2.01.2016

What I Wore: January Week Two

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
 Left: Sweater "Brooklyn" by Gap, Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar from Urban Outfitters), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (not online, similar from Saks off Fifth)
Right: Dress by Old Navy, Tights by Gap Factory (not online, similar by Hanes), Booties by Old Navy (old, similar from Style & Co.), Necklace by H&M (old, similar from Romwe)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
Left: Top by Dynamite (sold out), Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Shoes "Ellen" by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Tiffany & Co.
Right: Sweater by Old Navy (sold out, similar), Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar by Boohoo), Tights by Gap Factory (not online, similar by Hanes)Shoes "Ellen" by Vince Camuto OutletNecklace by H&M

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
Sweater "Brooklyn" by Gap, Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar from Urban Outfitters), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (not online, similar from Saks off Fifth)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
Dress by Old Navy, Tights by Gap Factory (not online, similar by Hanes), Booties by Old Navy (old, similar from Style & Co.), Necklace by H&M (old, similar from Romwe)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
 Coat "Wool Melton Duffle" by J.Crew in Heather Petunia (size 2P)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
Top by Dynamite (sold out), Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Shoes "Ellen" by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Tiffany & Co.

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
Sweater by Old Navy (sold out, similar), Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar by Boohoo), Tights by Gap Factory (not online, similar by Hanes)Shoes "Ellen" by Vince Camuto OutletNecklace by H&M



Hey everyone, Happy February!

Normally I feel like January really drags its feet, but taking a week off near the end (we went to California) was amazing!

Anyways, here's a look at what else I wore to work in January.  I'll try to put together a Monthly Outfit Roundup later this week and then maybe a February Week One post early next!  Eek!  We have a long weekend coming up and T is going to Seattle so (in theory) I should have some time to blog :)

As I mentioned in my last post, I did some New Years shopping (literally - most of my new purchases were completed on New Year's Day!).  This Space-Dye Swing Dress from Old Navy is super cute and comfy.  I saw it on another blogger (I forget who - sorry!) and she was raving about how good it was so after some initial hesitation I decided to try it.  I was unsure for a few reasons - 1. I'm trying to buy less "knit" dresses etc as they show wear more quickly and look less expensive than other materials such as poly, silk, rayon etc.  2. The shape was kind of ... well, shapeless.  Or at the very least, attempting to "hide a pregnancy" (I'm not!).  3. The colour selection was limited.  I've started to feel a bit self-conscious about wearing grey after someone I know suggested it wasn't the most flattering colour on me.  To combat #3, I ordered it in both the blue and the grey, but ultimately decided the grey is more versatile.  I love the long sleeves, the short length, the shape (to hide my food baby) and the soft knit material, so it's definitely a winner!  I also ordered a very similar sleeveless dress in black from Aritzia that I wore in California.  Mega thumbs up - you will definitely see that on the blog in the Summer!

I finally bit the bullet and got a pink coat!!  Pink is my favourite colour and I have been dying for a pink coat for 2 winters now!  I also really wanted a camel coat (so versatile) and was focused on adding one of those to my closet first.  But after having no luck for the past two years (I had a pretty specific wishlist), and J.Crew's boxing week sale (40% off sale), I decided to go for it!  All in, the coat was $257 CAD.  Which is a lot of money for me to spend on one item, but for a piece of wool outerwear I think it is pretty reasonable/standard and hopefully this coat will last a long time.  The colour is just perfect, it's so pretty!  The fit is slightly oversized and boxy, which I knew and was willing to compromise on.  As someone who is petite, form-fitting outwear looks much better, however I like that I can layer thick sweaters etc underneath and it does nip in a bit at the waist.  The colour makes up for any shortcomings in my opinion!  Even the fact that it's not quite as warm as I was expecting!  Grace from The Stripe has the same coat in 2 colours (except hers has the fur-trimmed hood) and she says hers is warm in New York winter, so I don't know what's going on with mine?!  I am cold all the time, so maybe it's just that!

