Poncho Love.

It has been beyond freezing in Calgary for the past 2 weeks. Staying warm with a bun in the oven requires lots of layers and I love the look of a poncho & a pregnant belly. Mixing a solid with a pattern underneath helps to add a bit of interest. I also like the look (and feel) of something a bit tighter underneath a bulky sweater. I’ve also converted 100% to maternity bottoms now. Black tights are a staple for me and so easy and comfortable to wear. For really cold days, look for ones that have a bit of fleece lining to keep your legs warm. I haven’t had too much ankle swelling yet, but comfy warm boots like these ones by Pajar or a pair of classic Uggs will be well worn by me in the months to come.

On another maternity fashion note (not shown here) – outerwear became a problem for me pretty quickly as my warmest parka just wouldn’t do up over the boobs and belly. Maternity stores don’t have the best options for really warm jackets so I went to one of my favourite spots and just bought a large size with lots of room to grow. I plan on consigning items like this post-baby so the investment can be recouped (to some degree).

Burnt orange poncho: Pea in the Pod

Striped tshirt: Pea in the Pod

Black maternity tights: David Lerner

Winter moccasin boots: Pajar Canada

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Like an onion.

Calgary’s weather is still a mystery every day. Starts off cold, warms up mid-day, cools off by the time you leave work again…. it makes for an interesting challenge to dress yourself and get out the door. The solution here: Layers! Lots and lots of layers that work together and make subtle changes to your look. I started with a light short sleeve blouse, then a cardigan, a leather jacket and a large chunky scarf. One by one, I peeled off a layer throughout the day  (and then gradually put them all back on). Pick layers that can work on their own or together in any combination. Layers are also great if you need to ‘dress up’ after work or change your look throughout the day for meetings or lunch dates. But don’t complain about layers….pretty soon they won’t be necessary and it will be warm sweaters every day.

Green & black blouse: Scotch & Soda

Chunky scarf: Wilfred

Indigo jeans: Zara

Black cardigan: J.Crew

Leather jacket: Mackage

Camel boots: Frye

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Fall shift.

The shift dress is a staple in any wardrobe. This small black and white pattern piece has longer sleeves which works well for cooler temps (as traditional shift dresses are often sleeveless). The shift dress makes it easy to dress up casually and comfortably without too much fuss. Accessorizing can make for a ton of different looks (belting a shift dress, can make a whole new silhouette). Mixing fabrics like cotton, leather and even textured leather help to bring interest into an outfit from head to toe. Paired here with a classic leather jacket, a textured black leather purse and some stacked heel booties – and I’m ready to go just about anywhere.

Black and white shift dress: Scotch & Soda

Black leather jacket: Mackage

Black purse: Kate Spade

Black cracked leather booties: Rag & Bone

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A Little Bit Country.

Ok, but mostly Rock ‘n’ Roll. As I’ve mentioned, I am a 90’s rock chick….always will be. In the past few years, my husband and I have opened up a bit more to the country music scene and let a few bands into our listening rotation. We recently went to see Zac Brown Band in concert. I have to admit… it was pretty good (although the highlight for me was when they covered a Metallica tune). Obviously there was a wardrobe dilemma for me in attending an event like this. Staying true to my rock ‘n’ roll genes, I went for an all black look with touches of country. These low western boots are the greatest country piece I own. They are by Freebird and the detail on them is amazing (I threw in a leg kick so you get a better idea). You can add or subtract bands of leather and fabric or even jewellery to them to change them up. I felt my tank had a bit of western flare to it to help me fit in with the country crowd. All in all, a pretty great night. Concert season has definitely begun….stay tuned for future shows coming up!

Western boot: Freebird

Black tank with skull: Scotch & Soda

Blank jeans: Rag & Bone

Black blazer: Talula

Camel purse: J.Crew

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It’s Here!

Today is the first day it really has felt like FALL! Cooler weather from morning till night means boots + sweaters. Two of my favourite things. I love the feeling of a soft, comfortable sweater and my boot collection just got a good dusting off. Sweaters for fall can be oversized and extra long – look for cable knits this season too! I prefer to wear tights with boots instead of jeans. It’s just a cleaner, more comfortable look. Jeans get baggy and crumpled up around the ankles, but make sure you pull some socks over top to try and keep them in place. Happy cooler temps!

