Beauty, Fashion, Nonfiction, Writing

Fall Fashion Part Two September 2017: Sweaters, Cardigans, & Shirts  #fashion #style #beauty 


Hello again. I’m here with some more fashion picks this time with sweaters, cardigans, and shirts for fall. Some of them are simple basics, while others are more colourful or have an interesting design. 

Please enjoy! Thank you!

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Sweaters, Cardigans and Shirts – (left to right): 

1. Gapcanada.com – Softspun cold-shoulder Tee (White) – $39.95 CAN 

2. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Boyfriend Cardagin (Blue) – $105.00 CAN

3. Gapcanada.com – Bell Sleeve Sweater (Milk Shake Pink) – $54.95 CAN 

4. Bananarepublic.ca – Button Backed Belted Shirt (Light Blue Stripe) – $95.00 CAN 

5. Bananarepublic.ca – Stripe Bow-Neck Couture Sweatshirt (Blue Stripe) – $74.00 CAN

6. Gapcanada.com – Ruffle Crew-Neck Pullover ( Dull Rose) – $64.95 CAN 

7. ModCloth.com – Cafe Parfait Top in Noir – $29.99 US 

8. ModCloth.com – Back Road Ramble Tunic in White – $44.99 US

9. Bananarepublic.ca – Merino Button-Cuff Cardigan (Cocoon) – &105.00 CAN 

10. Bananarepublic.ca – Silk Cashmere Vee (Raspberry) – $105.00 CAN 

11. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Boyfriend Vee (Pink) – $95.00

12. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Peekaboo-Sleeve Crew (Bright Teal) – $95.00 CAN 

13. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Merino Boyfriend Vee (Robins Egg) – $95.00 CAN 

14. Bananarepublic.ca – (Similar) Riley Fit White Pleated Bell- Sleeve Shirt – $95.00 CAN

15. Bananarepublic.ca – Machine Washable Cashmere Blend Hoodie (Navy) – $215.00 CAN

16. Bananarepublic.ca – Fluted Pleat-Sleeve Sweater (White) Top – $110.00 CAN

17. Bananarepublic.ca – Dillon Fit – Poet- Sleeve Shirt (Pop Pink) – $110.00 CAN

18. Everlane.com – Cotton Crew T-Shirt (Navy) – $18.00 US

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See Fall 2017 Dresses and Jumpsuits here. 

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Daily Prompt, Fashion, My Thoughts, Writing

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.

My Thoughts

Shopping for Women’s/Men’s Clothes and Beauty Products: My favorite Sites!


Lately, I have found that a lot of the shopping I have done for myself and for other people (for Christmas) has become internet based. I have learned a few things about internet shopping for clothing and beauty products along the way. For instance, it is best for sizing if you know what size you or somebody else are, or you can check the sizing chart on the site you are on. The best internet shopping sites have return labels included so you can return what you ordered for free; but after a couple of purchases on the same  site you will find out your size, and how the clothes fit in general and should have to return items less often. It is also best if you know what styles look good on you. So maybe you want to take a trip to the mall first and just go toyour favorite stores and try on different styles of clothing. For example, A-line skirts look better on women with hips and pencil skirts are good at creating curves for women who do not have such curvy hips. Depending on where you order from, you also want to keep in mind you may have to pay Custom’s fees on some out of country sites; prices which increase, as the total price of your order increase. For example, I ordered a dress off of the website www.houseoffraser.com a British Department stor,e not realizing that a dress that was 145 pounds in Britain was more like $245.00 Canadian dollars and $60.00 in Custom’s fees; so you want to be aware of  the value of different currencies in other countries. Sometimes though, an item is worth the extra cost despite the custom fees, it is entirely up to you. One thing good about House of Fraser for example, was that even though I had to pay to return the dress, House of Fraser returned both the cost of the dress and original cost of shipping for the dress to me back onto my MasterCard. Good stores in Canada will also let you return you order at their in store locations. Jacob for instance, will return your online purchases in store, but charge you $5.00 for each item you wish to return by Canada Post. Lastly, despite the fact that it is more secure to pay by PayPal, the only way you can return a PayPal item is online and not at the actual store.  So without further ado, here are my 5 current favorite online stores and some important information on them.

1.http:// http://www.asos.com

Image 1 of Coast Palladium Dress

  • ASOS ships world-wide for Free.
  • has interesting and eclectic clothing sold at a variety of prices.
  • British sizing so for instance, I am a 10/12 in Canadian sizes and usually a UK16 but check the sizing chart for sizing and fit.
  • You pay to return, takes up to 21 days. And you have to place a new order – cannot exchange items.

2. http://www.bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca

http://bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?cid=88818&vid=1&pid=323319003

  • Banana Republic or the Gap often have sales from 25% to 40% off one or more items if you sign up for their newsletter. For instance, today Banana Republic has a 30% off  sale called “Merry Monday.” Sometimes these sales are only in store, sometimes only online, and sometimes both.  Also, BR and the GAP will sometimes mail coupons to you if you subscribed to their emails. Because they have sales or coupons it is usually best to wait to buy until these discounts are available unless you think an item is particularly cute  and will go fast.
  • Shipping free over $50.00
  • Your shipment comes with a return labes by which you can return items that do not fit for full refund by BR or the Gap through Canada post, so free to return. No exchanges by mail but easy to reorder or even order one of each size to try on. Can return at stores.
  • Regular sizes 0 to 14 for  women. Also, have petite, and sometimes tall ( ie. tall jeans inseam at the Gap).

3. http://www.modcloth.com

New Arrivals - Feather Ice Dress

  • Unique retro and vintage based designs. If you are looking for something interesting or a pretty dress this is the place to shop.
  • Ships USPS around $11.00 for items around $100.00  takes around 2-3 weeks, or around $26.00 for faster shipping through UPS in about one week.
  • You have to pay to return your items but you have 30 days to return so you can choose the cheapest method possible for shipping so probably around $8-$14 dollers to return an item through USPS through Canada Post.
  • Can exchange on the shipping/return invoice
  • Canadians must pay through PayPal which is more secure than credit cards. You can even just put your credit card on PayPal.
  • Modcloth is  just women’s clothing unlike ASOS or BR and the Gap.

4. http://www.lechateau.com

Professional Double Blazer

  • Canadian based clothing company with dressy, funky, colorful clothing for women and men.
  • Ground shipping 3-10 days $10.00 and 2-3 days $20.00 but I find their ground shipping really fast. Last shirt I ordered was at my house in 3 days.
  • Cannot exchange or return in items ordered in store, return through Canada Post, Fed Ex etc. at your own cost.
  • Much more variety and sizes available online than in store, the same with BR.

5. http://www.sephora.com

http://www.sephora.com/debbie-harry-eye-and-cheek-palette-P374608?skuId=1444363

  • Almost any brand name of makeup, hair products, body products, and perfumes and/or colognes for men and women, available for shipping most anywhere in Canada over $75.00 is free – it adds up fast!
  • Can Ship returns to Sephora (call them first) at your own expense or even better go into the store Sephora in Canada or the USA and return for free on the same credit card you paid with.
  • Some items available online in the US are not available in Canada.
  • Takes a couple of weeks to ship but worth the convenience; nonetheless, it is so much fun going into the store to look at all Sephora’s products –  it is equally as good going to the store yourself except that Sephora is usually not out of certain products online.
  • All order’s come with 3 samples of your choice and you can collect points in store and online on your Sephora card to spend on larger sized samples for 100 and 500 points. Points add up fast!

Those are my 5 favorite current online shopping websites. What are your yours? What kind of incentives do they offer for you to shop online at their stores? Let me know!