Monday, January 23, 2017

Lucky day: styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a cardi, vegan leather leggings, and platform booties

There's an expression that goes "people plan...God laughs."  Well, dear readers, Robin and I certainly had a nice little reminder of that just last Friday!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a long cardigan, pleather leggings, and platform booties

Our weekends tend to be fairly consistent from one to the next; doing a few chores around the condo, picking up groceries, a couple of outfit photoshoots...and usually an afternoon at the mall for some recreational shopping.  This particular Friday, I had a dentist appointment thrown into the mix...no big deal.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a long cardigan, pleather leggings, and platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral pyjama-style shirtdress, grey wool cardigan, stacked rings

Except.  Literally moments before hopping into the car to head to my appointment, a speeding pickup truck crashed into a van right in front of the veterinary clinic where I work...and the two vehicles slammed into two others that were innocently sitting in our parking lot.  One of those cars was mine.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - long cardigan, pleather leggings, platform booties, MK studded bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral pyjama-style shirtdress, grey cardigan

We haven't heard from the insurance company yet, but as an older model vehicle that sustained some serious damage both to the front and back end??  We're pretty sure that our only set of wheels is a write-off.  It's hard not to feel incredibly unlucky - totalled in a parking lot?! - but on the other hand, I wasn't in the car yet when the accident happened.  So from that perspective, I was actually very lucky.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a long cardigan, pleather leggings, and platform booties

And hey - car shopping is still "shopping," am I right?!  😉

       


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Frozen: what to wear when it's cold, windy, and wet

I'm not sure that Vancouver's record books will agree...but it certainly felt like the coldest day so far this winter when we took these pics!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a shawl-collar coat with skinny jeans, platform booties, and a feather-embellished headband

Luckily, our car was parked just a few steps away; Robin and I must have jumped back into its cocooning warmth at least three times during our photoshoot!!  I had my extra hot Starbucks on the go, too...but I was definitely ready for a second one by the time we'd finished up!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - wool and faux-leather shawl-collar coat, feather-embellished headband

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a shawl-collar coat with skinny jeans, platform booties, and a feather-embellished headband

There's no doubt - it can be quite challenging to dress for days that are icy and rainy (you can't see it here, but it wasn't just cold, it was absolutely pouring, too!) and windy all at once.  I have a crazy-cozy shearling coat that I don't want to risk when the weather is wet, for example; and a lot of water-stain-resistant options that work for our typically more moderate winter temperatures...but that aren't so ideal when the mercury takes a serious dive!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skinny jeans, platform booties with strap detail

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - feather-embellished headband

So what's a diehard fashionista to do??  The best that she can - with jeans, booties, a cute headband to keep my hair from blowing in my face, and a wool-and-faux-leather coat (that I actually buttoned up for a change!!) And while the mesh tee and striped blouse that I layered underneath didn't do all that much for warmth, they added an extra touch of visual interest...which is almost as important, don't you agree??  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a shawl-collar coat with skinny jeans, platform booties, and a feather-embellished headband




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Express yourself: styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties and an aviator jacket

I suppose the most common interpretation of "personal style" would be the art of using clothing as a means of self-expression.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties, and an aviator jacket

And it's certainly true that the clothes we choose to wear every day can play a very big part in how we express our personalities to the world...but our outfits obviously aren't the only tools we can use when it comes to our personal style!!  Tattoos, piercings, hair - they can all be a part of our arsenal as well.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties, and an aviator jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - amethyst hair colour, beaded choker, aviator jacket

My more observant (wink wink!) visitors will have noticed my passion for experimenting with hair colour; and I have a handful of piercings, too.  But getting "inked" is a territory that I've never really wanted to explore...although the recent popularity of truly tiny tattoos is making me wonder if maybe I should join the club!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black aviator jacket, MK stud-embellished bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, faux-leather leggings, aviator jacket, MK bag

The problem??  I can't imagine getting a tattoo anywhere I wouldn't at some point wish that I didn't have it!! So I expect that I'll probably stay ink-free...and I expect that I'm probably in the minority for that.  But I hope you'll take the time to confirm or deny, dear readers - do you have any tattoos??  Are they an authentic part of your personal style??  Please share!!    

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties, and an aviator jacket



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