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What I Have Learned About Fashion…From Children

I have learned a lot from the kids I work with over the years, but I never had thought that fashion sense would be one of them.  Kids are dirty and sticky and their not-always-fashion-forward parents are responsible for dressing them.  despite all of this, I realized that they have completely figured out some things without any help at all. So here is the first lesson:

Don’t be afraid to mix prints

Leopard print leggings with a floral cardigan, striped socks and a pokadot shirt? Yes.  An 8-year-old would also throw on a backpack covered in birds and heart embossed baseball cap, but as an adult, I would stick to mixing just a few different prints.

~ The infamous Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl mixing florals and looking very chic doing it.







50384089551013250_LIzgktYn~ This is an easier way to combine prints, a dress and a jacket. So cute!








mixing patterns
mixing patterns by Fashiontoteach featuring a striped jacket

Wrap top

Striped jacket

Elastic waist skirt

Poetic Licence Hot To Trot

I like the idea of mixing patterns in black and white if you are still a little hesitant about trying to mix patterns.  After that, you can throw in a little colour with a blazer or heels.
What do you think about mixing patterns? How many is too many?


Restocking your Wardrobe for Autumn

It’s that time again: not autumn yet, but the stores seem to think so.  I love fall fashion with colours inspired by nature, chunky knits and boots, but IT IS STILL WARM OUT!  I have had to make do with making a list of things I will need to update my wardrobe this fall without actually going shopping yet.  This is good for two reasons:

1. I have time to really think about what I want and what I need.  I NEED new boots because I bought cheap boots two years ago and now they are leaking.  I WANT every second dress I set eyes on (I already have about 30, I will never need a new dress). This *should* keep me from going overboard and help me stick to my budget.

2. It would kill me a little bit to buy a sweater or scarf or pair of boots when it’s still 20 degrees out.  I love summer and I’m not about to let it go early, even if it means not getting first dibs on the new fall trends.

So here are a few things I decided that I need this Fall.

things I need for Fall

Sheer shirt

H M peplum top
$39 – hm.com

H m jacket
$47 – hm.com

Miz Mooz stacked heel

Matt Nat leather shoulder bag

  • The sheer lace top has been on my list since spring, I recently saw this unique piece on Modcloth and decided I would not let it pass me by this time!
  • I do not have many nice tops, so I need to add a few to wear with skirts and pants.  I quite like the peplum trend this fall
  • I wear my navy blazer quite often and I think I would use another, lighter neutral coloured blazer quite often.
  • I only own 3 pairs of pants that fit me, and one pair is ugly.  I need to buy pants.
  • I made the mistake of “saving money” by buying cheap boots the last couple years and now they leak.  I need to make a bigger investment into some comfortable, neutral boots.
  • I need a new school bag that can fit all of my books and lunch and change of shoes, etc… I can’t carry a backpack when I’m dressed well and feel good about it.  I definitely cannot wear a backpack when I am teaching high school during my practicum!

Of course the list of things I WANT goes on and on.  I will have to see how my job situation is in the fall before I make any hasty decisions.  Although I already have my heart set on some locally made trinkets on sale at the annual Fringe Festival here in Edmonton.  But after that I’ll be good…maybe.

Sunday Confession: I Went Shopping

I had planned on not shopping until May, but last week, I caved.  Spring shopping is my very favourite; the colours, the floral prints, the flowy skirts and cute dresses *swoon* It was very hard to resist and I had started a list of things I really needed/wanted a few months ago.  After staying out of shopping malls and whittling down my list I finally caved when I got a substantial cheque refunding some money from my health insurance.  So I used the extra (after paying all my bills and putting some away in savings of course!) to get the most wanted things on my list.

Item #1: Blazer

I only have two blazers. The first is a navy Talula Exeter blazer from Aritzia, shown here in Charcoal.

The second is a more interesting, tailored piece from Urban Outfitters by Kimchi Blue, which actually looks strange on this too-skinny model and much better in person.

I had been enamoured with this bright pink tweed blazer that I had seen on Gossip Girl a while back, after trying on 14 pink blazers in various stores, I finally found one that fit which is more of a rose pink which I am very happy with.

Smythe Silk Embroidered blazer

~ originally  $695!!




Dynamite Pink Boyfriend blazer

$44.90 ~



This colour may be more trendy than a classic grey or black, but it will add some interest to my wardrobe and will make a great cover up for my lighter coloured dresses which just look strange layered with a starkly coloured blazer or cardigan.


#2: Something Mint Green

As is evident by my pinterest board, this is my new favourite colour this spring.

It’s a lovely not-quite-teal, not-quite-turquoise green reminiscent of Easter and pastel coloured mints.  I am also in desperate need of blouses so when I found my colour blouse in one of my favourite Whyte Avenue stores, Colourblind,  I went for it.


Here is the pink version from Modcloth ~


~ Picture C/O Shabby Apple








#3: Lace shell

When I saw the Enchantment Lookbook from Ruche about a month ago I fell in love.  Not only because they manages to find the most beautiful model and clothing and location (as always) but because of one piece in particular.

I became obsessed with the possibilities of this sheer lace shell.  I could layer it under things or over!  I just loved how it was styled here, taking a sleeveless dress and making it a little more demure with almost no effort at all.  Think of how this could expand my school appropriate wardrobe!!  But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.  I was so adamant about not shopping that I missed out and now they no longer carry the item.  I did look around to find something similar but just couldn’t find the right look.  I may keep looking but I feel that I will ultimately be disappointed and so maybe I should just give up now.

So there you have it, my confession for this Sunday.  I broke the rules.  But now I feel satisfied to move my wardrobe into spring, at least for now.

Which is funny, because it snowed again today.





First Day of School!!

Today was my first day of student teaching and I am very excited for the next 6 weeks!  Just a little outfit post today.  A nice mix of old and new items (not brand new though) and nice and colourful.





Shirt ~ RW&Co, December 2011, sale $12.99, similar here

Skirt ~ Sears, December 2011, sale $26.00, similar here

Belt ~ Joe Fresh, sale $4.00, similar at Joe Fresh

Cardigan ~ Jacob 2008, similar on Modcloth










Tights ~ Anthropologie 2010, $22.50 here

Shoes ~ Payless summer 2011, similar here




This is also my first outfit post, so many firsts in one day!  I took all these pictures myself, easier than catching J. when we are both home.  A work in progress but it’s only up from here!