31 August 2012

Fall Colours #2!

Hey Girlies!

This is going to be the second instalment of my fall colours-inspired outfit posts! I hope you are enjoying them so far, as I have been enjoying putting the outfits together.

I have two more outfits for you today - both are pretty casual, and I am loving their laid-back vibes!

Here's the first one:

This outfit is super casual, and I am loving it! I have been finding myself gravitating toward larger, loose-fitting tops and jeggings or leggings a lot lately - they're just so comfortable after I get out of my work clothes!

I dressed this up with a frilly, pinkish toned leather jacket, and kept the jewelry pretty plain. I didn't want to go way over the top with the jewelry when I had already used 4 of our available colours. I used:

Rose Smoke (Jacket)
Olympic Blue (Jeggings)
Titanium (Shoes)
Tangerine Tango (Purse)

How did I get away with the four colours? In this case, the rose colour acts as a pseudo-neutral, meaning that it takes on the characteristics of a neutral, even though it is pink.

The next outfit I have for you is...

This outfit is another one that I am loving. It is equal parts girly and borrowed-from-the-boys. I am obsessed with floral leggings right now, they're so cute! BUT you do have to be careful - they can border on looking like something out of your closet from when you were 6, if you don't pair them with grown-up pieces. I would never recommend pairing these leggings with a frilly dress, but a casual, over-sized tee is just the thing to save you from an overdose of little-girl. I added a pair of booties that are kind of army-inspired, but kept the jacket a feminine shape. The green in the pants is echoed in the bag, which helps tie everything together.

I used the following colours in this outfit:

French Roast (T-Shirt & Boots)
Ultramarine Green (Bag & Pants)

I think I am going to try and incorporate some of that bright pink into our next post, as I haven't yet found anywhere to use it!

Hope you are all having a fantastic day!


- A.

24 August 2012

Fall Colours #1!

Hello Darlings!

Remember in my last post I said I was going to do a whole run of posts about fall colours? Consider that promise, kept - at least for now. ;-)

A Fall colour refresher course - here is what I am working from:

I've got 2 outfit ideas for you that, I think, are fairly dressy. That said, I would still wear them on a day-to-day basis, because I think they're adorable.

The first is as follows:

I am in love with the vintage-y vibe of the lace dress and cloche hat - the military-inspired jacket pulls on another fall trend, so you get a bit of a fall fashion double-whammy. I love the unexpected punch that the glitter loafers give, too. I kept the bag classic - I love the satchel style, and the earrings add an unexpected splash of colour. Particularly if you leave your hair down under the hat, the earrings will poke out once in a while, quite literally giving you a pop of colour.

The colours I used here are the beautiful Olympic Blue, Ultramarine Green, and Rose Smoke. They make a gorgeous colour combination - especially since the rose can be used as a pseudo-neutral. I kept the majority of the rest of the outfit neutral to allow the colours to play off of one another in the best way possible.

The second outfit I have for you is still girlie, but not so vintage-y. I kept this one a lot more modern for those of you who are not into lace and over-the-top feminine detailing.

In this case, I pulled from the peplum trend for the top, which is also in Olympic Blue. I live in Canada, which means it gets cold - we needed a cardigan here, because short sleeves just will not cut it. I chose a cute fitted cardigan in Honey Gold - the blue and gold go nicely together, and each helps the other stand out. I went with another satchel-style bag - I think I may have an obsession - and kept the jewelry pretty simple. The shoes, however, are not simple. I chose Union Jack-inspired flats to pull some of the blue down into the outfit a bit more. I've also had newly discovered relatives from the UK come to town (Hello Gordon & Kathy if you are ever reading this!), so I think this may have influenced my decision slightly.

I am so excited to come up with round two of these colour-inspired outfit posts! I had a ton of fun with this one, and I hope you all have fun reading it!

Let me know what you think in the comments?


- A.

21 August 2012

FALL-ing in Love with Autumn!

Hi Girls!

I know it's only August, but I can already feel my brain gravitating toward the autumn. I love fall fashion, so I am always excited close to labour day! This fall, seeing as how I have all of you lovelies reading about my love of all things fall things, I have decided to do a series of posts into the fall about the Pantone Fall Fashion Colours of 2012.

The colours look like this:

Photo Cred: Pantone

I would just like to take a second to enthuse about how pleased I am to see COLOURS in the fall colour report! I'm so pumped for this fall!

So, here's my thought - because of the amount of colour to choose from this fall, I am going to show you how to centre outfits around these shades. Sometimes I will mix them together, and sometimes I will just let one stand on its own.

I look forward to creating all of this for you, and I totally hope that you are as excited as I am!


13 August 2012


Hey girls!

So, as most of you know (or... maybe you don't?), I have spent the last 7-8 months of my young adult life working full-time. I work in an office, and, to that end, I sit in a cubicle.

I don't like my cubicle. It's a reddish-tan desk with icky greige (grey/beige) carpeted walls. On its own, it's a nasty looking mess. I'm sure a lot of you are in the same position, so I have devised some ways for all of us to cute-up our workspaces.

I started by finding some colourful and adorable wallpapers for my computer. I used wallpaperswide.net to find the ones I use, and my coworkers compliment me on them pretty frequently. I change my wallpaper up a lot, which I also find helps.

The next thing I did, was I found myself a really cute bag (or... bags) that I use to take my things back and forth to work in. I generally leave my bag on my desk, and, because of its pretty pastel pink colour, helps to bring some more life into my space.

I found some other examples of pretty, yet office-appropriate bags for you to take inspiration from. They are from an assortment of places, and the prices vary - you can find cute laptop bags at Wal-Mart, too - they don't all have to be Coach or another luxury brand.

The next thing I did was bring in photographs of my friends and family so that I am surrounded by people who make me happy at work (other than my co-workers, of course!). This allows me to feel more positive, particularly when I am feeling stressed out.

I just stuck mine to the wall of my cubicle, but I also think it's a cute idea to bring in some pretty and colourful picture frames that fit your personal taste. T-Pins are not everyone's cup of tea!

Last but not least, I would suggest bringing in some of your own office supplies and storage. Don't go crazy about this - most offices will supply you with some storage, but you might want to consider adding in a few things here and there that, again, fit your style and make you happy! I love things that are floral, and nature-inspired. I also seem to have a thing for owls.

Cute pens and pencils will also help - you can use their cuteness to influence your mood, which will influence your work!

When my office is finished its renovations, I will be following through with my own advice! You can also use these tips for your desk at home, if you are still in school - I know I always used cute school supplies while I was doing school - they really do make me feel better, particularly when I'm bored!

What do you think? Will you be using any of these tips for your work or your school work?


- A.