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Edgy Officewear

Finding office-appropriate outfits, that you actually like,  for your plus-size bod can be a challenge.

If you’re like me, you want your clothing to feel and look fabulous, but also to stay within your office’s set dress code.

Profs II-62This sleeveless moto dress is new for Fall from Pennington’s.  I picked it up with one of my birthday coupons on a customer appreciation night, and saved BIG!!!

Profs II-63Loving the edgy-chic style of this dress!

Profs II-64 Faux-leather inserts, a full front zipper and front pockets. Pairing it with pumps and minimal jewellery helped me take it to the office.

Profs II-65 But wearing it with studded booties and a statement necklace, I could totally take this dress elsewhere in the evening.Profs II-66And by wearing something long-sleeved underneath, I could take this dress into Winter while giving it a totally different look.  Right?Profs II-67

I see this piece as making many appearances over the next few months my friends. ;)

Profs II-63What do you think of this look?  Where would you wear it? As office wear….night-out wear….both…and how?  Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section!

 

How I Got The Look:

Sleeveless Moto Dress from Penningtons (click here it’s currently on sale!); Jade earrings from Stelal & Dot; Kate Spade purse; Pink pumps from Nine West

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Acid Pink!

I LOVE PINK!  I’d wear it head-to-toe everyday if I could! :P

So when I found this delightful acid pink dress among the rather drab colour pallets of 2014’s Fall Fashions at AdditionElle last month at the Stockyards Grand Opening – I was over the moon with excitement!
Profs II-53At the time of taking these photos, the weather did not require hosiery.  So I matched up this dress with my NineWest purple leopard peep-toed pumps.

Profs II-52But for Fall/Winter,  I totally plan on paring this look with booties and dark tights. I was recently sent some hosiery from Sonsee – these would be perfect for taking this look into the winter months.   Unlike shape-wear – Sonsee is both comfortable & smoothing with broad ranges in sizing, products and seasonal colours.  Stay tuned for that product review on the blog soon friends ;)

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Since this dress is relatively plain, I thought I’d step up the dazzle-factor with giant jewellery!

Profs II-57This gorgeous statement necklace by Victorious Me, I picked up at SexyPlus Clothing’s Blogger Fall Preview …. I managed to find a perfectly matching set of earrings cheaply from Ardene.
Profs II-51I unveiled this frock at the Damzel’s 20th Anniversary Gala  – adding some vintage effort to my hair and created a mini-bumper-bang (click here for the vid that helped me create it).  Along with my Torrid gold studded black suede sling-backs and my fantastic black petit point 1960s purse (from The Vintage Domain).   

You can really notice my sun-tanned face when you compare the pics from the event to the ones taken by LawrenceKerrPhotography …. stay tuned for a vacation recap post coming soon friends ;)

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Remember when I was torn on wether I should buy this wool + leather jacket from Retmains a little while back (please ignore the floral leggings and laundry basket in the background)?

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Well, your Facebook feedback helped me make the right decision I think —- just look at how great it is with this acid pink frock!

Thanks for the good advice friends!!! ;)
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How I Got The Look:

Acid pink swing dress from AdditionElle; Statement necklace from SexyPlus Clothing; Earrings from Ardene; Hosiery from Sonsee; Wool + Leather jacket from Reitmans; Shoes: NineWest purple leopard peep-toed pumps; Torrid gold studded black suede sling-back heels

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What are your thoughts on this loud acid pink dress? How would you style it for Fall and Winter?  Tell me using the Comment section below…

Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Toronto Pin Up Fashion Store Celebrates 20 Years!

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I had the pleasure of attending this fabulous Gala event last night, celebrating 20 years of fabulous pinup fashion in Toronto!

Read all about what these delightful ladies behind Doll Factory by Damzels is all about :)

Originally posted on The Vintage Inn:

-Repost from Toronto Vintage Society-

DAMZELS have been helping Toronto celebrate our inner Pin Up girl for 20 Years!

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The Damzels Themselves!

That is 20 years of designing and procuring women’s clothing for alt/vintage/pin up/rockabilly/repro scene.  Not only has their presence helped to solidify a place for us in Toronto, but they have given back to their alt/cult community time and time again.

Brief History (more info in the interview below)

Damzels in this Dress; designed by Kelly Freeman and Rory Lindo, were a vintage/rock n roll inspired dress label that before opening retail stores in Leslieville and Roncesvalles (popular neighbourhoods in Toronto), sold their dress brand wholesale to boutiques.  Their dresses were sold across Canada, the US, and internationally. The Damzel collections have been shown during Toronto Fashion Week, featured on Fashion Television, Canada’s Next Top Model and even Much Music (Canadian Version of MTV).

