Friday, July 29, 2011

Going On Safari

Years ago, I started dating a guy in the army. One night, we were chatting on the phone, and he commented that it drove him nuts when people would wear army-inspired clothing, either man up and join the army or get out of the camo and greens. I was wearing these shorts when he made the comment. My response: "I don't think I'm in the army, I think I'm on safari!!"

It seems these days I'm not so much on safari as packing, but nonetheless, it's kind of an adventure. Here, I'm trying to scale Mount Boxes.

This whole packing thing is bringing back bad memories of the bedbug packing. At least this time we're ending up in a NEW bug-free place!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scooby Doo Where Are you?

I almost forgot to blog. Between a morning packed with thesis work, and afternoon searching Regina for new bedding (unsuccessfully) and an evening up to my ears in boxes, I haven't even had time to eat (pizza is ordered and on its way).

I'm dressed comfortably. Ya, that's the best I can say for me right now.

Oh, and I'm stuck in a box

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Windy Whoas

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Dressing more basically isn't easy: this morning, I had to resist the urge to add a layer over or under this skirt to make the outfit have a little more bang. Then I remembered the inspiration for this outfit: Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Hepburn, of course, is an prime example of elegance, style and beauty... all of which she does using basics.

Of course, I should have maybe paid a bit more attention to the voice inside my head today saying "add a layer".  My skirt did most certainly lift when a gust of wind came along. Fortunately, the construction workers at the site I was passing all approved.

And I had been hoping to be more "Roman Holiday" today - my plan was to chop off all my hair after my wedding, but when I went to book an appointment with my hairdresser, I found out she'd quit. I think I'm hairdresser cryptonite.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Back to Basics

It's been a while since I've done some basic blogging. Over the last few weeks, I've put a lot of thought into putting together outfits and how these outfits are perceived. During our honeymoon, I went very low key in my outfits. I wore clothes based on comfort rather than fashion so that I could focus on time with Scott. It was a little odd to wear a basic jean and t-shirt combo three, four, five days in a row, especially since we were staying in a hotel which was more upscale than we were used to (Renaissance, for those who know downtown Vancouver hotels). I felt equally as self-conscious in jeans, a t-shirt and a pony tail as I do in an "outfit" and "hairstyle".

Blogging certainly encourages us to stretch our wardrobe in new and different ways, which is one of the reasons why I love it. However, sometimes it feels like reaching for the kookiest colour combination or adding yet another layer of clothing may have me stand out in the blogging world - in a good way - but makes me stand out in the real world - in a bad way. Do my clothes show my identity or mask it?

I'm taking advantage of the fact that we're currently packing to move back home, and will be "camping" in our current apartment for a number of weeks and focusing on simple and fresh outfits. I'm not going to be trying to be the world's greatest fashionista. Instead, I'm going to focus making sure each outfit is a reflection of me.
Ok, this outfit is a little less about "me" and a little more about the shoes - Nine West Zampa. My research suggests that they were from the Fall 2010 line (though that could be wrong) and retailed for up to $180 here in Canada. Of course, I was pretty damn shocked to see them - new without tags - in Value Village for $15. Can you say win?!?! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cara's Closet: Wedding Gown Edition

Do you know how hard it was all last week to not select pictures for the other wedding related posts that didn't include me? It was difficult!! Fortunately, only once did I resort to a little photoshop magic, but I was in there anyway, blurring out people's faces.

Choosing accessories for my wedding dress was probably more fun than picking out the dress. I spent so much time on Etsy, it was kind of ridiculous. However, it also meant having the exact look I wanted - regardless of geographic location.

I purchased two of these headbands, and turned one into a veil, so I could easily swap them out between the ceremony and reception. Honestly, I wasn't even going to wear either of them before I went to my hair appointment (which was kind of a nightmare - my stylist was MIA), so I left the decision up to my mother and sister, since I figured I wasn't calmed down enough to make any logical choices.

The necklace was supposedly from the 1960s (I'm a little dubious) but I loved it all the same. It's not high quality by any means, but I liked the size of it. Inside, I had a picture of my grandparents, both of whom have passed away. It was nice to have a small momento of them with me.

The shoes (Chinese Laundry) I picked up super cheap at an after-Christmas sale. Scott talked me into a shorter heel hoping they'd be more comfortable, but I didn't end up wearing them for a lot of the night anyway.  And the garter, which I definitely cheaped out on (but added my own D20 as a nod to Scott's nerdicism) fell apart before the garter toss. Oh well!

 And this pin I think is probably my best find. The seller claims it's from approximately the 1920s, and given my (limited) knowledge of jewellery from this time, I'm tempted to agree with her. Finding pearls and amethysts together in a vintage piece was difficult, but it was certainly better than the ugly brooch that came with the dress.

And finally, I'll let you see the dress.  It's Jasmine F313 (I really wish that Jasmine dresses had better names). I find the pictures so fascinating. There were some issues in the dress fittings, where the dress was sitting improperly, making the front poof out and my butt feel gigantic. Even once they fixed the problem, I just never stopped feeling unneccessarily huge in the dress. Looking at pictures, I keep trying to criticize how it fits, even though I know it's just all in my mind.

