Party in the back.

Details in clothing can make all the difference. Even when it’s not an obvious detail, like the lining of a jacket which no one really ever sees. It just makes an outfit feel special, if only to the person who’s wearing it. This sweater looks simple and plain from the front, but I love the ribbon detail and low cut of the back. A bit fun and a bit sexy. Makes me want to walk into a room backwards.

Grey low back sweater: Talula

Navy pants: Rag & Bone

Back

Back

Back Back

Pieces.

When I add a new piece to my wardrobe, I try to ask myself ‘what would I even wear this with?’. I find that question saves me a lot of regret and a lot of money. Impulse purchases can be hard to resist, but if you force yourself to picture your pieces as outfits, it helps to walk away & make better decisions. When I saw this simple tshirt, I immediately pictured wearing it with my navy blazer. Putting outfits together in your mind (or copying ideas off of sites like Pinterest or Instagram) also helps to save time in the mornings. What my wallet loves, is that it forces me to think of new ways to wear the clothes I already have.

Blue & Yellow Stripe tshirt: J.Crew

Navy Blazer: Talula

Dark wash Jeans: Rag & Bone

Brown knee-high boots: Browns

Pieces Pieces Pieces

Breeches.

Let me be clear – I am not an equestrian kind of girl. For me, breeches (aka riding pants) are a symbol of fashion and not function. I picked up this tan pair in Phoenix at Nordstrom Rack last fall. (Sidebar: Nordstrom Rack is amazing – you must go the next time you’re in the States – make sure you go with time and patience). The accents on these pants include tone on tone suede patches and ankle zippers. I paired them here with a navy sweater, which is one of my favourite colour combos. These will serve me well in the spring (once the weather warms up) with a light tank and some flats.

Tan riding pants: J. Brand

Navy sweater: Lululemon

Grey scarf: Talula

White tank: Lululemon

Black cross-over purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Weathered black boots: Steve Madden

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Breeches

Breeches

Being a Tulle.

Tulle has to be the most girly fabric there is. I bought this skirt for my birthday this past summer and each time I put it on, I have my very own Carrie Bradshaw moment. What better thing to wear to your book club Christmas party (at a drag show) then a tulle skirt? Maybe seen as being a bit silly, but wearing a piece like this means you need to own it when you walk out the door. I paired it here with some classic black round toe pumps and a tailored blazer in an attempt to mature the outfit (and myself). A hilarious night with a strong group of women.

Nude tulle skirt: BCBG

Tank: TNA

Blazer: Talula

Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Tulle

Tulle

Tulle Tulle Tulle

Touch of Lace.

“It is difficult to see why lace should be so expensive; it is mostly holes”

– Mary Wilson Little

Lace seemed to make a comeback last year. I did add a few lace pieces to my wardrobe in 2012 – a few tops and a special dress for my bridal shower. Initially it was hard to get over the feeling of wearing a doily, but when paired with a more masculine piece (shown here with a blazer), it transforms into a nice feminine touch. Coloured lace (I love black & navy) also helps to eliminate the feeling that you should be lying on your grandmother’s coffee table.

Lace t-shirt: Talula

Dark Wash Jeans: Rag & Bone

Navy Blazer: Talula

Grey/Brown Boots: Vince Camuto (These boots make me so happy! For some reason I am drawn to boots with a covered base).

Lace Lace Lace Lace

Teal with Envy.

I am crazy for all shades of teal right now. Clothes, nails, paint…. teal has become a universal colour. Dare I say the new black? Probably not. I do think it pairs well with browns, nudes, black and denim of any wash. For a light-eyed girl, it helps make the eyes pop when worn close to the face (a top or scarf). It also is a compliment to any skin tone. Enough said. Just add some teal to your wardrobe this year.

Minty Teal Sweater: J. Crew

Camel coat: Talula

Boots: Ugg Australia

Jeans: Rag & Bone

Plaid Scarf: J. Crew


Teal Teal Teal Teal

Perfect Plaid.

Despite my efforts to fight it, the 90’s passed us by. It was hands down the best decade. Ever. Music & fashion for me were all about grunge and alternative. Doc Marten’s and flannel plaid shirts. It has warmed my heart to see the new generation of plaid come back around…and I have been collecting. So many colours, fabrics, patterns and cuts. I wear plaid to work, dress it up for a night out or when I’m just bumming around the house.

Red Plaid shirt: J.Crew

Black Tights: Lululemon

Black Knee-high boots: Browns

Black Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Camel Coat: Talula

Plaid

Plaid

Plaid

Colour Block.

There are trends I love and trends I just can’t embrace. I’m on the fence about colour blocking. I don’t totally understand the appeal and this sweater is as far as I have gone in adopting this style. It has 3 of my favourite colours in it which is likely why I was drawn to it:  navy / cream / camel. With this dreary and cold weather, I felt the inspiration to pair it with some bright and sunny pumps.

Sweater: J.Crew

Navy Jeans: Rag & Bone

Sunny Pumps: J. Crew

Navy Clutch: Italian Market

Colour Blocking

Colour Blocking

Colour Blocking

Rush.

I find this time of year I hit the snooze button too often. My mornings turn into a rush. I usually try to think about what I’m going to wear before I start getting dressed, but when I’m late, I always seem to default to black tights (no ironing) and go from there. Rushing also equates to throwing on a big scarf. In my head I believe it will distract anyone from noticing I barely dried my hair.

I bought these boots while travelling in Italy. All the boots I saw there were low, loose and very addicting. Tomorrow I vow to get up earlier.

Tights: Lululemon

Tank: Lululemon

Cardigan: J. Crew

Scarf: Wilfred

Necklace: Stella & Dot

Boots: Italian Boutique

Rush Rush Rush Rush

Movie Night.

I don’t love going to movie theatres. I find the seats uncomfortable and I fall asleep no matter how loud it is.  I do, however, love an impromptu date night. I was already wearing this when we decided to hit the town for dinner and a flick. Sometimes when you’re comfortable you need to just leave well alone and not over think it. I’m loving denim shirts lately. Somehow I’ve started a collection of them.

Polkadot denim pullover – J.Crew

Black jeans – Rag & Bone

Brown boots – Steve Madden

Beige scarf – brought back from Italy

Cross-body purse – Marc Jacobs

Movie Night

Movie Night Movie Night