Style Steal- Gossip Girl

I’ve enjoyed collaborating with another blogger recently so much i wanted to do it again!

 I reached out to another blogger friend of mine by the name of Jody.

I thought she would be perfect to do a collab with… we both have a blog dedicated to related topics:

Fashion / Style / Fitness / Thrifting / Life

We decided to do her “Style Steal Challenge” together.

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Fashion Flashback: August Favs

Well it’s about that time for my favourites outfits during the past month.

Outfit 1

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[ Goodwill top, RW.CO blue skinny pants, Gold Tassle Necklace from Jewels of Yours, Nine West Pointed black heel, and a beige blazer unknown ]

I remember getting ready for this day, and not feeling too hot.

Those days when nothing makes you feel like you look good.

So I just wanted to throw on a pair of pants and a blazer. But I also wanted to style my gold tassel necklace right. I needed to do this necklace c/o of Jewels of Yours justice with a well styled look; I did this with a low cut shirt. And that’s how this look came together. I got a lot of positive feedback of this outfit on instagram. Just goes to show you that how you feel may not necessarily reconcile with how people see you!

Always thankful for the love I get from my followers!! 🙂

 Outfit 2

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[ Goodwill top, skirt, and heels that are nine west. Styled with a chunky pearl and jewel necklace ]

I choose this outfit because I am proud of it!

This was the only new article of clothing I got this month. It was part of my “make it your own thrift post.”

You can check out the before and after here:

https://babytfashiondiaries.com/2014/08/21/thrift-thursday-part-2/

Outfit 3

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[ H&M checkered dress layered with a star wars tee, H&M b&W belt and my chunk pearl-jewel necklace. lastly my goodwill booties and American Eagle shades ]

I just adore this outfit. It is funky, and cute.

Plus you can totally see how stoked I am to be wearing it and that it is a friday!

Just because it screams fun. This outfit made my list.

Outfit 4

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[ Agate Necklace from Jewels of Yours, Naked Zebra red top, Goodwill dress pant, H&M white belt, and Goodwill Ninewest Peeptoe Heels ]

Usually when I wear dress pants especially wide legged ones, I feel stuffy.

But paired with my relaxed red tank and my Agate Necklace.

It added more attitude to a rather conservative look.

Which is your favourite?!

Comment, like, share please my BabyT Beauties!! xoxo

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My Dream Closet

My Dream Closet

Pumps
metalmulisha.com

Michael Kors handbag
forzieri.com

DailyLook pink handbag
dailylook.com

Lacquer dresser
ikea.com

Hand woven rug
ikea.com

Audrey hepburn wall art
greatbigcanvas.com

White chair
ikea.com

Blue table
ikea.com

Round footstool
target.com

Fabric shade
ikea.com

NÄPEN
$30 – ikea.com

FÄRGRIK
ikea.com

IKEA Mildra
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IKEA PS 1995
$2.64 – ikea.com

Did Carrie from Sex in the City have it right all along?!
“Don’t buy me a ring…just get me a REALLY big closet”
carries dream closet
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I’ve been dreaming about a walk in closet big enough to fit all my clothes for a while. Instead of having my clothes scattered and stored in different parts of my condo like I do now. So I thought I would do a post about my dream closet…but a realistic version. Something attainable!

I thought if I was going to shop for my own closet…where would I go? Immediately I thought of target and Ikea. So here is my dream closet made from those two very places!

I got my colour scheme from the Rug. My favourite colours are purple and blue featured in the rug. It also gives multiple other colours to bounce off of.

I would want my purses stored high…because I don’t change up my purses as often. So I would want them stored out of the way but still on display high above eye level.

All my “unmentionables” and clothes that need to be folded away would go in this multi-drawer dresser. I would use decor suitable to the colour scheme on top the dresser; but the decor would also have to be functionable. The bowl would be used as a jewellery bowl. The clock would remind me that- I need to choose an outfit or I’m going to be late for work! haha

I would have a cushy chair to relax while I think or Instagram my outfits for the day! A round cushion stool to lay out my outfits. Or to sit down to change my shoes or put on tights! Like the Cushy stool, the teal roll-able stool would do triple duty for scarves, belts, and jewellery.

I would store my shoes to the ceiling in the dark wood storage container. They would be beautifully show cased like my dresses and shirts on the simple steel rod. I wanted the closet to feel open. Often I have clothes everywhere because I cannot find something to wear. The lived- in and relaxed feeling could easily have clothes ontop the furniture and not feel completely dirty. Compared to a closed wardrobe- with one item out of place in those closets…the whole closet feels messed.

Last but not least…the purple manikin. I would intend to use this to layout my outfits…although I doubt that would happen. haha. But none the less it would be perfect for outfit shots and pretty decor none the less!

Closet Budget
When mentally budgeting for a closet.
I thought a reasonable amount to spend on a closet would be $1,500.
The grand total for my Dream Closet?!
Drum Roll…..
$1,608.77 + Tax
Wow. Not Bad.
I mean look at everything I got:
Five pieces of furniture…storage solutions…and decor!
That is exactly why I like Ikea and Target.
Cute Items on a budget!
What do you think?
What pieces would you want in your closet?!
Take a second: comment, like, share! 🙂
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Thrift Thursday- Make it your own

It is yet again another thursday…

And Me and Bertha from chicandacademica.com are at it again!

