a cape. no, not like superman.

As the season is changing and autumn is now upon us I plan to give my wardrobe somewhat of a facelift, well, more of a chemical peel. I’ve said for years how much I’d like a wool cape for the autumn and now I’ve decided to do something about it. I’m still not sure on the colour — a neutral or camel is more timeless but a vibrant shade adds modernity. I’ve decided that I prefer the slightly-below-the-hip length and an option with a large collar so that a scarf won’t always be necessary.  I adore the royal blue, faux fur collar option from  Asos below, but also find its McQ Alexander McQueen shearling counterpart from ssense to be the modern take on the trend. Of course the most affordable alternative is more favourable. Of course.

Asos, Ralph Lauren Black Label, A.P.C. & McQ Alexander McQueen

There’s something infinitely regal and elegant about a cape. Topped with my purple, leather, elbow-length gloves and knee-high riding boots…I can’t wait!


walking to the beat of a different drum

I am infinitely bored at work and decided to spend a more productive use of my time doing something that I love: not working. If it were up to me (and well, it is) my job would consist of the following:

  • reading fashion magazines, print and otherwise;
  • surfing the interwebs for fashion blogs (see the links I heart for some of my favourites);
  • perusing Twitter for the instantaneous fashion feeds; and
  • virtual window shopping, which will more than likely turn into a purchase…or two.

All of the ‘tasks’ above would of course result in a bi-weekly allowance, but only just enough for me to afford separates from Miu Miu, Céline, Lanvin, The Row etc., all holed up at Holt Renfrew (there will come a time when I can walk into that store and feel like I belong). This job may or may not already exist, I’ll find out sooner or later. But for now, can’t a girl dream?

Speaking of interwebs and fashion blogs, I’d like to highlight a current favourite, Atlantic-Pacific by Blair Eadie from San Francisco. Her use of colour and layering is simply genius. Every post amazes me as she never fails to disappoint. My blogger role model. Look at the photos below and you’ll see what I mean.


That last ensemble above is reminiscent of this post. This entire exercise was a more productive use of my time. Maybe I should start posting while at work, increasing frequency and allowing for a less arduous pursuit of happiness. Something to think about…

Until next time, “stay classy San Diego”!

onwards & upwards

I’m not even going to bring up my disturbing absence this past month and a half…let’s just move forward shall we? Start anew, if I may?

Artistic Director for Moschino, Rosella Jardini

The image above was taken last June by the lovely and ever so talented Garance Doré. I remember thinking that I wish I could stay this chic when I grew older. The crisp blue shirt with collar casually popped, tailored white pants and statement jewelry.

Industrial-strength iron, anyone? White denim wrinkles a no-no.

I heart my MK watch and vintage Dior belt...a little too much.

I drew from Garancé’s photo, inspiration for my outfit for an evening of “light” shopping yesterday; I say light because it only lasted 1.5 hours instead of the usual 3-5. Recently, I’ve kept my retail therapy to a bare minimum and happened to go a little overboard. And rightly so, I was indulging for a special occasion – an event I was given the privilege of attending. More on that another time…

Back to the outfit – I love the colours! So fresh and invigorating. My mood took a turn for the better with this ensemble…or perhaps that was due to the high I felt from handing the sales associate my credit card. Either way, I felt great. On top of the world! The perfect get-up for running errands; casual yet chic, put together, but not too much. A little side note: I feel like this would have been better worn with a pair of gladiators, instead of the gold flip-flops I had to opt for. I currently am not in possession of a pair of gladiators– I guess I’ll have to make another shopping trip for a pair…or two.


my birthday suit

dress - Zara / shoes - Nine West / watch - Michael Kors

At the time of writing, it was still my birthday. This is what I decided to work wear on my “special” day. This dress is one of my favourites. Love the nautical theme and the beautiful crest. You know when you’re shopping for nothing in particular and then you come across something on the rack that makes you inadvertently gasp. I had that moment with this dress…so I bought it…despite my frugal-ness.

I didn’t do much for my birthday but received the greatest of gifts from The Man of My Dreams. He made my day so wonderful. Best. Birthday. Ever.

i concentrate really hard when taking pictures -- as if to make them turn out much better

topped off with H&M anorak with gold detail