Thursday, October 19, 2017

Simple/Statement: Tunic sweater, skinny jeans, platform harness boots, and a baker boy hat

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again, and again!) dear readers.  Sometimes all you need to create a cool outfit combo is jeans, a cozy sweater...and a really kick-ass pair of boots!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, distressed skinny jeans, platform harness boots, baker boy cap

And maybe a cute hat, too...just for good measure. ☺️   After a summer spend cruising "top down" in our convertible, I've gotten so used to including a hat as part of my look that outfits seem kind of incomplete without one!!  And of course it certainly doesn't hurt that baker boy caps like mine are having a major sartorial moment right now (teehee!!)

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aritzia v-neck sweater, baker boy cap, fuchsia hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - distressed skinny jeans, Frye platform harness boots

But can we get back to the boots for just a moment??  On Monday I mentioned how I don't do flats, and it's footwear like this that's a big part of the reason why.  I'm sorry - I don't care how awesome you think sneakers-with-everything are....they'll never be on the same level (pun intended!) as a pair of sky-high statement-makers like these!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, distressed skinny jeans, platform harness boots, baker boy cap

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aritzia olive sweater, stacked rings

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aritzia v-neck sweater, baker boy cap, fuchsia hair

A flash of skin - care of that deep v-neck and the peekaboo knee of my black denim skinnies - adds a little somethin' somethin' to the look as well, don't you agree??  There will certainly be plenty of time to bundle up in turtlenecks and scarves as we head towards winter; I'd still like to enjoy the simplicity of an unlayered look or two while I can!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - tunic sweater, distressed skinny jeans, platform harness boots, baker boy cap


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Flat-footed: Hidden-wedge booties styled with a denim mini skirt and fishnet tights

You'd be scrolling back through my blog pretty much forever before you'd find a photo of me in flats; they're just not my thing.  So why has that changed today, you ask??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling faux-flat harness boots with a denim mini skirt, fishnet tights, patterned shirt, and cargo jacket

Because my awesome new harness boots are actually not flat...they only look that way!!  Booties are a particular weakness of mine, so when I was doing a little recreational shoe shopping recently (there's such a thing, right?) and discovered these Enzo Angiolini ankle boots with a hidden wedge, of course they had to come home with me!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling faux-flat harness boots with a denim mini skirt, fishnet tights, patterned shirt, and cargo jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Enzo Angiolini hidden-wedge booties, fishnet tights

Since minis are a natural with flats of all styles, choosing my cut-off denim skirt was a no-brainer for my booties' debut today.  And seriously - how great are fishnets for adding some extra texture to any outfit?!  The transition to opaque legwear is likely inevitable as our Vancouver weather gets colder, but I'm going to enjoy the less "covered up" look of tights like these for as long as I can!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - denim mini skirt, fishnet tights, black-and-white patterned shirt, olive cargo jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black-and-white striped shirt, olive cargo jacket, baker boy hat

I bet you'll be seeing these faux-flat booties styled with skinny jeans very soon, dear readers!!  And in the meantime, I'm looking forward to hearing whether you are Team Flats or Team Heels all the way...or if you can't possibly imagine not playing for both sides on a regular basis!! 

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - styling faux-flat harness boots with a denim mini skirt, fishnet tights, patterned shirt, and cargo jacket

   
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Band Practice: split-sleeve floral blouse, vegan leather leggings, moto vest, and platform booties

When it comes to colour, it probably doesn't get much more feminine and pretty than pink...and yet pink hair - especially vibrant pink hair - has a decidedly edgy vibe, don't you think??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - split-sleeve floral blouse, vegan leather leggings, moto vest, platform booties

And that edginess has definitely been influencing my outfit combinations lately!!  My regular readers (that's you, right?) know that I adore adding a little rockerish flavour to most of my ensembles as it is...but my fuchsia 'do is inspiring some serious "I'm with the band" feelings right now!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - olive faux-leather moto vest, cat-eye sunglasses, fuchsia hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - Aritzia vegan leather leggings, studded platform booties, matt & nat satchel

Take this leather-on-leather look I've got going on today.  Usually I try for a bit more contrast in texture...but because the motorcycle vest and leggings are different colours, I was happy to include them both.  Plus there's the moody floral pattern of my new blouse...which creates a kind of texture, too.  And isn't that split-sleeve detail so cool??

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - split-sleeve floral blouse, faux-leather moto vest, fuchsia hair

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - split-sleeve floral blouse, vegan leather leggings, moto vest, platform booties

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - split-sleeve floral blouse, vegan leather leggings, moto vest, matt & nat satchel

I actually wasn't all that sure about the blouse when Robin first pointed it out at Winners - tops are always my biggest shopping challenge - but now I'm obviously really glad it came home with me.  Thanks to my hubby and his sharp eye, I can finally say that I have a bonafide "collection" of shirts and sweaters to see me through the coming months!!   

