Fall/Winter Wardrobe 2015/2016


I have chosen a bunch of pieces from some of the clothing stores I regularly shop at that I view as key wardrobe pieces for the rest of fall and winter. I hope you enjoy them and find that they build a great variety of clothes you can pull out from your closet and wear with anything.

  1.   I love Banana Republic, especially shopping online. They always have sales anywhere from 25% to 50% off depending on the time of year. I find that their clothes fit well and are made nicely. They don’t shrink or fade easily after being washed. You can go to Banana Republic at your local mall or you can visit: http://www.bananarepublic.ca or http://www.bananarepublic.com.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A great gray peacoat, goes perfectly with all your clothes, and keeps you warm!
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A great gray pea coat, goes perfectly with all your clothes, and keeps you warm!
    www.bananarepublic.ca The best fitting black pant at a fashionable ankle length.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    The best fitting black pant at a fashionable ankle length.
    www.bananarepublic.ca The modern take on a blazer, throw this over your dress pants and blouse instead! Or wear it with jeans and a cozy shirt on the weekend!
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    The modern take on a blazer, throw this over your dress pants and blouse instead! Or wear it with jeans and a cozy shirt on the weekend!
    www.bananarepublic.ca A sleeveless silk blouse in the color of wine goes from work to after hours.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A sleeveless silk blouse in the color of wine goes from work to after hours.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A bright cashmere blend sweater in a lovely pink, is bright and cheery.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A bright cashmere blend sweater in a lovely pink, is bright and cheery.
    www.bananarepublic.ca Or choose a nice lacey black blouse to keep things all  black but tasteful.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    Or choose a nice lacy black blouse to keep things all black but tasteful.
    www.bananarepublic.ca A fancy skirt could become casual, depends on what you wear it with. Maybe some opaque tights and a cute sweater.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    A fancy skirt could become casual, depends on what you wear it with. Maybe some opaque tights and a cute sweater.

    www.bananarepublic.ca This stunning little black dress with a flirty hem is good for the evening or with a blazer at the office.
    http://www.bananarepublic.ca
    This stunning little black dress with a flirty hem is good for the evening or with a blazer at the office.

Another favorite store of mind, that you can find some more interesting and less basic pieces is Anthropologie. They always have interesting, colorful, and fun clothing. About once a month they will have 15% to 20% and/or will have free shipping. You can also visit Anthropologie at your local mall or http://www.anthropologie.com.

www.anthropologie.com Everyone needs a reboot for jeans. The best ones are dark washed and can be worn anytime.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Everyone needs a reboot for jeans. The best ones are dark washed and can be worn anytime.
www.anthropologie.com A fitted peplum is divine, especially in navy. Where it work or out.
http://www.anthropologie.com
A fitted peplum is divine, especially in navy. Where it work or out.
www.anthropologie.com Another nice long sweater in beautiful light blue, keeps things bright and cozy.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Another nice long sweater in beautiful light blue, keeps things bright and cozy.
www.anthroplogie.com A sweater dress is always comfortable and looks wonderful on most anybody, in a color that is really in teal green.
http://www.anthroplogie.com
A sweater dress is always comfortable and looks wonderful on most anybody, in a color that is really in teal green.
www.anthropologie.com Just to get a little funky a skirt that is calf length with pink polka dots. Dress it down or up, but this skirt is sure to give a pop of playful.
http://www.anthropologie.com
Just to get a little funky a skirt that is calf length with pink polka dots. Dress it down or up, but this skirt is sure to give a pop of playful.
www.eberjey.com I snuck these warm pj's in from my favorite pj place eberjey, often anthropologie will carry some of their line, but they are so cute!
http://www.eberjey.com
I snuck these warm pj’s in from my favorite pj place eberjey, often anthropologie will carry some of their line, and they are so cute!

