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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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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White Jeans Season

With apologies to friends in other parts of the world, we've had a week of fabulous weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and I am grateful for small things.

I don't have a full length mirror and can't get my DSLR set up for photos at the moment, so can't take photos. But I can give you an idea of my outfits via Finds.

Not going anywhere (except for walks). So everything is casual as can be.

Outfit 1: BR wide legs (white); BR gingham shirt; BR cardigan, Ecco sneakers (outside shoes).

Outfit 2: Same jeans, J. Crew western shirt, White Eccos, 

Outfit 3: Same jeans (yep, I got 3 days out of them before wash!); leopard blush sweater, white Ecco sneakers, red cardigan, red scarf.

Outfit 4:  White Gap GF jeans (rolled), LL Bean Mariner, new Sorel sandals (comfy/ springy soles!), butterfly print scarf. 

Outfit 5: Chelsea 28 crops (very old -- now my gardening pants because they are stretchy/ comfy). LL Bean Mariner; Fitflops. 

Nothing special, to be sure. But I love wearing my white jeans again! It's not that I refuse to wear them in winter so much as that they don't feel right with the light. The minute the sun endures a bit longer is the minute I want to wear again. 

I really like the BR wide legs. They might be generously sized but work for me with my long rise. 

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In praise of wearing an actual outfit.

I'm one of those who devolved into wearing a lot of loungewear for the first few weeks of distancing. Partly because we are in the midst of a move. (I know. Great timing, right?) Some of our things are still back in Vancouver, so much of my wardrobe hasn't been available to me. Plus, the weather (and my mood) kept calling for extra-cozy clothing. 

But today the sun came out, the temperatures rose, and I wore an actual "outfit" of sorts! Nothing fancy, you understand. Just an ordinary, very typical spring outfit for me. No photo, alas. I still don't have a full length mirror and didn't get a selfie. 

Still, I got a compliment!! Yes!! A runner passing by said, "I love your outfit!" 

It's enough to make me put on real clothes again every day! :) 

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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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