Friday, July 29, 2011

Blogger Profile: Sincerely, Sabrina

Meet Sabrina - the creative mind behind Ottawa style blog Sincerely, Sabrina. She describes Sincerely, Sabrina as a main course of personal style, with a serving of trend reports and shopping lusts. Also comes with Ottawa fashion event coverage and interviews with up-and-coming designers on the side. With a menu like that, who wouldn't want seconds!

Name: Sabrina
Age: 19 (20 in August)
Occupation: Student with a few odd jobs

When and why did you first start your site?
My site started in October because I was having a quarter-life crisis where I wanted to do something that would make me feel "accomplished" by the time I turned 20. It officially became Sincerely, Sabrina in March when I really kicked up my passion for blogging and fashion. Also, I'm a huge communications nerd and wanted to get firsthand experience on how quickly information could be disseminated.

Where do you get your inspiration?
For my style, basically anything that has clothes- people on the street, blogs, store fronts, etc.
For my writing, bloggers and designers. It’s a certain adrenaline of words that comes from and being inspired by the creative minds of people that I meet.

Who are your style icons?
I don’t really have a set icon since my inspirations are always changing.
As for style as a lifestyle, I hope that when I’m 70, I can be like my grandpa. Crisp shoes of different colours, sweater vests, and dress shirts to match?  It’s from people like him that make grandpa styles a trend.

Describe your personal style.
Experimental. Usually over-dressed. It's whatever I feel like. If I wear grungy jeans downtown one day, I'm not afraid to wear a preppy skirt and heels to class on another. It's also highly based on whatever is on sale when I go shopping.

Where are some of your favourite spots to shop? 
I might get some slack for this, but my dirty little secret (well, I guess it's not a secret anymore) is that I don't shop in Ottawa. I'm originally from Toronto, so when I go back home, I raid stores like Forever 21 with my family. Sometimes we'll do stateside outlet shopping too. It's like a family bonding activity.

What are some of your favourite trends this season?
I can't get enough of vintage-inspired accessories. Round sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats? Yes, please!

Style/Beauty Pet Peeves?
Why are you wearing UGGs in the summer? Why are you wearing salt stain covered, misshapen UGGs at any time of the year?!

What do you never leave home without?
My bracelet that was made from American dimes that my great-great-grandfather earned when he first came to the US. And my cell phone.

Where will you be in five years?
I'm gonna be like a superhero. By day, I'll be out in the typical workforce (maybe marketing?). By night, I'll be a fashion-blogger-event-hopper extraordinare!

For more Sincerely, Sabrina check out her blog or join the fashionable conversation on twitter @sincerelysab.

All images courtesy of Sincerely Sabrina.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Proud Moment

I really like this outfit. I'm just not very proud of the way it came about, but don't they always say "The End Justifies the Means"... Let's go with that.

Here's the back story: 
I've decided to boycott laundry; it's been going on for a while now. 

Anyone who lives in an apartment building with machine stealing neighbours knows how utterly unenjoyable the laundry process can be - and expensive! So, I've decided to take a stand and do it as infrequently as possible. 

Please don't stop reading!

This may sound gross, but trust me, it's not. Every now and then I'll throw in a load so that I can make it through another work week or have clean sheets and towels, but I just can't stomach spending six hours and countless dollars every week to ensure that every single sock is clean - who's even wearing socks in this weather I ask you!

Yesterday was one of those infrequent laundry days - it felt great to get it done and I was so looking forward to a few days of new possibilities; but, what I failed to remember was that when you hang clothes to dry it takes a little bit longer. So things were still mildly damp this morning. Dry enough to consider it, but too damp to be comfortable.

So I shopped my closet. And here's what I came up with.

A monochromatic number, with some sparkle and flare!

I've had this skirt FOREVER... like we're talking I remember buying it back in the days when my mom still had a say in what I wore - yeah, it was THAT long ago. 

Over the past decade that it's been hanging in my closet and I can say, with confidence, that I've worn it a handful of times. Sad really. But now that it's proven to me what a reliable piece it is, I have a feeling it'll be called up a lot more often.

Plus, it's great for twirling. If I could have gotten away with it (and not gotten sick) I would have twirled the day away. But maybe I'll save that for the weekend.

T-Shirt - SmartSet; Skirt - Esprit; Shoes - Michael Kors
 Just to add a bit of dimension to this monochromatic look I wore my brown suede Michael Kors platform pumps - purchased at Nordstrom Rack outside of Seattle for just $50 - I know, unbelievable.

The best part - they're a size 4.5... I didn't even know shoes came that small! 
But I'm sure glad they do. 

Friday, Petite Adventures will feature the lovely Sincerely, Sabrina in the blogger profile. You should definitely take some time to check it out!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Love Hurts

I love this shirt.

