Pajama Pants in Public

I’ve seen a lot of young girls (as well as women) wearing pajama pants, in the middle of winter! The ones I’ve seen are frumpy flannel and too juvenile for me. It looks like they just got out of bed and were too lazy to get dressed, which is most likely the case.

However, I love the comfort of pajama pants, as long as they are stylish. There’s something comfortable about soft, loose-fitting, elastic waist pajama pants and lounge-wear that I can relax at home, have guests for coffee in the mornings, host ladies’ afternoon tea parties and also be able to leave the house still in my jammies!

My favourite real pajama pants bought in a lingerie shop (luxuriously soft cotton, black and white pinstripe) that I wear to entertain and if I throw on my shirt and some pearls, I’m all set to go out.

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I bought these soft cotton pajama-style pants (just as comfortable as real pajamas) at Smart Set recently and wear them with slippers. I dress them up with my black peplum top …

pants with black topor my new white blouse. I’m getting so much wear out of this blouse, my favourite top this summer.

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 Pseudo pajama pants from Bebenoir in Harlem, NYC, that I wear with black or white tops and red shoes for a pop of colour.

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 Do you ever wear pajamas in public?

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Badlands – an adventurous day trip

It’s a wonderful world and we don’t have to go far to enjoy it!

There are so many interesting places to go in Southern Ontario for taking fantastic day trips, such as …

The Badlands, an adventurous place near Toronto that looks like you’re on another planet: huge, rolling terracotta clay hills and valleys, perfect for young explorers like my grandchildren!

Badlands 2013Ever since we discovered the Ontario Badlands, we make sure to go every summer especially when we have visitors.

badlandsI’m wearing a top I got at a Spanner Warehouse sale.

Spanner topA touch of matchy-matchy, I added flower accessories: earrings, pendant, belt and purse.

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If you live in Southern Ontario or ever come for a visit to Ontario, Canada, be sure to check it out.

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First time at the Badlands with Jean 2007

Do you have any interesting places you like to go to for a day trip?

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Day trip to see Les Miserables

ticketDunfield Theatre is just a short drive from where I live, and a great day trip if you’re an hour or two away from Cambridge, Ontario. The Grand Opening was March 2013.  A dear friend gifted me with a ticket and I went with some friends yesterday to see Les Miserables for the first time. (I’ve seen the movie staring Liam Neeson.)

Click the ticket!

All tickets are $40. plus tax. Free parking. Perfect view of the stage from any seat. A superb performance and you have till August 2 to see Les Miserables! You will not be disappointed!

Come early and enjoy browsing through Southworks Antique Mall (I’ll be posting some photos, so check back later) right next door.

I wore my new sundress: one of a kind, made by a local seamstress.

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Ruffled black lace straps and trim on the hem.

sundresssundressThe unique print looks like an old mail order catalog.

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My metal butterfly necklace is made to look like black lace and I added another bracelet which has a ring attached to it. I have a matching necklace and earrings but I like this butterfly better with this dress. My small flower purse is perfect for the theatre: ticket, tissue, mints, lipstick and keys. I can travel light when I go to a dance, theatre or the movies. Cameras and cell phones are not allowed to be used anyway.

Call me as old-fashioned as my dress, but my cell phone is not attached to my hand as I see so many people.

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Goes great with my black strappy stilettos and I’m on my way to the play!

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The play was excellent and the actors were magnificent! I’m so impressed with their talent!

Have you seen any plays lately or do you prefer movies?

Have a fabulous week!

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Fresh as a daisy

daisyMy favourite flowers have always been daisies. As a child I would weave them into a crown and wear them in my hair. I think every young girl has played the game daisy-petal-picking; he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me!

Click the daisy and see what happens.

I walked into Smart Set recently and saw this cute tank top with daisies on a black background. I can wear it with white for a fresh summer look or black bottoms for a more dramatic effect.

daisiesI chose yellow sandals and cross-shoulder purse; worn with my Elisa Cavaletti  shirt always makes me feel stylish and protects me from the sun, since I can’t wear sunscreen.

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I love the crisscross straps on the back.

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A meadow of daisies to dream …

meadow of daisies

 Floral prints are timeless, just like flowers;

always in style, always make me smile!

How many floral prints are in your closet?

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Cruisin’ on King Street Classic Car Show

Summertime is the time when vintage cars come out of hibernation to enjoy the sunshine and admiration of the crowds. Kitchener, Ontario hosts and boasts a fabulous annual car show that rallies people from near and far. The cars arrive at Victoria Park in the afternoon.

Crazy ’bout a Mercury!

51 Chevy

Although some signs say that you can’t even lean on the cars unless you’re in your birthday suit, the owner of this beauty was very kind and invited me to sit in the driver’s seat! Thank you for my first time ever in a Jaguar!

Baby, you can drive my car!

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Fun fun fun till her daddy took her T-bird away! Looks great even from behind!

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Downtown King Street is closed to traffic except for the parade of classic and rare cars.

