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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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What I Wore: February 11-17, 2019
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What I Wore: February 11-17, 2019
Acceptable Ruffles So, in principles, I don’t like ruffles. They tend to the Twee side, and Twee is the enemy of Adina’s Current Style. But! There are exceptions. Previously, I thought that the only exception was Dramatic Neck Ruffles (see: my favourite AllSaints blouse) but now I think we need t...
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Style Avatars: A Year Later
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Style Avatars: A Year Later
About a year ago, I wrote about a new approach I was taking in conceptualizing my personal style: using 4 style avatars, each representing a certain aesthetic, to guide and inspire my outfit choices. My avatars were: the Prince, the Artist, the Adventurer, and the Bohemian. While there was a fair...
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What I Read: Chick Lit
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I took a little break from embroidery over the last couple of weeks, which freed up some time for reading – hurray! And I read some fantastic books, which is always the best kind of refuge and solace when I’m starting to feel burned out. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. So, so, so good! Of...
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What I Wore: February 1-10, 2019
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What I Wore: February 1-10, 2019
The Happy Dress There hasn’t been much cheer to go around lately, and the snap of brutally cold weather last week did not help matters. I’ve been working from home and generally avoiding being out of the house as much as possible, so my outfits are nothing to write about. Literally. T...
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What I Wore: January 2019
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What I Wore: January 2019
January is over, hurrah! In fairness, I went into it expecting not to enjoy it, which is not a helpful frame of mind. But, as every year, I feel much better now that it’s over. The days are getting measurably longer again, February is a short month, and we are within sight of the end […]
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Then and Now
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Then and Now
Going through old outfit photos is a fun and occasionally instructive exercise. Sometimes it helps me “re-discover” an older piece and see its possibilities anew; sometimes it inspires me to revisit and reinterpret an old outfit formula. I want to talk about the latter today. Those of you who hav...
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I Did A Thing, Vol. 16
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I Did A Thing, Vol. 16
I loved worked on my mixed-media Frida portrait so much that I decided to do a small series of similar hoop projects. Choosing my next subject was something of an art in itself. Most importantly, it had to be someone sufficiently iconic to be recognizable even in a (much simplified) cartoon form....
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What I Wore: January 21-28, 2019
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What I Wore: January 21-28, 2019
Almost Spring-Like We had few days of warmer temps this weekend, and you bet I took advantage of it. Out came the leather jacket! To hedge my bets, I added my warmest sweater – this men’s AllSaints knit number. I’ve worn some version of this outfit many times before, but it never gets old. See [&...
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A Few (More) Words on Thrifting
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Thrifting has had a big surge in popularity in the 5 years since I have, myself, gotten back into it. This makes me happy because it is, on the whole, a good thing for the environment. [It’s not, of course, a cure-all, much as banning plastic bags and straws cannot be. It’s equally annoying when ...
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What I Read: Round-Up Edition
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It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, and I’m having a hard time even remembering what I read in the last few months. Blame that on my memory, not the books themselves being bad (or unmemorable). With that being said, let’s give this a try: – Tana French, The Witch Elm. […]
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