My Favourite Dressy Looks for Under $100

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had an incredible, inspiring, and productive 2017! I know for me personally, it was definitely a great year & probably one of the smoothest ones yet, so for that I am thankful! As some of you may already know from my Instagram posts, I have been in London celebrating the holidays with family. I always love low-key celebrations, especially with good company. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really an opportunity for me to do any real photoshoots while I’ve been here, as I’ve prioritized time with family above all this year. I’ve spent literally almost every waking moment catching up, cooking, eating, drinking, and joking around with everyone. We’re heading back to Toronto tomorrow, and as much as I love spending time here, I definitely miss Rory (my pup), work, and creating content for the blog. I recently jumped back into blogging in late 2017 – so I’m excited to really take the blog up a notch this year! 🙂

Since I didn’t get to shoot my holiday looks while I’ve been in London, I’ve put together a some of my favourite dressy looks below which showcases some of my favourite (mostly sparkly) looks for right now! AND THEY ARE ARE ALL AROUND $100 OR LESS! Its the best time to get those pieces in your closet, because there are some CRAZY sales happening. Glitz isn’t just for the holidays!!


I had to start off with sequins! This little number by Zara is my absolute favourite at the moment. It’s chic and sexy without looking like you’re trying too hard. I especially love that you can totally pair this with another dress/outfit underneath, & rock a sparkly blazer look. I just wish it came in pink 😉


This metallic bodycon dress from Forever 21 is the perfect mix of classic & fun (a style I constantly try to emulate). It’s super figure-flattering, and I’m loving the playful sleeves this season. While it is gold, it’s not disco gold – which makes it easily wearable to any evening function. And c’mon, it’s $27!!! Love!


While I do admit that I haven’t shopped at Club Monaco since high school, you can’t deny that they have great everyday staple pieces – and I for one believe leopard print is a closet staple. There are so many pattern and colour variations to suit every skin tone!  If Tarzan-Glam isn’t your thing, add a leather jacket over it to instantly amp up the cool girl look! I also included a fun, white blouse – which you can pair underneath the dress to make it a little more feminine. Leopard print is the new black…SO MANY OPTIONS! Have fun with it! Experiment!

Because could I really make an outfit list and not add pink sparkles? 😛 I cheated a little because this outfit is slightly over $100, buuuuut I AM JUST SO INTO THIS ROMPER! And what’s a few dollars? 😉 (this is how we get in trouble here, am I right?) Longer looking legs and sexy necklines? Yes please. It’s also another great outfit to pair a white blouse underneath it.


I know, I know – another pink option. But what I love about this dress aside from the pop of colour that they’ve named “Lipstick”,  is how timeless this style is. In my opinion it’s like a modern version of Chanel – structured and feminine. And fear not guys, it also comes in white and blush if you’re not feeling the hot pink. All this piece needs is some statement jewellery and it’s truly perfect!


How can you go wrong with gold glitter & florals?! I absolutely love the style as well because if you’re like me and love dancing, this dress is going to allow you to pull out those Napoleon Dynamite moves!! I’m also a big fan of slinky straps because again, they’re flirty without trying. A glass of red wine in hand will make an excellent prop for this look 😉


‘Tis the season for gleaming finishes! Obviously the pleated skirt won me over instantly, but I really can’t resist metallic ANYTHING. It’s super crisp, & just really fun to look at from all angles.


I HAD to include a jumpsuit in the mix because really, they are so chic! Honestly, almost anyone looks amazing in a jumpsuit. They shout confidence, and I’m all about that. Paired with a blazer, you’ve got yourself a real power look. I obviously added this one because I really love the touch of sparkle in the waist to really draw attention to the figure. As much as I love a skinny leg – dressy wide leg pants are truly one of my favourite fashion moves. Unfortunately, my 5’2 statue and frame doesn’t do it justice – but I always admire people who can pull them off! LOVE.

So there you have it, some of my favourite dressy looks of the season for UNDER $100!! I really hope you enjoyed this type of post, & you fell in love with some of the pieces as well. This post actually took me so long to do because there were so many great options this season, especially after Boxing Day. I’m hoping to have some new photoshoots for you guys this week, in case you’ve forgotten what I look like haha.

Until then, stay warm friends! xoxo

Thinking of Going Back to School?

Out of all of my posts on The Sparkle Style so far, this one was by far the most I was excited to write. It speaks the loudest to what I value and what The Sparkle Style is all about: Self-Love.

About a year ago, I was on a date with my girlfriend and were were discussing what we would study if tuition was free and making money in life didn’t matter (sounds nice, right)? I thought about it and said, “Art History”. Anyone that knows me knows that I do not do regrets. The moment I said this, I knew that I had to pursue this goal no matter what!

 

This past September, I made the big decision to go back to school. This was a really scary idea for me as I had been out of a school environment for several years. I was in a very established position at a Cosmetics company, and that would mean that all of my hard work in that field would be given up for something entirely new. I also don’t live at home, so there was also the challenge as to how I would take care of my expenses. Not to mention, I was also so accustomed to my lavish lifestyle of traveling to far away places and dining out daily, which would no longer be as easily done. But, I thought, It’s now to never….

I returned to school in September 2016, so I’m still getting the hang of kicking ass as a Mature Student. But I can tell you that I am doing extremely well in my studies. A huge part of this is my interest in my major, and the other part is knowing just how much I “gave up” to be in my current position. There are so many wonderful and difficult outcomes that arise when you decide to go back to school later in life. I will definitely be writing another post on my experiences in the future, but I can tell you that the pros absolutely outweigh the cons.

 

So why this post?

I want to remind you guys that if there is something in life that you want – go out there and get it! There will always be challenges along the way but at least they will be your challenges. I have always found that those pursuing their dreams or passions in life are far more successful than those who chose a path just out of financial security. I understand that we all have responsibilities and life pressures BUT, I am also a firm believer that you are what you make out of your life. Whatever you pursue in life, I urge you to do it for yourself. At the end of the day, your hard work will always pay off. Don’t be afraid. Now starts TODAY!

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Einstein

 Have any of you gone back to school as a Mature Student? What was your experience like? Have you thought about going back to school?  If you guys have any questions about the process, let’s chat! I’m more than willing to give feedback  🙂 You can use the contact me page or e-mail me at thesparklestyle@gmail.com

Alright, I’m off to finish an assignment and then I’m looking into vacation packages for reading week. I need sunshine ASAP. If you’re following me on Insta, you know how I’m not a fan of winter weather.

Ciao! xx