Thursday, December 31, 2015

the secret wardrobe life of wardrobetales no. 12 (rundholz edition)

NOTE: ringing in the new year with a bunch of rundholz. thank you for visiting with me here this past year. i wish you all the very best for 2016!











photo nos. 2, 3 and 4: when i was shown the jacket that i am wearing here, i nearly swooned. (yes, when it comes to clothes -- and, these days, rundholz clothes in particular -- i swoon so often that, if i had the wherewithal, it would probably make sense to hire someone to follow me around with a fainting couch when i go clothing shopping -- and shopping for rundholz clothes in particular.) when i brought the jacket home and started pairing it with existing bottoms -- this skirt and these pants -- i started feeling a bit matrix-y (the outside the matrix part), a bit mad max-y (the original) and a bit star wars-y. interesting mix.

photo nos. 5 and 6: new pullover. why? because i love (love) the colour, it was available and who knows how long before there is another rundholz collection in this colour. in other words ... just because.

photo no. 7: someone described this coat as "so judd nelson ... in the breakfast club". true. but i love (love) it.

photo nos. 8 and 9: i try to avoid buying multiples of the same thing. mostly because i feel i should focus on sampling as much of the many different things that are available to me. then again, if something really works, i see nothing wrong with buying multiples of it. i first got this dress in deep red (see photo nos. 5 and 6). when i realized how practical the dress was in my wardrobe, i wanted it in black. i resisted for as long as i could. finally, i caved. i have no regrets and will not look back!

photo nos. 8, 9 and 10: there was a moment (recently) when i thought that i had tossed these boots. then, i found them, at the back of a shoe shelf, hidden behind a ton of trippens. i can't tell you how happy i was. i (very literally) grew up (came into my style) wearing these boots. the thought that i would let them go ... i have no words. anyways, i am wearing them here because ... well ... winter has arrived  ... and these boots were always my tried and true winter boots. others may be wearing sorels, hunters or bean boots (gosh have those ever become popular). and, i had my sorel, hunter and bean boot moments (on the cusp of their popularity). but, now, it somehow feels right to go back to my tried and true combat boots.

all my clothes and accessories are by rundholz. my black footwear (except in the last three photos) is by john fluevog (in the last three photos, i am wearing my very old (very old) combat boots). my cherry red chelsea boots are doc martens.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

the secret wardrobe life of wardrobetales no. 11





i never (never) imagined that i would want to revisit a past wardrobe life. yet, here i am, doing exactly that. at this point in my life, considering my life lived to date i can recall two periods (each probably no longer than two years (three years max)) when i dressed in a way that truly expressed who i was (or wanted to be?) at that time. of course, the clothes that i wore then are long gone. (even if i still had the clothes that i wore then, i doubt that they would fit me now.) so these revisits are more tributes to past wardrobe lives than a return to those past wardrobe lives. here i am paying tribute to the first time in my life that i could recall loving my wardrobe and its fit in my life! (i also call it my "the secret garden" wardrobe life!)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

craving a break dress


i so need a break! fortunately (for me) one is on its way. here is what i want to do on my break: escape into a fictitious world ... or multiple fictitious worlds. and when i am not "running away", i want to do nothing: lie flat on my back on my bed or sofa and stare at the ceiling. maybe, if i am so inclined, some yoga. but that is all. some would call all of this a waste of time. that's fine. i am not asking anyone to join me in any of these activities. and i won't stand in the way of anyone else's activities on their break. i just so need my break! i call it pressing my reset button!

p.s. note the specs!

i am wearing the alpen top, the delphi scarf, the l/s honolulu dress and the amazing skirt by kaliyana. my pullover is by grizas. i am wearing the mondrian shoe (closed collection) by trippen.

Friday, December 11, 2015

and this brings me to the end top



i am wearing the alpen action top, the delphi scarf, the (woollen) square jacket and the 3d skirt by kaliyana. my shoes are the mondrian shoe (closed collection) by trippen.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

counting the dots dress



the other day, i was wondering what it is about winter that makes me so melancholy. i have been having lots of conversations lately about the connection between individuals and the rest of the world and between individuals and the environment. some of these conversations have focussed on how sensitive i am to the effect on my internal state of things external to me. staring out the window that day (when i was wondering what it is about winter that makes me so melancholy), it suddenly occurred to be how grey and brown winter is. there is simply no colour. all of nature has died (or gone into hibernation). there is no living colour. i think this lack of colour really affects me! it may also be why i am more inclined to want to wear colour in the winter. on some level, i know, in the absence of "real" colour, i need "artificial" colour.

