Ethereal Blouse

Blouse – Ethereal
Cami – Lilysilk
Jeans – BDG
Yes, my backyard needs weeding.

I saw this cropped lacy blouse at Made-Inland and had to have it. Luckily, the L fit, so it was mine. I met the designer/creator of the line and she was so sweet. The whole line is really feminine and lovely. I love the Sophie Camisole, and the Louis blouse!

This top is difficult for me to wear because I don’t own a smooth bra that is subtle, but with this white camisole, I think it works! I’m planning a trip to Debra to get something nude/smooth/supportive to wear with this because it deserves it.

These jeans, on the other hand, do not work for me and never have. I don’t know why I still wear them excep that they continue to fit. Any ideas on how to make them work for me are welcome – the waist is too high and the hem too short; there’s too much stretch to the fabric so by the end of the day I’m all knees and creases (see – end of the day: all creasy).

As you can see, it’s finally Spring! My tulips are fully bloomed, and that’s our cherry bush behind me, getting ready to explode cherries, I hope. Gotta figure out what to do with them, this year. Also, need a cherry pitter.

I grabbed some of the tulips and popped them into my ikebana vase, I love Spring!

The little sprig at the bottom is peony shoots! I really like how it compliments the roundness of the tulips.

The vase was a gift from Lauren, when she was off in PEI – it’s from Dunes Studio, and I adore it. Whenever I brought it to jiyuka week in ikebana class, everyone raved about how lovely it is.

I’m OK at jiyuka, I think. Not so good at other styles, the rules make me panic – not what you want from an activity you take up to to get your mind relaxed!

Cozy in Sonoma

Was in Sunny California this week for a conference in San Francisco. This was my favourite outfit of the trip.

Top – Lights of All
Pants – Odeyalo
Necklace – Goye Ceramiste
Taco Bag – Atelier HotelMotel

Not only is it super cozy, but I also look really put together! I think it’s down to the taco bag: this is such a great size, and I love the pop of colour it brings. It holds my phone and wallet, keys, and lipstick easily, I also had to stash some cold medicine because I got sick on the plane!

The shirt is Lights of All, and I am addicted to this brand. The cuts work for me and the fabric is heavenly.

We had a super great trip and I will put together a post soon but I wanted to share this outfit first. Coziness, can’t go wrong.

Key Maxi

Dress – Lights Of All
Jacket – Le Chateau
Boots – Doc Martens
Sunglasses – AmeVie

Post-visit to Toronto for Made Inland, I have worn these sunglasses daily and stared at this dress wondering how to style it. For the moment, it’s a bit too long so I thought propping myself up on heels would help. It does, of course. I feel like a tall goddess!

Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this dress (and really, all of the LOA pieces that I’ve touched – the fabric selections are unparalleled, I’m talking soft, thick, drapey, beautiful goodness). When I was planning this outfit in my head (and I have thought of a few more) I wished for a leather jacket, but I realized that a cotton one was more in keeping with the LOA core values, so in the end, I’m glad I don’t have a leather jacket :).

Anything that makes me feel this good is a winner.

Made InLand

Made InLand

This weekend Julien and I headed out to Toronto to visit Made Inland. I had such a grand time! Discovered a bunch of new Canadian brands, and bought the most beautiful items:

Sunglasses from AmeVie

Key Maxi from Lights of All (I also have the MA top)

Ines Shirt from Ethereal

These sunnies are so great!

We spent the weekend with Julien’s sister and her boyfriend, and we had a lovely time. I also got to try an Uncle Tetsu cheesecake! Full review: I didn’t like it, it was too eggy? Like an omelet cake more than a cheesecake. I’d eat it again, but I wouldn’t stand in line.

Toronto just has everything, though. Food, shopping, sunshine, it was a great weekend! We ordered in and watched Letterkenny until all hours (midnight), and on the way home, grabbed some Denny’s.

In unrelated news I am trying a new app, MindShift, for my (crippling) anxiety. I don’t know if it is helping. Mostly it tells me stuff like this:

MindShift

and I get angry at it like – “you think I don’t know that?” Which is maybe not the most helpful reaction, but sometimes it shakes me out of it. Other times, it’s actually pretty soothing.

Building a Better Wardrobe ~and haircut~

Blouse: Rightful Owner
Weather: Spring! Brown Grass! Yes!

Slowly, slowly I am working on a completely sustainable wardrobe. It’s been a number of years I’ve been on this path, but I’m really feeling like I’ve found designers who work for my style in the past year or so, and it’s been a lot more fun than it has been in a long while.

This blouse is by Rightful Owner, and it is so beautiful! I love how it looks at once modern and vintage, and the perfect puff sleeve makes me so happy.

Look at the sleeve!

I’m learning to sew (again, slowly), and that I think will be a big help in keeping my wardrobe exciting to me, well-fitting, and fun. No more pestering my mom and MIL to make me dresses, I’m a strong independent woman who don’t need no help. (I do, though). So far I have hemmed pants and taken in the jeans from the top image. You just sew up the seam on the outside! It worked like a dream. Now, I don’t need new jeans 😀

haircut!
By Lou at Unlistd.

My hair is growing! I now have kind-of a bob! I have 0 regrets on keeping it short for these years, but man growing it out is tough. It’s true what they say, that the key to keeping it nice is regular cuts. Counterintuitive if you’re growing it out to get it cut, but it really keeps everything looking Intentional instead of messy.

