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The how to of a vintage blazer!

Another clashing print outfit but it’s not that outrageous I would say. The color palette is within the same family so it’s still pretty safe. I am gagging at the fact that I can’t wear jeans to the new place I am working for and it sucks because all I want to do is wear jeans. However, this pushes me out of my current style rut and forces me to wear anything that is not within the denim family. Therefore, trousers have been my very best friend lately and I am revisiting old items in my wardrobe that I have kept on the side when I was pregnant. Rediscovering certain of these items has been very interesting and even though I have put on a little bit of weight, I am so happy that they still fit (somewhat nicely). Seeing said items after months of not using them usually gives me different ideas on how to wear and style them. This in itself is such a game changer, because I am not spending on buying new things and I’m being super eco-friendly. If I am bored of certain items (usually that’s what I do), I put them away for a while and decide to revisit in a couple of months. That’s how it usually works with any great piece of art, doesn’t it?! Leave it on the side and work on it when you’re inspired.

Today’s pièce de résistance is a pair of printed culottes I got from Zara 3 years ago while on a trip in Jordan. They were on sale for like 10 bucks and I couldn’t resist the beautiful color. My husband hates them and whenever I wear culottes he never gets it, but nonetheless, I love them! He always thinks that there’s no point to culottes, if pants are going to be cropped then wear shorts instead…men!

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I even almost forgot I still had them, but I got super excited to see that I had kept them and luckily, they’re still in wonderful condition. Seeing that I didn’t want to wear another boring black top with it. I added a printed vintage blazer that I have had in my shop for a while and was debating of selling or not. I mean it’s a boyfriend fit, clearly, but the quality of it is beautiful. I put it on sale then removed it because I wanted to keep it.

WHAT I AM WEARING

JACKET: Vintage ◊ SHIRT: Vero Moda ◊ PANTS: Zara ◊ SHOES: Doc Martens ◊ WATCH: Marc Jacobs ◊ JEWELRY: Damas (Gold)

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An outfit like this one is still wearable because the colors are muted even though they somewhat clash. But lately, I have been having such a huge interest in clashing prints…perhaps it’s the simplest way I can find to express what’s currently going in my mind. Don’t know if it works for everyone, but for me it does!

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A little bit of foliage in this dreary weather…

I know that this time of year, many of us have the desire to throw out all our clothes and renew our wardrobes for the new seasons. Sales are calling our names through the computer screens and through the store front windows. However, being conscious of our spending and of our consuming is much cooler than getting that new in trend piece. I do love revisiting my wardrobe and adding a few new pieces isn’t wrong but when you already have a lot, then why not try to be more imaginative and creative in reworking the pieces you already have to make new outfits. The possibilities are endless! I promise! Even when you think that certain pieces don’t match, it doesn’t matter, give it a try and you’ll see that things only need to go together.

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Today, I revisited my clothes, as they were tucked away in a box because I couldn’t wear them during the pregnancy and this weekend, I was able to get some of it out and I had so much fun creating new outfits and mixing and matching vintage too. As I have a few events coming up…pop-up shops and all, I want to be able to the most of my wardrobe. Even though, I quickly put together my outfit today, I was happy with how it turned out. It’s very 70s business chic but in the most colourful way. As the winter blues continue to kick in, I find it necessary for me to play with color a lot more to feel energized and inspired to take on life. Lacking sleep doesn’t help either… so when I need to adult and get on with my day, I like to dress up!

I got this blazer from chequered blazer from an old friend. She’s 90 years old and she was kind enough to give me a lot of her clothes when she was younger because she knows just how much I appreciate vintage. I instantly thought about clashing prints even though the color palette is the same; the chequered with the leafy print came out quite bold and is certainly statement but it’s still muted.

