Jacket: Zara sale find
Tunic: Dex (old)
Pants: clothing swap with a friend
Boots: Old Navy

When an occasion comes up we are always tempted to go out and buy something shiny and new to wear.  If you’re on a budget, get creative with sourcing your pieces for a fun night out.  Obviously, sales are always and economical way to go shopping.  I scored this very cute faux fur leopard print jacket at Zara last month.  It was regularly $129 and I snatched it up for just $49!  Another great resource is your friends.  If you have some gal pals who are a similar size to you, get them together for a night of wine and clothes swapping.  I grabbed these very comfy and ultra skinny ponte pants from one of my girlfriends.  I wear them all the time and all it cost me was a top I was done with.  Lastly, dig through your closet.  I know I say this all the time, but it is obviously the cheapest and easiest option.  We all have treasures hidden deep in our closets that we have long forgotten about.  I have had this old Dex flowy tunic for years.  I’ve been able to wear it so many ways.  I even wore it for my stagette about three and half years ago.  It is one of those clothing items that just keeps on going.

What are some of your tips and tricks to look stylish for less?


Skirt: Lofty Living
Top: Language (old)
Boots: Old Navy
Bag: Co-Lab (old)
Earrings and Bracelet: Olive & Piper

For the longest time I felt like I was too old and too curvy to wear a tulle skirt, unyet, I was completely drawn to them whenever I would see them.  Such a beautiful and versatile piece…as long as you are young and thin, right?   Weeeellllllll, maybe not.  For me, it was all about finding the right skirt.  My checklist I had for such a skirt was that it needed to not be too poofy (check), have a longer length (check), have an elastic waistband (check), and be in a darker basic colour (and check).  When I spotted this beauty, I knew it had to be mine.

Styled my way with pretty neutral colours and a pop of sparkle, I now think a tulle skirt can absolutely be an age appropriate item.  And the too curvy thing?  I’m so over that too!



{ Night Out Uniform}
Tunic and leggings: Barefoot Contessa
Skirt: old fave
Necklace: Olive & Piper
Clutch: Plum
Boots: Betsey Johnson
Lip Colour: Revlon

I’m sucker for comfort.  If I’m going to be spending an evening out, I refuse to be uncomfortable.  That said, this would be another look I’ve styled up using all my favourite components for my go to uniform.  {See my first uniform look here.}  While shopping at one of my local shopping haunts, Barefoot Contessa, I spotted this fabulous flowy tunic and floral leggings.  Such a simple way to pull a look together for a night out with the girls or a date night with the Hubs.  I simply added one of my many fitted minis and accessorized with some sparkle.  Red lips can always kick your look up a notch too.  Getting ready for a fun evening with people you love shouldn’t be torture, so ladies, keep it simple.




Glasses: ClearlyContacts.ca 
Top: Joe Fresh
Jeans & Scarf: Old Navy
Shoes: Barefoot Contessa
Umbrella: Lofty Living
Lip Colour: Almay

Valentines Day is just days away and life is rosy in my pretty in pink new specs.  These lovely glasses are from the ClearlyContacts.ca  Love collection.  They were definitely love at first sight!  This pretty hue goes with almost anything and works well as a neutral tone.  If you’re not loving your specs, be sure to check out this collection.  You will LOVE it!

This year our Valentines Day plans include a family dinner that we are hosting at our house.  Just a casual little evening with my parents, grandma, mother-in-law, and of course my two loves.  Who says you only have to celebrate romantic love?  How will you be spending your Valentines Day?




I really love my leather jacket.  I’ve had this classic black leather Michael Kors jacket for a few years now.  I wear it almost year round, with the exception of our short hot weather season.   Whether it’s with colour, jeans, over a dress, or my paired with my go-to uniform, it just works.  I also clearly really love scarves.  I have quite a few in my collection and clearly an outfit of mine isn’t complete without one!

Do you have any favourite staples in your closet?

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