Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Against the flow: tunic-length floral blouse, boyfriend trousers, and suede open-toe stiletto shoes

When it comes to pattern, I'll almost always choose a stripe or plaid over anything floral...but that doesn't mean that flowery pieces never manage to catch my eye!!

Monika Faulkner styles a floral tunic-style blouse with boyfriend trousers and open-toe stiletto shoes

Aren't the lush colours of this sleeveless tunic-length blouse absolutely gorgeous?!  Florals are generally the definition of feminine; but putting oversized blossoms against a moody maroon background makes this particular pattern surprisingly edgy, too.

Monika Faulkner styles a floral tunic-style blouse with boyfriend trousers and open-toe stiletto shoes

floral tunic-style blouse, Michael Kors bag

And speaking of edge - have you given the extra-long shirt silhouette a try yet??  It's obviously made for leggings - which, by the way, will apparently be enjoying quite a "moment" this fall as well! - but I opted to pair my newest button-front find with some slouchy boyfriend trousers instead.

floral tunic-style blouse, boyfriend trousers, open-toe stiletto shoes

floral tunic-style blouse, boyfriend trousers, MK bag

Of course the recognized rule of thumb is to wear something fitted (like the aforementioned leggings!) with a loose, flowy piece; but rules are meant to be broken, and I love the look of this unexpected combo. So now it's up to you to weigh in, dear readers...do you think my ensemble is a yay or a nay??

Monika Faulkner styles a floral tunic-style blouse with boyfriend trousers and open-toe stiletto shoes



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Monday, August 29, 2016

Search and destroy: Distressed denim midi-skirt, peasant top, and platform mary-jane shoes

If you are a regular visitor here (and of course you are, right?!) then you've undoubtedly noticed how I've recently become quite a fan of the below-the-knee skirt length!!

Monika Faulkner styles a distressed denim midi-skirt with a peasant tank top, Vince Camuto heels, and pony-hair bag

A "midi" automatically manages a sophisticated, ladylike vibe that a shorter version just can't match...even when the skirt in question is seriously destroyed like the denim beauty I'm wearing today.

Monika Faulkner styles a distressed denim midi-skirt with a peasant tank top, Vince Camuto heels, and pony-hair bag

peasant tank top, sunglasses

That beat up finish and unexpected length - jean skirts that are distressed this way usually come in "mini" form - take what could be considered a basic combo into decidedly edgy territory.

sunglasses, hoop earring, double bun hairstyle

Monika Faulkner styles a distressed denim midi-skirt with a peasant tank top, Vince Camuto heels, and pony-hair bag

Which makes my pony-hair bag, sleek black sunnies, and studded-embellished platform heels a perfect sartorial match...don't you think??  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a distressed denim midi-skirt with a peasant tank top, Vince Camuto heels, and pony-hair bag



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Friday, August 26, 2016

Style 3-Play: Off-The-Shoulder Top Look Three

It appears that stripes are "neck and neck" with plaid as my sartorial pattern of choice lately, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped midi pencil skirt with a striped off-the-shoulder top, reptile pumps, and fringy cross-body bag

I've got a whole lot of both currently hanging in my closet; but that didn't stop me from taking this striped midi-skirt home after a recent foray to Winners...I kind of had to, considering how well it works with the off-the-shoulder top that I've been featuring for this week's Style 3-Play!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a striped midi pencil skirt with a striped off-the-shoulder top, reptile pumps, and fringy cross-body bag

striped off-the-shoulder top

Being the queen of neutrals that I am, I've stuck with my fave colour palette of black and white with some touches of camel (sounds way better than plain old "beige," doesn't it?) but made sure that in addition to the striped t-shirt and skirt, I included another pop of pattern via my reptile pumps...and some texture as well, care of my stud- and fringe-embellished suede bag.

striped midi pencil skirt, reptile pumps, fringy suede cross-body bag

striped midi pencil skirt, striped off-the-shoulder top, fringy cross-body bag

Most of us will have our shoulders under cover again once the cooler weather arrives, so it's been a treat to have found a version of the trend that I've been willing - and able! - to have on repeat before the summer comes to an end.  Did you find a favourite combination between Look One, Look Two, and today's??  I hope you'll take a moment to share!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped midi pencil skirt with a striped off-the-shoulder top, reptile pumps, and fringy cross-body bag

(And remember to share your own outfits with the Fun Fashion Friday linkup happening right now at Fashion Should Be Fun!!  I'll see you there, right?!)




