All-black Winter + Art Child

I wore this outfit to the Art Child workshop + fashion show yesterday. My friend, and local fashion designer, the extremely talented Amy Scarlett, designed eight pieces for the fashion show. On the way to the show, my sister snapped a few pictures for me in front of this gorgeous wall in the Glebe. I thought it was a great location for the occasion! That rhymes. 

The event really proved the importance of art, both for children and adults. They auctioned off paintings, had craft groups for kids and beauty/fashion booths for the adults. This is what I typically look like these frigid winter days. I braved the cold to wear my glittery shoes. I wore them at the cost of cold toes because I just couldn't handle everything being black.

what I'm wearing:

headscarf: value village, $3
scarf: gifted
coat: creenstone, rikochet resale, $260
pants: bcbg, rikochet resale, $20
shoes: winners, $15
mittens: joe fresh, $4

My favourite Amy Scarlett look. 

Me and my twin, Lisa at the show. Isn't she stunning?

All photos taken by Lisa Kidd and myself. 

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Lady In Gold

I wore this outfit to Rosie's Mom's Retirement party. There was a live cover band and lots of food, candy, and love. The band played hits from the 70s and 80s (a recipe for a good time). The party was tonnes of fun- we danced and laughed the night away. I'm so happy for her mom and glad she celebrated properly: like a rockstar.   

This is the first time I've had the chance to wear my new gold and white beaded jacket and white beaded pumps. The verdict: they were both super comfy and most importantly made me feel shiny and glamorous. The beads were given to everyone as they entered the party, adding a nice pop to my all-black top and leggings. My whole outfit cost under $60 which goes to show that you don't need to spend tonnes of money on a party outfit as long as you keep an eye out for unique pieces and smart bargains.

Thank you to Michael for taking time out of the party to snap a few shots for my blog.

jacket: niteline della roufogali, thrift store in the royal, $6
top: rikochet resale, $8
leggings: sirens, $10 
pumps: caparros, value village, $13
ring: borrowed from Soup (sister)
cuffs: forever 21, $5-10

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Toats The Best Tots

Like the rest of the world, I got a little off track food-wise over the holidays. In getting back on track, I've been looking for fun, fresh, and healthy recipes and tools to help me. In specifically searching for something to eat for lunch, I came across these Zuchini Cupcakes. Although they look tasty and I do intend on making them one day, I felt they were too much of a 'sweet treat' substitute to bring them for lunch. I showed the recipe to my sister and she said she saw a similar one that seemed easier to make. These were called Zuchini Tots. I decided to combine the two recipes- as I liked the greek yogurt dressing idea from the first and breadcrumbs from the second. I added some ham and cooked spinach to them and they came out delicious! 

Zucchini Tots w Greek Yogurt Recipe

What I used:

  • 7 eggs 
  • 4-5 tbsp Italian-flavoured breadcrumbs (don't add to much or they'll taste too dry)
  • 3/4 one zucchini, shredded
  • handful of pan-cooked spinach 
  • 4 slices of ham, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. parmesan or marble cheese (in the mixture and sprinkled on top)
  • half an onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
*makes 11 medium sized tots.


Beat 7 eggs in a bowl.  

Wash and chop the spinach, then cook in a pan for 3 minutes.

Shred the zucchini with a cheese grater and chop the onion.

Add 4-5 tbsp. of breadcrumbs.

Stir the eggs, cheese, ham, zucchini, and breadcrumbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour mixture into a muffin pan. *optional: sprinkle parmesan cheese on top

Let them cool while you take pictures ;)

Add plain greek yogurt on top. *I loved it but it's not for everyone.

Hope you liked this recipe! I took them for lunch the next day and they kept me full all afternoon since they're packed with protein! They are TOATS the best tots.

All photos taken by me.

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Foggy Sunday

The weather in Ottawa today was rather foggy. You can''t really tell from these pictures but the city was filled with fog today! Although it looked really cool and it was warmer than usual, fog is pretty dangerous for driving so it's important to drive slow and pay attention on the roads. Since it was a mild day I decided to take my new trench coat out for a spin. I paired the coat with bright pops to balance out the darkness of the coat and boots. I'm wearing one of my favourite tops- a birthday gift this year from my best friend Rosie. My bag was last month's splurge that ended my 5-month quest for my perfect everyday bag. Well, I'm off to watch the Golden Globes! Enjoy your Sunday evening/Monday morning/whatever day it is, wherever you are!

All photos taken by Lisa Kidd.

 coat: apropos, new to you, $8
shirt: serge nancel, gifted
vest: value village, $4
pants: old navy, $14
bag: kgb black label, winners, $80
pin: value village, $3
hat: gifted
boots: dr. martens, gifted 

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Vogue-Inspired Gardenia

I gave into Gwen's eyes and picked up this month's issue of Vogue. I also purchased the issue was because I had just watched the film 'In Vogue: The Editor's Eye' and gained a new appreciation and understanding for the magazine. I'm not a huge magazine buff so I had only purchased Vogue a few times (shocking, I know). The film is narrated by the current Vogue editor-in-chief (need I say her name?) Anna Wintour dressed in MY FAVOURITE PRADA COLLECTION suit. Five seconds in I was already committed to watching the entire thing simply to admire Anna in this suit. The film brings to life the real meaning of fashion and the intricate art and work that is put into styling fashion editorial shoots. 

