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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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Vintage Inspiration for Semi-Formal

 

It has been a long time since I posted, as I look at the date of my last post.  The holiday season is over and we are well into the activities of the New Year–and most importantly (just kidding, world literacy is way more important!) the dressing that goes along with those current activities!

I have been busy these few weeks, readers, and you know I would never galavant around town without sharing it all with you, so I am pleased to tell you that I have topics and clothing to share for a few posts to come!

My school has its Semi-Formal earlier than most, and that stellar event was January 25.  For Semi, we are still deeply into winter dressing, although we are looking at magazines filled with flower prints and bright, summer colours.  I picked up this black and gold dress from Zara as the basis for my Semi look.


Things that made me buy this dress:

*     hip detail reminiscent of a peplum that is not an actual peplum (my deep, dark secret, readers:  although peplums are very much “in” and people should wear them, I personally am not a fan of them for my own wardrobe and do not wear them.   Sorry folks, I can’t love every fashion trend!)  This allows me to allude to the trend without actually wearing the dreaded peplum.

*     slim, flattering cut, different from some of my recent outfits

*     black:  most people seemed to be planning to wear white, so I wanted to be different

*     small chain detail on either hip above half-peplum:  I loved this because it was that little “something extra” you want for Semi, and it also gave me direction for accessories and an overall “look”

After pondering my options, I decided on an overall look that would be all sleek and urban.  To that end, I went to my black stilettos and had my hair completely straightened.  I also decided to keep colours to a classic and always winter-perfect black and gold combination.

The peplum mimics an hourglass shape popular in the late 50s, and the “little black dress” effect, I thought, was very Audrey Hepburn / Holly Golightly  in overall mood, if not detail.  Notice the eyeliner in the video!  Regular readers will know of my love of this era of vintage inspiration, especially through Lana Del Rey, who brings these influences to the attention of my generation.  So, I went for a matte, pinky-flesh-toned lip and a black, dramatic, cat-eye liner!   And a generous dusting of gold powder here, there and everywhere!

For jewelry, I wanted to repeat two themes:  the black and gold, and the chain detail.  I nixed a larger gold chain my mom picked up from Forever XXI and chose this subtle and ladylike tri-colour gold necklace from her closet instead.  But I did not feel like the outfit had enough pizzaz yet.   Perhaps it was too ladylike and tame.   It needed something to give it a bit more flair, and my arms were still too bare.  One more furtive trip into that treasure trove, the Mom’s Closet, and I scored this vintage 80s bracelet.

Bracelet

I know, Mom, you tried to keep me out of your stuff, but I promise to wear the Forever XXI necklace some other time.  As in: some other time when there isn’t something better in your closet 🙂

I have mentioned before that it is de rigeur in my North-of-Toronto fashion zone to wear bare legs, even in the dead of winter, and believe me, it was cold!

Semiformal

What time of year is your semi-formal?  What’s your favourite way to accessorize your “LBD”?  Share below, and follow your style instincts by email,  by clicking “follow” at right, and on Instagram @something_cliche

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Two Birds with One Post: Reality Blog Award and Snowy Stuff

It has been a crazy busy few weeks because of all the Christmas and holiday happenings. So much to blog about and so little time!

One exciting thing that happened lately was that Brittany Alexander nominated me for the Reality Blog Award! If you aren’t familiar with Brittany Alexander’s blog, Inside Public Minds, it is about current news and things that really matter in the world. Therefore, I am extremely honoured to have been chosen by someone who blogs about such important things to receive the Reality Blog Award.

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This blog award is for having a blog that is real and inspiring, among other things. You should definitely check out Inside Public Minds if you are looking for a perfectly balanced (**insight**) of what’s going on in the world.

The next step in accepting this award is to nominate a few blogs that fit within the criteria of this award. I read a lot of great blogs so it will be hard to keep it to “a few”, but the ones I have chosen, I highly recommend that you check out because I’m sure they will inspire you just as they have inspired me.

The Chronicles of a Skinny Jeans-Wearing Toronto Girl

Réflexions dans le Petit Trianon

Grishman Photography

Superkat Wins

Keeping Up With The Kelly

Conspired by Fashion

Fashion For Lunch.

And because fashion never sleeps, I have to mention what I’m wearing on this beautiful Ontario winter’s day.


