Thursday, May 31, 2012

plenty of pockets skirt







the look:

top and skirts - kaliyana
cardi - old zara
beret - old american apparel
chelsea boots - cydwoq

the tale:

one of the fabulous things about the so called fab skirt (the top one) is its versatility. with buttons along the inside and outside of the hem, and buttonholes halfway up the skirt, it is possible to make many different skirts out of the one skirt. i have worn the fab skirt four different ways now. i have yet to settle on a favourite way of wearing it -- it is possible that i won't be able to settle on one. such versatility makes it easier for me to limit myself mostly to wearing the clothing of one designer, which is ultimately where i want to end up -- i am not there yet. (some inspiring bloggers who wear mostly the clothing of one designer also help. as i said, i am not there yet, but i am working on it in earnest. i have already experienced feelings of liberation. i can only imagine how i will feel when i finally arrive at my destination.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

the heat is off dress








the look:

blouse - old urban renewal by uo
tie - old gap
cardi - uo
dress - melow by melissa bolduc
skirt - kaliyana
beret - old american apparel
boots - old john fluevog

the tale:

after a couple of days of unseasonably hot weather, my home city has returned to seasonable temperatures. cue sigh of relief. don't get me wrong, i don't dislike the heat (even if it dislikes me -- how good am i?). it's just that it is downright scary to have july weather in may. not that i am naive enough to think that a return to seasonable temperatures means that all is right with the world. but moving on to the subject of this blog -- i.e., wardrobe -- i have returned to that "colour" pairing that i was discussing a day or so ago -- ecru and black. for about a half hour this morning, i was all set to wear head to toe black. but throughout that entire period of time, this ecru and black outfit kept niggling at me. finally i caved and put it on. cue sigh of relief. to be honest, i can't be sure whether the relief was due to wearing ecru and black or to wearing something that was a tad more buttoned up than the black outfit that i was going to wear. (for that matter i can't be sure whether the relief i feel with the return of seasonable weather isn't due to the fact that such weather enables me to wear outfits that are more buttoned up.) but now that i am thinking about it, who cares why i feel relief! i just feel good in my second skin. that's all that matters.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sail Away Top





the look:

blouse - from a local arts and crafts import shop
skirts - kaliyana
jacket - old zara
hat - old nine west
oxfords - old john fluevog

the tale:

one of my favourite "colour" pairings this spring/summer is turning out to be black and ecru. not a pairing that i wore today. but it is today's "colour" pairing -- black and white -- that is drawing my attention to the black and ecru "colour" pairing. the black and white pairing seems so harsh and stark. the black and ecru pairing is so much softer by comparison. in the past, i would definitely have preferred black and white over black and ecru. i would have seen black and white as a cleaner and crisper and more geometric pairing -- everything that i was gravitating towards back then. a black and ecru pairing i would have described as too feminine and organic for my liking and also as being neither here nor there -- not what i wanted at the time. how things have changed.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

cover up hoodie




the look:

dress - kaliyana
cropped pants - lululemon
hoodie - old patterson j kincaid
beret - old american apparel
boots - old army surplus

the tale:

another weekend has come and gone. more has left my house. soon i will have to tread cautiously, lest i let go of something that i may regret letting go of.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

spread your wings and fly tshirt






the look:

dress and cardi - kaliyana
tshirt - uo
cropped pants - lululemon
hat - old nine west
shoes - john fluevog

the tale:

i wonder if those who transitioned to a one (or two or three) designer wardrobe ever felt ... well ... guilty ... about the clothes that were in their closets and drawers that were being left behind. it's the weekend, which means that i am, once again, turning my attention to what stays and what goes. the less that is left, the harder the decision-making. hence my wondering how others have done what i am trying to do with my wardrobe.

