Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year: Gold and Sequins to Ring in 2014


Sequins have become an absolute staple of New Year's Eve fashion, so this year would be no different! We'll be ringing in the new year at a quiet evening with friends, so I'm opting for a chic yet cozy ensemble with a healthy dose of sparkle. A sequin skirt and sweater make for an easy holiday look.

Speaking of sparkle...don't forget to light up some sparklers from the occasion: they are just way too much fun! Have a Happy New Year and good luck with all your New Year's resolutions (I haven't even thought about that yet)!











Sweater-Lord&Taylor, Skirt-Zara(thrifted), Heels-Unlisted(via Ross Dress for Less)




Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Monday, December 30, 2013

A Year of Fashion in Review



It's funny looking back through the past year's worth of outfit photos thinking 'was that really this year? It seems so long ago!'. In review, I can say that summer used to be my favourite season, but this year, fall and winter have grown on me quite a bit! I love that feeling when you piece an outfit together and it just feels right

Which looks inspired you the most this year?


As always,

Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Monday, December 23, 2013

Look of the Week: Retro Chic in the Trendy Midi Skirt


We were blessed with a beautiful winter wonderland in Vancouver this past week! Not quite for Christmas, but hey, I'll take it. It made for a great backdrop, although not exactly ideal for 5 inch heels...

There are lots of holiday parties coming up, so you want to be well prepared for all the types of get-togethers. The midi skirt, which is blowing up this season, is a great choice for parties where a more subdued and classic outfit is required. It's such a flattering length, and it's fullness gives such a girly touch. I think it looks best with heels, but a pair of cute ballet flats would make for a great weekend look. If you're going to go all black and grey, don't forget to toss a little sparkle and colour in there to keep things festive: a gold clutch and a nice bold lip colour will go a long way!











Top-Sirens, Fur stole-thrifted, Belt-my mom's, Skirt-River Island(via Asos), Purse-Aldo, Bracelet-Bizou, Heels-NineWest(thrifted)





Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thrifty Thursday


A bit of a change this week...there was quite a bit of colour in my shopping cart!


The ruffled front and back of this shirt caught my eye, along with the fact that it's in my favourite colour! And then I looked a little closer and saw the pretty beaded back: even better!



Store: Salvation Army
Brand: ?
Section: Blouses
What I Paid: $3.99
What it's Worth: ?



Thrift stores aren't like stores in the mall; while most of the time they keep things seasonal, you'll get those few summer items thrown in too. So even though my mind is set on winter clothes right now, if I see something like the Zara dress below, I still snatch it up (I'll be grateful come summer!).



Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Zara Basic
Section: Dresses
What I Paid: $8.99
What it Costs In-Store: ~ $60



I am starting to learn that one can never have too many sweaters. Especially when they in every variety: soft, chunky, loose, tight, plain, patterned...this one in particular is great for a refined lazy Sunday. 


Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Mossimo
Section: Sweaters
What I Paid: $3.99
What it's Worth: ~ $30



Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Monday, December 16, 2013

Look(s) of the Week: Plaid and Leopard


This weekend, I caught up with Tina of Vancouver fashion blog Initialed for some much needed catching up, a quick photo shoot, and some delectable treats from Faubourg on Hornby St. We did some window shopping at Cartier; they put up a beautiful Christmas display every year, complete with lights, garland, and of course, their signature little red boxes. If you're downtown Vancouver, it's definitely worth a walk-by if you're near Pender on Howe St.

I loved everything about Tina's outfit, especially the leopard pants and incredibly cozy fur snood! It was actually pretty warm out this past weekend, which is great because it means you can dress how you want, rather than for the weather. Tina balances the intense feline print perfectly with black basics and a deep plum lip colour that is a winter 2013 essential.

You know already that plaid is one of my favourite trends this winter, so you can guess how excited I was to finally have my plaid Topshop skirt arrive in the mail! This colour of plaid goes great with bright red, black, charcoal, camel, and navy. It's made of a nice thick material too, so it'll keep you warm while still looking polished. I thrifted some Nine West buckle heels this past week, that made the perfect finishing touch to the look: and were amazingly cheap (TBA on Thrifty Thursday)!












