Winter Workhorses

I'm about to head to frigid Ontario for a research trip. (Go ahead. Laugh. Who goes to Kingston in February?! Especially with a rail blockade??) 

Never mind. That's what I am doing. Hopefully, I can go skating while I'm there. It will be some compensation for freezing my buns off. 

Before I go, here are some winter outfits from my more temperate climate, along with Finds for the real workhorse items this year. You've seen some of these photos before. 

Contrary to popular myth, it does sometimes snow and get quite cold in Vancouver. I even had to haul my real parka out for a couple of days. :) It also rained for 59 of 61 days in December and January. Surely that is some kind of record of horribleness. Still. I am not complaining. 

Workhorse items in Finds. 

Some are brand new: the Comrags 2 piece dress; the Sorel boots (a bit loose on the heels, but I've added an insole and am dealing with it); the CoH boyfriend jeans. 

Some are new this year: Cons, BR sweaters, silver and snake booties, wide leg jeans and pants, boot cuts, blanket scarf, windowpane blazer. 

Some are old favourites finding new life: basically everything else. The blue moto in particular is getting new love from me. I only wore it about twice last year and suddenly I am reaching for it a lot. You never know, right? 

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Or...True style blends fashion and practicality.

I was going to wear my new 2 piece dress with sheer hose and my silver booties the other night. 

But I was walking and then taking the bus. And it was cold and very windy. So....outfit formula to the rescue. Luckily the venue was quite casual. 

I layered a sweater over the 2 piece and under it, Heatech leggings and wool socks. Stompy boots. Wool coat and hat and gloves. And off I went. Luckily, the venue was quite casual. 

I felt a little bit early 30s in this. 

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Pantone 2020 the Festive Way

Pantone's classic blue may be a "safe" choice after the radiant orchids, emeralds, and corals of recent years. But for me, it's still "true blue." Yesterday I met a friend for a glass of wine and then we went on to a publisher's party. Blue to the rescue, along with some festive red and my consignment dressy coat. 

Temps were uncertain so I brought a sweater just in case, but ended up keeping it in my bag and simply wearing the scarf as a shawl. The scarf is sparkly -- it was a Secret Santa gift from a YLF friend years ago and remains my fave holiday accessory. I get compliments every time I wear it! (No Find). 

First festive outfit of the season. I like how it came together out of the odds and ends of my closet. Nothing new this year except the jeans. 

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Short puffer switcheroo and earth tones my way.

Count me as one of those who used to scoff at the short puffer. What on earth is that for? If it is cold enough for down, I need my bum covered! Said, obviously, by one who walks (and rarely drives) and lives in a cold climate.

Fast forward to a new climate. Now my short packable puffer is one of my most worn jackets. I wear it on its own and I layer over and under it. 

Saturday I had to be out all day and night with no returns home. The day was sunny and crisp but the night was going to be cool. So I stuffed my puffer in my bag and brought it with me for a quick change up! Worked easily. 

Next day's outfit for daytime only. That consignment jacket is an autumn workhorse. 

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Autumn jewels (and earth)

On my way out to TWO book events tonight with a friend. Attending, not presenting. (Phew!)

Wearing my hot pink/fuchsia jacket (which was in storage in Ontario all last year) with new BR jeans, a new scarf from the Bay that ties together mustard with my reds/ purples (yay!), and my mustard sneakers. I almost wore the red sneakers (which I splurged on as well) but figured it would be more fun with the mustard complement. 

I got some colour put in my hair last week. I kind of hate it. I don't know how visible it is in these pics. What she did was put some chunky black bits in behind my whitest portions with the idea of highlighting the white. But it doesn't really work that way, I don't think. Fortunately, it's no biggie -- in another few hair cuts it will likely be gone. Mr. Suz hasn't even noticed it, so it's probably not as extreme as it seems to me. I liked it in theory but less in practice. But the only way you learn is by trying. My stylist might have new ideas for me next time I see her and I'm willing to listen. 

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Fab items, unfab combo: details are everything!

I didn't snap a photo, but yesterday I wore a combo that made me feel UNfab. 