Oh, you mean you wanted to see me in the dress?

Trust me, getting to the location for that picture was not easy. The pathway was flooded out, so we had to crawl over rocks. I may have broken a toe. But I love that picture!  My favourite picture is of the back of the dress:

And since I'll only get married once, here are a bunch of random shots which I love so you have to put up with!

Friday, July 22, 2011


You've already seen the boys suits, so really, doing a post dedicated to what Scott wore is kind of derivative. However, I like to create suspense for what I wore... which means you do have to wait until next week!

Scott and the boys all had pocket watches (which I'm not sure if you can see in the picture from Wednesday), which we presented to them, monogrammed, to thank them for their involvement in our day (the girls got the clutches they were carrying).

I also bought Scott some cufflinks off Etsy. The seller believed they were from the 1960s and made of ebony and steel.

We chose a purple shirt to add some colour to our couple pictures (I love colour - can you tell yet?) and accented it with the purple lisianthus, the pink gerbera and a green kermit boutonniere.

What made Scott all the more colourful was the fact it never occurred to us that after 3 hours of pictures, he might be a little sunburnt. Fortunately, our photographer did an admirable job of photoshopping that out, but in the pics we've seen on Facebook, he looks painful!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I couldn't decide what thrifted piece to feature, so you get all of them!! I feel like I'm cheating this week - only one live blog post! I hope I'm still taking pictures of what I'm wearing - if it's cooled down enough to put clothes on!

Thrifting has been in my bones for as long as I can remember. Usually, it was for costumes, but the older I got, the cheaper I got, and the more I rely on thrift shops for my clothes. Here are probably only a sample of what I have thrifted over the last couple years

Plaid Wool Dress (AE)

Green hooded Sweater*

Army Jacket

Green plaid jacket

Maroon Skirt (Jacob)

Knit Dress (Ricki's)*

Cherry Sundress

Tunic (Le Chateau)

Tunic (Le Chateau)

Denim Skirt

H&M Shirt

Red Jacket

H& M Jumper

H & M Blouse

Skirt & Jacket*

Plaid skirt**

Ruffled Shell (Ralph Lauren)

Skirt & Sweater

Purple Tank

Flowered Dress

Denim Skirt**

Tweed Jacket

Tweed vest

Cowboy boots

Table Cell
* Denotes an item headed for the thrift shop
** Denotes an item already returned to to the thrift shop

And these are only the items purchased at a thrift shop... it's not counting the hand-me-downs, the swaps, the outlet bargains or the online (used) purchases. And at only 2 dozen, I wouldn't be surprised if I forgot a few items! In fact, I just remembered an off-white shrug I still haven't had a chance to wear!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Supporting cast

Choosing a bridal party actually really stressful for me. How do you go through your life and choose a random number of friends to be the ones who stand up beside you as you get married?! And really, when you think about it outside the context of the historic tradition of maids and men, it's a little obscure... "OMG, you're my best friend, want to stand beside me as I go through this intensely personal moment with that guy standing on the other side of me?"

The way we made it work for us was that we chose couples to stand up beside us. Each of these couples (married, of course, it would have been rather awkward if they had broken up between buying the dress and walking down the aisle) is remarkable for their own reasons, and Scott and I have learned so much from watching their relationships grow.

And because each of these relationships is unique, we didn't want them all standing up there looking like cookie cutters. I selected a colour for the dresses, and told them to go wild (admittedly, it wasn't as easy of a task as I thought, so I thank them for having to negotiate different names for different colours with different brands). I even had one girl decide to make her own dress... try and guess which one!

As for the boys, we knew it was likely going to be a beastly hot day (which it was), so going for a full tux seemed excessive for an outdoor wedding. And it turns out renting only parts of a tux was just as expensive as buying pieces, so we had them hit up their local Le Chateau for a pant/vest combo. Our stipulation was the shoes were to be black, the shirt was to be white and the tie was to go with the dresses, but other than that, they were free to do what they wanted. While the differences in ties etc. was certainly more subtle than the girls, I loved seeing who went with stripes, paisley and solid! (There was one more rule: no neck beards, which I think is a good rule for every day life).

It was great having such supportive friends surrounding us and looking good too!

(The homemade dress?  The bubble skirt and cropped jacket!)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Working World

We hit about 43/106 degrees (accounting for humidity) for the second day in a row. I can't remember the last time the temperature was this high for this long, and yet it still just seems like yesterday that I was complaining about windchills of -40. While I usually pair structured pieces with my cotton pieces to add a bit of business to a look, it was so hot I didn't even want to carry a jacket with me on the bus. This cardigan, fortunately, was light enough to grab with my purse and barely even notice. I didn't even really need it that much at the office - about 60% of the building had flood damage due to some burst pipe or something while I was gone. It didn't affect my floor, but it certainly made the building feel very humid.

And pretend you didn't see this necklace, k? I hope it barely shows up... you aren't supposed to know it exists until Monday!