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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”.

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Offbeat Friday
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Offbeat Friday
My new office does casual Fridays just like my old one, but since the dress code is more casual to begin with, I`ve been using Fridays as opportunities to experiment. Instead of the usual jeans+dressy top combo I would usual pull out, I`ve been trying pieces that are a bit more, um, adventurous. ...
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The Evolution of an Outfit
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The Evolution of an Outfit
Honestly, this is an outfit you have seen before — or, at least, 99% of one. I’m shamelessly posting it again because (a) everyone seems to love it; and (b) I think it’s an example of a Peak Outfit. Allow me to explain. Years and years ago, I started doing a thing where I consta...
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Black, Olive & Floral
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Black, Olive & Floral
I wore this outfit on a Saturday when, among other things, I went thrifting, and it was one of those situations where the most exciting clothes to be spotted were the ones I was wearing. On one hand, that makes for a ho-hum thrifting trip; on the other hand, it makes me feel great about […]
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What I Watched: Is There Any Other Game in Town?
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Before we talk Game of Thrones, let’s check in with my reading list. Last week, I finally got around to reading A Scandalous Life, the biography of Lady Jane Digby by Mary S. Lovell. For those, like me, who are not familiar with that name, Lady Jane was a woman who gave up on social […]
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Tales From The Thrift: Summer Edition
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Tales From The Thrift: Summer Edition
Thrifting has definitely picked back up after a slow start earlier this year. Funnily enough, my shopping has slowed down quite a bit around the same time; I am (finally!) getting better pickier in my thrift choices which is good news for my on-going wardrobe curation efforts. But the hunt is alw...
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Happy Ending
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Happy Ending
I don’t remember exactly when I first saw this dress, but I ended up hunting it on eBay for a good, oh, 6 months. No dice. I could never find it in my size for a decent price; a lot of the time, I couldn’t find a single listing, period. That made me more determined […]
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Sparkle & Shine
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Sparkle & Shine
A sequin jacket is a bit over-the-top for an average day in the life of Adina. On the other hand, a birthday is a once-a-year kind of deal, which justifies all the sequins, no? This is what I told myself, anyway. For my birthday dinner this year (which, full disclosure, happened on a Monday at [&...
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How To Get The Eyelashes of Your Dreams
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Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Trite but oh so true. Some people love luscious lips; some people admire killer cheekbones or the perfect, pearly smile. Me, I am obsessed with 3 things: great skin, mermaid hair, and Bambi-like eyelashes. I have conceded defeat in the face of my f...
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What I Read: Empires Edition
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A couple of weeks ago, I found a random biography of Napoleon III at the thrift store, so of course I bought it. It’s my reading catnip; I love French rulers — they have the messiest personal lives, which makes for excellent reading for someone with my superficial interests. Gossip is alway...
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Double Duty
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Aritzia makes good pants, you guys. I feel like you`re probably getting sick of me waxing poetical on the topic, but it`s true. Here is another pair, slightly different from the other two (black) pairs of Aritzia pants I own, and it`s so good. Slouchy but still relatively slim cut, with a definit...
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