Thursday, August 31, 2017

Farm fresh: green striped skinny jeans, slouchy tee, ivory booties, and a cowboy hat

Despite being "The Summer of the Hat" for me (we've had the top down on our convertible for an amazing two months straight now!) today was somehow the first time this season that I've worn my cowboy hat!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green striped skinny jeans, slouchy white tee, ivory booties, cowboy hat

I couldn't have picked a better day for it, though!!  Robin and I had hoped for a much earlier start - and a different destination - for this particular road trip; but we were waylaid by a long phone call just as we were about to head out the door.  So with our departure unavoidably delayed, we decided on a short country drive instead!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - slouchy white tee, cowboy hat, wire-frame sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green striped skinny jeans, slouchy white tee, ivory booties, cowboy hat

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green striped skinny jeans, slouchy white tee, ivory booties, cowboy hat

Just to be clear, I'm a city girl through and through; I can't imagine not having shopping options and a Starbucks within walking distance from home.  Farm country is a pretty place to visit...but so quiet, it feels eerie to me.  I was oddly relieved when another car finally passed us on the road, because it was proof that the (real) world hadn't ended during our rural interlude!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - slouchy white tee, wire-frame sunglasses, cowboy hat, layered Lucky Brand necklaces

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green striped skinny jeans, slouchy white tee, ivory booties, cowboy hat

And once again, this was an outfit that felt absolutely, perfectly "me."  I doubt I'll ever succumb to a personal style "uniform" (why pigeonhole yourself when switching it up is so much fun!) but a go-to combo - in my case, that would be jeans, fab shoes, and yes! a hat! - might be the easiest way to guarantee a feel-good day!!  πŸ˜Š

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - green striped skinny jeans, slouchy white tee, wire-frame sunglasses, cowboy hat



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Monday, August 28, 2017

Golden: distressed cropped jeans, booties, biker vest, and a baker boy hat

This day couldn't have been a more perfect example of why I love summertime so much.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed cropped jeans with booties, a tank top, a faux-leather vest, and a baker boy cap

A walk along the water...a warm breeze...a cute outfit...seriously, what more could anyone want??  And while we don't usually plan to do a blog photoshoot right at sunset because I don't love looking like I have a tan (I'm weird like that, I know!) I have to admit that the glowy, evening light here was truly stunning.


Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed cropped jeans with booties, a tank top, a faux-leather vest, and a baker boy cap


Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed jeans, grommet-embellished belt, stacked rings


Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Vans polka-dot sunglasses, Lucky Brand initial pendant

Our original plan for the afternoon had been go-cart racing - I've never done it, and it sounds like a blast! - but Robin vetoed that when he realized it was hot enough to fry an egg out on the track.  Unlike me, my hubby is not the biggest fan of the summer sun...so we'll be postponing our little "Indy 500" adventure until the weather cools off a bit.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed jeans, tank top, faux-leather vest, baker boy cap, polka dot sunglasses

Steveston, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed cropped jeans with booties, a tank top, a faux-leather vest, and a baker boy cap

My outfit, though??  Since our staycation a couple of weeks ago, I've been feeling especially inspired with my personal style; this combo of booties, jeans, and a faux-shearling vest - and that baker boy hat! - couldn't be any more "me" if I had a whole boutique to pull from!!  Bonus points for the polka-dotted sunglasses, don't you think??  πŸ˜‰  

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - baker boy cap, Vans polka-dot sunglasses



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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Flight plan: styling a tie-front floral blouse with flare jeans and a bandana head scarf

Fair is fair, dear readers!!  On our very first day of vacation, Robin was nice enough to tag along for a whole afternoon of shopping at my favourite outlet mall...so today it was my turn to share an interest of his!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tie-front floral blouse, flare jeans, bandana head scarf, Nanette sunglasses

That meant spending a couple of hours checking out the Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley.  Unlike my hubby, I'm far from being "into" planes or a war history buff...but I have to admit that seeing the museum's collection of military aircraft up close was pretty cool!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tie-front floral blouse, bandana head scarf, Nanette sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tie-front floral blouse, bandana head scarf, Nanette sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - floral blouse, bandana head scarf, Nanette sunglasses

And Robin was certainly in his glory!!  He usually hates the heat, but today he barely seemed to notice how steamy it was out on the asphalt of the airplane hanger...kind of like I never notice my tired feet when I'm making my way through the racks at Winners or H&M.  Funny how that happens, huh?! πŸ˜‰

Canadian Museum of Flight, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tie-front floral blouse, bandana head scarf, Nanette sunglasses

Once we had our fill of flying machines, it was off for a "fill" of a different kind...a yummy snack of yam fries!!  I have a ton of dietary restrictions, so we rarely go out to eat - especially fast food - but hey!!  What's a holiday for if not a bit of indulgence?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tie-front floral blouse, flare jeans, bandana head scarf, Nanette sunglasses



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Monday, August 21, 2017

Market day: camouflage pants, chambray shirt, lace-up sandals, and a bowler hat

Here's the thing about a "stay-cation" versus an actual getaway - everyday life has a sneaky way of intruding on all the plans you made to focus on relaxing and just having fun.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - camo pants with a chambray shirt, lace-up sandals, and a flat-top fedora

Please don't get me wrong.  Robin and I really enjoyed our week off together; we slept in, visited with friends, and did lots and lots of cruising around in our convertible...often without any actual destination in mind when we first hopped in the car.  But our intention to spend all day, every day exploring a different part of our beautiful city got somewhat side-tracked by chores and appointments.  Stuff that's a non-issue when you're (far) away from home, in other words.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - camo pants, chambray shirt, Lucky Brand bowler hat

