Monday, January 30, 2017

Shoe-in: Styling a tunic sweater with a tweed cape, skinny jeans, ivory booties, and a fedora

The snow in Vancouver is finally almost all gone now...and more than anything else (sartorially speaking, at least!) I'm thrilled to once again have a few more options available where footwear choices are concerned!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with a cape, skinny jeans, ivory booties, and a fedora

These ivory booties are certainly not the thing for slushy, salty street conditions; but they couldn't be more perfect for adding an of-the-moment touch to my skinny jeans and tunic sweater combo.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, tweed cape, skinny jeans, ivory booties, sherpa pouch

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, tweed cape, fedora, sherpa pouch

And I've been seriously jonesing for a bit of boho detail in my looks lately - always a trickier proposition in wintery weather versus the summer - but I think I managed the vibe very nicely with my woollen cape, layered necklaces, and wide-brimmed fedora.  And since handbag straps don't work so well with capes, nothing but my fluffy "sherpa" pouch would do!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with a cape, skinny jeans, ivory booties, and a fedora

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - layered necklaces, felt fedora

Now if only that thermometer would do me a favour and creep up into the double digits (I'm speaking celsius here!) every once in a while...I'd be "open-toed" in a heartbeat!!  What about you, dear readers??  Are there any pieces that you're particularly looking forward to wearing once springtime rolls around??  I hope you'll take a moment to share!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with a cape, skinny jeans, ivory booties, and a fedora


  
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Understated: styling a jumpsuit with a sheer floral top, teddybear bomber, and ivory booties

To say we've been a little...um...pre-occupied around here with this whole "we need a new car" situation might be the understatement of the month, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a jumpsuit with a sheer floral top, teddybear bomber, and ivory booties

Robin and I have never owned a particularly "fancy" vehicle; all our previous cars were about as bare-bones as it gets...in fact, we'd only finally upgraded to air-conditioning with our latest one.  But we were truly happy with our little coupe; and we'd certainly hoped to be driving it for longer than just two years!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a jumpsuit with a sheer floral top, teddybear bomber, and ivory booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - jumpsuit, teddybear bomber jacket, maroon cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - labradorite ring

The dilemma now??  Do we stick with our previous modus operandi and shop for wheels that are basic-but-(hopefully)-reliable...or do we spoil ourselves with something a bit more special??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - teddybear bomber jacket, heart-embellished scarf, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - jumpsuit, teddybear bomber jacket, ivory Vince Camuto booties

Our search is temporarily on hold with hubby away on a short business trip; but that certainly hasn't stopped the dreaming, discussion, and deliberation.  When we do decide, though, I promise you'll be among the very first to know if practicality - or personality! - won out!!  😀

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a jumpsuit with a sheer floral top, teddybear bomber, and ivory booties

 


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Lucky day: styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a cardi, vegan leather leggings, and platform booties

There's an expression that goes "people plan...God laughs."  Well, dear readers, Robin and I certainly had a nice little reminder of that just last Friday!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a long cardigan, pleather leggings, and platform booties

Our weekends tend to be fairly consistent from one to the next; doing a few chores around the condo, picking up groceries, a couple of outfit photoshoots...and usually an afternoon at the mall for some recreational shopping.  This particular Friday, I had a dentist appointment thrown into the mix...no big deal.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a long cardigan, pleather leggings, and platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral pyjama-style shirtdress, grey wool cardigan, stacked rings

Except.  Literally moments before hopping into the car to head to my appointment, a speeding pickup truck crashed into a van right in front of the veterinary clinic where I work...and the two vehicles slammed into two others that were innocently sitting in our parking lot.  One of those cars was mine.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - long cardigan, pleather leggings, platform booties, MK studded bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral pyjama-style shirtdress, grey cardigan

We haven't heard from the insurance company yet, but as an older model vehicle that sustained some serious damage both to the front and back end??  We're pretty sure that our only set of wheels is a write-off.  It's hard not to feel incredibly unlucky - totalled in a parking lot?! - but on the other hand, I wasn't in the car yet when the accident happened.  So from that perspective, I was actually very lucky.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama-style shirtdress with a long cardigan, pleather leggings, and platform booties