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - split-sleeve floral blouse, vegan leather leggings, moto vest, platform booties



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Monday, October 09, 2017

Danger Zone: maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, and a flat top fedora

So I'm not saying you need to colour match your outfit to your hair to create a fabulous look, dear readers...but it's kinda magic when it ends up that way!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, flat-top fedora, cat-eye sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, flat-top fedora, cat-eye sunglasses

Robin picked out this maroon sweater for me during one of our weekend shopping jaunts because he really liked the lace-up detail on the sleeves...and the fact that it "goes with" my fuchsia 'do.  Then, on the way to the change room, I spotted these striking floral trousers and figured I'd give them a try as well.

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, flat-top fedora, cat-eye sunglasses

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater with lace-up sleeve detail, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, flat-top fedora, cat-eye sunglasses

Since I'm wearing both pieces today, I guess it's no great leap to conclude that I fell in love not only with how well they each work with my hair, but also with how well they work together as an instant ensemble!!  Just add ivory booties and a cool fedora, and ta-da!!  😁

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater with lace-up sleeve detail, felt flat-top fedora

Port Mann Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

And this spot under the massive new Port Mann Bridge - it's ten lanes wide! - could be the coolest location we've ever found for a photo op!!  We might have had to climb around a couple of safety barriers to get to the "perfect" view...but you won't tell on us, will you?!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - maroon sweater, floral trousers, ivory booties, flat-top fedora, cat-eye sunglasses


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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Curated: Plaid shirtdress, fishnet tights, platform booties, and a felt fedora

Spotting this swingy little plaid flannel shirtdress was a "love at first sight" moment for me, dear readers!!

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, fishnet tights, platform booties, felt fedora

For my hubby, though??  Not so much!!  A couple of posts ago I mentioned that Robin has been hitting it out of the sartorial park on my behalf with a bunch of cute finds for my fall/winter wardrobe.  But this H&M dress is all on me; I picked it out on my own...and apparently, I'm adoring it on my own!!

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, fishnet tights, felt fedora, maroon cross-body bag

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, fishnet tights, platform booties, felt fedora

I'm not exactly sure what he dislikes about it - and hey! maybe these photos will change his mind! - but Robin could only shake his head at my choice of outfit for our (probably) last road trip of the season.  I, on the other hand, am super excited about a piece that's versatile enough to also work as a lightweight coat over leggings or jeans...or even another dress.  Plus, it has pockets!! 😁

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, fishnet tights, platform booties

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, felt fedora, animal-patterned sunglasses, fuchsia hair

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, fishnet tights, platform booties, felt fedora

It could very well be that my hubby will like it better styled as outerwear, but it's always worthwhile pointing out that I wear what I want.  I value his opinion, but that doesn't mean I'll choose my outfits based only on his input.  Dress to please yourself...it's the one and only rule when it comes to curating a confident personal style!!

Outfit inspiration - plaid flannel shirtdress, fishnet tights, platform booties, felt fedora


       
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Monday, October 02, 2017

Neon dream: Black patterned shirt, black skinnies, black and maroon suit jacket, and fuchsia hair

I gotta say - here's nothing quite like neon-pink hair to chase away the gloomies of a rainy autumn day, dear readers!! 😁

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black patterned shirt, black reworked jeans, black and maroon suit jacket, lace-up platform sandals

I've been doing (or more accurately, my hairstylist has been doing!) variations on the pink theme for a while now...but this is without a doubt the nerviest shade we've chosen yet.  And I do mean "nervy," because a colour like this definitely provokes some strong reactions!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black patterned shirt, black reworked jeans, black and maroon suit jacket, lace-up platform sandals

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black patterned shirt, black and maroon striped suit jacket, fuchsia hair

Compliments are always lovely, of course...but it's quite interesting how many people feel it's perfectly okay to be insulting.  "Oh, is it Halloween already?" is a remark I've heard numerous times; I really couldn't care less because #iwillwearwhatilike , and that absolutely includes my choice of hair colour!!  But let's be honest - there's a lot of so-called "natural" dye jobs out there that are way more scary!!

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black patterned shirt, black reworked jeans, black and maroon striped suit jacket

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black patterned shirt, black reworked jeans, black and maroon suit jacket, lace-up platform sandals

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black step-hemmed jeans, Wishbone Collection lace-up platform sandals

Plus I love, love, LOVE how my new fuchsia 'do pops against this black-on-black ensemble of mine.  The colour is super pretty in combination with olive and maroon, too - outfits that I hope you'll be back to oogle over the coming weeks!!  For now, though, I hope you'll take a moment to share whether you've ever considered a "crazy" colour choice for your hair before...?!   

Monika Faulkner outfit inspiration - black patterned shirt, black reworked jeans, black and maroon suit jacket, lace-up platform sandals



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