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September Outfits Week Two

9.14.2019

Jules in Flats September Outfits(Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats September Outfits(Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Hi everyone!  How are you?

It was definitely feeling like fall this week in Vancouver, and sadly I am already starting to get depressed by the rain!

We don't really have any plans this weekend - Tony is playing board games today and I am working on the blog.  Later I plan on doing laundry and maybe going to yoga, and then tonight and tomorrow we don't have anything!  We should (I hate saying should) probably get groceries at some point this weekend too, so we'll see what happens.

September Outfits Week One

9.07.2019

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

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

Hi everyone, happy September!

How are you?

I'm okay!  The weather was summer-like this week, hot & sunny so that is a win, but I've also been battling with incessant chin (& this week body!) acne, plus I got my period!  (I'm sure they're related!)

But I worked out 3 times this week, which for a short week is pretty good, and I have some banana bread in the oven right now which is making the house smell amazing and I can't wait to have some!

Monthly Outfit Roundup August 2019

August Outfits Week Four

8.31.2019

Jules in Flats - August Outfits Week Four (Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - August Outfits Week Four (Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget)

Hi everyone!  Happy long weekend!

I'm not sure about you but I really consider Labour Day Weekend to be the last weekend of summer.  I don't want summer to end and I will continue to dress like it's summer until the weather dictates otherwise, but there's something about Labour Day that kind of signals that those carefree, lazy, hot summer days are over.  I think it goes back to school honestly, school for me always started back up after Labour Day, which I know is not the case for everyone.

August Outfits Week Three

8.25.2019

Jules in Flats - Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget

Jules in Flats - Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget

Hiiiii!  How are you??  This week has been a little bit crazy - work has been super busy (we had an important deadline on Friday) and Tony's aunt has been staying with us since Tuesday.  She is visiting from Ontario so we have been doing all of the things!  I'll spare you the play by play but yesterday we went kayaking in Deep Cove and today we are going to the Scandinave Spa in Whistler.  We're getting massages at the spa and I am very excited.  She leaves tomorrow AM and then it's Tony's birthday on Tuesday!  

August Outfits Week Two

8.17.2019

Jules in Flats -  August Outfits Week Two (Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats -  August Outfits Week Two (Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget)

Oh hi!  Welcome back to my little corner of the internet!  It's been a bit of a day so far but we are getting there.  I said this last week but I'll say it again - please bear with me as I figure out the lighting and editing of these indoor outfit pics!  I'm a little embarrassed as I know they're uneven, but my photography and editing have never been the best so hopefully you'll stick with me!

August Outfits Week One

8.10.2019

Jules in Flats - August Outfits Week One (Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats- August Outfits Week One (Business Casual Summer Workwear on a Budget)

Hi everyone!  It's been a hot minute since I've posted on here and as you can see I'm still getting the hang of/trying out indoor pics!  This solution can only last so long because as we get into the fall and winter months there won't be enough light in the mornings to take outfit pics inside.  But, like with the scaffolding/balcony/patio situation, I'll come up with a solution when we get there! (How's that for planning?!)

Monthly Outfit Roundup: July 2019

July Outfits Week Four

7.27.2019

Jules in Flats - July Outfits Week Four

Jules in Flats - July Outfits Week Four

Hi everyone!

I can't believe it's going to be August next week!  My parents are coming to stay with us on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then we have a long weekend.  We don't have any plans for the long weekend but I feel like we need to make some ... we've been going a little stir crazy being at home so much!

July Outfits Week Three

7.21.2019

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

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

Hi everyone!

If you're new here, I skipped posting last week (what would have been July Outfits Week Two) as I only worked three days and then went on our annual family camping trip!  I definitely could have worked in the morning on Thursday as we didn't need to leave super early to get to the campsite, and then I would have had 4 work outfits to show you.  But I would have struggled to find time to put the post together, plus it was nice to have extra time on Thursday to get ready for camping!  (Packing our bags and the car, etc.)

July Outfits Week One

7.06.2019

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Jules in Flats - July Outfits Week One (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)


Hi everyone!  How are you?

I hope all of my US readers had a great 4th of July and hopefully are enjoying a long weekend!  You would think my first week of July Outfits would be more summery but we've had mixed weather this week!


