Monday, April 24, 2017

Road tripping: styling vegan suede leggings with ankle booties, a hoodie sweater, and a baker boy cap

Robin and I had our fingers crossed yesterday for a replay of the Easter weekend's pretty weather - so we could hit the road again, of course! - but unfortunately it was not to be. 😞

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with ankle boots, a hoodie sweater, and a baker boy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with ankle boots, a hoodie sweater, and a baker boy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, baker boy hat, sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, baker boy hat, pink hair

Hopefully you'll indulge me, then, in a few more pics than usual for this little #throwback trip of the photographic variety.  We had a ton of fun taking the Solstice for a day-long spin to Hope (which is the town where the Rambo movie "First Blood" was filmed, for all you trivia enthusiasts!) to enjoy the sun in our faces, the wind in our hair...and those stunning mountain views!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, baker boy hat, sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling vegan suede leggings with ankle boots, a hoodie sweater, and a baker boy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, baker boy hat, sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, baker boy hat, sunglasses, pink hair

P.S. I'm very happy to report that my baker boy cap doesn't just look cute...it passed the road trip test with flying colours!! 👍

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, baker boy hat, sunglasses, pink hair



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seize the day: styling cropped jeans with a graphic tee, bomber jacket, and ankle boots

Sunshine and - finally! - a warm breeze??  Hubby and I would have been crazy not to "seize the day" today, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling re-worked cropped jeans, a graphic tee, bomber jacket, and ivory booties

With such a lovely (and unexpected) turn in our weather, we decided to spend this past Saturday afternoon in Steveston...a heritage fishing community that's technically a part of Richmond, but feels miles away from all the big city hustle and bustle!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling re-worked cropped jeans, a graphic tee, bomber jacket, and ivory booties

Steveston, British Columbia

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - graphic tee, olive bomber jacket, Nanette sunglasses, pink hair

In other words, the perfect place to spend a relaxing few hours window-shopping, enjoying the seaside view, and cruising "the strip" in our Solstice - with the top down, of course!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - re-worked cropped jeans, graphic tee, bomber jacket, ivory booties, matt & nat bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - graphic tee, olive bomber jacket, pink hair

But Steveston has a sentimental vibe for the two of us, too; it happens to be where Robin and I met fifteen years ago this coming May!!  We'll be back again for our anniversary weekend - it's become a tradition for us to visit every year - but I'm so happy we grabbed a little "sneak preview" today!!  😊
  
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling re-worked cropped jeans, a graphic tee, bomber jacket, and ivory booties



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Sun Days: Styling a midi-length t-shirt dress with a moto jacket and ankle boots

Man, did Vancouver ever luck out with the weather for our Easter long weekend!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a t-shirt dress with a moto jacket and suede ankle boots

Not quite as warm as I would have liked; but lots of sunshine...and lots of opportunity to do some cruising with the top down!!  We spent Saturday afternoon in picturesque Steveston - you'll see the photos on Thursday! - and yesterday??  We enjoyed our first all-day road trip in the Solstice with a drive to Harrison Hot Springs and Hope!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a t-shirt dress with a moto jacket and suede ankle boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - motorcycle jacket, "Tree of Life" pendant, pink hair

And while Easter isn't a traditional day for gift-giving, I was spoiled with a little surprise from Robin - this beautiful "Tree of Life" pendant that I obviously couldn't wait to show off!!  Don't be surprised if you see it on repeat here on the blog...

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - t-shirt dress, moto jacket, suede ankle boots, patent yellow mini bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Nine West olive suede ankle boots

...and my brand-new olive suede Nine West booties, too!!  Together with my moto jacket, they added that edgy finishing touch I always crave to this sleek midi-length t-shirt dress; and I have to admit that I was pretty darn excited to get my patent yellow mini bag out of winter hiding and into the light of day!!  I finally feel it - summer's coming!!  🌞

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a t-shirt dress with a moto jacket and suede ankle boots



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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Determination: Styling a tank top and flare jeans with a long cardi and faux-fur vest

Like the determined daffodils and Japanese cherry trees that have finally started to bloom here in Vancouver, I decided to give up waiting on warmer weather today...and stubbornly went with some summery boho elements in my outfit!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tank top and flare jeans with a long cardigan and faux-fur vest

Not that it isn't possible to rock a bit of a "hippie" vibe even in the middle of winter....but there's something about the season of road trips and music festivals that just naturally goes with a wardrobe of faded flares, tank tops, and layered necklaces, don't you think??  I really wanted to do this combo sans sweater, but sadly there's just no way I can go sleeveless yet...even with a furry vest!!  Brrr!!

