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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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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Bits and Pieces.

Sometimes when I just don’t know what to wear, I look back at outfits I’ve worn or look to pictures online for inspiration. It’s amazing what different combos you can put together. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking this top with that bottom to mix up an outfit for a brand new look. All of the pieces here have been featured in past posts but they are paired together here here for a new mix of colour and pattern. I’ve also been layering accessories like necklaces and bracelets to change things up. Different combinations on a stacked wrist or a few necklaces paired together can make older pieces feel new again. Take a look through your closet and try to put things together you might not have considered before. I bet you’ll see your existing wardrobe in a whole new light.

Animal print tank: Joie

Black cardigan: J. Crew

Salmon pants: Madison Scotch

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Scarves.

My collection of scarves is something I’m actually proud of 🙂 Possibly an addiction, but throwing on a scarf can just change a whole look or tie a look together. Right now in Calgary, the mornings are chilly but the days are hot. It makes for tricky dressing decisions. Scarves fix that in an instant. A simple black tank and dark blue zipper jeans + a favourite new fall scarf (this one is arguably a blanket) and I was set for the day. My husband decided to take the top off the Jeep and wrapping this scarf around me on a cold summer morning felt just perfect. Peeling it off by mid-day and I transitioned into the heat. There are several ways to tie a scarf but it usually depends on the size. This one is so huge that I just throw it around my neck and keep tucking it in until I can see infront of me. No right or wrong. Here is a great link to a video on youtube.

Mosaic fall scarf: Wilfred

Navy blue denim with black zippers: Rag & Bone

Black tank: Rag & Bone

Thong sandals: Steve Madden

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