Monthly Outfit Roundup: June 2019

June Outfits Week Four

6.29.2019

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 Hi everyone!

It's a long weekend here in Canada since Monday is Canada Day and we have very few plans!  LOL . Getting out of town on a long weekend is always a bit of a nightmare with traffic, so that's why we went away last weekend instead!

We are going over to a friend's place on Sunday night for a bit of a Canada Day party and that's really the only thing we have planned!

I have a feeling there are going to be some good sales on this weekend - my colleague Kate and I were talking about how this is actually a great weekend for sales because summer stuff is on sale and you still have two months to wear it.  So now the question is do I shop online or in store?

I feel like T and I have quite a bit we could get done around the house this weekend too - we bought a big print for our living room that we just had framed, so that needs to get picked up and hung; our new couch arrived two weeks ago and we need to pick out some new throw pillows and a coffee table and we need a piece of art or a mirror for our dining room.  The patio is a whole other beast too, especially now that the big tree is gone :( but we're in a bit of a limbo as the balcony remediation is going to begin soon and I don't know if that means our patio will be totally out of commission or not.  We have meeting on Tuesday to talk about it so hopefully more answers & a timeline then!


June Outfits Week Three

6.24.2019

Jules in Flats - June Outfits Week Three (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - June Outfits Week Three (Business Casual Workwear on a Budget)

Hi everyone!

As I mentioned last week, we went to the Okanagan to visit my family on the weekend!  We had pretty lovely weather while we were there and a jam-packed schedule!  We left Vancouver at lunch time on Friday and that night enjoyed dinner with my parents on their deck.  We slept over at my sister's house and in the morning drove up to Summerland to catch the last of my niece's soccer games for the season.  Then, we drove back to Penticton and walked through the farmer's market on Main Street to the car show!  My nephew loves cars so that activity was for him :) We grabbed lunch at the market (I had a bag of mini donuts - my fave!) and then hit up a few wineries on the way home!  That night we met my parents and my cousin at the local theatre to watch my niece perform in her year-end dance recital, followed by a delicious charcuterie board & card games.

On Sunday my parents hosted brunch for everyone and then we hung out poolside while the kids splashed and played.  We got back on the road in the afternoon and arrived back in Vancouver around 7:30pm last night!

June Outfits Week Two

6.15.2019

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Hi everyone!  How are you?

I mentioned last week that we were going to go to the Okanagan either this weekend or next weekend and we've decided to go next weekend!  I always edit my photos and write my blog post on the weekend so I'm not sure when next week's blog will get posted but I will let you know!

As you can see from my outfits, the weather was definitely warmer this week and I am here for it!


June Outfits Week One

6.08.2019



Hi everyone!  Welcome to June!

I was looking through some of the outfits I wore in June from year's past for an Instagram #tbt post and I have to say, it looked like it was a lot warmer back then!  LOL Buuuut last weekend we had some pretty nice days (I got sunburnt!) and next week it's supposed to get to 30 degrees (Celsius) mid-week!

I had wanted to go to the Okanagan this weekend to visit my family but unfortunately the timing didn't work out - they were busy with life and the weather wasn't looking great, so we're rescheduling for either next weekend (Father's Day) or the one after that.


Monthly Outfit Roundup: May 2019

5.31.2019

Jules in Flats Monthly Outfit Roundup: May 2019

Hi everyone!

Here's a look at what I wore to work in May.

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

May Outfits Week Four

5.25.2019

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Hi everyone!  & Happy long weekend to my US readers!

As I mentioned last week, tonight I am flying to Ottawa so that I can visit the National Gallery tomorrow, then tomorrow night I will fly to Toronto for work.  We have our big spring auction on Wednesday, and then I'll fly home on Thursday.

The weather out east is looking little mixed, which makes it annoying to pack for - sun, rain etc.  I wanted to bring/wear on the plane one of my new pairs of espadrilles - both of which I've worn on my walk to work and are 👍- but I don't think they would do well in the rain?



