OOTD: Layers On Layers

Toronto is in this weird in-between stage where the weather wants to be spring, but it’s still very much winter. The sun is out for longer and we’re hitting positive temperatures, but the snow isn’t going anywhere. What I’m trying to get at is that it’s very hard to dress right now. The only thing I can do is wear layers and in today’s post, it’s nothing if not that. I feel like I’ve got layers on layers on layers here, and you’ll soon find out why.

This outfit began with a simple midi skirt that I’ve had for years. It’s ribbed, knitted, and super cozy. I’ve been obsessed with brown lately so to pair with the skirt, I gravitated towards this brown plaid button down that my boyfriend got me for Christmas. It’s from Durumi (the Korean boutique on Queen St. West that I talk about ALL THE TIME). It’s a very lightweight button down. It definitely wasn’t warm enough and to be honest, a little plain for me. So I added this Free People/FP Movement hoodie that I got in 2019. It kind of reminds me of Obi-Wan. Why? I don’t really know how to explain it. I think if you’re a Star Wars fan, you might catch my drift? Or maybe you won’t lol. Anyways, I was happy with those layers!

But then I realized that with snow still on the ground, I really can’t leave the house without a coat or jacket (duh). So I pulled this jacket that I thrifted from Talize, and ba-da bing, ba-da boom. My outfit:

I can understand how this outfit could be confusing to a lot of people, but I genuinely like it! I also want to make it known that Fashion Month had just started during the time that I was putting this outfit together. I was feeling inspired. I had looked at some fresh street style inspiration days prior so the creative juices were flowing! I added a pop of colour because I noticed pops of colour EVERYWHERE. I chose orange but I saw a lot of green, Barbie pink, and blue. Still might do a trends post! Let me know if you’d wanna see it!

The shoes I wore were the boots that I talked about in my last post. They were a February favourite. They’re the “Brooks Chelsea Boots” from Free People. I included a link in that blog post if you want to check them out!

The final piece to this look were my sunglasses that I got from Bailey Nelson. I haven’t worn them much but they’re new, and I got my prescription lenses added to them! What a whole new world! Wearing sunglasses with a prescription is an ultimate game-changer. I got these in the fall so I haven’t been able to wear them during the summer yet. I’m a little worried because I don’t know if I’m going to be able to wear the collection of cheap ones that I have here at home. They just won’t feel the same! Maybe I need to get contacts? The idea of contacts kind of scares me tbh. I start to think about them sliding to the back of my eyeball by mistake, and I get a full body chill. Creepy. What if I forget to take them out? What if they dry out my eyes and my eyes shrivel up like raisins? I’m being dramatic but this is exactly why I haven’t gotten contacts.

There’s my little outfit post for you! I kept it light (despite all the “layers” lol) because I don’t really have much to update you on. In a few weeks, I’ll be visiting my sister to help her with my NEW BABY NIECE. I’m an aunt again! She was born on March 3rd, 2022. I can’t wait to meet her! Her name is Eloise and she’s the cutest little bean. When I’m back from my visit, I’ll be sure to share some photos!

Until next time!

– Tiny ❤

Baggy jeans = Best jeans

Yes, I said what I said. I know a lot of people don’t like the look of baggy jeans because it’s too much fabric and not exactly flattering, but I think they’re comfy as heck. There are restrictions when wearing them. I feel like I do have to keep in mind that their needs to be balance when wearing these baggy jeans because if I don’t, I could look like I’m drowning in waves of material. Thankfully, the loose and baggy trend from the early 2000s is kind of making a comeback? I’m not excusing jeans worn around your ankles and your bum hanging out though. Remember when men used to dress like that? Remember when women thought it was attractive? Good Lord. This is as baggy as things will get for me, I promise.

The pair of baggy jeans that I’m wearing in today’s post is from Free People (All Star Pull On Jeans). I don’t think that’s a surprise. Like I said, I love how comfortable they are. Honestly, I don’t think you’re ever going to catch me wearing skinny jeans again. That was torture. I don’t know or understand how I wore them willingly. These jeans don’t make me feel like I’m being strangled/restricted AT ALL. I think they’re really cool with sneakers and a fitted top. Again, it’s most definitely an early 2000s look and I get it if that’s not your cup of tea. I’m going to be rocking these jeans a lot though!

