Guest Post: Allyson Potrebka

14 Nov

It’s always tricky to decided what to wear to upcoming holiday parties, there’s a fine line between festive and gaudy. I believe the old saying is true, it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed, it’s just the polite thing to do.

Work Party
It’s important to stay professional, even at a party, no one wants to promote the girl who had a wardrobe malfunction after too many Cosmopolitans. A party like this calls for something classy that leaves a little to the imagination, and yes, sparkles are always welcome.
Social Call
This party calls for something a bit more festive, colourful tights, feathers, sequins, and bows, it’s all on the table. Just make sure your heels can last from mistletoe to dance off.
Spending Time With Family
Being home has no rules, you just want to make sure you’ll be comfortable when you’re napping, laughing, and eating too much food.

Delayed Vacation Post- What I Packed!

15 Oct

So, one of the things I hate most in the world is packing because I’m human and packing sucks. The last vacation I went on was The Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Quebec, and Ontario, so here’s what I packed.

Apparently I make weird faces in photos now. This was a Monday night when my friend and I hit up Charlottetown and listened to a wicked awesome explosion of hip hop and some stuff about fascism. Successful open mic night no? I love this blazer, I got it on sale at Topshop for $120, and it’s served me well. The camisole I got at the bay when I was sixteen, it was $29 down from $68. It’s great for dressing up things!

This was my standard “uniform”- Topshop pants and an American Apparel T shirt. Comfy, fantastic.

I brought this dress with the specific intention to wear it in front of Green Gables. I wasn’t doing this picture in jeans. It ended up being a great dress to bring, I need more day sundresses.

It was HOT in Quebec City, so I broke out the shorts and a t-shirt. A yellow bag jazzes things up, even when you’re touring a jail and a library. And, of course, black flats!

That’s what I packed, and it served me well!

What I did….

14 Oct

So, as we all know I had to go to a party with the weirdest dress code ever. What did I wear?

It’s a terrible picture because I was trying to pose with the shoes. And that’s the one day will be famous Jordan Alexander. Know that face!

I’m Sick :(

5 Oct

I go through this weird cycle.

I don’t go on ravelry for a few months, then I go on and suddenly all I want to do is knit. Today is fantastic timing because apparently when your throat hurts and you ignore it and go out for your cousins 19th birthday- looking FANTASTIC I might add, like, too good for a Wednesday, you won’t feel well at all for the next two days and your throat will close up entirely.


So, I’ve decided to watch Say Yes To The Dress and knit. I’ve been looking for a turban style hat, and I found this

I’m doing it in a black acrylic that I’m pretty sure is made for babies, but whatever. I love baby yarn. I’m about 13 inches into making it with stockinette. Wish me luck!

What This Blog Was Made For….

2 Oct

It’s my cousin’s nineteenth birthday tomorrow and this is the dress code:

“Dress Code

is sexy party meets 90’s club kid who is dating one of the Fendi sisters but before Karl. So Pre-Karl sexy party club kid glam. And maybe a little splash of Don Draper.

Interpret how you want.”

This is why you don’t want a fashion designer cousin.

Well well well….

28 Sep

I have found my new favourite site besides my own:

They do this a lot. And it’s wonderful. The problem? They post about as much as I do. Sorry. My bad. I’ve been busy with school, and I’ve managed to miss the elusive back to school posts, in short, I wear skinny jeans, I’ve switched em up to Levi’s Bold Curve Skinnies.

They gap a bit still, but a lot better than any other jean. I don’t need to wear a belt! I am wearing skinnies without a belt. Think about it, it’s a beautiful thing.

So, that’s the stance. I’ve switched my jeans, and I need to sew more.


Patterns Wish List!

28 Aug

I bought the big September issue of InStyle in Quebec. The guy was all, “le bible?” and I was all “‘Oui!” I speak French now. Apparently. No, my French was terrible but the woman at the pub I went to for lunch and quality big September fashion issue reading time was super adorable and was really impressed by my… effort? And she had a super cute headband. The French are just my kind of people 😛

I’m in the middle of nowhere right now, my Aunt lives in the country and we came to stay for two nights, but thank god she has wifi! I love wifi!

