The People in My Neighbourhood: Nuts!

Hey Juicettes,

I’d like to introduce a new segment on the blog entitled, ‘The People in My Neighbourhood.’ Every week I will be sharing my random encounters with…here we go, sing it! “The people that I meet…when I am walking down the street…With the people that I meet…each daaaaaaay.” Yup! The goal of this segment is to elicit some thought provoking discussions about: People. That’s right! The good, the bad, and the ugly, we’ll discuss it all…talk show style. So let’s begin!

Note that the subtitle of this post is The People in My Neighbourhood ‘colon’ Nuts! Allow me to extrapolate. Being a busy Mom leaves very little time for basic human needs such as showering, shaving, combing one’s hair, and eating to name a few. Often times I find myself ramming something down my throat as I rush out the door or upstairs to prevent the next nuclear meltdown of nap-time proportions. Like today, for example, I threw a handful of nuts into my mouth, bundled Rooney up in the stroller, and headed to Starbucks for a coffee. As I approached the cash I noticed a new face behind the counter. This young lady was gushing over the customer in front of me and her baby. She was oohing and awwing over the babe…it really was extremely sweet. When she was finished serenading the icy Bloor West Mom and her Darling Daughter, she turned to me with a big smile and said, “Good morning! What can I get you?”. I smiled back and said, “Morning! Yes, I would like a tall, decaf Americano.” “Great” she said. Then, looking at me intently, she subtly motioned her fingers to her mouth and whispered, “Oh, you have something in your teeth.” *Cue sad trombone…Wah wah wah wahhhhhhhh.* Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for telling me!” I retorted, trying my best to maintain some semblance of cool. “Of course, she replied, You just gotta let someone know something like that!” “It must have been those nuts I ate”, I said sheepishly. “It was totally the nuts!” she exclaimed! I chuckled to myself thinking, I love this girl. Not only did she TELL me that I had a big ‘ol chunk of nut jammed up in my incisor, she did it in such a way that I didn’t feel awkward or embarrassed. How infuriating is it when you look at your ‘sitch’ in the mirror and find poppy seed city under construction in your mouth only after a two hour conversation with a friend or colleague. I mean really!!!! Come on people!! That’s just wrong! Why do people do this?? What are we so afraid of? So my question to you Juicettes is this, “would you tell someone that they were sporting a hanger on from meals past? Or would you let sleeping herbs lie?

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xoxox

V

 

My Mom Style

Hey Juicettes!

Ugh! It’s Monday all ready! Where the heck did the week-end go? My problem is that I ram way to much into a week-end and end up exhausted from it all. Before I know it, I am waking up on Monday morning wondering why it feels like I was hit by a Mack Truck (yes, a Mack Truck – and no they did not sponsor this post…lol) I digress.

I can’t complain though, all in all we had a productive week-end. I was able to scratch a few things off my ‘to do’ list, one of them being…blog photos. Difficult to do ‘sans mojo’…might I add. Oh yeah, did I mention that I’ve lost my mojo?  I misplaced it a few weeks ago, somewhere between the 4:00a.m. night feeds, the thinning/falling out hair, and the dark circles under my eyes. Yeah, it’s not pretty…but it’s real and I refuse to paint a perfect picture like some damn Glitter Girl…(no offence GG’s…love ya!) Don’t misunderstand me, I love being a Mom, but I also love being Victoria, and striking the perfect balance is an ongoing struggle. Any Mom’s out there feeling me?

DV7Yikes! Sorry if that was weird, and depressing….time to channel that stern British upbringing and end  this little pity party. Gulp….emotions swallowed….check! Right…sorted, now let’s get down to business. This is my actual Mom style. My go to uniform for playdates, mommy groups, and trips to the grocery store and/or the park is: a chunky knit, oversized vest, some sort of slim pant and boots…..oh and let’s not forget those full coverage shades.

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DV1(Knit Sweater & Purse – Goodwill; Denim Vest – Trade Program at Common Sort; Pants & Boots – Guess (old); Shades – Common Sort; Claw Necklace – House of Harlow; Statement Necklace – Target)

Thanks for reading!

Vic

 

 

Houndstooth Tap Short – 3 Ways {Casual}

Happy Friday Friends!

