The dog days are over. I realize this may have a different meaning to those who have heard the song, and to the song itself but, as for my dog days, my tan is over. Julie and I take pictures of ourselves regularly (obviously) and it often makes us take a second look at what we are wearing and how we look in general. These pics show me I need some bronzer stat! Gosh I am pale! I don’t think I am ready to take on the spray tanner but at this point…
I went down to the states over American thanksgiving. I was there for family so my power shop allowed me to purchase this sweater from Ann Taylor Loft for $50 – I was drawn to the colour. I wore them with my $19 Old Navy purple cargos. I opted for an alternative to the army green cargos that are the rage these days as seen on Julie.
The rest of my outfit:
Bag – Joe Fresh
Jacket – H&M
Scarf – Arnold Brant
Necklace – Forever 21
Boots – H&M
I found this H&M sweater in a random closet at my Mother’s house. It was a Eureka moment! How could I have let it sit for four years in bag on the floor of a closet? Do you ever have those moments where a piece of clothing is discovered after years of hiding?. It closely compares to a great vintage find. Since my rediscovery last week, I have worn this sweater way too many times (laundry!) We have reunited… and it feels so good.
Overcoat – Club Monaco
Jean Shorts – H&M
Tights – Hue
T-Shirt – Gap
Booties - Spring
Belt – H&M
Sunglasses – Joe Fresh
Lipstick – Nars Jungle Red
“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
- Coco Chanel
Cropped Sweater – H&M
Tank – Club Monaco
Skirt – H&M
Belt – Zara
Bag – Joe Fresh
Boots – H&M
Tights – Forever 21
These are a few of my favorite dresses from the wedding I attended that was mentioned in my post The Maids. Starting with the beautiful bride whose champagne lace dress was taken from the sample rack at Yorkville’s White boutique for $100. I KNOW! That may be the best wedding dress price you have ever heard of and from White of all places! It was so refreshing seeing a dress of this length – I loved everything about it.
Nude and red is my favorite combination right now.
These shoulders were even bigger in person therefore even better in person!
Sequins. You know how I feel about sequins. I would cover my body in glue and roll in them every morning before work if I could. Love this long sleeve mini.
“Something blue” and oh so cute.
Love the 20′s inspired length on this dress and the detailing on the shoulder.
Working the winter white and the black patent belt is the perfect finish.
So sexy in lace with the gold vintage belt.
Representing with the one shoulder.
I have been on the lookout for a tight long black skirt FOREVER. On the weekend, my friends’ cousin had just the one I pictured in my mind and she was kind enough to share that it came from H&M (for $49). I love you H&M, you have almost everything that I’m looking for…thanks for being so reliable!
As in true Julie D’Uva fashion, I had to wear my new purchase immediately so I styled up a look just in time for the H.C. Sanders Launch event at the Thompson Hotel last night. (H.C. Sanders is a German high-quality bedding company that just opened a Canadian store in Yorkville).
My new skirt is made of a thick spandex material and when I walk, I feel like a mermaid. For the love of fashion!!
I also wore my American Apparel crop top, H&M moto jacket, H&M lace-up booties, and a selection of chain accessories. Oh, and I topped it off with another chapeau of mine. This grey fedora came from none other than Goorin Bros. JD
This past year was a busy one for me. I had seven weddings to attend. Thank goodness my friends have impeccable taste, individual to their own, otherwise I just wouldn’t have been able to deal. Seven is a lot!
For this past wedding, I was honored to be one of my friend Sundie’s ‘maids along with four other of my greatest friends. We all lived together in a house at Western and managed to survive to stand by Sundie on this day.
Our dresses are from J Crew and shoes are my red pumps from Spring. We were able to choose our own accessories so I picked up a necklace and earrings from Forever 21. During dinner I wore this faux fur shrug that I purchased from Charlotte Russe in the US. It was $25 and it is a good piece as I wear it with more casual outfits like jeans and a T’s. Make-up was kept to a minimum because I knew I wanted to do a bright red lip in Jungle Red by Nars. CM
Last Sunday night, Julie and I attended the taping of the sixth episode of Battle of the Blades. We brought along the biggest Battle of the Blade fan we know, my mother, who cheered along every female Olympian and “woo-woo’ed” at all the retired, hunky hockey players. We had a great night!
