Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pop up: an alternative to the cute but uncooperative off-the-shoulder trend

So - I can't possibly be the only one who thinks those "off the shoulder" tops and dresses we're still seeing everywhere are flattering in theory, but waaay difficult to wear...can I??

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Just to be clear, I'm not referring to this striped button-front blouse that I'm debuting today - which is the perfect cheat because of those skinny straps - but rather to the kind of top that has elastic around the shoulders to keep it in place...elastic that pops up over your shoulders the second you try to lift a Starbucks cup to your lips (for example). 😜

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, Just Cavalli sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, distressed cropped jeans, yellow patent mini-bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

There's no getting around the fact that what's pretty in pictures doesn't always work very well in real life.  After all, who wants to be seen constantly tugging their neckline back into place??  It brings to mind the zillions of ill-advised brides who spend their wedding days yanking up strapless gowns for fear of a wardrobe malfunction; not only is it horribly distracting...but it's the exact opposite of flattering.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, Steve Madden cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Do these sartorial challenges have you simply opting out of all things off-the-shoulder and strapless, dear readers??  Or have you discovered the secret to keeping such slippery silhouettes in place??  As always, I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say!!  

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, Just Cavalli sunglasses, pink hair



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Country time: styling a ruffled gingham skirt with a graphic tee, denim vest, ankle boots, and a baker boy cap

Last weekend Robin and I and my baker boy cap did the city...but this weekend??  It was "country time" all the way!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, baker boy cap

And what could be cuter for a country drive than this ruffle-embellished gingham skirt?!  I first spotted it at H&M about a month ago, but I was running late and didn't have the opportunity to try it on.  And then when I went back a few days later to do just that, it was gone.  😞

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap

Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, Fossil bag

Not really surprising, considering how big the gingham trend is right now.  So imagine my glee when I popped into H&M last week to check out their summer sale and saw the skirt again...and with a $10 clearance tag to boot!!  I took two sizes into the change room with me and ended up going with the larger one; not because my regular size didn't fit, but because I'm (still) not a fan of high-waisted anything.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap, sunglasses, Fossil bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - denim vest, baker boy cap

The lesson here - of course! always! - is that #iwillwearwhatilike.  Black and white gingham is a no-brainer for this neutrals-loving girl...but that doesn't mean I have to wear the skirt up under my armpits (teehee) the way everyone else does.  And what about you, dear readers??  I'd love to hear about the personal spin you're giving your own summer trend faves!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, baker boy cap

    
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Glow: styling a pleated, asymmetrical skirt with a knit tank top and strappy sandals

What we have here, dear readers, is an ode to just a few of the things that make summertime so awesome - spaghetti straps, breezy fabrics, air-dried hair...and long days that end in golden sunsets!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, knit tank top, strappy sandals

Today's knit camisole and sheer pleated skirt combo are a variation on the slip dress theme, which I've already praised as a "perfect" outfit for hot, humid days.  Just be sure to slather on the sunblock!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, knit tank top, strappy sandals

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink hair, knit tank top, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

And I've mentioned many times that I'm no hair styling wiz; blowdryers and curling irons are like a foreign language to me...so letting nature do my 'do while we cruise around in our convertible??  I seriously can't think of a better way to multi-task!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - strappy nude sandals, pleated symmetrical skirt

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, knit tank top, strappy sandals

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, strappy nude sandals

But what may well be the very best part of summer??  Those aforementioned long, long days that ease into mellow, glowy evenings; days when anything feels possible...even an outfit photoshoot at 9 pm!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Zara knit tank top, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses



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Monday, July 10, 2017

City-zen: Layered striped and plaid tops with skinny jeans, over-the-knee boots, and a baker boy cap

Today it was all about the city for Robin and me, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - layered striped and plaid tops with skinny jeans and OTK boots

Three cities, to be exact - we had dentist appointments in Port Coquitlam first thing in the morning; and from there we cruised into downtown Vancouver to pick up a bottle of custom-tinted (pink of course!) conditioner from my hairstylist.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped tee, plaid sleeveless shirt, white cat-eye sunglasses, baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Aldo patchwork suede over-the-knee boots

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Aldo suede over-the-knee boots

Then we were off to West Van for a late lunch of the best nachos ever on the patio of our favourite pub.  After debating whether or not we should order another platter - it was so tempting! - we decided instead to take a little stroll along Ambleside Beach, which has the most beautiful view of Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - layered striped and plaid tops with skinny jeans and OTK boots

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - baker boy cap, pink hair

After we'd walked off the nachos, the Lions Gate took us downtown again and back to my hair salon, where we'd earlier been invited to an impromptu client appreciation party.  At first Robin wasn't feeling too comfortable leaving our "topless" Solstice parked out on the city streets...but the two dollar beers managed to convince him it was worth the risk!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - baker boy cap, white cat-eye sunglasses

(Don't worry - as the designated driver, I stuck to drinking Perrier...and we made it home safe and sound!!)  😊



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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Slide show: what to wear instead of those fugly rubber slides!

