|2004: engaged, but not yet married.|
|Circa 2007: just coming up on our 3 year anniversary.|
|2004: engaged, but not yet married.|
|Circa 2007: just coming up on our 3 year anniversary.|
|Making faces at Baby|
|Dress – Jacob; Cardigan – H&M; Scarf – Jacob; Belt – ?|
So Casa Joanna is still sick. I thought we were getting over it but no such luck. Worst thing ever? Baby is so stuffed up she can’t breath through her nose when she’s lying down. Which means that I spent the entire night holding her in a reclining position so she could sleep…which means that I slept only 2 1/2 hours. Later in the morning Husband took her and I got another 2 hours. So yeah, you can imagine how I’m feeling. WHen is this cold going to end??
She’s been sucky and whining/crying all day because she’s over-tired and can’t sleep. I’m just getting a break right now because I put her in her stroller, bundled her up, and took her for a 10 minute walk to get her to sleep. Currently, she’s in the sun room tucked into her stroller.
Needless to say, clothes were not the first thing on my mind. But this dress is a relaxed boatneck dress that I purchsed used when pregnant. Now though I think the top is too big for me. Again, this is another dress I don’t know how I feel about. Trash, stash, or save?
|Dress – H&M; Sweater – Aritzia; Belt – ?; Leggings – Forever XXI|
Today is Thursday, which means that today I got together with some of the mom’s that I know…which means that today we complained about being moms. No seriously, I love getting together with these ladies. They’re all very funny, and very easygoing, and it’s necessary to have someone to talk about all these things with. I love my girlfriends, but since they don’t have kids they don’t quite get it. These women do. So it always revitalizes me to chat with them. Plus, I love the excuse to have a coffee and a big cookie!
I bought this dress originally in brown and white polka dots, but I loved it so much I went back and bought it in black and white too. *Confession – I bought it as a Maternity dress too because the empire waist and a-line gave me room to expand…and expand I did* It was so cheap and so cute and comfy I couldn’t resist having it in two colors. I was even tempted to get it in red and white, but I thought that would be going overboard. It’s a summer dress, and it’s one that I thought I could only wear in the summer, but paired with a shirt and tights underneath and a chunky sweater on top, I think it totally works for the winter too. Trash, stash, or save?
Stay tuned for the brown and white one.
Good night all. It’s date night – movie, hot apple cider, berries…and hopefully a foot massage from Husband.
See you all tomorrow!
|First things first: Husband said, “Just don’t put me in you blog today.” So like the dutiful wife that I am, here he is everyone. He’s now got the cold that I’m getting over, and feels miserable all day.|
|Just hangin’ out.|
|Dress – Forever XXI; Cardigan – Gap; Leggings – American Apparel; Scarf – made by my Babcia.|
Today I got a massage. Oh yes I did. I’ve been having some tension headaches and the best solution to that is an RMT. I’m going to go for another in about three weeks and that should take care of it. But here’s a weird thing: she cut the appointment short. I’ve never had that happen to me, but she ended up not feeling too good and cut it short. Oh well! It was still good.
Than I bummed around downtown for a while going into shops and getting yummy lunch. Where was Baby you ask? Why she was with Husband. It was my day out today. I spent some gift certificates – on really cute socks (Betsey Johnson), knee highs (MacGregor Weekenders); and thick winter tights (Hue). And I’m really excited about the knee highs – I’m already putting together a dress outfit around one of these pairs. Check back soon for that!
So yes, today was a day for me to relax; hence, the easy, chill dress. This is one I’ve had for about 5 years. And when I bought it I wasn’t crazy about it. It was one I bought because I either spent $20 on a dress and got free shipping or paid $15 shipping. But it’s one I come back to on days when I just don’t feel all that spry and delicious. Like today, when I’m getting over a cold. But is it a keeper? I’m not sure it does anything for me – makes me look cute, or sexy, or elegant. And I’m not sure whether I wear it because it’s comfy and relaxing, or whether I wear when I want to hide and not be noticed. So what do you think? Trash, stash or save?
|Me running inside, because it’s just so cold! Dress – H&M; Shirt & Leggings – Forever XXI; Boots – Browns Couture; Belt – AE.|
I didn’t get a chance to show you Sunday’s dress, and I didn’t want to leave it too long, so here it is. And it may look nice outside but it was an icy -22 out there. Not good at all! I lasted about 1 minute taking these pictures and then I ran for the warm comfort of the house. Trash, stash, or save?
Yesterday I was on the air, and when I came home Husband had dinner waiting for me and Baby asleep. This morning I woke up and had coffee, fed Baby and was about to play with her when I noticed (dun, duh, dun, dun…DUN!) poo everywhere! And when I say everywhere I do mean everywhere. She had poo on her back, down both legs, between her toes, in the folds behind her kness, and all along her onesie. There was so much cleaning! Husband and I made the executive decision to not even bother cleaning that onesie – it was a goner.
Going to make you jealous here: tomorrow I’m going for a one hour massage. Jealous, right?
|Dress – H&M; Hoodie – Puella; Leggings – Forever XXI; Leg warmers – Legs Beautiful; Scarf – made by my Babcia|
Okay, so I know I told you yesterday that I would show you Sunday’s dress today, but I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m showing you today’s dress and saving Sunday’s dress for another ady (maybe tomorrow or another day…don’t know).
