Cold and rainy weather doesn’t have to mean pants. For me, it just mean a slightly longer dress. I got this dress at the Caribbean Days festival at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver a few weeks ago. I love blue and I love leopard print. They also had green, pink, and purple versions of this dress, but blue was the best. My denim jacket is from Old Navy. My bracelet is from Suzy Shier and my ring is from the Blim Market festival downtown. My necklace is from Payless and my earrings are from Claire’s. Maybe I will just continue to wear blue until my nail polish comes off.
So you can’t really tell from the photo, but this dress is long and almost goes down to my ankles. Well not quite, but it would if I were shorter. I don’t tend to wear a lot of long dresses, because I always find they look weird for some reason, but maybe that’s just because I’m not used to wearing them. I got this one from Ross Dress For Less in the States and this is my first time wearing it. I’ve decided I like long dresses now. I heard it was going to be cold and rainy today. It wasn’t this morning, but it is now. I didn’t want to wear pants, and I didn’t want to re-shave my legs, so this dress worked out well. You might not be able to see in the picture, but the dress has black and grey stripes across it. I wore grey in honour of the new Fifty Shades of Grey book that was released today. No, I’m kidding, I totally didn’t, it was just a coincidence. Why would I want to celebrate such a gross insult to literature? I heard that this new version is even worse than the original and I have no idea how that’s even possible. I tried to read the first book and couldn’t because I was just so shocked and disgusted by the horrible grammar and writing style. Anyway, since I knew it would get cooler today, I paired this dress with my purple jacket that I got at the Plenty warehouse sale and the Vancouver Convention Centre during Easter weekend this year. I love it for its unique zippers and pockets. My necklace is from Her Story Lockets and I got it when they had a booth at the PNE Marketplace last summer, and my lock earrings are from another booth that was also at the PNE during that time. And my ring, of course, is from UBC.
I wish the lighting was better so you could actually see the dress properly. And I wish I had a full length mirror. Oh well.
Since Wednesday was supposed to be another cold and possibly rainy day, I reluctantly decided to wear pants, despite the fact that I had shaved my legs just a few days earlier. These black pants are from Target and are a bit lighter than my Marshalls ones. I got this top at Sears at Richmond Centre not too long before they closed. My dad put it on his Sears card so it would be cheaper. Thanks Dad! Since the weather was cooler, I decided on my red Vero Moda blazer from The Bay. This worked well, since these pants lack pockets, but this blazer has quite spacious ones. My black scarf is from an Orb warehouse sale, my red video game heart necklace is from Fan Expo Vancouver, my red earrings are from a kiosk at Lansdowne Centre, my ring is from UBC, and my bracelet is from Dollarama. It had also been five days since I’d washed my hair, and I didn’t plan on doing so anytime soon. Whenever I happen to take the time to straighten my hair, I like to wait as long as I possibly can in order to prolong the effects.
So I wore a dress with no leggings on Tuesday, not realizing how cold it actually was. What a fail. If there was ever a day when I should have worn pants, that was probably it. But my leg hair was growing back fast, and I wanted to go bare legged while I still could without having to shave again. I’m stubborn that way. I don’t dress based on the weather. I dress based on whether or not I’ve shaved, and based on what clean clothes I can find that sort of match. I knew it might be cold and rainy that day, but I didn’t care.
This dress is slightly longer than my other dresses, so somehow I thought that would make it more weather appropriate. I got it at an Orb warehouse sale at the River Rock Casino. I feel like I should be wearing a cowboy hat or something, just because I’m wearing denim. When I was in high school, at an all girls school, they had an idea one year that they would make Valentine’s Day fun by making it a “couples day”, where you could find a partner and dress as some sort of famous couple. My friend and I did Brokeback Mountain. I was Heath Ledger. And I was amazing. But we unfortunately didn’t win a prize for our awesome efforts. Probably because it was also a Catholic school and they weren’t ready to accept our same sex love story.
Anyway, I love jean jackets. I got this one at Old Navy on Robson Street downtown when I had leftover super cash to spend. I didn’t want to wear an actual rain jacket or anything even though it was cold, because it’s June and I’ve set aside the boots and the jackets. But this jean jacket seemed acceptable. It looks as though I haven’t quite set aside the scarves just as yet. At least not for cold days. I got this one from a vendor at the UBC Sub. I got the red necklace as a Christmas gift from my grandma. The Supernatural wing earrings are from Fan Expo Vancouver, my ring is from UBC, and my bracelet is from Suzy Shier. I thought about touching up my nails, but I think they’re too far gone now so I’ll just let them keep chipping away until there’s nothing left to see.
So I finally shaved my legs. After, well, let’s just say a while. I went out for a friend’s birthday on Saturday and the weather was nice over the weekend, so I figured it was finally time. It’s always such an ordeal. I got this Remington electric razor from Walmart because I go through so many disposable ones and always manage to cut myself. Unfortunately it turned out not to be that great. I feel like maybe I should’ve gotten waxed instead because I waited so long but oh well. Throughout my teen years, I tried literally every hair removal product you can imagine, and it turns out I’m allergic to all of them. Nair, Neet, Veet, you name it. My skin has such a bad reaction that it ends up looking worse than if I’d just left the hair on it. I’ve considered laser hair removal, but it’s crazy expensive, and I’ve also been told that it can cause discolouration because my skin is darker. As for waxing, for the amount of wax that I would need for my legs, it’s just not cost effective. So yeah. Razors.
Of course, it turns out, now that my legs were finally hair-free (or somewhat, I missed a few spots, and it’s growing back already), the weather would be cold and rainy. But that won’t stop me from wearing dressing and exposing my legs because I can. When I went to work on Monday, my dad was like “Isn’t it too cold for your outfit?” but I didn’t care. I got this dress at Ross Dress for Less in the States and this red sweater from Sears at Richmond Centre before it closed down. My necklace and ring are from UBC, my earrings are from Claire’s, and my bracelet is from Dollarama. I also painted my nails (badly) on the weekend, but alas, they are already chipping. I also straightened my hair on the weekend for the first time in a while. I used that as my excuse for not going to yoga on Sunday, because I didn’t want to have to wash my hair after and ruin the straightness. Even though it’s no longer as straight now as it was on Saturday, it’s still better than the natural frizz that’s usually present.