WIW: Black & White with mauve leather

Today's outfit started with my mauve leather jacket that DH bought me for my birthday last year. I love this jacket with all its quirky details and always look forward to wearing it.

I've paired it with my black and white tiered dress, added black micro fishnets and my Doc Sara oxfords. My handbag is my black and cream colour blocked leather bag. My only jewelry is my silver Haida wedding band.

What do you think? Does this work? proportions ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Not to influence your critique at all but this is one of my all time favourite outfits - happiness factor? Off the scale.

Leather jacket: Danier Leather
Dress: Cleo Petites
Fishnets: Hue
Shoes: Doc Martens
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)


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WIW: To take MIL shopping

My MIL (and me too) wants to get a start on her Christmas shopping, so we're heading out to our local shops for the afternoon. It is an absolutely gorgeous day here - about +4 Celcius and sunny. I want to be comfortable for walking, a bit of warmth for outside but not so I will be hot inside. This is very casual but I still feel put together. I'm wearing my skinny jeans tucked into my charcoal grey boots, a grey wool v-neck sweater and my citron puffer vest. This is the citron puffer I purchased with the hood and sleeves zipped off. I'm quite happy with the outfit.

Tried a few outdoor shots since it's so lovely out but haven't got the lighting right. Hopefully you can see the outfit ok.

What do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Puffer vest: Esprit
Sweater: Old Navy
Skinnies: Wit & Wisdom
Boots: Nevada (Sears brand)


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Does looking good trump experimentation?

I had two decent work outfits this week:


And two misses (my determination - not anyone else's):


This has led me to wonder about my experimentation and pushing myself stylistically speaking. Maybe I don't have the skill and experience yet to experiment successfully when it is so outside my usual style?

I enjoy trying new things and want to have fun with fashion, and figure this is the only way to learn what works is by trying...BUT...does it make more sense to wear formulas, oolours and silhouettes that I know work for me (e.g. skirt, blazer, booties)?

What do you do? Do you stick with tried-and-true looks (with some differences obviously to make the outfit fresh) or do you push yourself? Does looking good trump experimentation?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this - and thanks!


WIW: Furry Floral Fun (ETA update at bottom)

Well today's outfit is not only pushing my comfort zone but it's soooooo much fun! I got these floral skinnies at my local consignment shop on the weekend and have been impatiently waiting for Friday so I could wear them to work. They fit great, are super comfortable and with all of the various colours of the flowers (cobalt, citron, burgundy, etc.) the pairing possibilities are endless. I've paired them with this oversized cobalt furry sweater with a hi-lo hem and for footwear, my blue suede booties. I figure the outfit has enough going on and kept my accessories to a minimum - one silver ring and my grey snakeskin clutch.

On top of everything when I head out the door, I'm debuting my new citron short casual puffer. Outerwear here is absolutely essential and you need a few different options. I have been looking for a short casual puffer to pair with jeans and this Esprit one showed up at our local Bay store. I do not consider this breaking SYB - it's a necessity. It's light as a feather (oh wait...that's cause it's down filled - lol!), warm up to about -20 at which point I'll be switching to the Land's End heavy duty puffer, and I love the colour. This is my first citron coloured item EVER!

So what do you think? Have I completely lost my mind? Does this work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

BTW - hubby's comment this morning? "oooohhhh sexy Cookie Monster" - LOL!!!

Puffer: Esprit
Sweater: Winner's
Skinnies: Hot Kiss (consignment)
Clutch: Sondra Roberts (thrifted)
Booties: Aerosoles


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WIW: Strong & Simple

I wanted a completely fuss free outfit today and after yesterday's "miss", wanted to feel more modern.

I popped on my graphic black/white Maggy London wrap dress, cobalt suede booties and a simple black/white leather handbag. I've added my version of arm candy, a bold red lip and away we go. This feels like me.

Do note that when I head out into the snow, I will be swapping the blue booties for my Blondo Vergara boots.

What do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Dress: Maggy London
Booties: Aerosoles
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)
Arm candy: all thrifted


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WIW: Velvet & Lace

This is the debut for this chocolate brown lace skirt - I thrifted it back in late summer but the lining had become separated from the skirt in several places and needed repair. Finally got it off to Wonder Woman and can now wear it. I adore the midi length on this skirt - not everyone's cuppa but that's ok with me.

