Sunday, August 30, 2015

Monthly Outfit Roundup: August 2015



jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget (What I Wore: August 2015)


Hey everyone!  I'm back!  Here's a look at what I wore in August ...



jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget (What I Wore: August 2015)
One: Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar), Belt by Forever 21 (old, similar), Sandals by Old Navy (old, similar) // Two: Blouse by Dynamite (old, similar), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by Gap Factory, Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar) // Three: Dress by Old Navy, Blazer by Urban Outfitters (old, similar), Shoes by Gap Factory, Belt by Forever 21 (from this dress), Necklace by Tiffany & Co.


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget (What I Wore: August 2015)
 One: Top by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar), Pants by Target (old, similar), Sandals by Old Navy (old, similar), Necklace by H&M (similar) // Two: Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar), Belt by H&M (old, similar), Sandals by Target (old, similar), Necklace by H&M (similar) // Three: Top by Banana Republic Factory (old), Cardigan by Zara (old, similar), Pants by Old Navy, Booties by Old Navy

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget (What I Wore: August 2015)
One: Top by Smart Set (old, similar), Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar) // Two: Top by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar), Necklace by Tiffany & Co., Bracelet by Obviously Chic Pop-Up (similar) // Three: Dress by Zara (old, similar), Scarf by Old Navy (old, similar), Sandals by Old Navy (old, similar)

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget (What I Wore: August 2015)
Top by Forever 21 (old, similar), Cardigan by H&M (old, similar), Pants by H&M (old, similar), Sandals by Steve Madden (old, similar), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar) // Two: Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Dress by Old Navy (this print sold out, same style here), Belt by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Forever 21 (old, similar) // Three: Top by J.Crew (similar), Pants by Old Navy, Sandals by Target (old, similar), Bracelets by Obviously Chic Pop-up (similar


These monthly outfit collages seem to be popular and they are a good reference for me as well, looking back to see what worked and what didn't.  And it is just so much easier and less time-consuming to snap a couple of photos on my balcony so I'm back there!  Le sigh. I can't use my nice 50mm lens which gives the blurry background because the balcony is not long enough (the lens is a fixed focal length, meaning no zoom in or out), so I am just using the regular 35mm lens which is not as nice.  I feel like I am just back where I started before I got my DSLR!  It is just so time-consuming and annoying (for me, anyways) to take outfit photos outside with my tripod and remote; there are always people around, what to do in inclimate weather, etc.  Mostly it is the time it takes and the carrying around of camera and tripod; I take a tote bag with lunch and sometimes breakfast to work, as well as a gym bag.  And I walk to work.  So to take another set of things, and to leave at least 30 minutes earlier, just does not happen.  And I can't take pics after work because that's when I go to the gym.  You see my predicament.

Anyways, enough complaining!!  I am back and happy to share what I wore to work in August with you guys.  I definitely see some questionable hairstyles up there lol!  My favourite new purchases are definitely those Old Navy Pixie Pants in the first row, and the Banana Republic Factory necklace I'm wearing with it.  Items I am not so enamoured with: those grey Target pants, I think the crotch is a little saggy and they are bit too cropped?  Same with those khaki-coloured Pixie Pants in the last row.  What do you guys think?

Old Navy is continuing to kill it, in my opinion, and I think I have $60 in SuperCash which I am stoked to use, starting Friday.  My sister in law and T both gave me $10 SuperCash coupons from their recent buys there, and I have $40 of my own from purchasing those Pixie's and booties.  When I was in-store a couple of weeks ago I saw a lot of drapey tees and soft, chunky cardigans.  I'd like some navy Pixie's and another black pair, so those are also on the list.  Plaid is going to be hot again this fall so I might snag a flannel button-up early.  I'd love some fall florals as well, we'll see!  I'll do a review for ya once I place my order :)

xo jules

Linking up with: Rachel the HatStyle ElixirSeptember FARMPenniless Socialite, Claire Justine OXOXTwo Thirty-Five Designs, Jeans and a TeacupHappiness at Mid LifeMix and Match Fashion, The Mummy ChroniclesForage Fashion
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Shopping Review - Old Navy and Forever 21


Hey everyone! I'm baaack!  I placed a couple of orders at Old Navy and Forever 21 recently, and wanted to do a couple of reviews for you.






