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

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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

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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


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 29 - Red Peplum Blouse and Striped Cardigan

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget
 (Cardigan by H&M (old, similar), Top by Smart Set, Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by Aldo, Necklace by Aldo (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!  How are you?  I can't believe that it's almost May!! It feels like April just started ... but I am happy if that means warmer weather!


Anyways, here's a look from last week wearing two new items - this red peplum blouse with lace from Smart Set (from this shopping post), and these faux-suede cognac flats from Aldo (from this Insta).  The cardigan is a super old H&M purchase and the pants are my favourite Old Navy Pixie Ankle Pant.  I never really got into the peplum trend when it started a few years ago; remember when the hems were quite severe?  But this softer, looser style of peplum is right up my alley.  I already have another pale pink top (see here) which is more of a drop-waist peplum and I just purchased this top from Old Navy which is not only way cuter in person but is 10x cuter on.  I never would have bought it from the online picture, but in-store it looked both cute and casual.  Speaking of in-store, my sister was in town over the weekend and we got to go shopping together!  Man I love shopping with her, we have similar but different tastes and are close to the same size so it's nice to compare fit, etc.

This coming weekend will be a busy one too; I have family from New Zealand coming in to town, and my Dad is coming down from the Okanagan to meet up with them (it's his brother and his family) and drive them back to wine country for the week.  They are such a sweet and loving family, each of my siblings and I have all been down to New Zealand on separate occasions, and together, and our relatives are just the best hosts.  So we are super excited to see them and show them around town, even if it is just for a few days!

I hope you all have a great week, and weekend, too!


xo jules

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19 - H&M Shirtdress and New D'Orsay Flats

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget
(Cardigan by Gap (old, similar), Dress, Shoes and Belt by H&M (dress is old - similar, belt is old - similar, similar - shoes are new but not online - similar), Necklace and Ring by Tiffany & Co., Earrings by ? (similar), Nails by Essie in "Cute as a Button")

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!  I purchased these new faux-suede d'orsay flats from H&M the week before last and am loving them!  Unfortunately they are not showing up online, but you can probably find them in-store at your local H&M - they were only $30 (the pair I linked to are super similar but $100).  The shape is super flattering, I am already coveting a pair in black leather.  I tried on a few pairs last year, when the style was becoming really popular, but found that a lot of them dig into the side of your foot - ouch!  These ones don't, thankfully, however I probably could have gone up a half size as I do have one or two blisters ...

This dress is also an old fave from H&M and I have seen them bring it back in other colours (khaki, blush) so it is a popular style and will likely come back in black too.  Again, not online but I've linked to one that looks comparable.  I think this one needs to retire soon.  It's 100% cotton, which means it's beginning to fade, and the pleats on the bodice just don't lay flat like they used to (probably because I hate ironing).  In the past few years I've learned that cotton/jersey dresses just don't stand up like other blends and have tried to avoid buying them unless they are super cheap and for casual wear.  Polyester or a polyester blend, despite it's reputation for being a cheap material, in my experience wears much better with time.

The weather in Vancouver has been really lovely lately, it has been quite a beautiful Spring so far.  I love that I can bare-leg all my skirts and dresses, and I know sandal weather is right around the corner!

xo jules

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