Oh look guys! Doesn’t this picture remind you of something I said I was coveting in an earlier post? Hey, it’s that winter coat from Zara! Lots of my readers gave me feedback when I asked readers to let me know which I should get, the equestrian houndstooth blazer (click to see blazer) or the coat above.

I love this coat so much because it’s just the right thing to wear over almost any outfit, and unlike my other winter coat, which is more of a blazer, this can be dressed down as well as up.

But for those of you who said I should get the houndstooth jacket, which was all of you who replied, I’m happy to announce that I got both!

Thank you mom!

Jacket: Zara

Shirt: Anthropologie

Jeans: William Rast

Gloves: Vancouver Island Alpaca, handmade

Scarf: H&M

Boots: Bare Traps

Thanks to the blog community for all your support and inspiration in the past year and I look forwards to sharing 2013 with you. Not following this blog yet? There’s a follow button on the right for my “real” life style adventures in 2013! Also, follow me on Instagram @something_cliche

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Vintage, Classic and Christmas Shopping

I went to the mall (again, sorry) last night to start working on my Christmas List!  Yes, to get ideas for others and tell Santa all about what I see.  Santa, are you reading this?

For my most recent malling, this is what I wore:

Vintage suede pigskin jacket from my mom’s closet

Leopard print top from Dynamite layered over my red tank top

Black jeans are from a store near where I live called Flipside

Combat boots are Bear Traps

Looking through the mall and trying things on for hours, I fell in love with this Classic British-style houndstooth jacket with elbow patches at Zara.

I really could use a blazer, and this one is just casual enough for my lifestyle, but I could also use a warm, casual coat for winter because mine isn’t so . . . “fashionista” anymore and I just have my dressier one.  I am looking at this gorgeous one from Zara, but I can’t find it in my local Zara store.  So help me:  which one?!!  What’s your advice–tell me below in the comments.

This is the only winter coat I currently have.

Which do I need more: a casual winter jacket or the houndstooth jacket above?

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44 days until Christmas!!

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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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How to Dress for a World Premiere

As promised the other day, I am blogging about my trip to the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) on Sunday.
Before I start I want to give a big thank you to my new followers because the whole point of posting is to share it with you!
On Sunday I went back down into Toronto. Can I just say that I love this city and each time I go into Toronoto, it’s a whole outing on its own. Toronto is still in a festive mood that started last Thursday , due to all the events taking place at once in the city, but mainly due to TIFF.  If anyone wants to go to TIFF in the future, I would advise buying tickets in June, as many shows are sold out after that.

I went to see the world premiere of The Lesser Blessed, a Canadian-made film about teenagers coming of age and “conquering their demons” in a rural city. The protagonist is played by a native Canadian, Joel Evans, who was literally plucked out of the hallway of his Northwest Territories high school and asked to take the starring role.

Co-starring are Benjamin Bratt (from Modern Family) and and Kiowa Gordon (a hot werewolf from Twilight). The film was powerful and portrayed what life is really like for teenagers in remote, rural communities, particularly native Canadians, something I and many others have never seen. Secondly it has a universal appeal in that we all go through that part of growing up where we don’t feel like we fit and we are struggling to survive all the difficulties that growing up throws at us.

What I Wore

There is something weird about juxtaposing something as seemingly trivial as fashion against the harsh realities covered in this film.  Nonetheless, to see a profound film you still have to get dressed in something. So below is what I wore:

Zara chiffon shirt, My Tribe leather pants, Calvin Klein cage shoes, graduated hematite necklace from my mom’s closet.

On the whole, I was very pleased with this outfit.   I was not dressed for a ball like the director of the movie, top photo blue dress.  Nor was I dressed too casually. In other words, slightly upscale but not “trying too hard”  I felt that I was in a position, if fate presented itself (which it did not) to run into Ryan Gosling and at least try to take his attention away from that . . . Eva person.

After the premiere, we had an opportunity to personally tell the author of the book on which the movie was based how much we enjoyed it!

Then we strolled about the neighborhood and managed to view a few stars which I was not familiar enough with to name.  I would appreciate any comments from readers telling me who any of these people are:

The film I saw was screened away from most of the hubub associated with the Festival, so we did not see any of the major stars and, sadly, Ryan missed me 😦

However, TIFF is on this week and through next weekend, so you never know!

 

Those are the stars from The Lesser Blessed in the background

 

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