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It’s March Break! (cue sound of angels singing) Which means a LOT of errands. Which means comfy shoes.

idareyouThe first time I wore these shoes, no one said a word about them. Not one person. Not one word. It freaked me out a bit. I mean, they sort of make a statement, don’t you think? I thought the statement they were making was along the lines of, “Holy crap! COOL.” But then, when no one had anything to say about them, I began to wonder whether what they were really saying was, “The woman wearing these is a certifiable fashion victim.”
In the end, I decided I didn’t care because what matters is what  think and I still think they rock.

I wear them all the time.

It was love at first sight for me when I saw these shoes. After all, they are an unholy marriage of all that I love: patent leather, Oxford brogues, black & white, STUDS! And I was not deterred at all to learn that the person behind them (okay, maybe it’s just her money is behind them) is none other than Madonna.

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That’s right, Gentle Reader, my shoes are by Madge.
The line is called “Truth or Dare.”

 

LHR: Wonderland

Yesterday, we went to Rob and Ann Marie’s wedding. It was filled with lots of great moments including Lucha Libre thumb wrestling, a brilliant band – tragic roundabout and lots of other surprises.

Ann Marie decided that the wedding attire should match the formal setting (one mooregate place) and for that in particular I thank her. I’ve been dying to wear this vintage number I bought with YYZ about 5 years ago in a store on Ossington in Toronto. I believe it was I Miss You. However, YYZ will correct me as her memory (at least related to shopping) is impecable.

When I bought the dress, I imagined I would cut it off at the knees so I could wear it more often. As you can see I never did cut it off and I’m glad I didn’t. Don’t worry, I never will. Like most dresses, my short-waistedness causes a little of an issue and should probably get the back adjusted, but it’s probably a thing I’ll never get around to. Other than the back, it fits like a glove and is SUPER duper comfortable. In a few pics, I see the girls need a bit of hoisting. Oh well. That’s age for you.

Here are a few shots of what I wore (and a few of what others wore). There’s more of the wedding over on flickr.

J and I amongst the flowers

J and I amongst the flowers

With the Opera Coat (bought again with YYZ but in Brooklyn)

With the Opera Coat (bought again with YYZ but in Brooklyn)

My diamond engagement ring.

My diamond engagement ring.

The gapey back

The gapey back

There was fun with light sabres.

There was fun with light sabres.

The happy couple

The happy couple

The cake was truly sculptural. Look at Flickr for robot bride/groom

The cake was truly sculptural. Look at Flickr for robot bride/groom

The bride's shoes.

The bride’s shoes.

One of the many guests in a mask.

One of the many guests in a mask. Love that it is tartan.

What I wore?
Dress: 60′s vintage number by Ruth Dukas (Canadian – born in Poland) bought with YYZ (read more about her here)
Ring: complete trash bought with YYZ on this trip to NYC
Earrings: Vintage silver screw-ons. I lost one :(
Shoes: Silver Gucci (bought 2nd hand and worn here)
Jacket: Green Opera Jacket with blue lining bought with YYZ (no label – perhaps homemade)
Bag: Silver bag bought with YYZ (there’s a bit of a theme here). I believe Aldo.

In case you are wondering why there were all these Lucha Libres, Ann Marie is studying at Lucha Britannia. (Her Lucha name is Chow Mein.) If you are visiting me, ask me to take you to a night there (if they have one on). It is brilliant albeit a little scary.

This is the usual soundtrack that runs through my head here in London. It rains a shedload in this country. I find it rather depressing sometimes. In fact, right now I wish I could hit the slopes for some snow, but it isn’t going to happen this year. I have some big things on my horizon (work-wise) and need to focus on that and ski later.

So, in the rain I stay and I might as well make the most of it.

Luckily, thanks to Mum and Dad who were visiting in December, I have a swanky new raincoat to wear when the days are grey and rainy. We picked it up at Spitalfields. I love it because I can wear it on my bike (with a high-vis vest of course) and pull up the French Lieutenant’s Woman inspired hood.

What do you think?

Ready for the rain

Ready for the rain

The collar/hood rolled down

The collar/hood rolled down

French Lieutenant's Woman Hood

French Lieutenant’s Woman Hood

Worn here on the day of the most uncomfortable shoe day ever!

Worn here on the day of the most uncomfortable shoe day ever!

I realize I didn’t take a shot with the coat unbuttoned. It looks really swanky with the top buttons undone. It changes the look and the collar again. Oh well. Perhaps another day I will post such a picture.

LHR: MOOving On

Thursday was a big day. It was my last day at MOO where I have been for the last 5.5 years. In fact this entire week has been big. There was a party on Monday where all my colleagues “got fancy”. I wish there were some photos of me as I wore my gold DVF shirt (seen here), this little Pied a Terre skirt, these Armani tights and these chunky Aldo shoes. I wasn’t really sure how fancy the evening would be, so I felt that the shoes and tights made it more edgy than fancy. As you can see from the photos below, I shouldn’t have worried. The guys and gals didn’t let me down.