And hey - car shopping is still "shopping," am I right?!  😉

       


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Frozen: what to wear when it's cold, windy, and wet

I'm not sure that Vancouver's record books will agree...but it certainly felt like the coldest day so far this winter when we took these pics!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a shawl-collar coat with skinny jeans, platform booties, and a feather-embellished headband

Luckily, our car was parked just a few steps away; Robin and I must have jumped back into its cocooning warmth at least three times during our photoshoot!!  I had my extra hot Starbucks on the go, too...but I was definitely ready for a second one by the time we'd finished up!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - wool and faux-leather shawl-collar coat, feather-embellished headband

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a shawl-collar coat with skinny jeans, platform booties, and a feather-embellished headband

There's no doubt - it can be quite challenging to dress for days that are icy and rainy (you can't see it here, but it wasn't just cold, it was absolutely pouring, too!) and windy all at once.  I have a crazy-cozy shearling coat that I don't want to risk when the weather is wet, for example; and a lot of water-stain-resistant options that work for our typically more moderate winter temperatures...but that aren't so ideal when the mercury takes a serious dive!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skinny jeans, platform booties with strap detail

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - feather-embellished headband

So what's a diehard fashionista to do??  The best that she can - with jeans, booties, a cute headband to keep my hair from blowing in my face, and a wool-and-faux-leather coat (that I actually buttoned up for a change!!) And while the mesh tee and striped blouse that I layered underneath didn't do all that much for warmth, they added an extra touch of visual interest...which is almost as important, don't you agree??  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a shawl-collar coat with skinny jeans, platform booties, and a feather-embellished headband




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Express yourself: styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties and an aviator jacket

I suppose the most common interpretation of "personal style" would be the art of using clothing as a means of self-expression.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties, and an aviator jacket

And it's certainly true that the clothes we choose to wear every day can play a very big part in how we express our personalities to the world...but our outfits obviously aren't the only tools we can use when it comes to our personal style!!  Tattoos, piercings, hair - they can all be a part of our arsenal as well.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties, and an aviator jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - amethyst hair colour, beaded choker, aviator jacket

My more observant (wink wink!) visitors will have noticed my passion for experimenting with hair colour; and I have a handful of piercings, too.  But getting "inked" is a territory that I've never really wanted to explore...although the recent popularity of truly tiny tattoos is making me wonder if maybe I should join the club!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black aviator jacket, MK stud-embellished bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, faux-leather leggings, aviator jacket, MK bag

The problem??  I can't imagine getting a tattoo anywhere I wouldn't at some point wish that I didn't have it!! So I expect that I'll probably stay ink-free...and I expect that I'm probably in the minority for that.  But I hope you'll take the time to confirm or deny, dear readers - do you have any tattoos??  Are they an authentic part of your personal style??  Please share!!    

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with faux-leather leggings, wedge booties, and an aviator jacket



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inside job: styling a distress denim jacket with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee boots

I suppose there's something to be said for all this wintery weather we've been having in Vancouver lately...it might just be the perfect time to take care of a few indoor projects that have been niggling at me for a while now!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a distressed denim skirt with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee-high boots

There's still a box or two stacked in the bedroom that have yet to be unpacked (is that bad, considering that Robin and I moved over year ago?)  And my beloved walk-in closet - awesome as it already is! - still needs some finishing details to make it absolutely perfect!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a distressed denim skirt with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee-high boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed denim skirt, faux-fur jacket, and black knee-high boots

But since I'm not handy enough to install a new light fixture or extra shelving on my own, that puts a little spousal sweet-talking on the agenda, too.  Come to think of it, I haven't actually picked out my new light fixture and shelving yet...

