Now, I don’t really know what is considered a big jacket wardrobe… I have a feeling some of you will think this is a small and simplified jacket collection, and some of you will think it’s a lot! I have 7… is 7 a lot of jackets to own? Well, that’s how many I have post closet purge! As I said I am not going full on capsule wardrobe at this time, just minimizing what I have and only keeping items I truly love to wear.
So, lets take a look at the 7 jackets that made the cut. As you can see there is absolutely no pop of colour in my jacket wardrobe. Lol. That’s okay with me though, I really am a basic girl when it comes to my style, I love having simple and classic items that pair well with anything and everything.
Jacket 1. The Neelam Jacket by Wilfred Free (from Aritzia) I am OBSESSED with this jacket. First of all its striped…so duh. Secondly its just shades of grey…double duh. It really is an ideal jacket for me. It’s a sweater style jacket that is great for layering, and I have found myself gravitating towards it all winter long. Definitely not on the colder Alberta days though as it’s not the warmest, but it’s definitely one of the cutest!
2. Mackage Florica Jacket (from Artizia) Okay guys, these jackets are an investment. ($$$) but they honestly will last you forever, and they just look better the more you wear them. I previously owned a different Mackage leather jacket for 9 years, and it still looks brand new today. A classic black moto style jacket is such a staple for me, so easy to throw over a tee shirt and jeans, or a dress. Love love love.
3. Levi’s Boyfriend Jacket (from Aritzia) sensing a theme? Yes Artizia is my all time favourite store. If they sold shoes and pyjamas I could probably just shop there for the rest of my life. The thing I love the most about this denim jacket is the length, so often I find womens denim jackets are cropped, and I just wasn’t feeling that look anymore. I was really happy to find a denim jacket that isn’t cropped, and I will be rocking it all spring and summer long!
4. Zara Bomber. I was on the hunt for awhile for the perfect oversized black bomber, but wasn’t having too much luck. I ended up purchasing this bomber from Zara, and just sizing up to a Large (from a small) and it is exactly what I was hoping for. I love wearing it a lot, great for spring and fall!
5. Talula Trooper Jacket (from Artizia) a.k.a. the jacket every girl has… But, I think that’s just because it’s such a cute lightweight jacket, and very easy to style!
6. Burberry Coat. I have owned this coat for almost 7 years, so I am not even sure what the exact style is. I highly recommend investing in a classic black dressy coat, if you get a good one it will last you and last you. Very easy to style, you can dress it up or down, it’s the definition of a classic coat. Because I live where it’s freezing most of the year I’d say this is my most worn jacket!
7.Community Parka (from Artizia) Lastly, when you live in Canada a parka is essential. I absolutely love this green one by Community, it’s warm but not too bulky, and the green is the kind of green that just goes with any other colour. I get a ton of use out of this jacket!
So, there it is! My jacket wardrobe. I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love if in the comments you told me some of your favourite jacket styles to own and if you think there is something lacking in mine! I feel like maybe I could do with one fun statement jacket… but, we’ll see. I’m just such a plain person you guys!
I do want to mention also that With Stripes is going to be getting a make over! Soon my blog is going to have a new website and I am very very excited! I apologize in advance if there isn’t a post for the next little while, while we are busy getting the new site made up. It will be well worth it though!!
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As you know from my last post I have been working on minimizing my wardrobe as well as hunting for the perfect basic pieces! On my list of items I felt were missing from my closet were a oversized black bomber jacket, and a soft worn looking rock tee shirt. I have found both! Yay!!
The tee shirt I found at The Bay, in the mens section. Don’t forget to check the mens section ladies, sometimes you find the best things in there! And the bomber is a Zara find. I actually bought it in a size large and I am normally a small, so as you can see they must fit on the smaller side, because it is over sized on me but definitely not huge!
I hope you all enjoyed this post, my style is on the very casual side these days! Mom life, am I right? But, I still enjoy sharing bits of my everyday style with you all. Thank you for reading.
