Thursday, January 27, 2011

Almost colour blind


Outfit Details:


turtleneck - J.Crew, dress - H&M, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye, bag - Rachel Nasvik

I try and pick out my clothes the night before to avoid running around like a chicken sans head the next morning.  So last night, I picked out this jumper dress which I was very excited to purchase recently.  I see a ton of remix opportunities for this one.  I decided to go with a simple mod look and picked out a black turtleneck and tights to wear with it.

Or so I thought.

In the light of day, what I actually picked out was a navy turtleneck and grey tights.  A clear indicator that I am either becoming colour blind, or I need to fix the terrible lighting in my closet.

In a rush, I decided to go with it, and paired the outfit with brown boots and bag.

Now let's talk about the bag.  I love Rachel Nasvik's vintage inspired designs and her leather is so yummy.  I'd been hankering for a new bag for a couple months now, so imagine my unexpected delight at being gifted this bag (filled with goodies) from an online friend of mine.  I can't think you enough SneakyPete for the extremely generous gift.  I LOVE x 10000000000000 it!



If you haven't discovered the blog already Confessions of a Call Center Gal is one of the recent additions to my blog reader. She's having a fabulous ShopBop giveaway so head over there and enter!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Stop the presses


Output Details:

dress - H&M, necklace - The Bay, tights - Old Navy, boots - Frye, belt - can't recall

Despite the fact that I love clothing, shopping, getting dressed and all things fashion related, DH has little appreciation for my outfits.  In fact, if all I wore were jeans, hiking boots and hoodies, DH would probably say that I looked great, and I'm finally dressing practically for my life (WAHM living in the suburbs).

So imagine my surprise when I received a rare compliment* from DH on what I'm wearing today. I think my jaw might have dropped.  Hmmm, I wonder what the secret element to today's outfit is vs what I normally wear.

Or maybe he just finally opened his eyes and is thinking "HEY... my wife looks great, is great, and I'm a lucky guy!"  Uh-huh, that must be it! LOL

* To his credit, he says that reason he doesn't dole out the compliments is because I always look great and it gets weird to compliment someone daily about the same thing.  Of course, I disagree with that!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Shhh... don't tell


Outfit Details:


blouse - Charlotte Russe, jeans - Gap, necklace - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

I'm really wearing uggs today, but I couldn't bear to ruin the outfit picture with them.  So let's just pretend that I'm wearing the Frye boots pictured outside instead.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Down to earth


Outfit Details:


cardigan - Gap, camisole - Old Navy, skirt - Old Navy, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

Until about 3 years ago, I used to be all about earth tones.  I rarely wore black and I found brown (especially cognac) much more versatile and interesting than other neutrals, and less harsh than black.  Then I discovered grey and slowly segued into the world of black, where surprisingly I received compliments that black suited my colouring very well.

This skirt (which is 6 or 7 years old... love that!) was a workhorse of my closet once upon a time.

(Oh, and it's hard to tell, but these tights have a similar subtle plaid texture that compliments the plaid in the skirt.)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The older the better


Outfit Details:


sweater - Banana Republic, skirt - Gap, tights - Winners, shoes - Joie, necklace - Joe Fresh

I love that clothing from Gap Inc. always (at least within the last 10 years) includes the year and season the item came from.  I have this habit of checking the tag before I wear any Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy clothing.  The older the item, the happier it makes me.  It sort of solidifies that this _fill_in_the_blank_ was a good buy.

This particular sweater is one of the older pieces in my wardrobe and came from "FALL | 05" -- so a good five+ years ago.  The sweater is a great classic, but the details -- blouson sleeves and sweetheart-ish neckline -- make it interesting.  I'm sure this sweater will be in rotation for a good number of years.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Il fait froid


Outfit Details:

dress - J.Crew, cami - Old Navy, belt - H&M, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

Maya just learned this phrase in school yesterday, and could not stop repeating during the drive home.   Considering the pile of snow we're buried under and the cold temps, I must agree.  Although the sledding outings are just as fun as I remember from my childhood.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Love my Fryes


Outfit Details:

dress - H&M, cardi - Winners, belt - can't recall, boots - Frye

I've decided that I want to be buried in these boots.  Since receiving them for Christmas from DH (a present where I hunted down these boots for a steal and put them on my CC, thanks for the effort hon! LOL), I've been wearing these boots almost non-stop.  Well, non-stop for me meaning at least three times a week since I do have quite a big shoe closet.

I have about five pairs of Frye boots, and I must admit that I have no regrets buying any of them. They are all classic, always in rotation and hold up well year after year. They are probably amongst my best and smartest buys. Now if only I could feel that way about everything in my closet.

Do you have any brands you are loyal to, and never let you down?



I'm a big fan of fellow Canadian blogger Twenty York Street. She's having a fantastic giveaway of a Banana Republic statement necklace on her blog! Enter by January 18th... good luck!

Another one of my blog girl crushes Kathryn and Carol are giving away a children's book Shoe-La-La (even if I don't win, Maya will be getting this book) and a Zappos gift card.  Enter here!  Good luck!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Don't be a hater gator


Outfit Details:

cardi - Gap outlet (many moons ago), tank - Winners, jeans - Gap, necklace - Cleo, boots - Ugg

Last night it finally snowed and stuck.  Maya is ecstatic, while DH and I (who have to shovel the snow)... not so much.  So while to many people uggs = fashion fail, I am at least warm and cozy to go out in the snow, run my errands and enjoy the beautiful white snow before it falls victim to slush and mud.

Psst. For the haters out there.  Have you ever tried Uggs on?  They feel seriously like walking on pillows.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Four hugs a day



Outfit Details:

dress - Forever 21, cardigan - Old Navy, belt - Forever 21, tights - Joe Fresh, boots - Frye

One of Maya's songs from the holiday concert is "Four Hugs a Day" and I never tire of hearing her little voice singing it at home.  Her lyrics, while cute, sounded a little nonsensical to me so I began to wonder what the actual lyrics were.  Guess what?  She did get some of the words wrong, but you know what?  I like "Maya's version" better.

Original:
Nobody gets enough hugs a day
'Cause the minimum number is four
Now if you haven't got Four Hugs today
Then you better get some more
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, not the maximum. 
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, not the maximum. 
Step One, look them right in the eye
Step Two, nose to nose
Step Three, reach your arms
Step Four, you can't do any harm with...  
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, not the maximum. 
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, not the maximum.

Maya:

Nobody gets enough hugs a day
'Cause the minimum number is four
Now if you didn't get Four Hugs today
Then you better ask for more
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, now the maximum.
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, now the maximum. 
Step One, look the ride in the eye
Step Two, nose to nose
Step Three, reach your arms
Step Four, you can't do any more...  
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, now the maximum.
Four Hugs a day, that's the minimum
Four Hugs a day, now the maximum. 

I asked her what "look the ride in the eye" means.  She said it means that you look at them like you have a pretend roller coaster in your eye and it makes you feel like you are spinning round and around and around.



I don't think I've pulled this dress out of my closet in at least three or four years.  If you were part of MakeUpAlley in the years gone by, you might remember this as the Forever 21 frenzy dress.

It very nearly made the donate bag because it looked a little long and frumpy.  Still, the floaty material, polka dots (who doesn't love those?), ruffles, and not to mention nostalgia, made me pull it out of the pile.  Instead, I decided to shorten it.  The waistline was a little too long on my short torso, and cutting and hemming the chiffon intimidated me.  So I ended up pulling the extra material up at the waist (instead of the hem) to shorten and at the same time, pull the waistline up.  The end result doesn't look bad at all, and everything is hidden under my belt in any case.
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