The title of the post is a misnomer insofar as it might lead you to expect a post about festive style. It is not. It’s a post about what I wore during my week off from work between Christmas and New Year, which time was blessedly short on super festive occasions. I’m not a Grinch, but I like my holidays a tad more low key. With a few exceptions, most of my outfits were along the lines of this supa casual look. In fact, I ended up wearing this particular combo *twice* over the holidays. Loose, relaxed, forgiving. I am very gung-ho about sampling the season’s culinary delights, after all.
I wore this grey Joe Fresh tube dress quite a lot earlier in the year, but less so recently. I blame that on the weather and the footwear dilemma. To wit, the dress doesn’t work with knee-high boots (I’ve tried, and they bulge weirdly under the dress) and I was reluctantly to try it with ankle boots, which are the only other option available at this time of year. It turns out, however, that it works fairly well with ankle boots, without making me look like a stump. Since it’s a good piece to layer under my many casual sweaters, this is an outfit formula I may need to revisit in the future.
As I mentioned last week, I had two of my dearest friends visiting from out of town recently, and our big plans revolved around a girls’ night in (with wine, Chinese food, and BBC dramas featuring hunky Brits) followed by a girls’ day out on the town. For the latter part of our adventures, I decided to wear my fave Anthro swing dress. It’s comfortable as pyjamas, forgiving as a potato sack, and infinitely cuter than both. No brainer, really. I added my trusty turtleneck underneath because the temps are still hovering around -10 Celsius, and there’s no easier way to layer up a summer dress. Luckily, our daytime adventures did not involve a lot of outdoors exercise. Surely, you are not surprised.
My friends and I hit up the antique mall, which proved to be the most “strenuous” part of our day. We followed that up with lunch at Nomiya Noodle Bar in Oliver, which was fantastic. I *had* to try one of their ramen bowls, of course, but my instant favourite was the Takoyaki (fried dough balls with octopus — they had me at “fried dough”). My friends raved over the matcha green tea creme brulee, but I decided to help myself to another order of the Takoyaki instead. No regrets. And my dress was very understanding about it all.
We finished up our day with a screening of La La Land, which is THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING EVER AND YOU MUST SEE IT IMMEDIATELY. Ahem. Sorry to shout, but it really is wonderful. I hate musicals *and* jazz, and I’m generally not a fan of romantic movies. Or Ryan Gosling. Or Emma Stone. (I know, sacrilege!) But this movie tugged at my heart like a pro; I wouldn’t consider it a romance so much as an ode to youth and the sense of seemingly infinite possibility and wonder that we feel when we are young and full of dreams. The ending of the movie is bittersweet, as all life tends to be after a certain age. It reminded me of the discussion about ghost ships which we had on the blog a few weeks ago. If any of you have seen La La Land, I would love to hear your thoughts; I know the film has been criticized for its privilege, so I am particularly interested in your perspective on that issue.
I had a lot of time to explore my weekend casual style over the holidays … too much, maybe. See, my winter casual style is not much to write home about (I much prefer dressing for summer weekends, or summer period), and I don’t particularly enjoy getting creative with those clothes, unlike my work wardrobe. It’s easy to fall into a rut, especially when it doesn’t even really feel like one; after all, weekends are usually short, and are sandwiched by days upon days of cute outfits (or so I tell myself). But a week-long (stay at home) holiday is a different matter — definitely rut territory. I’m the kind of person whose mood is very much influenced by what I wear; too many blah outfits, and I start to feel blah. Something had to be done! So I made an effort. I mean, not much of one, as this outfit attests, but enough to feel a few steps above blah.
Non-blah weekend casual, for me, is all about pairing simple pieces with a few interesting accessories; nothing too fussy. Unlike the rest of the time, I don’t wear prints — it’s all about solids, and neutrals at that. So accessories have to be interesting to stop the whole look from free-falling into the blahs. This scarf is a neutral, but has a luxe texture (even though it’s just acrylic) that works nicely off the silky blouse. My YSL satchel is, again, pretty simple but with a few interesting design details.
Last but not least: my old Tiffany “love” necklace, recently rediscovered. About a year ago, it somehow “disappeared” and I was convinced that I had lost inside my own house (possibly in a tragic vacuuming accident). I was cleaning out a drawer, and checking all the various jewelry pouches hoarded there, when I found it. I’m not sure how I managed to overlook it for an entire year — and through a half dozen searches — but I am glad to have it back. I love its simplicity, and since it was a gift from my family, it’s extra special. And you can bet that I’ll be keeping it *far* away from the vacuum.