Shoes?!

22 Jul

Man, I love shoes. I can’t even begin to express how much I love shoes. And how much I love shopping for shoes. Shopping for jeans, bras, and bathing suits is pretty much torture. But shoe shopping? It always feels good. Even if you’re having a bloated day, you can still shop for shoes. And there are so many options out there, in so many styles! Here are my current faves.

Aldo, $39.99--I love jazz shoes for fall. They look great with the minimalist, menswear-inspired pieces we're seeing everywhere.

Aldo, $50

Aldo, $55--Amazing for a night out, no?

Aldo, $64.98--A bright, peppy classic for work.

Forever 21, $27.80

Gap, $88

H&M, $24.95--Can you believe these are under $30? Praise Audrey for H&M.

Spring, $39.99

Spring, $49.99

Spring, $59.99

Spring, $59.99--I just love how badass these look.

Zara, $95.90--A little pricey, but so chic and classic.

Which ones are your favourites, and how would you wear them? I think I’d pick the yellow open-toe pumps, and wear them to work with my gray shift dress and pearls.

T.

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I have nothing to wear!

17 Jul

How many times have we all said this while standing in front of a full to bursting closet? I know that I’m definitely guilty of this. Yes, sometimes it’s nice to have an excuse to go shopping. But, I think we often feel as though we don’t have anything to wear because we’re not being creative enough and playing with our wardrobe enough. Putting together unexpected combinations can make what you already own feel fresh and new.

That being said, I’ve decided to start a new weekly feature called “Who When Wear.” Each week will focus on a different event or type of dressing, and I’ll put together an outfit with easy to apply principles and tips.

This week’s event: the city hall wedding. City hall weddings are tricky. Chances are, the bride and groom won’t be dressed to the nines, and you shouldn’t be either. But, you still want to look “dressed-up” without actually being dressed up. You want to be dressed to the sevens. Maybe the eights.

  1. Don’t wear a floor-length gown. Go for something simpler in a basic silhouette. However, it’s a wedding, and you can’t wear white. Instead, go for a cheery colour, like blue, yellow or green.
  2. The dress probably shouldn’t be too fussy, and by this I mean that you should ease up on the frou-frou details. I love frou-frou details, but they have a time and a place. Avoid ruffles, bows, lace, etc.
  3. Since the dress is appropriately chic yet toned-down, I keep the shoes in check. A pair of nude or black pumps is always classy and appropriate.
  4. For ladies wanting that little extra something, consider adding a hair accessory to your look, such as a sparkly hair clip or delicate fascinator. Embellished headbands are a good choice too, especially if wearing your hair up. Nothing too over the top, though.

Check out my city hall wedding outfit and let me know what you think!

T.

Costume Jewellery is a Girl’s Best Friend….

16 Jul

Yes, yes, I know. I should be diamonds. But who can afford diamonds? That’s why costume jewellery plays such a huge role in our fashion wardrobes now. I honestly don’t think men buy women jewellery they way they used to, but still, we must accessorize with something. I have honestly found some of my favourite pieces at stores like Claire’s, Ardène, and Aldo Accessories. Here are some of my favourites from the summer/pre-fall offerings at my favourite fast fashion places.

Earrings

Smart Set, $8--Very reminiscent of recent Chanel collections, no?

Aldo, $10--I love how well silver transitions from summer to fall.

French Connection, $28

Forever 21, $4.80--Can you believe these are under $5?

Necklaces

Aldo, $30--Gold also transitions nicely from summer to fall.

Forever 21, $9.80

Smart Set, $16

 Bracelets & Cuffs

H&M, $14.95--I love the colours in this one. Bright enough for summer, rich enough for fall.

Smart Set, $14

French Connection, $19.99

Mango, $34.90--I absolutely love the rich choclatey colour of this cuff. Colours like this make me look forward to chillier weather!

Rings

Ardène, $6.99--So cute and classic!

Smart Set, $10

 Which ones are your favourites?

T.

Monday Manners #4

12 Jul

This past weekend, my husband-to-be G. and I were at a wedding (shout out to Kaysee and Fraser! Your wedding was so much fun and you guys looked so happy. Congrats again!) and we got to talking about how so many people in our generation (the under 35s) don’t seem to know anything about wedding etiquette. But the thing is, it’s not our fault. Unless etiquette is something you take an interest in and learn about on your own, how would you know how to fill out a wedding reply card (wedding guests, I’m talking to you), how much you should spend on a wedding gift, or what’s appropriate to wear? Never fear, Full of Chic is here!

There is so much I could say about wedding etiquette in general, so today I’ll just focus on wedding gift etiquette. While registering is a common practice, I’m very on the fence about it. Let’s be realistic here–most people want cold hard cash, but it’s very tacky to come out and simply ask for cash. So we register for stuff. We tell people what to buy us. I understand the practicality of the registry–after all, we don’t want to end up with 6 toasters. Plus, people like to feel like they’re helping you by giving you something useful, something you need.

But it also seems a little crass to spell out exactly what you want. A registry is more than just a simple, generic list of household items we need–towels, sheets, dishes, DVD player, etc. When someone buys you something off of your registry, you know exactly how much they spent on your wedding gift, and there’s something sort of gauche about knowing how much someone spent. Cash is cash, and everyone appreciates cash.

