Monday, February 27, 2017

Red rider - styling boyfriend jeans with platform booties, a kimono, and a chunky cardigan

Today's post was supposed to be all about these fab new jeans that I scooped up just last week...but I'm thinking some of their thunder is likely being stolen by that little "rocket" you see parked behind me!! 😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cuffed boyfriend jeans with platform booties, a floral kimono, and chunky cardigan

Finally!!  The rain (and snow!) stayed away long enough that Robin and I felt we could show off the rather impractical but seriously fun vehicle to which we treated ourselves after our old reliable Sunfire was totalled last month.  Even if you don't know cars, you can probably see that we stuck with a Pontiac...but can you guess what model* this is??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cuffed boyfriend jeans with platform booties, a floral kimono, and chunky cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon floral kimono, tomato-red cardigan, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon floral kimono, tomato-red cardigan, Pontiac Solstice

Almost as cool as our wheels, though??  These "reworked" jeans that I found for a crazy twenty bucks - twenty bucks! - at H&M!!  I promise to wear them again really soon so you can get a good look at the interesting seam and pocket detail; this time around that perfectly slouchy fit and major cuff will have to do!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cuffed boyfriend jeans with platform booties, a floral kimono, and chunky cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon floral kimono, tomato-red cardigan, pink hair

And please tell me you don't still believe that pink and red don't go together?!  I'm so loving the contrast of my pink hair against this tomato-coloured sweater and the maroon of my kimono...which are, of course, two reds that also don't "traditionally" play well with each other!!  Proof once again that we need to ditch all those old-fashioned style rules, am I right?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling cuffed boyfriend jeans with platform booties, a floral kimono, and chunky cardigan

*P.S. It's a Solstice!!



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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Easy: what to wear for effortless style

Effortless style.  I'm pretty darn sure that's the ultimate goal of every fashionista in the known universe.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with skinny jeans, a moto jacket and lace-up booties

But what exactly does the term "effortless" mean when it comes to the daily process of getting dressed??  Is it about being able to pull random pieces out of our wardrobes, tossing them on...and unfailingly nailing a chic combination??  Or does effortless style merely look that way??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, moto jacket, choker, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with skinny jeans, a moto jacket and lace-up booties

Once again, I'm pretty confident that even the most seasoned style mavens put at least a bit of thought into their everyday ensembles...regardless of how "easy breezy" those outfits appear.  Still - having a cohesive closet full of stuff you absolutely adore (and my button-fly skinny jeans, black patterned shirt, and fitted moto jacket certainly qualify!) will always make the process that much more spontaneous!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, skinny jeans, moto jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration  - patterned shirt, moto jacket, choker, feather earring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, moto jacket, choker, pink hair

The moral of the story??  Effortless style starts with pieces you love!!  There will always be days when you feel like you have nothing to wear; so grab those go-to's...and guarantee yourself a sartorial gold star!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with skinny jeans, a moto jacket and lace-up booties


      
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Out of season: styling distressed flare jeans with a Chanel-style jacket and long cardigan

While I don't exactly have different wardrobes for different seasons, there are pieces that I reach for more often at certain times of the year...and these jeans??  They've always meant "summer" to me!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with distressed flare jeans, a Chanel-inspired jacket, and a long cardigan

Then why did I reach for them today - with more than a week of February still to go??  After the dark wash denim and faux-leather looks I've been doing recently, I was jonesing for a little change of pace...and these seriously distressed flares felt like just the ticket!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed flare jeans, long cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with distressed flare jeans, a Chanel-inspired jacket, and a long cardigan

There's been yet another tress metamorphosis, too...I've gone from smokey purple to fuchsia and pastel pink!! I may forever be a fan of neutrals when it comes to my closet, but it appears that adding an unexpected "pop" to my look via hair colour is developing into a bit of a thing around here!! 😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned shirt, Chanel-inspired jacket, long cardigan, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed flare jeans, ivory Vince Camuto booties

With spring legitimately right around the corner now (woohoo!) I'm guessing that many of you, dear readers, are contemplating a little personal style switch-up as well.  Whether it's a new 'do or new denim - or something else entirely - I hope you'll take a moment to share what you're planning for the new season!!    
 
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a patterned shirt with distressed flare jeans, a Chanel-inspired jacket, and a long cardigan



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Skulduggery: styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans and a faux-fur jacket

What's better than a badass skull motif, dear readers??  Why, two of them, of course!!  😜

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans, platform booties, and a faux-fur jacket

I'm pretty sure that anyone who's ever experienced a "rebellious" phase (that's all of us, I'd say!) has rocked a skull-patterned something at some point in their lives.  But if you're a rock-and-roller at heart even now, or if you just want to add a touch of edge or irreverence to your look...look no further than this classic icon of pirates and punks!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans, platform booties, and a faux-fur jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skull-motif t-shirt, beaded choker

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - skull-motif tee, faux-fur jacket, sunglasses, cross-body bag

My plan had been to wear my cheeky new tee with a skirt - to play up the "good girl vs. bad" vibe - but after braving bare legs in the snow just last week, I thought better of it and went with my cropped flare jeans instead. And by finishing my outfit with this colour-blocked faux-fur jacket, I think I've managed to add a different kind of contrast...glamour with a touch of grunge!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - cropped flare jeans, platform booties, maroon cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - colour-blocked faux-fur jacket, wire-framed sunglasses

Do you have any skeletons -  um, skulls - hiding in your closet??  Have I inspired you to get them into (semi) regular wardrobe rotation again??  I'd love to hear!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a skull-motif tee with cropped flare jeans, platform booties, and a faux-fur jacket




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Monday, February 13, 2017

Joyride: styling vegan leather jeans with a chambray shirt and teddybear bomber

The great Vancouver thaw is on, dear readers...and I, for one, couldn't be any happier!!  😄

