Category: Remix Challenge

What I Wore: Fall Colours

Everyone has their own little fall season rituals, whether it be re-discovering one’s favourite cozy sweaters or indulging in a spiced pumpkin latte or two. This year, my fall-inspired obsession has been colour; I’ve been craving autumnal shades, from mossy green to mustard yellow and mushroom grey and, most of all, burgundy. I noticed this personal trend in nail polish especially; I normally like to switch up my polish colours all the time, because I get bored easily and like a lot of variety, so it was definitely unusual to have a two-week stretch when my polish picks looked like this:

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Left to right: In the Cable Carpool Lane; Parlez Vous OPI; Puerta Vallarta Violeta; Boris & Natasha

Not surprisingly, a lot of my outfits reflected a similar colour palette, so I thought it would be interesting to show them together in a WIW post. Without further ado …

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OPI Parlez Vous OPI

Every time I put on Parlez Vous OPI, I am reminded of what an underrated classic it is; it’s not one of those polishes that wow you in the bottle, but is it ever flattering and pretty on the nail.

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Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs (consignment); shirt, no label (consignment); tights, Joe Fresh; boots, Nine West; bag, Marc Jacobs (consignment)

I love the mix of shades of purple in this Marc by Marc Jacobs tunic, and I added an extra one with dark aubergine coloured tights. While I like the colour of this pair of Joe Fresh tights, I am not impressed with the quality, and in particular the opacity; I should have known better, and stuck to my usual brand (Hue).

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Sorry about the blurry photo – taking pics on the go , with two kids wreaking havoc in the background, is always a hit-and-miss affair.

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Rings, Swarovski & Cartier

One of my few polish purchases this fall has been this purple-leaning burgundy creme from the OPI San Francisco collection. If I could only find a sweater or cardigan (or slim-cut cords) in this colour, I would be a happy camper.

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OPI In the Cable Carpool Lane

I have been avoiding buying Joe Fresh clothes for a while now, but finally caved in and bought an item recently. The culprit? This cream, loose-knit cardigan. It’s been one of the items missing from my fall wardrobe, and I simply had no luck finding one I liked second-hand. This one met all of my criteria, minus quality (it’s only part wool) and the fact that it’s made in China. If I were less impatient, I would have waited – I’m sure I would have eventually found a good alternative either at consignment or thrift. But with winter looming, temptation got the best of me.

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Pants, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (consignment); shirt, no label (consignment); sweater, Joe Fresh; necklace, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Old Navy; bag, Marc Jacobs (consignment)

I’ve been wearing my glasses a lot more recently (mostly out of convenience), but I still hate wearing them in photos. I can’t help feeling like I look extra geeky with them on; I guess the psychological scars inflicted in middle school never really go away.

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Four eyes are better than two?
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Rings, Swarovski & Cartier

You might do a double-take when you see this next polish, but I assure you that it’s different than the previous one. OPI Boris and Natasha (love the name!) is an older polish from the Russia collection, and it’s a more brown-leaning burgundy than In the Cable Carpool Lane (above). You could call it “raisin”, if you wanted to get real’ fancy.

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OPI Boris & Natasha

And speaking of similar things, here’s a slightly different take on the same cardigan as above.

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Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch (consignment); tank, Costco/Kirkland; sweater, Joe Fresh; belt, J. Crew Factory; boots, Ecco; bag, Tory Burch (Kijiji)

One of the things I’m still self-conscious about, post-baby, is my postpartum tummy. Let’s just say that it’s not as camera-ready as it used to be, especially from certain angles. Adding a belt to the equation might seem either foolhardy or masochistic, but remember – I have been preaching the gospel of the belt for a long time, so I had to practice it too. It was less daunting than it seemed, just a question of finding the right spot to belt – in this case, my natural waist.

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Belting it

As always, when I’m feeling anything less than 100% great about my outfit, I pile on favourite accessories to distract myself.

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Watch, Fossil; bracelet, RACHEL Rachel Roy

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One of my favourite “neutral” polishes is OPI Puerta Vallarta Violeta from the Mexico collection. It’s the most exquisite shade of pale lavender:

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OPI Puerta Vallarta Violeta

I love my new Adriano Goldschmied Stevie cords (a fantastic Kijiji find), and I wish it was still summer so I could wear them with flats everywhere. They’re slim enough to fit into my boots, but I prefer how they look with flats (hence these photos).

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Pants, Adriano Goldschmied (via Kijiji); blouse, Equipment; necklace, Old Navy; belt, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Nine West; bag, YSL (consignment)

I’m also loving this cream silk blouse – another closet “hole” filled. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to add this basic piece to my wardrobe!

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I love how this outfit came together; it’s pretty basic, but it feels great. That’s the most important thing, now more than ever.

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Ring, Coach

Do you have any fall fashion faves?

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Time for another round-up of recent outfits!

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Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch (consignment); sweater, J. Crew Factory; cape, Club Monaco (loan); scarf, Winners; bag, Coach (vintage); shoes, Nine West

I won’t lie: I’ve worn some version of this outfit a lot. It’s just so easy, which is a very important consideration when getting two kids ready to go anywhere is already a prolonged process.

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Earrings, Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom

When I’m wearing a relatively simple outfit, I like to add a few of my fave accessories so I can still feel a little “dressed up”.

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Bracelet, Links of London

Speaking of simple outfits, here is one of my favourites.