Admittedly, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to athletic wear.  I mean, I don't need to wear head to toe Lululemon, but they definitely are my favourite brand when it comes to sports bottoms.  About a year and a half ago, I saw these striped capris at American Eagle Outfitters and decided to give them a try.  I mean, stripes?  Can't say no.  They turned out pretty well,  I kind of have to tug them up occasionally, but other than that they are holding up strong.  Over the past year or so there have a been a lot of good reviews for Old Navy's Compression Crops.  A lot of them have been from bloggers who partnered with Old Navy, meaning they were either gifted the items or paid for their reviews.  So, I take it with a grain of salt.  Especially if the blogger in question doesn't normally wear the brand.  But I digress.  I saw the "Purple Pizazz Poly" print online, and decided to give them a shot!  With discounts they came to $22.00 and I am very happy with them!  They definitely live up to their "Compression" title, they are very tight!  For reference, I am wearing a size small and am normally a 2 in ON pants.

Up next, Old Navy's The Pixie Mid-Rise Ankle Pant in Viney Floral, Size 2 Regular ($31.50):

 I wear a lot of Old Navy's Pixie Pants (see here, here, here, here ... you get the idea) and was really excited when I saw this print pop up online.  It's reminiscent of polka dots (you can see detail shots below), in great fall colours.  They are slightly longer than my other Pixie's, with a 27.5" inseam.  My black Pixie's have a 26" inseam, which I approximated below by folding up the hem twice:


 I think I will leave the length as-is for now, as I like the versatility of being able to wear a full-length pant, and also roll them up when needed.

The chambray I am wearing above is Old Navy's Classic Chambray Shirt in Medium Wash, Size XSmall ($21.50):

 This shirt has excellent reviews online, and I have had my eye out for a soft, well-fitting chambray for awhile.  Unfortunately it was a bit stiff and the sleeves were slightly tight.   I mean, it's fine, but I am just not in love.  Part of me thinks that a chambray is just not for me!

Finally (for Old Navy), the Mixed Faux-Leather Ankle Boots in Tan, Size 6 ($42.00):




I wear my black ankle boots from Old Navy all.the.time (see here, here, here etc) and thought that a pair in another colour would add some versatility to my closet.  As I expected, they are just as good as my black pair and are definitely keepers!


Okay, now onto Forever 21.


I saw this Life in Progress Wrap Belt Chambray Dress ($29.90) in-store two months ago but the line for the fitting room was way too long for just one item so I let it go, assuming that I would just buy it online and try it on at home!  Well, it finally showed up in my size!  Yay!





It's super cute, no?  It's soft but has a nice weight.  It's a bit long for my taste, so I soaked it in warm water and tossed it in the dryer to see if it would shrink.  Success!  I am planning on wearing it on a date night with T soon and hope to take some outfit photos for you.  What do you think about wearing it to the office?  Too casual?

This Buttoned Shirt Dress in Size XSmall ($21.90) is really soft and nice:
(Can't find online anymore but this one is very similar)


 The dress is unlined, I am wearing a black slip underneath.  The belt is mine as well.  These couple of additions make the dress a winner in my book.  Oh ya, and it has pockets!




Above, shown as it came (sleeves rolled up) in the box.

Whew!  Well, that's it for now, I hope you found my reviews helpful - please let me know if you have any questions!


xo jules
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1 - Peppermint Fit and Flare Dress + Happy Canada Day!

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget
 (Dress by H&M (old, this year's versions here in blue, I've seen the red one in-stores), Belt by Forever 21 (old, similar), Sandals by Gap, Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget



Hey everyone, Happy Canada Day!

