Thursday, December 29, 2016

Resolution: How to style striped trousers with a faux-fur pullover, ankle socks, and platform heels

When my sister and I were kids, our parents used to treat us to a new "Christmas dress" every year...partly out of necessity (we'd outgrown the previous one!) and partly because it was our own little family tradition!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur pullover with striped trousers, ankle socks, and platform heels

I haven't outgrown a dress in ages...but I've kept up with the tradition of a shiny new holiday outfit pretty much every year.  Nowadays, though, I don't always go for a Christmas dress; sometimes it's an embellished top or a special skirt that catches my eye.  But this was the first year that I've gone for a holiday suit with pants and a matching jacket.  In fact, I've never owned a suit in my entire life...until now!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur pullover with striped trousers, ankle socks, and platform heels

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur pullover, flower-embellished felt hat

Obviously, I'm not wearing the entire suit - a find from H&M - today; that'll be coming up in another post, so stay tuned!!  But these slouchy striped trousers are a hit on their own, too; the ideal go-with for today's faux-fur pullover and leopard-socks-with-studded-shoes combo.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur pullover, striped trousers, flower-embellished felt hat, cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - leopard ankle socks, Vince Camuto platform heels

Yes!!  I'm wearing socks!!  I still insist that I don't like 'em...and yet, as far as socks go, these leopard-pattern ankle-highs are sort of cute.  Socks as my new style resolution for 2017, maybe??  I guess we'll have to wait and see!!  πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur pullover with striped trousers, ankle socks, and platform heels

P.S.  Best wishes to all my dear readers for a very healthy and Happy New Year!!



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Monday, December 26, 2016

Holidaze: styling a plaid shirt with a shrug, slouchy trousers, and wedge booties

And just like that - another Christmas has come and gone.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid flannel shirt with a shrug-style sweater, slouchy trousers, and wedge booties

It's kinda crazy how quickly the "big event" always flies by, isn't it??  The gifts have been exchanged and opened...the holiday dinner (or dinners!) have been enjoyed...and now it's time to catch our breath and let the dust - or is it glitter? - settle before those New Year celebrations begin!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid flannel shirt with a shrug-style sweater, slouchy trousers, and wedge booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirt, shrug-style sweater, heart-patterned scarf, slate blue satchel

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration

Our own festivities actually had somewhat of a rough start; the fur-baby we adopted only a couple of weeks ago (and who'd been adjusting so well to her new home with us) suddenly became very ill...and we had to make an emergency trip to the ferret vet on Friday.  It turns out that our sweet "Fancy" not only has adrenal gland disease, but also insulinoma.  Not exactly good news...and especially heartbreaking at this time of year.  πŸ˜ž

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirt, shrug-style sweater, heart-embellished scarf

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid flannel shirt with a shrug-style sweater, slouchy trousers, and wedge booties

Thankfully, with medication and some extra TLC, "Fancy" already seems to be getting back on her feet; so our holiday plans - a dessert buffet chez Faulkner on Christmas Eve, and that all-important Christmas Day dinner hosted by friends (yay! no cooking!) - went off without any more hitches.  Now I'm looking forward to hearing a bit about your holiday, dear readers...if you can find a moment to share!!    

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid flannel shirt with a shrug-style sweater, slouchy trousers, and wedge booties

   

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Good tidings: styling a striped sweater dress with a chunky cardigan, booties, and a floral beanie

This is it, dear readers!!  Time to wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy Holiday Season!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped sweater dress with a chunky cardigan, floral beanie, and platform booties

There may not be a single wrapped gift or decorated tree in sight here on the blog...but a "winter wonderland" photo-shoot like this really does have a kind of seasonal magic, doesn't it?!  Never mind how dang cold it was out there - or the fact that I was dressed for a Starbucks drive-though, not an impromptu walk in the woods! - the festive pop of my red cardigan against that blanket of white instantly says "it's Christmastime!!"

