Tuesday, 30 September 2014

a favorite.

Helmut Lang. Simply great. My new 'kit'.
Just need to get a pair of crop black jeans & that sherpa lined leather jacket (or one similar within my price range!) to go with my black cami I already have !!



wrap up.

ok. it is official. it is fall.

Not much we could do about it except prepare for the cooler weather. Besides the feet that need more substantial protection from the elements (good bye flip-flops…) I find that layering around the upper body is best to tackle the chillier temperatures, especially as the wind picks up. An item which I have always had great affection for is a scarf. I have many sizes, but my preferred ones are colourful & those which allow me to snuggle under multiple wrappings. 

I particularly have 2 types I have spotted and want to indulge in. I am in love with/ & in need of a large bold buffalo type scarf, red/black combo to be exact. It will be on the top of my list to find. I also like the idea of wearing a chunky crochet scarf, well more of a shawl, the grandma type. I have one in my possession, have had it for many years, one I had scooped up at a retro store in Montreal many moons ago. It's a deep red & hand knitted, very european feeling, very D&G. I love finding treasures in my keep sake trunks!










Saturday, 20 September 2014

fleece yourself.

If you are not a fleece lover, then this year is the time to amend your point of view of it's wonderful potential. It is everywhere lately and the greatest aspect is that everyone can wear it. What I love in particular is how it has reached an elevated status. It is still an essential casual item such as the perfect zip hoodie, but it has become a novelty renewed top that can be worn in so many different looks. It's no longer the piece that you take when going to the gym or cottage, you want to move it upscale in your wardrobe. Take it to work, to dinner with your cool/hip friends,  & yes, even to church :)

I personally like the way it is used for graphics, it's the perfect canvas. And clean structured shapes are ideal, especially in stunning neutral shades, loving the pinky-nudes. And take a look at the play of lengths offering layering concepts with the crop styles. The ones below from Acne Jeans are awesome, they easily replace your sweater needs.


FOR THE WOMEN:
                           

FOR THE MEN:




Tuesday, 16 September 2014

discovering.

So I admit I do follow the runway shows because I love to see other people's visions & enjoy how they inspire my own dressing possibilities. Came across "Pam & Gella', don't think I have ever heard of them. My attention was enticed by their 1rst shot with denim, of course. I can't say I am particularly captured by the whole collection, but they did have some very cool pieces that make me look at my closet with new eyes. As much as I analyze the top designers I do think that there plenty of visionary people out there who have great potential impact. 
I try to seek them. Are you seeking outside your box?

These are elements that I can easily incorporate into my dressing:
-Colours: blk/white/grey/nude/tan
-Graphic print (loving the eye)
-Fringed leather (have a vintage one that works well)
-Leather pants (don't have :(  (but have similar pleather)
-Classic stripe with heather grey, so much easier than with white
-FAbulous football tee








Monday, 15 September 2014

play it safe.

Some people are just soooo ok with all they wear, no limitations. And that's ok…


Patterns can be very overwhelming for some. Lately there seems to have been an explosion. Personally, I love patterns & I am one of those who doesn't mind mixing it up a bit either (though a little tamer than above!) gives me a extra 'oomph' to what I am wearing & often reflects my mind state. The more creative I feel, the more daring my combinations. There is a kind of art form in compiling the juxtaposition of a few patterns together, one is usually more in focus & others play supporting roles, perhaps subtler colours & the introduction of textures, giving even more dimension without being too imposing.




But for those who are shyer in exploring the imposing trend, may I suggest indulging in classic polka dot and mensy stripe. Kept within modern clean lines and neutral colours, it will fit into your closet easily without upsetting your more neutral tendencies.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

neo-sport.

I am loving the trend of sport elements, details and accessories which are making their way on the market. It is a refined interpretation, elevating it's appeal by combining it within the dressed up look. It works both for men & women. I find it an interesting way of keeping comfort within a sharper dressing attitude. It is kind of the way denim elevated it's appeal, acceptable for all occasions. 

Keep it clean. Raid your closet & find your version.

Zara does it well & at an interesting price point. Love their publicity shots.
(...ok, I admit that I am a Zara habitue'.)





For those of you with more specific tastes:

https://www.ssense.com/men/designers/all/bags


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

un-papered wall.

And to follow up with my 'Papered Wall' blog, I thought I would add yet again some new options. Even more creative. It's not the same as murals, it's more the hand stencilled version. Something I would like to try myself eventually.
Need to find the perfect wall space.



papered wall.

Think of it as recycling paper.

Here is an option for being creative in the bedroom…with paper. You have some great magazines, catalogues or prints of some sort lying around & you want to utilize them. If you are an artist, you could incorporate them in a collage, if not an artist, just let them pile on a coffee table for people's casual perusing. But there is another idea I have explored. Use it as wallpaper. 

For 2 years now, I have held onto a catalogue I picked up from the Montauk furniture store in Montreal (http://www.montauksofa.com). The images were fantastic & I knew that I would do something with them eventually. Good thing I kept them pristine because they made it onto a wall in our present house. I wasn't sure how well the whole wallpapering process was going to work out because the paper was much more fragile than standard wallpaper. I kind of held my breath while applying them one by one, embracing the crinkled effect left behind. I realized that they were never going to lay flat, but this effect ultimately added to it's beauty. It's individuality. And I am all about trying to be different. & it was very cost efficient since the catalogue was free & I already had the glue for adhering it to the wall.

Loved the challenge. Love the fact that my husband let me explore the unknown on our feature wall! It was creatively liberating. So much so, I did a 2nd wall using a paper table runner I purchased recently in Montreal with the intentions of using it in our office space. New wall-paper, new experience.


I actually laid out all my pages with tape onto the wall to make sure the whole flow of images worked well together. Then laid the pattern on the table. I figured that I needed to work quickly and the glue might dry a little to fast if I couldn't decide which image to use next. And there really wasn't room for error. I had only a few extra images left over so I had to be precise. Yes, this was time consuming, but worth it. I definitely didn't want to botch up my project!

Half way there…


 Completed. & satisfied!!

The wall.


next:
This is my paper runner wall project.

The truth: My 1rst strip was a disaster. It stuck so quickly & I had a hard time working the whole strip at same time since like the catalogue images, it was more fragile & once it got wet, it stuck all over the place. errrr… Good thing I had plenty of paper  to work with. Not recommended for people who have never done wall paper before or who are short in patience ! Though the dining room wall was great practice. Below is the crumbled strip.

Ahh the creases, got to embrace them!

Finished view. I love the rock & roll/renaissance vibe.
http://hesterandcook.com/kitchenpapers





Friday, 8 August 2014

denim lust.

It is my relationship with denim, has been the case for-ever it seems, my love-lust for denim. It has many faucets to it and endless possibilities. I was one of those oddballs who wore denim with denim, was a faux pas with some individuals… That which captures my attention the most are washes, specifically when dark contrasts are achieved. The image below is one that I just came across, love the way it is paired with a simple white top (the new white tee top?) & black boots. A standard pairing for me & I never get bored of it either. Stick to what works, a good motto…