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YYZ: Brr! It’s Cold In Here!

Last week, I went to my first millinery class at the fashion design faculty of a local college. I wore skinny jeans, a cute retro-inspired sweatshirt (yeah, I said “sweatshirt”) from José Fresco, as YVR calls it, a sparkly leather cuff and my hot pink ‘tween boots and ski jacket.

The fashion students were not dressed like that.
At all.
It was snowing. A lot.
But, despite the snow and slush and salt, there were cute, fashion-y, knee-high suede boots and there were high heels and there were ensembles. The kind of ensembles that clearly involved a LOT of time and effort in order to look effortlessly cool.  When I went to university, back when the earth was still cooling, people did NOT dress up. Ever. For anything. This was true even despite our proximity to Montreal and a large number of Montréalaises in our midst. Then again, I did not go to fashion school, so I suppose it is a horse of a different colour.

My girlfriends asked me what the kids in my class were wearing and I mentioned that they were all very stylish and that I looked, it turns out, very “Soccer Mom.” (Now, I am not a mom, but if I were, I’d be aiming more for classy MILF -is that an oxymoron?– than Soccer Mom, if you know what I mean…)
I knew I’d have to bring my A-game this week.

Bring. It. On.

The photos are even crappier than usual (did you even think that was possible??) because I took them in the space of about 30 seconds, but here is my back-to-school outfit:

 

Best shot of outfit, minus weird shadow in foot region...

Cardi & Skirt: Jacob
Vintage Fur Collar: handed down from my mum
Cami: Smart Set
Tights and Belt: H&M
Boots: Winners

 

Hard to see the fur collar--too bad, as it looked very cute! Super-grainy photo due to attempt to "enhance" lighting... Fail!

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A very dear and beloved friend of LHR’s and mine is ready to shake up her style and gain some confidence in dressing for the 21st century. Well, okay, maybe not for ALL of the 21st century, just the bit we’re in now.

She is tall, she is slim and she is a knockout. She is beautiful, inside and out. She is accomplished and wise and warm and has been, like so many ladies our age, just plain too busy being a great mom and daughter and wife and working hard to take time to look after herself. The time has come to make some changes and this girl is READY!

To that end, last weekend I went over to her house and, thanks to her willing spirit and commitment to the process (and some wine),  we “weeded” her wardrobe. And, boy, were there some doozy items to weed out! (Ask her about Maggie Smith*, Sherlock Holmes and Luke Skywalker, all of whom were storing some of their wardrobes in her closet…)
She got 7 (SEVEN!) garbage bags FULL of clothes to donate to charity. I am not sure how many bags we filled with stuff not even worthy of being donated. We were ruthless– if it was faded, made of crappy fabric, stretched, in an unflattering colour or cut, if it had a “Daniel Hechter” label or had been bought in the 80s or 90s, if it was an integral part of her high school or university wardrobes, if it was HUGE and/or  SQUARE we got rid of it.

We were left with a large pile of items to be altered to fit and quite a few items that can be worn right now, with a few savvy additions to her wardrobe.  I headed off to Frugal Shopper’s Paradise and, for an investment of a whopping $230, I got her:

3 cardigans – hot pink, pale heathered grey and black
2 fine-knit turtlenecks – heathered grey and black
2 fine-knit long-sleeved wide scoop neck Ts – black and orangey-red
2 drapey fine-knit cardigans – charcoal grey and purple
1 long angora vest – black with gold bead detail
1 wide black cinch – belt
4 skinny belts –  green, orange, black, leopard print
1 pair of new shoes (a gift, not part of the total $) – green suede peep-toe pumps**
2 pairs of opaque tights – black, red
3 pairs of textured tights – black, cream, brown

She still needs:
Skinny dark jeans
Skinny black jeans
A red belt (skinny or wide– or both!)
Silver and/or gold flats

Here are some of the outfits we assembled, using the new acquisitions and some of the pieces she already owned. We ran out of steam and time LONG before we ran out of possible combinations.

You can see the rest of the get-ups here.

*Full disclosure:
I adore Maggie Smith and her wardrobe in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was sublime!
(For a spinster schoolteacher in the 1930s…)

**They were $15 at H&M

 

 

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Yeah, yeah, I know– I’m late with the New Year’s Eve post.
Computer troubles meant I could not upload any photos, but I think I might have got it sorted out now, so here goes:

We did not celebrate New Year’s Eve this year, rather we celebrated Hogmanay. We started out with some deeeeeeeelish pink bubbly in our lovely room at Ardmor House.

This (naturally!) prompted some dancing and some silliness involving M acting as lighting man to J’s photographer.  LHR and I, of course, obliged as the tipsy subjects.

I didn't say it was GOOD dancing...

Talent like his is a gift. Truly.

Dim photos mean you can’t really see what we are wearing, but suffice it to say we had to be practical, as we were starting out with fancy dinner (oh, WHAT a dinner it was!) and then heading out into the frosty (okay, damp) evening air to ring in 2011 with 250, 000 other people in the streets of Edinburgh. Thus, we were warmly attired and sporting that most un-festive of footwear, FLAT boots.

