Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Looking Forward to 2010

The 25 days of Fashion have inspired me to think of other ways I can give back to the world. It's not totally a fashion topic, but being charitable is always fashionable!

Here are my top 5 causes to give to in the new year:

Heifer International. This organization works to end hunger and poverty. By giving animals to families in need, they empower people to turn poverty into hope. I can totally get behind that.
I found out about it from here (this girl is hilarious, by the way)
When you give to the charity, you actually get to pick which animal you want to send to a family in poverty, so there are lots of different price ranges (like a flock of ducks - only $20!)

The Girl Effect. If you visit their website, it says "The World is a Mess. Agree or Disagree." Their solution? Encouraging girls to make a positive change in the world, because their participation in society can alter everything.
I found out about this one on facebook - see, it's good for something!

Bust a Move For Breast Health. This charity event is local, and super specific, but it represents something I feel strongly about. It's bringing people together to have fun and create opportunities for Nova Scotian women to have world-class breast health services. Cancer has really wreaked havoc with my family, and my Nan had breast cancer, so I support the cause, and it's not often you find a fundraiser that is truly FUN!

Provincial Autism Centre - Autism Golf Ball. Speaking of fun events, I somehow got hooked up with this super fun event where important people in Halifax come together to play mini golf, eat, drink, laugh, spend a bunch of money on superb silent auction prizes, dance,... and support an organization that supports kids and families with autism. The best part about the P.A.C., in my opinion, is that they really know their stuff - for families in NS, it's sometimes hard to find people who actually understand what autism means.
I volunteer with the P.A.C. to help plan the Golf Ball, and I'm hoping to get involved with some of their programs for autistic kids in the new year!

Saint Leonards Society of NS. I know people don't believe me when I say this, but if my parents had not had such strong and supportive family members during my childhood, we would have been homeless. I don't think that's an exaggeration. I also don't think it's an exaggeration to say that I have come a long way, and I can really give back now, to people who didn't have that support network. I think its amazing that Saint Leonards tries to provide something like that for people who are down on thier luck. It is so easy to get to that point.
This is where all my Christmas donations went!

I hope in the New Year everyone can find 5 causes they believe in so strongly. Happy 2010!

From day 20 - 25. A little sad my 25 days are over!

Day 20 - That lovely purple H&M shirt again. This time, paired with my black sweater. Very cute, and it cinches the waist without the obviousness of a belt!










Day 21 - The orange and pink dress.
Truly, this is a summer dress. It is. It's my favorite on a summer work day, with a white belt.
For winter, I ditched the belt and paired it with some black tights. It gets a ton of compliments, but I imagine that's only because the summer colors brighten people's days.













Day 22 - Purple dress (you've seen it), black tights (staple), and a leopard print cardigan. Its probably my favorite piece of clothing ever.










Day 23 - I used that trusty black jumper again, with a summery purple floral shirt and grey tights to make it a little more winter-sensible.










Day 24 - Gladiator-esque shirt (maybe?), black shrug (fantastical), white belt (to dress it up), and those black jeans. A good way to end my run.











Day 25 - I took my leftover clothes to the shelter, along with a bunch of stuff my lovely friends brought over (on about day 10 I believe). They were so happy to have it, and I was happy to give it. Win. Win.

15-19

Day 15 - This jacket is a challenge. I can never figure out when or how to wear it. I do think that it looked good with this outfit - this black and white skirt is from the Alfred Sung collection for Zellers (love). Underneath, is a basic purple tshirt.













Day 16 - Black tights, black jumper, and a grey tshirt that I got in Calgs (which has since been ruined... I am really really spilly. Honestly, people shouldn't let me have nice things).













Day 17 - That purple dress again! This time with simple black tights. Sometimes you just have to let a piece of clothing stand on its own.













Task for the night: Going out with a friend for her birthday. This purple shirt is a little too "open" without the camisole underneath. With it - perfecto. Add a black cardigan and its good for a restaurant and a bar. Score!













Day 18 - This tshirt is positively ugly on its own (which is why I bought it on sale). The sleeves look great under my jumper though. The yellow belt adds a little excitement.













Day 19 - Easy for a lazy day - those grey pants that don't quite look crisp, purple tshirt, and my black buttoned cardy. Not the best look, not the most effort.

11-14

Holy moly, lets play catch-up.

Day 11 - Old brown sweater (still comfy), that purple floral H&M shirt (a good pop of color), and dark jeans.













