Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Proud Moment

If you're a regular reader you'll know that I have a disdain for laundry (as mentioned here) and one of my many talents is putting it off as long as possible. I will go to almost any extent to avoid the task. Well, I recently had another bout of Kate v. Laundry and again, I was the victor (yay!)

Not only did I successfully put off the horrid task for an embarrassingly long time, I managed to do a petite bit of closet shopping - I didn't really have a choice - and came up with a cute new work appropriate look

I can't take all the credit, I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest and realized I had all the necessary pieces, so I made it my own.


Behold, another proud moment:





Sometimes the most creative looks come out of desperate times.

Shirt - Aritzia; Skirt & Belt- Jacob; Shoes - Aldo

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bespectacular

This past week was my debut into the world of the bespectacled. 

Please note: Due to my talent of making ridiculous faces in photos I can't actually
debut my new glasses here on the blog, but soontimes I promise you!
I've had 20/20 vision my whole life; that is until recently, when my astigmatism decided it had had enough of playing nice and decided to rebel. Having never had glasses they were always something that I wanted, that is until the optometrist told me I needed them. 

Never have I had so much disdain for an accessory.

But, I figured that wasn't the way to start off a new relationship, so I decided to debut my glasses the best way I knew how - by mixing patterns.


This scarf is part of my casual Friday uniform. It doesn't matter what I wear, I some how manage to incorporate this scarf; and last Friday was no different.



Shirt - Jacob; Tank - Smart Set; Jean - Mavi; Scarf - H&M;
Boots - Aldo; Glasses - Columbia
*if you squint really hard, you can kind of see my new specs in this last picture, but I promise, soontimes dear readers, soontimes.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Style Profile: A Haute Mess

If you haven't yet discovered A Haute Mess than you don't know what you're missing. The brainchild of Niki Blasina, A Haute Mess is a fashion blog and personal style journal with a sarcastic and hilarious tone. Not only will you learn about the latest trends, DIY projects and the most fabulous places in Vancouver (and sometimes New York), you'll laugh - and you'll laugh a lot! She inspired me to start my blog, so let's find out what inspires her. Meet Niki...


Name: Niki Blasina
Age: 26
Occupation: Creator/Writer of A Haute Mess, contributor to MTV FORA, and The Huffington Post Canada.

When and why did you start your site? 
I started my blog in late ’09 because a good friend told me that he thought I should. And so I did. And it was a great idea because it’s actually changed my life and given me so many amazing opportunities that I would never have otherwise.

How would you describe your site? 
Fashion! Fun! Style! And stuff. I would say it’s a fashion blog and personal style diary with a good dose of sarcasm and humor.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
Anywhere and everywhere! I find style inspiration everywhere, from the streets to the runways and from blogs to my favourite fashion magazines. Lots of times though my style is inspired by my mood and what I’m comfortable in at the time.


Who are your style/beauty icons?
Hugh Hefner. I love me a good loafer and I would wear a bathrobe all day too if I could. 
(PA Note: Read all about her love of loafers here)

Describe your personal style. 
Shameless (I don’t care if people think I look crazy), comfortable (excluding footwear, of course) and fun!

What was the best style/beauty advice you were given?
Just do it! (Thank you, Nike). Have fun and take risks: wear whatever you want and try whatever beauty trends you want! Hair grows, make-up comes off and you can always untag yourself on Facebook.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
I’m a big online shopper – I love shopbop.com and ASOS.com. I also love vintage and thrift shopping.

What are your favourite trends for this season?
Polka dots! I’m clearly loving it a little too much: http://fora.mtv.ca/2011/09/a-haute-mess-x-nyfw-the-end/

Style/Beauty Pet Peeve?
Leggings as pants. (PA note: Amen!) I’ve been saying this for years and it pains me that I still have to remind people that they’re not. It just doesn’t look good: you can have the most bangin’ of bods but it’s still unflattering and vulgar.


What do you never leave home without? 
My iPhone. What if I meet someone who needs me to obnoxiously scroll through my camera roll and show them pictures of my dog eating, sleeping or wearing a trenchcoat? I can’t risk it.

What are the five essential items that you think every woman should own?
1.     Badass shoes. Because if you’re feeling sartorially unenthusiastic or challenged, you can throw on a plain black dress, or jeans and a tee and your shoes will kick your outfit up a notch, no prob.
2.     Cute flats (for when you just can’t take those badass shoes).
3.     A go-to black dress. Cliché, yes. Essential, also.
4.     “Statement” jewelry. I love big, bold, costumey pieces that can instantly pull a look together.
5.     A tailor. Clothing that fits well always looks good (duhhh) and people come in all shapes in sizes. Find a tailor that you trust with your favourite pieces and if you fall in love with a garment but it doesn’t fit perfectly, I always say size up and have it taken in to fit.


Where do you see yourself and your site in five years? 
Lounging in Chanel SS16 in the Hampton’s with my gold Speedo-clad poolboy serving me Dom. Just kidding. I really don’t know where I’ll be in five years and what I’ll be doing, but here’s hoping it’s something good.

