Sunday, August 17, 2014

July Outfits - Week One

Hi everyone!

Here are a few outfits from the first week of July:

 (Left: Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar), Sandals by Old Navy (sold out, similar), Belt by Forever 21 (old, similar)
Right: Top by Forever 21 (similar), 
Pants by TargetSandals by Target, Earrings from Hawaii (similar)

I'm finding it quite challenging to decide how often I want to update this blog and the format that it should take - please bear with me as I figure it out!

(Left: Blazer by Urban Outfitters (old, similar), Dress by Forever 21, Belt by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Vince Camuto (outlet))
Top by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Pants by Old Navy (similar), Sandals by Aldo (old, similar))

Technically we are nearing the end of summer, but Vancouver usually has nice weather through September so I'm not getting too depressed about it.  Fall fashions are slowing creeping into stores as well and although I would gladly live in a summer climate year-round, it's fun to see all the new styles for the upcoming season and make a wishlist for new purchases.

(Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion & Style Elixir today!)

xo jules
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Monthly Outfit Roundup: June 2014

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another instalment of What I Wore: Monthly Outfit Roundup.
This time I've included larger images of each outfit so you can see them more clearly, and I think I'll continue this format from now on.

I can't believe it's August!  Our summer has been fantastic so far, and Vancouver has been blessed with some truly hot weather.  It rarely gets super hot here so no one has AC in their homes ... I feel like I am constantly sticky!  At work we have AC which is an absolute blessing.

I hope you're having an amazing summer too!

Left: Top by Forever 21 (old, similar), Pants by Gap, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Aldo
Right: Sweater by Gap (old, similar), Skirt by Forever 21, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Aldo (old, similar)

Left: Sweater by H&M (old, similar), Pants by Target, Scarf by Old Navy (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar)
Right: Top by Gap (sold out, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Aldo (old, similar)

Left: Dress by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Scarf by Joe Fresh (old, similar), Shoes by Vince Camuto (outlet)
Right:  Sweater by J. Crew Factory (old, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Necklace by Aldo (old, similar)

Left: Dress by Gap, Belt by Forever 21 (old, similar), Sandals by Aldo (old, similar)
Right: Top by H&M (old, similar), Pants by Gap, Cardigan by Gap (old, similar), Shoes by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Necklace by H&M (old, similar)

Left: Blazer by Jacob (sold out, similar), Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar), Top by Gap (old, similar), Sandals by Target, Necklace by Tiffany & Co.
Right: Top by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Pants by Target, Sandals by Target, Necklace by Le Chateau (old, similar)

Left: Sweater by Gap (sold out, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Tiffany & Co.
Right: Top by Gap (sold out, similar), Skirt by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Aldo (old, similar)

 xo jules

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monthly Outfit Roundup: May 2014

Why hello!
Yes I am still here ... 2 weeks later!

I've been such a bad blogger lately and have sooo many outfit pics that I haven't shared with you, I decided to do a monthly roundup.  I kind of like this idea and might stick with it in the future; either monthly, weekly or bi-weekly posts showing multiple outfits rather than posting daily or 3 times per week.  We'll see!

Outfit sources, from left to right.

Top Row:

1. Cardigan by Zara (old, similar), Top by H&M (old, similar), Skirt by Forever 21, Shoes by Aldo (similar), Necklace by Tiffany & Co., Ring no name from Dominican Republic (similar)
2. Cardigan by H&M (old, similar), Top by H&M (old, similar), Pants by Gap, Sandals by Sam Edelman (scored at Nordstrom Rack for $30!)
3. Top by Jacob (old, similar), Pants by Zara (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Bracelets by Obviously Chic (pop up)
4. Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Dress by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Shoes by Vince Camuto (outlet)

Second Row:

5. Dress by Old Navy, Belt by Forever 21 (old, similar), Shoes by Payless (old, similar)
6. Top by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Pants by Gap, Shoes by Aldo (old similar)
7. Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar), Blazer by Urban Outfitters (old, similar), Belt by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Vince Camuto (outlet)
8. Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Top by Old Navy (old, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Vince Camuto (outlet), Necklace by Aldo

Third Row:

9. Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Dress by Banana Republic (outlet) (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar)
10. Dress by Forever 21, Belt by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by H&M (old, similar)
11. Top by H&M (old, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Sandals by Target
12. Blazer by Forever 21 (old, similar), Dress by H&M, (old, similar) Belt by H&M (old, similar), Sandals by Old Navy

Fourth Row:

13. Top by Dynamite (old, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Belt by J.Crew Factory (old, similar), Sandals by Old Navy
14. Dress by H&M (similar), Belt by Joe Fresh (old, similar), Sandals by Le Chateau (old, similar)
15. Top by Esprit (old, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Necklace by H&M (old, similar), Sandals by Target
16. Cardigan by Zara (old, similar), Dress by Forever 21, Sandals by Old Navy

 xo jules

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1 - Happy Canada Day!

(Dress by Forever 21, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Tiffany & Co.)

Hi everyone!

How was your holiday weekend, Canadians?

T & I stayed in town (staycation?) and thoroughly relaxed.  I got in some good sun time (it was hot!), both on our little balcony here and at Trout Lake, where we spent this afternoon.  Finished "Gone Girl" (it lives up to the hype, read it if you haven't already!) and started the latest installment of Bridget Jones' Diary "Mad About the Boy".  We watched some Orange is the New Black Season 2, finished Fargo (TV show), slept in, drank coffee, went out for food.  It was good folks, reeeaaal good!

