Friday Work Look: It’s a Circus

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Casual Friday at work gives me more freedom to wear my more wacky outfits. I don’t think this is crazy, but is it the utmost professional? Naw. Do I care about being ultra profesh at my current place of work? Naw. I love it and I’m always a fan of wearing crazy colourful prints. Plus my shorts look like a skirt but they aren’t, surprise! Happy Friday!

Top: Ardene

Shorts: The Bay

Leggings: Garage

Shoes: http://www.gojane.com/

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World Pride Toronto 2014

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Sunday was the final day of World Pride in Toronto and I went to my first pride parade! I had never been because usually the parade is the same weekend of Canada Day and I am usually out of town. Since I could make it this year I decided to get colourful and painted my nails rainbow, wore my rainbow earrings I’ve been holding onto since elementary school, and the most multi-coloured dress I had in my wardrobe.

The heat was almost unbearable and I was soon sweating through my dress but it was worth it to experience the excitement, happiness, friendliness, and simply the pride of the parade goers. Every person I interacted with was happy and friendly. And the amount of straight couples who showed up as allies impressed me. The crowd was truly varied and although the LGBTQ community was very obviously the main focus I was happy to see the number of allies. What really impressed me and warmed my heart were the religious groups proudly marching in the parade. Groups that included LGBTQ people as well as allies. Groups that denounced the way some people of their faith treat the LGBTQ community.

My 3 favourite moments of pride were: 1. My brother having a layover in Toronto for a few hours who I met up with for dinner. 2. The Tegan and Sara concert I had been highly anticipating all day and which did not disappoint. and 3. The wonderful serendipitous beauty of the rainbow that peaked through the sky after a 20-30 minute rainstorm. Such a perfect way to end world pride and more wonderful than anything the organizers could have put together. It should be acknowledged the amount of work and volunteers it took to help make pride the amazing celebration it was.

I’d like to close this post with what I am proud of. I am proud that I live in a city that can openly and unabashedly celebrate peoples differences. That people can be free to love who they want in Toronto and Canada for that matter. That the few voices who cry out against the fundamental right to love whoever one wants are quickly overpowered and shut down by those who know what’s right. That one city and one event and one day full of happy smiling faces can make me feel so happy.

There are still many struggles for the LGBTQ community of course. I do not naively think that the relative peace during pride is reflective of Toronto 365 days a year. There is still so much hate around. So much prejudice. So much willful ignorance. That is why showing your support cannot be a once a year thing during pride. It has to be a daily thing. Stand up to the coworker that makes an inappropriate joke/slur/ignorant comment. Try to educate those who will listen and shut down those who won’t budge. Make it known that attitudes, behaviours, and comments that promote hate, whether directly or inadvertently, are not ok or acceptable. Being an ally and supporting pride needs to happen 365 days a year because there is still so much that needs to be done.

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Friday Work Look: Construction Shoe Chic

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I am in love with my new camo boots embellished with glittery gold faux rhinestones. I bought them because I had to (i.e. I really wanted them) but didn’t really realize these would be kind of a challenge to wear with most of my wardrobe. Because they are so “HEY LOOK AT ME I’M NOT WHAT NORMAL WORK BOOTS LOOK LIKE”, they really HAVE to be the focus of the outfit. I chose a plain black top with blue jeans to pair with them. I think as long as whatever top I wear is a solid colour as well as my pants, the boots work. I definitely wouldn’t want to wear these with a noticeable print, unless it was another camo print.

I’m glad we can wear jeans to work 5 days a week now otherwise these boots might not get as much wear.

Turtleneck: Winners. Can’t remember the price its very old.

Jeans: Forever 21 (last year)

Boots: http://www.gojane.com/ 

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Work Look: 50’s Inspired Sock Hop

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Traditionally sock hops were dances in the 50’s that took place largely in high school gymnasiums and the dance got it’s name because students were required to remove their hard soled shoes to protect the gym floor.

I wore this outfit to work this past week and realized by adding white socks with my shoes it really gave the outfit a 50’s sock hop feel. The 50’s is truly my favourite decade for fashion so it’s not surprising I subconsciously put together an outfit inspired by the generation. I love the versatility of the camel colour in my skirt and how it perfectly matches the colour of my shoes. Adding the brightly coloured crop top with the outfit gives it a more modern spin.

I wish I had of come home and jived to some 50’s tunes! Next time I wear the outfit I’ll have to.

Crop Top: $10 Sirens (in stores now)

Skirt: $3 from Sears Sample Sale.

