Thursday, March 30, 2017

I Love Turtles: styling a midi sweater-dress with a moto vest and platform booties

Spring may have sprung, and April is quite literally right around the corner...so what the heck am I doing in an ΓΌber-cozy turtleneck sweater-dress??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a turtleneck sweater dress with a moto vest and platform booties

The weather aside - Vancouver continues to be as damp and chilly as it typically is in the middle of winter! - I'm also still feeling the after-effects of that horrible virus that knocked me out last week. And as much as I love my jeans, I also invariably get to the point where I want to switch things up and wear something with a skirt instead...so today it was this woolly, oversized variation on the sweater theme that came to my rescue!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - turtleneck sweater dress, motorcyle vest

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - turtleneck sweater dress, motorcycle vest, cross-body bag

Dresses truly are the definition of "easy", don't you agree??  One piece, add some fab footwear, and you're done!!  Of course, a bit of layering never fails to take a more basic look from perfectly fine all the way to fantastic...and my moto vest was just the thing to zshuzsh up my dress without obscuring the view!!  πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - midi sweater dress, motorcycle vest, platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a turtleneck sweater dress with a moto vest and platform booties

Are you a fan of dresses as well, dear readers??  Do you wear them year-round...or wait until the weather warms up before daring to do one??  As always, I look forward to hearing from you!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a turtleneck sweater dress with a moto vest and platform booties

P.S. A great big thanks to all of you for your lovely "get well" wishes; those little notes were one of the few things that had me smiling in the middle of my misery!! πŸ’‹



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Monday, March 27, 2017

I'm a Barbie girl: what happened when I let my husband style my look!

After spending pretty much all of last week in pj's, and with my energy level and personal style ambition still barely above "flatlined," I couldn't imagine a more perfect time to do something I've never done before...I turned my OOTD over to my hubby!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid shirt, fringy vest, distressed flare jeans, and grandpa cardigan

I'd honestly expected some hesitation when I first made the suggestion to Robin; but he dove right into my closet like it was second nature...and had this whole ensemble pulled (right down to the accessories!) in less than five minutes!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid shirt, fringy vest, distressed flare jeans, and grandpa cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - fringy vest, chartreuse marled cardigan, statement ring

Would I have chosen exactly this ensemble for myself??  Probably not...but I have to admit that he did a more than acceptable job.  In fact, I think the way he layered a slouchy cardigan over my vest so that just a hint of the fringe peeked out was kind of genius; otherwise, with the flare jeans and plaid shirt, the "seventies" nod would probably have felt a bit too literal.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid shirt, fringy suede vest, distressed jeans, slouchy cardigan

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - plaid shirt, fringy vest, slouchy cardigan, cat-eye sunglasses

Instead, I felt very much like myself - with that little rockerish edge that I always love to include in my look. Way to go, baby...we may have to do this again sometime!!  πŸ‘

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a plaid shirt, fringy vest, distressed flare jeans, and grandpa cardigan


    
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bed time: Styling a jersey tank dress over skinny jeans, with a slouchy suit jacket and ivory booties

Keeping it short and sweet today, dear readers...unfortunately, my "feeling a little off" scenario from the weekend has morphed into a full-blown case of "can't-get-out-of-bed-I-feel-so-miserable." 😝

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a jersey tank dress over distressed skinny jeans, with a slouchy suit jacket and ivory booties

I'm definitely not someone who gets sick often - the last time was about a year and a half ago, when the stress of moving left me with a nasty cough.  But I haven't needed to use any sick days from work in years.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a jersey tank dress over distressed skinny jeans, with a slouchy suit jacket and ivory booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - jersey tank dress over distressed skinny jeans, slouchy suit jacket, ivory Vince Camuto booties, MK bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - jersey tank dress, slouchy suit jacket, Lucky Brand necklace

Let's hope this virus moves on fast...or for the first time since I started my blog, there won't be any new outfit photos for you to check out next week.  And that is simply not acceptable!! πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - jersey tank dress, slouchy suit jacket, Lucky Brand necklace

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a jersey tank dress over distressed skinny jeans, with a slouchy suit jacket and ivory booties



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Monday, March 20, 2017

Converted: styling a polka-dotted blouse with a floral moto jacket and faded skinny jeans

Happy Monday, dear readers!!  I trust that you're well recovered from all the St. Patrick's Day festivities by now?!  πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a dotted blouse with faded skinnies and a floral moto jacket

My hubby and I were once again lucky enough to be invited to a genuine Irish ceilidh - complete with dancing, singing, and story-telling! - Saturday evening; it's a gathering we've been a part of for the past ten years or so. We hadn't planned to stay too late, since Robin had only just returned from a business trip to Calgary, and I've been feeling a little "off"...but despite our better judgement, it ended up being a very late night!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - polka-dotted blouse, floral moto jacket, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a dotted blouse with faded skinnies and a floral moto jacket

And Sunday morning??  Surprise!!  It was snowing!!  We thought our plans to go for a drive were once again right down the toilet; but the flurries cleared, the sun came out...and we not only managed an afternoon road-trip in our Solstice, we did it with the top down for the very first time!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - brown suede open-toe shoes

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - polka-dotted blouse, floral moto jacket, white belt, faded skinny jeans

Not bad for the last official day of winter, wouldn't you say??  Which means today heralds the arrival of spring...woohoo!!  Seriously - are you as excited as I am??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a dotted blouse with faded skinnies and a floral moto jacket



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

All Season - styling a striped midi skirt with a teddybear bomber jacket and wedge booties

I know I've mentioned it before - thanks to the generally temperate climate of Vancouver, I don't have what I'd consider to be a "seasonal" wardrobe; with the obvious exception of my woolliest sweaters and warmest coats, I'll actually wear a lot of my pieces all year long.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped midi-length pencil skirt with wedge booties and a furry bomber jacket

And that's just the way I like it...who wants to wait an entire six months to create an outfit around a favourite tank top or pretty pumps because they won't "work" for the current weather??  Remember how, because of our uncharacteristically snowy winter, I only had the choice of three or four reasonably suitable pairs of boots to wear from December until now??  That's my definition of sartorial torture!! 😱

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped midi-length pencil skirt with wedge booties and a furry bomber jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - fuzzy sweater, teddybear bomber jacket, pink hair

In fact, today I was itching to combine some open-toed wedges with this striped midi skirt (which you last saw as part of a summer outfit!) and plush "teddybear" bomber (one of the few pieces I'd only wear in winter, obviously!) except that our weather forecast once again mentioned the possibility of flurries...

