freckled fashion: July 2013

Saturday, 27 July 2013


Secondhand Sandwich: Vintage Collar, Winners Top, Vintage Belt

Lela Rose for Payless shoes

[hit the] Target Skirt, Vintage Sequined Coin Purse

Gardens & Galaxies

Let me start off by saying no, I did not wear these shoes in public. *sighs of relief* Maybe in a few years I'll be comfortable enough to wear high heels amongst other people, but for now I'll stick to my flats and modestly-elevated oxfords & wedges, thank you very much. These heels I'm wearing were actually the first "outrageous" shoes my mom let me buy - from Payless, no less. Who knew they had cute things in there, anyways? I got them two years ago and it was one of the happiest moments of my life. That is, until I got my nude platforms and ginormous black & orange floral wedges last year. (I love shoes.)

You could say I have a shopping addiction - I buy things and never wear them. But... my sister does, and she's a self-proclaimed anti-shopper; my mom does, and she is the Queen of frugality. This condition either runs in the family, or we're all quite normal. My money's on the latter.

I absolutely love when outfits pick themselves. I had a cute little pink & white combination chosen for this post, but I looked at it a few hours later and decided that I wanted to do something a little more formal. A little more edgy. Fashion is all on the surface - I can pretend! Everything just seemed to fall into place after this astronomical decision. The collared shirt is actually cut up into a flappy bib-thing underneath because it's my "summer" collar - no one wants to be sweaty underneath all those cottony layers when it's a balmy 30 degrees celsius outside. I bought the blouse for one dollar, so it didn't seem like too much of a waste if it didn't end up working out. My galactically cosmic shirt is from Winners, which is a Canadian staple thanks to its cheap & trendy-ness. My skirt is from Target, the American staple for cheap & trendy-ness. My belt and sparkly coin purse are vintage, of course. And my lovely Payless shoes - the icing on the top (bottom) of the cupcake!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Uniform Blues

This morning I woke up bright and early and thought to myself "You know what? Today seems like a beautiful day for an outfit post."

Well, actually I rolled out of bed at 6:30 with my eyes half closed after 5 hours of sleep and thought to myself "Why can't I clean my darn room?!"

I cannot stand when I have to sleep in the guest room when my bed and floor are covered in a collision of clean and barely-clean clothes that is artfully arranged into piles that I've been meaning to put away for the past week. You should be glad I borrowed/stole this sweater from my darling friend Maddy and had a clear vision in my head of what I would pair it with today, because otherwise you'd be getting some lovely photos of me in a ratty housedress and Birkenstocks.

Yesterday I was in a creative mood, so I rifled through my Safari bookmarks and found this DIY for a Peter Pan collar that I discovered last year on HonestlyWTF. It's the most adorable thing - and it was honestly the quickest DIY I've ever made. The entire process of finding materials, prepping and creating this collar took under 15 minutes. I'm not even kidding.

I should be given an award or something from Forever21 - if there's an item in my closet and it's not vintage, it's usually Forever21. I love it there! Maddy's gingham sweater owes its life to this store, and my skirt is from Forever21 as well. I love the midi length and pleats at the waistband, and although I don't usually wear blue I find that navy is a great neutral that you can wear as an alternative to black. I told this to Maddy last night when she was telling me about her struggles with pairing her top with anything but black. Navy is the answer!

My shoes and bag are both from Goodwill & the Salvation Army, respectively. These are my two absolute favourite places to find things for my ever-expanding wardrobe. Both pieces were $6.00 each! If I can't convince you that thrift stores are worth it, then maybe these prices will...

If you're feeling generous, please check me out on Lookbook and gimme a hype or a fan or whatever you please!

* Thanks to my dear ol' twinnie Anna for taking my pictures, and for stifling her laughs*

Monday, 15 July 2013

Welcome to the Garden Party

Hello, hello & hello! I am honestly so excited to be starting this blog - all of my previous attempts at style blogging have been caught by the procrastination bug before they even got off the ground. But I'm still standing strong on this one, and I plan to do so for the next four years.

I'm starting my first year of university this fall, and I'm studying... fashion! I couldn't be more happy, and I'm also really lucky to be moving into residence with some of my fellow fashion classmates. We haven't met yet, but I'm sure we're going to fit together like peas in a pod. I hope I'm not the only one waiting to dive into other people's closets for inspiration, and maybe to *cough* borrow a few things...

But anyways. Today I was trying on a bunch of different outfits, and this one just happened to look pretty cute! It's actually my pajama top thrown over a white dress, so it's really comfy. The purse is vintage, and I've had it since I was little - it used to be part of my dress-up bin, and now I wear it in real life! My aviators were found in a hockey arena parking lot, and the shoes just turned one year old - I bought them on my family trip to Europe last year. I'd been looking for ages for that perfect pair of heeled oxfords, and these fit the bill. It's great because I'm quite tall, and these shoes don't make me look like a giant. They're really comfortable as well. In fact, I think I like them more than my Birkenstocks!

For more outfit updates, keep checking back here - I'm only just getting started!