Dress, Gabby Skye; jacket, Joe Fresh (thrifted); boots, Clarks; bag, Gucci
Dress, Gabby Skye; jacket, Joe Fresh (thrifted); boots, Clarks; bag, Gucci

After delays and setbacks, my husband and I finally got to run off to Calgary for what was supposed to be a 3-day, adults-only getaway. There’s been a lot going on lately, and I won’t lie — I needed this break, BADLY. And, naturally, I was pumped to get dressed without having to worry about being kid-activity-friendly. I thrifted this Gabby Skye dress last time I was in Calgary, and have been “saving” it for a fun occasion ever since. Since the weather was looking rather glum when we left Edmonton, I switched out the flats I had planned to wear for my new Clark’s booties (and tights). I wore this on the drive to Calgary, and then lunch, shopping, and a return visit to the Glenbow Museum. I felt cute and comfortable, which is always nice. The shoes, in particular, were a pleasant surprise – comfortable even after a fair bit of walking.

bag shot
bag shot
In Vacation Mode: OPI Puerta Vallarta Violeta
In Vacation Mode: OPI Puerta Vallarta Violeta

We visited the Glenbow Museum earlier this year with the kids, and I won’t lie by saying that a big reason why I wanted to make this adult-only roadtrip happen was to be able to go back and enjoy it in a more leisurely fashion. The Glenbow is the closely thing to the Victoria & Albert Museum (my favourite) I’ve ever visited on this side of the Commonwealth. The exhibits are so, so great – starting with the phenomenal Paul Hardy Kaleidoscopic Animalia exhibit:

amah-zing!
amah-zing!
my kind of tea party
my kind of tea party
I need that dress!
I need that dress!

After the museum, we wandered down Stephen Avenue and stopped in for some patio refreshments and people watching. The weather was pleasantly warm, and we found a nicely shaded spot, so it was lovely. We finished off the night with friends and some delicious pizza at famed local spot Tom’s House of Pizza.

hello, Calgary
hello, Calgary
Stephen Avenue - patio shot
Stephen Avenue – patio shot

On the second day, we headed out to the mountains – mostly because I needed to replenish my stock of the best fudge ever from a shop in Canmore. Because my husband was still not feeling 100%, we decided to avoid any strenuous hiking … or any hiking at all, really. Which was fine by me because I was there for the eating part anyway. Did I mention the fudge? Also, there are some terrific restaurants in Canmore. We basically spent the afternoon walking from one eating hole to the next. It was very relaxing. We also made a detour on the way to see Elbow Falls.

Top & jeans, Anthropologie; blazer, Topshop; shoes, Kelsi Dagger
Top & jeans, Anthropologie; blazer, Topshop; shoes, Kelsi Dagger
Elbow river
Elbow river
creepy head in Canmore
creepy head in Canmore

Later that day, we ended up driving back home because we got the news that one of kids had come down with a cold (and fever). I was sad to miss out on the extra alone time with my husband, but it was nice to see the kids and give them extra snuggles. As much as I look forward to these little trips without them, I end up spending a good chunk of the time wishing they were with us. What can I say, they’re kinda amazing.

Of course, since I’m fresh out of clothes, I did check out a few thrift stores earlier in our trip.

Jones New York dress
Jones New York dress

This dress was so close, you guys. A few years ago, I would have bought it without hesitation. It fit perfectly, buuuuut … the print was a little too much for me, now. I left it behind for someone else to discover and love.

Rag & Bone dress
Rag & Bone dress

This Rag & Bone dress, on the other hand, I couldn’t resist. It’s only the second time I’ve seen the brand at the thrift store, and I’ve been curious to try it. This dress is a bit more form-fitting and shorter than I like to wear at the office, so I’ll probably save it for date night, but we’ll see if it works … or if it ends up being a failed experiment blog shop listing.

Theory blazer; Postmark top; Maeve skirt
Theory blazer; Postmark top; Maeve skirt

These pieces are definite keepers. The Theory blazer is a perfect fit, and I’ve been looking for a classic cut navy blazer for a while. (My navy peplum blazer is great, but it’s definitely more of a statement piece than a wardrobe workhorse.) The Maeve skirt has that quirky Anthro aesthetic that’s still my kryptonite but it’s also a work-friendly silhouette, so it was an auto-buy. The top has a cute, contrasting panel/peplum detail, which you can’t see in the photo, and it’s probably too young for me, but for $5 I decided I had to #leavenoAnthrobehind.

On the way back to Edmonton, we drove through Olds, where I spotted this adorable thrift store … which was sadly closed. Next time!

next time, Funky Little Thrift Shop!
next time, Funky Little Thrift Shop!

See you next summer, Calgary!

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10 Comments on There and Back, Summer 2016 Edition

    • I try to stick to Hue tights, whenever I can find them at Winners/TJ Maxx. But I’ve been known to splurge on them at full retail price too, because I find them pretty durable.

  1. I love your faux leather moto jacket. I’ve been thinking of getting one myself. However, I’m concerned about how faux leather can get hot, especially on weekends when I am constantly running around with two little kids. I also live in a much warmer climate (Santa Barbara). Have you had any trouble feeling overheated while wearing your faux leather moto jacket?

    • Absolutely! It’s definitely an important consideration. I find that it gets pretty hot if the temperature is more than, say, 15 degrees Celsius (sorry, I haven’t mastered the Fahrenheit scale). I’m guessing that in California, that would be most of the year, but perhaps this could be a winter alternative for you. On the plus side, I’ve had it out in the rain on a couple of occasions (not a downpour, and not for super long) and it was perfectly fine — the water just wipes right off.

      • Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, it doesn’t rain much here much either. Our weather is about 19 c almost year round. A few degrees cooler in winter and a few higher in summer. My in-laws live in Calgary, and I’ve been in Alberta (even Edmonton) in the winter, and I’m grateful that I don’t live in extreme climes. Alas, I may have to try the moto style in a different material. Like you, I can’t justify shelling out a lot of money on a real leather jacket that I know won’t be a closet staple.