Thursday, 12 November 2015

129/ 613 VINTAGE SHOW FALL 2015

I have been attending the Ottawa Vintage Show for years now and I can honestly say that the show gets bigger and better with each passing season. The turnout for this past show was phenomenal - there were people everywhere. If you're unfamiliar with the show (and you're from Ottawa), where have you been!? It's basically a giant market filled with shops from all over that specialize in selling vintage clothing and accessories.

Unfortunately I didn't come home with anything this time around but I had a great time browsing through the shops and talking to their owners. The one shop that I was completely enamored with was Luxe Touch. They specialize in vintage Chanel, but also have a few pieces from Gucci and Louis Vuitton. They have been at the Ottawa Vintage Show for the past couple of seasons and although I'm not currently in a position where I can actually buy anything from them, I always have to stop over so that I can cry over their selection. 

Truth be told, I don't currently have a lot of vintage pieces in my wardrobe. Usually when I dress for the vintage show I like to pull out my best loved throwback pieces but I was at a loss this season. After trying on what seemed like everything in my wardrobe, I went with a modern yet retro inspired look. I decided to make my Ralph Lauren crested blazer the focal point of my outfit, and I'm really glad that I did. This blazer has been one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe for the past couple of years; I adore how timeless it is and how easy it is to wear. I paired it with a white t-shirt from H&M's plus size range, black skinny jeans (surprise, surprise) and a pair of sneakers. It was rather windy and chilly that day so I wore a big blanket scarf to keep warm.

I played it a bit more safe with my outfit this season then I have in the past (my first vintage show, my second show) but I absolutely loved how my outfit turned out. I felt comfortable and confident the entire time, and that's what truly matters the most to me.

SCARF/ Zara BLAZER/ Ralph Lauren T-SHIRT/ H&M+
JEANS/ Forever 21+ SHOES/ Adidas Supershell BAG/ 3.1 Phillip Lim
Photos by Laura Kidd
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015


My weekend wardrobe isn't any different from my weekday one, I'm pretty lucky in that way. I do have my moments where I like to play dress up but I tend to gravitate toward more casual and comfort looks for the most part. That doesn't mean that I live in sweatpants and t-shirts; I do try to look as polished as possible while still remaining comfortable. The term 'effortless' gets thrown around a lot nowadays when talking about fashion, but it's a term that I feel really fits in with my personal style.

I wear a lot of black skinny jeans (with lots of stretch) and leggings. Denim is a material that I fiend over and finding the perfect jean jacket to me is almost equivalent to finding a great a friend.

Sneakers will always be my footwear of choice. I've never been one for high heels; the second my feet start to hurt is the moment you've lost me. Painful shoes is one thing that I cannot deal with, I'm a huge baby when it comes to that sort of thing. I'm so thankful that it has become more socially acceptable to rock sneakers on a daily basis.

I find that crisp white blouses add a sense sophistication to any look. I love this one that I picked up at Macy's awhile ago and I've blogged about it before. It has a drastic high-low look to it, and although I typically find that trend a bit passe, I love how this top looks.

This is an outfit that I wore on a lazy Sunday while hanging out with Laura. The scarf is a new purchase that I've been obsessed with. I love how cozy it is and the colours are very appropriate for this time of year. For my handbag of choice that day I went with my Longchamp Le Pliage bag, which I've talked about a million times. It's still one of my all time favourites and I can't picture my life without it.

JACKET/ Old Navy TOP/ Alfani (different colourJEANS/ Forever 21+
SCARF/ via Rikochet Resale SHOES/ Nike HANDBAG/ Longchamp Le Pliage
WATCH/ Michael Kors
Photos by Laura Kidd

Tuesday, 20 October 2015


Hi my name is Rosie and I'm a serial outfit repeater.

If I like something, I'm going to wear it. A lot. End of story.

This look has become something of an autumn uniform for me. Outerwear is extremely important for the climate in which I live so finding staple pieces that can be layered is essential for braving our ever changing weather. When I saw this lightweight black jacket on the sale rack at Addition Elle I just knew that it had to come home with me. Truth be told I haven't owned a black jacket in years, so it was something that I was definitely on the hunt for. I love how light and airy it is, but it can be easily layered with thicker pieces and paired with a million different things to change its look and give it dimension. Basically, I use this jacket as a good basic piece to build on.

It is then that I add accessories. I try to change up my handbag and shoes on a daily basis but everything else remains virtually the same. If you couldn't already tell I absolutely love the plaid scarf from Zara pictured below. It's so cozy and warm, it's unreal. It's also rare that I stray from a black skinny legged jean or legging; that is style habit that I have and although I've tried, I can't seem to break it. It's just something that I feel most comfortable in.

I was feeling rather casual on the day the photos were taken so I decided to finish the look off with my Longchamp Le Pliage tote and added a bit of glam to the outfit with my gold glittery Converse and oversize 'Runway' Michael Kors watch.

JACKET/ Addition Elle (similar) SCARF/ Zara (similar)
HANDBAG/ Longchamp Le Pliage (via consignment) JEANS/ Forever 21+
Converse (gifted) WATCH/ Michael Kors (via consignment)
Photos by Lisa Kidd

Sunday, 18 October 2015


This past Thursday Daytime Ottawa invited both Laura and I on the show to discuss thrift, vintage, and consignment shopping. They were having a Bloggers special and we were honoured to be apart of it. (Special thanks to Marilou from 20 York Street for setting this all up - you're the best!)

If you're familiar with Laura's blog, you'd know that she's something of a thrift queen. She has an eye for picking out gorgeous one of a kind pieces; dressing well is something that we're both very passionate about and it's definitely something that we bond over. I love shopping for secondhand pieces as well but my hunt tends to gravitate towards more staple or high end pieces. During the segment we discussed the differences between thrift, consignment and vintage shopping and what the benefits of each are.

Getting dressed that morning was something of a struggle for me. I tried on just about everything in my closet and I hated everything. I eventually settled on this lip patterned cropped sweater from Addition Elle that I haven't worn yet layered on top of a dress from Forever 21+ that is an old favourite. I obviously paired that with my ASOS Curve leggings because I'm a creature of habit and I tied it all together with a pair of fabulous oil slick brogues that I scored at a consignment shop. I actually ended up being really pleased with this look! I found it to be very comfortable and a good representation of my personal style.

I'm really proud of how Laura and I performed on live TV. I'm not overly confident in my speaking abilities and public speaking is my idea of hell. I was nervous to go back and watch the interview later but we both spoke well; you can tell that we were well versed on the topic and that it is something we're truly passionate about. 

If you're a Rogers costumer you can view the entire episode here.

SWEATER/ Addition Elle DRESS/ Forever 21+ (worn as a skirt)
LEGGINGS/ ASOS Curve SHOES/ Miista (via consignment)
WATCH/ Michael Kors (via consignment)

Photos by Laura Kidd