After the show we were invited back stage. I just had to get a picture with Valeri Bure, husband of Candace Cameron, a.k.a. DJ Tanner! Growing up I heard from many, including my mom, that I looked a lot like DJ. When this picture was snapped, my mother got so excited she just had to tell Valeri of the comparison. He didn’t seem to care. Come on Val, I’m sure it isn’t everyday where you meet you wife’s 9-year-old doppleganger!
To stay warm by the ice, I wore my $14 H&M sweater dress and this Mendocino parka that I scored for $100. CM
“For The World You Walk On, Love What You Wear”
In continuation with JD’s Cougar rain boot post, I had the pleasure of receiving these winter boots in the mail. When photographing the Cougar Boots on a brisk fall day, I had to admit I overheated almost immediately starting from my toes. These 100% waterproof puppies will keep you warm in temperatures of – 29 degrees Celsius. Taking note Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary? Once proving to be functional throughout our cold winters, I was amazed by how good they look. With patent detail and lined with rabbit fur, I can trek these boots across the city and through ski resorts. CM
The rest of my outfit:
*American Apparel Leggings
*Hudson’s Bay Company Olympic Edition Toque
*Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses
*Aritzia Cotton Turtleneck
When I pull my winter coats out of storage, remove them from their garment bags and hang them in my closet I get excited. Excited because I enjoy creating new outfits from my revived winter wardrobe. “You’re styling two outfits at once!”, I tell my mother. She thinks I’m crazy.
This black jacket is from Club Monaco. I realize Club Monaco doesn’t want to hear this but, I always wait till after Christmas to scour their sale racks for deals on Outerwear and leather. This jacket was found marked down from $300 to $100. Made from 100% wool, it has held it bell shape beautifully over the past 3 years and has become a winter staple for me.
Boots are from Cole Haan. Beautiful non? Headband and stockings are H&M and gloves are BOSS Black. CM
This is me genuinely happy from the warm weather. I know we talk about the weather a lot but give us a break – we are Canadians so let us have our 4 months of glorious, uninterrupted weather talk. On this humid day I wore my new seersucker pants from H&M. It was a case of love at first sight at the Eaton Centre’s H&M grand re-opening party and to go along with the celebration, they offered party-goers 25% off all purchases. They were $45! Shirt is from Joe Fresh for $19, necklace is from H&M on Bloor for $8 and shoes are an ancient Browns purchase…I think I scored them for about $60. Bag was a birthday gift from Dad from Arnold Churgin in Calgary. CM
Since we started this blog, it has forced me to evaluate my current wardrobe and what I actually make use of. I have cleared out my closets at least 3 times this season yet I still manage to hoard. Often I will decide to break out certain items (out of the darkness from the back of the closet) and wear them just to learn that I should have trashed them long ago. Case in point: these hideous shoes. Yes, I bought them at a good price…but that was 5 years ago and clearly my only excuses at this point. Seriously, what was I thinking?! My blog posts have also taught me that I need to practice using self tanner on my legs on a regular basis. Case in point: my legs in these pics! They make the shoes look that much worse. Now I know.
Anyhow, I am feeling the rest of this outfit. Lipstick is Prescriptive’s Classic Red Cream. The blazer is from Zara on Bloor and dress is from Forever 21 on Yonge for $24. Bracelet is from H&M for $4 and necklace is an oldie from Annex at Masonville Mall in London. Do any of you ladies remember that store? CM
I wanted to take on a nautical theme with this navy dress from H&M. Purchased recently at H&M for $30, I paired it with my striped boyfriend blazer found at a Toronto stylists yard sale for $20. (We will let you know whenever we hear of upcoming yard sales.) The broach came with the jacket and is a permanent fixture – bonus! The shoes (sigh) are my absolute favorite pair at the moment. I saw them online at Aldo for $40 and purchased them right away. Tights are by Hue found at Anthropology on Yorkville Ave. for $4. CM
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