Colour, pattern, texture, shine

Those of you who remember Transcona Shannon will recall that Colour/ pattern/ texture/ shine was one of her mantras. How I miss her!! And her fab outfits. 

I managed to snap a few more pictures this weekend in my travels that just happen to illustrate the principles! :) 

Texture! in the form of a fringe scarf, pom pom on hat (and the hat is cable knit.) Imagine fuzzy gloves, too -- I just couldn't wear them to take the photo. :) Suede booties, but a smooth wool melton coat, smooth stretch wool pants, lightly pebbled but mostly smooth leather bag (with incorporated shine.) Colour in the coat! Subtle pattern in the scarf -- it has white flecks running through it that aren't so visible in the photo. Oh -- and patterned socks!! That actually showed a bit because the pants are cropped. Can't find an online photo, alas...

Pattern/ colour/ texture/ shine in what's underneath...dark cranberry cashmere cardigan, denim shirt with silver and mother of pearl buttons, silk butterfly patterned scarf with tassels, silver accessories. Not visible much here is a cognac belt with snake print sections and silver buckle. 

Wow, two posts in a week! It was easier for me to take photos on the fly than it has been lately at home! 

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True blue and bling

Quick fly by. Sorry I can't be here more these days -- I miss you all! 

Do you have an item in your closet that never lets you down? My David Meister sheath is that item. I know for some it would seem too corporate for dressy wear, but somehow I don't feel that way about it -- the neckline does it, I think. Plus a great fit combined with comfort, so that I never "fuss" in it. I got lots of compliments on this last night from the wait staff and my date and even from a stranger on the subway (commenting on the coat). 

Out for a city dinner with Mr. Suz last night. Had my cashmere sweater with me in case of chill but did not need it in the place. I also wore a great fringed blanket scarf from Ms. Mary!!!. Oh, and sheer grey hose. 

Every item here except the hat is from previous seasons. Didn't matter a bit. 

Sorry for the quick and incomplete bathroom pics! It's that or nothing these days. Wishing you all happy holidays! 

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Blazer, knit top, and pile of pearls for daytime date

I worked all weekend so I'm off for a daytime date with Mr. Suz -- driving  through Prince Edward County to see the foliage and enjoy a delicious lunch. Here is what I am wearing for mixed sun/cloud, and a high predicted of about 16. 

J. Crew Wool Blazer. I still haven't got around to changing the gold buttons on this so I am wearing with gold earrings -- a rarity for me these days -- and have to leave the watch at home. 

Lands' End knit short sleeve top -- from my mother's closet. (Sorry, no Find). 

BR crop flares with released hems. 

Ecco sneakers. 

J. Crew pile of pearls! 

It feels like a nice combination of feminine, casual, yet polished. 

I'm off for the day, yay! A lightweight cotton or merino knit is one of my favourite things to wear under a blazer. 

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Little Blue Dress

Summer has arrived with a vengeance here and my planned outfit (with summer scarf) will have to wait for another time. Today, to go outdoors in a scarf would be foolish. Not only is it extremely hot and humid but it is also very windy and this little silk oblong would not stay on. 

But here are some iterations of a new dress from Everlane. I already own a heavier cotton knit shift dress that I wear in spring/ fall and on cooler summer days. This one is for crazy heat like today's. I can wear it casually at home but I can also make it "date" worthy if I need to, with different accessories. It will be good for travelling. It also works over jeans because it is cut loose through the middle. I wouldn't wear it to an office because it is a bit sheer, but for my lifestyle it is ideal -- exactly what I wanted in a casual summer dress. 

Apologies for the lighting here. I am doing my best. DD still has the DSLR for projects. 

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Tomboy casual with a twist

Quick pic -- I don't have a silky bomber but I do have a new silky kimono so I wore that today to book club. 

Bonus pic of my new ring from Iceland. I did not buy myself a sweater but did treat myself to this instead. 

Sorry the light is so poor for the photos. One of these days I will get my DSLR back from DD. :)

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Iceland travel report

Well, I managed to get it all into a carry-on...but the carry-on was so heavy I had to check it in. :) Oh well. It worked out. There was time to collect my bag at the airport before meeting at the car rental place for travel to final destination, and the carry on (just) fit into the tiny vehicle with the others' bags. 

