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11.10.2018

11.10.2018

Jules in Flats - November Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - November Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Hi everyone! Happy November!

I got lucky with the weather this week and was able to take outfit pics outside again!

It's funny to see a theme or pattern emerge at the end of the week when I'm going through all of my outfit pics and narrowing them down for editing. Like this week the theme seemed to be dots! I swear this is not intentional but maybe it's subconscious?!

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Jules in Flats - Fun Dot Top with Cardigan and Black Ankle Pants (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Cardigan by Gap (old, similar)
Top by Old Navy (old, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy 
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
Tassel Necklace by Banana Republic (old, similar)




Jules in Flats - H&M Tweed Skirt + Black Sweater (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Sweater by Gap (old, similar)
Tweed Skirt by H&M
Tights by Gap
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)

Jules in Flats - Patterned Pants with T-Shirt and Blazer (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Blazer by H&M (old, similar)
Tee by Old Navy
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy (old pattern)
"Rodney" D'Orsay Flats by Sam Edelman




Jules in Flats - Zara Dot Dress + Steve Madden Blaire Booties (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Dress by Zara
Tights by Gap
"Blaire" Booties by Steve Madden


Anyways, I have a few new things to share with you this week!

I love a good mini skirt and tweed is such an iconic fall/winter fabric.  I like how this skirt has lots of different colours in it, so you could pull out any of those colours to pair with it.  I chose to keep it really simple this time and just go with black, but I can see pairing it with white, grey, blue or red!

How cute is this dress?  It's such a simple pattern, but the collar and sleeve details, along with the pearl buttons and lace trim in the centre make it special.  It's a little bit Wednesday Adams, too and I'm okay with that!

I talked all about my love for these last week and here they are!  After wearing them a few more times I can attest to their comfort & walkability, as well as how they look.  If you're in the market for a pair of dress booties, I could not recommend them more!

In other shopping news, I returned both the leopard cardigan and stripe jumpsuit from Hollister, along with the red dress from Zara and the mock neck sweater from Dynamite.  I kept this mustard scalloped-hem sweater from Dynamite and hope that it holds up after washing & wearing as the reviews are not good!

What have you been buying and loving?  Tell me in comments below!


xo JULES


Monthly Outfit Roundup: October 2018

11.03.2018

Jules in Flats - Monthly Outfit Roundup October 2018

Hi everyone!

Here's a look at what I wore to work in October!

Click on the Row # to be taken to the original post.

You can see all of my monthly outfit roundups here.



As always, thank you for reading!


xo JULES

11.03.2018


Hi everyone!

This week it was difficult to take outfits pics outside due to the rain and it being so dark, so the format of today's post is a little different with a combination of DSLR and iPhone photos and mirror selfies.  I hope you don't mind!

It's clear however that I need to come up with a solution for outfit pics as it's not going to get any less rainy or dark in the coming months!  Well, Daylight Savings is tomorrow, so it will get lighter in the mornings, but I know we have many more months of rain to come!

At our old apartment, we had a covered balcony on the second floor of a three-storey building that faced south, so it got the morning light.  There weren't many trees, so even on a dark, rainy day the light was pretty decent.  And since both the camera and myself were covered, it all worked out!

At our new apartment, we also have a covered balcony that faces south, but we also have a lot of trees.  I actually love the trees, they provide a lot of privacy from neighbours and pedestrians and look lovely through our big dining and living room windows, but darn if they don't block out that morning light!

Writing this, I just realized that our building is having balcony renovations done starting in January, so this may all be a moot point anyways!  Regardless, I hope you'll continue to follow along and that you don't mind a few iPhone mirror selfies!!  xo


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Jules in Flats - Burgundy Floral Shift Dress with Sweater Vest (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Sweater Vest by Wilfred (Aritzia)
Dress by Dynamite (old, similar)
Tights by Gap
"Rodney" Flats by Sam Edelman

Jules in Flats - Dark Floral Peplum Top with Skinny Ankle Pants (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Blouse by Dynamite (old, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy
Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)
(didn't realize I wore pretty much this exact same outfit already this month!)

