Roller Disco Outfit

I found this old photo (2016?) from a friend’s birthday party and realized I’d never posted it. Now that I look back at it I think it would make a good roller derby or roller disco Halloween outfit. It is an easy last minute costume!

Recalling the night – now that my circle and I are thirtiy-ish there is a mad dash to be a kid again. Trying things that we haven’t done before is essential and a birthday party at a club is a rarity now. So the choice for a girlfriend’s birthday was a Christian roller disco rink in Mississauga…any excuse for a good theme party.

When I got there around 8:00 p.m. there was a line of 12 year olds outside the door waiting to get in. Seeing that I was confused and fully regretted my risqué outfit. But at least the photos can give inspiration for a lazy and easy Halloween costume.

Roller Skates and Rainbow Knee highs

I went for a dark more gothic roller disco look. I paired the statement gold sequinned shorts with a black off the shoulder shirt, wide black fishnets and knee highs. The knee highs were thick in case I fell (it only happened once). I had never used old style skates like this before but it was a challenge My Bff pictured fell at least three times in an hour; but he made me proud by getting up every single time! Persistence!

Shirt: black off the shoulder (from a cheap store I don’t recall where)
Fishnets
Thick Black knee highs
Gold Sequin Shorts

Terre Bleu Sunflower Field

Terre Bleu Lavender and Sunflower Field Outfit

Lavender Field Outfit - White and cream outfit

I’ve been wanting to go to the lavender field since last summer- all the pictures look so pretty and magical. Finally after a spontaneous comment about wanting to see it; my friend and I made it on the holiday Monday in August. We arrived just after 11:00 a.m. and all the staff were so so nice and perky, so nice that I actually noticed they were nice. As summer jobs go I bet this is a fun one.

Purple ribbon on sunhat at a lavender field

I think chose the perfect outfit – pretty and comfortable. I thought the white and cream would stand out against the field; do you think it did? The outfit is actually a mid – length lace dress I got from a children’s store in Italy. The tutu skirt is pretty gauzy so a long top is necessary if I’m not wearing nylons. For me this is a very neutral outfit, but I added some purple in it to keep on theme. On the straw sunhat I added a purple ribbon to it for obvious reasons. The flash of purple tassel earrings were made by me. I also painted my nails lilac because I’m a nerd.

Yellow door at Terre Bleu

My girlfriend and I wore matching sun hats for the look and of course to protect our skin. We walked around the first field took too many photos and just listened to the bees – there were so many it vibrated. Of course, we made it to the iconic yellow door and I walked through to put my worries behind me. By this time it was at least 12:30 in the afternoon and we were starving. Being the planner I am I brought a small picnic of sandwiches, veggies and fruit. Then I was disappointed to learn the lavender ice cream wasn’t safe for my nut allergy. Not surprising, but still disappointing. But the farm’s lemonade was nice.

We bought the extra tickets to the sunflower field as well. Two bucket lists in one day! As we walked across the road and farm to the flower field we watched the sky nervously. It was definitely going to rain. We get to the field and there and there are a few raindrops and quickly take a few pictures. Then the rain starts to explode. We put our hats on for coverage and I just decided to accept the rain – it was actually freeing to get caught in the rain in a sunflower field. The scene felt like it was from a movie where the leading lady just learned something vital about herself that would shape her life. There was no way we could have avoided getting wet. After a few minutes it cleared and we enjoyed the flowers with a few more picture. When we walked back to the parking lot I knew it was going to erupt again, which it did as soon as we got to the car.

It's raining in a sunflower field

Shirt: actually a dress from children’s store in Italy – it had an ugly bow I cut off
Skirt: Zumel and Co
Hat: H & M with a ribbon added
Earrings: made by me
Gladiator sandals: really old and from Hong Kong, I had to toss them afterwards due to the rain

White Lace Boho Shirt

White Lace Boho Shirt (2 Ways)

When I saw this shirt I thought it was gorgeous and so delicate. It has this angelic white lace with dramatic bell sleeves – the sleeves make it! Although they are a bit over the top they are still short enough to not get in the way of things like eating or typing on the computer (fashion needs to be functional).  The details of the contrasting lace at the collar and where the sleeves connect make the shirt even more special.

