3.4.11

to the max

If you've seen me in the past two weeks, chances are I've been wearing a pink maxi skirt. I found it hiding behind some other skirts at the thrift store and probably gasped when I did. It has some (pretty unnoticeable) pen marks within its folds and it's made of polyester, but it was $6, so whatever. I'm really into it.



I got this beautiful belt as part of Matt of Wood & Faulk's belt making experiment. I love the natural leather colour so much I almost don't want to wear it in.


The sweatshirt I'm wearing was another thrift store purchase. I love the Lover Practice Roll sweatshirt (worn in the lookbook with a pink silk maxi skirt), but it is so incredibly beyond my means. I made my own version by cutting the sleeves and bottom elastic off a men's XL sweatshirt. It was a test for what I intend to do with another sweatshirt that I ordered last week in a moment of weakness (oh yes, I did order a cat face sweatshirt). I'll probably wear this one all the time anyway, like some kind of off-duty ballerina. Yeah right.


Here is another recent arrival into my life that I am thrilled about: the "Perfect Twist" poster by Debbie Carlos. We recently did a pretty cool trade and since I am so inspired by ice cream these days, I thought it was appropriate. It's four feet tall & I love it so. If I visited a house where this poster was on the wall, I would totally want to be friends with the people who lived there.








REPLIES

roberta jane: Ooh, hope you like it! So fun to experiment.

CARLY WAITO: Oh is that the one you wear? It looks so nice on you!

Laura: Don't worry about it. It's just something people apply before they apply foundation... apparently!

Darcy: That is such a pretty colour! As to red, I've heard for so long that "Ruby Woo" from MAC is the perfect red. I have a tube but I always feel like a clown in it. Ha.

galatea.: Hey, it sounds as though you've found something that works for you, and that's great!

Miss Moss: Oh, interesting! My mother never wore lipstick or any makeup, so I wonder how that's affected me. I certainly slathered it on when I was a teenager!

Miss Cris: Oh, lucky you! And for the record, nothing wrong with being a tomboy.

Ashley Ording: Oooh! I just looked up the NARS Niagara -- super pretty!

Up The Wooden Hills: Yes, definitely so fun! And thank you, I'm glad you think it looks nice because I've been wearing it a lot! I hope you'll share what you find after your lipstick hunt!

Caitlin: I never buy liners, but maybe I should. Hmm.

isabelle: Yes, I agree!

kater: I've heard that NARS' "Heat Wave" is great! It sounds like basically all NARS colours are great, though. I eat my lips too. In fact I ordered some lip scrub from Lush to exfoliate my lips and apparently you can eat it right off! So crazy.

Twiggs: Good luck! I hope you will find something that you love.

Lexie, Little Boat: I've tried a couple of Benefit products but I'm usually scared off by the price. Eek!

stephanie renee: Sweet! Hope you'll like it!

kathryn: Awesome, thanks for the tip! I love having things to hunt for.

Shin Ae: I just feel a bit like a clown in red, I guess! Although yeah, I've heard good things about stains, and I like this one Dior Addict red that I have that is more like a light glossy. I'm not sure about Prada lip balm! Out of my league!

Carissa: I agree!

Alyson Redding: Oh! I would have thought that would look very pretty!

Dianne: I bet you have things that are even better!

Tracey: I almost always pick lipstick based on the name, haha! Wall paint too.

Kempt: HA! I can relate to that! Good luck!

Kate: I can't imagine you without lipstick! You wear it so easily and so well, girl.

Elise / Pennyweight: Thank you, and I hope you like it on you too!

Diana: Oh, what a beautiful beginning to my lipstick journey!

m.bardeaux: HIRED! Yeah, I know what you mean about the smell, but I find it goes away quickly.

EvaForeva: Thank you! Hey, there is nothing wrong with knowing what works best for you. That's great!

Lisa: Thank you! And yes, that sounds like great advice.

Mari: Oh neat, looking forward to it!

Caitlin Rose: Ohhhh, such a lady! Haha!

blorange dice: But that's okay too!

Kayla Poole: I hope that's a good thing!

lady lyles: Ha! Is she on YouTube? I make such a MESS with eyeliner and eyeshadow. There's no point.

The Velvet Bow: A friend of mine is going to give me primer samples, ooh!

Alexandra Steinmetz - Champagne and Chiffon: Thank you!

Noemie: Thank you! I really do love coral tones, and I tend to prefer oranges that are a little more coral-y.

