EF Dark Tulip Reveal (ETA question added at bottom)

So most of you know I'm completely enamoured with Eileen Fisher clothing - and my new items in her Dark Tulip colour have increased my love even more so.

Before you look at the pics know that I'm wearing grey tights as they are the only pair I have at the moment (since it's summer) - they are not the best with these outfits but hopefully you can get the idea.

As Joy mentioned when she tried this skirt, it is on the shorter side. But I'm very comfortable with this length on my short legs when paired with tights.

These are just a couple of quick ideas to basically show off the new Dark Tulip items - which include the tank, asymmetrical cardigan and merino wool skirt. I can think of all sorts of other items in my wardrobe that will work with these (i.e. cardigan with my charcoal waxed skinnies, cardigan with the faux wrap drapey black trousers, skirt with a simple black sweater, etc.). I also have the silk hi-lo dropped shoulder blouse in Dark Tulip on its way to me. 

To say I'm pleased with these items is a complete understatement. I'm thrilled with the colour, fit and quality of each item. Although these items are from EF Fall 2013, I believe they are still very current and all had the new price tags attached. This is not a Keep/Return thread as I'm tickled with these purchases but all are returnable if you see something glaringly wrong.

P.S. I think my SE red booties work with this colour - would you agree?


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Fab Naturalizer Fall Footwear

Made a return to a local mall last night for DS and popped into the Naturalizer store - I didn't have time to try on anything but these items caught my eye and I will be going back to check them out at a later date. Thought I'd share them with y'all.

Graphite grey laceless oxfords http://www.naturalizer.ca/Shop.....pg=7006998

Black buckled oxfords http://www.naturalizer.ca/Shop.....pg=7007850

Dark red bootie http://www.naturalizer.ca/Shop.....pg=7007048


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K/R EF open knit hi-lo cardigan

This is another one of my fall EF eBay orders. It's a dark brown/charcoal open knit cardigan with an exaggerated hi-lo hem.

The knit is unbelievably soft, even with the metallic sparkle here and there. The drape and weight is perfect IMHO. And even though the back portion is very long, it's supposed to be. This is petite so the fit is right.

This is just a very quick styling as I'm heading out the door in a few minutes. In the winter I would be adding tights to this ensemble. I can also see this cardigan with both my burgundy and black skinnies, jeans and more that I can't think of off the top of my head.

This won't be to everyone's liking but I kinda love it. Do let me know if you see anything glaringly wrong with it cause otherwise I'm keeping it .


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WIW: Sporty Eileen

Are you sick of my love affair with Eileen Fisher yet??? I hope not - 'cause it's not going away any time soon!

Today's outfit is a comfy Casual Friday look for work with a hint of sporty in the footwear. It started with my EF slim leg cropped trousers. I need to find the winter full length version of these - love these pants! I've paired the trousers with my drape pleated front cobalt/black print sleeveless blouse. For warmth, I've topped the blouse with my EF linen-blend cropped cardigan. 

For footwear, I chose an ancient pair (6 years or so) of Skechers I have. Funny thing about these shoes - they are a leather-felt fabric combination. The fabric part was very dirty which is why I haven't worn them in a while. So late last night while putting some things away in my cleaning cabinet, I came across a spray bottle of upholstery cleaner I had and thought to myself - why not? - I'm not wearing them now 'cause they're dirty so it's worth a try. Well lo and behold, it worked great on the shoes. Who knew?

To finish off the outfit, I went with my quilted cobalt/cream handbag, gunmetal and abalone shell bracelet and my black/white specs.

Comfort level on this outfit is through the roof :)  What do you think? Does it all work together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Trousers & Cardigan: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Blouse: Smart Set
Shoes: Skechers
Bracelet: thrifted


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K/R EF Dark Tulip dress

Long day…totally pooped out…sorry for the lack of energy in the pics.

Anyway, the Eileen Fisher red Dark Tulip dress I ordered from eBay arrived today. The fabric is the same as that in my EF drape front dresses, although a wee bit more substantial - like a winter weight version. And although my wall colour skews the red a bit, the colour is absolutely DIVINE. This is exactly the dark rich red I love and want for my fall/winter wardrobe.

However - it's too big :( This is a Petite Large and clearly I need a Petite medium - the same size as my drape front dresses. 

I have been able to find the EF Dark Tulip items in Petite Medium in the skirts, blouses, cardigans, tanks etc but still have not seen one on eBay in the PM. Will keep looking though.

I don't suppose Wonder Woman could make this fit, could she? It is simple in that there are two side seams and no lining. But they are dolman sleeves with dropped shoulders - don't know how complicated that would be.

YLF seamstresses - do you think this dress could be made smaller? 

Or do I just return to my fab seller for my refund and keep hoping for a Medium to show up?

The other option is my seller has a regular Medium available - but that may be too long on me.

So sad...


