Month: May 2014

Crop Stuff

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Lately, this has been one of my favorite looks to wear when I go out. It’s feminine enough to show off your curves, and it also shows just the right amount of skin to remind the world that you’re also a lady. The crop top is still a huge trend – a great basic piece to have in your wardrobe to mix and match with dressy and casual pieces. Here I paired my striped piece with a satin pencil skirt and ankle strap heels all from Sirens. Kept my accessories to a minimum, all in gold and finished with a patent clutch.

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Photography by Marvin Morgan

Sirens crop top

Sirens satin pencil skirt

Sirens ankle strap heels

Value Village patent clutch

Ardene belt

Black Market bracelet

Forever 21 watch

Urban Planet snake bracelet

Five N’ Dime – A Collective Pop Up Shop

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With summer surely on its way, what better way to kick start the warmer season than a little thrift shopping. Over the years thrift shopping has become quite popular and is often confused with vintage shopping. To clear the air a little, thrift shopping is not the same as vintage shopping. In fact thrifting is buying something for less than its original value. Vintage is a piece of clothing or an object bearing a time stamp of 20 years or that illustrates a particular era in history.

With that said, you can consider Five N’ Dime a shopping experiencing where you’re thrift shopping, but also buying vintage at the same time. Expect this event to bring out all the vintage lovers, followers and admirers. Not to mention, how affordable the prices are.

Founders Danielle Evans and Tinesha Richards specialize in new school vintage; modern trendy pieces with a mix of unique one of a kind vintage items. With a year and a half of pop-up shop successes under their belts, their aim is to transform the definition of thrift. They want to give new meaning to your general understanding of what it means to “thrift shop” by providing shoppers with the opportunity to browse through items selected carefully from some of their favorite places to shop such as New York and Toronto. More importantly, Five N’ Dime encourages and promotes affordability so all items are priced reasonably and nothing is over $25. Yes, you heard right, nothing is priced over $25.

“As students we understand that it is difficult to keep up with the latest trends when you have text books to buy, tuition to pay for, and all the other expenses that comes along with being a student. Because of this, everything sold at Five N’ Dime is $25 and under”, says the ladies.

In addition to offering trendy clothing and accessories at a discount, the ladies are also concerned with charitable matters. “We are also strong advocates for helping out our community; and therefore each year we find new ways to give back. This year we will be donating 20% of all earnings to the Urban Arts Toronto, Girls Group”.

Nothing like a shopping experience that also gives back. I’m all for it!

Biker Babe

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This is one of two of the biker jackets I own. I’ve had it for over 5 years now and to be honest it’s starting to show some wear and tear (sad face). I have though, been eyeing two replacement choices, one from H&M another from Zara – so next season I will make that decision. I paired this jacket from Suzy Shier with a mini skirt from Sirens to balance the look and a white V-neck t-shirt tucked in. The t-shirt is from Urban Outfitters and it’s absolutely one of my new favorite places to buy t-shirts. I really find that their t-shirts are made with the perfect amount of looseness to give you that relaxed look and feel. Super comfy of course and affordable too. To finish the look I wore one of the season’s hottest trends – ankle strap heels with buckle detail – also from Sirens. Accessories were kept to a minimum, with gold bangles and a gold watch.

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Photography by Marvin Morgan

Suzy Shier biker jacket

Urban Outfitters white V-neck t-shirt

Sirens printed mini skirt

Sirens ankle strap heels with buckle detail