I wore this to work last week but traded the shoes for black pumps. I've had these heels for so long but haven't had an occasion to wear them. They're too high for work and I just haven't had an opportunity to wear them. I figured they went really well with my orange ensemble. I fell in love with them because they remind me so much of Prada S/S '13

I've been trying to get into wearing more headscarfs. I wore one almost everyday one summer. I love how they look though so I think I'm going to try to remember to throw one on everyone once in a while. 

Summer sure is flying by. In just one week I get to meet my cousins babies and in three weeks I'm off to England for two weeks, and just shortly after that it's my birthday! HOLY MOLY. I may burst into confetti with excitement. 

How will you spend the last few weeks of summer?

Headscarf: Value Village, $3. Dress: H&M, $30. Shoes: Urban Outfitters, $34. Purse: Winners, $26. 

Photos by Lisa Kidd.

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Somebody Told Me

I wore this for a day of shopping and to see Stars and The Killers concert in Montreal with Lisa and Rosie. I had so much fun! I hadn't been to Montreal in a few months so it's always nice to go back. We arrived hours before the concert so we could fit in a decent amount of shopping as well as dinner. I knew the shopping portion of the day would require a lot of walking, waiting in lines, and sometimes running to snatch my size so I swapped the sequin top for a tank top and the flatforms for Nikes and changed before heading to the concert. I do this quite often when I have to get down to business during the day yet want to dress up a little more for the night. I'll often bring a pair of heels or flatforms in the car so I can quickly swap. 

I was really looking forward to shopping the Zara there since it's huge, carries XL, and always has sales. I found a couple of nice things but nothing I was in love with. I left empty-handed but we also went to H&M where I found a really cool white mesh t-shirt and some tropical print shorts - both on sale!

The concert was pretty awesome. I've never considered myself a huge fan of The Killers but I grew up listening to their songs and I knew they'd be great live. Stars was the opening band which was absolutely perfect. Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers, sounded amaaaaazing live. He truly has a unique and talented voice. 

Seen any good concerts lately?

Shirt: gifted from Lisa. Jeans: Joe Fresh, Value Village, $8. Flatforms: Zara, $40. Purse: Value Village, $4. Lips: Smitten by Joe Fresh. 

Photos by Lisa Kidd. 
The Killers. Source: MTV

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I wore this last week on a rainy night out for some gelato with friends. I was peer-pressured into buying this slip months ago with hopes of finding some way of wearing it. Weeks went by and I was still clueless. When I finally put it on and got to thinking, I decided to add some excitement to this plain piece with a leather jacket, black wide belt, combat boots, a bright oil slick purse, and a clean face. Because this dress is literally a slip, I felt that by adding some heavy darker pieces, it would look more like an outfit. I was pretty happy with the results! It just goes to show that you're never limited with your style when you think outside the box. I also don't limit myself to certain aisles while shopping. I've often shopped mens, kids, teens, night time, and sportswear. It's all about what you do with what you find! 

How's your summer so far? I've been catching rays, going to concerts, and eating A LOT of ice cream. 

Dress: Value Village, $6. Jacket: Danier, Value Village, $18. Purse: H&M, $3. Boots: Dr. Martens, gifted. Belt: Value Village, $3.

Photos by Aurelia.

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When I Grow Up

I think we all at some point imagine what we're going to be when we grow up. When we're young, we have big dreams. Doctor, actress, rock star, model, shop owner. And by the time we're graduated high school, that dream tends to no longer exist and we become more concerned about survival than anything. While this is a sad fact, I believe it's still possible to find a job you love that encapsulates your childhood dream, reality, and the present day job market and expenses. 

I'll be the first to say finding a job, any job, is difficult. Especially for new graduates of college or university who expect a little more than minimum wage. However, a careful mixture of passion, hard work, determination, persistence, a little bit of luck and a good outfit can certainly help generate leads and hopefully in turn, a job. 

I recently got to thinking about my childhood dreams and compared it to my current job. I found so many similarities and have decided to tell you how I've come to find the profession of my dreams and hopefully give you some insight on figuring out which path is right for you.

Let's start at the beginning. As a child I had many dreams. The first that I can remember is wanting to be a doctor. I wanted a job where I could help others and the uniform looked pretty awesome (to my naive and fashion-deprived eyes). I even had one of those pretend doctor bags and would walk around the house giving "check ups". Flashback to now, the sight of blood or needles makes me cringe but the compassionate side of me is still the same.

