Extreme humidity is something I love. The hotter the better. But it also means I’ve given up on my hair. There’s absolutely no way I can have my spaghetti hair draped along my neck. I. will. die. I keep wearing it in a high top bun – so high that it looks like a little hat on top of my head….like one of those fascinators.
Yesterday I found myself in a full H&M look – I didn’t mean to, it just happened. Skirt, t-shirt, belt, and jacket are all from H&M. Funny how that happens. Booties are oldies from Capezio, and my purse is from Cole Haan. PS – I loved this wall I stumbled upon. Life should always be pretty. JD
This girly brocade dress is from Zara. It makes me feel a bit like Betty Draper. It’s a sleeveless number, but to make it a bit more wearable I added a simple black cardigan from the Gap. Gold belt is from Print Fine Vintage on College street, and my bag is a vintage coach purse that I picked up from a vintage pop-up sale, also on College street. It was $5! To stick with the girly theme, I added not one but two flower corsage. Cognac booties are from Capezio (old). JD
Photography by Silvia Drugea
I’m a list maker. I make lists on absolutely everything like movies to see, music to download, and my personal fave – “Julie’s wish list” – which mainly includes certain items of clothing, boots, and big-ticket items like a new computer, an amazing camera, and a Smythe blazer. I find it’s a good way to target my real wants and not overspend on random things. It’s sort of a ranking or priority list that helps me weed out things I don’t need. It works, so I’ll continue shopping this way.
Combat boots have been on my wish list since Jan. 2010 when I talked about them here. I tried finding a vintage pair but had no luck, and I also kept my eye out for sales at Capezio and Urban Outfitters. I can’t wear them to work, so I didn’t want to spend a lot. They went on sale for $77 at Urban Outfitters, so I finally bought them. They’re a bit too crisp looking right now, but after some weekend wear, they’ll be better. What’s at the top of your wish list? JD
Rest of outfit:
* Leather vest from Bungalow West (Kensington Market) $20
* Nude top from H&M $34
* Denim shirt from Zara $40
* Liquid leggings from American Apparel $44
* Floral purse from the Thrift store in Port Colborne $2
Since my beloved jazz shoes died, I thought I was justified in purchasing these new shoes as replacements. I went to several shoe stores on my recent Euro trip, had debates on what colour and style of flat shoe I should buy, but these brogue style shoes were the winners I purchased in France. They’re really well made and comfortable, so it was worth the 70 euro spend. I’ve seen similar shoes at Town Shoes, Aldo, and Capezio. I can’t wait to wear them all the time! RIP jazz shoes. JD
For dinner the other night, I was in the mood to wear my yellow check shirt by HUGO (BOSS Red Label). I bought it at a sample sale for $45 and often call it my ugly-pretty shirt. It’s kind of boxy and ugly, but at the same time I like it. I think tucked in is the way to go with this one, otherwise it would just look like a square box.
My jeans are by Rich & Skinny (gift), and braided belt is from H&M ($19). I bought it a size too big so I could tie it like that. Necklace is a newbie from Forever 21 ($11). I love my ugly-pretty top. JD
Just got back from an amazing LA vaykay. I went to visit my best friend Christina and her man friend David. They’re living in Venice Beach at the moment which is one of the best parts of Cali in my opinion. Their teeny apartment was just outside this adorable little house.
We were about 30 seconds from Venice Beach. Look at the sun! Perfection.
The days were sunny and warm, but the nights cooled off a bit so long pants were in order. This was just before going out for dinner at Dusty’s in Silver Lake. It was my first time wearing my chambray shirt from Zara, and I think I’ll be wearing it a lot. I paired it with a braided belt from H&M, Vince riding pants, and cognac coloured booties from Capezio.
Nautical scarf is from H&M; necklace is Forever 21, and my beloved key pin is from the Thrift store in Port Colborne. It’s my favourite piece. Accessories are my VICE.
I loved this garage. Remember who you are, listen to your soul, follow your heart. Words to live by. JD xo
ps – stay tuned for more Cali pics
Amazing Combat boot from Capezio DV by Dolce Vita
I’m itching for this exact combat boot. I can picture it with skinny jeggings a la American Apparel and a leather jacket. 90′s badass. JD