Those "pool slides" that we're seeing absolutely everywhere right now??  So not my thing!! 😝

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a baseball tee with a striped midi-length pencil skirt and Dr. Scholl's-inspired sandals

I'm speaking, of course, of the foam rubber footwear variety - although I'm not a big fan of those rollercoaster water park slides either (but that's another story)!!  These wood and leather exercise sandals, on the other hand, have a quirky appeal that I've appreciated since I was a teenager.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a baseball tee with a striped midi-length pencil skirt and Dr. Scholl's-inspired sandals

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Floggs sandals

The zebra-patterned ones I'm showing off today happen to be Floggs, but I own a pair of authentic Dr. Scholl's, too.  My sister and I lived in them during the summer when we were kids...and even my mom and dad wore them!!  The anatomical soles are ridiculously comfortable; and - take note, all you sneaker aficionados! - they'll also "work" with everything from jeans to sundresses!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - baseball tee, collar necklace

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - baseball tee, striped midi-length pencil skirt , Steve Madden cross-body bag, Dr. Scholl's-inspired sandals

Yes, I do almost always opt for heels nowadays...even with my most casual outfits.  But these "clogs" - that's what my family called them - are simply too cute not to get some street-time every once in a while.  And seriously, what could be easier for summer than shoes that don't require any buckling or lacing...and that don't look like something you grabbed from a dollar store?? 😉

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a baseball tee with a striped midi-length pencil skirt and Dr. Scholl's-inspired sandals



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Monday, July 03, 2017

Wack Job: styling a graphic tank with a plaid shirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots, and a fedora

Are you by any chance familiar with the Canadian band called Chilliwack, dear readers??

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a graphic tank with a plaid shirt, skinny jeans, booties, and a straw fedora

While you may recognize a number of their hits from the seventies like "California Girl," "Crazy Talk," and "Lonesome Mary" that still pop up on the radio every now and then, you might not know that there are actually a river and a city about an hour and a half outside of Vancouver that share the same name.


Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - plaid shirt, straw fedora, Nanette sunglasses


Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a graphic tank with a plaid shirt, skinny jeans, booties, and a straw fedora


Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - graphic tank, plaid shirt, straw fedora, sunglasses

Well, that would be the Chilliwack River you can see in these photos!!  If Robin and I had opted to stay a little closer to home this past Saturday, we could have seen Chilliwack the band (yes, they're still around!) as part of our local Canada Day celebrations; but we decided to forego the crowds and go for a cruise in the Solstice instead.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - straw fedora, pink hair

Chilliwack River, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - "Canada" graphic tank

It looks rather remote, doesn't it??  But the City of Chilliwack - affectionately known as "the Wack" - is actually just a short drive away from this very spot...so after our communion with nature, we were able to enjoy the luxury of a pitstop at Starbucks before heading home just in time to catch some fireworks!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - plaid shirt, skinny jeans, booties, straw fedora

     

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pink slip: what to wear during a heat wave

If there was ever a piece designed especially for the summer heat, it's a slip dress...don't you agree??

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, blush gladiator sandals, and orange striped straw hat

I suppose you could argue that a bikini would be better; but unless you're spending a day at the beach, it's probably not the most viable option!!  Besides, lycra and neoprene just can't compete with the way the light-as-air fabric of a dress like this dusty mauve wrap version captures even the smallest breeze!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, blush gladiator sandals, and orange striped straw hat

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, pink and orange striped hobo bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, orange striped straw hat

And if you're spending any time at all out in the sun, a hat (or other head covering) is non-negotiable as well.  I happen to adore the combination of pink and orange, so this straw garden hat felt like the perfect match.  And besides, it's striped...and who doesn't love stripes for summer?!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, blush gladiator sandals, and orange striped straw hat

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, blush block-heeled gladiator sandals

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed my new blush-toned block-heeled sandals, too.  They're not a recent purchase - I've had them languishing in my closet since early spring - but today marked their official debut.  It's apparent lately that I can't resist anything in pink!!  😍   

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - mauve wrap slip-dress, orange striped straw hat



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