Fashion.Mama.Aquarius News!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ately I have had some serious writer's block, it seems difficult to continually produce new materials when I have a busy working-mom schedule and haven't had the time to sit down and brainstorm. I feel like the key is to immerse myself once again in all things fashion, to reignite the fashion flame that has always burned inside of me.

I have a bit of news which is not really fashion-related but will bring a new dimension to what I write about, FMA is expecting another little one! That means that I get to do some shopping for new clothes as I grow out of all the stuff in my current wardrobe (sniff sniff). This has probably contributed to my writer's block because as much as I have wanted to do so much fall/winter shopping and outfit shots, I knew that those clothes wouldn't fit for long. 

Maternity At It's Finest

The not-so-wonderful world of maternity shopping is (if you've never been pregnant) a wasteland (especially in Ottawa). There's very little selection, it's expensive and unless you time your babies to be born during the same season, you end up having to buy more the second time around (which is a waste of money if you only plan to have 2 kids). Do not get me wrong, I am so excited to be pregnant again, it's a special time in my life that I will only experience a couple of times but trying to look good, be comfortable and cost-effective is a bit of a challenge.

Thankfully, this time around I am more online-shopping savvy and I have recently discovered that Asos has a maternity line (with lots to choose from) I have also discovered Pink Blush Maternity (affordable clothing, albeit crazy patterns) Hatch Maternity (quality, high-end clothing but with a hefty price tag) and H&M Maternity (not many stores carry it and you cannot buy online in Canada at this time, boo!) There's also Old Navy Maternity, which for some reason, cannot be purchased on the Canadian website but only at select locations (I just looked this up on the US website and you can now ship to Canada from this website!).

Although there are many options for buying beautiful maternity clothes that are sure to make me look good as I grow, they are expensive and I always like to get more for my money, not to mention I will probably not have any more than two children. So my game plan is to buy regular clothing in a size up from my usual small, this coul be tricky however because the only parts of me that really gets bigger are my boobs, butt and belly so regular clothes may not accommodate me in the right places. I have recently found an amazing website called Necessary Clothing, this online boutique (they also have four retail locations in New York) has a wide selection of flow-y tops, pants, skirts and leggings with an elastic waistband and cardigans (which let's be honest I hardly ever do up my cardigans anyways). My thinking is to buy some of these stretchy, more forgiving items in one size larger than I would normally buy and that it should be comfortable during pregnancy but also wearable post-pregnancy. The other upside to doing this is that their prices are much more reasonable so I can get more items for less money.

I'm not sure yet what the best plan of action will be but I do know that my wardrobe options are getting slimmer as I get bigger an mama needs a good ol shopping spree ASAP!

What are your favourite maternity brands that are trendy but affordable? Did you even wear maternity clothes? Holla at me and help me out!



Céline Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Fashion Show -

When Fashion Breaks The Bank

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cheap Thrills: Fashion That Doesn't Break the Bank

White dress
27 CAD -

Button down shirt
17 CAD -

Tuxedo jacket
33 CAD -

Chicnova Fashion denim jeans
27 CAD -

ASOS knee high boots
40 CAD -

Francesco Milano red jacket
47 CAD -

MANGO drawstring bag
44 CAD -

here's some of us who are blessed with lots of money, whether it be from family money or a really high paying job or even a lucky lottery win. Unfortunately, there are also those of us who make a modest income and when all the bills are paid and the groceries are bought, there's not always a lot of money left for buying clothing and accessories. So does this mean that we should load it onto the good old credit card, just so we can have all the latest trends in our closet? Or worse yet, should we deprive ourselves completely until such time that we can actually afford to buy what we want? (Note: this is probably the more financially savvy option) My answer to this is: it's complicated.

This has forever been my fashion-dilemma: how to have all the beautiful and expensive clothing and accessories that I want without getting into massive debt in the process. I've said it before, I used to spend all my pay cheques on cheap clothes and accessories and never saved up for anything. Now I'm starting to see that if I want the high end clothing and the designer hand bags, then I either have to start putting cash aside and keep my need to spend on lockdown or else I must find a way to make a lot more money!

