STYLE: Finishing Touches
I love the whole process of styling, from the first conjured idea, to the planning and collecting, to the finished project. Having a fun and practical living space is really important to me and it also has to be easy - having a shop is like having two homes, so I have to be smart with my time. I used to decorate like crazy for every holiday and could spend days re-decorating. Now I do bite-size projects and try to simplify by surrounding the house in things we love and that mean something to us (okay, so sometimes they are just pretty).
I just spent yesterday re-painting the bathroom (in 35 degree weather:) and now I get to add the finishing touches - my favourite part of the stylizing process. I typically store all my decor items in the basement on shelves and then pick and change over items when I tire of them (which is often). Then, I bring some upstairs, lay them out and move around things until I'm happy with it. Here's a few items I'm hoping to incorporate into our freshly painted bathroom:
I tend to prefer basic colours with giant splashes of colour - hence why I painted the ceiling the same blue as that lantern :)
Have any projects on the go? What's your favourite part about styling?
STYLE: Shoes for Every Part of the Day
I'm not sure why but I have been taking photos of my feet for years and years (I could make a book of them really... that and i used to take pictures of toilets of every country or new place i visited,but that's another story). I have only recently discovered that this seems to be a thing, taking pictures of one's adorned feet. I thought it would be fun to track my footwear throughout the day.
Morning Selection: I hate having to sit and tie laces, so I have a lot of slip-on type shoes around. These skeleton -bling beauties are perfect for loading the car, quick errands and working around the house.
Afternoon Selection: Boots are another great slip-on item and i wear them almost every day. These particular boots are my favourite cowboy boots that have tassels on the back.
Nighttime Selection: Tried, tested and true moccasins. I thrifted these years ago and these babies have been inside, outside, treeplanting, to different countries and I take them anytime i sleepover somewhere. They are the first thing I put on when I get home at night (that is if i didn't leave them at the shop). They have become an extension of my feet and are the epitome of comfort.
Have pics of your lovely footwear? Feel free to share your link!
STYLE: In a Tray
I happen to believe two things about style: 1. It's so much more than what you wear and 2. You can't teach it, you can only layout the framework so people can discover their style. I have been running workshops at the shop now for about eight months and one of the major components of them is how to develop style. I find women spend so much time making sure everyone else is taken care of and out the door with matching shoes that by the time they get around to themselves, they're too tired, or wouldn't know where to start. We give them the space to be with other women, have permission to focus on the self and discover what they like. Knowledge is power, so when you know what you like, you are empowered. So see, i don't really teach anything, but rather provide a space and some guidelines for women to discover it all on their own.
What's this style in a tray business all about? It's something i'm sharing with you today so that you too may hone in on what you like and why. A couple of months ago i discovered a book (again at my favourite bookstore Millpond Records & Books) called Style Statement and it intrigued me most because of it's tagline "live by your own design", which is precisely what we encourage through our workshops. Rather than simply being another 'how-to' book, it explored different lives of both men and women, what was important to them, and what they liked. The part i loved most about the book was each person's collections. Being a natural collector, this intrigued me. So, i thought i would share with you my rendition by sharing a style tray with you today. This is something i hope to incorporate into future workshops, so i figured i better do a few myself.
This particular tray has helped me streamline both the latest design for the blog and also the future look of my new shop. Since i am a treasure-hunter, i always thought my style was cluttered, but once i sat down and started to take a real hard look at my interests, they turned out to be a lot more streamlined than i thought. Without further ado:
1. Photo of my mom when she was younger - this photo is probably one of my most cherished; it lives in my studio and i look at it almost daily. My mom gave this to me on a particularly difficult birthday. 2. Jewellery dishes from both Africa and Turkey - i collect a small bowl from each new country i visit, 3. A white beach rock and a piece of citrine a neighbour gave me - i love having rocks, stones and gems around me, 4. A picture of Alex when he was younger that i keep in our dressing room - it lives inside the glass door of a beautiful jewellery box/cabinet Ry gave me, 5. My favourite piece jewellery my mom has ever given me and an electroformed gold leaf.
