Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Lace on Lace

(I just couldn't put "Looking Lucky" and "Lace on Lace" in the same title but you know that's what this is about!)

It poured rain all day today so my plans for skirts and bare legs were ... washed away (!) and I was left to face the pants.  I'm #afraidofpants following Easter indulgences.  Alas, I went with my basic black trousers which I hardly ever wear because they're so very basic.  However, they gave a nice ... base to the stars of my ensemble, the Spring trend of the day: LACE!
London Fog lace blazer $3, blue lace RW tee $4, black trousers $3.50, patent Sperry's $9.80 all VV Boutique

My 3yo photographer was complaining of a sore hip this am and therefore was not the most enthusiastic about taking pics for mommy.  Mid-photo shoot I realized she wasn't bearing weight on that side and there was a real problem so we shut 'er down.  
I actually feel pretty badly for asking her to take pics at all.  Sniff.
She did a great job nonetheless and I blame these fantastic lace pieces for blinding me temporarily...

In my highly scientific research (i.e., Twitter), I learned that pearls are "in" so what better time to dig these strands from my closet for the day.  I debated not wearing the blazer to work but swapping it for a black cardi then I remembered that the blazer was only three bucks and it's one of my favourite finds and what use is there in saving clothes for special days!!  Don't!!  Just wear them any old rainy day!
Here I am practicing what I preach.

Maybe one day I will pass the blazer and the pearls onto my daughter and say, remember that time Mommy made you stand on your sore leg to take pictures of my clothes? 
Sigh.  
But the lace is really pretty at least...


Monday, 21 April 2014

Read With Me

I don't buy magazines very often because Pinterest.  However, I picked some up for a recent retreat and as I was reading through them, I snapped pics because that's what I do when I read; I take notes, I snap pictures - whatever I need to do so that I can keep the information readily available and hopefully have a better chance of recalling it when I need it amidst my busy life.  In case you're interested, here is a recap of my journey through these fashion mags...
Clockwise from top left:
I have copper bag and sandals similar, so I need a belt and will try to style them like this!
Reminds me of my peplum top.
Reminds me of my vintage mint top.
Reminds me of my slingback mules from Korea circa 1997.  Glad I kept them.
Top shots give me styling ideas for my mint skirt.
I have an orange sleeveless top and will try this easy laid-back style.
Nice look for my BR cropped blazer.
I have laser cut thrifted Miz Mooz!
Reminds me of my good-eating navy Easter dress.
Good thing I picked up my white Matt&Nat bag.
Reminds me of my She Does Create piece.
These pics inspired my Easter pastel look.  
Crochet top over no-tuck shirt with mixed contrasting pastels including blush-peach!
Love the leopard and mixed print with a simple white tee (which I don't have) + bold necklace.
Would like to try cognac with my short sleeve polka dot top.  Need cognac bag!
Cropped denim jacket, floral pants, nude pumps... yes!
Styling ideas for a midi skirt!
All things on my hunting list!  Need patience!
Top photos remind me of my ankle crop pants and confirm they are "art print."
Styling ideas for bomber jackets.
How Armani ties a small square scarf.  Need white blazer!
These photos are all about affirming my inclinations!
I have perforated shoes, I want to wear mint and cobalt, and metallic and geometric are part of Looking Lucky!
As soon as I find silky "pajama" pants, I'm snatching them up!
Look at those colours together - love!
Oh and look how Sandra Bullock wears red and pink together!
Styling idea for a high-waisted skirt!
The best piece of advice for last.

(Most inspiration is from the April issue of In Style with some from RedBook and People Style Watch - all photos taken while reading these purchased mags.)

And now for the other kind of reading!  Books!  I love books and have embarked on Jon Acuff's Empty Shelf Challenge and though I'm not reading as much as I would like, I am making progress!  I finished my latest BookLook Bloggers selection, Watershed Moments by Gari Meacham and found it to be a great read!
Watershed Moments : Turning Points That ...

Why did I choose this book:

The subtitle of Watershed Moments by Gari Meacham is what caught my eye – “Turning points that change the course of our lives.”  I’m personally interested in learning how to be content and attentive in the present and thought this book might help me to that end.   Meacham describes a “watershed” moment as “the moments God uses to mark us, move us and alter us for good,” “the moments we encounter God,” or “a point from which you can’t turn back.”  She uses Biblical stories and examples as she describes seven kinds of watershed moments: change, awareness, rebuilding, control, approval, overcoming and belief.