Leopard print on me, cozy sweater dress on LHR.

"Wha's like us? Here's tae us!"

After a wonderful meal and accompanying wine-tasting pairings, we toddled out into the night with our travel-cups of mulled wine (!), compliments of Atrium,  to join the party in the streets. Though we arrived too late to actually get IN to the street party, despite our hard-won tickets, we saw the fireworks and sang along with Auld Lang Syne before making our way through the crowds of drunk boys in kilts, back to our cozy wee B&B.

Happy New Year!

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Take your pick. Both of these songs work for today’s outfit.

I particularly like Fashion Victim by Rough Trade because:

  • I LOVE Rough Trade and have always loved them even in the 80s
  • I LOVE Carole Pope and have even read Carole Pope‘s Anti-Diva book (so it shows I really like her)
  • It must have been the inspiration for Fashion is Danger by Flight of the Conchords (more below)
  • The lyrics are perfect: I’m a victim of fashion, fashion and accessories. Fashion, fashion and accessories

OR

Now I adore Fashion is Danger as well. It is actually the official URL for our blog. The name works – Fashion IS Danger. So, you’ll need to decide once you see and hear about today’s outfit.

Fairly mundane outfit ... where's the danger?

What I wore:
Top: Gray Cashmere Sweater by Cerruti (worn here),
Trousers: Black Tuxedo Style Trousers by Mexx bought at Vente-Privee
Shoes: Silver Oxfords from Office, but bought at TOP SHOP NYC
Cuff: Silver cuff from my colleagues in Prague
Ring: beautiful but lethal ring given to me for Christmas by J, by Linnie Mclarty

 

My gorgeous but lethal ring

Note the gash on my finger

While it may look small, it bled and hurt like hell. I continue to wear this baby (which I love despite its bite), but that’s probably because fashion is danger and I’m a fashion victim (both fit). What do you think?

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LHR: Christmas Gifts Galore

Tuesday was my first day back to work after Christmas.  It strangely  reminded me of  High School. Here’s why…

  1. I wore one of my Christmas gifts which I always rushed to do on my first day back to school after Christmas. Oooh the excitement.
  2. I consulted YYZ for style advice. Luckily, this year, I could do it in person. She left that day – but not before she consulted on shoe choice. Thanks YYZ!

As you’ll see I was very lucky this Christmas. I got a funky new bracelet. That baby is thanks to YYZ and some fun pillows from J. The pillow’s in the shot only to hide the damage from our 11 days of over-indulgence.

*wearing* my new Christmas gifties

A close up on my incredibly cool cuff

What I wore:

Shoes: Black and Cream Patent by Laura J (first seen here)
Tights:  black from M&S
Skirt: Red wool skirt (which really needs the hips taken in) – Officinalis
Shirt: Basic black shirt from Jacob
Vest: (or waistcoat as they say in the UK) gray from Smart Set (and YYZ)
Bracelet: cool, graphic cuff from YYZ (xmas giftie)
Earrings: hoops from Aldo (cheapos)
Pillow: from J purchased at the East London Design Show ( NB: Hoxton & Shoreditch are closest stops to our home )

Bought by a graphic designer (not a surprise, eh?)

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Snow-covered peaks outside Edinburgh.

..there is a lot to see and do!

Arthur's Seat -- going up!

The Radical Road-- radically steep in parts!

One day, we visited the controversial new Scottish Parliament Building before climbing iconic Arthur’s Seat. Vertigo, anyone?
A bit nerve-wracking (we chose the Radical Road, along the Salisbury Crags— the steeper, muddier route), but worthwhile for the view from the top!  Sadly, my camera died, so you will have to take my word about the views.

Skirt = practical climbing gear.

The next day, we walked along the Water of Leith to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  You can see our fancy gear– did I mention that it was C-O-L-D in Scotland?

Star light, star bright.

 

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YYZ: We Can Has Stats

Hilariously, LHR received the following in her inbox yesterday.
We thought you guys might like to know how you are contributing to our taking-by-storm of the interweb. Hee!  Thanks for stopping by and for commenting on our silliness– we appreciate it!

-xx

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 195 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 497 posts. There were 931 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1gb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was April 27th with 137 views. The most popular post that day was YYZ: Birds of a Feather, The Fascinator Edition.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were rodwellian.blogspot.com, bloglovin.com, yyz-lhr.blogspot.com, facebook.com, and fashionisdanger.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for fashionisdanger yyz lhr, fashionisdanger, vintage headers, crazy shoes, and alexander mcqueen.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

YYZ: Birds of a Feather, The Fascinator Edition April 2010
8 comments

2

From the Vault February 2010
1 comment

3

LHR: Black Armband Day for Alexander McQueen February 2010
4 comments

4

YYZ: Baby, It’s Cold Outside December 2009
3 comments

5

YYZ: New Gold Dream March 2010
8 comments

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