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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Green Blossom

Green blouse: Old Navy / Pants: Joe Fresh / Sweater: F21 / Shoes: Topshop / Belt and Hat: Thrifted / Earrings: Lia Sophia

Who would of thought that outfit inspiration could come from a pair of earrings? A couple of weeks ago, jewellery company Lia Sophia sent Jackie and I a few lovely samples of their collection. I really loved the earrings you see in the photos above and went ahead and fashioned an outfit using the green and peachy gold colour combination as my muse. Didn't have to look too far as I was really excited to wear these new Joe Fresh patterned jeans to welcome the spring weather. I also love the combination of all these fresh earthy tones and how refreshing it is to not be wearing any more black. Yay Spring!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jackie's Hair Tutorials: Heidi Braid

heidi milkmaid braid hair tutorial
heidi milkmaid braid hair tutorial
Photos by Kyler Kelly

1) Separate your hair into two sections
2) Braid one side and then tie it so it doesn't undo itself
3) Braid the other side and pull it over the top of your head to the other ear
4) Pin the braid in place with one or two bobby pins
5) Untie the first braid and pull it over the top of your head tucking the ends underneath the other braid
6) Insert lots of bobby pins to hold the braids in place!
                                                     

Monday, April 14, 2014

Embellish Me

Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Michael Kors Bromley boots beaded sweater dress lia sophia necklace smokey eye
Photos by Kyler Kelly

Lightinthebox sweater/Michael Kors boots/lia sophia necklace/old leggings

Who doesn't love a piece that can multi-task? Every woman should own a couple of good ol' fashioned embellished tops. They aren't just tops, they aren't just jewelry, they're both! One of my go-tos is this Lightinthebox number, which instantly turns what could be a plain sweater dress into a knock-out number. Pairing an brown sweater dress with black leggings and sleek leather boots could potentially make this look take a somber turn, but the jewels and beading are the perfect feminine rocker touch to really elevate the ensemble from boring to bold. And the cherry on top in this happily eclectic marriage is this hardcore pearl necklace gifted to us by the jewelry company lia sophia, soon to be celebrating their 5th anniversary. I have a soft spot for pearls and this young, edgy, stylized version of a typical pearl necklace really speaks to my love of blending looks for a more intriguing outcome. Some daring combos are better left in the closet than on the streets (I'm sorry, but very few people can pull off the electric blue eye shadow, fuchsia lipstick and leopard-print bodysuit) but I really love the romantic edginess this look embodies. Fashion is a fine line...a squiggly line that goes all over the place, but fine nonetheless!
                                                                           

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sugar Shackin' Chic

sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
sugar shack fashion sweater leather leggings army rainboots vintage jewelry
Hat and Necklace: Vintage / Coat: Target / Leggings: American Apparel / Boots: Wal-Mart / Handbag: Michael Kors / Sunglasses: F21 / Tops: Joe Fresh and Sirens

The sugar shack (aka cabane à sucre) will always have a special place in the heart of Bouquet of Frocks. After all, it's where the blog was born and it's our baby's first birthday in only a few weeks. Time flies!
The sugar shack outing is not a particularly fancy occasion so I tried to fashion a look that was cozy, comfortable and with a touch of chic. There's nothing like a great fur collar on a coat to amp up an outfit...in this case, faux fur. It's also really important to wear some sort of rubber footwear because it can get pretty moist and muddy up there especially with all the snow melting. In fact, that's how this outfit came together, it all started with the boots and then voilà! Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend, Frockers!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Packing Woes

Photos by Kyler Kelly

F21 shirt, headband, purse/Le Château pants/H&M sweater/Winners scarf/thrifted flats

I don't know about you, but I hate packing and I especially hate travel packing. How can one possibly account for all fashion necessities in one carry-on and one checked bag? The worst is when the range of temperature will be at least a 30 degree difference. Down coat? Sandals? Wool sweater? Crop top? What's a girl to do...

I've learned that layering is key. Case-in-point, one of my most well-worn combos during my whirlwind trip to China recently: black pants and a classic chambray shirt. Not only do black pants go with everything, but pairing it with a chambray shirt is an easy way to kick casual travel comfort up a notch. And for those chillier days, I just layered on a cozy sweater or draped a scarf over my shoulders and called it a day.

P.S. I've really gotten into "waist purses" aka FANNY PACKS! There's really nothing better for hands-free traipsing around the globe. There's just enough room to fit a passport, a phone, some lipgloss and a sense of adventure.
                                                                

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Very Long Engagement

fur hat army green jacket leopard cardigan riding boots
fur hat army green jacket leopard cardigan riding boots
fur hat army green jacket leopard cardigan riding boots
Hat: Custom Made / Jacket: Thrifted / Scarf: H&M / Jeans: J Brand / Cardigan: Target / Boots: Etienne Aigner / Handbag: Michael Kors

The army green jacket is a style that seems to reappear every season and for me, it is most definitely a staple. This particular army jacket I'm wearing is actually both thrifted and a hand-me-down. The jacket was first spotted at our local Village des Valeurs (french for thrift store) where I was shopping with a friend. We inevitably both fell in love with it and found ourselves in a difficult situation. I decided that whoever the jacket looked best on would take it home. Needless to say, I lost this contest as I was up against a redhead...and we all know what the colour green does for redheads. Five years later, when said friend was ready to give up the jacket, I finally inherited it. Don't you just love clothing with a story? A big thank you to my friend Vanessa for passing this jacket down to me :)
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