Tuesday, December 30, 2014

disheveled december...

2014 is finally limping out of orbit, or rather coughing and hacking it's way out.  December was chaos, without and within, and then the minute Christmas was over, I of course settled cozily on the couch to enjoy some quiet time and got sick. I haven't left the house in days!  It's just been 'My Cat from Hell' marathons and a little bit of fevered reading. I'm trying to look at some of the pretty design books I got for Christmas as inspiration towards 2015, but instead I'm a coughing sweaty mess, and getting fatter by the day since we only seem to have leftover sweets in the house. blergh.

I just watched the delightful movie Frances Ha  (2012), and it makes me feel a little better knowing that someone more dysfunctional than I(but only just) could turn things around (if only just).  Maybe I just need to go back to taking the occasional dance class? Frances is pretty much me, a socially awkward lazy free spirit with a propensity for messiness and falling.  Except she can actually dance and has better arms and hair and she's a mere child at 27.  The movie is funny and charming and makes me want to run and do jetées down the street as I once did.  I almost died laughing at an early scene- I do not recommended watching funny movies with an out-of-control chest cough!


I have been neglecting this space, and missing reading and looking at pretty things online. But somewhere along the way my three little plants died and I lost all the comments on this damn blog going back 4 years. Sigh.  2015 has GOT to be better than this!

The only thing that always makes me happy is looking at a little colour, so without further ado, a little messy chartreuse and mustard for you!

At work- plaid and sparkles:

Ancient F21 mustard skirt, vintage plaid blouse, Anthropologie Osona collar

Dressed up for a little fun at my local Anthropologie's festive evening for customers (the best food!)

Anthropologie/Nanette Lepore dress, Osona collar, J Crew cardigan

And finally a forgivingly stretchy Christmas dinner outfit, featuring prezzies from my manfriend and my sister:

Anthropologie Pinnacle Textured dress (most over the top name ever!?) and I must ask my sister where she got this honeycomb necklace...

Here's to finding our way in the new year! Or at least some dancing in the streets...! 
(p.s. I think the comments field is working again- I love hearing from you!) Argh- I spoke too soon!  Mysteriously the old comments are back (yay!) but there's no comment field for this post?  Sigh- and I'm the technophile at work...  Maybe next year! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

fall back, fall floral


I made a late night run to the local depanneur/corner store the other night to pick up a can of cat food to tide us over until the morning. (Mr. Ghibli pretends to only like the dry kibble, but at 5 am will complain loudly and vigorously until some wet food is presented with it...my sweet babe....) I scanned the magazine rack just to see if there was anything fun I could bring home and lo, there was an October edition of Vogue magazine, like a friendly blast from the past, from a warmer, more colourful autumn that seemed to go so quickly. Where did November go?  (and for that matter, October and September....) I take it as a sign that I can freely jump back to those days myself, and catch up with a few of the colours and prints that marked my own autumn, none of which made it yet to this public domain/wardrobe diary/catalogue of a hoarder.  Which is a shame, since fall is so beautiful and so full of my favourite colours! Rusts and oranges and florals... and leather jacketed layers.  There's something I love and always forget to share!  More love for coats!

And welcome back, Autumn!

Many of you celebrated your own Thanksgiving last week, so I will indulge in memories of pie and lakes and blazing orange leaves from way back in October.  sigh. 

Amish triple pie carrier in action!

Thanks Vogue-from-the-past!  I could get used to this (editor's note: get used to this)

Friday, November 14, 2014

wearable art...

Michelle Morin- Instagram
Before winter sets in, I guess I ought to try and catch up with the fall season. (newsflash- it snowed today!) But first, a touch of the painterly and a little ode to fall flowers inspired by some recent loves... I know you've been wondering- what DID that girl pick up with a surprise 25% discount at Anthropologie? I mean, if a green silk gown didn't make it into this hoarder's array, what did? I thought I'd stick with some pretties I can wear every day, because my everyday's are long these days.

