Forty Two

Trying to get back into the swing of things since my “birthday weekend” last weekend.
It was a total blast, BUT…. I wanted to blog my other outfit and I totally forgot to take good photos while in it (aside from the tipsy photos I got with HORRID lighting that make me look like a demon coming out of the depths…) — So… now that I’ve got my laundry complete, I’ll be shooting that outfit next.  Better late than never, right?

ANYWAY.

On a positive note, I bought the MOST AWESOME shoes for myself ’cause you know, when it’s your birthday, you TREAT YO SELF.  If you can’t afford to frost your ears, fingers or neck (like me), then you frost those feet instead!  I feel like that’s a lot more practical, anyway.

Peep these babies from Skechers – seriously.

So. much. bling.  So. much. sparkle.  SO. MUCH. HAPPY.

Also, they’re called the Shiny Dancer? WELL OBVIOUSLY that fits the bill just perfectly!
(shout out to my 16 years of competitive dancing!)

The next pair I get is definitely going to be these – the Bright Idea – Elevated.  I was really torn between these and the Shiny Dancers, but if the decision involves bling or no bling …the bling will ALWAYS win out with me. 

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Aaaand, my shirt came in!  I was so excited to see a package on my step from Wear Your Label.

This is the “I ❤ Me” tee.  It’s soft, and comfortable, and a daily reminder to love yourself –  and I think that makes it just one of the best t-shirts out there.

As an extra perk, it’s also currently on sale 😉 … get it here !

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Here’s a better view of these beauties for you:

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It’s also Mani Monday!!! I decided to have some fun and try to do emoji nails LOL.  As you can see, it turned out pretty hilariously.  I thought I was using the smallest brush possible, but apparently I was NOT.  It’s all good.  They still look pretty sweet – from far away.

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All the best to you for the rest of your week! 

Forty One

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I am horrible at this blogging thing.  lol
With Instagram, it’s so easy to just have access to everything at your fingertips.
(So if you have Instagram, follow me there!  You’ll see me much more active on that platform – @thewardrobe_key 😉 ) 

*sigh*

Here’s an outfit that got lost in the archives from a few weeks back.
I was so excited to wear this – the weather had cooled off quite a bit previously, but from out of nowhere popped a warm fall day (much like today!) and I could actually go out with bare legs and not be cold! … I live for days like that living with Canadian winters.

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Knit top: H&M
Denim dress: Garage Clothing
Boots: Guess
Bag: Dug up from the bottom of my closet (cir. I have no idea what year…)

I LOVE pairing baggy knits over, well, everything when the temps get cooler and the leaves start changing.  /swoon

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When you’re walking past the haters like:

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Hope you lovelies had a wonderful weekend! 

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Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday dear Old Bat
Happy Birthday to Me!!!

If you hadn’t guessed, today is my birthday 🙂
This post is Outfit #1 of Birthday Weekend shenanigans.

I went out for dinner last night with a few close people, and it was so lovely.
So many laughs, great food and good drinks!
Exactly what all birthdays should be made of.

I’ve been going on a bit of a spending binge lately (WHOOPS!), but on super random things…so when I paid my credit card balance I told myself, “NO MORE”.

And then I walked through Hudson’s Bay and saw this GORGEOUS Steve Madden bag, and that notion went right out the window.

It’s the epitome of boho chic.  It’s got the textured leather, the fringe tassel, an incredible soft suede interior, AND to put the cherry on top of the already incredibly delicious cake – it has a beautifully embroidered guitar inspired shoulder strap.

WHAT!

#SorryNotSorry Louis, but I’ve begun an affair with Steve. 

To keep the boho vibe of the bag intact, and ensuring it remained the star of the show, I complemented it with an all black ensemble and just a pop of colour with my shoes.  

