Fall Fashion

Pattern mixing workwear – windowpane and dots

Fall workwear pattern print mixing j.crew fan necklace

Banana Republic Camden ankle pants pattern print mixing workwear

Gap windowpane sweater patten print mixing workwear

Top: Gap Windowpane Sweater
Pants:  Banana Republic Camden Fit {very similar}
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory Fan Necklace
Bracelets:  Gorjana Leather Wrap, J.Crew Factory {similar}
Purse:  Le Chateau {old!}
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’

After salivating over Tibi windowpane dresses last season, I finally managed to add an affordable windowpane item to my closet {it helped that Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy have been having amazing sales recently!}.


Style Elixir

This post was submitted as part of IFB Project 118

Banana Republic/Gap Picks

I have been under the weather for the last few days, so in lieu of an outfit post (sorry!), I have picked a few of my fall faves from Banana Republic and Gap.



Today is the last day for both Banana Republic and Gap’s sale codes:

BANANA REPUBLIC  (Cdn site here)
Take 35% off everything
GAP  (Cdn site here)
Take 40% off everything (only 30% off on the Canadian site)

Fall Wardrobe Transition Tip #1 – Dark Accessories

blue monochrome outfit

aritzia silk blouse finley ainsley

j.crew blue wool pencil skirt

Tip #1 – To transition summer pieces to fall, pair them with darker accessories.

The look is still summery because of the airy top and bright blue color scheme, but the black accessories (purse, shoes) give an edgier fall feel.  So even if you’re not ready to give up your summer wardrobe (I know I’m not!), you can make you look fall-appropriate with a few darker accessories.  And while black is an easy go-to option, you can also use deep blues, purples, reds, etc. to give more of a fall feel

Blouse:  Babaton ‘Ainsley’ blouse {bought at Aritzia – currently on sale!  I have this same style in beige – they have been making it for a few years now – seen here}
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory pencil skirt in wool {I dropped the hem down to get a little extra length}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelet:  Cassis {no longer in business…really too bad – they had some beautiful clothes}
Purse:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’ tote
Shoes:  Sam Edelman Portney <

Today’s thoughts:

1.  Have you heard Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’ – I am obsessed with the haunting tune.
2.  That being said, my music library needs an update.  Any suggestions?
3.  I have committed to playing in a softball tournament this weekend despite still wearing a finger splint.  Probably not the best decision ever, but realistically I am probably going to require surgery anyways (go figure…), so one last tournament can’t be that bad…hopefully…




casual canada winter outfit yoga jeans

winter outfit purple skinny jeans sweater

chunky cozy scarf

I wear my dark denim skinny Yoga Jeans a lot (see them here, here, here, here and here), so when I was contacted about reviewing a pair of Yoga Jeans from the S/S 2013 line, I jumped at the opportunity.  Since I am a creature of habit, I chose a skinny style (YOGA 96/97 SWP1197 high rise – very similar to my original pair) but in a fun lavender color.  As expected, the colored denim is incredibly comfortable and is stretchy without stretching out.  I wholeheartedly agree with the claim that these pants are comfortable enough for yoga yet fashionable enough for everyday wear.  In fact, I wear my yoga jeans while lounging around the house because they are just THAT comfortable (something I never do with my other jeans of work pants – normally I am a change-into-sweat pants gal as soon as I walk through the door).  These are definitely a new favorite for spring!  If you haven’t tried on a pair of Yoga Jeans, I highly suggest you pop by Nordstrom your local denim shop OR enter the giveaway below!

To win your own pair of Yoga Jeans:  “like” Yoga Jeans on Facebook and leave a comment on this post to indicate your preferred style (check out the Second Denim website to see all the options)
The fine print:  Contest open to EVERYONE worldwide and ends Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted shortly thereafter

Sweater:  Pure Alfred Sung
Pants:  Yoga Jeans c/o Second Denim Company
Hat:  Club Monaco ‘Lydia’
Scarf:  Joe Fresh
Bracelet:  Cassis
Bag:  Walter
Boots:  Enzo Angiolini ‘Karissa’

Grey Monochome – Club Monaco Ina Pants and a Cozy Sweater


A grey outfit for a grey day…

I really like these pants however they are a little tight.  I wish I had ordered a size up.  I also wish I would have considered the fit more objectively when I first tried them on.  Instead I gave the good ol’ “they will stretch out” justification and cut the tags off (online purchase). 



Sweater:  Pure by Alfred Sung {for Zellers – recent}
Pants:  Club Monaco ‘Ina’ Blocked Pant
Scarf:  Club Monaco {Summer 2012}
Bracelet: Cassis {cuff}, J.Crew Factory {actually a necklace}
Ring:  Amrita Singh  (similar)
Purse:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’
Heels:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’


Plaid pants and a yellow sweater


These indoor photos turned out better than expected – still not great, but decent enough…  I have been fiddling with my camera in an attempt to get decent indoor shots b/c I refuse to go through another winter with crappy photos. 

Yesterday I discovered CNN’s Just a Distraction video series.  Hilarious!  And stream-able at the office!



Sweater:  Zara {last winter}
Pants:  D&G  {just arrived – bought from YOOX.com over the American Thanksgiving weekend – decided to wear them as-is here, however will definitely be dropping the hem to make them full-length pants…hello extra cuff material!} (similar)
Necklace:  Osolee ‘Marilyn’
Bracelets:  Cassis {cuff}, Club Monaco {gold wrap}
Purse:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’


Wool coat and printed pants

Coat:  Le Chateau {old! I remember buying this coat in my 2nd year of university – I felt so grown up}
Sweater:  RW & Co.
Pants:  Winners {actually cropped pants – see here – thought I could get by wearing them tucked into boots}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Earrings:  Amrita Singh
Bag:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’ Tote {currently on sale at Hautelook}
Boots:  DKNY (old – VERY similar DKNY boot here– perhaps this year’s version?}


J.Crew memo dress with a cozy knit scarf

Lesson learned…super bright sky = not flattering shots. 

Blazer:  Talula for Aritzia {yes, the same one as I posted on Monday…}
Dress:  J.Crew Memo dress {last seen here}
Scarf:  Joe Fresh {I have layered this scarf under a blazer a few times…see here}
Bracelets:  Cassis, Ricki’s
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’ Tote {currently available through Hautelook!}
Heels:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’ {I literally wear these all the time}


Fair isle sweater and a blazer

fair isle sweater homemade diy fall autumn outfit

I love with this outfit for a few reasons:  1) it’s warm, and since I’m STILL sick, warm is important;  2) my mom made this sweater [for herself when I was about 5 years old  – at the time I had the matching pink and blue version which made for some cute family photos 🙂 ]. 

fair isle sweater work wear

Jacket:  Talula for Aritzia
Sweater:  homemade {similar BR version here}
Pants:  Gap Perfect Trousers
Hat:  don’t know…
Earrings:  also don’t know…
Bracelets:  Jacob {white bangles}, thrifted {gold bangles}
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’ Tote
Shoes:  Sam Edelman ‘Portney’ Pumps


This post was submitted as part of IFB Project 116

Monochrome: beige blouse and beige J.Crew stovepipe trousers

beige monochrome outfit fall

taupe monochrome outfit autumn

Top:  Zara {last seen here}  (similar)
Pants:  J.Crew Stovepipe Trouser
Tie:  Borrowed from Kevin…  {first seen in September)
Bracelet:  Osolee ‘Savannah’
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bag:  Erica Anenberg ‘Anaconda’
Shoes:  Expression {bought last fall at The Bay}

There’s not much to say today.  Hooray for Friday!  Hope everyone has a great weekend 🙂