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Weeks 19-20 Results

9 Jul

For this challenge I was trying to find a brown belt to go with the white dress that I bought for the Weeks 17-18 Challenge:

Dress Joe Fresh

If you recall, my inspiration was a look in a spread in Self Magazine:

Anne Menke, Self Magazine. Dress Peter Som $1,395, necklace Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel $275, belt Forever 21 $9, bag Jamin Puech $470, shoes J.Crew $148

So what did I find? Well, I found a really interesting and different stretch belt made of straw and faux leather!

Belt Smart Set

I really like this belt because I’ve actually never seen anything like it. I’m also very happy that I found it because the process of finding a belt was really difficult! I looked absolutely everywhere! Malls, outlet stores, online, thrift shops/vintage stores, and I either couldn’t find anything that was within my now robust $40 budget, or everything was a size medium or larger ( and when we’re talking larger I really mean larger! Again, back to my issue with vanity sizing…).

The whole process was quite frustrating! However, if you do have more than $40 to spend and are looking for beautiful belts try Club Monaco for very classic styles or Lucky Brand for more rugged styles (I even saw some size smalls and extra-smalls at these stores!).

I finally came across it at Smart Set where it was selling for $18 (along with a bunch of other great belts!):

After taxes it came to a budget friendly total of $20.34 leaving $19.66 for the SpendThrift Savings Bank!

And here it is on me paired with the white Joe Fresh dress:

So what do you think?

Recap of Kate’s Ottawa Style

5 Jul

After yet again another posting delay (I was busy getting my butt kicked in a Spartan Race this weekend and have yet to fully recover!)  here (finally) is my official recap of the Duchess of Cambridge’s Ottawa fashion choices!

Day 1

Will and Kate arrived in the National Capital on June 30th! Kate was decked out in a beautiful navy and white lace Erdem dress from the designer’s Resort 2012 collection (aka not yet available for purchase) that she paired with nude pumps:

Chris Jackson/Getty Images, photograph from Fashion Magazine

 

That evening the royal couple attended a casual event honouring young Canadian volunteers at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence. Kate wore a casual black wrap dress by Issa with a pattern of tiny white birds on it. She paired the dress with a simple pair of slingback wedges:

Reuters/John Stillwell/Pool photograph from daylife.com

 

Day 2

After attending a swearing-in ceremony for new Canadians at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Will and Kate hit up Parliament Hill for the Canada Day festivities. Kate absolutely killed it in a cream dress by Reiss, red pumps, a fan clutch by Anya Hindmarch, an adorable red maple leaf fascinator by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & Co, and a diamond maple leaf brooch on loan from the Queen:

Photograph by Arthur Edwards, Getty Images, from Canada.com

For the evening celebrations she changed into a purple Issa dress but kept the maple leaf brooch:

Keystone Press, photograph from Fashion Magazine

Day 3

During the final leg of their visit to Ottawa, the Duke and Duchess planted a tree at Rideau Hall. Catherine wore a grey Catherine Walker dress with a deep V in the back and simple grey pumps that was both chic and romantic:

Andre Forget/QMI Agency, photograph from the Calgary Sun
 
I think it’s safe to say that I was enamoured with her fashion choices during her visit to my little City! What do you think? Were her outfits hits or misses? Have you been following the Royal fashion on their Canadian tour? 

Happy Canada Day from the Capital of Will and Kate Mania!

1 Jul

Happy Canada Day from the nation’s capital which also happens to be the current capital of William and Kate mania!

On Kate: Nannette dress by Reiss, topper by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock and Co.(Picture: Splashnews.com)

 

Although we aren’t going to brave the crowds downtown to try to catch a glimpse of Will and Kate (ok, it would be just to see Kate and her outfit really but honestly, after many years of spending Canada Day on the Hill the novelty has worn off and the crowds, heat and lack of patio seating aren’t exactly a draw, lol), I have been keeping tabs on Kate’s style choices, which have been impeccable so far! I thought that it would be fun to report back on what she wore so stay tuned for that tomorrow when I will give a recount of what the world’s current style darling wore in Ottawa! Just an FYI, if you liked what she wore and want it, especially the Canadian designed pieces, they’re already sold out, lol!

In the meantime I’m off to find a patio outside of the downtown core on which to enjoy some cold beer, great friends, and beautiful weather!

 I hope that all of my fellow Canadians are having an amazing day celebrating this great country of ours! Have fun and be safe 😮

Weeks 19-20 Challenge

26 Jun

Building on my last challenge, my challenge over the next two weeks will be to find a belt to compliment the dress that just bought:

Dress Joe Fresh

I’m not normally a fan of belts since I’m short-waisted, and I’ve never found one that actually fits me properly, BUT I do think that this dress needs one otherwise it just looks too shapeless. I’m going to try to find something that matches my original inspiration outfit featured in a spread in Self Magazine:

Anne Menke, Self Magazine. Dress Peter Som $1,395, necklace Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel $275, belt Forever 21 $9, bag Jamin Puech $470, shoes J.Crew $148

Now I know that the belt in this picture is from Forever 21, and retails for a very affordable $9, but with a much healthier budget of $40, and no Forever 21 in my city (which I am also not too keen on shopping at anyways because of their current threats of legal action against one of my favourite blogs WTForever 21), I am going to try to find something of better quality made out of real leather (or at least something vintage or a belt that is very nicely constructed out of faux leather…if something looks just as good I would rather not buy a product made out of an animal!).

We’ll see what I end up finding, again I have NEVER had luck with belts so this should be a challenge! Wish me luck!

***A quick note: the Weeks 17-18 results post has been updated with pictures and a poll so if you get a chance please vote :o***