Inspired by Fashion: Cardigans

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm a huge fan of cardigans.  I simply love wearing them.  Not necessarily because I'm always cold, I think I just like the comfort they give me.

This is one of my absolute favourites, to the point that I need to remind myself to switch it up every once in a while!  I love the ribbed neckline, the fold over collar and how it's slightly angled from front to back at the bottom.

I'm also really loving the colour purple right now.  Might be hard to tell, but the t-shirt is dark purple.  I never used to be a fan, but it's quickly growing on me!

sweater - gap
t shirt - gap
necklace - the bay
jeans - lucky brand

Please excuse the ray of sunlight....just wasn't working with me!


Last Week....

Monday, January 23, 2012

we stopped for the train to pass.... 

 I found a notebook that I swear was made especially for me....

I debated on purchasing a mirror (there are two here) to hang above our bed....

and went back two days later to see if it was still was!

I indulged in my absolutely favourite treat and hid them so that no one else would steal enjoy them

How about you, what did you get up to?



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last week while out shopping for some groceries I made sure just happened to pass by the Joe Fresh jewelry display.  Seriously, it was full of beautiful pieces in an array of styles and colours.  With my new goal of making fashion a priority in mind, I decided to pick up a necklace.

I chose this gorgeous one.  I love the layering, the colours and the different materials.  It's definitely a versatile piece and that is so important!

top - gap
necklace - joe fresh
jeans - lucky brand

Do you have a favourite "go to"accessory? Do you prefer necklaces, bracelets, rings or scarves?

On another note, you know what I find totally funny about looking at these pictures? When I looked in the mirror I thought my hair was really puffy but after seeing the pictures I was like "hmmm, it's pretty flat".  How does that happen? I mean, how do we see ourselves so differently in a mirror vs picture? Note to self, add puffiness to the hair!



In A Funk?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

You know those days that you're just not feeling so great? Yeah, funks, that's what I call them.  Well, on those days I think it's important that you

1 - acknowledge that it's a funk and that it will pass 
2 - go into your closet and wear your favourite shoes/top/jewels/pants/dress, whatever it may be.

For me on this particular day I immediately went for my sequin top from Joe Fresh.  Ahhh yes, nothing like some sequins to pick you right up.

I'm really going to have to find a better spot in the house to take these style posts until I can get outside.  I know that I could take the photos outside, but I just don't really feel like getting pneumonia right now, so I'll stick with taking them indoors until the temps warm up a bit...right, okay so the photos.....

top - joe fresh
jeans - lucky brand
watch - baby g
boots - aldo

When you're wearing a top with lots of sequins, I don't really think that you need to wear a necklace, but that's just my opinion.  These are another one of my favourite pairs of boots.  Although, they tend to make me look short, then again, I am...anyhow yes, I love them because they have a flat sole, so I can wear them all day. Total perk!




Thursday, January 12, 2012

I love them, I totally do.  But, I only own one (gasp), I know right?!

I bought this one last year guessed it, gap.  I love pairing it with a simple t-shirt and then adding a gorgeous necklace or a scarf to finish off the look.  On this paticular day I chose a new long sleeved top that has in my opinion, a stunning cowl. (I once again apologize for the poor quality of the photos...seriously, I am trying to figure things out and not just sitting here, drinking coffee wondering why they look the way they do).

 blazer - gap
top - gap
jeans - lucky brand

I'd absolutely love to try on a Smythe Blazer, they are simply stunning, don't you think?  That being said, I'm really happy with the blazers at Gap.  They fit so well, they come in a variety of fabrics and styles and above all, they are versatile!


Curls and Print

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello beautiful friends! How is everyone doing?

So believe it or not, I have pretty darn curly hair.  I love to straighten it, well, not the process of straightening it, that's a total pain but I love how it looks straight vs curly.  That being said, it's kind of funny because I do love my curls, but just not on me.  Weird huh?  But this fighting them thing is getting kind of old, and so now I'm embracing them, working with what I have.  If I don't like the way my curls are looking on a particular day I just pull them back into a ponytail, voila!

So here's to curls and prints! Hooray! (I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, I'm working on it, I promise).

top - gap
necklace - in honor of design (shop is no longer open, but she has an amazing blog)

So here's to working with what we're given vs fighting it.

Don't forget that you can save 30% on your order in the shop! I will be closing it once all/most items are sold!


Classic T-Shirt

Monday, January 9, 2012

Friends, what's happening?! How are you? Did you enjoy a wonderful weekend?

So last week was the first week that I shared my outfit posts.  I started with three posts in one week, well, maybe 2.5.  Wow!  I didn't intend on doing so many, but they are becoming quite a bit of fun.  I'm going to have to do this weekly I think, maybe one a week, that should be good no?

