For me, winter dressing generally means an effort to wear as many happy
colors and patterns as possible. I often see drab palettes take over
when the weather gets grey. I would much rather bring a
little sunshine through my wardrobe. Some might find this a little
corny, but I think that a dash of brights and silly pattern brings
lightness to a time of year which can be utterly depressing.
Happy Chinese New Year! I'm going for dim sum with some friends today in celebration, I'll be sure to share some photos later this week.
I was oh-so-lucky to go to Squamish and Whistler over the New Year's weekend. I sometimes forget how beautiful British Columbia is: forests, mountains, desert and shores, we've got it all! On New Year's Day my mom and I took a walk around the property of the Hotel. It had been a while since I'd been a forest, it reminded me how much I loved it as a kid. Definitely need to do that more in 2012.
Also going to happen more in 2012: Bettie Page bangs! I've somewhat mastered retro bangs, you can bet I will be rocking this whenever possible. They have the magical ability to make every pair of sunglasses look that much cooler, and add a more "finished" polish to outfits.
Thrifted sweater, shirt, boot | Gap skirt | H&M earmuffs
Some might say I am a bit of a magazine junkie, and I wouldn't disagree. But, in light of one of my New Year's Resolutions, I recently got rid of 3+ boxes of magazines that I had stockpiled in my year of school. I ripped out all the editorials and images I wanted to keep for my inspiration binders, and a spread in Paper magazine particularly caught my eye. I was enamored with the way that couture pieces were made to be just a part of the narrative, not the center peice. I had all but forgotten about it until a photo from the spread popped up on my Tumblr dashboard. I've chosen some of my favorite images from the shoot, but you should click through and view the whole spread. I have major love for Autumn De Wilde's photography, and Shirley Kurata is quickly becoming one of my style (and styling) icons.
Another summery backpost. There is currently snow on the ground, I really wish it was still this warm! I wore these flats for the tail end of summer, not the best thing for my feet, but so cute! The perfect marriage of sandal and flats.
Shots from day one of a weekend trip to Victoria with my mom and our exchange student. Wayyyy back when (September) I had was lucky enough to escape from school work for a millisecond and see beautiful Victoria. The weather wasn't that great, but the rest was appreciated just the same. Hanging out with Emily Carr (the female statue) and faux whale watching with my mom were pretty awesome.
I surprisingly haven't posted this dress on here before, it was a steal of a deal from ASOS in August. I need to document it more, the contrast piping is most excellent. My apologies for the big spot in the photo, I had to get my Mom to take the picture, and I only had one shot!
Thrifted jacket, cardigan | ASOS dress | Gift from Adam's Mom boots
One lovely part of being a known vintage lover is that, on occasion, friends parents will give me old articles of clothing. Adam's mom has bestowed me with lovely lace up boots. She surprised me this summer with sunglasses that were identical to a pair of Karen Walker's which I had been majorly lusting over. Genuine vintage: yes please!
Isn't the collar of Marisa's dress amazing? It's an adorable little shift from H&M. As for me, I had been yearning to try out sheer layers in dress or skirt form. I took out the ill-fitting underlayer from this skirt, and now sheer times are mine! I miss the warm summer sun and being able to wear only denim jackets and sheer layers. COME BACK MR. SUN.
Another super cheap pair of shoes from the Urban Outfitters sale section. I've been pretty lucky with my finds, and these are one of my best scores yet! They go perfectly with these tights, and also make me about 4.5 inches taller. I can pass for a normal sized human!
Ting Tings concert tee | Thrifted blazer, belt, skirt H&M porkpie hat | Urban Outfitters tights, shoes
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!
I hope it was exactly the night you hoped for: for me, that meant watching 90's music videos with my mom and being chilled out with my little sister. Admittedly we almost slept through midnight, but it was a welcome change from my high anticipated (but sorely disappointing) New Year's the past couple of years. After my lovely mini vacation to Squamish/Whistler, I am feeling quite renewed and refreshed. I can't remember the last time I felt a sense of calm like I do right now.
Now for this, my first outfit post of 2012, we are going to pretend that it is still this warm in Vancouver (it isn't) and that these are "new" photos (they aren't). I still have a ton of backlog from 2011, but that just means a solid flow of outfit posts for you guys!
My resolutions this year include bettering myself (exercise more, eat at home more often, maybe sleep properly once in a while) as well as many plans for this here blog and its affiliates. I apologize for my somewhat erratic updating in 2011, life can get the best of you, ya know?
How did you ring in the new year? And what do you have planned for 2012?