Monday, June 14, 2010

A night on the town. . .

On Friday we met some friends for dinner and hanging out for drinks afterwards. I wanted to be fancy, but not too dressy, so I went for nice dark jeans, a cute top, and fun accessories. . .

This outfit is all about cost efficiency, because I don't think I spent more than $15 for any piece of it! I'm a firm believer that fashion doesn't need to be absurdly expensive in order to be cute and fun. There will always be expensive designer pieces you'll have to have, but I like the idea of mixing these up with things I can find on sale or at cheaper shops. Basically, the item just has to be pretty and make me feel cute!

The jeans and purple velvet top were both Wal-Mart finds, the necklace was on sale at Kohl's, and the little shrug was a gift. The shoes are probably my favorite deal because I think I paid in the $5 range for them, and they are so cute! Black patent leather with purpley-silver sparkle stars. The reason for the low cost? They had these weird spiraly things hanging off the back - several inches long - with stars at the end. It looked really silly! So, I chopped them off, which left a loop at the back of the ankle. I used this loop to thread a ribbon through which added a super cute - and functional! - "something" to the shoe!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Salutations de Montréal!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in Montréal, where I went for the purpose of the graduation of my nephew, but being a girl who loves clothes, I certainly found some time for shopping as well! For the most part, I went all up and down Rue Saint-Denis. I found that I absolutely love Montréal style, and wish I could find more of that locally!

By far, my favorite shop was Frivole, which is located at 4383 Rue Saint-Denis. It lured me in with a beautiful floral sundress in the window, and while it was chalk full of wonderful things, it was the sundress from the window that found a home in my wardrobe!

The dress is beautifully made, with lining all throughout, adjustable straps, and support enough that one can get away without a bra with this one. A perfect dress!

In addition to the sundress, I also brought home a whole page in my sketchbook full of little ideas I may integrate into future things I make for myself. All in all, a beautiful and inspiring city for a fashion-obsessed girl like me!