Friday, January 16, 2015

New Headshot

Even when you work backstage in theatre you need a headshot. After using a headshot that doesn't look like me now for too many years I finally got new ones taken last weekend (in my old headshot I'm 25, blonde and don't have bangs. Check out this post and scroll down to see it).


Voila!



Love it. I couldn't be happier with it. :)


Lisa.xo

Sunday, January 4, 2015

For Fun: My Old Apartment

Nothing like starting off a year by looking back...

I was sifting through my pictures and found these photos from my old apartment and I thought it would be fun to share!

My family moved around a lot when I was young. I've lived in many houses and have discovered that wherever you nest will be home. I lived in this apartment for 5 years. Other than the house I grew up in where my family settled for most of my life and the house The Boy and I live in now, this is the place I've lived the longest. I lived here in university, through the most major break-up in my life, I lived here when I met The Boy.
I lived here with my ex (the major break-up), I had room-mates in this apartment and I lived alone. This place saw me through a lot of major moments in my life.


The photos are a little grainy. I took them with my old flip phone.


My dining room. I loved it. My apartment was very girly. 


The living didn't always have two couches in it. The red couch used to be centered on the back wall under the picture. I took these pictures when I was looking for someone to sublet after we bought our house. The sectional was being kept so it could go in the house we live in now (it's since been replace by our leather sofa and it now lives in The Boy's workshop in the basement). 


My very cute 60's gallery style kitchen. This kitchen had more storage than the one in my current house if you can believe it. 


This place floods me with memories..the good, the bad and the ugly.

I wish I had a picture of my bathroom and my office. My office was really nothing special, but my bathroom had pink tile, walls and floor and a turquoise toilet, sink and tub. In fact it looked a lot like this:


Is it just me, or was anyone else singing the Barenaked Ladies song "Old Apartment" when they read the title of this post? 
Enjoy! Now you can sing this in your head all day with me! lol!


Lisa.xo

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Wishlist: Matching Separates

I'm swooning over separates these days. Something like this would be perfect for our trip to Hawaii. I can't resist the allure of a matching skirt and blouse set. It's the best of both worlds: wear it as a dress (my favourite) or wear them separately! I'd get so much wear out of a set like that.


I love this sunny yellow 50's set. The cutouts on the blouse are really sweet.

buy it here!


There is something about this print I really love. It's very versatile - the cut is summery, but the print is dark enough it could be worn layered in the fall or winter.
buy it here!


Oh, if only this beauty was in my size…there is nothing I don't love about this set. The colour, the cut, the print…all amazing!
buy it here!


I'm really drawn to the embroidered pussy willows on this set and the pockets on the skirt. Wouldn't it be so cute with a straw bag, big sunglasses and a pair of sandals in the summer? 
buy it here!



Lisa.xo

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Outfits: New Years Eve

The Boy and I spent New Years Eve with a small group of friends. We had a few drinks (I'm thankfully not hung over as I write this. Just a faint throb in my head. Nothing coffee and breakfast won't cure), we ate some delicious food and ended the night with a game of Cards Against Humanity.


I knew it was going to be a more casual evening, but I still wanted to wear something festive. For a girl who is attracted to sparkly things like a magpie I really don't have too many dressy separates. Then I remembered that I bought this tank from Value Village during Halloween this year. It's a bit like beaded chain mail. The entire tank except for the straps is beaded with a lining behind it. I paid under $7 for it because it was on the costume rack. I'm very sure a similar tank at a retailer would be close to $100. It's a very well made piece of clothing and I'm happy to have found it.





Vintage Rhinestone Earrings: thrifted
Black Bolero with Rhinestone Clasp: Laura Petites
Beaded Tank Top: thrifted, Value Village
Black High-waisted Skinny Jeans: Forever21
Vintage Rhinestone Bracelet: thrifted
Black Ankle Boots: George


I am very happy to welcome 2015. I'm eager for a few fresh starts in some areas of my life. 2014 wasn't all bad, but I'm glad it's over. There are some exciting things on the horizon both in my professional and personal life and I'm looking forward to them. 