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - sequinned tee, colour-blocked faux-fur jacket, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - colour-blocked faux-fur jacket

So hey there, shopping op!!  While Ikea and Home Depot might not be in quite the same league as Winners and Forever 21, I think I can probably make do...and there's always next weekend for actually getting my hands dirty, am I right?!  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a distressed denim skirt with a sequinned tee, faux-fur jacket, and knee-high boots



      
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Monday, January 09, 2017

Shape shift: how not to dress like you belong in a fruit basket

Even if you don't believe in New Year's Resolutions as such, it's only natural to think of "change" when January rolls around.  So how's this for a fashion objective for 2017 - isn't it high time that we banish the notion of "body types" when it comes to our personal style??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cropped jeans with an oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, and long faux-fur vest

Whose idea was it anyway to turn a woman's figure into a geometry lesson...or - even worse! - to categorize us like the contents of a fruit bowl??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cropped jeans with an oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, and long faux-fur vest

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, long faux-fur vest

Your shape is simply your shape.  That's it.  The whole idea that we need to "wear this, not that" because we are a trapezoid or a kumquat is ridiculous!!  How about shifting the focus from our silhouettes to the fabric and fit of our clothing instead - where it belongs!!  Get those two things right and figure flattery will invariably follow.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - cropped jeans, wedge booties, long faux-fur vest

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, long faux-fur vest

And of course let's not forget the most important ingredient of all - outfit love!!  Because loving what we wear is the surest route to confidence there is.  And feeling great??  That always equals looking great!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cropped jeans with an oversize-cuffed shirt, star-patterned sweater, and long faux-fur vest



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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Weather woes - styling a turtleneck with skinny jeans, a moto vest, and platform booties

Snow, snow, and even more snow!!  You may or may not be getting tired of seeing it...but I sure am getting tired of posing in it!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chunky sweater with skinny jeans, a moto vest, and platform booties

This was Vancouver's fourth - or even the fifth! - snowfall of the season...and it's only "officially" been winter for a couple of weeks now.  That's more than we've had in the past five years combined!!  All everyone around here talks about is how they moved from Toronto/Montreal/Calgary/etc. to get away from weather like this; whatever happened to the so-called "moderating" effect we're supposed to experience living on the coast??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon turtleneck sweater, moto vest, striped arm warmers

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skinny jeans, Kork-Ease platform booties

And since I'm all about fashion (and definitely not an outdoor enthusiast!) my footwear choices have been sadly compromised, too.  There won't be any stiletto or open-toed shoe moments happening in the foreseeable future, that's for darn sure; I'm stuck wearing the same few "hardy" pairs of booties on repeat.  I know, I know...personal style blogger problems!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chunky sweater with skinny jeans, a moto vest, and platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped arm warmers, chain-embellished cross-body bag

So - how's the weather been in your neck of the woods??  Are you also knee-deep in snow...but loving it??  Or lucky enough to enjoy sunshine and warm(ish) temperatures year-round??  Now's your chance to make me feel some serious weather envy, dear readers!!  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon turtleneck, olive moto vest, striped arm warmers



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Monday, January 02, 2017

Suits me: Styling a slouchy striped suit with a sheer top and platform heels

As promised, dear readers...my "holiday suit" in its entirety!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy striped suit with a sheer top and platform mary-jane shoes

I'm not sure that I'd have dared to wear something this masculine even as little as a year ago; but we all know that personal style is an ever-evolving beast...and this striped jacket and trousers combo appealed to me the moment I spotted it at H&M about a month ago.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - double-breasted suit jacket, sheer floral top

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy striped suit with a sheer floral top

Not ever having worked in a traditional office environment, a suit is truly foreign territory for me; but this one is about as far from "constricting" (always my biggest beef when it comes to anything tailored) as it gets!!  The fit is slouchy - borderline oversized - and when you pair the pieces with a sheer floral top like I did today??  Well, let's just say there's no way I'm being mistaken for a corporate stiff!!  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped suit, reptile-embossed maroon clutch

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy striped suit with a sheer top and platform mary-jane shoes

I've already done the pants as a separate in my "Resolution" post, and you're bound to see the jacket worn "unmatched" too...if we can ever get back to more temperate weather in Vancouver.  We had another dump of snow on New Year's Eve, so that nasty white stuff will be showing up here on the blog for a good while yet!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a slouchy striped suit with a sheer top and platform mary-jane shoes



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