One last item to mention, the peplum wrap blouse from Dynamite which is now sold out!  Arghh!  I couldn't even find anything similar to link to but I promise if it gets re-stocked I will let you know.  I love that it's a neutral top with an interesting animal print-polka dot hybrid pattern going on.  The wrap front and subtle peplum are great details, too.  I really love this top.  In these photos I pinned the wrap front a little higher since I was wearing a camisole underneath that I didn't want showing, but in the Spring/Summer when a cami isn't necessary for warmth I don't think it would need to be pinned.

What are your thoughts on my purchases and outfits this week?  Have you already started thinking about your Spring wishlist?



1.17.2016

What I Wore: January Week One

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
 Left: Cardigan by Talula, Top by J.Crew Factory (not online, similar by Le Chateau), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Forever 21
Right: Dress by Wilfred (old, purchased at consignment pop-up, similar by Joe Fresh), Top by Wilfred, Tights by ? (similar by Silky), Booties by Old Navy (old, similar by Style & Co.), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Charming Charlie)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats January 2016 Outfits
Left: Sweater by Joe Fresh (old, similar), Blouse by Dynamite (old, similar idea by Joe Fresh), Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar from Urban Outfitters), Bracelet by Obviously Chic Pop-Up (similar by Forever 21 - mine is part of set like this), Earrings by ? (similar by Forever 21 - I'm wearing pink flower studs)
Right: Dress by Talula (purchased at the Aritzia warehouse sale, old, kind of similar by Kenzie), Blazer by H&M (old, similar by Forever 21), Tights by Gap Factory (not online, similar by Hanes), Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Aldo (old, similar by The Limited)


Hi everyone!
Here's a look at what I wore the first week back at work in 2016!

I purchased this cardigan from Aritzia over the holidays with some money T gave me for Christmas (really it was for this Lululemon coat I bought myself prior to Christmas; I was afraid it would sell out and it did).  Originally $75 it was on sale for $65, which is still too much in my mind, but I figured it was a gift and I had been eyeing it in September.  It is extremely cozy, though a little itchy if worn with a tank - long or short sleeved is the way to go.  Also, it sheds like crazy onto whatever you're wearing; my pants were covered in white fluff after a day's wear, but given the fuzziness of the sweater I was kind of expecting that.  In hindsight I wish I had at least tried on the XXS for size (I'm wearing an XS here), as it's slightly oversized for work.  For casual and home wear I think it's totally fine and the oversized fit makes it feel kind of like wearing a blanket.  Also I have worn it a lot since getting it, but I see now it's on sale for $50!  Urgh.  And no, Aritzia does not do price adjustments :(

I also want to talk about this lace top from J.Crew Factory.  It's not online unfortunately, I don't know if it ever was, I purchased mine in-store before the holidays.  The front is lace and the back is polyester and the fit is slightly boxy - perfect for holiday feasting!  A top like this is really a staple in any wardrobe as it's basically the same as a black t-shirt, only dressier.  The lace adds a nice dimension and different texture to any outfit and although it was perfect around the holidays I know I will wear it year-round.  I had been looking for something just like this and was so happy when I came across it J.Crew Factory!  Now, if only they made one in white!

I did a bunch of (online) shopping over the holidays and you'll see a few of my new purchases that finally arrived on the blog next week (hopefully)!  Also for Christmas T gifted me a pair of white Converse that I already love and know I will wear a lot, especially next week on our California trip!!  I also purchased this pair of Lululemon leggings which so far have been great.  Originally I wanted a pair of Wunder Unders, as I have a cropped version which are great (other than the eventual pilling), but when I tried them on in-store, they were slightly see-through when I bent over!  Not good!  I also tried on the High Times pant but sadly they were also see-through :(  The Pace Tight has a few more design features than the other pants which are basically plain, which I wasn't really looking for, but they are nice details and best of all, not see-through!

Tell me, did you do any shopping over the holidays??

1.02.2016

Monthly Outfit Roundup: December 2015

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup

Hey everyone, here's a look at what I wore in December!

