Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pinspiration Tuesday

Taking inspiration from Pinterest I try to spice up a basic work ensemble (seen here) with some spots.

Sweater - Forever 21; Shirt - Zara; Pants - Talula from Aritzia

Now that I'm on a shopping hiatus for the majority of 2012 (thanks to making petite resolution #16 a reality) this was my first attempt at remixing an older outfit, and it certainly won't be my list.

With results like these how could I stop now!?

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Winter Dots

I love polka dots, yet for some reason this dress hasn't gotten a lot of action this winter. That is until last week, when I decided to pull it out of the closet and winterize it with a cardigan and a pair of tights. (You can see the spring version of this ensemble here)

Paired with my favourite Aldo boots I felt like I could take on the world. That is until I walked out the door and slipped across the ice sheet that was once the sidewalk. It was a treacherous eight minutes, with more than a few no-so-elegant arm flails as I tried not to wipeout, but I made it.

And, once I was on dry-land I did exactly what I had set out to do: take on the world!

Sweater - Zara; Dress - Smart Set; Boots - Aldo; Watch - Fossil

I'm also very pleased to announce my newest project See Kate Sew! 
A line of handmade, unique, machine washable baby gifts.

If you're in the market for a one-of-a-kind baby shower gift, then look no further!

To see all of the options, visit my Etsy shop.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Style Profile: Le Faz

Name: Alex
Age: 22
Occupation: Video Content Contractor/Fashion Blogger
Location: Ottawa/Toronto

When and why did you start your site?
 I started Le Faz just this past April. I was at the tail end of finishing my undergraduate degree and I found myself looking for better ways to keep myself busy and have fun. More than anything, though, I was hungry for a new creative outlet and realized how inspired I was by some of the blogs I’d become interested in over the years.

How would you describe your site?
 My site is a collective of everything I love to read or see about fashion—it hosts anything from runway reviews to personal outfits, music playlists, moodboards, and opinion pieces. I just like to have fun sharing the different components of fashion that inspire me the most. I think fashion goes so much farther than what we wear from day-to-day—it’s an entire lifestyle, and I try to incorporate that idea into my blog.

Where do you get your inspiration?
 When I first began Le Faz, I was incredibly inspired by those designers who started the conceptual era of fashion design—Viktor and Rolf, McQueen, and Jean Paul Gaultier (to name a few). Their designs struck me with that “a-ha” moment: I realized that they were truly creating works of art, while at the same time providing social commentary through fashion. I realized fashion didn’t have to be frivolous or trivial—it was an entire other world. I realized that when you really dig deeper into the industry, you find people who sincerely appreciate high forms of art and cultural commentary (while at the same time expressing themselves by living their lives in their artistic creations).

Who are your style/beauty icons?
 Right now: Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific)
Forever and always: Diane Keaton and Emmanuelle Alt.

 Describe your personal style.
 I like mixing androgyny with soft femininity. My causal days call for sleeveless oversized t-shirts, black jeans, and leather. To dress up, I usually opt for something flowy and elegant.

 What was the best style/beauty advice you were given?
 Know the importance of your wardrobe staples. A couple of years ago, I started to stock my closet with wardrobe essentials, like white blouses, t-shirts, basic jeans, etc. Having basic items in your closet create the foundation to a good wardrobe: once you’re set with these, move on to buying pieces that express your style! You’ll never go wrong with working your essentials.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
 Value Village for interesting pieces, Zara for basics, Winners for deals!

What are your favourite trends for this season?
 Plaid, knee socks, the colour red, high-waisted wide-leg denims and cozy sweaters!

Style/Beauty Pet Peeve?
 Long hair that is too long, plastic flip-flops, really long undershirts that women pull down over their butts, leggings as pants, and muffin tops.

What do you never leave home without?
 A good book, a hankerchief, and my day-planner.

What are your five essential items that you think every woman should own?
 Wedges, a pair of black jeans, a white collared blouse, an interesting piece of jewelry, and red lipstick.

What's on your nightstand?
 A drawing, my glasses, my watch, a book, and a glass of water.

Tell Petite Adventures readers something random about yourself. 
I love antiquing.

To learn more about Alex's amazing style and life, visit her tumblr, http://lefaz.tumblr.com/, and join the conversation on Twitter.

