Month: December 2016

Blue & Blush

Dress, Club Monaco (thrifted); blazer, Theory (thrifted); shoes, Nine West (thrifted); bag, Arcadia (via eBay)
Dress, Club Monaco (thrifted); blazer, Theory (thrifted); shoes, Nine West (thrifted); bag, Arcadia (via eBay)

I know Pantone has announced its colours for 2017, but I think I’ll stick to old favourites instead — including 2016’s blush pink. The print of this Club Monaco mixes it with a really lovely shade of blue, so it’s doubly appealing. I added a bunch of other blues to the mix, including navy (blazer), and somehow it all worked. Well, it certainly did me more favours than Greenery ever will. Colour me not convinced, Pantone.

necklace, Cleo; ring, Nordstrom
necklace, Cleo; ring, Nordstrom
braving the cold ...
braving the cold …

What you can’t see in these photos are the other parts of my outfit … fleece-lined leggings, woolly knee-high socks, North Face quilted puffy boots, mittens, blanket scarf, and winter coat. Yup, the real Alberta winter has arrived, with -30 Celsius temperatures to remind us of what’s what. Thankfully, there has been little snow so far, which is the only thing keeping me from chucking everything and jumping on the first plane bound for the Mayan Riviera.

braving the cold
… not pictured: my 30 lbs of outerwear
you can definitely spot my red nose, though
you can definitely spot my red nose, though

Put a Bow On It

shades of pink & plum
Blazer, H&M (thrifted); top, Rebecca Taylor (thrifted); pants, DVF (thrifted); shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Mulberry (via eBay)
Blazer, H&M (thrifted); top, Rebecca Taylor (thrifted); pants, DVF (thrifted); shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Mulberry (via eBay)

I haven’t bought any H&M pieces in years, but when I spotted this burgundy/plum coloured blazer at the thrift store, I decided to take a $5 gamble. The colour is right in my wardrobe wheelhouse, and the cut was comfortably flattering; ponte can usually be counted on for that. The blazer looked to be unworn, so I figured I would get at least a dozen or more wears out of it before it might start to show wear. I knew it would work with a lot of things in my closet, so I was excited to start mixing and matching.

First up, my (also thrifted) Rebecca Taylor blouse — mostly grey, with some pinkish undertones. I added a fuchsia bag for an extra pop of colour, and loved the result.

brooch, Banana Republic
brooch, Banana Republic

Most of my brooches are vintage, but I couldn’t resist getting a couple from the BR clearance rack last month. They were just a bit different than other things I’d seen. This bow one is delicate but still statement-making; a little bit retro, a little bit modern. I think it was the perfect finishing touch to the outfit.

shades of pink & plum
shades of pink & plum
wrapped up with a bow
wrapped up with a bow

Fresh As a Daisy

Skirt, J. Crew (via consignment); sweater, J. Crew (thrifted); shoes, Stuart Weitzman (via consignment); bag, MbMJ
Skirt, J. Crew (via consignment); sweater, J. Crew (thrifted); shoes, Stuart Weitzman (via consignment); bag, MbMJ

I was definitely not feeling fresh when I wore this outfit — the winter cold snap has brought with it, well, colds for everyone at the house. Even though the kids are getting ever more self-sufficient, it’s still tough to be on “parent duty” when you’re under the weather; come Monday, you’re more exhausted than on Friday evening. Oh well, I tried … to get an outfit together, that is. My inspiration was the new enamel daisy pin I recently got at Swish. I thought its whimsical vibe would pair nicely with this J. Crew sweater, particularly the collar. The pencil skirt got added to the mix to “adult” things up.

vintage brooch via Swish boutique
vintage brooch via Swish boutique
all the burgundy
all the burgundy

If you couldn’t tell that I wasn’t feeling all that hot from my wan visage, then my accessories would have given away the truth. I didn’t even really try; just threw together all the burgundy things, and called it a day. The end result was unintentionally preppy, but I liked it — not quite my usual style, but nicely adjacent.

stripes + florals
stripes + florals