Hi my lovely blog friends.
If you follow me on Instagram you have probably noticed that I am selling a TON of clothes and accessories on @shopwithstripescloset. I normally tend to clean my closet out a couple of times a year, and then I normally just allow my friends to pick through what they want to take and donate the rest. While I still think that is a good thing to do, obviously, this time I decided to take a different approach and try to sell my things. I would say I am pretty good at laundry and just keeping clothes in generally good condition, so I thought they were worth re-selling!
I spent one day emptying my closet and drawers of all the things I hardly wear, have worn too much, or the dreaded NEVER worn. After that I snapped some pictures of all the items, posted them on Instagarm, and my little #shopmycloset project was rolling! It blew my mind, for a couple reasons, one being that I could actually make a decent amount of $$$ selling my things for cheap prices, two that I could feel my anxiety lifting away with each item leaving my house. Now if you know me well you know that I am a very anxious person, it’s been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember. I don’t have full blown anxiety attacks on the regular, but I am no stranger to them. I do feel like I am in a much better place in my life when it comes to anxiety, but there is always room to grow. The joy I felt being able to sell my things to people who would love them for an affordable cost, while clearing all this space in my closet and mind was amazing.
With the success of the sale, that’s still going on shop here, and the anxiety free feelings it is leaving me with, I am inspired to start a new mini-series here on the blog! Welcome to the Simplify Series, I am going to continue to purge and minimize my wardrobe and other areas of my life and I want to bring you along with me! This will also be like a journal to myself as I go through this journey, but I of course want to share with you, and learn from you as well!
I don’t think I am going to go right into a capsule wardrobe, but I am definitely minimizing my closet by more then half. I thought it would be fun to share each section as I minimize and also look for the pieces I feel are lacking from my wardrobe. The first post is going to be on jackets, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
Have any of you tried a capsule wardrobe? Or just living with less in general? I’d love to hear what has and hasn’t worked for you. I’m feeling so inspired over here!!!
Hello, lovelies! Sorry it’s been a minute, hope you all are well.
I recently went on a girls trip with one of my best friends (@bianka_bt) to New York City! It was super fun and if you want to see a bunch of snaps from it head over to my Instagram: @withstripes. I have a few posts I want to share with you all from our quick trip to the big apple, and today I am going to start with a simple outfit post!
Did you guys know I liked a good striped shirt? Well, if you didn’t already catch on, I have a major love for all things striped! I also have a love for very simple, maybe some would even say tom boyish outfits.
This outfit I wore on one of our NYC days is my style to a tee. The simple long sleeved striped top, the ripped high wasted jeans, converse, cool sunnies, and my dressy coat. Might seem like an odd mix to wear, but it is truly the look I feel most comfortable and most myself in. Any outfit that fits into these guidelines is a winner for me.
This shirt was a double winner for me, stripes and says New York, how perfect! Also fun fact we took these photos on the street that has Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment on it in West Village!
I have a few more NYC related posts coming your way, with a bit more details about our trip, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Thanks for reading as always guys! You’re the best.
Shirt Brandy Melville | Jeans Aritzia |Shoes Converse | Sunnies Ray Ban | Rings Aldo | Bracelet Gift
Yes, we all know I am the BIGGEST YouTube fan girl! Okay, well if you didn’t know…now you do. I love YouTubers so much, I honestly barely watch regular T.V. (besides This Is Us and The Bachelor, obviously) My sister got me into watching them when I lived in Vancouver, so about 3 years ago, and the obsession has only grown stronger ever since. I can’t really tell you why watching people film their everyday lives, or talk about skincare products is so fascinating to me, but it is! And if you’ve never tried watching it, I suggest you do, you may be surprised.
