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Cool Cargo

Sometimes I start an outfit with an inspiration. For my farmer’s market shopping this Sunday, I was inspired by this Ralph Lauren ad.

ralph lauren eyewear ad

This ad really captured my imagination: air-dried tousled hair, army green jacket, white shirt, long pendant necklace and aviators.

My version:

army jacket

It was a cool Sunday in Southern Ontario, perfect for visiting farmers’ markets and enjoying local fruits and vegetables, which is a real treat in my part of the world.

farmer's market

I air-dried my hair with a product called “Curl Up”.

cargo and white

Shirt: Joe Fresh

Shorts: Wal-Mart

Jacket: Zara

Necklace: Forever 21

Shoes: Aldo

cargo

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Flowers in July

How did everyone in the Northeast survive this heat wave that’s just ending? In this staggering humid heat it is a challenge to dress in any way that feels breezy enough and doesn’t stick to your body.

I solved this problem by visiting Anthropologie, one of the stores that doesn’t just mark down all their summer stuff and bring in fall at this point in the summer. I love stores that remember we are still trying to stay cool and stay in season and that we just want to see something new in the middle of the season.

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For staying cool in my summer travels, I picked up this breezy, loose, chiffon floral top. I am just loving the trend for tiny, old-fashioned florals — so feminine! It is a real contrast to most of my fashion experience to date.

For a modern twist, I added this white, cream and gold oversized necklace, also from Anthropologie.

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Shirt: Anthropologie

Shorts: Wal-Mart

Necklace: Anthropologie

Shoes: Aldo

Bag: Aldo

Does anyone recognize from these pictures where I was on the weekend?

Lovers of style, how are you staying cool this summer?

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Black Stilettos, Destiny, and God’s Plan

I was looking for serious walking shoes yesterday, but don’t expect to see Adidas or Nike mentioned here.  The shoes I looked for yesterday were indeed for walking, and if you’re looking for a basic pair of walking shoes, then hear my amazing tale of Destiny and Revelation.

I had to buy a new pair of basic runway shoes.  If you do any modelling at all, or just want to look great dressed up, you need two basic pairs of heels.  One is a pair of nude pumps, and the other, black.  These shoes should have the highest of heels to add as much length as possible to your legs, yet be very, very simple so as to be compatible with as many outfits as possible.  It was the black pair that I needed to update yesterday.  Patent is what models like to have in their “model bags” these days, BTW, so this will be a patent shoe.   As in my search for red jeans, I had to hit one great mall, Yorkdale in Toronto, and check out as many shoes as possible to find the ideal pair.

I didn’t want to break the bank on these shoes, as they aren’t worn every day, but I had to have them.  Knowing my retailers, I had already called Aldo Shoes and put two pairs on hold:  the “Shambley” and the “Stever“, both reasonable at $80 .  So, I went to Aldo first (a crazy busy store due to its reliable mix of style and price) and was assisted by unflappable, attentive, and fast-moving sales guy Martin.

The Stever, from Aldo

The Aldo shoes fit large and were not joyously comfortable, but I’ve been down this road before and I know that stilettos aren’t always a joy to wear.  I was able to walk well in the Stever, and preferred its less-pointy, more classic-shaped toe, so I put it back on hold–a half size smaller than my usual nine, in case you are interested.  The Stever is a great-looking shoe!   Then I hurried off to make sure it was the best shoe in the mall for my price and requirements.

I wanted to check Zara and Spring at the opposite end of the mall, so on my way I breezed through B2, a sister of Brown’s Shoes.  I quickly rejected a nice Michael Kors pump and some other possibilities that looked good but were more than I wanted to pay at close to $200.  Nothing at B2 fit the bill, but here is their best shoe, below.

The shoe at B2

 Zara  My Mom and I were nearly in tears by the time we got out of Zara.  Not because they didn’t have plain enough black patent stiletto pumps, which they didn’t.  But because this European chain has the most breathtaking array of knock-offs of the highest of high fashion, at the most stunningly good prices going.  It is a joy to shop there, and many potential Christmas shopping possibilities distracted us from our mission.

After wrenching ourselves away from Zara, we made a beeline for Spring, the thrifty little sister of Aldo.  Sadly, although always the thriftiest combination of style and price, no plain black stilettos were in-store.

Icon Shoes: It’s located on the corner if you are making the loop around the south end of the mall, and is the specialist in dizzyingly high heels; however, their shoes are embellished and edgy.  Plain black patent was not in their repertoire yesterday.

Coach: We checked out Coach, as though it were Mount Everest:  because it was there.  It is too practical to have the shoes I was looking for, but can I say that the quality for the prices of their merchandise was a pleasant surprise?  I don’t usually shop there, but their reputation for being over-priced is not deserved and both my Mom and I are likely to be back.  You get what you pay for, and I’d say the quality for price looked great in this store.  We decided to head back to Aldo, get the Stever and go home. . . .

Pump at Ron White Shoes

But since we were looking at shoes, why not stop in at Ron White Shoes?   This arguably is one of the nicest shoe stores in the mall, ladies and gentlemen.  However, these high-quality shoes are for wearing, fashionable gardening, etc.  They did have one tall black patent stiletto at one awesome bargain.  This shoe was regularly $645 and on sale for a relative STEAL at $179, so run, don’t walk, to Ron White Shoes to check it out if this is in your snack bracket.

Costa Blanca was on the way to Aldo, so we breezed through.  Report: no black patent stiletto pumps at the time of shopping.

