Another handbag/ backpack question -- gear knowledge welcome

As I've mentioned on a few recent threads, the past few months have seen me devolve to carrying my Patagonia backpack all the time. 

Apart from rare forays to the grocery store and post office, when I go out, I am typically hiking in the woods and/or on suburban paths. I'm carrying keys, water bottle, jacket/ hoodie/ windbreaker, phone, mask, sanitizer, earphones, wallet, card case (sometimes alternating), sunglasses, sunscreen/ lipgloss etc, tissues. 

But then other times -- evening walks --  it's just phone, earphones, card case, keys. So the backpack really feels like too much then. 

A dressy purse -- even my leather backpack -- just feels like too much in these environs. (A few pics below). Leather's also heavy. 

The Patagonia is actually a bit too large for my needs but it is nylon and lightweight. 

So. I am thinking of what might work instead. 

I've considered a nylon Minkoff Julian and might get one if I could find in a colour I liked -- but right now the options at the Bay or Nordstrom's Canada don't make me smile. (I'd go for red or silver, but not black.)

But what I really think I need is, essentially, good looking gear. The kind of stuff that works like gear but won't completely clash with an outfit if we are ever released from our isolation and can move around out in the world a bit more. 

I could also very much use something that I can pop into my bicycle panniers easily that holds all my essentials!!! 

Two options I'm considering -- a Bellroy backpack and a Bellroy mini-sling. I own a few Bellroy products and LOVE them. I got them on Jenn's recommendation. 

I own a folio wallet (smallest sleekest wallet of this type I've ever owned and fits my phone if I want to put it inside...); mini-pocket (card pocket); a classic pouch, a pencil case (I use it as my makeup bag), a A4 tech folio (for my ipad mini and notebook). I truly love the product line -- they are brilliantly designed. 

Does anyone know anything about the backpack or mini-sling? Thoughts on something else that might work for me as well? Or better? 

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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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Benched

Do you ever feel like Angie is in your head?

How did she know I was asking myself that very question all last week? 

Currently, I own 3 pairs of shorts: one dressy knee length sarong short, and two bermuda-ish white denim shorts. I don't think shorts flatter me much but I wear them anyway for practicality's sake. 

I far prefer skirts for coolness but casual ones can be tough to find. So I only own a couple of summer skirts. My beloved J. Crew full skirt in Liberty cotton and a very old worn but trusty VC knit tube skirt that I can't seem to get rid of due to its use value.

Add to these two pair of wide leg culotte type summer pants. One (the Aritzia) is like a skirt (fabrication, lining -- it feels "dressier" although still casual.) The other (the J. Crew chambray) is more like a long short (or, truthfully, pajamas!!) -- much more casual. I wear those pants really only as at home loungewear. Or I might pull them over a swimsuit at the beach. Useful, but not really "fashion" wear, if you know what I mean. 

Lo. New house, new location, new lifestyle. Remember I told you I would need a "gardening" capsule? Well, I do need one. I have pulled an old pair of old jeans into commission and am using those for now, but in summer's heat, I might want something less heavy, and white shorts are not going to cut it!! :) 

Meanwhile, I've also discovered I need a true hiking capsule. In addition to suburban road and pathway walking, I'm doing a lot of trail walking. Again, optic white shorts might not be the best idea in these circumstances! 

Meanwhile, I am also strongly feeling the need for an addition to my very limited skirt capsule, since summer skirts and dresses are my favourite! 

So I've put in an order to a few places. For shorts, I am looking at a few -- one for at home and regular wear and two for gardening/ hiking. 

And for a skirt, I've put in an order to my fave Canadian designer, Comrags, for a summer skirt. You'll recall I bought a fab 2 piece dress from them on super sale this winter. Well, this item is from their summer sale. The original price of $270 came down to $70 and I could not resist for a pure cotton-linen skirt with an A-line shape and arty asymmetric pleats that will not date.

Incidentally, they were signatories to the letter that slim cat alerted us to. 

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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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My (current) sweatshirts/ hoodies -- and where shall I find my new one?

I like sweatshirts and hoodies both as fashion and as gear/ loungewear. I tend to wear them more for very casual situations but occasionally I'll throw a sweatshirt over a skirt for a fun juxtaposition (like a graphic tee with a skirt) and sometimes I'll wear a soft cashmere hoodie under a blazer. 

The first four are my current versions. 1 cashmere stripe from Boden (winter), one cashmere/ wool blend from Zella (very pilly, even with attention and care, but too darn useful to let go of yet!), one merino blend one from Icebreaker (mostly gear/ lounge; cross seasonal), and one cotton terry cropped one from J. Crew (more as a winter "tee" or a spring/summer "warmup.") 

I have to say my favourite sweatshirt ever was a BR one with sequins I had some years back. It was so much fun! 

I would like a new, brighter, spring-like one. Any suggestions for me? I think the bubblebum pink that Angie got from BR is adorable but too warm a pink for me? 

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New house, new closet

I know. Who moves in the middle of an order to "shelter in place." But what are you going to do? "Move" was my word of the year, after all. Ironic, or what? ;) 

We have been in our new house now for just over 3 weeks and finally we have all our stuff. So I spent yesterday organizing my closet. What a great feeling it is to be in control of something! I can't wait to get to work on our bathroom cupboards next, although I'm going to need to purchase a few storage containers for those. 

I have most of our relatively spacious bedroom closet for my clothes. Mr. Suz is going to store his "off season" trousers in this closet, and we have our iron and supplies here, but he is keeping the bulk of his clothing in the guest room because he likes the layout of that closet better. Did I luck out, or what? 

The rental house in Vancouver had a HUGE closet, so this one, while generous by most standards, actually feels "just right" for my stuff. Fortunately, the house as a whole has a massive amount of storage, so even if we have to keep things a little differently than we did in the past, there is still going to be plenty of space for everything. 

First, Photos 1-7 are the "dresser" (actually an antique cabinet -- some of you might remember this from my house in Kingston -- I haven't had it for 2 years!) 

Outside looking in -- baskets are useful! The top drawers contain bras and camis and sports bras. The baskets have workout tops and cotton sweaters, Kondo style. The bottom shelf is for jeans. 

Next, the closet, photos 8-15. Jackets on lower rack, blouses/ shirts on top. My bags are hung in the back of the closet on a scarf hanger (!) with a small Ikea container for smaller bags/ clutches, etc. 

Ikea containers hold knit tops/ tees, and other items. Accessories/ scarves on middle shelf, rolled. The top stores most of my winter items that won't be in use now -- heavier knits, warmer trousers, etc. I have winter footwear in the basement for now. And we also have a separate place for coats. 

I definitely need a shoe rack but don't have one at the moment, so dressy shoes are in plastic bins up top and just a few pairs that I'll be wearing regularly on the ground. It's not perfect, but at least I have my things and know where they are. 

Thanks for looking! 

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