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Damzels – past and present!

The Vintage…

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Oktoberfest!

For years now I’ve been trying to round-up the troops to enjoy Oktoberfest in the K-Dub (Kitchener, Waterloo) – the 2nd largest Oktoberfest celebration next to Munich, Germany!  Sadly, I’ve failed every year. :(

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This year however, a few fun friends and I were determined to dig out our lederhosen and dirndls for Toronto’s 3rd annual authentic Oktoberfest party  – at Ontario Place!  Inspired by traditions started in Munich, Germany over 200 years ago, Toronto Oktoberfest brings a taste of Munich to the City as it captures the essence of authentic food, drink and merriment.

Naturally – we HAD to dress the part!

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A few of my table mates have been painstakingly sewing themselves authentic-looking dirndls to wear to this event.   I had my heart set on  wearing an old Halloween costume I had in my closet of a German Beer Maid.  Figured if this outfit won me 1st prize at my Office’s costume party – it was deserving enough to make a reappearance for this event. (woot! woot!)

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Last year’s winning Office Costume Party outfit (the blonde braided wig was on loan) ;)

Buuuuut then as Toronto Oktoberfest continued updating their FB page as the big weekend arrived …. it seems that their waitress staff were all going to be wearing my EXACT outfit!!!  Le sigh… :(
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Needless to say, I was heartbroken.  We bought our tickets back in July specifically for the dirndl wearing.  Sooooooo I was DETERMINED to wear this get-up no matter what!

I figured my fancy buttons and a floral crown (Claire’s Accessories)  would do the trick ;)

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A few added button accessories … to look different from the waitstaff :P

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Floral crown from Claire’s Accessories (oh-so difficult to find in Fall)

There where fabulous hair inspiration in this article —- but y’all know how much I hate brushing my hair, let alone doing it.  In the end, I went for a simple double ponytail look.  Nailed it! :P

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German Beer Girl costume from Candy Apple Costume (online)

I was told that there was great importance and rules placed on how a dame ties the bow of her apron:

Rightside = married/taken.  Back = virgin.  Leftside = single n’ ready to mingle. As you can see, mine was tied accordingly ;)

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Me with Liz of The Vintage Inn and Jacquie of TVS

I’m not typically a beer drinking kinda gal …. but this festival allowed you to taste a bunch of different ones, so I did.  You can almost pinpoint the exact moment when the beers started to kick in by the excessive laughing and blurry-ness of each snap….:)

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As per usual, the Toronto Vintage Society ladies brought their A-game, all decked out … in proper German dirndl attire!              ps: I am NOT double-fisting my drinks.  I’m a lady!  I was kindly holding a pint for the photographer taking this pic …geez! :)

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And then …there was DANCING!!!

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And other beer-induced shenanigans

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Me and my empty Beer Stein with the WINNER OF BEST DRESSED, Joy!!! She sewed this entire outfit herself, including the adorable hat!!! Mad skillz…with a ‘z’!

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Before vs. After ….. an evening of Oktoberfest!

Turns out we closed down the tent!!!  And stumbled our way out of the Ontario Place parking lot around 1am …. we were halfway to Brampton on foot (or so it felt like we were) before a kind cabbie picked us up and dropped us home safely.  ***Hiccup***IMG_4925

Overall, a fantastic time!  Can’t wait for next year’s Oktoberfest!

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Playful Plaid

IMG_5071Last month I ran a special 7-day long Fall Double Feature collaboration series with Style Cassentials, where we explored and put our own twists on upcoming trends for Fall.

One of the big trends this season is being Mad for Plaid!  Today I’m taking a more playful approach to plaid :)

Proofs-05There has been a sudden spike in Toronto temperatures lately,  which means getting into full on Fall garb on 20+ degree days, just doesn’t make sense.  So for today’s outfit of the day I decided to wear a sheer plaid shirt, with leggings for an easy, casual look.

Proofs-06Typically early mornings and evenings tend to be cooler – quick.  So in an effort to combat the sudden dips in temps … this light jean jacket and wooly wonderful-ness of this infinity scarf are perfect solutions! :)

Proofs-09How I Got The Look:

Jean jacket from Old Navy; Thick wool infinity scarf from Aldo Accessories; Black n’ white sheer plaid shirt from Reitmans; Leather calf leggings from Forever21+; Large cream Coach bag; Beige + sea foam toed heels from The Hudson Bay Co.; jewelled studded flats from Payless; extra thick infinity scarf from Aldo; and vintage bracelets from Spring’s Toronto Vintage Clothing Show

 

Proofs-08What do you think of this look? How would you  incorporate plaid into your Fall looks?  Use the Comments section and tell me your thoughts!