I've had this darling little H&M dress for at least a year now (it's amazing looking back through my archives and seeing how long I've had certain items for!) and I just love it.  It's from the Divided line and is a cotton/spandex blend, so I don't expect it to last forever, but it's doing really well so far.  I don't see it in red and white online, so I linked to a blue one (which is on sale for 15!), but I did see this red one in stores about 2 weeks ago.  It's nice and fitted in the bodice and gently flares out just below my natural waist - the definition of fit & flare.
These black leather (yes, real leather) sandals are a new purchase from Gap.  They retail for $54.95 but I was able to get them during one of their 40% of sales online.  Buying shoes is tough for me.  I really prefer to buy in person so that I can try them on first, since sizing can vary so much depending on the brand and type of shoe.  But, in stores like Gap where shoes are not their main product, often there aren't many sizes to choose from.  I also find that shoes are often discounted in-store and only come on sale online during specialty sales (ie, they are often excluded from the online sales coupons I receive via email).  I know that with many stores I can just order and return shoes for free, but its such a hassle - I hate waiting!
Speaking of, I recently ordered two pairs of shoes from J.Crew Factory during one of their 40 or 50% off sales.  These metallic flats have been on my wishlist for a good couple of months but I hesitated on pulling the trigger due to my concerns above.  And, shopping at J.Crew Factory from Canada, shipping is not free, nor are returns :( (in this case, there was a promo that included free shipping)  But, once I saw these pop up, I felt like I had good reason to place an order.  I've needed replacement leopard flats for my Banana Republic Factory ones (last seen here) for about a year now (ok, maybe 6 months) and these seemed pretty perfect - pony hair & pointy toe were my two main "musts", but the colour-blocking of the heel is an added bonus.

Canada Day / Independence Day often means huge sales so if you still have items on your summer wishlist, now would be a good time to scoop them up!  Happy shopping and I hope you all enjoy your long weekend!
  

xo jules

Linking up with: Style ElixirStill Being MollyRhea EtceteraPink SoleMore Pieces of MeFizz & FrostingWatch Out for the WoestmansFashionably EmployedCha Cha the Fashion GeniusI Do de ClaireMyriad Musings, Mama - and More!, On the Daily ExpressPumps and Push Ups, Chic Street StyleShopping My ClosetCappucinno and FashionFor the Love of LeopardPampers and PearlsPastries, Pumps and PiTucker UpClassy Yet TrendyLisa a la Mode
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 21 - "Put A Bird On It" Dress & Grey Drapey Blazer

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget
 (Dress by Old Navy, Blazer by Forever 21, Sandals by Steve Madden (last year, similar colour, similar style (elastic strap), Belt by J.Crew Factory (old, similar), Sunglasses by Kate Spade (bday pres from T)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget



Hey everyone!  Look, I found a new spot for taking photos! Haha

I'm wearing a couple of new purchases here, this Old Navy dress which I got on sale in-store for $15 about 6 weeks ago, and this Forever 21 blazer which came with an online order I placed with a few other items last month.  Both items I love, I even ordered the dress in solid magenta and a navy/white stripe pattern (seemingly not online, sorry!)  I'm a big fan of being able to wear them casually, like to the beach or just around town for errands, or dressed up with a blazer like so, for work.  This blazer, by the way?  More than worth its $30 price tag and very similar this much more expensive version!

These sandals on the other hand ... I bought them last summer, and they are cute.  The straps are totally elastic, which seems like a recipe for comfort but after wearing them all day, not so much.  I didn't realize how much my feet swell during the day!  Maybe it only happens when I wear these sandals, but it's not pretty, nor comfortable.  I'll give them the rest of the summer but will be on the lookout for a new gold pair next year.  If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know in the comments! 

xo jules

Linking up with: Rachel the HatStyle ElixirSeptember FARMHello HappinessPenniless SocialiteClaire Justine OXOXTwo Thirty-Five DesignsBirdie ShootsStill Being MollyRhea EtceteraPink SoleMore Pieces of MeFizz & FrostingWatch Out for the WoestmansFashionably EmployedCha Cha the Fashion GeniusI Do de ClaireMyriad Musings, Mama - and More!Pumps and Push UpsBecause Shanna Said SoChic Street StyleShopping My ClosetThe Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnCappucinno and FashionFor the Love of LeopardPampers and PearlsPastries, Pumps and PiStyle ElixirTucker UpClassy Yet TrendyHappiness at Mid LifeMix and Match Fashion, My Girlish WhimsThe Mummy ChroniclesLiving in Color/Stylin in St. LouisLisa a la ModeRachel the HatStyle ElixirSeptember FARM, Penniless Socialite, Claire Justine OXOXTwo Thirty-Five DesignsJeans and a Teacup
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Monthly Outfit Roundup: March and April 2015

