Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trend trial run: mesh detailing

This sweater combines one of my favourite styles - nautical - with on-trend mesh detailing for a sporty, Nantucket vibe. Our honeymoon, and the start of our first-ever cruise, is now less than two weeks away and I think I'm just excited to wear anything that reminds me of getting on a boat!

This sweater made the cut on my packing list, but it's no longer the tunic length it was before its first washing. Purchasing clothes in the States is always a gamble as you can't return them, but I've never seen a sweater shrink quite as much as this in the wash. The same thing happened to my mom's identical version. If you've had any experience buying things from Sak's Off Fifth's Blue label, whether good or bad, I'd love to hear from you in the comments section!


Sweater - Blue via Saks Off Fifth
Skirt - Jus d'orange
Hat - Forever 21 
Shoes - Aerosoles via thrift store
Necklace - Jones New York via thrift store
Watch - Kenneth Cole
Sunglasses - street vendor

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Monochromatic neutrals revisited

Summer's a great time to accessorize a tan with all sorts of colours, starting with otherwise-tricky neutrals. I've previously worn this tank with whites and tans (here) and decided to revisit the palette for a simple work outfit. I finished it off with a swipe of berry-coloured lipstick.


Pants -  Elie Tahari via Saks Off Fifth
Tank - RW and Co.
Cardigan - Banana Republic
Shoes - New York via Marshall's
Earrings - Winners
Hair clip - Gift

Monday, August 18, 2014

Intimidation factor

This dress kind of intimidates me. This dress is the kind that could swallow me up. The shiny polyester fabric is unforgiving, and the bold print daunting against fair skin. I find that strong accessories help stand up to it. Not unlike a Shiraz paired with game meat. Instead of toning things down - say with soft waves - I decided to just go for it: gold accessories, a slick bun and pointy buckled stilettos. To see how I've previously conquered this dress, but in fall temps, click here.


Dress - Ripe Collection (also here)
Shoes - Aldo
Belt - Consigned
Earrings, bracelet - Hand me downs

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Working hipster?

When my coworker spotted me arriving at work, he proclaimed, 'Hey Kat, you look like a hipster!' With nary an ironic tee, pair of skinny mom jeans or off-label stitch of clothing in sight. I think it's my urban zip code. But I don't have a better description of this pencil skirt-crochet top-waterfall cardigan combo, so we'll call it working hipster.


Top -
5/48 via Saks
Skirt - Femme de Carriere
Cardigan - Laura
Hat - Forever 21
Bag - Dooney and Burke
Shoes - Aldo via thrift store
Necklace - Hand me down
Bracelets - Aldo Accessories
Watch - Kenneth Cole

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The colour <-> neutral spectrum

Over the past couple of months, I've received some nice compliments about my fearlessness with colour. In many ways I'm not a big risk-taker when it comes to fashion, but I am proud to have sported a colour wheel's worth of hues. For those interested in a little trip down memory lane, some of the more vibrant ones can be found here, here and here. In an upcoming post, I'll show how just a little colour can go a long way. 

After a dip in the rainbow pool, black and white can be a refreshing change, especially on a silhouette with clean lines. 

Where do your outfits typically fall on the colour<->neutral spectrum?


Jeans - Guess
Blazer - Banana Republic
Tank - DKNY
Glasses - Marc O'Polo
Bracelet - BHLDN

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A cobalt sundress for a cottage wedding

Earlier this summer Brad and I attended a wedding at a cottage. The bride is very laid-back and I knew there would be a bit of a hippie vibe to the day. I'd worn my boho best to her hippie-themed bachelorette, but I tried to keep things casual in a sundress with slightly mod vibe. I'm not crazy about the final effect. It could be the bad hair day, the fascinator that now seems slightly out-of-place, or the flat footwear (which was me acquiescing to the reality of navigating a sloping lawn after dark). We'll chalk this one up as a win...for the red heart-shaped sunglasses from a photo booth dress-up box.


Dress - Hermes
Fascinator - La Vie en Rose
Sandals - Ann Taylor
Bracelet - ?

Sunday, August 10, 2014


These photos date back to the spring, before I became a Mrs. In the lead-up to the wedding, simplicity reigned. My to-do list was too long to fuss about what to wear every morning, so I turned in a lot of outfits like these - black pencil skirt, black pumps and a simple blouse with small gold epaulette detailing to match the exposed skirt zipper. A rare  time-out for blog photos breathed some normalcy into those final days!


Top - Velvet Heart via Winners
Skirt - Zara
Shoes - Liz Claiborne
Earrings - Hand-me-down
Watch - Kenneth Cole