More black booties talk - what do you think?

Last week I posted about the need to replace my black ankle boots this fall ( By the end of that thread, I was seriously thinking of a pair of Fluevogs (pic #1).

I've since come across a pair of Frye Carmen short lace boots that I really REALLY like. I have a pair of grey Frye's that are a different style but are extremely comfy so I do know the brand and my size (pic #2).

Do either of these look like my style? I'm wanting a boot that is fairly simple (not too much adornment, you know?) reasonable heel height and that I will wear with skirts and dresses, as well as with pants. I'm not looking for something super refined and like a wee bit of toughness to my boots. Keep in mind I have the Doc Marcie boots as my higher heeled version (pic #3).

Or do neither the Fluevogs or Frye's look right for me and keeping looking?


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WIW: Old Favourites & New Lipstick

I'm going to be soooooo sad when this floral frock finally gives out. It is starting to show signs of age :(

I've paired my colourful floral dress with a simple light weight black knit blazer and my black Clarks sandals. I've added my vintage pink Bakelite bangle for some colour and interest and am using my kelly green handbag to further pull out some of the colours in the dress.

I'm also wearing a new to me lipstick. Lyn* has mentioned Clinique Chubby Sticks previously and I thought I'd give them a try. Love how they are like a combination of lipstick and gloss - it feels wonderful on the lips! I like a fairly strong lip but I'm wondering if this bright pink is too much for someone my age???

Anyway, what do you think of the outfit? Does it all work together? Despite it being a fair bit of black, does it still look summery? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket & dress: Cleo Petite
Sandals: Clarks
Handbag: Cleo
Bangle: vintage


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WIW: The Blues and a K/T question

Today is going to be a bit crazy at work so going for pure comfort here - I popped on my cobalt skinnies (which I haven't worn in ages) and added an old animal print blouse in white/blue/black with a rounded neckline and flutter sleeves.

For footwear I went with my bone laser cut oxfords and my handbag is my cobalt/cream/black quilted leather bag. Jewelry is my white watch and silver wedding band.

My Keep/Toss question relates to the blouse. Is the style dated? Does the fit flatter? What say you my wise ones?

Thanks for looking and I welcome any feedback of any sort :)

Blouse: Reitmans
Skinnies: Jeanne Bekker
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Handbag: Danier Leather


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WIW: Blue linen & black

My BFF thrifted this linen/cotton blend jacket and then decided she didn't like it so gave it to me. I love the fact that the jacket isn't quite as fitted as my denim jackets - it's a little bit boxier. A nice change of silhouette IMHO. I also love the colour of the linen. It's lighter weight and therefore will be cooler than denim as well.

I've popped the jacket over top my trusty black sheath dress, added my pointy toe kitten heel black pumps and my cobalt blue/cream/black handbag. For jewelry, I have on my gold wedding band and a gold & turquoise cuff.

This is a very simple outfit and hopefully not boring. What do you think of the boxier fit of the jacket? Does this all work together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Liz Claiborne (thrifted)
Dress: Banana Republic
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Handbag: Danier Leather
Cuff: thrifted


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WIW: Angie's Tube Skirt Formula

Ran a bunch of errands this morning and early afternoon - it's a glorious day here - sunny and warm, but not hot. Perfect day to try out the tube skirt formula that Angie illustrated to us so well.

I did end up cutting off 1.5 inches off the bottom of the skirt to make it a little easier to stride in but still keep the midi length and taper. I paired the skirt with a bright coral-red sleeveless drapey cotton tank and my cream/black quilted leather flats. For my handbag, I'm wearing my grey Lug. It's not the prettiest bag in the world but it worked well for all my errands.

I have the feeling the tank may be just a smidge too long for the skirt - what do you think? Have I pulled off Angie's tube skirt formula correctly? Do you find it flattering? As always, all comment/suggestions welcome.

Angie: Huge THANK YOU for showing us other ways to dress when being MOTG. I was super comfy in this ensemble but felt kind of dressed up at the same time. And two random people complimented me on my outfit when I was running around :)

Tank: Gap (thrifted)
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Flats: Shelly London (thrifted)
Handbag: Lug


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WIW: For work & football

It is darn right CHILLY here these days - it's only about 10 degrees Celcius this morning and the predicted high is only 20 Celcius. The A/C is working like crazy in the office (is there such a thing as "over fixing" a problem?) and I'm going to our local professional football team's game after work. How the heck to dress for that???

I started with my TR Cameron slim BF's, then added a bright white v-neck tee and my CM floral moto. I popped on my snakeskin belt for a bit of pattern mixing (plus there is bits of taupe in the floral moto that work with the colour of the belt). I then chose my silver/bone sandals for footwear. And for my handbag today - yes, it's a Lug.

Then when I leave work to meet my BFF for the football game (yep - just us girls!), I will switch the tee and jacket for my grey Gap mesh sleeve sweater, change the bone sandals to my grey/white Cons and add my cobalt wind and rain proof jacket for later in the evening when it gets chilly. The Lug is the perfect handbag because I can wear it cross body so my hands are free to clap wildly should our team play well.