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chambray shirt and vegan leather jeans with a furry bomber, harness boots, and woolen beanie

In fact, we have clear skies and spring-like temperatures in the forecast for the first half of the week - and you can bet that I'll be taking full advantage today; it's a holiday here in British Columbia!!  Woohoo!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chambray shirt, vegan leather jeans, furry bomber, woolen beanie

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - chambray shirt, furry bomber, woolen beanie

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - vegan leather jeans, Frye harness boots

The only thing that isn't so great??  My hubby has to work...which means that I'll be celebrating the day off on my own.  I'd be considering a movie matinee if the weather didn't look as promising as it does; but since it would be practically criminal to let that sunshine go to waste, I think I might just go for a little joyride instead!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chambray shirt and vegan leather jeans with a furry bomber, harness boots, and woolen beanie

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - woolen beanie, earring detail

And no - there aren't any pics of our new wheels to show off just yet; Robin insists that everything be "spit and polished" before our car's first photoshoot...and even though he's washed it three times already, all the leftover road salt keeps messing with his handy-work!!  I guess it's fingers crossed for next weekend!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a chambray shirt and vegan leather jeans with a furry bomber, harness boots, and woolen beanie



       
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Defiant: styling a slipdress with a cropped sweater, army parka, and fleece-trimmed knee boots

I guess you could say I was giving "the finger" to our wintery weather situation in this bare-legged outfit, dear readers!!  😁

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid slipdress with a cropped sweater, army-inspired parka, and fleece-trimmed block-heeled boots

Although the snow was - once again! - falling rather enthusiastically, it actually wasn't all that cold; so I felt surprisingly comfortable in my lace-hemmed slipdress and fleecy knee-high boots combo...especially since I'd also "layered up" with a woolly mohair sweater, military-inspired parka, and leather driving gloves!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid slipdress with an army-inspired parka, fleece-trimmed block-heeled boots, and pony-hair cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green mohair sweater, army-inspired parka, driving gloves, cross-body bag

Not that there's been much driving going on around here; I've actually had to take the bus to work this week (for the first time ever!) because road conditions are such a mess.  Ugh.  And things look like they'll be getting even worse before they get better...so I'm glad I got my slipdress-wearing compulsion out of the way when I did!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green mohair sweater, Vince Camuto earring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid slipdress, pony-hair cross-body bag, driving gloves

These boots, though??  I re-discovered them just before this latest snow-tastrophe (remember how I was complaining about my limited footwear options?) and now they're pretty much my daily go-to!!  Prepare to see them again...just sayin'.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid slipdress with a cropped sweater, army-inspired parka, and fleece-trimmed block-heeled boots




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Monday, February 06, 2017

Whitewash: styling a plaid shirt and leggings with a faux-fur vest and leather beanie

After a week chock full of anticipation and excitement - Robin and I got the car we've always dreamed of, woohoo! - the weekend was a rather frustrating one, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a military parka with a plaid shirt, long faux-fur vest, leggings, fleece-trimmed boots, and leather beanie

You've probably already guessed why...it snowed again.  A lot.  In fact, I'd say we're pretty much right back to where we were with that first storm about eight weeks ago - over a foot of white stuff piled up on our balcony (sooo not the view I want!) and slushy, slippery streets to contend with; all in all, an unhappy reminder that winter is still a very real thing!!  😞 

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a military parka with a plaid shirt, long faux-fur vest, leggings, fleece-trimmed boots, and leather beanie

leather beanie, faux-fur vest

My plan had been to share the blog spotlight with our photogenic new vehicle today...but this nasty precipitation has kept us virtually "grounded" since Friday afternoon.  Thank goodness we had the foresight to pick up groceries with our rental before we returned it; if we were going to end up in a snowbank, it certainly wasn't going to be with our latest pride and joy!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - long faux-fur vest, vegan suede leggings, fleece-trimmed boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid shirt, military parka, long faux-fur vest, leather beanie, MK bag

What car did we decide on??  You'll have to wait and see, dear readers; it'll be guest-starring here just as soon as the weather gods decide to cooperate!!  
 
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a military parka with a plaid shirt, long faux-fur vest, leggings, fleece-trimmed boots, and leather beanie



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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Blazers and bluster: how to style a double-breasted suit jacket with skinny jeans and booties

Now that I've actually got a couple of blazer-style jackets in my wardrobe arsenal, I'm wondering what the heck took me so long to become a convert to this wardrobe classic!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a double-breasted suit jacket with a striped tee, skinny jeans, mustard scarf, and booties

I'm sure I'll forever think of "tailored" pieces as constricting...the polar opposite of easy-breezy jerseys and knits.  But have you noticed??  More and more traditionally non-stretchy fabrics (like denim!) seem to include a modest Lycra content to help items like jackets and blouses - and jeans, of course! - fit better and feel more comfortable.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a double-breasted suit jacket with a striped tee, skinny jeans, mustard scarf, and booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - double-breasted suit jacket, striped tee, mustard scarf, stacked bracelets

Then there's the fact that this particular double-breasted jacket (part of my "holiday" suit) is actually slouchy enough to wear a sweater underneath; you can't see it, but today I've added a woollen cardi over my striped tee for some extra warmth...'cause it's been a bit blustery in Vancouver again recently!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - double-breasted suit jacket, skinny jeans, booties, mustard scarf, MK studded bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a double-breasted suit jacket with a striped tee, skinny jeans, mustard scarf, and booties

And since we're on the topic - there's snow in our forecast again!!  WTF?!  I'm sooo over this uncharacteristically wintery weather we've been having; can someone please talk to the people in charge and make it stop??  Please?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - double-breasted suit jacket, striped tee, mustard scarf




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