Me circa mid-90s. I still wear my helmet inproperly.
Next, I moved on to being a mail-man (yes, I called it that). I would get paper and a marker and force my dad to tell me how to spell things. I would write everyone a long letter with the four words I knew how to spell and put them in my "mail-bag", go around the house and deliver the mail. I was really busy. 

As I matured to the age of 7/8, I decided I wanted to become an actress. I even convinced my mom to put me in acting classes (they were actually really fun). I was always a different character around the house and would put on dances and plays with my cousins in my basement. My mom also built us a stage complete with red curtains and dressing area in the back. You're awesome, mom. 

Back to the story. If you examine these three childhood dreams closely, you can pull out skills and desires. Doctor: helping people, making a difference, health care. Mail-man: writing, publishing, sharing my writing, androgynous dressing (if you'd call that a skill). Actress: expressing myself creatively, speaking in front of others, building self-confidence. 

Rockin that lipstick. Nothing's changed. 

It's well-known among my friends and family that I love what I do. They sometimes laugh at how overly enthusiastic I am about my job and how much I loved school. I still rant about how much I loved Algonquin College. 

I work at The Royal on the Communications team. I do a lot of writing, speaking, and connecting with the public both in person and via social media. These tasks are essentially my three childhood dreams combined. Once I realized this, it all made sense why I love what I do. 

Live-tweeting one of our events at work. 
If you're feeling lost career-wise, try this:

Pretend your five. Ask yourself: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

Don't give up on your dreams because if you have to do something for eight hours a day, you better enjoy it. I believe your work should be a place of inspiration, growth, and learning. You deserve to feel excited to go to work everyday! Trust me, it's an unbelievably amazing feeling. 

This post was in part inspired by a video Jonathan sent me. 

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. And don't stop dreaming!

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How do you like my Farrah Fawcett hair? I wore this for a disco night (called "Fever" at Babylon) out for my friend's birthday. I wanted to look full on 70s. It started with the hair and then I bought some hoops (the biggest ones they had) and then wore my floral wide leg pants, a black bodysuit and my platform sandals. The pants and purse are recent thrift finds you may recognize from my latest thrift haul video. I had so much fun grooving and boogie-ing down and my outfit allowed for comfort and also kept me cool. 

In other news, I'm super excited to see Stars and The Killers in concert tomorrow in Montreal and of course get up to some shopping and dining with Lisa and Rosie. It's supposed to be nice out so I need an outfit that will carry me from day to night that won't bore me to death but will also be comfy and versatile.. BRB going to tear up my closet in search of miracles.. stay tuned. 

Bodysuit: Forever 21+ $12.50. Pants: Value Village, $4. Sandals: Joe Fresh, $10. Hoops: Ardene, $3.50. Bag: Goodwill, $8. Rings: Ardene. 

photos by Rosie Waugh.

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A Little Bit Closer

Bluesfest is a summer tradition in Ottawa. It's the city's biggest music festival that attracts thousands each year. It's really not what you're thinking though. It's not really a blues- themed music festival because it includes all genres of music from pop to folk, indie to rock and even country. I generally go once or twice during the two week festival each year. It kind of symbolizes the beginning of summer to me. This year my chosen must-see act was Tegan and Sara. I recently became obsessed with their music and once I heard they were coming, I knew I had to go. Their performance was energetic, authentic, and they sounded amazing. I have to say they're so cute. They were really nice and appreciative of their fans. I truly feel like they're so easy-going and fun to be around (like, if we we're friends in RL, you know.)

This is what I wore because the forecast called for rain (which didn't occur!). I wore my new kicks which I recently thrifted along with my F21 jeans which you see me wear all the time, as well as a bright orange tank and a silver necklace. Excuse my 80s windblown hair-do. This look is pretty casual but I wanted to be comfy as well as cover up in case it did rain. 
Pullover: Got it for FREE since it was a BOGO deal, Goodwill. Tank: Joe Fresh, $6. Jeans: Forever 21+, $18. Shoes: BDG, Goodwill, $15. Necklace: gifted. Purse: Value Village, $4. 
Photos by Lisa Kidd.
Necessary ice cream, Tegan and Sara, Jonathan and Me. 
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VIDEO: Summer #ThriftLife

I've gone thrifting WAY too much lately but have found so many amazing things. Like I promised, here's a new haul video featuring my thrifting highlights from the past couple weeks. Also, you'll notice my twin Lisa in the video - she's also a major thrifter (maybe not as crazy as me but she finds really cool stuff too!). 

Please grab a tea and take a few minutes to watch and subscribe! 


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