Here are some of the latest fashion finds I'm loving lately. About half of these happen to be on sale right now...so get 'em while they're hot and … [Read More...]
Here are some of the latest fashion finds I’m loving lately.
About half of these happen to be on sale right now…so get ’em while they’re hot and still in stock!
I’m head over heels for that pineapple dress from Anthropologie and the orange lace up sandals from Mod Cloth.
Do any of these tickle your fancy?
DIY Floral Belt
Sometimes I get “in the zone” and go overboard while creating.
I admit that when I made this DIY floral belt things got out of hand. It was supposed to be just a floral decorated hat band, or head band or even a floral choker. In the end I got carried away and added too many flowers.
It still looks fine as a hat band, or a head band/floral crown, but the whole idea of a floral choker is a bit much now.
It was very easy to make. The instructions are the same as what I used on this DIY floral hat band, only difference was rather than a closed band I attached it to an open fabric ribbon which makes the piece multifunctional.
I’ve worn this with colour but initially I had planned on wearing it with this dress…
I like to challenge myself though and black is just too easy. Pairing it with clashing colour and two patterns took it from beginner to advanced level and reminded me a bit of the Gucci campaign.
It feels a bit like wearing one of those fanny packs from the 80’s only it is made of flowers and doesn’t hold anything. #totallyimpracticalaccessories
I had made this as a gift but when I went so overboard I decided I needed to keep the piece as I was worried it was overwhelming. I need to take photos of this in my hair when it is curled. I think it will be lovely.
may have a slight massive addiction to creating and decorating with flowers.
Case in point, my office…
I love the fact that no matter the time of year it is always spring in my office.
How do you feel about a floral belt? Too feminine, too much, or just right?
Linking up with Fun Fashion Fridays
Remember when saying you met someone online sounded creepy and desperate?
Now people are less likely to raise an eyebrow when you say you are meeting someone online.
That is, unless of course you are being questioned by the Canadian Airport Security in which case they might ask you a whole slew of questions that you are ill prepared to answer. I will do the Canadian thing and apologize for that Patti. Next time I will give you my full biography in advance so you can study up and pass the test with flying colours.
Last week I was very fortunate to have two bloggers, Ally from Shy Biker and Patti from Not Dead Yet, come and visit me for a few days.
Ally made the trip all the way from just outside of NYC to Toronto on her motorcycle. Yes, I was impressed!
Patti flew up from the hot and steamy state of Florida to be greeted by the hot and steamy summer of Toronto. It is true folks! We do not have snow here year round and our go-to transportation is not via dog sled. Shocker!
Top Three Tips To Take Online Friendship To The Next Level
#1 Tip To Take Online Friendship To The Next Level
Make sure they aren’t serial killers. The first time I met Patti and Ally was last year during the 40+ Blogger Meet-up, so I already knew neither on of them were serial killers.
I also did a full background security check and traced their ancestors back thousands of years. Apparently they are both related to prehistoric man. Amazing!
#2 Tip To Take Online Friendship To The Next Level
Be prepared with an “out” excuse in case things don’t work out as planned. Make it realistic so as to not upset/tip-off your visitor.
“I’ve got to go home and finish watching my socks dry, or I think I hear my Mom calling me home for supper,”
only work under just the right circumstances. I’ve used both of these on my husband. I think he is suspicious about my Mom calling me home for supper. Especially since she lives on the other side of Canada and there is a three hour time difference.
Lucky for me I didn’t need to use my excuses for leaving the real life meet up early cause these guys are great!
#3 Tip To Take Online Friendship To The Next Level
Have an emergency number to call in case you need help.
I only called that number once when I went to pick up Ally from the wrong hotel. (I had a blond moment. Yes, my natural hair colour is blond.) Okay, twice because I didn’t remember where I’d parked the car. Honestly I only used my emergency number three times because I was getting bored sitting in traffic and needed someone to talk to while I ate all of the emergency snacks in my car.
