Friday, July 31, 2009

More plaid

I took a trip to Value Village looking for lamps.

I walked away with $25 in clothing.

This jacket was one of them, so really, can you blame me?

It doesn't the brand tag in it any more, so chances are it's not any fancy brand, and it's not really that great in quality. I had to remove the belt loops as the accompanying belt was missing, but I think the belt would have marred the simplicity of the style in contrast to the busyness of the pattern and colour.

Also, I'm very much in to scarves again.

Plaid Jacket: Value Village
Jeans: Joe (Superstore)
White shirt: Smart Set
Scarf: Ardene
Shoes: Nike (Foot Locker)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jeans!

All right, I wore jeans to work on a non-jean day, and I was perfectly happy until I glanced down the road on my way to coffee and saw the boyfriend's parents. Now don't get me wrong, I looked presentable for sure, but nothing quite impresses the parental units like a professionally dressed girl, right?

Oh well, I didn't see them until too late.

Ruffle collar shirt - Smart Set
Wrap Sweater - Smart Set
Jeans - Joe (Superstore)
Shoes - Superstore

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Comfy

It's the second day of what I consider comfy wear 2.0. In the old days, I'd definitely be reaching for my jeans and a decent sweater, and a pair of canvas sneakers and consider it decent enough for my no-dress-code work place.

However, then I became addicted to Kasmira, Jane and Londyn's blogs (which is only a sample of the roughly 7 fashion related blogs I follow daily... eek!), and now I'm unable to allow myself to go to work in jeans.

So on day 752 of sleepless nights waiting for an apartment, I threw on my new comfy outfit:

Grey pinstripe pants: Smart Set
White shirt: Bootlegger
Scarf: Ardene
Shoes: Giant Tiger
Jacket: Rickis

However, hopfeully tonight I'll sleep well, since I signed a lease this morning!

(And of course now, I'm fully anticipating wearing jeans just to piss myself off).

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

(Trial and) Error

All right, this morning, I just wasn't feeling it. Any of it. And it didn't help that I spilled toothpaste on my shirt as I was running out the door, so I had to change.

The hair was a mess (not quite long enough to be up), the pants are starting to show their age, and the orange in the sweater didn't quite mesh or not mesh with the coral / pink shirt well enough to appease me.

And then I came home to try to find an outfit to wear to a wedding I have on Sunday, and that didn't help the clothing frustration.

So off I went to my friend's closet to raid it, and again, to no avail.

So today is the picture of failure

#1 what I wore today
Pants - Rickis
Shirt - Smart Set
Cardigan - Smart Set
Shoes - Zellers and bloody uncomfortable.

#2 what I wish I could wear to the wedding but doesn't work for the time, season or setting
Dress - American Eagle
Shoes - American Eagle for Payless

Monday, July 27, 2009

No more drama in my life?

This last weekend, I went camping with 10 of my closest friends (all right, they probably aren't my closest friends, since I met one girl at the campsite for the first time... but you get what I mean), and we all survived! I was rather impressed as it takes some courage to load up that many people for a weekend away from technology and NOT have everyone kill each other. We had a lot of fun, and so it was very difficult to get to work today.

And it was even worse knowing that there is drama going on at a neighbouring department at work which is making life around the office a little bit more tense.

As such, I decided to go with a very no drama look - a pair of grey trousers, blue cami and a white wrap sweater. Add a necklace and I am good to go!

The drama was in the shoes - not only did they fit a little more snuggly than usual, they also weren't quite tall enough to be seen out the bottom of my pants.

Pants: Smart Set
Wrap: Ricki's
Cami: ??
Necklace: Value Village
Shoes: Payless (circa 2007)

And while I'm on the subject of shoes - I managed to break a pair of super cheap gladiators while away, and even though I think I've found a solution to the problem to let me wear them through the summer, I am always on the look out for new shoes. The other day I was at Winner's with Scott, and I managed to find two pairs of shoes that I liked, and they seem to embody my latest issue:

On the right (yes, I'm making you read the picture the wrong way), are some fabulous Guess tweed pointed toe pumps with patent leather bows. These would look fabulous with the pants I'm wearing today, and pretty much everything hanging in my closet.

On the left, however, are their polar opposite: suede fringed sandals by Chinese Laundry. While I'm sure I couldn't actually pull them off, given my excessively odd issue with having things touching my ankles, they would look fabulous with the slightly more fashion forward and casual wardrobe I will probably morph into once I get to grad school.

In other words, I'm torn between the professional I thought I'd be at this age, and the perma-student I've become! Of course, on the budget of the perma-student, I probably won't get either!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Big post!

All right, it took me a awhile longer to post because my sister misplaced my camera cord. Sheesh - she's home for 3 days...