I love the colour (I'm calling it melon even though that might be ridiculously wrong). And, I love the pattern.

I love the underlay with the scalloped edge.

And I love that you can cinch it in to define the waist - always key for us Petites.

However, I do NOT love that the underlay is not attached to the waist cincher thing.

It hangs far too low. So low that it no longer looks like cute layering, but like I'm wearing a WAY too long shirt underneath.

Shirt - Mexx; Tank & Cuff - SmartSet; Skirt - Jacob
It was purchased at Mexx not long ago during their fabulous 50% off sale. And I really do love it. So I'm going to try and try and try again until I can figure out how to wear this shirt.

Sometimes, Love Hurts.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ottawa Style: Ef Magazine

Ef Magazine is Ottawa's official style guide to sustainable fashion. They takes readers behind the scene and introduces them to a world of community leaders and fashion fanatics who are working hard to provide beautiful clothing that is made fairly, with as little impact on the environment as possible. Here Ef Magazine Editor-in-Chief Malorie Bertrand tells us all about the magazine, Ottawa Style and being eco chic.

Name: Malorie Bertrand
Age: 25
Occupation: Editor-in-Chief, Ef Magazine

When and why did you first start Ef Magazine?

Ef first went online back in 2008 thanks to help from a web design friend in London, Ontario (where I went to university). After graduation, I moved to Ottawa and my partners to all four corners of the globe, so the site fell behind a bit. This past January I bought a new computer with a simple website program and decided to update the site, throw a launch party and see what happens.

My partners and I first printed 50 hard copies of Ef on campus for an alternative media project. We wanted to combine our environmentalism with our love of fashion and provide consumers (such as ourselves) with information about eco-fashion – what it was, where to get it and how to wear it. We didn’t want to spend all of our time looking for advertisers to support our printing costs so we went online. Not only does this give us an international reach, but it’s cost effective and environmentally friendly.

How would you describe Ef?
Ef is a repository of designer profiles, fashion photo shoots, street style shots, product tips and shopping guides to equip consumers with the knowledge and inspiration they need to try their hand at sustainable consumption. Rather than be quite fact-heavy, we’ve opted to present lots of videos and images to cater to young people such as myself who enjoy reading magazines because of the style shots. 

Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m inspired to share information because I’m a communicator by nature. Fashion is my form of expression and to me, a fascinating way for people to communicate their identity to the outside world. My passion for environmental issues pushes me to continue to share information regarding the ever-growing sustainable fashion industry via designer video interviews, styling contests, boutique profiles and event info. I’ve always loved fashion magazines. The magazine rack has a magnetic pull for me and I always end up ditching my grocery shopping partner for a quick browse through Vogue or Real Simple. I’m inspired by my love of magazines and providing readers with an engaging online experience. Ef is definitely still a work in progress but we’re working towards empowering readers to become online contributors. We invite our readers to send us their style shots, write ups on their favourite second-hand/consignment shops and to highlight upcoming designers they love.

Who are your style icons?
I recently cut my hair short so I turn to Audrey Hepburn for tips on how to compliment short hair with classic style. I’m never disappointed by Olivia Palermo’s street shots and although I’d like to see Jennifer Aniston mix her style up a bit more, I think of her when I want to look casual yet put together. She has a way of adding the right gold accessories to dress up jeans and a t-shirt.

Describe your personal style.
I really do dress by my mood so I can’t be relied upon to always look tip-top (as much as I’d like to). I am quietly adventurous and like to add an unexpected twist to an otherwise common outfit. I’m average height with a bit of a Britney Spears build so I try to stick to clothes that accentuate my assets rather than drown in fabric. I like mixing neutrals with colours that pop and thrift pieces with modern ones.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
Thrift, consignment, garage sales – love, love, love. I rarely buy new unless it’s shoes (because I have yet to find a sustainable brand of high heeled shoes in Ottawa that are work/club appropriate), or a sustainable line of clothes from Victoire Boutique or Flock. For consignment, I love AMH Style (formerly Hush) and Rikochet Resale. Young Jane’s is a really fun place to get vintage pieces.

What are your favourite trends this season?
Spring/Summer 2011 brought a lot of colour blocking with tropical/neon tints, the simplicity of the 60’s and beautiful maxi skirts in elegant floral patterns.

Style/Beauty Pet Peeves?
I want people to learn how to dress in clothes that accentuate their assets. Fitted clothes with colours that suit your skin tone and shapes that compliment your body make everyone look fabulous.

