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My name is Adina J, and I’m a 30-something professional, wife and mother of two. I’m not a smarty-pants, but I have lots of opinions. I’m also not a fashion insider, but I love clothes. And shoes. And bags. And pretty much everything else that goes into creating that mysterious element called “style”.

Recent Blog Posts

A Few Capsule Observations
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I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I was going back to a modified capsule approach to outfit planning, and today I’m going to write a bit about my methods and observations. I am not a typical capsule-devotée; my style skews to the minimalist side of the spectrum, but my closet does not. [...
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The EPIC Thrift Haul
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The EPIC Thrift Haul
I may have slightly over-hyped this on my IG stories and in the title of this blog post, but I think you will agree that my enthusiasm was understandable; even for a seasoned thrifter, scoring $5,000 worth of clothes for $65 is not an everyday kind of event. I’m gonna go ahead and chronicle this ...
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What I Wore: October 8-14, 2018
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What I Wore: October 8-14, 2018
Culotte Chic 2018 was the year of culottes. I wore them all summer, and I’m determined to wear them all fall/winter too. It helps that they work so well with ankle boots … of which, I have no shortage. Take these mock croc Stuart Weitzman beauties – they hit at just the right height t...
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Goodbye, Fall
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Goodbye, Fall
Despite my best intentions, my Instagram feed is not particularly aspirational. No beautifully lit photos of everyday objects elevated by charming mise-en-scene, no editorial looks set off against gorgeous backdrops, no cohesive colour stories. I admire anyone who can consistently pull that off; ...
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Oops, I Did It Again (Retail Edition)
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Oops, I Did It Again (Retail Edition)
The last time I paid full retail price for a piece of clothing was in December 2016. It was at Club Monaco, where I fell in love with a lace-collared sweater dress. I wore it half a dozen times, most recently in November 2017 at my grandmother’s funeral; I haven’t been able to bring myself […]
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What I Wore: September 29-October 5, 2018
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What I Wore: September 29-October 5, 2018
New Favourites Self-explanatory: am wearing some new favourite things. The dress is from a new-to-me Canadian brand called Ayrtight. I got it at my favourite consignment store (My Favourite Aunt’s, or MFA for short) on sale for around $45. It’s a linen rayon blend, which feels nice and drapes wel...
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Ask Me Anything, Instagram Edition, Vol. 3
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Ask Me Anything, Instagram Edition, Vol. 3
If you had to choose only one colour to wear forever, which one would it be? I want to say something fun and exciting, but honestly? Probably black. It’s not my best colour, but it’s the most versatile and easy to find. What field of work are you in? Curious if professional dress is r...
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What I Read: Mixed Bag Edition
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It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, huh? For a while there wasn’t much to report on the reading front, and more recently, I just got plain lazy. The truth is that I don’t enjoy writing about books; my idea of a satisfactory review is the title, brief (and I mean […]
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September Workwear Recap
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September Workwear Recap
September is not the worst month of the year – no other month can be, as long as January exists – but it might be the most melancholy and also possibly the busiest. As a lover of summer (and also a summer baby), September always comes as a stark reminder that time is passing. Frankly, […]
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Ask Me Anything, Instagram Edition, Vol. 2
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What are your best tips for thrifting for your home? 1) As with all thrifting, take your time and check everything. Most thrift stores are a jumbled mess, so you have to dig around. 2) Research your finds. If something looks interesting, Google it. You may have inadvertently hit a goldmine. Or no...
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