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Fall 2016 Fashion Picks Part 1 – Clothing and Scarves #fashion #scarves #clothes #accessories #shopping


I’ve been doing Fall Fashion picks I believe for about the past three-years. I always think I’m going to do Spring picks too but life seems to be a lot busier in spring. Anyways, hope you like my picks, they are from a variety of different stores and price points.
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Everyday Dress in Plum (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Classic Little Black Dress for Worknd After ( http://www.bananarublic.ca)

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Shapely Jean Dress for Casual Friday and Weekends
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The Perfect Little Stripped Navy Blazer (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Cute Blazer Tied at The Waist (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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A Lovely Vest In Plum to Spice Things Up (www.dynamiteclothing.com)

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The Classic Cardigan in Black or Any Colour (www.lechateau.com)

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An Open Version of the Classic Cardigan (www.lechateau.com)

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A cozy thicker Cardigan for cold Days. (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Black Waxed Moto Jacket (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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A Bright amd Cheery Wool Coat for the Cold (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Cropped Black Dress Pants with Flare (www.anthropologie.com)

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Straight Black Dress Pants (www.lechateau.com)

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Flared Black Dress Pants (www.lechateau.com)

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Skinny Ankle Jeans (www.bananarepublic.ca

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Dark Flared Jeans (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Boyfriend Jeans for the Weekend (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Fluted Navy Skirt Alone or With Navy Jacket (Above). (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Classic White Blouse (www.dynamiteclothing.com)

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Pink Blouse with Ruffled Collar – Taking the White Blouse Up a Notch (www.bananarepublic.ca)

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Peplum Lace Shirt In Ivory (www.dynamiteclothing.com)

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Silky See-Through Black Blouse (www.anthropologie.com)

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Classic Black T-Shirt Taken Up a Notch with Faux- Leather Insert (www.dynamiteclothing.com)

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Cozy Turtle Neck in Icy Sea Blue. (www.bananrepublic.ca)

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Blue and Grey Scarf (www.anthropologie.com)

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Printed Green and Off White Scarf (www.anthropologie.com)

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The Go With Anything Greyish Scarf with Gold Highlights (www.anthropologie.com)

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Purple/Orange/Pick Gradiated Scarf, Bright, the Perfect Outfit Brightner (www.anthropologie.com)

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Thanks for browsing. I will be doing a part 2 of my fashion picks tomorrow with jewelry, shoes, boots, and different purses.

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A History of My Fashion Vibe


Prompt:

Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.——–

 

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I think I have always been interested in clothes and shopping. I remember being a small girl helping my Mom decide what to wear when she was going out for dinner or to something with my Dad’s work. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was little so my Mom often sewed her clothes and even some of ours. 

Mom has been sewing since she learned how to sew when she was a young teenager. My Baba and Grandpa Wilson didn’t have much money and Mom could stretch her dollar by buying fabric and thread and not buying something ready made. Not to mention, when my Mom sewed she could sew so her outfit fit her perfectly. She is short so she could make her pants whatever length she wanted and her dresses could be any fabric she chose. 

 

http://www.sewfun.com
 
In elementary school, Mom made my first two winter jackets. The one I remember most was a purple jacket with purple snow pants. I got to choose the color. I never chose pink because when you’re a blond girl whose young everyone wants to dress you in pink clothes. I don’t think I ever wore pink again until high school. 

I went to Brownie’s for a bit on Tuesday nights at this church. I loved how all the girls wore these dresses with big skirts that were frilly. So, my Mom made me this black dress with pink and purple flowers and we bought a frilly white skirt to put underneath. I wore that dress along time. 

 

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As I became older, my Mom worked a bit as a supervisor at our school lunch program so we had a bit more money and could afford clothes from stores more. Also, my Mom had less time to sew. There was this store I liked when I was around eight to ten-years-old called Please Mum and I fit their clothes well. I was stocky as a little girl. We didn’t go to the mall often but when we did my Mom would often by me something. She bought me this white blouse once and it had a frilly clown collar. I told her I would wear it but you know what I hated that collar it was too girly for me then. 

Later, there was a store Northern Reflections for Kids and my Mom bought us clothes there. I was fashionable for the nineties I suppose. I wore jeans in various colours that were ‘Mom Jean’ like in a relaxed fit and went skinny at the ankle. I wore ugly sweater vests and mock knocked shirts.

