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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!


Strawberry Picking

21 Mar

cardigan: Ricki’s, shirt: Suzy Shier, jeans: Reitmans, shoes: Payless belt: Payless purse: vintage

Yesterday was actually the first decent day we’ve had around here in a while, I wasn’t even freezing during photo time! Went out with my sisters, mom, and the little princess for some retail therapy, so comfort was the way to go.

I know what you’re thinking; what the heck does this have to do with strawberries (or maybe, where’s your basket, or are those shoes really appropriate for strawberry picking)? Anyways; earlier in the morning Zara and I were watching a Project Runway re-run which reminded her that she always wanted a Strawberry Shortcake Fashion Boutique for ever and ever. So while the rest of us hunted for spring fashions, she went strawberry picking.

Here’s me debuting my new haircut, vintage purse (which I found with the tags on for only $4.99), and my new go to nail polish colour for spring!

Zara shopping

Just for fun….here’s one of Zara entertaining herself while we shop. And in case you are wondering; she’s very opinionated and dresses herself. I guess like mother like daughter!

Worm Dance….

15 Mar

No this is not some cool new dance form you need to learn, it’s the ridiculous combination of moves I did in our backyard this morning. It has been raining for days which means the worms are out in full swing. Hence the worm dance I had to do every time I wanted to change positions for today’s pictures…

Today just felt like a dress up kind of day so I pulled out this dress that hasn’t been worn before and layered it with a bright pink sweater (which I now feel is much too loose on me). The most interesting part about blogging has been realizing the sometimes an outfit that looks great in the mirror doesn’t quite work in pictures. Has anyone else experienced this?

You might get a laugh out of this one:

What can I say…sometimes a girl needs control top!

Project 365 – No Sweatpants Allowed!

21 Feb

Update: I realized shortly after writing this post that fashion blogging is harder than it looks and it takes a lot of time to shoot, edit, and upload pics. So, I am now trying to load as many as possible on a weekly basis, and am giving myself a break on Sundays!

I’m a mom and I hate sweatpants. Honestly, I can’t stand seeing people wear them anywhere but the gym. I especially can’t understand why they have become the national uniform for motherhood. Whenever I question my mom friends about this unsightly wardrobe staple they say; sweat pants are so comfortable, I don’t have time to dress up, nothing fits, etc., etc.

Newsflash; I’m a mom (with two kids), full-time entrepreneur, crazy busy, and I have image issues like everyone else, but I don’t think sweatpants are the solution to my problems. In fact, I think they once caused me a lot of problems. When my son was born almost 7 years ago, I suffered from undiagnosed postpartum depression. Before his arrival I was a busy career woman who got dressed for work every morning, and went out most evenings, but all of a sudden I had nowhere to go and my outfit of choice became sweatpants. Every day I would pull on a pair of fuzzy pants and neglect taking care of myself, because I thought that was the right thing to do. It took me almost 8 months to get out of my “funk” and realize that washing my hair everyday, dressing up, and tea breaks weren’t luxuries, but rather necessities for a new mom.

So, I promptly threw away every pair of sweatpants and never looked back. I am in no way a style icon, in fact I might not even be stylish at all. But nevertheless, I am going to document my escapades in eclectic wear on this blog for the next year (at least). I won’t be posting every picture here, but I will upload a daily photo to my Project 365 folder on Flickr. Feel free to follow along!

This is my picture from day one. My sister and I headed downtown for lunch in Gastown and then went window shopping at Pottery Barn for some home decor inspiration.