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Dead Reckoning Military Surplus

Just doing a little shout-out for a local company.  I recently purchased a tank from them (pictured below) and absolutely love it! So much so, that I ordered it in another colour.  Along with T’s and tanks, they have an awesome inventory of military goods, and it can all be found here Dead Reckoning Military Surplus, and they also have a store setup at the Vancouver Flea Market on Terminal every weekend.

Happy Shopping 🙂


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Just because I am feeling extra nerdy and extra bored this evening, I have resorted to collaging….and as a result of doing this, I am now determined to bring back the wrist fanny pack.


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Top 5 Items for Fall 2012

I am on a bit of a roll here with the top 5 lists, so I figured why not one more.  I am quite excited about the fashion for this upcoming fall, as it finds a balance between cozy, sophisticated and a little bit of sass.  These items are 5 of my favourite picks from the trends that I have seen, and will be making their way into my closet.

1.  Cable Knit Sweater

What is more cozy in chilly weather than a cable knit sweater? I am quite excited that these will be readily available this fall.   I am sure that there will be a bevy of colours to choose from, but I love a classic cream or white for the cable knit sweater.

Carry Brochu Walker $295

A|Wear $59










2.  Jumpsuit

You are going to see some different versions of the jumpsuit this season with Bohemian prints, bold colours and a variety of cuts.  I love a flowy jumpsuit, but my favourite version that I have see popping up so far is a tailored version in neutral tones.  It is sophisticated, classy, flattering for a variety of body types and can be worn to work or for a night out.

Rachel Zoe $486

Mango $93










3. Red Shoe

This is probably one of my most favourite items, as it is bold and hot!  Imagine one of these sassy red shoes paired with the jumpsuits above, love it.  There will be a selection of reds from flats to pumps, and all will add a pop to your outfit and make you standout.

Luichiny $94

Aimee $70










4.  Military Coat

There will actually be several elements of military in everything from pants to boots, and my choice, the coat.  The military coat is a classic piece to add to your wardrobe and will not only keep you warm, but keep you looking chic with details of epaulets and double breasted tailoring.

Mango $155

Lipsy $125










5.  Slip Dress

The slip dress will be making its way into fall fashion, and will work as a fantastic layering piece.  Pair it up with your favourite tights, whether they are textured, bold coloured, or neutral and enjoy this throwback to grunge.

Free People $87

Coco’s Fortune $67


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Etsy Shop

So as I stated a couple of posts ago, I have been a bit busy working on some other projects which is making jewelry and other knick knacks.  I just opened up an etsy shop.  So please do go ahead and take a gander at the projects I have been working on.

My favourite items are my scrabble tile pendants which all have original photography from around Vancouver taken by Richard Saunders


The Mane Squeeze Etsy Shop

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Colour Blocking

Colour blocking has been a trend that has made its way through the decades.  In the sixties it was YSL’s Mondrian dress. In the seventies it was muted patchwork.  In the eighties it was glammed up with sequins and boxy silhouettes.  And in the nineties it was blocks of bright neon.

If you go into any stores, or open any magazines right now you will see that colour blocking is currently a huge trend and is being used with bold colours of the upcoming seasons, in many forms.








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Hat Wishlist

One of my goals for the Spring & Summer seasons approaching us is to try and pull off wearing hats more.  Throughout winter months, I am always sporting beanies and the occasional felt fedora or cloche, but for some reason I stop once summer approaches. There are 2 reasons I want to start sporting them with sunnier months.  One is to protect the old skin from the sun as I have started to embrace my pale porcelain complexion in the recent years. And the Second reason is that I have a hard time getting my little guy to keep hats on his head, so I’m hoping to lead by example and he will follow.  Plus, what is easier than tossing on a hat on those days that your hair is being less than cooperative.

This is my hat wishlist.  My favourite is the HTC fedora.  Do you have any favourites for the upcoming sunny season?

Goorin Bros. Da Fraaanch Porkpie Hat - $54

Acapulco Raffia Shapeable Straw Cowboy Hat - $38

Eugenia Kim Marine Linen Flat Hat - $160

Goorin Bros. Eden Floppy Hat- $49

HTC Straw Sorbet Bandana Fedora - $245





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5 Favourite Items for Spring 2012

Alright, let’s take a little break from hair and concentrate on what to wear with your lovely ‘do.  I have been window shopping lately and have found that the theme across the board is pretty much the same as the hair trends, which is feminine ease, pops of colour and understated sexiness.  I love the direction that fashion is going for the upcoming season and I can honestly say that I am relieved. This time last year I was struggling to find much that I liked in stores as it was all a little too granny 90’s chic for me, and this year I am seeing a far more modern take on classic cuts.

So, I would like to share with you 5 of my favourite items for Spring 2012.  I am a fairly curvy girl so these are all items that I feel comfortable in, but there are versions of each of them that are cut to flatter any body type.

1. Sheer Chiffon Top

This is probably one of my favourite items that I have invested in this year, as I have already bought about 4 versions.  The thing that I love about the Sheer Chiffon Top it has a nice flow away from the body to it so you don’t need to be as self conscious about those love handles and muffin tops, but you can still see the silhouette of the body with the sheerness of the shirt so it is not dowdy.  These tops are everywhere in stores in a variety of prints inlcuding floral, polka dots and animal.  If you want to opt for a solid colour, try out some of the season’s hot bold colours of orange or green.

BB Dakota - Moxie Flight Chiffon Top $61

Sparkle & Fade - Sleeveless Chiffon Shirt $49

Stitches - Floral Chiffon Top $14.99


2. Flouncy Shorts

I love that this style of shorts will be readily available for the spring and summer months this year.  As I mentioned before, I have some curve and most of it resides around my bottom half, so shorts are always a nightmare for me as they are not usually cut for my body type.  Flouncy shorts however have the flow of a skirt and a little more room for my ‘oomph’ and on the other end of the spectrum they can add a little more volume for those seeking a little more curve.  These will be available in bold colours, pastels and neutrals, so whatever tickles your fancy.

Forever 21 - Pleated Shorts $23.80

Kimchi - Blue Bow Short $49

Talula Babaton - Alvin Shorts $110


3. Denim Shirt

Majority of stores have some version of the denim shirt in their spring stock.  You can find a variety of styles and washes, and match it up with the flouncy shorts above or a pair of skinny cargos, and I would even encourage the Canadian Tuxedo (denim on denim), just make sure that the denims contrast.

Zara - Denim Shirt $59.90

H&M - Denim shirt with Tie $34.95

Urban Renewal - Cold Shoulder Denim Shirt $49


4. Asymmetrical Skirt

There are a variety of asymmetrical skirts that are on the racks, but my favourtie is the style that I refer to as the ‘mullet skirt’, which is short in the front and long in the back.  You can find this style in dress form as well and in all of the lengths, minis, midis and maxis.  My favourite is the mini in front and having the back hit about mid calf, as I can still wear a mini but it is a bit more modest and I not worry about my lovely cellulite making an appearance in the back.  When I have been out and about lately I have mainly seen this style in neutrals, bright bold colours and lots of prints.

Zara - Asymmetric Chiffon Skirt $59.90

Silence & Noise - Asymmetrical Midi Skirt $59

Dorothy Perkins - Cream Bird Asymmetric Dress $55


5. Braided Sandals

In the past years there has been many versions of the braided sandal and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.  There are some really cute styles for this upcoming season and in everything from a flat, to a wedge to a heel.  And they will go perfectly with all of the items listed above.

Steve Madden - Pyramidd sandals $69.95

Born - Kaspin Wedges $145

Frye - Joy Huarache Sling $198

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