Making New Friends Online Makes Blogging Meaningful
Online friendships like real life friendships require nurturing. Time is our most precious commodity, especially as we grow older and carving out some time to devote to new found friends is a priority for me, especially since I lost my real life best friend two years ago. No, she didn’t die, she just decided she didn’t want to be my friend any longer after 23 years. That is a whole other story. Letting go and moving on hasn’t been easy for me, but my online friendships that have turned into real life friendships have helped dramatically. In fact, they are honestly the only reason I continue to blog. Without them this blog would just be me dressing myself up like a 50 year old Barbie doll and taking photos of myself. Apparently I’ve never outgrown Barbie Dolls.
As I’ve gotten older I see how much harder it is to make new real life friends. Since I work from home and don’t go to school my only chance of meeting new people is when I’m running errands. Everyone at the grocery store just wants to get in and out of there as fast as possible. They don’t appreciate it when you strike up a conversation about your favourite brand of cereal, the overripe avocados or keep “accidentally” confusing their grocery cart with your own.
Making friends online is much more socially acceptable and what fuels my desire to continue blogging.
There is no way I would have randomly met these wonderful people in real life. That is the power of blogging and creating online friendships. The internet provides so much more than porn and hate forums. Photos and videos of baby pugs and connecting with fantastic, interesting, unique people top my list of things I love about the internet.
What is your favourite thing about the internet?
How do you manage to meet new friends?
Have you ever taken an online friendship to the next level? Did it work out?
Linking up with Throw Back Thursday
You know those days when the humidity is 90% and the sun is searing down like laser beams intent on burning out your retinas?
When the steamy breath of summer is making you sticky in places you can’t air out in public?
When it is simply too hot to wear clothes?
Yeah. I’ve got you covered. Literally because this is a SFW site…there will be no nakedness here today. Sorry creepy dudes.
What To Wear When It Is Hot Outside
This is how you keep your cool and look relaxed when it is too hot to think outside.
Wear silk or natural fibres that flow away from your body, like this silk A-line dress that I thrifted a few months back.
I also avoid excessive accessories in the heat. Normally I’d be wearing a hat with this but I took the photos later in the day.
I also load up on SPF and fake tanning cream for the legs. I don’t need any new
age spots freckles.
I can’t be bothered to put on any fake tan anywhere but my legs. I’m sure I’m not the only one. That stuff stinks.
I’ve had a few summer heat emergencies before where I literally thought I was going to spontaneously combust. There is the time it was death or a new dress and the time when a trickle of sweat rolled down my back and laughed at me as I made haste for Costco (it’s not what you’d expect).
I’ve learned the hard way not to wear synthetic fibres or tight belts.
Here is another one of my all time favourite dresses for summer heat, made of linen.
The famous dress I bought because I was going to die.
What is your favourite go-to clothing when it is sweltering hot outside? Dress, skirt or shorts?
I’m having a couple of famous bloggers come for a visit this week so I might not get a post up for Friday as I’ll be having too much fun in real life. I will probably still take a few shots for my Instagram if you’re following me there you can see what we get up to and who my mysterious visitors are.
How do you style vintage skirts contemporary? The easiest way is combining them with more modern pieces.
All of the pieces here are contemporary even if the handbag and glasses are reproductions of vintage pieces.
This outfit might have more of a retro vibe than most people like, but it is “just right” for me.
Every time I get out this embroidered estate sale skirt from Italy I’m delighted by the quality and details. It is just one of those pieces that makes me feel ultra feminine.
I truly cannot decide about this top. On one hand I love it because I think the shape is very flattering and it goes with a million different things in my closet. On the other hand it shows lots of skin and has a massive keyhole directing the eyes right to my newest smattering of unwelcome age spots, which I keep trying to tell myself are just very large freckles.
There is also a little bit of boobage overflow at the underarms and of course some cleavage.
This is one of the very rare pieces in my closet that I paid full price for at Anthropologie.
I keep putting it in the consignment store pile and then taking it out again depending on my mood and level of self confidence.
For the moment I think it is staying with me. There is no chance of a wardrobe malfunction because it fits like a glove. I have thought briefly about stitching some sheer fabric behind the keyhole. I can’t decide if that would just look tacky and cheap or ladylike and fancy. There is such a fine line between the two (wink).
8 Ways To Style Vintage Skirts
Here are some other ways I’ve styled my vintage skirts with a contemporary twist.