Thursday, June 22, 2017

Best before: distressed cropped flares, slouchy v-neck tee, bandana, and open-toe boots

My regular readers know how much I love me some "mall time"...but between the unexpected expense of my laptop repair and our commitment to hittin' the road every weekend in our convertible (woohoo!) there actually hasn't been a whole lot of recreational shopping going on around here lately!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, slouchy t-shirt, and open-toe wedge booties

But then I spotted these cute cropped jeans at American Eagle...and I simply could not resist.  Denim is a weakness of mine as it is - it seems I have yet to find my one "ultimate" pair! - and with their slightly flared hem and the distressed finish, these have all the details that are particularly irresistible to me right now!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, slouchy t-shirt, and open-toe wedge booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - AEO distressed cropped flares, open-toe wedge booties, cross-body bag

Needless to say, my new jeans have been on heavy rotation since I brought them home (I'm surprised that my hubby hasn't called me out on that yet!) because they are just so perfect with everything I put them with - from this day's pick of a slouchy white tee and open-toe wedge booties...to all the other combinations I've worn since (of which at least a few are sure to appear on the blog very soon!!)

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - slouchy v-neck tee, bandana, Nanette sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - stacked rings

At some point, though, I guess I'm gonna have to wash them.  Anybody happen to know if there's an official denim "best before" date??  😜

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, slouchy t-shirt, and open-toe wedge booties



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Monday, June 19, 2017

On the dock: striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless coat, and open-toe booties

Well, what can I say - the summery weather in Vancouver has (so far) been pretty inconsistent!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat, open-toed booties

But Robin and I have been making the best of it...and despite the moodiness of the sky in these pics, we were lucky enough to once again enjoy a weekend road trip with the Solstice in convertible mode!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat, open-toed booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, sleeveless linen coat

Deep Cove, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

So where did Robin and I end up on this particular afternoon??  Deep Cove, tucked in at the base of Mount Seymour on Vancouver's North Shore, is another little neighbourhood that we hadn't visited in ages.  The last time we were here, we rented a canoe and ventured out onto Indian Arm - a branch of the Burrard Inlet - for a whole different view from the water; but I think we were both quite happy to stay firmly on shore this time around!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, sleeveless linen coat, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - slouchy trousers, Steve Madden open-toed booties

Besides - I had to give my newest footwear acquisition a proper debut!!  These Steve Madden bootie/sandal hybrids were a clearance find from Marshalls a while ago...and man are they easy to wear!!  I can't imagine that I'll ever favour the "comfort" of flats over a pair of fabulous heels; but it's nice to own shoes that let me have my cake and eat it, too!! 😉 

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat, open-toed booties

  

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wearing what I like: polka dot blouse, jersey midi dress, and ivory ankle boots

More and more - even as the weather warms up - I'm finding that booties are my go-to choice when it comes to footwear options.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, ivory ankle booties

They do have a way of adding that little bit of "edge" I always adore to just about any ensemble...like my otherwise conservative combo of this midi-length grey jersey dress layered over a pink-and-black dotted blouse.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, ivory ankle booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, slate blue satchel

But there's another reason, too - ever since the deep vein thrombosis I suffered in my right leg three years ago, I find I'm often more confident with my ankle covered.  The mess of blue veins I was left with is probably way more obvious to me than it is to anyone else...but that's immaterial, because in the end, what we wear is supposed to be all about allowing us feel our very best selves.  So yay - booties it is!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, ivory ankle booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, Lucky Brand necklace

And speaking of "go-to"??  I've had this Lucky Brand necklace on serious repeat ever since I first brought it home; so much so that my hubby thought it necessary to suggest I might want to switch it up for something different.  But sorry, honey...#iwillwearwhatilike !!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse



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