Anyyyywaaaaay, some of the bigger YouTubers bring out merch sometimes, because people like me are suckers for that kind of thing! Alfie and Zoe (or, Zalfie) are Adam and I’s absolute favourite YouTubers! Alfie daily vlogs, so Adam and I always watch him every evening, and Zoe does usually one video a week but sometimes vlogs as well! We honestly wish we could be best friends with them, because we are weirdos and just think that should happen! Plus they are British, and if you know Adam and I, everything about England is our dream!
Long story short, Zoe and her brother Joe (who is also has an awesome channel) have recently brought out some merch, so of course I had to order something.
I went for this cool black tee with copper writing, I am such a jeans and tee shirt kind of girl so this actually fit in with my wardrobe very well. Super comfy, super cool, and I just love the Suggs they make me so happy, so I am happy to support their stuff.
Do any of you watch YouTubers, I’d love suggestion for who to check out! Hope you’re all having a lovely week so far. Thank you for reading!
her: SuggLife tee | Citizen of Humanity jeans | Converse
Brrrrrrr, guys! Edmonton is freezing these days. I don’t know about where you live, but where I live it was -21 today! I love winter, but that is quite cold. However it is the season of layering which is my favourite fashion, so I won’t complain, too much!
I thought this evening I would share a list of my favourite winter essentials with you all! Not much else to say about it, so let’s just jump right in!
A hydrating face mask. I have the driest skin ever, so I like to pay my face a little bit extra attention when the temperatures are this low. (personal favourites: glam glow thirsty mud, origins drink up intensive overnight mask , fresh black tea instant perfecting mask )
Sweaters, duh! Sweater weather is the best weather, so I definitely like to cozy up in a sweater all winter long. (and spring and summer and fall, because lets be honest I’m always cold)
A heated blanket. These are a game changer, I never had one until I moved in with Adam. He brought a heated blanket, and I am forever thankful to him for that! I like to turn it on about half an hour before we go to bed so it’s nice and toasty when you crawl in.
Bath bombs (lush, always) because when it’s cold outside there is nothing like being in a hot bath.
Regular blankets for Christmas I received a blanket that is a baby blanket but for an adult…and as you’ve guessed it’s the softest coziest thing ever.
Obviously a good toque, scarf, and pair of mittens.
If you live in cold, I suggest investing in a proper winter jacket! I did a couple years ago, and I have never regretted it.
New favourites for me personally is cuddling Greyson, and of course Jewels! Nothing like snuggling a baby or furry puppy while watching the snow fall outside.
That’s all for now, or all that came to mind right away! Tell me some of your winter essentials in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
Hello beautiful peeps! Hope you all had a great start to December. I for one had a good, but busy December 1 as I had lots of filming and editing to do, and have last minute decided to do Vlogmas on my YouTube channel as well! (You know for all 36 of you subscribers )
I am here with another “Wearing This Week” post, and like last time my YouTube video look book will be linked at the bottom! So, last weeks post I was running around the desert in shorts and now today here I am all bundled up. I know a lot of people can’t stand the cold weather, but this truly is my favourite time of year. Layers are my friend. This week I thought I would style two of my favourite winter accessories, a scarf and a headband! And with that here are my outfits.
As I am sure you all have noticed I do have a thing for stripes, but something about the combination of stripes and plaid really makes my heart sing! Also, these leather leggings from Aritzia are my FAVOURITE, they were pricey but I have worn them for 3 fall/winter seasons now and they still look as good as when I first bought them.
Parka: Aritzia | Sweater: Garage | Leggings: Aritzia | Scarf: Aritzia | Shoes: Converse
Don’t get me wrong I love wearing toque’s all winter long, but switching it up with something like this H and M headband is a nice change sometimes! I like wearing it with hair down as well, but let’s be honest I am normally running around with a messy mom pony tail so this works well for me.