Well, I'm entering my habitual 'obsession with plant life' phase that usually begins just about the time that all the leaves drop off the trees (seriously, it's all pretty and colourful  and then one day, fwoosh, you look out the window and the trees are grey and naked). I pretty much only wear florals in winter.


My local store had this hiding between layers of nondescript pullovers, a  beautiful and delicately painted nighttime garden scene from artist Michelle Morin (check out her website here.  I loved the pastel colours and soft linear shapes against a black background.  And there was just one, in my size.  It's the last-item-in-the-vending-machine rule...sold! Plus it goes with everything from a tweed skirt (below) to mustard or...stripes...

Flamingo garden pullover, vintage tweed skirt, Chie Mihara oxfords
I've decided to add some of her prints to my Christmas list- beautiful and affordable!  Voila one of my absolute favourites:

Michelle Morin Wild Roses print

The incomparable Lulie Wallace is also finally offering some of her floral prints for sale- I think it only happens once a year. I wish I had found her sooner- I like the vibrant colours and harder edges of some earlier pieces.  But this is still pretty lovely- I adore the shape of these petals against stripes and geometric patterning. Maybe one day I could afford one of her paintings.  You know, if I stopped buying wearable art!

Lulie Wallace, Flowers for Jane

So, what else did I bring home, in this line-and-colour inspired mood?  I couldn't ignore the siren song of this swingy, watercolour-toned stripey skirt.  And it's a good thing I found it, because I think they sold out instantly at my store! It goes with literally every colour (including a subtle silver stripe...) and has a beautiful sway and drape.

 Elspeth sweater skirt

I went pretty simple for the first trip out of the house, just a simple dark brown sweater and brown shoes.  But the skirt speaks for itself.  With a little swirl of blurred colour and line.

J Crew Tippi sweater, Elspeth sweater skirt, Chie Mihara oxfords

I'm dragging myself off the couch tomorrow to take in two art shows, a book fair, a craft fair, and then mashing up a big batch of guacamole for movie night with friends. Whew- 'tis the season! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

that...damn green dress...(sob!)

Pineland Maxi dress
We interrupt my unscheduled programming/silence with a little whimper at the universe... This splendid, gorgeous, perfection of a dress appeared on the Anthropologie site last week and I'm...dyin'  Oh why, oh why, does such a perfect slip of a perfect green silk dress, at such a sorta reasonable price have to tempt me so?  And did I mention I received the offer of a 25% off code from my friendly local Anthro store?  And that I just finished paying off my student loan and feel like celebrating before re-buckling down?  Oh, the universe is tempting me!!  
But I seriously have nowhere and nowhen in my life for such dramatics.  Could I seriously justify such a purchase, in this year of financial restraint, just to hang it and touch it lovingly?  Sigh.  It is sooooo totally perfect.  I would get married in this dress (honey, what do you think?) Dammit, it"s the Atonement dress, but now more wearable!

Anthropologie emailed me this morning to inform that this dress is already near sold out in my size.  It's so hard as a somewhat superstitious person to try and read the signs- is the universe telling me I should go for it?  Or are they telling me I need to remind myself about restraint and self-control and that "cookies are a sometimes food" (darn you, politically correct Cookie Monster of the nineties!)? (you're probably right) (Though I did grow up with the gorging, uncontrolled beast of Dionysian delight of the eighties...it always bothered me how many cookies he wasted eating that way...)

I did find this pretty cool  vintage Vogue pattern for $1 at Value Village today.  Is that the sign?  That I should wait and the dress can happen anyday when I need it? Off to check that lottery ticket...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

sunny greys

Amidst the beautiful colours of fall (yadda yadda...swoon swoon), it's also been nice to see some grey-on-grey looks for the season. I'd been looking for a full light-grey skirt for several years and finally found this Banana Republic dress at Value Village last winter.  I have no need of yet another grey jumper dress (I already have at least 3) so this is due for some chopping to become the perfect skirt.  A travesty, I know, for such a nice wool piece, but it's really not so well cut in the bust.  With a subtly striped sweater, you'd never know it wasn't a skirt.  For now...

