Layers

“Jacket on, jacket off” – Mr. Miyagi even knew how to layer

Layering is one of the easiest things you can do with old wardrobe pieces. I have this issue with re-wearing outfits so in order for me not to break the bank by constantly buying new clothes, I’ve learned the secrets of layering.

I actually got inspired to write about this topic because of yesterdays outfit, a simple slip dress. Its alright on its own but to some it could be interpreted as too dressy, maybe even too leisurely as its something that they are used to wearing when they go to bed…keep with the time friends, theres no limits as to what you can wear in public these days. I decided to wear the slip dress because in all honesty, I was running late for work and didn’t have time to pick out a bunch of pieces, so I grabbed the easiest thing to throw on. Layering is a big deal where I work, we inspire people to get the top they want and the bottom they want, but not to stop there, turn that outfit from day to night by adding a topper. Toppers could be anything from a hat to a jacket – just an extra piece that transforms your look. I started my day with a suede jacket on top of my slip dress to give it more of a casual appearance then towards the evening, took the jacket off and rocked a more sexy look.

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I am probably every sales associates favourite type of customer, I am so easily persuaded into buying crap I don’t need…I also like to spend money I don’t have – these are problems I am trying to overcome…slowly. When I first saw the slip dress I was on the fence, it was cute but did I need it? Probably not. Its not like I was in love with it, it wasn’t even really my style…well I bought two. That being said, I’ve had two slip dresses just hanging out in my closet for the past 5 months with only one of them ever being worn before, thats why I decided to wear the black one yesterday. Keeping with the layering topic, the last time I wore the other slip dress I wasn’t comfortable wearing it on its own so I threw a cropped ripped hoodie over top with an obnoxious sparkly choker and went on with my day pretending to be a basketball players girlfriend…thats what you see when you see the outfit too right??

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The idea of layering always felt unnecessary to me because I was fine going out in a t-shirt and jeans on the reg (I’m so casual like that *eye roll*) once I discovered that I can change my look without having to throw clothes away because I’ve already worn it once was my saving grace!
Suddenly the cute little flower bralette could be worn out more than just at raves, I could layer that baby and wear it out under other pieces. I could throw on a blazer or some fur maybe even a deep V t-shirt, the world is literally my layering oyster!

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I still love my jeans and t-shirt look, that will always be an easy go-to, but on those days when I don’t want to be ultra simple, I can throw on a leather jacket to edge up the look or even a hat to really change it up. (Same shirt, different looks!)

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Bodysuits are a great way to layer, I never used to wear bodysuits until I found one that I absolutely fell in love with, now I’m #TeamBodysuit. Their such easy pieces to layer with, you can wear them on top of something (like I did with the flower bralette) or under something like I did here with a caged mesh bodysuit and my off the shoulder button up blouse. Its all in the details, little things like layering really give personality to your outfit.

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At the end of the day, its easy to go out in a shirt and pants, but you are a creative person, why not let that shine through your wardrobe…you don’t need to be extra, don’t onion yourself by wearing layers upon layers, I’m just saying why not grab a cute vest or jacket for your t-shit and jeans look…bad hair day? Grab a hat. Dudes used to do it in the early 2000s (and 80s), why wear one polo when you would wear two…or eight? #Layering

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You know Superman does it too…He wears underwear over top a skin tight jumpsuit, a belt to keep the underwear up, then adds a cape! #Layering

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Show your creativity, let the world know who you are, make they outfit yours! If you layer, theres less of a chance you will run into someone wearing the exact same thing as you!

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Jackets, vests, hats, belts, blazers, bodysuits, fur…theres no end to what you can layer! Take my secrets and share them with loved ones, allow yourself to save some money by layering your favourite pieces you already have, don’t throw out pieces you’ve only worn once then buy more (like I used to do), recycle your looks, make them new again by layering!

Reading that last part over, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who would throw out clothes that have only been worn once… I’m learning!

-A

DIY Sliced Leggings

Lets Scissor!

