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Skirt? A.B.S. Allen Schwartz
Shirt? Gap
Jacket? Zara
Tights? Winners
Boots? Charles David, thrifted
Belt? Thrifted
Another mishmash of my favourite things, ... reminds me of this outfit but this time around I added sweater tights. Who invented sweater tights? Someone smart... probably Canadian... after all, we brought the world the telephone and then Celine Dion... and warm tights just seems like the next logical Canadian invention.

We had a few precious minutes to catch some outfit shots before the sun set for yet another short autumn day. And then we got stopped in the parking lot by an aquaintance and before I knew it, we were having the whole 'let's discuss all that happened to you in 2010 and reminisce fondly about 2009 while we are at it' talk and I was desperately trying to be polite, while anxiously glancing at the sun sliding further away. And I watched that sun fade and I stayed to talk because he was a really nice guy and I can't blow off real life for blogging (at least not too much). I wanted to show crisp detail but nevertheless the pictures still turned out pretty moody and cool... once again we threw on the high beams of the vehicle and used every light particle remaining to get what we could. I just hope if you ever see me strut on by with purpose in my eye... don't stop me to chat. I'm chasing that sun.



Linda W said...

Oh man. My sister is Canadian and would love to hear that Canadians have invented all the important things in life.
I love the new look of the blog. What a great catch phrase to express the duality of your life and style.

The Auspicious Life

Destined For Now said...

Sometimes "soft focus" is on bad makeup days. Here, it's just cool. The last picture made me look twice. That skirt is awesome.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

A few things I must say:

1. I love the new look of your blog and the header is cool. Perfectly sums you up.

2. I love that you do shoots using the headlights. Will totally have to try this one day.

3. That skirt is amazing. I love it paired with the casual layers.

Alessandra said...

I have a crush on this outfit and these photos just make me smile.

Also love the new header, well done.

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

Oooh brocade. Very now.
I really like the new layout. I just want to click on everything!

The Purse-a-holic said...

Love the new header!

Kyla said...

LOVE this! I've been so badly pining for a gold brocade skirt and/or pants. Can you believe I can't find anything ANYWHERE?! This place is bull shit.

But, seriously, I love you :)

Kyla said...

Oh, yeah! New design looks great!

MUA said...

Congrats for the change in the blog aspect : it's beautiful . I took crappy pictures lately because of the "oh so short" days in fall...Outfit is gorgeous (as always)


Maggie said...

I need to get me some sweater tights! Minnesota is not kind to legs in the winter!

Linda said...

Linda W keeps freaking me out because I keep thinking its me, then I realize its not. Linda W, I am also a Linda W!

So first off, your new blog face is chock full of win, and Merl is kinds excellent.

Secondly, these pictures remind me of twilight...I was fully expecting to see a pale ass dude with a tude, and a shirtless wonder with abs of steel fighting over you whilst you posed it out.

Melissa said...

I love all the layers in this outfit! Layers, colors, textures...definitely inspirational for me!

Emily (tomorrow never knows) said...

OF COURSE IT WAS A CANADIAN! I don't really know. But you are forgetting a major invention by Canada... the BIEBERRRRRRRRR. did I even spell his name right? I have no idea.

Your headlight stories CRACK me up. I can barely get matt to take his lazy butt off the couch to take pictures on our balcony which is 3 steps away from said couch. I do know about the chasing the sun though.
I really wanted to take pictures 2 weekends ago of an outfit for the boyfriend's birthday but that meant I had to be ready before 4:30... (stupid early sunset!) which meant frantic gettign ready just to make daylight. Jeeeez the things we do for blogging!
(p.s. i love the new header and the abundance of leopard on the sidebar!)

Stella said...

I, for one, thank the Canadians greatly for sweater tights then. They save my butt at the office since people here have penguin DNA or something...they like the office to be freezing cold. Ugh.

That said, yay new layout! I really like it and I like the motto. It made me laugh. And I really like the outfit. I have to start busting out my sparkly stuff. I keep waiting for a proper "occasion", but, if I keep waiting, none will seem proper!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

amanda said...

love the new header and the cute little tag line you came up with :) and i hate the limited sunshine for pics too. i either have to do it first thing in the morning where i obviously look exhausted and my hair is funny because i don't brush it, or in the dead middle of the day when things are a lot busier and i'm more likely to be taking pics and seeing a friend out and about and having to stop and talk to them about everything that's going on with me and then i'd be trying to blow them know how it is.

Anonymous said...

I'm echoing Maggie--got to get some more winter tights. In Minnesota, it's about to start snowing all day. Thank goodness holiday plans include other people coming to us. I'll get to wear that miniskirt and lovely sweater despite the weather.

As others have said, your skirt is fabulous. I'm also taken with the blue of your bag. A perfect happiness blue. A jewel blue. I've been lusting for this color lately... it's getting under my skin.


Kaydee said...

Ohh I love sweater tights. They are so warm and cozy! I love your outfit, by the way :)

Anonymous said...

I always marvel at your ability to mix super-casual and super-dressy pieces so effortlessly.

And if it wasn't a Canadian who invented sweater tights, it just might've been a Minnesotan.

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

WHOAAAA!! Check you out! Lovin' the new layout and header and EVERYTHING!! Nicely done!!

All this time, I've been thinking your name was JEN-teeeen and now to discover you're like a totally different person! Well thank GAWD you cleared that one up - yeesh. I'm embarassed FOR myself.

The last pic is soo cool, and I hear you about the sun setting so early and rushing to get the pictures - not an easy feat, for sure.

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

TrophyBoutique said...

What a beautiful spot for pictures. It's really hard to take pictures this time of year, but when the light is good it's REALLY good.

Unknown said...

Love the new look on the blog!

And adore this outfit - I love the denim shirt paired with the brocade skirt and sweater tights :).

Em-Jae said...

Love your new header!
Um, and you totally rock those headlight photos!!

Ciarra said...

Great story, and I'll never stop you since likely I'll never get to Canada for many years... but what I really wanted to say is how much I LOVE your site's redesign. The header is fantastic! I also love your About page. Really good job on it. :-)

Jodi said...

woo hooo you do us CANUCKS proud alright.. so styly and witty and creative and thrity. Thats a Canadian trait is being thrifty.. going down to the good od US of A for deals and such, right??

love the look of your new blog!! very very cool!!

love it. did I say that already? you're so great.. keep up the good work, you make all us Canadians look good :)
xox j

Kelly said...

I love the new masthead and layout!
I also love that brocade skirt.

Nadine said...

Love the new look! Super-professional.

(I was talking to a Real Life Canadian friend the other day about the awesomeness of raccoons . . . )

In Kinsey's Closet said...

I love the new header! It's so cute and clever. You always find the best locations for photos, I am always impressed!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the new look on the site - very uniquely you & perfect!

Also in LUV with the cognac boots & sweater tights in your ensemble, definitely have to try that one!

Happy Thanksgiving!
~Sheri :)

Elisha said...

first of all, love the new blog! fancy shmancy! part 2: I'm almost possitive that I tried that skirt on at Winners! no word of a lie. just ask hilda. but I didn't know what to wear with it so I put it back...

you can thank me now or later


Simply Bike said...

Hey stranger! It's been a while, I've been very out of touch with the style blogging community but you're always one of my faves I just have to check in on. And I love the new look of the site! You've really cleaned it up nicely around here :)

I also love the jacket with the skirt combo of this outfit. And yes, Canadians do rock!

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