Last chance

I can’t even say that my posts lately have been sporadic because I know they’ve been simply non-existent. But I have a good explanation and it can be summed up in two words: “TAX SEASON”.

Although I’m thrilled that spring is finally approaching in T.O. and I can finally start to pack away the winter layers, I have to admit that I’m a bit sad to have to put away the boots. So while the cooler temps linger just a tiny bit longer, I will be happy to take advantage.

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Loeffler Randall Matilde Boots / Blazer c/o Tart Collections Erin Jacket Club Monaco Emily Pant / Alexander McQueen Printed Chiffon Skull Scarf / T. Babaton by Aritzia Silk Georgette Short-sleeve Blouse(similar here or cotton version, here / Michael Kors Runway Watch MK5076 / ALDO Moravec Rings

I’ve been thinking of purchasing a navy blue blazer for a while now, figuring it would a great addition to current collection of jackets that are made up of mostly black. Tart was kind enough to send me this blazer from their new spring collection, and I adore it! It nips in the waist a bit low for me since I’m short-waisted, but it is only noticeable when I button up the jacket. Otherwise, it is well constructed right down to the lining, and the perfect weight for the warmer months.  Next on the list, a white blazer!

Blue my mind

When I saw these Hudson Krista Super Skinny Waxed jeans on sale, I couldn’t resist.


Double peplum:

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Hudson Krista Super Skinny Waxed Jeans / Topshop (from Nordstrom) Peplum Top (Cream, size 4) /  Banana Republic Horsebit Link Necklace /  Zara TRF Snaps Blazer / Jean-Michel Cazabat Viena Booties / Material Girl Bracelet (more expensive version), Forever21 spike bracelet (similar), Urban Outfitters Redondo Skull Bracelet, Urban Outfitters Double Skull Bracelet.

If anyone is interested in these jeans, they run a bit small, probably about half a size. I decided to exchange them for a larger pair just for comfort’s sake and to prevent muffin top. Hopefully they aren’t too big. Also, I generally like a low rise, but I wish the rise was about half an inch higher. I didn’t measure (I couldn’t find my measuring tape), but they seem to be about 6.5″ on a size 24. Despite this, I absolutely love these. I’m trying to convince myself that I don’t need them, but my reasonable side is losing.

This peplum top is by Topshop that I purchased from Nordstrom online. I was planning to make my own peplum top, but I haven’t been able to get around to it, so I just gave in to buying one. I’m not happy with this particular top though. The material is too thin and doesn’t give it the structure I’d like so I’m hoping to find one in a ponte fabric. What I have en route is this ponte peplum top from Aqua by Bloomingdale’s:


If it fits, it will hopefully make an appearance on the blog soon!

AFD IDIM Adventures: Red Suede Skirt, post-surgery

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T.Babaton by Aritzia Silk Georgette Bow Blouse / Talula Babaton by Aritizia Blazer / Ann Taylor Factory Signature Pumps / Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag /Danier Suede Skirt, thrifted / Le Chateau Ring / Michael Kors Runway Watch (Silver).

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I thrifted this tomato red suede skirt last year (Danier needs to bring back their colored suede skirts!). It was actually this skirt and another that pushed me to purchase my own sewing machine. This skirt didn’t fit initially, so I took it to my tailor for some alterations. It needed some slimming and a bit of shortening, nothing too complex. But when I got it back, I was terribly disappointed even after making the seamstress do it again. The cost of alterations wasn’t cheap either. After that frustrating experience, I decided I was going to try and do my alterations myself. The end result after a countless number of tries, is now *almost* perfect. The difficulty in altering the skirt was mostly due to my inexperience in trying to “shape” a skirt around the body, but now that I have a few projects under my belt getting to the end result became much easier. The one imperfection is probably only noticed by me, so I’m going to try and ignore it. You can’t see it, can you? Wait…don’t tell me! Otherwise I’ll forever be trying to re-work this skirt.

Working with suede and leather isn’t easy. They are extremely unforgiving (leather more so than suede) because if you make a mistake, you inevitably have holes punched into the material that will not disappear. If you are going to attempt to work with leather, all you really need is a needle made for leather or suede and some leather glue for the hem and you are good to go. Take your time and remember, you can always make it smaller, but you can’t make it bigger…at least not without leaving a lasting mark on the material.

Despite not having a great place to thrift, leather and suede have been my best finds. I also have an electric blue suede skirt just waiting to be altered. It seems like a bit too much work for me right now, but I’m hoping to make it into a beautiful pencil skirt one of these days.

Jean from Extra Petite altered this great leather thrift find for Elle from FastFoodandFastFashion. It looks amazing!

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