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The perfect all season accessory: the scarf

In Fashion on August 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

When my BFF Alison moved to Europe 5 years ago, one of the first birthday gifts she sent across the pond was a box of Wittamer chocolates and a silk scarf. The chocolates were gone by the end of the week and although the scarf was beautiful, I’ll admit it hung in my closet for well over a year before I wore it. Back then, scarves were more for winter warmth than fashion. But all of that has changed in the past few years. Now scarves are all the rage and can be used for both casual and dressy outfits. I now own well over 40 scarves (just bought two more today) and love how they can make a simple t shirt look chic. While searching for scarf tying ideas, I stumbled on this image from at 1960s Sears publication:

I tend to wear mine like #11 or #15 but I also like this:

The best thing about scarves for me is the warmth they provide. They can be an effective layering piece when the AC is blasting or when dining out on a patio in the evening.
Do you wear scarves? Why or why not?


Right fit pants

In Fashion on August 19, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’ve blogged before about Lane Bryant being my fav US plus size store. Three years ago they came out with the most fabulous line of pants and jeans. It’s called right fit and it takes into consideration the waist to hip ratio. I’m a blue curvy fit as my hips are larger than average when compared to my waist. There is a red and yellow fit, one which fits a more square shape (waist and hips very similar) and also a smaller waist style for those whose pants always gape at the back waistband.
The lafayette blue right fit pants are a staple in my work wardrobe and up until last week I only owned them in black.

I am very lucky to have a close friend with an American credit card and PO box who helped me score 3 more pairs and colours of these great pants. I now have cedar brown, classic navy and heather gray. And the best part is that they were on sale for $24.99 each (normally they retail for $49.50-$54.50)
The only downside to these pants is that they are not the best choice in very warm weather. The polyester blend does not breathe and last summer during our trip to NYC, I quickly switched to my cotton capris.
This brings me to my next wardrobe quest, plus size khakis in a relaxed fit without an elastic waistband. I have high hopes for the styles that will be available from Old Navy Canada online this fall.

Purple and dotty

In Fashion on April 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Last weekend I picked up two dotted scarves at old navy, one in blues, the other in reds/pinks. I really could buy almost every scarf I’ve seen at old navy this season, they are all great colours, longer lengths and nice fabric that won’t irritate the skin.
At penningtons I picked up two lightweight tops that ended up matching the scarves perfectly. I wore this to the JCS party and then again today for parent teacher interviews. Lots of great comments on how it’s the right colour for my skin and that my eyes are bright and pretty with it. It’ll be a great look to take into summer too 🙂

Spring arrivals at Lane Bryant

In Fashion on March 29, 2010 at 12:15 am

Lane Bryant is one of my fav plus size stores in the US. It’s my first stop and sometimes only stop at the Bangor or Maine mall. I spend hours on their website deciding what I’d like to try and often bring a print out to the store. I always try to get there shortly after it opens and I make it a point to let the clerks know I’m from away and mean business with my fashion. It usually takes 2 hours and I often spend $250 or more. The funny thing is that I’ve been mistaken for a clerk nearly every time and have been offered a job more than once.
Spring outfits are showing up on the website and although I won’t get to shop there for at least a month or so, here are two outfits that I really like:

I like this outfit both for the colours and the cut of the clothes. Bright pink and grey are a great combo and can pair with many other items. The gentle gathers on the blouse and full hip and arm cut are very appealing. The pants are full cut and will work all seasons.

This cardigan is exactly the style I love, flyaways are so comfy yet look polished. Crops of this length are useful now, wearing them will tall boots and then into summer with sandals.

Springtime makes me want to buy a new purse

In Fashion on March 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

The sunny weather has me wanting to abandon my black purse and jacket for something colourful and fun.
I’ll be taking a group of students to Niagara Falls in April and will be close to a Coach Outlet. Looking on the website 2 purses caught my eye:

kristin leather large hobo
The slouchy shape showcases the saturated color and luxurious drape of
the premium Juno leather. Juno leather, fine-grain gently tumbled cowhide, Inside zip, cellphone, multifunction pockets
Outside front pocket
Handle with 12” drop
Detachable long strap with 20” drop

hailey crossbody
Quintessential New York—elegant yet go-anywhere, nostalgic yet modern.
Designed to be carried as a hobo, shoulder bag, or across the body.
Shiny cowhide leather
Inside zip, cellphone, multifunction pockets Ring to clip an accessory or keyfob
31” strap for shoulder or crossbody wear 11” handle with 4” drop

Which one do you like best?

iPhone and “Tiffany” key

In Fashion on March 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I know it’s been a while but I now have an iPhone, so I figure I’ll be able to find time to blog with the built in camera.

