Playing with Fashion: Crop Top and Jumpsuit

 

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I purchased this Material Girl jumpsuit from Plato’s Closet months ago, because I thought it was so cool. However, there were only so many ways I could wear it. I could change my jewelry or wear a different jacket over it. One day when I pulled it out for how comfortable it was, I wanted to dress it up a little bit. Since I have been trying to maximize my wardrobe to avoid shopping too much, I wanted to try something new. So here’s what I did and I loved it!

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I threw a crop top on it! This is a gorgeous crop top from RW&CO that I love so dearly and bought as part of a wedding outfit. It zips up in the back, and offers a lot of room to fit over the top of the jumpsuit. Since the jumpsuit is so simple, it looks as though I am wearing a completely different piece! I was comfortable, and felt a little bit more dressed up.

What ways do you maximize your wardrobe? I’d love if you shared some awesome ideas with me so that I can continue creating new things with old things! 

 

 

 

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Update on My Life

Hello Everyone!

I have some really exciting news, which is part of the reason why I haven’t been here in a while. I started a new job a few weeks ago with a company that I love so dearly and you’ve seen me talk about before on here. The Kind Exchange opened up in Hamilton last month, and I was fortunate enough to start working there full-time. I have been dedicating much of my time and effort to learning about this business and becoming the best employee I can be. Unfortunately, that has meant that other aspects of my life has suffered.

It’s been a challenge for me to find a balance between having a full-time job, working two freelance writing jobs, and spending time with family and friends. I hope you all can understand that it’s a process and it doesn’t mean I’m not committed to pursuing my dreams via this blog; it’s just that it may not be as consistent sometimes. This is my outlet to say what I want to say and share what I want to share and I want to continue it. And so, I’m going to try my best to post here at least once a week. It’s not much, but it’s a start until I find that balance in my life.

Again, I hope you understand that that’s the reason I haven’t been around here much. Lots of love and happiness to you!

Alicia xo

Shopping: Plaid Off Shoulder Top

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I apologize for the muggy shots – it was quite a dark and rainy day when I took these photos and I brightened them up as much as I could without making them pixelated. I also had to run back and forth as I don’t have a tripod – YET! I have purchased one online that’ll make it easier for me to take more outfit photos in other locations and at better angles. Regardless, you can see this cool new top I bought that I am really enjoying for it’s vintage rock and roll vibe.

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I used to hate plaid – I thought it was only suitable for country singers and casual wear (which I don’t do very well) and I just didn’t think it suited me. I didn’t find it very appealing, basically. My boyfriend ended up changing my mind though, because when I met him that’s ALL he wore.

I don’t usually order clothes off of Ebay, or anywhere online for that matter, but I stumbled upon this while looking for other things (common pattern with me) and I just thought it was super cute and reasonably priced. I was attracted to this not only for the bright red plaid, but because I love off the shoulder tops. I like the sexiness they achieve while remaining tasteful. One thing I will say is it doesn’t really stay off the shoulder due to the elasticity around the neckline and shoulders, but it’s still cool just off of one shoulder or not at all.

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You can find this top on Ebay HERE | Skirt: Do not remember! Here’s one similar | Shoes: Plato’s Closet

Are there any “trendy” items that you really didn’t like, but something made you change your mind? Tell me your story in the comments below!

Yours in fashion,

Alicia

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Adore List: Asymmetrical Details

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Asymmetrical DetailsPart of my strategy when embarking on a shopping trip is to seek out pieces that have a unique detail that captures my attention, and takes an ordinary piece to extraordinary levels. One of the current trends I am adoring right now that helps me achieve this is asymmetrical cuts, hemlines, and overall additional details. It’s edgy, it’s modern and geometrical, and is a super cool play on shape. A plain white tee that you pair with jeans and a statement necklace instantly becomes a bit more fashion forward and more interesting. A simple floral skirt becomes subtly sexy with its highs and lows. It’s just a simple decision in how to cut something that can make a world of a difference, and I love things like that!