Headband: H and M | Turtleneck: Aritzia | Jeans: Zara | Booties: Call It Spring
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Hey, guys! Hope you are all doing well. Adam, Greyson, Jewels and I are still loving the vacation life in Phoenix. We have just under a week left, and still making the most of this sunshine while we can! (although I am a winter person, I am a little excited to get home to the snow)
I have been inspired by all the amazing look books on Youtube to start a new series on my blog and youtube channel called “Wearing This Week” where I will show you two outfits I am loving/wearing each week. On the blog it will obviously be written out and shared in photo form, and then on my youtube channel I will briefly chat everything I wore in each outfit and where it was purchased, and then finished off with a mini look book of the outfits. I am going to aim to do it every week, or possibly every other week. We will just see how it goes! Thought it would be a fun way to share a bit of my week and my personal style. Hopefully you guys will enjoy it.
With that being said, lets get into this weeks look! Now normally I plan to put outfits together that are seasonally appropriate, and since I live in Canada seasonally appropriate would mean layers layers layers at the moment! However we are in the desert where it’s still very hot, annnnnd I was very pregnant all summer so I kind of missed out on summer fashion this year. So, this weeks outfits are definitely just desert/warm vacation themed, but next week they will be looking much more like the true canadian winter girl that I am.
How amazing is this romper from Zara?! I absolutely love the cut out detail in the back, and the fact that it looks like a dress from the front and romper from the back. I was so sad having this hang in my closet all summer with Greyson being the big baby bump he was at the time. So, time to rock it now! …or you know for another week before I return to the winter wonderland I call home.
Romper: Zara | Sunniess: Ray Ban | Choker: Pink Blush | Phonecase: Urban Outfitters
I am the latest in the world to the overalls/dungaree trend. BUT I DONT CARE. I picked these shorts overalls up from Forever 21 and I have been loving them this whole trip. Just a bit of a different twist on plain shorts and a tee.
Shorts Overalls: Forver 21 | White Tee: American Apparel | Choker: Pink Blush | Shoes: Converse
I hope you all liked this post! I kind of want the idea to be short quick weekly outfit inspo, so I hope that’s what it will be able to provide! If you want to see me chat about these outfits, and the look book the video is down below. Thank you for reading!
(all the photos were shot outside our room at the Arabella Hotel Sedona, if you are ever staying in that area definitely check them out!)
You know you’re living the #momlife when your purse is now a diaper bag and going shopping for new bottles is actually a highlight of your day! And not in a sad my life is so boring that getting out to buy bottles is my only source of fun… I just actually get excited for all things baby now!
I have been doing a little bit of clothes shopping for myself lately, topping up my wardrobe for the autumn/winter season (which it seems to be swapping between on a daily basis, if you live in YEG you know). I was DYING to get back in jeans so I sucked it up and sized up a little, since the old ones don’t quite fit yet post baby! I’ve also been adding a few new sweaters to my collection too because who can resist a good sweater?
Today I thought I’d share this look from Zara I wore today running some errands (the fun bottle shopping lol) with Greyson. I actually have been adding some colour to my wardrobe this season…very unlike me, but I am loving the change. Whats something new you have been trying with your style, or wanting to try? Lets talk fashion in the comment section. Or we can talk about exciting things like bottle shopping, if you’re a nerd like me. Thanks for reading!
sunnies: Ray Ban
I started writing this blog post last night…but then you know, baby happened. Let me tell you having a baby makes doing ordinary things a lot more challenging! The snuggles are well worth it though. So now we are currently all cuddled up on the couch watching the newest Grey Anatomy and I thought I would finish this up.
I’m so happy October is here, I absolutely love this time of year. The air is crisp and it is definitely sweater weather everyday now. Yay! Today I want to share the sweater I wore the other day. I am loving this turtle neck from Skull Cashmere, it is so comfortable, cute and the skull makes me feel a little Halloween-ish! Also so happy to be fitting back in my leather leggings again as they are my go to all fall and winter long.
sweater: red rouge boutique
watch: larsson and jennings
Thanks for reading, and please do excuse that messy messy pony tail. I am getting my hair cut tomorrow, so it will be sorted out shortly.
