Dress 26: The Underappreciated Art of Layering

Cardigan – Esprit; Dress – Ruche; Tights – Hue; Boots – somewhere in NYC

When you live in Canada, you have to learn to layer.  If you don’t, not only will you never be warm, but you’ll never be able to look cute.  This dress started off with sweater tights and a long sleeve brown shirt.  Add a dress, cardigan and boots and you’re set for winter.  After all these layers I managed to stay warm today! Have any tips on how to layer to stay warm and look cute? So what do you think?  Trash, stash, or save?
Oh, and I’m only one day into my “No Clothes” thing (see below post) and I’m already thinking, “What have I done?!?!?”  I saw a pair of really cute ballerina flats today for only $15.  It.  Took. All. My. Willpower. To. Walk. Away.   But walk away I did.  Not easy, but I’m thinking it’ll be well worth it.  I need your guys help.  How do you resist a tempting purchase? Tips?  Tricks?  
I did buy something though….gourmet tea and coffee for myself and Husband.  I’m thinking that doesn’t count. 

Random happening:  I ask Husband, “Can you get me a bib?”  He gets up, gets the bib, comes back, and oh so casually… puts it around my neck.  Punk.  Maybe I should have been more specific.

324 Days With No Clothes

My closet and a few of my acessories.

Ever feel really overwhelmed?  I mean really overwhelmed?  I am.  And I don’t think I’m the only one. In fact, I know I’m not…I’ve spoken to a few of you…you know who you are.  Anyway, today I opened my closet door and I was assailed by that feeling again.  Why?  ‘Cause I’ve got a lot of clothes.  I mean a whole lot.  Ask Husband.  Ask any of my friends.  I swear.   And I still shop.  Again, I’m not the only one here that does that.  Retail therapy is a cliche for a reason, am I right?

Don’t get the wrong idea here.  I’m good with money, I have plenty of savings, I’m not in credit card debt, I don’t spend above my capabilities, I can’t relate in any way to “Confessions of a Shopacholic”, and I’m certainly no candidate for any reality tv series.  It’s just way too much for me.  And I really don’t need any more.

Fashion is suppossed to be fun,and it usually is for me.  But like I said, today I was overwhelmed.  I couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t face my clothes.  I didn’t want to get dressed.   And I didn’t.  I’m sitting here in sweatpants…sweatpants that should be reserved for the sole purpose of sweating – as in working out.

So, on the heels of a recent conversation I had with a friend about paring things down and getting down to the essentials I’m going to do something drastic, at least for me anyway.  I’m going to stop clothes shopping.  That’s right.  You heard it.  *Husband is probably thinking, “WHAT?!?!?!”* I need to simplify things.  I need to not get overwhelmed by my closet anymore.  So, yeah I’m going to do it.

Here are my rules:
1. Clothes includes accessories – bags, watches, earrings, shoes, etc.
2. Gift certificates that I still have can be used.
3. Anything I win (and that’s unlikely), like a credit or something, can be used.
4. If it’s an essential need – and here Husband gets the verdict – like underwear or socks that’s allowed. For example, running sneakers have to be bought this year.
5. I’m allowing myself a parole during Threadsence’s/Ruche’s winter and summer clearance sale to get no more than three things combined.
6. This is to last until my birthday week (December 29th, which also happens to be the last week of the year) – at which point, if I like I can go take advantage of boxing week sales and shop.
7.  Final rule:  I can break all the rules twice – as in two items.

Everyone’s doing a 30 for 30 days…I’m doing an *insert number of items I own here* for 324 days.  Who’s with me?

Sometimes a Girl Just Needs Pants

I love a bright colored eyeliner!

It’s snowing outside, and I’m really not impressed by February thus far.

Shirt – F21; Cardigan – H&M; Jeans – Mavi

Sorry guys, this was supposed to be published yesterday, but when I got home I had a pounding headache so I just couldn’t get around to it.  Hope you had a decent Monday!

Here goes…

Yeah, I know, I’m not wearing a dress.   But you know, sometimes you really just don’t feel like it.  There’s a certain association with dresses – feminity, being dressed up – a certain showmanship that goes along with it.  But today, I just didn’t want that.  I just wanted my old jeans and one of my favorite things – a cool band shirt.  So here it is folks.  Presenting Pink Floyd!

Random Sundays: Music Video

Husband and the band setting up.

Husband setting up the equipment.

Hey all.  What did you do with your day today?  You did what?  Cool! 

Well, you know what I did?  Baby and I were in Husband’s music video shot today in downtown Toronto. 
It was great to see all that talent come together to shoot a song he wrote.  So proud of him. 

Now, I’m going to have a cup of Oh Canada! Rooibos tea and maybe watch some tv!

Good night!  See y’all tomorrow.

Dress 25: Too Much Chocolate Is Good For The Soul

Cardigan – Gap; Dress – F21; Leggings – H&M; Boots – F21

Today…hmm what do I say?  
There’s a lot I could say.
But I won’t.

Let’s talk about this: 

I’ve lived in Toronto for over a decade…so I know it well.  Today on my way to an audition, I went the wrong way on the subway….twice.  Yup, that’s right folks.  Aren’t I spectacular?  I think so.

I did have far too much chocolate this afternoon…yippee!

But I hear ya, onto the dress already lady.