A quick style update: I’ve been drooling over the ads for the Tiffany Keys since they came out last year. I finally found a decent knock off at colwells on Saturday. It’s the right length and style and I’ve gotten tons of compliments on it today. What do you think?

I know I already bought black boots for fall…

In Fashion on September 10, 2009 at 11:27 pm

but I really, really like these:
They are wide width, with a wide boot shaft to fit my dancer calves and the heel is just the right height. Look at the great zipper that goes right to the footbed and the little stretch panel. $133 US is more than I usually spend… What do you all think?

Shopping state side

In Fashion on September 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Went on an impromptu drive to Calais, Me on Sat with Mom and B.  They had both just gotten their passports in the mail and wanted to get some groceries, so we made a day out of it.  Shopping wise Calais is very hit or miss, so I was pleased with what I found.

First stop was Mardens.  It’s a surplus and salvage shop selling everything you could think of.  Stock changes quickly so their slogan sure does apply, “I should have bought it, when I saw it, at Mardens”  ( I know many of you just sang that jungle in your head 🙂  Didn’t find anything in the clothing section, they did get a big shipment of leather jackets, but the only thing in my size was a weird cape.

The shoe department was much better and I tried on over 20 pairs.   I got 2 pairs of ballet flats: red sparkles and plaid purple, burgundy and brown patents.  I also made a major score on a pair of softwalk high heel loafers.  They are very comfy and I hope I’ll be able to wear them to work.  I’ll be trying them out his week so I’ll let you know if they are indeed and all day shoe for me.


Walmart was next and although they have not received all of their fall stock, I found 3 tops and 2 boyfriend cardigans. I had hoped to pick up one of these cardigans soon and think most of my gal friends will like this style. Its very retro, promotes comfort like a hoodie yet it is more stylish and most of all keeps you warm. These cardigans are long, have pockets and look good buttoned up or open like a jacket. I got one in chocolate brown and a mauve-pink shade. They match the bell sleeve tops I bought perfectly.


The coat quest continues…

In Fashion on August 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I was up early this morning and noticed that the penningtons website had been updated with 6 fall coats. I headed to the store and was really looking for the following trench coat:


They didn’t have it in yet, but have a shipment coming on Thursday. There was another coat there that I tried and liked (they don’t have it on the website yet) and I put it on hold. I figured since I was there I would try on some fall outfits and I ended up putting the following on hold til Friday:


Argyle sweater fooler that I have on hold in brown and blue.  Sweater is very lightweight, the fit was good and I think I liked the blue argyle the best as it had white and grey with it.


Straight leg pant on hold in grey and brown.  Matches with the sweaters and most of my pants right now are black so I need some variety.


Cute t-shirt that I have been watching now on sale.  The color I picked was black with red, grey and white accents.


The last shirt that I have on hold is not pictured on the website and this is the closest that I could find.  The draping is the same as this one and the gathering across the front is very flattering.  The actual one I have on hold is black with short sleeves and has buttons up the front.  Reminds me a bit of a tuxedo shirt, felt really nice on and would be a great layering piece.

So when I go back on Friday, what should I get?

No Mare, they aren’t cute – aka the skinny jean (or any tapered pair of trousers)

In Fashion, fashion faux pas on August 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm


Doing a quick internet image search on tapered leg pants made me feel rather ill earlier this afternoon.  The advent of the skinny jean this past fall has brought back a whole world of fugly amongst celebs, teens and early 20 somethings. It’s one thing to see them day in and day out when you work in a high school of 1200 students.  But as one approaches their 30s, there are certain fashion trends that shouldn’t be kept or even adopted in the first place.  Any form of tapered leg pant is a no no for either guys or girls.  Every figure type looks bad in this trend, no matter how slim they are. The cut is often too high or too low waisted, causes the hips to look so much wider than they are and can make knees and thighs look unattractive and/or out of proportion.  Pants should not taper after the knee; they should continue at the same width to create a long lean line to the leg.  This isn’t to say everyone should wear wide leg pants, but a straight cut

is so much more flattering even on slim, petite figures.   So just say no to skinny jeans, no matter how cute you think they would look tucked into high boots.