As we head into the long week-end I am feeling footloose and fancy free! The reason for this is…..well….eh…..many fold(s). Firstly, I have the sweetest, most adorable baby who was, as THYMWYA would say, “created from a cloud of glitter”. Secondly, it’s my birthday week-end and this Mama is gonna shake her money maker with a few of her best ‘g-frens‘ on Toronto Island. Thirdly, my ‘mans‘ and I are going on a romantic dinner date Sunday night sans bebe, it will be a dressy affair and a night to remember ….watch out!! Forthly, {see I told you there were many fold(s)} I am rounding out my One Short, Three Ways series today with a fun and casual look that is perfect for frolicking ‘aboot’ the city or in your backyard. Fifthly…just kidding…..I’ll stop there. It’s getting a little ridiculous now….you get the jist…life is pretty f**kin’ good!! I would love to know what’s making you feel like kickin’ off yer Sunday shoes this week-end….drop me a line!

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(Houndstooth Tap Short – American Apparel; Sweatshirt – Zara (in stores now); Shoes – Urban Outfitters; Sunnies – Thrift)

Have a great week-end!

V

Sunday on the Boardwalk

Hey Juicettes!

I took a little hiatus last week to relax and catch up with friends….that’s what summer is all about! Anyhooty, today on the blog it’s all about my little sausage Rooney Mae. These are some shots from our Sunday at the beach …. enjoy!
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(Tube dress – Guess; Tank – H&M; Hat – J Crew; Sunnies – Joe Fresh (in stores now) Rooney – Gingham Onesie – Thrift; Hat – Bonnie Toggs) 

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The Thrifted Short Project: One Bermuda….Five Ways

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Happy Friday Juicettes!

Fore! Yes, yes…I am honing in on my athletic side today. I have always been intrigued by Golf Course etiquette and attire, I mean come on, any sport that has a dress code is all right by me! Don’t be fooled…I totally don’t play golf, aside from drunken’ mini putt…does that count? For the fourth installment of The Thrifted Short Project I decided to take a page out of the Rickie Fowler school of dress, that being: bright, bold and in yer face colour! If I were to gallivant onto a golf course, this would be my modus operandi. Any readers out there play golf? Tell me about your golf style.

Golf-Shorts1Pretty authentic if you ask me.
Look out Rickie!
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I love a prop!
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Golf-Shorts4I always play golf with my Lauren Elan Capri Cuff

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(Polo Shirt – Jacob (Old); Bermuda Shorts, Boat Shoes – Value Village; Hat – Winners; Belt Joe Fresh)

Salut!
Hope your week-end is full of Bogey’s …wait that’s bad, I mean Birdies…I hope your week-end is full of Birdies!!

xoox

V

 

 

Blushing Menswear

Hey Juicettes!

It’s been a while! Turns out this whole ‘being a Mom thing’ has turned my life upside-down…..in a good way of course! I am gradually trying to weave some ‘me time’ back into the mix. A workout here and there….maybe some Yoga, and maybe, just maybe some time with Mr. Ed (haha!) Needless to say, planning time for blogposts and photo shoots has been a challenge. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel….Miss Rooney Mae has dropped a night feed which allows me a good 6 hours sleep! Trust me, when you’ve been living off of 2-3 hours here and there…six hours is EPIC! Hence the smile on my face below.

So let’s talk fashion! I have always been a fan of menswear. I think every woman needs a beautifully tailored ‘power suit’ in her wardrobe. If the finances allow it, then splurge! Nothing says, ‘look out the boss lady is coming’ more than the sound of heels marching down the hallway, a slicked back pony, and a suit that is tailored to perfection! Am I right? If you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a designer suit, not to worry! You can piece one together by carefully coordinating separates from your wardrobe….or from thrift!

SummerSuit1Of course that would mean breaking all “the rules”. But in my book rules were made to be broken! It all started with pink and brown…two colour combinations I feel don’t get enough cred! Then came the pattern mixing, a tiny houndstooth pattern paired beautifully with the cherise vertically striped pant. The blush coloured blazer completes the look and the pearl and gold accessories channel a modern Gadsby vibe.