Tell Petite Adventures readers something random about yourself.
I’m a secret frat boy. I can beer pong and flip cup the s**t out of anyone.

A Haute Mess is everywhere, so you'd be insane not to follow her adventures: on Facebook, Twitter, and on BlogLovin'.


All images courtesy of A Haute Mess.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brown Sugar

I wear a lot of black. Like, a lot. I grew up in a house where black clothes were the only clothes, so really it's genetics. And, I'm okay with it. Black's chic and classic; and, best of all, goes with everything.

But, I'm trying to break out of that habit. So lately I've been turning to it's cousin - brown - to mix things up a bit.


As I've mentioned before (here), I tend to shy away from browns because of my hair and eyebrows - I always think it's going to be too much. But I have to say the colour's really growing on me - if not only because it give me an opportunity to wear some of my blue, and very often neglected, clothes.



It's all about equal opportunity wearing here at Petite Adventures! And who wouldn't want to wear these clothes when they look so sweet?!

Sweater - Zara; T-Shirt - Smart Set; Skirt - Aritzia; Boots & Necklace - Aldo

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Flaunt Ottawa

Ottawa's most fabulous and fashionable were out in full force on Friday night to support Kania, Ovarian Cancer Canada and FLAUNT what they've got!



When I walked into the Trillium Ballroom at the Ottawa Convention Centre I was blown away! FLAUNT was described as an Escape to Indulgence and it more than delivered on it's promise.

With mini-boutiques of fabulous jewellery and clothing designers set up throughout the ballroom, and DJs Select and Magnificent playing the hottest beats, I happily shopped the night away with my delicious FLAUNTini in one hand and my bag of candy, courtesy of HCM Works and Sugar Mountain, in the other - okay, there were three bags.

When it became too much for me to hold my martini glass, I strutted my way over to the Thann Skincare table and indulged in a wonderful hand treatment. Never have my hands felt so soft; seriously, I spent a good portion of the night rubbing my hand against my cheek. Yes, I realize it's weird, but they were so soft, I just couldn't stop myself. (PA's Note: They're still so soft, I'm rubbing one against my cheek as I type.)

In addition to the fantastic shopping, The Loft and Murale were on hand providing free blowouts and makeup touch-ups, and Maria Threading Zone was there making sure everyone's brows were polished. Had the lines not been wrapping around the room, I would have totally scored myself a touch-up; but alas, it wasn't meant to be. I have to say that I was mighty jealous of everyone who did get touched-up - they looked fabulous!


Although I perused all of the racks several times, I only came away with one piece - a cute dress from Paper Planes, courtesy of Milk Shop's mini-boutique. But, this wasn't for lack of options. More than a few things caught my eye, but by the time I got my petite hands on the hangers, my size had been snatched up. I'm taking this as a sign from the universe that it wasn't meant to be. sigh.


Just as I was finishing up my shopping Boom 99.7 DJ Kim Sullivan called everyone to the dance floor as the Kania Fashion Show was about to begin!


 


After a quick presentation, the models mingled throughout the ballroom wearing the gorgeous Kania dresses, jumpsuits, and feathered head pieces in the most vibrant colours. Everything that the models were wearing was up for auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Ovarian Cancer Canada. And, one didn't have to worry if they weren't model sized; the designs would be customized to fit the winners. Customized couture for a good cause - what more could you ask for?!


 


I'm not going to lie, I was obsessed with the headpieces. I don't know what I would do with one, or where I would wear it, but I am seriously coveting them. And the more I think about it, the more confident I am that I would be able to rock one - and think of how tall I'd look!


The outfit

I was having one of those days; okay, I was having one of those weeks. Nothing was working for me, and nothing in my closet seemed Flaunt-worthy. So, with four hours left before the party, I was running around Rideau Centre like the crazy petite that I am, frantically searching for the right dress. After four stores I found what I was looking for: modern elegance.

 



I don't normally gravitate towards the mullet dress, but Flaunt wasn't any normal event.


Dress - Old Navy; Belt - Jacob;
Clutch - Le Chateau; Boots, Necklace - Aldo; Watch - Fossil

Flaunt was an absolutely fabulous event! Thank you to Stacey Bafi-Yeboa, the creative genius behind Kania, for organizing such an amazing night! I'm already counting down the days until I can FLAUNT it again next year.

Thanks to Marcia B. Creative for being such an amazing shopping partner!

Thank you to all of the sponsors for providing delcious drinks, yummy treats, great entertainment and so much more: ARC The Hotel, Boom 99.7, Boston Pizza Orleans, Cherry Blossom Pole Dance Studio, Glow Magazine, HCM Works, The Loft, Moksha Yoga Ottawa, Murale, Ottawa Magazine, Responsible Choice, Star Motors Mercedes Benz, Sugar Mountain, SynSue, Via Rail, Voulez Vous Boudoir Photography, and the always fabulous Twenty York Street.


