Month: August 2013

Remix Challenge: week 49

Sunday, August 18, 2013: coffee on Whyte Ave

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Check out my sweet ride! Well, it’s not mine, but it’s definitely sweet.

My closet is something of a state of upheaval at the moment, and I somehow “lost” was this MbMJ tunic. The material is on the thicker side, so it works better on cooler summer days, but is perfectly suited to this stage of pregnancy (37 weeks!). In one word: extra roomy! I added the mandatory-for-me dash of sparkle with embellished Nine West flats. And I can’t forget my awesome manicure:

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Manicure: Love, Peace & OPI

Whyte Ave was crazy because of the Fringe, but there seemed to be a lot of cool cars out and about. With two car-crazy boys on my hands, this was a definite bonus. Also a bonus – heavenly gelato at Block 1912.

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Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs (consignment); leggings, maternity; sandals, consignment

Monday, August 19, 2013: first day of last week of work!

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Dress, Max Studio; cardigan, J. Crew (eBay); necklace, Swarovski; shoes, Kenneth Cole (thrift)

Last week of work before my maternity leave, to be precise. Although I am looking forward to spending a couple of weeks at home getting ready for baby, this time I have no illusions about my maternity leave constituting any kind of “holiday”. I am celebrating this week, though: celebrating the end of my work maternity wardrobe! I cannot wait to put 100% 90% of these clothes in the consign/donate/swap pile. This dress is a case in point; though it has served me well through two pregnancies, I am so over it.

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Manicure: Zoya Crystal

Tuesday, August 20, 2013: work

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Pants, maternity; top, Liz Lange for Target maternity; cardigan, Winners; shoes, Stuart Weitzman

The last “pants day”! I wish I could say it came off with a bang, but it was more like a whimper. Blame it on maternity style fatigue. I still like the colours of this Target top, though – so many mixing possibilities!

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Manicure: Zoya Crystal

Wednesday, August 21, 2013: work

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Dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors (consignment); necklaces, Swarovski & Tiffany; shoes, J. Crew (consignment)

The camera must have felt as bleary-eyed as I did this morning, after getting very little sleep – another “fun” symptom of this stage of pregnancy. Moving on … another day, another dress I can’t wait to purge! Although I like monochromatic looks in general, I have to admit that head-to-(almost)-toe brown is not my most flattering option. I think I’ll keep brown as an accent colour in the future.

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Manicure: Butter London All Hail the Queen

Thursday, August 22, 2013: work

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Dress, Mexx (thrift); jacket, Costa Blanca (swap); bracelet, Swarovski; shoes, Ferragamo (vintage)

The maxi dress strikes again! After managing to get away with a similar outfit last Thursday, I figured I might as well press my luck. Again, the goal was to make a casual dress suitable for a professional environment (albeit a not very conservative one); a structure jacket did the trick … again.

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Manicure: Chanel Alchimie

Friday, August 23, 2013: once more with feeling

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Jeans, maternity; blouse, RACHEL Rachel Roy (consignment); cardigan, Winners; shoes, Nine West; bag, Kate Spade

I saved my favourite for last. I have loved wearing this Rachel Roy blouse for the last few months of my pregnancy, and am rather sad at the prospect of having to let it go in a few weeks. In honour of its impending retirement, I piled on some of my favourite accessories.

Stay tuned for the last Remix Challenge next week!

The One Where I Get a Perm

Yep, you read that right.

I got a perm. Let’s back up.

As you know, I’ve been waiting to grow out my pixie cut for over a year now. It feels like 5.  Although the plan all along was to grow my hair past the shoulders, I was fully aware that my hair, left to its own devices, looks better shorter. Although thick, my hair is fine and gets weighed down easily. The result: long, flat, limp hair. I’ve seen certain French starlets pull off this look but, needless to say, I lack the je ne sais quoi to do so. This probably explains why I always end up cutting my hair short every time it hits my shoulder blades; I’m not much of a ponytail person, and I’m also too clumsy and impatient to properly style long hair. So, with all this in mind, I knew that I wanted to do something different this time – after all, I am committed to sticking with long hair this time. At least for a while.

Enter the perm. I know what you’re probably thinking and let me tell you – I had one of those perms before. It was 2001, and I wanted the tousled, beach-waved bob of a Meg Ryan (remember when her haircut was all the rage?). Perhaps perm technology was not as advanced back then, or perhaps I had a miscommunication with my then stylist; either way, I ended up with a regular, tight spiral curl perm. It wasn’t as hideous as it sounds, but it was pretty bad.

The "gorgeousness" that was my first perm ...
The “gorgeousness” that was my first perm …

Since then, I’ve heard that there is a new type of perm in town, or at least a new way to do perms, that results in those still-coveted beachy waves. I’ve actually seen it. More importantly, my current stylist assured me that she knew the type of perm look of which I spoke – and that it could be done provided my hair was at least long enough to graze my shoulders. At that length, I wouldn’t have full-on mermaid-y curls, but my hair would have a wavy texture. Texture being the key here. Texture would keep my hair, as it continues growing out, from looking increasingly limp and lifeless. Texture would add volume and, more importantly, an element of fun to my hairstyle. I had briefly toyed with the idea of colouring my hair, as a way to inject said element of fun, but ultimately decided against it; I kind of like having “virgin” hair again after a decade of colouring it, and I figured that a perm would be less expensive to maintain over time than a dye job. [Also, because we are talking about a “loose” perm that would allow for new hair growth to blend in easily, it would only have to be re-done a couple of times a year, and therefore involve less exposure to chemicals.]