Where do you see yourself and your site in five years?
I want to see Ef as a robust, visible and well-known online resource for sustainable style. Ef will be sponsoring events, updating its content on a daily basis, being invited to talk sustainable fashion on TV, radio, blogs, etc. and write guest columns. It will be known for helping to grow the sustainable fashion industry in Canada and abroad by educating the public on their consumer choices and inspiring with style tips and beautiful photo shoots.

From the sounds of it, Ef is more than on their way! For more Ef Magazine or to learn more about sustainable fashion visit and join the sustainable conversation on Twitter @efmgzn.   

All images courtesy of Ef Magazine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Royal Visit

Now, I'm not sure if you heard, but a couple of weeks back Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Ottawa.
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I know! Craaaazy.

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The only chance I had of casually bumping into the Royals was after a staff lunch at the NAC. Our route back to the office just happened to pass by the War Memorial just as the Cambridges' (wait, is it Windsors... Middleton-Windsors? MountbattenWhat IS their last name... let's just stick with Kate and Will for sanity's sake) were set to arrive. So I thought, if I had the chance to meet them I'd be stupid not to greet them in the colour of royalty.

The skirt is on heavy rotation as part of my work week wardrobe (try saying THAT three times fast!) but this was the shirt's debut - and what a debut it was! 

It was exactly the outfit I was hoping it would be on such a hot and humid day... especially one offering up the chance of bumping into a bona fide Princess.

Top & Tank - SmartSet; Skirt - Jacob; Shoes & Earrings - Aldo
Paired with peacock feather earrings - because feathers are all the rage right now - it was the perfect purple pairing (alliteration!)

Kate must have had the same idea because she wore this just moments later...

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Okay, so it was a day later, minor detail. Regardless, I guess what they say is true: Great minds (with great names) think alike!

In the end, I didn't end up meeting the Duchess - I didn't even come close - although I know if we had met we would have been bosom friends... Anne of Green Gables reference... see, we're totally like one in the same... Okay, maybe not so much, but a Petite can dream can't she!

This Friday, Petite Adventures catches up with Malorie Bertrand, Editor-in-Chief of Ef Magazine, Ottawa's Sustainable Style Guide. Learn what it takes to be eco-chic!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hippy Dippy Trippy

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear (it's okay, we've all been there) you've likely heard the term hippy dippy trippy. It's not normally used to describe a good looking outfit - and it's definitely not a style that I aspire too - but there's something about this shirt that always makes me think of that phrase.

Regardless, it was a hot Friday afternoon and it was the only thing in my closet that was calling out to me.

So here I am, in all my hippy dippy trippy glory.

To compliment the bohemian flare of the shirt I threw on my new espadrilles - a great addition to the shoe family if I do say so myself - not only are they comfortable, but they are gorgeous.

The colours in this shirt are just so bright, beautiful and upbeat, it's so hard NOT to wear it throughout the Spring and Summer.

Blouse & Tank - SmartSet; Jeans - Mavi; Espadrilles - Aldo
Perfect for twirling around town on a Friday afternoon.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fashion Conundrum

Alright blogosphere, twitterverse, all you fashionable people of the interweb, I need your help.

I inherited this custom-made skirt:

I love it. It fits perfectly, is an appropriate length for work. It's just all around cute.


The waist band is cream, not white.

Blouse - Smart Set; Skirt - inherited; Shoes - Aldo

This has COMPLETELY thrown me off. It doesn't work with a white shirt, and I've tried a black blouse but I don't love that either. I've tried multiple times, but I have yet to wear this skirt out of house.

So blogosphere, twitterverse, fashionable people of the interweb, I ask you.. 

how would you style this skirt?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blogger Profile: Tinfoils Tiaras

Meet Emily. A fixture of Ottawa's fashion scene, this girl loves a bargain. When she's not hunting through Ottawa's thrift stores, she's a stylist and blogger for Lilac Lingerie - and that's just in her spare time. She documents her life, her outfits and so much more on her fantastic blog Tinfoils Tiaras. Here Emily gives us the low-down on her quirky blog, her fashion inspiration and her distaste for Uggs. Meet Emily.

Name: Emily
Age: 23
Occupation: Masters of Social Work student & Blogger/Stylist for Lilac Lingerie

When and why did you first start your blog?
I started my blog in August 2010 because summer was ending and I needed a creative outlet to keep me busy during the freezing cold and blah Canadian winters.  I’ve always loved fashion and I wanted a way to keep track of my daily outfits, from the fabulous to the never to be repeated!

How would you describe your blog?
I would describe Tinfoils Tiaras as quirky, fun, imaginative and free-spirited.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from other fashion bloggers, window displays at my favourite shops and recently I have been drawing inspiration from my own closet (thanks to Kendi Everyday’s 30x30 remixing challenge which encourages you to shop from your own wardrobe!)