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WHAT I AM WEARING

BLAZER: Vintage • SHIRT: Walmart • PANTS: Zara • BELT: Vintage • SUNNIES: Ray-Ban • BAG: Gift from le hubs • SHOES: Charles & Keith

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This belt, vintage, is one I am very much obsessed with and I have worn it non-stop since getting it. I feel like belts add a bit more attitude to any outfit. It adds shape, femininity and grace. This one in particular is very opulent with the gold detailing and worked seamlessly to bring everything together.

For a mom on the go, this outfit might need a little bit more effort than a simple sweater and jeans but it is one that makes me feel very good about myself. A little boost in confidence these days is very much needed. Whoever said girls are easier to raise than boys is a liar and a half, but nonetheless, they’re adorable!


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Let’s talk vintage!

One of the main things that kept my spirit high this year was managing and having my online business running. I started my vintage online shop 2 years ago and couldn’t be prouder of myself; I rarely gloat over my little successes (others many not see them as such but I don’t care). I tend to keep quiet about what I do, unless someone is super interested and asks me to give full details. Fashion was always my home away from home; finding myself through colors and textures wasn’t a challenge at all…in fact, it came naturally to me. However, to continue as a fashion designer, with my own line, I had to give up on a lot of my values, which I really wasn’t ready to do (not before, not now and not ever). Therefore, my sister and I had the brilliant idea to open a vintage shop, but her condition was for me to open an online shop and start from there, see how it goes and then move forward with a real store. Then, life happened and my store idea was set on the side, but my online shop was starting to go so well, I didn’t care much. I started having pop up shops, participating in events and selling a lot of my stock…then buying more, then selling more. Even my mom got excited about, she started collecting vintage pieces for me to sell, might I add that some were questionable (those were the ones that sold). I always argued with her about a lot of things, but in the end I am honoured, humbled, touched and rejoiced by how much my family got as excited as I did about my project; my husband is now on the bandwagon. I mean curating vintage is like being Indiana Jones…you re-discover history and give it life; each piece you find tells a story. Besides, you do good to nature by upcycling and recycling. Opening up a shop is still a goal of mine and I am just waiting for the write time to do it.

In today’s post, I am sharing with you wonderful readers and follower my favourite pieces in my shop and also sneaking-ly tell you about the discount I am holding (so you get to enjoy it now through April 15th!!!).

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I usually collect pieces from my mom, from shopping in other vintage shops, from going to vintage warehouses and even from traveling. If there’s a piece that looks special and speaks to me, I pick it up…clean it, zhush it, photograph it and then post it’ and voila! The trick is done! I pretty much do it from A to Z…since moving, I only do the online part and my sisters help take care of the shipping for me. It’s all a team effort really and I couldn’t be happier to have my amazing family involved. Super lucky and blessed!

The Moroccan tunic

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I picked this piece up from a warehouse based in Toronto. They have bags and bags and bags filled with vintage items from all eras and from around the world. You need a whole day there to go through it all. My sister and I get a kick out of it and love going through everything and laughing and giggling at some hideous items and enjoying what’s nice. We’re like little kids in a candy shop…we see something we love, then automatically get distracted by something even cooler. This is probably the best part of curating vintage; spending the time with my sister, my bestie, is something I would never change. So, this particular piece spoke to me for the details; the tape stitched on the front is so authentic is reminds me of being in Morocco all over again. The fabric is perfection too; the state it’s in is just beautiful. It’s light and airy! Plus, this piece is versatile enough to wear as is or to even add it over jeans; it would give such a cool, je ne sais quoi, style.

The butterfly caftan

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I got this one from a trip to Jordan a few years ago and wanted to keep it for myself because it’s just so pretty…but then I had two and a few too many similar styles in my wardrobe. So, I ended up posting it. It’s a gorgeous piece to wear on special occasions…and yes, it can be overwhelming for some, but if you style this bad boy out with simple accessories, it would look stunning!