In grade six I began to thin out and all I remember wearing were oversized T-shirts and flares. The flares weren’t too big in grade six but I remember they got bigger like to “elephant” pants in grade eight. My Mom made me a pair of green cord elephant pants. I also loved these sweat pants I had with a rainbow ribbon down the side of each pant leg and the flare was pretty big coming down from the knee.

 

http://www.fashion.allwomenstalk.com
 
In high school for the majority of it, I wore a uniform. I wore a grey kilt, a white blouse, a navy sweater/cardigan/vest and tie. I wore knee socks and dress black shoes. There were casual t-shirts and long sleeved shirts and casual pants but I mostly wore a kilt with little gym shorts underneath with a pair of name brand converse type shoe. I cared about fashion and tried to dress my most stylish on the few non-uniform days we had. I bought my clothes on sale at The Gap or Jacob. I loved Jacob clothes for along time but they shut down in Canada last year. I wore flares in jeans and khaki’s and I liked pink a lot. I wore pink three quarter length shirts and I had the cutest black jean jacket that I received for Christmas with Ruffles at the top of the shoulders. Plus, we all tried to find substitutes for our uniform clothing that a busy  teacher wouldn’t catch. Needless to say, the vice-principal started calling almost everyone to the obvious one day a month and we would all get written up for having uniform infractions. The rest of my high school clothes were gym sweatpants and hoodies, team shorts, and team t-shirts. I played both volleyball and basketball so those things were a must along with good runners. My parents paid for items such as a winter coat or new shoes but everything else including skincare and makeup I purchased with family allowance money. Both my parents had good jobs, in fact my Dad was the principal at my high school, but they paid for my tuition partially because in junior and senior high school I went to private schools.

In university, I worked on campus at the bookstore. I paid for half my tuition, got scholarships, and received my books at cost because I worked at the bookstore. I liked yoga pants and sporty tops especially by Fila and Adidas. My jeans were flared and from the Gap. With my birthday and Christmas money I went shopping before each school year. And I bought other clothes with money earned during the year.

 

http://www.lululemon.ca
 
Lululemon became a huge thing in university. Despite being an expensive yoga store, all girls bought hoodies, shirts, zippy’s, and yoga pants/crops there. I still have my first Lululemon top and it still looks good. On the other end of the sporty spectrum was the bar shirt spectrum. We shopped for sexy black shirts and tiny skirts to wear out to the bar. Not to mention a comfortable enough pair of high heels. Somedays in university I dressed up with heeled boots, jeans, and a tight long sleeved top but because I was hauling around boxes of books and going to the gym everyday, sporty clothes were good. We also had one or two formals every year in university so I had a few pretty dresses for formal occasions from Le Chateau. My favorite was this slinky pink dress I got for $13.00 and it had no back. But it fit tight and I paired it with some silver sandals and it looked great. 

 

http://www.celebzz.com
 
After, I left university I looked through my wardrobe and realized I had only two blouses and one pair of dress pants. I wasn’t making much money yet, I was just temping but a place called Ricki’s had a sales rack with pairs of pants all my size, a suit that fit me, and I found a couple blouses at Jacob cheap. That did me for my first job before I became sick and went on disability. I hated how cheap Ricki’s material felt. My Mom always made emphasis on good material but $80.00 for four pairs of pants, a jacket, and a couple blouses was truly a good deal.

When I was sick I lost a lot of weight so at first nothing fit me. Then I gained it all the weight back and then some. Once I reached about 175 lbs I was able to shop. Even though I was on disability, I had more spendable income because it was too hard to go for more then coffee with friends so I wasn’t spending money at the bar or out with co-workers at lunch. I wasn’t even paying rent at that time.

 I bought Lululemon and I had just started to begin getting into Banana Republic for clothes for work that were more expensive but of quality. I started shopping online because it was easier and found that BR clothes went 40 % off often. But I liked how their clothing fit, the material was nice, and if I bought clothes on sale, it was a good place to shop. Skinny pants have come in so I buy jeans and black pants from them. They are great for sweaters or cardigans with wool and cashmere blends. Their shirts fit well. I liked the blendability of the pieces and especially the dresses and skirts. 

I cannot work now,so I dress up when I go out for an appointment or to see a friend. I like Simons too for a little cheaper clothing that is more of a fad. Jacob is no longer, as I said. And I love Anthropologie and its boho look but it is too expensive with the rate of the Canadian dollar.

