What I Wore: Saturday Night Fever

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When I first saw this J.Crew tuxedo blazer, I knew I had to have it. So after months of stalking it like an obsessed puma, it finally went on sale and of course, I snapped it up. But then, it just ended up languishing in my closet for weeks and weeks without seeing the light of day. The truth is, as lovely as this jacket is, I found it very hard to style without looking like a Saturday Night Fever extra, or a waitress at a golf club. Until…life made me wear it. True story.

As some of you might already know from my frustrated tweets, I’m in the process of house-hunting, and am currently living out of a couple of suitcases, which, as you can imagine, makes getting dressed a challenge. Well, this week, I finally ran out of clean work clothes, and had to make do with what was left – the clothes in this post. And you know what? I actually loved the 70s vibe of this blazer, and the crisp feel of monochromatic black and white. I also may or may not have done the John Travolta SNF routine to the Bee Gees that day.

Moral of the story…don’t be afraid to mix it up. If you fell in love with a piece, try wearing it in a few different ways until it feels right…or you run out of clean clothes…whichever comes first.

Happy Friday!

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Ask Nelia: 19 Going on 40

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“I am a 19 year old university student who just landed a job working in an office at my school. There is no official dress code, but I want to look professional and put together while working alongside women with advanced degrees, often 20-30 years older than me. I am struggling to find outfits that work both in the office as well as hanging out in the library, riding the bus or sitting in a lecture hall (i.e. not too stuffy or overdressed) since my working hours are mixed throughout my school schedule. Also please take into consideration that my hometown has a long, cold and snowy winter season. I want to look youthful, conservative, professional, yet blend in with a casually-dressed student body.

I am thinking along the lines of fitted pants (no denim, but not “dress pants”) and blouses, cardigans, maybe a casual blazer, and flat closed toe shoes and boots.” – Nicole

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What I Wore: Wild at Heart

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Hi lovelies! I’m going to make this a quick one. It’s day 3 of Toronto Fashion Week, and though I skipped Day 2, I am back at the tents for the rest of the week. If you see me, make sure to say hello, or catch my MasterCard Stylicity adventures over on the official Stylicity blog. As one of their official bloggers this season, I’m going to try and bring you the insider’s look into the hectic world of runways, Canadian designers, and all things fashion week! So stay tuned!

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What I Wore: Short and Sweet

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Happy Friday, lovelies! I’ll make this post short and sweet, as I’m prepping for a fun fashion weekend ahead! Hope you all have a safe and exciting weekend, and I’ll see you all on Monday!

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What I Wore: Rachel Roy in Toronto

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Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the incredibly beautiful and oh-so-lovely designer Rachel Roy, while she made a quick stop to sign autographs at The Bay in Toronto. Wearing on of her RACHEL Rachel Roy dresses, I was instantly smitten with the brainy beauty, but she quickly put me at ease with her sweet and approachable manner. She seemed genuinely interested in finding out what people thought about her line, and seemed relieved that so many of us had only rave reviews to share with her.

Take this dress for example…it’s literally the comfiest, yet most flattering shift dress I own. The fabric looks like tweed, but is super stretchy, and the awesome zipper/pattern details on the side make my silhouette appear slimmer, yet somehow curvier too. This dress (as well as the rest of her Fall 2012 collection) is truly a winner. And to top it off, my friend Sharon also turned up to the event in the same exact dress! In the words of the fab Anna Dello Russo, we “did the right choice”!

To check out the photos from Rachel Roy’s visit to Toronto, please click here!

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What I Wore: Ladylike

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It’s Monday…again…and today, I am feeling very ladylike. Silk blouse, lace skirt, Chanel bag, and pointy toe pumps – as classic as it gets, right? Well, it wouldn’t be a “me” outfit, if I didn’t add another…more fun item to my look. And this time, it’s a faux fur Joe Fresh vest I picked up at their Nuit Blanche party this weekend. It’s soft, warm, super comfy…and I love it so much! Kinda adds a granny feel to this outfit, no? But I really don’t mind. Actually, I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of this vest on Style Blog this fall.

So how was your weekend? Did you visit Nuit Blanche? Participate in CIBC Run for the Cure? Watch Once Upon a Time and Revenge? Let me know in the comments!

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What I Wore: Working Girl

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Another Monday, another work outfit to start your week. If you can’t tell, I’ve been obsessed with Joe Fresh this season. With so many pretty blouses, comfy sweaters, and work-appropriate dresses, I just can’t resist Joe! And why should I even try? Seriously…$49 for a silk blouse? Sign me up!

So how was your weekend? Share in the comments!

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What I Wore: Desk to Dinner

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When I was asked to style this Banana Republic skirt to take me from desk to dinner, I obviously said yes! Pleated and orange, this skirt is a super versatile combo of the two of my most favorite things!

And this outfit might just become my fave this fall – crewneck sweater cinched at the waist over a flowy skirt. Appropriate for work, cute enough for dinner and drinks, and super easy to throw together! It’s a winner in my books.

If you had to style this skirt, how would you wear it? Share in the comments!

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What I Wore: Perfect

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I’ve always wanted a perfect breton striped dress, but could never find one quite perfect enough. Well, my search is finally over! This super comfy Gap dress is IT! It’s long enough for work, but not too long, the fabric is just thick enough, and the cut is very flattering. What’s not to love, right? I might just have to get a second one, in case I wear this one out.

Are you as into stripes as I am? Share in the comments!

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What I Wore: Little Black Dress

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I often get asked about work clothes, and what I tend to wear to the office…well, this outfit is a good example of my usual 9-5 uniform. While I wouldn’t describe myself as a girly-girl, I do tend to gravitate towards dresses…mostly because they are super easy to wear and require zero thought or preparation in the morning. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t have the capacity or desire to stand in front of my closet at 7am, trying to put together an outfit. So more often than not, I reach for one of my many office-appropriate frocks.

This one in particular is a favorite of mine, and a recent acquisition from H&M. The brand carries a great selection of smart black shifts all year round, and I always make sure to pick up the latest version. The fit is great, it’s lined, and for $39.95, it doesn’t really get much better.

So tell me, what is your 9-5 uniform? Share in the comments!

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