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Jules in Flats - Old Navy Yellow Floral Waist-Defined V-Neck Dress and Open Front Sweater (Cardigan) (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Old Navy Yellow Floral Waist-Defined V-Neck Dress and Open Front Sweater (Cardigan) (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
Open Front Sweater by Old Navy
Waist-Defined V-Neck Dress by Old Navy
Zoe Suede D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory
Necklace by GemPassionJewelry (Etsy)


Jules in Flats - J.Crew Stripe stretch button-up shirt with peplum and Suede Bow Mules (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - J.Crew Stripe stretch button-up shirt with peplum and Suede Bow Mules (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
Stripe stretch button-up shirt with peplum by J.Crew
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Suede Bow Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)


Jules in Flats - Summer Dress with Drapey Blazer (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Summer Dress with Drapey Blazer (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
Blazer by Forever 21 (old, similar - comes in so many colours!)
Dress by Old Navy (old, similar)
Zoe Suede D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory
Necklace with pearl by GemPassionJewelry (Etsy)
Gold Bar Pendant Necklace by ? (similar)




Jules in Flats - Boxy Striped Top & Black Skinny Jeans (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Boxy Striped Top & Black Skinny Jeans (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget) Striped Top by Old Navy (old, similar, similar)
Denim Jacket by Gap
Rocket High Rise Crop Skinny Jeans by Citizens of Humanity
Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)
Necklace by Tiffany & Co.



I was hoping my Gap & Old Navy orders would have arrived by now, especially because there are a few dresses in there that would have been (potentially) great to bring to Toronto!  One of the orders is actually waiting to be picked up at a UPS store because we weren't home when they tried to deliver it, so I'm going to do that after this!  The other order somehow was missing my apartment number so they are going to try and re-deliver at some point ... I'm guessing next week which is slightly frustrating!

Anyways, let's talk about what I wore this week.  Outfit #1 I have worn twice already - once in April and once in May on a weekend I worked but didn't document.  Obviously I am loving this combo!

Outfit #2 is my relatively new J.Crew top which I think is super cute but I have a few problems with crisp cotton shirts like this.  The first is wrinkles.  The second is comfort.  I find the range of movement with this type of shirt is less than a softer cotton jersey or poly-blend top.  The third which might sound weird is that it's kind of cold!  I am always cold anyways, but I have to wear a cami under this type of shirt or I will freeze!!

Outfit #3 are two older items from Forever 21 and Old Navy.  This dress has spaghetti straps and is really just a super simple sun dress that you can make work-appropriate by pairing it with a blazer!  Another option would be a cardigan (see Outfit #1) which veers slightly more casual.  Since I'd already worn a dress + cardigan this week I wanted to switch it up with a blazer for this outfit.

Outfit #4 is another old item from Old Navy!  I had totally forgotten about this top TBH but wanted to wear my black skinny jeans to work since it was a pants day (see this post if you don't know what I'm talking about), and Friday, and this top was a perfect 'wear on it's own' item.  It's boxy and the short sleeves go to just above my elbows, plus the material is kind of stiff so it's difficult to wear something over top of it (like a cardigan, or even this denim jacket if I wore it properly).  I remember when I first started blogging and a lot of bloggers would shoot outfits like this with the jacket just draped over their shoulders, and there was backlash!  Like readers were mad because they thought you would never really wear a jacket like that.  But I'm telling you it's really a thing!  I actually love wearing a jacket/blazer/cardigan like this at work because it does at some warmth but is also easy to shed at any time!

Anyways, I hope you all have a great weekend and thank you so much for visiting!


xo JULES



May Outfits Week Three

5.20.2019

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Hi everyone!  How are you?

It's a long weekend here in Canada, which is why this post is coming to you a day later than normal!  Friday night we took the ferry to Victoria to visit our cousins and stayed up late drinking wine (me) and beer (them) and trying out their brand new hot tub!  Then on Saturday we slept in, went and got breakfast sandwiches at Red Barn, picked up some boat snacks and then drove to Brentwood Bay where their boat is moored for the summer.  We dropped prawn traps and puttered around the inlet for the afternoon.  The weather was pretty good, definitely windier in some areas and when the clouds came in it was colder, but not bad at all!  We didn't catch too many prawns, but enough for T and I to bring back for dinner tonight.  Bring on the garlic butter!  LOL . After boating we had appies and a drink at the "pub" in Brentwood Bay.  I say "pub" because it's really quite a nice restaurant!

