2009-10-26

Neutral like Switzerland

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Jacket? Zara
Knit skirt? h&m
Tee? fcuk
Socks? Matt's (one of the best parts of being married is the increase in sock availability)
Shoes? V. Camuto , Winners
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Clutch? thrifted
Bone bracelet? Goodwill auction
Earrings? farmer's market

I think I threw on everything neutral I own and called it an outfit... white tee, black skirt, grey socks, olive jacket, tan shoes (olive and tan are neutrals, right?)... and I like how it turned out. Actually, I love how it turned out. These are my new shoes, the ones I bought to ease the pain of missing Jess' show. When I look at their perfect colour and pretty studs, the traffic nightmare of this weekend seems so far away.


I ventured into sock and open-toe territory and I don't think I'm coming back. This look is not for everyone but I'm embracing it. It means I can wear my open-toe shoes into the cooler seasons and I can hold off just a bit longer before giving into tights. I do like tights, I just always tear them and in Canada it'll be a long winter full of tights wearing. Besides, my knees and the sunshine are friends and they want to spend some quality time together before it's too cold.


In other news, I'm on a shopping freeze until December 1st. Don't laugh, I know it's just over a month but that's a long time for this girl. There are brave souls like, Already Pretty and The Small Fabric of my Life, who put themselves on much longer shopping bans (pause for applause), but I don't know if I could do that... My biggest challenge will be to simply stay out of Talize and Winners because if I go in, I always find amazing deals and it feels more sinful to leave such good stuff behind than to actually buy it. I just need to take a break because...


a) money...blah, blah, blah... I don't really need to explain. We have a mortgage, another tree had to be cut down in our backyard before it fell into our neighbour's shed, my car window is stuck but sometimes it gets unstuck and falls off the tracks into the door and I should probably get that fixed before it happens in a snowstorm... all kinds of fun stuff.
b) I need to organize my closet before I add more crap to it and it explodes. In a few weeks I'll have time to go through the wilderness that is my closet and figure out what to keep, donate or consign. Besides I have a huge bag full of stuff from Talize that I haven't had time to handwash or drop off at the dry cleaners yet. I'm a clothes glutton.
c) I actually think shopping gives me a high and that's creepy...

There will be only two exceptions...
1. If Talize has a 50% off sale... too good to miss...
2. Going thrifting with my dad. It's our little tradition but if we go, I'll stay away from clothes and make it more about quality time than stuffed shopping bags:)


Don't worry, the blog won't be affected, there's a lot more where this came from. I just need you to hold me accountable.

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22 comments :

Clare said...

Ooh, I love this outfit, too! And your fall backdrops aren't so bad either. :)

Nadine said...

I think open-toed shoes with socks is so damn cute, but in my daily life I'd be constantly worried about my feet getting wet (it happens a lot around here). I love the utilitarian-meets-feminine look you've got happening here. And as always I am consumed with admiration for your updo - seriously if I knew you in real life I'd be driving you CRAZY with all the peering and inspecting and interrogating and replicating that'd be going on . .

Nadine said...

PS! I love shopping freezes and other Lent-type restricted periods. It's so nice to know you have light at the end of the tunnel, and the best thing is that often you find your habits do change over the long term once your Lent is over. (I don't do Lent by the calendar. I don't do New Year's Resolutions either. If you're gonna do it, do it now, I say.)

Linda said...

First dibs on stuff you are giving away...and fit me...
We can not shop together...
Oh love those shoes with the socks!!

Amy said...

Awesome outfit, love the new shoes. I should really put my self on a shopping ban too but i feel like passing up sales, especially for someone who only buys things on sale, is such a shame. And there's a really good Winners in the mall i work in. I commend you!

Kyla said...

I so LOVE this outfit! I wish I could pull off the ankle socks with heels look, but I don't have that much real estate to play with. It looks awesome on you though!

Sal said...

Rock on, lady. I'll be curious to hear your musings on life without shopping ... bans work so differently, depending on your triggers and motivations.

And I'm jealous that you can borrow your hubby's socks! Mine's are enormous, and all of the fuzzy black variety.

briannelee said...

I love the outfit! The accessories are great!

My shopping ban is going ok. I have been a sucker for Ebay lately though. I love looking up antique jewelry on the site and I always seem to bid on things... luckily/unluckily I keep getting outbid at the last second, though. God is trying to tell me something ;)

Amy said...

Adorable outfit! I love those shoes... the socks are so cute!

xoxo
Amy
thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

D said...

love the sock trend on you. cute jacket. pretty fall pic.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Lovely pics and great outfit.

COME OVER TO THE DARK SIDE... WE HAVE CANDY said...

Love the outdoor pics!

Struggler said...

Best of luck with your spending freeze! I hear you, even a month is quite a long time when we're used to buying bits and pieces more or less constantly!

AsianCajuns said...

Hahaha- I'm on shopping "cool front" - meaning my budget is teeny weeny until after the holidays (damn it! that's over two months- I'm just realizing).
I love these neutrals on you- and yes, the sock and open-toe totally work on you!

Eyeliah said...

Good luck! I have bought less than a handful of items in the last 6 months and done just fine - you can do it too. same reasons as yours especially the overflowing closet!!! BTW your legs look amazing in this!

Taylor Sterling said...

beautiful outfit and gorgeous pics.

Leproust Vintage said...

I love all of the neutrals....especially the socks with open toe shoes!! Looks adorable!

Stephanie said...

The heels/socks/skirt combo is so sassy! I love it =)

. . . and the Fall background is so pretty.

Feelmore said...

adore the socks and heels combo!!!

Kiki said...

Very cute look on you. I always wish I had places to wear geat outfits like you...I guess I'm a homebody. I think the month long shopping freeze is great. I've been wanting to do one myself, but I'm weak and I love to shop. I mean LOVE it.

alexandra said...

i tried out the sock trend this week too and i love it! there's no turning back... you can check out my first foray here: http://signaturestyles.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-do.html

and i'm on a shopping freeze too. it's nice to know that if someone as stylish as you can make it work, i can too!

all about the style said...

Amazing outfit !
I love the socks & heels