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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Monday, June 26, 2017

Heat styled: patterned shift dress, long denim jacket, and patchwork over-the-knee boots

We had our second heatwave of the season this weekend, dear readers...and I honestly couldn't have been happier!! 🌞

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a patterned shift dress with OTK boots and a denim jacket

Seriously - why bother with summer if it isn't going to be really hot at least some of the time??  Here in Canada (as in many parts of the world) we spend what can feel like forever under wraps from head to toe to ward off winter's chill; isn't it nice to have our skin out in the open to breathe just a little??

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a patterned shift dress with OTK boots and a denim jacket

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - patterned shift dress, denim jacket, cat-eye sunglasses, pink hair

So I'm sure you've figured out by now that this outfit was shot pre-heatwave...while it's certainly a summery look, wearing a long denim jacket and my suede OTK's would have been serious overkill these past few days!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - patterned shift dress, Aldo over-the-knee boots

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a patterned shift dress with OTK boots and a denim jacket

I suppose a life without "layering" could be a bit boring, sartorially speaking; I can't imagine not ever having the opportunity to rock these awesome boots again, for example.  But in the meantime??  I'm going to enjoy the "less is more" approach to dressing for as long as the weather permits!!    

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - patterned shift dress, denim jacket, cat-eye sunglasses, pink hair



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Best before: distressed cropped flares, slouchy v-neck tee, bandana, and open-toe boots

My regular readers know how much I love me some "mall time"...but between the unexpected expense of my laptop repair and our commitment to hittin' the road every weekend in our convertible (woohoo!) there actually hasn't been a whole lot of recreational shopping going on around here lately!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, slouchy t-shirt, and open-toe wedge booties

But then I spotted these cute cropped jeans at American Eagle...and I simply could not resist.  Denim is a weakness of mine as it is - it seems I have yet to find my one "ultimate" pair! - and with their slightly flared hem and the distressed finish, these have all the details that are particularly irresistible to me right now!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, slouchy t-shirt, and open-toe wedge booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - AEO distressed cropped flares, open-toe wedge booties, cross-body bag

Needless to say, my new jeans have been on heavy rotation since I brought them home (I'm surprised that my hubby hasn't called me out on that yet!) because they are just so perfect with everything I put them with - from this day's pick of a slouchy white tee and open-toe wedge booties...to all the other combinations I've worn since (of which at least a few are sure to appear on the blog very soon!!)

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - slouchy v-neck tee, bandana, Nanette sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - stacked rings

At some point, though, I guess I'm gonna have to wash them.  Anybody happen to know if there's an official denim "best before" date??  😜

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, slouchy t-shirt, and open-toe wedge booties



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Monday, June 19, 2017

On the dock: striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless coat, and open-toe booties

Well, what can I say - the summery weather in Vancouver has (so far) been pretty inconsistent!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat, open-toed booties

But Robin and I have been making the best of it...and despite the moodiness of the sky in these pics, we were lucky enough to once again enjoy a weekend road trip with the Solstice in convertible mode!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat, open-toed booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, sleeveless linen coat

Deep Cove, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

So where did Robin and I end up on this particular afternoon??  Deep Cove, tucked in at the base of Mount Seymour on Vancouver's North Shore, is another little neighbourhood that we hadn't visited in ages.  The last time we were here, we rented a canoe and ventured out onto Indian Arm - a branch of the Burrard Inlet - for a whole different view from the water; but I think we were both quite happy to stay firmly on shore this time around!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, sleeveless linen coat, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - slouchy trousers, Steve Madden open-toed booties

Besides - I had to give my newest footwear acquisition a proper debut!!  These Steve Madden bootie/sandal hybrids were a clearance find from Marshalls a while ago...and man are they easy to wear!!  I can't imagine that I'll ever favour the "comfort" of flats over a pair of fabulous heels; but it's nice to own shoes that let me have my cake and eat it, too!! 😉 

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped crop top, slouchy trousers, sleeveless linen coat, open-toed booties

  

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wearing what I like: polka dot blouse, jersey midi dress, and ivory ankle boots

More and more - even as the weather warms up - I'm finding that booties are my go-to choice when it comes to footwear options.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, ivory ankle booties

They do have a way of adding that little bit of "edge" I always adore to just about any ensemble...like my otherwise conservative combo of this midi-length grey jersey dress layered over a pink-and-black dotted blouse.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, ivory ankle booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, slate blue satchel

