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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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The Wants
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The Wants
As an average cusp-Millennial with access to social media, I am susceptible to getting a Case of the Wants every so often. You know what I mean: when you become convinced that a product – be it a piece of clothing, skincare, or some random doodad – is the only thing standing in the way […]
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What I Wore: August 2018 Workwear Recap
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What I Wore: August 2018 Workwear Recap
After the feedback on my last monthly recap post, I decided to tentatively bring back this feature to the blog. I will confess that there is also a selfish component to my decision; I like having an excuse to compile all my OOTDs in a neat little collage. I haven’t been very diligent about tracki...
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What I Wore: September 10-16, 2018
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What I Wore: September 10-16, 2018
The Long & Short Of It This outfit was inspired by @nitrochic on IG (she’s a fellow thrifter, and her style is always on point), but if your mind went to the Cake classic “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” then I don’t blame you, fellow Gen X-er. Because that the immediate association my mind makes w...
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On Gratitude
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I am not a big fan of self-help books, but I love reading about pop psychology, which is why I picked up 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute by Richard Wiseman at the thrift store a while back. In a nutshell, it’s a kind of amalgamator of results from studies on various […]
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What I Wore: September 4 – 9, 2018
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What I Wore: September 4 – 9, 2018
Subtle Sparkle This dress was a truly happy thrift find: brand new (with tags) silk linen, by Lela Rose. I have loved the brand ever since I bought my first piece – a dress from a long-ago Target collab – 4 or 5 years ago on eBay. Lela Rose dresses are the kind of dresses […]
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Fall 2018 Key Pieces
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Fall 2018 Key Pieces
In recent years, I haven’t been much of a trend watcher when it comes to fashion; information about new trends will occasionally filter through my consciousness because I read a bunch of female-oriented websites (Racked, Refinery29 and the like) where it proceeds to languish, along with the rest ...
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What I Wore: August 27-Sept 3, 2018
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What I Wore: August 27-Sept 3, 2018
Hello, Fall, my Old Frenemy Having lived in Edmonton for more than 20 years, I really shouldn’t have been surprised by this but and yet – here we go again. Fall came early, and I was agitated by that fact as I always am. Why, oh, WHY do you do this to us, Mother Nature? […]
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Recent Non-Fashion Thrift Finds
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Recent Non-Fashion Thrift Finds
Today, I thought I would write a little about my recent thrift finds and, in particular, those that fall outside the usual purview of this blog. Clothes and accessories will never not be at the top of my thrifting list, but I have been spending a lot more time lately looking for other treasures. ...
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Style Avatars: A Progress Update
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It has been more than 3 months since I adopted a new approach to personal style, one premised on the notion of style avatars or personas with well-defined aesthetic profiles. My chosen avatars – the Prince, the Adventurer, the Artist, and the Bohemian — have helped me to curate my exi...
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What I Wore: August 17-28, 2018
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Extra, Extra I mean, come on. This AllSaints shirt is as extra as they come … and it’s fabulous. I knew it was a keeper as soon as I picked it up, without even seeing the label. I love the shape & volume of the neckline with the large rosettes creeping up the shoulder. I […]
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