Notables:
  • Watershed moments of change are often preceded by a period of feeling stuck.  This helps to reframe those periods of life; when it seems like God is absent, like nothing is happening – that is a clue that God is giving a “gift of time” to teach and prepare us, to allow us to seek Him, pray and develop belief, trust and obedience.
  • Watershed moments of awareness are when God gifts us with insight into ourselves and others.  We can let go of over-analyzing and striving for our own understanding and rest of God’s understanding, then acknowledge and accept what we’ve been “bestowed” with and count them as blessings that “give way to truth.” 
  • Meacham frames watershed moments of rebuilding  around developing Godly vision or “vision crafting.”  She suggests that we do this unabashedly, visioning what God has planned, and looking for what God is building knowing that he is building something worthy.  This is not an effortful process but rather recognizing the initial inkling of a vision then praying about it.  This can be a long term vision or just hope for the next moment
  • Meacham’s discussion of watershed moments of control included a great explanation of godly submission.  Surrendering to God means acknowledging that we can’t control everything, we can’t do it alone but we CAN do it with God’s help.  Meacham suggests women move from trying to control to being an influence – embracing the gift of opportunities to build people up - and the end result, which God desires for us, is peace.   
  • Many of us struggle with being people-pleasers or letting approval from others guide our actions.  Meacham suggests that watershed moments of approval from God help us to break free from the captivity of living for others, and allow us to live contentedly in God’s approval. 
  • Watershed moments of overcoming any evil or negative influence are marked by embracing God’s authority and having the ability to respond to any circumstance with calm resolve.

Bottom line:

Though Watershed Moments doesn’t always flow smoothly, Meacham’s scripture examples and discussion prompt the reader to reflect on one’s own watershed moments and move closer to fulfilling our godly purpose and ultimately experiencing the joy and freedom that God desires for each of His children.

I am a member of  BookLook Bloggers.
In exchange for writing a review, I received this book for free.



Sunday, 20 April 2014

Looking Lucky - Easter Pastels

This is going to come out of left field, but I chose Easter Sunday to wear pastels for the Looking Lucky Fashion Challenge.  Totally unpredictable, that's me.
Old Navy peach popover blouse new-with-tags $3.50, crochet top $4.20
Kate Spade loafers $9.80, Matt&Nat bag $9.10 all VV Boutique
Mint skirt $2.50 Hope Missions Bargain Shoppe
She Does Create earrings, bracelet and coral pendant
Mixed metal on the bag is a win win.

I've been "studying" the pastel looks and have concluded that anything goes.  Pastels look good monochromatic, mixed or with pops of primary colours.  Today, I decided to mix 'em and see how it felt.
I like the mix.
It reminded me of Black Out Style when I learned that you can just throw colours on together and it will most often look good.  Less matchy, more mix = more interesting.
 
Snowy noticed I was posing and got in on the action.

Despite *needing* more She Does Create pieces, I was pleased to find perfect complements in my closet for this Easter Sunday ensemble...
Oh yeah, the coral bracelet strand is from VV!
Coral + pink = peach, right?

Sometimes you can find thrifted handmade pieces; 
this crochet top is not handmade but still a cool find though I don't exactly know what to do with the pockets...

I felt this look was a bit Ruche-y, which is a good thing in my opinion.  I liked the layers, the relaxed fit (a requirement following two Easter meals).  I haven't worn peach since I inadvertently wore a lace mother-of-the-bride suit to my high school graduation but this outfit showed me I'm ready to try again.
But if you see my husband in a peach tie while I'm wearing peach, I expect an intervention.

Now, just a quick Spring trend Looking Lucky recap:
http://sarahsreallife.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/announcing-the-april-looking-lucky-style-challenge-and-giveaway/
Graphic from Sarah's Real Life, so much more interesting than a list...

So far I have covered:
Looks like I'll be wearing some lace, neon and metallic this week!


Friday, 18 April 2014

Looking Lucky - Fringe

I am aware that the fringe "Spring" trend is showing itself in some cool pieces, but when I woke up to yet more snow, I decided to go with gray fringe for my gray mood about the not-so-Spring day.
Mark bag $10 VV Boutique
Me standing in a snowbank.

I actually bought this bag ages ago at the first VV Boutique Styled Fashion's Night Out so I'm not sure if I was ahead of the trend or if it came and went and came again.  Meanwhile it has enjoyed temporary custody with Auntie for the better part of two years and recently came home to spend some time with Mommy.
I'm looking with disgust at the snow, and it doesn't even seem to care.

