Category: Favourite things

Dress, Meet Necklace

Dress, ASOS; necklace, MaxMara; shoes, J. Crew; bag, Gucci (via consignment)
Dress, ASOS; necklace, MaxMara; shoes, J. Crew; bag, Gucci (via consignment)

I can’t believe I didn’t think to pair these two pieces — dress and necklace — before. They’re truly perfect together. I feel like most of the credit needs to go to my MaxMara necklace, which has proven to be a statement accessory superstar. So much for all the doubters (ahem, my husband) who questioned the wisdom of my decision to buy it. Almost every time I am in need of a special piece to elevate a simple outfit, this necklace does the trick. It’s a compliment magnet too. There is something surprisingly elegant about all those big pieces of resin.

oh hello there, dear feet!
oh hello there, dear feet!
bell sleeves - love it or hate it?
bell sleeves – love it or hate it?

My outfit was not the only good thing going for me. Behold, a Good Make-Up Day:

feeling like a million bucks
magical make-up

Don’t ask me what I did differently that day, because I have no idea. I just, somehow, magically, looked far more rested and fresh and glowy than usual. Like lightning in a bottle, this whole effect has proven rather difficult to replicate. If you’ve got some new must-have beauty items to recommend, I’m all ears.

Back to the outfit, with one more word on the dress. I am starting to be less enamoured of the bell sleeves. I know they’re currently trendy, and they’re not flappy enough to actively bother me, but I feel like they make the dress look a bit “fancier” than I’d like. Plus, they’re hard to fit into blazers without wrinkling them. I’m debating taking the dress to the tailor to consider a partial sleeve-ectomy. Thoughts?

looks good from the back too
looks good from the back too
match made in heaven
match made in heaven

Mustard & Navy

Jacket, Anthro (via eBay); top, J. Crew (thrifted); pants, BR (thrifted); shoes, Ferragamo (thrifted); necklace, MaxMara; bag, Mulberry
Jacket, Anthro (via eBay); top, J. Crew (thrifted); pants, BR (thrifted); shoes, Ferragamo (thrifted); necklace, MaxMara; bag, Mulberry

The “neutral column + pop of colour” formula returns with a vengeance, eh? This time, I chose navy, instead of black, to pair with my bright mustard yellow jacket — largely because I’m pretty sure I’ve already done black before. As you might surmise, I really enjoy this type of outfit. I’ve never been a huge fan of trousers/pants, but I’ve been finding myself wearing them more and more. I think it’s because of outfit formulas like this one; tried and tested, comfortable, and easy to constantly remix. It puts my extensive blazer collection to good use, in any case.

mod touches
mod touches
shoes + bag
shoes + bag
ruffles + peplum
ruffles + peplum

I’m always looking for opportunities to wear my funky Ferragamo block heels, so I pull them out for consideration every time I wear anything navy. As I was pondering whether they “went” with this outfit, and simultaneously thinking about what accessory to add, I had a stroke of inspiration. My MaxMara chunky necklace! It has a very similar mod-ish vibe as the shoes — frankly, I can’t believe I didn’t realize it before. They’re a match made in heaven! This won’t be the last time you see this combo … or let’s face it, some very similar version of this entire outfit. Here’s hoping your memories are short, or your fondness for repetition great 😉

column of navy
column of navy
feeling sunny
feeling sunny

Goth Prom

Dress, Betsey Johnson (thrifted); turtleneck, Club Monaco; jacket, Joe Fresh (thrifted); bag, YSL; shoes, Clarks
Dress, Betsey Johnson (thrifted); turtleneck, Club Monaco; jacket, Joe Fresh (thrifted); bag, YSL; shoes, Clarks

My husband and I had the worst luck this Valentine’s Day. I got the stomach flu *literally* that evening which, as you may imagine, put a damper on any romantic festivities. It. Was. Awful. Enuf said. I was still feeling under the weather a few days later when our 9-year (dating) anniversary came around, which is what we usually celebrate every year so, again, no exciting plans for us. However, I was determined to do *something* to celebrate, so the next day we headed out to the movie theatre to catch a movie. (I was not contagious anymore, I promise!) Which movie, you ask? John Wick 2. I don’t know which one of us was more excited. And they say that romance is dead. Pshaw!

I ended up wearing this 80s goth prom outfit (credit: my darling Instagram husband) purely by coincidence because I couldn’t wait for another occasion to pull out my sparkly Betsey Johnson dress. The weather was warm, so the leather jacket was perfect. After we watched the movie, I realized that my outfit — being all black and everything — was very on-point. So was my hair, which is a pretty good homage to Ruby Rose if you ask me. The twirling on the other hand? No excuse, really. But, c’mon on, how could I not in a dress like this?

twirling!
twirling!
getting ready to twirl some more
getting ready to twirl some more

Here’s an outtake:

herp derp!
herp derp!

You’re welcome for the laugh. But seriously, can I wear this outfit everyday? Kthxbai

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