My New Favourite Colour – Spring 2016

One of my favourite pieces in my closet is an olive green military-inspired vest that goes with just about anything.  I seriously wear this piece about a once a week because it’s so versatile, but comfortable and chic at the same time. It’s no surprise, then, that my newest favourite colour for spring 2016 is olive green!  Whether it’s a vest (like mine), a jacket, a cute dress, or a great pair of skinny jeans, I love everything about this colour.  In the winter, I tend to pair it with navy or black, but I really like it mixed with pink for spring!  Plus, it brings out the green in my eyes – can’t really go wrong with that! Here’s some olive green inspiration!

I love thes cargo style skinnies paired with stripes and denim.

I love thes cargo style skinnies paired with stripes and denim.

A super cute green blazer finishes off a basic black look.

A super cute green blazer finishes off a basic black look.

This romper is super cute especially with the statement necklace and big sunnies as accessories.

This romper is super cute especially with the statement necklace and big sunnies as accessories.

I love the look of this military-style vest over a simple striped dress.

I love the look of this military-style vest over a simple striped dress.

Simple olive green skinnies paired with super cute neutral sandals.

Simple olive green skinnies paired with super cute neutral sandals.

Love this vest.  It could easily be dressed up or down!

Love this vest. It could easily be dressed up or down!

Love olive green as a neutral with denim and cute sandals.

Love olive green as a neutral with denim and cute sandals.

Love these olive skinnies paired with a graphic tee and a denim vest

Love these olive skinnies paired with a graphic tee and a denim vest

An olive green vest is so versatile!  I love the pop of pink and leopard too!

An olive green vest is so versatile! I love the pop of pink and leopard too!

I love the cargo style of these skinny jeans and the ankle zipper. (Those sandals are super cute too!)

I love the cargo style of these skinny jeans and the ankle zipper. (Those sandals are super cute too!)

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Looks I’m Loving Right Now: Fall 2015

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Fall is definitely one of my most favourite seasons.  The fresh-start feeling of a new school year, plaid and pumpkin everything, the gorgeous colours of the leaves as they change, hot coffee, Halloween (one of my family’s favourite holidays), and even the anticipation of the coming winter as we spend many cozy nights snuggled up on the couch.

But one of my most favourite aspects of fall is that it’s possibly the best season for fashion and style.  Between working part-time for a fashion retailer, spending a lot of time surfing Pinterest(current fave: women’s fashion), and following many lifestyle and fashion blogs (current fave: Southern Curls and Pearls), I am feeling totally inspired lately.  From plaid blanket scarves to boots of all kinds, check out some of the looks I am loving below.

 

Knee-high boots, chambray shirt, black leggings, and the gorgeous colour of this knit sweater!  Plus fabulous earrings.

The first thing that grabbed my attention about this outfit is the amazing emerald colour of the cardigan. Paired with a chambray shirt, black leggings, stunning Tory Burch boots, and fabulous earrings, it’s definitely a look to love!

A collection of some of my fave looks - stripes, leopard, booties, distressed jeans, a bit of bling, and neutrals that go with everything.

A collection of some of my fave things for fall – stripes, leopard, ankle booties, distressed jeans, a bit of bling, and neutrals that go with everything.

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I seriously love this whole look. Her hair is pure perfection and I love the striped long-sleeved tee under the knit poncho. It looks amazing paired with a leopard handbag, leggings, boot socks, and a gorgeous pair of knee-high boots.

This plaid blanket scarf, with a quilted vest, and green dress

I adore the colours in this plaid scarf and I love the unexpected look of the grey quilted vest over an emerald green dress. Dark nails and gold jewellery tops off the lock.

A neutral military-style jacket, beautiful lace shirt, aubergine pants, and dainty gold jewellery

I love this girly, lace top mixed with a neutral military-styled vest. But my favourite part of this outfit is the gorgeous colour of these jeans!

The perfect nail colour for fall.

The perfect nail colour for fall.

Currently rocking this hair colour and absolutely love it.  It will stay for awhile.

I tried this hair colour at my last visit to the salon and I absolutely love it. It will definitley stay for awhile!

Plaid shirt, cardigan, skinny jeans, beautiful handbag, and suede booties

I love the preppy look of this outfit. The plaid shirt, athletic cardigan, gorgeous handbag, cuffed jeans, and suede boots create a casual but girly look. Oh, and again with the hair perfection….

Love this entire look.  Dark, skinny jeans, booties, plaid shirt, puffy vest, and long loose curls

Again, I Iove this entire look. The dark cuffed skinny jeans, booties, plaid shirt, puffy vest, and long loose curls – simply gorgeous!

These big cowl-necked sweaters are everywhere this fall. I love how this one is layered over a red plaid shirt to add a pop of colour. Paired with dark jeans, boots, a handbag and gold accessories, it makes for a great fall look!

This is a great example of the right way to wear a blanket scarf as a shawl.  And her hair is pretty much perfect!

This is a great example of the right way to wear a blanket scarf as outerwear! I love that it’s layered over a striped top, and dark skinnies. Those gorgeous wedge boots, bright red purse and lips, and lush, long curls top off the look.

I'm having total curly hair envy.  Plus I love how this plaid shirt looks with the quilted vest and gold watch.

You may have noticed I am having total curly hair envy (really have to learn how to use a curling wand!) I also love how this plaid shirt looks with the quilted vest, gold watch, and berry lip colour.

