I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of September… and this is my first outfit post for fall. Eep! SA truly appreciates your support and love and we promise to do a better job of keeping updated on a regular basis.
I actually wore this outfit to work today which is on the casual side, but with the little bug that I caught a couple days ago, I couldn’t be bothered with “work” clothes and was more lax in my choices. I’ve had a few questions about where I get my textured tights so I shall divulge. I don’t actually like to shell out the big bucks for tights because I’m not very good to them and they don’t usually last very long. When I have friends or family who make a trip to Korea, I’ll usually ask them to pick some up for me as they are cheap and good quality. When this is not an option, I check out Joe Fresh and Ardene. They usually have some great varieties and colours for about $5-$8 if not cheaper.
Jacket: Club Monaco; dress: from Purr Clothing; scarf: Banana Republic; tights: Ardene; boots: F21; bracelets, watch, and ring: David Yurman, Links of London, Philip Stein, Tiffany; sunnies: foldable Ray Ban Wayfarers
How are you wearing tights this fall? Send me an e-mail with your pictures: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I didn’t expect to find another historical gem in the city so soon after mentioning the first library in Calgary in the last post. Well as luck, fate, or just plain coincidence would have it, I stumbled across what is known as the Rundle Ruins along 12th Avenue SE at 6th Street SE. A quick Google search (what would we do without Google!) and a click onto the Beltline Heritage Group website and I know now that it is the site of Calgary’s first major hospital and the second General Hospital built in 1894 and demolished in 1973. Any Calgary history buffs out there? Although I find history pretty fascinating, I’m no expert and would love to find more historical sites like this in the city.
Image via Beltline Heritage Group.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last couple of days so to cheer myself up I pulled together a look composed of items that normally make me happy: boots, vests, silk tops, and nauticality. A cool photo location and a “happy” outfit is not a bad antidote for a funky mood! We can often fall into the trap of pairing the same tops and bottoms, recycling the same outfits over and over again. Pulling out your favorite items to create an outfit is actually a simple exercise in putting together new combinations of tops and bottoms. I probably wouldn’t have thought to wear the Hervé Léger-style skirt so casually with an open vest and boots, but I think it works and am happy with the end result and new look.
Silk tank: Club Monaco; vest: Banana Republic; skirt: Tristan; boots: F21
Two favorite things about this outfit post: loafers and the old library. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is Memorial Park Library in Central Memorial Park (between 12th Avenue and 13th Avenue SW off 4th Street SW). It is the first purpose-built library in Alberta, opening its doors to Calgarians on January 2, 1912. Neat tidbit on this library: Andrew Carnegie funded 80% of the cost and encouraged City Hall to fund the rest. The library was closed when I got there, but I remember briefly visiting it a long time ago and what I recall is that it is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. I know most people don’t visit libraries much anymore, but they are neat places especially if it’s an old one so if you’re loafin’ around one afternoon I encourage you to check one out!
Speaking of loafing… I don’t know what it is about loafers, but I adore them. My mom always used to say I was weird for liking “granny-ish” shoes, but whether it’s the prep appeal, the tassels, the comfort, or all three elements, they definitely have a cool factor about them and I am excited to see them return with a vengeance this fall. They are the perfect alternative to ballet flats and can be worn with virtually everything. As with flats, it’s great to have a pair of loafers in basic black, but also look out for different leathers (supple calf vs structured patent), colours (camel, burgundy, chocolate brown), and texturing (faux croc, pebbled leather).
Blazer: Aritzia; silk top: Joe Fresh; shorts: Club Monaco; scarf: department store in Korea; loafers: Topshop; watch: Philip Stein; bracelets: Tiffany
Alexander Wang small heels, $495 Forever21 loafer shoes, $23 TopShop loafer shoes, $66 Cole Haan mocassin shoes, $198 Jeffrey Campbell leather flat shoes, $115 Sperry moccasin loafer, $90 Christian Dior flat slip on shoes, $550
Have a terrific weekend!
