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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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



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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



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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


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18 - Tribal Midi Skirt and Cropped Sweater


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget
 (Sweater by H&M (old, similar), Skirt from Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar), Necklace by H&M (this year's colour), Blush by NARS in Orgasm, Lipgloss by Laura Mercier in Blush (gifted))


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


Oh, hey everyone!  Happy Hump Day!

(And happy belated St. Paddy's Day!)

Here's a look from last week when I sported bare legs for the first time this year (!!!) in this super comfy and soft midi skirt.  Midi and knee-length skirts are not as flattering on me as shorter lengths since I am petite, so it's important to try and elongate the leg either with heels :( or a nude pointy-toe flat, as seen here :)  The cropped sweater paired with the high-waisted skirt helps to lengthen the leg line as well.  I'd like to find a black cropped sweater or long sleeved top that's not too short - do you have any recommendations?

By the way, I finally posted by Monthly Outfit Roundups for January and February - go check 'em out!

xo jules


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