Thursday, September 29, 2016

Falling: How to style a caftan for autumn

I read somewhere that the typically made-for-hot-weather caftan is untypically having a moment for fall...and considering the non-summer we had in Vancouver this year, you gotta expect I'd be jumping on that trend bandwagon right away!!

Monika Faulkner styles an olive jersey caftan with a chunky-knit cardigan, suede heels, and leopard-print clutch

Anything to keep a beachy vibe going just a little bit longer...especially since - sniff! - Robin and I didn't make it to the shore "for reals" even once!!  But with coolish breezes in the air and October right around the corner, of course I had to autumn-ize the flowy silhouette of my H&M find somehow...

Monika Faulkner styles an olive jersey caftan with a chunky-knit cardigan, suede heels, and leopard-print clutch

glass bead tassel necklace, citrine earring

...and this chunky, tomato-coloured cardigan fit the bill to a "T!!"  Wonder of wonders, I'm finding myself shopping beyond my go-to neutrals this season; my regular readers may have noticed that shades like dusty pink, maroon, and russet have recently been catching my eye and finding their way into my wardrobe!!

olive jersey caftan, chunky-knit cardigan, leopard-print clutch

olive jersey caftan, chunky-knit cardigan, glass-beaded tassel necklace

Seriously - could any two colours be more perfect together for fall that warm red and olive green??  Or maybe there's another palette you're favouring for this time of year??  Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!!    

Monika Faulkner styles an olive jersey caftan with a chunky-knit cardigan, suede heels, and leopard-print clutch



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Monday, September 26, 2016

Light show: How to wear a polka-dot cardigan

It may not look like it, dear readers, but this was one of the "crazier" photoshoots that my hubby and I have undertaken so far!!

Monika Faulkner styles a polka-dot cardigan with an army jacket, faux-leather shorts, and buckle-embellished booties

The reason??  Despite appearing more or less deserted in the pics, there was a lot of traffic happening on this country road!!  Robin and I would run out onto the asphalt, snap some quick photographs, and run back to the gravel shoulder to let yet another bunch of vehicles pass.  (Mom, maybe you shouldn't be reading this!!)

Monika Faulkner styles a polka-dot cardigan with an army jacket, faux-leather shorts, and buckle-embellished booties

woven scarf, army jacket

But the light was just so pretty...we simply had to take advantage!!  We're getting to that time of year when Vancouver weather is becoming more and more unpredictable - and less cooperative! - for outdoor photos; and since I stubbornly refuse to do outfit pictures indoors, this was an opportunity we couldn't pass up!!

polka-dot cardigan, faux-leather shorts, army jacket

woven scarf, army jacket

And speaking of outfits??  I unexpectedly fell in love with this rather preppy, polka-dotted cardigan during one of my recent shopping jaunts; but then felt uncertain about how I'd give it my preferred edgy spin.  I think I succeeded...but now I shall leave it up to you to tell me what you think!! 

Monika Faulkner styles a polka-dot cardigan with an army jacket, faux-leather shorts, and buckle-embellished booties

P.S.  Remember - I'm sharing my "Fearless Fashion File" Pinterest board with everyone who'd like to show off their most amazing, creative, and fearless outfit combinations!!  Send me an email, and I'll send you an invite!!


 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Board certified: shawl-collar blazer with a plaid shirt, skinny jeans, and western-style booties

Even though I've been blogging for three years now, the last words I'd use to describe myself would be "computer savvy"...in fact, pretty much anything beyond tapping the "Publish" button still has me holding my breath and tightly crossing my fingers!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a plaid shirt with a shawl-collar blazer, skinny jeans, and western-inspired booties

And I'm no social media maven, either; I still don't have a data plan for my iPhone...'cause I can wait to check my Instagram and email until I get home, thank you very much!!  But.  I've definitely noticed that there's one particular Internet platform that - in my opinion - personal style bloggers don't utilize to full potential.

Monika Faulkner styles a plaid shirt with a shawl-collar blazer, skinny jeans, and western-inspired booties

skinny jeans, Aldo western-inspired booties

Did you guess Pinterest??  Did you know that Pinterest is so much more than a virtual corkboard for recipes and pretty pictures??  It's actually a search engine just like Google...which makes it an awesome way for other bloggers to find you and your fabulous outfit ideas!!

plaid shirt, shawl-collar blazer, Labradorite ring

plaid shirt, shawl-collar blazer, wire-framed sunglasses

To that end, I've created a collaborative Pinterest board called "Fearless Fashion File"...and I'd love all of us to share it!!  Some of you have an invitation to join up waiting for you - check your Pinterest messages! - and everyone else??  Simply send me an email to request one!!  And please start pinning your most fearless outfit creations right away...I'm getting a little bit self-conscious hanging out by myself!!

