Month: September 2013

The Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday, everyone! This is a scheduled post but feel free to share your thoughts on my weekly faves in the comments – and tell me what has caught your eye this week.

J. Crew Ankle Cuff Pumps

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J. Crew Quinn ankle-cuff pumps

I’m getting more and more drawn to the whole ankle-strap trend. This pair looks so elegant, and the colour is to die for. However, while I love the look of suede, I’m always wary about buying suede shoes (especially at a $278 price point) – I’m not much for babying my footwear, and this is one material that definitely requires it. This pair is likely a “pass” for me, ultimately … unless I luck out again and find it discounted at a consignment store. It’s just too expensive for my current budget.

I have to say that it does remind me of an old pair of Goldenbleu sandals that I lusted after for a long time.

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Goldenbleu Caitlyn ankle-strap sandal

As far as I know, that brand is now defunct, but you can still find these beauties on eBay … sadly, never at a price that I can justify. Sigh … I’ll just have to keep waiting.

Theory Suit

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Theory Uniform Gabe B2 suit

Ironically, now that I am not going to be working for a while, all I seem to think about is office wear. Blame it on being pregnant for what seemed like an eternity, but I’m simply craving a sharp, streamlined suit. And I’m not even a “suit person”! Obviously, this isn’t an item I’m going to be picking up any time soon, but I can’t wait to hunt for it come next summer.

Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress

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Diane von Furstenberg Jeanne wrap dress

I know, I know – how many wrap dresses does this woman need? In my defence, how awesome is this print? I don’t have a lot of red in my wardrobe, so I think this fiery number would be a good addition. I’m basically resolved to stalk this dress on eBay until I can find it for a reasonable price (ideally, under $150). Wish me luck, I have a feeling I’m in it for a loooong wait.

BCBG Paperbag Waist Skirt

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BCBG Stella skirt

The eagle-eyed reader will recognize this skirt – I have one in my closet. So why is it on the list? Because it’s one of my favourite things to wear, and I think it’s time to start planning for its eventual replacement. I’m not in a huge rush, since I’m pretty sure I can get at least another year or so out of my current skirt before it starts looking worn-out; however, since it’s an older style that doesn’t come up on eBay very often, I don’t think it hurts to start looking early – for one thing, it will help improve my chances of finding a good deal. It’s a “must have” after all!

Milly Clover Leaf Blouse

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Milly clover print blouse

Fashion has moved on, but I’m still enamored with Peter Pan collars. This blouse is adorable and elegant (not too trendy, not too “young”). The navy/white combo is classic, and the print is cute but still age-appropriate. The only problem: price, of course. The last time I saw this blouse on eBay, it was selling for around $120. Needless to say, way too expensive for my taste. I’m taking a “wait and see” approach for now.

Happy weekend!

Fall Must-Haves

I have always been a “summer person” and, consequently, never much of a fan of fall. To this day, 8 years after graduating from my last degree, I still associate fall with the end of summer vacations (aka the end of the fun part of the year). Living in Alberta, where fall can often prove to be more of a season on paper than in reality, only compounds my general apathy. From a sartorial perspective, fall means the return of “cold weather dressing” and, in turn, coats and boots; I don’t like either all that much. All in all, it’s hard for me to get excited about fall.

Still, practical reality dictates that, every year, I have to resign myself to the new season. To make the most of it, it helps to be prepared. These are my must-have items for surviving fall in style.

Fall coat

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Wish list: Classic Burberry trench

I’ll come out and say it: I hate coats. The cute ones are rarely practical, and the practical ones rarely anything but ho-hum. I hate shopping for coats. I hate buying coats. One of my idiosyncrasies is that I hate paying a lot of money for practical, mundane things; coats are both of those things, and expensive to boot. But fall weather requires a coat, and around here that means something more substantial than, say, a jean jacket.

My go-to piece is the trench. It’s a classic that never goes out of style, and in a neutral colour (camel, black or navy, for example) it goes with everything – dresses, skirts, pants, or jeans. If the weather calls for it, you can add layers underneath for extra warmth. The trench has personality, which is a bonus.