Gorgeous plaid scarf, dark cuffed jeans, neutral long-sleeved tee, cute military-style vest, and cowboy-inspired booties

While these aren’t my favourite style of ankle booties, I love the dark cuffed jeans, military-inspired vest, and gorgeous plaid scarf paired with a basic white tee.

What are you favourite looks for fall??

The Tribal-inspired Looks I’m Loving

Summer fashion can be so much fun with an array of bright colours, patterns, and different styles to try.  Lately I am totally loving everything tribal-inspired – whether it’s Aztec prints, Native American, or Navajo-inspired. I love the mix of colour and the eclectic look on clothes, in jewellery, or even tied in to your home décor.  Check out some of my favourite pins and ways to incorporate this look into your style!

 

“Just let me be depressed for a minute”

I tackled a job today that I knew was going to be emotionally difficult – I cleaned out and re-organized my closet.  Some of you are probably wondering what’s so difficult about that?  Normally cleaning out your closet is a refreshing and satisfying task to complete – but unfortunately for me, it was difficult because I was packing away clothes that I still love, but that no longer fit me.

This process began with heading down to our basement where I have approximately four large bins packed with clothes that have met the same, sad fate – they no longer fit.  Several years ago, I was much smaller, fitter, and thinner and as the weight crept back on I just couldn’t bear to give away my cute, adorable, tiny clothes.  As I rifled through bins today, I came across some of these pieces and utterly surprised myself that I had actually worn garments so small just a mere few years ago.

When I found these shorts today, I couldn't believe I used to fit into them!

When I found these shorts today, I couldn’t believe I used to fit into them!

Then the next hard part came.  I finally found the bin that housed my summer clothes from last year.  I had already gained a significant amount of weight back by summer 2014 and had high hopes that some of the stuff I bought last year would still fit me so I could wear it again.  The process became increasingly difficult as I realized that my luck had run out.  Out of an entire bin of clothing, only one pair of pants and two shirts still fit.  The discouragement crept in.

Next, I had the task of removing ill-fitting clothing that had been shoved to the back of my closet in the hopes that I’d wear it again some day soon.  I had moved quite a few things out a few months ago so there weren’t a lot to get rid of today until I came to some dresses that I had forgotten were at the very back of my closet.  As I pulled out one particular burgundy and black dress that I’d worn to a Christmas party (and had felt fabulous in) I felt my heart sink as I looked at how small its waist was.  I then showed it to my husband and although he didn’t say anything, the look of fondness and the sad smile on his face was enough. Next, I pulled out the tight-fitting black dress with cut-outs that I’d worn to my bachelorette party and on my honeymoon.  My husband used to love this dress on me, and so did I.  As I stared longingly at it, remembering the feelings of confidence it used to bring me, my heart sank further.

And then came the tears.

I cried silently as I folded up these dresses (and a few others) and put them into the bin to join the others in the basement.  As my husband shouted something to me from another room, I couldn’t answer him, the tears catching in my throat. Within minutes he was in our bedroom, wrapping me in a hug and telling me all kinds of wonderful things about how beautiful I am and how he doesn’t want to see me be depressed about my weight.

That's me in the centre, in another of the dresses I used to love wearing.

That’s me in the centre, in another of the dresses I used to love wearing.

But the feelings of sadness, frustration, and disappointment were overwhelming in that moment and I really just wanted to wallow in my own self-pity.

“I just need a minute,” I reassured him, leaning into his shoulders, my tears spilling onto his shoulder, “Just let me be depressed for a minute.”

And so he did.  He held me tight for a moment while I cried and missed the fitter, healthier, thinner me who used to wear all these cute clothes.  Then I pulled myself from him and wiped away my tears while he continued to reassure me that I’d wear these clothes again.  I nodded, trying to convince myself that he’s right and hoping so bad that he is.

The dress that sent me over the edge today.

The dress that sent me over the edge today.

I don’t know why but throughout all the years that I have struggled with my weight, something as simple as clothing has always had such an emotional impact on me.  There’s really nothing better for your self-esteem than wearing an article of clothing you feel amazing in, just as there’s nothing worse for your-self esteem than trying to squeeze into something you desperately love but don’t fit into.

Anyway, the job is done now.  My closet looks bare but at least the few remaining items are pieces I love, fit me well, and flatter my body.  It’ll be much easier to get dressed in the morning, and having those other, smaller clothes packed away in the basement is a lot less depressing than having them taunt me from their hangers every time I go to get dressed.  And hopefully some day, I will wear them again.

The other positive thing about all of this?    I now have a good excuse to go shopping 🙂

Think Pink (and brights) for Spring!

I love lazy weekday mornings when I am actually off work and can sip a coffee while enjoying daytime television.  Fridays are always the best because it’s Fashion Friday on Cityline (so I get to see what the newest and latest trends are and get inspired to update my own closet).  It was also Makeover Madness day on The Marilyn Dennis Show and she featured a lot of great stylists with hair, beauty, and fashion tips for spring.  Of course, I then had to jump over to Pinterest for even more inspiration.  What I discovered was there isn’t anything fresher for spring than bright colours; voluminous curls, and pink, lots and lots of pink.

Check out some of my most favourite spring looks!

 

 

Looks I’m Loving Right Now

A few posts back I mentioned my slight obsession with Pinterest.  Although I would never classify myself as a “fashionista”, the women’s fashion category is definitely one of my favourite, most inspiring categories to peruse, and tonight has been no different.  I’m not exactly sure if all my picks are “on trend”, but thought it’d be fun to share the looks I’m loving anyway!  🙂