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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Style 3-Play: Off-The-Shoulder Top Look Two

I've been kind of obsessed (is it even possible to be "kind of" obsessed?) with these slouchy, menswear-inspired trousers recently...so it seemed only natural that I combine them with my off-the-shoulder top for the second instalment of this particular Style 3-Play!!

Monika Faulkner styles an off-the-shoulder top with slouchy boyfriend trousers and Zara lace-up flats

And I'm wearing flats today!!  It's a pretty rare occurrence to be sure - in my humble opinion, there's no outfit ever that couldn't be elevated both literally and figuratively with a fab pair of heels.  But these Zara lace-ups are just sooo chic...and the perfect feminine counterpoint to the tomboyish vibe of the pants, don't you think??

Monika Faulkner styles an off-the-shoulder top with slouchy boyfriend trousers and Zara lace-up flats

Slouchy boyfriend trousers, Zara lace-up flats, chainmail cross-body bag

But of course it's really all about that "off shoulder" energy this week - remember Look One? - and my striped, long-sleeved tee certainly hasn't disappointed when it comes to keeping me on trend...without the straitjacket feel!!

striped off-the-shoulder top, moon and star earring

Monika Faulkner styles a striped off-the-shoulder top

Have you dared to take a ride on the off-the-shoulder bandwagon yet, dear readers??  I'm all ears if you want to share!!  And remember...there's more inspiration coming your way this Friday with Look Three!!



 
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Style 3-Play: Off-the-Shoulder Top Look One

Today I'm presenting another perfect example of "never say never" when it comes to fashion and personal style, dear readers!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles an off-the-shoulder top with flare jeans and a sleeveless coat

You might remember from my "Toeing the Line" and "Shouldering On" posts that I find off-the-shoulder tops really lovely in theory...but rather difficult to wear IRL.  How do you keep them properly in place when you're doing anything more challenging than collecting compliments??

Monika Faulkner styles an off-the-shoulder top with flare jeans and a sleeveless coat

striped off-the-shoulder top, sleeveless linen coat, stacked bracelets and rings

Still, a declaration like that certainly wasn't enough to stop me from trying one on if it happened to catch my eye; and sure enough...this striped, long-sleeved tee surprised me by being both chic and exceptionally cooperative!!

flare jeans, sleeveless linen coat, cognac satchel

striped off-the-shoulder top, sleeveless linen coat, metal-framed sunglasses

The takeaway here??  When you see a trend you love, but think it isn't for you - try and try again!!  There's bound to be a version out there that "works" the way you want it to.  I ended up being so thrilled with my foray into off-shoulder territory that I've lined up another couple of combos for later this week!!  See you again on Wednesday for Look Two!!

Monika Faulkner styles an off-the-shoulder top with flare jeans and a sleeveless coat




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Friday, August 19, 2016

Autumn rising: black halter dress with a waist-wrapped plaid shirt, grommet belt, and platform booties

We're well into the second half of August now, dear readers...totally crazy, right?!  Where in heck does the time go?!

Monika Faulkner styles a halter dress with a waist-wrapped plaid shirt, grommet belt, platform booties, and cat-eye sunglasses

Even though I'm dreading the arrival of September - am I the only one that automatically thinks "autumn" when they think of September 1st? - I'm also incredibly excited; I'll be celebrating my third Blogiversary next month (woohoo!)...and with that, I've got all kinds of new stuff in store for you at StyleIsMyPudding!!