On Sunday we had a lazy morning at my cousin's, drinking coffee on the deck and having cinnamon buns for breakfast :).  My cousin's wife had a training ride in the morning so she was gone till about noon (she had to bike 80km!!) and then we all headed over to my other cousin's for lunch!  After lunch we went to the Phillips Brewery tasting room and then back out to the ferry so we could come home to watch the GOT finale!  LOL


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Jules in Flats - Striped Midi Dress (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Striped Midi Dress (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
Striped Midi Dress by Forever 21 (last year, similar)
Belt ?? (super old, similar)
Rodney D'Orsay Suede Flats by Sam Edelman


Jules in Flats - Gap Pink Lightweight Sweater (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Gap Pink Lightweight Sweater (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
 Sweater by Gap
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Edie Leather Loafers by J.Crew Factory
Tassel Necklace by J.Crew Factory (old, similar)



Jules in Flats - Aritzia Silk Shirtdress with Long Vest and Headband (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Aritzia Silk Shirtdress with Long Vest and Headband (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
 Bennett Silk Shirtdress by Babaton (Aritzia, old, similar, similar, similar)
Dunkirk Knit Vest by Wilfred (Aritzia, now called the Olivie)
Edie Leather Loafers by J.Crew Factory
Headband by H&M (sold out, similar)



Jules in Flats - Patterned Pocket Blouse (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Patterned Pocket Blouse (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
Patterned Pocket Blouse by Dynamite (old, similar)
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
(note I've linked to the full length pant in the above image but this link will take you to the ankle length pair which is what I have!)
Suede Bow Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)
Necklace by GemPassionJewelry (Etsy)



Last week I caved and bought a bunch of stuff that was sitting in my virtual cart from Gap, Old Navy and AldoGap had two deals last week, one was 50% off shorts and the other was 50% off dresses, and both of those things were in my cart so I just went for it.  I don't have a pair of medium wash denim shorts, which are kind of a summer staple IMO, so I ordered three different styles to try (these, these, these) in a few different sizes since I've gained a bit of weight and my usual size doesn't seem to fit anymore!!  As for dresses, I ordered this one in both the blue and pink, and this one in the pink.  I hope at least one of them works!  I find Gap stuff tends to fit big so we'll see.  I also ordered a couple of new workout tanks (this, this, this - I love the Breathe series from Gap), white jeans and some sweats which I'm hoping will be good for camping this summer.  From Aldo I ordered two pairs of espadrilles - this pair in white and this pair in black.  They've both arrived and are super comfy.  I haven't worn them out of the house yet but have high hopes!

Above I'm wearing a new sweater from Gap that I ordered a couple of weeks ago.  It fulfilled my need for a lightweight spring sweater in a cute colour!  It comes in bunch of different colours, and in a v-neck tunic length version, if you're interested!  Other than that, and the headband I'm wearing in the third outfit that you can barely see, everything else I'm wearing is old!  The headband is sadly sold out but I found this very cute similar one from Anthro.

I wanted to give you an update on the mascara situation as well.  After trying them both out for a few days, I decided to return the Blinc and Ilia mascaras and have gone back to the L'Oreal one.  The Ilia mascara still left smudges under my eyes and the Blinc was harder to apply and remove.  The L'Oreal mascara has not been bothering my eyes since I've gone back to it, so that's a positive.  Maybe it was just allergies?! 

Oh, and my ASOS order arrived (win), but nothing fit or was what I was looking for (fail).  The floral print midi skirt for example wasn't lined, the plain black midi was in a cotton jersey material that I felt would fade quickly and also wasn't lined, and the jumpsuit and scalloped skirt just straight up did not fit.  I had to pay $22 for return shipping which is super annoying but at least now I know.  Just one more reason for me to (unfortunately) not shop there!

Next weekend I'm headed to Ottawa for a day and then Toronto for 4 days for work!  I'll have a blog post up next weekend (May 26) and then my Monthly Outfit Roundup for May will but up the week after than (June 2). 


Thank you all so much for visiting and I hope you had a great weekend!



xo JULES



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