Monday, June 29, 2015

White heat: Palazzo pants with an eyelet crop top and orange striped hat

So the weather predictions for Vancouver were right on the money...we have had a hot couple of days, dear readers!!

styling palazzo pants with a white eyelet crop top and orange striped hat

And here I am with my right leg - which was left with some "souvenirs" in the form of ugly blue veins after my DVT last spring - wrapped in gauze and a thick tensor bandage after sclerotherapy injections!!  I sure picked the right week for that treatment, let me tell you!!

styling palazzo pants with a white eyelet crop top and orange striped hat

styling palazzo pants with a white eyelet crop top

Thank goodness the bandage only needs to stay on for twenty-hours; and in the meantime, I was actually quite comfortable in these light-as-air palazzo pants (on sale at American Eagle Outfitters!) and equally breezy eyelet crop top I found at H&M.  With my anxiety over those vein injections and my worry about our sick fur-baby, I've definitely needed to distract myself with a few new purchases recently!!

a white eyelet crop top and orange striped hat

a white eyelet crop top and orange striped hat

My doctor's appointment wasn't as bad as I'd feared; our ferret Wolfie, though, hasn't yet showed any signs of recovery.  I can't believe I need to ask this again...but please keep your fingers crossed for him!!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

TGIF: a black-and-white slipdress with a scarf and chunky booties

Ever had one of those weeks that you thought would never end, dear readers??  Well, it's been that kind of week for me!!

styling a black-and-white plaid slip dress with a scarf and chunky booties

Double-booked appointments, emergency transfers, "mystery" symptoms...they're all very regular challenges at an animal hospital; but these past few days were so busy that I didn't even have fifteen minutes for a chai latte break!!  Then there was a midnight run to the airport on Tuesday to pick up my hubby from his business trip to Miami...and to top it off, we have a sick ferret on our hands.  Again.  :(

styling a black-and-white plaid slip dress with a scarf and chunky booties

styling a black-and-white plaid slip dress with a hand-woven scarf

Boy, do I ever feel like I've been working off some bad karma lately!!  But sometimes, getting a little "dolled up" - even if it's only to grab that Starbucks that I've been jonesing for! - can be the perfect mini escape from all the ups and downs of the day...or week!!

styling a black-and-white plaid slip dress with a hand-woven scarf

styling a black-and-white plaid slip dress with chunky booties and a satchel

When you wear scrubs on the job, a bit of glamour can do wonders for lifting flagging spirits; that, and knowing the weekend is just around the corner!!

styling a black-and-white plaid slip dress with a scarf and chunky booties













































P.S. The Fun Fashion Friday link-up happening at Fashion Should Be Fun is a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the week, too; make sure you stop by for a visit!!


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Slacker: slouchy cargo pants, sleeveless peasant top, and a red box bag!

I'm pretty sure we all know this fashion rule by now...slouchy or oversized tops should be worn with a fitted bottom, while a body-con top needs to be balanced with something looser on the lower half.

styling slouchy cargo pants with a peasant-style tank top and a red box bag

But rules are meant to be broken, right?!  Proportions can be really fun to play with, and - especially when summer temperatures soar! - it's wonderfully appealing to put on pieces that are nice and breezy from head to toe!!

styling slouchy cargo pants with a peasant-style tank top and a red box bag

a peasant-style tank top and accessories

But adding some structure to an ├╝ber-relaxed look certainly doesn't hurt...a bit of contrast is often what makes an outfit particularly interesting!!  And since my adorable Elvis & Kresse box bag hadn't been "out on the town" for a while, I knew it was the ideal choice to go with my patterned peasant-style tank and soft cargo pants.

styling slouchy cargo pants with a peasant-style tank top and a red box bag

styling slouchy cargo pants with a peasant-style tank top and a red box bag

Vancouver's weather forecast is predicting a heat wave for this coming weekend...and I'm considering my slouch-tastic combination the perfect dress rehearsal!!  ;)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

