Correspondence Club: October 2012

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All participants- AlexCarrieDebbieKaitlynKatMikeSaraTracyChrisRehanaEmilyNatasha,
StephanieCarmilaImogenAmberAshlieMikaElizabeth, Anne, Suki, Aly, Kirstin, me, Kaitlyn H.MariaAnastasiaJessica, Polly, Erica, Blair, JoChristineAshleyCatie, Lisa W., Ashlie, Emily C., DreaBethsaida, Chiara, Kaitlyn P.

I think that October might have been my favorite month of the Correspondence Club yet! The theme this month was very timely- Fall Favorites. I asked the members of the club to write about some of their favorite fall activities and what they like most about this season. You could also coordinate your gift to follow the theme, so you’ll see lots of fall-related and halloween goodies in the pictures above!

I had lots of fun putting together a gift for my partner Aly, and I had to include candy corn (my favorite Halloween candy). In return, Aly sent me the funniest letter and a little present related to one of her favorite fall drinks- a pumpkin spice latte. I’m also still writing to my partner from the last cycle, Tracy, who’s just the sweetest. She sent me an awesome glittery mask, which I’ve already worn as part of a cat burglar Halloween costume! Two other members of the club, Christine and Anastasia, also wrote about CClub this month, so you should definitely check out their posts to see what they sent and received!

Do you want to join the Correspondence Club for November?  We’d love to have you!  If you would like to participate in November, please send me your information by midnight on Wednesday (October 31st at 11:59pm EST).

Rent the Runway: Sponsored Video

When I heard about Rent the Runway‘s new campaign to use real women as models, I was immediately in love with the idea. As a fashion blogger, I love getting outfit inspiration from other real girls, which I why I think it makes perfect sense for a site like Rent the Runway to show their clothes on actual customers.

In case you’re not familiar with Rent the Runway, it is a website where you can rent the perfect luxury/designer dress for that special occasion. It’s so great for young women like me who are on a budget, but still want to be able to afford a fabulous dress.

When I shop online, I like to google the particular clothing item to see what it might look like on a real person. Now that Rent the Runway has decided to use customer photos on their website, that saves me the trouble of searching for those photos myself! Check out the adorable little clip below to learn more about the campaign- Our Runway!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Rent the Runway; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: Sartorial Sidelines

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There was a little bit of a hiatus, but now I’m back with another installment of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know! When I first dreamed up the idea for this series, I knew without a doubt that I was going to feature Courtney at some point! Courtney was one of the first bloggers I connected with and she’s been so supportive of my blog since the very beginning (I’m pretty sure she’s the #1 commenter on my site!). Courtney was also one of the first bloggers I met in real life when we had the first CT Bloggers Meetup and she was just as delightful in person as she is on her blog, Sartorial Sidelines. Not only does she have great style, but also plenty of brains to boot (she got her PhD in History at Yale). Her intelligence totally shines through in her answers below- take a look!


I’m a fashion blogger and, obviously, I wanted my blog title to convey that in some way. I settled upon the first part of my title “sartorial” because it clearly imparts the subject matter of the blog and also because it happens to be one of my favorite words. Odd, I know. Anyways, the second half of the title “sidelines” is a reflection of the fact that I started blogging while pursuing my PhD in history and engaged in the process of professionalization of myself as a scholar and historian – my interest in fashion and the writing outlet that the blog provided were sort of a sideline to all that. It also attempts to convey what I still see as a fairly prevalent attitude among certain people (especially within the academy) that things like fashion are inherently frivolous and detract from one’s position as a “serious scholar.” I, of course, think that’s rubbish and so my blog title offers a little nod to that. Finally, I am a sucker for alliteration. 

Listening to- The Flatliners // Reading- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson // Watching- Homeland

I’m currently really into the bands The Flatliners and Hot Water Music. I listen to a lot of punk and metal (alongside mellower more experimental stuff like Metric, the Rural Alberta Advantage, and Ladytron and classics like the Supremes and Leonard Cohen) and my current musical obsessions are pretty in line with that. I’m addicted to Homeland, Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation, and the Walking Dead in terms of viewing and can’t enough of reruns and new episodes. I’m also thinking about rewatching the amazing series The Wire but its so emotionally draining that I have to screw myself up a bit before that happens. In terms of books, I am an avid reader. I usually have 3-4 books on the go at a time (fiction, non-fiction, and all the academic books about history (British history specifically) that I read). Right now I’m reading a scholarly book called Tudorisms, the newest book in the Game of Thrones series on the fiction side, and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson as my light non-fiction read.


I did a series of posts from England while I was living there researching my doctoral dissertation that I really like because they were both about fashion and allowed me to geek out about my research and the glories of British history, which was fun. I also did a post about the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met when I was living for 6 years in the NYC area and made it into the city with some frequency. McQueen is my favorite designer and so getting to see that exhibit and write about it was an amazing experience for me.

I just moved back to my hometown in Canada after living in the US and various other places for 6 years while I was in grad school and I’m really enjoying rediscovering the city of Edmonton. So much had changed while I’ve been gone and there’s a lot about it that I love these days…the sense of local community is really strong in a lot of areas of the city and I just love that.


My current job is incredibly demanding and I’m also teaching a history class at a local university on the side, as well as applying for research fellowships and academic jobs at research universities so my plate is pretty full these days when I’m not blogging. But I’m also reconnecting with old friends after having been away for so long and trying to work in some down time (and by that I mean tv watching and wine drinking with my husband and two adorable cats…don’t worry, they don’t drink the wine).

This may sound a bit lame but I’m going to have to go with my books. I have a great collection that I’ve been building for years and that I love being surrounded by. Yup, I definitely need those in my life!


Definitely sipping some wine and taking in a good tv show or a so-bad-it’s-good movie. When I really need to de-stress I reach for a terrible When Animals Attack movie. Deep Blue Sea anyone?

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I’ve been coveting a pair of Fluevog boots for seriously the longest time now – I think it’s getting close to the point where I should pull the trigger on that. I am also currently obsessed with clothing that incorporate little accents of faux leather and am trying to stock up on pieces like that.


The best advice I’ve ever gotten, and it’s so good that I give it out now, is to be open to stay true to your vision of yourself. There’s a real tendency for fashion bloggers to get caught up with trends and, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, my favorite blogs (and the ones that I think endure) are those with a clear vision that really showcase the personal style (and attitude and character) of the blogger behind them regardless of what other bloggers are doing. If I wanted to read about trends I’d buy a magazine – I like blogs for their sense of realness and immediacy in terms of fashion. And I think that sense of authenticity is really important and worth preserving.

Thank you so much Courtney for agreeing to participate in “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know!”

Get the Look- Satchels

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If you follow me on twitter, you may have heard that last week, my trusty black satchel and everyday work bag broke (le sigh). It’s actually a funny not so funny story: I was walking to work as usual and stopped to wait for a light to change.  Then when the walk sign came on and I strode out into the street, my purse chose that exact moment to break, spilling all of the contents of my bag into the street. I had to scramble to shove everything back into my bag and not get hit by a car (I’m being overdramatic- luckily, the walk symbol was still on)!

Basically, I’m on the hunt for a new work bag. I love the look of a structured satchel and I always lean toward black for versatility.  However, I also am a fan of the mixed neutrals (brown, black, grey) and think those could be easy to mix and match with different outfits. On the bottom, we have bags that I adore, but are definitely out of my price range.  I’m torn!

Tell me: Do you like satchels? Which one would you pick?