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped midi-length pencil skirt, black wedge booties, ring-handle bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - fuzzy sweater, teddybear bomber jacket, pink hair

But it didn't happen.  Whew.  And so my fingers are tightly crossed that the whole messy situation is now firmly behind us...because I really, really want my year-round wardrobe back!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped midi-length pencil skirt with wedge booties and a furry bomber jacket



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Monday, March 13, 2017

Head games: styling a baker boy cap with a gingham shirt, parka, and vegan leather leggings

I feel like there's been a lot of "denim days" here on the blog recently; and as it turns out, this ensemble is no exception...although instead of being about the jeans, it's all about the hat this time!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a baker boy cap with a gingham shirt, striped cardigan, army-style parka, and vegan leather leggings

I've developed quite a collection of headgear over the past few years - from beanies, to floppy hats, to fedoras - but this is the first "baker boy cap" I'd ever tried on, and I immediately had to have it!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - denim baker boy cap, gingham shirt, striped cardigan, army-style parka

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - denim baker boy cap, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a baker boy cap with a gingham shirt, striped cardigan, army-style parka, and vegan leather leggings

Even though the black version was my first consideration (black tends to be my default, after all!) I don't regret going with denim instead; the classic jeans fabric is practically a neutral, so I know my newest favourite hat will compliment pretty much any outfit scenerio I can dream up!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - gingham shirt, striped cardigan, army-style parka, cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - vegan leather leggings, buckle-embellished stiletto booties, maroon cross-body bag

Plus - since there's finally a glimmer of light at the end of this tunnel called "winter" (we switched to Daylight Savings Time yesterday, woohoo!) I'm thinking ahead, too...and I can't imagine a cuter way to keep my hair under wraps when we go for those much-anticipated summer cruises in our convertible!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a baker boy cap with a gingham shirt, striped cardigan, army-style parka, and vegan leather leggings



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Thursday, March 09, 2017

White elephant: styling an oversized sweater with a belted furry vest and skinny jeans

So let's get the "elephant" out of the way right off the bat, shall we??  Yes - we've had yet another snowfall in Vancouver!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with a belted faux-fur vest and grey skinny jeans

Multiple snowfalls, actually...with a couple of hailstorms thrown in for good measure!!  This particular afternoon we sat parked at the side of the road while sleet iced up our windshield, praying to the weather gods to please give us just ten minutes without precipitation so we could get these outfit photos in the can.  Apparently someone listened...because - hallelujah! - my hair didn't even get wet!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with a belted faux-fur vest and grey skinny jeans

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - oversized sweater, belted faux-fur vest, Labradorite ring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, belted faux-fur vest, pony-hair bag

According to the calendar, the first day of spring is a mere two weeks away...but it certainly doesn't feel like it this year.  The cherry blossoms and forsythia that we've so often enjoyed in March??  Nothing more than a promise for now.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - oversized sweater, faux-fur vest, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, belted faux-fur vest, grey skinny jeans, pony-hair bag

In fact, I think the only way I'm going to get any kind of seasonal vibe going for the foreseeable future is by treating myself to a bouquet (or three!) of tulips!!  And as far as my outfits go, it'll obviously be a while yet before I can swap out my cozy turtlenecks and faux-fur for sundresses and sandals!! πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic sweater with a belted faux-fur vest and grey skinny jeans



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Monday, March 06, 2017

Do-over: styling a slouchy tee with a striped grandpa cardigan and distressed skinny jeans

When I started this blog 3 1/2 years ago, I knew right away that I wouldn't be sharing any recipes or hair and makeup tips here...I'd only be doing personal style!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped grandpa cardigan with a slouchy tee, distressed skinny jeans, and platform booties

Since then, I've learned that being "niche" is actually great for blogging - the more focused, the better! - but the biggest reason you won't find me offering up anything besides outfit inspiration??  Well, I can't really cook (Robin fends for himself since I pretty much live on salads); I do my makeup exactly the same way day in and day out (although I might tweak my lipstick colour a bit); and I'm absolutely, positively useless when it comes to styling my hair!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped grandpa cardigan, slouchy tee, cat-eye sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - pink hair updo

So you can probably imagine how proud I was when, after a bit of guidance from Pinterest, I managed to pull off this adorable new 'do today!!  No "ironing" required - just three little twists at the back of my head, six bobby pins...and I was good to go!!  (Oops!!  Did I just break my "no hair tips" rule??) πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped grandpa cardigan with a slouchy tee, distressed skinny jeans, and platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - striped grandpa cardigan, slouchy tee, cat-eye sunglasses

But now - since we happen to be on the subject of Pinterest - I have a question for you, dear readers!!  Have you joined my Fearless Fashion File community board yet??  It's as simple as sending me an email to request an invite; after all, a lot of the fun of personal style comes from sharing...don't you agree?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a striped grandpa cardigan with distressed skinny jeans, platform booties, and cat-eye sunnies
     



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