Pour la Victoire Vanna

My new favorite stripe ponte dress

banana republic stripe ponte dress

stripe ponte dress gold bib necklace osolee

stripe ponte dress workwear banana republic

Dress:  Banana Republic chevron striped ponte dress {quite possibly my new favorite spring/summer dress – similar}
Necklace:  Osolee ‘Marilyn’
Bracelets:  Thrfited goldtone bangles, Club Monaco leather wrap bracelet, Jacob white leather bangles
Belt:  Winners
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Clutch:  not sure, bought in Poland in 2011
Shoes:  Pour la Victoire ‘Vanna’


Where did the summer go?

This is my go-to black dress.  I bought it 2+ years ago from Beyond the Rack and I still love it – love the length, love the modest but fitted cut, and love the great detailed bodice!  In a way, it is my work-LBD (well, except it’s not really little…).   

Dress:  Byron Lars Beauty Mark
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh ‘Allie’ Bangles {actually wearing all of them, normally I just wear part of the stack}, Thrifted gold chain
Clutch:  Josette Cacnio
Shoes:  Pour La Victoire ‘Vanna’ {love!}


Top:  Banana Republic {old!}
Leather skirt:  Thrifted  {one of my all-time favorite thrift store finds!}  (similar)
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Bracelet:  Cassis
Bag:  Samsonite  {my go-to work bag!}
Sandals:  Pour La Victoire ‘Vanna’

I pity the fool…


Kevin calls this necklace my “Mr. T necklace”.  I don’t have a good comeback for that joke at the moment, so he gets an eye-roll instead.  Lots of fun.




Dress:  J.Crew Memo dress {currently on sale!  This is my “work meetings” dress}
Necklace:  Osolee ‘Marilyn’ bib necklace
Bracelets:  Leather/chain/crystal- Osolee ‘Zoe’ and unnamed.  Cuff – Cassis.
Belt:  Winners
Purse:  Vintage  (similar)
Sandals:  Pour la Victoire ‘Vanna’


Mr. T image borrowed from http://bestofthe80s.wordpress.com.


Yesterday, as I was lying in bed with a headache/earache combo, updated all my post tags (check out the new ‘Favorite Outfits’ and ‘Recipes’ categories at the top of the page!).  Ironically enough, I am approaching my one-year blog anniversary, so it was oddly appropriate that I ended up going through all my posts.  It was interesting to see how the blog has grown in the last year – for instance, my photo-taking and posing skills have improved, and I think my most recent outfits have been my best thus far, however I was surprised to see how many “meh” outfits I have posted over the last year.  On one hand, it is a real reflection of what I wear, but on the other hand I think I can do better.  So my goals going into my second year of blogging is to 1) try to reduce the number of “meh” (professional description!) outfits, and 2) post regularly (4-5 times per week).

Dress:  Banana Republic {last summer}  (similar)
Hat:  Pamoa  (nearly identical)
Scarf:  Osolee
Bracelets:  Osolee  {top bracelet (Zoe), middle bracelet, bottom bracelet – hands down, my three favorite bracelets!}
Clutch:  Vieta
Heels:  Pour la Victoire ‘Vanna’ Sandals

I was having some photo problems yesterday (kept cutting off my head!) so I decided to re-do some of the shots (note the brightness differences – annoying).

Dressed down

I was recently given the opportunity preview some jewelry and other accessories from Osolee (a local, Ottawa-based company).  Over the next week or two, I will be wearing some of their new pieces 🙂 

Silk tank:  Club Monaco {old}  (similar)
Jeans:  Yoga Jeans by Second Denim {so stretchy – love!}
Bracelet:  Osolee  {actually a necklace.  This piece is featured exclusively on the Facebook page!)
Sunglasses:  Armani Exchange
Purse:  Pour la Victoire ‘Haven’  (very similar PLV model)
Heels:  Pour la Victoire ‘Vanna’  {love love love}


I am having technical difficulties with my wireless shutter release (again!!!).  Today was especially trying – so much so that I managed to capture a few moments of fiddling… 

If that wasn’t enough, I unknowingly knocked my camera off center.  So while I was pleasantly surprised I didn’t end up with 60 blurry outfit shots, it looks like I chose to hang out on the right side of all today’s pics.  Fun.

Top:  Mexx  (similar) {old!  I salvaged it from my to-be-donated bag (again!) at the last moment.  It is one of those tops that I never wear, decide to donate, but for some reason I always keep changing my mind…}
Pants:  J.Crew Paley Pant  {a dark grey, not black – I was going for an all-grey look}
Necklace:  Z Designs (love this)
Bracelets:  Amrita Singh Allie Bangles
Glasses:  Armani Exchange  {found at Shopper’s Drug Mart last summer}
Purse:  Vintage  {I struggled with picking a purse for this outfit…still not convinced that beige was the best option}
Sandals:  Pour la Victoire ‘Vanna’ (or also here)