6.12.2016

What I Wore: June Week One

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 June 2016 Outfits
Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar by Asos - on sale for $30!)
Sandals by Sam Edelman (sold out, similar by MIXXIT for $14)
Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar by Saks Off Fifth)
Nails by Essie in "Saturday Disco Fever"


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats June 2016 Outfits
Top by H&M (old, similar-ish from Nordstrom Rack)
Skirt by Jacob (old, similar from Joe Fresh)
Sandals by Old Navy (old, similar by Franco Sarto)
Nails by Essie in "Saturday Disco Fever"
Lips by Revlon -  Colorstay Just Bitten Lip Balm in "Crush"


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats June 2016 Outfits
Top by H&M (old, similar by Shoptiques)
Jacket by Gap
Pants Mid-Rise Pixie by Old Navy
Shoes by Aldo
Necklace by Forever 21 or H&M (old, similar from Forever 21))
Ring by Tiffany & Co.
Earrings by ? (similar from Macy's)


jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats June 2016 Outfits
 Dress by Old Navy (old, similar from Amazon)
Shoes by Aldo
Necklace by Aldo (old, similar by Betsey Johnson ($42))


Hi everyone!  How are you?

Right now we are watching Chef's Table Season 2, have you guys watched this Netflix series at all?  I find it so fascinating.  And also very inspiring.  Even if some of the chefs are a little out there, they all have a unique story and the show does a really good job of telling them.  If you are interested in art, food, or documentaries, I highly recommend you check it out!

On the weekend T and I got some home improvements done around the apartment ... it felt so good to finally get some things organized!  We also bought a few new plants and pots - I think we spent a few hours at Garden Works, lol.  T takes care of all of our plants which is so nice because I just have no idea!

The weekend was really nice in general.  Normally I work on Saturdays and have Mondays off so T and I only have Sunday together.  The gallery is closed on Saturdays in July so we actually get some 'real' weekends together!  I can't tell you how nice it was to have that extra day.  We went for a late brunch, saw a movie with friends (Nice Guys, with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe - better than I expected), and then had the whole next day for our Ikea & garden store trip!

Anyways, onto the outfits.  The weather in June was really all over the place, even in the same day .. which makes it difficult to dress appropriately ... especially when you walk to and from work everyday!  (And typically I like to go for a walk on my lunch break, too).  The first dress is an old favourite from Forever 21.  I wish they still made dresses like this!  Maybe it's just me getting older, but I am liking their selection less and less these days.  Everything seems smaller, shorter, tighter.  But you can still find some gems (I got this top which is so cute!  I got to wear it once before *someone* accidentally shrunk it in the dryer :| ) and of course their statement necklace selection is still really good as well.  Simple outerwear (think army/utility jacket, cute but not practical rain jacket, faux leather moto jacket) is still good there too, I think.  Oh I also bought a nightie from there once (similar to this one) that I really like too (also, how cute is this one?) But dresses .... not so much :(

Also I found the perfect denim jacket from Gap.  You guys know I don't normally show outerwear, but my outfit with the striped top felt so plain without the jacket, so it was a win-win!  Last year I looked all over the place for a jean jacket, including Gap, but theirs was too boxy.  This year it fit just right and is a nice medium wash.  I think I tried it on in-store in like February or something and then ordered it online during a 40% off sale in March.  So good for spring, summer AND fall!

Thanks so much for visiting!!

5.29.2016

What I Wore: May Week Four

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Sweater by J.Crew Factory (old, similar from Joe Fresh), Skirt by Forever 21 (old, similar from Amazon), Shoes by J.Crew Factory (sold out, similar by Max Studio), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Rachel Zoe (only $35!!))

