September 12, 2014

Value Village Fashion Challenge + Project Village

CONGRATULATIONS Janet Butler-McPhee, you are the winner of the $50 Value Village gift certificate! Happy thrifting!!
So today I have look two that I styled with more Value Village finds! Opposite of the last outfit, I kept this one casual and fun. A trend that I have been loving for a while now are bomber jackets so when I stumbled on this one AND in leopard print (bonus) I immediately snagged it! I wore the jacket with my summer staples: a crop top and denim cut-offs and accessorized with a necklace I found from VV that followed my tops neckline perfectly and a clutch, also VV, with a fun reptile print that was both a contrast and complement to the jacket. Also included in my look, that I want to tell you about today, are layered bead bracelets by Project Village that pull in all the colours of my outfit! Scroll down to get the full story!
Joining forces between Value Village and Project Village had a nice ring to it and not to mention the outfit and the bracelets were too much of a good match to pass up! So yes these bracelets are pretty but it's the story behind them that make them even more beautiful. Project Village was founded by a good friend, Anna Gala, who's goal is to help support underprivileged women in Toronto through her bracelets. She's a believer that real sustainable change is achieved through empowerment and not by handouts that perpetuate the cycle of dependence. Through transformational coaching, positive social influences, empowering support systems and healthy work environments Project Village will help to break the cycle of poverty and the dependence on social services that disempower so many women today. They are fortunate to have partnerships with PACT Urban Peace Program and the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women's Empowerment to help with transforming the lives of these women. 
GET YOUR BRACELETS AND HELP! Until September 17th Project Village has set up an Indiegogo Campaign which is an online crowd funding site where companies post their cause, raise funds through contributions that get perks in return and in the end have a lump sum of money to move forward with their mission and pursue their goals. So the more contributions, the more women Project Village can bring on to start their journey of employment and empowerment. If you want to support this great mission visit them here.
For more on Project Village visit their website or follow any of their social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for reading xx
Top: American Apparel / Shorts: Levis from Aritzia / Booties: Dolce Vita / Bracelets: Project Village / Jacket, Necklace & Clutch: Value Village

Photographer / Tania Martinez


September 08, 2014

Fashion Challenge / Value Village + Giveaway


It's been a while but another fashion challenge has arrived and it's been my favourite Value Village thrift to date! In the past, and where the concept all began, was in Pembroke the small town that I grew up in. With little shopping options my sister and I loved the challenge to open up our minds and dig for good closet finds. Always a success, but this time I wanted to experience the VV shopping here in Toronto where I now live (it's crazy that after all this time I've never explored the TO VV's until a couple weeks ago). The hunt began and my cart filled up extremely quick. Here in the City I did find more that I could work with however prices were higher than back in Pembroke. That being said I don't mind seeing the price tag of $11.99 on a J.Crew sweater that's $120 in the actual store!! That's the beauty of Value Village, you have no idea what you will find and it's different at every store!
Now let's talk about how rad this look turned out. You're shocked I know - I still am too! So obviously crop tops rule the world right now and this one in particular is great because like the ones I already own this one is more loose fitted and dressy with great detailing of buttons down the back. On top of this great top was this cropped, collarless blazer that also rules and a different cut to anything I have. And trust me I have a lot of blazers! The final VV find that totally completed this look and tied in my metallic skirt PERFECTLY was this chunky silver necklace. If you haven't been noticing I am totally back on the silver train! Obsessed with gold for so many years and thinking that's what I would be accessorizing in forever I have officially moved on. I LOVE MY SILVER ACCESSORIES AND DETAILING!! Like I said in the beginning this is easily my favourite Value Village style challenge to date. This outfit came together like it was meant to be and can I also say that the lighting for this shoot was so on point to complement this look. So moody I love it!
That's it folks! I will be posting a second look on Friday that's completely different so stay tuned! In the meantime you can check out my previous VV style challenges here, herehere, here and here!
Now head on down to the end to get entered in on a $50 giveaway to Value Village!! xx
Top, Blazer, Necklace: Value Village / Skirt: L'Atiste from Bicyclette / Shoes: Jason Wu

Photographer / Tania Martinez

Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Value Village by choosing any of the options below or do as many as you like for additional entries. This giveaway is open to Canada and the US only. Good luck and if you win I hope you will make me proud by using a bit of it to do a style challenge for yourself! xx
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September 05, 2014

What A Nice Complement / Powder Blue + Neon Yellow

Over the past few summers both neon and pastels have been trending, so for this segment of What a Nice complement I thought I would combine the two and it turned out beyond refreshing. Inspired by this image I had to try the duo of powder blue and neon yellow for myself. I decided to use an accessory, the clutch, to bring in the neon yellow just to ensure I wasn't coming across too intense (maybe if I was 19 again)! This look turned out to be a really fun summer look and it's a combo I never would have thought to put together myself. So thank you Pinterest! What are you thoughts, after seeing these colours together would you give it a shot?
Tank: Nasty Gal / Bralette: Aritzia / Jeans: Zara / Clutch: Aldo / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Necklace: Club Monaco / Bracelet: The 2 Bandits / Rings: Shop for Jayu, Easy Tiger, The Devils Workshop

Photographer / Tania Martinez


August 26, 2014

Three Way Tie / One Outfit Three Ways

Three way tie isn't new here at Trend Struck but demonstrating how you can wear one look from head to toe three different ways is.  Don't get bored with what's in your closet instead get inspired on how you can wear the same things you've been wearing just differently. This could easily be done by accessorizing your look, belting it, adding layers to it or something even more simple such as how you are actually wearing your clothes.  Confused by that? Well here my look combines a simple silk tank, in chartreuse (my favourite), with a grey maxi skirt. Chances are you would choose to either tuck in your blouse or let it hang out. Both are great but I would like to push you into trying something else.  Why not knot your blouse either in the centre or off to the side to expose just a little bit of skin for summer? Not into skin baring? Then go south and knot your maxi off to the side which will create some nice draping of the skirt and will allow those fabulous shoes underneath to make an appearance! Scroll on to see how I've achieved these three styling techniques and try it for yourself!! 



Tank, Club Monaco / Skirt, BCBGeneration / Shoes, Sam Edelman

Photographer / Tania Martinez