Top Row: March 4141822
Bottom Row: April 9, (outfit not blogged), 1929

Hey everyone!
Sorry I have been so bad at posting outfits this month - can you believe I've only posted one so far in May?!  Right now I'm trying to take blog photos every Saturday before work, and the rest of my outfits I do my best to document via selfies on Instagram.  So, if you'd like to see more images of what I wear on the daily- follow me there!

So, then - what have I been up to lately?
Watching: The Voice & Survivor Finales, Game of Thrones, catching up on Grey's Anatomy & Scandal when I can (aka when T's not home), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina
Listening: Sia/Elastic heart, Chet Faker/Gold, Daughter/If You Leave, London Grammar/If You Wait, Lorde/Pure Heroine and this YouTube Playlist (by T)
Eating: Peanut butter oatmeal, mixed greens salad with strawberries, candied walnuts and feta cheese, and homemade burgers on the grill
Doing: Enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having, spending time with family over the long weekend including visiting the Extreme Air Park and getting fish & chips in Steveston, slacking on my gym routine due to a cold and then the long weekend, attempting to get back into running
Buying: a lot from Forever 21 - this crochet-paneled top, this stripe maxi dress, these embroidered espadrilles, this ribbed trapeze tank, and this crepe blazer    


xo jules

Linking up with: Rhea EtceteraPink SoleMore Pieces of Me, Watch Out for the WoestmansFashionably EmployedCha Cha the Fashion GeniusRachel the HatStyle ElixirSeptember FARMPenniless Socialite, Claire Justine OXOXTwo Thirty-Five DesignsHappiness at Mid Life, The Mummy Chronicles
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14 - Striped T-Shirt Dress and White Blazer

(Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Dress by Target (last year, similar), Shoes by H&M (recent but not online, similar), Necklace by Aldo (old, similar), Ring by Tiffany & Co., Blush by NARS in "Orgasm", Lips by CoverGirl in "Hibiscus")


 (Jacket by Forever 21)









Hi everyone!  How are you?

This is a great t-shirt dress that I bought from Target last summer.   Most of the clothes I buy are for work, or can at least work double-duty, with the exceptions of jeans (which I have far too many pairs of, just ask my Mum!).  This dress I decidedly purchased not for work.  It's a casual cotton-jersey material and has a body-conscious fit which are two things, especially combined, I try to avoid wearing to work.  Well, here I am, wearing it to work!  The blazer and pointed toe flats I think raise the profile of this humble t-shirt dress to office-appropriate - what do you think?
I remember choosing this outfit because I needed to go to a dinner right afterwards with family that was visiting from New Zealand, and wanted something that could transition easily.  For dinner I simply dropped the blazer and wore the cargo jacket shown above.  It's new, by the way, and from Forever 21.  It's super lightweight, meaning if it's cold you better layer up, but it really is a wardrobe workhorse.  Believe the hype!  I have been reaching for it as my go-to Spring jacket, only switching up to my grey trench coat when I need to be dressy, or my polka dot rain coat when the forecast looks drizzly.

I hope you have a super happy weekend!

xo jules


Linking up with: Happiness at Mid LifeMix and Match Fashion, My Girlish WhimsThe Mummy ChroniclesPumps and Push UpsBecause Shanna Said SoChic Street StyleShopping My ClosetThe Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnCappucinno and FashionFor the Love of LeopardPampers and PearlsPastries, Pumps and PiStyle ElixirTucker UpClassy Yet Trendy, Still Being MollyRhea EtceteraPink SoleMore Pieces of MeFizz & FrostingWatch Out for the WoestmansFashionably EmployedCha Cha the Fashion Genius



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