Faux Fur: A Hibernating Bloggers Best Friend

topshop pom toque with guess fur scarf
topshop pom pom hat with guess fur scarf
topshop pom pom hat with guess fur scarf
topshop pom pom hat with guess fur scarf
topshop pom pom hat with guess fur scarf
topshop pom pom hat with guess fur scarf
topshop pom pom hat with guess fur scarfJacket, Blank NYC c/o Nordstrom. Jeans, Hollister. Pom pom hat, Topshop. Scarf, Guess. Turtleneck, H&M. Boots, Dollhouse.

I tend to go into hibernation mode in the wintertime…surfacing rarely for food or the odd necessity. Case in point the day we took these photos, we had been on a 3+ day hibernation stint when we finally decided to venture out for coffee.

Seeing as how it was freezing out all I wanted to do was bundle myself up in something soft, fluffy, and warm so I opted to give these new faux fur goodies a try. To be honest…this wasn’t the way I had envisioned debuting these beauties and part of me was kicking myself in the ass for dropping the ball on styling these in a cuter way before the deep freeze. But blame it on the hibernation I suppose!

Nevertheless my boring outfit consisting of boyfriend jeans and chunky turtleneck needed a pick me upper and the faux fur accessories brought some life into the mix. Not sure if it was the obnoxiously oversized pom pom hat or the slightly-over-the-top fur stole, but the pieces added some fun textures to the look. It’s definitely nothing glamorous but truly represents a hibernating blogger’s ootd for a coffee run in between cozy snuggle sessions.

What are some of your favourite things to do in the winter?

xo

Making Winter Cuter with Pom Beanies

cardigan with free people tunic
cardigan with free people tunic

cardigan with free people tunic
cardigan with free people tunic
cardigan with free people tunic
cardigan with free people tunic
cardigan with free people tunic

cardigan with free people tunicPom beanie, Free People. Cardigan (Madewell) c/o Nordstrom. Dress c/o Free People. Boots, Aldo. Ring, Samantha Wills. Choker, bebe.

Winter is not a fashion show. Words that haunted me growing up and wisdom that I chose to ignore much to my dear mother’s dismay. But tell that to a girl who lives and breathes Vogue magazines, worships Jeanne Beker and watches Fashion Television religiously. Like every time it aired on City TV (prior to the emergence of the Fashion Television Channel for all my non millennial readers). Dressing cute and fashionable always seemed like a better trade-off than staying warm and I must admit I’ve endured my fair share of ass-freezings over the  years in an attempt to do so.

Luckily with age comes wisdom and I’ve accepted that winter can be a fashion show – when done properly. Which leads me to talk about winter hats. Not really something that I’ve been into, but my boyfriend’s nagging over the years finally convinced me to start wearing them. So over the last two years as I’ve attempted to embrace winter hats I’ve actually become addicted to them. Not sure why I was so against them, as I used to rock baseball hats all the time back in the day, but maybe it was because they just weren’t as cute as they are now. Enter the pom beanie, or even this beret style pom pom hat from Free People – over the top cuteness meant to keep one warm. For this reason (and of course because of our frigid winters), I’m expanding my collection one pom beanie at a time. 

With that being said, winter fashion doesn’t have to be dull or boring. Simply making weather appropriate choices while staying on trend is a great way to turn winter into a fashion show.

xo

Hidden Gems

vintage pitcher as vaseTo celebrate the opening of a new Value Village store in Mississauga (a suburb of Toronto), I was invited back to shop the store and challenge a $50 budget. For those of you who may not be familiar, Value Village is a thrift retailer that offers affordable clothing and household goods in a clean, department store-like setting. If you’ve been following my blog you would recall that last summer I was able to get two outfits (here) and (here) out of that budget.

Thrifting can be a hit or miss, and at times one may end up leaving with the most remarkable vintage find. And that is exactly what happened here.  While my intention was to put together a winter look I simply didn’t have much luck in the clothing department.  So I started wandering the store for inspiration – and boy did I ever find it in the housewares section!

vintage pitcher used as vaseIt all started when I spotted a floral keepsakes box. I already have a few of these throughout my home, and figured another couldn’t possibly hurt. I loved the ‘Live Laugh Love’ motif and knew  this would be a perfect opportunity to challenge a $50 budget on home decor. 

live laugh love keepsake boxAfter having settled on the box as my decor starting point, the next step was to find items that would compliment its’ floral and Parisienne motif. Right away I pictured a white vase full of flowers with artwork to compliment the design of the box. So now came the fun part…thrifting for aforementioned items.

Finding artwork was a breeze – I even scored a framed mirror which had been on my home decor wish list for quite some time. I’m always burning candles so it was a no brainer when I saw these mirrored-glass candle holders. The only snag I hit (which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise) was that I could not find an appropriate white vase. 

mirrored glass candle holders

This glass pitcher (which I’m guessing is vintage based on the detailing) kept catching my eye every time I walked by it, until eventually I decided to forgo the white vase in lieu of this beauty. Best decision I I made that night – I am actually thankful that I wasn’t able to find a white vase or else I would have passed up on this gem! It’s hard to imagine that such pretty items would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, which is why I think it’s great that Value Village teams up with local nonprofit parters to divert more than 650 million pounds of used goods from landfills each year. These reused goods are put into the hands of people who will give them a new life.

flower plaque with mirrored glass candle holders

Well, and there you have it my friends…whether you are looking to just incorporate a few one of a kind pieces into your existing decor, or to create an entire display, $50 at Value Village can take you a long way.
Another really neat thing about my shopping night was that one of the store managers gave me a behind the scenes of the whole process. Aside from accepting donations (for which they offer a discount on their merchandise), Value Village purchases their clothing from local nonprofit organizations. More than 100,000 items are out on the sales floor at any given time, carrying everything from clothing and accessories, to housewares and electronics. Up to 10,000 new items are placed on the floor daily, and any items that exceed their in-store ‘season’ are then further passed down to charities or recycled. Love how everything keeps getting re-used.

xo


All housewares c/o Value Village.