Looking lovely in vintage and a splash of red

Looking lovely in vintage and a splash of red

The Bond Look

The Bond Look

Bowie looking fan-cy.

Bowie looking fan-cy.

A few of the guys from my team looking rather dapper.

A few of the guys from my team looking rather dapper.

Roly was wearing his finest hair art to date.

Roly was wearing his finest hair art to date.

The evening was spectacular and I was happy to make it to the very end of the evening without any incidents.

Yesterday was my last day and it involved an external meeting. As a result, I had to sport a dress and some heels. The dress was the one I created on the now defunct Style-Shake (worn here). My shoes were ones I picked up before Christmas in NY at Macy’s. You can see them here with some black tights with red wolford fishnets worn over top. See them below.

They are RED.

They are RED.

It was a big wonderful week including parties and shop openings. Don’t the MOO assistants look cool?

The MOO Shop Assistants

The MOO Shop Assistants

Bowie’s photo was taken by the talented Rob Wilson (MOO Photographer)

LHR: Green Bits and Bobs

It’s been rather cold here in London-town of late. In fact, we even had snow. I love it! I know it will only last a few days and it reminds me of home.

As a result of the cold weather, I’ve had to think about wearing woolies every day. Given I don’t have a ton of woolen jumpers I need to think of how I might keep warm. Friday, I noticed this green vintage cardigan hanging in my closet. I hadn’t worn it in ages and thought it would do the trick.

So, the theme as you will see is Vin-tage (vin- tawzsh).

Fuzzy photo and bad angle* as I look like a linebacker.

Fuzzy photo and bad angle* as I look like a linebacker.

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Shell Belt Detail

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Cardigan detailing

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Swanky necklace – definitely not vintage

What I wore and where I got it?
JeansLee. These are practically vintage. I bought them in Hampstead in 2007
Tank: Off-white wool knit by American Vintage
Cardigan –
Green, hand detailed wool cardigan, do not remember where I picked it up. Probably from the 50′s
Belt – Gold metal shell buckle belt, bought at  House of Vintage,  London
Necklace – YYZ and I discovered this brilliant, super-cheap store in NYC where we bought tons of crap like this necklace and so much more that has not yet made it here.
Shoes: Green T-strap Mary Janes by Kurt Geiger

*Angle or body? I’m not sure but I’m going to blame it on the camera angle. I really don’t think I would make a very good linebacker or quarterback or tight end or whatever the guys with the massive shoulders are called.

LHR: Taking Care of Business

Today was a big day for me.  My resignation was being made public at work. I knew after 5.5 years it was going to feel weird and also very sad to make it so final/so real with this announcement. So, I figured I should dress for the business.

Last week, while shopping for J’s birthday, I found this cute little tee.I love the idea of wearing a tie. So, I bought myself a present too. (don’t worry J did get something too). Then on Saturday, when J insisted we head to Uniqlo, I found some nice woolen tights that will become my new go-to. I bought 3 pairs – black, gray and burgundy. Watch this space, I’m sure they’ll be worn many times.

So, what do you think? Was it an apt outfit for my resignation announcement?

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Necktie tee by Volcom

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Another glamourous shot in the loo

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Tee without the jacket

Shoes/Boots by Aldo

Shoes/Boots by Aldo

Pink Earrings

Pink Earrings

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J and I sporting our new matching Tees (oh and my newly knitted cap)

What I wore?
Black Ribbed Tights – Uniqlo
Tee Shirt (worn by him and her) – Volcom
Jacket – worn so many times before and again – by BCBG
Shoes – Aldo
Earrings – Pink Roses given to me by my Sister and Brother in Law
Brooch – Vintage stick pin
Ring – beaded from NY
Toque or Beanie (as they seem be known outside of Canada) – Wool and the Gang (knitted by me)

YYZ: Cirque du Soleil

This tent er, dress is a current fave. For obvious reasons.
#hides_a_multitude_of_sins

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LHR sent me some amazing goodies for Christmas, including these pretty pale aqua net tights. Not wanting to reveal too much, I decided to layer them over a pair of opaque tights in the same shade as my new (!) Kate Spade shoes. I snagged the latter in the sale at Holt’s– they were tucked away in the back, rather than out on the rack, so when the salesgirl said, “Why don’t you try a size 7?” and I said, “There isn’t one” and she said, “There’s a pair in the back” I thought to myself, “SOLD!”

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 The necklaces are made by a former student of mine who goes by the name of Pikay Creations.
I love her work and you can find her on etsy, if you do, too.

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The fancy cocktail ring (cockatoo ring?) is from Target.

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