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Real life: GAP Trench coat

Rubber boots

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Wish list: Aigle rubber boots

You don’t strictly need rubber boots; push comes to shove, you can just wear your leather boots on rainy fall days. I recommend getting rubber boots, though, because (a) they are easier to care for than leather ones; and (b) you can find really cute ones for cheap. For example, last year, Winners had pairs starting at about $30. Yes, they were made in China, but so are Hunter’s.

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Real life: Hunter boots

Not to mention, there is something really fun and exuberant about rubber boots – they always make me think of my son, stomping with glee through rain puddles. Reliving a childhood moment: priceless.

Fun tights

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Wish list: Wolford tights

Yes, I just put “fun” and “tights” in the same heading. They may not be everyone’s idea of a fun wardrobe item, but they’re a super practical and versatile accessory for fall. Let’s start with the practical aspect. A good opaque pair of tights will keep your legs warm while you transition your summer dresses and skirts into fall (and beyond, if Mother Nature allows). Needless to say, that’s a huge bonus in terms of extending the utility of the clothes already in your closet. As for versatility, tights are a great way to add visual interest to an outfit – whether through colour, texture, or pattern.

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Real life: Hue tights

Cardigans

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Wish list: Pringle of Scotland cardigan

Cardigans are an all-year-round wardrobe must-have in my books, but never more so than in the fall. Fall dressing is all about strategic layering, and cardigans are eminently useful for that purpose. On warmer days, they can serve in place of a jacket (just don’t forget your trench!). On cooler days, a cardigan layered under a blazer can add that extra needed bit of warmth. I generally avoid cardigans in chunky knits specifically to maximize the layering possibilities; you can tuck them in, belt them, or even wear them backward (buttoned up, of course). If you’re willing to get creative, you can even layer cardigans on top of each other by mixing lightweight and chunky knit versions. The possibilities are endless.

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Real life: Joe Fresh cardigan

What are some of your fall must-haves?

The Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are the things that have caught my eye – if not my wallet – this week.

Mulberry Emerald Ostrich Suffolk bag

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Mulberry Emerald Ostrich Suffolk bag

A little while ago, I sold my Mulberry Alexa satchel. Let me take a moment to remember her – ahh! Part of me is sad to have let her go, but it was for the best. Although I loved her look, I really prefer more structured bags and thicker leather. Like, say, this Suffolk style from the new Mulberry collection – simply divine! I haven’t been able to find pricing information on it, which makes me think that I probably don’t want to know how much it costs. This is going on my wishlist, but strictly in the “if I win the lottery” category. [For the record, I realize this bag is similar in shape to the Kate Spade bag I just bought, as well as the Dolce & Gabbana Miss Sicily bag that was already on my wishlist – so you could say that I have a “type”.]

Links of London Sweetie Bracelet

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Links of London Sweetie bracelet

I have a regular Links of London charm bracelet, to which I like to add new charms every year (usually on my birthday). Last time I was at their counter at Holt’s, I took a closer look at the Sweetie bracelet and ended up really liking the looks of it. It’s more unusual, and I think it would look great stacked with my other arm candy. Because of the cost ($275), I’m taking a “wait and see” approach. Before I add it to my “potential future gift” list, I want to see if I can find it second-hand somewhere (starting with eBay). This  will require some research on my part, as I want to make sure that I don’t get fooled by counterfeits.

Burberry Wool Twill Peplum Coat

Burberrycoat

Drool! Seriously, how gorgeous is this coat? Obviously, it’s the stuff that dreams – not this girl’s shopping reality – are made of, but it would make anyone long for cool fall days.

Gold Knot Earrings

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Gold knot earrings (Polyvore)

I’ve actually been looking for a pair of these for a while, unsuccessfully. They’re a classic design, but I want to find a good quality pair at a reasonable price – a seemingly impossible task. I would settle for a J. Crew pair (similar to above) at this point, but I haven’t had luck finding any on eBay yet (it’s no longer sold in stores). Definitely a “must have” – as soon as I can find them!

Happy weekend!