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WIW: For Interview Day 2

I'm part of an interview panel this week - day 1 of interviews was on Tuesday and I went with Corporate Approachable look http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....proachable. For today's interviews, I decided to wear my black skirt suit but with a soft flowy blouse to again look business professional but welcoming and "non strict".

I started with my black suit skirt with a black tank tucked in and then layered my white/charcoal ombre silk sleeveless blouse over top. I normally layer a white tank underneath this blouse but I like the change a black tank brought. This way, there's no mid section colour line cutting me in half, you know? It does subdue the white portion of the blouse but I kind of like the "smokey" effect it gives with black. On top of that, I added the black suit jacket, with scrunched sleeves. Accessories include my black heeled sandals, silver watch and wedding band, white clutch, black/white specs and a swipe of bold pink lipstick.

You'll notice in my accessories pic I have included my umbrella (going to rain today). Even if matches my black and white theme - lol!

This role of participating on an interview panel is new for me - am I hitting the right note with my outfits? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Skirt suit - Nygard
Tank: Smart Set
Silk blouse - Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Sandals: Clarks
Clutch: Danier Leather
Watch: Gucci (thrifted)


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An incredibly smart exact duplication? (ETA final decision @ bottom)

Y'all know how much I love my bone/silver Fugitive sandal shoes - how comfortable they are and how often I have worn them in the 2+ years I've had them.

But they are starting to show some signs of wear (sigh...). I'm hard on shoes I love. Before Canadian Footwear no longer has them available, I'm thinking of buying the exact same pair that will be ready to step in when the ones I'm wearing fall apart.

When I mentioned this to DH, he quite matter-of-fact stated "why not - makes sense to me".

So...smart duplication? or waste of potential fall purchasing dollars and look for something new when these die?

Over to you ladies...


WIW: White & Silver

I haven't worn this metallic linen-blend drapey tee for a while now - why the heck not? I forgot how lovely it drapes and feels against the skin.

I've paired this tee (which reminds me of liquid metal) with my white BF jeans - again Angie, thank you for convincing me that gals with curves can wear white jeans!

I've added my white wide belt with chrome buckle and semi tucked the tee. I then chose my bone/silver sandal shoes, white clutch and chrome/white watch for accessories. These further play up the white and silver colour combo of the day. Threw in the red specs for a spot of unexpected colour to finish off the outfit.

This is a simple, comfortable and casual summer office look that feels right for me. Let me know if you see anything "off" or have suggestions for improvement :)

Tee: Eileen Fisher (Angie pick)
Jeans: True Religion Brianna (eBay)
Shoes: Fugitive
Clutch: Danier Leather
Belt and watch: thrifted


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WIW: Corporate Approachable

I'm a participant on an interview panel later this afternoon so wanted to wear an outfit that was appropriately "corporate" in nature but also exuded approachability and a hint of fun. Being interviewed is a stressful situation and having been the interviewee, I know that being surrounded by a panel of suits can be incredibly intimidating.

My outfit started with my black EF drape front dress - this dress is like an enigma - it can change and look different depending on what you pair with it. Love that. I topped the dress with my pastel blue suit jacket to lighten the overall look and give depth to both the black and the pale blue due to the contrast. For shoes, I went with my animal print chunky heeled pumps. My plantar fasciitis is starting to wane and these pumps are very comfortable so time to bring them out again. Plus the animal print is my hint at fun.

For accessories I went with my black patent leather sleek fold-over clutch, silver/black bracelet watch, silver wedding band and black/white specs.

This might seem like an odd grouping - black, pastel blue and animal print - does it work? As always, all comment/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Anne Klein Petite
Dress: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Shoes: Cole Haan
Watch: Gucci (thrifted)


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Dark Red

I couldn't be more excited about dark red for fall/winter. It is one of my all time favorite colors and it works well in my wardrobe. I had indicated in a previous post that my colors in my fall/winter wardrobe this year will be black, grey, navy, white and dark red/plum.

I have my burgundy skinnies from last year (or is that the year before???) which are a pseudo substitute for dark red I guess, but would love to add some actual dark red pieces to my wardrobe.

I did go ahead and order the EF dark tulip (her color name for dark red) dress from my fave eBay seller. Fingers crossed it works (pic #1).

I also found my favorite EF drape front dress in dark tulip - I guess "triplicating" my favorite style of dress would be too much? (pic #2)

I also absolutely LOVE the entire EF outfit in pic #3 - although I'm really worried about that poor model's neck! Although these pieces are from last fall, I think they are still current and stylish for this fall. Please correct me if I'm wrong?

And lastly, check out these deliciously gorgeous Doc Martens dark red patent oxfords. These make me swoon! The official Docs description states them as a "less chunky, slimmer profile women's oxford". These may be the oxford I buy this fall - my feet absolutely LOVE Docs.

Some food for thought anyway - let me know what you think about any or all of these, good or bad.


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