What did this tell me about my style? I love nostalgia, especially when it is personal and tells of my past or my families past. I am a collector of memories and enjoy having small tokens of experiences around me for daily use, family is important, i feel energized by symbols of nature and feel most rooted when surrounded by natural elements and, i love black and gold! whew - that's a lot from a tray.
Now it's your turn. It's a nice and easy exercise; simply gather tokens that mean something to you or that you are drawn in by and place them on a tray. Maybe even leave it for a couple of days and add things. At some point you can sit and look at each item and challenge yourself to why you put that item on the tray and what it might reveal about yourself. Please link back if you try this, I would love to see what you come up with!
i'm horrible at getting ry gifts. Every year i seem to miss the mark somehow - gloves that are too big (even though i carefully measured his hands one night while he slept), movies that remain in their plastic (i thought he liked westerns?) and scarves that don't go with any of his jackets. Anyway, this year i really wanted to get something experiential that we could enjoy together. Every year we try to pair down on stuff and focus more and more on experiences (although i will not turn down great stuff:) Ry loves classical so this year i got on top of things early and got us two tickets to see Vivaldi's Four Seasons. To say it was amazing is a pure understatement. The first half was a lecture on what each part of the symphony meant and then the second half we got to enjoy (and understand) the symphony. Pure magic. Plus, it meant another trip to the city... which was a great opportunity to get out of our usual patterns - we've travelled quite a bit, both on our own and together so we both get itchy to get away.
i love going to the city, even if it can be a bit overwhelming for this small city girl. it's such great inspiration to me to see the different styles and ways of life. I figured i would just be comfortable with my tourist status and wear my new tee from Paper Oliv which has beautiful screen prints. Yes, changing room photos were part of the trip as well. The rationale: if i didn't buy something, i wanted to remember i liked it. Lastly, street 'meat'; one of the things i miss most about being a meat eater is street meat, so having veggie dogs available to me is a huge treat.
Yesterday i blogged about adding sparkle to your outfit, and thus your life. I've been encouraging our friends over here to get their shine on in this time of grey-ness. So, i thought it only fair to myself get my shine on by throwing on this sequined beauty that my one sister once wore in an airband the three of us did to Sister Sledge's "We are Family"
So Ry is my photographer for these photo op's (occasionally my mama is too), and he typically gets me laughing by saying things like "show me how cold it is outside", or "show me what a sad unicorn looks like"... this time he threw snow at me to "really get across the snow factor", hence this above middle picture. did i mention what i thought of him when we first met? ya, read this. it's a good thing this sequined beauty is surprisingly warm.
other than dancing around in the snow and wearing sparkle, i'm bringing the shine into my day by listening to a lot of Harry Belafonte.
How are you bringing on the shine today?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> luv t. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
outfit details: sequined top-airband costume piece, jacket and jeans-from my shop, Boots- vintage Linda Lundstrom, sequined purse - vintage
We seem to have skipped winter so far! People haven't quite known how to dress with this unusually mild winter. I have been wearing my fall coats more often then not and dress in layers to allow for any kind of weather. Not that I'm complaining; I would be just fine to skip winter every year!
Fall and Spring are my favourite seasons; they are both a time of renewal and/or nesting. During these seasons people typically spend a lot of time clearing away clutter and re-freshing their wardrobes and homes. So, this outfit is a tribute to both seasons: fall colours in this 'is it spring already?' weather :)
Just because you are a wanderer, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style! I have always loved hiking, camping and the general outdoors. Since we live in the city it's really easy to get caught up in the bustle of daily life and forget that there's a whole wide world of trees, leaves and mud. This past weekend (read here), we had a chance to go on a few hikes and I felt right at home.
The most important item you need for hiking is boots. With good boots you can feel free to venture through terrain of mud and rock without having to worry about wrecking your shoes. I was lucky to find these S-W-E-E-T Scarpas at a garage sale in B.C while treeplanting and they have seen me through two seasons of treeplanting, winters and many hikes. Other important clothing items include: layers for varying weather and good hiking socks (I suggest Smart Wool or Wig Wams).