For some reason I just wasn't motivated to blog in December, but with time off during the holidays I was able to sit down and edit my outfit photos, as well as link up the items I'm wearing (or similar, as not a lot of items are new).  It takes up a significant amount of time when you have 16 outfits, each with at least 5 items, which is why I prefer to blog weekly if I can!  Anyways, larger images of each outfit are below, with sources & links.

Since this is a Canadian blog I try to source Canadian links if they are available, and most items available here would be accessible by readers from the US, if not Internationally.  I also try and source items that are in a budget price range, that is, below $100 and most often below $50.  If the price of a linked item is higher than I would pay for it, I make a note of it next to the link for you.

Thank you so much for reading this little blog of mine and Happy 2016!!



Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Blazer by H&M, Sweater by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar by Dorothy Perkins), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by J.Crew Factory (old, similar by WHBM)
Right: Cardigan by Old Navy (black sold out), Dress by Old Navy (old, similar by Gap), Belt by Gap, Tights by Gap Factory (similar by Hanes), Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar)

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Sweater by H&M (old, similar by Forever 21), Top by Forever 21 (old, similar), Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar, similar), Tights by Gap Factory (similar by Hanes)Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar)
Right: Top by Dynamite (old, similar by Le Chateau), Vest by Gap (old, similar by Forever 21), Jeans by Old Navy, Booties by Old Navy (sold out, similar by Renly)

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Sweater by GapJeans by Old Navy, Boots by Aldo (old, similar by Old Navy), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau)
Right: Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar by Romwe), Sweater by Gap (old, similar), Tights by Gap Factory (similar by Hanes), Booties by Old Navy (old, similar by Style&Co.), Necklace by H&M

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Sweater by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar by Dorothy Perkins), Pants by H&M (old, similar by Old Navy), Shoes by H&M (old, similar from Urban Outfitters)
Right: Top by H&M (old, similar), Blazer by H&M (old, similar by Ivanka Trump), Pants by Old NavyBooties by Old Navy (sold out, similar by Renly), Necklace by Aldo (similar by The Limited)

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Dress from Aritzia (scored at the Warehouse sale!, similar), Vest by H&M (old, similar by Forever 21), Tights by Gap Factory (similar by Hanes)Shoes by Vince Camuto OutletNecklace by Aldo (similar by The Limited)
Right: Sweater by Old Navy (sold out, similar by Lord & Taylor), Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar by Dawgs), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar by Saks Off 5th)

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Sweater by J.Crew FactoryJeans by Old Navy, Shoes by J.Crew Factory (old, similar by WHBM)Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar by Saks Off 5th)
Right: Dress by Joe Fresh (old, similar), Tights by GapShoes by Vince Camuto OutletNecklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau)

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Top by Dynamite (old, similar by Joe Fresh), Vest by H&M (Girl's section, old, similar by Forever 21), Pants by Old NavyBooties by Old Navy (old, similar by Style&Co.), Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar)
Right: Blazer by H&M (old, similar by ASOS), Sweater by Old Navy (old, similar by Gap), Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by Forever 21

Jules in Flats December 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Left: Top by H&M (old, similar), Vest by H&M (Girl's section, old, similar by Forever 21), Jeans by Old NavyBooties by Old Navy (old, similar by Style&Co.)Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar by Saks Off 5th)
Right: Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar), Sweater by Joe Fresh (old, similar), Tights by Gap Factory (similar by Hanes)Shoes by Vince Camuto OutletNecklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau)

11.30.2015

Monthly Outfit Roundup: November 2015

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015 Monthly Outfit Roundup
Row 1: Week One
Row 2: Week One, Week Two
Row 3-5: See below

Hi everyone, how are you?  I can't believe tomorrow is the first day of December!  The last month of the year!!  Anyways, here's a look at what I wore in November.  Even though I didn't blog my outfits for weeks 3 and 4, I was still taking pics and here they are!  See below for larger images and outfit sources.


