MY STYLE

InstaFashion: My Week In Photos

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Behold, another week in Instafashion! Truth be told, until I started capturing my daily looks on camera, I had no idea of my obvious penchant for prints! Maybe I should leave some for the rest of Toronto, eh? Even my sneakers are loaded! Time to balance out with a few solids. #unlikely…;)

Denim…and a print.

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Let me introduce you to my giant fivehead…and another print! 

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New Asics kicks. If you’re a runner, you NEED them! So comfy. 

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Floral Tiers & Comfy Slides

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More Floral. Ok…I have a problem #printoverload

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Have a great weekend, Lovelies! 

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InstaFashion: My Week In Photos

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I’ve been a bad blogger. The time I usually devout to creating content has somehow been overshadowed by squeezing out the last few weeks of summer (and the allure of my badminton rackets…) #majorgeek. I promise to get back on track this week, Fashaloonies! In the meantime, here is my week in InstaFashion!

 Have a fabulous weekend! xx

A Spot Of Denim

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White Tuxedo Skirt

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$10 Skirts Make Me Jump For Joy (and so does a fabulous vineyard…;)

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Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

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InstaFashion: My Week In Photos

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 Loving my BrittanyChristinaDesign fishing lure earrings! Perfect for summer.

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Stacking chunky bracelets- no dainty bangles for me!

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  These leather Modern Vintage sandals are soooo comfy- highly recommend the brand. Quality.

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White leopard and red toes.

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Doing the Polka with my “new” vintage leather purse gifted to me from my dear Gram.

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Bright pants are my calling card. Still loving this silk tie-dye pair from Zara.

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 Loving my destroyed denim. Ripped torn in Zara.

 

Ok, so it’s pretty obvious the My Style series on FatFreeFashion has been seriously neglected. Arranging the tripod outside my building or asking my Hubster to take a few pics of me everyday isn’t something that’s easily accomplished, so I’ve resorted to the next best method: Instagram!

Snapping a few #fromwhereIstand and #ootd pics is foolproof (and actually pretty fun!) so all of my outfit shots are there. If you’d like to join me, check out FatFreeFashion on Instagram. If you’re craving another slice of style inspo, but aren’t into Instagram, I’ll be sharing my looks here as a weekly round-up.

Have a great week, Fashaloonies! x 

Beauty Bite: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Review

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Guys, I still wear lipgloss. I know there’s some kind of unwritten beauty rule that once a woman reaches “a certain age” she should toss the gloss and exclusively embrace lipstick, but on casual summer days, a little slick of gloss with a subtle shine just looks right. If it comes in a hybrid formula, I’m even more game, which is why I absolutely adore Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain.

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 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights

Revlon’s newest lip lube is the perfect blend of gloss, liquid lipstick and lip stain, and it’s a pretty fab product overall.  Over the past few months I’ve tried out 3 of the new shades:

Miami Fever (orange-coral)

Barcelona Nights (cherry-pink)

India Intrigue (fuchsia)

 

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 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in India Intrique 

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Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Fever

Application: 2 or 3 coats are definitely required to achieve maximum colour for this product. If you have the patience for that, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful colour that lasts for a least 3-4 hours.

Hydration: A BIG plus for me-  this stain is super hydrating! A finishing coat of balm isn’t needed with this product. My lips are never dry after the colour wears off, and the shine lasts for a good 2 hours after application.

Texture: The texture of this stain is almost gelatinous, which I personally prefer over a liquid stain (no spillage).

Pigmentation: Bravo to Revlon for creating a hybrid gloss with long-lasting pigmentation! When the shine eventually wears away, you are left with a beautiful stain that lasts a solid 5 hours.

 

If you’re looking for a no-mess stain that won’t dry out your lips, try Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain. It retails for $12.

 

Have you tried this product? Which colour is your favourite? Let’s discuss! x

 

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Striped Dress, Under $100 Each Outfit!

1 Piece 3 Ways Striped Dress

It’s Spring. You’re broke. Everything in your wardrobe is tired, dated and just plain wrong. The urge to splurge on a statement piece that will spice up the dressing doldrums is high, but for sanity sake, step away from the fluro midi and reach for a simple striped dress that has the potential to be anything, for nearly every situation. True, on its own the dress is every shade of ‘meh’, but paired with the right accessories, this basic baby is a sartorial superstar. With each complete outfit ringing in under $100, updating your Spring look is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Do you love a good stripe as much as I do? What is your favourite way to style it?

 

1. WEEKEND CASUAL: dress $29 | sneakers $37.63 | handbag $40

2. DATE NIGHT: mules $40 | cuff $14.95 | clutch $12.95

3. BEACH VACATION: clutch $34.95 | necklace $19.95 | sandals $12.94

Spring 2014 Trends: Fat Free Fashion Favourites!

Ok, Fashaloonies, 2013 was great and all, but who’s ready for a crop of fresh styles? I know I am! Because everyone loves a good trend rundown, below are my favourite trends for Spring 2014.