The Mexican Oaxacan

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This dress is also known as the San Antonino dress (aka Mexican Wedding Dress). I had a few of those posted but a lot sold out and I have two remaining and this being one of them. I wish I could wear it…but I would end up covering it so much, that honestly…there’s no more purpose for me to even put it on. These dresses are characterized by the delicacy of the embroidery, as well as the preservation of traditional forms and motifs. Fine silk and cotton thread are usually used to achieve brilliant and precise floral motifs on lightweight cotton fabric. The only thing I would say is that sometimes, the colors are so vibrant they end up smearing on the white fabric…but with delicate care, these pieces would last forever and plus, you can wear them on nights out and still look bomb!

The sequin “Great Gatsby” dress

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This one is to die for! I have a big selection of sequin/party dresses and items. I mean it couldn’t possibly be Le Dressing de Moon without sequins and sparkle…this is who I am and I am in love with that section. I am not going to lie…whenever I have events to go to…I always dig into my vintage closet for outfits. For one, I know that I’ll look special and for two, I know that no one else will have the same outfit as me. So win-win!

The accessories section

I’ve got bags, necklaces, brooches, shoes and the whole nine yards. My accessories section’s game is awesome AF! It’s probably one of my favourite sections to edit…because there are so many ways to style these items, so many ways to describe them and so many ways to photograph them. This section is probs the most creative one for me and besides, accessories are what make an outfit pop!

Suits

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For them chicks looking to rock one hell of a suit, then I got ya gurl! I have suits that are remarkable and from the 70s. Suits are versatile; you can wear them as one, or as separates and that what I love about them. I had a few of my own, but since moving away, ended up selling them and I kindda regret it, because well, suits are badass and now I am looking to re-acquire some unique suits into my closet; but like really colourful ones!!! Like a hot pink one, or even an orange! That would be killer!!!

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So there ya have it folks! These are some of my favourite pieces in my shop and I am holding a sale currently, spring clear-out sale…to sort of renew my stock and to introduce new items that I have been collecting. The sale will be on till April 15th and all you gotta do is use the code SPRINGCLEAROUT at check out to get 30% off when you spend 50$ or more. Not to be a pusher or anything, but go take a look and enjoy it while it lasts!!!

 

 

 

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Humpday Outfit

Been on a vintage roll for the whole month of January, I’ve got loads of pieces in my wardrobe that I wanted to take out for a spin. I have been absolutely enjoying using my vintage pieces in my daily outfits. Being able to mix them and match them to modern pieces I own is a total win. So far so good! Yay for vintage. Keep the environment happy and it keeps my pockets happy. Win-win! Or almost..haha! There’s always room for more shoes in your closet, right girls?!

So today’s piece is super special; it’s yet another vintage suit! From Tristan, again! An 80s tailored vintage suit in a beautiful crepe. Annndd, it’s very lightly lined with goldish stripes. Super cute! This time around, I decided to wear the blazer only, as I wanted to be in jeans. I have been doing trousers way too much, I almost forgot I owned jeans! It’s a bigger size and it fit me like a boyfriend cut. That was exactly the look I was going for today.

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These jeans are fairly new. I needed a new pair of good high waist denim that hugged my curvaceous bum and hips without gaping at the waist. Hourglass shape problems! Anyway, I always heard that Free People denims were worth the price. They’re kinda expensive, but I was willing to invest in a good pair of skinnies that were high-waisted. And I found the one! Literally just ordered them online based on my usual size…and they fit like a glove! So perfect and so light. They hug all the right places and keep everything tucked in and in check. I love that they’re up the bellybutton and don’t hurt the waist or crotch when you sit. The Payton high rise skinnies were on sale for 79$ and I’m pretty happy with them…and right now, they went down to 65$. Even better!

This is how I style the Tristan blazer…

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Since the jeans were pretty tight, I wanted to balance out the top part of my outfit and make it a little looser. I do not like to wear tight all over, unless it’s a sexy hourglass dress/gown of course! However, I didn’t want the outfit to be too overwhelmingly too loose and unproportional, I tied up the front part of my top and I liked how it came out. It’s totes not everyone’s taste, but it made my day and I was pretty content with today’s outfit.

Perhaps my next outfit will feature the pants!

‘Till next time x