Thursday, July 7, 2011

Denim & Sunshine

These pictures are actually pretty old... I'm still way behind in posting! Almost two months behind :/ Still, I'd wear this outfit (minus the tights) any day! I paired my dark wash denim shirt with my yellow linen skirt,and wore my neutral-coloured platform clogs :)

I also wore my silver leather jacket! Of course, haha ;)

Just a quick post today. Can't wait for Big Brother tonight!

Shirt: vintage, from Hazel's
Skirt: J. Crew, from Frenchy's
Tights: Wal-MArt
Jacket: Suzy Shier
Clogs: Spring

Happy dressing!
Mitzi xo

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Summer always makes me feel nostalgic, especially during lazy afternoons spent in my bedroom at my parents' house. A previous owner finished the attic to look like a treehouse, and he used the space as a workshop for his model trains. The room really does look like a treehouse, all finished in wood with big windows out of which you can see the tops of the trees! It's a very special room, And I have so many great memories of time spent up there.

The attic became my bedroom when I was fifteen, after my friends and I started having sleepovers up there. My parents suggested it, and I was thrilled as I had never considered it to be a possibility! It made for a very cool bedroom, with the slanted ceilings and the floor pillows my mom made for "hanging out." There was all kinds of space for people to sleep over, and on any given weekend I had at least four people staying the night!

When I returned to my hometown to attend university (after a couple of years at another school), the attic became mine again -- this time to be shared with Billy! We've really made it our own, and I'm sure we've benefitted from the energy of such a cool space. I'm going to miss it when we move out :) I'm going to do a post soon with pictures of the room, something I've been meaning to do for ages!

On to the outfit! This was an outfit that came together when the pale green blouse and the mosaic-printed tennis skirt were hanging next to each other. They looked so great that I had to combine them! I chose all-black accent pieces, opting for some print-mixing with my striped tights and patent belt, and my black cardigan.

I wore my patent crossover heels, and my multistrand pearl necklace, which unfortunately I didn't get a picture of! D'oh ;)

In other fun news, I've just recently discovered ohhhhh my goodness. I've been working through the Fall ready-to-wear collections, and I'm so excited!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and happy belated Canada Day to my country-bloggers! Happy 4th of July (tomorrow) to my American friends tomorrow too :D

Blouse: Banana Republic, from Hazel's
Skirt: Wilson, from Hazel's
Belt: from Hazel's
Tights: H&M
Cardigan: Suzy Shier
Shoes: Spring
Necklace: from Value Village

Happy dressing!
Mitzi xo

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Come Sail Away

I often find it difficult to describe my personal "style," because there are so many looks that I love! Anything vaguely Parisian I'm all over, and sometimes I feel romantic, and sometimes I like androgynous looks, and sometimes I go for rocker style... but one that's very near and dear to me (hence the name of my blog... sort of?) is nautical! Something about navy and stripes and tailoring melts my heart!

Although I was born in Toronto, I grew up in the Maritime city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. My childhood was full of foggy trips to the waterfront, playing on the boat-shaped playground and peering into the murky harbour water to see if I could find any creatures! I still love the salty smell to the air around beaches (although harbour smell is a bit different... haha...), and water is a constant inspiration to me.

This was a fun little outfit, representing not only my love for nautical looks, but also for orange-and-blue colour combinations! I went a bit nuts with it this time, but I love the result and felt very "me" in this outfit. The orange contributions are the striped shirt, my lipstick (L'Oreal Paris Color Riche in Ornage Fever: love it), and my sort-of-orangey tan heels! My navy skirt and turquoise-blue belt are the most apparent blues, and my tights are actually a steel-blue colour, although they look more grey in these pictures. I carried my pale blue purse, but ehh, maybe a bit of overkill? Oh well!

Heh, for anyone who has noticed, yes, my silver jacket is still kicking... I plant to wear it until it falls apart. I've been thinking about trying to copy it, which could be an interesting foray into the world of faux-leather! Hmm!

Alrighty, I'm off to play sewing at my friend's house :D And hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to finish my sundress so I can show you! Hooray!

Shirt: Old Navy, from Value Village
Skirt: Tommy Hilfiger, from Hazel's
Belt: vintage, from Frenchy's
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Spring
Jacket: Suzy Shier
Purse: Crazy Horse, from Value Village

Happy dressing!
Mitzi xo

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sunsets and Straw Hats

I'm in love with the straw hats people are wearing this summer! I had been looking for the perfect one for a while when I stumbled upon this baby at an Aldo store in Montreal. So summery, right?!

I went for a playful look the first time I planned an outfit around the hat, choosing my flowy floral skirt, a puffed/ruched-sleeve top, and pigtails! My silver belt and ruffly sandals added some more fun :)

I wish I had a better picture of the hat! I guess I'll have to wear it again sometime, haha ;) Here's one I took on the way home from the trip to Montreal.

The brim of the hat narrows in the back, and it has a sort of bow detail on the left-hand side. The trim is a greyish colour, which is also braided into the straw. Love!!!

I've recently started watching Supernatural with Billy. So good! And so scary sometimes, haha. I'm finishing up the 4th season now, and Billy is bringing the 5th season home tonight! Yay!