Apparently I wasn't as good at taking pictures as I thought - I'm missing a few days.

Monday the 13th:

Ok, very bad day, ending in tears, so you only get the neck down! I had been planning on wearing this outfit for weeks. I like it, but it wasn't as amazing as I had thought.

Capris: Rickis
Shirt: Rickis
Jacket: Rickis
Sandals: Zellers


Thursday the 16th (Evening) and Friday the 17th

Apparently I looked like Michael Jackson, but whatever, I liked the outfit. I thought it was cute. I had to alter the chest line, because it was too big for little chested me... sigh.

Dress: Joe (from Erica)
Tights: Ardene
Shoes: Joe (Superstore)
Jacket: Value Village


Saturday the 18th & Wednesday the 22nd

This is another dress from Erica. At first I thought it fit fabulously, and now it's starting to show my minimal chestal area. Sigh. I'll make it work

Dress: Old Navy (Erica)
Gladiators: Shoe Warehouse


Monday the 19th

For some reason I got a lot of compliments on this outfit, whereas I thought it was rather boring. However, I did love that I looked super thin in it.

Dress: Smart Set
Tights: Zellers
Shoes: Giant Tiger
Belt: Chinese Laundry (Winners)


Tuesday the 20th

There are just some jeans that make me feel fabulous. These trouser jeans are them. Generally, I wear this outfit with the green and white striped shirt (see the 13th), but the pink added the brightness I thought it needed.

Shirt: H&M (Value Village)
Jeans: Smart Set
Vest: Smart Set
Shoes: Payless

I'm thinking of switching to a weekly format... I just can't keep up with a daily one! I"ll think over it for the next few days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Running Late...

I promise promise promise I'll update tomorrow. It was a busy weekend with company, and I needed a day or two to breathe after they left. Now I'm off for a date with the boyfriend so I'm sure that will excuse me from tonight. I do have pictures, and I'm looking forward to posting them!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cheap

I threw on this outfit today, and as I was walking out the door to do a bit of shopping, I realized exactly how cheap the outfit is. Sure, the quality isn't up there, but I'm referring to the mere dollars I spent on this outfit.

The plaid shirt was free from my friend Jill. The jean skirt, I got at Value Village for 50% off, so I'm guessing somewhere around $3-4. The shoes are from Walmart, and if I paid any more than $14.99, I got ripped off. I'm pretty confident that the whole outfit cost less than $20.

Of course, there are downfalls to cheap outfits. The shirt is a bit tight in the biceps. The skirt rides up with wear, and the shoes managed to blister me in less than an hour.

Shirt: Bootlegger (Jill)
Skirt: Smart Set (Value Village)
Shoes: Walmart

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fashion Plate

Given that folk fest last night was super cold and tiring, I slept later than intended this morning, and thus Scott and I were rushed on our way back to Brandon - him for work and me for a exhibit opening at the museum. On our drive back I was trying to plan something classy and yet easy to throw on. Perhaps I'm getting better at this dressing thing, becuase not only did I feel fabulous and pulled together, despite feeling a little frazzled time-wise, but someone even came up to me saying : "Cara! Look at you, such a fashion plate!". It's always nice to hear that! The flower, however, came later, once I was at home, relaxing in the garden.


Dress - Joe (Superstore)
Jacket - Ricki's
Shoes - Shoe Warehouse
Necklace - thrifted and altered - thus a Cara original

Friday, July 10, 2009

Folksy!

I don't own a lot of hippy clothes. My sister is the hippy, I'm the professional. This is the way it has always been. However, as she embarks on her new career, and I get ready for grad school, there is a notable fashion shift. Instead of being smart and just, say, switching wardrobes (we're close enough in size that this is generally possible - except with highly tailored pieces), we spend a lot of time shopping.

Or at least I do.

As such, last night was spent hunting through the various discount stores in Brandon looking for something to wear to folk fest. I couldn't find anything, and resorted to stealing from Jill's "hand me down" pile.

Of course, when I got home, I happened to glance into my open closet and see this shirt - the perfect mix of me and hippy for folk fest, as well as traipsing through Osbourne village after brunch with Becky and Josh. It must have been a decent enough outfit becuase I scored a very nice dress which hopefully I'll have a chance to wear soon!

The scarf, well, that was a last minute addition. I'm not sure what I think at all. Don't get me wrong: I like it, I'm just not sure I should.

Shirt: Value Village (Stitches, originally)
Cami: Rickis
Scarf: Value Village
Jeans: Bluenotes half a lifetime ago.

Paired with the gladiators for brunch & shopping, and my yellow (rubber) ballet slippers for the festival site.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jumping for Joy

Ah yes, Thursday - the fake Friday of my week. I took part of the afternoon off to start my whirlwind vacation with Scott into Wpg to go to one night of Folk Fest - a far cry from our original Wednesday - Sunday plan. Oh well - he needs to make money ot keep me in the lifestyle to which I've become accustomed!

