WIW: Burgundy & White

I suspect the CPW on these burgundy skinnies is pennies by now - they have been a major workhorse item in my wardrobe this past fall/winter. I wish they would photograph in the actual burgundy colour that they are 'cause they always look black. Oh well.

Today I've paired the skinnies with my Gap mesh sleeve white pull over. The pull over is a bit too big on me but hopefully the semi tuck reins it in enough. I've added my snakeskin belt and my python booties for a bit of pattern. The white in the booties bookends the white pull over. I chose my large cream handbag to continue the white theme and am debuting my new watch (sorry for the horrid picture of it). It's a Fossil wrap watch with the leather being a light beige/silver colour and the face is white and silver. I wanted a lighter coloured watch for spring/summer and I love the design of this one. It was a steal on eBay.

What do you think? Does this give a hint of Spring while still keeping me warm? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Pull over: Gap
Skinnies: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Booties: Sam Edelman
Belt: Olsen Europe
Handbag: Danier Leather
Watch: Fossil


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WIW: Attitude & Theory

Sounds like a new University course doesn't it?

The attitude I'm wearing is my favourite dress of all time - the abstract print Attitude by Jay Manuel jersey wrap dress. This dress is going on 4 years old and I love it just as much now as when I bought it. The print and colours make it incredibly versatile for various toppers. Today is the first pairing of the dress with my navy Theory Lanai blazer - why didn't I think of this before??? Nude hose to mimic bare legs as a nod to Spring and then I added my cobalt/purple suede booties for footwear. If I was more organized I would have switched to a clutch handbag but my trusty black satchel will have to do. For jewelry I am wearing my silver Haida wedding band and a gunmetal/abalone shell bracelet. Glasses are my purple/clear oversized ones.

I'm happy with how this turned out - what do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

And Gain says "good meowrning" :)

Blazer: Theory
Dress: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Booties: Aerosole
Handbag: Danier Leather


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WIW: Nothing too exciting

Today's outfit is nothing too exciting, but I like the proportions, the contrast and the fluidity mixed with structure.

I started the outfit with my new bootcut trousers and then added my cream/black dalmation print front wrap blouse with hi-low hemline. For footwear, I went with my black patent booties and my black handbag. Glasses and lips are red.

I also got my hair trimmed last night and we went with a razor around the sides and and made the front in a more pronounced asymmetrical style. I'm really happy with it.

I feel like a sense of freedom now that I'm figuring out my comfort level in terms of the fluidity and structure combination. A lightening bulb has gone off!

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

Blouse: Dorothy Perkins petite
Trousers: Reitmans
Boots: Ara
Handbag: Danier Leather


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WIW: Girly Army

I realized when I put this outfit together that between my pullover which has a camo inspired print and my Docs, which are reminiscent of combat boots - I'm wearing a girly army outfit!

It's actually warm enough today to wear a skirt, albeit with nude hose for a bit of extra leg warmth. I popped on my black knit pencil skirt and added my mixed media green camo-esque pullover with 3/4 sleeves. I chose my Doc Marcie boots for footwear since I can wear them both outdoors and indoors - what a treat to not have to change my footwear when I get to work! I finished off the outfit with my black/white oversized watch and black/white leather handbag. I'm hoping the snippets of white keep the outfit from being too dark for spring.

When I head out the door I'll be wearing my Burberry inspired scarf and berry cashmere coat.

I think this works - what do you say? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Pullover: Dex
Skirt: Cleo Petite
Hose: Hue
Boots: Doc Martens
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)
Watch: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Outdoor coat: Anne Klein


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WIW: Plaid & Leather

I've decided to wear my winter items one last time this week and then start to introduce some spring items/colors into the mix despite the never ending cold and snow. 

So today's offering includes my black watch plaid slouchy trousers and my blue leather jacket as a blazer. For a top, I'm wearing my black asymmetrical ruched tank. For footwear, I chose my black patent booties and then for an unexpected colour, I chose my yellow with cobalt zipper snakeskin clutch.

I'll be really REALLY glad when I can wear this leather jacket as an actual outdoor leather jacket - I'M SO SICK OF WINTER!!!

Anyway…what do you think? Does this work together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Danier Leather
Tank: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Trousers: Lord & Taylor
Booties: Ara
Clutch: Trouve


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K/K: My Slouchy Sweet Spot (SSS) ETA - update @ bottom

On my original spring shopping list, I had a pair of dressy track type pants. It's when I stopped looking, that I found my pair. They are from Ricki's and are super comfortable. I really like the length and how that leg line gets extended when wearing my black ankle strap suede and calf hair pumps. Those trousers are in pics #1 - #6. These are very quick stylings (I'm between getting home from work and making dinner) and not entirely sure they work exactly but hopefully you get the idea. They are 100% polyester but not like "old school" polyester - they feel more like silk and actually breathe quite nicely. In fact, it needs to warm up before I wear these outdoors.

