Haircut!

Last time I got a haircut was Feb. 23. That's a loooooong break for someone with short hair! 

It was so lovely to see my stylist. I like her SO much. Everything is spic and span in the shop. There were only 2 stylists working. Lots of airflow, lots of space. They have made a decision to cut hair dry and not to blow dry -- it allows them to keep their prices the same (the extra time is currently for disinfecting procedures). Masks worn by everyone the entire time. I felt very comfortable. 

I let Johanna do what she felt like -- no instructions. She enjoys that and I trust her. She chose to bring it very close again in the back, quite short and textured on the top, but with a longer asymmetrical fringe. It appears a bit "choppy" in a few places in the photos but Mr. Suz says it looks fantastic in the back/ sides IRL, so blame the lousy selfies for that!

In honour of my new haircut, we are going out for LUNCH!! WOW, what a concept. 

Got two compliments already on my dress. Such a fun summer dress -- Suntiger, look -- sleeves!! (But it's the Pacific Northwest -- this would not work in Ontario at all!) 

ETA, the colour from last fall is pretty much gone now and I like it better au naturel. 

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Ripskirt goes to a Restaurant

My very first in-restaurant meal since the pandemic began! 

Well, actually, it was outside, on the patio. And it was lovely. It helps that the day here is glorious. I am in Vancouver for our last few days in the rental...

What a great skirt this is. Janet, thank you SO much for helping me to get it. I really love it! And yes, it was pricey at almost $100 CAD (with delivery included in that price) but it's already down to $20 per wear, so it's safe to assume it will earn its place in my closet. Sometimes you look at something and just know it will be a workhorse. 

Hair is wet in these pics. Haircut TOMORROW!!!!! 

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Ripskirt

Beautiful and generous Janet helped me to get this skirt in record time! 

I was between sizes and ordered up because I do have a bit of a tum at the moment. Truthfully, I'd have been better in the size down, but this one works with lots of overlap, which is useful in a wrap, and there is extra velcro so I can sew it on and make it a bit more snug (if I ever get around to that, LOL). 

Mr. Suz commented right away: NICE skirt!!  I also wore it on a HIKE and it performed brilliantly. How good is that??

The angle is a bit odd -- no full length mirror and tall Mr. Suz is taking photos from a great height. :) The skirt is somewhere between midi and maxi on me, and that is A-Ok. 

THANK YOU, Janet!! Super practical item for my real life. I am grateful. 

It has been 4 months since I had a haircut. What can I say? 

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Another handbag/ backpack question -- gear knowledge welcome

As I've mentioned on a few recent threads, the past few months have seen me devolve to carrying my Patagonia backpack all the time. 

Apart from rare forays to the grocery store and post office, when I go out, I am typically hiking in the woods and/or on suburban paths. I'm carrying keys, water bottle, jacket/ hoodie/ windbreaker, phone, mask, sanitizer, earphones, wallet, card case (sometimes alternating), sunglasses, sunscreen/ lipgloss etc, tissues. 

But then other times -- evening walks --  it's just phone, earphones, card case, keys. So the backpack really feels like too much then. 

A dressy purse -- even my leather backpack -- just feels like too much in these environs. (A few pics below). Leather's also heavy. 

The Patagonia is actually a bit too large for my needs but it is nylon and lightweight. 

So. I am thinking of what might work instead. 

I've considered a nylon Minkoff Julian and might get one if I could find in a colour I liked -- but right now the options at the Bay or Nordstrom's Canada don't make me smile. (I'd go for red or silver, but not black.)

But what I really think I need is, essentially, good looking gear. The kind of stuff that works like gear but won't completely clash with an outfit if we are ever released from our isolation and can move around out in the world a bit more. 

I could also very much use something that I can pop into my bicycle panniers easily that holds all my essentials!!! 

Two options I'm considering -- a Bellroy backpack and a Bellroy mini-sling. I own a few Bellroy products and LOVE them. I got them on Jenn's recommendation. 

