Proutfit: Black, White and Grey

Not much going on today with my proutfit. A little black, white and grey action. Maybe it’s a symbol of my blah mood.

This is the white skirt I had taken in. I love the embossed floral details of the fabric. It’s not stretchy, so going up stairs and getting into my car is a bit of a “thing”.

My black and white top is from H&M ($14.95). It’s a bit sheer, but does the trick for the price point. I also grabbed a green version of the same top, which I love!

My new go-to cardy is from J-Crew Outlet at Tanger. I love that it is short and hits me at my waistline. Very important to flatter the section that goes in.

I’ve had my black peep-toe patten leather Franco Sarto pumps for almost 5 years now. I had the heel changed twice and the sole reinforced. I love them. Very comfortable heel and great for conferences when you are on your feet all day long.

  

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Proutfit: This jumpsuit though

Well kids, I did it! I bought me a gorgeous “free people” jumpsuit at my favourite boutique in Toronto… Cloakroom, on Yonge street south of St-Clair.

I love how the deep V compliments my  neckline. The shoulders are flattering and the waistline hits me perfectly! I love the pockets and the purple details are great for my skin tone.

I did get warm in it, though. We walked for 3 hours and it’s almost 28 degrees Celsius in Toronto after all! Still the cotton is light and breezy!

 Have a great weekend!

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Proutfit: Wedding Attire

I’m in Toronto for my friend’s wedding and this week’s challenge was to find an outfit!

Because the weather is so nice, I opted out of wearing my little black dress that I can now squeeze into. The material is heavy and more appropriate for cooler climates.

I pulled out the H&M dress that I received from the #hmconsciouscloset event. I really like it, but wasn’t in the mood for a bohemian look. I paired it with a thick black and leather belt (purchased in Paris) and strappy leather sandals (Hilary Radley- vintage).

 

I then tried a green H&M dress from last summer’s collection. I love this thing! It’s feminine and forgiving 🙂 Although it doesn’t accentuate my new curves, I’m feeling confident in the dress regardless. I paired it with my favourite blue Nine West Pumps and silver Ela clutch I bought in Vancouver.

   

I have the share a blooper… This just shows you what a blogger’s life really looks like behind the lense!  

 

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Transformation: Tailored and hemmed

I really struggled to find a cute pun for the title of this post, but these late nights and this cold I am fighting are eating away at my creativity. Sorry.

So, here I am now 17.5 lbs lighter than I was about 17 weeks ago. People are really noticing it in my face, my stomach, my butt and my legs. I still can’t get those arms to shrink though (PS- my nickname in high school was “Pipes”… how feminine). With my busted shoulder it’s hard to get in a decent upper body workout. I just really want to fix it already so I can play volleyball again.

That being said, at 17 lbs lost and down two sizes, my clothes obviously don’t fit properly anymore. I know “that’s a great problem to have!”… except when you have amazing clothes that you have been curating over the years through consignment shopping, online sales and souvenirs brought back from multiple vacations. There was a point in my life, about 1.5 years ago, where I decided to accept the size I was (XL to 1X) and embrace the fashion behind this new shape I had to work with. I discovered great online stores like ASOS (Curve & Plus Size), who offered gorgeous plus size clothing made in the UK. Small fortune to have shipped, but worth looking fab.

Last week, I made the executive decision to get some key clothing items tailored and hemmed according to my new body’s measurements. I brought in 2 black slacks, a black pencil skirt and my favourite white skirt. I picked them up today, and “wow” is all I can say! It cost me over $100, but was worth the investment to be able to keep my expensive and high quality office staples. Not only have the clothes been taken in, they are now adjusted to my body shape and never fit better. They look and feel amazing! I recommend doing this, whether you have lost weight or just looking to have your garments fit better.

This is me sneaking a quick pic inside the tiny change room in my tailor’s workshop. I go to Hillary’s on Bank Street (Old Ottawa South). The ladies there are very talented and work out of a small room next to the dry cleaners. The clothes also get dry cleaned which is a nice touch.

This journey has been a real eye opener for me. It’s amazing how much time, effort, energy and money i spent distracting myself from the real issue. “Just lose some weight, and you can wear pretty much all the clothes that you want!” this is what I wish I could have told myself, rather than finding creative and expensive ways to look fashionable.

I am looking forward to my new Proutfits that I will be putting together with these clothes. I hope I can snap up some pics and share them soon.

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