Monika Faulkner styles a plaid shirt with a shawl-collar blazer, skinny jeans, and western-inspired booties




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Monday, September 19, 2016

In the pink: how to wear a knit tank as a vest

Whether or not you happen to be fan of fall (most of my regular visitors know I'm not!) there's really no denying that the change in seasons makes for a perfect excuse to go shopping!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank over a front-tied blouse, with boyfriend jeans and strappy shoes

And boy - have I ever done a lot of that recently!!  I've basically outfitted myself with an entire new wardrobe to tide me over until March or so; you could say it's a "consolation prize" for leaving my beloved summer behind!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank over a front-tied blouse, with boyfriend jeans and strappy shoes

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank top over a front-tied blouse

In order to keep my spending spree at least a little in check, I've been focusing much more than I ever used to on the versatility of each piece I'm deliberating; is it going to work in several ways with what I already have in my closet??  Like this pink and blue knit tank, for example; of course it's cute as a top all on its own the way I wore it in my "Falling out" post...

dusty rose front-tied blouse, boyfriend jeans, slate blue pebble-textured satchel

dusty rose front-tied blouse, boyfriend jeans, strappy shoes, slate blue satchel

...but it's even more awesome because it can stand in as a vest over this new front-tied dusty rose blouse!!  I've kept the layers from skewing too "preppy" by combining them with my distressed boyfriend jeans, strappy heels and - for the finishing touch - some rock-and-roll-ready sunglasses!!  Looking forward to hearing what you think, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank over a front-tied blouse, with boyfriend jeans and strappy shoes

P.S. Hope you're digging my updated blog space, too!!

     
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Growth Factor: Flared midi skirt, sheer floral top, and leopard backpack

I may have let my birthday - it was last month! - slide without much ado, dear readers...but there ain't no way I'm gonna let that happen with my Blogiversary!!  It was exactly three years ago today that I published my very first post!!

Monika Faulkner styles a flared midi skirt with a sheer floral top and suede platform heels

And what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous new look??  While I've been knee-deep (tee hee!) in love with midi skirts recently, this flared version is admittedly a very different silhouette for me; I don't generally gravitate to a piece that's quite so "classic!!"

Monika Faulkner styles a flared midi skirt with a sheer floral top and leopard-print backpack

flared midi skirt, sheer floral top, suede platform heels, leopard-print backpack

But when it's given a dose of the unexpected care of some cool neoprene fabric...well, how could I possibly resist??  Combining the skirt with a sheer black floral top upped the edginess even more; as did pairing my lady-like ensemble with a rockerish leopard-print backpack!!

flared neoprene midi skirt, sheer black floral top, leopard-print backpack

sheer black floral top, sunglasses

Plus, in honour of my special day, the blog will be debuting a fresh new design very soon, too!!  After three years, I'm technically no longer a "newbie" here in the World Wide Web...StyleIsMyPudding is all grown up now, and I'm truly excited to see where it continues to take me!!  So happy to have you come along for the sartorial adventure!!  :)  

Monika Faulkner styles a flared midi skirt with a sheer floral top and suede platform heels

P.S. If my online digs don't look a little different just yet, please stop by for another visit in the next day or two; I'm on pins and needles to hear what you think!!



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Monday, September 12, 2016

Time change: white shirt, skinny jeans, and block-heeled sandals

Change is good...right, dear readers??  I'm truly hoping that you agree, because there are some changes coming to StyleIsMyPudding!!

Monika Faulkner styles a white linen shirt with skinny jeans, block-heeled sandals, and an MK bag

With my third Blogiversary just around the corner (this Thursday, to be exact!) I've been thinking a lot about my focus and the direction I'd like to take this little website of mine.  Maintaining a "photo diary" of my outfits - and providing personal style inspiration! - remain my passion; flat lays and product reviews are just not my thing.  Can you believe that I've posted a total of 470 individual looks since I started my blog??  Whew!!