Jules in Flats - Orange and Black Halloween Dress (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Orange and Black Halloween Dress (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Dress by Forever 21 (old, similar)
Sweater by Zara (old, similar)
Tights by Gap
Booties by Old Navy


Jules in Flats - Striped Sweater with Grey Ankle Pants and Nude Flats (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Striped Sweater with Grey Ankle Pants and Nude Flats (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Sweater by Old Navy (last season, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy (old colour)
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
I just bought these earrings on clearance from J.Crew Factory but they've sold out now, sorry!  The necklace I think is from Etsy


OK, now let's talk shopping!  My H&M order arrived and I'm definitely keeping the skirt, you'll probably see it on the blog next week :) . The jacket I'm pretty sure I'm going to return as it's just a bit too boxy in the shoulders.  I have a similar jacket from there that I feel the same way about, and always hesitate to wear it because of that.  The jumpsuit and cardigan from Hollister arrived yesterday, but I haven't tried them on yet so stay tuned on that!  In VERY good news, I finally found a pair of dress booties for work!!  I ended up going with the Steve Madden Blaire bootie, which has a totally walkable 2" block heel, pointed toe, and faux-suede sock-like upper.  They don't dig into my leg when I walk, they don't cut-off my leg visually and the pointed toe and slight heel make them dressy,  so I am super happy!  I walked to and from work in them yesterday (8 blocks each way) and they weren't uncomfortable at all!  There's no padding in the sole at all, so I may end up putting a small gel insole in the toe or something just for extra comfort, but I don't think it's necessary by any means.  Since they're a faux-suede, should I spray them with suede protector?!  Is that a stupid question?  LOL


Anyways, I hope you all have a great week, and thanks so much for reading!


xo JULES


10.28.2018

10.28.2018

Jules in Flats - October Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - October Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)



Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for your well-wishes on last week's post, thankfully I am feeling much better!

The Steve Madden booties that I ordered arrived (the shipping was surprisingly quick, but I'm not quite sold on them yet!)  They kind of hit my leg at a weird spot, so I've ordered these and these to compare.  I also did quite a bit more online shopping last weekend, ordering this dress from Banana Republic, this dress from Gap, this dress from Old Navy (can you tell I'm on a dress kick?! LOL), a cami, a bralette and a sleepshirt.  Plus this leopard cardigan and this striped jumpsuit from Hollister (of all places), this skirt and this jacket from H&M ... and two dresses from Zara.

My Gap/Banana/Old Navy order mostly arrived, I'm just waiting on the sleepshirt, but I'm sending all of the dresses back unfortunately.  The Banana dress I ordered in a 2P but it wasn't quite short enough for me, the Gap dress I couldn't even zip up (the zipper sucks) and the skirt was too poofy anyways, and the Old Navy dress I could barely get on (super tight in the shoulders, with no zipper) and then it was too long (I ordered an XS).

The dresses from Zara arrived as well and I've re-ordered the polka dot dress in XS to see if it fits better than the S.  I'm not sure if I'm going to keep the red dress or not.  It's fancier than I had anticipated and I just don't know how many occasions I have to wear it to.  Also, side note - the interior closure on the wrap is buttons that are very hard to secure.  A hook & eye system would have been much better!



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Jules in Flats - Burgundy Blouse with Black Pants (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Burgundy Blouse with Black Pants (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Blouse by Dynamite (old, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy
"Rodney" D'Orsay Flats by Sam Edelman


Jules in Flats - Striped Top with Black Skater Skirt (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Striped Top with Black Skater Skirt (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Top by H&M (old, similar)
Skirt by J.Crew (old, similar)
Tights by Gap
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
Necklace by J.Crew (old, similar)



Jules in Flats - Striped Bell-Sleeve Top with Red Ankle Pants (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Striped Bell-Sleeve Top with Red Ankle Pants (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Stripe Bell-Sleeve Top by Old Navy (old, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)
Tassel Necklace by Banana Republic Factory (old, similar)




Jules in Flats - Ruffle Hem Floral Shift Dress (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Ruffle Hem Floral Shift Dress (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Drop Waist Ruffle Hem Dress by 1.State (via Winners, similar)
Tights by Gap
Patent Block Heel Pumps by Aldo (old, similar)


Do you guys have plans for Halloween this year?  Maybe you went to a Halloween party last night?!

I worked yesterday (maybe you saw my Instagram post?), and T has a friend here from the Island.  They are mainly playing boardgames all weekend but last night we did go out to a friend's brewery for a couple of drinks.  We didn't dress up, but most people there were in costumes!

This week we are going out for a friend's birthday dinner on Tuesday, and on actual Halloween we're going on the Stanley Park Ghost Train!  If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know I make T take me every year! LOL

Saturday night we're going to a charity auction and gala with some peeps from my work, and Sunday night a friend of mine from the Island is coming to stay!  I think it's going to be a nice mix of activities/seeing people and relaxing/having some time at home.