Monika Faulkner styles a halter dress with a waist-wrapped plaid shirt, grommet belt, platform booties, and cat-eye sunglasses

halter dress, waist-wrapped plaid shirt, grommet belt

Of course I don't want to give away too much of what I have planned just yet; but I will let you know that I'll be handing out a juicy freebie to each and every one of my fabulous visitors!!  Make sure that you've bookmarked my blog - or, even better, signed up for my email list! - so you can't possibly miss the big announcement!!  :)

halter-neck dress, "blogger bun"

waist-wrapped plaid shirt, grommet belt, platform Kork-Ease booties, zebra-print Fossil bag

And my outfit today??  It's another new "personal favourite!!"  I wanted to spice up this sleek halter dress just a bit; so I fashioned a faux peplum out of the sleeveless plaid shirt you first saw on my "Hello yellow" outfit post...and wrapped it up with my statement grommet belt!!  You like??

Monika Faulkner styles a halter dress with a waist-wrapped plaid shirt, grommet belt, platform booties, and cat-eye sunglasses

P.S. Speaking of faves...Fun Fashion Friday is definitely on the list!!  Link up and join the TGIF party!!



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Red carpet natural: striped maxi-dress, corset belt, open-toed booties, and floppy hat

If you're a regular visitor to StyleIsMyPudding - and why wouldn't you be, with fresh outfit ideas coming your way three times every week?! - then you'll certainly know by now that I'm an unabashed fan of the fabulousness that is Forever 21!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped maxi-dress with a corset belt, open-toe wedge booties, and a floppy hat

Sure, the store can get kind of crazy sometimes (those racks are jammed!) but you can't beat the prices, or the virtually endless selection of both classic and "of-the-moment" pieces.  You might have to do some digging (literally!) but I'm convinced that there isn't a fashionista alive that couldn't find love at FXXI!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped maxi-dress with a corset belt, open-toe wedge booties, and a floppy hat

Forever 21 striped maxi-dress, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

Need further convincing??  Celebrity style mavens give their stamp of approval, too!!  Jennifer Lopez, Diane Kruger, and Charlize Theron (to name a few!) have all been spotted in somethin' somethin' from Forever 21.  Call me biased, but with just a quick change of accessories, I think this "little bit boho, little bit rock-and-roll" striped maxi-dress - which I wore here with open-toed booties, a wide leather belt, and a floppy hat - wouldn't be out of place at a red carpet event!!  

Forever 21 striped maxi-dress, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses, floppy hat

Monika Faulkner styles a striped maxi-dress with a corset belt, floppy hat, and MK bag

Now it's your turn, dear readers - do you have a go-to destination for taking care of that shopping crave?? I hope you'll share!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped maxi-dress with a corset belt, open-toe wedge booties, and a floppy hat



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Monday, August 15, 2016

Home style: patterned palazzo pants, smock top, striped scarf, and platform slides

It's been a long time coming, dear readers...but here it finally is!!  The promised photo tour of our beloved outdoor space!!

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a Zara smock top, striped scarf, and platform slides

When Robin and I viewed this condo (which would end up becoming our new home!) for the very first time last summer, the expansive rooftop terrace had us both in awe; we'd never seen such a huge balcony before...except maybe as part of a magazine "dream home" feature!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a Zara smock top, striped scarf, and platform slides

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a Zara smock top, striped scarf, and platform slides

patterned palazzo pants...and morning tea!

There are actually three distinct spaces out here:  a cozy spot under the trellis for enjoying a cup of coffee or tea; a living room area for hanging out with friends - or stretching out for an afternoon nap! - and a dining area that comfortably seats at least six!!

Børn wedge slides

outdoor "living room"

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a Zara smock top, striped scarf, and platform slides

We're saving a look at the outdoor dining room for later, but other than that??  I'm so happy to be sharing a little bit of "chez Faulkner" with you...and totally on pins and needles waiting to hear your thoughts about our balcony oasis!!

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a Zara smock top, striped scarf, and platform slides



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