Yet I love every single item I wore. 

So what was the problem? 

Well, for one it was pouring rain. But the main issue, it turned out, was that I didn't like these sneakers with the BF style jeans. I felt too "boyish" and almost galumphing in them. Not sharp. Not feminine enough. And too casual. WAY too casual.  A pointed toe bootie would have solved the "problem." 

I love the sneakers with my wide leg crops. The hint of ankle (even if covered) makes me feel less galumphing and more feminine and a tiny bit less casual. 

Maybe if my hair were long and soft I wouldn't feel this way. 

Details are everything! 

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Button up!

Technically not a true crisp button front because it’s stretch silk. An old favourite. Very early YLF purchase still going strong. Off for a day long conference. Not presenting

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Mustard Capsule in Progress ETA addition and possible addition...

The mustard Cons came! At first I wasn't sure they'd fit -- it was a bit weird getting my foot into the shoe. That's down to my higher arch/ instep, I guess. But once on, they are great. I will have to test them to see if they need an insole. 

And look! They actually match the Coach bag! 

They don't quite "close the gap" and it's chilly out, so I am mixing prints like a maniac. Stripes! Butterflies! Leopard Print! Kitty Print in the library socks! :) 

Now to find a few more mustard print items or maybe my mustard pants. I ordered an ochre brown pair that might or might not work. We'll see. 

ETA: After my lunch date today I stopped into a local shop I like and found these awesome mustard fingerless gloves. Won't they be great with my blues and greys? 

I also tried on this adorable oversized sweater. I think this one is a full size too big, alas. They didn't have my size in store, but they do have one at another of their locations. Should I spring for it? I retired a bit of knitwear this year. 

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A few fall outfits and some quick reviews

Fab Friends! Here are a few fall outfits. Excuse me for looking as exhausted as I (still!!!!) feel in many of these. This cold or flu or whatever it is has really laid me low. I no sooner think I'm back to myself then I get hit with another wave of misery. Ugh. 

#1 The One State jacket and the EF black jeans are really easy to wear and I am wearing them often. The scrunched sleeves are right up my alley. 

#2. All items old. I still love this "suit with sneakers" look. These are a pair of skinnies I won't easily part with. Best pants in the universe. Substantial fabric and side zip with a slightly higher waist than typical Sloans. 

#4 still enjoying this Pink Tartan jacket from consignment last year...

#5/6 out for supper and theatre with Mr. Suz but we left half way through the show because I was feeling so sick! 

#7 a little more hard edged for a downtown reading on a rainy night. 

#8 yesterday's outfit. 

#9 new snakeskin Elviras -- great booties! 

Most loved purchases so far this fall -- the new BR jeans and the Paul Green plaid boots. The Paul Greens gave me awful blisters the first day. Partly because I walked for a really long time in them, and partly, I think, because I already had blisters from my hiking shoes (ironically enough!). The new blisters were in a different place, though. So my feet were miserable and inflamed for more than a week. But after that first wear they became sublimely comfortable so I have forgiven them and let them have a place in my heart after all. :) 

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The Long Short of It

Okay, first I need to sing the praises of my Paul Smith jacket. Best $45 I spent this summer. Wow, what a find. You know when you vaguely think you *might* be able to use a particular item (in my case, a true summer weight jacket) but you put purchasing because you're not really sure you'd wear it as much as you imagine or it seems a bit indulgent (a jacket, for summer?) or you haven't really seen one you like?

Well, I'd vaguely contemplated a nice summer jacket for years before I found this little beauty in my local consignment shop. At first I almost left it because it seemed the shoulder was off a bit -- but no, I was wrong. The fit's actually great. It works brilliantly with a sleeveless top and became an instant workhorse. I wore it on two long travel days and it came out with nary a wrinkle (it's a linen/ summer weight wool blend -- completely breathable). 

Tried it with long shorts and sandals yesterday and really enjoyed the combination. Sorry for photo quality -- did my best. My only nod to fall was the burgundy bag. It was a gorgeous still-summery day here. 

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