Thursday, September 15, 2011

for fast acting relief, try slowing down!

Top, Skirt, Belt, Heels- Thrifted; Jewellery- The Bay; Nail Polish- Vintage by Revlon

What a week! It started off with the beginning of my Masters programme classes and finished with me on the verge of a nervous breakdown! Because I held down two jobs, volunteered and managed to find time for a social life during my undergraduate studies, I assumed the same would hold for my graduate degree.  But no ma'am, the amount of weekly reading I need to do for my program is a full-time job within itself! I've had a very emotional week so much so that I even thought about quitting my Masters (and my blog!) Until today when I realized this is MY life and I am able to make whichever decisions I want.  And if I can have a Masters degree in under a year with a manageable debt coming out of the program than by golly that's what I'm going to do! And quit blogging- one of my favourite hobbies and methods of self care? No way! So instead I put in my two weeks today at work but will continue to do freelance writing and social media for Lilac Lingerie, a job that I love due to its creativity and flexibility.  I will have to cut down my blogging but hope to remain active in the blogosphere for at least 2-3 days a week! So don't fear, Tinfoil Tiaras is still here (with some degree of mental sanity intact!) :)

"Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness."  ~Richard Carlson

This top is actually navy blue and has padded shoulders- which I love (I think I should have been born in a different era!)

Check out my other green door outfit post here.

Speaking of thrifting (well technically we weren't but my outfit is almost entirely thrifted so...) Dress for Success Ottawa is holding an overstock sale tomorrow, Saturday, September 17th from noon-3 p.m. at the boutique located at 1339 Wellington Street.  I volunteer as a Boutique Manager with Dress for Success, which is an incredible organization that prepares disadvantaged women for the workforce by providing them with clothing and interview assistance.  If you're in the area, you should stop by, you won't be disappointed! (Whenever I'm volunteering, I see oodles of things I would love to have in my wardrobe so now's my chance!)


  1. The first thing I noticed was the bright pumps, then the orange belt, and then how wonderfully it all blends together. This is a wonderful outfit! The simple top and clean lines of the skirt create a great base and I love how you used accessories to add in those pops of color and visual interest points. It's very chic and professional. Lovely!

  2. That's awesome that you volunteer. My aunt does the same in Philadelphia. She asked me to volunteer too but I never committed to it. I live in Nj. It's not too late though. You are so lucky to have the opportunity to shop...that is so fun!! Great outfit and beautiful nails.. Dawn suitcase vignettes xo

  3. Good for you for taking control and doing what you felt was best! Glad to hear you will be sticking around the blog. We enjoy seeing your outfits and your great thrifted finds!

    The orange belt is awesome with the navy top!

    Heather and Kayla

  4. You are gorgeous and intelligent! What a great combination. Keep pressing on with your masters deg course! Hope you will find rest in your business too. Take care and keep blogging! Your top is so classy, very smart and chic outfit. Have a happy weekend!


  5. Go you for going after your dreams! Goodluck and take care of yourself!

  6. How truly gorg you look here! Please try to keep up the blogging because--as you said-- it is something you do just for yourself. Besides I really enjoy your posts . . .


  7. So, I love your blog, the way you write and the biiiig heart you have, volunteering, helping people... but I totally understand cutting down a bit, for 2-3 days a week... it's exactly the way you said, the blog is a great hobby and a great way of caring (for ourselves! Our mental sanity!), so, you are right, don't stop writing, just maybe less - I also understand about the "amount of reading" - it's insane! On the other hand, how much great knowledge we get? Also excellent! And if the degree is only 1 year ahead (or even a bit less than that), yes, go for it!!!!!
    Now to the outfit: amazing, I couldn't believe when you wrote "shoes, thrifted!" They are goooorgeous, I loved them, the color, the style, simply gorgeous!
    I got to know Dress for Success on TV "How do I look?" program. It was very nice, and the stories real women told there, very very nice!
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!!

  8. Sorry to hear you had such a stressful week, I can't imagine blogging on top of working and a Master's (I didn't blog till after my Masters was over). Take care of yourself and just remember to take a little time for yourself everyday. Have a good, and restful weekend.

  9. Good for you - it sounds like you're doing all the right things (and not giving up everything you love). Everything will definitely work out for you! If you need anything, let me know!

    As for the outfit, love it! Very chic, and I love the pop of colour in the shoes.

  10. thanks for your sweet comment! Love the pops of color in this outfit, especially the orange belt against that navy top - I'm dying to find a skinny belt in a pop of color like orange!

  11. loving the shoulder pads! the citrus colored accessories are great too, perfect for the black and white!

  12. I absolutely love how you belted that top! It looks great!

  13. what a fantastic use of color in your accessories and you definitely look Highland, lass.

    Love from Oregon USA,

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  14. ps. You may want to get rid of word verification. You can do that in settings or go here to see a step by step. Love, D

  15. I swore that I already commented on this, but I don't see it. So I'm going to post again.

    I can't believe how you find such cute things at thrift stores. I never find anything like that.

    Love the peep-toes. And the green door background is pretty groovy.


  16. Sometimes just recognising that you are stressed and that you can't do everything as you aren't superwoman (much as we pretend we are) is enough to ease seme of the pressure. Take comfort that it won't last for ever.
    Wishing you well and hope the event at the weekend was a success.
    Lori xo


One of my daily joys is reading the lovely comments you leave. It may take a day or two (or three, depending on how hectic life gets!) but I will stop by your slice of the blogosphere soon! xo Emily