I read somewhere today (on a blog or Instagram, can’t remember which one or I’d give proper credit) that the weather in the northeast is very indecisive at this time of year. Is it warm? Is it cold? Is it both? Is it still snowing? (According to the Weather Network this morning, it was.)

Today seemed very decisively cold and windy though, so it was back to a warmer jacket and a hat (I don’t pack these away until May at the latest).

Club Monaco hat // Anthropologie Cream Confection Jacket (Idra, 2010)

It’s still tights weather for me too. (Also, this dress again…I wear it a lot.)

Club Monaco Kelsey Dress // J.Crew gem stack necklace // J.Crew cardigan // Wolford tights // Tory Burch Reva flats

I wore this dress to work today, and I wore it out to dinner in Chicago last Friday night. It’s kinda my go-to dress at the moment.

Speaking of Chicago, I had a great long weekend, recap coming shortly. Sightseeing, shopping, and eating, of course. Until then, here’s an outtake and me just being stupid.



My eyes are up here

I wore this graphic tee last casual Friday and kept getting weirded out about people staring at my chest. I rarely wear graphic tees, so that’s why I forgot there was actually something on my chest to look at and read. I just thought I was getting more rack attention than usual, until I remembered and it was ok.

Anthropologie Paper Moon Francophile Tee (t.la) // Gap 1969 legging jeans // Gap classic ballet flats in rose bush

I think I misfired with the red flats, they don’t really go with the pink moon, but I made a valiant effort. I’ll likely wear this combo again tomorrow or Friday in Chicago, where I’ll be with Will for a much-needed long weekend away from Toronto. (I’m really looking forward to it, I leave in a few hours.)

But more than likely I’ll end up in my usual weekend attire, yoga pants masquerading as skinny leggings and a long t-shirt:

J.Crew tissue long-sleeve tee // lululemon wunder under pant // Gap classic ballet flats in rose bush

In fact, this might be what I wore all morning when I was working at home, with giant socks instead of ballet flats (it’s cold again out there!). It might be what I’ll wear on the plane, with boots (screw being fashionable while travelling, I have to be comfortable). Maybe if I throw on a statement necklace it’ll be acceptable?

I really struggle with my casual wear. I get dressed up/overdressed for work, but then casual Friday and the weekend rolls around and I go overboard with the comfy clothes. I will try to wear jeans in Chicago. And to step up my casual outfits after that.  It’s my challenge for this year!

The exchange rate for the Canadian dollar isn’t as good as it used to be, and Chicago seems to have fairly high sales tax, so I doubt it will be much of a shopping trip. Instead it will be a sightseeing and eating trip (emphasis on eating). I have reservations for Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill and the publican (at my sister’s recommendation), plans to visit Rick Bayless’s Xoco, and if I can convince Will to stand in line, a trip to Hot Doug's. I’m sure a food post will follow my return. Until then, hope everyone (who celebrates) has a happy Easter!


Jewellery first

Generally getting dressed involves picking the outfit and then the accessories, but sometimes I do it backwards, I start with the necklace and go from there.

J.Crew Symmetrical Stone necklace

When the necklace is as big and sparkly as this one, it kinda screams to be centre of attention, right?

I coveted it in February, and picked it up on one of their sales/promos after that. (I never saw the original in person, which is ok because I prefer the spring version.) It might be a bit too much, but I love it. Even with the yellow. (It’s the turquoise that sold me, of course.) Somehow I haven’t gotten around to posting it here, but I have worn it a lot. Surprisingly, it goes with almost everything.

Club Monaco Cece cashmere tee // Club Monaco Gretchen skirt // Wolford tights // Tory Burch Reva flats

(Damn, I look unimpressed. But this was the best I could do today, which is really sad.)

I’ve earned the nickname “R. Diddy” from a coworker because of this giant bling-y necklace. He also calls me “Kitten”…that’s another story for another time.