Katie: That's too bad! I got some of the Lush lip scrubs to exfoliate my lips -- who knew that was necessary?

fraisedesbois: Thank you so much! That's so funny about your mum -- she must have been such a glamourous lady! Wow. My mother never wears makeup. And yes, I agree about alternating depending on your mood! So fun.

hila: I don't think this lack of makeup expertise is anything to feel bad about, though! I personally feel happiest when I'm feeling confident enough to go forth into the world with only moisturizer on my face.

ana b.: Thank you! Oh, your lipsticks sound lovely -- I'll have to look at them in person. And yes, I agree! The names of makeup are so fun. Dream job for sure.

66 comments:

  1. it's so pretty. i get sad when it's polyester, but i love the price. and your face.

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  2. the skirt and the belt are both SO pretty! and you look great in that color.

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  3. love the sweatshirt experiment & the skirt - amazing find! It's so hard to find the perfect maxi skirt...I wore one for the first time last week, and loved it! and I think I may just have to copy what you did with the sweatshirt...Also, that ice cream poster is amazing!! I must have it one day.

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  4. The color is so beautiful, I love this look

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  5. oh my gosh, that ice cream poster is the best thing ever! i am frequently mocked for my love of ice cream, but i don't care!

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  6. I have that poster on one of MY walls... so you know.... obviously we should be friends, hahaha

    I sat beneath it eating ice cream a few days ago and felt pretty happy with myself.

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  7. dusty rose and heather gray are one my favourite colour combinations. i'm very jealous of you! great find.

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  8. I love this look. Ever since seeing that AA pink maxi pop up I've been searching for something similar. Although, I know I used to own almost the exact skirt, but have no clue where it went. As for red lipstick, I love the way it looks on brunettes, but I too feel a bit clownish, mostly because I never go anywhere deemed worthy enough for such a bold look. But thank you for the tip! I've been avoiding the MAC store mostly for my pocketbook's sake, but I might have to stop in for a treat soon. :*

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  9. I'm dying. this is THE outfit I want right now. I'm so jealous you found that maxi in the thrift store! rare find. good job hunting lady!!
    xo moorea

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  10. the colours in your photographs are always so beautiful!

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  11. Holy shit that poster!!! And I'm 100% diy-ing that same sweatshirt asap. You look so dang pretty :n )

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  12. grey and pale pink... could there be a more lovely combination? oh yes: grey, pale pink and your olive complexion! zing! ^_^

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  13. i am so jealous of your ability to wear pale pink 24/7 and look beaaaautiful!

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  14. The off-duty ballerina look suits you very well. :)

    And have you ever seen a giant ice cream cone lamp?! I've wanted one for years, but somehow I still don't own one. I need a crafting room first that I can decorate with downright over-the-top knick-knacks.

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  15. Your skirt is to die for!! What a find!!
    This poster is great. I've been featuring it lately and am, well, *cough* a bit jealous that you have it now! Wish I had the space for it in our tiny place!


    P.S. love your hair this way!

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  16. you look so cute! gorgeous photos too

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  17. Look like great purchases.

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  18. it looks so pretty on you!
    I love the way you combine that grey top with the skirt.

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  19. I am also loving the grey and pink combination and I think your outfit looks cute. dainty girly skirt with a comfortable unisex sweatshirt. and that lover sweatshirt has been in my wishlist too, only if it wasn't so expensive, but there's a lot of cheaper slouchy sweatshirts in my closet so I need to stop being so obsessed with wanting.

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  20. Ngaw, I love the shade! Pastels just make me brighten inside, You should have taken a photo of yourself twirling it around or doing something to have the skirt show it's full potential!

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  21. Sweetheart, you look beautiful. So wonderful - I love the sweatshirt, completely enamored. xo

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  22. Absolutely beautiful. I have been dying for a skirt just like that in gray! Awesome find.

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  23. i love the skirt - yes, it does look similar to an AA design out recently, although i don't think they carry it in this pretty colour (and i try to limit my AA purchases for personal reasons!).

    the belt is perfect for it too... lovely mix of pink and grey (my ultimate favourite combo since getting my first pair of smurfs high top sneakers at age six) :)

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  24. i LOVE that skirt! you look so gorgeous!! also, i love that the poster is 4 feet tall; i would definitely want to be friends with the people who live in your house :) xoxo joanna

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  25. i love this look on you! comfy and girly. it's awesome how you find ways to create your own version of clothing from designers you love

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  26. the skirt has a really great color and i like how it appears striped because of the texture.

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  27. The side bangs are giving you this whole new look! Loves it.
    I have been coveting that ice cream poster, it's AMAZING. Great post.

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  28. This outfit is gorgeous on you! I'm so behind in commenting; I loved your side swept bangs post. I could have used that advice last year! Though, my bangs are still growing out (it's a horridly long process) so I may pick up one of those cute French barrettes to pull them back. As usual, you have the best ideas!

