April showers bring May flowers.  I keep reminding myself of this when I wake up to an overcast sky and puddles on the ground.  I’ve packed all my boots away for the year but one pair I can’t give up would be my wellies.  An absolute West Coast must.  To make sure I don’t look like I’m going out to do some gardening or digging for clams, I try to keep my rainboots looking just a bit more refined.

My maxi skirts have been perfect to keep me warm but they often get soaked on the bottom.  To avoid looking soggy, I tie a knot at the bottom of the skirt to shorten the hemline just a bit.  This fabulously cozy sweater by Left of Houston is the perfect layering piece.  It doesn’t look heavy and bulky but it adds just enough warmth to keep the chill off.    How do you stay chic in the rain?

Sweater: c/o Left on Houston, Skirt: Splendid (here), Tank: Zara, Scarf: Marciano, Clutch: Coach, Bracelets: c/o Mala Imports, Pandora, and CPak,  Wellies: Spank , Necklaces: Karen Telio

 

This is my final look from my FM Photographics photo-shoot.  It’s definitely my most simplistic look of three.  I really wanted the print contrast to stand out but not clash so I figured simpler was better.

This photo-shoot was exactly what I needed to kick off 2013.   When the winter blahs are kicking in and we all feel fat after gorging ourselves over the holidays, a day of dressing up, makeup, and pretty pics is just what the doctor ordered.   It ‘s the small things this time of year that keep our spirits up.

Five sure ways to brighten your day…
1) Go for a walk when the sun is shining. If you live somewhere like Vancouver, sunshine is a rarity this time of year. Get out there and enjoy it when you can.
2) Make plans with friends for dinner.
3) Buy fresh flowers for your home.
4) Put on some upbeat music. This always works for me:)
5) Plan your own photo session. Hire a professional or enlist a friend. It’s just fun to try something new!

Plaid Top: Inwear,  Skirt; Forever 21,  Bag: Rudsak,  Shoes: consignment shop find,  Belt: Brave Leather,  Snake Necklace: Vancouver designer Karen Telio

Thank you so much to Jeff at FM Photographics for taking such great pics!

 

I found this pretty vase at a vintage market over the summer.  I love having fresh flowers on the window cill in my kitchen.

I have had this Karen Telio necklace for years now.  It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.

 For storage, I keep pretty little tins like this one to store things like bobby pins.  

I feel like I came back to life this week.  With meetings, articles, photoshoots, and deadlines, it was time to get out of my post holiday slump and join the productive world again.

I’ve been on a bit of a magazine buying kick lately.  I like to start getting spring inspirations early.  

 

Now that the holiday parties and sparkly soirees have come to an end, I’ve been reworking some of my dressier pieces in more casual ways.  I wore this little black lace with gold shimmer skirt a few times over the holidays.  (Including here)  Now I’m pairing it with loads of  cozy layers and a comfortable ankle wedge boot for an easy day look.  So ladies, don’t pack up those holiday pieces just yet.  Challenge yourself to see how you can tone down the glitz for everyday wear while keeping the chic.

Skirt: Kenneth Cole, Jacket: Inwear (old), Top: San Francisco purchase,  Scarf: handmade by my Mother-In-Law,  Bag: Co-Lab (old), Bracelets: San Francisco purchase, Necklace: Karen Telio,  Shoes: Nine West

Find me on Marionberry Style for her stripes feature.  If you haven’t checked out her blog be sure to.  She has a fabulous baby bump and styles herself perfectly.  Her site can be a fun source of outfit ideas for me.  Like this one:)  Thanks for the challenge Marion!

 

Dressing in layers is my standard uniform.  What isn’t standard for me is vintage clothing.  I’ve always had a couple vintage pieces in my closet, mainly accessories, but not much clothing wise.  I figured this beautiful vintage pearl sweater c/o Shoppalu was a good place to start.  It’s so pretty and cozy and layers like a dream.  With this cooler weather, it was the perfect way to keep warm and stay chic.

Pearl Sweater: Shoppalu c/o, Fur Trim Vest: Garcia (similar), Jeans : AG Farrah Skinnny (available here), Belt: Brave Leather, Necklaces: Maison Scotch and Karen Telio, Shoes: DSW

Photos by Alex 

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