Ok, so rationale (and sundry justifications) aside … how does it look?

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Bed-head hair … but in a good way?

Pretty good, if I say so myself! I love how bouncy and fun it looks … and feels. I can’t stop swishing my hair every chance I get.

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Looking pretty good from all angles

Most importantly, it remains practical; I can still put it up in a ponytail, or pin it up for an updo, when I want the hair off my face. I can also straighten it if I feel like a sleeker do, but otherwise it’s wash ‘n go, baby! Just in time for, well, baby.

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Most of the few people to whom I had disclosed my plans in advance were horrified by the mention of the “p” word. My husband has since recanted his previous objections, and says he loves it (to be fair, what else could the poor guy say?). Actually, the first thing he said when he saw my new ‘do was that it made me look more like this chica:

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Obviously, it’s a superficial resemblance

And hey, let’s look at the bright side. Good or bad choice, it doesn’t matter … I’ll be home on maternity leave in no time, and then my hair will probably not see the light of day for months and months.

Just kidding!

Remix Challenge: week 48

Saturday, August 10, 2013: brunch with grandparents

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Dress, Elie Tahari; sandals, consignment; bag, Louis Vuitton (second-hand)

My parents were brave enough to try brunch with a toddler in tow – and dim sum, no less. Luka is not a big fan of trying new foods (he does not get that from me!), which meant that we had no edibles with which to distract him, other than the snacks I’d packed. There was also no wifi, which meant no Baby TV on the go (his current obsession). To everyone’s surprise, he did great! And the rest of us got to sample some yummy dumplings, deep fried and curry squid, sticky rice, shrimp cakes, rice noodle rolls … ermmm, this is a style blog, you say? Oh yeah, I wore my favourite (non)maternity Tahari tunic and leggings – easy, peasy.

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Manicure: Chanel Riva

Monday, August 12, 2013: work

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Dress, Banana Republic (consignment); tank, J. Crew Factory; necklace, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Nine West;  bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs

I don’t know what it is about this dress; I want to like it, I do like … but only in principle. Every time I wear it, I’m not entirely satisfied. It may be, as one reader pointed out before, an inch or so too long (and, therefore, on the dowdy side). With only 2 weeks of work left, I’m hoping this is the last time I have to make do with it. For the occasion, I threw on one of my favourite cardigans and even went so far as to break out some high heels. I still felt “meh” about the whole thing, but at least it is *technically* a different outfit than previous RC iterations.

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Manicure: Chanel Rose Confidentiel

Tuesday, August 13, 2013: work

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Pants, maternity; blouse, RACHEL Rachel Roy (consignment); cardigan, J. Crew (consignment); shoes, Kenneth Cole (thrift)

Have I mentioned how much I love this blouse? Apart from the print, it’s such a perfect cut for my pregnant self – it’s actually longer in the front than the back, great for covering my still-expanding bump. Speaking of the print, it is really interesting. On one hand, it’s pretty loud; on the other hand, the colour palette – while not composed of neutrals per se – are super versatile for matching with various other colour accents. I’ve done red and cobalt before, and here it is with peachy coral. I think yellow, pink, and purple would also work amazingly well. This is definitely one “maternity” piece I hope to keep around!

For accessories, I went with a few subtle pops of aqua. How cute are these earrings?

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Manicure: Chanel April

Wednesday, August 14, 2013: work

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Dress; MICHAEL Michael Kors; cardigan, J. Crew (eBay); brooch, vintage (Etsy); shoes, Nine West

This turned out a bit differently than I had pictured in my head, but I like it. It’s a very autumnal outfit, no? My memory is obviously slipping in my old age, because I could have sworn these two shades of brown were actually less dissimilar than they are – they almost clash a bit. To compensate, I added gold and red accents to play up the coppery brown cardigan, and left the darker chocolate brown as a neutral. I think the same outfit would also look great if I substituted a black dress and pumps. I’m loving this cardigan – so happy I snapped it up!

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Manicure: Zoya Irene

Thursday, August 15, 2013: work

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Dress, Mexx (thrift); jacket, Joe Fresh (consignment); shoes, Tory Burch (consignment); bag, Kate Spade

I caved!! I went and did the unthinkable: I wore a cotton maxi dress to work. I’ll be over here, hanging my head in shame. In my defence, I did on a Thursday, which is as close to casual Friday as my schedule this week permitted (see below). I also did my best to make it office appropriate, adding a brocade jacket (brocade is ever so grown-up, non?) and nice flats. Did I succeed? I hope so, because I have a feeling I may have to resort to this sort of ploy again before I’m officially done work.

Friday, August 16, 2013: work

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Dress, Sweet Chemise; shoes, Stuart Weitzman; bag, Louis Vuitton (consignment)

Another work function meant that I had to again forego my usual Friday denim in favour of something dressier. I was relieved to find that I still has something in my closet that fit the bill, more or less.

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Manicure: Chanel Vertigo

One more week (of work) down, one to go!