WIB and WIW

Hello, all -- I'm scarce here these days due to the apocalypse and some  family stresses, plus, it's hard to post photos with no full length mirror (still!!!) --- but I did want to show off a few newer items and give reviews as well as a WIW in the wild. 

First, meet my new indoor shoes. As I've told you all ad nauseum, low vamp flats (or even higher vamp flats without a strap) almost never work on me, so I had low hopes for these Ecco Anine ballet flats in Sangria. But lo -- I think they are going to work! I wanted a simple but pretty shoe that would offer me sufficient support and be easy on and off since in my new home I'm always coming in and out from the garden and deck and want to preserve our wood floors. This won't be my only option, but I quite like it. 

True to size (for me) and enough support for indoor wear -- some cushioning in the footbed and a tiny 1/2 inch heel. Nice suede and really pretty colour options. 

You can see how my instep is almost too high for the shoe here and one reason why I always flip out of these...the other being my relatively narrow heel. But these do stay on pretty well with bare feet, at least, and should work ok with a no-show footie as well. 

Bonus shots of my new matching Rails shirt! It's soft and lovely. Oh, and bonus shot of my bathroom as well. 

Then, a few shots featuring one of Runcarla's fab masks!! First outing of my beloved thrifted Paul Smith blazer this year for a dental appointment in the big smoky city. 

Bonus (is it a bonus??)  shot of the sun on Saturday through the smoke at our place....

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WIW - thanks to Sterling

There's a bit of a story here. I mentioned earlier this summer that I needed a casual bag, one that was lightweight and easy to toss on, and I considered a bunch of backpacks. 

Sterling recommended that I simply go with a nylon version of the Rebecca Minkoff Julian (which I have in leather and love but which is a bit heavy for my treks around the trails.) 

I ordered one on sale and it took almost 2 months to arrive! Delivery snafu. Eventually, I got it, though, and it was an excellent choice -- thank you, Sterling! 

The pluses -- seemingly infinitely expandable but looks ok when not too full also. Side pockets and small back pocket. Lightweight. Colour makes me smile and goes with my stuff. 

The minuses -- it's not as well organized/ compartmentalized/ structured as i might wish. I long for a key holder, for a few more separate pockets inside. 

You can't see it really all that well in these pics but they give you a sense of what situations I'm wearing it in. 

Thank you, Sterling! 


I'm with my husband's grandson in the last two. They came for a visit and it was so lovely to see family. We can travel between provinces here (in most cases) without self-isolation (assuming no illness, obviously) and so they did that and stayed with us for a couple of weeks. Step-daughter-in-law in background of first pic. 

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Second-hand tech...or maybe not? ETA Fabric composition and neckline notes

This Comrags dress is a hand-me-down from a friend. I have no idea how old it is -- probably a decade or so. The style (with the wide V neckline) is not one I ordinarily wear. But the charcoal colour is good for me, it is super-lightweight, it's a modest below-the-knee length, and it does not wrinkle. The fabric is not stretchy at all but it is water repelling and wicking, so some sort of woven "tech." I find it surprisingly useful as a casual summer dress. And it definitely testifies to the longevity of tech and its non-fading properties. This is a true charcoal and does not fade. 

Apologies for photo quality -- still don't have a proper mirror set up for selfies! 

ETA: I just checked the fabric composition at Lyn's request -- it is a huge surprise to me, and may rule it out of the "tech" department, although it sure feels and acts like a fast-drying tech fabric. Anyway -- it is 64% linen, 18% viscose, and 18% polyester. What make you all of that? 

On the neckline -- thank you all for your kind thoughts. I should clarify -- I adore V necks but usually aim for a narrower and shallower V for figure flattery reasons. I can't "fill out" most wide Vs. And even if I (almost) do (as here) I need to address proportional issues, i.e. show equal skin elsewhere or it looks disproportional on me.

Brooklyn gets it. I do sometimes wear a necklace with this to fill it in a bit, or a scarf. 

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Happy Birthday, Angie!

I have two outfits with high happiness. Neither is news to anyone here, but both show evidence of Angie's influence on my wardrobe. 

Outfit 1: The first photo of Angie I saw featured her fab pixie and a denim jacket worn with a fancy skirt or dress. I had worn my own hair short for most of my life, but I'd never owned a denim jacket. Instantly, I could see its possibilities, and this was one of my first purchases when I joined YLF. I've been wearing this exact jacket ever since. :)

I biked to my friend's place in white sneakers. Culottes. And the blooms on my top make me very happy. 

Outfit 2: You've all seen before. Dress was an Angie recommendation. Red is my colour of the year. MOVE was my word of the year. This dress encapsulates both. 

Thank you, Angie, for general inspiration, specific recommendations, and most of all for your joyful, practical, positive, inclusive attitude towards personal style and community-building. You are one in a million. Here's hoping the next 50 years are as golden as those fields in your photo! 

And I've ordered some sun up for this afternoon. Here's hoping! :) 

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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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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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