Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dress Up

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In my new job, I have the privilege of attending more events which leads me to searching and finding special dresses like this one to wear. While I haven't actually worn this outfit yet, I did style it out of excitement since I know I'll wear it out next week, most likely with a leather jacket as well. The pretty cut out eyelet design  and scalloped edges sold me, it's so pretty without looking too delicate.
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[Market Festival dress c/o Sugarlips, vintage fur stole, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, Sam Edelman wedges c/o Lori's Shoes, sunglasses from Urban Outfitters]
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Got The Blues

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Lately, I've been pairing together multiple articles of clothing in the same bold hue and in this case, it's the cobalt blue cropped jacket and the suede wedges. I know, I know, everyone has been doing this for a while, but it's a big deal for me! I've notice this shift when I look in my closet and see an array of bold, primary colors. It's funny how blogging has helped me branch outside of my comfort zone and take a few more risks. Anyone else feel the same?
In other news, I'm thrilled to complete my quarter sleeve today. I'll hopefully be able to share some photos later this week!
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[cropped jacket c/o Frock Candy, jodhpurs c/o J Brand, blue wedges by Jeffrey Campbell, layered necklace and gold bracelet c/o T+J Designs, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, Rayban aviators c/o Shades Daddy, watch by Fossil, serpent ring c/o Courtney Kaye, skull ring by BCBG]
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And here's a cute puppy!
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Raquelle Bianco Ring Giveaway!


Hooray, time for another giveaway! This time, enter for a chance to win the same style Raquelle Bianco ring that I wore (here) a few weeks ago. To enter, just leave a comment below and like Raquelle Bianco on Facebook! Raquelle Bianco is a NYC-based line of colorful creations made from sterling silver, genuine gem stones and colorful enamel.  You can also find them on Instagram at @RaquelleBianco! The giveaway ends Sunday, March 4 at 9 p.m. EST.
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And the winner of the Blowfish Shoes giveaway is Holly! Please email me to claim your prize!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Matchy Matchy

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For the rare moment in time when I ponder my relationship status and wonder, "why am I still single?" this photo alone answers the question.
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Last week when I got ready for work, I suddenly like the combination of a minty green and red and then to match my shoes and purse, something I haven't purposefully done since I was 13 and believed this to be an unspoken rule in dressing yourself.
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[pants from Zara, top and tank from Forever 21, shoes c/o Nine West, bag by Chanel, necklace by Merl Kinzie]
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Photos by Merl

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Bit of Spring

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It's around this time each year I'm itching for Spring and I search items in my closet to wear to make me feel as if the season is already here. Last weekend was glorious and sunny and it only made sense to bust out my new pink pants and pair with a nude heels and navy striped sweater. I liked the combination of a pair of pretty pink pants with an oversized beige and navy sweater. It's just too early in the year for me to feel too girly and the sweater helped me find a balance. I picked up both the pants and sweater from JCPenney as a project to style an outfit during my birthday month of February. I felt like a winner when I walked out of there spending $49 of my $50 gift card with some items that I can already tell will be closet staples.
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[Liz Claiborne sweater and Bisou Bisou pants c/o JCPenney, jacket from Zara, heels c/o Nine West, bag by Marc Jacobs, Rayban sunglasses c/o Shades Daddy, ring c/o Courtney Kaye, watch by Fossil]
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Kelsi Dagger Boots Giveaway!

These are my favorite Kelsi Dagger boots and now here's your chance to win your own pair of the Acalia boots! To enter the giveaway, just like the Kelsi Dagger Facebook page and then comment here why you'd like to win! 
For an additional entry, comment on the Kelsi Dagger Facebook page on why you'd like to win the boots on my blog and for a third entry, follow Kelsi Dagger on Twitter. Please comment for each additional entry! The giveaway ends Sunday, February 26 at 9 p.m. EST. Good luck!
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Grey Day

