Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tina Fey Tuesday

A little bit of Tuesday wisdom from my idol Tina Fey: 

via Pinterest

So true.

What's you mantra for this Tuesday? (NB: does not have to come from Tina Fey, but extra points will be awarded...)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Snakeskin Selfie

Dress - c/o Jacob; Sweater - Joe Fresh; Pumps - Aldo; Watch - Fossil

Sorry for the mirror selfies, but we're in the middle of what has become the neverending move, and I just had to show off this beautiful shift dress that Jacob sent me.

Since it arrived last week, it has quickly become one of my favourite pieces (I've already planned out to which events I'll be wearing it in the next few weeks). Not only is the snakeskin print great for fall, but the dress goes from day to night with the simple addition of a cardigan. The belt helps to accentuate the waist, and the length is completely office appropriate. All wins in my book!

I can't wait to wear this dress all through fall with my favourite tights and boots.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Life Lately: Fashion edition

A few snapshots of the fashions I've been wearing in the past few weeks.

Dress & Clutch - Le Chateau; Trench - H&M;
Wedges & Necklace - Aldo; Ring - Old Navy

Sweater - Joe Fresh; Blouse & Skirt - Jacob;
Purse - Aldo; Espadrilles - Aritzia; Sunglasses - American Eagle

Blazer - H&M; Dress - Aritzia; Heels - Aldo; Watch - Fossil

Blouse - Jacob; Skirt - Aritzia; Purse - Aldo; Sunglasses - American Eagle

Blazers - H&M; Dress - Banana Republic

Blazer - H&M; Dress - Banana Republic; Purse & Shoes - Aldo

Blazer - H&M; Dress - Banana Republic; Purse - Aldo

Blouse & Pants - Jacob; Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

Blouse - Jacob; Camisole - Smart Set; Trousers - Talula via Artizia;
Purse - Aldo

Blouse - Old Navy; Trousers & Belt - Joe Fresh;
Heels - Michael Kors;

Blouse - Zara; Jeans - Forever 21; Flats - Blowfish

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mark Your Calendars

After much anticipation, H&M is finally set to open it's doors in Ottawa on October 17th at Bayshore Shopping Centre. 

“We are thrilled to finally open H&M in Ottawa and to continue our expansion in the Canadian market. We have been waiting for a great location in Ottawa and are very happy to finally be opening at Bayshore Shopping Centre.” says Toni Galli, Country Manager of H&M Canada.

The store will feature H&M’s collections for ladies, men, teens and kids as well as accessories and H&M sport, and will be 22,120 square feet of fashion and quality at the best price with new items arriving in store daily.
Chiffon Dress, one of my favourite pieces from the Fall 2013 collection.
photo courtesy of hm.com

I have spent the last two+ years advocating (complaining?) that we get an H&M in Ottawa, so I can't even begin to explain to you how excited I am for it's doors to open. 

October 17th - I'll see you there!

For more information about H&M, visit www.hm.com.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


I honestly didn't mean to be gone for so long.

What was intended to be a week long break to refresh and recharge has somehow turned into not only weeks away, but months.

But, sometimes these things happen for a reason.

By nature, I'm an introvert who doesn't really like to be the centre of attention. Writing a personal style blog was fun and something that pushed my personal boundaries (I guess you would say it's my Lean In activity - putting myself out there is the thing that scares me), but a few months ago it became a chore. It seemed as though all of my free time was spent working on growing my blog and its following, putting together outfits and thinking of creative ways to re-wear what I already owned (growing discontent with my closet and a modest clothing budget really didn't help), and trying to stay ahead of (or at least with) the curve.

Honestly, it became exhausting.

I pushed along for as long as I could, but I started to notice that I just didn't have the words. The content was suffering, and for someone who started a blog because they love to write, it just didn't seem right.

So I took a step back.

At first I felt guilty that I was neglecting my baby, but then I felt relieved - not having yet another schedule to follow felt like a weight had been lifted. So, for the past few weeks I've had the opportunity to focus on me - my day job, my volunteer activities, my personal life, and more recently, my chaotic move (how is it that moving five blocks is more difficult and takes longer than moving across five provinces?!)

However, as nice as the break was, I've found myself missing the blogging community and my creative outlet in the past few weeks. So, I guess what I'm saying is that I'd like to come back, if you (the blogging/fashion community) will have me.

Petite Adventures won't be a dedicated personal style blog - although, those might pop up occasionally - but will be more well rounded to reflect my loves (and sometimes loathes) in life.

So, stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Style Profile: The-Unprecedented

Name: Randa Salloum
Age: 25
Occupation: Artist, Writer, Personal Stylist
Location: Vancouver, BC

When and why did you start your site?
I started The-Unprecedented at the end of 2008. However, it wasn't until 2010 that I started writing and adding content full time. I started the blog to release my inspiration and thoughts on the Fashion industry. At the time I was a student in Fashion Marketing & Management and needed more of an outlet.

How would you describe your site?
My site is a dose of Fashion that you can't get anywhere else. I focus on just a few segments such as; Outfit Posts, Closet Confessions, My Life, and other things that go along with what I do in fashion. I use my own images and make sure that when you stop at my blog you will be able to get a deep look into my fashion life. Closet Confessions is my favorite segment, it is the only site that takes you into the closets of Vancouver's most fashionable. Soon I will branch into other cities.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I gain my inspiration from my friends and family. They are so creative and push me to keep going with my art and blog. I live in the downtown core of Vancouver so it's never a dull moment! There is inspiration everywhere.

Who are your style/beauty icons?
Olivia Palermo, Carine Roitfeldt, Alexander Wang, Kelly Cutrone, Joe Zee, Nina Garcia, Anna Della Russo, Ashley Olsen and Phoebe Philo .... I could go on and on!

Describe your personal style.
My style can be very traditional at times and very eclectic the next. Sometimes I'll end up mixing the two ideas to have a classic look with an edge. I stick to neutrals and don't wear many prints. The Editor of Poppy Magazine once said: "Randa has the best understanding of neutrals I have ever seen, she literrally makes them not neutral." That is something I always think about when getting dressed, how can I turn this look into something more?

What was the best style/beauty advice you were given?
The best advice I was given was to edit, edit, edit and never over think an outfit.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

What are your favourite trends for this season?
Military Inspired looks, over sized shillouettes, velvet, stilettoes (yay! no more platform heels!), bold lips.

Style/Beauty Pet Peeve?
Lululemon pants are NOT pants for everyday. In fact, any type of gym clothing should never see outside of a gym. Tights worn denim shorts and when an outfit is not accessorized.

What do you never leave home without?
Some type of jewelery (I'll feel naked!), my iPhone... and let's be honest... I take everything! Makeup, planner, toiletries, umbrella (I live in Vancouver), perfume, external hard drive and notebook.

What are your five essential items that you think every woman should own?
A structured but sheer black button up blouse, dark denim skinny jeans, black stilettos, gold statement jewelry and the perfect carry-all bag.

Where do you see yourself and your site in five years?
For my site I see Closet Confessions in multiple cities, showcasing closets from around North America. For myself, hopefully living on the East Coast still making my I See Noise prints and simply enjoying my life.

Find Randa online at http://the-unprecedented.ca.

Have a fantastic weekend!

All images courtesy of The-Unprecedented

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