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I’ve worn some clothes lately

I’m having difficulty keeping up with things like blogs and Etsy and such this summer. Work has been crazy and draining, leaving me with little energy for much else in the evenings. I’m starting to get back on track, so today I have a few outfits to share. I’ve even felt like my fashion game has been lack lustre, so I’m glad that I’ve been able to throw together a few gooders lately. 

I’ll start with an outfit that, as I took the pictures, I thought “I can’t believe I’m taking pictures like this that I know I’m going to blog about – I look pretty lazy!”. I took these photos before running out the door to a belly dance practice one night. I really wanted to wear the pants and hadn’t photographed them yet, so I decided to take pictures right then, with unstyled hair and little makeup!

burda pantsThe pants I made myself from an old Burda pattern. The fabric is from a huge collection that a crafty friend gave me a few years ago when she was downsizing. The shirt is a PJ top from Joe Fresh that I bought to wear as “day clothes”, not as PJs. 

I love these pants a LOT, but given where I live, I get all the weird looks when I’m out. It really makes me just want to wear them more! I need to make more in different colours and fabrics now! If you want super comfy pants, make or buy some pantaloons! 

In additional Fabric Friends Gave Me news…

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I got the fabric for this skirt from another friend who hosted a craft supply swap in the spring. This skirt is so full and bright and obnoxious and I LOVE IT. I also made the blouse from some $5/m crepe. In this midst of making it, I found a little lace applique and thought I needed a little breast pocket, which needed a little lace. 

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This outfit is so simple, yet I really love it. I had been looking for a black and white striped top for ages, but couldn’t ever find one that was just right. Finally, on a recent trip to Denver (more on that in a future post!), I found one in my first ever foray into the Gap. I don’t shop at the Gap because I find their clothes way too overpriced for how plain they are. But they were having a sale, and US retail has WAY better prices/sales than Canada, so I figured I’d go in and check it out. I got this top for like $12, so score! I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I could totally fit into Gap clothes. Next time they’re having a sale and I need some basics, it might be worth it to check them out again. 

The pants are by the ever-stylish Sears brand Jessica (size 18) and the shoes are size 10, shitty, from Target and totally falling apart after 2 months. 

Lastly, in this self indulgent post to end all self indulgent posts, is my favourite outfit of late. I wore this to go to the art gallery yesterday. 

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Pants: Tripp NYC, 18 //  Purple polka dot cami: Torrid, size 1 // Lace tank: I don’t even know. Sears maybe? 1X // Jean Jacket: Old Navy, 2X  // Leopard brooch: made myself  // Wristlet clutch: Vera Bradley (my favourite discovery while state-side)  //  Necklace: amethyst amulet that I got at a crystal sale and strung onto a chain  // glasses: Derek Cardigan // headwrap: bandana from a clothing swap among belly dancers last year. 

I’ve really been into wearing Rosie the Riveter style headwraps lately. Especially the one in these photos. My eyeliner game is pretty fierce there too. 

I bought some more fabric in the states too that I want to sew up soon and share. 

What have you been wearing lately? What’s your favourite accessory or “look” right now? 

 

Take care of each other!

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These Boots Are Made For Winter Part 2: The Snowening

(With a title like that, you should either a: be very very glad or b: be very very sad that I don’t write movies)

Well, it only took a week of shopping, a Thursday night hissy-fit and some honest-to-goodness tears, but I have winter boots now!

It had been a stressful, busy week – both at work and personally – and something that should have proved easy, just wasn’t. Like I said last time, I live on the Canadian prairies – a very wintery place indeed. The stores should be covered in winter boots of all styles. They should practically grown on trees or come free with any purchase of $20 or more at Tim Hortons in December.

The mall downtown has 7 stores that sell footwear. I went to them all and was given basically the same 2 options in all of them: Uggs (or Ugg-knockoffs) or Sorels (and Sorel-type moonboots). If I wasn’t given that, I was presented with shitty customer service. And I’m sorry, I’m not forking over money that I worked really hard for if I have to basically beg the people there to help me. Hudson’s Bay shoe department, I’m looking straight at you and your 4 employees who weren’t busy, but wouldn’t give me the time of day.

Because I can be a bit of a fatalist, I admit, I had a bit of a cry in the car after work about probably never getting a pair of winter boots. Ever. Then, on the drive home, as I was going past the Sears clearance centre, I decided to make a pit stop. It’s in the same mall as Value Village, so I figured I’d hit both, come out empty handed and come home to eat some feelings.

What I wasn’t expecting, was to actually find a pair of boots that I liked and could afford!

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I didn’t see a brand on them, just a tag explaining how they’re waterproof and warm and have a skid-proof sole. The price was just written in china marker on the sole. It was the only pair like it and happened to be in my size.

Maybe these boots actually did grow on trees and were just picked that morning.

I did all this shopping, but didn’t actually plan on purchasing a pair of boots this week. I was going to find what I wanted so on pay day, I could just go and get them. I’m in the middle a cash-flow problem and couldn’t justify dropping money on anything other than groceries and gas right now.

But these boots were only $39.99, and the only ones there and probably wouldn’t still be there next weekend when I get paid. They were less than half of what I was budgeting for winter boots, so I snapped them up and made plans for no-frills grocery shopping this weekend.

I wore them out yesterday and I can tell you – they are warm. I remember, about halfway through my errands on Friday afternoon, I thought “I need to get home and take these off already, my feet are burning!” And they’re relatively grippy on the ice. I mean, ice is ice, and it’s going to be slippery to some degree unless your boots are made of fire or shoot sand ahead of you as you walk.

So, all in all, I’d say these get a thumbs up!

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Fun Fact Bonus: you know those Olympic mittens that everyone and their dog have? Well, I finally got myself a pair on sale at Zellers. I wore them for probably a good three weeks before a co-worker pointed out that putting my hands together made a big white maple leaf. I did not know this at all! I just kind of grumbled every time  I put the mittens on at the dumb placement of the maple leaf on each mitten. My co-worker mentioned how I should get a picture of my reaction.

It was something like this:

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In conclusion: I now have winter boots and can stop destroying my non-winter Steve Maddens that I’d really like to be able to wear for a few more autumns yet. I am still rather perturbed at how difficult it was to find boots – in Canada! – that looked nice, fit well and didn’t break the bank.

I’ve got a crafty/look-at-me-makin-stuff post coming up. Until then, be good to each other!