Monika Faulkner styles a white linen shirt with skinny jeans, block-heeled sandals, and an MK bag

white linen shirt, amber pendant

studded Michael Kors bag, stacked bracelets and rings

But creating three different ensemble posts every.single.week. is a big project; certainly bigger than I'd originally anticipated.  My husband/photographer and I also hold full-time jobs; and while wearing the outfits I feature here is easy enough, sometimes getting around to photographing them within our limited time off (and with weather and daylight hours coming into play now that we're heading into fall) can be pretty darn stressful.

skinny jeans, white block-heeled sandals, studded Michael Kors bag

white linen shirt, skinny jeans, Michael Kors bag

So as of this week, I'll be starting a new posting schedule - brand new (and even better!) outfit ideas will be coming your way every Monday and Thursday.  I'm really hoping that freeing up some evening hours will allow me to visit all of you more frequently than I've managed lately...and maybe I'll be able to squeeze in a bit more beauty sleep, too!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a white linen shirt with skinny jeans, block-heeled sandals, and an MK bag





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Friday, September 09, 2016

Neutral zone: tank dress, mesh t-shirt, studded platform heels

So - after leaving my sartorial comfort zone in the dust on Monday and Wednesday with a couple of colourful outfit combos, I'm back to my beloved neutrals to finish off the week!!

Monika Faulkner styles a tank dress with a mesh tee, platform heels, and leopard clutch

The key to keeping a tone-on-tone ensemble like this from falling flat??  I've said it before and I'll say it again...it's all about including lots of pattern and texture!!  Take my athletic-inspired grey tank dress, for example; from a distance, it could pass as pinstriped, but it's really the frock's rib-knit fabric you're seeing. And that's "two for the price of one" right there!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a tank dress with a mesh tee, platform heels, and leopard clutch

athletic-inspired tank dress, black mesh tee, leopard-patterned clutch

But I also added some subtle sheerness care of a black mesh tee layered under the dress; a pair of rockstar-worthy stud-embellished platform heels; and - to finish things off - a chic little leopard-print clutch.

Vince Camuto stud-embellished platform shoes

leopard-patterned clutch, stacked bracelets and rings

Way to take a "basic" combination from a-okay to amazing, don't you think??  And what about you, dear readers??  Do you love to use pattern and texture to create depth in your outfits...or do you prefer to use colour instead??  Looking forward to your input!!  

Monika Faulkner styles a tank dress with a mesh tee, platform heels, and leopard clutch




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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Seeing red: lobster t-shirt, patterned pencil skirt, strappy sandals, and patent yellow bag

This is how a vegetarian does lobster for dinner, dear readers; we don't eat 'em...we wear 'em!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a lobster graphic tee with a patterned pencil skirt, strappy sandals, and yellow mini bag

Why I was drawn to this particular graphic tee is kind of a mystery; I'm usually very fussy when it comes to "pictures" on my clothes, and it's not like lobsters are even remotely as cute as French Bulldogs or fluffy kittens...or ferrets, for that matter!!

Monika Faulkner styles a lobster graphic tee with a patterned pencil skirt, strappy sandals, and yellow mini bag

patterned pencil skirt, strappy nude sandals, and yellow patent mini bag

Maybe it's because I've been valiantly trying to add a touch more colour to my wardrobe choices, and a red crustacean seemed like an interesting way to go...??  In any case, the t-shirt worked so well with this red-patterned pencil skirt I'd also picked up from my favourite shopping haunt (Winners, in case you don't know by now!) that I felt totally vindicated by my slightly off-beat purchase!!

patterned pencil skirt, yellow patent mini bag

lobster graphic tee, patterned pencil skirt

Have you ever been so captivated by an unexpected piece that you simply had to have it??  Did you end up regretting the buy...or did it surprise you and become a wardrobe hit??  I'm looking forward to hearing your stories!!
  
Monika Faulkner styles a lobster graphic tee with a patterned pencil skirt, strappy sandals, and yellow mini bag





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Monday, September 05, 2016

Falling out: Palazzo pants, striped tank, denim jacket, and cut-out booties

So it's Labour Day...which is wonderful because it means a long weekend (yippee!) but also not so wonderful because it's the last holiday of the summer.  I ask you - how is that even possible?!

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a striped tank top, denim jacket, and cut-out booties

The season here in Vancouver was sadly a bit of a non-event this year; looking back at my outfits of the past couple of months, I realize how few truly "summery" ensembles I was able to feature.  There's been lots of long sleeves; and layering not just for the sake of style...but actually for extra warmth, too!!

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a striped tank top and cut-out booties

striped knit tank top, leopard-print backpack, sunglasses

Of course an "Indian Summer" is always a possibility - and hey! - I have to remember that autumn doesn't officially start until September 22nd.  There's still time for breezy palazzo pants and a cute knit camisole... even if my denim jacket needs to come along "just in case!!"

patterned palazzo pants, striped tank top, cut-out booties

print crystal flower earring

Are you excited about the imminent arrival of fall, dear readers??  Or are you like me...and anxious to cling to the "dog days" for as long as possible??  Leave me a note and let me know!!

Monika Faulkner styles patterned palazzo pants with a striped tank top, denim jacket, and cut-out booties




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