Lisa.xo

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!


Happy New Year!
The Boy and I are having a low key evening spent with friends. 
January 1st is our eight year anniversary. Eight years! Where does the time go? 



Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy lives to pop into my little corner of the internet and see what I'm up to. Thank you for your comments and emails. I look forward to them every time I post - they really mean so much to me. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and I wish you all the best for 2015. 


Lisa.xo

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014: A Year in Review

I'm doing my year in review post a bit different this year as well. Instead of chronically every month and highlighting important posts like I usually do, I'm highlighting my favourite posts from the year just like I did with my outfit roundup yesterday.


By far, my favourite posts of the year are my Thrifting Tips series. I worked incredibly hard on them and am very proud of how they turned out.




This year I was interviewed by Shaw TV about thrifting and my blog which was very exciting!




After living in our house for 5 years, I finally got the courage to tackle the enormous job of painting our kitchen in April. Another 6 months down the line and we're almost ready to knock the wall down between the living room and the kitchen. Like I said, things happen slowly in this house.

for the record, we have put the outlet covers on. this is just an old photo. 

We had a new addition to the family in June. We rescued Chopper. He's about the sweetest dog you could ever meet. Him and Dave love each other and we can't imagine life without him. 



In November I cut about a foot off of my long, long hair. I loved my long hair, but I can't believe I didn't cut it sooner.  


I really hate to be a downer on the blog, but it's been a tough year. I feel very tired. Even after 5 weeks off. I overloaded on work this year - I felt like I couldn't help it - so many projects and opportunities knocked on my door and I was compelled to say yes to most of them. I don't regret working so much...I really did learn a lot and some very exciting doors have been opened as a result, but I think I'm going to be more mindful in the coming year what I say yes to. 

On top of which my personal life has been really stressful this year. I don't really know what to say about this here, except that in some ways my life has been in limbo. This combined with too much work has kept me from blogging or too tired to care about a lot of things - like Halloween costumes (we didn't dress up this year) or Christmas (confession: I never put up our tree or decorations...couldn't be bothered). 

The good news is that I believe things are getting better. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I have work to do - both in my professional and personal life. No New Years Resolutions this year  (not even anti-resolutions) ...just the promise to myself that I will be mindful of my spiritual well being, my personal happiness and above all: keep it simple. 


Check out previous year in review posts from 2013, 2012 & 2011.


Lisa.xo

Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Outfits

For the last few years I've done a round up of my favourite outfit posts from each month. It's been a bit of an erratic year for blogging, so instead here are my favourite looks from the entire year.

Here they are, in no particular order:



This look pretty much sums up my style these days. Casual, with a hint of retro.



My birthday outfit, featuring my amazing Jenny skirt in Burlesque print from Pinup Girl Clothing.



Easily my favourite outfit of the summer, inspired by my Miss L Fire Bluebird sandals.



And finally, one of my most recent posts featuring one of my newest acquisitions for my vintage dress collection. I've decided I'm wearing this outfit to the opening of my next show in January. Can't wait!



Check out my other outfit roundups from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010! (phew!)



Lisa.xo


Thursday, December 25, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014!


Merry Christmas!
I hope you have a wonderful day filled with laughter, family and good food. 


Lisa.xo

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Inspiration: Marilyn in Glasses

Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire

Proof that glasses can be sexy.


Lisa.xo

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Have Great Style on a Budget



I often get complimented on my outfits and my style. I take great pride in the fact that I am able to look stylish and put together for next to nothing.