Top: from Japan, bought at Hazel's
Skirt: vintage, from Bargains at the Bridge
Belt: vintage, from Value Village
Hat: Aldo
Sandals: Winners
Jacket: Suzy Shier

Happy dressing!
Mitzi xo

Monday, June 13, 2011


One of my favourite things about spring is the giant forsythia bush in my yard bursting into bloom! It always means that warm temperatures and sunshine are on their way. Both are in full-force now, but it was exciting the day these pictures were taken to be able to wear bare legs!

I decided to save the post I was all excited about for a few days from now -- I'm almost at my 200th post! I can't believe it! I suppose it's been almost a year since I started blogging, or it will be in August. Craaaazy!

This outfit was a throw-together work outfit, but I like how it turned out! The green skirt is always fun, and I hadn't worn this fluttery-sleeved t-shirt in a long time because it's surprisingly hard to style. Ehh. I added my purple flats for more fun colour, and my silver leather jacket served as outerwear. It's such a go-to piece, I don't know what I'm going to do when it falls apart like it's threatening to!

The belt I'm wearing is actually a pale grey colour. It came with the gorgeous grey pleated vintage dress I wore here (oldie alert!) and here. I need to wear that dress soon, it's perfect for summer!

Oh yeah! Flowers :D Forsythia make me happy, but they're not my favourite flower. I really love calla lilies, and also tiger lilies. I worked at a flower shop for a while and it ended up being one of the most traumatizing work experiences of my life -- you'd think flower-people would be nice! But I still like flowers (sometimes), and yep, calla and tiger lilies are my faves :D What's your favourite flower?

I was about to write "happy Tuesday" but then I remembered that it's only Monday. Oh boy. That happens to me so often! Haha. But anyway, happy Monday!

T-shirt: Old Navy, from Hazel's
Skirt: vintage, hand-me-up from sister
Belt: vintage, from Hazel'
Shoes: Wal-Mart
Bag: from Hazel's
Jacket: Suzy Shier
Sunglasses: H&M c. 2008

Happy dressing!
Mitzi xo

Sunday, June 12, 2011


It's spider/bug season in Atlantic Canada, so I'm doing my best to muster up the positives! Spiders are my least favourite thing ever. Every time I see one I FREAK OUT. Lately I'm getting better, sometimes I can even look at them for a bit and only freak out inside, in that whole-body-goes-cold and mind-goes-blank sort of way! I only actually scream now when they ctch me off guard, like when they lurch down from the ceiling in front of my face or when they show up in such inopportune places as the shower or on a book on the bookshelf. You know?

Funnily enough, I don't mind other bugs at all really. Even june bugs, which are kind of like round orange-bottomed cicadas (maybe?), don't get a rise out of me! Most people are terrified that the june bugs will go in their hair. I've never had it happen though. The june bugs came early this year, and almost every street has a few crushed june bugs with their orange guts smeared on the road. Ew, but not ahhh!!

One bug I DO like is the ladybug! I'm sure most people would agree. Ladybugs have always been a positive force for me, because they're my mama's favourite thing ever. She has all kinds of ladybug stuff, and whenever I see ladybugs I think of her! We even have a ladybug doorknocker, which you can see in the background of most of these photos. I love when I find one, because I can pick it up and let it crawl on me until it decides to fly away. AND they're supposed to bring good luck!

This outfit kind of reminds me of a ladybug, with its red and its prints. Clearly ladybugs are not striped, nor are they irregular-plaid printed, but they are definitely stylish! Haha. I love how each ladybug is diferent, and how on real ladybugs their spots are not uniform, kind of like the mottled background on the t-shirt I'm wearing. I liked the contrast between the print on the t-shirt and the different-widthed striped on this long cardigan. To keep it light, I wore a navy belt in the beltloops of my red shorts, and I put on navy tights because it was still a tad too chilly for bare legs when these photos were taken!

These shorts are vintage, and looked pretty wonky at first -- they need to be belted to hide the elastic gathering at the back, and they're an awkward length. Rolling-up to the rescue! I strongly believe that if an article of clothing is the right colour and fits, anything can be made to work for you. Working at a used-clothing store, I notice that lots of people pass over what I consider to be amazing pieces, probably because they can't think of how they would wear it. Sometimes I think it would be a lot of fun to work as a low-budget personal stylist, helping other people to shop in thrift and second-hand stores to find unique, flattering wardrobes that wouldn't break their piggybanks. Hmm!

Ahh! I know I'm being wordy today, but. This cardigan is from my first-ever visit to Forever 21. WHAAAAT why don't I live near one!! I bought this cardigan and a sweet stripy dress which I'll unveil soon, as well as the sweetest floral denim shorts I've ever had the plasure of putting my butt in. Holy moly did I ever love just about everything in that store. I went when I was in Montreal, and I'm pretty sure that's the closest one to my neck of the woods. Darn. They even had an impressive men's section for my friend Matty! And their prices are so low!! 

All right lovely ladybugs! I'm done for now. Hope you liked the outfit! The next one is so exciting I can barely contain myself. I absolutley loved wearing it! And I have a bit of a rant to include too ;) Stay tuned!

T-shirt: hand-me-up from sister
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shorts: vintage, from Hazel's
Tights: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Ardene, from Value Village
Belt: vintage, from Hazel's

Happy dressing!
Mitzi xo
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