My Outfit Details:
I'm currently in love with coloured jeans. I've decided. I live in jeans and dresses for the most part, but in the colder months I tend to wear even more jeans (for lack of constantly wanting to pull up tights:) So, in order to fight the winter blues (literally), I'm searching for a wide array of coloured jeans- beyond blue denim. These are my first pair and I'm quite fond of them. The thing I love about having a bright coloured pair of jeans is that you don't have to do a whole lot else with your outfit; just tie in the colour subtlety through your accessories.
And now I'm on the hunt for orange, purple, black, turquoise, and, and, and ....
Top: Joe Fresh
Red Jeans & Boots: My Shop
Necklace: Handmade back in the summer for fun!
What closet staples are you on the hunt for???
Only two days to go before the big day! Believe it or not I didn't dress-up in a costume to go to work today (I'm shocked... I ALWAYS dress-up). However, I did sport some black lace, pinstriped tights and a Pumpkin Belt (oh, and my Troll Earrings:)!
Lace Dress: My Shop
Pinstriped Tights: Calvin Klein
Pumpkin Shoes: Thrifted (find of the year)
Pumpkin Belt: Handmade by moi (I'll show you how)
I hope you have a GHOULISHLY Great Night!!
Troll Earrings: I've had them since I was about eight :)
Making peace with cold weather is not my strong suit. I try to push my summer clothing as long as I possibly can and I was known in my high-school days to wear my Birkenstocks right through to february. Not practical. So this year I have decided to make more of an effort to get some strictly colder weather items, and since I love to wear dresses all year long, I have been keeping my eyes out for long-sleeved ones. I found this Vintage Plum & Mustard Striped dress while thrifting with my mama and it's perfect for this time of year. It's been getting colder and colder around here.
It was as if I planned to match my Halloween decorations. I wish I was that coordinated. Maybe not.
They would make great matching earrings though. Again, maybe not :)
Jacket & Pashmina: Had Forever
Gold Purse: Vintage
Boots: From my Shop
Happy Cold Weather
It's Thanksgiving weekend up here in the Northland of Canada and that means lots of family time, eating lots of turkey and recovering from eating lots of turkey. Since the weekend typically consists of fluctuating from one bloated state to another, outfit choice is key. Flowy, possibly elastic, fabrics are important.
Dress (that flows out at the ribs... allowing room for growth): Vintage
Boots: From the shop
Earrings: Bought on trip to Ethiopia last year
It was all about Blue this past Saturday. It was also haircut day. I usually wait about 3-4 weeks longer than I should when it comes to getting my hair cut, so by the time I go it drives me crazy. I had brought home this vintage hairpiece from the shop since I love it so much and wanted to find a way to wear it. So I did.
Ry had also brought home sunflowers from the market (one of my favourite flowers - I love the feeling of being surrounded by them in a field... they're like giant flower people from Alice in Wonderland:)
I wanted to incorporate the sunflowers with the post since I was so grateful to get them and I love blue and yellow together.
Hair Piece and Purse: My shop
I wish for you today hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. Maybe even a lil' something, something in it ;)
One of the best things about having a consignment shop is seeing the plethora of great items that come in. Every once in awhile something really neat comes in. So, today I introduce the "Wilma Meets Grunge" Dress, which I put out on the floor this week. What's even more amazing about this dress is that it's homemade!! I named it the "Wilma Meets Grunge Dress" because when Ry came into the dressing room this morning he took one look at me and said " What's up there Wilma" (think The Flinstones). I would have never come up with that... I just thought of it as a grunge dress, hence the union of both interepretations in the name :)
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Remember Rocket Popsicles? I'm pretty sure they are still around, but they are more of a distant childhood memory for me. They were like the Queen of All the Popsicle Kingdom (eerr, 'Queendom'?) It was one thing to get a banana or chocolate popsicle, but getting a Rocket Popsicle was really a treat. Okay so I am, and always have been, very easily amused. In fact, there are few icy treats that won't put me in a better mood. So, you can imagine the pure joy of having a life-size dress as a constant reminder of the good ol' Rocket Popsicle days!!!!