Frayed2014 will add another layer of destruction to our beloved denim: major fraying. Remember your cutoffs from last summer? We’ve welcomed our jeans into the cutting room. Get a head-start on this trend and grab a pair of your tired-looking skinnies. Snip off the ankle hem. Wash, wear and repeat.  jeans

prettypastelsDuh. You know this, but let’s rehash it again for fun! Pastels are huge. Somehow Radiant Orchid got crowned the top shade for 2014, but really, they’re all back in full force.  heels | dress

 

Fringe BenefitsGet into the swing of things with mucho fringe or tassel detailing. Why? Because it’s fun!  jeans

 

90scallingSlip dresses, silk camis, overalls, dainty florals…they’re not going anywhere for Spring 2014. Jump on board this trend with the many styles available in the shops now. overallsslides | top

 

widelegDitch your skinnies and widen your horizons this Spring with full length palazzo pants or cropped culottes. tan | blue

 

socks with heelsMost people will look utterly ridiculous attempting this trend, but I must admit, when executed correctly, it does look really cool. As a Canadian, I’m avoiding it at all costs, as we really only have a few short months to embrace a sock-less existence. For everyone else, sock it to ’em!  ribbon socks | polka dot socks | platforms

 

What are your favourite trends for Spring 2014? Will you rock any of these looks? Let’s discuss!

 

Style Serving: Floral Peplum

Yes, I said peplum. And yes, I realize it’s now 2014 and peplums should be used only with EXTREME caution. But this peplum is different, see, because I’ve layered it! I made it all brand-shiny-new! (Go with it…). The truth is, I really like the print of this top, so I think it’ll stay in the Keep pile for just a bit longer.

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Side note: I think it’s pretty obvious that someone desperately needs a haircut and is clinging to her topknot for dear life, until she makes it to the salon on Thursday. (That wouldn’t be me, I’m just hypothetically speaking). Moving on.

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The printed chambray and maroon faux leather skirt are Forever 21 finds and the floral peplum was picked up for $5.00 on a random trip through Sirens. I’m hoping this will be my last indoor shoot of the year, but it’s still -10 in Toronto and approaching April…time to move??? I’ll give it another week 😉

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 Happy Hump Day, Fashaloonies! xx

 

Something Old, Something New: Restyling A Bridesmaid Dress

Thank goodness for friends with good taste! Bridesmaid dresses often produce hideous visions of embellished, satin monstrosities that are banished to the back of the closet with the other I-paid-WAY-too-much-for-you-to-give-away-for-free purchases. 

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Imagine my glee when I laid eyes  upon my options for a bestie’s wedding. No embellishments. Above the knee. Lovely colour. Although it was a non-negotiable purchase, I happily plunked down the dough for the berry Alfred Sung bridesmaid dress, as it suited my style perfectly. I could easy envision myself wearing it long after her Big Day, as it was flattering, modern and could easily be altered for everyday life.

BEFORE: The Big Day

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AFTER: Everyday!

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By popping on a casual cardigan, studded belt and embellished ankle boots, the look of this dupioni silk bridesmaid dress is completely transformed.

Style Tip: If you have any choice in the matter, opt for the most simple silhoutte available from her selected options, as it will have the most restyling flexibility. A highly stylized sweeping gown may look fabulous in pictures, but will you really wear it again? Doubtful. Get your money’s worth by staying true to your everyday style aesthetic.

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Have you ever worn a bridesmaid dress after the wedding? How did you style it? This has the potential to be a really interesting (and profitable!) style series. I’m excited see your transformations. 

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Bridesmaid Dress: Alfred Sung | Boots: Zara | Cardigan: Topshop | Earrings: Le Chateau | Belt: H&M

Style Serving: Key Lime

This Chanel-esque Zara blazer is possibly the most versatile piece of clothing I own. Its been on dates, interviews, drinks with the girls, vacations…I mean, it’s lime green tweed and it manages to remain classy. #loveit

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I picked up the white tassel necklace last season on clearance from Ann Taylor, and I am obsessed with it! It’s a 3 strand beauty and I seriously cannot believe it wasn’t scooped up before being demoted to the clearance section. Their loss = my gain! Very happy shopper.

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The waxed skinnies are from Topshop and the slouchy grey (über comfy!) t-shirt is from Mendocino. Highly recommended at only $12 Canadian. Get every colour if you can, as they sell out quickly!

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Blazer: Zara | T-Shirt: Vero Moda | Waxed Skinnies: Topshop | Boots: Franco Sarto | Necklaces: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor | Earrings: Le Chateau

Style Serving: In The Navy

Off the top- apologies for the dark photos. Nighttime was closing in and I snapped these pics quickly before running upstairs and changing into my PJs! It is just me, or does everyone ditch the tights, jewellery and formfitting clothing immediately after walking through the door? It’s like I can’t function with them on at home, I may as well be wearing a straitjacket! Although during the day, these pieces don’t bother me in the slightest. Odd…

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The shirt-skirt combo dress is a Zara find, perfect for those days when you really want the casual look of separates, but are frankly just too damn lazy to go closet hunting for the right combination. The pompom belt (which I now realize should have been tightened up a loop or two…) is a Dynamite find that I loved so much, I bought in black as well.

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The spike necklace is from Forever 21, and despite its age, I just can’t seem to get sick of it! Don’t you love those finds? Never break, my dearest! Ha!

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The boots are Expression from Hudson’s Bay and the tights are Forever 21, which have seriously impressed me in regards to quality- they were only $6.00, but are seemingly resist to runs and tears. Highly recommended, Fashaloonies! xx