It factor: button-front denim skirt with a striped tee and floppy hat

I'm sure you'll agree that one of the most fun things about evolving your personal style (aside from shopping, of course!) is being inspired by all the many fabulous fellow fashionistas out there!!

styling a button-front A-line mini skirt with a striped t-shirt and floppy hat

Last week, for example, I was totally into creating a flirty dress-over-pants outfit like layering pro Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb...while today, I'm definitely giving a nod to the sixties-influenced aesthetic of "it" girl Alexa Chung!!

styling a striped scoop-necked t-shirt and floppy hat

styling a button-front A-line mini skirt with a striped t-shirt and floppy hat

This button-front denim mini (from Zara) is a new silhouette for me; since I needed to replace a number of skirts that were too big for me, I decided to experiment a little and go for something with retro appeal. And - hurray! - I managed to find another top that I like; I think the major "scoop" of this maroon-and-white striped tee (American Eagle Outfitters) is way more flattering than the average crew-neck!!

styling a button-front A-line mini skirt with a striped t-shirt

styling a button-front A-line mini skirt with a striped t-shirt

Have you been influenced by someone else's outfit combinations recently, dear readers??  I'd love to hear what styling ideas you've recreated for your own sartorial enjoyment!!  ;)

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Style 3-Play: White Jeans Look Three

If you've been following along this week, then you've already seen these new white jeans of mine dressed down with a striped henley top and fedora for Look One...and layered under a flirty summer frock for an edgy - but surprisingly elegant! - combination for Look Two!!

styling white jeans with a sweatshirt, strappy sandals, and a scarf-as-belt!

Today's outfit, though, manages to fall somewhere right in the middle; a heather-grey sweatshirt is about as casual as it gets, while my skull-patterned scarf (worn as a belt!) and "Fates" choker (which I purchased with my $50 Shopbop giveaway prize care of Fashion Should Be Fun!) add that bit of rock-chic detail I always love to include in my sartorial ensembles!!

styling white jeans with a sweatshirt, strappy sandals, and a scarf-as-belt!

v-neck sweatshirt and "Fates" choker

The finishing touch??  Those nude, strappy heels...which I'm pretty sure are going to "elevate" many of my looks for the coming season!!

styling white jeans with a sweatshirt, strappy sandals, Michael Kors belt, and a scarf-as-belt!

styling white jeans with a sweatshirt, "Fates" choker, and a scarf-as-belt!

So, dear readers, what do you think - would any of you care to join me for a coffee date at Starbucks this afternoon?!  ;)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Style 3-Play: White Jeans Look Two

How do you give the sweetest little white dress a touch of edge??  By layering it over jeans, of course!!

styling a white dress over white skinny jeans, with black pumps and a statement necklace

I've long admired the finesse with which my blogger friend Catherine of "Not Dressed As Lamb" puts together this particular combination; in fact - after revisiting her yachting and Valentine's Day outfits - I'd have to say that she's quite the pants-worn-under-a-dress expert!!

styling a white dress over white skinny jeans, with black pumps and a statement necklace

styling a white dress over white skinny jeans, with black pumps and a statement necklace

My own ensemble came about as a (very happy!) accident; I had a number of tops plus this dress with me in the Forever 21 changing room recently, and rather than yanking off my white jeans right away, I opted to quickly try on the dress over them...and it was instant love!!

a white sundress with a statement necklace

styling a white dress over white skinny jeans, with black pumps and accessories

The frock's retro-inspired cuteness will make a statement on its own, too; but today was all about sharing this unexpected layering success story...and my second white jeans look of the week!!  Please be sure to stay tuned for Look Three; it's coming on Friday!!  :)

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Style 3-Play: White Jeans Look One

As a girl who love her jeans, I'm always open to "upgrading" my collection with some dynamite new denim...but what's quite challenging to find - in my humble opinion! - is a flattering pair of white jeans!!