All images courtesy of Le Faz.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Saturday Style

Last Saturday Ottawa had the most unbelievable weather. The sun was shining, the temperatures were mild; gorgeous is the only way to describe it.

The best part of it all was that I was able to debut my new shoes.

I almost let these shoes get away from me. I stopped myself from buying them one Saturday afternoon, but couldn't stop thinking about them. So, a week later (and after a little Twitter encouragement from Ottawa West Fashion) I made them mine.

Not only are they my newest shoes, they're also the last item of clothing I will be buying in 2012. But, it's all for a good cause - petite resolution #16 to be exact.

Sweater - Old Navy; T-shirt - Smart Set; Jeans - Mavi; Booties - Aldo

After thinking about it for some time now, I finally bit the bullet and last week I bought my plane ticket to Stockholm. I found an unbelievable deal and just couldn't pass it up. So, in just over six months I'll be jetting across the Atlantic and touching down in Scandinavia.

I can't even begin to tell you all how excited I am!

But, it also means that I won't be shopping ever again. So get ready dear adventurers, I'll be shopping my closet and remixing ensembles a lot over the next seven months!

Have you been on a Scandinavian adventure?
Any tips or can't-miss-sights to share with this petite?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bite Size Apple Pie

As soon as I came across this recipe for Bite Size Apple Pies on my most favourite website, Pinterest, I knew I had to try it.

It wasn't until the night of the Golden Globes that I finally got a chance. I love the Golden Globes; the stars, the fashion, George Clooney - it's always a good time. But, it's always so looong, so I decided to watch and bake. It was a great decision because within the first hour I was more than a bit restless...

Here is my latest Adventure in Pinterest:

The ingredients

1 c. sugar, 2 tbsp cinnamon (I added more because I love the spice!)

A little buttah - 3tbsp to be exact

After spreading the buttah over the dough, sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon

Add some apples

And you're ready to roll (see what I did there)

All rolled up an ready to go - bake at 375F

Mid-way through the baking process - about 7 minutes in the oven at 375F

NB: I followed the directions on the crescent dough package, which was a mistake - the moisture in the apples required me to bake them much longer than the Pillsbury-suggested 13 minutes at 375F. However, I do not suggest putting them in longer AND turning the temperature up - this was a huge mistake; I'm impatient, what can I say?! The next time I make these - and I definitely will - I'll just leave them in the oven for a little bit longer.

The final product:

I wish I could describe how amazing they smell as they cook - my apartment has never smelled warmer. But even better, they tasted amazing!

My work lunches just got a whole lot sweeter!

Editor's note: I made these again this past weekend, but omitted the butter - I highly recommend making them this way. A bit healthier and just as tasty. mmm.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Eva Longoria

It's been a while, but I'm back taking part in the Inspiration Monday challenge over at Two Birds.

The Inspiration:

My Take:

Blazer - Talula from Aritzia; Shirt - Jacob; Jeans - Mavi; Boots & Neckalce - Aldo; Belt - Bluenotes

I wore an outfit similar to Eva's during Ottawa Fashion Week SS12, so I decided to switch it up a bit with the stripes. This shirt is often neglected, but every time I wear it I love it. I'll have to bring it out much more this winter.

Questions? Comments? Compliments?

Check out the rest of the Inspiration Monday posts by visiting Two Birds.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Style Profile: rcsaveas

Name: Andrea Shoust
Age: 26
Occupation: Fashion Blogger & Teacher
Location: Toronto, Ontario (originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

When and why did you start your site?
RCsaveAS was created in March of 2011 – for as long as I can remember I have right-clicked and saved what I love about fashion - I decided that instead of continually punishing my computer’s hard drive and memory space I would create a blog to document my obsession. In many ways, it is my digital inspiration board!

How would you describe your site?
I think that RCsaveAS is an extension of myself – it represents what I love, and what inspires me, in the fashion industry on a daily basis

Where do you get your inspiration?
Street-style fashion blogs & fellow bloggers – they are often the most creative

Who are your style/beauty icons?
I have a serious thing for Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) and Taylor Tomasi Hill – those women can do no wrong in my books!