I did put on my metallic silver EF top under the moto first and absolutely LOVED the silver underneath the moto but unfortunately the neckline of the EF top doesn't quite work with the neckline of the jacket. Poop.

Anyway...what do you think of the work outfit? Do all these pieces work together for a casual Friday? and what do you think of the switches for the football game? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Moto jacket: Club Monaco
Tee: Joe Fresh
Belt: Olsen Europe
Jeans: True Religion
Shoes: Fugitive
Handbag: Lug


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WIW: Back to Basics

After yesterday's full skirt angst, I needed to return to a basic outfit formula for me.

I started with my black and white abstract tiered dress, popped on my white blazer over top with scrunched sleeves, and then added my black Clarks sandals for footwear and my white clutch for my handbag. It doesn't get much simpler than this.

I will always be a frock girl at heart and tend to feel the most like ME when wearing a dress. My favourite outfit formula of all time is a dress + topper + interesting footwear. I can see myself returning to this old time favourite but of course with more updated individual items.

Over to you does this outfit look to you? Proportions ok? and is it ok to return to a tried and true formula as long as it is a current version of it? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Nygard
Dress: Cleo Petite
Sandals: Clarks
Clutch: Danier Leather


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WIW: Experimenting (ETA outfit tweak)

I loved this citron/lime full skirt when I bought it a few months ago but confess I have worn it exactly ONE time. I just can't figure out how to style it. It doesn't have the right kind of waist band to tuck into so I'm finding top options to be limited. 

I decided to try an experiment and wear it today with a crisp white button down shirt tied at the waist. I like the idea of this combination, but I'm not entirely sure it works in practicality. 

I've chosen my silver/bone sandals for footwear and my white clutch to keep the colour palette light with the strong green.

So here are my questions:

1. Does this work together?
2. Are the proportions correct?
3. Should the shirt be tied higher or lower?
4. Does it flatter?

As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Shirt: Jessica Petites (Sears)
Skirt: Cleo Petite
Shoes: Fugitive
Clutch: Danier Leather

ETA: While emptying the dishwasher and making coffee after getting dressed I realized this shirt just was NOT working for me. It had high "fuss factor" and kept moving up and around. If I were at a desk without moving all day, maybe it would be fine, but I am often running up to the O.R. or the Labor Floor, or moving equipment and supplies. I can't constantly be pulling the shirt down. 

So I made a very quick outfit change and would like your critique on outfit #2. I popped on my recently thrifted short sleeved animal print cardigan as a top, switched out my bone sandals to my Blondo bone and brown sandals, and switched my handbag from white clutch to vintage RL cognac handbag. When I look at the pictures, I think I like this version better because the cardigan has a bit more shape which shows my waist a little better. 

I am still unsure that a full skirt is going to stay in my wardrobe. I feel like it really accentuates my wide hips and that's not an area I want to call attention to. I definitely prefer pencil skirts.

P.P.S. Feeling fat today :(


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WIW: Yellow & Dark Denim

I'm uncrating and then crating large medical equipment today that we are evaluating so need to wear something comfortable, not too hot and then can be presentable in the office afterwards.

I started out the outfit with my dark denim pencil skirt. Dressier denim pencil skirts are an item that is allowed any day of the week in our office - in fact even my boss wears hers from time to time. With that I paired my multi coloured abstract print tank and then added my yellow Academy blazer on top of that (you probably can't tell but there is yellow in the tank top).

For accessories I chose my oh so comfy gold metallic flats and LBB for my handbag.

While working with the equipment I will take the blazer off and then can put it back on when I get to the office.

Do you think this works for the day's activities? Does the blazer work with the tank? I originally had on my white denim jacket on top but felt an actual blazer dressed up the skirt a bit better. As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Gap
Tank: Cleo Petite
Skirt: Revolutions (thrifted)
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Handbag: Danier Leather

P.S. Gain says "good meowrning" :)


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WIW: Brianna & The Stripes

Friday we had Cameron and The Polka Dots and today, it's Brianna and The Stripes.

It's the debut of my newly eBayed True Religion Brianna white jeans. It's funny how our office allows blue denim jeans only on Fridays but white denim can be any time. I guess it is seen as dressier. 

Anyway, I've paired my TR Brianna's with my yellow and oatmeal striped light weight sweater. It's quite cool here today so I will be comfortable in pants and a sweater. I've added my snakeskin belt for a bit more pattern and a hint of taupe and then my taupe patent pointy pumps for some ladylike footwear. I've added my gold watch and wedding ring for jewelry and my cream satchel for my handbag.

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

With the addition of my TR Cameron's and my TR Brianna's, I finally feel in a good place with my jeans. 

Sweater: Gap
Jeans: True Religion Brianna
Belt: Olsen Europe
Shoes: Cole Haan
Handbag: Danier Leather
Watch: thrifted


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