styling white jeans with a striped henley top, booties, and a fedora

Unless you happen to be blessed with legs like a runway model, there is an awful lot of white denim out there that's definitely not right.  Three caveats to help a mere mortal avoid "sausage-casing syndrome??" Fabric that's too lightweight or too stretchy, or any style that's super skinny...which immediately rules out the vast majority of available options!!

styling white jeans with a striped henley top, booties, and a fedora

striped henley top, fedora, and accessories

It took some patience, but I found my own little bit of white denim heaven at Winners last week!!  These Seven jeans have minimal stretch (only two percent) and are slim-fitting without looking second-skin tight; and as a bonus, the front pockets are faux...which means there's none of that "show through" that always irks me so much with white pants!!

white jeans with a striped henley top, fedora, and accessories

styling white jeans with a striped henley top and a fedora

Since summer somehow doesn't feel like summer if it doesn't include a perfect pair of white jeans, I've got two more outfit combinations this week for your style inspiration, dear readers...be sure to come back on Wednesday for Look Two!!  ;)

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Friday, June 12, 2015

In the hood: printed skinnies with a chambray shirt and patterned beanie!

In my relatively short time here in the blogosphere, I've been continuously amazed by the support and generosity I've experienced from my fellow fashionistas...and this past Wednesday was certainly no exception!!

styling printed pants with a chambray shirt and patterned beanie

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Inge Geleyn (a new friend!) inviting me to make a guest appearance on youlookfab.com, the blog she manages with founder Angie Cox.  She told me that she and Angie really enjoyed my take on personal style; and assured me that YLF readers would love to "meet" me, as well!!

printed pants, chambray shirt, and Michael Kors bag

styling printed pants with a chambray shirt and patterned beanie

Well, I had my debut on youlookfab.com two days ago...and the response has been overwhelmingly warm and encouraging!!  I've had more pageviews in the past 48 hours than I once could ever have dreamed of; and I've reached a total of 75 followers on Bloglovin, too!!

styling printed pants with a chambray shirt and patterned beanie

chambray shirt, patterned beanie, and hoop earrings

Thank you so very much to all StyleIsMyPudding fans - both old and new! - for making each of my outfit combinations a joint adventure; I'm absolutely thrilled that you love "what I wear when I'm not at work" as much as I do!!

styling printed pants with a chambray shirt and patterned beanie

P.S. Speaking of friends and fun...remember that my blogger bestie Dawn is hosting Fun Fashion Friday today; you'll want to visit Fashion Should Be Fun to see what it's all about!!



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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Farm fresh: olive shortalls, striped henley tee, and a wide belt

I was actually contemplating the "retirement" of my little romper/overalls hybrid (they were a spur-of-the-moment purchase from American Eagle last year)...but after coming up with this sweet ensemble, I think I may have changed my mind!!

styling olive shortalls with a striped henley top, a wide belt, and wedge heels

Shortalls like these will always be cute as a cover-up for the beach; but somehow, I was having trouble figuring out a street-appropriate look...and I really don't have the closet space to keep a piece that only works one way!!  But then I realized that I'd been focussing on my short-sleeved t-shirts, and today the combination just wasn't appealing to me.

styling olive shortalls with a striped henley top and a wide belt

styling olive shortalls with a striped henley top, a wide belt, and wedge heels

As soon as I reached for this striped long-sleeved tee, though, I had a wardrobe "eureka!!"  There's a sort of farmer-chic feel to the henley top and overalls that contrasts so wonderfully with the edgier belt and those peep-toe booties; together, it's the kind of "interesting" I was hoping for!!

styling olive shortalls with a striped henley top

styling olive shortalls with a striped henley top and accessories

Now it's your turn, dear readers; I'm anxious to hear if you like this outfit as much as I do...or if you think it was more of a "miss" than a "hit!!"

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