I have been debating whether I should put these photos up. This is definitely not my favorite outfit, however it is what I wore last weekend when Kevin and I finally went to check out Ottawa’s new Ikea store (biggest in Canada I believe). Ikea was packed. There were people everywhere. All walking slowly. The parking lot was also a disaster. All in all, it was a bad experience and we shouldn’t have gone. The hassle and frustration wasn’t worth the one dinner plate that I bought (to replace one I broke).
Shawl: Winners (similar here) Black and navy tank top: Dex, The Bay (similar here and here) Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here) Pants: Victoria’s Secret white skinny jeans (similar here and here) Necklace: Amrita Singh (similar here and here) Purse: Steve Madden ‘Berkeley’ Messenger Bag (no longer available – similar here and here) Boots: Enzo Angiolini ‘Karissa’ boots (or also available here)
There were taken earlier in the week when it was somewhat mild out (although as soon as I was done taking pictures, I immediately put my coat back on!).
I was browsing around the Banana Republic site today, and I was surprised how many of their tops were made of polyester. Don’t get me wrong, polyester is fine for F21, Joe Fresh, and Old Navy, but from Banana Republic I expect to see better quality fabrics. What baffles me more, is the pricing – BR is still charging the prices they would have charged for silk 1-2 years ago. Case and point: this SILK ruffled tank top. I bought it from BR last summer. I believe it was priced at $78 in Canada. Compare that with this POLYESTER ruffled tank top for $85 that currently on the Banana Republic Canada website. With the exception of some pleating, it is the exact same top, for more-or-less the same price, but this year’s version is made out of polyester, not silk. I am not impressed. If they are trying to pull polyester over my eyes, I am definitely going to complain (and possibly take more business to J.Crew instead).
for some reason I sized this picture smaller than the rest – only 299×480 instead of my normal 400×640. If I stretch it out, it gets a little blurry, so…
Something about winter triggers my cleaning-cooking-crafting behaviour. But what is most surprising is that I actually have a desire to cook and bake. To Kevin`s despair, I am not much of a cook. Normally. However, today I have a batch of blueberry-banana muffins in the oven and have a Thai chicken recipe picked out for dinner. Very odd.
A significant number of these pictures turned out slightly awkward…case and point below:
Not much to say today other than I HATE TRAFFIC!!!!
Top: Banana Republic ‘Rugby stripe pocket tee’ (currently on sale!) Pants: RW & Co. – found on a sale rack for $15! Wasn’t sure I would get to wear them until spring. Hooray for the mild weather! Necklace: RW & Co. Bracelets: Mexx & Ricki’s (I think…) Bag: Steve Madden Shoes: Matiko ‘Sloan’ wedge Glasses: Armani Exchange
I bought these Enzo Angiolini boots on Hautelook a few weeks ago & they finally arrived yesterday. Unfortunately, I had a mini-panic attack when I took them out of the box because there was a white powder substance all over them. Naturally, I immediately thought of anthrax & forcefully tossed the boots onto my balcony. I did a quick Google search, but had no luck finding info about Enzo Angiolini boots covered with white powder. So, I decided to call Hautelook. Their customer service rep was very pleasant, but she had no idea why I would have white powder on the boots – her suggestion was that something had simply fallen in the box during packaging. Okay – like what? Poison? Eeeeek! This is seriously how my mind works sometimes. Next, I tried calling The Jones Group – the North American distributor of Enzo Angiolini boots. I had to leave a voice mail for Tina, their customer service rep. So far, no response. So, I was still freaking out, and decided to give Google search another try. I ended up finding my boots on Piperlime, accompanied by a warning that the boots will have a leather protector on them when they first arrive. Phew – I am going to assume the white powder is just a leather protector. Why would there not have been a product insert in the box discussing the protective coating? Since I don’t believe white powdered boots are the norm, a little information would have been nice. That’s my helpful thought of the day 🙂
Top: Zara Pants: Guess Jeans Bag: Steve Madden Scarf: Joe Fresh Glasses: Armani Exchange Necklace: Amrita Singh Bracelets: Mexx, Ricki’s Boots: Enzo Angiolini ‘Karissa’ boots (should have stuck to my gut and ordered a 7.5. The size 8 is just slightly too big. I will keep the size 8’s becasue it is not possible to switch them for a size 7.5 – I would have to wait for the next Enzo Angiolini sale & hope these boots were featured. Too much work and too much time).