WIW: Cargo & Citron

Today is a new pairing for me - and I wonder why I never thought of it before!

My outfit started with my dark olive cargo pants to which I added my voluminous grey/olive/cobalt/white pullover. I like how there is olive in both items but a different shade - cohesive but not matchy-matchy.

For footwear, I chose my sand coloured suede wedge booties. When I go outside I'll have on my black Chelsea boots and then will change into my suede booties indoors. Too snowy for suede.

I grabbed my citron handbag as a third version of olive/green - love how the bag makes the olive in the pullover seem brighter and have more presence.

I finished off the outfit with my red specs, silver wedding band and a swipe of bright pink lipstick - adore the clash of the pink lipstick with the red specs.

So that's it - nothing fancy but I'm feeling good in this ensemble. What do you think? does it all work together? All always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

By the way, this pullover is the perfect example of why I will choose merino wool over cashmere. I have had this pullover for going on three years now and not one.single.pill :)

Pullover: Lord & Taylor
Pants: Ricki's
Booties: Toms
Handbag: Sergio Ferretti (gift)


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WIW: An Old Favourite

Hey - remember this leather jacket? This is the one hubby got me for my birthday a few years ago. I haven't worn it in ages as it started to feel too fussy for my style. But this morning I grabbed it and fell in love again!

Today's outfit started out with my simple black pencil skirt from my skirt suit. I added texture with my houndstooth tone-on-tone tights. For a top, I went with my grey-black silk tie-dye look long tank and then topped it all with my plum leather jacket. This jacket is quite whimsical with all different buttons on the front and sleeve cuffs and a shorter back with a tie. It's kind of "Medieval-meets-modern".

For footwear, I went with my chunky Doc Martens and I grabbed my black leather handbag and silver wedding band for accessories.

I'm happy with everything in this outfit except for the skirt. It's a little too A-line shape for me. I'm much happier with a tapered hem. 

What are your thoughts on the outfit? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket & handbag: Danier Leather
Tank: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Skirt: Nygard
Tights: Hue
Boots: Doc Martens (eBay)


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WIW: Casual Shannon Gets Groceries

I'm going to try and post more WIW from weekends - you always see me in my work outfits but I rarely post what I'm wearing at home or running errands on the weekend.

I'm just about to head out to pick up some groceries and go pick up my MIL who is staying with us for the weekend (she comes every third weekend to give my SIL a break and we can have some one-on-one time with her).

The outfit is simple - my favourite slim BF jeans, a chunky Fisherman knit cowl neck pullover, cognac belt, black Chelsea boots, rose gold/black watch, two-tone cognac handbag and over top when I head out the door, my short citron puffer. Oh yeah - and no make up. I like to go without from time to time to give my skin a bit of a "breather". It's a lovely day here today - bright and sunny with crisp white snow and clear blue sky.

So nothing fancy but hopefully still stylish - catch ya later :)

Pullover: Nygard (thrifted)
Jeans: Ralph Lauren Skinny BF's
Belt: Danier Leather
Boots: Clarks
Puffer: Esprit
Watch: Fossil (eBay)


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WIW: Eileen Does It Again

I have decided that Angie + Eileen Fisher = Dynamic Duo!

Angie recommended this mixed media EF jacket in her NAS 2014 jackets collection and I fell for it then. But it was not within my budget at the time. Lo and behold, I found one on eBay new with tags and after posting a Yay or Nay on the forum, ordered it. It arrived yesterday and I am in love!

It is the comfort level and quality that I have come to expect from EF so I figure if Angie recommends it and Eileen makes it, it's a no brainer for me!

So today's outfit centres around the leather sleeved, merino wool drapey jacket. Although not traditionally a colour that I would choose, over a column of black and with my red specs and red lipstick, no problem IMHO. I can also see the jacket in a very casual outfit with white tee and BF jeans, or dressier for work over a black sheath dress and perhaps my EF dark red dress as well.

Today I've popped the jacket over a drapey asymmetrical tank (which is layered over another tank for warmth) and my ponte knit slim NYDJ leggings. Footwear choice was my comfy Chelsea boots and then for a pop of unexpected colour and some needed structure, my citron handbag.

Happiness factor? Through the roof!

What do you think of the outfit as a whole and the jacket in particular? Would love some other styling suggestions if you are so inclined. As always, all comments, suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Tank: Danier Leather
Leggings: NYDJ
Boots: Clarks
Handbag: Gift


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WIW: Red, black & white

The combination of red, black and white seems to be a favourite trio of mine these days - whether it be dark red or a true red, like this blazer.

Today's outfit started with my black/white abstract print dress. I topped the dress with my red blazer and cuffed the sleeves to show the black/white houndstooth lining. Semi opaque black tights will keep my legs warm and I chose my black patent booties for footwear (although I'll have my knee high Blondo boots on outside and will carry my patent booties with me for the office).

I finished off the outfit with my black/cream leather handbag, silver wedding band, red specs and red lipstick. It's funny - I have three pairs of specs these days but constantly reach for my red ones.

