Thursday, 31 July 2014

Long Time No See

blouse: Dolce and Gabbana; pants: St. John;  shoes: Sergio Rossi;
clutch: LV; earrings: Alexis Bittar

   





Well, hello there! Where have I been you may ask? Good question. It's the end of July and this is only my second post of the year!?!! I clearly fell off the "blogging band wagon" - for many reasons. Partially because I haven't been a fan of what some of the blogs I followed had morphed in to and partially because I lost sight of what 'Dollar Foolish. Closet Wise' was to me. The reality is, when looking from the outside, the blogging world has become this overly saturated market of mush. There are so many bloggers I would follow, truly inspired by their style and honesty only to realize that their opinions were not truthful, but rather scripted in exchange for free product. As funny as it sounds, I felt almost betrayed. My blog wasn't at a point where I was being offered free product left and right by any means, but it did have me question what DFCW really stood for and whether I wanted to be colored with that same paint brush as others. This blog was also beginning to feel like a lot of work and no longer fun for me. It wasn't allowing me to concentrate on what I really wanted to do with my life and whether blogging had any part of my future. During my "time off", a few life altering changes happened: Q and I married in early spring and shortly thereafter, I also decided that I would go back to school in the Fall. Going back to school when you've been out of it for a while is a huge deal and one that tends to have a domino effect as you get older! However, I came across a quote on Instagram one day that simply read, 'Life's too short to wait.'. That sentence states something we all know, but it was my 'ah-ha' moment. Make-up has always been my passion, more so than fashion to be completely honest. Despite what anyone says, I believe that make-up has the ability to make someone feel a thousand times better about themselves and I miss being a part of that process. So, in just over a month, I will be attending the best make-up institute in Vancouver and cannot wait!!!

As for this blog, it will continue for now, posting when I have a chance to. When I was taking a fashion merchandising program a couple of years ago, a teacher once said that the key to successful blogging was to post consistently in order to obtain and maintain readership. I took that to heart as best as I could, weekends spent on here curating my posts and stressing when the weather wasn't cooperating. Getting back to what DFCW means to me, the goal from the beginning wasn't to obtain a huge readership following, but rather document my style changes throughout time and to visually remind myself that style isn't determined by that number on the inside label of our blouse or jeans, but by the person wearing it.

How awesome are these peplum pants and yes you saw right...the peplum has pockets! 

xo


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

New Year, New Chances



 








Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday in any which way you chose to celebrate. Q and I were fortunate enough to go home to Winnipeg for the holidays, to see loved ones we don't get to see often enough. I had every intention of taking outfit shots while there, but the reality is that the freezing temperatures meant functional dressing quickly took over any desire to wear wispy silks and chiffon. 

In reviewing my outfit shots from 2013 I'm pleased to see that I embraced color (with more than just my clothes!), as well as, explored new prints. While I don't regret any of the outfit choices above, I am looking to spend this next year refining my style. As of late, I've really been drawn to monochromatic minimalist looks. Perhaps this, paired with leopard will be more of what you see me in this year. Who knows; the year is early and experimenting keeps me amused.

Here's to a wonderful year ahead!


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Its Burrr-berry

skirt: Burberry; blouse: Michael Kors; blazer: Wilfred; shoes: Gucci;
gloves: Club Monaco; earrings: Aldo








I'm going to keep this short, as I'm away visiting family and friends at home. I wanted to share with you a "find" that I recently found at the Burberry outlet in Seattle. I just adored the masterminds behind Burberry's Fall '12 campaign ads and designs. Incorporating vintage lace into trench coats, peplum silhouettes and of course, this classic pencil skirt. I'm a firm believer that any shape or size can wear pencil skirts; they're universally flattering. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.





Thursday, 19 December 2013

Modcloth's 'Uniquely You' Challenge

Modcloth's Uniquely You Challenge

I was recently approached by Modcloth to participate in their "Uniquely You" challenge. I was asked to style their Heart and Solar System Dress by incorporating up to 7 additional pieces found on Modcloth's website. What I love about dresses in general is their versatility. Here, I chose to play up the skirt portion and bring out the purple and mustard colors within. Of course, the outfit wasn't complete without a touch of glitter found in these sexy t-strap shoes!

Party dress
79 CAD - modcloth.com
Long sleeve sweater
63 CAD - modcloth.com


Jack bb dakota coat
73 CAD - modcloth.com


Wedding shoes
34 CAD - modcloth.com


Clear handbag
48 CAD - modcloth.com


Kohl jewelry
79 CAD - modcloth.com


Gemstone jewelry
53 CAD - modcloth.com


Stud earrings
13 CAD - modcloth.com

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bedazzled

sweater: I.N.C.; skirt: Diane Von Furstenberg; shoes: Sam Edelman;
clutch: BCBG; earrings: C.A.K.E.








When I look at these pictures of myself in this sweater, I think back to how much fun I could have had with a bedazzler when I was younger. Oh, the potential! Although we're at the time of year where bejeweled looks are more accepting to judging eyes, I find myself lacking the want to wear such pieces. In fact, this is the most bedazzled look I've worn in some time, believe it or not. I won't be quick to say my tastes are once again changing and perhaps I'll feel more festive by week's end. I'm curious about you though - what has your fashion mood been lately?


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Leopard + Harem. Check.

coat: Danier Leather; fur collar: Aritzia; sweater: Banana Republic; 
pants: Forever21; shoes: Pour La Victoire; earrings: Stella & Dot
watch: Michael Kors; bracelet: Juicy Couture










Had someone told me just a couple of months back that they saw a pair of harem pants in my future, I would have laughed and then proceeded to laugh some more. I still remember the 'MC Hammer' inspired pants that I had when I was younger. I wore them everywhere and I wore them with confidence. Of course now, the sight of those photos gives me a good chuckle, but that's the beauty of fashion, really. You're happy when you buy something new and you can laugh at yourself years later when you question why you bought said piece! See, fashion is forever-giving! Not only did this mark my first harem pants purchase since the early '90s, it also marked my first purchase from Forever21 in nearly 5 years. It was the leopard print itself that reminded me of these Moschino Cheap and Chic pants I saw on Net-a-Porter several months back. What's the trick to ensuring your low-end pieces look more than they're worth? By taking the time to research the brands they replicate.