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Outfit: The Navy and The Red Coats

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Have you ever stopped to think about how many of the words we use daily are actually military terms that have sifted down into everyday use? Words such as ‘khaki”, which now means a dull greenish tan colour, but originated from the Persian word for “dust” that was used to describe the uniforms of the soldiers stationed in the Middle East. Or the word “alarm” which originally came from the Italian phrase “all’ arme!” meaning “to arms!” The phrase “top brass” refers to a person of authority. There is debate about where the term came from, but it most likely originated because of the brass insignias officers wear to denote rank. Or even the term “navy blue”, which again hearkens back to the colour of the uniforms worn by the British Navy.

This all may seem rather unrelated to anything, but I started thinking about this when I wrote a note to myself to remember this outfit. I wrote: “Navy Dress/ Red Coat” which immediately called to mind, of course, the Navy and the Red Coats, (a slang term for the British Army). Completely by accident, this outfit I wore last week is even rather military inspired.  The buttoned red velvet jacket, the fluffy navy blue hat, and even the touches of brass jewellery.  I’ve got a bit of both the Army and the Navy showing through in this outfit, so of course a military/exploration inspired photo shoot was in order. There’s nothing I love better than a good theme. 😉 I wish I’d had a flag I could have posed with, to mark the territory I conquered, but as I didn’t, you’ll have to make believe with the walking stick I grabbed off of an obliging dead tree, the binoculars I used to spy out enemy territory, and this decrepit old bunker I have claimed as mine. All done while being fashionably attired of course. 😉

Outfit Details:

Hat: Thrifted

Military Inspired Jacket: Thrifted

Dress: Simplicity 1777

Shoes: Thrifted

Purse: Second Hand

Cuffs: A gift

Ring: Thrifted

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Outfit: Lost in a White Wonderland

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Christmas Day, we woke up to a fresh new coating of powdery white snow. I had been hoping for fresh snow for the holidays- as there is just nothing like a White Christmas, is there? We did already have snow on the ground, but the dead grass was poking through in areas, creating an effect that was not as picturesque as Christmas should be. 😉 Thus, I was very glad to wake up to snowflakes floating softly down; the world fresh and white, and quiet with the muffled softness that comes with a fresh snowfall. It was most definitely Christmas card worthy.

Of course, with snow comes colder temperatures as well, but it is a worthwhile tradeoff, I think. It’s going to be cold anyways, come winter, so we might as well get a pretty snowfall out it, right? Last winter was so mild, that I hardly had a chance to wear my winter coats, so even though I haven’t been exactly enthusiastic about the colder temperatures, at least I am able to give my winter coats several outings. Like most people, I used to have one winter coat, one summer coat, and one in between coat. Then one day, I decided that sometimes one coat doesn’t work with every outfit, and that when you live in a cold climate, it is perfectly OK to own multiple coats, if you’d like to. So, I currently now own three winter coats, am in the process of sewing another, and am constantly on the look out for a 40’s/50’s fit and flare style wool coat. And I borrow this coat of my mom’s whenever I can. My mom bought this gorgeous leather coat years ago, and though it doesn’t get much wear, it is so beautiful that I love to borrow it when the occasion permits. The collar is silver fox and is also detachable- but I always wear it with the fur, as it is so much more elegant that way. It was the perfect thing to wear for Christmas day- as I was already going with a black and grey colour scheme, as shown in my last outfit post. Apparently, whenever I pair black and grey I somehow end up with a completely monochromatic outfit?

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You may notice, (if you are looking that closely at this outfit!) that I am wearing different tights in this post, than I was in the last. I decided last minute to wear these fun polka dot tights instead of my white ones, and I think they add just the perfect amount of whimsy to an otherwise plain outfit, that could’ve easily turned into a rather boring one. I think the beetle brooch also keeps things fun. I don’t particularly like insects or arachnids, but I do own a spider brooch and now this beetle brooch. I prefer my bugs to have rhinestones on them, I guess 😉 I saw this brooch a couple of weeks before Christmas, and pointed it out to my family as a “great gift idea”. I didn’t think that anyone would get it for me, but when I opened my gift on Christmas morning, lo and behold, there was the beetle brooch! I couldn’t wait to wear it, so I pinned it on my beret, and it was the perfect finishing touch to my Christmas day outerwear.

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Did you have a White Christmas where you live, or do you have snow on the ground now? Do you like to borrow clothing from family or friends? What do you think about the beetle brooch (or other insect jewelry)? Would you wear insect related jewelry like this, or does that thought gross you out?

Outfit Details:

Coat: Vintage, borrowed from my Mom

Tights: Hue

Boots: Dkode

Gloves: Can’t remember!

Beret: Gift

Brooch: Gift

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When you decide to throw snow, make sure you take note of which way the wind is blowing and throw accordingly. Otherwise, you might end up coating yourself in a lovely cold frosting, see picture left. The second try, see picture right, I made sure to toss the snow out, not up.

