Tag Archives: fashion

Sunday, December 29 2013

Dresses to impress at Forever 21

Going to Vegas at the end of January and I need me some party dresses! Took a quick virtual stroll through Forev’s collection and found heaps of candidates for work and play — some as low as $9. The max price on this list is $35 (That’s a pair of plush pantyhose from American Apparel).

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CAD $35.80
If faux leather is wrong I don’t want to be right! Love how leather is popping up in sophisticated ways, in office-appropriate pencil skirts and the like. This model also inspires me to once again attempt the hipster top knot (every time I try, it’s more cleaning-face-before-bed bun).
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CAD $29.80
Everyone needs a ‘Work Bitch’ dress. So badass! And yet so chic. #midriffmayhem

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It’s warm in Vegas in January, right? Of course it is. This will be for day walking and shopping on The Strip.

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Now:CAD $9.00 (9 freaking dollars?!)
This dress has a darling crisscross back detail and I’m enjoying the sexy sleeves.
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CAD $10.80
This is an ass-sweat nightmare waiting to happen; however, it’s exactly the effortlessly cool, American-Apparel-style frock I aspire to rock. I just won’t sit down.
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CAD $33.80
Sweet on top, short on the bottom!
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CAD $29.80
I’m years too late on this one, but I don’t care. I love this style of dress and I’ve finally found a version that’s cheaper than Thai takeout.
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CAD $29.80
In real life the mixed materials are either going to look edgy or mental. Attracted by the tweed and the shape on this one.
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CAD $29.80
Such a sweet lil thing! Dress it up/down, with booties, flats or heels. I could also see this working for summer with a light denim jacket and flippy floppies! #versatileFTW
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CAD $33.80
More evidence I need to get one of those hats! I’m not even an animal print person and I think this outfit looks radical. The hat is magic.

All photos courtesy of FOREVER21.COM. 

Thursday, August 15 2013

DIY: Shorts gone wild

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When life hands you lemons, you make leopard spots

Not every pair of shorts is born beautiful. Sometimes they need a little bleaching or distressing to get them to where you want.

This particular pair of rouge short shorts from BCBGeneration was near perfect, but famed L.A. fashion blogger Geri Hirsch of Becauseimaddicted.net must have sensed there was something missing.

To create the perfect summer concert bottoms, Hirsch enlisted the services of one black fabric pen. And the beauty of this project, (besides its obvious beauty), is that this is something you can easily replicate yourself no matter how bad you were at art class.

Whether you’re transforming an old pair that’s past its Maximus Prime, or like Hirsch, you want to upcycle a fabulous pair so they are even more fabulous — the visual evidence is undeniable — leopard spots are the answer.

Materials:

  • shorts
  • X-Acto knife
  • leopard print stencil
  • fabric pen
How-to: leopard shorts

Find full directions and more photos of how to recreate these wild shorts on Hirsch’s website here.

Friday, November 16 2012

Mo-over your closet for Movember

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Everyone has shirts that have fallen out of rotation. You won’t wear them for months, maybe even years, and yet they remain — desperately clinging to life on a plastic hanger. Whether they’re out of style, out of favour or just sooo last week, it’s time to put them out of their misery.

Fear not, stage-1 hoarders, if you can’t bring yourself to give them away to the brothers and the sisters, you can make an old, forgotten shirt new and desirable again with a Movember-themed makeover (or mo-over).

Movember, also known as the excuse to go mo-crazy, is in full swing, and this week’s moustache-themed project is just one more way you can show your support for the Mo Bros who have valiantly donated their faces to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

Moustache tee

Thankfully, the inept puffy paints of the 80s have been superseded by Sharpie fabric-staining pens that offer the precision a mo requires ($18.50 from Opus Art Supplies). No lightly coloured shirts, hats or shoes are safe!

Materials:

Mo tee how-to

  1. Find a shirt and use bull clips to secure a hard surface where you want to draw your moustache shape (these pens go through so a separator is mandatory).
  2. Make sure it’s centred!
  3. To make an easy-to-trace stencil, you can print one out from the Interwebs or make your own by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out half the ’stache, just like you did with hearts in grade school.
  4. Trace around shape with a pencil first and then colour it in.

Find Julia on Twitter at @JuliaDilworth or email her at julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca

Sunday, November 13 2011

Update: American Apparel ads got WORSE

This crap makes me cringe. As if cornering the market on models in see-through lace wasn’t enough, AA has gone full sex — not even trying to hide it. This got a rating of 2 1/2 stars out of 10 on Ads of the World, so clearly I’m not the only one tired of ‘sex sells.’

Try something new fools!
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