Monthly Archives: April 2017

High Low Fashion

So as many of you know, I’m a huge thrifter and fashion enthusiast.  My favorite magazines like InStyle and People Stylewatch often have a celebrity wearing an expensive outfit and then show a similar budget friendly version.

Being a huge thrifter I like to do this as the price difference is significant.

There are two ways of doing this:

1. First way is to search for outfit inspiration on sites like Polyvore which houses fashion sets that followers have created. Even searching Polyvore on sites like Pinterest and it will yield lots of great results. The key is to take note of how basics like a simple chambray shirt, scarf, skinny jeans, gingham or plaid and how they are mixed and matched together in unique ways. Pattern and colour mixing is huge right now.  Once you know what you need, make yourself a list before you hit your fave thrift or second hand store and you’ll be ready!! This is a  great approach for those of you who get overwhelmed at the thought of digging through racks of clothing at a thrift or discount store. You also don’t walk out of the store with something that goes with nothing, you have a vision!! 🙌

2. The backward way I do it!! Lol 😂 I walk into a thrift store with no clue what I’m looking for, find some great pieces and then work backwards. I love putting outfits together. Once I find my treasures, I put together an outfit and then search online for comparable items and put it all together. I have to say that I do this for the benefit of my followers  that I revel in the fact that I can save money, still be stylish and then share with my followers!

Whichever way you do it, you’ll be so proud!  It’s a huge creative outlet for me!

Here are a few High Low sets I’ve put together!  I hope you find the same creative inspiration and enjoy!

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http://www.instagram.com/lyndeestyles

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Favourites Under $50

So this is a bit of an unusual post for me given that I’m a huge thrifter but lately I’ve been loving all the new styles in the stores this Spring. I’m pleasantly surprised by the great prices and I’m coveting a few items to add to my Spring Wardrobe! 🙌🌸🌿🌼

An adorable floral purse 🌸

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This particular purse is from Call it Spring and it’s on sale!  I saw it in person and it was impressed with the quality, it reminds me of a Kate  Spade at a fraction of the price

http://www.callitspring.com/us/en_US/CALL-IT-SPRING/handbags/satchels-%26-handheld-bags/FUMONE/p/48581668-32

I noticed that there are some cute floral purses at Walmart too, I’m loving all the floral!

Speaking of Walmart, they have some cute flats for Spring! There were some cute ones for $20 and some adorable denim flats! I also came across these adorable floral flats… do you see pattern here? 😂🌸🌿🌼

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https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/george-womens-canvas-slip-on-shoes-beige/6000196430707

 

I love the look and fit of moto jackets but I’ve totally been drooling over this blush coloured one from Forever 21 and it’s also on sale!!!!🙌

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http://www.forever21.com/ca/mobile/product/Product.aspx?br=PLUS&category=plus&productid=2000237425

My last two current favourites are off the shoulder!  The first is a cute pinstriped off the shoulder from Charlotte Russe and the 2nd a cute embroidered off the shoulder dress from Old Navy

http://www.charlotterusse.com/plus-size-striped-off-the-shoulder-tie-top/302339331.html?dwvar_302339331_color=462&cgid=plus-size-tops#sz=30&start=69

http://oldnavy.gapcanada.ca/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=502619003

These are my current favourites, I’m sure I’ll find more, happy shopping 🌸💗

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So unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that blush is everywhere.  What is blush exactly you ask?

Well, it’s got a few definitions anywhere from embarrassment to a mix of wine ☺️

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I guess for my purposes I’m thinking of that lovely soft pinky peach, almost nude or beige but more pink. It’s perfect for spring and it looks gorgeous with other colours like olive, mint and turquoise!

Lately I’ve been finding some such lovely blush items at the thrift and discount stores

I find blush really suits a lot of skin tones and is feminine and pairs well with rose gold.  Blush has a bit of sophistication to it that I love it!

I’ve been inspired by the gorgeous home decor and outfits I’ve found online

I love blush and hope to wear it all Spring and Summer! It’s such a versatile and pretty colour that can act as a neutral!

IMG_8011.PNGSo I’ve wanted to blog about this for awhile. This past week was definitely a trigger for me wanting to talk about this. I am generally healthy but I have some autoimmune issues that are a bit of a drag. It’s not unusual for me to be sick fairly often with either a glutening, a IBS attack, jaw issues, back pain or all of the above!  I’m essentially a mess but I try to be happy despite how crappy I feel sometimes! Lol 😂!  If you aren’t familiar with the symptoms I could  go on and on but they do vary. For me I suffer upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, headache, fatigue, brain fog, muscle pain, depression, insomnia and the list goes on.