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As I posted previously when I took a trip to Toronto, I found this really cool silk asymmetrical black sleeveless top by BCBG at The Kind Exchange. It’s by far one of my new favourite things in my wardrobe. The asymmetrical detailing on this top is quite dramatic, as it falls to the middle of my hips at the front, and flows all the way to my ankles at the back. I like wearing this top with a cropped blazer and leggings for a casual look that’s still fashionable

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What do you think of the asymmetrical trend? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Net Set: Fashion, Shopping, and Social Media

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Fashion retailer extraordinare Net-a-Porter recently released an innovative app called Net Set, which combines online shopping and the sharing benefits of social media. It’s, of course, a brilliant business move, as social media has had a dramatic influence on the fashion industry, even launching careers for avid users and sharers. With Net Set, users are able to browse the website and shop as per usual, but with added features. Users are able to comment on items they love, share items and give advice to friends and other users, and have access to fashionistas who have their closets on display for inspiration from others. There’s a unique concept to this app, and perhaps it will revolutionize online shopping as we know it today.

Peek at the Net Set App via Vogue
Peek at the Net Set App via Vogue

Online shopping has grown significantly since its birth for so many reasons, offering people the opportunity to stay home in their jimjams and shop away without having to wait in lines and deal with rowdy shoppers. It has its pros and cons for sure. I’m not a huge fan of shopping online, for the fact that I prefer to try things on before I buy them, but I like the option and I am definitely a casual browser. Regardless of what I think, I know it’s becoming the preferred method of shopping for a growing number of fashion lovers, regular shoppers, and busy people in general.

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According to Forbes’ coverage, part of what intrigued the creators into developing this app was the rise of mobile shoppers, using their smart phones to browse online stores, many of which have developed shopping apps. I know I do it sometimes! Therefore, the app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Unfortunately – and I am VERY upset about this – it’s not launched for the Android format. I sincerely hope that changes soon, and from a business perspective, it would be a smart move to get the ball rolling on that very soon as there are millions of users they are not penetrating because of this.

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As much as I personally love shopping at stores and boutiques to learn about fashion and what is out there, I appreciate and fully take advantage of how social media has allowed all types of people to share their style and fashion ideologies. The majority of my casual fashion consumption revolves around social media. I love being able to see how bloggers and businesses and fashion professionals and even just fashion enthusiasts put things together, and I like to learn about where they shop and witness their fab finds. I think Net Set is going to find vast success, and I’m curious to see how other businesses reflect on the concept and further their own initiatives.

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For a more business-oriented look at Net Set with further information on the app, click here for the link to Forbes’ coverage.

Adore List: High Waisted Bikini

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When I was shopping for Cuba, I knew I was going to need some bathing suits. Being someone who has struggled with her body, I wasn’t looking forward to this. Even though I have recently come to the conclusion that I need not care how others might perceive my body, I wanted to be comfortable. There was no way I was going to let my occasional insecurities about my body keep me from enjoying the various pools and the beach on my vacation.

While casually looking on Ebay for bathing suit covers, I came across a bathing suit that I thought was adorable. It was displayed on a girl with curves, and so I could just imagine how good I could potentially feel in it a little bit more realistically. I was uneasy about ordering a bathing suit off of Ebay, but after a couple of weeks, I took the plunge. Of course, I washed it before even trying it on, but I fell in love with the high waisted bottom (the top was one you had to tie yourself and would instantly fall off if I continued breathing so …). Even though a high waisted bottom doesn’t always necessarily camouflage anything or keep you secure, there was something about the coverage that made me feel a little bit more secure, while actually feeling (gasp!?) SEXY! It also plays into that cute pin-up aesthetic that is so complementary for curvy girls like myself.

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I wish I was able to find more bottoms similar to these before I actually went on my trip, but thanks to some travel-sized fabric wash, I was able to take advantage of these cute little floral bottoms that I love so much. I’m going to hunt down some more for the summer – let me know of any you find that you could share with me!

Would you wear a high waisted bikini? Let me know in the comments below!

Saskatchewan Fashion Week

As a Canadian, I am a huge advocate for celebrating and promoting the fashion industry within my homeland. It makes me proud to see the burgeoning success of homegrown talent, and I feel we’re at the pinnacle of gaining reputable recognition for what we have to offer to the fashion world. I didn’t realize there was a Saskatchewan Fashion Week until I got back from vacation, and through reading up on the events and seeing some of the collection, I am beyond excited about it and I think the designers that showcased their pieces are must-watchers.