The other day I was shopping around (as I usually do even though I know I shouldn’t be spending money) when I came across these super cool looking leggings, they were all sliced up in the front. I really wanted to buy them but couldn’t come to terms with spending $48 on one pair. I went home that night and couldn’t stop thinking about them…these leggings would make the perfect addition to my closet – I had to have it! Instead of going out to buy them I decided to try to make them myself.

I found a pair of old leggings that have been replaced by several new leggings so if I fu*ked this up it wouldn’t matter, I still have all my other leggings.

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A little trick; find the seam on the leg and make sure its right in the middle when you fold the pant leg together.

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I rarely measure, I am a firm believe in eyeballing so wherever you want to start the slices, have at it! You can make them as small or large in length as you like but generally you’ll want to keep about a cm distance from each slice so the fabric between the openings are thin.

Its really so simple, I think the most important part of this is having a pair of fabric scissors, they have a much cleaner cut than paper scissors will have.

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A big shoutout to my sister Lindsay for being my little model, hope you like your revitalized leggings!

When it comes to clothing I have a tendency of cutting up and revamping, I can’t tell you how many pieces I’ve thrown away or had to use as rags in the kitchen because I’ve ruined them.

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Theres really no right or wrong way – its all unique to who you are, stand out from everyone else, you don’t need to dress alike. Let those scissors help sculpt who you are, in your clothing!

 

-A

My First BIG, FAT Italian Wedding

Pizza, Pasta, Vino – Thats all the Italian I know

Super excited to be playing dress up today, I have my dress, my shoes and my clutch, all that’s left is the ‘getting ready’ process. These are my beauty secrets, trust me its nothing special, I am so far from being a makeup guru – I honestly just buy what Shoppers Drug Mart has on sale. #TricksForThe Broke

I start off with this amazing moisturizer that my sister and I found at Shoppers Drug Mart, its so refreshing with a light scent that keeps my face hydrated and mattified all day! For only $24 I should have bought in bulk.

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I then move on to the foundation of my face…ya know, ’cause we’re building a home for our makeup. I use a simple Fit Me Foundation by Maybelline, I love this foundation because its lightweight and really smooth, I don’t feel like it gets caked on and its the most natural look I’ve come across thus far…plus its cheap so thats a bonus!

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Once I have my first base I seal everything in by adding a powder. I swear by this little thing because even if I’m not wearing foundation, its just as amazing on its own. I don’t think Bourjois gets enough credit for their Healthy Balance collection – I swear its magic.

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This is probably not the best order of production here but now I use my handy, dandy contour stick… NYX Wonder Stick to get into specifics. I don’t go crazy with this, I don’t need people thinking I have permanent shadows on my face…only sometimes.

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if needed, I powder a little after – I feel if makeup artist are reading this they are already trying to find out where I live to teach me a lesson on properly applying makeup…something about liquid before powder…the day it stops working for me I promise I’ll listen to what you have to say!
Next I use the magic of NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Pallet K, now I know I’m really asking for it…I don’t even use this for highlighting or contouring…I solely use this as my blush. When it works, it works.

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I don’t use mascara because I’m super extra and get eyelash extensions done by the incredible Vanessa Stubbs. If I want to be a little more extra that day I just use my heated eyelash curler to add that ‘va-voom’ I’m looking for.

Finally I mess around with some eyeshadow, theres really only two or three colours I fu*k with; gold, brown, and white – I’m Creatively Uncreative like that. The Nudes eyeshadow pallet by Maybelline is lightweight powder that adds such boldness to my eyes.

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Now its time to get dressed! I wanted to avoid a bra today because I didn’t want the straps to show and strapless bras just never stay up (I don’t trust women who wear strapless bras, how are you making them stay in place?!) I bought these “sticky boobs” from M Boutique the other day, only $28, unbelievable! And to think I’ve been spending over $40 at other places…watch, now that I’m bragging about it they probably won’t even be that sticky and I’ll have to go out and buy another pair.