Dress from HM
Blazer from Dynamite
Shoes from Winners

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A better look at the makeup look I created to go hand in hand with the outfit.  Details on products used below:

Base:
Primed with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Covered with MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo in NW20/NC25
Set with bareMinerals Original SPF 25 mineral veil
Dusted with Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 022 Sun Bronze

Eyes:
Primed with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Minor Sin

Shadows are –
E.L.F. Cosmetics in Mad for Matte palette
Sephora Colorful Matte in My Dear Nude
Sephora Colorful Shimmer in Sweet Dreams
Lined with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown

Brows:
Filled with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil in Medium Brown

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I don’t know if any of you out there believe in the paranormal, orbs or anything like that … but I included the photo below (awkward as it is) because it has an orb right above my heart! ❤

Call me crazy, but I definitely believe in that “hullabaloo”, and found it comforting to think that one of my deceased loved ones had come to share my birthday with me 🙂 

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Have a fabulous weekend lovelies!

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It’s Friyay!

Do something today that makes you laugh, that gives you confidence, that makes you happy and feeling care-free.

It’s Friday.  It’s been a long week.  You deserve to celebrate surviving it. *clink*

Obsessed with styling this denim jacket from H&M lately.  I love taking a dressed-down, casual look and pumping it up (literally).

Top – http://www.hm.com/ca/product/13938?article=13938-C
Pants – Walmart, ages ago.  Seriously. Walmart.
Jacket – http://www.hm.com/us/product/47864?article=47864-A
Pumps – http://www.payless.com/womens-kailey-ankle-strap-pump/76003.html?dwvar_76003_color=gold#start=51

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Don’t you just love the shine of a fresh colour?  It’s my favourite!

Hair courtesy of the-bomb-dot-com: @hairbyjesseray ❤

SUPER excited for something fun coming up together this fall!

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Have a splendid weekend lovelies! xo

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Supa fly.

I totally forgot to blog this look like 3 weeks ago.  WHOOPS!

Casual date-night outfit for when we went to see the premiere of The Legend of Tarzan…which I thoroughly enjoyed!

 

Dress – HM
Boots – GUESS
Crossbody – Coach

I’m sorry that none of these items seem to be available anymore 😥

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This ADORABLEEEE little heart floof from Winners. UGH.

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Thirty Seven

I’ve been MIA for a bit…and for good reason.

Thanks to my local country radio station, I spent last weekend at my FIRST EVER Big Valley Jamboree experience.  It was magical.  I can’t believe it was a week ago already. 

I’ve heard so many things about BVJ over the years, but I’ve never been able to get out there myself.  It really was the place to be if you’re anything like me, and have country music flowing through your veins instead of blood.

Seeing as how it was my first time to a music festival, I had no idea what to expect.  I had won a weekend pass with a campsite, so everything was basically taken care of for me (cue choir of angels singing)

We ended up not being able to actually camp, which was somewhat of a bummer, but instead just drove in and out each day.  Our campsite still got used (by us for daily parking, and by our neighbouring campers who also used it as an extra parking stall for guests – at our mentioning).

The festivities were totally worth all the travel, but MAN… I’m clearly a lot older than I think I am.  The back-and-forth commuting, coupled with all of the activities and excitement of each day totally wiped me out.  I slept for two solid days after the fact, and I seem to also have come down with a head cold type deal  – probably from the scorching heat one day that turned to almost winter temperatures the next. (Welcome to Alberta!)

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This year’s line-up was pretty awesome (as seen above, compliments of my obligatory concert tee – which I had to snag as evidence since I was too busy enjoying my time there to remember to take many pictures lol oops!)

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Our seats turned out to be pretty stellar.  We were right next to the sound booth, which meant there was no one to our right beside us (and plenty of space to get up and dance/wiggle around to see when people stood up).  We also had a giant screen RIGHT next to us that was a lot easier to see the show from when the temperature dropped and I slowly turned into an ice cube (aka unable to move, affixed to my chair).

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Though we initially were so excited for all of the Main Stage acts, I tucked into the Songwriters’ Workshop on our first afternoon to escape the ferocious heat.  