Another maternity style post?! We aren’t just posting baby pictures yet? Nope. Okay. Let’s do this.
I am so looking forward to fall fashion, however first come these awkward in between days where you wake up and it’s sweater weather and then the afternoon comes around and you’re boiling! That’s where dresses like this “cold shoulder” one from Pink Blush comes in very handy. The olive color makes me feel like I’m dressing more autumnal, and the fact that it’s lightweight makes it easy to layer. I like to wear these kind of dresses with a denim jacket (like shown below) or with a big scarf bundled over, and of course my classic converse!
Pink Blush has all kinds of cute maternity wear, and non-maternity wear as well! I found through my pregnancy I liked choosing things I could wear now, but will also be comfortable after the baby (if he ever) arrives. I definitely plan on wearing this dress after baby as well, I think it would work well with tights and little boots too once it’s more consistent autumn weather. Looking forward to styling it without this watermelon sized bump underneath too😉
(GIVEAWAY):If any of you mama’s, or ladies in general are interested in a piece like this, the very nice people at Pink Blush would like to offer one of you the chance to win a $75 gift card! All you need to do to enter is subscribe to my blog by clicking the follow button! If you’d like an extra chance to win you can also leave a comment on this post. Once a winner has been selected I will email you to let you know you have won. The contest is going to run for one week, so next Friday the winner will be contacted.
This is what 40 weeks and 3 days looks like my friends. Trying to stay positive, but I am starting to get very antsy for this guy to get here.
dress: c/o Pink Blush
all photo’s processed with VSCO a8 preset
GIVEAWAY sponsored by @pinkblushmaternity
Still loving this Gap “non-maternity” maternity dress! Wasn’t lying when I said I’d be wearing it all the time till baby comes, and probably after too. Today when we woke up I was pleasantly surprised to feel chilly in our house! (is that the weirdest thing that being cold makes me excited?) but I really was! The air totally felt like autumn today. I probably sound like every other girl, but I just can’t wait for sweaters and of course a PSL!
Since it was a little chillier today I was able to pair the dress with my green Trooper Jacket from Aritzia… and as per usual a pair of converse. (seem to be my go to shoe this pregnancy/summer)
As you can tell from the giant watermelon shape under my dress, I am still pregnant. Haha. We had a doctors appointment this afternoon and she did say things are moving along, just slowly! My due date is tomorrow, so if I haven’t had the baby within the next week they will be inducing me around next Wednesday. So by next week I should be cuddling a baby, maybe even while wearing a fall sweater and drinking a pumpkin spice latte.😉
What are you guys most excited about for Autumn? Let me know in the comments.
sunnies: Ray Ban
Well I am almost 36 weeks pregnant, and I have to say getting dressed this summer has been interesting for me! For some reason in my head whenever I imagined being pregnant I imagined it being in the winter time (I have no idea why) so I pictured being able to wear leggings and big cozy sweaters over this bump! However, the weather is really quite the opposite of sweater weather right now! It’s been at least +23 or over everyday, hot hot hot!
While I did purchase a couple pairs of maternity jeans and shorts, and as well a lovely friend of mine did lend me a few of her maternity items, there really wasn’t that much maternity clothing I truly loved or felt good in. I didn’t want to go out and spend money on a whole new wardrobe just to wear while being pregnant, but I also did want to have a small selection of clothes that I felt confident in, and felt myself in. So I have just chosen to shop regular clothing for the most part, and just choosing pieces in a size that me and this baby boy can both fit in together.
One of my favourite purchases is this striped dress I recently bought from Old Navy. It’s super comfy and loose fitting, so it feels AMAZING on these hot summer days. I did find this in the regular section of Old Navy, although I do know they do have a maternity section as well. This dress is awesome, super affordable, and is going to be one of my “OOTD’s” on repeat for the next 4 weeks or so till our little guy arrives!
MY STLYE. PROBABLY A STRIPE OR TWO.