J Crew striped sweater, Banana Republic skirt/dress, Indigo boots
Feeling a little more adventurous another day recently, I went for the ol' stripes and florals classic of pattern mixing.  Except all in grey.  It was quite satisfying, especially since it encourages more attention to texture and the subtleties of tone.

Vintage striped dress, Joe Fresh sweater, Camper shoes

These aren't the best pictures (oh, the outdoor opportunities I squandered this summer!  darn it!) but you get the idea.  My grey kitty who wandered into the frame and got picked up, much to his dismay.  He has a very teeny tiny bit of self-respect. For a fat cat.

I was actually inspired to play with greys by a Michael Kors ad, with oversized grey sweater and draping textured scarf that totally set the tone for autumn.  Except for some reason I can't find it online, sunny greys and all.  But I did find some other inspirations along the way...

More Michael Kors (I should have started knitting a year ago to accomplish this...)  Oh, sweaters and boots!

Casual and draped street style:

Oversized coats and layered greys (with just a hint of orange):

And just plain lovely oversized coats:

Plus more greys on greys:


Oh, and while we're talking about Michael Kors, I'm happy to announce that he is espousing artfully tousled hair.  Which is pretty much how my tresses end up when I blindly stick in the bobby pins on my way to the subway every morning.  Laziness wins!  (If only I'd kept my hair a little longer...)

I think I may just be a little colourless tomorrow too (it's okay- this weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and there's gonna be a lot of swooning over the changing leaves and some damned-autumnal colour-wearing in the coming weeks)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

giving in... (not up!)

I've been trying to get back in to this but there's always something missing, something flat, something off. ('this'...being blogging, life, work, leisure...)  But after a couple of weeks fighting the change in seasons, desperately trying to hold onto a brief summer I never quite grasped, here we are in tights and booties.  And I love it! 

Anthropologie Nightsnow tunic, J Crew Flower bud tassel necklace, thrifted shirt, Rockport boots
The cold weather just blew in so suddenly this September- I only have one warm sweater out and a few pairs of default tights that hung out in the laundry basket through the summer.  (fact: this happens every year) Sigh. But hey- after months of tears and struggles and fears my fuzzy cat buddy seems to be doing well.  (thanks for your kind thoughts and generous support this spring!) He's eating well (and pooping great!), cuddling with me in the chill;  burying his little pink nose in my hand or chest, and then running off after the balled-up pages of J Crew's boring September catalogue that I toss for him.  (hey, if they ain't giving me inspiring colours, I don't need them!)

Colour, you say?  Sure it's brown and monochromatic print.  But oh such a rich warm nutty brown.  Reminds me of the chestnut fights we had as a kid, hiding behind aromatic piles of leaves.  (fact: it happened once, in 1981, and yet I remember it as a cherished childhood tradition.  I think someone went home crying and that was that) Okay Autumn- bring it on! (fact: I'm back!)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

mid-season mix...

Yeah, yeah, they try and tell ya summer's over.  Well, we have another month on the calendar officially, (almost) and I aim to make the most of it.  However since September also evokes a certain 'back to school' vibe, a  nod to the season is due.  So how about a mix of plaids and florals, in bold pastels and soft rust?  I thought so.  Damn, I love sunset sunshine.

I don't know how exactly, but in the last few months I've stumbled across some classic Anthropologie pieces online for amazing prices.  I found this gorgeous Decade-by-Decade skirt on Instagram for a very reasonable $30.  Sold!  Love it! I could wear it every day. And I may through the fall- it feels like a perfect transitional piece...

I'm working through my September issues looking for some inspiration- they're a little disappointing so far.  If the Chanel styling below is any indication, I'm afraid normcore has infiltrated haute-couture.  And it's not good! 

just say no.