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped sweater dress, chunky red cardigan, floral beanie

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped sweater dress, chunky red cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped sweater dress, strap-embellished platform booties, sherpa bag

Does this mean I'm finally convinced that a snow-covered holiday is the only way to go??  I'm afraid not (one of my most favourite Christmases was celebrated on a tropical beach!) but I'll certainly admit to seeing the romance of this classic sentiment when I'm snug on the couch in front of our living-room window, watching the snow fall outside.    

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped sweater dress with a chunky cardigan, floral beanie, and platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chunky red cardigan, floral beanie

And now, whether it's about the snow, or warm sand and palm trees, or somewhere in-between - may you be surrounded by the love of family and friends...and may this be your merriest Christmas yet!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped sweater dress with a chunky cardigan, floral beanie, and platform booties

   

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas countdown: Styling a mohair miniskirt with a plaid shirt and moto-style coat

For those of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of snow here on my blog (I've dropped a few hints of it on Instagram!) I promise you - you'll get an eyeful this Thursday for my holiday post!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a mohair miniskirt with a plaid shirt, opaque tights, lace-up booties, and a moto-inspired coat

In the meantime, I'm bringing you another flashback to Vancouver's pre-snow days; when the sun was still kinda warmish...and I could get away with wearing a miniskirt for our afternoon of Christmas tree shopping!! (You know you're a true fashionista when...!!)

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a mohair miniskirt with a plaid shirt, opaque tights, lace-up booties, and a moto-inspired coat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid mohair miniskirt, opaque tights, lace-up booties, moto-inspired coat, MK bag

Honestly??  This little number is positively perfect for a switch-up from the jeans and trousers that we tend to reach for once the temperature drops; plaid mohair has got "wintertime coziness" written all over it!!  Plus I've paired mine with opaque tights, a flannel shirt, and my brand new sherpa-slash-moto-jacket hybrid...I really think this coat could get me through the second Ice Age!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - mohair miniskirt, plaid flannel shirt, opaque tights, moto-inspired coat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - mohair miniskirt, moto-inspired coat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - mohair miniskirt, plaid flannel shirt, moto-inspired coat

There's no denying it - these pics make me yearn to see my city back to the green that's much more typical for the Pacific Northwest at this time of year.  But I have to confess...I'm pretty stoked that my Seasons Greetings post will be "snow" wonderful!!  Be sure to pop in for a visit over the holidays to see if I've become a convert to this White Christmas thing after all!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a mohair miniskirt with a plaid shirt, opaque tights, lace-up booties, and a moto-inspired coat



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tea time: styling an oversized sweater with an army parka, vegan leather leggings, and black knee boots

Brrr!!  I shudder to think of life without my favourite Starbucks soy-no-water-extra-hot chai latte right now!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chunky wool sweater with an army-style jacket, faux-leather leggings, and knee boots

There's actually a small possibility that I may be over-indulging just a little lately, but hey...a girl's gotta keep warm when the temperatures dip below freezing!!  (I'm absolutely not going to mention the fact that an extra-hot chai is also my drink of choice in the middle of summer, too!!)

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chunky wool sweater, army-style jacket, zebra-patterned Fossil bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chunky wool sweater, army-style jacket, chandelier earrings

As for the outfit??  I'd be lying if I said my eyes haven't automatically searched out this oversized wool sweater every. single. morning. since Vancouver's cold snap started.  Today it was a total natural with my military-inspired parka and vegan leather leggings...which I opted to tuck into my tall black boots this time around rather than pair with my go-to ankle booties.  After all, variety is the spice of life...except when it comes to an ΓΌber-cozy knit and my Starbucks beverage, apparently!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chunky wool sweater, army-style jacket, faux-leather leggings

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chunky wool sweater with an army-style jacket, faux-leather leggings, and knee boots

So now of course I have to ask - are you a fan of that signature red cup as well, dear readers??  What about wintery weather...do you love it or hate it??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chunky wool sweater with an army-style jacket, faux-leather leggings, and knee boots

Oh, and by the way...no sponsorship was involved with this post; I just really, really ♡ Starbucks!!    



