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 Genius
Pin It!

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



Pin It!

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

Linking up with: 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 TrendyStill Being MollyRhea EtceteraPink SoleMore Pieces of MeFizz & FrostingWatch Out for the WoestmansFashionably EmployedCha Cha the Fashion GeniusI Do de ClaireMyriad Musings, Mama - and More!Happiness at Mid LifeMix and Match Fashion, My Girlish WhimsThe Mummy Chronicles

Pin It!

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

 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!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 Trendy  

Pin It!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

April 9 - White Blazer and Orange Abstract Top

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget
 (Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Top by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar), Pants by Old Navy, Booties by Old Navy (similar), Necklaces by Forever 21 (similar), Ring by Tiffany & Co., Lipgloss by Laura Mercier in "Blush" (gifted), Blush by NARS in "Orgasm")

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


Hi everyone!  How are you?  Long time no chat :) 

Did you all have a great Easter weekend?  The gallery was closed from Friday through Monday so I had a nice 4-day long weekend, which I spent with my family in the Okanagan.  T was/is in Toronto for work, so he wasn't able to join us but we had a great time nonetheless (see my Instagram for evidence!).  I finished The Girl on the Train over the weekend, which was a really great page-turner!  And of course the Easter Bunny came - my uncle planned a really hard scavenger hunt for the adults and kids to participate in together which was super fun.  And of course we ate. And drank. A lot.  LOL

All of my items from my Recent Buys post came in and I will do a review post soon - unfortunately I didn't take any try-ons pics of the items that didn't work :(  And again, if you follow me on Insta you know that I've already made some additional purchases which I am really excited about and that you will see in some upcoming posts.

Okay, on to the outfit!  This is a classic "Jules" work outfit if there ever was one!  Step 1: Skinny pants. Step 2: Blazer. Step 3: Top (sweater/blouse). Step 4: Flats.  So, nothing really original here, in fact I have probably worn this exact outfit before.  But bright colours and bright white are great for Spring, even on a grey day like it was when I wore this.  Even small things like a lower necklace, and exposed skin at the ankles and wrists help to transition an outfit into warmer weather.  


xo jules



Linking up with: Pumps and Push Ups, Chic 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 ChroniclesRachel the HatStyle ElixirSeptember FARMHello Happiness, Claire 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!InDuffinitely Me  
Pin It!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recent Buys - March 2015

Recent Buys - March 2015



Smart Set: Red Lace Peplum Top $25 / Graphic tank top $15 / Pink Blouse with Back Zip $30 / Knit skirt $36


Hi everyone!  I did a little online shopping this month at Forever 21 and Smart Set!  I haven't received the packages yet but am eagerly anticipating their arrival :)

Bomber jackets are really in this Spring and after seeing Kate in her floral one I zeroed in on that print.  The femininity of the flowers keeps it from feeling too masculine, which is a concern with that style of jacket.  I love the pattern mixing of the stripes at the collar and cuffs - it gives the jacket a bit of a sporty vibe as well.  Next up, silver loafers.  Metallics are big this season as well and I find that they go with everything.  Loafers are one of my favourite styles of flats right now, so these were a no-brainer.  I only hope they hold up (the faux-suede loafers I have from F21 are shit).

Smart Set is a store that, until my random Boxing Dale sale online purchase when tops were like $10, I had not shopped at in AGES.  They partnered with a few Canadian bloggers I follow (Kate from O My Heart! comes to mind) and I was surprised by their chic stuff.  Cute blouses seem to be their forte, and are something I reach for on a daily basis.  You can never have too many!  They are so easy to dress up or down.  Anyways, the three picks above really caught my eye and I so hope they work out.  Smart Set sent me an additional 25% off my entire purchase coupon, for my birthday, so the whole order was even cheaper.  Finally, that knit ruched skirt!  I HAD to have it!  I just know I will wear the crap out of this thing during the spring and summer.  Comfy skirts are my jam, and I think I will be able to dress this one up for work as well - I will keep you posted!

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!InDuffinitely MePumps and Push UpsBecause Shanna Said SoShopping My ClosetThe Pleated PoppyGet Your Pretty OnCappucinno and FashionFor the Love of LeopardPampers and PearlsPastries, Pumps and PiTucker UpClassy Yet Trendy  

Pin It!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 22 - J. Crew Factory Striped Charley and White Eyelet Pencil Skirt

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit
 (Sweater by J.Crew Factory ("Charley" - this colour combo old), Skirt by Forever 21, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by Forever 21, Blush by NARS in "Orgasm", Lips by Revlon in "Romantic", Nails by Essie in "Eternal Optimist")


jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit

jules in flats: j.crew striped charley and white eyelet pencil skit



Hi everyone, how is your weekend going?  Ours is off to a great start - if you follow me on Instagram you know we went out for Mexican last night - I was having a serious craving for it and Las Margaritas is our favourite place in Vancouver to go for Mexican cuisine.  I know that La Taqueria is really popular too, I haven't been there, but I didn't want tacos, I needed a good old-fashioned burrito!  Lol, plus a mango margarita or too didn't hurt :)  Just as and FYI, Las Margs is always busy for dinner (especially in the summer, they have a great patio), so be prepared for a bit of a wait.  We managed to sneak a couple of seats at the (very small) bar and have a drink before being seated, which was great.
No other plans for the weekend, really, save for the usual errands (laundry, groceries), catching up on blog reading and likely starting the new show Bloodline.  I need to photograph and post a bunch of clothing to sell online (Craigslist or eBay - man I wish we had Poshmark in Canada!) but I'm so lazy, I don't know if that will get done or not!

I hope you are all having a great weekend, too!

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!InDuffinitely MePumps 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 FashionThe Mummy ChroniclesRachel the HatStyle ElixirSeptember FARMHello HappinessPenniless Socialite, Claire Justine OXOXTwo Thirty-Five DesignsBirdie Shoots  

Pin It!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...