Totally Random Friday – June 6th

This week went by really fast and was kinda boring. Not too much to talk about on the fashion/makeup front.

So here’s a round-up of my Instagram photos in case you missed them.

Apparently this week should’ve been called “42 Ways to Wear Your Denim Jacket”

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Denim Jacket (bought at a yard sale last summer, no specific brand), DKNY Jeans top and purple graffiti jeggings and Joe Fresh silver ballet flats. 

 

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Denim Jacket with Banana Republic Sloan Dress in black and Clarks sandals (from last year). Belt from Zellers and necklace from Aldo.

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Denim Jacket with Joe Fresh t-shirt with flower details, Gap Jeans in Peach and necklace from Lia Sophia. I am also wearing Birkenstocks but they got cut off in editing.

Okay, so maybe it’s not 42 ways but I sure wore it a lot this week. I think a nice denim jacket is a great neutral for spring and summer. If you don’t have one, I suggest you get one. And right now it’s easy as they are everywhere. If you aren’t a big fan of the cropped one (like I have above) grab one that hits you at the hip but definitely not any longer.

Some nail art:

 

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Two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Barracuda and then using the painted gradient technique (by the lovely Chalkboard Nails) gradually paint three coats of Serum No 5 Laven-Daringly Bright (which glows in the dark) and top with two coats of Quo by Orly Pink Matte (sorry, I couldn’t find any link for this). Loved this mani and it wore well for two days.

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Some very exciting news: Head over to Lipsticks and Lullabies right away because Rebekah is giving away the Urban Decay Electric Palette for reaching 300 Likes on Facebook. Following me on Instagram and Twitter are two of the ways to enter for the contest. Good luck!

Oh ya, and I signed up for Twitter. Follow me @tlcshoppingwpg.

Lastly, what do you think of the larger picture sizes? Too big? Great for seeing details? Leave me a comment and let me know. Happy Shopping!

Splurges and Saves

After reading this piece by PureWow I knew I had to add my two cents. Head over to their article and read it. I totally agree with everything they said. But I think they missed a couple of things:

Splurge: Black pants for work

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If you work in an office or are a teacher or work in retail or pretty much anywhere you will need black pants, spend the money and find some nice one. When I worked retail (many moons ago), I always HATED buying and wearing black pants. At the time I bought most of my clothes at Suzy Shier or Le Chateau and their black pants were all made out of the same material and hung weird on my frame. I also usually couldn’t afford to hem them and they ended up fraying around the heels where I tended to walk on them. Luckily, I’ve grown up and it recently occured to me the reason I love jeans and hated black pants is because I spent $100+ on my jeans and under $50 on black pants. Obviously I was going to like the clothing that had better quality fabric and washed better, right? So this season, I invested in a pair of black pants from Banana Republic (the Sloan for those of you interested) and I am not disappointed. They are soft and comfortable. They fit correctly and I don’t feel the need to pull them off at the end of the day and throw them across the room.

Save: Jewellery

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I have a friend who wears these gorgeous diamond studs almost all the time. She has short hair and the studs perfectly frame her beautiful face. They are a little on the large side but I always guessed that they were a gift from her husband and she wanted to show her appreciation for the gift by wearing them as often as she could. I was dumbfounded when she (matter-of-factly) told me one day that they were cubic zirconias. I never would have guessed that she had spent less than $50 vs thousands.

Splurge: Sunglasses

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I’m probably going to get some emails about this one but there is no easier way to make your whole outfit look more expensive than to throw on some designer shades. A friend of mine wears these gorgeous Prada ones and they never fail to impress.

Save: Belts

Anyone ever spent tons of money on a belt and been like, “Wow, this belt is so amazing. I’m so glad I spent over $100 on it?” I didn’t think so.

Splurge: Bathing suit

This may be one where people disagree with me as well. A friend of mine can wear $15 bathing suits from Joe and Target and look like a million bucks. She also weighs less than 120 lbs and has never been pregnant. For anyone who needs support in swimwear, spending some money can make all the difference in the world. For women: get a swimsuit that actually supports your breasts and hides any headlights. Many suits also come with tummy support or slimming features to help tuck yourself in.

Save: anything super trendy

I would not recommend spending alot of money on super trendy items such as a crop top. You can’t wear it to work (at least, most people can’t wear it to work ;), you can’t wear it in the winter and it may not be around next season. It will not be a closet staple that you will wear over and over. Other items on this list would include harem pants (yes, those are in again), high-waisted jeans, flatform sandals and sneakers.

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What’s your splurge vs save item? Happy Shopping!

Trend: Pointed toe ballet flats

Sorry I haven’t posted for 12 days. I had this post all set up and ready to go before my trip to Toronto last week and between packing and the long weekend, I just forgot to press go. And then I had good intentions of posting while I was in Toronto but that didn’t happen either.

So, I am back and had a great time, especially checking out all the new trends coming down the pipe for spring. I’ll be sure to post what I bought soon.

Today I wanted to talk about a huge trend that is starting to pop up everywhere: the pointed toe ballet flat. It’s so cute, I think know I want several pairs.

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This happy yellow pair is from Toms.

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This faux croc Chinese Laundry pair is available at Rooster Shoes.

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I love the Material Girl line at Hudson’s Bay. Here she does a cute geometric tribal print.

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I am a total sucker for Sam and usually pick up a pair of his sandals every summer. Hopefully this gorgeous shoe will come in some colours.

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Club Monaco just started doing shoes in the past couple of years and while I haven’t been in love with any yet, these white ones are definitely in the right direction for me.

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I love this yellow pair from Vince Camuto, also available at Hudson’s Bay.

Which pair(s) do you like? Or is there a completely different pair that you have your eye on? Leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

Valentine’s Day sweet treats

I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day. Flowers are overpriced, chocolates give me hives and the restaurants all are crowded. If it were up to me, the custom would be to send your lover shoes or a great purse.

But since it’s not up to me, here are some sweet treats for you (and I) to drool over on this lovely Hallmark-made-up holiday. Feel free to send this list to your honey so they know what you really want. 😉

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I am crazy over these silver ballet flats from Joe. They will be perfect for work, shopping and date nights walking down Corydon.

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This darling cardigan lends itself to spring but will keep you toasty warm while the temperatures slowly climb to above zero. Available at Out of the Blue

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This cute dress from Artizia also comes in a gorgeous red colour, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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Rejoice leather lovers, leather continues to be hot this season. But bargain hunters need not apply: this gorgeous white leather laser cutout dress from Club Monaco will set you back $995.

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I picked up a bib necklace from Paramix last week and caught myself wanting more than one including this Peter Pan collar and floral choker. Check out her great selection on Facebook or Instagram.

What’s your favourite thing to do for Valentine’s Day? Leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!