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Pants, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (consignment); shirt, Tommy Hilfiger; sweater, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Old Navy

I accessorized with one of my fave nail polished of all time, Essie Starry Starry Night.

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Manicure: Essie Starry Starry Night

That photo doesn’t really do it justice, so here’s a close-up:

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Essie Starry Starry Night

I just got this cute sweater from J. Crew Factory – what do you think? Too young?

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Trench, Gap; sweater, J. Crew Factory; leggings, Old Navy; boots, Hunter; bag, Z Spoke (consignment)

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I don’t always have time to pick the just right polish for each outfit, but a bright colour always works.

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Watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs; bracelet, Tiffany

With the weather getting colder, it looks like I won’t be doing many “location” photos anymore (welcome back to the beige wall of doom). So there will be fewer opportunities for results like these … that’s me, cracking up at my son photo-bombing me in the background.

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Photo-bombed!
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The culprit

The whole family recently trekked to West Edmonton Mall on a special mission (more on that in a moment). I wore the same sweater, two days in a row; I tend to do that when I need to convince myself I made a good purchase – or, you know, assuage the shopping guilt. At this rate, this sweater will be getting a lot of wear.

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Skirt, Zara (thrifted); sweater, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Old Navy; bag, Coach (vintage)

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I’m still not sure the sweater is “mature” enough for a 33-year old mother of two, but when it doubt … don’t act your age! A funky, sparkly manicure is a good way to go.

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Manicure: Chanel Cosmic + OPI Save Me; ring, Swarovski
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Brooch, thrifted; bracelets, Tiffany

We took a quick detour from our mission to stop in at Simons. I’m always confused by their store – it’s so large and there is so much there to see, I feel like I need a tour guide. On the other hand, I adore their changing rooms; the wallpaper is to die for. I have no idea where I’d put it, but I want it in my house!

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I need this!

Here’s a hint as to the general nature of our special mission to West Ed. There’ll be another one in a moment …

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The little blue box

Finally, here’s a pretty typical outfit. Plain, and not particularly fashion-forward, but oh-so-practical.

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Jeans, American Eagle; shirt, H&M; tank, Thyme Maternity; shoes, Old Navy; bag, Coach (vintage)

Whenever my outfit feels a bit “blah”, I always add some of my fave accessories to cheer myself up.

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Rings, Cartier & Simons
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Anchor key chain, J. Crew
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Necklace, Tiffany

And here’s our special mission revealed: a little something to commemorate Tea’s arrival, and the love she brought into our hearts.

Till next time! xo

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Time for another round-up of recent outfits!

At this point, I’m still working on getting used to my post-baby body, which is – ahem! – not quite as I remember. Things definitely fit differently than before, if they fit at all. Since I won’t truly have my body “back” (to myself) until I am done breastfeeding, I’m not too worried about all that right now, but it does make putting a decent outfit together a bit challenging.

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Trench, Gap; skirt, Winners; sweater, J. Crew; shirt, no label (consignment); boots, Hunter; bag, Tory Burch (second-hand)

One of the things currently missing from my wardrobe is a thicker fall coat; I only have my trench. This means that on colder days, layering is key. These days, that’s made easier by the fact that I wear my nursing tanks practically 24/7. Hello, insta-layer! [As an aside, they are not actually nursing tanks. I bought one of those from Thyme Maternity, and found the quality to be shockingly poor given the price tag – $35 a pop! Instead, on a tip from my sister-in-law, I bought some Kirkland tanks at Costco (2-pack for $15) and they are very similar, function-wise, but far better quality in my opinion. They don’t have the detachable front flap thingie, but still super easy to nurse in. They are also made from Modal, so they are comfortable as heck; I’m not exaggerating when I say that I live in them around the clock.]

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Still loving my Target bag (and mustard yellow as an accent colour), and I have been pleasantly surprised by how functional it’s proven to be. I wear it a lot! Because of the price, I don’t feel bad about being rough on it – which happens a lot these days given the amount of stuff I have to cart around. I should mention that it is already starting to show some wear, mostly colour transfer on the back where it rubs against my clothes (I think my dark wash skinny jeans are the culprit in this case).

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Dress, Mexx (thrifted); jacket, Club Monaco (gift); scarf, gift; sweater, Joe Fresh; boots, Ecco; bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

I took a risk and bought this cute headband at Marshalls – is it too juvenile?

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Headband, Ophelie Hats (Marshalls)

For a girls’ brunch, I decided to bust out my new Elie Tahari blouse – over a “nursing” tank, natch. Did I mention those Kirkland tanks come in a variety of different colours? Very handy for accessorizing.

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Jeans, iT Jeans (consignment); blouse, Elie Tahari (consignment); jacket, Club Monaco (loan from my mom); shoes, Kenneth Cole (thrifted); bag, Kate Spade (Kijiji)

Still loving my rose gold accessories:

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Manicure: Chanel Rose Moire

We had glorious weather this Thanksgiving, and I seized the opportunity (the last one this year?) to wear a  dress.

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Dress, Diane von Furstenberg (consignment); tank, Kirkland; trench, Gap; boots, Sam Edelman; necklace, Tiffany

As you can tell, I had a blast frolicking in my friends’ back yard.

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This DVF dress is a size 4, which used to fit me just right; as you can tell, it doesn’t exactly do so now. Thank goodness that wrap dresses are ever so accommodating, eh?

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For my Thanksgiving manicure, I picked the appropriately named (and hued) Holiday:

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Manicure: Chanel Holiday

And that’s a wrap!