A Daisy Chain OOTD

“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”-Meg Ryan, You’ve Got Mail

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I have a slight obsession with flowers. Daisies are some of my favourites ever since You’ve Got Mail made it into my top 10 movie list. Who didn’t love making daisy chains when they were young, stringing them in their hair and pretending to be a fairy princess? There is just something about daisies that is so inviting and innocent.

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I’ve been looking for a daisy dress for quite a while. I was super lucky when, on my first trip to one of Cairo’s vintage markets, I found one! It was a grand total of six dollars Canadian. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear.

 

The trick with vintage markets, or any vintage store, is to keep an open mind, and look for colour and fabric first, not style. As you scan the racks, your eyes should be tuned to looking for interesting patterns and colours. I am always attracted to pretty pastels and floral patterns. According to your personal style, have an idea of the kind of thing you are looking for, but don’t get too detailed before you go. If you have a general idea of what you want- say, simple dresses- you will have much more luck than if you are looking for a specific colour or style. Also, if you do need a specific piece, you may need to go back on multiple occasions to get a sense of where things are, and when new pieces arrive. Have patience, and you will be rewarded with something unique and lovely.

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Dress- vintage

Belt- vintage

Locket, ring and pearl earrings- gifts from my lovely parents!

Flower hair clip- old: similar

Sandals- Birkenstock discontinued style: similar 

 

I’ve worn this dress at least four times since I bought it a couple weeks ago. I also took it on a weekend vacation to the Red Sea, and it was so easy to throw over my swimsuit. I love bringing dresses on summer holidays, because they save space in my suitcase, and they work at the pool, on the beach, going for a stroll in the garden, and at dinner jazzed up with some jewelry! In Cairo, I generally have to put leggings on underneath, for cultural reasons. But at the resort, and in my garden, with the flowers, I’m as free as…well, a daisy!

 

I’ve also uploaded a little outfit of the day and mini get-read-with-me video!

Do you guys like these short videos? I am still getting used to filming and editing, so they are nothing fancy, but I think they add a little something to a normal outfit post.

 

Also, this is not the only dress I bought that day. The other will be make an appearance in another post soon. Until then, happy sustainable shopping!

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If you have a beauty, fashion or lifestyle brand you think we should feature, or would like to do a guest post, please email me at contactgracesway@gmail.com! I have been in contact with so many of you, and some of those collaborations will be coming to Grace’s Way very soon.

 

PS- My favourite flower will be revealed on Instagram for this week’s #flowerfriday!

 

Photography by myself and Ahmed Badawi.

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A Desert Adventure

Since I was a little girl, the desert has intrigued me. We lived in Senegal, West Africa for five years when I was growing up, just on the edge of the vast Sahara, and I always dreamed of living with the Bedouin like a character in 1001 Nights. When I was a teenager, Hidalgo and Sahara were my favourite movies.

I’ve had my fair share of desert forays, from sleeping in a Moroccan-style tent, climbing sand dunes and riding camels in Senegal, to baking bread under the sand in Tunisia- both in the Sahara-not to mention, one harrowing but memorable ride on horseback at 2 am near the pyramids.

These particular snaps are from a quick adventure on the way back from Sahel, Egypt’s North Coast.

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Photo by Ahmed Hossam Badawi

 

Everything I’m wearing, except for jewelry is vintage. The shirt, skirt and belt are all from the vintage market in Tunis, and are unknown brands. My burgundy Keds are from a Value Village on the Danforth in Toronto. The wooden necklace was a gift from my parents, from Senegal. The dolphin earrings were made out of a seed pod by the Malika Monkeys- a group of artisans in Senegal who mostly make African drums. Check out their website here for more fun jewelry and gifts- their skirts are especially gorgeous! I liked wearing these Senegalese pieces on this particular trip, because they remind me of my dreams as a child- and how I am living them now!

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By the way, along the road we saw a herd of camels! I wish I had taken a video, because it was amazing. There were so many of them. Here is a blurry photo I managed to snap out the window!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetBy way of an update for those of you who have been following Grace’s Way on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, we had some issues with the camera on the trip, so there won’t be a lookbook video per se. However, we did manage to get photos, so I will be posting more of those soon. Once I get comfortable with video editing again (it’s been years!) and work out the camera kinks, I will try to post a lookbook. I have a very special idea in mind, so keep an eye out!

Also, if you are a fair-trade-loving, sustainably-living type person- or just trying to give it a go- send me your photos, post ideas, or experiences! This site is definitely not meant to be just me. Like with Haley’s interview, I love featuring people and brands who are making beautiful things, for the good of our planet and the people living here. So email me at contactgracesway@gmail.com, tweet @thisisgracesway or post on Instagram with the hashtag #gracesway.

That’s all for now, Graces. Have an adventurous day!

PS- It’s Audrey Hepburn’s birthday today!

PPS- It’s my (Megan’s) birthday month!