Thursday, December 08, 2016

Snow job: Styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and wedge-heeled lace-up booties

These are "before" photos, dear readers, but I'm sure you'll see the evidence here on the blog soon enough - it snowed in Vancouver!!  😝

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and lace-up wedge booties

If you're a new visitor (and if the little grimacing emoji isn't enough of a clue!) then you might not know there's no love lost between me and the aforementioned white stuff!!  As annoying as winters in the Pacific Northwest tend to be when you're a personal style blogger - the ridiculously short and often water-logged days can make getting good outfit pics really tough! - adding snow to the mix just seems like one more cruel trick played by the weather gods!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and lace-up wedge booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur top

I've said it before and I'll say it again - while white-capped mountains are the definition of lovely, slushy city streets are not!!  Vancouver snow isn't the "powdered sugar" of children's fairytales; it's wet and heavy and slippery...and it looks dirty almost as soon as it falls.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur top, Vince Camuto hoop earrings

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and lace-up Sorel wedge booties

Plus, it's pretty hard to deny that winter has arrived when you're slogging through several inches of snow on the ground.  And I'll be honest - I like to stay in denial for as looong as possible!!




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Monday, December 05, 2016

Tree topping: Styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

Robin and I brought home a Christmas tree yesterday, dear readers!!  Woohoo!!  😊

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

After debating whether we even wanted a tree this year - it always creates a bit of a headache because the ferrets can never seem to leave it alone! - we opted to go in a completely different direction from last year; for the first holiday season we spent in our then brand-new condo, we invested in a live 12-foot-tall Charlie Brown tree that ended up being infested with pine aphids...so gross!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - boyfriend jeans, buckle-embellished stiletto booties

Needless to say, our optimistic plans to keep that tree out on our balcony for the next Christmas were reduced to a few garbage bags full of tinder in the dumpster instead!!  This year, we (eventually!) decided on a much smaller cut tree - a three foot "classic" Noble fir.  Of course, that meant we needed a stand, too...and then a basket to hide the stand.  Sounds straight-forward enough, right??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur bomber, striped tee, boyfriend jeans

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur bomber, striped tee

Well, you would have thought we were searching for a unicorn or the lost Ark; half a dozen stops later, and we still hadn't found anything even remotely suitable!!  Baskets in every shape and size are pretty much ubiquitous at every Winners location I've visited, like, ever...except now that we really needed one!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

Be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram account to see how we finally made out; I promise to post a photo (or three!) very soon!!    

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur bomber, striped tee




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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Ringer: Styling faux-leather jeans, platform harness boots, and a mohair beanie

I gotta say - I'm amazed that I look as "composed" as I do in these photos, dear readers...because I was actually pretty darn upset!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy white tee, vegan leather jeans, cropped "moto" cardigan, Frye harness boots, and mohair beanie

Not (thank goodness!) that it was terribly serious in the grand scheme of things, but I lost my favourite midi ring just moments before these pics were taken.  It slipped off my finger when I pulled my hand out of my pocket, then bounce, bounce, bounced across the boardwalk...and plopped straight into the murky depths of the Fraser River!!  😞

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy white tee, vegan leather jeans, cropped "moto" cardigan, Frye harness boots, and mohair beanie

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy white tee, cropped "moto" cardigan, and mohair beanie

It was probably my slouchy mohair beanie, vegan leather jeans, and platform harness boots - plus one of my other favourite rings, this peridot beauty! - that saved the day; after all, it's difficult to feel blue when you're wearing a combo of some of your fiercest pieces!!
  
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - peridot ring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - vegan leather jeans, Frye platform harness boots

But this particular incident raises the question - how does one make sure a midi ring stays securely above that first knuckle??  I've been thinking about a replacement, of course; but I'm worried that any new investment might go missing in a similar fashion.  So if you've got ideas, experience, or advice - please share!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy white tee, vegan leather jeans, cropped "moto" cardigan, mohair beanie, and leopard-print backpack



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