I have everything in that bag - a laptop, day timer, coffee, make up, wallet, candy.  That's pretty much everything, and there was plenty of room for more.  It really is a great bag and I bet it will look super cute with a light dress or shorts and a tee...
Bet this bag would look good with a green background, though I'm starting to doubt it will ever come.

One benefit from the weather is that I had a reason to wear my thrifted fleece-lined leggings and basically will never take them off until I see green grass.  These leggings were in new condition and were $1.50 which makes them that much more awesome.
 
Leggings, I know we just met, but I'm ready to move to a monogamous (seasonal) relationship.

And the dress - thrifted for $8 from VV Boutique - is a miracle worker.  After Good Friday church, my family went on our way to Grandpa's farm and ate from-scratch hot cross buns, turkey dinner and all things nana-y.  Yet, I came home, turned to the side and looked surprisingly svelte.
I don't understand it, I don't question it; I just quickly went and had some of my kids' Easter chocolate.

I did style the dress a little differently, wearing it more like a jumper with a black long sleeve C'est Moi Naturals bamboo cotton top. 
You couldn't tell under my winter coat, but this combo looked like a one-piece dress and was comfy cozy!
The weather forced me into a bathroom selfie.

I'm going to keep my eye out for cool fringe pieces and meanwhile take heart knowing that a good bag somehow helps a gray day!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Looking Lucky - Geometrics

The Looking Lucky Fashion Challenge is all about wearing Spring trends.  Luckily for me, I apparently have a (thrifted) wardrobe stocked with everything ever.  So I had a beautiful geometric piece just waiting for another opportunity to be blogged....
Michael Kors blouse $9.10, Gap navy ankle crops $3.50 VV Boutique
Accessories from my closet
As for the shoes, what can I say.  The 3yo felt this was close enough to head-to-toe.

This blouse... swoon!  It has been a fave since I scored it last summer.  Perfect condition, quality designer brand, sheer but structured.  It looks good no matter what I wear it with...
http://distilleryimage1.ak.instagram.com/b2275a5c801411e3a076122b2a59491d_8.jpg
Love pairing a "fancy" piece with a casual piece.
http://instagram.com/p/fiBXtGHZrk/#
Oh and look how geometric pattern mixes with geometric pattern!

I have been snatching up the navy in recent thrifting expeditions and scored these textured Gap ankle crop skinnies in perfect condition. 
There are my shoes!  Hispanitas $3.50 VV Boutique

And now get ready for a set of modeling poses that will surely have Tyra pounding down my door as soon as her jet can get her here.
Arm to this side.
Arms down.
Arm to the other side.
Don't hate me because I'm a beautiful poser.

You could argue against my posing but there is no argument that this Michael Kors stunner fulfills the geometric Spring trend at an amazing price point!


Monday, 14 April 2014

Looking Lucky - Florals and Stripes

Once a week the weather is nice enough for bare legs.  Today was my lucky day so I used it to have another go at the Looking Lucky Fashion Challenge floral trend look.  I liked my former floral - liked the muted colours and the unique sweatshirt but I have been itching to do something *totally* unique and wear stripes and florals and midi length all at the same time:
Striped top $2.45, vintage floral skirt $3.50
Belt $3.50, shoes $5.60
All from VV Boutique

I was pleased with the results!  Shop Ruche calls florals + stripes "effortlessly chic" and that works for me!  In this age of pattern mixing, stripes are a safe bet to mix with almost anything.
 People worry about wearing horizontal stripes.
I say, it confuses your visual perception* and can actually camouflage problem bodies areas.**

*Linking occupational therapy to fashion since 2012.
**If this is not true, don't tell me.  Let me live in happy ignorance.

As for the skirt, the mix of colours was irresistible!  This skirt is actually a vintage petite, likely meaning some short old lady wore it as a mid-calf "long" skirt in the late 80s, but it works just fine on me as a midi-length just below the knee.  AND it has pockets to hold my old lady tissues and hipster mom smart phone.
 
I'm not going to lie.  
Despite the forgiving length, there's a 45% chance I accidentally flashed the preschool roster mom today during Duck Duck Goose.  
Hazards of the job.
My arm party action consists of a custom Liz Lamoreux piece, She Does Create piece and VV Boutique piece.

Somehow this floral look felt a little more like my style - maybe it was the brighter colours or the stripey awesomeness.  In any case, it made my Monday a little less Monday-ish and that works for me!
See you again soon floral skirt with pockets!