Friday, January 29, 2010

Teal and yellow

OOTD Fri Jan 29 2010

Outfit Details:

cardigan, Old Navy, tee - Joe Fresh, jeans - Joe Fresh, shoes - Connie, necklace - Banana Republic

Seeing Sal of Already Pretty and Diana of Smiles go With Everything rocking teal and yellow combinations lately inspired me to put together one of my own.

I just love the way they look together, and it brightened my day to be wearing such fun, spring-like colours. This necklace is a favourite in my jewelry box, yet I never seem to wear it. I seem to always reach for metallic jewelry or more understated colours.

Although I feel pretty comfortable in this outfit, it's not one of my favourites. I suppose I feel most comfortable in a dress or skirt, rather than jeans or pants, and I'd have felt much happier wearing a denim pencil skirt or similar. But once in a while, you have to truly dress for practicality, which I did today -- for Maya's parent and tot gymnastics class. It's a mild workout for the parents, and obviously a cute dress won't cut it.

Looking at this picture, I feel a little wide in these jeans (wide-leg... natch). Although I'll admit that the wrinkled pants (complete with smushed cookie on it from Maya's snack) and the craptastic hair day aren't helping matters any.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fast yet slow

Jan 28 2010

OOTD Jan 28 2010

Outfit Details:

dress - Forever 21, tee - Gap, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like you're rushing around, yet look at the time and realize that you have actually accomplished very little.

This is me today.

I even tried to hasten things by throwing together an outfit that requires very little thought from me. Sweater dress, tights, boots... done! Then I realized how very cold it was outside, and put on a long-sleeve tee and full slip underneath and for warmth. Then I got Maya dressed, fed (breakfast) and prepared to pack my bag (work stuff) and her baby (toddler stuff) so we could go to Nana's. (My MIL babysits while I work "from home").

In the end, it took us over an hour to leave the house. I did take a few minutes to make some coffee to drink in the car because I cannot start my day without a caffeinated beverage (yea, see my domain name). But still - doesn't it feel like it should take less time? So frustrating.

In other news, Maya spotted her first animal in the clouds on the ride over. It was a piggie. Just one, no other animals or shapes in the sky according to her. It was very windy and the clouds were moving quickly against the sky. Or as Maya explained to me "All the clouds want to go home to their cloud house. It's over there!" And she pointed to a cluster in the sky.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'd Wear It

OOTD Tue Jan 26 2010

Outfit Details:

sweater - Martin and Osa, camisole - H&M, skirt and tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Steve Madden, belt - Forever21, necklace - Banana Republic

Recently, I came across the blog I'd Wear It. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should! She has great style, and achieves the casual pulled-together chic that I aspire for.

Here's an outfit that is totally inspired by her blog. Aww, who I am fooling? I totally copied!

When I saw this outfit, it immediately brought to mind the grey cowl-neck Martin and Osa sweater I have only worn once or twice. And I thought... hmmm, I can totally re-create this fabulous outfit from pieces in my closet! I hope she doesn't mind. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattering, and I think her style is amazing.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Digging in my Closet Day

OOTD Mon Jan 25 2010

Outfit Details:

cardigan - Banana Republic, skirt - Liquid, ruffle tee - Old Navy, tights - Walmart, shoes - Steve Madden

In an effort to reduce over-consumption, and shop more within my own closet, I decided to create a new feature on my website called "Digging in my Closet Day". The goal is to spend at least one day a week putting together an outfit around one item (or more) that has essentially been forgotten. Hopefully, it'll help me find some old favourites, and help me weed out what should be donated.

I've had this pink tweed skirt for at least 6 years. Same with the Banana Republic cardigan. The cardigan used to be a favourite item of mine. I just adore the pearl buttons, and the style of the cardigan gives it a great Mad Men vibe. I bought the pink skirt back when pink was one of the colours of the season. Since then, I've had a hard time wearing pink without feeling overly girly. When putting together this outfit, I decided to go with the girly factor, and went all out with mary-jane heels and patterned grey tights. I even added a thin headband before leaving the house!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So nice, I bought it twice

OOTD Mon Jan18 2010

Outfit Details:

sweater - BR, skirt - Old Navy, necklace - J.Crew, tights - Hue, shoes - Nine West

I mentioned in a previous post that I have no problems with buying multiples, especially if it fits into 1 of 2 categories:

1) It's a basic
2) It's inexpensive

Because I do have a lot of multiples in my closet, I've been trying to be more critical about which items are "so nice, buy it twice" as one of my new years resolutions. So when I saw the black version of one of my favourite skirts of the season go on sale at Old Navy, I passed it by. It was super cheap ($13.99 at the time), but seemed a little trendy to get two of. Then I saw it go down to $11.99 and I again applauded my restraint and passed it by.

Last week, I found the skirt for... wait for it... $3.81. Suffice to say I caved.

Surprisingly enough, I actually think it might become one of my workhorse skirts for the rest of the season. It dresses up my basic sweaters like no other item in my wardrobe and since it's a cotton sateen, can be worn right into spring.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For the birds

OOTD Jan 17 2010

OOTD Jan 17 2010

OOTD Sun Dec 20 2009

Outfit Details:

tee - Jacob, skirt - Old Navy, cardigan - J.Crew, tights - Hue, shoes - Anne Klein

Much of my wardrobe basics consist of tees. Although I seem to have a plethora of them (scoop, vneck, ruffled, plain, fitted, drapey) in all sorts of colours, I never came across an allover print tee that I loved.

Last week, I found this super cute bird tee and I fell in love. The print is adorable, yet not at all juvenile. And because the print is small and the colours are neutral, I'll be able to mix this with a lot of my wardrobe. I don't love my outfit without the cardigan... I look like rectangle. Bleh! But I included the cardi-less picture to show you what the print looks like.