Seriously.  It felt like it was 50 degrees.  My skin felt like it was on FIRE.  At least it was the one day I remembered to wear sunscreen…

This series changed everything for me.  I no longer felt rushed to see the acts on the Main Stage.  Instead, I hurried to get to this little white tent on time each day.  This itty bitty space with its cozy little stage totally blew me away.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this (as I wasn’t), it’s basically a jam sesh with 4 different artists/groups each session, twice a day.  It’s them, their guitar (or other instrument), the mic and their superb talents. It’s raw, it’s genuine, it’s authentic.  It’s where the magic truly happens.

I was so blown away by the incredible gift that every person had.  It was mesmerizing to watch the artists feed off of each other, and join in to complement one another – like it had been planned and rehearsed that way all along.  BUT IT WASN’T.  I just.  No words. NO WORDS.  I wish you could have been there to experience it for yourself. 

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Photo above from Saturday’s 3:30 pm show.
Pictured left to right: Will Hebbes, Beverley Mahood, Bobby Cameron, JJ Shiplett, Bobby Wills, Alee.

 

Small, intimate venues are what I really live for.  They are so much more personable, so much more relatable.  They make you truly feel like you’re a part of the melody, of the lyrics, of the show.

I did catch a few of the big cats on the Main Stage: Aaron Goodvin, Jo Dee Messina, Gary Allan, Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood.  All of them were SO good.  I love artists who tell stories, and there were some pretty awesome, pretty hilarious ones that went around.

I know a lot of people don’t like it when an artist talks the same amount they sing.  I get it.  However, I also appreciate when a person is willing to open up a piece of themselves to share with others, complete strangers.  It’s brave, it’s admirable and I’d take 10 stories more if it meant I had to miss out on a couple more songs – any day. 

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Carrie Underwood, via jumbo tron beside our seats (cameo: port-a-potty LOL)

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As fun as everything on site was, I had a lot more fun picking out what I was going to wear each day.  Everyone knows that what you wear to a festival is almost as big a deal as the festival itself.

Day One

I was trying to whip out my best “country”… but it turned out a little more “outback” than I’d anticipated.

Note: I swapped boots in for the gladiator sandals that I originally wore (as they are cute but NOT practical for a day of walking…man, I had the worst blisters so I’m not recommending them lol).  I also ruined my white crop that I was wearing (*sad face*), so I subbed in this black one to save going nudie for the photos.  You’re welcome.

Top – H&M
Skirt – H&M (similar)
Boots – Dune London
Bandana – Dollar Store (WHAT)
Sunnies – Ricki’s
Hat – Zephyr 

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Day Two

I was feeling a little more ‘dressy’ on the second day so I decided to spice things up a little with this cute dress and sheer kimono.  I (luckily) packed jeans and a tee just in case – it POURED rain almost the whole day and was so cold that I didn’t stay in my dress for very long at all.

Also, this was probably the first day in my entire life that I winged my liner on FLEEK. Appreciate. I was so happy I could have cried, but God forbid I cry that damn wing off!

Dress & Kimono – H&M (1 or 2 seasons ago)

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Day Three

By the last day, I was exhausted and not willing to put in a whole lot of effort, to be honest. I threw on a comfortable outfit, and out the door I went.  I don’t even think I brushed my hair until midway through the day (that’s how freaking tired I was…#WorthIt)

Cap – Nike
Jacket – H&M
Tank – DKNY

Pants – H&M
Shoes – Converse

Sunnies – Ricki’s

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All in all, it was an awesome weekend, and a great first festival experience.  The views driving home didn’t bother too much either 🙂 I never get tired of those Big Alberta Skies.

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Thirty Four

Well hellooooooo.
I found a new love, and it’s not fashion.

This is why I have been MIA.  I’ve been thinking about climbing, learning about climbing, and doing the climbing.  It’s been amazing.