Describe your personal style.
‘Chiffon meets Leather’ (if that makes sense lol) – I love feminize pieces but there always needs to be an edge to balance it out

What was the best style/beauty advice you were given?
Dress for yourself – and no one else…ever
and LAYER! I cannot express the power of layering – makes or breaks an outfit

Where are your favourite places to shop?
The bulk of my closet consists of Club Monaco, H&M, Wilfred, and vintage pieces

What are your favourite trends for this season?
1) Fur – which elevates an outfit to a new level of opulence in my books
2) Coloured Pants – totally having a moment right now

Style/Beauty Pet Peeve?
Cleavage – can’t stand it!

What do you never leave home without?
The basics: my iPhone, lipstick, wallet, and keys (duh!)

What are your five essential items that you think every woman should own?
1)    A leather jacket
2)    A gold watch
3)    A fantastic pair of sunglasses
4)    A killer statement necklace (I love Dannijo)
5)    A great pair of booties
…Can you tell I love accessories?

Where do you see yourself and your site in five years?
Doing what I am doing right now… teaching amazing people and having a creative outlet that I am passionate about – I love getting up each morning and being inspired by what the fashion world has to offer – it’s an incredible industry!

What's on your nightstand?
Bio Oil, Moroccan Oil, and J.R. Watkins Medicated Ointment

Tell Petite Adventures readers something random about yourself.
I was a former national athlete and professional swimmer (retired in 2007)
I also have a Masters Degree in Education.

All images courtesy of rcsaveas.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dark Tranquillity

I was having one of those days. You know, the ones where you don't feel like standing out (which goes against new years resolution #14 - but that's okay, it's a two-steps forward, one-step back kind of system around here) which is why I went monochromatic.

Sweater - Smart Set; Shirt - Joe Fresh; Skirt & Belt- Jacob; Tights - Zellers; Boots - Aldo; Watch - Fossil

I wore this look to work a few days back. I was extremely cozy and comfortable all day long, and felt very chic. And it seems as though others noticed, because this ensemble got the nod of approval from the office fashion fiends.

It just goes to show you that sometime when you want to blend in, you end up standing out.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What's in my bag?

Every since I my winter vacation ended and I was thrown back into the real world, I've been suffering from a lack of sartorial inspiration. I'd love to blame jet-lag, but it's been 13 days, so I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations has passed. But, since I haven't taken any good photos of late, let's take a peek inside my bag.

My bag - the lovely Johnson from Aldo. Bought on a whim in September, I quickly fell in love with it - not only does the cross-body strap keep my hands free to hold my coffee in the morning, but the thing holds anything and everything that I could possibly need throughout the day.

The contents:

RayBans, Joe Fresh sunnies, business card holder, bandage holder (promotional item from work)
Wallet, keys, backup glasses, gum
Aldo sunglasses, Columbia glasses, Burts Bees lip balm in fig, more gum, moleskine agenda
iPhone, pens

These are the items that keep me organized: business cards, my moleskin agenda (I'm honestly lost without it), and pens (normally there are more than 3 pens in my purse, but I think I've lost a few lately).

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I carry around FIVE pairs of glasses on a daily basis - two to make computer and TV screens less blurry, and three pairs of sunglasses

That's my bag!

What's in your bag?

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Monday, January 16, 2012

From Point A to Point B

One of the joys of living in Ottawa is that during the winter you leave the house looking like this...

..when you really want to look like this.

This is the story of last Friday, when Mother Nature decided to dishonour our agreement (of not snowing when I'm in town; she did great and held off on winter until after I left for the holidays, but I guess asking for a winter without snow was too much) and dump snow/ice rain on the city.

Although the conditions were frightful, I took it as the perfect opportunity to debut my new winter boots. They're amazing - I walked through every puddle/slush pile I could find and my feet were bone-dry upon arriving at work (disclaimer: my walk is only eight minutes, but there was a lot of slush between point A and point B).

Coat - Aritzia; Boots - Super Fit Abaka Winter Boots
As soon as I got to work, I changed into my daytime look, debuting my Joe Fresh coloured jeans. I've wanted to jump on the coloured denim train for a while now, but was having a hard time finding a shade that I liked. That is until I came across these bad boys. It was love at first sight, but I didn't buy them right away. It took a full-day of thinking about them before I finally went back and made them mine.

Scarf & Sweater - H&M; Jeans - Joe Fresh; Heels - Aldo; Watch - Fossil

I'm very pleased with the results - the jeans were the perfect pop of colour on such an abhorrent day. I'm looking forward to styling them throughout the Winter and well into Spring!

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