DSC00224 copyI enjoy chatting with the enthusiastic owners. Check out the sparkling engine of this Corvette, it’s cleaner than my kitchen counter (which is really clean because I’m vegan and use Norwex cleaning products).

Don’t let life pass you by like a blue Corvette!

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Cars are parked on the street after the parade and the festivities go on till into the night: live bands, dancing and impersonators, like Elvis. I found a 1952 Chrysler, my birth year!

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Last time I was in Seattle, I enjoyed a visit to the fabulous LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington USA with Jeanofalltrades. Take a peek at the stunning collection!

Posters of the good old ’60s and I’m in my 60s now!

dsc08934What is your favourite classic car?

 What is you favourite song about a car?

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SHARE-IN-STYLE

Listen to Blue Corvette

Here are the Lyrics

 

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BRAVO GERMANY – WORLD CHAMPIONS

carmen cheeringThe atmosphere here was electric with excitement, and the game hadn’t even started!

What a game! I sat on the edge of my seat, my heart pounding:

Germany  – zero
Argentina – zero

Seven minutes to go …

Germany scores!!!

Prepared with our flags and air horn, we headed straight to the heart of our city Kitchener (formerly called Berlin), Ontario–a city settled by Germans over 200 years ago.

Every fan in Kitchener took to the streets; the black, red and gold colours were flying high! Every horn honking, every fan shouting, everyone smiling!

 

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I wore my Germany T-shirt which I bought on sale many years ago and have never worn it. Who knew that it was waiting for this moment in time and now has a special memory?

Did you watch the soccer game?

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Dress Up – Dress Down: FLOWER POWER

When I saw this pretty chiffon blouse on Jean’s blog FLOWER POWER, I was so happy that she had bought it recently on eBay. I immediately ordered one too! I knew this would be a perfect top dressed up or dressed down, which I love doing to change the look of an outfit.

flower powerDressed up for a Garden Party I hosted for some of my lovely friends in June

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Dressed down with my denim capris, casual for my dance class

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floral blouse dressed downI love how it looks like a watercolor painting

I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it, it’s timeless: a touch of the 60s flower power and the ageless beauty of floral prints. I can wear it open over a tank top or buttoned up like Jean which I’ll try next time. A tip if you buy one – I ordered size medium and I am not big, I usually wear size small. I recommend going one size up.

Best find on eBay for only $7.99 + $3 for shipping.

Do you buy clothes on eBay?

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Screen-printed top from NYC

Black and white remains a popular favourite duo in my wardrobe and when I found this handmade screen-printed top at a Pop-Up Shop in NYC I bought one for me and another one for my daughter Jean. I love the whimsical design of delicate branches with tiny birds around the neckline and the romantic writing. Well, it looks like a love letter in Spanish to me! <3

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I’m looking forward to shopping again in NYC this summer.

Have you ever shopped at a Pop-Up Shop?

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Dundurn Castle

Ever since childhood, I was intrigued with castles. It seemed every fairytale had a castle: from Rapunzel’s lonely tower, to the grand ballroom where Cinderella first met her prince!

While living in Germany and Scotland I had the opportunity to visit real medieval castles; Neuschwanstein in Germany and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland are magical! I have a postcard collection of castles that keep me dreaming. Not that I’d actually want to live in one–too big to clean and I don’t have a maid or butler.

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein, Germany

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Here in Ontario we have Casa Loma in Toronto and Dundurn Castle in Hamilton. Although they aren’t actually castles where kings and queens once lived (both are now museums) they are magnificent mansions with interesting history and great places for day trips in Southern Ontario.

Dundurn Castle is a national historic site which gives us a glimpse of how a very wealthy family lived in Hamilton during the 19th century.  The mansion was completed in 1835 and it certainly impressed my grandson.

A magical day trip to Dundurn Castle

Castle Dundurn

Castle DundurnHave you ever been in a castle?

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!

red and white outfit for Canada Day

I’m wearing red and white for Canada Day. It’s been a lovely Canada Day weekend: going to  family-owned Barrie’s Asparagus Farm with friends, hosting a garden party and I’ll be out this afternoon for our traditional Pioneer Village outing with family.

Something old and something new. My red skirt has a white lacy print and handkerchief hemline. I’ve had it for several years.

red and white 2This fitted, sleeveless blouse is new, with tiny ruffles around the neckline and a lovely embroidered design. The row of nine buttons are tedious to do up, but I don’t mind, because I love the old-fashioned style with an updated look, so feminine!

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I love red shoes; these sandals are made in Italy and I have the same pair in black.

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Cedardale Farm Est. 1892 (Barrie’s Asparagus Farm) has a wonderful nostalgic feel of country living in the olden days. Take a step back in time where you are warmly welcomed with county-style hospitality.  It’s a great day trip for people living in driving distance to Kitchener, Ontario. If you live in Kitchener, you really should come (if you haven’t already)!

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To all my Canadian friends

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

To everyone else, have a delightful day!

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