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Lindyworks 2014!

Lindyworks is  Toronto Lindy Hop’s annual weekend of workshop wonderfulness! It’s all about Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz dancing.  Having only begun my own Swing Dancing love affair (began this past spring, click here for that)…. this was my first workshop ever!  I was uber nervous about being surrounded by actual dancers for an entire weekend (three days) of solid dance instruction to challenge and inspire dancers during the day and to practice your newly acquired skills at evening parties that feature the best LIVE swing bands.

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Here’s the only snap I took during the entire 3-day workshop.  Clearly, I was too busy dancing my feet off… :)

THE WORKSHOPS:

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The organizers of Lindyworks 2014, along with our fantastic guest instructors:  Evita Arce & Michael Jagger AND Sylwia Bielec & Alain Fragman  Photo credit: KHPhotography

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From NYC, Evita Arce & Michael Jagger

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From Montreal, Sylwia Bielec & Alain Fragman

Moi… in sweaty-workshop-mode … learning new moves and improving on technique

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Not quite sure what I’m doing looking at the ceiling … perhaps that’s my own ‘personal styling’ of a dance move…

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“Please, Lindy gods, make this room a little cooler…” ;) Photo credit: KHPhotography

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Love this one…. “I saw you…with her… Wag our finger in unison”...  STOMP OFF! :)

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Thank goodness for KHPhotograpy for capturing these moments – all I had to show at the end of workshop day 1, was the following Facebook post:

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Sweaty Workshop Selfie vs. Douvercout House Ready Selfie

Lucky for me and for PPMeow! readers that Kahlil Heslop (of KHPhotography), friend and fellow Lindy Hopper, captured the evening and events perfectly!!!
Here are a few perfect snaps that just make my heart oh-so happy with memories of a fantastic 3-days of Workshops, Competitions, Performances and Social Dancing.
THE COMPETITIONS:
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Check out my gf Erin and her partner Luis (our instructor at Lindy Hop Revolution).  She began in Beginner Lessons with me…and now here she is competing in her FIRST competition!!!  I’m soooo proud of her!!
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They TIED for 3rd place I’m told!  Woot! Woot!  I may have been an extremely vocal cheering section – She is my hero! :)
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Check out the hip action on my instructor Luis…He’s Spanish – his hips don’t lie ;)  Photo credit: KHPhotography

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PERFORMANCES BY ALAIN & SYLWIA: 
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 FOLLOWED BY PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL & EVITA:

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I just love the look on everyones faces!  Still can’t believe I got to social dance with Michael (Mic) Jagger – ha!  He’s oh-so-very-fantastically!  **swoon**

Lindy Hop – the most fun you can have with your clothes on.   ;)

For Kahlil’s full photo album of Lindyworks 2014 shots click here.

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Click here for JT Photography’s photo album for Toronto Lindy Hop

Now that you’ve seen “What I Did”….let’s talk about “What I Wore” to the Saturday Night Lindyworks Dance at The Douvercourt House – hosted by Toronto Lindy Hop.

Profs II-22 This lovely dress was on sale at the time I was looking for my the perfect dress for Tiki Lani Lanai with TVS.  If you look really closely at the pattern of this dress, you’ll notice they are little chat bubbles/text bubbles.  Plus giant buttons and a lil’ collar…..Too cute, right?

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 How I Got The Look: Dress from Cherry Velvet Plus; Belt & Shoes from Winners -these were not wore whilst dancing ;) – and the 50s vintage sweater was thrifted from Goodwill.

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Outfit photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Birthday Blues in Newsprint Navy

I picked up this navy Jax Leatherette newsprint dress from SexyPlus Clothing last month at the Fall Preview Blogger Exclusive.

As you saw last week during my Fall Double Feature collaboration series, both Leather and Blue Hues are trending this season.  This dress combines them both perfectly.

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I’m loving the leather details on the shoulders and above the hems of both sides of this dress.

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This Zebra clutch is my new favourite piece right now, I try to bring it along with me whenever I can :)Profs II-43It was my birthday last week and I got to unveil this dress over that weekend.

Another year older –  uggh – and not at all wiser.  Or maybe not as wise as I hoped to be at this point.  But in these pics I don’t look a day over 28 ;)

Must be magical camera tricks of LawrenceKerrPhotography – I’m loving the images from this shoot!

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I’ve been having mixed emotions about turning older this year.

