Monday, July 31, 2017

Sundowner: styling a striped maxi-length wrap dress with a felt fedora and boho accessories

This was a photoshoot that almost didn't happen, dear readers...and what a shame that would have been!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, brown felt fedora, animal-patterned sunglasses, pony-hair bag

Like any good little blogging team, Robin and I pretty much always take our camera with us when we're on the road over the weekend, ready to document my outfit-of-the-day.  We'd indulged in our customary bit of shopping this afternoon and then a much rarer dinner out...where we made the decision to end the day with a sunset visit to our favourite beach.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, brown felt fedora, animal-patterned sunglasses, pony-hair bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, brown felt fedora

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, animal patterned sunglasses, stacked rings

Our toes were in the sand, the light was just about perfect...and then we realized that I'd left the camera's memory card lying on our kitchen counter!!  (Insert expletive of choice!!)  Nothing to do but hop back in the car and find somewhere to buy another one...with fingers tightly crossed that we'd make it back before the sun disappeared into the ocean.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, brown felt fedora

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, brown felt fedora, animal-patterned sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black and white striped maxi-dress, brown felt fedora, animal-patterned sunglasses, pony-hair bag

As you can see, we did it!!  We haven't been to the beach all that often in the past few years - ever since we created a private getaway for ourselves on our balcony terrace - so it was a real treat to breathe in some salty air and get up close and personal with the expansiveness that is the seaside sky at night.  Especially when it puts on this kind of a stunning display!!  🌅
 
Crescent Beach, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

    
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happiness: flare jeans, lingerie-inspired camisole, and a baker boy cap

After taking part in a kids' birthday celebration earlier in the day - definitely not something we do on the regular! - Robin and I decided that the best way to bring back the "balance" to our Sunday afternoon was a shopping interlude at Winners...followed by a little nature walk!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a pink lace-trimmed camisole with flare jeans and a baker boy cap

Honestly??  Outdoorsy activities aren't really our thing (unless you include cruising in our convertible with the top down, of course!!)  We gave up camping years ago; and hiking just seems like way too much work when, care of the internet, I can enjoy the most amazing views from the comfort of our couch...minus the bug bites and potential encounters with bears!!  😱

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink lace-trimmed camisole, flare jeans, baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a pink lace-trimmed camisole with flare jeans and a baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink lace-trimmed camisole, wire-frame sunglasses, baker boy cap

But the promise of a walk along the water - whether it's a beach, or an estuary like the one we visited today - always has me happy to be temporarily out of my high(est) heels.  There's a special sort of tranquility to be found near water that can't be matched anyplace else...at least in my humble opinion!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink lace-trimmed camisole, baker boy cap

Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink lace-trimmed camisole, baker boy cap

And speaking of stuff that makes me happy - my baker boy hat is definitely all that!!  When I first brought it home I predicted that it would get a ton of wear this summer...and I sure wasn't wrong, was I??  I'm crossing my fingers that you're not tired of seeing it styled again and again, 'cause I have a feeling my love affair with this cute little cap ain't over yet!!  ☺️

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - styling a pink lace-trimmed camisole with flare jeans and a baker boy cap



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Monday, July 24, 2017

It's black and white: styling vegan leather leggings with an oversized shirt, straw fedora, and beaded sandals

There's little doubt that leggings make a polarizing sartorial statement; I'm pretty sure most of us vote either a solid "yay" or a definitive "nay" when it comes to styling them for street-worthy looks...with very few stuck in any sort of grey area!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

While I'm not a fan of those ubiquitous athletic leggings for anything but workout wear, I'm a huge proponent of black leather leggings for adding a bit of rock-and-roll edginess to a wardrobe.  Despite being more comfortable than the average pair of jeans (they're pull-on, after all!) they often feel more "I made an effort" than denim does...especially when paired with some fabulous footwear!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

And speaking of footwear - aren't my new Sam Edelman sandals beyond amazing?!  I've been uncharacteristically restrained when it comes to summer shopping this year, but leaving these beauties behind after I discovered them during a recent Winner's foray simply wasn't going to happen!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, beaded fringe-embellished sandals, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

Do leggings count as "real" clothes in your closet, dear readers...or do you wear them only when you're headed to the gym??  Have you dared to try a pair in leather yet??  I hope you'll take a moment to share!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - oversized white shirt, black and white straw fedora



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pop up: an alternative to the cute but uncooperative off-the-shoulder trend

So - I can't possibly be the only one who thinks those "off the shoulder" tops and dresses we're still seeing everywhere are flattering in theory, but waaay difficult to wear...can I??