But there's another reason, too - ever since the deep vein thrombosis I suffered in my right leg three years ago, I find I'm often more confident with my ankle covered.  The mess of blue veins I was left with is probably way more obvious to me than it is to anyone else...but that's immaterial, because in the end, what we wear is supposed to be all about allowing us feel our very best selves.  So yay - booties it is!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, ivory ankle booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse, Lucky Brand necklace

And speaking of "go-to"??  I've had this Lucky Brand necklace on serious repeat ever since I first brought it home; so much so that my hubby thought it necessary to suggest I might want to switch it up for something different.  But sorry, honey...#iwillwearwhatilike !!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - jersey midi dress, dotted blouse



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Monday, June 12, 2017

At the Abbey: Styling a tee and striped jeans with a bomber jacket and baker boy cap

Don't you agree that all of us should - at least occasionally - play tourist in our own "neighbourhood"??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tee and striped jeans with a bomber jacket and baker boy cap

With both the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains right at our doorstep, Vancouver routinely makes the list as one of the most beautiful cities in the world...and Robin and I feel very fortunate to actually live in a place that's considered a prime vacation destination for people from around the globe.

Westminster Abbey, Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tee and striped jeans with a bomber jacket and baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tee and striped jeans with a bomber jacket and baker boy cap

Somehow, though, it's easy to take for granted the beauty and history that most of us, no matter where we live, can find a mere stone's throw from home.  So my hubby and I have made it our summer project this year to remedy that...and we're taking the Solstice out every weekend for a Sunday (or Saturday!) drive to rediscover our city and its surroundings.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - white tee, olive bomber jacket, baker boy cap, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - stacked rings and bracelets

This afternoon our roadtrip led us to the Westminster Abbey in Mission...albeit after it was officially closed to visitors for the evening.  Oops!!  But the Benedictine Monks that reside there didn't seem to mind as we quietly strolled the beautiful grounds and snapped some photos for the blog; I guess my outfit must have passed their dress code!! 😌

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tee and striped jeans with a bomber jacket and baker boy cap



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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Block party: styling a beachy maxi dress with a denim vest and head scarf

Woohoo!!  Maybe we're going to have a "real" summer here in Vancouver after all!!  🌞

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a beachy maxi dress with a denim vest and head scarf

This particular day was the hottest of the year so far...and I totally went for it, sartorially speaking, in a breezy beach dress that was my souvenir from our vacation in California four years ago.  So what if the calendar says we have another two weeks to go before the season officially begins?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a beachy maxi dress with a denim vest and head scarf

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - denim vest, head scarf, sunglasses, orange tote, pink hair

It's worth mentioning an important part of this look that you can't actually see...I'm absolutely slathered in sunblock.  I am certainly not the typical "sun bunny" who loves to tan; in fact, I'm upset if I (accidentally) get even the littlest bit of colour.  But I've been complimented by several doctors on the condition of my skin...so I'll take that as proof that my vigilance has been worthwhile!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - coin pendant necklace, layered rings, pink hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - denim vest, head scarf, sunglasses, pink hair

And what about you, dear readers??  Do you always try for a tan come summertime...or do you stay "under wraps" like I do when the weather warms up??  I'm curious to know whether bronzed skin is finally falling out of favour...or if it still holds that 20th century allure.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a beachy maxi dress with a denim vest and head scarf



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Monday, June 05, 2017

Pink fix: Styling a tunic dress with vegan leather leggings and platform sandals

Dealing with a little blogging challenge right now, dear readers...my laptop is broken!!  😞

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic dress with vegan leather leggings and platform sandals

Well, I suppose "broken" is a bit of an exaggeration; it seems there's a problem with the WiFi card, so I need to be hardwired to our internet connection in order to get anything done.  A new card is on order at our local Apple Store...but until it arrives and the repair can (hopefully) be done, I'm stuck posting from Robin's office instead of the cushy comfort of our living room couch.  Boo hoo!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aritzia tunic dress, vegan leather leggings, sunglasses, matt & nat bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Michael Michael Kors platform sandals

At least my freshly done hair has me smiling!!  As you can see, I've opted to stay "in the pink"; but my stylist knows I never want exactly the same look twice...so we went with a sherbet-inspired hue this time.  So pretty next to my always a go-to all-black ensemble, don't you think??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic dress with vegan leather leggings and platform sandals

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a tunic dress with vegan leather leggings and platform sandals

This Aritzia tunic, by the way, is as new as my 'do...and considering the aforementioned laptop situation, quite possibly the last wardrobe purchase I'll be making for a while!!  Fingers crossed that the experts at Apple can get things sorted, 'cause the alternative - a laptop upgrade - will be a whole lot more expensive!!  😱

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aritzia tunic dress, pink hair



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