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One of my most coveted thrift scores…it is Ralph Lauren Collection and it was eight bucks!

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(Blazer, Clutch, Pearl Cuff – H&M; Vest, Gold Cuff – Value Village; Pants – Zara; Heels – J Crew;

Look out, here comes the boss lady!

Good to be back!

xoxo

Vic

 

In Bloom

Hey Juicettes!

Spring has finally sprung in Toronto! Nothing like a warm breeze and a little vitamin D to awaken the spirit – I feel as though I am in full bloom! A few weeks ago Ed and I took our little seedling to the park for the annual Cherry Blossom extravaganza! As this was our first outing in the stroller, Ed and I were a tad nervous that she/we? would have a melt down in public. It took me a little while to have faith that everything would be just fine…and it was. Our sweet girl slept the entire time and we took a few shots for the blog. Yayee!

Cherry4Alright, let’s dish about post-pregnancy fashion. My philosophy is 3 fold:

1) Comfort – It’s no secret that taking care of a newborn all day involves a lot of bending over, lifting, rocking, breast-feeding, diaper changing, etc. Being a Mom is strenuous work. Would you go to the gym in tight jeans? No! For me, comfort is key. At the moment, my ‘go to’ pieces are: ‘boyfriend’ fits, simple styling, and loose flowing layers. Make no mistake, I don’t believe you have to sacrifice style for comfort.

2) Function – When dressing for the day, select pieces that are not only comfortable (and stylish), but have function. i.e. Button up tops for easy access ….. Juicettes, even though I am referring to boobs, I am not talking about getting lucky in the alley behind Starbucks, that’s what got you into this mess in the first place….. (I joke!) What I am talking about is ‘Houdini-ing’ a meal for your bambino without having to completely disrobe in public…..you feel me?

3) Fashion – As a new Mom I may not know much, but what I can tell you is this…. The teeny little ‘poopingbarfingscreamingeatingmachine’ that you pushed into this world will undoubtedly turn your life, and everything you thought you knew upside-down! You now basically come last. For me this realization is at times overwhelming. I have always been a bit of a ‘free bird’….yup, I said it….I enjoy ‘me time’. I believe it is so important to maintain some sort of semblance of self, the self that you were before you became a doting Mother. Believe me, it would be so easy to dress in track pants and sweat shirts everyday….but I don’t because that’s not me. Don’t get me wrong, I have grubby days, but when I leave the house I make sure I am somewhat put together. Why? Because I love fashion…that’s just who I am.

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Right, enough of that….Now let’s actually talk fashion!
I am having a love affair with black and white right now, specifically these pantaloons!
Another sale section find from Urban Outfitters.
I bought ‘um 2 sizes up for a comfy cool boyfriend fit and at 19 dollars I couldn’t resist!

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I would love to hear your thoughts on PP fashion!
Drop me a line : )

Have a wonderful week-end!

xoxo

Vic

Rooney Mae

Hey Juicettes!

Guess what? I am a Mom! Ed and I welcomed Miss Rooney Mae into the world on April 21st, 2013. Needless to say things have been a little crazy around here. My focus over the last two weeks has been on Rooney – my precious, little girl. Blogging, along with everything else in my life has taken the backseat. Taking care of a newborn is some ‘next level time management shit’….most definitely the most epic thing I have ever done in my life. This is just a quick post to say, “Hey, this is what’s going on with me……and that Thriftjuice will start posting again tomorrow!” Yes friends, between nap time and boob time we have managed to squeeze in a few shots for some upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

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Vic, Rooney and Ed

 

 

Animal

Hey Juicettes,

I have been doing a lot of shopping in Ed’s closet lately….specifically the t-shirt shelf. As I rifled through messy piles of beer and concert t-shirts I stumbled across this cooky animal tee – the perfect jumping off point for today’s look. Kitted up with tomboy layers and a pair of wild kitten heels, I marched to the bus stop feeling A-N-I-M-A-L……Show me your teeth!

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(T-Shirt – The BF’s Closet; White Long Sleeve Tee, Gingham Shirt – Joe Fresh; Denim Vest, Cashmere Blazer, Cuff – Thrift; Jeans, Heels – Zara)

 Have a great Monday!

xox

V