Barrington Orr, You Make Me Smile

Growing up in northern Ontario isn’t an inspiring place when it comes to fashion. I would wander the halls in my Roxy T-shirt (gross), and bootcut jeans (even worse), in a daze just hoping that my mom would take me to Toronto to get me clothes I actually wanted to wear. Northern folk don’t tend to give two shits as to the look of a garment, as long as it’s warm, functional, and of ok quality. That’s when it happened, a beacon of light! I met my dear friend J, whom was dressed in the latest, and had a flare for making you feel good, as long as he liked you.

Isn’t J a doll?

Since those dark high school years, him and I have gotten even closer, and he’s gone on to make somewhat of a name for himself in the fashion world. I trust that you’ve all heard, if not frequently read his blog Barrington Orr. Though he’s modest about it, his site is really a glimpse into his beautiful mind, with a keen eye for style, a flair for the dramatic, and with a click of a button, you’re hooked. After his tireless hours working with his talented team, he’s getting much recognition, and has been invited to several fashion shows with backstage passes, and I’m hoping catering. Having spoken with him over the past couple of weeks, him and I are in cahoots to bring all of you something that is sorely needed in our lives. He’s thought up a brilliant device that tbh, no one else has really thought to customize. Ah! I can’t tell anybody what it is, but this man has found a hole in the market, and he plans on filling it…errm, yep. Filling it.

Enough of my flattery and banter, go and see for yourself. He will be one of the greats, and I’m so glad that he’s a close friend. Check out his daily posts, contests, and pics over at barringtonorr.com. I promise you’ll become one of his 6000 + readers, and that number is growing every day.

xo V

Inspired #OOTD’s

Grey oxford brogues from Aldo

Moon/Lapis Lazuli Earrings from Urban Outfitters

Thrifted denim dress from Bungalow, Kensington Market

Inspiration: Baby Blue Pontiac Firebird 🙂

Felucca Lace deck shoes from Sebago

T-shirt c/o Dan Griffin

Lace/Denim Cut-offs from American Eagle Outfitters

Inspiration: Dan Griffin

Brown Messenger Bag from Urban Outfitters

Thrifted Guess High-waisted Jeans

Thrifted Blue Pussybow Blouse from Flattery

Venetian Glass Ring gift from Mom 😉

xo K 

Weekend “Hipsy” Threads

Both V and I are feeling oh-so-uninspired to write today. A good time to do an outfit post. Weekend threads! But I have a confession… the last outfit I wore today… at work. It’s probably not entirely office appropriate but maybe I just felt like continuing the weekend in some small infinitesimal way. SUE ME.

V said I went from “Hippy to Gypsy” this weekend, so “Hipsy” is the theme here. In honor of my gypsy-ness today – I channeled my girl Stevie Nicks and sang this tune at the top of my lungs on repeat all the way to work. If I had to listen to one song on repeat until the day I die, this would be a big contender.

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks is an effing fashion icon and music legend. I have a strange obsession with her, and on more than one occasion have found myself doing a google image search of her for no particular reason. Creepy? Maybe.

Long flowing skirts and sleeves, boots, vests, chiffon scarves and a ton of lacey, sheer layers characterize Stevie’s look. Watch for some thread posts in the future inspired by Stevie. Without further adieu, here are the things that are making me happy today, aside from one large mug of coffee.

Thrifted DIY Levi’s Shorts, Geode Slice Necklace ByMisty, Chunky Drape Collar Vest from The Gap, Cotton Spandex Jersey Tank Thong from American Apparel, Thrifted Scarf

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Ecote Embellished Strappy Silky Dress from Urban Outfitters, Necklace from Urban Outfitters, Chunky Knit Vest from Old Navy, Bracelets were a gift from Nepal and thrifted from Nana 🙂

100% Thrift

Thrifted

Vintage Watches c/o my Nana,

Vintage Cameo Earrings from Value Village,

Vintage Striped Dusty Rose from Saville

Vintage White Levi Cut-offs from Thrift Store

Somehow I feel like I’ve accomplished something great when I put on an outfit that is entirely thrifted (that’s me, changing the world one outfit at a time). I was really lucky to find a pristine white pair of Levi’s last summer at a thrift store that I can’t remember the name of. Typical! I made them into cut-offs and haven’t looked back. They’ve served me well. I wear my Nana’s old watches that don’t work anymore as bangles and have really enjoyed the response!

“What time is it?”

“How should I know? None of these work..”

This fun semi-sheer blouse in Zebra print works really well with this seasons colour trends.

Who says you can’t look good on a budget?

xo