Day 12 - Purple dress with black button accent on the top, and little beige jacket to make it more work-worthy. Two of my favorite pieces.













Day 13 - Casual - these clothes are all pretty much recycled from other outfits. Dark jeans, grey sweater, black camisole.. pretty basic.












Day 14 - Light blue button-down shirt with ruching by the waist. It has seen me through many a work day plus a few bar nights. These grey pants are wide legged, but they don't really seem totally crisp.. I may need to find a new pair! (Good excuse to go shopping. Although that is not the point of the 25 days of fashion.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 10: From pattern to party

This patterned tshirt has been a favorite for a long time - although this pattern could totally look tacky, something about it totally appeals to me.
















My party outfit was kind of "greek", as my friend Blair described it. The black top with gold detail around the neck gives a vaguely Cleopatra feel, while my little black shrug made it a little more dressy. Tights on the bottom made it a little more sexy and comfortable, rather than a skirt or jeans.

Day 9: Feeling fine... more or less

1 H1N1 flu shot + 1 Seasonal flu shot + 1 batch of blood work on the hunt for what in the world I am allergic to. This outfit was easy because I needed to be able to expose my arms to all the needles!

What a day.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Stay Tuned

The age old Christmas party dilemma - what to wear?

Stay tuned to find out what I wear for the various Christmas parties of the season... plus NEw Years! (although that won't really be part of the 25 days of Fashion :( )

For now, please enjoy my dream Christmas party outfits :) The real thing will probably be much less extravagant, but we will still have just as many fab times.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day 8: What's old is new again


I haven't worn this skirt in ages, so I made it into a high-waisted number to stick with the fashions of today. Hooray!

I find it totally brutal to pair brown with other colors, so I was happy the purple seemed to work.

Day 6 and 7: Flu or fashion?












Here I am, stuck at home with the fluuuu. Wore the black jumper and tights with a sweet grey sweater with 3/4 length sleeves to go to work in the morning - got sent home with the flu (I suspected it was a hangover, although I only had 3 beer the night before, but after two days - sooo not a hangover). When I got home, I changed into a casual blue sweater... kept the tights.

Then, the next morning, I changed nito a grey tshirt and purple floral hoodie to head to the clinic. Hoorah!

Suspiciously, I am wearing tights in all three of these pictures... yes I wore the same pair of tights for the whole two days of flu.
Sue me!

All I want for Christmas...

O M G
For the fashion-obsessed, polyvore.com is the cure for a day home with the flu.. or atleast a perfect distraction. Pick and choose from tons of items of clothing, accessories to create style sets to share your fashion intuition with the world.
Fab fab fab... and addictive.
I was going to write a post about my Holiday Wishlist, but thanks to Polyvore, I'll just show you!

Day 5: A Monday of Mischief


Merry Monday festivities after work called for this new purple dress, paired with a black shrug. I am amazed by the fabulousness of this dress - I have been looking all over for a great one for work and play, and this one fit both bills. I got it on my recent trip to Calgary :)

Day 4: Sunday Simple













This outfit is perfect for a Sunday shift at work. It's the last Sunday of our season, so dark wash jeans are perfecto. Casual is the key. The turquoise top is comfortable and work-friendly, but the lace cutout on the back makes it much more interesting!

Monday, November 30, 2009

It's the Tops























Thank gawddd.

During a trip to Montreal this year, some beautiful friends of mine were shopping in Top Shop, and I became completely disillusioned with fashion for a brief moment. This was because I had heard rave RAVE reviews about TopShop in the past, and it felt more like... well... cheapness (I mean no offense. truly. And pleeease prove me wrong :))

It turns out however, that they are not one in the same. The Top Shop we visited is not the famed TopShop from the UK, which is reportedly coming to Canada soon (as in not yet, as in we were NOT in it already and I have no cause to worry about the state of fashion).

Although I can't find any info about their Canada location on their website, lets hope it is true. And for further proof, check out this article:

http://www.fashiondualite.com/2008/08/22/two-retail-giants-still-missing-from-our-streets/

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Toronto Planning


I am just realizing that I have a trip booked in late Jan./early Feb. to go to Toronto for work, and I have a whole free day to go shopping!

Please please please let me know if you have any insights into the best shops and stops in the big city :)

(any tips on good hotels would also be much appreciated)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 3: Casual Saturday

So I'm wearing the same jeans I wore yesterday. I hope that's not considered cheating, because they are my favorite jeans by far. :)

The purple patterned shirt underneath is fabulous from H&M. I saw it on a girl and work and then found it in the store! Score! And the black shirt on top is just a comfortable slouchy shirt with a little bit of a pleat around the neckline from Joe Fresh.