So, today I’m going to look at some clothes… look at some patterns! I’m trying to sew more so I can get the best reviews out! I also think that I need new clothes. Badly.

I love the idea of this bag, it looks so big and roomy! AND, most importantly, I think it can fit my laptop. I love my big Caboodle’s duffle, but I need something a bit more… not 10 years old 😛 I should still totally make myself a pink and purple one of these to keep up the spirit of my 7 year old self! Or a cute black one to use as a purse. The goal is to get this sucker and finish ‘er by Harrison!

SUEDEsays Fashion’s Night Out Red Bag,, $8

I’m a west coast girl by every definition, and one of the main things you need in Vancouver is something I haven’t had since I was little: A raincoat. Seriously, it pours buckets and buckets, but yet I get wet for no reason. I don’t like umbrella’s either. I mean, they’re all well and good until you don’t need em anymore and then it’s all, “oh hi, wet umbrella. What on earth do I do with you? I don’t want to put you in my locker and infect it with your rainwater, but I sure as hell don’t want to keep you with me.” Then there’s people who attach their umbrella’s to their lockers and it’s like, now the ground is wet. I will fall. Thanks asshat. And then if you get the small lockers, the person below you can’t get into their locker. I honestly don’t know why people get the small lockers, we’re in college now, you can’t even fit a textbook in them. Anyway, RAINCOAT! I like view A (the red one) because what’s the point of making a raincoat that doesn’t have a hood? I think I want a big, gaudy yellow one and a black one. And a purple one. Just tons and tons of colours so that I’ll always have a raincoat to match. Take THAT Vancouver!

Jacket, Belt and Boot Liners- M6517,, $11.37

One of my friends from fashion school, Ally, and I were talking the other day and I was like, “I feel so cute in dresses.” Her advice: “Wear dresses all the time.” Sound advice from a very wise woman. And clearly she knows what she’s talking about- she went to fashion school! I would make these in cotton lace to give them a more daytime feel… and maybe (probably) make a black satin one for nighttime! I feel like white satin lace would look a little to bridal.. but maybe a bright? We all know how I feel about yellow! I’d definitely rock my daytime ones with a long sweater, some tights, high socks and gumboots!

Misses Lined Dress- M6505,, $11.97

This one is just SO cute!!! I love really girly floaty dresses. It reminds my of the blue one I wear, the only one that actually fits me perfectly. Sadly, one of the buttons broke off yesterday, that means that in addition to that and the straps sort of coming off… I think that dress might be in its final days 😦 I can still repair it, but there’s only so many times you can fix something before you admit defeat… I would love one of these in oxblood. It’d really contrast the summery shape. I love cotton dresses so much I’d probably make one in every colour!

Misses Petite Dresses- M6561,, $10.17

AH! I love these! How perfect for fall! I hate that plaid and turquoise- sometimes I wonder what the people who make the pattern envelope dresses are thinking. But seriously, how gorgeous is the sleeveless one?!

Simplicity 1755,, $10.75

Another thing that’s apparently really in- and would be perfect for 5 meters of plaid wool and silk suiting that I have in my basement, is the suit. Obviously I want this one for absolutely no practical reason. Serious vintage love swoon! I love when patterns rerelease their vintage stuff. I love vintage anything, like to a scary, scary point, but there’s always that ick factor. Like, you don’t know who wore that, you don’t know what they did. And the smell…. I don’t care what anyone has to say, vintage stuff has that weird musky smell. That’s why it’s so nice that I can just sew up my own version. My own version of this.

Simplicity 2154,

I need this suit. But I want matching pants too! Pants are hard enough to buy, so you can imagine what they’re like to sew! I’m trying to find a good pants pattern that avoids the mom jean look.

Anyway, before I start sewing anything, I’ve got to get HOME!!!