 

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When I see fashion I think they want us to wear big bulky shapeless sweaters over skinny pants. On most people even if you’re skinny a belt that gives you a waist or a tighter shirt underneath a cardigan looks nicer. I hate the wide wide pants that are trying to come in. I don’t think they will because they are too big and don’t look good on anyone. But I could see flares coming back in as they seem to have a little bit. 

I like that there is colour out this winter, not only black or grey. I think skinny pants look good on most people it depends how you wear them. Sometimes a shirt a little more tunic length looks better but I have seen nice looks with moto leather jackets and blouses too that are shorter. Peplum has been in awhile and I think it is a flattering shirt or dress style. I love pearls and pearl like jewelry and I like to mix my mettle colours of jewelry. I like high heels and tall boots. But I think the shorter boots might be in for awhile now. Booties are good in Fall in Canada but I like the taller boots in Winter for warmth. The problem is it’s hard to get boots for smaller or thicker calf sizes. I like flowy tops that give you a waist and float out and cover stomach problems. But I like tighter shirts honestly most of the time, the show shape. I still like Lululemon for anytime and for Yoga and workout wear. I like to look put together in general and look for classic silhouettes. But I do find a modern thing here or there I like. What about you?

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Fall/Winter Wardrobe 2015/2016


I have chosen a bunch of pieces from some of the clothing stores I regularly shop at that I view as key wardrobe pieces for the rest of fall and winter. I hope you enjoy them and find that they build a great variety of clothes you can pull out from your closet and wear with anything.

  1.   I love Banana Republic, especially shopping online. They always have sales anywhere from 25% to 50% off depending on the time of year. I find that their clothes fit well and are made nicely. They don’t shrink or fade easily after being washed. You can go to Banana Republic at your local mall or you can visit: http://www.bananarepublic.ca or http://www.bananarepublic.com.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A great gray peacoat, goes perfectly with all your clothes, and keeps you warm!
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A great gray pea coat, goes perfectly with all your clothes, and keeps you warm!
    www.bananarepublic.ca The best fitting black pant at a fashionable ankle length.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    The best fitting black pant at a fashionable ankle length.
    www.bananarepublic.ca The modern take on a blazer, throw this over your dress pants and blouse instead! Or wear it with jeans and a cozy shirt on the weekend!
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    The modern take on a blazer, throw this over your dress pants and blouse instead! Or wear it with jeans and a cozy shirt on the weekend!
    www.bananarepublic.ca A sleeveless silk blouse in the color of wine goes from work to after hours.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A sleeveless silk blouse in the color of wine goes from work to after hours.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A bright cashmere blend sweater in a lovely pink, is bright and cheery.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A bright cashmere blend sweater in a lovely pink, is bright and cheery.
    www.bananarepublic.ca Or choose a nice lacey black blouse to keep things all  black but tasteful.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    Or choose a nice lacy black blouse to keep things all black but tasteful.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A fancy skirt could become casual, depends on what you wear it with. Maybe some opaque tights and a cute sweater.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A fancy skirt could become casual, depends on what you wear it with. Maybe some opaque tights and a cute sweater.

    www.bananarepublic.ca This stunning little black dress with a flirty hem is good for the evening or with a blazer at the office.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    This stunning little black dress with a flirty hem is good for the evening or with a blazer at the office.

Another favorite store of mind, that you can find some more interesting and less basic pieces is Anthropologie. They always have interesting, colorful, and fun clothing. About once a month they will have 15% to 20% and/or will have free shipping. You can also visit Anthropologie at your local mall or http://www.anthropologie.com.

www.anthropologie.com Everyone needs a reboot for jeans. The best ones are dark washed and can be worn anytime.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Everyone needs a reboot for jeans. The best ones are dark washed and can be worn anytime.
www.anthropologie.com A fitted peplum is divine, especially in navy. Where it work or out.
http://www.anthropologie.com
A fitted peplum is divine, especially in navy. Where it work or out.
www.anthropologie.com Another nice long sweater in beautiful light blue, keeps things bright and cozy.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Another nice long sweater in beautiful light blue, keeps things bright and cozy.
www.anthroplogie.com A sweater dress is always comfortable and looks wonderful on most anybody, in a color that is really in teal green.
http://www.anthroplogie.com
A sweater dress is always comfortable and looks wonderful on most anybody, in a color that is really in teal green.
www.anthropologie.com Just to get a little funky a skirt that is calf length with pink polka dots. Dress it down or up, but this skirt is sure to give a pop of playful.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Just to get a little funky a skirt that is calf length with pink polka dots. Dress it down or up, but this skirt is sure to give a pop of playful.
www.eberjey.com I snuck these warm pj's in from my favorite pj place eberjey, often anthropologie will carry some of their line, but they are so cute!
http://www.eberjey.com
I snuck these warm pj’s in from my favorite pj place eberjey, often anthropologie will carry some of their line, and they are so cute!