So if you're in the same boat, here's what I suggest; start a clothing fund and put $50 (or whatever you can afford) every pay and also give yourself a little Mad Money every pay to get you through the weeks until you have saved up enough to afford that pair of boots or that handbag that you've been lusting after. It also doesn't hurt to search around for the best deal for what you want, wait until it's on sale, use a coupon, just don't pay full price because you're too impatient. Some people are champions of delayed-gratification, even take pleasure from it, I am not one of those people. When I get the idea to go to a certain store or buy a certain item there's not much that will keep me from doing so, I get more out of instant gratification than from waiting but that's not always cost-effective. 

Another thing that I find helps to clarify my fashion wants is to make myself a list with a timeline for when I hope to be able to purchase that item. In doing this I find it really helps to see it all in front of me and then I can decide what is realistic, what things I don't really need and how much money will it cost to make it all mine.

What is the one fashion item you can't help but buy? Mine is probably tights, it's my go-to cheap-thrill for when I feel like I need to buy something new but don't have a large amount to drop. Let me know what cheap-thrill or splurge you can't resist!



Layer Like You Just Don't Care

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fall Fashion: Does Your Wardrobe Change With The Calendar Or TheWeather?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall has always been a favorite time for me ever since my back-to-school days, the anticipation and thrill of planning, buying and wearing a new wardrobe was one of my most coveted rituals. That has stuck with me throughout the years and even though I'm not in school anymore I still look foreward to this time of year that marks the beginning of warm-weather clothing.

Another thing I remember being annoyed about from those days was wanting to wear my fall wardrobe but the weather was still quite warm. I remember seeing other kids wearing their shorts, t-shirts and sandles to school when I desperately wanted to wear my cords, button down and new runners. This same dilemma exists today, living in Ottawa where seasonal temperatures for fall can be warm or cold depending on the year, we are often unable to change our wardrobe when we flip the calendar to September but rather are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Another thing that gets me excited for fall is being able to bust out my tights and leggings again, I am always a bit sad when spring hits that I have to put them out of my closet as I feel like they add a nice pop of colour to my outfits and make my shorter dresses more office-appropriate. 

The weather in Ottawa this summer has been cooler and a bit wetter than usual but for the past week it's been warm so everyone is trying to get maximum mileage out of their shorts, tank tops and sandals. As for me, I'm like a fashion-robot, pre-programmed to be gearing up for the fall wardrobe switch after labour day, though I do like to break the rules a bit and wear my white jean jacket from time-to-time once the leaves have started to drop.

Next week I'll be talking about fall fahion trends and I have a new designer profile on the go, so stay tuned!



Summer Looks: Floral Tie Blouse @ Parliament Hill

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Top: Jessica Simpson
Trousers: Club Monaco
Handbag: Elizabeth & James
Sandals: Calvin Klein
Necklace: Club Monaco
Bangles: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Aldo Accessories

The last post of my Summer Lookbook! 
Sorry it took so long to post these ones, I've taken summer laziness to a whole notha' level this year.... This was one of the funnest shots for me because I got to use an old camera as a prop :) Parliament Hill is steps away from where I work in downtown Ottawa and it's a pretty iconic building as far as Canada's capital city is concerned so it seemed a fitting place to showcase this outfit which I also love!

Photo-Shoot Outfit #2

The pants I purchased at one of my favourite stores - Club Monaco, and I liked them so much I bought them in two colours (the other pair is an olive green). These pants are the perfect work-pant, they have a very slim leg (without being too tight) and are made of a more structured fabric so they don't wrinkle too badly. I also like the faux leather detail and zippers on the front pockets.

The top is a Jessica Simpson design that I found at the new Hudson's Bay outlet in Ottawa and was probably one of the best deals I've ever gotten! I love the floral pattern and all the different colours which makes it really versatile for many outfits.

This little pink leather cross-body bag is a coveted piece that is new to me, the bag is by Elizabeth and James (my first one) and I am in love with the soft feel of the leather, the many different compartments/pockets, and the fact that its forces me to carry less stuff.

The sandals are by Calvin Klein and were purchased from Hudson's Bay (see my post on this purchase here) they are a turquoise nubuck and fit me really well with all the straps but they are not very quick to put on so I haven't worn them very often.

I am so excited to be heading towards fall which means new trends, new clothing and new photos, as I gear up for the next shoot I will be adding some posts with my favourite trends for fall, fashion sets and designer profiles. Thanks for bearing with me through my bloggers-block and hope everyone had a fabulous summer!