I have quite a love for t-shirts.  I fall head over heels for their comfort, but I also like them to have a little something on them.

This one here has silver foil patches on each shoulder and a zipper 1/4 of the way down the back.  Paired with two necklaces and voila, perfecto!

boots ~ aldo - similar pair
t-shirt ~ gap
jeans ~ lucky brand
necklace ~ forever21 (beaded) & the bay

This is a typical outfit for me during the week.  Comfortable for running errands, dropping the kids off/picking them up from school, etc.  Love the boots are a perfect height so that they can be worn all day without my feet getting sore.



I've never really been known for my decision making abilities.  I ponder, I think, I debate, I wonder "what if", I worry. 

It's taken me a very long time to come to this decision, but I now know that it's the right one.

I will be closing my Etsy shop, elliven.  I think that this has been a long time coming, and it's very, very, very bittersweet.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
~Steve Jobs

This year has been a very busy year here in our house, and it doesn't look as though things will be slowing down anytime soon.  If anything, 2012 will be even busier than 2011 (more on that to come soon!!!).  Something had to give.  I slowed down production, I minimized my item list and yet I still didn't feel as though I could keep up.  It's not just the sewing, it's all of the things that go on behind the scenes.  Shipping, packaging, ordering, correspondence, promoting, photography, listing, etc.  

Right now, I need to focus entirely on my family and what's happening here right now (again, more to come on this soon).  Things are just so very busy and with my husband being deployed for part of the summer in 2011 and his schedule continuing to be somewhat demanding, I need to be here, 100% for my kiddos, my husband and myself.

That being said, is this a permanent closure….

Nope, definitely not.

Do I play to continue to sew….

Yes, absolutely!!!

Will I continue to create and design items while the shop is closed…..

You can count on it!

As to when the shop will reopen, I truly don't know as of yet, but it will most likely be sometime in the fall.

My dream has always been and continues to be to design and create beautiful pieces and to run and manage a successful shop. But, I truly feel that there is a long way for me to go and therefore only giving it 50% and getting to where I want to be, is just not realistic.  I hope to come back with a lovely brand for elliven, to have a clear business plan and I'll be able to take things to the next level….

I plan to come back stronger than ever!

I will continue to blog and I hope you will continue to follow along! 

I want to thank you.  Thank you so much for all of your support, your kind words and love.  It has meant SO much to me!  I am truly thankful.

So here's to a new chapter….

and with that, I will be offering a closing out sale, a See You Soon sale.....

save 30% on everything in ths shop with coupon code: SEEYOUSOON

The sale will continue until all/most of the stock is gone.  You can find the shop here.


First Week...DONE!

Friday, January 6, 2012

top ~ gap
jeans ~ lucky brand
watch ~ baby-g (in pink)

Phew, the first week of January is almost over.  So, how is 2012 shaping up for you thus far?  I'm sticking to my goal to become more comfortable in front of the camera and to make fashion a priority.  I have three more outfit posts lined up for next week and have shared some sneak peeks over on facebook!

Did you know that I cleaned out my closet? Yup, I did.  I got rid of 70-80% of my clothes and donate them along with some purses I never use anymore.  My closet is unbelievably empty, but I don't care one bit!  If anything, I feel, it's a good feeling, a fresh start.

I will begin filling those empty hangers slowly with pieces of clothing that 1-love and 2-cherish.

Oh!  That shop announcement I spoke of earlier, well I'll be sharing it on Monday, don't miss it!

Have a lovely weekend friends!


When All Else Fails...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wear pink!

Because pink just makes me happy.

Yesterday we didn't get up to much, and because of that, I went for an uber casual & comfy cozy outfit.    A simple white long sleeved shirt, topped with a deep V hot pink top and both paired with one of my fav jeans.

I made progress with my photo taking and allowed hubs to take the pics of me vs using a tripod (much easier).  I am normally a total dork when someone is taking a photo of me and because of that, I end up making the most awkward faces....hoping to improve on that!  I also would like to venture outdoors to take the pics, more options that way.


This Year

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hey friends! How are you? Did you enjoy a New Years full of glitz and glamour? It's okay, neither did I, but we still had an absolute blast!  We stayed here at home, ordered in some delicious sushi, had some tasty appetizers and just enjoyed our time together.

So, are you the type that makes new years resolutions? Me, not so much.  But this year, I did.  I'm beyond determined to become more fashionable and stylish and to be more comfortable in front of the camera.   I'm not too sure whether or not I'll blog my goal, but I will most likely share pics here and there.  Not necessarily outfit posts, but who knows, it may turn out to be just that!

So here's to 2012 and here's to making it a fashionable year!


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