I must divulge a secret. Ok, maybe it’s not top secret because I’ve already told many people and I’m not the only one in a city of roughly one million that knows about this place. It’s my own (or I like to think it’s my own) rooftop patio oasis at the Mission Starbucks in Calgary, complete with music and heat lanterns for chilly summer evenings. I love to go to this hideout to enjoy an Americano, study, hang out, and people watch (extreme people watching available with zero creep factor!).
Cardigan: Banana Republic; silk tank: Club Monaco; linen pants and belt: Zara; patent flats: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan; watch: Michael Kors; necklace: Heart Oiseau.
Since I’ve divulged my secret rooftop patio, won’t you tell me where your secret hideouts are?
After gawking at the one-too-many accessories that I have piled on for the day, many of my friends often comment that they prefer to stay away from jewelry as they “don’t know how to accessorize”. To this I guffaw and simply state that there’s no “know-how” when it comes to sporting jewelry, just simply pile it on! Although it’s safe to stick with one metal, even that “rule” is not steadfast… but for those who are still weary when it comes to “throwing it on”, here is a tip to help you wear that latest sparkly acquisition of yours…
Try choosing the jewelry first (especially statement pieces) THEN pick the background outfit. For instance, I really wanted to sport this hand-cut Labradorite stone pendant from Stella & Dot’s latest fall collection (get yours here) and so I used it as my starting point to build my look around the piece. I stayed neutral with the color palette to highlight the stone’s earth tones and made sure my top was a simple canvas that would not compete with the pendant. From here, I added a few more pieces (one will never do for me!) to compliment and complete the look. What do you think?! Next time if you are unsure how to accessorize your look, try choosing the jewelry first and treat it as you would with an accent/focus wall/art in your home where you build around that particular piece of inspiration. Jewelry should complete your look not compete with it. If your top or dress has a busy neckline, opt for a pair of drop earrings or stick with a cocktail ring and give the necklace a rest. Or, enhance the tribal feel of that summer maxi dress with chunky bangles made of wood. Just remember, the power of jewelry goes a long way; you can instantly spice up a plain black ensemble with a long stranded necklace and avoid looking like a stagehand. There are so many selections of beautiful costume jewelry on the market today that for a nominal investment, you can really enhance your wardrobe without purchasing any new clothing items! Check out Forever 21 for cheap and funky designs (don’t expect it to last long but with the bargain prices you can experiment without fear!) or Banana Republic for a more serious but still very affordable investment. And of course, I highly recommend checking out Stella & Dot online OR contact me for information on where to attend a trunk show.
Fedora from Aritzia, sunglasses by Chanel, silk tank by DKNY, skirt from Zara, Blazer from Club Monaco, purse by Marc Jacobs, gold spiral bangle and pendant by Stella & Dot, oversized ribbon ring from Forever 21.
Sometimes, less does not mean best. While braving the not-so-universal jumpsuit, I thought I’d go “all in” and pick one covered in print. Why not? Sometimes, it pays off to be fearless instead of doing something half way, where does mediocrity get people anyway?! Then again, it’s a gamble! Here’s my latest gamble…husband did not love it but girlfriends did~ just goes to show, you can’t please everyone! What do you think?
Jumpsuit from Zara, belt from Jacob, jean jacket from Club Monaco, shoes by Toms, bag by Marc Jacobs, Rayban aviators, jewelry by Stella & Dot
Whatever you decide to do this week, take the plunge, risk the risk and jump in!
Sometimes there is nothing more comforting than a classic outfit of khaki and jean. Although I am proudly Canadian, I played up the fourth-of-july-ish vibe with a star spangled scarf, pops of blue and red and accessorized with who other than American designer Marc Jacobs.
Labels: jean jacket from Club Monaco; tank from Banana Republic, Khakis from Zara, Bag by Marc Jacobs, Toy watch, Tiffany bracelets and necklace; Toms shoes