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Woodland Queen

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I own approximately six evening / cocktail dresses. (I didn’t actually get up and check because I am feeling lazy right now, but I can remember six off the top of my head) I attend approximately zero cocktail parties each year. Thus, I have a lot of dresses that don’t get worn that often ever, so every time I find even half of an excuse to wear one, I take it! Last weekend was the Christmas party we have every year on my mom’s side of the family, and though it isn’t a dressy party by any means, I jumped at the chance to dress up in a “Christmas” ensemble with one of the neglected cocktail dresses.

I picked this dress up at the thrift store last year, and though it isn’t something I would normally gravitate to, as it is made out of some kind of parachute material and knitted polyester, it is a surprisingly versatile dress to have. It is true that you should never underestimate the power of an LBD! The first time I wore this dress, was to a swing dance with a theme of “Dancing Under the Stars”. When I wore it that time, I quickly grabbed some gold star garland and fashioned a crown so my outfit would fit the theme of “stars”. I quite liked that outfit, so when I was thinking of what to wear to this party, I decided another crown of stars would be just the thing. I cut out some stars from faux leather, painted them gold and then glued them to a headband. It turned out nicely and is a much more permanent, and slightly fancier, alternative to a tinsel crown 🙂 I think that the stars  are just the sort of thing that a flapper would have worn in the twenties, or maybe something a sprite would wear while flitting about the winter woods.

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Anyways, I have nothing else much to say about this outfit, so I’ll stop typing now 🙂

Happy First day of Winter to you all!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Thrifted

Shoes: Miz Mooz

Necklace: Ten Thousand Villages

Headband: Made by me

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Five Headbands to Wear for the Holidays (Or Anytime)

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Headbands and hair accessories are a great way to dress up any outfit with a festive flair which is perfect for the Christmas season.(But, really, who am I kidding? These are great to wear any time of the year! See Tuesday’s outfit for proof. Or this one.) Anyways, at this festive season of the year, we do tend to like making things at bit more fancy, and hair accessories are such a quick and easy way to do so. Put on a dress and you look nice, but add a hair accessory and you have an ensemble, right?

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Here is a dress, but not an ensemble. What hair accessories to add?

Here are five headbands to wear for any and every occasion you might find yourself at this holiday season.

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1. Occasion: Holiday Baking Day.

A bow is a super sweet addition for a day spent baking sweets and decking the halls with Christmas cheer. And it isn’t too fancy for daytime wear either. Pair with a cozy sweater, some plaid, and an appropriately festooned Christmas apron, and your ready to bake up enough sweets to last you until. . .  the end of the week.

 

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2. Occasion: A Christmas Luncheon

A large pom-pom flower made out of chiffon with a centre of pearls is perfect for daytime. (Pearls for daytime, diamonds for evening, remember?) The shape of the flower is reminiscent of a small hat, and is the perfect stand-in for a real hat, when out with the “ladies who lunch”. Add some luscious red velvet for a look that Mrs. Claus will most definitely be jealous of.

 

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3. Occasion: Christmas Day

Christmas calls for a very simple, yet elegant style. On the most wonderful day of the year, you certainly don’t want to be fussing with your outfit, because you will be too busy eating Christmas dinner, all manner of sweets, and spending time with those whom you love. A simple strand of pearls is classic and sweet, but goes with everything (including your favourite cozy pajamas if need be). Pair with a cozy sweater and any and all Christmas themed garments you own.

 

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4. Occasion: Christmas Cocktail Party

Christmas can be the most dressed down time of year, but also the most dressed up, when the occasion calls for it. For a work party, or any other Christmas cocktail party, a feathered headband is the perfect accessory. Reminiscent of a fascinator, feathers and gems create an elegant evening ensemble. Wear your loveliest Little Black Dress and let the feathers take centre stage.

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5. Occasion: New Years Eve Party

Of course, the holidays are not finished without a New Years Eve celebration. Whether you are taking part in a dressed-up New Year’s Countdown party at midnight, or spending the evening in, a crown of stars is the perfect addition. Gold stars of all shapes and sizes will look festive and go with the any ensemble, regardless of whether it is an evening dress, or simply jeans and a shirt. Add all the sparkly jewelry you can find, and you are all set to ring in the New Year with style.

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Are you planning on attending any Christmas or New Year’s Festivities? Do you like to wear headbands? Would you wear any of the these looks?

By the way, I used to hate wearing headbands because they always pressed behind my ears and gave me headaches after a while. Have you had that problem before? I recently discovered that if the band is narrow enough, or it is elastic (like so many you can find nowadays), you can push the headband farther back so it doesn’t sit right behind your ears, but it is still hidden by your hair. I wear headbands in this way all day and it usually doesn’t bother me anymore. That being said, for some reason, some days my head just doesn’t like them, and I can’t wear a headband that day. Anyways, I just thought I’d pass on the info, in case it can be of any use to you 🙂