The last place I have chosen to show you goods from is a local company to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Poppy Barley custom make boots and shoes and ship all over the world. They are one of the first companies to make boots for people with wide or narrow calves or other shoe issues. Their foot wear is an investment, but worth the price for custom boots (for example) that will last a long time. You can visit them down at Whyte Ave in Edmonton, AB Canada or at http://www.poppybarely.com.

www.poppybarley.com A great pair of flat boots is a must, these are lovely in gray, but they're all sold out. Try them in another colour perhaps, merlot!
http://www.poppybarley.com
A great pair of flat boots is a must, these are lovely in gray, but they’re all sold out. Try them in another colour perhaps, Merlot!
www.poppybarley.com The perfect little bootie and it's lace up. Goes nice with skirts or pants alike.
http://www.poppybarley.com
The perfect little bootie and it’s lace up. Goes nice with skirts or pants alike.
www.poppybarley.com Every women needs that sexy pair of black boots. These ones are great half leather/half suede. The heel height is perfect and a little thicker for stability.
http://www.poppybarley.com
Every woman needs that sexy pair of black boots. These are great half leather/half suede. The heel height is perfect and a little thicker for stability.
www.poppybarley.com Something in Merlot, another bootie, this one a little bit more for the weekend or casual Friday.
http://www.poppybarley.com
Something in Merlot, another bootie, this one a little bit more for the weekend or casual Friday.
www.poppybarley.com A nice and funky flat shoe that covers your foot but looks great with most anything; especially due to the hint of snake skin.
http://www.poppybarley.com
A nice and funky flat shoe that covers your foot but looks great with most anything; especially due to the hint of snake-skin.

So, what do you think of my fashion picks? What are your favourite pieces? And what am I missing? Thanks and have a Happy Halloween!

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Do Clothes Make The Woman?


Prompt: How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.

  It has always been important to me to have clothes that make me look good ever since I was a little girl. When we were poorer and did not have so much money I hated that I had to wear second hand clothing from some other little girl but I knew we were poor so I didn’t complain much about it. I have had to buy my own clothes since about grade eight and I did not have much money to buy clothes until I was in university. Before that, Christmas or my Birthday was a grand affair because I got to go shopping and buy whatever I liked at the stores I liked. But I still always bought only clothes on sale to stretch my funds.

Luckily in highschool, we wore uniforms but there was always one day a month where we got to wear street clothes so it was a big deal to have a new outfit every month. I had a bit of money so most often I was able to scrape enough money together to buy a new shirt at least. In university, I wore what I wanted and mostly had the money to shop a bit and buy what I liked every so often. Luckily, my tastes ran to Gap, Jacob, and Hollister and those stores had sales very often. So usually, I could always find a shirt or two and occasionally I would buy an item from Lululemon since wearing yoga clothes to school from Lululemon was a big deal. 

  

 My style now runs more to what I like to wear. Every couple months I can get an outfit I like and I can buy it from where I would like to which is usually Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Lululemon, or Victoria Secret. I enjoy shopping but I also learned from over shopping about 3 years back, that too much shopping can get you into debt (along with other things). I have a budget of what I can spend on clothes or even makeup and I stick to those budgets.

I think you can tell that appearance is quiet important to me but you have to wear what suits you and looks good on you. I am almost 30-years-old and I’m a couple sizes bigger then what I was in university and I can’t wear the tight bar tops and short skirts I use to on a night out. I can’t wear tummy revealing tops tops to school and I would rather people see me as professional or at least well put together. I would always care about this because my mother taught me to but also because I am sick and can’t work I look a lot more approachable, intelligent, and with it if I dress nice. This does not mean I will always be able to shop at Anthropologie but wherever I can shop I will shop to look nice.