Also a huge thank you to everyone involved, Aleksandra Jewellery, Demu Label, Desperately Different, Dj Magnificent, Dj Select, Dylan Ribkoff, frAsh, iStyle Originals, Karamea, Leah Bazian, Love Headmistress, MAFIA Jewellery, Miz Dragonfly, Moxy Maus, Pish Posh Jewellery, Rachel Sin, Rimanchik, Shibang Designs, Susana Erazo, Thann Skincare, The Milk, and Tresnormale.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Inspiration Monday: Olivia Munn

For the second week in a row I had trouble with the Inspiration Monday challenge. It wasn't coming up with an idea, but it was in the execution where I was having issues; I'm blaming hormones.

But, I digress. This week's inspiration was Olivia Munn and her slouchy, cute, striped look:



As I mentioned, I was having trouble loving the images from my first Inspiration Monday shoot. I had taken a very literal approach in recreating Olivia's look, but I was having one of those days where the shirt felt way too tight and the horizontal stripes were remarkably unflattering; so, I scraped it and went with a different and more flattering approach.



And, one that let me show off my brand new Forever 21 sweater.


When I came across this sweater on the Forever 21 website I knew it was the sweater for me. As West Coast girl, umbrellas and rain symbolize winter to me more than snow, so I had to make it part of my winter wardrobe.


The day I picked up the sweater was also the day I walked around the city unknowingly with one dilated pupil thanks to the Optometrist. But that's a story for another day (and one where I show off my new hardware)...

Sweater - Forever21; Skirt - Jacob; Boots - Aldo; Socks - American Apparel; Watch - Fossil
Want a great story for today? Head over to Two Birds and take a look at the other Inspiration Monday posts.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

One Day You're In. And the Next Day, You're Out.

A couple of weekend's ago, I had to work. Between prep-work for the upcoming week and freelance work that I'd picked up my weekend hours were filled with research, spreadsheets and lots of twitter (speaking of which, have you joined the conversation?). To keep myself from going insane, I decided to play Project Runway in the background. But not the current season, I went retro and re-watched Season Six.



And good thing I did! Because I never would have been inspired to throw this ensemble together after seeing Carol Hannah wear something similar.


It was like my very own Inspiration Saturday!


This was also one of the first really cold days in Ottawa. Sigh, winter's definitely on it's way.


But, if it means I get to wear more ensembles like this...

Sweater - H&M; Jeans - Mavi; Boots & Necklace - Aldo
Nails - Sally Hansen Slick Slate and Disco Ball.
Than, I say bring it on winter!


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Friday, November 18, 2011

Style Profile: Marcia B. Creative



Name: Marcia B.
Occupation: Photographer/Fashion Blogger
Location: Ottawa, ON

When and why did you start your site? 
I started my blog in 2008 as a creative outlet to document my photographic/writing journey and it blossomed into local features on boutiques and events in Ottawa as well as events abroad.

How would you describe your site? 
My blog is kind of a mixture of fashion events, photography, boutique features and random spotlights on other events, it’s a reflection of all things that I enjoy and most importantly features that I think people will love to read.

Where do you get your inspiration? 
I get my inspiration from street style and different cultures.


Who are your style/beauty icons? 
I have so many…I really love Denise Basso, Jimmy Webb of Trash & Vaudeville, Charlie by Matthew Zink, Karl Lagerfeld, Cynthia Rowley and Zac Posen only to name a few.

Describe your personal style. 
My style changes all the time, I could be super feminine one day wearing a “cutsy” dress and the next day, completely “rocker chic”.  I love to spruce up my outfits with fun accessories.

What was the best style/beauty advice you were given? 
Be bold with your make-up and wear a bright color on your lips.

Where are your favorite places to shop? 
I love to shop on Etsy.com, YesStyle.com, Young Janes and Patricia Fields.

What are your favorite trends for this season? 
I am a sucker for fall/winter boots; I am really loving all the cognac knee-high boots, they are super hot with a nice pair of dark denim jeans.

Style/Beauty Pet Peeve? 
Wearing socks with sandals will always bother me lol

What do you never leave home without? 
My sunglasses!


What are your five essential items that you think every woman should own?
A tailored blazer, dark denim jeans, hot pair of shades, a large stylish purse that can translate from day/night and a cute pair of booties for the fall.

Where do you see yourself and your site in five years? 
I hope to see my photography portfolio progress overtime.

What's on your nightstand? 
My laptop and some Essie nail polish.

Learn more about Marcia B., her style and photography by clicking here, and join the conversation on Twitter.


All images courtesy of Marcia B. Creative.


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Power of Positive Dressing


I was having a horrible day. 


Working at home over the weekend gave me too much time to think about things I'd just as soon have forgotten, so I decided to make myself feel better by getting glammed up and changing my location.


It worked like a charm! Who doesn't want to work at Starbucks in an outfit like this?!



I stood out like a sore thumb, but that's exactly on par with my latest goal. Wasn't it the great philosopher Paris Hilton (I kid), who said: "Life's too short to blend in"? It's too bad she'll be forever remembered for "that's hot!"

Blazer - Talula; Dress - Esprit; Shoes & Ring - Aldo

But, I'd be okay if you wanted to describe this outfit what way ;) 


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