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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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inside job: styling a distress denim jacket with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee boots

I suppose there's something to be said for all this wintery weather we've been having in Vancouver lately...it might just be the perfect time to take care of a few indoor projects that have been niggling at me for a while now!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a distressed denim skirt with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee-high boots

There's still a box or two stacked in the bedroom that have yet to be unpacked (is that bad, considering that Robin and I moved over year ago?)  And my beloved walk-in closet - awesome as it already is! - still needs some finishing details to make it absolutely perfect!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a distressed denim skirt with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee-high boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed denim skirt, faux-fur jacket, and black knee-high boots

But since I'm not handy enough to install a new light fixture or extra shelving on my own, that puts a little spousal sweet-talking on the agenda, too.  Come to think of it, I haven't actually picked out my new light fixture and shelving yet...

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - sequinned tee, colour-blocked faux-fur jacket, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - colour-blocked faux-fur jacket

So hey there, shopping op!!  While Ikea and Home Depot might not be in quite the same league as Winners and Forever 21, I think I can probably make do...and there's always next weekend for actually getting my hands dirty, am I right?!  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a distressed denim skirt with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee-high boots



      
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Monday, January 09, 2017

Shape shift: how not to dress like you belong in a fruit basket

Even if you don't believe in New Year's Resolutions as such, it's only natural to think of "change" when January rolls around.  So how's this for a fashion objective for 2017 - isn't it high time that we banish the notion of "body types" when it comes to our personal style??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cropped jeans with an oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, and long faux-fur vest

Whose idea was it anyway to turn a woman's figure into a geometry lesson...or - even worse! - to categorize us like the contents of a fruit bowl??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cropped jeans with an oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, and long faux-fur vest

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, long faux-fur vest

Your shape is simply your shape.  That's it.  The whole idea that we need to "wear this, not that" because we are a trapezoid or a kumquat is ridiculous!!  How about shifting the focus from our silhouettes to the fabric and fit of our clothing instead - where it belongs!!  Get those two things right and figure flattery will invariably follow.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - cropped jeans, wedge booties, long faux-fur vest

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, long faux-fur vest

And of course let's not forget the most important ingredient of all - outfit love!!  Because loving what we wear is the surest route to confidence there is.  And feeling great??  That always equals looking great!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cropped jeans with an oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, and long faux-fur vest



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