For the details of this outfit, I’ll start with the top that I’m wearing. It’s a sweater vest from Free People last year. It’s like a cream cable knit that I think sits well on top of these jeans. It’s a great layering piece. You can’t tell in these photos but I was wearing a long sleeve shirt underneath it because despite how it may seem, it was *FREEZING* outside. I don’t think you’ve truly experienced cold weather until you’ve visited Canada during this time of year. It’s scary cold. The other day, I watched my eyelashes grow icicles – I’m not even joking! I envy those that work from home. I would not leave my apartment if I didn’t have to work.

The jacket that I’m wearing is very special. My boyfriend got me this jacket for Christmas! I’m pretty sure he thrifted it. I think it’s the coolest piece, ever. It’s corduroy and kind of a bomber style. It also happens to fit me perfectly. I told y’all he’s my personal thrift shopper. I just wish that the weather wasn’t so cold so I could actually feel safe wearing it outside. These days you need a parka. And a hat, mitts, scarf, and two pairs of socks! You think I’m being dramatic but it’s true. I think when it starts to transition into spring, I’ll be wearing this jacket way more often.

For shoes, I wore my New Balance sneakers that my boyfriend got me a couple of Christmases ago. Should this post be sponsored by my boyfriend ha-ha? This is my first pair of New Balances and I am so impressed by their sneakers. I don’t think I own sneakers that are more comfortable than these ones. After a busy work day, my feet feel the same way they did when I first put these sneakers on. It’s amazing, and kind of life-changing lol. I’m definitely open to having more New Balance sneakers but I don’t think I’m ready to replace these ones.

Now I’m not joking about the boyfriend sponsorship because the bag I’m wearing is also from my boyfriend. I think he picked it up at that boutique that I love downtown Toronto, on Queen Street West. It’s called “Durumi”. It’s a Korean boutique. I’ve talked about this place a lot on my blog but I haven’t shopped there in a long time. I miss it. With the pandemic, I don’t really feel comfortable going shopping on my days off. I’m also trying to save money to furnish my apartment, so a visit to Durumi is never on the agenda. I do think about them a lot though. My boyfriend knows this and I guess that’s why he got me this bag. It’s this white sherpa bag? What is this texture? Teddy bear? It’s white and fluffy, and couldn’t be more me. He done good.

I think that pretty much completes this outfit that I have to share today. I do wanna sneak in these earrings though. They’re these dangly butterfly earrings that remind me of Dua Lipa. She’s crazy about butterflies and I just think she’s the coolest. I was supposed to be going to her concert here in Toronto at the end of February, but it got moved to July because of Covid-19. I guess I kind of saw it coming but it still sucks nonetheless. All I know is that I’ll definitely be wearing these earrings to the concert. If you’d like a pair, they’re from Brandy Melville! My momma got them for me!

I hope you enjoyed reading! I’ve been working on a book review for y’all so stay tuned for that.

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

Tiny’s First Earmuffs

It’s not that I think earmuffs are a rite of passage or anything. I’ve just always wanted earmuffs! When I partnered with Free People, they sent me this adorable pair of fuzzy pink earmuffs just a little too late. If you’re curious about the process of working with a brand, Free People gave me guidelines on what they wanted me to include in my photos. They told me all the information that I needed to understand the campaign. I picked a recommended number of pieces from their website, and then they quickly sent them to my apartment! Everything, except for the earmuffs, came in a big box. I’m thinking that the earmuffs must have been back ordered. It was a shame that I couldn’t include them in any of the campaign photos, but I took some personal photos in them instead!

Just covered in Free People.

After wearing these earmuffs a few times, I’ve come to realize that pink is sort of a neutral colour for me. I wear a lot more pink than I thought. It also helps that these earmuffs are in a more muted shade of pink. And not only are they pink and fluffy, but they actually work! When wearing them, all the cold air is blocked and my ears are so cozy and warm. I definitely recommend getting a pair. They’re practical and cute.

Ngl… it was way too cold for this outfit.

I can’t remember the last time I shared an outfit on here. I think we’ve been due for a new outfit post, don’t you? In the outfit above, I kept things pretty neutral (well, neutral for me lol). These beige corduroy trousers are a pair that I picked up when I worked at Topshop *sad face*. If you’re new here, I had an OBSESSION with Topshop’s Petite section. Everything was practically made for me. Nothing needed hemmed. Sleeves didn’t need to be rolled. It was an absolute dream. I wish there was something similar to Topshop’s Petite section out there. I’ve been kind of lost/depressed since they closed/went bankrupt. Where’s a tiny woman supposed to shop now?!

