Very "me" Day 3

I'm attending a reading downtown tonight and this is what I'll wear -- GAP white jeans, blue suede boots, AT silk shirt, and Reiss blazer. The silk shirt is one of my favourite shirts of all time. It's an older piece and you will have to pry it away from me. Ditto the Reiss tuxedo blazer. 

In the "keeping it real" department, while working at home I'm wearing a sweater instead of the blazer and slippers instead of the boots! 

Why it's me: Signature blue, white, and silver. Blazer over jeans. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

21 comments

Angie's Challenge: Day 2

Another sunny day here, with a crisp bite to the air. I'm off to get a haircut (thank goodness!) and have a few other errands to run downtown later this afternoon. 

I'm wearing skinnies, western-inflected booties, western belt, an "Out of Print" tee featuring Poe's Raven, black watch plaid blazer, and RM grey bag. 

Why it's me: Jeans, booties, jacket -- my all time favourite combination. When in doubt, this is what I reach for; it has been a staple of my style since I was a teen. I like the juxtaposition of dressy with casual. 

I'm a bit "off" skinnies but I still wear them. I especially like the rise of the Rockets and haven't found a slim or straight jean that works quite as well from that perspective. I think the proportion works for me. 

The jacket is a workhorse bought on sale last year. It doesn't wrinkle, is cross-seasonal, and is part of a suit. Wearing the sleeves pushed up and rolled back is very "me." I almost never leave my sleeves long. I love the structure of jackets but not if they feel "precious" or "uptight." This one never does. 

I don't wear tees very often but this one works for me because it's all cotton (comfy), it makes a literary reference, and the grey coordinates with my hair, pulling the outfit together. It's very "me" to emphasize the grey and make it stand out as a deliberate choice. 

I adore RM bags. I own 3 and I would almost say I am loyal to the brand. This one is so perfect for me. Bought on sale in the fall. 

When I go out I'll be wearing my pea coat with the collar popped. Also a very "me" move. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

38 comments

Angie's Challenge

I'm loving this challenge so far! It's wonderful to hear about everyone's lifestyle, weather, and work challenges and how these help to shape individual style! 

As most here know, I'm a writer, editor, and sometime teacher/professor. I'm also a PhD candidate. And the parent of a high needs teen. For years I lived in a four season (but winter dominant) climate; I'm currently getting used to life in a milder four season climate. This year, I'm working exclusively from home, but I still make occasional presentations and need clothes appropriate for that. I travel a great deal, take public transit in the city, and walk daily, both to commute and as part of my creative practice. 

I'm starting the week off with a few outfits. 

First, today's. Why it's me: Fire engine red, one of my key colours. It's simple and classic (jeans, knit top, cardigan) but also modern (trends represented in animal print, western belt, red.) It feels a bit playful. It's also practical. I'm wearing cozy knee socks under those booties and slippers (not booties) in the house. If I go downtown, I'll wear these (it's sunny out); but if I go for a walk in the woods, I'll exchange them for my black LaCanadiennes. Finally, it's a mix of high and low, newer and older. The high end DVF sweater is from an NAS six or seven years ago. (Worn infrequently and still going strong.) The jeans, red sweater, booties, belt are all low end. The only new item this year is the belt. 

Next, yesterday's outfit for dinner and theatre with Mr. Suz. Why it's me:  
Blue and white, my signature neutrals. Midi length skirt feels very easy to wear. Booties were a practical choice in cool weather. I felt elegant without being over-the-top. 

Finally, what I wore last week at this time in Kingston. Skating at City Hall. Why it's me? Blue and white. :) And practical for skating when it's -20C. :)

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

33 comments

Something old, something new, nothing borrowed, everything blue

Mr. Suz and I went out for lunch today and I put on my Boden paperbag waist skirt for the first time. It does emphasize my slight short-waistedness, but I just love the style and couldn't pass it up. POCKETS!!!

I think it will be really useful because it can easily be dressed up for more festive occasions with a silk blouse or sparkly top. And it's very cross-seasonal for this climate. I got the lightweight version suspecting it would be okay with hose or tights even on a cold day, and I was right -- today it is quite cold (for Vancouver) and I was fine in it, even in a shorter coat. 

