Monday, May 29, 2017

Pleats and thank-you: styling an asymmetrical pleated maxi skirt with a floral blouse, corset belt, and mary-jane heels

Here it is, dear readers - my first ever pleated skirt!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pleated maxi skirt with a floral blouse, corset belt, and platform mary-jane shoes

First ever as an adult, I should probably clarify...since I'm fairly sure that I wore at least a couple as a little girl. But it's taken me this long to find a grown-up version that felt like me; everything I'd seen up until now just skewed a bit too "stodgy" for my taste.  This skirt, though??  With its asymmetrical hem and that cool colour-blocking, it's definitely not the same old same old!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - pleated maxi skirt, floral bow-front blouse, corset belt, and platform mary-jane shoes

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral blouse, coin pendant

And my new floral blouse is the definition of boho perfection, don't you agree??  When I tried it on at Forever 21, I happened to be wearing a pair of flare jeans - and of course that single serendipitous combo clinched the sale!!  Still, we all want our pieces to work together in more ways than one...so I was thrilled with how well it came together with the skirt, too!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pleated maxi skirt with a floral blouse, corset belt, and platform mary-jane shoes

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - pleated maxi skirt, floral blouse, corset belt, Nanette animal-patterned sunglasses

This was my outfit for grocery shopping, by the way; as my regular visitors know by now, I don't let something as mundane as an errand get in the way of my sartorial mood of the moment!!  Life is too short to save our prettiest pieces for "fancy" occasions only... I'll always believe in wearing what you love whenever you want!!
    
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pleated maxi skirt with a floral blouse, corset belt, and platform mary-jane shoes



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nouveau rodeo: layered graphic top and chambray shirt with skinny jeans, ankle boots, and a baker boy cap

It's been a long time since Robin and I went to the Cloverdale Rodeo - an annual event here in Vancouver that takes place over the May long weekend - mostly because it always seems to get rained out!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a graphic top and black skinnies with ankle boots, a chambray shirt, and a baker boy cap

But with hardly a cloud in the sky and temperatures into the upper twenties (that's over 75ΒΊ for my American readers!) we knew we were guaranteed a lovely outing...so we spent Saturday afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of a genuine country fair!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chambray shirt, black skinny jeans, olive ankle boots, baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - graphic top, black skinny jeans, layered rings and bracelets

I could have gone "all in" with a cowboy hat and boots - believe me, we saw plenty of those! - but that look felt just a little too clichΓ© to me.  So I went for subtler western touches in my ensemble instead, by pairing black skinny jeans with my favourite olive suede booties (they've been popping up a lot on the blog lately, haven't they?) and layering a chambray shirt over my graphic mesh top.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - graphic top, chambray shirt, black skinny jeans, olive suede ankle boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - graphic top, chambray shirt, baker boy cap

And speaking of faves??  This baker boy cap is all that right now...I have yet to put together an outfit that I couldn't make just a little bit cuter-slash-cooler by wearing it!! πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a graphic top and black skinnies with ankle boots, a chambray shirt, and a baker boy cap


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Boots and chapel: Styling over-the-knee boots with a slouchy suit jacket and vegan leather leggings

My hubby and I celebrated a rather special occasion this past Friday, dear readers - it was our 15th Wedding Anniversary!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling over-the-knee boots with a slouchy suit jacket and vegan leather leggings

While we didn't do an exchange of gifts (even for birthdays and Christmas, that's never really been our "thing") we did go to our favourite Indian restaurant for dinner.  And before that??  It's become tradition for us to spent the afternoon strolling the gardens of the little chapel where we got married!!

Minoru Chapel, Richmond, British Columbia

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - slouchy suit jacket, snake-patterned blouse, bandana, sunglasses

Minoru Park, Richmond, British Columbia

And just like for our actual wedding, this year we enjoyed a really pretty day to go along with the pretty surroundings; a wonderful surprise, considering that Vancouver's weather for the May long-weekend is notoriously a total wash-out!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling over-the-knee boots with a slouchy suit jacket and vegan leather leggings

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aldo patchwork over-the-knee boots

Minoru Chapel, Richmond, British Columbia

Fingers crossed that it's not a false start and that we're finally on our way to summertime!!  I'd brought home these show-stopping over-the-knee boots waaay back in February...but today was the first day that it truly felt "safe" to wear them!! πŸ˜

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling over-the-knee boots with a slouchy suit jacket and vegan leather leggings

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling over-the-knee boots with a slouchy suit jacket and vegan leather leggings



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Me time: Styling a skull-graphic tee with flare jeans, a floral shirtdress, and a floppy fedora

Today's ensemble??  A little bit boho and a little bit rock 'n' roll...in other words, the kind of outfit that's always guaranteed to have me feeling my most authentic self!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull t-shirt, floral shirtdress, flare jeans, and floppy hat

While I couldn't imagine pigeonholing my personal style within the framework of a few words - just like my hair, I'd get really bored staying with the same sort of look for very long! - I don't deny gravitating towards this particular sartorial "flavour" again and again!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral shirtdress, flare jeans, floppy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skull t-shirt, floral shirtdress, floppy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral shirtdress, floppy hat

Today I went with my floral pyjama-inspired dress as an unexpected topper over this skull-graphic tee...and those faded flare jeans are pretty much the epitome of hippie-chic denim, don't you think??  My floppy fedora and filigree hoop earrings are also a little bohemian...but that wide, grommet-embellished belt??  Edgy all the way!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral shirtdress, flare jeans

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull t-shirt, floral shirtdress, flare jeans, and floppy hat

