Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Homestyle: vegan leather leggings, slouchy tee, plaid shirt, and western-inspired mules

When I first moved to Vancouver from Toronto, it wasn't supposed to be a permanent thing...but rather a three or four year interlude to explore a part of Canada that I'd always dreamed of seeing!!

styling vegan leather leggings with a slouchy tee, plaid shirt, and AEO western-inspired mules

But - as was bound to happen - I made friends (and met Robin!) and put down roots here on the West Coast; and now it feels like "home" in a way that my actual hometown simply can't complete with.  Sorry, Mom and Dad!!

styling vegan leather leggings with a slouchy tee, plaid shirt, and AEO western-inspired mules

vegan leather leggings, AEO western-style mules

Speaking of roots?  We went to the garden center again today...and after another round of purchases (we couldn't let those "customer appreciation" coupons go to waste, now could we?!) our outdoor space is just about ready for its very own photo shoot!!

plaid shirt, Stella & Dot wrap bracelet

slouchy tee, plaid shirt, and peach-toned hair

I'm not sure yet if I'll be sharing the pics via a blog post or on my newly-revived Instagram account...but of course I'll let you know when it's time for the big reveal!!  Right now, though, I hope you'll share how - or if - you've made your own balconies and backyards feel like an extension of home!!

styling vegan leather leggings with a slouchy tee, plaid shirt, and AEO western-inspired mules



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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fancy pants: striped linen trousers, slouchy tee, floral moto jacket, and red box bag

These striped linen pants haven't made an appearance here before now, dear readers, but let me tell you ...they were a heatwave lifesaver when I was in Toronto last month!!

styling striped drawstring linen trousers with a slouchy tee, floral moto jacket, and Elvis & Kresse box bag

You might remember that I'd planned a whole bunch of ensembles well in advance of my trip; but then needed to switch things up a fair bit when I realized just how warm it was going to be while I was there.

styling striped drawstring linen trousers with a slouchy tee, floral moto jacket, and Elvis & Kresse box bag

striped drawstring linen trousers, floral moto jacket

Hence, these wide-leg trousers - a last-minute purchase from Forever 21 before I left.  I wore them at least three or four times during my vacation; and I'm sure they're going to get plenty of outings all through the summer, too...as long as we finally see some appropriately steamy weather!!

floral moto jacket, amethyst bracelet

striped drawstring linen trousers, Elvis & Kresse box bag

Not that they don't work wonderfully well with this floral faux-leather moto jacket...stripes and flowers have become a bonafide "classic" pattern combination, don't you agree?!

styling striped drawstring linen trousers with a slouchy tee, floral moto jacket, and Elvis & Kresse box bag



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Friday, June 24, 2016

Search and rescue: distressed denim skirt, chambray shirt, studded ankle-strap sandals, and paisley headscarf

My hubby and I have been considering the addition of another fur-baby to our family, dear readers ...we're so excited!!

styling a distressed denim pencil skirt with a chambray shirt, studded ankle-strap sandals, and a paisley headscarf

I've been a "ferret mom" for most of my life - I saw my very first ferret riding on his owner's shoulder when I was a young teen, and was immediately determined to learn all I could about them.  And although Robin had no idea what a ferret even was when we first met, he's since become one of their biggest fans!!

styling a distressed denim pencil skirt with a chambray shirt, studded ankle-strap sandals, and a paisley headscarf

chambray shirt, paisley headscarf, Betsey Johnson earrings

Like any pet, though, they're not a good match for everyone; and it breaks our hearts how often they are abandoned or given up for adoption because people don't do their research beforehand.  So Robin and I decided a number of years ago that we'd no longer support the unscrupulous breeders that supply baby ferrets to pet stores, and would focus on providing a forever home to unwanted ferrets instead.

styling a distressed denim pencil skirt with a chambray shirt, studded ankle-strap sandals, and leather satchel

studded ankle-strap sandals

Now we are keeping our fingers tightly crossed that one of the little "girls" at the ferret rescue we're visiting will be a good match for our two mischievous boys.  Of course I will keep you posted!!  :)

styling a distressed denim pencil skirt with a chambray shirt, studded ankle-strap sandals, and a paisley headscarf

(By the way...there's a very special "birthday edition" of Fun Fashion Friday happening at Fashion Should Be Fun today!!  I know my friend Dawn would be thrilled if you stopped in with your best wishes!!




