Where the Sour Turns to Sweet

November 21, 2011

Wilfred coat, Club Monaco clutch and tights, American Apparel dress,
H&M sweater, necklace and booties, Social Experiment ring

When life gives you lemons…you make a belt out of your schoolbag strap. Or at least that’s what I did when I realized I’d left my belt at home and had to improvise with my trusty schoolbag’s spare strap. Fortunately, it actually kind of worked! I was so impressed with my resourcefulness. Sometimes I even impress myself.

The lovely Georgia Heraty of Social Experiment gifted me the beautiful rose and gold ring I’m wearing in this post. Since receiving it in the mail last week, I’ve worn it almost every day. It’s found a very welcome home in my wardrobe to say the least.

My weekend was as amazing as it could’ve been considering all the work I currently have. Though a lot of my weekend was spent hunched over my laptop, I did manage to vote, clean everything, watch some movies, and hang out with family/Matt. That combined with the big dent I put into my schoolwork equals a pretty decent weekend.

Hope you all had a great two days off! If you haven’t already entered and are in the Vancouver area (or planning to come up at some point this year), be sure to enter my Barefoot Contessa giveaway! A $50 gift certificate is up for grabs, it will be a great opportunity to either get a head start on your Christmas shopping or get yourself a little preemptive holiday treat 🙂

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  • Reply November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    clever way to recycle! Glad you had a productive weekend; I felt the same way too. And kudos for getting out there to vote.

  • Reply The Style Box November 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I would never have guessed about your belt! It looks great! Glad you had a nice weekend x

  • Reply Bonnie November 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You used your bag strap as a belt? GENIUS. I never would have thought about doing this. I'm always short on belts, so this could work … Why are you so brilliant? 🙂
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Cara November 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Love camel & red together, such a perfect color combo!
    Well done on improvising with the school bag belt…!
    xo Cara

  • Reply relish November 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    love the colors and the burst of red!

  • Reply So... November 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    you look amazing!!! love your tights with red and brown… great idea!!!
    xx so

  • Reply aliciafashionista November 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    You're so pretty, friend! Love the polka dot tights and your use of layers. Did you find it especially cold this weekend? I wore tights as well and felt positively frozen!!! Anyway, the ring is fab too, love social exp. Glad you had a great jam packed weekend xo

  • Reply JennaStevie November 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Ohhh I love the layering going on here, and you are soo resourceful with that strap as a belt!! This cardigan is such a beautiful colour with the red skirt, love the combination

  • Reply lisa November 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Using a bookbag strap as a belt–how MacGyver of you! It worked out well for this outfit though.

    I got a ring from Social Experiment too, and like you I've been really impressed by it. My outfit post is coming up next week.

    Hope this week treats you well!

  • Reply Leonie November 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    How smart to use the strap as a belt, I must try it myself as well! 🙂 I really enjoy your look, the pop of red is so pretty and that coat is stunning!

    Rumor Has It

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  • Reply alison*elle November 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I was actually going to ask where your belt was from… how resourceful of you to use a bag strap! It looks kind of equestrian 🙂

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Marie a la Mode November 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I never would have guessed your belt was your shoulder strap! Very innovative ; ) You look gorgeous as always. Love your Wilfred coat!

  • Reply Alexandra November 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I love the pop of red! That clutch is too die for!! Club Monaco has so many great things right now!!


  • Reply Pins, Needles & Fashion November 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Lovely look! I'm loving everything esp. the way the red dress adds color and completes the look.

  • Reply Leah November 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I must find a pair of polka dot tights this season. Very cute outfit, especially that jacket.

    xo L.

  • Reply Shoppalu November 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Look at you creative cathy! The school bag strap turned belt looks divine. You have definitely inspired us to rummage and create!


  • Reply love jenny xoxo November 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I love this look, so perfect! The leopard clutch tops it all off – love it!


  • Reply Hanna & Christel November 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    that color combination looks wonderful on you!!


  • Reply Sam November 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    You've perfectly managed to pick out the colours from your beautiful clutch and create this wonderful wintry outfit.

  • Reply Jen November 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

    This is some super gorgeous colour blocking, Alex! Inspires me to jump back on that bandwagon! And I had no idea your "belt" was a bag strap until you said it- how convenient (and clever)!

    Hope you're having a good Monday my dear!

  • Reply Megan November 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Very creative with the belt!!! I would have never thought to do that… but I will now! 🙂 That ring is lovely, I would wear it everyday too. And of course you look breathtaking in these pictures. Happy Monday!