Actually, this whole year has been pretty incredible so far, but particularly these last few months.  I am learning SO much about myself, and I am just feeling so much more comfortable from every angle that I scope.  I’ve been discovering the authenticity that’s been hiding within all this time; it’s incredibly liberating.  The genuine happiness and care-free frolicking that follows is unmatched.

I am of the Earth element, and I am finding out that I am absolutely an Earth-bound soul.  I love to experience everything about the literal Earth that surrounds me.  Naturally, it only makes sense that hanging off a wall with my hands covered in chalk just feels like home.

Everything about climbing just feels like home.  It really nurses the gypsy heart that beats within my chest.  I am fast finding out just how wonderful, supportive and welcoming the climbing community is.  It’s packed full of good people; my kinda people.

I am so excited for this next adventure in my life, so I apologize now for the inevitable increase in flightiness and absence.  But as they say, you gotta follow your heart. 😉

Now, on that note – I did stumble upon (rather randomly) something that I’ve been struggling with basically since puberty.   That “tousled-beach-wave” look.  SERIOUSLY.  Why does the undone look take SO MUCH DOING?!

If you, too, have struggled with this – please appreciate my 11 Step instructions below (profanities are a free bonus…you’ll know what I mean).

11 Steps to Perfectly Undone Hair
Step 1: Wash hair at night, as you normally would.
Step 2: Towel dry hair, shake to release.  DO NOT BRUSH.
Step 3: Go to bed.
Step 4: Wake up in morning, tousle with fingers. (AGAIN) DO NOT BRUSH.
Step 5: Go about your daily business (we’ll refine your “undone” look later).
Step 6: In evening, run fingers through matted hair to ‘brush’ … (good luck)
Step 7: Plug in flat iron.  Heat to desired setting.
Step 8: Grab random chunks of hair in no particular pattern.  Run through flat iron in curling motion at fairly quick pace.
Step 9: Leave random strands that escape flat iron’s grip.  Leave random strands that refuse to curl like the others. Leave random globs of hair that have matted together.  They’ll be hidden.  JUST TWIST ONCE AND GO WITH IT.
Step 10: Shake the shit out of it.  Crop-dust with hairspray and scrunch.
Step 11: Leave house because you look fabulously “undone”.

Et, VOILA! Magnificent!

You’re welcome.

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Outfit Details
TopHM Coachella Collection (2016)
Fringe DusterStitches
JeansArdene (I KNOW)
ShoesWinners (#FabFind)
GlassesTahari (Winners – #FabFind)

Thirty Three

It’s been a while since I made a fashion post.  Oy.   Not being a full-time blogger, I get sidetracked – easily.  Well, really that’s just me in life, in general.  Shooting for this post I noticed something different though…

There wasn’t ONE photo that I had that I criticized.
I even found myself cheering myself on.

“YAS GURL, Look at you work it!  You look fabulous!  You’re amazing!”

This has not been the norm for any of my posts thus far.  This is a big step.

I’ve been going through a pretty significant change the last few months.  I feel like this is maybe something that happens when you’re on the cusp of the 30 year marker of life.  I’ve had glimpses of moments like these all throughout my twenties thus far, but nothing as concrete as now.

I’m evolving.

I’m more aware of myself, who I am and all that that entails.  I’m more connected to the world around me, in an organic way.  I’m becoming less dependent on technology, compared to how I was at the beginning of the year (which could also help to explain my absence).  I’m more appreciative of my body, of my essence.  I’m speaking more out of love than out of hatred or bitterness – to myself, and to others.   In a way, I feel like with the world around me moving forward, I am taking a few steps backwards… in the absolute best way possible.  I am finding my true self, and growing in ways that I was stunted from before.

A funny kind of thing is happening along with this.  My wardrobe is evolving, too.

I am choosing clothing that I am drawn to kinetically.  What my heart and soul are drawn to, instead of my eyes or my wallet.  In doing so, I am 1000% more comfortable in my own skin and in what I wear.  I think this is the first outfit that I’ve worn in a long time (or maybe ever) that I honestly love every part of, and how I look in every part of it.