This skirt is part of my bargain haul from Old Navy's clearance sale last week. I picked it up for a mere $3.81! Seriously, I pay more for my coffee.

Finally, the shoes. Aren't they adorable? Maya picked out these shoes for me while we were doing our Christmas shopping in December, and proves that good taste is genetic! I let her "buy" them for my as her Christmas present to Mommy.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Should it stay or should it go?


Outfit Details:

dress - Gap, cardigan - Gap, shoes - Steve Madden
A few months ago, I started a little project to see how much of my wardrobe goes unworn very season. Every time I wear an article of clothing, I turn the hanger the wrong way when I re-hang it. It obviously only works for hanging items, but I'm more interested in purging shirts and dresses anyway. Half my hanging space is allocated towards dresses, which seems just a little bit unbalanced. (In theory anyway).

On Tuesday, I felt like wearing one of my dresses. I hemmed and hawed over which one to wear until I finally settled on this one. Truth be told, I chose it mostly because it's one that hasn't been worn all year. In the end, I felt just okay about the outfit. It was comfortable, but definitely not one of my favourite looks. But I guess that's the risk of trying to wear everything in your closet.

Still, I'm glad I am doing this little project. Once in a while, you have to give the other items in your closet a little love and see if they still work for you. I've unearthed a few forgotten treasures in the past, but I'm still deciding whether this one goes into the keeper or the donate pile...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm cheating!

POOF (sorry!)

Outfit Details:

skirt - Joe Fresh, sweater - Belly Basics, boots - Frye

So you'll notice the drastic change in my haircut. No, I didn't go scissors happy and cut my hair into bangs. This is an old shot from early October, a few days after I had a frustrating hair day and impulsively chopped my hair into bangs (uneven bangs I might add). This little lesson showed me that, while indie style bangs are super cute on other people, they are not so cute on me. Never again!

Today started with a pretty hectic morning. Maya had a music class and I purposely didn't bother to set my alarm. She went to bed at 8:30pm, and I figured there was no way she would sleep past 9:30am.

She did. And so did I.

I didn't want to be late for her class, so I pretty much just threw on whatever looked cute, felt cozy and was easy. On days like these when I don't have time to think about what I'm wearing, I always default to something that I've worn before. So this outfit of the day picture is a little bit of a cheat since it's actually my outfit from three months ago.

Pssst... I have a little secret to share with you. This is a sweater left over from my maternity days. The brand name is Belly Basics! LOL I like to think that I can get away with wearing it now, even though I'm not pregnant. Am I delusional?

Monday, January 11, 2010

The best brunch this side of NYC

Outfit Details:

dress - Porridge, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye, coat - Old Navy

Since moving out of NYC, the husband and I have been bemoaning over missing the fabulous foods of the city. Don't get me wrong, our town has a surprisingly wonderful array of restaurants. More than I had hoped when we made the decision to leave the city for the suburbs. But there's still something missing compared to the New York eateries -- a certain vibe, a je ne cest pas. While that's not a bad thing for our pocketbooks (we end up eating in and cooking a lot more than we did when we lived in Brooklyn), it still makes us homesick once in a while for our former culinary indulgences.

On Sunday, we both woke up with the urge for a good restaurant brunch. DH declared that he absolutely did not want to go to Cora's and would rather eat at McDonald's. (They are known for their sweet brunches, and DH and I are savory brunch kind of folks). I spent a few minutes on Chowhound and came up with Stoney's Bread Company as the go-to place for a good brunch where we live.

We were not disappointed. Stoney's is a laid back, yet bustling eatery with a very NYC (as per Grey Dog Cafe) kind of vibe. And then there's the food. Oh my gosh, the food is simply phenomenal!

The most amusing thing is how nicely Maya sat and ate her brunch. I've noticed that she always sits and eats better in restaurants than she ever does at home. And at this place, she was so happy and animated and well-behaved that anyone watching us would be jealous over our model child.

In other news, I happened to come across this Old Navy cadet jacket last week during their clearance sale. Between the coupon I had and the additional clearance savings, I managed to snag this jacket for a mere $14! My wardrobe has been missing shorter length coats and this one definitely fills that hole. I see myself getting a lot of wear out of this coat.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year!

Outfit Details:

sweater - Beth Bowley, skirt - Old Navy, tights - Banana Republic, boots - Franco Sarto, bag - Botkier

Hello 2010! I'm optimistic that this will be a great year. My number one new year's resolution is to resurrect my career. I'm already on road with that. I've changed my SAHM status to a WAHM status by securing a work-from-home contracting position in technology (Ruby on Rails). I've taken contracts in the past after having Maya, but none since moving back to Canada. It feels good to flex my muscles again. I hadn't realized how much I missed and enjoyed working. Much thanks to my MIL, my Dad and his girlfriend for all the babysitting so that I could go back to work. I love you all!

Since I've added this new role to my repetoire, I've still getting a handle on juggling my old responsibilities with the new. And unfortunately, blogging has fallen a little bit to the wayside the last week. I'll try not to make this a habit since I really do enjoy this creative outlet.

Sorry for the terrible picture. I have temporarily misplaced my camera so I had to make do with an iPhone photo of yesterdays outfit. This is one of my favourite sweaters and I've had it for at least five years now. It's a pointelle knit with sweet little rows of buttons down the cuffs and the neckline (which didn't show up in the picture very well). I hadn't worn it for over a year because new favourites kept taking it's place as I got dressed in the morning. Well, I felt fabulous in this outfit, so expect to see this sweater back in rotation again.
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