I'm certainly not the first to enter into the art of tye-dye, and certainly not the first to tye-dye slips (Check out some great ones over at Lune's Vintage Web Shop). A few weeks ago I decided to try out this elusive art and see what happened. The 'Rocket Popsicle Dress' was born. I did not plan it to turn out this way at all and it wasn't until Ry actually stated when he first saw me wear the dress, "Hey, you look like a Rocket Popsicle" that it earned it's namesake.
I have a couple of these slip dresses left in my shop along with some other items I have hand-dyed. It's a very fun, albeit bloody sweaty, activity. More to come I'm sure... hmm, maybe I'll do a whole line of Popsicle-themed ones :)
p.s: for completely educational and research-based motives I did go on the hunt for the Rocket Popsicle. So, it turns out they are now called Firecracker SUPERsicles? Did I miss something? So then I got to thinking (because I clearly have too much time on my hands) to whether or not I have mixed things up... I remember there was the rocket popsicle you could break into two, but then there's also this Firecracker thing? Arrrgghh. I think you should expect more on this at some point. I will say though, for the record, that the Firecracker popsicle was quite tasty :)
Yesterday I blogged "Inside My Bag: Buying Trip Edition" (read below)... so today I thought I'd share an outfit post, that was also part our buying trip. Aside from packing a well thought out bag, outfits are important too; something comfortable and stylish (you have to keep up with the many fashionistas at these things).
Dress: new find from The Patch
Orange Earrings: bought while in Africa last year
Key Necklace: garage sale
p.s... my mama is getting better and better at taking these outfit post pics! Now, I just have to get her to do another Mother/Daughter Styling post :)
It's been awhile since we've had an official date night round these parts so we relished in the opportunity to get outta the house and do date-like things last night. What better then those fancy bowling shoes and slush puppies?
Now, I'm no bowler (in fact I'm used to the small, kiddie bowling balls and bumpers), but I have a few bowling-like bags to look all official :)
And then there's Ry's 'G' shirt. Oh, the G shirt. Ry got this thrifting out west one year whilst we were treeplanting. This has come to be known as his 'God-Complex' shirt, so figures he'd wear it during a competitive event!!!
Shirt,Belt and Shoes: Thrifted
Jeggings, Bag and jewelry: My Shop
Awe... matchy/matchy bowling shoes!!!
My camera died before I could take pics of the score board... unintentional, i swear!!!
Good date night activity, I highly suggest it!!
It's a haze around here and it's only getting hotter tomorrow. In this weather it's hard to know what to wear, what to eat... what to do, other then try to move as little as possible. This purple dress was perfect for today's weather; easy to move in and nice and airy/flowy. Plus, the matching scarf acts as either a belt or a hair accessory!
Dress and Shoes: Vintage
Okay, so it's not exactly the rustic red fringe boots on the steps of the Elite Hotel, but this dress came into the Shop and I fell in love with it! I took it home with me last night as a lil' tribute to my earlier post (read below) on one of my most favoured style icons, Emmylou Harris. Today it will go back to the shop to await the perfect owner.
I added some flair to my hair... just for extra fun! It's hard to style really short hair, so it takes some creativity; I simply cannot pull off long, Emmylou locks!
Today is Festival Day in our lil' town of Hespeler. Every July we have a local Music Festival in the Park from morning to night with vendors, music, food and just plain fun! I decided to wear an outfit that reminded me of my most favourite thing about summer festivals: cotton candy!!! Now I'm going to go eat some. I hope you are having a splendid weekend. What's your favourite thing about Summer Festivals?