The sweater I’m wearing was a cute little gift that my boyfriend picked up when he went thrifting a week or so ago. He’s honestly like, my own personal thrifter. He knows exactly what I love. He thrifted me a few pieces for Christmas that I absolutely love as well. He just goes and sends me photos. Sometimes he doesn’t even send photos, and still kills it! I’m one lucky lady. Or maybe we’ve just been together for a really long time ha-ha. This cute little pullover sweater is vintage though. It’s in fab condition and I think these colours will work well with the rest off my wardrobe.

For the rest of my outfit, I wore some matching socks from Free People. I think they kind of match the colours in the pattern of my sweater. I added a puffy vest that I picked up from Free People last year (it’s my favourite, and so warm!) It’s kind of like wearing a sleeping bag. The bag I wore is my first Poshmark purchase. I don’t know if I shared or talked about it on here, but it’s this old Coach bag that I picked up for $70 CAD. It’s also probably the best first Poshmark purchase, ever. I wear it so much. It’s in great condition. The leather is such good quality. I love it and as long as I take good care of it, I think it’s going to last a long time.

Last but not least, I wore these Dr. Marten loafers. I can’t remember if these have already made an appearance here on the blog. Like I said, it’s been way too long since I’ve written an outfit post, but these loafers/oxfords were one of my best shoe purchases. Surprisingly, they have never given my feet blisters. They’re so comfortable for Dr. Martens. I’ve heard some horror stories about breaking in any new pair of Docs, but I’m happy to report that I don’t have one of my own to share! I also wasn’t very confident that they’d go with my wardrobe when I bought them. Boy, was I ever wrong. They’re like your favourite pair of white sneakers! So easy! There like that pair of shoes that I can put on without even thinking and I know my outfit will look great.

So how was that for the first outfit post of the new year? I’m so excited to see this year’s fashion trends. Should I share some of the trends that I’m most looking forward to? I think that would make a great blog post! I’m gonna stash that idea away. Comment if you’d like to see it!

*A quick apartment update*: I mentioned in my last post that I was going shopping for the apartment with my mom and sister this past weekend. We had so much fun and I think my bedroom is really coming together! We’ve made a lot of progress but I don’t think it’s enough to share just yet. I really want to start painting in the next month or so. There’s also still a lot of scrubbing to be done. Just know that I’m working away at it, and I’m dying to share more with you!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far, and staying safe! Toronto got SO MUCH snow on Monday that everyone I know couldn’t go to work. I hope most of you were home safe during all of that.

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

Balaclava Appreciation Post

On New Year’s Day, I made a balaclava from START TO FINISH! I can’t believe how easy it was! I’m super impressed with myself and how it turned out. My best friend, Jericho, gifted me this gorgeous yarn for Christmas and I knew I had to turn it into a balaclava. I’ve wanted to crochet one for a while but the yarn that I have just isn’t soft enough for something that touches so much of your face and neck. I was worried that most of it would make my face itchy but the yarn Jer got me is so soft, and just perfect. If you don’t know what a balaclava is, it’s basically a ski mask. I know they’re super trendy right now but I’ve been wanting to make one since I saw this photo from Miu Miu’s FW21 fashion show:

I just think this is so epic. Maybe I need to make a matching scarf now?

My balaclava is obviously a little different because Miu Miu’s looks more like a helmet. Maybe I’ll try to make a helmet next time? I’m in love with the one I made but I love it so much that I want to make another lol. It just turned out so well and when something you made yourself exceeds your expectations… there’s like, no better feeling! It’s a high! So I’m definitely going to make another balaclava in the future, and maybe I’ll try to find this Miu Miu helmet pattern. The pattern I followed to make my first balaclava is from Etsy. My friend, Lauren, shared a balaclava that she made on Instagram and I was obsessed. She sent me the link to this Etsy seller and I purchased it right away. I don’t use patterns very often because I find some of the wording in patterns to be a little confusing and hard to follow, but this seller’s instructions were perfect. Very cute, straightforward, and easy to follow! I highly recommend it. Here’s a link if you’d like to make one yourself: https://etsy.me/3bwIwap

Maybe my balaclava already looks like a helmet lol…

Now I know that this piece isn’t for everyone, and I’m not going to try and sell it to you or anything. But there are so many positive things I can say about my balaclava!

