WIW: At a ridiculous hour

Had a crazy wind and rain storm last night (rain in January is unheard of in my hometown) and the power kept going off and on. As a result my alarm clock was completely screwed up this morning and when I got out of the shower I realized I was up a full hour before normal. Oh well…one large cup of coffee coming up!

Because it's still windy and rather miserable out, comfort and warmth was key today. I started today's outfit with my green cashmere sweater. I added that to my black skinnies and added my black leather belt and a semi tuck. Angie is sooooo right when she talks about how well a sweater with a welt semi tucks.

For footwear I went with my Doc Marcie boots and chose with my black leather handbag. Gold wedding band and rose gold/black watch finish off the outfit. Sometimes the little details tickle my fancy like how the gold in the watch mimics the gold hardware on the handbag.

This is simple outfit but hopefully it still looks put together - what do you think? Everything look ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Ok…off to brew that coffee now...

Pull over: Lord & Taylor
Skinnies: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Belt & handbag: Danier Leather
Boots: Doc Martens
Watch: Fossil (eBay)


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WIW: My Muffin Top Formula

I smiled when I read Angie's post yesterday about how to hide muffin top issues because I had already decided what I was going to wear today and it covers several methods of hiding that annoying "spillage".

1. Mid to higher waisted pants: Wearing a pair of ponte knit straight leg pants with a rise that comes to my belly button. They have a real waist band and fly so are not like pull on yoga pants at all. The knit is quite substantial and as a result, doesn't show any wobbly bits.

2. Top that flows away from the mid section/hi low hemline: Today is the debut of the dalmation print cross over style blouse I ordered on Boxing Day. The style is very forgiving - I wish the pictures showed the way it flows and has such lovely fluidity.

3. Wearing a top with print: Well I definitely have that going on!

To go with my black and cream ensemble, I chose red accents with my boots, quilted handbag and lipstick.

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

Blouse: Dorothy Perkins petite
Trousers: Laura Petite
Boots: Sam Edelman
Handbag: Nine West (thrifted)


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WIW: Long gold sleeves

I enjoyed reading the blog post regarding extra long sleeves and realized it applied to my gold sweater. These sleeves definitely have "slouch" and in fact, I sort of "faux tucked" the left sleeve under the face of my watch so I could have the length of the sleeve but still show my watch.

I paired my shiny gold sweater with my burgundy skinnies and my ancient chocolate brown leather insulated booties. I added my snakeskin belt and semi tucked the sweater to give a hint of the belt and went with my snakeskin handbag for a bit more snake-y pattern and because there are gold tones in the handbag that work well with the sweater.  I added my rose gold/black watch, gold wedding band and burgundy-plum lipstick for accessories. I have come to realize that I do consider my lipstick an accessory since IMHO it does add to my outfit, adds colour and completes my look.

For anyone who is concerned, this is NOT too casual for my office - more on that in a separate post.

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

Sweater: Esprit
Skinnies: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Belt: Olsen Europe (thrifted)
Booties: Naturalizer
Watch: Fossil (eBay)


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WIW: New animal print pumps

I recently ordered these Cole Haan animal print pumps from The Bay and they arrived yesterday. All I can say is LOVE THEM! They are not as grey as they appeared on the website but the card inside the shoe box indicated that because the shoes are made with actual calf hair that the dye process results in different colouring for every pair of shoes. In fact, I prefer the colour that they actually are so that is just fine by me :)

I chose to debut my new shoes with soft black hose, black knit pencil skirt and my asymmetrical ruched tank. On top of that I added my purple Amber Sun jacket. I found out yesterday that my new boss' favourite colour is purple. Why not wear it right? 

I went with my oversized print clutch for a bit more interest and some pattern mixing with the shoes and for jewelry, chose my gold mesh bracelet. Whoops…forgot my lipstick for the pic but you know how that looks.

For anyone wanting to know, the shoes run TTS and fit my bunion no problem so I would say work for a normal width foot with wider tendencies. SUPER comfy.

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

Jacket: Amber Sun
Tank: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Skirt: Cleo Petite
Hose: Hue
Shoes: Cole Haan
Clutch: XOXO (thrifted)
Bracelet: Michael Kors


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WIW: Professional Rock n' Roll

Might as well let the new co-workers know of my love of Danier and all things leather, right? 

Today's outfit started with my blackwatch trousers with leather trim. I fully tucked a black tank with a small ruffle detail at the neck. Normally I don't fully tuck but I did this time as I wanted the leather yoke of the trousers to show. I topped the tank with my Danier black leather blazer. The reason I chose the tank with the small neck detail was to soften the blazer a bit - for a change, you know?

For footwear I went with my trusty Doc Marcie wedge boots and again went with my black leather with gold trim handbag. Rose gold/black watch, gold wedding band and swipe of red lipstick finish off the outfit.

This outfit is ME. It's a little bit edgy but still professional. What do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer and handbag: Danier Leather
Tank: Cleo Petite
Trousers: Lord & Taylor
Boots: Doc Martens
Watch: Fossil (eBay)


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WIW: Navy & black for Day 2

Today's outfit is more along the lines of what my new co-workers wear - trousers and a sweater. 

I started with my drapey black menswear inspired trousers and added my black leather belt. I chose my navy sparkly sweater to go with  and added a semi tuck. I love how the semi tuck instantly adds some structure, makes me feel longer in the leg and gives an outfit just a wee bit more style.

I went with my black patent booties, black handbag and my black/white oversized watch. I'm also wearing a dainty silver pendant my hubby gave me for Christmas - it's a handmade piece by the same artisan that made my 50th birthday pendant. This one is of a Manitoba maple tree and I love the delicate branches of the tree. I'll try and get a close up pic later 'cause I forgot this morning.

On top of everything when I head out into the frozen wasteland (it is bloody cold!) is my cobalt leather puffer. LOVE this coat.

So how's this looking to you? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Puffer coat, handbag and belt: Danier Leather
Sweater: Laura Petites
Trousers: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Booties: Ara


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WIW: For Day 1

First Day of a new job. I feel like a child heading off to the first day of school - jittery and excited all rolled into one.

I went for comfort, both physically and psychologically. I will have enough to take in today without having to fuss over any item of clothing. I also wanted to dress appropriately for the office (until I have a better sense of what the office norm is in terms of dress code) but still interject a bit of my personality. Don't want to look like a corporate drone that I'm not, you know?

Based on wonderful suggestions, I went with my FFBO formula = dress plus blazer. I went with my BR ponte knit v-neck sheath dress and topped it with my graphic front black cut away style blazer, of course scrunching my sleeves. I added small dot hose in black for a bit of whimsy and went with my ancient knee high black leather boots. With the sleeves scrunched on my blazer, I was able to added my bright pink vintage Bakelite bangle - it gives the outfit a small pop of colour and also shows my love of vintage. A good conversation starter if need be. I added my trusty black leather handbag, a swipe of burgundy/plum lipstick and I think I'm set.

What do you think? good choices? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.  BTW good luck to Jenava who is also starting a new job today!

Blazer: RW&Co
Dress: Banana Republic
Hose: Hue
Boots: Clarks
Handbag: Danier Leather
Bangle: vintage


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