Skirt and Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Old Navy
Tin Toy: Super Vintage
Wednesday night is date night 'round here. We try, no matter where we are or what's going on to keep this night sacred. So, to keep it feeling like a date I try to dress up a lil' more on Wednesdays. My most favourite outfit in the world is jeans, an old t-shirt and moccasins, but I do love wearing purdy things too! This slip dress is so comfy and perfect for the hot Ontarion weather we've been having. The strawberry daiquiris help too :)
Slip Dress: thrifted
Belt: Our Shop
Earrings: Made by Moi
Necklace: Made by my sweet friend Kris (also sold in our shop)
p.s... I realize there's no actual daiquiris shown in any of these pics; trust me, they were around :)
I felt like a bit like a short-haired (and actually female) version of Tootsie in this outfit today. I had originally bought these glasses with their frames in them, thinking they were just sunglasses. They weren't, they were prescription sunglasses (note to self and others: try on sunglasses before you buy them). Anyway, I still love the frames, so i decided to just pop out the lens and wear as is. I used to wear fake glasses all the time in high-school, because I always wanted glasses, I just didn't legitimately need them. I also used to undo paper clips and pretend they were braces cause I wanted them too. But that was long before high-school... I swear :)
I'm sitting here getting caught up on things and enjoying what I think may just be my new favourite summer beer: A Muskoka Summer Weiss beer. Ry always brings home the most delightful beers in the prettiest bottles (I'm collecting them).
Looking forward to Canada Day tomorrow; I feel like it's the real beginning of Summer!
I hope you are having a splendid evening.
p.s... just in case ya haven't seen Tootsie, here's the reference (I LOVE Dustin Hoffman)
- Thrifted! Belt: Vintage
It was the Summer Solstice this past Wednesday, marking the first day of summer. It rained. All day. We had hoped to bring in the summer season by going on a picnic in the park (which is conveniently across from one of my favourite ice cream places), but the weather did not allow such an adventure. We opted for a living-room-style picnic instead. And the houndstooth? That's a symbol of summer... no? :)
dress, tights and hat: my store
vintage red belt: thrifted
shoes: from this post
Necklace: Foxy Originals
One of the most favourite parts of my day is seeing what outfit my mom has put together. We usually stop and survey each other's outfits, point out our favourite pieces, and discuss which item came from where. I think I enjoy this so much because I love to see that my mom puts in effort into getting dressed everyday, and has fun with it. This helps encourage me. I don't claim to be some great fashionista (ok, sometimes I do), but mostly I just try to have fun with getting dressed. Afterall, you have to (at least in theory) wear clothes everyday, so why not have some fun? I also believe that it truly does not matter what your age, size, or income, you can look great and have fun with clothes!!!
What Mama Wore: Shoes, Skirt and Sweater: thrifted, Top and Necklaces: our store
What I wore: Tights: gift from my sister, Shoes: thrifted, Top, Vest and all Jewellery: our store
I wonder what she'll wear today? :)
There are few things that beat out date night, roller derby is one of them. So... when practice was cancelled last night, date night lived on!!! ice cream was in order. my mountain of dairy goodness seen in this picture is a blend of coconut and banana (two distinct, but very complimentary flavours) from The Boathouse in Guelph. This tree I am pictured with used to be standing as of 48hrs ago. We are still finding all the damage of the storm we had the other night. This HUGE tree managed to fall and yet miss a new baby tree that is placed right beside it. Old life making way for new :) The two scenary shots I had put in here as two different pictures, but when I minimized the space between them they perfectly lined up. Ahhhh, crazy workings here!
**** I would also just like to note how dorky we look as I struggle to try and take a picture of us with our clunky camera. What we need is a camera minion for our date outings. Hmmm, where to find a willing camera minion to follow us around and take lovely pictures???
Both Dresses: thrifted
Shoes: got from our shop
Blue Ring: found in a liquidation bin
Vintage Necklace: from the shop
I don't know about you, but I am MAJORLY affected by weather changes. We went from nice, live-able heat to muggy, 'blink-and-you-risk-sweating' weather. Needless to say I was grumpy today. I had what Anne Lamott calls, and we now coincidentally call, 'Bad Mind'. This is when that ugly, negative nay-sayer voice comes out and tells you really unhelpful things like, "Uh, what were you thinking wearing that after eating that?" It's the voice that tells you to forget trying and go back to bed. Really unhelpful stuff.