It's a basic outfit - I wanted something casual and relaxed, and this did the trick nicely. Nothing too exciting:

Shirt - Giant Tiger
Pants - Joe (Superstore)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Unsure

I put on this outfit today, becuase I love the embroidery on the shirt, and know that since it's a more loose fitting shirt, it needs a smaller bottom to keep me from looking 17 miles wide.

I was unsure about the outfit - not the way my body looked in it, which was a nice change, but none the less, the self-consciousness remained. I brought a cardigan to layer it with for walking to work, but once I got there, I didn't feel confident enough to take it off. As such, this is what I ended up in for the day.

Not too in love with it still - I was hoping the pictures would help :(

Shirt - Joe (Superstore)
Capris - Garage (from my sister)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Balanced

Instead of focusing on the thinness of my upper body, I tend to focus on the fact that I only have one curve - a little bit of a hip but nothing to balance it on top.

This outfit makes me forget that. The puff sleeved jacket, which is slightly more open that I usually do in a jacket, provides the balance that I need to make me feel like I actually have curves - as small as they tend to be.

I also had a fabulous work out at the gym - 25 minute warm up on the elliptical, followed by a work out that definitely kicked my ass and will keep me challenged for the next couples weeks - assuming my ab muscles actually survive.

Yes, I'm starting to like this new mindset... it feels more balanced.

Pants: Rickis
Shirt: Smart Set
Jacket: Rickis
Shoes: Zellers

Monday, July 6, 2009

Conservative Confidence

First, I love how Chinese Laundry Footwear started following my blog after I mention that their shoes give me blisters. Dear Chinese Laundry people: I love your shoes anyway!

All right, today was my first day of dressing for confidence. It was also my first day in a "new" position at work (being a student employee, I don't get promotions, I just get new duties). I decided confidence had to come in a more conservative fashion. I had also decided that since my biggest "problem" area is my stomach, it would be best to wear something that accented how thin I am.

The outfit was an obvious choice after that: I love my tweed sheath dress. While I did debate wearing the dress shirt over top, with my Chinese Laundry belt (and yes, I'm hoping that if I say that brand long enough I'll get some form of incentive to continue purchasing and freely advertising their selection), I decided to get the smoothest, thinnest line possible, I'd wear the dress like a jumper, and enjoy the tweediness of it.


This is probably my favourite tweed piece, because despite being rather conservative, it has quite a few flecks of colour through out it, upon close examination, all done in a very playful way.

I love this dress shirt when it's seen, becuase there is a lot of interesting pleating and seeming that you can't see in this picture.

Dress: Smart Set
Shirt: Rickis
Earrings: Walmart
Shoes: Rockport @ Shoe Warehouse

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A healthy shift

MY iron levels recently crashed a couple weeks ago, and I began to bruise easily and feel dizzy randomly. Wanting to avoid the whole supplement route, I decided to track what I ate, and find ways to naturally increase my iron intake.

In the end, all that happened was I was forced to resort to a multi-vitamin, and became quickly obsessed at tracking calorie intake and expenditure.

While watching what you eat, and making efforts to increase exercise in your life should be good habits to acquire, I noticed the more interested I became in this information, the more I hated the way I look.

Despite being, as my doctor informed me, just under a healthy weight for my height and age, I, like every female, have those parts of my body that I've always considered trouble spots: the extra little dough around my middle, and a bit of jiggly inner thigh.

Of course, being conscious that I do tend to have my input just slightly lower than my output, the prospect of changing the state of my body (I'm ok with the size, just not the consistency) seemed impossible.

These little problems which my boyfriend assures me aren't even noticeable to anyone but me soon ballooned out of control, and I got a nice little bit of body dismorphia and self loathing.

As such, I've had a tiring two weeks frequently resulting in me curled up in the fetal position, refusing to believe Scott when he told me I was beautiful. Not a good situation.

Thus, I've decided to turn a corner - I'm still going to monitor (mentally - not paper or online) what I eat, and the amount of exercise that I do since I generally love myself after the gym, but hate myself after a bag (yes, a full bag) of potato chips. However, the scale, calorie counts and negative thinking are all out the window.

Since I've been so critical on this blog of my appearance, I'm going to make a shift on here from strictly "What I wore" to exuding personal confidence and healthy living.

Wish me luck in my new endeavour!


To The Gym!!

I'm wearing my "Footlocker" outfit - a pink dry-weave top and black capris, with, of course, my ever essential knee braces and iPod in my Nike+ Sports band. I've got my New Balance Runners and my Nike socks to finish it off! Ooops! Almost forgot deoderant!!