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Replacements: slouchy cargos, floral blouse, pompom scarf, and ankle-strap sandals

Well, it's not quite the faux-fur coat that I half-expected on Monday I might be wearing today...but I've definitely got some coziness in the form of furry accents going on!!

styling slouchy cargo pants with a floral blouse, pompom scarf, and ankle-strap sandals

Vancouver is back to more tolerable temperatures once again - thank goodness! - but I wasn't taking any chances when Robin and I headed out the door for an afternoon jaunt to Chapters.  I hate being cold!!

styling slouchy cargo pants with a floral blouse, pompom scarf, and ankle-strap sandals

slouchy cargo pants, ankle-strap sandals

My pompom-embellished scarf is a natural complement to these slouchy cargo pants, don't you think?? And the cute ankle-strap sandals are a very old (and dare I say "cheap") pair that I'd never quite had the heart to give up.

floral blouse, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

styling slouchy cargo pants with a floral blouse, pompom scarf, and ankle-strap sandals

But now I've finally had to, because they quite literally fell apart on my feet during our outing!!  Luckily for me, there's a Winners right down the street from Chapters, and I found a perfect replacement pair...which I have a feeling you'll be seeing here very shortly!!  ;)

slouchy cargo pants, floral blouse, pompom scarf, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses




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Monday, June 20, 2016

June-uary: vegan leather leggings, striped shirtdress, and bomber jacket

This was one of the more "challenging" photo sessions that Robin and I have undertaken in a while, dear readers...simply because we were both sooo cold!!

styling a striped shirtdress with vegan leather leggings, a bomber jacket, wedge heels, and an MK bag

Cold??  In June??  This is exactly why Canada is a nation obsessed with the weather - we never know what's coming our way!!  It's one of our favourite topics of conversation, and a never ending source of frustration/amusement/disgust for most of us.

styling a striped shirtdress with vegan leather leggings, a bomber jacket, wedge heels, and an MK bag

striped shirtdress, bomber jacket, vegan leather leggings, Michael Kors bag

Since I started blogging almost three years ago (and probably before that, if I'm being honest!) I've been compulsive about checking the forecast several times a day...despite the fact our meteorologists are wrong at least as often as they are right!!

striped shirtdress, vegan leather leggings,bomber jacket, Michael Kors bag

striped shirt dress, bomber jacket, Michael Kors bag, Pandora ring

Here's hoping that "June-uary" has just about run it's course...or you may be seeing some outfits styled around one of my faux-fur jackets later this week!!  ;)

styling a striped shirtdress with vegan leather leggings, a bomber jacket, wedge heels, and an MK bag




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Friday, June 17, 2016

Almost perfect: cropped flare jeans, floral kimono, mohair beanie, and stiletto booties

A few weeks ago I suddenly found myself in the mood for a mini wardrobe purge...and would you believe that it was several of my formerly beloved skinny jeans that ended up in the "donations" bag?!

styling cropped flare jeans with a floral kimono, mohair beanie, stiletto booties, and MK bag

I've really been making an effort to explore and experiment with a wider range of trouser silhouettes; like these cropped denim flares, for example.  Yes - I finally snagged an almost perfect pair at Ever New, with the dark wash and moderate (rather than high) waist that I'd been searching for.

styling cropped flare jeans with a graphic tank, floral kimono, mohair beanie, stiletto booties, and MK bag

graphic tank, floral kimono, and mohair beanie

I'm saying almost perfect...and that's because these jeans should perhaps be an inch or two shorter on me. But what's a petite fashionista to do??  Of course hemming is always an option, but then I'd lose most of the cute little flare that sets them apart.

styling cropped flare jeans with a graphic tank, floral kimono, mohair beanie, stiletto booties, and MK bag

cropped flare jeans, bebe stiletto booties

Even with this latest closet clean-out, though, I still have a good selection of skinnies on standby...after all, they're pretty much considered a classic by now!!

styling cropped flare jeans with a graphic tank, floral kimono, mohair beanie, stiletto booties, and MK bag

(TGIF...as in Fun Fashion Friday!!  Head on over to Fashion Should Be Fun and join the party!!)