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015
Left: Cardigan by Gap (old, similar thicker by Gap, similar by Old Navy), Top by Dynamite (similar), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar by Urban Outfitters), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau)
Right: Dress by Joe Fresh (old, similar), Necklace by H&M (old, similar) Tights by Gap, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar by Forever 21)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015
Left: Sweater by Old Navy, Pants by H&M (old, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar by Jessica Simpson), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (similar)
Right: Top by Old Navy (similar), Skirt by Gap (old, similar), Tights by GapBooties by Old Navy (this year's version here)

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015
Left: Sweater by J.Crew Factory, Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Joe Fresh (gifted, old, similar)
Right: Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar), Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Tights by GapBooties by Old Navy (this year's version here), Necklaces by Forever 21 (old, similar)

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015
Left: Sweater by J.Crew Factory (old, similar), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by J.Crew Factory (old, similar), Necklace by H&M
Right: Sweater by Old Navy, Skirt by Gap Factory (old, similar), Tights by Gap, Booties by Old Navy, Necklace by Aldo (old, similar)

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015
Left: Sweater by Gap Factory, Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar by Urban Outfitters), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Forever 21)
Right: Sweater by H&M (old, similar), Skirt by Forever 21, Tights by Gap, Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by H&M (old, similar)



Linking up with: Style ElixirStill Being MollyPink SoleFizz & FrostingWatch Out for the WoestmansCha Cha the Fashion GeniusWhy I Do de ClaireMyriad MusingsMama and MorePumps and Push UpsChic Street Style/Gracefullee Made/Book of LeisureShopping My ClosetCappuccino and Fashion, Tucker UpThe Pleated PoppyHappiness at Mid-LifeMix and Match FashionMy Girlish WhimsLiving in Color Style/Stylin in St. Louis

11.18.2015

What I Wore: November Week Two

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015 Outfits Week 2
 Cardigan by Gap (old, similar thicker by Gap, similar by Old Navy), Top by Dynamite (similar), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by H&M (old, similar by Urban Outfitters), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau), Nails by OPILips by Laura Mercier (in Blush)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015 Outfits Week 2
 Sweater by Old Navy (old, similar by Mango), Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar by Jessica Simpson), Necklace by Forever 21, Nails by OPILips by Laura Mercier (in Blush)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget November 2015 Outfits Week 2
Sweater by Old Navy, Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar by Banana Republic), Tights by Gap, Booties by Old Navy (this year's version here), Necklace by H&M, Nails by OPI, Lips by Laura Mercier (in Blush)



Hi everyone!  Only three looks from last week as I took Tuesday off so that I could have a 4-day weekend (with Wednesday Nov 11 being a stat holiday, and I don't work Mondays).  It was so nice!

I picked up this statement necklace from Forever 21 last week, I really love it.  I was browsing their website and came across it, luckily they had it in store, although online it looks to be sold out?  I found a couple of other options for you here, here and here if you are interested.  I felt like I needed a nice, neutral statement necklace and this one definitely fits the bill.  Also, if follow me on Pinterest you will see I've been pinning "statement necklace storage ideas"!  Lol I do have a cork board in my closet, but it's getting a bid crowded so re-arranging it has been on my to-do list for awhile now.

This white sweater from Old Navy is new as well and I totally love it!  It came with a few other things I ordered online (this cardigan in Sienna Ridge, which I returned because it was a bit boxy and the colour was way darker in person, these pants as my others are getting a bit faded/short, these jeans to replace my other Rockstars which are faded and stretch out like crazy and this vest which I ordered on a whim and returned because it was too boxy).  Back to the sweater.  It is perfectly oversized on me, and a nice medium weight.  Plus the texture is different from anything else I have.  I really want to get it in another colour!  Maybe in Graphite?

Linking up with: Style ElixirStill Being MollyPink SoleMore Pieces of MeFizz & FrostingWatch Out for the WoestmansCha Cha the Fashion GeniusWhy I Do de ClaireMyriad MusingsMama and MorePumps and Push UpsChic Street Style/Gracefullee Made/Book of LeisureShopping My ClosetCappuccino and Fashion Tucker UpThe Pleated Poppy,  Happiness at Mid-LifeMix and Match FashionMy Girlish WhimsLiving in Color Style/Stylin in St. Louis
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