Wednesday, April 30, 2014

From frying pan...to fire

The good news, dear readers, is that this week is the last week that my outfit posts will include a certain ugly medical device!!


Unfortunately, as I was being informed that the four broken bones in my foot had healed (yippee!) I was also being informed that I had developed a rather serious blood clot in that same leg (apparently a possible "side effect" of wearing a cast.)




I made up my mind when I first started my blog that I wanted to focus on my "looks of the day" - they have always been my favourite type of blog to read! - so I'm sort of hesitant to write much about my newest health concern.  On the other hand, this kind of thing has an annoying way of encroaching on fashion choices...my leg is terribly swollen right now, so unless the medication that I'm taking kicks in fast, my styling choices will once again be sadly limited!!




Truly an "out of the frying pan and into the fire" situation, isn't it??  I'm desperately hoping that my leg will be reasonably normal for next week's outfit posts; but if it isn't, I'll just have to dazzle you once again with new, creative ways to camouflage the situation!!  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this dress-over-jeans look, featuring my laser-cut leather shift that you saw last waaay back in my "Retro lady" post!!


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Monday, April 28, 2014

OK corral

A while ago, back when I was a little braver than I am now, I used to own and ride a motorcycle!!


The bike has been history for a number of years now, but I still have a few sartorial souvenirs from that particular era...including my Dayton boots and this "OK Oil" (their signature leather conditioner) tank top.



I opted not to wear the boot today - it's kind of heavy, and I'm already schlepping around some extra weight in the footwear department! - but the top seemed somehow appropriate, because today's the day when I learn if my broken bones have finally healed!!



And since I haven't been feeling all so "tough" recently, I added this embroidered jacket for a just a little edgy femininity.  The embellishment reminds me of the fancy stitching that you might see on cowgirl's riding outfit...so it's perfect for finishing my look with a touch of boho flair!!



Please keep your fingers crossed for me...I may still miss my motorcycle every once in a while, but I sure as heck won't miss this cast when it's finally gone!!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

It's in the stars

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason...even if we can't quite see it at the time!!


So even though I never imagined that my - drum roll please! - one hundredth blog post would feature an air cast as part of the look, I also think that my little accident just might have been a blessing in disguise!!



For one thing, it's confirmed for me that "personal style blogging" is something I truly am passionate about; when I first broke my foot, the thought of not posting new looks for about six weeks was absolutely heartbreaking...hence, my determination to keep at it; even if circumstances are less than ideal right now!!



Then there's the wonderful and heartfelt support I've been receiving from all of you!!  Conny, Anett, Dawn, Catherine and Veronika  - my dear fellow style bloggers - you never fail to cheer me up with your kind words!!  And my daily page view numbers tell me I've been getting some more anonymous visitors, too...thank you, everyone, for sharing my fashion journey with me; I promise to keep the inspiration going (even after the cast is ancient history!!)


And finally - being home on the couch for so much time lately has ended up being the ideal opportunity for me to dip my toes (at least those of my uninjured foot!) into the online shopping "pool" for the very first time!!



So how do you like this newest addition to my footwear collection?!  After a lot of searching, I found just what I was looking for at Little Burgundy; and with free shipping and a no-hassle return policy - which I obviously didn't need to use! - it wasn't nearly as scary an experience as I had feared!!




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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flower power

Yeah, I can get a pair of jeans on under that cast...but a skirt is just so much easier right now!!


This fun floral midi-skirt (from Winners) had to become mine for two reasons - the black and white colour combination, and the awesome quilted texture!!  Even better?!  I also took home the matching top!!




The top's debut, however, I decided to save for another time...today I opted to pair my new skirt with a black, bustier-style top and my ivory moto jacket.  You've seen the jacket before - most recently in my "Sneaky" post - but you might have noticed that there's something a little bit different about it here; that's because I've zipped the bottom part off to create a cropped look!!



And my edgy, cut-out bootie is giving me such a nice break from my good old Aldo stand-by...I have a feeling that you'll be seeing it with some frequency, even after my broken bones have completely healed!!


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Camouflaged

I'm not afraid to tell you that these past few weeks of recovery have been some of my most challenging times ever!!


Dealing with the big, ugly air cast is one thing...but having both hands occupied with crutches makes absolutely everything sooo much more difficult to do; unless I'm sitting down, I can't even hold my own Starbucks cup for goodness sake!!  And I've certainly never had to give quite as much forethought to my outfit planning as I do right now; getting dressed has become a true "event" all by itself, rather than something that's more or less a means to an end (i.e. heading out to enjoy the day!!)




Still, it's been really important to me to "keep up appearances," as the saying goes...as fans of fashion and style, we all know that looking good plays a really big part in actually feeling good, as well.




And so, dear readers, I will continue to "fight the good fight"...and temper those moments of frustration and impatience (yes, they happen - just ask my poor husband!) with some tricks of camouflage; whether it's a literal interpretation like pairing today's shirt-worn-as-a-jacket (remember seeing it in my "Boy versus girl" post?) with a sheer floral maxi-dress, or some other outfit creation that I hope will help keep my mind off my woes - and keep other's eyes off my toes (funny, right?!)


The battle continues!!



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Listen to the birds

A little bird (aka my husband!) told me I simply had to take home this pretty tie-front blouse that I found during my latest excursion to Winners...after all, it's covered with images of his namesake!!


Actually, my entire look today is pretty much made up of new purchases; retail therapy in action, dear readers!!  This cross-body bag from Lucky Brand is just what I'm needing right now...and when my hands are (finally!) free again, it's convertible into a fold-over clutch!!




And remember how desperately I've been looking for another footwear option to "go" with this cast of mine?!  The way it elevates my foot makes wearing flat shoes really uncomfortable - and for obvious reasons I'm not going to reach for my highest heels right now! - so this edgy beauty bridges the gap perfectly!!  Such a cool cross between a bootie and a sandal, don't you think?!  Can't wait 'til I can wear both the left and the right!!




Are you really looking forward to wearing any particular pieces - either a new love or a favourite from the past - now that the warmer weather is fast approaching??  Please share!!


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doubled up

I've layered my necklaces today...AND two of my favourite Jessica Simpson pieces, too!!


You've seen this little leopard t-shirt dress before in my "A vested interest" post; but this time I opted to pair it with my trusty Aldo bootie (that left one is getting a real workout lately!) and bare legs for a more seasonal feel.




And my chunky grandpa cardigan is becoming a real go-to item for me...I want to wear it over absolutely everything!!  I won't, of course, but the temptation is there; it's so ideal for layering right now, when our springtime weather changes its mind from moment to moment - sometimes warm and sometimes cool!!




Doubling up the necklaces was a last-minute experiment, and I'm glad I stuck with it; the amber pendant seemed just a little lonely on its own, but when I added the silver one, the look suddenly said..."ta-da!!"


Are you famous for making just-before-running-out-the-door changes to your outfits??  Do tell!!

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