  I feel better if I am dressed nice as if I have my armour on to face the world. I feel more confident, and more like myself. I feel ready to face the day and take on the tasks I need to get done. Even if I am just going to a doctors appointment I dress up and don’t wear yoga pants. This makes me feel I am on the same level with my physician and that he or she knows I mean business and can comprehend well what they are saying because I am educated and have insight into what they are saying to me. Do clothes make the woman? No, the woman makes the clothes and they help her present herself in life.

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Happiness is the Fish That You Can Catch!


HappinessIs+Not+A+Fish+That+You+Can+CatchIf any of you are Our Lady Peace fans you will know that I changed the title of one of their CD’s for my blog title. There title was Happiness is Not a Fish That You Can Catch but when I picture this title I think of happiness as being something that is very elusive just like a gold-fish slipping through your cupped hands again and again as you try to catch it. But sometimes, if your lucky and you are looking at the world just right, Happiness is A Fish that You Can Catch because you see, that little gold-fish is already caught in your fish bowl or pond. The way one looks at the world has a lot of precedence in how things can appear. Then again, you might just be lucky and see the world in a unique light somedays, such as seeing the world in the glow of happiness.

What have I got to be so happy about, well I can’t explain it exactly. Everything just seems to be finally working out and going well. I’m not sure why but I think these times that make us content help us make it through the hard times. Something that has made me very happy is the ability to sleep well. I went to my Sleep Doctor and he gave me a drug that is used to help epilepsy patients sleep deep and not have episodes in their sleep. A large effect of this drug is that it can make you really drowsy. The side effects are what I’m using the drug for because I have gone from using over 20, 5 mg melatonin to a couple of these new pills and 6 melatonin. I sleep so deeply and wake up feeling extremely refreshed, something that has eluded me for a long time. So, I’m excited to wake up and feel energetic, at least for a little while. I also am (maybe not rightly so) elated that my sleep doctor is in agreement with my psychiatrist that something else is going on with my health that isn’t psychiatric. When I first had the psychotic episode and became depressed this was not caused by something psychiatric it was caused by the unknown factor, let’s call it x. I am waiting now this week to hopefully see my family doctor and I have hope that what I am experiencing (x) is something that can be changed because it is physical in nature. Maybe it is naïve for me to think this but it is the most hopeful I have felt about my health in a long time.

Secondly, I have been able to shop a ton lately. I know this isn’t such a great or unique thing for a lot of people. But I’ve been on a budget and had to cut back on my spending, especially on clothing and things I would just like to have. Sometimes affording the things I needed has been tough. But I saved up for Christmas, had some money left from a dress I’d saved up for and returned to Anthropologie,  and had a gift card from Anthropologie because they accidentally sent me 2 extra dresses after I returned the first, so I was able to shop to my heart’s content. And although I appreciated buying some items for myself, what I loved the most was shopping for and finishing my shopping for my family and friends down to the mandetory chocolates. I did most of my shopping online and I think that was a good idea because it would have exhausted me getting all that I needed to buy in two or three long trips to the mall ( except for wrapping paper, gift bags, and chocolate). I think everyone will like their gifts and I’m excited for them to arrive in the mail so I can wrap everything up and put my presents together.

www.anthropologie.com
http://www.anthropologie.com

Not to mention, I carefully chose a couple of items for myself that I will show you here. The first thing I bought was a slip from Anthropologie. It is beautiful and fits like a dream. It is very elegant and the cream is white enough that it looks good on my pale skin. I love the lingerie at Anthropologie it is so classy.

The second item that I bought, that by the way, was totally worth it, was the Babyliss Miracurl. The Babybliss Miracurl is this curling tool with a big top and instead of you wrapping you hair around a wand or curling iron, you comb out a section of hair about 1″ and place it in the open top and as you close the tool the Miracurl sucks the strand in and curls it for you. You can change the curl direction from left to right. You can also change how long you hair is in the curling thing (for 8 s, 10 s, 12 s, or as many seconds as you want) and this will change the tightness of your curl when you you unclench the Miracurl. You can also change the heat setting from 350 degrees, 410 degrees, and 450 degrees. I have used the Miracurl a couple of times and for my straight, thick, and fine hair I would hold it for about 15 to 20 seconds in 450 heat to get really tight curls because my hair does not curl easily. I think the Babyliss Miracurl is better than the Conair version which is about $100 ( the Miracurl is $200 on nailpolishcanada.com) because you can choose the curl direction and heat temperature. Conair often has not the best products as well so I would tend to trust a Salon brand and not Conair even though Conair can be good sometimes. The first time we tried the

www.canadabeautysupply.ca
http://www.canadabeautysupply.ca

Miracurl was at a beauty Store (my mom and I) and we were quite impressed. Once you become good at it, the Miracurl is faster than a curling iron and your curls are more alike and not all different sizes.

