Vests for spring?

Vests in the last year have come into their own as a fashion and style item IMHO. They are the spring and summer version of a blazer I guess. My questions are:

  • Are they still trending for 2015?
  • Could you see a vest as part of my style - say over one of my dresses?
  • What do you think of the styles below? (Angie - I believe the white EF one was a pick of yours and there are a few Fabbers that have this vest)

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WIW: Casual Friday Leather


Today's outfit started with my navy leather jacket. I can't imagine my wardrobe without a selection of leather jackets. I wear them as outdoor jackets when weather permits and wear them instead of blazers as indoor toppers when it's cold. I throw them on over a dress or wear with jeans and a tee. To me they are incredibly versatile, comfortable and a combination of chic and edgy. 

I like the slightly weathered finish to this navy jacket and the rather boxy shape. The sleeves have 4 inch zippers at the bottom which allow unzipping and cuffing of the sleeves.

Underneath the jacket, I've got on (with a white cami underneath) a wrap asymmetrical drapey top. Because the top is a little long on me, I have attempted to give it a shorter look by tucking a wee bit of fabric into the waistband of my jeans to pull up the one side. I think it works.

Speaking of jeans, I'm wearing my wider legged trouser style which are the perfect length with my red booties. 

In order to bookend the booties I chose my red/animal print clutch for my handbag. Red specs and red lips finish off the outfit.

So what do you think? Does it work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome. And what's an item in your wardrobe you can't imagine not having?

Jacket & top: Danier Leather
Jeans: Reitmans
Boots: Sam Edelman
Clutch: Material Girl


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WIW: Graphic print & purple blazer

I have a Board meeting today so wanted to look professional but not stuffy. Plus I wanted to wear my new purple blazer (the sister to my red blazer).

Today's outfit started with my graphic black and cream ponte pencil midi skirt. At the moment, this is my favourite skirt in my wardrobe. I love the graphic print, the fit and the comfort.

I added a black knit tank and then topped that with my new purple blazer. I have the purple Halogen Amber Sun jacket in purple (waving to jacket twin MsMary) but I'm not feeling the shape these days. It is downstairs in my holding zone for now. But I did know I wanted a purple jacket so when the sister jacket to my red blazer became available at deep discount, I quickly snapped it up. Just like the red blazer has a houndstooth lining, the purple blazer also has a funky lining. I love rolling the sleeves to show that little bit of extra pattern.

Semi opaque black tights, black patent booties and my black/cream handbag, along with purple/clear specs, finish off the outfit.

Oh yeah…and my hair is tucked behind my ears and you know, I'm not hating it today :)

So what are your thoughts on this outfit? Any tweaks or suggestions? As always, all comments welcome.

Blazer & skirt: Cleo Petite
Tank: Sears
Tights: Hue
Booties: Ara
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)


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WIW: Lotsa black & the other specs

Good morning beautiful Fabbers :)

It's funny how since I downsized my wardrobe, I'm having an absolute blast wearing the "heck out of my clothes" (as Angie would say). And yet I don't feel like I'm over repeating nor wearing ensembles in the exact same way each time. Hmmmm…might  have to do a post on this and how I think I've reached the right number of items in my closet.

Anyway, on to today's outfit. I started with my ponte knit leggings and then added my asymmetrical black/light grey mixed media top (waving to leggings and top twin Elizabeth). Then as a topper I chose the YLF lemming Spiegel leather jacket. 

For footwear, I chose my trusty Docs and I grabbed my black leather with gold hardware handbag.

I've been wearing my red specs a ton lately and have neglected my purple/clear pair. So today I grabbed those specs and I really like how the clear part semi-mimics the light grey in the topper as well as brings lightness to my face. I finished off the outfit with a swipe of berry coloured lipstick and I'm ready to go.

So what do you think - does it all work together? Proportions ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Spiegel
Top & handbag: Danier Leather
Leggings: NYDJ
Boots: Doc Martens


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WIW: Animal Print & Citron

Today's outfit started with a recently purchased cream/toffee/black animal print pencil skirt. I wanted an animal print skirt to replace the previous one I had with the white background and searched high and low for one with some white or cream in it to lighten the print. When I found this one at Cleo Petite (and on deep discount for $14.99!) I snapped it up.

My outfit started with the animal print skirt to which I added semi-opaque tights for warmth. I then added my drapey hi-lo chiffon cross over tank and topped that with my leather blazer. 

For footwear, I chose my patent booties and for a change, added a mixed metal necklace for a pop of sparkle near my face. 

Grabbed my citron handbag for a bright pop of colour - love how this colour plays with the animal print. Red specs, red lips, and annoying hair tucked behind my ears and I'm ready to go.

Thoughts and comments welcome :)

Jacket & tank: Danier Leather
Skirt: Cleo Petite
Tights: Hue
Booties: Ara
Handbag: Sergio Ferretti

P.S. I have a crazy busy day today so will pop back when I can :)


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WIW: Casual Shannon Wears Citron, Olive & Cognac

I knew when I saw Angie's ensemble post on Citron, Olive & Cognac, I would be wearing it as soon as possible. I'm finding it sooooo much fun when I have the elements in my closet to put together an Angie ensemble :)

I'm out to go to the bank, pick up cat food and meet my BFF for coffee so casual and comfy was the way to go. It's also quite warm here (well by Winnipeg standards anyway - it's only minus 2 Celcius) and a bit mushy with new snow so waterproof knee high boots are necessary.

