Last week I talked about shopping with a list, and if you’re still with me and not hating me for taking all the fun out of shopping (thank you!), here’s the next little trick that I said would keep that fun, spontaneous, indulgent part of shopping alive.
It starts with this Whowhatwear.com article about the 80/20 rule. I love this rule as it is the PERFECT complement to shopping with a list.
If you didn’t feel like clicking on the hyperlink to the WWW article, the 80/20 rule is a technique where 80% of your shopping budget goes to planned, thoughtful, and foundation pieces (ie; whatever is ON your LIST as an investment piece!), while the remaining 20% can be reserved for whims, or trends you want to try. So you can still make those off-beat purchases that you’re not 100% sure about, but you’re doing it in moderation and with a little more thought.
I’ve been trying it, and here’s why I love it:
It’s a great way to keep you on track as you allocate your fashion funds. I’ve started employing it since discovering the article, and I love how it gives a little wiggle room for a spontaneous purchase here and there – it makes me think hard about what’s on my list, and encourages deliberate, thoughtful purchases vs. wasteful ones. I reserve my 20% for vintage shows and fun thrift store finds – that’s my free for all card. I also like how it’s a mindset that can be employed by anyone at any budget level. It’s a fantastic trick to employ if you are constantly surprised by a higher than normal credit card bill; and who doesn’t want to save a little money and get a handle on their wardrobe?
One thing you may not know about me is that I am, in fact, a nerd. At a very young age, when I lived in the UK, I can vividly recall the following scenario as one of my favourite childhood memories: every Sunday, after church, my brother and I would sit in front of the TV in our Sunday best, my mom would put bibs on us, and set us up with mini-tables and trays on which we could eat our Sunday pasta. While we ate our pasta we watched Star Trek, the original series with Captain Kirk and crew. I grew up appreciating the vastness of space through the eyes of a 1970’s sound stage and the enthusiasm of my brother (who, by the way, is a rocket scientist, although he’ll tell you he’s an aerospace engineer … tomato tomahto I say). Because of the influence of our family Star Trek tradition (one which we continued on the airbase in Trenton as Star Trek, the Next Generation aired every Sunday night) and the plethora of space and air-history knowledge my brother spewed on a daily, if not hourly basis, I grew up a very big airspace nerd/geek.
So when the organizers of BoobyBall, Rethink Breast Cancer‘s biggest fundraiser, told me the event is coming to Ottawa THIS Friday the 13th (yay!) AND that the theme for this year’s evening is SPACE (double yay!) I got VERY excited. Maybe I’ll come dressed as a klingon! On second thought, with space as a theme, it’s a perfect opportunity to go sparkly.
Since people might not be able to look directly at you in this outfit if the light hits a certain way, keep accessories to a minimum by way of this chic be-jeweled hair comb (which can be reworn at a wedding, on date night, or even to a baby shower if styled right) and these fabulous Giuseppe Zanotti heels. With tribbles as my inspiration (if the wikipedia article was too dry, here’s a great youtube clip depicting their charm), I added a textured clutch. Because I don’t think we should discriminate and assume all aliens are scaly. Why can’t they be fuzzy? Like tribbles?
If you’re more inclined to wear a dress, this wrap kimono number from ASOS is awesome for many reasons, the primary one being that it is a classic silhouette that will be wearable for ages without aging. Angelina Jolie has been wearing this type of dress repeatedly for years without anyone noticing. Add to it some moon rock-like baubles and a boxy clutch like this ZARA one (which you could literally turn around and wear to brunch the next morning with a pair of jeans), and you’re all set to hop on the next ship to Planet Booby! Which you can attend by purchasing tickets here!
Now that you know how much of a nerd I am, and what I think you should wear, here’s the most important bit: WHY?
Because breast cancer will affect 1 in 9 Canadian women in their lifetime. (source here) And because it’s 2015 (thanks, Justin Prime Minister Trudeau), I believe we should be living in a world that is breast cancer free. Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer. Rethink is the first ever Canadian charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the 40s and under crowd; foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and, most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young women going through it. By taking a breakthrough approach to all aspects of breast cancer – education, resources, advocacy, community building, and fundraising – Rethink is thinking differently about breast cancer. To find out more about Rethink Breast Cancer, visit rethinkbreastcancer.com.
It is amazing that this iconic event is coming to Ottawa. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000, and what a privilege it would be to help Rethink Breast Cancer get there. Proceeds allocated will help expand Rethink’s innovative programs for young women concerned about and living with breast cancer. This out of this world evening will feature great music, a stellar photo booth, beautiful gift bags, and the best company (wink wink), among other astronomical goodies.
I hope to see you there, in all your space-inspired refinery.
White is HOT this summer and luckily, it can be an easy trend to wear because it is NOT limited to scary tight jeans or stain attracting activities such as eating, talking, walking, existing, etc.
Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate white into your wardrobe this summer without having to stash an illness-inducing amount of Tide to Go in your favorite handbag. Oh yes, and by the way, everything in this list costs less than $100.
Amazing, no? How are you feeling about this seasons hottest non-colour?
This is the time of year where standing in front of your closet sans inspiration can be especially frustrating. Parties to go to, events to attend, and photo-op worthy ensembles are all part of the fun and folly of dressing this season. Most often, it’s never as simple as putting together items that are hanging in your closet.
Do you dress based on how you’re feeling and what kind of mood you’re in? Or do you stay true to your personality and dress for the persona you normally take on at gatherings of friends? Depending on where the party is and who the revelers are; I tend to stick to my personality at parties which could be part wallflower and part socialite. No matter how you end up adorning yourself this holiday season, below are my renditions of what personas are usually attending festivities at this time of year, and how you could potentially lend yourself to dress like one of them.
Leather, feathers, and print; it’s all there! Similar to this year’s trends, a party animal is in your face with fun accents and a bit of a wild side. The whole outfit needs to look great once shoes are taken off because she ends up dancing on furniture all night.
Details from left to right: turquoise zig zag earrings via fantasyjewelrybox.com / Shootie: Rockport / leather peplum top: bardot.com.au / feather skirt (Sold out): zalando.com.uk / clutch: janenorman.co.uk / stacked bangles, from top to bottom: monshowroom.com, Jenny Bird, Cheap Monday
While not the life of the party, a wallflower certainly does not equal being underdressed. Subtle touches like a colour-tipped double strap Mary Jane keep this look current, while stacking delicate jewelry creates a statement without saying much.
Details from left to right: wrap dress: asos / pumps: asos / rings (from top to bottom): Kabiri.com, modaoperandi, boodles, missselfridge, piperlime / Vintage Chanel earrings / star chains: baublebar / clutch: coast batida
By far one of my favorites, the social butterfly needs to wear sensible shoes so she can run around and get all up in everyone’s biz-ness. Aside from that necessary function she dresses the same way she approaches a party; with pops of playfulness and statement-making pieces.
Details: blazer: Mango / trousers: Ted Baker / blouse: Moschino / cocktail ring: Gucci / pumps: Valentino / earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane
There are two ways you could dress for the joyful and long anticipated task of putting up a Christmas tree.
1 – dress up and be festive; wear some bling, put on your favorite shoes and decorate the night away.
2 – be comfy chic; you’ll likely be eating cookies and drinking tea while decking the halls, so you might as well be cozy while doing it; but the problem with this look is that it could easily turn into something decidedly UN-Christmassy….
the Christmas tree ninja.
I’m so serious it exists. It happened to me this past weekend when I helped my parents put up their tree. Without really thinking about what I was doing, I put on black leggings and a black turtleneck before jumping into the car to head to their place for some festive home and tree adornment. Dressing in all black comfy attire is a trap that we can so easily fall into, especially during the holiday season when we are too busy to coordinate a lazy day outfit and can end up looking superbly un-festive in family photos.
To avoid the stealthy attack of the Christmas ninja, here are a few pieces that can keep you stylish while opening stockings on Christmas morning, while singing carols slightly inebriated with the rest of the family at 2AM, or while simply decorating your home.
Tis the season where bloggers and magazines alike are dolling out their list of “must haves”, “current cravings”, “obsessions” and lots of other possessive phrases that could otherwise sound very creepy. I am also totally guilty of this (evidence: Fall Faves post), and rightly so – it’s the best way to keep track of what you like for the season.
But what happens when we finally get our hands on that piece that we’ve been coveting on ASOS, Pinterest or Shopbop? Has it ever happened to you that the 3 dimensional real-live product of your dreams turns out to be a dud?
This happened to me the other day. Since we are getting daily deliveries at the stores, I am constantly making a list of items I want to purchase and crossing said items off as I spend. The stores were so busy at one point though, that I never had a chance to try on my next piece of fashion prey until after a week of having it on my “lust list” (A term that for some odd reason conjures images of teenage vampires). So instead of trying it on, I mentally built an entire new fall wardrobe around it; I accessorized it with chunky necklaces and silk scarves, I layered it over chambray shirts and under blazers, I picked out belts that would contrast it perfectly until … until I tried it on.
It didn’t hang right. The colour did nothing for me. I didn’t like the placement of the pockets.
How could this be!!??! It’s a sweater! A staple! A go-to!
What’s a girl to do?! Not make herself a wish list of beautiful things? Quickly go through a mental wardrobe inventory while trying on a garment? Buy it anyway because it’s the sweater of the season? (see this amazingly written post by manrepeller.com).
Maybe the answer to all of these questions is to stop taking it all so seriously and move on by finding something even prettier to wear. There will always be beautiful items coming off the runway for seasons to come, and that’s a beautiful thing, no?