The last thing I bought was 2 white blouses and a little silky baseball jacket from Simon’s. They were each $19.99 and I didn’t figure I would find better deals this week for Black Friday. Simon’s is a great department store for a variety of items of different price range from cheap to very expensive. Everything goes on sale and the the store in Edmonton is huge. You can go to West Edmonton Mall where Simon’s is located and simply spend a shopping trip in Simon’s for Men’s clothing, Woman’s clothing, and homestyle items such as sheets and place mats. It is also simple to shop online at http://www.simons.ca, you can even use Paypal.

The next reason I am happy is football season in Canada is over. It was a disappointing season for my Edmonton Eskimos who never made it near the playoffs. I had to live with a Grey Cup between the Saskatchewan Roughriders (My Dad’s Team) and Hamilton Ti-Cats. In homage to Saskatchewan I am wearing Rider green eyeliner today, good job Rider’s! Now to hockey season. The Edmonton Oilers have won 3 games in a row and that’s great for them. I’m getting excited because if they keep winning their games such as they are we could have a competitive NHL team here. So Oilers please don’t disappoint me, football season was enough.

I am also happy just because my life is starting to have purpose again. I feel awake and alive. I feel full of possibilities. This editing certificate I am doing has really made me think that I can go farther in this business of writing than I thought I could. It can help me refine my writing and that’s what I need, to be able to see my mistakes and know how to correct them creatively. I am just so pleased to be doing school again after Christmas and than to finally finish and graduate from my Residential Design Certificate by taking Lighting in Spring semester at the U of A. I hope I have a little more energy then because I will have to go to the dreaded night classes at the U of A Extension building. So, I will have a busy time ahead of me as these courses overlap about a month and half, but I will try to have Editing 101 done before I start Lighting. As I end Lighting, I am thinking of taking a summer course. I have a few options I could start in May or June and wouldn’t have to be finished until August or September. I will see how it goes once I get to summer but generally, routine is a great idea for me because I know what I have to look forward to and can plan my days from there. The same as having a job, does for most people.

Also, the weather in Edmonton has been beautiful these past few days for November. I get to see my boyfriend and spend time with him for a week next week and I was invited to a good friend’s wedding next September that I am so happy for. The world is just looking up. Positive thoughts and a positive view on the Christmas season are vital, I am so excited to give out presents, spend time with my family, and take part in all our Christmas traditions. One month to go. Peace out for now.

 

My Thoughts, TV Show Review, Writing

Many Words


12-relationship-truthsIt it the brightest sunniest morning I can remember seeing in a long time. Snow sits lightly on the trees sparkling in the sunshine and the ground is about 5 inches deep with snow. It is cold outside, but not that cold for November in Edmonton and I can feel the burn of the wind against my cheek as I step outside to let my dog out and then wait for her by the door while she does her business.

Later, she is snuggled up to me on the couch, an old dilapidated couch that we’ve waited months for the new replacement to arrive, but it hasn’t arrived yet.  Nikki and my knitted blanket make me feel so cozy on the love seat and Nikki refused for a good 10 minutes to let me stop petting her. She is now what we call “tits up” turned into my legs on the seat of the couch and I am sitting here thinking that I just feel the urge to write but I’m not exactly sure what will develop out of my blog today.

I’m having a great day so far. I awoke with energy and slept enough and I was not too tired that I had to go back to bed like some mornings. The sunshine makes the biggest difference. It just hi-lights everything it touches and the sky is the deepest bright country blue I have ever seen. And there are no expectations on me today. I just have the opportunity to write to you, my readers, do some exercise, and if I wish, sort through some of the clothing in my taller dresser.

At the moment I am watching TV, talk shows: Marilyn Denise, Kelly & Michael, followed by The View. It is interesting to learn about the actors behind the movies and TV shows I have watched the night before and the week before. My new favorite show on Sunday’s is Betrayal.

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It’s about a 2 people, a man who works for a mob boss and is married to the mob bosses daughter and has 2 teenage kids, and a woman who is married to a public attorney with a little boy. The man and the woman meet at a party one night and subsequently start running into each other and end up having an affair. They love each other, but they also love their spouses and don’t know how their situation will ever work out. The man is a lawyer for the mob boss and was raised by him when his family was killed in a construction accident at one of the mob bosses sites. He was best friends with the mob bosses son TJ who is mentally disabled after a car accident.