  • Reply Lily November 22, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Ow ow! Wonderful ensemble. I especially like the color blocking. I would've never guessed your "belt" was actually a bag strap… you ALWAYS impress me, Alex. 🙂


  • Reply Sara Soda November 22, 2011 at 2:36 am

    So inventive! I would never think to use a bag strap for a belt, but I love how it looks with the gold buckle! So chic, I'm going to have to try that sometime. 🙂

  • Reply Fashion Cappuccino November 22, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Such a beautiful outfit Alexandra! I love the mix of red and the gold necklace is a perfect accessory. I have to say your beauty kind of distracts me from your clothes though :-). Your hair is looking great by the way! Hope you're having a wonderful start of the week! xoxoxo

  • Reply Ellie November 22, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Thats such a great idea! I would have never thought to use that as a belt!! Loving the outfit 🙂

  • Reply April Lyn November 22, 2011 at 3:34 am

    You look gorgeous, love the dotted tights and hell yes to improvised accessories! They always seem to work out and flaunt a little personal style.

    April Lyn

    the suit for dreams.

  • Reply AmazinglyBe-AU-tiful November 22, 2011 at 3:44 am

    lovely outfit 🙂

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  • Reply Katie's Bliss November 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Love the pop of red from your skirt!

  • Reply MizzJ November 22, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Omg you are a genius and this post is so timely for me as I happen to have a bag strap like that one that's too long for my bag, but may be perfect as a belt!!

  • Reply Cassandra November 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I keep meaning to comment on your posts! I've been following the growth of your blog and it just gets better and better. This outfit is a favourite! Nice work Alex!

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  • Reply Erika November 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

    beautiful outfit!♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  • Reply Rakhshan November 22, 2011 at 10:29 am

    wow such an awesome outfit, lovin the leopard clutch and the dotted sheer tights!
    just came across your blog, really nice!
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  • Reply Fashion-Bridge November 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Such a beatiful perfectly fall outfit!
    Love the loose waves of your hair!
    I never stop admiring how perfectly amazing is the combination of the bright red color and leopard print. Your clutch is to die for!

    I'm following your blog and looking forward to new beautiful posts.



  • Reply Stacee November 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

    You look sooo gorgeous!!
    Love the pop of red and the clutch 🙂


  • Reply Gear November 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    great colors, fab pics, love everything! xoxo

  • Reply Joanne Hegarty November 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Gorgeous outfit and the your new school strap belt looks terrific as if it was made for the job !

  • Reply paledivision November 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    The choker necklace looks really good on you.
    PS. You're beautiful!

  • Reply cakesandshakes November 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    🙂 Great belt! It actually resembles Gucci or something.

  • Reply Sandy Joe November 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    You always have the best colour combinations my dear! Everyone should own a school bag strap – I need to get on that!

    x The Pretty Secrets

  • Reply GIRL AND CLOSET November 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    LOVE, this gorgeous look, and goodness I can’t believe that the belt I was oogling was actually a strap. Yay, brilliant thinking Alex! Also the tights, clutch and colour combos are just perfection in this outfit too, another gorgeous look, my love! Can't wait to see you soon. xo v

  • Reply Pins, Needles & Fashion November 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    PS- I love your blog, I'm following you now 🙂 keep up the great posts

  • Reply Cee November 23, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I must say, I'm very impressed with your creativity, darling. A belt made out of your extra purse strap? Well done. I'm loving the combination of reds and browns in this look- you seriously need to take me with you to H&M by the way, how on earth have I not seen the gorgeous sweater you're wearing?? Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend- and the holidays are just around the corner!

  • Reply Bre November 23, 2011 at 3:24 am

    The next time I am in a pick I will try to remember to use my bag strap. It did work for you and quite well I must say. The closed sweater open coat combo look great too!

  • Reply Trendydolap November 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

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  • Reply Tinu November 23, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Gorgeous as always. That lipstick is amazing on you.

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    OMG! you look so elegant and chic! so beautiful..
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  • Reply Fabrizia November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

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  • Reply Pearl November 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I love the Fall layering – you did it so well 🙂 and you belt – clever you!


  • Reply Shawna Hynes November 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Love this outfit – the colour scheme is great, and those dotted tights are beyond cute! 🙂

    <3 Shawna

  • Reply ModernWife November 25, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Bag strap for belt? You are my kind of gal! Love the blog and all your photos!

  • Reply Prairie Girl in the City November 25, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Your school bag strap as a belt….you should be proud! You're like the Fashion Macgyver!! 🙂

    Jen xo

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} November 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    alright lovely lady, you are a MacGyver in female form. i'd never imagined to use a strap as a belt before and honestly thought it was a Hermes creation. amazing and clever!

    your gifted ring is beautiful and in fact it's glamorous intent translates throughout the whole look. unbelievably dramatic finish with your Wilfred coat, it's a marvel in and of itself!

    glad to hear you got some other joys in on your weekend, hunching over for too long makes me want to jump in a warm bubbly bath ; )

    xoox ♥

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} November 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    oh, forgot to mention….i'd have totally entered the giveaway but i recently shut down my facebook. i know i'm an anomaly but i was getting some freaky messages from this old "acquaintance" plus i was hardly ever on it anyways. the giveaway is rad though, wish i could enter….you know i do! xo ♥

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