Below are two ways I rocked this lace piece.

Boho Resort Outfit

Giant Chess Board - Jamaica

Boho Outfit - lace shirt and jean shorts

This was an outfit I wore walking around the resort and having pina colodas in Jamaica. I love how I feel like a hippie who is one with the earth in it.

The shorts have lace and are that ripped-up look. They are totally boho and are surprisingly comfortable- maybe because they are so naked. So together I feel like a free spirit running around the beach. The red pompom earrings are my newest creation and give a pop of colour to the outfit. The purse and hat are embellished DIYs by me.

Shirt: Siistar
Shorts: Free People (but on sale from an outlet)
Hat: H&M (embellished via a DIY)
Sandals: Sam Edelman

White Lace Shirt Brunch Outfit

White Lace Boho Shirt - Work appropriate

This look is more dressed up and ‘uptight’ I wore it to a girls brunch. I have also worn this look to the office – so it is less of a hippie outfit (although still pretty).  The tailored cropped pants and black and white splattered purse are more structured than the other look. The sandals were bought in Capri, Italy and have rhinestone butterflies on them.

Shirt: Siistar
Cropped Pants: Tommy Hilfigher
Purse: When I travelled to Hong Kong
Sandals: On a trip to Capri

Pink Jumpsuit in Jamaica

Hot Pink Banana Republic Belted Jumpsuit (2 Ways)

I wanted to get something new for my Jamaica trip. I felt like I had already worn all my resort appropriate clothes and wanted something fresh to make me feel amazing- so I searched for bright colours. When I saw this electric pink jumpsuit it screamed at me. I was worried it wouldn’t fit but luckily I scooped up the last one in my size! See below for the two slightly different ways I styled it.

Look 1 – Resort Outfit

Pink outfit and red necklace

DIY Straw Pom Pom Clutch

The secret with bold coloured jumpsuits is it looks like you put a lot of effort in but you didn’t since it is just one piece. The best thing is, it has pockets?! It may not look it but it is comfortable and fairly light.

I wore this outfit to our farewell to vacation dinner on our last night in Jamaica. I paired it with a statement gold and red necklace and stretchy neon bracelets. I love these silver flat sandals, I got them made when I was in Capri. This cute little old man had a shop where you could pick the sandal style, leather colour and size! I always feel fancy when I wear them.   Another great thing about this pant suit is I didn’t need to wear heels with the suit- the length is perfect for flats.

The purse is an embellished purse from Michael’s craft store (DIY coming soon). It is perfect for the climate and actually holds a lot.

Pink Banana Republic Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic
Necklace: made by me
Sandals: Got custom made on the spot in Capri
Bracelets: made by me

Look 2 – Funky work outfit

Pink Belted Jumpsuit

Turquoise Sandals - Sam Edelman

This looks is almost the same but a bit more funky. Instead of a chunky necklace I wore a long bullet necklace -it has a crystal inside an upcycled bullet. You can’t see the shoes in the full body picture because unfortunately my photographer cut them off! But they are turquoise sandals with gold details. The shiny Rayban glasses also make the look more street.

Jumpsuit: Banana Republic
Necklace: made by me
Glasses: Rayban
Sandals: Sam Edelman

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

I have always admired Ted Baker’s line. It is well made, beautiful and classic.  But I’ve held back purchasing because it is hard to justify spending a certain amount of money on clothes. However, I came into some fun money and thought the perfect thing to do with it was to get something I’ve wanted for awhile.  Since this this money was unplanned and this dress was on sale I convinced myself it was okay to buy. Now I may be addicted to his line.

Curtsy in a Scalloped Dress

The dress has pockets!

