What I Wore This Week

I am wearing an oversized white shirt dress, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, and a large woven circle bag.

I am wearing an embroidered peasant, boyfriend jeans, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, and a large woven circle bag.

I am wearing a basic black t-shirt dress, a leather jacket, Green New Balance sneakers, and a large woven circle bag.

I am wearing a basic black tee knitted, black jeans, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, and a large woven circle bag.

Outfit 1 – Dress (similar here and here) | Purse | Sandals |
Outfit 2 – Peasant top (similar) | Jeans | Purse | Sandals |
Outfit 3 – T-shirt Dress | Jacket | Watch | Sunglasses | Purse | Shoes (similar) |
Outfit 4 – T-shirt | Jeans (only $10) | Watch | Sunglasses | Purse | Sandals |

 


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What I Wore This Week

I am wearing a black i.e. neck blouse, mid rise cropped jeans, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, and a large woven purse.

I am wearing a knotted linen white t-shirt, wide leg jeans, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, vintage ray-bans, and a large woven purse.

I am wearing a white lace summer dress, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, vintage ray-bans, and a small circle purse.

I am wearing denim shorts, a classic white bouton up, Madewell Boardwalk sandals, and a large woven purse.

Outfit 1 – Blouse (similar) | Jeans | Watch | Purse | Sandals |
Outfit 2 – T-shirt | Jeans (similar) | watch | Sunglasses | Sandals | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Dress (similar) | Sunnies | Watch | Purse | Sandals |
Outfit 4 – Blouse | Shorts | Sunnies | Watch | Purse | Sandals |


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A Few Transitional Outfits for Spring

 

Transitional Outfits for Spring | What to wear in spring | What to wear for transitional weather | Seasonal wardrobes | Spring Outfit Options |

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Spring and autumn are my favourite seasons because they toe the line of the weather I hate and allow me dress in the layers that I love. The problem with spring is that you are ready to pack away your winter gear……I’ve put mine away and pulled it out again three times already in the last month, but it’s not yet warm enough to go without a jacket. The answer to most of our weather fashion problems? Layers.

You want to wear a dress to embrace spring but you know your going to regret it? Layer a dress under a light jacket or blazer, add some tights or socks and a pair of low to mid calf boots (I’m digging the Little House on a Prairie style above). Need something chic? A slim black turtleneck, cropped trousers, a leather jacket, with a touch of animal print.

We all have an oversized cardigan that we love, so to wear it when the weather is cooler, just layer another sweater underneath. Can’t wait to bust out your favourite denim jacket? You can layer a hooded sweatshirt under with a fitted leather skirt and some slip on shoes for a casual yet cool vibe.

One of my favourite things to do is to try and find new ways to wear things. I don’t break my closet in to seasonal wardrobes. I tried that once and ended up just carrying most of it through to the next season anyway so everything I have basically falls in to an all season category (obvious exceptions being winter boots and coat). Even beanies I wear for 3 out of the 4 seasons. Since I don’t break them in to seasons it gives me a lot of opportunity to try to find different ways to wear pieces that would normally be labelled as “not weather appropriate”, so I need to get creative to find ways to wear them.

Some combinations I have are:

  • a classic button down under a slip dress with tights or boots (or maybe a button down bodysuit to prevent bunching).
  • my leather or denim jacket worn underneath my oversized camel coat.
  • skirts with boots and oversized sweaters.
  • cropped or rolled denim, light jacket, and shoes with no socks (or non visible sockettes).
  • turtlenecks layered under a buttoned denim jacket with jeans for a chic Canadian tuxedo.
  • blazers with oversized sweaters and jeans.
  • t-shirt dresses over leather leggings, and a light jacket, blazer or oversized cardigan.
  • and don’t forget the accessories. Scarves and hats are great for transitional weather and for changing up outfit looks.

That’s just a few of things I’ve paired in my head and/or I am wearing so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can find in my closet that I’ve never worn together before.

Do you have some favourite transitional outfits?



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A Few Fall Fashion Outfit Ideas

Black Blouse, Blue Jeans, Oversized check Blazer, scarf, green booties, and circle purse #fallfashion #livelovesaraBlack Blouse | Blue Jeans | Oversized Check Blazer | Green Scarf | Green Boots | Circle Purse |



striped turtleneck, jeans, leather jacket, fur collar scarf, purse, and studded loafers #fallfashion #livelovesaraStriped Turtleneck | Highrise Jeans | Leather Jacket | Faux Fur Scarf | Studded Loafers | Black Purse |



White Blouse, girlfriend jeans, green coat, striped scarf, striped leather gloves, cognac purse, and leopard boots #fallfashion #livelovesaraWhite Print Blouse | Girlfriend Jeans | Green Coat | Scarf | Striped Leather Gloves | Cognac Purse | Leopard Boots |



It started as few fall fashion ideas but they are more general than just fall. As you have probably already guessed, I like to put outfits together. I get a weird thrill pulling things and seeing different looks I can make with them. It’s a personal challenge of mine to take something from my wardrobe and mix it a way that I have never worn it before.