1. She’s gorgeous.

2. The colours are stunning (and great for hiding any makeup that rubs off my face lol)!

3. She’s WARM! I’m not even joking. It really protects you from the cold air out there.

4. It’s made of the softest yarn from my forever bestie.

5. She hides any bad hair day.

6. I feel on trend and kinda cool when I wear it.

7. She’s gorgeous.

8. It’s 100% ONE OF A KIND because I MADE IT.

9. She’s gorgeous.

10. AND I MADE IT!

I think that’s enough said, right? Speaking of making things, I think I’m back on a crochet kick. I feel inspired again after making this balaclava. It was such a great start to my year! I have so many crochet projects in mind and I can’t wait to share them all with you. I’m currently working on a mini skirt (definitely sharing when I’m finished)! And last night I finished a beanie! I made one for my boyfriend for Christmas and it turned out so well that I wanted to keep it for myself! I obviously didn’t because it was a Christmas gift. But after learning and realizing how easy it is to make a beanie, I think I’m going to play around and make beanies in all sorts of colours. I might experiment with some fuzzy yarns, too!

Me feeling mad cool in my balaclava.

If I haven’t sold you on the balaclava, I hope you still enjoyed reading this post and can at least appreciate the craftsmanship ha-ha. I’ve got a lot of ideas/projects I want to do so I’m sure I’ll make something that’ll peak your interest!

Thank you so much for reading this! Stay warm out there!!!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤

#GiftGood with Free People

I feel like I begin every blog post lately with: “Hey, I’m back! I said I was going to be back sooner, but things got in the the way, I’m sorry, etc.” Am I not wrong? I’m sad to say that today is no different. I am sorry that I haven’t been able to post sooner. I even posted on Instagram that I was going to have a new blog post up and I never did it. Life has been CRAZY. Before the end of the year, I will have a huge update to share with you, I promise. However, I’m happy and very excited to share one of the most exciting things that has ever happened to me today – and that’s something different! I don’t think y’all are going to believe me because I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around it but: FREE PEOPLE emailed me wanting a PAID partnership!!! If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I work at a Free People store here in Toronto but this is entirely separate. A lovely woman emailed me from their head office in Philadelphia wanting me to create content with a few of their products because she simply enjoyed my Instagram feed. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!

So for today’s post I’m going to share with you some of the content I took with my boyfriend for Free People’s “#GiftGood” campaign. It was such a pleasure working with them. This is my first paid partnership, ever. I feel like a legit influencer or rather “nano influencer” (I found this out recently). It truly was a pinch me moment. I remember getting the email while I was at work and I literally fell to the floor with my hands on my head in disbelief. I thought it was spam, or a scam. The good news is that it wasn’t lol. And believe it or not, they spoke about partnering with me again in the future!

Free People has this really cute campaign happening right now. It’s all about giving the best and most memorable gifts to our loved ones this year. They so kindly reached out and sent me so many cute pieces that I want to share with my blog family! I hope that maybe these will give you some ideas if you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet! I know Christmas is only a week away but I, myself, am guilty of being a last-minute shopper and maybe you are, too. Here’s the first look:

I should begin by mentioning that every look is head-to-toe Free People. If you’d like links to items that I don’t really mention, please ask me in the comments! This first outfit makes me feel too cool. Yes, “too cool” as in too cool for my own good. Y’all know me! I’m a dork! I’m like a nerdy grandma but this outfit, it makes me feel cool. I think any piece to this outfit would be perfect for that loved one that loves trends and street style. This puffer jacket in this colour is hands down the coolest jacket I own right now. It’s called the “Duvet Bomber Jacket” and comes in many colours online! We only received two colours (orange and black) at our store so when I saw it in this colour, I was shocked. I’m really into this colour right now. If you can pinpoint the proper name for it, please tell me in the comment section? The website calls is “Golden Palm”.