I wore this dress to a fancy celebration dinner for my four year anniversary. We went to Flor de Sal, a restaurant near Casa Loma which we stumbled upon a few Halloweens ago. When we went the first time we were definitely dressed inappropriately; now it is a place we go on special occasions.

What I love about this dress is the attention to details. Aside from the pretty grey and floral motif – the scalloped hem and sleeves give extra special details. There is also a copper exposed zipper on the back. And wait – it has pockets! The dress also has stretch and is big circle skirt you can actually eat in. The bright pink purse is also Ted Baker and I scored it at Nordstrom’s The Rack.  I saw it and it screamed me; luckily I’ve been a pro at spotting sales lately.

Short Wavy Hair

The heels have ankle straps that make them less typical. I also did my best to curl my hair for the occasion, but sadly it was almost flat when we got to the restaurant due to the wind.

Ted Baker Scalloped Dress

Ted Baker skater pink and grey scalloped dress

What is your splurge brand?

Dress: Ted Baker
Purse: Ted Baker
Shoes: Sam Edelman

Metallic Grey Leggings and a blue wall

American Apparel Metallic Grey Leggings

Blue Archway - Roncesvalles

Green Damask Wallpaper

Lately these shiny grey leggings have been my go-to for style and comfort. See more polished way I wore them here. They were the best Value Village score. I am determined to wear pants as little as possible! And I would’t exactly consider leggings pants …but these leggings are super easy and still fashionable.

Mint Green Teapot

Mint Green Teapot

This outfit is very simple, a loose black shirt and the statement leggings. The only accessory I added was the kitschy fun cameo necklace to give the outfit some flair. Red lips and dramatic eyelashes also glam the look up. I wore the outfit wandering around Roncesvalles on the weekend.

Grey Leggings Outfit

Blue Wall

You probably won’t notice, but I tried to put a purple wash in my hair and it didn’t take very well, you can see slight lavender in my hair directly in the light but just barely! The goal is to be blonder to have crazier hair!

Sipping Tea

Leggings: American Apparel (from Value Village)
Random old black shirt
DIY necklace made from old jewelry
Lipstick: Lime Crime (True Love)
Sandals: Sam Edelman 

Colourful Outfit and a purple wall

Kaleidoscope Dress – Forever 21

Kaleidoscope Dress and Coral Coat

Kaleidoscope Dress - Pink and Purple

This outfit went straight from work to evening drinks. Since it is finally nice my co-worker and I ventured to Kensington Market, which is one of the cooler, hippie areas in Toronto. Like the market, this outfit is colour overload and may be too crazy for most offices. But whatever, it is spring and I believe there is never too much colour.

The formfitting dress underneath is like a kaleidoscope of flowers which I got ages ago at Forever 21. It’s so different and was affordable, but I haven’t worn it nearly as much given the crazy pattern. The coral coat is one of my favourite go-to pieces. I reach for it whenever I want to make a statement and I’m not sure what to wear. The boots are black velvet and work for fall as well – and they are comfy even though they may not look it. The only piece of jewelry I’m wearing are turquoise feather and chain earrings I made. Since the dress is so busy, you don’t need much of anything else.

Turquoise Feather Earrings - Etsy

The purpose of the after work adventure with my fashion friend was to find a patio and a good graffiti wall – luckily we didn’t have to search for long!

Coat: Zara
Dress: Forever 21 (from years ago)
Boots: Indigo Rd (from The Bay)
Feather Earrings: made by me

white skirt outfit

Coral Tassel Earring Outfit

Neutral Outfit - white Zara Coat

White coat with bell sleeves

This outfit came together to match my new tassel earrings. I found these coral and gold beads I fell in love with; then saw matching tassels in the fabric store on the same day. I knew they were meant to be fabulous earrings. I finally got around to making my vision and just needed to wear them immediately.

Coral Tassel Earrings

Coral Tassel Earrings

I was spontaneously going out for tacos because it was Cinqo de Mayo (stereotypical and cliche I know) so thankfully I could wear the earrings! My outfit was way dressier than everyone in the restaurant but the tassels were happy.

