I shopped green…so it’s a win win win win situation and everyone is happy. Also, what I like about shopping at that particular thrift store is that some of the proceeds of the sales go to help Montreal’s Diabetes Center.

So without further ado, here’s how I decided to wear this baby…

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What I wore:
-Thrifted Sunflower dress
-Shelly’s London straw shoes.
-Gap acid wash denim jacket.
-Betsey Johnson sunglasses.
-Kate Spade heart-shaped bag.

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So let me know what you guys think of this outfit in a comment below!

Have a wonderful sunny day xx

 

 

 

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Fashion Style

Fun in the sun!

I was totes being silly willy and enjoying the sun. There’s enough stress in the world, so taking a break and enjoying the sun does some mental and physical good. I love spending time out in the sun…kinda like an iguana! Total heat lover…not some much with the cold. I don’t really the winter, but you know hot is always better. Although fall is my favorite season ♥ Probs because of Halloween and the ton of candy I get to eat X)

Ahh! Okay, so getting back to my story, I went out to run some errands with a friend and this is the outfit I wore out around town. Hope y’all like it!

P.S.:  I know I am wearing all black, but the breeze was nice enough for me not to melt off by the heat.

So there it is!!!

 

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What I wore: Zara embroidered top – Tommy Hilfiger jeans – Qupid shoes (wore them like 99 other posts) – Thrifted bucket bag – Betsey Johnson sunglasses

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So obviously, the trees and the sun and the beautiful weather inspired me to take it easy and enjoy myself. Life is short, so what the hell!!!

Hope y’all have a beautiful sunny day, wherever you may be! Be awesome xx

Cheers!

 

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Fashion Vintage

Vintage Sale!!!

This is more of a pop up blog! Wanted to say that I will be liquidating loads of my items in my Etsy shop  to renew my stock. Loads of these items are 30$ or less ANDDD it’s free shipping across Canada and USA.

Also, a percentage of each sale made goes to random acts of kindess. So you’re help me help others!!!

Take a peek into my vintage collection and enjoy shopping. Please share with your friends and family. Will be coming with cool new items soon xo

 

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