Tuesday, 2 February 2016

134/ THAT '70S REVIVAL

Confession: I often prefer vintage inspired pieces to actual pieces from that era. The quality is definitely not the same, but I find that a lot of inspired pieces fit my shape better. It's extremely hard to find clothes that fit my body the way that I want in the modern day but it's next to impossible to find the shapes that I want in true vintage fashion. I'm also very turned off by the super heavy polyester that was used a lot in the '60s and '70s; I much prefer my fabrics to be breathable, light and airy.

With that being said, it can also be exceptionally hard to find trend pieces at plus size shops. Places like ASOS are great for it, but their sizing can be hard to navigate and I'm always afraid that I'll be over it by the time the item arrives. I've been loving the '70s vibes that a lot of different designers and high street stores have been throwing off but I've been having difficulty finding similar pieces in over a size 14. In Canada, at least.

I went to visit my parents in Florida just under a month ago and my mother and I went shopping a handful of times. The Canadian dollar is horrible compared to the American one right now, so I knew that I had to shop smart. We mostly went to places like TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory and Ross. I wasn't expecting to find too much on this trip, but I did luck out on a great few pieces. I wholeheartedly believe that the dress pictured below was one of my best finds from my recent rendezvous in Florida.

I'm absolutely loving the vintage feel of it. I could die for the bell sleeves and detailed neckline. The colour, while it's not everyone's cup of tea, is something that I wanted to incorporate into my wardrobe for quite some time now. I absolutely love this dress. It's a pretty big leap outside of my comfort zone, but I embrace the chance of pace. I'm ecstatic that I finally found a piece in my size that plays into the whole '70s revival that's happening right now. I picked it up at Ross for around $16 USD.

Although I love the dress, this was the first time that I wore it out. It wrinkles really easily (as seen on my arm in the first picture) and it is a bit too low cut for what I'm typically comfortable with. I'm hoping to get over those fears so that I can wear it a lot this summer. I can totally picture wearing it to a music festival or picnic.

DRESS/ True Destiny NECKLACE/ H&M SOCKS/ New Look
SHOES/ H&M BAG/ Longchamp

Sunday, 17 January 2016

133/ SATURDAZE

We're seventeen days into 2016 and this is my first official post of the year. #bloggingfail

This is an outfit that I wore out last night with my best friend, Laura. Our original plan was to go to a Drake themed night that they were holding at a local bar. We drove by, saw the huge line up, and then started discussing what else we could do. We ended up grabbing drinks at a small Greek restaurant in Little Italy. We had a great time chatting about our next adventures while sipping on sage and basil flavoured cocktails. 

I scored this red satiny bomber jacket off of eBay a couple of years ago and I've been in love with in ever since. I go in phases with wearing it but it is something that's always on my mind. I love how Versace-esque it is and it's a great length and fit. It's something that generates a lot of attention and I believe that it pairs well with an otherwise all black ensemble - so that's exactly what I did.

I threw the bomber jacket on top of my favourite dress from Forever 21+. This dress is a life saver! I adore wearing it on nights where I want to look good but don't have the time or energy to put together a killer outfit. I've worn it on many occasions; it's a very versatile piece that looks different almost every time I wear it.

JACKET/ via eBay DRESS/ Forever 21+ LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve 
BOOTS/ H&M BAG/ Old Navy
Photos by Laura Kidd and editing done by me

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

132/ YEAR IN REVIEW

This past year was a whirlwind of adventure. I had a lot of firsts and hopefully a few lasts. I laughed a lot, explored different places and met a ton of new and interesting people along the way. I learned a lot this year; about me, mostly, but also about the world around me. I'm definitely going into the new year with a different perspective. I'm thankful for all of the opportunities that were thrown my way within these past couple of months and I definitely wouldn't have come this far without the help of the amazing people in my life.

