{Outfit Details}

Dress: Old Navy (on sale here)
Cardi: Emu
Bag: Erin Templeton
Necklace: c/o Olive & Piper 
Bracelets: Stella & Dot + Olive & Piper

Between working, blogging, motherhood, and the day to day hustle that is life, I haven’t been doing much that is ground breaking when it comes to my outfits.   As I’ve mentioned in many other posts, I’ve adopted a uniform mentality.  I’ve got my go-to looks that I stick too by mixing and matching some easy basics.  I simply don’t have the time I used to to spend getting ready.  A five minute shower, couple minutes to get dressed and then about ten minutes for hair and makeup is about the norm now.  Plus with all this hot weather we’ve been experiencing, why complicate things?

Instead of my usual black, grey, white combo, I opted to mix things up slightly with an easy red jersey dress, and neutral toned loose cardi.  With this being a work day outside the house, I left my hair down and threw on some shiny baubles as I didn’t have little hands grabbing at everything.

When I saw this dress hanging on the rack in the store, I thought of the famous Bill Blass quote: “When in doubt, wear red.”  I figured I’d go with those wise words.

 

 

These images are not my own.  All sourced from Pinterest.

S T Y L E  I N S P I R A T I O N :   Normally Summer is all about bright colours and fun prints.  While I have infused a bit of this into my wardrobe, I can’t seem to shake gravitating towards pretty neutrals.  Little black dresses, a denim vest, flowy kimonos, and basic tees and tanks have been my staples.  Between the luxury of working from home and being on full time mommy duty, this has been the simplest way to make my closet work for me.  The time I have to get ready is much shorter so easy pieces I can mix n match help enormously.  We’ve also been experiencing one of the hottest Summers I can remember, which has also been affecting my outfit choices in the morning.  Light weight cottons and linens allow me to layer and keep me cool.

My self made Summer Vibe “rules”:
1. Top knots or a straw hat are a must.
2. For a flattering look, layer a super light kimono or vest over a simple dress.
3. Keep makeup minimal. Mascara, bronzer, and lip gloss is all you need.
4. Interesting jewelry will add the personality to your basic pieces.
5. Focus on your skin. Use a body scrub a couple of times a week to keep your skin glowing. Of course, don’t forget to moisturize and protect your skin with sunscreen.

 

Dress: BCBG,  Hat: Hive Mind Millinery, Shoes: Aldo,  Clutch: Co-Lab

On Saturday, Vancouver’s Glitterati and style lovers took over the Hastings Race Track for a day of glamour, music, cocktails, and betting.  Weather you were nibbling on the lobster lunch, sipping champagne in the VIP tents, or down at the fences cheering on your pony, you were undoubtedly having an amazing time.

Derby goers really got into the spirit of the event with bow ties, enormous hats, suspenders, and facinators as far as the eye could see.  Jazz bands played while bartenders showed off their skills in a bourbon cocktail competition in a skybox patio.  The whole day was first class.  After all, afternoon drinking is so much more acceptable if you’re dressed like a lady.

I didn’t come home any richer, but I am looking forward to another day of glam again next year.

 

Off To The Races

The 6th Annual Deighton Cup is this weekend.  On Saturday, Vancouver’s fashion crowd will head to Hastings Racecourse for a day of cocktails, music, and betting on the ponies.

In North America we are deprived of having the same type of millinery wearing occasions like our British friends.  Whether you’re into an over the top facinator or a lady like chapeau, this is one of those rare times we can proudly wear a spectacular topper without people thinking…”What’s up with her?”   If you’re still looking for some last minute style inspiration, I say start with the hat and work your way down.   You really can’t go wrong with a perfectly lady like frock, heels, and some fabulous accessories.

Follow me on Instagram (here)  to see my live coverage this Saturday.

 

Beat The Heat

These images are likenesses of items in my closet sourced on Polyvore.
Our West Coast heat wave has been a big dose of Summer all at once…and I’m not complaining!   I’ve created a new uniform for myself, as I do, for these amazing hot days.   Flowy tanks, a black skort, and a striped skirt have been my breezy go-to’s.  I’ve been wearing a lot of  neutral coloured items that I can mix and match.  Simple jewelry and and a straw hat have been all I need to accessorize.  I feel like a fun, quirky bag would be a great way to add a little personality to these looks.  I’m in love with this ASOS pineapple bag.  Adorable and it may have t o be mine!   Most importantly, my fridge is stocked with bottles of sparkling water and some flavored water too.  Hydration is key so it might as well sparkle.
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