Trash, stash, or save?
|Drake the Dog|
Today I thought it was a beautiful day outside, until I saw the temperature: -12 and feels like -22! It’s freezing outside. Even Drake the Dog was only outside for a short time today. You know it’s cold when it’s too cold for him! Unfortunately, I had to brave the weather to go to an audition. But I’m glad I did. It’s a role I want, so you do what you gotta do. Afterwards I came home and needed to wamr up pronto! And yes, I did wear a dress, but today is Random Sundays, so I’m saving the dress to show you tomorrow.
Later, two of our friends came over for games night. On the agenda tonight: Carcassonne!
|Playing games while drinking spiked cider.|
|Husband serving up the Brandy for those who wish to partake.|
Games night was awesome, though we found out waaay too much about the love life of a certain couple. And of course, an endless array of jokes ensued….all in good fun of course. But the best part was when someone tried scotch for the first time in her life….
Yup, that’s right. True candid reaction to scotch from my friend. It’s one of my favorite drinks ever; so, it’s amazing that even though, we’ve been friends for so many years and she’s never had it. And as for the winner of games night? Well, I don’t want to brag but…I WON!
|Everything’s a little off today, including the painting in this pic.|
|Hanging out on my kitchen table. Dress – H&M; Sweater – somewhere in Poland; Shirt – Smart Set.|
So things are on the upswing at our house. Baby’s feeling better and therefore sleeps better, and I’m a little less stuffy today. We’re not healthy, but we’re over the worst of it and I think things are only going to get better.
Husband’s at work today – all day. So, I had a lovely visit from Mom and Babcia. They brought me food and a sweater and a toque. So yeah, that made the day go by easier. Oh, and Babcia and I had our butts handed to us by Mom in a game of cards. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
Moving on to the dress…can you believe that this was a dress I bought for my pregnancy? It seems so long ago. Now, it’s not a maternity dress, but it has an empire waist and it gave me a lot of room to grow. I wore it right up until delivery. I just happen to be naturally small (genetic lottery and healthy living) so I was lucky enough to be able to buy “maternity” clothes at H&M and Forever XXI. Although to be honest, since pregnancy is over I’m not sure it’s really me. I figure I’ll keep it around and give it another chance in the spring/summer. Maybe it’s just one of those dresses that you only like seasonally. I don’t know. I’m indecisive about these things. What do you think? Trash, stash, or save?
Chez Joanna is still on quarantine. And no one here is feeling bright and shiny! So, yes I am spending another day looking unfit for public viewing (just ask my in-laws who popped in briefly). So, it’s back to my bag of magic to bring you another dress I wore, but saved for an emergency such as this *because heaven knows this is an emergency right?*
By now everyone knows that I love dresses far more than the average woman, so it follows that two things I love are leggings and tights as they allow me to wear dresses year round and not just the 3 months out of the year that it’s nice outside in Canada. My second love? Boots! There is no such thing as a boot I’ve met that I didn’t like. And if I could I would own upwards of 50 of those, but I don’t. I own a lot though…and I love each and every pair. So, I usually put the two together – dresses and boots – ’cause you know what? It’s so easy!
On a side note, these are porcelain earrings that I made myself. Now, I’m not too skilled at making my own jewelry, but I do enjoy the freedom to make exactly what I want. And I love the retro feel of these – vintage without the price tag. Everytime I look at these it also reminds of all the tilework I saw when in Spain, and Spain always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Mmmmm….Spain….
Now my Grandmother, or Babcia, recently flew in from Poland. And as always she brought lots of goodies for me. One of which is this lovely rose brooch that I attached to my cardigan. I think we as women have lost some of the glamour of wearing jewelry well. And, though I’m not trying to say that I do it well, I want to bring back brooches and statement pieces. I don’t think we raid our Babcias closets as often as we should.
|Dress – Forever XXI; Cardigan – H&M; Leggings – American Apparel; Legwarmers – Legs Beautiful.|
Yes, today is another sick day at Chez Joanna. We’re all really tired and cranky. Baby is especially not happy and kept us up most of the night. By the way, I wanted to thank all of you for your email and comment help and well-wishes. They really helped cheer me up and motivate me to get better – not to mention get dressed this morning! Unfortunately no, I’m not looking good. And yes, I am Oscar the Grouch today. Rawr! But I couldn’t spend another day in pajamas, as tempting as that was, and not bring you the next dress installment. I know you’re just dying to know what’s in my closet *sarcasm fully intended*. So here it is, dress eight.
I originally bought this dress for hot summer days, but quickly learned that it’s better for warm spring days. Why, you ask? Well, it’s make from a silky material that does not breathe. So, in the heat it just sticks to your skin and makes you feel gross all over. But otherwise I love the casual, vintage feel of it. I think of puttering around the garden, and drinking iced tea in the backyard when I wear this. Wearing it today has given me much needed comfort, because I’m still feeling poo-ey and sucky today. But I had to be warm, hence I paired it with leggings, a cardigan and leg warmers. Before we move on: trash, stash or save? I’m thinking save…how about you?
Now I know they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love leg warmers! They’re so cozy and I love the cheese factor! *singing Olivia Newton John* Let’s get physical, physical!
|Close-up of the legwarmers.|
What piece of clothing makes you nostalgic? Is it a pair of jeans, top or sweater? What does it make you think of?