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Now that I'm a month into my new job, I'm beginning to experience the challenges of professional work attire. If I could, I'd live in the same pair of jeans and oversized tee, but I've retired that to weekend wear and spend my weekdays looking like a public relations professional. It's a challenge I'm willing to accept: to combine my personal style with what's required of me to maintain a professional appearance. 
I always find dresses can be the most fun because of their versatility and easiness to toss on. And in the mornings, I just don't want to spend much time piecing together different articles of clothing. This particular dress didn't require much effort to style and the older ladies at work loved it and that's a win in my book.
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Thanks to my friend, Tom, for being willing to take my outfit photos! I'm notorious for guilting non-photographer friends to photograph me.
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[Blouse Top Printed Dress c/o Jupe Boutique, heels by Kelsi Dagger, jacket from Anthropologie, bag by Rebecca Minkoff, knee highs from Target, hat by Deena & Ozzy, necklace c/o Lori's Shoes, watch by Fossil, bracelet c/o T+J Designs]
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Featured Blogger: The Ruffle House

Kendra of the Ruffle House caught my eye first with her amazing red hair and natural beauty. Between her graphic design skills, photography, DIY projects and style, she keeps me coming back! She has a way of illustrating her projects and experiences through writing, photography and design that I find so appealing and inspirational. Read more about this 25 year old Canadian musician and check out her blog, the Ruffle House!
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Your blog covers everything from DIY projects to outfits to an inside look of your home and d├ęcor.  What is your biggest passion from all your interests and topics you cover on your blog?
If I had to pare my passion down to one chapter it would definitely be Interior Design. It's been a creative outlet & help-less addiction since childhood. I would take any opportunity I could to talk my mom into re-painting my bedroom walls or scour the dollar-store for new "decor" details!

The Red-Head Street Style column was created from a secondary addiction to fashion and an undeniable relation between street-style and home-style. As I "grow up" in my own personal style and dig deeper into the world of Interiors, I have started noticing a fusion between the closet and the home.  I thought this special parallel between fashion design + room design needed a show-case on The Ruffle House!  Interior ideas can be born from simple things like a favourite skirt or the cover design of a book. It's interesting how people interpret & filter their influences of colours, patters and even furniture!
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What prompted you to start your blog?
The Ruffle House was born out of love & obsession for interior style + design! It was created to be a "space" to collect + share all the things that inspire my life & career as an aspiring Interior Designer. It's a baby-step into the world of design & a way to start sharing/networking with other artists and creative minds!

How long have you been blogging?  
After an anxious and exciting year of creating the concept for the blog --  I finally took the plunge, decided on a branding  and "let it all out" this past September! To be honest, it has been one of the most vulnerable + frightening things I have ever done BUT I have grown so much personally & have created the most beautiful friendships along the way! *Wink wink Andrea :)

 How would you describe your style?
 Ah -- this is a tough one! I usually find myself in the battle between classic + edgy. I love playing with silk scarfs, neutrals and ruffled pieces but a sword of graphic pattern or a pop of colour always makes it into the mix. A little un-predictability is always fun right? I'm really pumped to start playing around with neon accessories in my home + wardrobe this Spring!
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You’re a musician. Talk to me about this!
 Yes -- It is true! My day-job consists of instructing the young and the old how to rock out on the guitar! I picked up the instrument when I was 8 years old out of sheer determination to become the next Shania Twain (haha!) and it has now been my career for the past seven years. Along the way my husband and I created the band Christmas, spent endless nights writing + creating material and adventured on a Canadian tour. My Mister now has a group of his own // Day Dream Johnny // and I am often found gigging as a bass player in various Jazz groups! You know that cheesy elevator music stuff? Yeah -- I do that ;)

What would be your dream job?
 Well there are a few of those on the list but alongside being an Interior Designer, I would love to work for an Interiors Magazine such as House & Home as a stylist or Interior specialist! It would be a dream to work on big-scale projects with such an uber-talented team. When I grow up, I hope to be jump the ocean and start designing spaces in my favourite city of all -- Paris!
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What fellow bloggers inspire you?
Having daily beauty & inspiration at our finger-tips is so incredible and some-times a little daunting because you just wish there were endless hours in a day to sift + look through it all! I am always adding new blogs to the read-list but lately I have been loving Elsie's DIY projects and recipes on her blog A Beautiful Mess. I also look to Helena of Brooklyn Blonde and the adorable Kimberly of Eat.Sleep.Wear for daily outfit inspiration!