Next we went to Nine West – no shoe shopper would miss it – they had  nice shoes, including the Rocha, a nice-looking shoe, priced reasonably at $120. I didn’t try anything on in Nine West because the comparable value at Aldo was still working for me.

The Rocha from Nine West

Browns:  So as not to have missed a thing, I then detoured via Browns.  Similar to B2 I saw nothing in my intended price range.

Sirens:  What the heck?!  This low-priced chain store (beside Sears)  had tables upon tables of soaring heels in the back of the store on sale for TEN DOLLARS!!!  I had a faint flash of hope–too good to be true?  My size in their black patent was battered and ruined, so I tried to squish my hesitant foot into a smaller size.  Too bad.  Ten dollars would have been a tale to tell.  After this valiant effort, you are going to laugh at the punch line of this post.

$10 shoe from Sirens

Topshop I love British style.  Another delay in leaving the mall occurred.  Although no suitable shoes were available here, I could have come out with a lot of bags were it not for my Mom’s ridiculous commitment to good sense.  More on Topshop in a future post.

Le Chateau: They had a sale on.  I was excited to try on a great-looking shoe, regular $69 for 25% off.  My heart soared at the fit!  I stood up to walk and then my hopes of this fantastic deal came crashing down.  This shoe had a hard lump under the ball of the foot, and was utterly painful to walk in.  So long, sweet shoe; it was not meant to be.  (Manufacturers, don’t you get anybody to test these shoes before you sell them?)

Town Shoes:  I have had a lot of success with shoes here before, so another stop. They had one pair, reasonably priced at around $150 but more than I wanted to spend.  I remained loyal to my $80 Stevers and moved                                                      .                                           along.

Cute pumps at Town Shoes

I picked up my Stevers from Aldo and headed toward the exit.

Are you tired yet, reader?  I was, so I stopped for re-fuelling at the Pickle Barrel and relaxed in the cushy seats outside the kiosk.  However, never tired of malling (either that, or this next event was a mysterious part of God’s Plan), I decided to stroll pleasantly to the opposite end of the lovely mall one last time just to enjoy it.  Yorkdale really is and always has been one of the country’s most fabulous shopping experiences.

Fatal words: “Let’s just look in Marciano“.  No expectation of finding shoes, no plan.  We were leaving the mall.  Several items were tried on and lo:  there was a breathtaking black stiletto, a veritable work of art, 5 inches high with a thick, hidden platform and priced at a completely unnecessary $208.  It wasn’t all plain patent, with a subtly-sexy black snakeskin heel not noticeable from a significant distance.

The perfect shoes from Guess by Marciano

Why did I consider trying this shoe on?  I do not know, but when I did, there was magic.  Angels sang and trumpets played.  I walked to the mirror in a wild state of comfort and budding euphoria.  “But what about your budget?” you ask. “What about all those shoes you rejected for being over $100?”  “What about it?” I say.  “Well what about true love, huh, what do you say about that, gentle reader?”  Shoeaholics, you know what I mean.  Luckily, but not luckily enough, they were actually on sale for $188.  My mother talked sense to me and my wallet cried a couple of bloody tears in my pocket, but the angels and trumpets continued to play.

I just love the detail on the heels.

True love won the day.  But there is logic in this:  because of the platform and great comfort of this shoe, I can and will actually wear it to shop and go places in, believe it or not.  I truly do need heels that are a crazy comfort to wear, that I can love daily and be comfortable in, and for this reason this extra expenditure and my indebted situation with Mother can be justified.

Closing down the mall, as usual…

It was God’s Plan.

CAT by Marciano

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Out with the Uniform, in with Dress-Down Day!

At my school we have uniform but once a month there’s a “grub day” which is a day for us to wear whatever we want.  So, while every other day requires no thought at all, grub days are the cause of much deep thinking.  Therefore, whenever I have a grub day, it is a mini-“EVENT”, and I will probably post what I wore.  For my school’s grub day last Thursday, this is what I decided to wear:

I just got the knapsack from Aldo at the mall, and its pattern contains turquoise and shades of purple and violet, so I chose my Joe Fresh bright jeans and my batwing shirt to pick up those colours.  The scarf picks up the violet again.  Also, the faux leather straps and details on the knapsack are a lighter shade of brown like my braided brown belt, so I put on the belt . . . .

I have my Bare Traps combat boots on with them (never get tired of them!).  And, for your viewing pleasure, I located some flowers the same colour as my shirt to take my outfit photos 🙂

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

 

Do you wear uniform?  Do you have special days to dress differently, or casual, at your school?

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RETAIL ALERT!!!  If you live in, or visit, the Toronto area, take note that J. CREW‘s factory store opened two days ago in the Vaughan Mills Mall!  You will find it filled with bright saturated colours at a price point slightly above the neighbouring Banana Republic factory store.  It’s perfect for future dress-down days or casual Fridays at the office.

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‘Till next post . . . follow your instincts!

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Graphic Skirt

Even though I don’t wear skirts all that often, I knew when I saw this graphic, bright and bold skirt with zipper front at H&M that I would wear it.  It was love at first sight and because of all the colours, it goes with many things I already have.

I’m wearing it here with my T Party t-shirt which I love because it makes anything that could be too dressy seem suitably casual in spite of its rhinestones. I have my favorite Aldo messenger bag which I have mentioned before and doubtless will mention many times yet– I love it! I have multicolored bangles to pick up all the colors in the skirt. And holding it all up, these are my Calvin Klein cage shoes.

And look!

I’ve worn it already and love it 🙂

How would you wear this skirt?

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