Pics #7-14 are the J Brand Earhart aviator trousers I stalked on eBay. They are technically a cropped pant but not on short me. But you know what? I don't care! This twill blend fabric is so lightweight and soft, it's like wearing pyjamas. The fit is slouchy but not overly so IMHO. The legs are definitely wide and have a harem-like feel to them, but that's kind of what I like about them. Again, these are some very quick stylings. I've tried a roll on the bottom for other options but would have to add a pin on the inside as the zipper wants to pull the roll down and make it too bulky. So try and visualize the trousers with a flatter roll.

Just when I posted recently about not liking volume on my bottom half, look what I bought? But I figured out I really like the dressy pair because they taper at the ankle and are sleeker. And I like the casual J Brand Earhart's because they have a cool kind of vibe to them that somehow compensates for the extra volume.

Would love any/all suggestions for styling these new additions to my wardrobe. The dressier pair I can wear to work with a variety of my toppers. Oh yeah…and I'm having a BLAST with fashion these days :)

ETA: I just realized I have my hands in my pockets for all the Earhart outfit pics - I have no idea why!

Also forgot to mention that I'll be stitching down the slant pockets on the first pair so the side lays flat.


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WIW: B/W pattern mixing

I've slowly been bringing up some spring items from my downstairs closet, which includes this black and white striped knit blazer. This morning I decided on a whim to do a little black and white pattern mixing by wearing my black and white graphic print wrap dress topped with my black and white striped blazer. I think by having the two patterns in the same colour way keeps things from being too crazy - at least, that's my hope - lol!

I added my black pointy toe kitten heel pumps for footwear and went with my red quilted handbag, red specs and red lipstick for some colour and contrast.

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

Blazer: Ambition
Dress: Maggy London
Pumps: Calvin Klein
Handbag: Nine West


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WIW: Black & Jewels

I've been searching for the perfect pair of slimming bootcut black trousers to pair with my black suit blazer so that I would have both the skirt suit that I purchased together, as well as a pants suit. Well I found them on the weekend, from Reitmans of all places! They fit my waist, bottom and hips just ever so and then lightly skim the thighs where they break into the bootcut leg at the knee. I couldn't be more pleased. Oh yeah…and the black tones match perfectly!

I started today's outfit with the trousers to which I added my jewelled blush silk tank. On top of that, is the black suit jacket with scrunched sleeves. I chose my black patent booties for footwear and my black leather bag, rose gold/black watch and gold wedding band for accessories. I went with my purple/clear glasses.

I feel long and lean in this - well fitting bootcuts are by far my favourite trouser and jean silhouette. 

What do you think? does this all work together? Corporate but not too stuffy? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Nygard
Tank: Olsen Europe
Trousers: Reitmans
Boots: Ara
Handbag: Danier Leather
Watch: Fossil


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WIW: A little winter white

I'd like to call it "spring white" but we still have 6 feet of snow and won't see grass for at least a month…

I normally wait until the snow is pretty much gone to pull out my white jeans (because of the slush and mess) but I decided this morning to heck with it and popped them on anyway.

I've paired my white jeans (sized up skinnies) with my voluminous drapey knit pullover in grey with green, cobalt and white stripes. At one point I thought of purging this pullover because it is not traditionally flattering, but I adore the drape of it and the colours and I think it works well with the structured jeans - this gives me my current favourite formula: structure paired with fluidity.

I added my bone heeled boots to keep the leg line a column of colour and chose my large cream handbag. Silver wedding band and black/white specs finish it off.

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

Pullover: Lord & Taylor
Jeans: Jessica Simpson
Boots: Heavenly Feet (thrifted)
Handbag: Danier Leather


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Okala frustration

On my spring shopping list, I have the now YLF famous Sam Edelman Okala ankle strap pump. Based on my wardrobe and the other footwear I already have, I have decided that black is my most versatile color option. But alas I can't find black anywhere to be had in Canada. All I can find is the black and tan option in the pic below at The Bay.

I can find plain black on the following websites - Piperlime, Amazon, Nordstrom, Shopbob - all of which deliver to Canada. And all of which will add $46 in shipping and duties to my shoe order! Oh wait...Amazon just messaged that these shoes are not deliverable to Canada....huh???

So my question is - do I go with the black and tan which is available to me and will still be versatile, wait and hope The Bay adds other color ways to their choices, or just suck it up and buy the black through Shopbob and pay the extra?

Why Can't We Have the Same Options in Canada