TJ ends up accused of his Uncles murder after he is the last person seen with him. But the woman’s husband, the public attorney, even though he is pretty sure TJ did not murder his uncle, uses the event to go after the mob boss and his family and the man (Jack) is the mob bosses head guy at his business. There is a big competition going on between the lady’s public attorney husband and Jack and at the end of the last show he just figured out that his wife is having an affair, and with Jack, his nemesis.  I love it.

My other favorite show is Scandal by Shawnda Rimes but if you are looking for some other excellent TV shows  Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, and Grimm are also excellent shows. But I used to never watch TV besides a couple of programs and some Oiler’s games. Now it seems since I require so much time to rest that I have lots of time to watch TV. I also read, but I also used to do that a ton more then I ever watched TV. Now I read, but I cannot do it for as long as I could read before so I guess I watch TV  more instead.

Otherwise, my boyfriend is up in Edmonton this week and I am really looking forward to seeing him so much. It has only been one week because he had a neck injury a week ago, since I have seen him. He is fine now but it’s a treat to see him again so soon.

I am anxious about our future now that we have charted a course for our relationship. Inside I wonder if maybe I am walking intoshutterstock_60504643-1024x682 something without checking out my other options first. But then I think I’ve got the best of all options right here. But I still can’t help thinking that I don’t know what else is out there because this my first real relationship. But then for about 10 years before that, all I found was the odd date or two with some mostly weird guys, A couple of times I found a connection between some guy but often some guy just wanted to mess around with my head.

My boyfriend doesn’t do that to me. We fit, so when I have second thoughts I remember that, the happiness he brings me, and I think there is no one else better out there than my man. But we have challenges ahead and those are what scare me. Every couple does but our challenges are unique across religion and culture. And I would really love it if he could just get along with my mom, dad, and brothers well. He has barely met them so that would really ease a lot of the feelings I am having if that could happen.

Weighing-Scales-1Also, embarking on a second stage in my health crusade, to find the physical reason why I have no energy and other symptoms gives me some sort of hope. And I believe I can be a healthier girlfriend and healthier person just so I can be more involved in my life and give more back to the world. My doctors appointment is the following week after this week for that and I am really hoping I have something such as hypothyroidism that we have just missed before and not Chronic Fatigue. It would be so much more hopeful if there is a way I can start to get better from a lack of energy. But if constant fatigue is what I must expect most of my life than I guess at least I know what I have. Anyways, I don’t want to write about too much health related stuff today. I think I maybe say too much about it.

Otherwise, I can’t wait to get paid, I have almost all my Christmas presents picked out to order. I have found some nice things at The Bay, Sephora, Anthropologie (for me), and I will have to pick something for Azdine maybe with him this weekend. Besides a visit to my favorite store DeVine Wines, then I should be done. I think since I bought a bunch of gift bags and Christmas cards last year I should be even pretty good for those. Well, maybe a few gift bags, tissue paper, and cards and I’ll be good.

Anyways, that’s what’s up. Sorry not too interesting I guess. But I can ramble on a long time no?

Fashion

Fall/Winter Fashion Loves


I am a fashion junky and if I had the money I would probably be shopping a lot more than I do. Then again, all the clothes piled in my closet and dressers sometimes don’t seem all that wearable. Maybe it’s because they are all sitting there in my bedroom in a pile ( a big dark pile because winter clothes are dark). And maybe it’s because clothes just seem so bright, shiny, and new in stores and so old, used, and worn at home. But you know what? Clothes in your closet and dressers can seem lovely again too. One way to do this is to truly only pick pieces you love each season. Don’t go overboard when you go shopping because you can only wear so many clothes anyways. And if you want something that is just a fad, don’t spend a lot of money on it. Wait until it goes on sale mid-fall or at Christmas, and then buy your desired fad clothing. But there are some classic pieces of clothing you can spend more money on each season.

In this article, I intend to show you some of the things I believe are classic this season. These are clothing  that you can keep in your wardrobe to wear again somewhere down the line, next year or the year after that. You should be able to find these items in every price point. All it takes is a keen eye and actually spending the time looking for quality items of clothing in classic shapes .