You don't have to spend tons of money to have great style - no matter what your style is. I work in theatre and despite the fact that I have a very enviable wardrobe, in reality I have a very limited budget for clothes. About 85% of my wardrobe is bought second hand, either from a thrift store, Etsy or a local vintage shop. 75-80% of what I buy second hand is cheaper than you would pay for a similar item at the mall.  The other 15% of what I buy is new and about 5% of that is expensive investment pieces or something special I can't live without.

Looking great on a budget is about having an intimate knowledge about your personal style. This is key to finding killer second hand pieces that fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. . It's taken a lot of trial and error, but I now know what I like and over the years have come to know what will be worth spending money on for my wardrobe- whether it's $5 or $500.

If you're still figuring out what your personal style is start a Pintrest board with looks that inspire you  (or go old school and rip out pages from a magazine and tape them to your wall) . What do they have in common? Go shopping and find similar pieces (Check out this post for tips on turning those inspiration photos into outfits from your closet).
Now is the time to experiment and thrift shopping for your wardrobe is a great way to test out a look with little investment. Make mistakes and take risks in your wardrobe. It's just fashion, not brain surgery. But no matter what, wear what makes you feel amazing. No matter how much you paid for what you have on your body that feeling will shine through and make you look incredible. Confidence is the best accessory (did I just write that?! how cheesy..lol). But seriously. It's true.

I'm a huge advocate for second hand shopping, but the key to having style is to mix it up and pair thrifted items with new ones. Retailers like Joe Fresh, Forever 21, Zara, Winners and Marshals all offer great clothes at incredible prices.

Accessories. Invest in them. The right accessories - new or second hand - can elevate an outfit instantaneously.

If you are going to spend money on anything in your closet, make it a great, functional purse you can use every day of the year that matches most of your wardrobe. I bought mine at Winners for $150 a year and a half ago. It's Italian leather, I still love it and use it almost every day. And it still looks like new. Worth every penny. Here it is:



Please don't forget about hair and makeup. This is the icing on the cake of your look. Learn how to do your hair and apply makeup in a way that makes you look and feel amazing. I am a firm believer that great hair and makeup and some eye-catching accessories can elevate jeans and a t-shirt into something you could wear anywhere these days.




Here are a couple of outfits from past posts with a mix of thrifted and new items. I've broken down what I paid for each item and where I got them.


This is a great fall look. I wore it out to run errands, but it could easily translate to an office setting, or a date. The sweater is cashmere from Club Monaco, but I found it at a thrift store. The skirt is vintage. It's is wool and is lined. I always look for luxe fabrics in good shape when shopping second hand.


Sweater: $7 @ thrift store
Flower Brooch: $1 @ Ricki's sample sale
Belt: $10 @ retailer
Skirt: $5 @ thrift store
Shoes: $20 @ retailer
OUTFIT TOTAL: $43


Here is a summer look that I love. The dress is vintage. I bought it on a sale rack at a vintage shop because there were a few popped seams here and there. Nothing my sewing machine couldn't fix. The bag was a bargain at a thrift shop on a sale day. It was also in need of some love. I had to stitch one side of it back together with some twine. Good as new. I'm pretty handy with a needle and thread, so I'm never afraid to take home something which needs a bit of work. Experience has taught me what I can fix and what I can't.


Vintage Dress: $15 @ vintage shop
Flower Brooch: $1 @ thrift store
Belt: came with another dress
Bag: 50 cents @ thrift store
Shoes: $9 @ thrift store
OUTFIT TOTAL: $25.50


And a winter look. The coat was a thrift store purchase. The leopard print skinnies were from a retailer. I watched them diligently until they went on sale and snapped them up from their online store. 


Beret: $4 @ thrift store
Scarf: $10 @ retailer
Coat: $17 @ thrift store
Leather Gloves: free - a gift
Pants: $20 @ online retailer
Boots: $20 @ retailer
Purse: $7 @ thrift store
OUTFIT TOTAL: $78



For more thrift shopping advice check out these thrifting tips I posted earlier this year.


AND Here are two articles I love with some great advice on style:


Lisa.xo
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