Who are your style icons?
I love Rachel Bilson’s feminine style and Emma Watson’s edgy clothing.

Describe your personal style.
I would say I’m a little bit of everything rolled into one but I’m the most comfortable when wearing a great pair of heels, fun accessories and a cute skirt or dress.  I don’t think any of my friends have seen me in sweatpants, trainers or hoodies (unless I’m off to the gym!)

Where are your favourite places to shop?
In Ottawa I love Frou Frou for dresses, AMH Style and Rikochet Resale (both consignment shops) for anything and everything, thrift stores for unique accessories, Victoire for a splurge and Aldo or Spring for shoes.

What are your favourite trends this season?
I’m not a huge follower of trends, I tend to wear what I look good in (regardless if it’s on trend or not) and since I do a lot of thrift and second hand shopping, it’s hard to find clothing that is in style.  I do however own a few floral pieces and since this pattern is on trend, I will be sporting lots of flowers this season! If styled properly, I also really like the colour blocking trend as I’m a big fan of mixing and matching bright clothing.

Style/Beauty Pet Peeves?
My biggest beauty pet peeve is unpainted fingernails/toenails.  It drives me bonkers because it’s something that’s so easy to do and it really pulls together an outfit.  My style pet peeves are tights as pants, Uggs and Crocs (there’s never an excuse!)

What do you never leave home without?
A great pair of shoes!

Where will you be in five years?
In five years, my boyfriend and I hope to be settled in California with a house, our two cats (and depending on the circumstances maybe a baby on the way!) I would love to be working as a social policy analyst for a women’s rights organization, doing something fashion related on the side (as a wardrobe consultant or personal shopper). I have big dreams and I always try to reach for the stars!

Check out Emily's blog Tinfoils Tiaras and be sure to follow her on twitter @tinfoilstiaras.

All images courtesy of Tinfoils Tiaras.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nature of the Beast

Nature always plays a factor in outfit choice.

Usually it's the weather that you're dressing to accommodate; however, this week I was dressing for a different natural reason.

I was the victim of a mosquito attack over the weekend, so outfit choices this week has been very interesting. First of all, as all the bites were in the lower-leg/ankle-area I couldn't shave my legs - so skirts were out. Then, it was hard to find a pair of pants that wouldn't cause me to overheat throughout the day, but that also wouldn't rub against the bites making them worse. It's been horrible.

So, after the first agonizing day I came home, slathered myself in After Bite and I put on the only outfit I could think of that would discourage me from scratching.

So here you have it, the most embarassing nature inspired outfit I've ever had to wear.

It was hideous.

But it worked wonders.

Tank - SmartSet; PJs - Old Navy; Socks - American Apparel
I'm giving these bug bites lots of tender love and care, in hopes that they go away as soon as possible.

Isn't this the ugliest ensemble you've ever seen?
Share your sartorial horror stories...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Peachy Keen

For months I had been searching for my belt. I knew it had to be somewhere, but over the course of 16 weeks I tore through every nook of my apartments (yes, plural. I moved cross-country in the middle of this search, but I never gave up) and it was nowhere to be found.


One Friday night, the boy came over to take me out for Friday night drinks and as I opened the door he handed it to me. Apparently, I had left it behind when I came to visit over New Years and it had been in his car ever since.

To celebrate it's return, I decided to wear it.

I decided to make the belt stand out by pairing it with a baggy peachy-orange blouse (one that looks ridiculous on my petite frame sans belt - it's a match made in sartorial heaven).

To negate any cowl-neck wardrobe malfunctions in the office, I wore a tank under the blouse - one can never be too careful in the workplace.

To make sure I didn't freeze to death in the office - where the A/C seems to be on overdrive lately - I threw on my favourite article of clothing - a cardigan.

Shirt - H&M; Tank - SmartSet; Pants - Talula from Aritzia; Belt - Jacob

I felt peachy keen all day long!

In this week's Blogger Profile, we meet Emily, the thrifty chic behind Tinfoils Tiaras. It's pretty great - so definitely take a coffee break and enjoy some Petite Adventures on Friday (and everyday).

Monday, July 11, 2011

Paris, J'espère

It seems like everyone I know is either on their way to or has just gotten back from Paris. The closest I'm going to get to Paris this year is the photo of the Eiffel Tower that sits above my desk at work.

To cure my Paris blues, I decided to wear them as part of my most Parisian-inspired outfit.

I love the simplicity of this outfit - the white button down with the patterned skirt and the classic pumps - it would be absolutely perfect on thChamps-Élysées.

Plus, the skirt has the best movement - doing the twist is just too much fun!

Blouse - Jacob; Skirt - H&M; Shoes - Aldo; Earrings - Magpie
Never has an outfit taken me away quite like this one.


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