I've paired the skirt with a simple brown v-neck tank and then topped it with my vintage-inspired dark green velvet blazer. Brown tights and my brown booties finish off my column of colour. For a bit of sparkle against the dark colour palette, I've added my long gold and pearl necklace, which also helps to elongate my body (or so I hope!). My handbag is the Elliott Lucca snakeskin which has brown, cream and green tones in it.

What do you think? Does it all work together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Velvet blazer: Laura Petites (thrifted)
Tank: Cleo Petites (thrifted)
Skirt: Cleo Petites (thrifted)
Tights: Hue
Booties: Naturalizer
Necklace: Lia Sophia
Handbag: Elliott Lucca


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Blondo Vergara boots - thank you Angie!

These Blondo boots were one of Angie's NAS picks http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bl.....sultback=0, which I ordered. I know that they didn't work for some, but for me - these are the PERFECT boots!

They fit well, even with my short, bulky calves. The footbed is very comfortable. They are waterproof AND warm. They have great grip on snow and ice and look equally fab with tucked in skinnies and dresses.

I wore these boots ALL weekend and we got a ton of wet, heavy snow. I was comfy, warm and still semi-stylish while shoveling my sidewalk.

Thanks Angie for a fantastic pick!


WIW: Snakeskin & Leather

Good morning my lovelies!

Today's outfit started out with my gold snakeskin blouse, to which I added my slim cigarette-type trousers. Over that, I added my leather blazer (which I want to wear all the time I love it so much) and for footwear, my Doc Marcie boots. For outdoors, I'm wearing my wool black/camel car coat and snakeskin print thermal gloves. My handbag is my slouchy black leather with gold hardware bag. No other accessories.

There's not a lot of colour going on in this outfit but I'm very happy with it - the fit and textures work for me. What do you think? Does it all work - proportions ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Leather blazer: Danier Leather
Blouse: Vince Camuto
Trousers: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Boots: Doc Martens Marcie's
Handbag: Christopher Kon (consignment)
Coat: Cleo Petite (thrifted)


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WIW: Another chunky knit and red booties

I really enjoyed wearing my pencil skirt/chunky knit combo the first time (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....-snakeskin) so wanted to wear that same formula again but with different pieces.

Today I started with my taupe ponte knit skirt (waving to skirt twin Suz!) and paired it with a burgundy chunky, slightly drapey knit. I have had this sweater for YEARS but only wore it with jeans or around the house on a chilly day. I never thought to pair it with a skirt until that clever Angie told us it could work. I hope the sweater doesn't look too dated.

I then added my red booties for some more fun colour, my snakeskin handbag for a bit of pattern (plus the taupe shades in the handbag work great with this skirt). Overtop of everything is my grey boucle knit jacket and red leather gloves. Although difficult to see, I'm wearing a vintage pewter and pink jewelled brooch - it adds just a wee bit of something to the sweater IMO.

What do you think? Does this work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Sweater: ?
Skirt: Cleo Petite
Microfishnets: Hue
Booties: Sam Edelman
Handbag: Elliott Lucca
Coat: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Brooch: thrifted


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WIW: White Button Down Shirt & Grey Wide Legged Trousers

I bought these trousers back in August and finally got around to getting them hemmed. They are a light grey/dark grey/blue glen plaid print, wide legged, wide waistband trouser. I may have found my trouser brand replacement for Esprit - these are from Ricki's and fit really well.

I've paired the trousers with a simple white button down shirt (testing whether or not I still like a crisp button down) a black leather belt and my Clarks black shoes. I've added my red/animal print clutch for a pop of colour and some pattern mixing and for outside, my black quilted jacket. Simple jewelry includes my silver wedding band and my grey/silver bangle.

So what do you think? Do I suit a button down shirt? How's the overall outfit look to you? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Shirt: Jessica Petite (Sears brand)
Trousers: Ricki's
Belt: Danier Leather
Jacket: Nygard
Shoes: Clarks
Clutch: Material Girl
Bangle: thrifted


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