3 outfits à la Deena


Today is the last Style Me Bloggers link up for this round.  I have loved getting to know these ladies and have met some wonderful women!  When I made up this graphic, I didn't have dates for the spring challenge, so today's post: My Style Challenge will likely be interpreted quite differently by every woman as most of us are doing the Spring Challenge with Alison.

I had a moment last weekend that I don't want to share, but I'm going to anyway.  Candace and I had tickets to see THE Jillian Harris speak, which were also Meet and Greet tickets.
Excited much? I was so pumped to see her that I even tweeted her and she favourited it.  Sounds silly, but little things like that make my heart smile.

Anyway, I put a lot of thought into what I wanted to wear but of course, when I only had 15 minutes left until I had to leave, I started doubting myself.  In the end I think I changed into 9878 different outfits and couldn't find anything that I was happy with.
Problem was, I didn't have confidence and I didn't go with my gut: dress as I want to and stop trying to please others.

Needless to say, when I look back at the great picture that Candace and I got with this wonderful woman, I do not enjoy what I was wearing, I needed a lighter top and to tuck it in...instead of cute, I think I look like 70 year old Deena: frumpy.  Anyway, I know, I know, we're our own worst critics, yada, yada, but in the end, I should have went with my original outfit, which was the same skirt but styled like I did in this post.  Dangnabit.  Funny, as I'm typing this (Sunday) Jordan just commented on my Instagram pic saying "Dee, both you and Candace look gorgeous".
Yup, inner mean Deena needs to STFU

Anyway, in the end it's all good because so much of what she said rang true to how I felt that day.
What I took away from her speech was the importance of relationships, taking risks, giving back and finding a balance in life.  She spoke of the importance of doing things your way and specifically in decor, finding pieces that tell a story and ignoring trends.
Those words rang true to me, in so many aspects of my life.  Often I feel that I get caught up in this linkup and that challenge and those bloggers doing that and what I think my blog SHOULD look like when in reality, it's when I'm doing my own thing that I have the most success and happiness.
Same goes with fashion.  I like doing these challenges, but I don't want to lose my voice and my style.

Had I only stuck to what I knew I wanted to wear and been confidant in my choice, than I would have felt much better and that would have rubbed off everywhere, glitter bombs of confidance.

So for today's link up, I want to share my 3 FAVOURITE looks that I want to try this spring/summer as soon as I find the right pieces.

1) Bohemian
I ordered this crocheted vest this morning.  I love flowy tops and one of my favourite brands is Free People, which tend to very boho.

2) Pencil Skirt with oversized top
We actually saw a really cute outfit at the Fashion Show that had a striped mini with a baggier crop top. It was so cute that I went out and found this outfit at Joe Fresh that I can't wait to wear:
This top

with this skirt

3) Sweater dress + sneakers
I have 2 cute Tshirt/Sweater dresses en route from Simons (stay tuned for a preview once I get them) and then I got this one from Joe Fresh.  I can't wait to pair them with my converse and rock the cute/casual look.

Sweater dress
So if you can rock any of these outfit combos, we want to see it!  Post it on instagram with the hastag #stylemebloggers to show of your interpretations of these ideas!

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  1. When it comes to how we look we are always to self critical. I personally love the outfit you chose. I also have a package en route from Simons! Lol

  2. I cheated and did 5, hehe :) It was too hard to pick. So funny that you wrote about not having confidence, when I think of you self conscious is never a word that comes to mind. You always seem so confident in what you wear and you can rock it. But yes we are our own worst critics. Have a great weekend!

  3. YOu look amazing and you're so right about being our worst critics! I would buy some new spring fashions. Mama's closet needs some love :-)

  4. We are definitely our worst critics! Excited to see you rock that vest! That screams you! Happy Friday!

  5. When I saw your picture with Jillian on IG, my first thought was how cute you looked. So we are definitely hardest on ourselves. I drive my husband crazy because when he tells me I look pretty, I always say "well, at least you think so". If I saw that crochet vest at the store, I would immediately think of you. So pretty!

  6. Seeing pencil skirts everywhere. I have been avoiding them because I am afraid that won't flatter my grandma-ness but I love the one you have featured. Looks soft and casual. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. So exciting that you met Jillian!! And she favorited your tweet! I would be the same way!! And you looked beautiful that day...you always do Deena!! :)

  8. I can't wait to see you in that romper...it's so very you.

  9. Aw, Sarah, that is too sweet and one of the nicest compliments I have ever received. I would like to be that way all the time, especially while raising a girl.

  10. I totally would get excited about a retweet!!
    I'm also super looking forward to seeing you in your new looks!

  11. I have the impression that you have great style and would love for you to get some guilt free mama shopping!

  12. I need to work on suppressing that voice, because even I would have just told it to shut up and rocked what I was wearing I think in the end I would have liked it regardless what my innerme was thinking

  13. I think you could pull one off....very librariany. Cozy.

  14. I will have to remember to post them

  15. Funny, I thought of you when I bought it. I may not be tall enough to pull it off and don't have the boots...you, my friend, could kill that outfit!

  16. Great post and what fun retweet! Love the pic of a sweater dress with sneakers! I would never have thought of that!

  17. I cannot wait to see you in that vest - it screams Deena! Simply gorgeous!

  18. Staying true to our own style is so important - this blog world can cause some fashion anxiety -- I get a little too caught up in what everyone else is wearing. I am looking for some fun, comfy sneakers to rock this summer with t-shirt dress (if I can find one of those I like, too).

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  19. Too funny! Thanks! I sure would try!


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