Monday, September 29, 2014

Recipe for success

I've got all kinds of pattern and texture going on in this look, dear readers...but my favourite colour palette (black and white, of course!) ties things together quite nicely, don't you think?!


The quilted, faux-leather jacket (you saw it last in my "Pink haze" post) and my nylon backpack were sort of "non-negotiables" for this afternoon; we had intermittent rain most of the day, but managed to just squeeze in this round of photos before the next shower started.




Ah, the joys of autumn in Vancouver!!  Truthfully though, you'll hear no complaints from me...we've had so much lovely weather recently that I can hardly believe that October - and Thanksgiving! - are right around the corner!!



Which reminds me....I'd better start looking for my go-to, gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe!!






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Friday, September 26, 2014

Last hurrah!

I'm so sad to be saying it, dear readers...but I have a feeling that this might be my very last summer look of the year!!  Sniff!!


And after all my recent posts about shopping, I thought it would be the perfect time to show you one of my closet mainstays instead...you know, for a little change of pace!!  Believe it or not, this simple floral slip-dress has been part of my wardrobe for over twenty years!!




It's been a go-to for patio dinners, a couple of weddings - even our own anniversary! - and with its flattering silhouette and green-and-blue colour palette, it never fails to feel fresh!!  For more casual affairs, I love it with my suede, knee-high boots...they add a little "edge" that balances out the sweetness of the dress just perfectly.




My husband tells me this combination is one of his all-time favourite looks; and I have to admit that it's one of mine, too!!




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A little flare

In keeping with my recent confessions about a certain little shopping "habit," it will come as no surprise that I've been working on a wardrobe "purge" for the past couple of weeks...gotta make room for all those new fall additions, right?!  ;)


My latest focus of attention happened to be my collection of jeans.  That I own virtually no other kind of trouser was really not news to me - I'm generally either very casual in denims, or "dressed up" in a dress or skirt! - but I was sort of taken aback by the fact that almost all of my jeans are of the skinny variety!!



You see, for as long as I can remember, I've nurtured a love affair with flares...to me, they seem somehow more sophisticated, and more daring, than your average pair of skinnies.



While jeans that tuck neatly into tall boots, or hover snuggly above the ankles, are wonderful support players when a look is all about the footwear...denims (or any pants) that flare??  Well!!  They kind of make a statement all on their own!!



And even though my jeans today fall into the slightly more subtle "boot-cut" category, I have to say that the wonderful fashion "flare" I crave was most definitely there!!







   
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Granny chic

I say I'm going to keep hanging on to summery looks for as long as possible...but a little touch of autumn seems to be creeping in despite my best efforts!!


In my defence, it was depressingly overcast and rainy today; until - perfect luck! - the sun started peeking out through the clouds just in time to shoot these photos.  By then, I didn't really need this oversized, slouchy cardigan anymore...but I liked the combination too much to take it off!!  (If you want to see the dress without the sweater, you can check out my "Green envy" post.)




But if there is anything, sartorially speaking, that I'm looking forward to with respect to the chilly weather that's just around the corner, rocking my leather beanie would be it!!  It's one of those pieces that always makes every outfit just a bit more chic and edgy...and it always makes me happy when I'm wearing it, too!!




What about you, dear readers...do you have a special never-fails-to-make-you-feel-good item in your wardrobe??  I'd love to hear about it!!












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Friday, September 19, 2014

In rotation

I've admitted that I'm a champion shopper who thoroughly enjoys the thrill of adding a new piece to my wardrobe on a rather regular basis; but this brings up the obvious question...how do I make room for it all??


My husband and I live in a one bedroom condominium; we have no basement, no attic, and no "spare" room that I can use as secondary closet space.  I've also limited myself to a set number of hangers for my clothes...which basically means that whenever something new comes home with me, something old needs to, ahem, leave.



Of course, my entire wardrobe is not in perpetual turnover; I've held on to a number of favourites for many years.  But when I get tired of a particular item - or when I replace a well-loved piece with a "better" version - the castoffs are carefully packed up and taken to a local charity to be re-homed.



Rampant consumerism, you say?!  I suppose I could be accused of that.  But here's the deal.  I've never smoked and I rarely (like maybe once every other month) drink alcohol.  Because of my food sensitivities, my hubby and I hardly ever eat out; and we share one 9-year-old vehicle...which we bought used.



So, I think this girl has a right to indulge in some regular retail therapy of the fashion kind!!  After all, nobody's perfect, right?!


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spots and dots

Do you ever throw together a few pieces just for the heck of it...and end up being pleasantly surprised by the result?!


That's kind of what happened with this look!!  I'll usually build each of my outfits around a single "must wear" item; whether it's inspired by the weather (teehee!)...or my mood...or simply because it hasn't seen the light of day in a while.  Today, I just had to wear my flared, leopard-print skirt!!



If my have-to-wear-it pick isn't footwear (and I'm certain that I'm not the only one that sometimes works from the ground up when getting dressed!) then my shoes are generally the next on the selection list. Before my accident, I didn't give much thought to how long I might be on my feet that particular day - I could wear even my highest heels for hours without trouble - but now, unfortunately, it's a consideration. My Aldo booties, however, are always a safe bet!!


But this sleeveless blouse was where I veered from careful planning to "seat of my pants" territory today!! I mean...spots and dots??  In one outfit??



I'm confident I'm not wrong to love how well this turned out, though, dear readers...chalk another one up to some personal style experimentation!!  ;)


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Shop til I drop!

I'm pretty sure that a love of personal style almost always goes hand-in-hand with a serious love of shopping...and in that, I'm certainly not an exception!!


There isn't much that makes me happier than the prospect of an afternoon spent browsing from store to store with a Starbucks chai latte in my hand; the thrill of the fashion hunt is undeniable!!  But all that shopping also has the potential to become a rather expensive hobby...especially since I'm not exactly "made of money," as the saying goes!!  So how do I indulge without blowing my budget??




First of all, going shopping doesn't always mean that something new actually ends up coming home with me.  And when it does, it's rarely a full-priced purchase (that's one of the reasons that I love Winners so much!!)  


Like my studded leopard backpack, for example!!  I'd been thinking about trying this particular trend for a while now; but I wasn't prepared to spend a lot of money for a high-end leather version.  So I waited and scouted and waited some more...until I found the perfect substitute!!  For only $40!!



P.S.  I'm celebrating my Blogiversary today, dear readers!!  It was exactly one year ago that I published my very first blog post, and I wanted to thank you all so much for your support!! 










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