First week of … summer?!? Yes, folks, Edmonton got its first (and hopefully not last!) heat-wave of the year. Makes things more interesting – I almost cannot remember how to dress for anything above 0 degrees Celsius.

Saturday, May 4, 2013: Easter brunch & dinner

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Tunic, Zara; leggings, maternity; top, H&M; brooch, vintage; sunglasses, Gucci; shoes, Bloch

Both my family and in-laws celebrated Orthodox Easter last week, which meant that I had to abandon my usual jeans-and-old-tee weekend uniform. Well, sort of. Does leggings-and-a-tunic count as changing things up? In my book, florals are always brunch-appropriate. Incidentally, this was the first occasion when EVERYone started telling me how I had “suddenly” started to show. At first, I was happy to be officially past the “fat-or-pregnant” stage, but then I started getting a wee bit of a complex.

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The angle here may be deceptive …

On further reflection, I think the difference lies in something more subtle – whether or not I am wearing panty-hose. Even though I avoid control-top nylons like the plague, even a minimal amount of spandex can really make a visual impact. At least, that is what I am telling myself …

Here is a closer look at my Easter manicure:

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Butter London Fiver

Monday, May 6, 2013: work

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Dress, Nougat; necklace, J. Crew; shoes, Nine West

I have been trying to cycle through all my non-pregnancy dresses before I completely outgrow them. I am not crazy about this dress (it’s a hand-me-down from my mom and I’m not sure if it’s my style), but once I put it on I realized that the empire waist is actually perfect for right now. The dress is, ahem, roomy in the bust and flows away from the body below, so it perfectly accommodates my current shape. So I guess this will be going back into rotation and not on the “purge pile” … for now.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013: work

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Dress, Tocca (thrifted); jacket, Joe Fresh (consignment); necklace, Banana Republic; shoes, Ferragamo (second-hand; sold)

This dress-and-jacket combo was one of my favourite outfits from my last pregnancy. It is NOT what I actually wore on Tuesday, because it turns out that, well, things don’t really fit the same, the second time around. So, I had to improvise a bit at the last minute: 

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Dress, Velvet (consignment); jacket, Joe Fresh (consignment); brooch & necklace, vintage; shoes, Nine West; bag, Marc Jacobs (consignment)

Here’s a close-up of my jewelry: I love using green and gold to accent navy blue.

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Vintage brooch and necklace

Wednesday, May 8, 2013: work

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Skirt, BCBG; tunic, Zara; tank top, J. Crew Factory; belt, J. Crew Factory; necklace, vintage; bag, Coach (vintage)

Oops, my feet are missing! [I was wearing boring black pumps anyway.] I love being able to sneak in a “casual” piece into my work wardrobe. I usually wear my floral Zara tunic with leggings (as you could see from Saturday’s outfit), but it also works with my BCBG skirt; the extra volume of the skirt camouflages the length and bulk of the tunic.

Thursday, May 9, 2013: work

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Pants, maternity; top, Jacob (consignment); cardigan, J. Crew (second-hand); brooch, vintage; shoes, Enzo Angiolini; bag, Coach (vintage)

So, it looks like I am slightly addicted to Second Cup’s frozen hot chocolate at the moment – it’s the accessory du jour.

Anyway … “pants day” strikes again! I feel like this is becoming a running joke at BCRL. Anyway, this marks the second appearance of the Jacob top I bought last month; I couldn’t wait to pair it with my olive green cardigan, and new rivoli rhinestone brooch. The colours are so complementary!

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Brooch, Etsy; ring, Winners

Friday, May 10, 2013: work

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Jeans, maternity; top, Gilmour (swap); jacket, Boss (consignment); shoes, Ferragamo; necklace, Tiffany; bag, Coach (vintage)

Casual Friday rarely makes for a ground-breaking outfit, and this is no exception. I wanted to get one last wear out of this top before it becomes too short for my new proportions. Saying a (temporary) goodbye to a “regular wardrobe” piece is always sad … it brings me one step closer to an exclusively maternity wardrobe (a much smaller, and less exciting, version of the former).

On the plus side, LUNCH DATE!!! Perfect excuse to nosh on something delicious. 

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@ Moriarty’s

See you next time!

8 Comments on Remix Challenge: week 34

  1. I liked the first and the las outfit the best. I also liked a lot the brooch on Tuesday’s outfit.

    • Thanks Cristina! It’s always interesting to see how an outfit idea works out in real life … and on camera. Sometimes things look better (in my view) in a pic than in real life; sometimes vice versa.

  2. The Monday dress is actually very nice and it gives you a light and “delicate” look … I really like it on you.

    • Me, light and delicate? Especially now? Bwahaha! More like bull in a china shop 😉
      Thanks, though – that dress is growing on me by the second.

  3. I know what you mean. Sometimes I wear something and I feel like million bucks, then I see a picture and it’s blah!!
    Maybe I should take a picture before stepping out.

    • Doing the Remix Challenge on the blog, and having to take photos of every outfit does really help – it gives me a better sense of what works, and what to avoid. It might be impractical to do that on a daily basis if you’re busy running around, but I recommend building a virtual “closet” of outfit pics over time, which can serve as a handy guide whenever you are stuck for an outfit idea. If you have a smartphone, taking pics “on the go” is pretty easy (you just need a full-length mirror) – as it having the results on hand for reference at all times.

      One caveat … sometimes an unflattering angle or poor lighting can make a great outfit look not-so-great in photos. So, it can be a double-edged sword. This isn’t a photography or “high fashun” blog so I am not ashamed to admit that it happens on BCRL too. It would probably happen even more if you are taking self-photographs. Don’t always discount what you see in the mirror – if it looks good, it probably IS good.

  4. Love all the colour in your outfits – spring is here! I especially love Wednesday’s blue belt and Thursday’s green cardigan. Speaking of casual Friday….I could use a post dedicated solely to that topic. What is too casual for casual Fridays in the summer? My workplace is more casual on the best of days, but it gets worse in the summer.