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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Monday, August 07, 2017

Smoke screen: striped skinny jeans, sequinned tee, straw fedora and a damask-patterned kimono

There should be pretty mountain views in all these pics, dear readers...but unfortunately, Vancouver has been smothering under a blanket of wildfire smoke for an entire week now.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped skinny jeans, sequinned tee, ankle boots, damask-patterned kimono, straw fedora

It's really weird to see the sky such an unchanging shade of grey day after day; and the sun - when it manages to break through the screen of smoke for a while - isn't the friendly yellow that we're accustomed to, but as red as it would normally be only at sunset.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - damask-patterned kimono, straw fedora

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped skinny jeans, sequinned tee, ankle boots, damask-patterned kimono, straw fedora

And yet, we really have no right to complain - a huge part of British Columbia's interior is still struggling to control the wildfires, and tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes.  It might be hazy here in the Lower Mainland, but Robin and I were still able to enjoy a Sunday afternoon drive to Iona Beach...even if we're "missing" the mountains.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped skinny jeans, Nine West ankle boots, damask-patterned kimono

Iona Beach, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped skinny jeans, sequinned tee, ankle boots, damask-patterned kimono, straw fedora

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped skinny jeans, ankle boots, damask-patterned kimono, straw fedora

And I finally debuted this breezy, damask-patterned kimono that I brought home from Winners way back in spring.  It would have been a natural match with flare jeans for a full-on boho look...but today I went against the grain and opted for an edgy striped skinnies and sequinned t-shirt combo.  We fashionistas know how to create our own view, am I right?!  πŸ˜‰       

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - sequinned tee, straw fedora, JLO sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - striped skinny jeans, olive ankle boots, straw fedora



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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Dancing queen - what to wear to a summer wedding

We attended my absolute favourite type of celebration this past weekend, dear readers...a wedding!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink midi-length slip dress, Missoni-inspired knit scarf, ivory booties, and ring-handle bag

Honestly - what's not to love about a wedding??  It's the equivalent of a "red carpet event" for us mere mortals who'd otherwise never have an opportunity to attend one; a no-holds-barred party with pretty venues and dancing and a chance to dress up and dancing and (hopefully) good food and dancing and...did I mention dancing?!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink midi-length slip dress, Missoni-inspired knit scarf, ivory booties, and ring-handle bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink slip dress, Missoni-inspired knit scarf

You've probably figured out by now that I'm big fan of dancing (tee hee!!)  But I also get seriously excited about an opportunity to pull out all the stops in the wardrobe department.  Not that I necessarily need a special occasion to wear a fancy frock and heels - I've been known to don exactly that for a trip to the grocery store! - but a bonafide reason to dress up makes me one happy girl indeed!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink Missoni-inspired knit scarf

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink midi-length slip dress, Missoni-inspired knit scarf, ivory booties, and ring-handle bag

As this particular wedding was expecting guests from all over the world, I thought I put Vancouver in the very best sartorial light by splurging a little on a brand new outfit...with the exception of my go-to ivory Vince Camuto booties, which held up like champs through several non-stop hours of - you guessed it! - dancing!!  πŸ’ƒ

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - pink midi-length slip dress, Missoni-inspired knit scarf, ivory booties, and ring-handle bag



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