Here are a handful of personal highlights from 2015:
1/ Roadtripping to Alberta and seeing the Rockies
2/ Attending different concerts and music festivals (Drake, Kanye, Riotfest, ect)
3/ Getting a matching tattoo with my oldest brother
4/ Meeting new friends
5/ Spending time with old friends
6/ Eating. All. The. Food.
7/ Trips to Montreal, Toronto and Sandbanks
8/ Going to Orlando, Florida (Disney World and Universal Studios)
9/ Being on live TV with my best friend, Laura
10/ Visiting different museums around the city (Diefenbunker, War Museum, Museum of Nature, National Gallery)

The lowest moment for me was definitely when I was suffering from a concussion that I gained from a music festival. It wasn't something that I wanted to talk about, but it's worth mentioning. Although that month or so was plagued with insecurity, debilitating headaches, anxiety and depression - it really brought to light the kindness and patience of the people in my life. It was an extremely hard time in my life, and I'm beyond thankful for everyone who helped me through it. It still amazes me how caring and kind a lot of my family and friends were and it means the world to me that they could stand by me and help me during such a difficult time. I was terrified that the injury would scare me away from attending future concerts or music festivals (concerts are my favourite thing in the world, but I'm sure you already knew that) but I'm slowly breaking through that fear - I even have tickets to see three different concerts in Montreal in the new year.

Overall 2015 was really good to me. It's wild to think that we're going into the year 2016, but I can't wait to see what it has in store.

@ lake louise, alberta (rocky mountains)
sandbanks beach | my brothers/my tattoo | the rocky mountains
drake in montreal | riot fest in toronto | shania twain w laura
national gallery of canada | magic kingdom at disney world | wizarding world of harry potter
me and: zach | aurelia | lisa & laura | laura, jessie & michael | laura (our live tv appearance)
cappuccino at equator coffee | homemade fajitas w lisa | bazille @ nordstrom rideau

Top picture by Derek Waugh / all other pictures were taken from my Instagram - @rosiexwaugh

Sunday, 27 December 2015

131/ GREEN CHRISTMAS

This is a look that I've been wearing a lot lately. It has been unseasonably warm where I live; although it is a bit off putting (and a bit frightening... cough global warming) I have been taking advantage of the mild temperatures because I know in my heart that winter is coming.

Believe it or not, these pictures were taken on Christmas Day, the first green Christmas I have ever experienced. This holiday season was a bit strange for me in a bunch of different ways but all-in-all it has been great. I'm truly #blessed for everyone and everything in my life.

My brother, who lives out west, came home for a few days so we went on a handful of adventures together. Pretty much everything in Ottawa is closed on Christmas Day so we just grabbed brunch at one of the only diners open downtown and he took a few pictures of some Ottawa landmarks to remind him of home.

It was warm enough to head outside in a light jacket so I threw on my coated denim moto jacket from Eileen Fisher. I almost passed on this piece when I first saw it in store but I'm glad that I finally decided to buy it. Eileen Fisher is one of my all time favourite brands but the price point is out of reach for me at this stage in my life, so I try to lookout for the brand in different consignment shops around the city. This jacket feels so luxe when I wear it and it instantly makes me feel like a rockstar - two things that I definitely look for in a piece of clothing.

There was still a bit of a chill in the air so I threw on a blanket scarf. It has been extremely rare to see me without a blanket scarf lately, and although I've built up a bit of a collection for myself recently, the one pictured below is my absolute favourite. I bought it on a whim from H&M and I haven't been able to take it off since.

If you know me, you know how lazy I am when it comes to dressing. For the rest of the outfit I threw on a shapeless high-low dress that I found on the clearance rack of H&M for $10 and the ASOS Curve shiny leggings that I wear just about every day.

I could write an entire blog post on the boots that I'm wearing - I was eyeing the black ones in this style at H&M for ages but I couldn't justify the $60 price point. They eventually went down to $25 - but they only had my size in the burgundy. I bought them, I haven't taken them off since, and the rest is history.

JACKET/ Eileen Fisher DRESS/ H&M+ LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve
SCARF/ H&M BAG/ Madewell et Sezane BOOTS/ H&M WATCH/ Michael Kors

Photos by Derek Waugh