The impression I received from viewing some of the collections online is that each designer really played into the essence of ready to wear fashion that lacks on the runways, making it difficult for casual digesters of the runway to truly understand what’s being presented. Many of the collections had things you could actually see yourself wearing or incorporating into your wardrobe. I’m not saying I don’t appreciate and revel at haute couture, because I certainly do, but it’s nice to see relatable clothing every once in a while during a fashion show. On the relatable note, I’ve also been reading a lot about how the models hired for many of the shows were selected for their portrayals of more realistic body types, which is amazing in itself. This is not uncommon, in my opinion and experience, for Canadian fashion shows, but it’s still important to note.

I found some photos via Metro News of some great pieces I wanted to share, and you can visit the site to learn more and see more. You can also take a look at the Saskatchewan Fashion Week website to find out about these amazing up and coming designers. They have the option to live stream each day of shows as well to take a look at ALL of the designs from Saskatchewan Fashion Week.  I know I’ll be keeping my eye on them!

*Note: I did my best to learn the proper designers to give proper credit; please alert me if I made an error. I also could not find photographers for particular photos. Thank you for your understanding.
*** Editor’s Note: Photos have been removed due to an alert by a commenter that I didn’t source current photos correctly; they were from another year. My apologies.

What do you think of Saskatchewan Fashion Week? Are you excited about Canada’s developing reputation in fashion like I am? Share with me in the comments below.

Shopping: Gem and Pearl Statement Necklace

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I recently received this stunning and elaborate statement necklace in the mail and I am having a ball adding it to as many outfits as I can! There’s just something about it that makes me feel instantly glamourous with its hint of vintage inspiration. I’m loving oversized pearls lately, and I think retail is too because I’ve seen lots of jewelry lately with this modern interpretation of a classic jewelry piece.

The colours of the gems are fantastic and brilliant as well. I purchased this necklace on EBay, which is a great hub for inexpensive jewelry for someone like me who is always on a budget. Sometimes it’s hit or miss with EBay, but in this case, it was a home run!

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I have an extensive collection of statement necklaces – as it’s sort of my “thing” that I’m known for always wearing – and I will put a post together soon showcasing some of my favourite finds.

If you know of any shops you can recommend to me where you find your statement necklaces, share with me in the comments below!

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Yours in fashion,

Alicia

Update: Break

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Well, it’s been a hot minute, eh? The motions of constantly working daily have taken its toll for sure, and has led to inconsistent posting for the past three or four weeks. That, and a much-needed vacation to celebrate a marriage have taken my time away from blogging as well. I have definitely been trying to manufacture some new ideas and have been keeping my eyes open for inspiration; just know that it’s been very hectic for about a month and I have had to shift some priorities temporarily. However, I’m committed to getting back to sharing my influences and what I see happening in the fashion world shortly.

Thanks for your understanding, all. ❤ Lots of love.

Yours in fashion,

Alicia

Fashion Rules I Always Break

Fashion rules were created by the fashion elite whose job it is to steer us in a certain direction when it comes to our purchasing choices. Many of them have come and gone as the decades have passed and trends have dissolved. New ones are created, and then there are some that withstand time. Working in retail, I hear many of them discussed when I interact with customers, and more times than not, I encourage these customers to break them, because I always do.

It’s not that I want to influence customers to make bad decisions to make a sale, because honestly, I don’t make commissions and even if I did, I would rather lose a sale while being honest with a customer than lie to them and have them buy something that’s not right for them. I just personally don’t abide by many fashion rules because I don’t like the constriction in my liberty of choice. As your style sense evolves, you truly come into your own and decide what things are best for you to send out your personal message to the world. I personally believe that fashion rules impede this process. I don’t want to speak ill against the fashion elite that I admire and that I’d like to join someday, because these men and women have studied the industry and know what they are talking about. However, I advocate for style, not just fashion.

That all being said, here are some of the rules I personally break all the time and the logic I have behind why I break them. I hope it encourages you to make your own choices when it comes to your own sense of style, because at the end of the day, confidence in yourself and the belief that you are beautiful is the most fashionable asset you can possess.

1. Skinny pants are for skinny women

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I love myself a glamourous palazzo or flared jean every now and then, but the slim or skinny leg is my favourite. They are tailored, they are sexy, and even though I have very short, thick legs, I wear that style of pant very often. I also live in leggings. While a slim or skinny pant is not recommended for my body type because it can make my legs look short and stubby, I don’t really care. Why should I eliminate something for my wardrobe that I love and that I feel comfortable in just because it makes me look short or makes my legs look fatter? Whatever!