On the weather front, it looks like we're finally in for a spell of warmish temperatures for the next few days...and not a moment too soon!!  It's both the first "official" long weekend of the season (yay!) and Robin's and my anniversary weekend; we'll be celebrating fifteen fab years together tomorrow!! πŸŽ‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skull t-shirt, floral shirtdress, jeans, floppy hat

  

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Well heeled: Styling slouchy cargos with a sweatshirt and statement sandals

I'm desperately trying for a bit of a spring vibe with my outfit selections, dear readers - after all, it is the middle of May! - but I have to admit that I was pretty glad to get back into the coziness of our car after this photoshoot!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling slouchy cargo pants with a sweatshirt and strappy platform sandals

These slouchy, drawstring cargos haven't seen the light of day since last summer...and for good reason, because they certainly don't do much to keep in the heat!!  I was smart enough to pair them with my favourite v-neck sweatshirt today, which managed to mitigate the breeziness of the pants at least a little.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - slouchy cargo pants, v-neck sweatshirt

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - v-neck sweatshirt, layered necklaces and rings

And these sky-high strappy MK sandals??  They're without a doubt the fiercest footwear in my entire collection...and instantly elevate (literally and figuratively!) this otherwise casual combination to a whole other level.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling slouchy cargo pants with a sweatshirt and strappy platform sandals

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Michael Michael Kors platform sandals

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - slouchy cargo pants, strappy platform sandals, Fossil bag

Do you have a wardrobe go-to that never fails to take your outfits from cute all the way to ka-pow?!  Whether it's statement shoes or stupendous sunnies, I hope you'll take a moment to share!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling slouchy cargo pants with a sweatshirt and strappy platform sandals



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gypset: styling a floral maxi dress with a denim jacket, long fur vest, and ivory booties

Florals may not be a novelty for spring...but I'll bet that you're a little surprised to see faux fur making an appearance in May!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a floral maxi dress with a denim jacket, long faux-fur vest, and ivory ankle boots

What's a girl to do, though, when she desperately wants to wear this breezy, gypsy-chic maxi dress that's been languishing in her closet since she brought it home last fall...with not a single weather-appropriate day since then to show it off?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a floral maxi dress with a denim jacket, long faux-fur vest, and ivory ankle boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral maxi dress, denim jacket, faux-fur vest, sunglasses

I quite liked the dress with only my little denim jacket layered on top (it's kind of a classic combo by now, isn't it?) but today I needed all the bells and whistles - and yes, some extra warmth as well - so what could be better than a luxe furry vest for adding a bit of glamour to my look!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon floral maxi dress, long faux-fur vest, Vince Camuto booties, patent yellow mini bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a floral maxi dress with a denim jacket, long faux-fur vest, and ivory ankle boots

And since I'm apparently all about being sartorially unorthdox (teehee!) these sleek ivory ankle boots will likely be getting street time right through spring and into summer.  Just like my vest, they're simply waaay too fabulous to stay off my outfit radar for very long!!  πŸ˜

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - denim jacket, faux-fur vest, sunglasses



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Monday, May 08, 2017

Garden state: styling layered stripes with skinny jeans, booties, and a moto vest

We couldn't wait it out any longer, dear readers...Robin and I visited our favourite garden center this past Saturday!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - layered stripes with a moto vest, skinny jeans, and booties

Last spring - the first in what was then our brand new home - we'd already scoped out the nursery three or four times before the end of April; we were so excited to get our amazing balcony space set up for the season!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped tee, striped cardigan, olive moto vest, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - layered stripes with a moto vest, skinny jeans, and booties

It's not that the anticipation of a summer spent enjoying our "terrace" has waned...but the weather gods simply will not cooperate!!  Vancouver's growing season is a full month (if not more) behind where it was last year at this time; despite the sunshine - thank goodness we had at least that today! - it's still cold enough that I had to layer my striped woollen cardigan under my moto vest to keep the shivers at bay!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Nine West olive suede booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped tee, striped cardigan, olive moto vest, sunglasses, matt & nat bag

But the warm weather will come; and there are definitely more trips to the nursery ahead for us, too.  We could barely fit the few small plants that we bought into the trunk of our Solstice...and we have more than a dozen flower boxes to fill!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - layered stripes with a moto vest, skinny jeans, and booties
  


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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Fade to black: styling distressed black skinnies with ankle boots and a shaggy cardigan

Believe it or not - despite being a major fan of adding some "rockstar" flavour to pretty much all my outfit combos, I didn't have even a single pair of de rigueur black skinnies hanging in my closet!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling distressed black skinny jeans with a graphic tee, shaggy cardigan, and olive suede booties

Until last week, that is...when I finally remedied the sad situation with these faded-and-distressed-just-enough denims that I snagged at H&M.  Did I happen to mention that I've been on a bit of a jeans-buying binge recently?!  And with their ever-changing selection, H&M has become my enabler in a serious way!! 😜

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling distressed black skinny jeans with a graphic tee, shaggy cardigan, and olive suede booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black skinny jeans, shaggy cardigan, olive suede booties, leopard-patterned pouch

Something else I didn't own until now (or at least not in a very long time!) is gold-toned jewelry.  I've been "all silver all the way" for at least the past twenty years or so; you may have noticed that even my engagement ring and wedding band are white instead of yellow gold.  But I think these statement-making Lucky Brand earrings might be the start of a whole new accessories game for me!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Lucky Brand brass and tortoiseshell earring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling distressed black skinny jeans with a graphic tee, shaggy cardigan, and olive suede booties

Have you taken the plunge with a purchase of a different colour - literally or figuratively! - lately, dear readers??  Looking forward to hearing about it!! 😊

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black skinny jeans, graphic tee, shaggy cardigan, leopard-patterned pouch


 
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