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Top by Old Navy (sold out, similar by Boohoo), Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Shoes by J.Crew Factory (sold out, similar by Gabriella Rocha), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau)

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Sweater by H&M (old, similar from Urban Outfitters - on sale!), Skirt by J.Crew Factory (sold out, similar from Asos), Shoes by J.Crew Factory (sold out, similar by Gabriella Rocha), Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar), Nails by Essie in "Cute as a Button"

jules in flats: personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Top by Gap, Blazer from Urban Outfitters (old, similar from Boohoo), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet, Necklace by Aldo (old, similar by The Limited)



Hi everyone!
As I mentioned last week, I lost the remote for my camera for about a week, which is why we've skipped from May Week 2 to 4!  
I'm happy to show you the printed drapey pants from Old Navy I talked about here.  They are soft and silky, lightweight and comfortable.  I wish they came in plain black, too!
T and I went shopping at the YVR Outlets last week.  I don't have a ton of "needs" at the moment, but would like a pair of white skinny pants or jeans I can wear to work, and I am waiting for these Gap sandals to go on sale.  Combined with my new monthly 'personal spending' budget which includes shopping, I was a bit nervous I would want to buy a whole bunch of stuff I didn't need.  BUT good news, I only spent $110 and got 2 dresses from Banana Republic Factory for only $25 each(!!), and this sleeveless sweater and bracelet from J.Crew Factory.  I was seriously giddy about the Banana dresses.  Last time I went there I was really disappointed with the selection and quality, but this time it was really good!  I tried on a whole bunch of tops that would have been great for work, but they were all too low-cut on me.  I only found one of the dresses online (here) but I have already worn them both so you will see them here on the blog soon!  I really should Instagram my outfits more for you guys so that you don't have to wait so long for me to get my blogging butt in gear!
On the weekend my sister was in town to run the Scotiabank Half Marathon (she did great!) and we got to spend a few hours shopping together, which was so fun.  I love shopping with her!  I picked up 3 tops from H&M which were all under $20 and perfect for work and weekend.  I can't find them online but will wear & share (just thought of that gem!) soon!
*(Update - see one of the H&M tops here!)




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5.15.2016

What I Wore: May Week Two





 Top by H&M (old, similar by Charlotte Russe), Skirt by J.Crew Factory, Sandals by Old Navy (old, similar by Dirty Laundry), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Charming Charlie), Nail polish by OPI in "Lincoln Park After Dark"


 Top by Forever 21 (old, similar), Jeans "Mid-rise Rockstar" by Old Navy, Sandals by Sam Edelman (old, similar by MIXIT), Nail polish by OPI in "Lincoln Park After Dark"


Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar from TJ Maxx), Cardigan "Lenox" by Talula from Aritzia, Belt by H&M (old, similar by Dorothy Perkins), Shoes by Aldo (old, similar-ish by Nine West), Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar)


Dress by Gap (old, similar by Shoptiques), Belt by Gap (old, similar by Dorothy Perkins), Shoes by J.Crew Factory


Hi everyone!  I'm coming 'atcha at the end of a 3-day weekend (I talked about that here) but unfortunately am not feeling rested and ready for my 6-day work week starting tomorrow!  Probably shouldn't have drank so much wine last night...
Isn't it funny that I was less productive with 3 days off than I usually am with 2 or even 1?  Didn't get any laundry or grocery shopping done this weekend!!  LOL 
Last night we went to visit our old neighbours at their new place - they moved a few months ago and we haven't seen them since!  We ordered pizza from the Firewood Cafe, drank lots of wine (see above ;)) and played board games late into the night.  It was really fun :)
Other than that we kept it pretty low-key; sleeping in, watching Kung Fu Panda 3, Jimmy Fallon and Game of Thrones.  I even got my weekly donut!

I really like all of the outfits shown here!  Is that totally narcissistic to say?
This skirt from J.Crew Factory I talked about here is finally making it's blog debut!  Isn't it pretty?  Confession: I just ordered it in black, too!

As always, thank you for reading!!

5.08.2016

What I Wore: May Week One

personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits


personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits


personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Top by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar-ish by Banana Republic), Blazer by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau), Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Shoes by Aldo, Nails by Revlon


personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Top by J.Crew (old, exact style at J.Crew Factory, similar colour tank by Topshop), Tank by Jacob (old, similar by B.ella), Jeans "Mid-rise Rockstar" by Old Navy, Sandals by Sam Edelman (old, similar by MIXIT), Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar by Saks Off Fifth), Nails by Revlon and OPI in "Lincoln Park After Dark"


personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Dress "Ronja" by Wilfred Free from Aritzia, Necklace by Joe Fresh (old, similar by Forever 21), Shoes by Aldo


personal style blog - business casual workwear on a budget Jules in Flats May 2016 Outfits
Top by H&M (old, similar by Dorothy Perkins), Pants "Pixie" by Old Navy, Blazer from Urban Outfitters (old, similar by Boohoo), Shoes by Aldo, Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar by Saks Off Fifth), Nails by Essie in "Romper Room"


Hi everyone!  How are you?
I feel like the weekends have just been too short lately, do you feel the same way?  I have actually been working a lot and the last two weekends have literally been Sunday only.   But that's okay because next weekend will be three days!  Yay!

