Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Uniform

This is probably my go-to outfit when I'm not sure what to wear. Skirt, neutral shirt, cardigan, flat shoes.

Cardigan: Anthropologie, Kay cardigan
Shirt: Banana Republic, (similar)
Skirt: Anthropologie, Songbird skirt
Shoes: Puma, very old
Random anecdote: we live in a pretty touristy area, and a few days ago, my husband was outside BBQing when a van drove straight onto our lawn at a 90 degree angle to the road. As my husband stood there, gawking, a woman popped out of the driver's side and trilled: "Don't worry, it's just me!"

She came over with an address scrawled on a piece of paper. My husband helpfully gave her directions.  She hopped back into her car and then proceeded to back out onto the road. She drove forward a few feet, then reversed onto our lawn, performed a three point turn and then drove away.

My husband came into the house and told me that a Korean woman had just driven across our lawn. I asked him how he knew she was Korean, and he told me that there was Korean writing on the piece of paper. Of course, I had to test him. I found an image on google of Korean, Japanese and Chinese writing all on the same page and asked him if it was Korean, Japanese and Chinese. To my surprise, he told me he thought all three were on the same page. In my husband's words: "Chinese writing looks complicated, Japanese writing is swoopy, and Korean has lots of circles."

Anyway, I think I could probably run a weekly column based solely on things that tourists have said to my husband (with the first post being the Sasquatch Teat post I shared a few weeks ago here.)

And possibly, I could also run a weekly column on ways my husband has outsmarted me.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Green (and blue and pink)

One thing I have realized from writing on this blog is that I own a lot of green clothes. Actually, if you asked me, I'd probably say that my favourite colours are blue and pink. But my wardrobe suggests differently!

This dress is on sale right now at Club Monaco. The waist is elasticized, so it's pretty comfy and perfect for a hot summer day. The back is open at the waist, and although I forgot to take a photo, there's a good one on the website. 

I've never been a handbag person, although seeing all the beautiful handbags on other blogs has made me consider what I use to haul around my stuff! I was worried this bag might be too big when I ordered it online but I think it is just perfect.

Dress: Club Monaco, Ruth open back dress
Bag: Banana Republic, Parkside satchel (also in black)
Shoes: Nine West (similar)
Do you have a favourite style of handbag?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Food and an Outfit: 34th birthday!

I turned 34 on July 9.

Most days, I still feel like I'm 11 years old.  This might be because I tend to not make a huge deal of my birthdays, and in fact, usually the only tradition I have is to take a day off work. And that might be because my birthday is after the school year ends, and when I was a little kid, most of my friends had already left on their holidays by the time my birthday party rolled around...

But I digress.

This year, as usual, I took the day off.

I went to the lake, read magazines, and got bitten by lots of mosquitoes.  Even swam in the lake.  It was a beautiful day.

Quarry Lake. This is what passes for a beach in the mountains. 
My husband and I had dinner at Rustica Steakhouse at Silvertip golf course.  Not surprisingly, we opted for steak.  (Chateaubriand, if you want the details).  It was yummy.  There are no pictures because no matter how you slice it (pun intended), medium rare meat in its own juices is not particularly photogenic.

Here's what I wore.  There seem to be an infinite number of iterations on this dress.  Fit and flare, optional straps.  I opted for the straps, of course.  I liked this dress because of the pretty embroidered flowers.  The centers are cut out, and the slip underneath is yellow and shows through.

Dress: Anthropologie, Forget Me Not Dress
Shoes: Nine West, old (similar)
Purse: Banana Republic (similar)
Closeup of the embroidery details, and a few forget-me-nots in our garden/jungle
It was a lovely day, and I'm another year older, and hopefully wiser.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Food: Vero Bistro

One of the great things about our neighbourhood is that we're within walking distance of lots of amazing restaurants and shops. 

Our favourite is Vero Bistro.  Actually, Vero would probably be one of our favourite restaurants in Calgary. The servers are always attentive and friendly.  The ambiance is cozy and romantic. And the food is freaking fantastic. The cuisine is French/Italian inspired, but there are also Asian and Spanish influences.  

Their brunch menu is amazing.  I highly recommend the Berkshire pork ragu poutine, the sweet potato gnocchi with gorgonzola, and just about everything else. My husband would probably recommend the Iberian ham... he insists on starting every meal at Vero with a plate of finely sliced Jamon Iberico, preferably with a glass of prosecco to wash it down.

We often head over there for dinner; the menu changes fairly frequently but there's usually a delicious fish or seafood option, and they have great options for wine pairings.  Also, during the week, they have some interesting specials.  Tuesday is usually a "no menu" day, where you eat whatever tasty creation the chef prepares.  And Wednesday is steak and frites day; you get three courses including a yummy salad, steak and dessert.  Last week, they also had a lovely salmon option.  

Salmon and frites with asparagus

Mango sorbet and a cheesecake like dessert
Here's what I wore, with the photo taken in front of the hardware store.  I had trouble finding similar items to link to, but I'm able to say that Deletta regularly comes out with similar tank tops. 

Top: Anthropologie, by Deletta, old
Skirt: Club Monaco Fleurise Skirt
Shoes: Puma, old
Bag: Banana Republic, old 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Reviews: A few from the Tag Sale and some full-priced items

Anthropologie's Summer Tag Sale is still going strong, with an extra 20% off of markdowns.

The sale racks in Calgary seem to have several dozen of this tank top in different colours.  I tried the turquoise blue version in XS and the white version in S.  There was also a patterned magenta option.  I did not notice too much of a difference between the two sizes.  The fabric is kind of sheer, but I liked how it was drapey without being too clingy.

I thought both colours looked nice paired with the Songbird Skirt.  This is an Eva Franco design, and although this brand usually runs small on me, I took my usual size.  The pattern is very whimsical, with little birds, bugs and flowers.  The smattering of colours means that you can pair it with lots of different tops.  There is a lining, which oddly enough is a stretchy, tight fitting pencil skirt instead of an A-line lining.  It has piping and pleats which make it nice and flowy.  With the extra 20% off, this skirt ended up coming home with me.


Anthropologie Sloane Tank
Anthropologie Songbird Skirt

Anthropologie Sloane Tank
Anthropologie Songbird Skirt
I also tried on this pair of cropped pants, and I think this is possibly the first pair of pants I've ever reviewed on this blog.  Pants, in general, do not inspire me, but occasionally, I find they're necessary.  I found the fabric on these very stiff.  The hips and upper thighs were too loose.  There is a band just above the knee though that was way too tight.  These pants look cute on the website but they didn't work for me.  

Anthropologie Westport Cargos
Armed with my birthday discount, I actually tried on some full-price items.  These pants fit well and were super comfortable.  I also liked the length (no hemming required) and they seemed to be minimally wrinkled for linen pants.  As I mentioned above, sometimes pants are necessary, and I figured these would be useful for traveling.  I ended up buying them with my birthday discount.

Lana Linen Trousers
I also tried on this dress.  There were lots of things that caught my attention on the hanger: the lacy fabric, the feminine shape and the scalloped hem.  It has a nude slip underneath, and from the front, it looks great.

Anthropologie Windward Dress
Alas, from the back, not so much. Another pretty dress with a weird back detail. I'm not sure what this is but it seems to be causing the online reviewers similar consternation. (One review referred to it as a "shark fin". Ha.)

Have you bought anything from the Tag Sale? Any full-priced items that you're keeping your eye on?