i am wearing the alpen top, the delphi scarf, the l/s honolulu dress and the amazing skirt by kaliyana. my pullover is by grizas. i am wearing the mondrian shoe (closed collection) by trippen.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

reading books pullover



some clothes just scream libraries to me. club chairs, study carrels, endless stacks of books, perfect (not too bright, not too dim and definitely no fluorescent) lighting, cathedral ceilings in the main reading room, hushed murmurings and brooding skies peeking in from the outside. as temperatures slowly descend, i have been wrapping myself in sweaters and spending lots and lots of time reading books. for me, voluminous dresses are perfect for curling up in a large club chair (or sinking into a large club chair with my legs hooked over an arm of the chair) with a good book. if you ever find yourself in a library reading room and spot someone that fits this description, take a second look, because it just might be me!

i am wearing the outside shirt, the brasilia dress, the scarf sweater by kaliyana. my boots are the rectangle boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Monday, November 30, 2015

swirls pullover



sometimes, where colour is concerned, i am all matchy, matchy. other times, not so much. at those times, shapes dominate. i could care less about colour and i end up mixing at least two. but, somehow, the colours mix well. at least for me.

i am wearing the alpen top, the delphi scarf, the honolulu dress and the amazing skirt by kaliyana. my pullover is by grizas. i am wearing the mondrian shoe (closed collection) by trippen.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

counting the ways top



i am wearing the alpen action top, the delphi scarf, the (woollen) square jacket and the 3d skirt by kaliyana. my shoes are the mondrian shoe (closed collection) by trippen.

Monday, November 23, 2015

suggestive footwear and accessories


the bindings on the boots and the black flower: nothing on their own, but, put together, made me think: a bit of naughty.

i am wearing the verbena dress, the l/s anemone dress and the tunnel skirt by kaliyana. my boots are the vitali boot (box collection) by trippen.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

fond of round specs pullover


a couple of weeks ago, i went shopping for new glasses. i don't need new glasses, but it has been some time since i updated my glasses wardrobe. i found two contenders. both perfectly round specs, one pair small and one pair large, the frames clear plastic. because i couldn't decide between the two*, i decided to proscrastinate instead, meaning to wait until either i could decide between the two or i could afford both.

*i am very (very) fond of round specs of all sorts and am in possession of several pairs (frameless, (one pair vintage, one pair "new"), medium sized black plastic frames, medium sized grey horn frames (vintage these), medium sized walnut faux horn frames and large (think Harry Potter) walnut faux horn frames). i want all the round specs i can get my hands on! hmmm. sounds a lot like me and dotty clothing.

i am wearing the notting hill top and the cool pant by kaliyana. my pullover is by grizas.  i am wearing the mondrian shoe (closed collection) by trippen.

Monday, November 16, 2015

living life on the edge footwear


i wanted to comment about trippen's sport collection, by comparing it to trippen's box collection. after several attempts, this was the best that i could come up with: there are similarities between the soles of the two collections, but one (the box collection) is edgier than the other. of course, given that i am talking about trippen here, a less edgy sole still makes for a pretty amazing collection. and, oh so comfortable! i could live in these boots ... literally!

i am wearing the notting hill top, the ono dress, the best vest and the amazing skirt by kaliyana. my boots are the tourist boot (sport collection) by trippen.

Monday, November 9, 2015

on (my) trend cardi


the dark days have arrived. i mean this literally. where i live, daylight savings time ended on november 1, meaning that, now (and for the next few months) by the time most of us 9-to-5ers finish work and are free to play, our playground is dark. i like it! surprise!

i am wearing the alpen top, the l/s anemone dress, the milan skirt, the delphi scarf and the (woollen) square jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

making new of old jacket


sometimes i think i am on to a secret. and i wonder if i should share it. or not. for, is it mine to share? to make things clear, i am not talking about a secret that someone entrusts me with with the express understanding that i will not share it with anyone. those secrets i won't share. unless and until i have permission to share. no, i am talking about a secret that is an out in the open activity that no one is drawing attention to but might be worth having attention drawn to it. i find it interesting that a label may test-drive some designs with a select market (and in limited numbers) before making it more widely available. but this activity is not a secret. or, if it is, it is the worst kept secret.

