freckled fashion: August 2013

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Country Farewells

Vintage Gold Watch; Old Navy Bow Bracelet

Ahh, August. A time of introspection and wishful thinking; equal parts excitement and dread. This time of year always brings about my classic "To Do" list, with things that I want to accomplish in the upcoming year, which (unfortunately) never seems to get fully checked off.

The list this year is pretty simple: Keep up my fashion blog, keep up with school, and keep up with style. By the end of first year everyone seems to be one size bigger in clothes and one size smaller in confidence, and that's definitely not one trend I'm excited to follow.

It's been a long ten days since I've styled last, and whether it was due to weather, work or stress I'm not quite sure. Regardless, this outfit was (again) thrown together on a whim. I was wearing this top earlier in the day, and when I was just about ready to head out with my twin and my camera the Ralph Lauren skirt called to me. It literally called out in a squeaky, needy little voice and urged me to put it on. My vintage RL pencil skirt is my favourite skirt of all time, although I seem to have an unnatural passion for all skirts because my drawer won't close and I have to (lovingly) shove some of them in with the shorts just so I can create an illusion of clean. I also decided to pull out the Birkenstocks, because let's face it, they're a strict Canadian staple. When I went to Germany last year not one local was wearing Stocks, and they honestly laughed at my family when we walked around in our matching sandals. I got this hat on Thursday when I was in Toronto with Rebecca taking dance photos, and her mom bought us hats in Kensington market (thanks Linda!). It was the best day of my summer so far, even if I had to wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning. I'm so excited to be moving to Toronto, and to be surrounded by all the noise, culture and street-style... Goodbye country, hello big city!

Monday, 5 August 2013

No Paillettes, Please.

Sunglasses - Forever 21; Top - Auntie-made; Necklace - H&M; Shorts - H&M; Purse - Vintage

Earrings - Forever 21; Ring (left) - Mom's Graduation Ring; Ring (right) - Grandma's Birthstone Ring

Ignore my scraggly dancer feet and look at the shoes. THE SPARKLY SHOES!

It's a rare day when you see me in shorts that are neither loose nor pleated - even rarer when they're low-rise, which today (thankfully) was not the case. I have a love for everything high-waisted, if that's not already obvious. If it's loose, nip it in with a belt. If it's a skirt, always pull it up. If it's pants/shorts, do the same. I think it looks weird and disproportionate-ish if something's sitting on my hips...  Plus, high-waisted things make my legs look even longer. Bonus!

Today it's a combo of Auntie-made + store-bought + vintage, which is basically every outfit I ever wear. Here's the deal: I have a lot of "scrap tops", as we call 'em, that my Aunt makes out of all the fabric scraps that are leftover after one of her projects. Sometimes the tops are short sleeved; sometimes they're cropped like this one. It all depends on what we can get fabric-wise, but they always turn out great. I loved this print so much when I saw it and it's really summery, so evidently I needed a top. White is always great to ward off the heat, and green just makes me think of grass. I love grass. I also love a lot of other things, like wearing 20,000 different shades of metal in one outfit.

My shorts were bought three years ago at H&M as a dance costume for one of my favourite lyrical duets ever. It's always awesome when we get to go shopping for costumes, because you can buy something wearable and useful that isn't covered in paillettes and glitter and made of polyester/spandex, which don't get me wrong I love on some occasions but can get kind of exhausting when you have an entire closet devoted to "vintage" dance costumes. I definitely have a great selection of Halloween attire, but not a lot of things I can wear on a normal everyday basis. Or, on someone else's idea of a daily basis. I went for weeks wearing colourful glitter on my eyes, so I can't really talk.

Let's cut to the chase - Necklace, H&M. It's the most expensive thing I'm wearing. Purse, vintage. $1.50 from the thrift store. Shoes and sunglasses - Forever 21. Typical. (I just have to take a second to gush about how fabulous these shoes are, if you ignore the fact that they gave me horrible blisters. Just look at them! They have sparkly fake diamonds in the heel. Come on. It's seriously fab. Seriously.)

So there you go - my outfit in a very lengthy nutshell. Now please go out and clash some metal and make shirts out of fabric scraps. You won't regret it!