Dress: Barefoot Contessa Boutique
Denim Jacket: AG Jeans (The Urban Rack boutique)
Boots: Plenty Clothing
Bracelet: Alden Rae
Bag: Erin Templeton
Necklace: Karen Telio

There is some huge #LocalLove happening here in this look.  Absolutely everything I am wearing is either from a local boutique or a local designer/brand.  It wasn’t intentional, but when I started listing my outfit details I was pleased to see all the items I found that have supported local business.  This fabulous white lace dress with a floral print is one of my newest additions to my wardrobe.  While it is still a bit chilly to go full on Spring just quite yet, I couldn’t help but snap and share of few pics because it’s just so pretty.

I am also channeling my inner Dakota Johnson this week with my Oscar inspired hair style…a ponytail.  I LOVE fashion, but sometimes the fashion “experts” are hilarious with the ridiculous obsessions they have.  Like many of you, I watched all the red carpet coverage from the Oscars.  I watched the before, the after, and everything in between.  One thing that was amazing was the ongoing commentary over Dakota Johnson’s ponytail.  Now granted, usually a more glam hair style is chosen for such a formal fete, however, you would think this girl invented the ponytail with they way these fashion critics went on about it.  To paraphrase a few of my favorite comments….

” Dakota Johnson’s ponytail is anything but basic.”  It was pretty basic to me.

” I love her daring choice to wear a ponytail.”  Daring is a low cut dress after 50, a ponytail on a 25 year old starlet is well a ponytail!

” It’s so unexpected and not at all boring.”  I guess it is unexpected, but can’t say I leapt out of my chair when I saw her hair.

” Dakota’s hair is just brilliant.”  Brilliant?  I guess I’m chic-er than I thought when I head to the grocery store.

” Ugh!  How much are we loving the ponytail on Dakota Johnson?”  Clearly you are all loving it ALOT!

Maybe it’s because my hair style is pretty much the exact same as hers or that I’ve just worn a lot of ponytails over the years, but hearing this uber simple hair style was the top pick seems ridiculous…but I still love it!



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?



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