But, as crass as registries can be, and even if you just want cash, there’s pressure to register–trust me, I went from the girl barely able to find a dozen things to the girl with everything on her registry, even though I do feel a little strange about it. People want to be sure they’re getting you the right thing. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s more work for the bride and groom (who are already busier than they ever thought they’d be) and less work for the guests to pick out a thoughtful, meaningful gift.

So if you do register, make sure you register for gifts in all price points (under $50, under $100, under $200) to accommodate all budgets. A friend of mine once attended a wedding, and nearly everything on the registry was at least $150. As a student, she found that a pretty tight squeeze, and ended up going in on a gift with someone to save money. So please, be reasonable when registering.

And when you, as a guest, decide to purchase something off of the registry, make sure you’re purchasing the exact item. Years ago, I used to work at Sears in the housewares department, and often people would come in and need help finding an item off of a couple’s registry. More than once, I’d show the gift the couple wanted to the customer, and the customer (almost unfailingly an elderly lady) would purse her lips, shake her head and say “Well, I don’t like that coffee maker. Isn’t that an ugly one? Why does she want that one? I’ll get her this one instead.” Now the bride, who is really busy (did I mention that already?) has to take the gift back and exchange it for the one she wanted in the first place. And really, this is just another headache caused by the registry (and occasionally tacthole old biddies).

So how much should you spend? This is a tricky one. I would say spend generously, but within what you can afford, and based on how close you are to the couple. You’re not obligated to spend more if the wedding is extra-fancy. Spend what you’re comfortable spending, but don’t be an obvious cheapskate either. For example, don’t roll up to the wedding in your brand new BMW and give the bride and groom a $50 gift card for The Keg (true story).

And when should you actually give the gift? Traditional etiquette dictates that you have up to a year to send a gift after the wedding, and that at the wedding, you can simply give a card that conveys your best wishes and the sentiment that a gift will follow. I call bullshit on this one. You wouldn’t be pleased to show up to the reception and instead of a plate, get a little card that says “wine and steak will follow at a later date, but we really appreciate you coming.” You’re going to a wedding, you’re eating, drinking, enjoying the dance–you should bring a gift with you, or if your gift is large and unwieldy, arrange to have it delivered to the couple before the wedding. One year, my ass. Not in this day in age of internet shopping and overnight delivery.

Do you have any wedding gift stories? I’d love to hear them in the comments.

T.

PS–I saw not one, not two, but three different girls all wearing leggings as pants today. Which leads me to the only logical conclusion: there are not enough people reading my blog. So please, spread the word! 🙂

Blah Blah Blah

12 Jul

This past week has been a weird, crazy, busy and very blah one. You know that feeling you get when you have lots to do, but no motivation to do it? And the more things pile up, the less motivation you have to get your butt in gear? That was me, all last week. I was both bored and busy, which is not a very pleasant combination, I discovered.

So, I apologize for the lack of updates on the blog. I’ll be doing a new Monday Manners post later on today. Stay tuned!

T.

Monday Manners #3

5 Jul

I know a couple of ladies who are pregnant right now, as well as a couple of ladies who have recently been pregnant and now have beautiful little babies. I’ve noticed that pregnant women often attract the most insensitive, boundary-ignorant tactholes out there. Why is this? What is it about pregnant women that make people behave towards them in a way they never would to others?

Specifically, I’m talking about the belly pat. Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be impressed if some stranger touched my stomach, but this happens to pregnant ladies all the time. Do people not realize that this is an invasion of personal space and completely inappropriate? I would imagine that being pregnant is already a somewhat alienating experience–after all, you’ve got something growing inside you, and there are major changes happening–major changes beyond your control.  Your body is already going through some pretty weird and funky stuff; I would think under those circumstances that being accosted by belly-patting strangers would be the last thing you’d want.

And yet, it happens all the time. Complete strangers want to touch your belly, ask you about baby names and tell you how great you look. I love that too–I’ve never met you before, but you look great! It doesn’t mean as much when the person giving the compliment has no frame of reference. And yet, if someone does this to a pregnant woman, they seem to get a pass on their poor behaviour. Can you imagine if someone came up to you on the street, patted your stomach and said “you look fit!  *Belly pat* Where do you work out? You know, when my daughter lost weight, her boobs got smaller. That looks like it’s happened to you too! ” *Belly pat*

As someone who really wants to have children one day, and to get there will presumably be pregnant, I shudder to think at what my reaction to these people will be. I guess the question I’m really asking here is: how do you tell a tachole they’re being a tacthole without being  a tacthole yourself?

Let’s hear from you in the comments. 🙂

T.

Loving Denim…

2 Jul
Right now, I’m loving anything denim. Denim shirts, denim shorts, denim dresses, denim bags…the Canadian tuxedo is back, and it’s chicer than ever.

Personally, I’m loving the selection of anything and everything denim at the Gap right now. I don’t usually shop there because I find them a little expensive for the so-so quality you often get. But I love the mixof colours and textures available, and that’s the key do the modern Canadian tuxedo: variation. Different colours and washes of denim look very chic together, as opposed to an outfit all in the same colour and wash.

And even if you don’t want to wear the all-denim ensemble so many of us are loving right now, even an unexpected pop of denim (think accessories–bags, shoes, belts, jewellery) can instantly update your outfit.

Here are my picks from the Gap:

$64.50

$29.50

$79.50

$44.50

 

What do you think of the denim on denim look? Would you wear it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

T.