Friday, May 18, 2012

sugar and spice blouse









the look:

blouse - april cornell
jumper dress - melow by melissa bolduc
jacket - kaliyana
beret - old american apparel
boots - john fluevog

the tale:

it is somewhat distressing when you visit a bricks and mortar version of one of your favourite online shops and you are not in the least bowled over (in a good way) by what you find there. that happened to me today. i am going back to online shopping.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

darkness meets darkness skirts




the look:

polo shirt - old old navy
top and skirts - kaliyana
beret - old american apparel
chelsea boots - cydwoq

the tale:

the rain had just started to fall as i was walking to the subway station on my way to work this morning. i had listened to the weather forecast calling for rain earlier in the morning, so i was ready for rain. in expectation of it, i had thrown on my raincoat before heading out of the house -- i think i have said before how i prefer raincoats to umbrellas. when the rain did start to fall, i put the hood of the raincoat up and continued to walk. a hooded dark figure. at some point on my journey, i looked up and caught sight of a hooded dark figure walking towards me. we passed and, probably for reasons unknown to both of us, glanced at each other for a brief moment. two hooded dark figures passing in the morning. darkness meeting darkness.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

you are getting sleepy jumper dress









the look:

plaid dress - vintage
jumper dress - old zara
pants - old susan harris design
jacket - old anthropologie
beret - old american apparel
oxfords - old john fluevog

the tale:

i am not sure how i am going to survive summer -- especially if it proves to be as hot and sticky as it has been the past couple of years -- given my current obsession (penchant? love for?) layering. Lighter layers perhaps? i suppose i should be grateful that summer -- by which i mean that hot and sticky weather -- is still a couple of months away. in the meantime, i can layer to my heart's content! and speaking of layering (which i actually have been since the start of this post, so bad segue), it just occurred to me that when i go through my wardrobe with an eye to purging (sorry, downsizing), i should really be evaluating pieces, not so much for their wear-on-their-own-ability, but more so for their layer-ability. now, really, why didn't i think of this sooner?

Friday, May 11, 2012

look both ways before crossing the street jumper dress ... and jacket





the look:

blouse and tie - old uo
jumper dress and jacket - old olio organics
beret - old american apparel
boots - ixos
pullover - h&m

the tale:

yesterday, i was discussing my outfit with someone. i mentioned that my sole objective was to put together something that was comfortable. the person remarked that it couldn't be all about comfort, as I was wearing a tie. i suppose i should have written about this incident yesterday, but as what i wore today was very similar to what i wore yesterday, the incident seems as relevant today as it would have been yesterday. after the person took issue with my outfit being all about comfort because of the tie, i let things drop. perhaps i should not have done so, because the truth is that a buttoned up blouse/shirt is comfortable for me. a tie on top of that is just icing on the cake, a cherry on top of a sundae. it doesn't make a buttoned up blouse/shirt any less comfortable. it doesn't do anything except dress up a buttoned up blouse/shirt, which, i have already said, is comfortable for me. i would be much less comfortable with a low plunging top. i guess it's all about what one gets accustomed to.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

footwear for cleaning the office in









the look:

blouse - old uo
jumper dress and jacket - old, from a local arts and crafts import shop
skirt - melow by melissa bolduc
beret - old american apparel
boots - old john fluevog

the tale:

you would probably never think it to look at me (or maybe you would think it -- who am i to say what you would or wouldn't think), but i can really get into cleaning. once i start, it is as if time is suspended. i enter the cleaning zone, in which nothing matters but getting the job done. of course, the job started isn't the one that must get done. because one cleaning job leads to another and the job that must get done is the bigger one, the one that includes the job started and all the jobs that seem to naturally flow from that one. sometimes, when i am in the cleaning zone, i forget to eat (i don't even get hungry). other times, i lose track of where i am exactly. rest assured, i do eventually come out of this state. anyways, not too long ago, i bought a pair of fluevog munsters. the joke was that i was going to wear the shoes to do my laundry. later, i bought another pair of fluevogs -- i can't remember what they were -- and the joke that time was that they were going to be my vacuuming shoes. since i spent some time cleaning my office today, i have decided that my spats boots (also fluevog, by the way) are going to be my cleaning the office shoes. fancy, eh?