Month: April 2013

Remix Challenge: week 29

Yes, it really has been that long! Technically, it lasted about 14 or 15 weeks, which was around the time I had my first “repeat” outfit. However, I have been enjoying the creative aspect so much, I’ve just kept going. The aim is still to wear something original every single day, or as often as possible; in fact, the “repeats” haven’t been all that common, except when it comes to dresses.

Monday, April 1, 2013 – shopping

Remix Challenge
Dress, Milly (consignment); jacket, Esprit (swapped); brooch, vintage; boots, Hunter; bag, Longchamps

Monday was a holiday at our office, so I was home with Luka. I was rescued from wearing pyjama pants all day by my mom, who stopped by and took us out for a bit of shopping. I took advantage of the continuing nice weather to wear my “new” military jacket again. So versatile!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 – work

Remix Challenge
Skirt, Winners; top, Ann Taylor (thrifted); cardigan, Winners; brooch, vintage; shoes, Enzo Angiolini. Featuring a walk-on role by toddler (20 months)

Going back to work after a 4-day weekend is always a bit of an adjustment. I added some extra sparkle to my cardigan to make up for it. This outfit features another piece of my clothing swap loot – notice my gorgeous Enzo Angiolini pumps. The close-to-midi length of the skirt needs a bit of extra heel, and this is a surprisingly comfy pair.

Remix Challenge
Vintage brooch courtesy of the Old Strathcona Antique Mall

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 – work

Remix Challenge
Pants, J. Crew Factory; blazer, Theory (consignment); blouse, Moda International; shoes, Stuart Weitzman

I normally wouldn’t wear all the colour on the bottom, but I wanted to take advantage of the (still) warm-ish weather and wear my pee-toe pumps.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 – work

Remix Challenge
Skirt, BCBG; blouse, Max Studio (swapped); belt, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Cole Haan (thrifted); necklace, Jacob (swapped); bag, Chanel (consignment)

Another piece of clothing swap loot, with a bit of history to it. This flowery Max Studio blouse was a piece I’d helped my friend Robyn pick up at Goodwill a couple of years ago. I loved the print then, and I still loved it enough this time around – to nab it when it made its appearance at the swap. It works well with my new chunky pearl necklace – a piece I originally swapped 2 or 3 years ago, which eventually came back to me. It’s rare that I take back swapped pieces if they turn up in a later swap, but this was one I’d actually kinda missed in the interim. Funny how things work out!

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Jacob necklace circa 2005

Friday, April 5, 2013 – work

Remix Challenge
Jacket, RW & Co. (swapped); top, Tory Burch (consignment); flats, Tory Burch (consignment)

It snowed again. Le sigh! I decided to wear something bright to try to save myself from my doldrums, so I picked my most “tropical” top. I also ended up wearing one of my best (recent) consignment finds: Tory Burch Reva flats ($30). All in all, not a bad outfit for something I put together on the fly in the morning.

Till next time!

Fashion Risks: the Military Jacket

This wintery spring has been hard on my casual style; there just isn’t much incentive to pay attention to what I’m wearing to the grocery store when the whole ensemble will inevitably be covered up by a massive parka. [Between you and me, the ensemble has been very much of the T-shirt-and-jeans variety for the last few months.] Summer needs to hurry up and get here, before I slide all the way into sweatpants territory. Luckily, my recent clothing swap gave me another reason to start dressing a little smarter on the weekends.

Military Jacket
Jacket, Esprit (swapped); top, Joe Fresh; boots, Hunter; bag, Longchamps; scarf (swapped)

The military trend is now a hardy perennial, so it doesn’t really count as a “trend” anymore. I’ve been a fan of the military-meets-preppy look ever since I saw Gwyneth Paltrow pulling off another one of her (many) amazing casual outfits, eons ago. The difficulty has been finding the right piece. For some reason, there are certain pieces of clothing that always elude me. The perfect denim jacket. The perfect trench. Or, for more importantly for our purposes, the perfect military jacket. The proportions and fit are tricky – it can’t be too baggy, too cammo, too busy with zippers and such. Because it’s lightweight, the military jacket has a relatively short season around here, which is probably why I never bothered to invest too much time in finding one that wasn’t too much of anything, but just right.

And then, a great jacket came to me.

Military Jacket
Jacket, Esprit (swapped); short, H&M; skirt, Winners; necklace, J. Crew Factory; boots, Hunter

I like the fit, and the colour is a cool take on a neutral. [Plus, it’s complementary to redheads so –bonus!] It’s great for dressing up, and down.

Military Jacket
I can take on any amount of slush now!

The best part? It goes without saying: it was free. Perfect for taking a fashion risk!

Spring Clothing Swap

It’s hard to believe, but this was my sixth annual clothing swap. If I may lapse into nostalgia for a moment, let me just say: how much has changed since 2007! I started dating my husband in 2008. Changed jobs in 2009. Got married and bought a house in 2010. Had my son in 2011. Took a breath in 2012. And now, here we are.

Spring Clothing Swap
The little mister, all of 20 months old.

But back to more important things. This year, I decided to go with an “English afternoon tea” theme for my clothing swap, for purely selfish reasons. One, I finally completed my (mismatched) Royal Albert tea set by getting the piece de resistance: a tea pot.

Spring Clothing Swap
Royal Albert, unknown pattern

This took a long time primarily because I’m cheap, and wouldn’t spend more than $100 on one. Goodwill, my usual source of all things Royal Albert, didn’t come through for me. Eventually, I was lucky enough to find this tea pot at the Rocky Mountain Antique Mall, for a reasonable $65. It supposedly has a mismatched lid, which I’ve come to believe is not in fact mismatched at all. Either way, it fits my collection.

Spring Clothing Swap
My “lucky 13” collection

Back to the swap. The second reason why I picked the “afternoon tea” theme was my love of all things starchy. Cucumber sandwiches? Yes, please. Squares, and cookies, and brownies? Oh my! [Though, to be fair, the brownies were gluten-free – not to mention delicious – courtesy of my friend Laura.]

Spring Clothing Swap
A few of the goodies …

I’m pretty proud of my efforts with the “set design” this year. I was able to use some favourite things: lush roses (this is my favourite way of arranging them), my hobnail milk glass pieces (a new collecting obsession), and my great-grandmother’s hand-made lace table cloth.

Spring Clothing Swap
The collection on display

The clothing swap itself was great fun, as always. This year’s guests brought a TON of clothes, so there were amazing clothes for everyone to take home… not to mention half a dozen bags left for charity (Goodwill for casual clothes, and Suit Yourself for office wear). I’m planning to show you some of my loot, styled with pieces from my closet, in the coming weeks. For now, here’s a sneak peak:

Spring Clothing Swap