Those legs – FOR DAYS.
Them thighs – #QUADGOALS.
Those curves – DELICIOUS.
Them arms – STRENGTH.
Dat booty – HI I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU IN SO LONG NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK.

All the pieces of me that I used to tear apart, I am falling so madly in love with.  I didn’t think that was possible, but the more I evolve, the stronger that love becomes – and I am so elated.  Loving myself has never been easy, but I am learning and I am finding happiness within the lesson.

I hope that if you’re reading this, and you’re feeling the way that I am so used to feeling, that you too will discover love and happiness within your own lesson.

Life is hard.  If we hold each other up, we can get through anything.

“All we need is love…”

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I am SO obsessed with bodysuits right now.  And this jacket…and these jeans…and boots…and sunglasses.
I would actually (and quite possibly just might) wear this every single day.  So, I can’t promise that I’ll have much new content coming in the near future.  #SorryNotSorry …

JacketGarage (on clearance!)
BodysuitH&M
JeansGap (1969 fit)
BootsDUNE London
SunniesWinners Fab Find

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Numero treinta!  OLÉ!

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I guess I’ve sort of started doing ‘concert/artist reviews’ with my Johnny Reid post, so here’s another!  Prepare for length; I have 3 artists to cover!

When I think of country music, I tend to think: home-grown, strong roots, authenticity.

I’ve been a country music fan my entire life.  Some of my favourite memories from my childhood are weekend mornings, waking up to the sound of country music blaring and my mom singing along (sometimes the vacuum cleaner added an extra essence to the melody).   I suppose you could say that country music runs through my veins.

Music – in general – is a very important part of my life and I love going to concerts, especially when they involve country artists.  I’ve met so many amazing people through country music (and developed some pretty awesome friendships), and yet, each time I meet someone new or experience a show for the first time – I’m always so surprised with how I feel.  I suppose maybe it has something to do with the way of the world these days, and how shocking it can be to still come across such wonderful, sincere people in it.

Last night was an amazing night (drunk stranger shenanigans aside).  You know, this year I’ve really pushed to make positivity my main mantra, and it’s been great!  But I’m not made of plastic and so there are still those bum days.  April is always a tough month for me, but this year in particular (in less than one week to be exact) will mark the 10 year anniversary of the loss of one of the most important people in my life.

The #CertifiedCountry tour could not have rolled through at a better time for me.  The line-up itself was like a golden triad: Gord Bamford, Joe Nichols, Beverley Mahood.  WHAT?!  I couldn’t miss it, and I’m SO glad I didn’t.

First to grace the stage was the lovely Beverley Mahood.   I’ve been a fan of Bev’s since I was an awkward 12 year old, belting out “I Want A Man” into my hairbrush  (Lace throwback, anyone?).  It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I had the absolute pleasure of meeting her.  Even though she hails from Ireland, when you think of a “Sweet Georgia Peach”, you think of Beverley.  She is sweet as pie.  She carries a genuine air about her; she has true authenticity to her character.  She’s the type of person that, when she speaks with you, makes you feel like the most important person in the room regardless of who you are.   One of the traits my grandfather passed on to me is being a good judge of character.  In plain English, when I meet good people – I know it.  Beverley is good people.  She’s also got incredible talent!  Check out her new single “New Religion“, which is SO good (and I’m so excited for her new album!!!)… or my all time favourite summer jam “Hope and Gasoline“. UGH. THAT MELODY.  Her music evokes emotion, and it’s brought me through a lot over the years of my life – especially the more recent years.  There are always those songs we hear that remind us of the good times and the bad/the happy and the sad…but there is one song in particular that helps to get me through those tougher than though days – “I Can’t Outrun You“.  I find it so comforting when I find a song I can relate to – right down to the core of it.  I often wonder if artists think about the lives they will touch when they write songs, or how meaningful their words will become to other people.