Like many others, I suffer from celiac disease, Irritible Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chronic back pain and TMJ.  In case you’re wondering, I’m not trying to get sympathy but maybe just awareness about these issues. Someone can look perfectly healthy on the outside and really not feel well quite regularly. I don’t always like to talk about my health issues but find I have to just so people don’t think I’m some crazy hypochondriac!  In fact I like to think that despite this, I can still look pretty, be happy and darn it even stylish despite being sick.  I was visiting family last week for Spring Break and sadly spent half my trip sick in bed with an upset stomach and horrible headache. I was careless about what I ate, eating out, not asking enough questions about food ingredients, drinking too much coffee and wine. I take responsibility but I have to admit I get soooo tired of having to so careful all of the time!

I was diagnosed with celiac disease over 10 years ago. I got very sick for months and lost weight rapidly for months. I ended up in the hospital and thankfully had a quick diagnosis after a endoscopy and colonscopy.  Interestingly enough my bloodwork has always tested negative for celiac disease which can happen. It turns  out celiac is hereditary and I have a number of family members with it as well.   I became gluten-free before being gluten-free was “trendy” and at that time, it was hard to find gf food in stores and very stressful eating out at restaurants.  GF products are readily available now but not very healthy.  One of my first sucesss stories was my first trip to Disneyland as a new celiac and I was overjoyed to find food options. I cried when I ate my first gf pizza, it wasn’t the best pizza I ever ate, but at least it was pizza!!

I get a little frustrated when I see people choosing to go gluten free to be honest.  Why would anyone choose this? Contrary to what you may think, gluten/free products are full of calories, sugar and the equivalent to eating white bread or simple carbohydrates. GF baked goods contain little or no fibre. I’ve learned over the years that sticking to a naturally gluten free diet is much more healthy. When I first got sick I lost weight rapidly, basically like having the stomach flu for 3 months.  However, over the years I’ve gained weight due to the fact that I know what junk foods are gluten free! Lol! It’s actually a lot harder to lose weight because it’s very hard to find good sources of fibre which can really help with weight loss.  I’ve also discovered that no dessert? No problem, I just indulge in an extra glass of wine. This has also become a problem too because the acidity of the wine can irritate sprue and upset the stomach,  I can’t win! Ugh 😑

The other issues that also accompany celiac disease can be  lactose intolerance.  So on top of not having gluten I’m supposed to avoid dairy which I refuse to do, I love cheese and cream in my cofeee. Again a choice that I have to live with and accept the consequences.

Most recently I’ve been stumped as to why I’m still sick when I don’t eat gluten or dairy….oh wait that’s the irritable bowl syndrome. Unlike celiac disease when I eat gluten I damage my intestines by flattening the vili lining my gut, the effects of IBS are not permanent but can make you feel just as sick including diarrhea, upset, stomach, bloating and headache.  I did a little research and discovered something called the FODMAP diet.  I won’t go into detail about the science behind this but in a nut-shell, this is a huge discovery for me. The chemical carbohydrate composition of certain foods can make them very hard to digest.  I always wondered why I still got so sick from foods which I knew were gluten free but yet seemed to make me so sick. For example, one day I ate chick pea salad which I know was super healthy and it made me so sick!  Well turns out that legumes and beans are not good for someone with irritable bowel syndrome, Who knew?  I’ve spent so much time worrying about gluten in the last decade I failed to realize that gluten was far from my only food foe. I  guess it turns out with my other digestive issues I could find some relief following this elimination diet which I stumbled upon recently. Luckily gluten free grains(ancient grains) have low FODMAP which makes sense.

IMG_8012So I really hope going forward, I have less of those days where I’m so sick that I can’t enjoy the things I love.  Don’t get me wrong when I say, I am VERY grateful it’s only autoimmune issues I have. I am familiar with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis and know what I live with is far more manageable.

Anyway, just thought I’d share my experience. I’m still learning and definitely have to learn to stop feeling resentful about what I can’t have and be happy with what I can. I truly  appreciate the support and love I get from my friends and family. I so have to acknowledge my friends on Instagram. I love fashion and makeup. I don’t always feel the greatest but your kind comments make it all worth it! ☺️