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - camo pants, chambray shirt, lace-up sandals, flat-top fedora

But we made the most of it... and on this particular afternoon we ended up spending several hours exploring Granville Island and its many artisan workshops, galleries, and gift boutiques, as well as the amazing variety offered by the massive public market.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - Browns Wishbone Collection sandals

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - camo pants, chambray shirt, lace-up sandals, matt & nat satchel

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - camo pants with a chambray shirt, lace-up sandals, and a flat-top fedora

Of course a whole week off also meant I had plenty of opportunity to show off a few of those recent wardrobe acquisitions I mentioned last week!!  I finally succumbed to a pair of military-inspired camouflage pants that I'd been thinking about for ages...and a flat top fedora, too.  And these sandals??  I'm sure my fellow fashionistas will agree that it would have been lunacy to leave them behind, considering they were on sale for a mere $50!!  πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - camo pants with a chambray shirt, lace-up sandals, and a flat-top fedora

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - chambray shirt, Lucky Brand bowler hat



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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shop girl: styling a sheer lace top with slouchy trousers, cut-out booties, and a crossbody bag

I can't possibly be the only one who believes a holiday isn't really a holiday without a bit of shopping...can I??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a sheer white lace top with slouchy trousers and cut-out booties

Which is why Robin and I decided to do exactly that on the weekend; just to get our stay-cation off to the perfect start, of course!!  Honestly, I haven't been super enthusiastic about shopping recently...mostly because the new fall merchandise showing up in stores everywhere is a depressing reminder that summer (my favourite season!) is coming to a close.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a sheer white lace top with slouchy trousers and cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - sheer lace top, cross-body bag, JLO sunglasses

But it's rather obvious that a Sunday afternoon visit to our favourite outlet mall managed to change my mind!! I found a fab pair of sandals at Browns, snagged a hat and several necklaces at Lucky Brand, and added some jeans to my denim collection care of Winners!!  

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - sheer lace top, slouchy trousers, studded belt, cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - sheer white lace top, slouchy trousers, JLO sunglasses

So there's more than enough new stuff for me to wear through the rest of our little Vancouver vacation...and to show off here on the blog in the coming weeks, as well!!  Be sure to stay tuned!! 😊

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a sheer white lace top with slouchy trousers and cut-out booties


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Blue skies: styling a black denim pencil skirt with a grey tank top and olive suede ankle boots

After almost two weeks of collateral smoke from the wildfires that have been burning relentlessly in British Columbia's interior, Vancouver is finally enjoying some blue skies again!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a grey tank top with a black denim pencil skirt and olive ankle boots

And just in time for our stay-cation, too!!  If you're a regular reader, you might recall that Robin and I had actually been planning a road trip down the coast of Oregon and across to Portland this summer; alas - due to a "technical" difficulty - that's now been postponed until next year.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a grey tank top with a black denim pencil skirt and olive ankle boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black denim pencil skirt, olive suede Nine West ankle boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - grey racerback tank top, black denim pencil skirt

But I'm honestly only a little disappointed; our beautiful city was a vacation destination for 10 million visitors (yes - 10 million!) in 2016...so why shouldn't we have a perfectly good holiday right here in our own "backyard"?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a grey tank top with a black denim pencil skirt and olive ankle boots

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - grey tank top, black denim pencil skirt, cat-eye sunglasses

Of course, having a vehicle that makes even the most routine drive (grocery store, anyone?) feel like a bonafide getaway kinda helps out in that department, too!!  It's been about two months since we've had to put the top up on our Solstice...let's hope this coming week doesn't disappoint!! 

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a grey tank top with a black denim pencil skirt and olive ankle boots



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

PJ party: styling a pyjama top with a distressed denim skirt, ankle-strap sandals, and a newsboy cap

Well I've gone and done it, dear readers...I've become a pyjama-dressing convert!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama top with a denim skirt, ankle-strap sandals, and a baker boy cap

This blue-on-blue floral "shirt" I'm wearing is a genuine pyjama top; purchased with full-length bottoms as a matching set...and purchased without the intention of ever wearing either piece for anything as clichΓ©d as sleeping.  πŸ˜‰

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - blue floral pyjama top, baker boy cap, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - baker boy cap, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama top with a denim skirt, ankle-strap sandals, and a baker boy cap

What brought on my change of opinion about this particular trend...yet another I said I'd never do??  Having been on the lookout for a new summer jumpsuit (possibly the easy-breeziest hot weather outfit option ever!) I started thinking about how much more versatile two separate pieces would surely be.  Worn with the top tucked into the elastic-waisted bottoms, you'd be hard-pressed to guess that I wasn't wearing a onesie.  But I can also do the pj pants with a camisole top, for example; or the top with, say, a denim skirt...like I did today!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration -distressed denim skirt, block-heeled ankle-strap sandals, Forever 21 cross-body bag

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling a pyjama top with a denim skirt, ankle-strap sandals, and a baker boy cap

So now you're likely wondering if I've "for reals" worn both the top and bottom of my pyjama set together for that aforementioned jumpsuit look.  And the answer is yes - I certainly have!!  Robin and I accepted a last-minute invitation to a Sunday evening barbecue a few weeks ago; so I paired my pj's with some strappy heels and dangly earrings, and off we went.  When the hostess complimented how dressed up I was, I didn't have the heart to tell her that I was actually already dressed for bed!!  πŸ˜Š

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - blue floral pyjama top, distressed denim skirt, baker boy cap, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses
   


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