This denim jacket (40% off) from Gap and these printed drapey pants from Old Navy (on sale for $20.50) arrived in the mail and both are keepers (both purchased in XS).  The pants are really comfortable and border on slightly too casual for the office, but with a blazer I made them work.  I am sure T will make some sort of Aladdin joke next time I wear them around him :)  This is really weird but the jacket had a funky (chemical-y) smell to it!  I aired it out for a few days and considered exchanging it in-store, but then realized they probably don't do that for online orders.  After about a week I decided it was fine and cut the tags off.  Honestly I have been searching for a decently priced jean jacket in a medium wash for over a year and I didn't want to deal with the hassle of returning/exchanging.  Worst case scenario I can throw it in the wash and pray for minimal wrinkles!  Or ... buy that steamer I keep putting off!
These flats from Steve Madden finally went on sale (only 20% thought) and I have been wearing them non-stop.  I got my regular size (6.5) and the break-in has been pretty minimal.  Some rubbing at the heel and on the top of the big toe where the toe strap is snug.  Both only happen when walking a lot.

I lost the remote for my DSLR last week so I missed out on photographing about a week's worth of outfits.  I can't remember if I wore anything memorable, lol!  Sometimes it's a bit of hassle to take outfit pics before I go to work, but I never regret when I download the pics from the week and can review what worked and what didn't (or didn't photograph well :\)

Thanks so much for reading!!

5.01.2016

What I Wore: April Week Three

Jules in Flats April 2016 Outfits

Jules in Flats April 2016 Outfits

Jules in Flats April 2016 Outfits
  Blazer by H&M (old, similar), Dress by Wilfred from Aritzia (in colour from last season), Shoes by Vince Camuto Outlet

Jules in Flats April 2016 Outfits
 Top by H&M (old, similar by Joe Fresh), Pants by Old Navy, Shoes by Aldo (old, similar from Nine West)

Jules in Flats April 2016 Outfits
 Blazer by Forever 21 (old, similar from Boohoo), Dress by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar by Le Chateau), Necklace by H&M (old, similar by Le Chateau), Shoes by J.Crew Factory

Jules in Flats April 2016 OutfitsChambray by Old Navy, Jeans by Old Navy, Shoes by J.Crew Factory, Ring by Tiffany & Co., Necklace by Forever 21 (old, similar), Lips by Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in "Romantic"


Hey everyone!  Here's a look at a couple of new purchases that I mentioned last time - this Old Navy chambray, and these two pairs of shoes from J.Crew Factory.  Also, good news!  Aritzia is having a free shipping promo all weekend so I can order this dress!
Last weekend I ordered this denim jacket (40% off) from Gap and these printed drapey pants from Old Navy (on sale for $20.50) and they should arrive soon so I'll let you know how they fit!  These flats from Steve Madden are next on my buy list, I am just waiting for them to go on sale!

Last weekend was really lovely.  We had dinner with friends at their new house on their gorgeous patio and met their cute little baby, we went for brunch at a new-to-us place in our neighbourhood and walked down to Granville Island to get fresh spot prawns and salad for dinner (I also happened to get a donut!).  As you may know, I have Sundays and Mondays off and T works Monday to Friday, so really we only have one weekend day together and Mondays I kind of do my own thing.  It's pretty routine - usually I sleep in, wake up with a coffee and girly TV show (Grey's Anatomy or Scandal are popular choices) and then head for a workout.  After lunch I get groceries and do meal prep for the week.  If it's sunny and warm I'll suntan and read on our balcony.  Often T will come home early and we'll get a few extra hours to spend together; lately we've been embracing Happy Hour which has been really fun!  I only wish more restaurants would put their HH menus on their website!

What do you like to do on the weekends?  Do you spend time alone or with your partner or a little of both?  Whatever you do, I hope you had a great weekend!  Thank you so much for reading!

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