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Shoe in: knee-length denim shorts, cardigan, layered shirt and tank, and studded platform heels

I've worn these Vince Camuto platforms - another "souvenir" from my trip to Toronto! - exactly twice so far...and they have definitely been getting some attention!!  ;)

styling knee-length denim shorts with a layered shirt, tank, and cardigan, and Vince Camuto shoes

I'll be honest - ever since I broke my foot two years ago wearing a pair of sky-high platform pumps, I've been a little bit leery of a truly major heel like this...but what can I say??  The fashionista heart wants what it wants!!

styling knee-length denim shorts with a layered shirt, tank, and cardigan, and Vince Camuto shoes

studded black leather Vince Camuto platform shoes

All my regular readers will know that I've got a serious soft spot for black leather and studs; combine that with a cute, clog-inspired design...and you've got some shoes that could have been custom-designed just for me!!

oversized hoop earring

knee-length denim shorts, shrunken cardigan, Vince Camuto shoes, Michael Kors bag

So this is how a classic "schoolboy" look is done here at StyleIsMyPudding; everyone else might be loving their of-the-moment loafers for a shirt, bermuda shorts, and cardigan combination like this...but I gotta have a kickass pair of heels!!

layered shirt, graphic tank, and shrunken cardigan




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Monday, June 13, 2016

Camera ready: vegan leather leggings, shawl collar blazer, slouchy tee, and cut-out booties

There's no denying that a DSLR camera - even a "cropped body" version like my hubby and I now own - is a sizeable investment...but boy, does it ever make taking outfit photos a heck of a lot more enjoyable!!

styling a shawl collar blazer with faux-leather leggings, a slouchy white tee, and cut-out booties

Robin is now able to capture detail in a way that just wasn't possible with our previous camera; and all the images have a much crisper feel to them.

styling a shawl collar blazer with faux-leather leggings, a slouchy white tee, and cut-out booties

shawl collar blazer, faux-leather leggings, slouchy white tee

Plus, we're finally getting the "bokeh" effect I've always coveted...that blurry background that makes the focus of the photo - the outfit! - stand out from the background in the most perfect way!!

blazer, faux-leather leggings, slouchy white tee, Fossil bag

pearl and rhinestone double-sided earring

If you're a fellow blogger whose been thinking about upgrading your equipment, let me encourage you to take the plunge.  Like my friend Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb advises - even hobbyists have more fun when they have the right equipment to play with!!  ;)

styling a shawl collar blazer with faux-leather leggings, a slouchy white tee, and cut-out booties
P.S.  I simply have to point out this brand-new blazer that I found on clearance at H&M just before my trip to Toronto; I've never been a "blazer' kind of girl...but I'm totally in love with this one!!



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Flower show: floral-print jumpsuit, sleeveless coat, and strappy nude sandals

It's been a while since I've worn a look as "bold" as this one, dear readers...but with the official start of summer only a couple of weeks away, it's kind of hard to resist the allure of all that seasonal colour and pattern!!

styling a floral jumpsuit with a sleeveless linen coat and strappy nude sandals

My breezy floral jumpsuit was a purchase from Forever 21 last summer; and I'm so happy that the slipdress-inspired silhouette and cropped hemline are still perfectly on trend!!

floral jumpsuit, sleeveless linen coat

floral jumpsuit, sleeveless coat, turquoise necklace

I've added a chunky turquoise necklace for even more pop...and then tied the whole outfit together with the addition of neutral strappy sandals and a sleeveless linen coat.

styling a floral jumpsuit with a sleeveless linen coat and strappy nude sandals

floral jumpsuit, sleeveless linen coat, turquoise necklace

And laugh if you like, but I'm absolutely thrilled my 'do is finally "long" enough to allow me to get creative with a hair elastic...although achieving that quintessential "blogger bun" will still be out of reach for a little while yet!!  ;)

styling a floral jumpsuit with a sleeveless linen coat and strappy nude sandals

P.S. It's everyone's favourite day - Friday!!  And over at Fashion Should Be Fun, the Fun Fashion Friday linkup is in full swing...make sure you don't miss out!!




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