Who are some of your favorite bands/music artists?
There are some bands that will just always have a special place in my heart whether it is the memory of listening to their album in a certain time of my life or un-real concert experience. Bjork // Sigur Ros // The Arcade Fire all make that list. These artists & their creativity blow me away both in song and in person. I am pretty sure I have cried tears of joy at every one of their live shows.

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Oh it's so hard to choose! But one of my favourite "must-haves" would probably be my vintage plaid blazer. I spotted this tartan beauty at a local thrift-shop and it was in definite need of a little TLC. I touched it up with some classic gold buttons & a trip to the tailor and now it's my go-to jacket for any casual or dressy occasion!

What’s the DIY project you’re most proud of?
Projects projects! My husband would be the first to tell you that I always have a few too many on the go -- but the feeling of accomplishing something hand-made is so addicting! My favourite project this year would have to be our handmade antler plaques. They are a favourite design-detail in our home and also hold some fun-family meaning! The antlers were discovered by my Dad on one of this "nature-walks" in the Canadian prairies & we had the wood plaques custom cut by our Grandpa to re-create the shape we used in our Wedding details last Spring. Keep a look-out for the antler DIY post coming next month on The Ruffle House!
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You and your husband are so damn cute—is he supportive of all your interests and your blog?
Oh you sweet lady! Yes-- my Mister is more than supportive of my ambitions & interests. Sometime I think he believes in me more than I believe in myself. It's good to have that push -- especially from someone you are experiencing the crazy roller-coaster of life with! While he loves watching me chase after my goals & aspirations, he doesn't always love assisting me with the "many" projects I always have my hands in! Sorry husband :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Laflin

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Since I turned 26 last week, I celebrated by 1. getting a quarter sleeve on my right arm (which isn't near completion yet.) 2. Visiting Chicago last weekend. It was an exciting week. 
Since moving from Chicago, I've realized how much I miss my friends and I knew I wanted to reunite with them as a way to celebrate my belated birthday. Merl was gracious enough to let me stay with her and terrorize her kitties. And of course, hanging out with Merl and Karyn, I went to a handful of new bars I never tried when living there including Honky Tonk, Five Star and Beauty Bar and made a trip to visit Karyn's vintage booth for Dethrose Vintage at the Vintage Bazaar.
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[used leopard print jacket from an online auction (thanks mom!), sweater from Forever 21, Rayban sunglasses c/o Shades Daddy, jeans c/o J Brand, boots c/o MIA Shoes, vintage necklace, bag by Rebecca Minkoff]
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This was a pretty simple outfit I threw together to be comfortable for a day of shopping and I of course had to find a top to wear to let my tattoo play peak-a-boo. 
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Karyn, Merl, Kat at the vintage bazaar

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Blowfish Shoes Giveaway!

Want the chance to pick out a pair of cute shoes, your choice from Blowfish Shoes? I thought you might. All you have to do is like Blowfish Shoes on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know! For additional entries, you can also follow Blowflish Shoes on Twitter and/or share the giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter! Please leave a comment for each entry. The giveaway ends Sunday, February 19 at 9 p.m. EST. Goodluck!
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I have two giveaway winners to announce! First up is the PB&J shoe giveaway winner:
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And the giveaway winner of the $25 La Redoute voucher is:
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Please email me to claim your prize!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cruella

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Instead of wearing this outfit on a date or night out with friends where it may have been most suitable, I wore it on Super Bowl Sunday. It's just when I pick up something new that I love, I have to wear it immediately, which is why I'm looking and feeling regal in this vintage fur stole. I resembled Cruella Deville a bit, especially rocking the faux bob, thanks to the B Jones Style tutorial.
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[sheer striped top from Complex, jeans c/o J Brand, vintage fur stole, leather jacket and skull ring by BCBG, heels c/o Nine West, necklace c/o Natalie Joy, gold and sapphire ring from Grandma, gold ring c/o JewelMint, bag by Rebecca Minkoff]
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Photos by Kat Cooper