In the whole of October we had three days of sunshine. Quite dreary. Constant cloudy weather can be rather depressing. November hasn’t been much better.
Still, I wanted to add a bit of brightness to my mood. I miss summer dresses once the season is over, so I figured I’d try and transition a bit more slowly from summer to fall.
Pairing it with my classic leather jacket. A definite fall staple.
Summer dresses are light, but fall means layering. Adding tights, a leather jacket, and boots to a dress makes it warm enough for fall.
I chose a dress that has muted colours. Softer, and easier to match.
The bag that I’m wearing is 100% Canadian. Lowell is a company based in Montreal, and all of their products are locally made. The leather is incredibly soft, yet durable. The designs are classic and functional. I’m absolutely in love with this bag.
If you’re looking for a bag that will last you years, I highly recommend this brand. It’s a bit of an investment, but well worth it. There will definitely be more on this bag in the future!
I hope you’ve been enjoying your fall! Winter is just around the corner…
One of the nice things about having family that lives far away is that it provides excellent reasons to travel.
Beer on the Elbe at sunset
It’s always such a treat to be able to visit my family in Germany. It’s tough not being able to see them very often, but it’s always so special when I do.
And while I don’t tend to visit very many tourist attractions, I get to live and soak in the culture. I get to establish memories and remember where I used to love buying chocolates, or go walking with my grandmother, or where I went for a boat ride when I was younger. A world away from home, but in a way, still home. A part of my history that has made me who I am today.
Train stations inspire wanderlust
While I have been to Germany a fair number of times, and while often my travels take me to the same places to see family, this trip I am also visiting Switzerland for the first time!
It’s about time I visited my sister, who has been studying here. It’s a short trip, but a fantastic one, and one that will, for sure, inspire more posts!
Life has definitely taken a turn for the busier. Between settling into a new job (which I absolutely love), wedding planning, and trying to make it out to the island as often as possible to help out with renovations, my writing has been slightly neglected.
So while I do have a few posts drafted, I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I want to.
I did, however, want to do a very short post about my new discovery: Washi Tape!
Gorgeous details on the tape!
It’s nothing new to many people, but it’s something I had never even heard of before. It’s a papery tape that’s slightly translucent and can be used for decorating and labelling. It’s so versatile and incredibly fun! Since I started working at my new job, I’ve been extremely inspired to be as creative as possible.
So I decided to try using washi tape to decorate my wedding invites, and I really love the results! I’ll definitely be using it a lot in the future.
I have a confession to make: I haven’t bought sweatpants since high school.
Now, to put this into context, I live in a city where it’s normal to go to school or grocery shopping in extremely casual wear. Vancouver is not, unfortunately, known for its fashion. Sweatpants are extremely popular here. So going for that long without buying new sweatpants is a bit surprising. Especially since, though I admit that while I was skeptical at first, this style of sweatpants is really growing on me (you can dress them up! Crazy!).
That being said, giant, baggy sweatpants were actually considered cool when I was in high school, and were a staple in my wardrobe. The signature Russell sweatpants. Oversized. Part sporty, part hip-hop dance inspired.
Getting a kitten has had me digging to the depths of my wardrobe and bringing out clothes that I don’t wear very much anymore. As armour against the kitty claws. This includes sweatpants from over ten years ago, and old sweatshirts. It made me rather nostalgic.
Just missing the Adidas Originals shoes.
In my defence, these sweatpants have held up extremely well against any wear and tear. Quite amazing, considering how often I used to wear them.
Most of the time at home I wear pyjama bottoms. But I have to say that I’m very much enjoying the good old sweatpants. And they do an excellent job protecting me from my kitten’s claws.
All in all, I’m very glad to have dug these out. I still might buy some new sweatpants though.
One thing I loved about Prague was the architecture and design. Everywhere I looked, there was something beautiful to see.
There was one tea house that I went to many times. It was quiet amidst a bustling city. With delicious tea and books spread throughout.
A colourful assortment
And the back hallway leading to the bathroom was decorated in the most wonderful way. Light streaming, and an eclectic assortment of decorations and plants. Everything placed seemingly haphazardly, and yet it all fit so well together.
This is also one of the reasons I love white walls. They make colours pop, and they practically glow in the sunlight. This hallway has been a huge inspiration for my decorating.
I love it when clothes feel like they carry secrets.
Cool colours for the cooler spring days.
Pockets in dresses, small details, hidden colours.
Part of the reason I love my leather jacket and booties is because both of them carry secret colours on the inside. Outwardly, it’s not visible. But every so often, the colours flash as if coming out of hiding for just that turn, that one step.
It hides a lovely green.
Another I reason I love them is that they’re classics. You can never go wrong with a black leather jacket and grey ankle boots. They match almost any outfit. You can dress them up or down. Shopping, work, for drinks at the bar… the possibilities are endless!
Leather booties from Coach. Well worn and loved.
When it comes to jackets and shoes, I prefer not to skimp. As tempting as it is to buy more pairs of cheaper shoes, I am a firm believer that buying good quality shoes will be a better investment in the long-run. They’ll be more comfortable, and they’ll last longer. Comfortable shoes become well-worn over many years. Cheap shoes soon find their way to the trash can after a season which, in addition to being a waste of money, is bad for the environment.
Styles change quickly, which is why I try to look for classic staples that I’ll be able to wear throughout the years.
I don’t completely rule out fast-fashion. But I try to invest in quality. As someone close to me used to always say: I’m not rich enough to be able to afford cheap shoes.