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  29. I love your skirt - and your new hair is fantastic and the lipstick. And the poster too! Oh no, I'm one of those love, love, love commenters. See what you've done to me!

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  30. That skirt is beautiful. Chloe inspired look! I love it!

    Poppy Coburn

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  31. very cute. the soft, soft pink is a beautiful color.

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  32. yesss i love the heathered gray of old sweatshirts with pale pale colors. looks so lovely. and that skirt! great find! <3

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  33. Umm... this is my dream outfit! :) Posted it on my blog last week and was planning to recreate my own version as well. You look stunning!

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  34. Seriously though, great find. Love the giant ice cream and the off duty ballerina look. I practiced with the lippy again this weekend but it totally washes me out! How do you do it?!x

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  35. Absolutely stunning! You even achieved the perfectly-tousled French hair look. Love.

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  36. i like your take on the lover sweatshirt -- i definitely went out and bought a grey sweatshirt after i saw that tutorial, too! i cut the neck out too far and ended up with some flash dance garb, but whatever! it was only $3.

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  37. I almost bought a skirt just like this at H&M and I thought, "this is so Anabela". But I decided I couldn't pull it off as I do not own anything pink. HA!

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  38. well, it's still very pretty x

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  39. wow. $6 is way better than the $70 i paid for almost identical american apparel skirt. such a beautiful girl!

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  40. You look great in your skirt! Interesting how the fashion (almost) always makes a comeback... :)

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  41. I LOVE the skirt! What a great find. It looks just like this one and I love how she wore it. http://www.adiaphane.com/2011/03/spring-fever.html

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  42. Great find! :)

    I love mixing heather gray sweats (tops or bottoms) with other garments in pale hue. I like to think that it oozes a laissez-faire attitude of comfort.

    xo,
    F.M.

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  43. Fantastic skirt!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  44. That's a really beautiful Blush pink. I've been excited since Monday for payday to come so I can do some clothing shopping, but I can't seem to find what I want on the shelves and hangers. Looks like a lot of sewing maybe?
    Definitely some thrifting

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  45. what an awesome find! & the belt! i want one for myself. i'm definitely gonna check out the link that goes with it (: the colors remind me of spring... ohhh well, they no longer have the belt ):

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  46. you look very ballerina chic, a la Centrestage :) I think pink really suits your skin tone. I really adore the 5th picture where we can see your face, and a pretty face it is.

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  47. Amazing find! I nabbed midi of a slightly more champagney hue with identical accordion pleats in December, and I have to try not to wear it every day I love it so. I must try it with a grey sweatshirt. Wonderful contrast. So pretty and comfy.
    xoxo,
    Gina
    PS. The side-bangs are looking so cute!

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  48. Dusty rose, sheer, pleated, maxi skirt. Stunning. You do look like an off-duty ballerina, I adore this look! The pink lipstick is also very girlie and cute on you! I just love this shade of pink, it's very neutral. That poster is so lovely too! Ice cream on a perfect spring day just sounds so splendid right now!

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  49. girl, i am so into your look these days i can't deal! i love love love your pinned to the side bangs! i loved your heavy fringe too of course but i'm really digging the side part on you. oh, and that pale dusty rose color looks phenomenal with your skin tone, super jeals.

    xoxo

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  50. i looove the pics and the soft tones!
    xoxo

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  51. you're too pretty x

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  52. lovely outfit! & you are stunning!

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  53. beautfiul outfit. and lipstick. wish i could do this whole maxi skirt thing but i think my 5 foot tall body might not like it too much...

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  54. Everything about this post is lovely!

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  55. Great colours.....love the look!

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  56. ANABELA! i'm not used to seeing you without your glasses, but wow. just wow. and i love your skirt, too. i saw a pretty, flowy pleated skirt on lucy laucht's blog and it's made me want to thrift like crazy to find one in a solid color. thanks for giving me even more inspiration!

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  57. What is it with this muted pink color? I can't get enough, it's so perfect!!

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  58. From the little I can see it looks amazing!

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  59. Amazing! The skirt/sweatshirt combination is so perfect. 'Off duty ballerina' is a favourite look of mine, although I hadn't thought of putting it so well!

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  60. gosh you're pretty, Anabela.

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  61. I can see why you are super into it. these pics are gorgeous & inspiring. and you are a beaut. <3

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  62. Oh, Anabela! I love this self-portrait: eyebrow smartly cocked, hair sexily tousled ... You look like an adorably mischievous Lily Allen.

    Cheers,

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  63. What thrift stores do you visit? I live in Toronto! :)

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  64. Gorgeous outfit! You look wonderful:)
    I have a website about cool sweatshirts

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