Hello Sunshine!

Remember a couple weeks ago, when I showed this picture of the clothes in my closet?

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It was pretty grey and that’s how I was feeling.  It was Spring, but it just wasn’t that warm out.  Over the past few days, the weather has completely turned around and I am proud to say that all those grey sweaters and shirts are now way up high on a shelf out of the way for hopefully the next 6 months.

That said, you might want to get out your shades for the next picture.

I unpacked my Spring and Summer shirts and pants and look what I found!

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Colour!!

With all these bright colours, I think I need new sunglasses…

Maybe like these classic RayBan Aviators:

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or maybe this pair from Maui Jim:

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Tough decision, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out…

 

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Layer, layer, layer

Although it is Spring, it is not warm in most parts of North America.  How do you stay warm, but shed all those heavy winter clothes?

I found this article on Huffington Post Canada how to layer your clothes for our questionable Spring weather.   The writer has lived in various cities across Canada, so she knows what she is talking about when it comes to dressing for Spring.

Here in Vancouver, we have been having some fairly sunny days, but don’t misunderstand me, they are not warm sunny days.   There has also been a strong wind and I am cold!   I don’t want to wear my winter jacket, but my lightweight jackets are definitely not warm enough!  What’s a girl to do ?

Layer, layer, layer.

Well, the only things I have to layer are cardigans; black and grey to be exact. I put on a black cardigan last week and it felt dark and dreary.   Oh, but the grey cardigan looked just right!  I guess I will just have to stay warm with my grey cardigan.

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Is it just me?

Or did the past 2 weeks fly by?

Our Spring Break is over, the weather has greatly improved and so has my wardrobe!

I have made a real effort the past 5 days to pay attention to what I am wearing and to not wear grey.  And you know what?  I like what I see!

I have always liked fashion and clothes. But, I have never (repeat never) been a trend setter or followed fashion in the magazines like my sister and friends. My idea of finding out what was new was to see what my sister and friends were buying and then go out and get one for myself.  I was always just a little behind and I wonder why…

This time feels different. I don’t want to be a trend setter, but I do want to feel good in what I am wearing – from head to toe and in between.

Here is picture of one of my weekend outfits:

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Super simple; white tee, coloured denim and fun flats.  All were residing in my wardrobe just waiting to be put together.  Easy peasy.

Bring on the next 46 days!

And we’re off….!

No, no, the challenge hasn’t started yet!  But I am off with 2 good friends for our semi-annual trip South of the Border.  We will hit the Premium Outlet Mall on our way down and then end up at Bellevue Mall for the remainder of the weekend.  I will also squeeze in a birthday dinner with my little sister!

The sun is shining today and in preparation for our trip, I decided to do a little research ahead of time to see what is new for Spring in the stores.  I checked a few websites and found bright colours for tops and bottoms.  Accessories are also key and I love the turquoise jewellery I am seeing everywhere.

I also found this blog, No Guru, which is sponsored by a local clothing store. I thought there were some good tips in her posts and I might try and use some suggestions.   I like the idea of a boyfriend style blazer and since I don’t have one, it is probably a piece I could use in my wardrobe.

I was excited yesterday by the arrival of these shoes:Image

I have been coveting them since last November, so when I saw they were on sale, I ordered them.  They are fun and my wardrobe definitely needs some fun!

So, wish me luck.  As I read K’s post about my niece’s morning meltdown, I was transported back in time.  I am hoping to have a successful shopping weekend to avoid any future meltdowns of my own.

Spring Break – break with old habits ?

It is Spring Break in Vancouver this week, so I took the kids to the Vancouver Aquarium.   The kids love coming here and are never bored with sea creatures.  As we moved from exhibit to exhibit, we saw sea turtles, sharks, garden eels, otters, belugas, you get my drift.

My favourites ?  The brightly coloured tropical fish, sea stars and sea anemones.  They have always been my favourites.   How could you not love them?  They are fascinating to watch as they navigate their underwater world.

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As I looked at the other visitors, most of them were dressed like me.  Jeans, black boots, dark coats.  My daughter was wearing a bright pink shirt and jacket.  Hours earlier, when she was getting dressed, I asked if she wanted to wear black like mommy.  Do you know what she said?  “No, it’s not pretty.”  Well, she nailed that didn’t she ?

During our recent trip to Maui, I barely wore grey and when I did it was shorts or capri pants.  My tank tops were bright and lively and my white shirts looked crisp and cool. Maybe it was the heat or the sunshine or both, but I wouldn’t think of putting on a drab grey shirt.  And neither did most of the other tourists I saw.

When did we (the royal we) lose our desire to wear colour?  Have you seen a playground or elementary schoolyard recently?  The girls are in various shades of colour (not always a good look, but you get my point).  Most boys are dressed in standard blue, grey, red with the odd spot of orange thrown in by an colour confident mom.  I think in high school, it starts to change.  The colours become more muted as teenagers try and fit in and not stand out.

But as adults, we are more confident in our choices, so why do some of us seem so drab ?   Is it just the area where we live ?  Is it the seasons?  Last Fall, when burgundy seemed to be the in colour, I bought a couple shirts and vowed to wear them regularly.  Did I ?  Not really, just every few weeks.  Why?  Because grey filled my shelves and it was easier to grab.

As I start to prepare for our challenge, I am going to be more open to colour.  I can’t say I will be the brightest on the block, but I am going to try to change.  I am going to look for inspiration and try to break my grey habit.  Wish me luck.