Next up was Joe Nichols.  It was like a mega flashback to my teen years.  His music was very popular in our household, so hearing it live really turned up the nostalgia.  I’ve never actually had the pleasure of seeing him in concert, but he’s so awesome!  He is such a down-to-earth performer, but at the same time is the guy that seems like a hella good time, you know?  Songs like “Brokenheartsville“, “The Impossible” and “She Only Smokes When She Drinks” were always in the background noise of my life.  Then of course, there’s the classics like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Off” and “Yeah“.  If you’re unfamiliar with his other work, you KNOW you’ve heard these two hits.  I always find myself singing and bopping along to these when they’re on the radio.  I’m glad I finally got a chance to see Joe perform; listening to him sing brought back so many of the wonderful feelings and memories I had growing up.  It really was such a treat!  Thankful for moments like that 🙂

And last, but certainly not least, Gord Bamford.  Now, if I’m being completely honest here, I can’t say I was a huge fan previous to this show.  I mean, I’m familiar with his songs (I’m always singing along to them at work when they’re on the radio),  but I didn’t really take it much further than that until I purchased tickets to his show. Now?  Fan, through and through.  For me, sometimes it takes seeing an artist perform to really become a fan.  Something to do with matching personality to music, I suppose.  Gord Bamford is country.  When you think of a country song, you’re probably thinking of something he created.  You can really see his small town personality shine through everything he does.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about him within the ‘country music circle’ and I gotta say I’m more than impressed.  When I say that he is country, it’s because he has the values and the heart of gold to prove it.  There was a very touching moment when he invited his cousin onto the stage with him, and presented him with an autographed guitar for his birthday.  I’m pretty sure my eyes weren’t the only wet ones in the house.  Like a boss (and a true leader), he took up-and-coming artist Jesse Mast under his wing to mentor him and show him the ropes.  He speaks so lovingly about his family, and his pride for his children radiates out of his face like sunshine. He very sweetly took the time to sincerely thank us all for spending our hard earned money to see his show.  He also does so much for charity in support of youth across Canada and in our own backyard.  I can’t really think of a better role model to have out there for country music fans.  He embodies the entire package.   It truly is so inspiring that someone from a tiny place in Alberta can make such an impact! “When Your Lips Are So Close“, “Don’t Let Her Be Gone“, “Is It Friday Yet“, “Blame It On That Red Dress” – check these out.  Also, keep your ears peeled for “Breakfast Beer” and “Apples” – I’m sure these two are going to be big hits!

If you have a chance to check out these artists on the Certified Country tour, do it!  They all bring such a positive message with what they do, and that positivity is so infectious.  You’ll leave smiling and feeling like your faith in humanity is restored 🙂

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I loooooooove lace, and especially pairing it with anything ‘country’.

Lace, fringe, leather.  That’s my #CountryChic !

Top: Ricki’s
Trousers: H&M
Blazer: Dynamite Clothing (similar)
Shoes: Ardene (I KNOW, RIGHT?!)

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Friday night is always movie night for my boyfriend and I.
We LOVE the cinema, and so it’s one of our favourite things to do together.  It also conveniently satiates my obsession with popcorn, so it’s like 2 birds with 1 stone really.

My style generally leans towards the Tom Boy end of the spectrum, and this “Rocker Chic Pink Lady” outfit (Grease, anyone?) I threw together definitely follows that theme.

(Currently, I am enjoying my Sunday in a leopard print onesie.  I can’t determine which OOTD is better – Friday night’s look, or today’s.  It’s a tie, really.)

Jeans:  GUESS.  You can find a similar pair here (bonus, they’re on sale).
I guess the specific style I’m wearing is no longer available.  😦  GUESS Jeans are amazing for fit and comfort, and they also help to accentuate the booty – which is always a plus 😉

Tops:
Bodysuit with Lacing (H&M)
Flannel Shirt (H&M) – This specific one I recently picked up on Clearance.
Leather Jacket (H&M) has been in my closet a few years, and is presently my most loved outerwear piece.

Shoes:
Winners Fab Find!

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Happy Sunday, friends!

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.”