I can't believe it's July already!  Half the year is gone, that seems crazy to me.  But crazy in a good way.  Here's to a super awesome summer!

Linking up with Because Shanna Said SoStyle Elixir, The Pleated Poppy & Transatlantic Blonde today!

xo jules
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Recent Online Orders & Reviews

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1st Row: Gap - Striped Tank Top / Slim Cropped Pants / Navy Striped Tank Top / Pocket Tank Top
2nd Row: Old Navy - Tassel scarf / Drapey Cropped Pants / Denim Jacket  / Pixie Pants / Pixie Pants 

Gap & Old Navy were having major sales recently, so I put in an online order at both, knowing I probably wouldn't keep everything.  Gap in particular was having a sale on it's Premium Pants, and their black "Slim Cropped" style is basically what I live in at work.  Their Premium Pants are excluded from most sales, and rarely go on sale themselves so I was keen to purchase a replacement pair for my 2+ year old pair that is quickly fading.  Funnily enough, I tried on a size 2 and a size 4 at Gap last weekend, and the 2 was too tight in the waist ... plus full price in store ... but the 4 was too big.  I decided to risk it in my online order and went for a 2, which ended up fitting perfectly!  So strange how that happens sometimes.  I'm still waiting on the white with navy stripes tank top to arrive (it was shipped separately for some reason), but the only thing I'll be returning from the Gap order is the Pocket Tank Top, which was too boxy for my liking.

As for Old Navy, I had some Super Cash which needed using last week, and I've been dying for the Drapey Cropped Pants to be re-stocked in XS for months. Literally!  Ever since this Fitting Room Reviews post, I've had my eye on the size & price.  I wish I had just bought them back in February!  I was really curious about ON's Pixie Pant.  They went on a big blogger campaign awhile back and got great reviews, but I thought I tried them on in the same session as the Reviews I mentioned earlier, and they fit so badly I didn't even review them!  I guess I was wrong because I tried them on in-store about 2 weeks ago and they seemed to fit pretty well (size 2)!  So I ordered a black pair because as you know I basically live in black skinnies at work and wanted to compare the fit to not only the Gap pair I ordered but also the Gap pairs I wear currently.  I got the Khaki pair as well because I don't own any pants in that colour and it's nice to have a lighter option for pants, especially in the summer.

So, to compare Gap's Slim Cropped Pants to Old Navy's Pixie Pants:  I'm definitely curious to see how they wear, i.e. will the ON pair fade, stretch or pill more quickly due to its lower price point or will they hold their own against Gap's more expensive option?  As for fit, the ON pair are tighter all over, with a narrower leg opening.  Not quite a legging fit, but closer for sure.  Both are 95% cotton, 5% spandex blends.  I will be sure to keep you updated!

From my ON order, I will be returning the scarf and denim jacket.  I wasn't feeling the tassels on the scarf, even though it was only $8. The denim jacket, I ordered in a Petite XS after trying it not too long ago in a regular XS.  I really want a denim jacket!  I found the Petite version to be too cropped for me.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


(Top by H&M (old, similar), Cardigan by Gap (old, similar), Pants by Gap, Shoes by Banana Republic (outlet, old, similar), Necklace by H&M (old, similar))


On the weekend, as well as clothes shopping, I got some home goodies from Crate & Barrel!  I swear, I love that store.  It's generally a little pricey for my budget but you can find some good items on sale and what I bought from there was new dinnerware!  OK, this may not sound all that exciting to you but you would not believe how happy it makes me!  Gone are the mis-matched, chipped Ikea plates and bowls.  We had black plates before, which at first seemed cool, but then started to feel dated and I longed for all white everything! Now we have a really nice set of white dinnerware (and enough of it) that I hope will last a long time.  The reviews are really good for the set we purchased, and it seems to be a line C&B keeps in stock, so if a piece or two ever do chip, we can purchase a replacement without too much hassle.  Up next on our dream wish list, this bar cabinet!

xo jules
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekend Recap

(Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Top by Old Navy (sold out, similar), Pants by Target, Shoes by H&M (old, similar), Necklace by Aldo (old, similar))

Ahhh I've been a bad blogger this week, sorry!

How was your weekend?

Mine was good, but T was away so it was a bit lonely around the apartment.  I binge-watched Suits, finally caught up on the season finales of Greys Anatomy & Scandal, and went on a shopping trip and closet organization mission.  Gap was having a major sale (40% off sale items) and I picked up a lightweight summer sweater, an infinity scarf, and a coral tank all for under $30.  Canadian retailer Jacob is going out of business and I picked up some sale items from them as well: a grey blazer, a black pencil skirt & a black and white polka dot pencil skirt for about $130.  The skirts need hemming (typical problem for us shorties!), which sucks to have to pay for, but with the discount I think they're still a fairly decent deal for good quality items that should last a long time.

My closet needed to be re-organized as well and happily, that got done this weekend.  We used to keep our laundry hamper in my closet (T has a separate wardrobe), which was great, because hampers are generally an eyesore.  But I needed the space in there and we found a really cute, roomy hamper from West Elm Market a couple of weeks ago for about $40.  You wouldn't believe how happy I was when T told me to buy it!  Anyways, what I really needed was more drawer space rather than hanger space so I bought this unit from Ikea, which I had a couple of years back.  It's nothing pretty, but it does the job.  Now my tanks, tees, long-sleeve tops, sweaters, shorts/bathing suits and scarves all have a happy home!

xo jules
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