Not really being up to organizing & celebrating a non-milestone born-day, I took the day off instead and spent some quality time with me, myself and Irene ;)

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The lovely Elmwood Spa – a true urban oasis – treated me for a birthday lunch, which I ate in my plush robe & slippers.  After that I was rubbed down by a giant man, whom I’ve decided to remember as spectacularly handsome ;), for an 80-min Hot Stone Massage followed by Water Therapies which included pool, steam room and the hot tub.  I was determine not to leave until I looked like a raisin!!

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Lunching in fluffy robes and drinking in the afternoon ….Happy Birthday indeed!

In the evening a gf and I met up for dinner (tap pas and sangrias at Carmen – delicious!), followed by tickets to see HEDWIG and the Angry Inch  at the Lower Ossington Theatre where we were entertained by talented rock bands, drinking and great singing by an interesting transsexual with lots of stories and rock songs.  The performance was fantastic!  Buuuuut the story, which I found sad, went over my head.  I had to come home and google exactly what I just spend the last 90-mins sitting through.hedwig-300x164

I got a lovely birthday card that read:

In this world where things move so fast and change before our eyes, I take comfort in the precious and few things that are constant and true…your friendship is one thing I can count on; one thing I keep safe inside my heart.  I celebrate you on your birthday and I honour the friendship we share day after day, year after year.

Between this card, invitations to dinners, brunches and drinks, and the numerous phone calls, voicemails, texts and the 101+ Facebook messages of Birthday Wishes – I felt pretty damn’d loved all day.  I’m a very blessed and lucky girl! :)

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Overall, a pretty freakin’ fantastic birthday weekend!!!

And now, let the next 365 days of this new year in the life & times of Irene be awesome!  Cheers!

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How I Got The Look:

Blue suede platform shoes from Payless; Zebra clutch from AlterEgo Clothing; Newsprint Jax Dress from SexyPlus Clothing; Leaf earrings from …yikes, I don’t remember friends, they are super old.

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Swarovski PAW & My Beaded Designs

This table is covered in lovely jewellery by My Beaded Designs.  These unique and custom handmade creations are the brainchild of Maryanne Walczak, a Toronto-based artist.SEXYPLUSPREVIEWF14-37I had the pleasure of meeting this crafty gal last month at SexyPlus Clothing’s exclusive blogger soiree.

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Me with Maryanne, Owner/Designer of My Beaded Designs

Turns out she’s been a long time follower of PPMeow!  She was touched by the blogpost I did as a Tribute to the passing of my pup, The Berto a few months ago, and wanted to gift me a set of memorial Swarovski PAW jewellery to help lift my spirits and keep his memory with me always, by way of these symbolic pieces :)  (Isn’t she the sweetest?)

The special collection gifted to me in the picture below included:

  • small Swarovski PAW Print necklace (Black Clay, Clear Swarovski Chatons – hung on a 24 inch silver plated ball chain with an 8mm Swarovski Jet Black Crystal)
  • Swarovski Dog PAW Print keychain (White Clay, Hematite Swarovski Chatons, Cute Charms and Chinese Crystals
  • Swarovski PAW Print Earrings (Black Clay, Clear Swarovski Chatons on silver plated lever back earrings – 12mm)
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The beautiful gift set of  Swarovski PAW jewellery

Each piece is made with love by Maryanne, using an Apoxie Clay and then she hand sets each of the Swarovski Chatons (ie. the crystals).

My Beaded Designs original Swarovski PAW Print Necklace was designed and created almost 3 years ago.  The very first PAW Print necklace was donated to Urban Cat Relief (UCR) in memory of a kitten that volunteers tried to save, but couldn’t. Maryanne spent quite some time trying to figure out how to create something beautiful as a memory of such a sad event. Many tears were shed while Maryanne was making this first piece. And ever since that dreadful day when that kitten passed, she was determined to help UCR raise money so that they can do what they do best. Since that time she’s been able to create and donate to Cuddly Cats Rescue and Sanctuary and several other animal rescues and causes – donating $5 from the sale of every Swarovski PAW Print Necklace.  And she is now proudly known among these communities as “The PAW lady” :).

In 2014, Maryanne got involved in Toronto’s WorldPride event and introduced a few new pieces into the PAW collection:
– Rainbow PAW Print Necklaces/Keychains
– Love PAW Print Necklace/Keychains

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From now until the end of the year, Maryanne and My Beaded Designs will be donating $5 to the Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue (PSBR) in honour of Bert’s memory from every Swarovski PAW sold!! :)

Most of these Swarovski PAW Print Necklaces are priced at $15 (+shipping).

