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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

Pretty Simple
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Pretty Simple
The title says it all: pretty simple. But I felt so comfortable wearing this, you guys. I felt polished but understated, which is slowly becoming my preferred sartorial “message”. I’ve said this before: separating my love of colours from my personal style has not always been eas...
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Flight of Fancy
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Flight of Fancy
I mentioned previously that I struggle with updating my dress outfit formulas to reflect my current style vibe (architectural, edgy classic), and this outfit is a good illustration of what comes out of that struggle. I was originally going to wear this dress with a blazer because, hello, thatR...
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Peak Monochrome
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Peak Monochrome
Can it be called monochrome if it involves a floral print? I guess that’s a rhetorical question; Imma go ahead and file this under “purple”, which may be more generalization than truth. What’s for sure is this is another Peak Adina outfit. I like the slightly offbeat propo...
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Potato Sack Couture, Revisited
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Potato Sack Couture, Revisited
It seems like every year I find a shapeless, potato sack-like summer dress that becomes my go-to for “lazy” weekending. (When I say lazy, I’m referring to the dressing up part, because my weekends are generally anything but chill. My kids love to keep me on my toes, bless them.)...
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Eight Things You Need To Know About Lasik
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I write this just over a month after getting Lasik, which makes it a rather premature post since I have yet to experience the full results of the surgery, but I’ve had a few people ask me to talk about my experiences, so … here we are, and here is the requisite caveat: this is […]
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Takes From The Thrift: The Mega Haul
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Takes From The Thrift: The Mega Haul
The past few weeks have been more stressful than usual, so it should come as no surprise that this period coincided with an uptick in my thrifting trips. To be perfectly honest, I have come to enjoy the (solo) drive to and from the thrift store — on warm, sunny summer evenings, with the AC ...
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With Bell (Sleeves) On
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Soooo … clearly, I have not subjected this dress to the sleevectomy I previously discussed, yet. There is a stack of clothes I’ve been meaning to take to the tailor for minor alterations, this dress included, and I never seem to find time. It’s a 5 minute drive. You’d thin...
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Purple (In the) Rain
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I love this outfit, although it is admittedly not the epitome of figure-flattery. More like epitome of pyjama chic. These Cartonnier pants are as comfortable as sweatpants — lightweight, silky sweatpants. I call them my Francesca pants, because they are vaguely similar to a pair of mauve pa...
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What I Wore: May 2017
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Summer finally arrived in Edmonton last month, always an exciting time around these northern parts. Every year, I promise myself I will savour the warm weather to the fullest, and every year life proves a great distraction. I did my best to stop and smell the (mostly metaphorical) roses on weeken...
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An Ivy League Of My Own
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I forget the original retail name of this J. Crew print, so I`ve taken to calling it the “ivy top”. Hence, the terrible blog post title. If word association is any indication, my mind generally moves along very well-trodden paths. Back to the top, for a minute. I am somewhat torn abou...
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