When 'Bad Mind' arises I can either go one of two ways: 1. Let it hang around and feed it like those houseguests that just keep staying "One more night" or 2. Beat it! I acknowledge that it's not really what i'm about but rather an accumulation of negative things that have been done or said to me throughout my life. I usually then do something that encourages me and helps me focus on more positive things. I'm not-a-gonna lie though, sometimes 'Bad Mind' becomes a house-guest for faaaar too long. It's a tough one! We have to be careful of these negative voices... they can become our downfall, in the same way positive voices can become our glory :) It's all perspective baby!
Ryan came in to see me unexpectedly last week and I seized the opportunity to use his raw talent in taking pictures. We have recently had a new colourful addition to the streets of Hespeler Village and we are lucky to have it just two doors down from our store... a graffiti wall!!!! This awesome splash of colour is thanks to our neighbours, Spun Turtle
The whole one side of this alley is being painted and I think it's GREAT!!!! Graffiti often gets a bad rap and I'm lovin' how we are embracing this art form. Read more here
Outfit Details: Belt, Skirt and shoes: our store, tights: thrifted and shirt: a gift from my ma for my birthday!
Outfit Details: Dress & Sweater: thrifted, Belt & Daisy Necklace: from * My Store *
Outfit Details: Dress and Coat, from My Store, purse: thrifted, owl necklace: gift from my sissy and shoes are from garage saling (they are a bit wet as it keeps raining and raining and raining)
A great birthday!
It seems as though we have been patiently waiting for spring. Okay, maybe for some, not so patiently (I'm fairly certain I had a tantrum the last time it snowed). Winter can get depressing after awhile and Spring is a season of re-birth, often making people feel refreshed. So, since it was such a beautiful day out yesterday I decided to combine two things I'm looking forward to: Marilyn Monroe Exhibit, read more here, and spring dresses.
Outfit Details: Marilyn Monroe Tank and Sweater, from my sister, Dress (it's actually a halter dress), Belt, Jeggings, Vintage Pin and Converse shoes from Our Store (click here)
I have been putting away special items for a few months now so that my wardrobe can have a spring makeover the same time Top Drawer does in May! However, I am getting anxious! I find Spring is when people are most likely to change their styles, get new items and change their looks. This can be challenging if you don't know where to start.
Here's a Few Tips:
1. Take some time to notice styles you like on other people around you and in media (magazines, etc.)
2. Take mental notes on how looks work on different body types and how this compares to your own body (no judging, just seeing what works and doesn't work)
3. Take a look at your wardrobe and experiment with different looks.
4. If you are having trouble matching or making different pieces work together, have a friend or family member help you out. We love helping people style and re-style at our store and people will often bring in a bunch of items from their wardrobe and we help pair them up to create multiple outfits.
5. Have fun. Getting dressed can be more then simply a daily, obligatory activity, it can be a fun expression of yourself!!!
I love purses, clutches, coin purses... even pencil cases. I have devised all sorts of reasons to have small purses inside my larger purses and bags. Actually, I am known for having multiple bags. Above are a few from my collection.
We were headed out to have dinner and then out to the pub tonight with Alex and my sis. I wanted to dress up a little and also feel comfortable. My outfit didn't exactly fit the bill in terms of weather, but I'm willing Spring into existance.
T-shirt and Purse: Thrifted
Vest, Skirt, Vintage Pin, Belt and Shoes: our store
Need sleep now! Spring Styling and Roller Derby Srimmage tomorrow!
Fashion isn't created in a vacuum and i'm always looking back and around for ideas on how to get dressed in the morning. When the weather is this bad, it helps to feel inspired beyond jeans and a t-shirt (although they're not overated... I love them).
Here's my inspiration for today:
Diane Keaton in Annie Hall Source
I loved her style in this film and can be accused of wearing these types of outfits a lot. I love vests, blazers and have even been known to sport suspenders. I love her down-to-earth look in this shot with her scarf and glasses.
2. Vogue, 1960's photo Source
The pleaded skirt and cinched waist of the 1960's classic look is something that very much appeals to me. I tend to think you can add a belt to anything and make it look fabulous. I also looove these tights!!!
What She Wore....
Accessories are a must! Sunglasses: thrifted, green feather earrings: made-by-me, gold mesh necklace: from our store
Put it all together and...
What inspires your outfits?