Iceland was amazing. I only wish I could have stayed for longer and explored more. Since I was on retreat and then at a conference, my excursions were limited. 

I took a lot of clothing and needed every bit of it. I wore every single thing -- most things multiple times. I'll post a full list of items below and you will see many in the Finds. 

It was cold in Siglufjörður (N. 66, just slightly below the Arctic Circle) and also at Þingvellir. So, taking a cue from Smittie, I layered a raincoat over my North Face puffer (which I threw into my pack at the last minute and very glad I did!) Reykjavik was chilly rather than cold, and rainy, except for one lucky morning. 

I had only my iphone with me so photo quality is not fabulous, alas. 

Back home now with a sore throat! Hoping to heal up over the weekend. 

1. My pretty room at Siglo hotel
2. The view from the window seat.
5. The view at 11:30 pm...it never got dark. 
7. The evening we arrived was the occasion of the first gay marriage ever officiated at the local church. BIG celebration. Whole town came out and there was much dancing and quaffing of champagne. 
18. We heard the famous Karl Ove Knausgaard talk as a keynote in the conference.
19-20 -- some fashion fun. The designs were wonderful. I bought a ring (which I will show later). My friend bought a sweater. 
22-23 -- the art was amazing...the first photo is all hair from Icelandic sheep. 
24. Haldor Laxness's house (Nobel winning Icelandic author). 

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Spring flowers to welcome Angie home

At the sight of all the lovely Dutch brights from your trip I couldn't resist showing you what I'm wearing today. My mum's tulip twinset with burgundy and bright red.

In reality I had to switch footwear because it started to pour. But rain also grows spring flowers, right?

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Tweed and graphic tee to eat where our PM ate

I had all day teaching sessions twice this week in Prince Edward County. And our weather is insane! On Monday it was really cold so I was wearing booties, wool culottes, leather jacket. Yesterday it was in the high 20s (80s F) and today it was back to 15C, so I tried out Angie's tweed and graphic tee. My shirt is from Out of Print and it is library card stamps -- the students in my writing workshop loved it. 

ETA: I almost forgot!!! I wore the tweedy outfit out to lunch afterward my teaching and it was the place our PM ate at a few days ago! A really great little spot called Agrarian. The server told us that he and Sophie were incredibly warm and gracious and loved the food and the other customers (yes, they kept the place open!) were extremely polite and left them alone, except for two men who went over and introduced themselves. 

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Booties at last!

You know my saga about the unworn booties sitting in my closet. I  bought five pair this year [cough, blush, count them]. Yes, five. In my defence, these were replacements for older worn ones. 

Two of these proved rugged enough for at least occasional street wear in late fall/ winter on my horrid slushy icy snowy streets (at least on plowed days when I was not walking far). 

But three pair were simply unwearable except indoors. And I did not get a chance to wear the white ones even once -- despite a super high comfort factor on these. 

Well, people, I am here to tell you, it is spring!! Still grey, still no green, still chilly -- but no slush, snow, or sleet in sight. I wore these today to the dentist of all places and already got three compliments! 

Nothing special about the outfit except fun footwear!! Yay!!! 

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WIW: ink uniform, kitchen sink mix my way, lilac coat.

I haven't posted a WIW for a while. My teen has the DSLR again to shoot movies -- I think maybe I need to get a second one for myself! In the meantime, my phone will have to do. 

Here is what I wore to a talk at the university's creative writing club yesterday. FFB smart casual -- ink blazer, turtleneck, denim crops, booties. It was bitterly cold and I needed a puffer coat and hat and mitts. Not a particularly imaginative outfit but one that always serves me in any winter occasion. I notice that especially for presentations of this kind I have a uniform and I truly like to stick with it. Lately the uniform is becoming even more ...um...uniform...in the sense that I like to keep most everything to ink blue. I do love to wear colour at other times -- but oddly, both at home (for work at home) and for writing related speaking gigs, I seem to be drawn especially to dark navy/ ink. I must do some meditation on that. 

On a warmer day I got to wear a raincoat (!) and play with kitchen sink maximalism my way. Stripes, plaid, necklace. That's a lot for me! 

And a photo of the lilac coat back in January in Toronto. Love that coat so much. 

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