This Thrifty Thursday we decided to find a thrifted item and make it our own.

Sometimes when you find an item at goodwill, there may be something that is just a little off.

Like a theft-tag still attached to the clothing…which I talked about in another post called “how to thrift”.

Or it may be missing some buttons.

Or needs a new zipper.

or may fit a little wrong.

Well to show that you can always take those items home and make them your own.

We decided this thursday to prove it!

This is the item I found:

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I fell in love with the plaid pattern.

All I imagined was a super cute “school girl look” in a high-waisted mid-knee plaid skirt.

Now when I tried on the skirt… that’s not the look I saw. haha!

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Although the length of skirt is “in” right now.

The heaviness of the skirt made it feel like I should be churning butter on the farm.

Not exactly the look I wanted. haha!

So I thought it would be perfect for this blog post.

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With 6 inches chopped and a new hemline. This is the look I got:

The cost of the skirt was $6.00.

The cost of the alterations? 40 dollars.

Umm.. What?!

40 dollars to chop off 6 inches and do a hem?

For 46 dollars I could have bought a new skirt- easily!

But i was on a timeline and decided to just go for it anyways

So my verdict?

DIY

I need to invest in Sewing Classes.

There are actually classes being held in Mississauga across the street from my home in January.

If you are in my area, and interested too here is the link:

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/textile-arts.html

Screw You- Stitch It

disclaimer:

(…actually they were super nice to me.Even though the earliest they could fit me in was friday- she was willing to squeeze me in for next day- for no extra charge)

BUT

 I need to do some research and find a much more budget friendly alterations location

I remember the days when my grandmother was the best place to stop for some quick fixes.

Well it looks like I need to do some shopping and research for a new location!

Want to see how miss Bertha’s “Thrifty Thursday- make it your own” turned out?

Check out this amazing transformation.

She turned a Male Dress Jacket into a Tuxedo Dress!…um wow!

All on her own too!!

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http://www.chicinacademia.com

With all that said and done.

I adore the transformation.

What do you think?

let me know below: comment, like, share!!

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Thrift Finds: August

Shopping is my cardio.

That quote used to annoy me. My reasoning being:

If you’re thin just by shopping…that just means you’re one of those lucky skinny *Beeps*.

So obviously I thought it was annoying out of pure jealousy. haha!

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But I decided to walk to my goodwill location this month.

It’s a 20 minute hike according to Google.

Meaning I got 40 mins of additional walking in today. Not bad!

That’s an extra 150 calories roughly!

My Goodwill shopping was necessary this month:

I have an upcoming post coming up this week called:

“Thrifty Thursday part 2”

It is going to be about fixing an item that you found at goodwill.

So obviously I had to go shopping to see what I could dig up.

And well… I found a few other items I couldn’t leave behind either 🙂

Here they are:

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From Left to Right:

– A light teal floral crochet dress

– Club Couture purple peeptoe booties

– Blush Pink Crocheted-Back blouse from Smart Set

– Teal FCUK Shirt-dress

– Also got the item that I will be fixing for Thursday… Stay Tuned for that 😉

All together they cost: $30 dollars.

My favourite find is obviously the booties.

What is your favourite?

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Thrifty Thursday part 1

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Have you ever gone into a retail store catered to work attire?

Once you shift through the sea of mostly black items… you find a piece you like.

And experience a little tag shock.

The price of one work outfit, can usually buy me two casual day outfits.

That’s why I’ve taken to buying work attire either at retail stores that have a work attire section

(often the prices aren’t as expensive in specialized shops)

or I make a trip to my favourite goodwill location 🙂

My best find ever was a pant suit with the tags still on it.

Originally priced at $150.00 plus tax.

I paid $50 – the most I’ve ever spent on a thrift store item.

But my man wouldn’t let me pass on the deal…luckily!

It was a Calvin Klein pant suit never been worn at a third of the price.

Here’s the suit.

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I paired it with a thrifted bold blue guess shirt $3.00

Tres-sexy.

For my shoes i choose: my open-toed nine west heels $7.00.

Lastly to complete the look- I added my gothy-black necklace $12.00

The jewellery can sometimes be overpriced.

But i couldn’t leave it behind

All together this professional thrifted look cost me $72.00 

Compared to what it would cost new:

The suit cost: $150

Guess shirts average between $40-60 ..Check it out Here.

costume jewellery cost average between 25-50 in retail stores roughly.

Nine West Peep Toe Heels: 110-125…Check it out here

So let’s be on the conservative side…totalling: $325

That’s a total savings of $253.

Well Damn.

I didn’t even think I saved that much until I just priced it out…

If you aren’t completely convinced.