"Vogue is a fashion magazine, and a fashion magazine is about change," says Anna. She really put into perspective what fashion is about. "Fashion is an indication of the times," said Anna in the film. And she's right. For example, the thrifting trend arose from the recession and acts as an indication of the economic times. Everything she says in the film makes so much sense and really made me think.

Screenshot of Anna Wintour wearing a gorgeous Prada suit in the film. Picture hyperlinked to source.

Back to the January Vogue, the first Vogue of 2013 (best year of life): If you have a chance to flip through and look at the entire Spring shoot, I strongly suggest it- it's absolutely stunning.  Styled by legendary Creative Director at American Vogue, Grace Coddington, this shoot 
immediately inspired and amazed me. In the first page, the models are wearing pieces from Prada's SS '13 show. I love what Prada is doing lately with the mod prints and this collection was Spring perfection in my opinion. PS- they're wearing leather socks. Amazing right?

Picture hyperlinked to source.
My ouftit here is inspired by the flowers and pastel colours in this shoot. These pants are easily my favourite pants right now and I can't wait to wear them in the Spring too!   

Photos of me taken by me.

blazer: h&m, $20
top: cynthia rowley, winners, $20
pants: h&m, $20
headscarf: new to you, $2.50
necklace: forever 21, $12
rings: various, $6-14
boots: dr. martens, gifted 
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Temptations took over.

A week into my shopping hiatus proved to be quite the challenge. Such a challenge, in fact, that my shopping addiction took over me. I found out about a thrift store that I had never been to and my curiosity of what could be waiting for me took over and I went to simple take a "peak". Also, being that I've probably visited almost every thrift shop in the city, the fact that I had never been to this one irked me. 

The shop is called "New To You" and it's located in the basement of an Anglican church in Westboro. I really liked the name because it is simple and completely describes why I like to thrift. 

Once I got home, and realized what I had done, I immediately felt guilty and disappointed in myself. I had broken my resolution only a week after I had set it. This was something I really thought I could do but the fact that I went shopping proved that my problem is larger than I originally thought. 

I've decided not to give up on my hiatus and to see this as a bump in the road, for lack of a better phrase. I've extended my hiatus to a week into March and plan to stick to it this time. 

I hope this encourages you to not give up on your resolutions, what ever they may be, even if you get off track sometimes. 

Here's what I bought:


 Apropos black trench coat with leather details and tartan removable wool lining: $8

I simply adore this coat! This is my first black trench coat and it's warm enough with the wool lining to wear in the early spring. 

 Joe Fresh black linen blazer with complimentary silk pocket scarf: $2

I was drawn to this blazer firstly by the brand name (I'm a huge fan of Joe) and second by the adorable scarf that was sitting in the pocket. I honestly probably wouldn't have bought it without seeing the way it looked with the pocket scarf even though I can usually visualize thrift store pieces in different ways. This will come in handy come spring. 

 White piece of (rabbit?) fur: $1

I think I fell into a thrift store haze when I purchased this item. Long after I bought it I contemplated why I bought it. I think I thought it was a stole or useful in someway, until I really looked and realized it was simply a piece of fur. After much thought, I decided that I would make it into a clutch in the future since I've always wanted a fur clutch. Wish me luck.

Union jack pencil case: $0.50

As a lover of all things British  I had to have this. I will probably either use it as a makeup bag or pencil case but it can be used to store almost anything that will fit. 

Green mod-print scarf: $2.50

As you know, I'm a tad obsessed with the whole mod style. I don't have many mod print scarves (if any) and I really wanted to get back into the habit of wearing head scarves again. They're great for bad hair days and boring outfit days. I'm thinking of making a video or picture tutorial of the various ways I like to wear headscarves because I usually only see them on people with longer hair. Yay or nay?

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Bejeweled collar kinda night.

These pictures are from Rosie's birthday. To celebrate her 21st birthday, we went out to her favourite bar called Zaphods. They played my favourite dance song "212" and the night was complete for me. 

My outfit

I love the gold and black combination and I felt the multi-coloured jewels added some vibrancy. I originally purchased the skirt for my sister but she didn't like how it looked on so I've inherited it. The necklace was a Christmas gift from Rosie and I simply adore it. 

You'll also notice my coat- it's my first new winter coat in years and I love it so much. It's unique and exactly what I was looking for. I'd call it an investment piece because I paid more than I usually would for a coat but I know I'll wear it for years and years to come. 

Instagram pic: Me and Rosie

 necklace: h&m, gifted

bodysuit: american apparel, rikochet resale, $13

 skirt: h&m, $20

boots: durango, value village, $10
ear muffs: Chinatown shop in Toronto, $5
All pictures taken by Rosie.

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