Orders can be made via the My Beaded Designs Facebook Page or via the Artfire Store (however, please note the store is not up-to-date).

Please use the code “PPMeow” when requesting your orders friends, so that the donations for PSBR can be tracked and collected easily from now until December 31, 2014.

For a Album of PAW Necklaces and options, click here.

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I am personally very pleased and proud to be wearing such a lovely, stylish symbol of puppy love in memory of  The Berto.  AND am trilled to be able to help support Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue in his memory at the same time  — Thanks so much Maryanne & My Beaded Designs. xo\

So, which ones are your favourites? And which ones are you gonna order?  Tell me – take pictures and post them to the FB page.  I wanna see you in your PAWs!

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Electro Swing Toronto’s Vintage Hollywood

We were at it again folks!

Electro Swing Toronto’s event this month was attended by moi and several TVSers (Toronto Vintage Society) to work the door and help judge the best dressed competition that is held each time an Electro Swing event happens.   Tonight’s theme:  VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD!

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DJ Medicineman (founder of Electro Swing in Toronto) often recruits TVS to help him with vintage related things – and so far these collaborations have been fantastic!!!  To see the other ones I’ve attended, click here , here and here.

 

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Me wearing what I was told is a “80s does 20s classic black Hollywood peplum dress (BlackMarket Vintage on WQW for $10).  And Joy!!!   Photo Credit: Shermette

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And Joy in an amazing Audrey Hepburn inspired look with jewels, gloves, cig holder and everything!  **swoon**

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Joy and Shermy … in their amazing vintage dresses giving their best vintage-non-smiling-bored faces.

Here we are on stage…trying to gauge audience applause for winners of Best Dressed: Dapper Dude and Dashing Dame:

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Check out my magical hair transformation courtesy of Jacquie – done in two mins flat in the green room at Revival!!!  Thanks Miss Jacquie :)

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My dress was a simple black – a classic hollywood look – with gold Lemay.  I was told is a “80s does 20s classic black Hollywood peplum dress (BlackMarket Vintage on WQW for $10).

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Collage -O-Fun had at Electro Swing Toronto’s Vintage Hollywood night!

 

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Me being ‘Door-Whore’ at Revival …

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TVSers: Jacquie (Founder of TVS), moi, Shermy and Joy

For complete photo album of the event, taken by David Tom Photography, click here.  AND to read about the event from Shermy’s perspective visit her blog Shermette. :)

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Fall Double Feature: Sporty Chic

Here it is folks ….. the LAST outfit post from our week long Fall Double Feature special. Hazza!!!

I hope you’ve been enjoying and following this FIRST SERIES on PPMeow!  Cassie from Style Cassentials and I had so much fun putting together this collaboration.  And we’d love to know what you thought too (use the comments section below to do just that, friends).

We’ve been discussing and putting our own unique twists to Fall trends ALL week.  If you missed any of my previous posts I’ll list them at the end of this one…so you can get yourself caught up and Fall ready! :)

Let us end this series  by being Sporty Chic!

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Waddya think of this triple-split shot taken by LawreneceKerrPhotography …whist I was ‘getting camera ready’ in the mirror? Kinda clever huh…

This was the hardest of all the Fall looks for me to put together this week, from my existing wardrobe.

Truth be told, dressing down or sporty isn’t something I do regularly.  Seeing as I work from home, I revel in the opportunities to leave the house — and when I do I always wanna dress up, rather than dress down :)

So this was a good challenge for me.

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Of course, these high-top platform sneaks help give the whole look a more casual-sporty-vibe.  I try to avoid wearing sweaters with jackets in the Fall – so in an effort to keep warm for Fall temperatures, a simple black n’ white patterned pashmina scarf worked out perfectly.  And then for a third pattern, my zebra clutch.

Profs II-18How I Got The Look:

Tri-colour stripped cardi & mauve skirt from Reitmans; High-top kicks from Torrid; Zebra clutch from AlterEgo Clothing and the black n’ white pashmina scarf and hoop earrings were gifted

How much do you love this diagonal zip jacket Miss Cassie is wearing? And that fabulous cuff – LOVE IT!  Head over to Style Cassentials for all the details on how Cassie has styled the trends.  Or visit her Facebook page here.

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Cassie of Style Cassentials

And just in case….if you’ve missed a few from the special Fall Double Feature?  Not to fear…

Loving Leather click here;    Sweater Glamour click here;       Modern Monochrome click here;

Blooms on Black click here;       Blue Hues click here;     Mad for Plaid click here

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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