When I bought this little number I was attracted to the stripes and not too sure about the cut.  But as I’ve worn it, I’ve fallen in love with how easy it is to wear.  It’s one of those dresses that you wear on your off days because it’s forgiving, you can eat as much as you like in it, and you still look kinda cute.  Am I right?  But I’d love your opinion on it.  Trash, stash, or save?

Do you have a piece like that?  I’d love it if you sent me an email of yourself wearing it!

Dress 24: Knees Socks (Sans Shower)

Scarf – thrifted; Dress – Stradivarius; Leggings – H&M

Socks – MacGregor; Boots – somewhere in NYC

What I wore: Don’t have much to say about that today.  Except for the fact that I’m in love with wearing knee high socks and boots recently! *And yes, today I managed to shower without wearing socks…smarty pants* I’m not sure this sweater dress does anything for me though. 

So?  
Trash, stash, or save?

On another note…

A friend wrote me thinking they’re a “failure as a person.”  That got me thinking what is a “failure as a person”?  There are various ways to think about that I guess.  I won’t go into this person’s reasons – they’re private.  But here’s some things I think would qualify:

The obvious – pathological lying, thieving, violence towards others.
A lack of compassion.
Narcissistic self-obsession.
Inability to love – or desire not to.
Untrustworthiness.

That’s just my off-the-top-of-my-head list…and my friend certainly does not qualify.  If anything my friend excells at being the opposite of those things.  What would you add to the list?

Dress 23: Socks In The Shower

Dress – H&M; Flamingo Print Shirt – Cropp; Baseball T – F21

This dress is just a simple black knit dress.  It’s one of those that doesn’t have a whole lot to it by itself.  I layered it with a  baseball-tee, and a purple flamingo print button up that I bought a few years ago in Poland. I love this little top!  Trash, stash, or save?  Sorry guys, I’m trumping any opinions here.  This dress is a save!  It’s one every girl must have.

But here’s the thing, I ended up wearing it for about two hours.  And this time it wasn’t Baby’s fault.

A snowstorm people have been calling “Snowmaggedon” arrived and guess what? 
It’s just snow. 
Get over it.
Big whoop.

All it meant was that I had to go shovel about a continent worth of snow, which is fine.  I didn’t mind that.  But it was so much work that I sweated through all those layers.  Every single bit.  I know.  Gross right?  So that outfit went, “Bye! Bye!”  I jumped into the shower.  I was going to get all nice and dressed again, but Baby was screaming her head off for food, and I had to throw on clothes and rush downstairs to get her food prepped.  So, jeans for the rest of the day it was.  C’est La Vie.

Speaking of showers…thought I’d share a random, little tidbit with you all, and pardon me if I’ve already mentioned this.  A few days ago I was so tired that when I got in the shower I realized that I forgot to take my socks off. 
That’s sad…
And a little funny.

Please share with me some of your “socks in shower” moments so that I don’t feel so inane!

Intermission: Love Affair with Cuba

After a morning at the beach it’s time to change and head for lunch.

Beautiful view from a golf course nearby.

Even ‘stormy’ weather is stunning here.

The very first thing we did – before we even went to our room.

I was meant for lounging on a beach.

A house we trekked by in the town.

I love the way houses look and feel here.
A small break from fashion and dresses to reminisce…
Since it’s February again, it made me think of what was happening last February.  I was five months pregnant and we were in Cuba.  Aaahh…how lovely!  I’d love to be there again, instead of in the midst of the snowstorm of the winter.
You know, my life has changed so much since having Baby.  Some things are worse – I miss going out for drinks with the girls whenever I feel like it.  Some things are better – there’s nothing sweeter than when she looks at me and smiles.  Melts my heart, it does. But I do look back and think to myself…if only you knew.
I laugh.  
I laugh when I think about these two ‘stressed’ people.  
We didn’t know how good we had it!

Dress 22: Summer Dreaming

Dress – Smart Set; Sweater – Zara; Belt – Hadley Pollet; Boots – somewhere in NYC

That’s the dress I wore.  Word of advice to nursing moms: don’t wear a belt.  It’s a pain in the bum to undo it everytime you nurse, so unless you’re like me and you know you’re not nursing for the next 5 hours, don’t do it. Not worth it.  So guys?  Trash, stash, or save?

Went shopping with my Mother-in-Law and found THE summer shoe for myself…

It’s so preeeetty….Is it wrong that it’s only February and I’m already thinking and dreaming about summer?

When we got home my Mother-in-Law went downstairs to help paint…and changed into this fabulous ensemble.

She said, ” You should put this in your blog.”   So I did…I’m a good Daughter-in-Law.

Dress 21: Things Old and Home Made

Boots – ??; Leggings – F21; Dress – ??; Sweater – made by my Babcia.

Hanging out in my new sweater.

My Babcia made me a sweater and I just had to wear it as soon as it was done. I love the fact that it’s totally one of a kind and made with love.  And it being winter, there’s always a reason to wear a sweater.  So I paired it with this easy to wear dress.  It’s the same style as this one, just a different pattern. I bought them at the same time…when I was still in high school.  And do not ask me how long ago that was.  Suffice it to say, it was a long time ago. But these dresses hold up so well, I have a feeling Baby will be wearing them when she’s big enough!  They’ll be vintage then…as will I!  Haha!

Trash, stash, or save?  I’m thinking save…since it’s been around this long already.

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