The last place I have chosen to show you goods from is a local company to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Poppy Barley custom make boots and shoes and ship all over the world. They are one of the first companies to make boots for people with wide or narrow calves or other shoe issues. Their foot wear is an investment, but worth the price for custom boots (for example) that will last a long time. You can visit them down at Whyte Ave in Edmonton, AB Canada or at http://www.poppybarely.com.

www.poppybarley.com A great pair of flat boots is a must, these are lovely in gray, but they're all sold out. Try them in another colour perhaps, merlot!
http://www.poppybarley.com
A great pair of flat boots is a must, these are lovely in gray, but they’re all sold out. Try them in another colour perhaps, Merlot!
www.poppybarley.com The perfect little bootie and it's lace up. Goes nice with skirts or pants alike.
http://www.poppybarley.com
The perfect little bootie and it’s lace up. Goes nice with skirts or pants alike.
www.poppybarley.com Every women needs that sexy pair of black boots. These ones are great half leather/half suede. The heel height is perfect and a little thicker for stability.
http://www.poppybarley.com
Every woman needs that sexy pair of black boots. These are great half leather/half suede. The heel height is perfect and a little thicker for stability.
www.poppybarley.com Something in Merlot, another bootie, this one a little bit more for the weekend or casual Friday.
http://www.poppybarley.com
Something in Merlot, another bootie, this one a little bit more for the weekend or casual Friday.
www.poppybarley.com A nice and funky flat shoe that covers your foot but looks great with most anything; especially due to the hint of snake skin.
http://www.poppybarley.com
A nice and funky flat shoe that covers your foot but looks great with most anything; especially due to the hint of snake-skin.

So, what do you think of my fashion picks? What are your favourite pieces? And what am I missing? Thanks and have a Happy Halloween!

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Living with the Consequences


Last night I was in a pretty good mood. I had just received my pay cheque and finished buying all but one of my Christmas presents. Thanks to my putting aside $100 or so every month since September I didn’t have to spend much of my pay cheque Christmas shopping. Then I started looking at boots online.

I have wide calves unfortunately, but I think a lot of people must because wide calf boots are always sold out. I found a pair of black riding boots for $200 on http://www.widewidths.com my favorite place to buy boots. They were $200 and that is about how much boots wide calf boots cost unless you get lucky and get them on sale for about $150. I was really considering buying them because most of the other boots on the site were sold out and they are impossible to find in stores. You usually have to go online. But there is also this other place called Poppy Barley that makes made to measure boots. I found a beautiful soft looking pair of boots and put in all my measurements and ended up choosing to buy the Poppy Barley boots which were $480.00 with tax. The problem was I wasn’t really thinking at the time, not really.

In the night I started to put next months budget together and realized I owed my parents for Costco and that I needed a few things like concealer and foundation. Because I can have problem skin, I often choose to spend more money on these things or else I break out. What I didn’t think about when I bought those $500 boots was all the other stuff I’m going to need or want to get. There is also this dress on Anthropologie that I’ve had my eye on for Christmas and would only cost me about $100 because I have online gift cards from Anthropologie. I really really didn’t think about this. Of course, they look like beautiful boots and I know I would love them and where them lots, but at what financial cost? I also have to pay for a $450 course in editing 101 at the end of December, that amount would have covered it.

The point is sometimes I make poor decisions. I do things I will regret later, I hate regret but it sure is a good teacher. I woke up at 4:30 am and contacted Poppy Barley to cancel the boot order if that’s possible. The website said they’d get back to me in 48 hours but I’m scared that might be to long. Their hours are 10:00 am to 4 Pm MST and that’s the time zone where I live so I phoned them a couple times at 10:00 am and received no answer. I left a message explaining my situation and called back again at 11:10 am and still got no answer for the concierge. I can only hope they listen to my voicemail or read my email before the order goes to far and they start making out a pattern or doing anything like that. But if I have to keep the boots I will keep the boots.

I just can’t believe that I was stupid like that, that I didn’t think that if I spent so much money on boots that I wouldn’t have money to pay my parents back or get my dress or leave enough for cab fare now that the weather is so cold. We all make stupid mistakes sometimes and must live with the consequences this is what I have learned. I will phone Poppy Barley back and hopefully get through to them sometime today maybe in the afternoon. But I shouldn’t have taken this risk in the first place. I should know what I can and can’t afford, these boots I can’t afford unless I save up for them, and I haven’t saved up enough to buy them, take a course, and do all that I need to this following month.

I’m just feeling guilty I guess. They are wonderful boots and a made to fit me pair would be a dream. A smarter choice would be to wait and get the $200 pair of riding boots I wanted with my Christmas money. Those I can afford. But why do we make stupid decisions? I think we are just wired that way. But the thing is I have to think, we all need to use our brains and think sometimes and we don’t, we get lazy. Waiting a day even to make a decision can be so useful. Somethings look so much clearer in the light of day, and that’s the truth.