Monday, May 30, 2016

The Wild, Wild West (Coast)

I spent the last 4 days farking around with this awesome dame in Vancouver....

This is just a teaser until my body re-aligns with my current time zone and I'm able to get a post up about out adventures.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pump Up The Volume

After being sick and having to give up my fur babies, I had been feeling like a rather muted version of myself this month, and it was starting to show in my outfit choices.  I realized my spark had been dimmed, and my clothes were reflecting this.  It came to a head one day when I caught a glimpse of myself in the wall-sized mirror in my physiotherapist's office, and for a moment, I didn't recognized the woman wearing a pair of jeans and a striped sweater who was staring back at me,

The next day I made a concerted effort to choose pieces from my wardrobe that made me feel stronger and brighter.

I've had the dress for a number of years, and it looks the same as it did when I bought it even though I wear it often.  It washes like a dream, and is sooo comfy.  Add some red, and a pair of Hello Kitty print leggings and I was feeling much better.  One of my colleagues said that my outfit made her very happy, so it obviously was giving off lots of good vibes.

For my Saturday coffee date with my bestie last weekend I went for stripes and silver, and even though I was wearing grey and black, I still felt vibrant.  The large vinyl bow is not part of the dress but was purchased at Jackpot Vintage, (now Blue Pepper Vintage) and had been waiting for the right outfit to accessorize.  Every time I wear these silver Doc Martens I get so many compliments on them, especially from guys.

I found this Italian-made linen and cotton blouse at Mesh Boutique and was hooked the minute I saw the sleeves.  I felt like Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables books when she expresses her delight over "PUFFED SLEEVES!"   I don't usually wear shirts or blouses but I thought this one suited me, and the poofy sleeves made me smile all day.

These funky leather shorts were a gift from Greetje, and as it was very cold and windy here yesterday, I layered them over some print leggings with ankle boots and a sweater.  I was not only warm, but I also reveled in the fact that I was a 54 year old woman wearing RED LEATHER SHORTS!  Thank you Greetje!

What you wear does affect your mood, and your self-confidence, which is something I've known for years, but apparently I needed to be reminded.  I don't want to go through life with my style set on "mute" - it's much more fun to pump up the volume!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Shiny Things

This past Wednesday, two of my favourite stores joined forces to present a Spring Jewelry Trunk Show.  Splash London brought a large assortment of Chanour and UNOde50 jewellery to From Mars and enlisted some friends to model some of the jewelry during the event.  I've never had a burning desire to be a model, but when all you have to do is pile on some bling and chat to people, why not?

We were originally told to wear basic black so to best show off the jewelry, and this was as basic as I could get.

Stephanie (center) and her two daughters also modeled some of the jewelry, wearing outfits from From Mars.

Chanour is a leading importer, wholesaler, and designer of handmade Turkish jewelry.  The pieces are bold in design and large in size.  The silver-coloured pieces are made from antique silver plated pewter.

The UNOde50 (one of 50) is a line of silver plated jewelry from Spain that incorporates crystals and leather into the designs. 

Jim Telfer, owner of Splash London, shows a customer how you can layer necklaces

I liked the large bronze spiral pendant on display with a bronze choker, both pieces from Chanour.

Any event held at From Mars brings out the best-dressed people in London.  John, in the photo above, always looks impeccable.  The store carries unique clothing and accessories for men and women, and most of the designs they carry look great on all ages, which has helped them establish a strong customer base of women over 40 (myself included).

Another man in attendance was wearing these marvelous shoes he found in Toronto.

There were a number of superbly stylish women at the event, including Chris, in the photo above.  I loved everything she was wearing, from her funky eyeglasses to her ankle boots with orange trim on the sole.

Another woman had the most amazing clutch purse made from pieces of skateboards

You can always tell a woman who shops at From Mars by her shoes, which are generally the coolest ones in the room.  In the case of Wednesday's event, there were many pairs of drool-worthy shoes to be found on the feet of the guests.  The green and blue ankle boots by Eject in the upper right were purchased at From Mars, the rest came from other stores.

And if your shoe collection needed a boost, there were fabulous shoes available to purchase, such as the ones from Fly London in the photo above.

From Mars is located at 347 Talbot Street, and Splash London is at 266 Richmond Street.  Their hours can be found on their websites.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

One Is The Loneliest Number

Two weeks ago I had to make an extremely difficult decision and while I knew it had to be done, it didn't make it any less heartbreaking.    Ginger and Ruby (my beloved pet rats, for those of you not regular readers) have gone to a new home.

When I got them, I knew I would be most likely be allergic to them, but initially, the allergic reaction, which has been primarily respiratory, was manageable.   But then I started getting more and more respiratory infections, and have been suffering from a serious respiratory illness since the end of February.  The coughing became constant, and a couple of weeks ago I ended up in my doctor's office extremely short of breath.  A chest x-ray and a prescription for 5 days of steroids later, I knew I'd reached the end of the line.   Many people would have make the decision earlier than I did, and I have no excuse other than I loved them, and in return, they provided companionship, entertainment and affection.  When you have lived alone for as long as I have, you realize that sharing a home with another human being may not be in the cards, but sharing a home with a pet is the next best thing (and possibly the preferred option).

I know they are being well cared for, and I am able to visit them, but it has been very difficult to come home to an empty apartment.  Many of the people I've told about having to give up my pets have responded with "Well, your health comes first", which is true, but these people all live with partners, children, or pets, and don't understand the loneliness that can come with living a solitary life.  It's been challenging to find a new routine that keeps me distracted from their absence, and I haven't felt much like writing, hence the long time between posts.   I've had time to question whether I want to continue my blog, and if so, what that will look like, as I've grown tired of promoting other people's creative work when I would like to spend more time working on my own.  We'll see what happens.  In the meantime, I'm still reading and commenting on other blogs, and I'm enjoying posting to my Instagram which is @fcfashionista.