2. Changing seasons means changing colours “appropriate” for the season

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If I want to wear a pastel pink dress in the dead of winter, I’m going to do it. I don’t believe that certain colours should be worn in designated seasons. How boring is that? The same goes for fabrics or textures. Sure, wearing my velvet maxi in the summertime would just be stupid, and no tights under my skirt would be ill-advised in the winter, but I draw the line at making a decision what I wear based on season when considering factors other than practicality. I saw wear what you want on whatever day in whatever season it makes you feel hot and beautiful.

3. Crop tops are for fit bodies

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I love wearing crop tops with high waisted skirts. When I do this, I try to pay attention to proportions, and create a balanced look. If I’m wearing a loose crop top, I go for a more fitted skirt, and vise versa. I don’t tend to expose much of my waist when wearing crop tops, but occasionally, it happens. Here’s the thing; I don’t have a flat stomach, or much of a defined waist. Do I get insecure about it? No. I think a tiny sliver of my waist in an appropriate setting is sexy, so I’m going to do it. I don’t think you have to be super fit to wear a crop top.

4. Match your accessories to your accessories

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You’ve heard this rule many times, I’m sure. Your handbag needs to match your shoes. Don’t mix metallics in your jewelry. Many people, and even fashionistas, don’t abide by those rules anymore, and neither do I. I barely pay attention to whether or not my accessories match; as long as everything flows together nicely, that makes me happy. It’s difficult to care about matching accessories, and it can be expensive to try and find coordinating items for every accessory you own. Am I right?

5. Natural makeup by day; Heavier makeup by night

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I’m someone who loves to play with makeup; my everyday cat eye is definitely my statement. Every now and then, I opt to go a little more natural. However, when I want a little pick me up, sometimes I try something new with my makeup and try a bold look. I may do this for work, or for general outings. I don’t really play by the rule that you stick with natural colours or very little makeup during the day. Makeup is meant to be fun, so have fun with it!

6. No sparkle during the day

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One of my favourite items in my closet is a blue sequin mini skirt that I found at Winners. It looks like a vintage, unique piece and I am obsessed with it. It’s definitely not a “daytime” garment, but I don’t really care. Sequins, sparkles, and shiny things are supposed to be kept for going out and weekend soirees. Not for me! I think you can incorporate these types of garments with shimmer and shine into your everyday wear; it’s all about how you style it. A sequin cigarette pant and a loose white tee – YES PLEASE! Again, this goes with my personal philosophy that it’s all about what YOU feel good in and sticking with that.

7. Short girls should wear monochrome

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I read this tip fairly recently where a shorter girl should stick with a solid colour – mainly black because it’s “slimming” (not true all the time) – all over. That means black pants, black top, black sweater, and black whatever else. How boring is that? Do you really want to be confined to one colour in an outfit? I sure as heck don’t. One of my favourite things about fashion is the opportunity to create something fantastic through combining patterns and colours. I never considered that doing this could make me look shorter … and again, short girl pride!

8. If you’re short, wear things to make you look taller

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There are so many articles that I have read with endless options for how a short girl can appear taller. Wear vertical stripes, avoid cropped pants, wear shorter hemlines, and avoid oversized accessories, to name a few. When did being short become such a bad thing? Why do I have to look taller? I understand that some short women may desire trying to appear taller and more streamlined, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I just don’t believe it should be something that a short girl should feel forced to aspire to. If I want to wear a maxi dress, I’ll wear one. If I want to wear skinny pants, I’ll wear skinny pants. If I want to wear a looser top with no silhouette, I’ll do it. I’ve learned to love my height, or lack thereof, and I don’t think that I deserve to be ashamed of that. There are so many types of bodies, and that’s okay. We don’t need to try and fake tall and skinny if it’s not authentic.

I don’t know if these are all of the rules I break, so maybe a part two will come in the future. Basically, if you take anything away from this, it’s that you don’t have to be a follower of trends and rules and mantras to be stylish. Take part in what resonates with you, and make your own decisions for the rest of it. Don’t forget your smile; it’s your best accessory!

Share with me what rules you like to break! I’d love to hear them.