Let me know what you're up to this week in the comments below!



xo JULES



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10.20.2018 + My Morning Routine

10.19.2018

Jules in Flats - October Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - October Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Hi everyone!

I have been sooo sick this week!  I started to get a cold last week, it thankfully (and strangely) took a break over the weekend, but then was back with a vengeance on Monday.  We were a little short-staffed this week and I had so much work to do, I felt like I couldn't take a day off until yesterday.  And I have to work today, too!

I didn't get to do any shopping last weekend like I was hoping to, but I did just place an order for these dress booties from Steve Madden that I've had my eye on for awhile.  I was just waiting for a sale and got one (20% off) with the code EXTRA20.  Unfortunately you can only use one promo code per order on the Steve Madden website so I wasn't able to get free shipping, which really irks me!  Anyways, I've been looking for a pair of dress booties with a low (< 2") heel that I can wear with dresses and skirts to work, as I find that my ankle booties from Old Navy are a bit too casual.  I've tried these, thesethese and these but they all haven't worked for one reason or another.  The main thing I'm finding is the shaft digs into my ankle when I walk so I'm hoping these ones have more of a sock-bootie like shaft & upper.


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Jules in Flats - Navy J.Crew Ruffle Dot Top (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Navy J.Crew Ruffle Dot Top (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Ruffle Top by J.Crew (old, similar)
"Rocket" High Rise Skinny Jeans by Citizens of Humanity (via eBay)
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)


Jules in Flats - Fuschia Stripe Mini Skirt with Sweater Vest (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Fuschia Stripe Mini Skirt with Sweater Vest (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Top by Dynamite (old, similar)
Skirt by Gap Factory (old, similar)
Sweater Vest by H&M (old, similar)
Tights by Gap
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)


Jules in Flats - Babaton Bennett Silk Shirtdress in Snow Leopard (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Babaton Bennett Silk Shirtdress in Snow Leopard (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 "Bennett" Silk Dress by Babaton
(Aritzia, sold out & old pattern but lots of leopard on the market right now!  Linked to 3 similar dresses below :))
Tights by Gap
"Rodney" D'Orsay Suede Flats by Sam Edelman


Jules in Flats - Forest Green Ankle Pants with Simple Black Sweater (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Forest Green Ankle Pants with Simple Black Sweater (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Sweater by Gap (old, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy
Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)
Necklace from Etsy


MY MORNING ROUTINE

This week, I thought it would be fun to share my morning routine with you!  My morning routine is really important to me as it sets me up for success for the rest of the day.  I don't like feeling rushed or stressed so I give myself plenty of time to get ready and organized before I leave the house.

6:20am  -  Alarm goes off

6:20am - 7:00am  -  Hit Snooze 2 - 4 times

7:00am - 7:10am  -  Shower

7:10am - 7:15am  -  Moisturize, apply face serums, deodorant

7:15am  - Put coffee on

7:15am - 7:30am  -  Do makeup

7:30am - 7:45am  -  Do hair

7:45am - 8:00am  -  Get dressed

8:00am - 8:10am - Take outfit pics for the blog!  Sometimes I will do this from 8:20 - 8:30am, if it's too dark at 8:00am

8:10am - 8:30am  -  Make a cup of coffee and work on my blog post for the week!

1. Download images from camera to computer
2. Pick one and crop/edit it for Instagram
3. Airdrop it to my Phone
4. Add outfit details to blog post draft
5. Create product widget in ShopStyle and add links to blog post
6. Copy widget to blog post
7. Pin outfit items from ShopStyle to "What I Wore" board on Pinterest
7. Convert Widget to Look
8. Use image I saved for Instagram for Look
9. Pin Look to "My Instagram" board on Pinterest
10. Post Airdropped image to Instagram Stories
11. Pin last week's blog post images to one of the following boards:
Jules in Flats
Look du Jour
Fashion Bloggers we Love
Oh Hey Girl!
(I keep a list of which images have been pinned where so I don't duplicate)
12. Add last week's blog post to any link-ups I'm participating in that day and comment on the blog post

8:30am - 8:40am -  Get breakfast (and lunch, maybe) ready to go.  Typically I'll measure 1/3 cup oats into a tupperware container, add 1/2 tbsp of chia seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Then I top with plain unsweetened almond milk and bring a side of fruit.  Once I get to work and get hungry, I'll pop the oats in the microwave and top with a tablespoon of peanut butter and whatever fruit I've brought.  Sometimes I'll save the fruit to eat as a snack in the afternoon.

