Yesterday I took a bit of time to do some online shopping.  I have been purging my closet have been really honest about what I actually wear.  I’m trying to purchase less, but purchase well.  Buying well means finding things that no only fit well, but are also items I will actually wear over and over again.  While I was shopping I was kinda bummed that there is either teeny tiny stuff or plus sized items.  Love that there is such a wide variety of plus sized clothing now, but I’ve tried it before and it doesn’t fit me.  I’m in this weird bubble of sizing that can’t wear “skinny” clothes, but plus size doesn’t work either.  On one of the sites I was on, I was checking out there size guide and it said that their size 12/14 US was an XXXL.  What???  I’m not vain about the whole size thing, but what?  I looked around a bit longer and soon found that nothing really seemed to be available in that size.  {This was so a “Mean Girls” shopping moment.  LOL! }  This is one of the reasons I buy most of my pants at Old Navy.  I have searched…and nothing.

I think one of the reasons, I’ve been going a bit more classic with my wardrobe is because I’m finding it harder all the time to find clothes I love and that fit and flatter.  Getting dressed as a curvy girl takes more thought.  When I was younger and slimmer, getting dressed was a breeze.  Everything looked cute.  I have some left over baby tummy, hips and thick legs, and I guess I’m a bit booby now too.  These are complaints, just what I’m working with. Oh, and then there’s the whole refusing to be anything but really comfortable. Also, what is up with so many of the shopping sites for “curvy gals” being more costumey than fashiony?  I don’t want to dress like a 50′s pinup girl.  I just want to look like me.   If any of you curvy gals have any tips of places you like to shop, please share.  I always love a good recommend.  This vintage leopard print blouse was a great find.  I bought it at an Electric Lady Vintage popup. I love when vintage clothes are curated for me.

Update on my wardrobe purge…Yesterday, I had a giant box of clothes picked up for donation.  If felt great to downsize more.  I’ve got a pile of stuff I’d like to consign as well.


Flats: Banana Republic, Scarf: c/o Bootlegger,  Necklace: Claudia Accessories, Clutch: c/o Plum, Broach: vintage

Accessories are meant to give a pop to your outfit.  For me this doesn’t always mean colour.  Neutral accessories worn with a neutral look can still be interesting as long as you add texture and print.  Pieces like this winter floral scarf or sequin bag will add instant personality.  A braided metallic necklace, nude patent flat, or vintage seed pearl broach are simple on their own, but have impact when mixed together.

Little details like adding a vintage broach to a modern clutch is a simple way to personalize your style.


The holiday season is the perfect time of year to bring out your sparkly clutches.  Weather it’s a gold sequin stunner or a vintage inspired baguette, a bit of shine can make even the simplest dress the star of the party.   Today I was digging through my own collection to see what I’ve got to work with for my upcoming holiday soirees.   Here’s my mix…

Apple & Bee from OMG Vancouver

Scoop Pop-Up shop Vancouver

Kiss & Makeup boutique West Vancouver

If sparkle and shine are not really your thing, try something a little different.

Why not accessorize your accessories?  I took this brown leather vintage clutch ( c/o Shoppalu)  and attached a pretty little vintage broach to add some shine and whimsy.   Now I have a fabulous one-of-a-kind bag that will work with anything from jeans and stilettos to sequins and tulle.

I’ve been noticing some trends form…in my closet!  I clearly have some obsessions.  One of the things I’m loving now are bangles.  I stack em on.  I have a real variety.  Some are from H&M and Forever 21 and then others are vintage that I got from my grandmother, and I recently bought a new mesh one by local Vancouver label Harriet Grey .  They all work well together.

I’m loving jeweled flats.  I found a great pair by Sam Edelman…the love affair continues.

Recently my grandmother gave me some beautiful vintage beauty accessories of hers from the 50′s.  My little collection consists of a compact with puff, jeweled perfume bottle, gold zippo lighter case, and a hard case evening bag.  I have these vintage beauties displayed on my vanity in my walk in closet.

I also have a thing for owls.   I’ve got an owl tee and a couple of necklace that are faves of mine to wear.  My parents just gave me a little stuffed owl that they got at the Burrowing Owl winery.

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