I started with my dark olive cargo pants. These are definitely one of my best purchases of 2014 and I have worn them casually and at work. Completely versatile item and I have determined there will always be a pair of olive cargo pants in my wardrobe.

Added to the pants is my old Gap mesh sleeve sweater (a major YLF lemming item a few years back). I deliberately shrunk the sweater in the dryer as it had stretched to an unrecognizable shape. Much better now.

I've semi tucked the sweater to show the first cognac element - the Danier leather belt I had been wanting. When it went on a sale a few weeks back for only $19, I picked it up.

The second cognac element in the outfit are my knee high, warm and waterproof Hush Puppy boots. I have had these for years and they are still going strong. Another excellent purchase if I must say. 

Now I'm kinda digging the equestrian vibe going on here with the combination of the cargo pants and knee high boots. But where's the citron element you ask? No problem…out comes the light weight citron puffer - perfect for this kind of weather, warm but not too heavy.

Hair was bugging me this morning so I just tucked it behind my ears, added my red specs and a swipe of neutral lip gloss and I'm ready to go.

Thanks Angie for keeping me on my style toes with your fab ensembles :)

Later ladies...


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WIW: Blush Leather & Trouser Jeans

Although we are allowed to wear jeans on Fridays at work, I'm still navigating my way through exactly how to present that. I think trouser jeans are the way to go.

So today's outfit started with my dark denim trouser style jeans which I've had for at least three years. Maybe my weight gain hasn't been so bad if they fit, right? :)

I've added my black/white ballerina tee to the jeans and then topped that with my blush pink leather jacket. I love to wear leather jackets as indoor blazers at the office - it's a wee bit edgy. I actually had on a drapey white tank as the tee first but found that pairing with the blush jacket skewed a little too summery for me. But a white fluid knit pullover would work - must think about that some more.

To bookend my red specs, I'm wearing my red booties and I grabbed my oversized snakeskin print clutch for my handbag. I chose bright pink lips to work with the jacket and because I like the "clash" of bits of red and pink in the same outfit.

And not that you can tell but I tucked some hair behind my ears on both sides and it feels much better today. I'm wondering if I'm just going through the icky growing stage after all?

Anyway - would love your feedback on the outfit today. Does the blush work with a darker background outfit? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Danier Leather
Tee: Smart Set
Jeans: Reitmans
Clutch: XOXO (thrifted)
Booties: Sam Edelman


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Well ladies, I tried

I've been growing out the top and side fringe of my hair as a bit more length is what is trending for hairstyles. There are days I like it and think it's looking good but I will be honest and say that overall, I hate it :(

My hair is thick and even with regular thinning, too much hair makes me feel frumpy and "humpy" (that's what my stylist and I call the back of my hair when it gets too think - "my mighty hump").

I don't feel like the longer hair has my spunkiness to it. Plus it is a giant pain in the you-know-what to style - having to blow dry with mouse and flat iron the heck out of to get my thick layers to lay properly. And it gets caught in my glasses and then in my eyes.

I have an appointment on February 11th and am pretty sure I'm going to get it cut super short again. That's if I can last until February 11th!


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WIW: Red & Dark Brown

I loved the ensemble Angie showed us pairing red and dark brown but at the time, didn't have any dark brown in my wardrobe. But I realized this morning that the new EF mixed-media jacket was dark brown and voila - an outfit idea sprang to life!

I started my outfit with the dark red EF dress - like wearing a nightgown to work it's so comfortable! I added semi-opaque black tights and my knee high flat black boots for footwear - both comfortable and provides a bit more leg warmth. On top of the dress I added my dark peat wool/leather sleeved EF jacket. I finished off the outfit with my black leather satchel handbag, red specs and red lipstick.

Angie - thank you! I never would have thought of this combination without your tutelage and a shout out to Diana too for her "Chocolate and Cherries" post yesterday that provided further inspiration.

I think the outfit probably would have looked even better if the boots had been dark brown but I don't have. At least the black boots bookend the black leather sleeves of the jacket.

So what are your thoughts on this outfit? Does it all work together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Dress and jacket: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Tights: Hue
Boots: Blondo
Handbag: Danier Leather


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WIW: Dark & Drapey

Grrrrr….I wish black photographed better. You can't see the shape or movement at all in these pics…oh well…

Today's outfit started with my EF faux wrap trousers - love how they have a bit of "swish" when you walk. I then tucked in a simple black tank for modesty and warmth and topped that with my black asymmetrical side zipper blouse thingy. 

To add a bit of structure to this drapey outfit, I chose my black patent booties for footwear and my citron/cobalt clutch. I'm wearing a silver pendant (the one DH & DS got me for my 50th birthday), silver ring, red specs and lipstick to complete the outfit. 

This is one of those outfits that's better in person than in pics - it has some movement and details like the faux wrap on the pants shows up. 

What do you think - at least from what you can see? Does it work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Oh yeah - and sorry about the crazy eyes in pic #3 - lol!

Blouse & tank: Smart Set
Trousers: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Booties: Ara
Clutch: Trouve


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