I’d been loving a lot of J.Crew jewellery in early part of this year, but that’s come to a screeching halt now and I don’t like any of their current offerings. That’s fine, I can’t expect to like everything all the time, and I’m sure they’ll pull me back again at some point.


Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched

(From Mindy Kaling's book and her list of alternate titles again.)

I’ve never been much of a bright lip person though, I hate reapplying and I always think it looks completely unnatural on me. (Yes I know, it is unnatural, no one actually has lips that colour.) I’m also worried about standing out too much. I don’t want to blend in, but I don’t want to stand out TOO much, and yes, that is completely contradictory, it’s really quite a mess in my head.

But then I stopped by the MAC counter at the Bay on my lunch hour and what the hell, why not try a hot pink lip. It’s just lipstick, it washes off.

Before and after:

Club Monaco Haley Ls Tee in Smog // J.Crew gem stack necklace // MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Hopelessly Devoted

It’s different. I’m not used to it. But I think I like it to add a pop of colour to black and grey, and maybe I’d like to try it again.

Club Monaco skirt // Wolford tights // Tory Burch Reva flats

It’s not even that bright a lip colour. It’s just way outside my comfort zone.


Always wear flats and have your friends sleep over: a step-by-step how to guide for avoiding getting murdered

I just finished reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and I’m totally stealing from her list of Alternate Titles for This Book that she was strongly advised not to use.

I’m a fan of Mindy Kaling because she's funny, her wardrobe on The Mindy Project is gorgeous, she loves food as much as she loves shopping, she's proof that you don't have to be a size 2 to look amazing in clothes, and if she's telling the truth about not needing or wanting to be skinny, she's my hero.

Club Monaco Kelsey Dress // Gap Luxlight Stripe Cardigan // Gap classic ballet flats in rose bush

I live with a dude so I don’t think I need to have my friends sleep over to avoid getting murdered, but I Always Wear Flats. Not specifically to not get murdered, but really because my feet are useless and I can’t wear heels for more than 5 minutes at a time anymore. Heels in an outfit photo? You’d better believe that I changed to flats as soon as that photo was taken.

Actually, for a “fashionista”/ “style blogger” (quotations necessary – I can’t call myself that seriously), I have a pretty pitiful collection of shoes. I think of shoes as an afterthought; I wear the same shoes over and over again, and I make sure that my shoes are neutral and go with everything (my silver Tory Burch Reva flats fit that bill, I’ve had those for almost 5 years). I blame my terrible feet for my lack of shoe enthusiasm. These inexpensive Gap flats (I also got them in surf blue) are the first shoes I’ve bought in a long time, and they’ll do the trick for the summer.



Swishy skirt

I love love love a big, swishy skirt. Like Tessa Virtue’s here, in action here (at 2:24:00). (Hers may not be the most practical for everyday life, but it’s gorgeous.

In the meantime, here’s what I have to work with. 

Anthropologie Elementary Dress // J.Crew Jenna’s Cardigan (2010) // Stella & Dot Marchesa necklace // Wolford tights // Michael Kors heels

I don’t walk around holding it in my hand, of course.


March 2014 in pictures

I say this Every. Single. Month. but damnit where did the time go?

This month saw wild swings in weather (but it looks like the worst is over, even though I’ve said that before), lots of juice, three types of ice cream in one day, lots of cookies, and two books read (at least I’m sticking to that resolution!).

I never wear my hair up // drooling over J.Crew shoes // gorgeous gorgeous dress at Dolce & Gabbana // lunch at Wvrst // my new obsession juice // in the window at Mulberry // J.Crew flats // I love dogs hanging out of car windows // green juice (not as bad as I thought)

salted caramel ice cream // at Chocolateria // Skor and key lime pie gelato // frozen vanilla custard // a reread this month // a new book // at Moo Milk Bar, my new favourite place // pho // elephant in the room at Anthropologie

Now I’m off to end the month with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, and I may cry, because I do love that show. If I get a little teary, I’ll just watch this to laugh.

(Edited to add: I was in the camp that hated the finale, but I might change my mind on a second viewing.)

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