It’s a Love Story

This is a combination of some of the pieces in my closet that I’m loving right now:
DSC08308_2 DSC08316_2 Talula by Aritzia Exeter Blazer / DV by Dolce Vita Camper Shirt / J Brand Lightweight Lovestory / Charles David Nexus Boot /Express Bracelet /  Stein Blye Necklace / Michael Kors Runway Watch / Ann Taylor Calfhair belt 

I think I need to try harder with adding earrings when I accessorize an outfit. I like earrings, but it just feels like too much effort to put them in and take them out everyday (OK, mostly because I have a lot of piercings and I can’t be bothered).

Petite Fashion Challenge #4: “Holiday Party”


This is my very first Petite Fashion Challenge! Why is it only my first? I suppose I felt too overwhelmed by the pressure with the previous challenges that I couldn’t think of anything to wear! I thought I would give this one a try because an outfit immediately popped into my mind when I read about this. This time around, the challenge is hosted by Curls and Pearls, who just always looks adorable! The challenge:

Create a holiday party look using festive colours and/or holiday pieces without looking like a greeting card. 

DSC01041 DSC01000 DSC01019 DSC00990DSC00984DSC00977Ann Taylor Drape Sleeveless Top /  Ann Taylor Belt / Jacob Skirt  / Hue Tights / Adrienne Vittadini Adam Bootie  / Opera Length (16-button) Lambskin Leather Gloves / Le Chateau Bracelet

Aren’t the gloves to *die* for?!! I’ve had a serious obsession with leather gloves of all kinds in the past few years. You can pick up a pair of these gloves at (free shipping both ways within the US!), or if you live in Canada, you can get a similar pair for a steal at Danier (see here).

Happy holiday partying!!

The Problem with Belts

I love belts. No, they are not just for holding up pants. They can easily complete an outfit, and really polish it off.  Exposed empty belt loops on work trousers can drive me crazy! But, if you are petite, you know as well as I do that great belts that fit aren’t always so easy to find.

I don’t consider myself to have a particularly small waist in proportion to the rest of my body. I am ruler shaped, so there is no real definition between my hips and my waist, so finding belts may not be as difficult for me as those of you with even smaller waists that I do. But another issue? I’m short-waisted. I do love the look of a belt wrapped around the waist to break up the lines and to add a little extra interest to an outfit (I do love leather obi belts), but a thick belt around my waist? My entire torso disappears and my little boy-shaped body is further emphasized. =( So rarely will you find me wearing a cinched belt.

The possible exception? A skinny belt. A skinny belt will allow some of my torso to show to help maintain proper proportions. (There is a point to this rambling paragraph) But have you ever been in a store and tried wrapping a belt around your waist to see if it will fit and the belt is just too ridiculously large? There is a solution! And a pretty simple one at that.

If you’ve never seen one of these before, it’s a Leather Hole Puncher. Easily found in a place like a hardware store or even on Prices start from as little as $10.  They are extremely easy to use. Just place the puncher where you want it on the belt squeeze the handles together..and voila!


The smaller the hole you want to make, the more force you are going to need when squeezing. A tiny hole in the belt is virtually impossible for me to make! However, if you want to make the hole the same size as the others, then a medium sized hole punch will do, and it’s easy to make even if you have no arm muscles! Personally, I like to place my hole so that it is equally spaced with the others, so it is not so obvious that I’ve punched a hole in the belt myself. If you don’t want to spend money on a leather hole puncher, a cobbler or a leather repair person will easily do this for you for about $1 (if he charges much more, go somewhere else!). This doesn’t work too well with some synthetic belts, or fabric belts for obvious reasons. But for a leather belt, or a synthetic leather belt, this puncher works wonderfully.

Buyers beware. Don’t go and try to buy a belt that is four sizes too big. The belt should still come reasonably close to fitting (no more than punching in two new holes), or you will have excess belt sticking out from the side. See here:


You can actually tuck the end in in some stylish manner, or  this can also be fixed by a cobbler or leather repair person. He or she will just trim the belt at the end and then if necessary trim and seal it so that it looks finished and will not come undone. I actually haven’t tried having a belt cut and resealed, so I have no clue what it might cost, but I expect that it’s relatively inexpensive.