These vegan leather pants are probably going to sell out. I don’t know about you but I feel like leather pants are becoming a staple. I almost want to say that I’ve been gravitating towards my leather pants more than jeans this season. Basically, I think leather or vegan leather pants have become a “must-have” and these are a fab option! They’re called “The It Factor Vegan Pants” and they come in three colours. I originally wanted the chocolate brown or “Mocha”, but they didn’t have my size available. I’ll leave a link to the pants here (because I really think you or your loved ones will LOVE them): It Factor Vegan Pants – Free People

The second look is something I’d wear to a holiday party. You could gift this outfit to someone but I think it’d be perfect to wear on NYE, to a Christmas work party, or even on Christmas Day. What is it about velvet and the holidays? Velvet or crushed velvet just seems so perfect for this time of year, what do you think? The “Gum Drop Mini Dress” is such a stunning dress. I can picture myself dressing it a bit more casually with cowboy boots (like I have in these photos), or even more formally/dressy with some heels and sparkly accessories! It’s such a good piece to have in your wardrobe and I think I’m going to have this little number as an emergency piece for holiday seasons to come.

Now I can’t move on to the next look without talking about the boots. If you’re a true Tiny In Toronto follower, you know I love my cowboy boots. I have two pairs that I’ve thrifted and I had been on a hunt this summer for a third pair that are white. Free People has these “We The Free Montage Tall Boots” and they come in so many other colours (literally like, 9 different colours). I have wanted these boots forever but I just haven’t been able to justify the price (even with my employee discount). I think it’s because I found such good pairs for $15 each that I can’t imagine paying over $400 for cowboy boots! HOWEVER, I think these boots are so unbelievably dreamy. I would have bought them already if I had $400 to throw around (but I don’t lol). If you have the money to treat yourself and you wear cowboy boots as much as I do, go for it. They’ve been super comfy so far and you can’t beat the quality.

The last few photos aren’t necessarily “looks” but more so of pieces that might make great gifts or additions to your own wardrobe. I’ll start off with these cute winter accessories that I can’t get enough of. First, I have had strangers stop me to compliment my cow print mittens. These mittens are SO ADORABLE. I think love does not begin to describe the feeling I have towards these mittens. I get so paranoid when commuting to work that I might lose one and cry. These would make such a great gift! I mean, it’s winter and we all need mittens anyway. Why not gift your friends some cute ones?

Wait- I actually have TWO pairs of mittens to share with you! If cow print is not your style, get the “Lazy Daisy Plush Set”. I’m OBSESSED. A fuzzy bucket hat and matching mittens? SIGN. ME. UP. I think this plush set is so fun and such a cute statement. It comes in three colour ways. I’m telling you, you just neeeeed it.

Hit The Slopes Printed Pullover

Another winter piece that I think you and your friends need is a fleece jacket. They’re EVERYWHERE now that they’ve been seen on some celebrities. The Free People “Hit The Slopes Jacket” is worth the hype. I bought one in lilac earlier this year but I had to get this navy colour (seen with the cow mittens above) for the winter. It’s just such a CUTE and COZY jacket. It’s super trendy but it’s also 100% practical. We’re not that deep into winter yet so I’ve been getting away with wearing it outside, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough when we’re deeper/in negative temperatures. I also think you could wear it in the early spring! It’s nice for those transition periods between seasons. If you’re not into the solid colours, Free People also carries printed versions of this jacket! You also have the option to pick a button-up version or a pullover version. Basically, there’s a fleece jacket suited for everyone at Free People ha-ha.

Last but not least, I have these slippers that I think would make a great gift for those who spend so much time at home – like your work-from-home friends! Give them the luxury of having fancy slippers to wear at their desk. I’m sure they’d love these “Emu Jolie Lava Slippers”. Emu Australia have them exclusively sold at Free People and they are SO SOFT. Honestly, they’re like clouds on your feet. Your friends will be so grateful. I do have to advise that you get a size up because I found that they’re so fluffy that they feel a little small. Either than that, you’re golden. I think slippers are a great gift. I’d be over the moon is someone got me slippers. I wear slippers around the apartment on a daily, so it’s not like I wouldn’t use them. And also, why not treat yourself?! You deserve it.

This concludes my little gift guide! I hope you guys enjoyed my picks/suggestions. Like I said before, you don’t have to necessarily buy these for your loved ones. GIFT YOURSELF. It’s been a tough few years for all of us and I think we need to start taking better care of ourselves. I mean, I know at least I do. Thank you to Free People for reaching out and giving me this opportunity. If I had to pick a dream collaboration/partnership, I think it would definitely be with them. So yeah, thanks for making a tiny woman’s dream come true!

I hope you’re all safe and well!

Until next time,

– Tiny ❤