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Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Fancy: styling a pleather trench coat with a denim vest, patterned shirt, and flare jeans

I know there's still no sign of snow here on the blog, dear readers...but believe me, Vancouverites struggled with a very sloppy white weekend!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-leather trench with a denim vest, patterned shirt, and flare jeans

Slippery, slushy roads meant that Robin and I had to give ourselves plenty of extra time to get to our ferret veterinarian on Saturday morning.  You see, we've been fostering a little girl fur-baby for the past couple of weeks...and since she's not officially ours yet, we weren't taking any chances that we might miss her appointment!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-leather trench with a denim vest, patterned shirt, and flare jeans

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-leather trench, denim vest, patterned shirt

Yep - it looks like we're going to have a new addition to the family for the holidays!!  We hadn't been planning on four ferrets (honestly, our three "boys" are handful enough) but what else could we possibly do??  A neglected ferret abandoned at the local animal shelter just before Christmas sure wasn't going to stay homeless on our watch!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - triangle earring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-leather trench, denim vest, patterned shirt

The vet was suitably impressed - tiny "Fancy" has gained almost six ounces since she's been staying with us - so I expect there won't be any trouble finalizing the adoption papers.  Make sure to stay tuned via Instagram...there's bound to be a photo of her popping up there in the next few days!!  πŸ˜Š
 
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-leather trench with a denim vest, patterned shirt, and flare jeans



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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Snow job: Styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and wedge-heeled lace-up booties

These are "before" photos, dear readers, but I'm sure you'll see the evidence here on the blog soon enough - it snowed in Vancouver!!  πŸ˜

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and lace-up wedge booties

If you're a new visitor (and if the little grimacing emoji isn't enough of a clue!) then you might not know there's no love lost between me and the aforementioned white stuff!!  As annoying as winters in the Pacific Northwest tend to be when you're a personal style blogger - the ridiculously short and often water-logged days can make getting good outfit pics really tough! - adding snow to the mix just seems like one more cruel trick played by the weather gods!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and lace-up wedge booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur top

I've said it before and I'll say it again - while white-capped mountains are the definition of lovely, slushy city streets are not!!  Vancouver snow isn't the "powdered sugar" of children's fairytales; it's wet and heavy and slippery...and it looks dirty almost as soon as it falls.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur top, Vince Camuto hoop earrings

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with a striped tee, faux-fur top, and lace-up Sorel wedge booties

Plus, it's pretty hard to deny that winter has arrived when you're slogging through several inches of snow on the ground.  And I'll be honest - I like to stay in denial for as looong as possible!!




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Monday, December 05, 2016

Tree topping: Styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

Robin and I brought home a Christmas tree yesterday, dear readers!!  Woohoo!!  πŸ˜Š

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

After debating whether we even wanted a tree this year - it always creates a bit of a headache because the ferrets can never seem to leave it alone! - we opted to go in a completely different direction from last year; for the first holiday season we spent in our then brand-new condo, we invested in a live 12-foot-tall Charlie Brown tree that ended up being infested with pine aphids...so gross!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - boyfriend jeans, buckle-embellished stiletto booties

Needless to say, our optimistic plans to keep that tree out on our balcony for the next Christmas were reduced to a few garbage bags full of tinder in the dumpster instead!!  This year, we (eventually!) decided on a much smaller cut tree - a three foot "classic" Noble fir.  Of course, that meant we needed a stand, too...and then a basket to hide the stand.  Sounds straight-forward enough, right??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur bomber, striped tee, boyfriend jeans

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur bomber, striped tee

Well, you would have thought we were searching for a unicorn or the lost Ark; half a dozen stops later, and we still hadn't found anything even remotely suitable!!  Baskets in every shape and size are pretty much ubiquitous at every Winners location I've visited, like, ever...except now that we really needed one!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a faux-fur bomber with a striped tee, boyfriend jeans, and stiletto booties

Be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram account to see how we finally made out; I promise to post a photo (or three!) very soon!!    

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faux-fur bomber, striped tee




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