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

Blazer: Cleo Petite
Dress: Cleo Petite (thrifted)
Booties: Ara
Handbag: Danier Leather (thrifted)

Quick hair update: had a trim last evening - took just the tiniest bit off, thinned it (I have ridiculously thick hair) and shaped it. I'm going to continue with the asymmetrical shape with the longer fringe on the right side and will grow the top a bit more to give it a bit more movement. Both my stylist and I agreed the messy Jennifer Lawrence look wasn't going to work for me - a giant pain in the you-know-what to get to look right! I'm really happy with how it's coming along.


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WIW: Black & Blue

Good morning Fabber beauties! I'm so enjoying posting my outfits again - it keeps me on my style toes, you know?

Today's outfit centres around this recently thrifted skirt. It's a black and bluish-purple patterned cotton pencil skirt with a very simple shape. Easy to dress up or down I figure and also quite seasonless - picture it with black sandals and tank in the heat. Here, I've paired it with a simple black pullover and my black footless leggings for warmth.

To play up the purple bits in the skirt, I've chosen my blue-purple suede booties for footwear and grabbed my navy leather handbag. Rose gold/black watch, gold wedding band, red specs and red lipstick finish off the outfit.

I will admit that my happiness level is pretty darned high with this outfit. It's simple, figure flattering (I think?), comfortable and non-fussy.

What are your thoughts? does this all work together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Pullover: Sears
Skirt: Joe Fresh (thrifted)
Leggings: Calvin Klein
Booties: Aerosoles
Watch: Fossil (eBay)
Handbag: Coach (gift)


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WIW: Red, Olive & White

Looking for style inspiration to help me in wearing the heck out of my clothes, I turned to Angie's ensemble posts. I figure even if the ensemble is a year or more old, the colour combinations and ideas can still be executed but with modern pieces. Plus I'm noticing that style trends (at least some of them) are sticking around for two or three years before starting to fade.

Today's outfit is based on Angie's Combat Pants, White Top and Red Accents ensemble. I started with my dark olive cargo pants and paired those with my white v-neck drapey sleeveless tee. I topped that with my dark red asymmetrical merino wool cardigan (sleeves scrunched) and then added my red booties for another pop of red. Even though the red of the cardigan and booties don't match, they're far enough apart on the body that it doesn't bother me in the least. Besides, I like the slightly different tones in the same outfit.

I chose my taupe/cream/gold snakeskin clutch (gift from Sona - who I miss like crazy!), red specs, gold watch and chunky gold ring and red lipstick to finish off the outfit.

Thoughts on this outfit? All comments/suggestions welcome.

I had a blast combing through Angie's ensemble posts last night and am continuing to find new ways to wear old things. Thank you Angie :)

Cardigan: Eileen Fisher (eBay)
Pants: Ricki's
Booties: Sam Edelman
Clutch: Big Buddha
Watch & ring: thrifted


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WIW: Black & Cream

Today's outfit was built around this graphic black and cream ponte knit skirt. I think this is my favourite skirt in my closet right now. It is thick, warm and extremely comfortable. Plus the graphic pattern just makes me happy.

I paired the skirt with a simple knit sleeveless tank and semi-opaque black tights. On top of the tank, I've added my cream leather jacket. After all, it's -40 Celcius and a girl needs a little warmth!

I've chosen my black patent booties for footwear and my large cream handbag, red specs and swipe of red lipstick to finish off the outfit.

When I step out the door, I will have on my knee length red puffer coat, winter white scarf and gloves and my knee high Blondo boots (I carry my indoor footwear in a shoe bag to work).

What are your thoughts on this outfit? All comments welcome.

Jacket and handbag: Danier Leather
Tank: Sears
Skirt: Cleo Petite
Boots: Ara

By the way, I have three new items on their way to me: the leather sleeve/wool EF jacket; an animal print skirt from Cleo Petite; a purple blazer from Cleo Petite. All items purchased on significant discount. And that's it for shopping for a while for reasons I'll explain in an Off Topic section when I have time (good reasons for a change!).

I'm also really enjoying remixing my current items and am truly very happy with my wardrobe. So brace yourselves for seeing items over and over but hopefully in interesting ensembles.


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WIW: Nothing New for the New Year

This outfit is comprised of pieces that I have had for over a year now - and yet I still feel current and stylish. As well, the tee and trousers are lower end pieces that have worn incredibly well and been complete workhorses in my wardrobe. Just goes to show that price does not necessarily equate quality.

Today's outfit started with my dark olive green cargo pants. Based on these pants, I have determined that a) I love slim fitting cargo pants and b) I must always have a pair in my wardrobe - they are soooooo versatile. 

I have paired the pants with my drapey black/white ballerina tee, semi tucked to show a peek of my black leather belt. On top of that, I've added my strict black suit blazer and scrunched the sleeves to take any "stuffiness" out of the jacket. Due to how often I wear this blazer, it is starting to show some wear and tear. I may duplicate and buy the same one again since the fit is so perfect for me.

To finish off the outfit, I've added some black patent shine with my booties and clutch. The clutch also adds some structure to the outfit. Red specs and rose gold/black oversized watch and swipe of lipstick complete the ensemble.

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

Blazer: Nygard
Tee: Smart Set
Pants: Ricki's
Boots: Ara
Clutch: Danier Leather (thrifted)
Watch: Fossil (eBay)


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