Check out Miss Bertha at:

chicinacademia.com

She is my Thrifty Thursday partner this week and next week.

she was even better at being fab and thrifty on a dime
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Loverly- Courthouse wedding Styling Challenge

Loverly- Courthouse wedding

Wedding dress
bhldn.com

Earrings
bhldn.com

I never partook in wedding-play as a child. I haven’t dreamt about my wedding dress and ring every waking moment. But I can appreciate the romantic side of wedding nuptials. Although I find the notions of romance often get swallowed up by the circus of the wedding party.

 

Therefore when I was asked to style a wedding by the digital wedding BFF lover.ly– I was very upfront with my hesitation- Claiming that I would be happy merely to go to the courthouse for my hypothetical wedding rather than the traditional big wedding or beach side wedding. I was encouraged none the less to style a wedding at a courthouse.  Completely intrigued to test my styling techniques, I happily obliged.

 

Ok so how do you style a look for a courthouse? My first thought was to go with a short dress. But the dresses did not feel special enough; they felt as though they took the ceremony out of the wedding. So I started to search for a new dress that felt formal yet easy and comfortable. I came across this beautiful blush coloured corset bhldn dress. I also thought that the blush colour was perfect for this non-traditional wedding.

 

Even though the wedding setting isn’t traditionally formal; courthouses are often in the grandest or oldest buildings in the city. They often have grand architecture or at least great character. To match this feeling I wanted the bride’s look to feel just as royal. Therefore the formality of a long wedding dress would not feel “out of place” in its surroundings. I also choose to go with a sparkly headpiece instead of a veil because it was untraditional yet royal.

 

I didn’t think the bride’s look should have a tonne of jewellery even though I found more than a few pieces that would look amazing. I wanted her look to not only be non-traditional and royal, I wanted it to be comfortable and easy. Therefore I didn’t choose a necklace because it would compete with the bedazzlement on the corset of the dress. But I did pick a pair of low hanging pearl earrings that added a classic touch, but still allowed her bare skin to speak to the simplicity of the look.

 

For a shoe I knew i had to go with an open strappy heel. A closed heel would feel too heavy for the dress. I needed the heel to be comfortable as well and the ankle strap makes the heel an easy wear. Lastly it matched the sparkly blush toned wedding dress perfectly.

 

All together it creates my non-traditional, simple and chic, royal wedding look.

 

Check out Loverly in the link above to style your own wedding look! 🙂

Our shop their site here: http://lover.ly/shop/dresses/bride

link Here!!

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Shopping for value- 4 rules before purchase

Shopping for Value in your Wardrobe



Here are a few things to think about before you purchase an item.

1. The second opinion test

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Everyone shops with a buddy. You need someone to look at you in a different perspective.

Whether it is to comfort your insecurities.

Or maybe to bring you down to earth- to let you know maybe that style makes you chunkier than you really are.

Even if you don’t have someone to come with you today- people have even taken to the internet with the “dressing room selfies” to get that needed second opinion.

Make sure your shopping buddy can be honest though- or you might go home with something that makes your waist look bigger, your butt fatter, or legs stubbier. Whatever the body phenonomen you deal with is!

2. Three outfit rule

love blind

Nobody knows your wardrobe like you do- so if you can’t think of 3 outfits with the new item it could be a sign that:

you’re a little love blind.

You’ll take that piece home and it’ll sit in your closet with the tags on.

When I buy something I can not wait to wear it the next chance i get- and that’s because I already have outfits in mind before I leave the store!

3. Am I buying a trend or good style?

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I don’t buy trends- and when I have…I often regretted it.

After a while that trend fades and I’m stuck with a pair of pleather leggings that gather dust in my closet.

It’s not that pleather leggings are a bad trend- I mean there is a reason I bought them…Look at those amazing outfits above!

They just don’t fit well with my specific style and the rest of my wardrobe.

Fashion fades- good style is forever.

Sometimes I get asked where I got items that I bought over 5 years ago

That’s because (1) I try and take care of my clothing, and (2) good style is always worth buying

does it make sense yet?

You want a piece forever…not until a new season trend comes along.

Exclaimer: If a trend fits your style- Go crazy!

If it goes with the rest of your wardrobe:

It will no longer make your outfit look dated when the trend is gone- instead it will look like that is just your style eternally.

4. How much would you pay for this item?

Ok… it’s passed the second opinion test.

You’re excited about three new outfits you have to wear.

And… you know you’ll love this piece for a long time.

Now is the moment of truth- How much would you pay for this article of clothing?

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Fill in the blank…

Don’t look at the tags- just be honest.

I often do this game with my man when I’m not quite sure about an item…I ask him:

“How much would you pay for this?”

If the price is on or under his answer- this article definitely adds value to my wardrobe.

If it’s over- maybe I should hold out for something better or an upcoming sale.

What’s interesting is… I never regret leaving these items behind- I never have that dreaded “I wish I just took it home”

You know why? Because that piece wasn’t worth it!

Only get pieces that pass these four tests because then you know you’re buying value!

Great style is melded through a long process of accumulating great pieces that all go together.

Using these four rules before buying will help your wallet stay fuller and your closet more cohesive.

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