8:40am - 8:45am  -  Pack my bag, say goodbye to T and head out the door!

Usually I'm at work by 8:55am if not earlier!

I don't stick to a tight timeline from showering to being ready to take outfit pics, but it usually takes me about an hour and I like to be ready by 8am.  Otherwise, some part of working on the blog is going to get missed.  Once I see the clock hit 8:30am I give myself 5 minutes to close my laptop and get to work on breakfast.

Do you have a morning routine?  What does it look like?



xo JULES



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10.13.2018 + Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

10.13.2018

Jules in Flats - October Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - October Outfits (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)


Hi everyone!

It was so nice to get away last weekend and enjoy some time with my family.  We drove up Friday after work (it's about a 5 hour drive, 6 with traffic which there always is on a long weekend!).  We've started listening to podcasts on these drives, as T finds them more interesting than just music.  This time, we started Serial Season 3 and also listened to a couple of episodes of The Rewatchables (Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Step Brothers and Wedding Crashers).  Even though there are SO many different podcasts out there, it's hard to find ones we both like!  Serial and other true crime podcasts we usually find interesting, and The Rewatchables is proving to be pretty good, too.


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Jules in Flats - Gingham Button Down with Camel Cardigan (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Gingham Button Down with Camel Cardigan (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Cardigan by Gap (old, similar)
Gingham Top by Old Navy (old, similar)
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy
"Bazovica" Leather Loafers by Aldo (old, similar)



Jules in Flats - Floral Mini Dress (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Floral Mini Dress (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Floral Shift Dress by Old Navy (old, similar)
Tights by Gap
"Rodney" D'Orsay Flats by Sam Edelman
Necklace from Etsy


Jules in Flats - Cropped Sweater with Striped Shirt (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Cropped Sweater with Striped Shirt (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
 Cropped Sweater by H&M (old, similar)
Striped Top by Old Navy
"Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle" Pants by Old Navy
"Amelia" Suede Flats by J.Crew Factory (old, similar)


Jules in Flats - Aritzia Sabine Dress with Cardigan (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Aritzia Sabine Dress with Cardigan (Business Casual Fall Workwear on a Budget)
Cardigan by Gap (old, similar)
"Sabine" Dress by Wilfred (Aritzia, old colour)
Tights by Gap
Suede Bow Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)


On Saturday, we drove up to Penticton to visit my brother and sister in law, who were preparing to have her parents and siblings over for Thanksgiving dinner that night.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day so after the turkey was in the oven, we drove up the hill to Poplar Grove winery for lunch.  I couldn't believe we hadn't been there before, as it's a great winery that has been around for a long time.  The view was beautiful!

After lunch, we met up with my sister and her family for dinner at their house in Oliver.  We made sushi, which was super fun!  We've never done that before and even though we accidentally bought seasoned potato wedges instead of yam fries for our yam tempura rolls, they were still delicious!

Sunday my uncle took us wine tasting in his new Tesla!  I even got to drive it :) :) . We went with my cousin and her wife and it was fun to visit some wineries that we've never been to before: River Stone, Noble Ridge, See Ya Later and Nighthawk.  My parents hosted everyone (18 of us!) for turkey dinner that night and I made my signature pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

The next day we had a quiet morning and made brunch with some of the leftovers before hitting the road to come back to Vancouver!

                    


I don't have any exciting outfit or shopping-related news unfortunately.  Everything I wore this week is old, except maybe the Etsy necklace but I wore that last week too :)  I've just been way too busy to do any shopping.  Work is crazy busy right now and when I get home we usually have some little project around the house to work on, dinner, an episode or two of TV and then I'm ready for bed!

This weekend maybe I will have some time.  I saw Dynamite is having a sale and I've been wanting to order this sweater, plus they usually have cute tops/dresses for work.  Today we are painting the living and dining room (and maybe the guest bedroom).  Our new dining room table and bench arrived yesterday, along with a media console for TV stuff, and a new mattress!  So ya, we are still in full-on "new house" mode!

I was going to do a "morning routine" post this week but after telling you all about my Thanksgiving weekend I didn't want the post to get too lengthy.  Is that something you'd be interested in for next week?  My morning routine isn't particularly exciting, but I love reading about other people's so I thought it might be fun to share mine?!  Let me know in the comments section below!



xo JULES



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