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Just to be clear, I'm not referring to this striped button-front blouse that I'm debuting today - which is the perfect cheat because of those skinny straps - but rather to the kind of top that has elastic around the shoulders to keep it in place...elastic that pops up over your shoulders the second you try to lift a Starbucks cup to your lips (for example). 😜

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, Just Cavalli sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, distressed cropped jeans, yellow patent mini-bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

There's no getting around the fact that what's pretty in pictures doesn't always work very well in real life.  After all, who wants to be seen constantly tugging their neckline back into place??  It brings to mind the zillions of ill-advised brides who spend their wedding days yanking up strapless gowns for fear of a wardrobe malfunction; not only is it horribly distracting...but it's the exact opposite of flattering.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, Steve Madden cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Do these sartorial challenges have you simply opting out of all things off-the-shoulder and strapless, dear readers??  Or have you discovered the secret to keeping such slippery silhouettes in place??  As always, I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say!!  

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, Just Cavalli sunglasses, pink hair



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Country time: styling a ruffled gingham skirt with a graphic tee, denim vest, ankle boots, and a baker boy cap

Last weekend Robin and I and my baker boy cap did the city...but this weekend??  It was "country time" all the way!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, baker boy cap

And what could be cuter for a country drive than this ruffle-embellished gingham skirt?!  I first spotted it at H&M about a month ago, but I was running late and didn't have the opportunity to try it on.  And then when I went back a few days later to do just that, it was gone.  😞

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap

Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, Fossil bag

Not really surprising, considering how big the gingham trend is right now.  So imagine my glee when I popped into H&M last week to check out their summer sale and saw the skirt again...and with a $10 clearance tag to boot!!  I took two sizes into the change room with me and ended up going with the larger one; not because my regular size didn't fit, but because I'm (still) not a fan of high-waisted anything.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap, sunglasses, Fossil bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - denim vest, baker boy cap

The lesson here - of course! always! - is that #iwillwearwhatilike.  Black and white gingham is a no-brainer for this neutrals-loving girl...but that doesn't mean I have to wear the skirt up under my armpits (teehee) the way everyone else does.  And what about you, dear readers??  I'd love to hear about the personal spin you're giving your own summer trend faves!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, baker boy cap

    
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Glow: styling a pleated, asymmetrical skirt with a knit tank top and strappy sandals

What we have here, dear readers, is an ode to just a few of the things that make summertime so awesome - spaghetti straps, breezy fabrics, air-dried hair...and long days that end in golden sunsets!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, knit tank top, strappy sandals

Today's knit camisole and sheer pleated skirt combo are a variation on the slip dress theme, which I've already praised as a "perfect" outfit for hot, humid days.  Just be sure to slather on the sunblock!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, knit tank top, strappy sandals

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink hair, knit tank top, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

And I've mentioned many times that I'm no hair styling wiz; blowdryers and curling irons are like a foreign language to me...so letting nature do my 'do while we cruise around in our convertible??  I seriously can't think of a better way to multi-task!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - strappy nude sandals, pleated symmetrical skirt

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, knit tank top, strappy sandals

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pleated asymmetrical skirt, strappy nude sandals

But what may well be the very best part of summer??  Those aforementioned long, long days that ease into mellow, glowy evenings; days when anything feels possible...even an outfit photoshoot at 9 pm!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Zara knit tank top, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses



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Monday, July 10, 2017

City-zen: Layered striped and plaid tops with skinny jeans, over-the-knee boots, and a baker boy cap

Today it was all about the city for Robin and me, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - layered striped and plaid tops with skinny jeans and OTK boots

Three cities, to be exact - we had dentist appointments in Port Coquitlam first thing in the morning; and from there we cruised into downtown Vancouver to pick up a bottle of custom-tinted (pink of course!) conditioner from my hairstylist.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped tee, plaid sleeveless shirt, white cat-eye sunglasses, baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Aldo patchwork suede over-the-knee boots

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Aldo suede over-the-knee boots

Then we were off to West Van for a late lunch of the best nachos ever on the patio of our favourite pub.  After debating whether or not we should order another platter - it was so tempting! - we decided instead to take a little stroll along Ambleside Beach, which has the most beautiful view of Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.

Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - layered striped and plaid tops with skinny jeans and OTK boots

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - baker boy cap, pink hair

After we'd walked off the nachos, the Lions Gate took us downtown again and back to my hair salon, where we'd earlier been invited to an impromptu client appreciation party.  At first Robin wasn't feeling too comfortable leaving our "topless" Solstice parked out on the city streets...but the two dollar beers managed to convince him it was worth the risk!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - baker boy cap, white cat-eye sunglasses

(Don't worry - as the designated driver, I stuck to drinking Perrier...and we made it home safe and sound!!)  😊



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