I own a folio wallet (smallest sleekest wallet of this type I've ever owned and fits my phone if I want to put it inside...); mini-pocket (card pocket); a classic pouch, a pencil case (I use it as my makeup bag), a A4 tech folio (for my ipad mini and notebook). I truly love the product line -- they are brilliantly designed. 

Does anyone know anything about the backpack or mini-sling? Thoughts on something else that might work for me as well? Or better? 

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What I bought...

My colour for the year is red. The new items is labeled "Magenta" but it counts as red in my book. 

If I'd had my matching cardigan with me on this short cross-the-strait trip, I'd have been able to go with the "pattern squared" theme of today's blog -- but as it is, I only have one piece with me. The other is in the Finds. 

With holidays off the table, I'm going to explore my new island home on an e-bike. Was lucky enough to get one of the very last of these in my size and looking forward to renewing my love of biking. 

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Silvery

Another pulled together shorts look, this time with shorts unrolled (so more like pedal pushers -- they are longer on me than on the model) and the new Sorel sandals. 

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With a blazer

Hello, all! I'm back in Vancouver for a couple of days so I have a full length mirror! And today I'm taking a physically distant walk with a friend, wearing pulled together denim shorts. 

It might be too warm for the jacket -- it's a gorgeous day here! 

Denim shorts, silk blouse, linen/ wool blend Paul Smith jacket (thrifted). And Fitflops. 

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Benched

Do you ever feel like Angie is in your head?

How did she know I was asking myself that very question all last week? 

Currently, I own 3 pairs of shorts: one dressy knee length sarong short, and two bermuda-ish white denim shorts. I don't think shorts flatter me much but I wear them anyway for practicality's sake. 

I far prefer skirts for coolness but casual ones can be tough to find. So I only own a couple of summer skirts. My beloved J. Crew full skirt in Liberty cotton and a very old worn but trusty VC knit tube skirt that I can't seem to get rid of due to its use value.

Add to these two pair of wide leg culotte type summer pants. One (the Aritzia) is like a skirt (fabrication, lining -- it feels "dressier" although still casual.) The other (the J. Crew chambray) is more like a long short (or, truthfully, pajamas!!) -- much more casual. I wear those pants really only as at home loungewear. Or I might pull them over a swimsuit at the beach. Useful, but not really "fashion" wear, if you know what I mean. 

Lo. New house, new location, new lifestyle. Remember I told you I would need a "gardening" capsule? Well, I do need one. I have pulled an old pair of old jeans into commission and am using those for now, but in summer's heat, I might want something less heavy, and white shorts are not going to cut it!! :) 

Meanwhile, I've also discovered I need a true hiking capsule. In addition to suburban road and pathway walking, I'm doing a lot of trail walking. Again, optic white shorts might not be the best idea in these circumstances! 

Meanwhile, I am also strongly feeling the need for an addition to my very limited skirt capsule, since summer skirts and dresses are my favourite! 

So I've put in an order to a few places. For shorts, I am looking at a few -- one for at home and regular wear and two for gardening/ hiking. 

And for a skirt, I've put in an order to my fave Canadian designer, Comrags, for a summer skirt. You'll recall I bought a fab 2 piece dress from them on super sale this winter. Well, this item is from their summer sale. The original price of $270 came down to $70 and I could not resist for a pure cotton-linen skirt with an A-line shape and arty asymmetric pleats that will not date.

Incidentally, they were signatories to the letter that slim cat alerted us to. 

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To Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is a huge Victoria tourist destination. But I had never been there. 

Guess what? If you go when the tour buses aren't running, you have the place (almost) to yourself. Physical distancing in effect and careful pre-screening, but no one wearing masks. 

I wore my mother's Land's End tulip print sweater in honour of the occasion. The one I bought her and then kept after she died.

Nothing new this season except white wide leg jeans, which are excellent. 

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WIW thanks to Runcarla!

Look what Carla sent me!! 

Actually, she sent me a whole designer collection! It is fabulous and comfortable, Carla -- thank you so much! 

Apologies for the lousy bathroom photo but this is the mirror for now. 

Look how well it goes with my BR sweater .Fun pattern mix. 

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