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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

What I Watched: Random Musings
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This has been a hard week full of news that left me heartsick, over and over. Frivolous pastimes, like this blog, seem pointless in times like these — or, worse, a guilty luxury. And yet, these are also the small things that help to keep me going. I have never been more grateful that I [...
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I Did A Thing, Vol. 7
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This blog might not be good for much, but it’s a workable excuse for all kinds of self-indulgent projects because … blog content, amirite? Anyway, I love an excuse to “experiment” with “science” so blogging it is. Those scare quotes are there for a reason, by the way, because what I’m going to ta...
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What I Wore: June 11-17, 2018
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Grey Matters   I raved about these Cartonnier trousers last week, but here we are again. They are great! This is the grey version, obvi. Thrifting well-fitting pants is not easy, so I’m still thrilled to have scored TWO pairs for under $20. I’m less enthusiastic about the top, which I got at my l...
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Lessons I Learned From Thrifting
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Clothes Are Not An Investment Let’s start with a definition: an investment is something that is expected to grow in value over time, or generate profit over and above the initial outlay. 99% of clothing fails that test right out of the gate. Even clothing bought with the expectation of long-term ...
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What I Wore: June 1-10, 2018
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Butterfly Action These are some good trousers, you guys. I recently thrifted two identical pairs in different colours, and I am chuffed. It’s a tapered, slim fit which is a nice tweak on the “skinny pants” silhouette of recent years. This style is called the “Lou Taper” by Cartonnier. I may or ma...
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What I Watched: Back to Netflix Edition
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It’s been a while since I binge-watched Netflix to the extent of recent weeks, but I’ve been working on some larger knitting projects and I find that I enjoy having shows running in the background while I knit. I prefer documentaries and comedy specials for that, because I listen to t...
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A Thrifter’s Compendium of Brands
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You may find this hard to believe, but I have become a picky thrifter. Is there such a thing? In short, yes. When I first started thrifting regularly, I used to buy a lot of stuff. No, I mean a LOT. It was the euphoria of finding brand names for dirt cheap; I would get […]
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What I Wore: May 22-30, 2018
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What I Wore: May 22-30, 2018
Light as Air Summer has arrived in Edmonton! All the exclamation marks! It has been so long since we’ve had warm weather that I have – legit, no joke – forgotten how to dress for it. Breaking my reflex to reach for a sweater with every outfit will take a while. Luckily, I have some […]
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What I Read: Phoenix Edition
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Between the flights and pool-side lounging, I had a lot of reading time crammed into my 4-day vacation to Scottsdale – which was good and timely, considering how large my TBR pile had grown. I ended up bringing 4 books with me, and that number wasn’t greater only because I wanted to leave room in...
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Recent Non-Fashion Purchases
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Recent Non-Fashion Purchases
Time for another round of reviews on my Amazon purchases. Whooo-weeee! Magnetic Tiles I am telling every parent I know about these; in my opinion, they are the best value-for-money toy, hands down, for ages 4 and up. Our Houston friends’ kids had these, and the entire junior cohort (ages 4-7, mix...
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