This goes back to highschool when 90% of my clothes were thrifted, and this only increased when I worked in retail. I wasn’t the best salesperson because I don’t have it in me to push things on people, but I was probably the most honest and helpful. I would never tell you something looked good to make a sale, I would spend as long as someone needed to help them find the right pieces. Some of my favourite parts was putting together outfits for people so they could see how to wear something because more often than not customers came in with no idea of where to even start. You could see it with the confused or scared “deer in headlight” look they would have. This is why items that are on mannequins sell better; it’s because a customer is able to visualize how it can be worn and how they may wear it.

I distinctly remember us having a shirt that wasn’t very becoming on the hanger sitting in our store forever and not selling  a single one. I made a bet that I could get them all sold by the end of the weekend and I did. I did this by using the shirt on two different mannequins, in two different areas of the store (one window display, and one further inside) and in two completely different looks. People literally came in while they were walking by and asked for the outfit in the window. That is the idea of what I try to do here. I bring outfits together to try and help those of us that either don’t like to or don’t know how to get the most out of their wardrobe.

I hope that by posting outfits someone will see something they own (or similar) and think “I’ve never thought to wear it like that before”. I probably should have been a stylist, I would have gained a lot of satisfaction from that.

So here are a few fall inspired (or winter and spring) looks that should appeal to various tastes.

*Side note: I love the faux fur collar/scarf above. It is a quick way to add some visual fun to any coat. It also comes in a few more colours.

Have a great weekend guys :)

Grey turtleneck sweater, faux leather pants, wool cape, striped knit hat, red purse, and adidas superstars #fallfashion #livelovesaraGrey Knit Turtleneck | Faux Leather Pants | Wool Cape | Striped Knit Hat | Red Crossbody | Adidas Superstars |



Nirvana sweatshirt, grey jeans, yellow velvet blazer, black purse, and chelsea boots #fallfashion #livelovesaraNirvana Sweatshirt | Grey Jeans | Yellow Velvet Blazer | Black Purse | Chelsea Boots |



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What I Wore This Week and A kind of Halloween DIY

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore this Week #wiw #ootd

Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 3 – Shirt • H&M | Jeans • H&M | Boots • Winners (similar) | Purse • UO (similar) |
Outfit 4 – White T-Shirt | Jacket  | Jean • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Beanie • Husbands (similar) |
Outfit 5 – T-shirt • Madewell | Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Scarf • Thrifted (similar) |
Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters

So Hallelujah we finished Merle’s costume on Friday which was perfect timing for a practice run. There was a Halloween kids festival across the road on Saturday and we were able to test everything out and see if we needed to buy anything new or tweak anything in the costume. I learned that I needed to add more white and yellow coloured hairspray as a base before adding the green so it would be light enough to look more Beetlejuice and less Joker green. We also added some green accents (after I took pictures) to her make up to resemble the mold Beetlejuice has on his skin in the movie.

I actually planned on doing a costume DIY blog post since I don’t do a lot of them. I used to DYI a lot but over the years have lost the drive to do many projects so when this came up I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add one. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and instead of sitting down and photographing the step by step process over a weekend it became a long draw out process of  passing the baton between Tom and I in the evenings. He would take the suit to work on his less busy nights and we would send each other shitty text photos of its progress.

This is the quick and easy basic breakdown:

Supplies needed:

White suit jacket/blazer (found at Value Village)
White pants
1″ painting tape
2 black Fabric markers (thick) or fabric paint

Process:

  • We first found some movie stills to get a good idea of stripe placement.
  • Pick a section to start. I suggest starting with the back so you can get used to it without messing up the front.
  • Lay three pieces of tape in a row touching one another, then remove the middle piece. This empty “stripe” is the piece you paint/colour.
  • Lay down more tape before removing the old ones because your paint stripe will be the width of the tape.
  • Repeat process until the section is complete. Let dry. Pick a new section.
  • Areas like the collar and arms took a little longer to place the tape because of the different directions the stripes angled. With the arms I suggest keeping the sleeve flat and complete the stripes on one side of the sleeve, then flip over and just match up the tape  to the other sides completed stripes (if that makes sense).
  • Follow the same idea with the pants. Just work one leg at time, front then back.

I’m sure that totally sounds confusing but once you figure the tape placement it was easy because you just repeat the same steps over and  over. It was just quite time-consuming and was often done on a flat tv tray/table while watching Netflix.

The costume was completed with a white dress shirt, black tie, and black shoes. For hair and make-up I used 3 different sprays on the hair, a white, yellow, and a lime green. That is also the order I layered them as well. Then I teased her hair and rolled up and pin the long sections in the back. Her makeup was a base of white, with dark purple around the eyes and then green smudges along the hairline, neck, ears, and mouth (added after the below picture). I’m hoping to get some better pictures on Halloween that I can add to this post.

Roo’s costume is Coraline which was actually quite simple to thrift everything (except the wig). I found her a yellow coat which technically should be a rain slicker but I found a nice yellow wool pea coat which is more weather appropriate anyway. Some leggings, rain boots, a burgundy cross body, and a blue bobbed wig were the final pieces.

I used to love dressing up for Halloween parties but haven’t for years but if I did I would want to wear something like this :)

*Updated to add some more pictures from Halloween night.

Did you dress up this year?

Kids Beetlejuice Costume Halloween DIY

Kids Beetlejuice and Coraline Costume Halloween DIY

Kids Beetlejuice Costume Halloween DIY

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