Your winter needs, party needs and tropical-vacation needs are all covered this week, friends!
Did you see this dress in the window this past week? Someone came in and asked about it, I ask what they like about it. Is it the colour (because we have LOTS of red dresses in right now)? The answer came back: it’s the bow!
So many great things happening here, friends! Double breasted cowl, it’s a swing coat, adorable pockets and of course……
From one of our faves, Oak + Fort, this demure long cardigan:
*Sigh* And from Oak+Fort’s departed sibling, this elegant Loft 82 dress (with a stretchy elastic waistband!):
I love this style of classy sandal! The minimalist straps and the low block heel are singing my song!
And in case you find a low heel not fancy enough for your holiday parties, check out the statement heel on this pair:
How great is this skirt?! The simple shape is perfect for the busy carpet-bag style print, and do you see the two square front pockets?
They have turn-key buttons!!
Delicate, filigree leaf necklace:
This simple, wool cocoon coat is from chez Simons. Here we must pause for a moment to remind ourselves that a true friend is not necessarily one that always reads your blog, but one that will tell you that look like you are pregnant in this coat. (I would say “thanks Laura!”, except that my long-time friend Laura doesn’t read the blog. Hmph). If you come in and try this coat on, I will definitely be honest with you about if you look like you are pregnant in it or not. I will also read your blog, because I am true friend.
[Note: there is nothing actually preganant-looking about this coat, it was just the way the pockets hit on me. Trust me, it's a very nice coat!]
This flowey dress is so lovely and I was worried it would photograph poorly, but I think the playfulness of the print and its forgiving silhouette come across really well here!
This Linea Pelle purse has great structure to it (it stands up by itself!) and the front flat folds up in one easy motion!
And then there’s the delightful dotted lining! A joyful rush each time you open it!
Lately I’ve totally been into the cropped sweaters. I love how chunky this one from French Connection is!
For those of you potentially heading somewhere warm in the next little while (lucky ducks!), a delightful swooshy skirt….
…and a fun, vintage cut, pink polka-dotted dress!
For those of you who pay close attention to detail, did you see the reflection of the sales section in the button?!
Friends, I got so many compliments on my glasses this past weekend that I figured I should give an official shout out to locally-owned independent store The Observatory on Whyte. Our Laura, who works at Red Pony and reads the blog every week (not my friend Laura W who does not read the blog), also works at The Observatory! She's got super cool style, and when I came in looking for glasses she totally humoured me and my very tight criteria:
(1) I had to love the glasses even when they are just sitting on the shelf. They have to be a work of art.
(2) No one else in Edmonton could have the same glasses. I am very narcissistic and insecure, friends, and I need to have glasses and a haircut that no one else has!
(3) Bonus criteria: I want strangers to stop me in the street to tell me how cool my glasses are. (This is also a criteria for my haircuts. Seriously, friends, there is only darkness in the depths of my soul!)
Our Laura immediately understood the artistic direction I was taking with my eyewear needs, and gave me lots of options. She even took great photos of each of the finalists for me to take home to solicit opinions from my friends.
The WOOW glasses (bottom left) were definitely the most *different* of the final four pairs. For technical reasons, we couldn't pop the display lenses out of the WOOW glasses, so it was harder to get a feel for what they would look like on, and more of a risk, but when Our Laura said "No, you won't run into anyone else wearing these glasses!" I was all "yesssssssssssss".
Plus, you know I love the little details, friends; check out what the temple tips and special wiping cloth have to say:
(You know I would have choosen this pair just for these details alone!)
I love these when they are on the shelf, and I get lots of compliments! So that's the story of my glasses, The Observatory and how Our Laura enabled my neurosis!
OK friends, time to emotionally prepare because there will be no blog for the next three weeks. Hopefully you'll be having so much fun drinking egg nog at work, taking extra long lunch breaks and leaving 20 minutes early every day (it's the holidays, people!) that you won't notice. But I'll still be in the shop this Saturday and Sunday, so you can come by and we can talk about eyewear and all the stress-knitting that needs to get done in the next two weeks!