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

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - faded flare jeans, cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tank top and flare jeans with a long cardigan and faux-fur vest

These jeans are technically new - although I've worn them practically non-stop since I found them at Winners a couple of weeks ago for only $20! - and they bring my tally of flared denim to a total of four.  What can I say?? I have a bit of an obsession with jeans of every style...and I'm always on the lookout for my next "perfect" pair!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - grey tank top and cardigan, faux-fur vest, suede belt

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - grey tank top and cardigan, faux-fur vest, Lucky Brand necklace, pink hair

Are you a can't-do-without-em denim diva (or divo!) as well, dear readers??  Do you stick to a particular silhouette or do you let the mood of the day decide if it will be flares or skinnies, dark wash or distressed??  I hope you'll find a moment to leave me a little note...I always love hearing from you!! 😍

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tank top and flare jeans with a long cardigan and faux-fur vest



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Polished: Styling a cold-shoulder sweater with patterned palazzo pants and cut-out booties

I'm wearing something today that I've never worn on the blog before, dear readers!!  Any guesses??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a cold-shoulder sweater with cropped palazzos and cut-out booties

If this cold-shoulder sweater looks new to you, I can tell you it is; I actually brought it home way back in the fall...but I've been waiting and waiting ever since for the perfect weather (not too warm, not too cold) to debut it. No point in something that shows off your shoulders if you're going to need to layer it under a coat or jacket to ward off hypothermia, am I right?!  😉

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a cold-shoulder sweater with cropped palazzos and cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - cold-shoulder sweater, chandelier earring, sunglasses, pink hair

And while I love today's combo of sweater, cropped palazzo pants, and open-toed shoes - after all, I gotta get "spring" in there somehow! - for me the most exciting part of this look is my pretty manicure!!  I finally decided to give gel polish a try, since even my best efforts with the regular stuff never stayed chip-free for more than a single day.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - cold-shoulder sweater, chandelier earring

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - patterned cropped palazzos, cut-out booties

I've been promised that my bright and shiny nails will stay fresh-looking for two to three weeks...which sounds almost too good to be true!!  We'll certainly see how things go over the course of the next few blog posts; and in the meantime, perhaps those of you who've done gel polish before can let me know how you like it!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a cold-shoulder sweater with cropped palazzos and cut-out booties




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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Coasting: Styling reworked jeans with a blazer, western-inspired booties, and a baker boy cap

Woohoo!!  Robin and I have made up our minds - we're going on a road trip this summer!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling patchwork jeans with a blazer, western-inspired booties, and a baker boy cap

It won't be a month-long cross-country drive or anything like that...but we've been talking for a while about visiting Portland, Oregon (neither of us has ever been there before) and then taking "the long way home" all along the coast from Cannon Beach back to Vancouver.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling patchwork jeans with a blazer, western-inspired booties, and a baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - slouchy tee, shawl collar blazer, baker boy cap, colour-blocked cross-body bag

Five or six days should be plenty of time for us to see the sights; and it's also about the maximum we could probably even manage, considering the extremely limited amount of space we have in our Solstice for luggage...or supplies of any kind!!  We certainly won't be packing beach chairs or a picnic basket; I'll be lucky if there's room for an extra pair of jeans once we have that ragtop down and tucked into the trunk!!  😜  

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Wishbone Collection booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Steve Madden colour-blocked cross-body bag

There's no doubt that it'll be an exercise in minimalism!!  But right now - as I look out our living room window at the seemingly endless rain - I can't think of anything more divine that cruising along a picturesque coastline in our little convertible...with the sun shining in our faces and warm wind blowing through our hair!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling patchwork jeans with a blazer, western-inspired booties, and a baker boy cap

(P.S. My baker boy cap??  It's definitely coming with me!!)



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Monday, April 03, 2017

Girl in the hood: Styling striped cropped trousers with a hooded sweater and denim jacket

It's been a looong time since we've had enough daylight left over after one of my hair appointments that Robin and I could also manage to squeeze in a photoshoot afterwards!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling striped cropped trousers with a hoodie sweater, denim jacket, and ivory booties

So with this opportunity in mind, we planned our route home through Stanley Park...stopping here at Prospect Point, which looks out over the Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet.  A quintessential Vancouver view for you, dear readers!!

View of the Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, denim jacket, leopard-patterned backpack, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling striped cropped trousers with a hoodie sweater, denim jacket, and ivory booties

As far as my look goes, it's not only my 'do that's new today - I'm committing to pink for the time being; it's just so pretty! - but these striped, cropped trousers and the hoodie sweater, too!!  I'd been keeping my eyes open for a variation on the hoodie trend since the "traditional" athletic style that's everywhere right now simply doesn't do it for me; so I was really excited to find this wool-blend hybrid on sale at H&M!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration -  striped cropped trousers, hoodie sweater, denim jacket, and ivory booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - hoodie sweater, denim jacket, leopard backpack, pink hair

What I am not excited about??  The fact that I'm still shopping for (and wearing!) cozy sweaters in April!! Yes - the sun shone this weekend, but that darn thermometer just won't climb high enough to make a "summer's coming" outfit a reality yet!!  Maybe next weekend...a girl can dream, right?!  
 
Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling striped cropped trousers with a hoodie sweater, denim jacket, and ivory booties



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