i am wearing the l/s anemone dress, the milan skirt and the left back jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

the secret wardrobe life of wardrobetales no. 10 (rundholz edition)

















photo nos. 5, 6, 13, 14, 15 and 16: i was super excited when i learned that rundholz was injecting some red into the a/w collection. while i have reverted to my pre-blog dark girl roots and i don't expect that i will ever be that rainbow girl that i was three or four years ago when i began the journey of documenting my outfits on this here blog, red being my all-time favourite hue, i couldn't resist purchasing some red rundholz. here is the big question: does it still look like black?

photo nos. 7,  8, 10, 11 and 12: last a/w, i needed them cropped. so, i rolled them up. this a/w i want them bunched up over my boots. interesting, no? 

photo no. 9: some of my new pleather (or faux leather) pieces.

i am wearing clothing and accessories by rundholz (dip and black label). my cherry red chelsea boots are doc martens. all other footwear is by john fluevog.

Monday, October 26, 2015

an ode to the past ... outfit


have i mentioned that, recently, i decided to be adventurous and order some items from across the pond? no? well, then, let me mention that, recently, i decided to be adventurous and order some items from across the pond. one of these items was a pair of rundholz dip trousers. this little adventure was thanks to my craziness. i had purchased locally a rundholz dip top and i simply had to have rundholz dip bottoms to match it. (in my crazy opinion) nothing suitable was available locally. so i went in search of the perfect match online -- the only kind of online dating that i have engaged in to date. lo and behold, i found the perfect match: a pair of beautiful trousers. into my shopping cart they went and off to checkout i went. so far, so good. then ... i pressed the "buy" button, and ... the purchase was rejected! limbo. now what? less than an hour later, i received an email from the shop asking me what i wanted to do: did i want to have an invoice issued to me for another method of payment? did i want the order to be cancelled, so that i could try again? what did i want to do? decision made, i responded, selecting the second option.  again, less than a hour later, i heard back from the shop: the order would be cancelled right away. goody, goody. because, now, i really needed those trousers. how long would i have to wait. yet again, less than a hour later, the order had been cancelled and i, again, plucked the trousers from the virtual clothing rack and proceeded to checkout. this time, success with payment. yay! now, i settled in for "the wait" (delivery). less the two weeks later, the trousers arrived in my mailbox. they are perfect and i am happily wearing them (to stick with my earlier reference to online dating -- engagement and marriage). the second item that i ordered from across the pond was a pair of trippens. for this adventure, i have one of my readers to thank. in this case, when i pressed the "buy" button, i had no idea just how adventurous i was going to be. a couple of days after i had placed my order, i learned (via email) that the trippens that i had thought i was buying were out of stock. so i was given a choice, cancel the purchase or have the trippens specially made for me. well, i figured that, since i had already jumped into the pool, i might as well swim. so i asked for the trippens to be specially made for me. a day or so later, i got an "okay, will do". then i settled in for "the wait". two weeks later, i heard that my trippens had been shipped. now it remains to be seen whether they will make it across the pond to my doorstep. and, whether they will be exactly (or even remotely close to) what i was expecting. i will let you know how things turn out. if things work out with the trippens, i may never shop locally again. just kidding!

i am wearing the amanda top and the odyssey pant by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen.


Friday, October 16, 2015

as good as gold jacket


i am wearing the diamond dress and the veronica jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by kaliyana.

Monday, October 12, 2015

do you ever get the sense that you have been here before ... outfit


now that autumn weather has finally arrived, i am excited about autumn ... and even about the approaching winter. but i feel like i have been here before (and not recently). of course, in some sense, that is a strange thing to say. of course i have been here before. this isn't my first autumn and this isn't the first time that i have experienced winter approaching. but that is not what i am talking about when i say that i feel like i have been here before. that feeling is coming from the way that i am dressing. not the clothes that i am selecting but how i am selecting them. anyways, it isn't an altogether unpleasant feeling.

i am wearing the shirt dress, the mocha skirt and the shinjuku jacket by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

so proud tunic


i am so proud of myself. the other day, i was shopping for some rundholz clothing and, instead of grabbing every single sweater available to me, i settled for the one (that's right, the one) that i really loved (the one that made me want to dance the moment i put it on). but, while i am on the subject of new rundholz clothing, i should probably confess that the restraint that i showed in the face of wool was nowhere to be found when i was bombarded with the pleather pieces on offer. maybe i should rethink whether there is anything for me to be proud of. baby steps?

i am wearing the l/s anemone dress and the milan skirt by kaliyana. my boots are the pluto boot (closed collection) by trippen.