Cutout Oxford Shoes: $35 Forever 21 (in stores now)

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My New Lipstick Collecting Habit

Well, it took me 25 years but I have caught the lipstick bug. Previously happy to apply and reapply my corner store lip chap as a perfectly good substitute to lipstick, I have formed a new habit; envying a beautiful lip colour on the girl I pass in the mall and picking a similar shade up shortly after.

I guess it all started with a friend from work’s birthday gift. One trip to Sephora (a store I had previously avoided after walking in once and mentally declaring the prices were too rich for my pocket book) I was mesmerized by the colour and admittedly, saddened and overwhelmed by all of the tools and chemicals women “need” to look beautiful. But this post is not going to condemn makeup, I wear it every day because I feel more polished and confident, no, this post is a flirty regard to my new found hobby of collecting lipsticks.

Seeing the young cute girls at the mall, or checking my purchase out at Shopper’s, or at work all wearing lipstick, I notice not only the colour of the lipsticks but how soft and smooth it makes their lips look. The hilarious concept that lipstick makes a woman’s lips seem supple and kissable is immediately shattered as that special someone goes in for that steamy smooch and the chemicals and colour get tasted and smeared everywhere. Hopefully for me and any lipstick enthusiast, this will not put a suitor off and in fact will turn them on when they pull away and see the smeared mess they’ve created :).

But I digress. The point is, I wear lipstick a few days a week now and my 2 new favourite lipsticks to wear couldn’t be more different:

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#1: Out For Passion by MAC is a premium price for my blood at $24 a stick but the colour works with virtually every outfit I own and is a perfect “everyday” colour. A subtle glossy red with undertones of coral and pink, it’s an ”every day red” not a ”vixen red” but provides the appropriate touch of glamour for an office girl who might have to run from work to a date at the end of the day and needs a no muss no fuss won’t-stain-her-teeth lip colour.

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#2 Is a lark! An impulse buy for $1.57 at Wal-mart, Nouveau Pink 511B by Wet N Wild is a saturated and fashionable pink I’ve been wanting to try, but didn’t want to invest the big bucks in case it was just too pink for me.

In terms of quality the MAC lipstick is better than the Wet N Wild. The MAC does not dry out and leaves a pleasant stain on my lips long after the glossy coating has worn off from drinking, eating, or ahem… smooching. I find I don’t have to re-apply the MAC as often as the Wet N Wild.

On the contrary, the Wet N Wild outshines it’s minuscule price with quality one would never expect of a $1.57 lipstick! Because the colour is so bold and bright I first apply a slight coat of my trusty lip chap and then the lipstick for a more subdued yet still noticeable pink. On a girls night I would go all out and layer the crap out of this colour on my lips! It does dry out quickly without a lipchap base underneath, but for $1.57 how the hell could I complain?? The best thing about this lipstick is that it does not taste ridiculously nasty as one might expect such a cheap lipstick to and it does not stain my teeth, EVER!

I will buy from MAC again because I like the helpful (though caked on makeup) staff and the fact that you can try the lipsticks on right in the store as they sanitize the stick for you.

I will buy this Wet N Wild lipstick again in another colour because the price makes it affordable enough to experiment with the entire colour collection if one so wishes!

P.s. I know my photos turned pretty “Rocky Horror-esque” but I think they suit the cheeky nature of this post.

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Combating the Winter Blues with Spring Nails!

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This winter has hit me really hard this year. I’ve often skipped plans in favour of streaming tv online and swathing myself in my warm comforter. I am only slowly starting to hit the gym more and leaving the house to socialize regardless of the weather because I know spring will be here soon!

Finding this textured nail polish only helped to perk me up. This is Hard Candy nail polish in colour gummy green, though I would of called it Robin’s Egg if I were the creator, doesn’t it just remind you of a robin’s egg? The polish went on very light during the first coat so I had to do 3 to get the effect in the photo but I really like how it turned out. The polish itself is not very glossy, I’d say it’s flirting with the matte side of the spectrum. Though I hate matte nail polish, this one had just enough shine to suit me. Even the “sparkles” that are in the polish don’t really give off any shine, they are more suited to be called mini confetti, than sparkles.

The best part? This cost me $3.98 at Wal-Mart! They have tons and tons of colours too.

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Sears Splurge

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Sears was having a big sale about a month ago so I went shopping.

Top: Sears in store now

Pants: Sears in store now

Cardigan: Sears in store now

Shoes: Ardene

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