Classy Half Leather or Pleather Leggings

www.modcloth.com $59.99
http://www.modcloth.com $59.99

Yes, leggings are still in and as comfy as they are, let as remember that they are not pants.  Leggings are more like tights and your rear end needs to be at least partly covered when wearing them, especially if you tend to be a little more curvy such as I. Leather leggings can be found simply in leather or pleather but a smarter buy is to get a thicker pant type legging with pleather or leather on the front. That way your legs can still breath in your leggings too and do not stay sweaty all day. You maybe able to pair your pleather pants/leggings with a shorter top depending on how thick the material of your leggings are but your safest best is always going with a tunic, a longer shirt, or at the very least a structured jacket so your leggings do not look so casual.

A Real Leather Jacket

If you are going to get one of the hot biker cropped leather jackets that are in now, go for the classic choice

www.danier.com $299.00
http://www.danier.com
$299.00

and get the real deal. In fact, you will find that the pleather jacket will almost cost you as much as the real leather jacket. Just keep your eye open and look for something on sale if you don’t have the cash on hand. Choose something that is more of a classic cut that is made out of good quality leather. It can be cropped but you might want to get a jacket that has a good body hugging shape to it and that can be worn for multiple seasons. So a jacket without studs and all those little things that make something more of a fad and less of a piece you want to keep around a long time is a must. If you can’t afford leather, there are also some great cropped jackets around in army green, shiny black, quilted grey, and other options if you don’t want to go with the leather jacket. Why pleather leggings and a leather jacket? Well you’ll probably have the jacket longer than the leggings and the leather leggings also seem to be a bit more pricey then the jackets, some I’ve seen around $700. Choose where you’ll spend your money wisely!

www.anthropologie.com $168.00
http://www.anthropologie.com
$168.00

A Classy Black Dress
Practically, every fashionista is going to tell you to pick a black cocktail dress to put in your wardrobe. Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores for fancy dresses but I think that choosing one of their more simply cut dresses has some advantages. I love this dress that has a floaty fitted shirt that is peplum and an attached skirt because it’s classy. But the flirty top takes it up a notch yet it is simple enough to leave plane for an event or dress up at different levels with sweet jewelry such as pearls, chunky bracelets, slim black boots (or even red) or sexy heels. A little black dress, or a few black dresses are also great to wear for an evening event or to work to look polished and put together.

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http://www.thebay.ca $125.00

Heels with a Cuff
Every girl loves her heels and guess what ladies there all coming on sale this Christmas season and Black Friday. Pumps are great because they go with everything and you can buy them in any color. It is always interesting to me to see the little changes basic pumps go through each fashion season. Sometimes they have a little chunkier heel, sometimes the heel is a little cute kitten heel, and sometimes it’s va-vavoom red heels that make your legs look crazy long and are hard to walk in. This season I’m obsessed with pumps with a cuff. Some of these cuffs are more like thin little straps but the best one’s are thicker such as these cute NineWest heels in black and fashionable nude. Why not get a pair in both?

www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca $85.00
http://www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca
$85.00

1 or 2 Well Made Sweaters Here’s what I’ve learned after buying season after season of crappy sweaters that fade and look awful by the end of January: spend your money on sweaters made of natural fibers with some stretch and good natural fiber blends such as silk, cotton, and wool. Why should you do this? Because natural fibers breath and hold in heat better and they are also cozier. Not to mention that these sweaters will last you all season if not longer, maybe 2 seasons. One of my favorite stores to buy sweaters and cardigans at is Banana Republic because a great number of the materials they are made out of are natural fibers. The color holds better and I have had these sweaters to layer and keep me warm 2 to 3 years. Every year I add 1 or 2 in the latest style or color but I can pull out an old one too and it looks almost just as great as it did when I bought the sweater originally. Even though that sweater may cost me $85 to begin with its better than those acrylic and nylon sweaters that are equally expensive or less expensive and wear out easily. I just got a couple of Banana Republic sweaters today and am pleased to say I even got them sale as Banana Republic often has 25% to 40% off sales on certain items at different times.

So those are my classy fashion picks for the winter. Some of them such as the black dress and silk, cotton, or wool sweaters are seemingly simple things to think of to buy but all my picks are classic and I guarantee won’t end up in that pile of clothes on your chair or floor but will see you through until you can add your classy spring pieces to brighten up your dark winter wardrobe.

What are some of your favorite classic picks for winter? What pieces have you bought in earlier seasons that have lasted you through more than one winter season?