Mr. Suz and I were also comparing sweaters today. This Equipment cashmere (4 years old now?) only has a tiny bit of pilling under the arms whereas he has some BR cashmere that is a complete mess after only a few wears. So frustrating. Anyway, glad I sprang for this sweater. It was pricey for me even at NAS but has proved worth it because the pattern makes it a bit more interesting. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

47 comments

Playful Pencil with kitties

Proportions look odd in the photo but it seems to look better IRL. I am in desperate need of a haircut and this is what I'll wear! Comfy and easy for a long bus ride. 

I'm aiming for look #2 here. 

ETA also with sheers. Better. Just like Angie said. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

30 comments

Boden Berwick

Here's my second Boden sweater. It's a cotton-merino mix, an extremely good weight for my current climate, and a perfect wear-at-home sweater for me. It does seem to be a magnet for my cat's fur, but such is life. 

17 comments

Boden sweater arrived #2

And I am apparently less generous than Anchie because I have no intentions of giving it to my teen. :) 

I also picked up some more Boden knits that I'd had my eye on for the past few months, most items recommended and worn by Angie and other forum members. Brilliant delivery as always (3 days in the holiday season!) and I'm keeping the lot. Will try to model for you in the next few days. 

This cashmere feels especially luxe and high quality and at the sale price was a no-brainer for me. 

Other purchases below in Finds. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

26 comments

Oxymoron? Festive greys

I haven't exactly been looking a lot like Christmas these days, but I have been enjoying my share of festive indulgences including: 

1. Lunch with Mr. Suz at a place featuring locally grown organic food. Wearing grey glen plaid culottes. It really is remarkable to me how wearing one's personal colours (blue and grey, for me -- blue eyed and grey haired) brings instant cohesion! Got a compliment from the waiter on my 3 year old, still going strong trousers as very cool and chic. :) 

2. Shopping and lunch in the new Fair Isle. (Which got compliments from the young servers.) Pea coat and sparkly red YLF scarf. 

3. Dinner at a hip downtown eatery with friends. Outfit -- blues and bling. Coat -- Snow Queen. 

Thanks for looking and happy holidays, everyone! Wishing you good food, good friends, and great fashion. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

29 comments

Festive Challenge Week 2

So, this week was an even bigger fail when it comes to festive dressing. Not only did I dress in a fairly ordinary way (most days) but I also forgot to take photos! 

I did manage two pics. One, the sweater dress outfit, which wasn't exactly "festive" but which felt very nice for going out for lunch with Mr. Suz. I wore it another time with a red scarf for a bit more of a holiday feel when we went to a holiday concert. The dress is performing really well so far. Just what I wanted. Cozy and lightweight. No bagging yet. 

The other outfit was for a small supper party I hosted. I actually wore my indoor silver booties that night -- but forgot to take a photo. Luckily, I wore the same outfit a few nights later to take my teen to Beauty and the Beast. It was pouring that night, though, so I chose my waterproof Blondos to wear to the theatre. I like this shiny foil sweater for casual holiday events. 

The Olivia CoH jeans are great, by the way -- I've really been enjoying them. They are kind of like a high waisted slim boyfriend, if that makes sense. 

Photos are not that great. We are well and truly into the rainy season here and it is dark most of the day! 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

21 comments

Festive Challenge Week 1

I seem to have struggled with this in the sense that my "festive" outfits don't look different from my regular outfits. But I did at least think "festive" each day when getting dressed, so that must count for something, right? :)

1. Layering a sweater I wore only on its own last year. 
2. Plaid and dark cranberry. Wore this for a meetup with a YLF friend! Sadly, we did not take a photo. 
3. The scarf is a YLF holiday gift from years ago -- it has subtle sparkle!
4. Red 
5. The outdoor version. 
6/7. Similar, worn with a jacket to take kid to the theatre. 
8. See the sparkly "indoor booties"? On my way to a Hannukah party. I am also wearing my silver velour tee, which was visible at the party because I took off the scarf and jacket. 

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

30 comments