Jacket-Sabre Slims(thrifted) , Sweater-Costa Blanca, Scarf-(thrifted), Skirt-Topshop, Tights-Jessica(via Sears), Heels-Nine West(thrifted), Purse-Steve Madden(via Winners)




Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thrifty Thursday


It was all-dark ensembles at Salvation Army this week! Maybe it's the cold weather...

Sometimes I get so excited about an item's potential, I buy it anyway, even though it needs some work. This gorgeously elegant gown is a few sizes too big, but once I figure out how to take it in (or take it to a seamstress), it's going to be perfect!! Then I just need to find an event to wear it to...




Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Jessica McClintock - Gunne Sax
Section: Dresses
What I Paid: $12.99
What it's Worth: ~ $70



Finding a good sweater dress is everything you need during winter. It's the best go-to for a lazy day at home: just the sweater and leggings...and maybe some leg warmers too if it's really chilly!


Store: Salvation Army
Brand: La Classe Couture
Section: Dresses
What I Paid: $6.99
What it's Worth: ?



Yes, I know it is incredibly wrinkled/ I am lazy. But imagine it without the wrinkles, and it's it cool? I love how open the back is; you could wear it bare, or with a lacy tank. The cap sleeves don't hurt either. It's key to note this was found in the blouse section, not the t-shirt section. Sometimes, items straddle two sections and they end up in the less likely of the two...another reason to take a good browse through all the store sections!



Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Pins and Needles
Section: Blouses
What I Paid: $6.99
What it's Worth: ~ $40


Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Look of the Week & DIY Video: Boyfriend Jeans

I'd like to introduce you to the brand new Vancouver Vogue Youtube channel! I'll be posting videos on DIY projects, thrifting finds/how-to's, and whatever else you want to see. To start off, I've got an easy DIY project on how to make your own boyfriend jeans; don't spend $80 on a pair when you can get the desired effect yourself for less than 10 bucks! I promise you it's super easy and no-sew.




Give it a try, and when you're all done, check out how to style your new boyfriend jeans below:

The jeans have a very rugged, casual feel to them, so to fit my style, I needed to up the chic factor. Thus, voilĂ  leopard heels! Leopard is everywhere right now, but I like to keep it to the accessories. I particularly like how leopard goes with olive or wine, hence the blazer I thrifted (see Thrifty Thursday later this week for the details). Throw on some cat eye shades to keep the look feminine and refined. By far my favourite accessory of this outfit is my box of macarons...all the way from Paris, courtesy of my lovely friend Katrina! She was kind enough to help me satisfy my macaron obsession with a selection of the parisian cookies from Biscuiterie de Montmartre! DĂ©licieux!



















Blazer-?, Sweater-Neiman Marcus(thrifted), Jeans-Banana Republic(thrifted, DIY project), Sunglasses-H&M, Watch-Fossil, Heels-Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal





Happy Styling! xo

~Britta

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

Faux fur and all-black ensembles won over my heart at the thrift store this week! Let the holiday parties begin!


This faux fur piece was likely part of a jacket originally, judging by the elastic loops, but I plan on cutting them off and adding this on to any of my winter jackets! The perfect accessory to take an outfit to the next level, especially for adding to a 1920's glam ensemble.


Store: Salvation Army
Brand: ?
Section: Hats
What I Paid: $2.99
What it's Worth: ?


This dress has a vintage glam feel to it. I love the fact that it's off-the-shoulder, and yet it has enough structuring inside that it stays in place. The thin straps are meant to be tucked inside, I believe.



Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Kathryn Conover
Section: Dresses
What I Paid: $12.99
What it's Worth: ?


Real fur hats are very expensive...especially in vintage shops. And I don't need/want real fur anyway. So I was super excited to find this jewel by the cashier counter. It's exactly the colour I've been looking for, and it's not so insanely puffy that it looks ridiculous.



Store: Salvation Army
Brand: Hat Attack New York (via Winners originally, judging by the tags)
Section: Behind the cashier's counter
What I Paid: $6.99
What it's Worth: ?


Happy Styling! xo

~Britta
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