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I bought my outfit a few weeks ago from M Boutique, $96 for the set, the shoes are Steve Madden at $110, and the clutch is Michael Kors $198.

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Now that I’ve just shared my process I should probably start it for real as I’ll be getting picked up soon…before I go, as a reminder to myself and also a tip for the readers, bring a pair of comfy shoes just in case.

Beauty is pain…come with a second pair of shoes!

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I’m sure I will be posting about all the incredible foods I’m about to consume – “What wedding? I thought we were just going out for dinner?” clearly focusing on all the wrong things. Either way I am so excited for you to experience what I’m about to experience.

Catch you on the wine side,

 

-A

Does Wearing Denim Make Me Cooler?

What do you call a pool full of denim?

A jean Pool.

Everyone who is anyone has something denim whether its a pair of denim pants, jacket, maybe a hat, or maybe you’re one of those trendsetters wearing a denim scrunchy…if you say otherwise you are a liar. Either way, we all mess around with denim in one way or another, So my question is…I obviously look cool in denim, but if I wear even more denim, do I look cooler?

The term Canadian Tuxedo comes to mind when you think ‘denim on denim’, I always thought it had a nerdy stigma that came with it…turns out it isn’t that nerdy and I totally dig it! (Oversized Denim Jacket: M Boutique $98, Jeans: M Boutique $98)

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Throw on a crochet tank to soften the look (M Boutique $48) and a pair of white converse…just to be a little #Basic

Sometimes the Canadian Tuxedo might be too bold, so we split it up by only denim-izing our luscious legs and throwing on a pair of pumps to dress up the look! (Jeans: M Boutique $108, Shoes: Michael Kors $158)

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I don’t know how I feel about a denim jacket, blue jeans and a denim button up shirt paired together but if you want to get crazy, why not try a denim choker?! (M Boutique $25)

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‘Blue’ is the most common colour that comes to mind when you think ‘denim’ but it wasn’t until this year that I became a fan of blue jeans. I always preferred black denim because I thought they were more flattering…true, you can spill food on them and its less noticeable but I have learned to love both black and blue. Sometimes I’ll go wild and pair the two colours together – I’m such an animal! (Hat: M Boutique $20, Denim Bustier: M Boutique $58, Blue Pin Striped Blouse: M Boutique $58, Denim Choker with Rhinestones: $25, Black Denim: $118, Shoes: Michael Kors $158)

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If you want to be super trendy, go ahead and rip up your jeans, the more holes the cooler. If  you can’t do it yourself and decide on buying the pants with the rips already made, be prepared to pay more. Less fabric = more money. #FactsOfLife
(Black Already Ripped Denim: M Boutique $108, Shoes: Steve Madden $159)

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So basically what happened here is; I posted a bunch of pictures of myself wearing denim, stared at them for a long time and decided that YES, more denim = cooler me. #ObsessedWithMyself

These are the facts; blue jeans, black jeans, mix and match, Canadian Tuxedo – looks cool, the more the merrier.

 

-A

 

Who is A?

“Who is this chick?”

To start off I will say; I had nothing to do with Pretty Little Liars.

I could say that I’m different from everyone else and that I have big plans for the world but the truth is, I’m probably just like you. I, like yourself, am a common paper cut survivor, I am an avid napper and enjoy the classic “Netflix and Chill”. I can down a party size pizza to myself in one sitting #PizzaIsLife, I dress as a Princess as a part time job, I workout on my bedroom floor because I refuse to pay for a gym membership, and I have severe and incurable middle-child-syndrom… or maybe I’m just a naive narcissist trying to share my creative life in an uncreative way.

Theres really no structure here, I write about what I like, I’m really just writing what I want to read so when I’m 80 I can look back and say “oh yeah, that was fun” – Food, Fashion, Friends, Family, that weird dream I had last night, and anything else I feel like writing about.

That being said, I can only hope my perception of this world brightens your day in a Creatively Uncreative way as it does for me – see the world as I do through the windows of my face.

 

– A