To step outside in the warm-for-this-time-of-year Halifax weather, I threw on this adorable yellow jacket I found at (gasp!) Value Village. I love its huge pockets and big yellow buttons. I took pictures but, shamefully, they're blurry as hell.

Day 2: Night and day in grey
























Outfit 1: Grey short-sleeved sweater, purchased during my Calgary trip, majorly on sale (I love the poufy sleeves) + short black jumper.
I love this jumper for many reasons. One of these reasons is that even if I get a stain on the front of a fave shirt I can still wear it under the jumper... slob much?

Outfit 2: Another grey shirt from Calgary. I saw it in the mall full price, and I was only buying things on sale so I didn't try it on, but I went back the next day to get it :) Thank gawd they still had my size! I love the embellished neckline... it's like a necklace without all the hassle! It's super unique. Paired it with straight dark jeans.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

School me in some fashion

I'm signing up on Saturday for a fashion class through NSCAD's School of Extended Studies. This is perhaps the most exciting development this week!

Day 1: A little bit of a pink lady

This was the first day of the 25.

What did I wear? To work I wore a grey sweater from Jacob, black skirt from a thrift shop with pleats along the bottom, and a cute pink headband with a bow from Forever 21.

The headband was a hit - I got many compliments on it throughout the day.

After work I changed into jeans and the rest of the outfit stayed the same :) That's what I call easy peasy.














The 25 Days of Fashion

As I gear up for Christmas, I'm planning on hosting a Christmas party/charity drive. My friends will come with gifts galore for the homeless shelters in Halifax, and I am unsure what to give. Maybe I will wait to see what the masses bring before I decide, but for now I have decided to give some of my lesser-worn clothes to the womens' shelter as a first step.

Keeping that in mind, for the next 25 days I'm going to try my damndest to wear something different each day. I'll post the outfits I wear to the blog, and anything that doesn't get worn gets given!

Stay tuned for day 1 of 25!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

You have got to have a little faith!


After tons of moaning and whining (on my part, and maybe on yours), I'm delighted to see that Forever 21 is now selling its Faith 21 Plus Size line on its Canada site. I have been adding things to my shopping bag all week!

Tell me you don't LOVE these looks!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Check it out

Chanel Iman has a blog!
http://www.chaneliman.com/
Fab.

Sidenote: You should also check out fashiontribes.com for more of your daily fashion fix!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Market Find

Shopping at the market on Saturday morning for some spreadable gouda cheese for my lovely friend Nicole, who I am going to visit in like 2 weeks (!!!), I stumbled across some absolutely beautiful bags. They are done by Michelle Saint Onge. You can view some of her stuff here:
http://www.michellesaintonge.com/Michelle_SaintOnge/Home_.html

To see everything I saw, you might just have to visit her at the market. I don't see the absolutely perfect clutches online that I saw in person - zebra printed oversized clutches with purple tassles for zippers.. even hipper than it sounds.

More AFW - Sunsets on the Eastside

More on Atlantic Fashion Week:

The young designers of Sunsets on the Eastside came up with some totally cute floral frocks, while remaining totally stylish and cool themselves. They have been working together for 2 years, and it looks like they are a great team.

I'm also a little partial to them because while walking along Barrington the day after the show I thinkkk I saw them packing up their car outside of the downtown hostel - fab designers meet young free spirits. I love it. And even if they weren't staying at the hostel, they were still hanging in my neck of the South-end-woods. It makes me feel a little closer to fashion.



Check out their blog!!
http://sunsetsontheeastside3.blogspot.com/

AFW - Veronica MacIssac

Voila! Here are some of the fabulous looks from designer Veronica MacIssac shown during Atlantic Fashion Week. She incorporates her celtic roots into fresh styles. Absolutely tremendous!

I love the cap-like sleeves on this dress. Its classic. Its downright hot.


















I'm absolutely obsessed with this. Its sweet and so versatile - it appeals to the celtic side of me, as well as the woodsy side I feel when I think about growing up in the country. Plus, its flattering and gorgeous.


















I never thought plaid could look sooo sexy, and kind of like old hollywood.


















And I never thought I'd want to wear plaid to the beach - true fashion pulls you out of your norm and expands boundaries.

























































If you're hooked (which I totally am) you can check out more of MacIssac's designs at www.veronicamacisaac.com