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Seeing Spots

17 Aug

{Top: H&M}

{Skirt: Reitmans}

I wish this t-shirt had read better in the pictures so you could see the beautiful teal colour of my spots! But sadly I waited way too long to get outside and take pictures today so the sun got the better of me.

This week has been whizing by at hyper speed, and I can hardly believe it’s Wednesday. There is so much going on at our place right now that I don’t even now where to begin with the re-cap, so here’s a snapshot; Mr. T is going back to school next week, the kids go back two weeks later, I got a new job, and I’m working on a super exciting project with a new media and publishing company! In clothing related news, I may be needing to change my styling a little since I will be spending more time working in an office starting in mid-September (I’ll give you some more details once everything is signed, sealed, and delivered!)

 

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Lessons Learned

13 Aug

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog six months ago. As a perpetual fire-starter and non-finisher of projects, sticking to something for six months is a big deal for me.

I started Pink Chai without a plan or a clear idea of what this blog was going to be about. The only thing I knew was that I needed to get out of my rut and start making some pretty big changes in my life. One thing I’ve always believed in is the way the you look and dress really affects how you feel, so starting with my clothes made complete sense. I haven’t upgraded my wardrobe much (in fact, I purged most of it out), but I have started learn how to maximize what’s already there. And as much as I cribbed about it, the 30 for 30 challenge really helped with learning how to stretch my wardrobe.

So in honor of  half a year of blogging about my good, bad, and questionable outfits, I’ve chosen my six favorite looks and shared the lesson learned below.

{Secretary Chic}

The lesson here is easy; classic pieces with simple accessories always look good. A basic black skirt and pinstripe blouse are dressed up with a black belt, hose, and stacked bracelets. If I was wearing this outfit for an evening out; a quick switch to high heels and it would be perfect.

{Double Whamy}

This one is a two-in-one for me; embrace colour and ignore the “rules”. Normally I would wear a monotone outfit and add colour through a scarf or cardigan, but lately I’ve really tried to infuse my outfits with layers of colour. The hardest part of this has been ignoring all the strange rules I’ve created in my subconscious about colour combinations. Things like never wear red and green together because they look to “Christmasee”, or black and navy together look like you got dressed in the dark, etc., etc. Glad to say that I’ve gotten over that!

{Pink Perfection}

This one is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. I had this skirt for months but was never courageous enough to wear it until I started the blog. But once I wore it, it instantly became one of my favorite pieces and I’ve worn it several times since then.

{Copy Cat (or Monkey)}

This outfit made me realize that I can create a look that is sort of “dressed up casual”. I usually go for outfits that are one extreme or the other: super casual or very dressed up, but something like this actually works a lot better for my life right now. In a look like this I’m just as comfortable playing at the park with kids, or dropping in for a quick visit with a client. (Most of the projects I’m working on right now are with pretty laid back and casual clients).

{Inspiration to Outfit}

Recreating an outfit that I was inspired by might be the most important lesson I’ve learned. In the past I would look at a great outfit and think that I would have to purchase every piece (or something very similar to it) in the original outfit to recreate the look, but that’s absolutely not true. This look was inspired by a very bold floral skirt and shirt with a large gingham check, not exactly the same but the idea is similar.  (Inspiration outfit here)

{Bad Hair Great Skirt}

This one was a real eye opener for me: if something works repeat it. When I started this blog I had all these wonderful ideas about creating original outfits everyday, and never repeating the same look twice, what was I thinking? Now I feel the total opposite, once I find a silhouette and a look I love and feel comfortable in I try to recreate it with other pieces from my closet. This outfit incorporates so many things that I love; cardigan with a thin belt, knee-length pleated skirt, patterned flats, and colour. It will definitely be repeated!

Layered Summer

12 Aug

{Sweater: Liz Claiborne, Jeans: Reitmans}

{Belt: Forever 21}

{Shoes: Payless}

So I’ve finally decided to quit complaining about our temperamental summer weather and embrace it instead. Heck, it’s good practice for fall. I absolutely love this sweater and have been saving it to wear with the perfect LBD, but since I haven’t found one yet, I broke it out yesterday with my wide leg jeans. I had a few meetings and also had to run around town for some boring errands, so it was the perfect mix of professional yet casual.

What do you wear when you are going for a dressed down yet professional look?

Bad Hair Great Skirt

10 Aug

{Cardigan: Jacob, Skirt: Liz Claiborne, thrifted)

{Belt: Payless}

{Shoes: Walmart}

All I have to say today is; I love this skirt, and what the heck is going on with my hair in these pictures? That’s it, I’m done. Okay, that seems lazy even for me….

This outfit is from Monday but I was so busy gushing over my striped skirt that I forgot to post the pictures. This is definitely my favorite silhouette right now. Knee-length pleated skirt, fitted cardigan, and pretty flats; you can’t go wrong. It might be a fashion faux-pas to repeat the same look over and over, but a look like this is just so easy to put together. In the fall I’ll just add a long sleeve cardigan or a blazer and some boots. Looks like I’m set for the next 360 days or so.

 

Weekend Casual

8 Aug

{Shirt: Dynamite, Jeans: Jacob, Shoes: Le Chateau}

Do you ever feel like weekends are more work than your actual week? That’s how last weekend felt to me. In fact, I woke up this morning convinced it was Monday!

It was ridiculously hot yesterday and I was out all day looking for school supplies, back to school clothes, and getting through all my other errands, so I figured that casual and comfortable was the best way to go. I don’t usually wear jeans in the summer but I inherited this pair in a bag of clothes that a friend of mine sent over after a recent closet purge and decided they looked cute with my white tunic. PS: I love adult hand me downs (especially when they come from stylish friends!)

 

Recreated

5 Aug

{Tee Shirt: Smart Set, Skirt: Unknown, Shoes: Le Chateau}

One of my favorite things about personal style blogs is all of the ideas and inspiration they give everyday people like me. Last week I saw Jessica wear this beautiful and bright dress which provided me with instant inspiration for what to do with my funky, bright skirt. I’ve had this skirt for almost a year now but have never worn it (a common theme with many of the statement pieces I’ve collected over the years). It’s a little long and awkward as a skirt, but worked out perfectly as a dress.

In fact, I liked this look so much that I’ve actually repeated it two days in a row. Yesterday I wore it with a black sleeveless tee. Which look do you prefer? I’m leaning toward the white tee.

Comfy and Casual

4 Aug

 

{Shirt and Pants: Reitmans, Shoes: Le Chateau}

Is it just me or does it seem like forever since I posted an outfit pic? I read a how-to post on blogging once that said it is bad form to write a post on why you haven’t posted, but it feels like bad etiquette not to acknowledge an extended absence also. So in short; sorry I’ve been such an inconsistent blogger lately.

This is my outfit from yesterday when we finally experienced a scorching hot summer day and I decided to wear my jeans, go figure! I spent most of the day running around with the kids and getting a start on back to school shopping so it was actually perfect to wear something casual and comfortable. The only downfall to this outfit was that my top kept creeping up and every so often I’d look down and realize that I was wearing a crop top. Those are making a comeback right?