Later, gators.

xx

Spring! But, Canadian, so still snowy.

We had a little weekend getaway in the Eastern Townships, and it was lovely.

First stop was the Alpaca Farm Norli in Bromont, where we met some alpacas, bought some of their yarn to make Julien a hat, and some of their meat. It wasn’t my favourite animal protein, but we had to try it!

Every time we go out to the Eastern Townships we think we should spend more time there. It’s a really nice area, with loads to do. When it warms up some, I’d like to spend some time in the wineries and at the lavender farm: see how it stacks up to the fields in Provence!

Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

We went snowshoeing in the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook. As usual, it seems, we chose a trail that looked manageable but about halfway I became convinced I was going to die: This is it – do they even know we’re up here? Often when we are hiking or snowshoeing I get overwhelmed at the midpoint. I suppose I have to become fitter so that I can make it to the 3/4 mark before I start panicking.

Julien, of course, has no such crises, spotted a fence and needed to know what was on the other side – so he sprinted up the rest of the mountain, be-snowshoed, and reported back.

Afterward, we treated ourselves to well-deserved ice cream at Laiterie de Coaticook. It was so good, Y’all, I can’t even tell you how good it was. Creamy and sweet and just wonderful. Does it feel a bit silly to scarf ice cream while wearing snow pants? Yes. Does it matter? Heck, no.

Le Sentier Glacé

Did you know I used to take figure skating lessons? I did! For many years – I could do crossovers, and wee jumps, and skate backwards.

Now, I can fall spectacularly! It’s not like falling off a bike, at all, this is not a skill you retain. I did get the hang of it eventually, but wings out the whole time. People laughed at me (in a joyful way, no malice), but I had a good time! I really like skating, once I get going 🙂

We have no other trips lined up for the foreseeable future, but winter will be over soon, I can tell. Time to start planning the garden!

Sweatsuit

I just needed to wear a sweatsuit (comfy) this weekend and not look like I was wearing a sweatsuit (cute), so I broke out my two favourite locally made pieces.

Pants – Odeyalo
Top – Eliza Faulkner
Necklace – Goye
High-Tops – Adidas
“Belt Bag” (Fanny pack) – Zara

They’re both made in Montreal! I’m super in love with the Raffi top, I wear it probably more often than I should, but I feel so good in it! Comfy and stylish and fantastic, no complaints. The finishing work on it is incredible, the seams are covered with ribbon, can you imagine? The inside of my top is as pretty as the outside.

These pants are new and so cozy, but I’m not 100% sold on the quality of them, I’ve worn them twice and already the thighs are pilling – and I haven’t washed them yet! Hopefully this is the extent of the deterioration, but we’ll see. They’re 10/10 for comfort, though.

I love that I can now put together entire outfits of locally made, conscious consumerism stuff that isn’t “crunchy” in style. There’s been a major movement the past few years toward responsible fashion, and I am so for it. Part of me is still super maximalism, and that makes it really hard to not go for fast-fashion, but I am proud to say with very few exceptions, I haven’t bought anything Fast Fashion for going on seven years. I scratch my cheapie deepie itch with thrifted pieces, and really only make a clothing purchase every few months. Far cry from when this started, I was shopping almost daily at F21 or H&M. I’m really pleased I’ve managed to curb that, while staying true to my OTT fashion heart.

No more.

So we had to flee after the snowstorm, it was just too much. Luckily, Lauren and Mike were in Cancun and we joined them for a little long weekend!

Sorry for my butt. Swimsuit from Simons.

It was our first time going down south for a holiday, and it was pretty great. We stayed at an all-inclusive, which was not my style but very relaxing. Had some great food and really disconnected.

I brought a few swimsuits with me, to make this a little bit closet-y. One from Asos’ Fuller Bust line, which is SUPER cute but doesn’t really offer as much support as I would like. If you are looking for something sexy or cute and not matronly, I highly recommend them. They size up to G (UK)!

I have a super soft spot for bathing suits, even though I live in a climate where they are not super useful, and the Asos ones make me want hundreds. Yay for inclusive sizing on cute things!

Sunrise! Swimsuit is the Eloise from Rosa Faia.

My favourite is quite matronly but makes me feel like a million bucks so I don’t care. I got it at Lingerie Debra, and it’s the Eloise by Rosa Faia.

I thought for sure because the back is quite low cut it would offer me nothing, but everything feels super great. I would even consider a run along the beach in it. The butt goes see-through on me, not sure if this is a common issue or just the size of my ace.

If you’ve never been to Lingerie Debra, it changed my life. They’re beyond wonderful.

I sat on the pier for so long the birds accepted me as one of their own. I, however, did not accept them.

So, it was our first time in Mexico, first time at an all-inclusive, and first time doing a mini-break in winter, I think. Lots of firsts! We should definitely do it again, I had a wonderful time. Lauren and Mike are spectacular travel companions – so positive and fun.

Lauren & Mike – travel buds

If we were to do Mexico again, I’d definitely do it a bit differently : The All-inclusive vibe isn’t for me, I tend to think of my hotel / airbnb as a base for sleeping and nothing else, whereas this time we left the resort only once! For a four-day reset, though, it was perfect.

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