Long cardigan: Joie

Black tights: Lululemon

Black tank: Rag & Bone

Brown boots: Frye

Crossbody purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Leather Tee.

Today’s post is brought to you by the leather tee. I’m a tad in love with this piece. Laser cut edging and a loose fit – this black leather piece is easy to wear and easy to pair. It can be dressed down or dressed up and matches almost any bottom. Touches of leather are big for fall – especially in pants and trimmed accents/details. I wore it here with a black blazer in a crepe material for a contrast in fabrics. This tee would also be great with a longer cardigan – maybe in a tan or cream colour. Also a great piece for a fall skirt with tights…..endless options really.

Leather Tee: Joie

Crepe blazer: Wilfred

Dark Denim: Rag & Bone

Black pointed pumps: Nine West

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Camouflage.

Camouflage is everywhere for fall 2013… especially in my closet. With a bit of an edgy feel, pairing camo with a more conservative or preppy outfit is a great contrast. This simple and light jacket is an easy-to-wear accent piece to any outfit. Camo actually matches or compliments a ton of solid colours as well as prints. Adding ONE piece of camo to an outfit will pull you into the fall trend, however avoid the head to toe look. The idea is for a touch (either in a t-shirt, a pant, a jacket or even a clutch), but not all of them together….unless you actually are hunting and trying not to be seen. There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to this trend, so start off small.

Camouflage jacket: Artizia

Cream sweater: Wilfred

Cropped denim: Rag & Bone

Flats: Nine West

Purse: J. Crew

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Sporty Weekend.

Weekends are usually filled with errands, workouts, time outdoors and good food. When I’m out running around, I like to be comfortable and wear clothes that are easy. Right now with the weather being extreme highs and lows (in the same day), it’s great to dress in comfy layers. I love a puffy vest for the fall and decided to change up how I wore it this weekend by throwing it over a simple tank as an extra layer for the morning. I saw this on Lululemon’s social media and had to copy the look. And…you can never go wrong with a pair of Chucks… they go with everything and are a staple in any girl’s (or guy’s) wardrobe. Hope you had a relaxing, comfy weekend!

Grey vest: Lululemon

Black leggings: Lululemon

Black tank: Lululemon

Runners: Converse All-Star

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Olive and Silk.

New colour for fall: Olive! A great accessory colour and also a great new nail polish option that I am most definitely going to try once the leaves start to drop. This olive bag is by Joie and has expandable sides for extra room (needed). Paired here with a sleeveless silk blouse with embroidered detail which is a great layering piece and such a comfortable fabric (also by Joie). As you already know, I do love a giant scarf and this one by Wilfred is huge. My husband opened it up all the way and said ‘are you kidding me?’. It really is comprable to a blanket, but when looped around, tucked in and tied up, it is one versatile piece.  Olive and silk – sounds like the start of a great fall season (or how I’d describe an amazing martini).

Olive Purse: Joie

Silk Blouse: Joie

Cropped Denim: J. Crew

Pattern Scarf: Wilfred

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Wax on.

I did it. I bought wax (aka coated) jeans. I gotta admit – I’m in love. These are by Current/Elliott, are a beautiful, rich chocolate brown and very comfy. Perfect to carry me into fall. Coated jeans have a sheen like leather look without being leather. They add just a bit of interest to a basic pant. They’ve been around for a couple years now but this fall they are really hitting the fashion scene again. I haven’t always been a fan of Current/Elliott jeans as I have found their proportion between thigh fit and waist fit to be totally off. That seems to have been corrected with this cut. Paired here with a pale pink tunic blouse by Joie and some nude pumps. Fall fashion makes me so excited – especially when the magazine stands are full of fall issues so heavy you can hardly carry them. LOVE!

Brown coated jeans: Current/Elliott

Printed tunic blouse: Joie

Nude Pumps: Nine West

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