fashion

three things // for fall

October 7, 2013

maybelline colour whisper "a plum prospect" "mark's work wearhouse" hoodie pact tights purple

1 | Maybelline Colour Sensational Colour Whisper Lip Colour Is it a lipstick? A gloss? A stain? A balm? And could they use the word colour a few more times in the product name? I don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but I do know this lip stuff is fantastic. This shade is “A Plum Prospect” – which seems more “beet” than “plum”, but that’s just fruit and veggie semantics. It feels a little more fall than fuschia, but not quite as glamour puss as red. The formula melts into your lips like a balm, has colour payoff like a lipstick, and just a bit of shine without being goopy.

2 | Denver Hayes HD1 Dots Hoodie On the other end of the style scale, I’ve been wearing this hoodie pretty much every moment of my life since the leaves started to fall. I’m not winning any style prizes dressing like a 12-year-old, but a cozy hoodie is part of my wardrobe essentials once the weather gets cool. And if you’re already dressing like a 12-year-old, you might as well go all-out and wear polka dots too. Bonus: it’s also water-repellant, which I learned while carrying my kid into the house in a rainstorm at 1 a.m. the other night after he finally passed out in the car.

3 | Pact Autumn Orchid Arrow Tights This is the first thing I’ve ever bought based solely on an Instagram photo. I picked up these Pact tights at Grey Rock Clothing Co., a boutique in downtown Guelph that stocks only sweatshop-free clothing. The colour was what sold me, but their cozy organic cotton/nylon blend fabrication, textured chevron pattern and the knowledge that every PACT purchase lends a hand to low-income entrepreneurs who want to start their own small businesses (something I can definitely get behind) are what make me strut when I wear them (not at the same time as the hoodie).

*This is NOT a sponsored post, and it does not contain affiliate links. I have purchased and used/worn all of the products included above – so you can trust that I really, really heart them, and that you’ll probably heart them too.

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biking in a skirt

May 22, 2013

There’s not much that can make riding a bike better, except maybe riding a bike in a skirt. (Okay, maybe riding a bike in a skirt and heels – which I have yet to master.) I can’t be the only one who feels incredibly stylish and (perhaps a bit ironically) incredibly empowered doing so.

It’s challenging, yes, but it’s really all about the shape of the skirt. And until now, pencil skirts have been completely out of the cycling fashion equation, because even if you could manage to pedal while wearing one, there’s still the issue of mounting and dismounting your ride with a bit of propriety.

The brilliant “Reveal” skirt designed by Iva Jean marries this wardrobe staple with the functionality required to actually ride. It unzips in the back to let loose an extra 12 inches of stretchy fabric so your knees and legs can move as fast as they need to. Genius.

Is it any wonder these beauties are backordered until July?

+ And another thing: love this post from the Iva Jean blog on Why Women Bike. I’ll be following up on that in a future post.

via A Cup of Jo

Photos courtesy of Iva Jean

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of a kind // eyelet

March 28, 2013

Spring 2013 trend eyelet

As fabric goes, eyelet is kind of made for spring. And in my online window shopping lately, it’s been popping up in the most interesting places.

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