I chose this sheer shirt because it has a tiny bit of coral in it, like I said this whole outfit exists because of these earrings. The skirt is gauzy and has some shimmer, someone commented that it was like Cinderella. Generally I would wear this shirt with a tight pencil skirt since it is loose. But everything I had was black and black seemed so drab for a sunny day. So I went for the opposite of my usual and created a neutral outfit.  Usually I go for colour overload, but the shirt and earrings are fun enough. The cream skirt has some shimmer in it and the coat reminds me of what a politician would wear. I paired the look with nude pumps to give the look more softness.

Neutral Outfit

Earrings: Made by me
Shirt: Shein (I wore a black cami under it)
Shirt: Zumel & Co
Shoes: This Is Spring

AGO afternoon tea

AGO Afternoon Tea

Kusama Narcissus Garden

I bought an Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) membership in the hopes of getting into the Kusama infinity mirrors exhibit, which didn’t grant my wish. However, while going through the benefits I discovered they do afternoon tea. A proper tea at an art gallery; well that just sounds like the best and classiest thing ever!

For my outfit I wore these orange/red cropped lace pants. They were such a good sale item. They are a statement piece, the colour is bold – but wait you haven’t heard the best part – they have an elastic waist! Which means you can actually eat your afternoon tea. A plain white shirt with scalloped sleeves and my Egyptian inspired necklace completed the look. I also wore a Kate Spade bracelet which I got from a BUNZ trade and a blue stretchy bracelet I made. Since the pants are a show piece you don’t need much else.

AGO afternoon tea

Handmade Necklace Red, Yellow, Orange - Etsy

The traffic to get there was insane for some reason, it took double it should have to get there. I was so stressed in the car! But we were still able to enjoy the tea being 30 minutes late. I thought it was supposed to be Kusama-inspired but it didn’t seem to be. When I go for tea I always judge how pretty the teacups are and these passed my test. They served mini avocado toast and a chicken katsu bite which were yummy and different than a typical tea menu. There was also an infused (with matcha I think) hard boiled egg as well. And of course scones and clotted cream!

Kusama Narcissus Garden

After we walked around really quickly and saw a couple paintings and the one free Kusama exhibit . I think that is the most I’ll get to see of the mirror exhibit sadly.

Shirt: Shein
Pants: J.Crew
Necklace: made by me
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Purse: purchased in Hong King but I think it is Italian
Blazer: Club Monaco (from ages ago)
Pocket Square: Tommy Hilfigher

My Little Pony T-shirt

My Little Pony T-Shirt

My Little Pony T-shirt

Yes, I am an adult. I pay my bills, have a full-time job and am trying to further my education. Yet still, when I see a sparkly My Little Pony shirt I am compelled to buy it. Especially if it is pink, black and has sparkles on it; one of my favourite combinations!

This shirt is from a local Toronto designer, so supporting a store that reminds me of how Queen Street West was in my youth (less big box stores and more independent designers) makes me feel good. Shopping is supposed to make you feel good, right?

My Little Pony T-shirt - Hayley Elsasser

Silver Bullet Earrings

This is probably one of my most casual looks ever. The shirt is boyfriend style and is unisex and looser than I usually wear, I must admit I’d like it better if the sleeves were shorter, but I still love it. I never realized how comfortable a t-shirt could be! Heck, maybe I’ll change my style – retire all the pencil skirts and blazers!

I paired it with grey jeans to bring out the silver sparkle of the pony, and studded rocker boots with a slight heel. I added pink extensions to the hair (they are hard to see in the picture) to add some more colour to pick up the pink outline of the pony. The only jewelry I’m wearing are silver bullet earrings I made. They are created from bullets I actually shot!

This was definitely a fun outfit that brought out the kid in me.

My Little Pony T-shirt - Hayley Elsasser

Shirt: Hayley Elsaesser
Jeans: Guess
Boots: Sam Edelman
Bullet earrings: made by me