How to Style a White Denim Jacket

Everyone needs a white denim jacket, but until last summer, I didn’t have one. My dear friend Elisabeth gifted me with this jacket while we were shopping in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.

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A sporty look worn with my cherry red jeans this summer …

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This clean, crisp look can also be worn after Labour Day according to my opinion. White denim jackets look so fashionable and here are two fashion bloggers to prove it! I love how each one has styled her jacket.

Karen‘s look is very elegant, wearing her white jacket over a black maxi dress.

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Tracey is wearing her jacket over a pretty purple top and a gray and white striped maxi skirt. Very chic.

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I’ve often worn mine with white jeans.

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How do you style your white denim jacket?

Next post: How to style a jean jacket featuring a few of my favourite fashion bloggers.

Fashion is fun!

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In the Pink

Rose Quartz is one of my favourite stones; I love the translucent, pale shade of pink.

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This top from Germany has a wrinkled look with lace cap sleeves.

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Pink like cotton candy that goes perfect with my pink polka dot capris.

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Flashback to last summer in Germany …

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Summertime Blues

Today is the last day of summer.

This top is is from Dear Goods, Berlin (people, animal and ecofriendly) bought last summer during my holiday in Germany. Being a summer-lovin’ girl, I don’t rush into fall fashion until absolutely necessary.

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Cute little keyhole on the back.

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Stripes are always in style, just one of those timeless patterns that I never get tired of. A cool nautical look that I wish I had brought with me to Seattle because on Sunday we went to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society‘s “open house” (a two-day special event aboard the sailing ship Martin Sheen before they leave for Mexico).  It was very interesting what they are doing to help the animals of the ocean. I’ll be posting about it soon.

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Photos of striped top taken in Canada.

Farewell Summer, see you next year!

I miss you already!

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A Little Lace Frock

On a previous visit to Seattle, I bought this little white lace dress.

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I hadn’t worn it till this summer. Here with a white slip.

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An updo for a elegant look.

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It makes a pretty beach coverup too.

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Keeping this short and sweet because I’m in Seattle, happily busy helping (and shopping) in Jean’s eco boutique, Drizzle and Shine.

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Enjoy the moment!!

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

John Denver’s song comes to mind every time I hear the mighty engines roar and the big silver bird takes to the sky (I’ve plagiarized a little from Gordon Lightfoot’s song In the Early Morning Rain).

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All my bags are packed–with black and white clothes. I decided to pack only black and white outfits so I can mix and match easily. Plus, I’m a minimalist when traveling, that leaves room for purchases made while on holidays. Bonus: no need to wait for luggage after the flight because I have one carryon. On the way home–well that’s another story.

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Destination: Seattle, my second home. This is my first time seeing my daughter Jean’s new eco boutique—Drizzle and Shine.

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What an awesome shop, beautifully stocked with organic, fair trade and eco fashion! Perfect place for a shopping spree! This store is the epitome of fashion with compassion: for people, animals and our world.

My first dress: can be worn as a tunic. Made in USA

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Fine dining at Plum Bistro vegan restaurant.

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Linkups: Visible Monday Turning Heads Tuesday 

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Black and White and a Gray Barn

Except for the grass, you’d think these are black and white photos.

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The nice thing about this lacy top is that I wear different coloured tank tops underneath.

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I’m getting a lot wear out of my gingham capris because I have so many tops I can pair with these.

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Top: Pacsun
Capris: Ricki’s
Sandals: Le Chateau

That’s all for today because I’m packing and preparing for my trip to Seattle.

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September

Summer is not over yet.

Yes, it’s September.

Yes, school starts next week, but I don’t go to school.

I’m on summer holidays and going to visit my daughter Jean in Seattle for September.

Pleasant sunny days on the forecast and hopefully an opportunity to go to Toronto Island on Labour Day Weekend with family and friends.

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One of the fun dances we do in class is by

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Happy September!!

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Project Sister Act: SWT

love bloggingOne of the things I love about blogging is connecting with people. Similar interests draw us together: fashion, photography, scenery, travel, hobbies and much more.

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When Sheela contacted me about her Project Sister Act I was delighted! Theme: styling a SWT (simple white tee). Style is ageless as you can see here beginning with Sheela’s daughter …

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Tennis anyone? Here’s Eve ready for a game of tennis in her SWT paired with a black mini skirt. I love the tennis theme: very playful, sassy pose. Cute red shoes are the perfect pop of colour for this black and white outfit, and a nice touch of humour with the message on her tee. (The World According To Eve)

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Jalisa looks simply stunning! – simple white tee with simple blue jeans, but it’s Jalisa that really makes it a knock-out look: pretty updo, sweet smile and sexy leopard heels! (The Style Contour)

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Thirties

Alice looks so cool in her Free People vest worn over her SWT. A touch of boho and a free spirit, carefree outfit. Love her sandals and minimalistic look. (Alice Typenu)

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Fourties

Sheela chose a vibrant blue polka dot maxi skirt to wear with her SWT and WOW, nothing simple here, she looks dazzling and could go to a party in this outfit! I love how she’s tied it in a knot at the waist for a fitted look. Her cute shoes peeking out means she’s definitely ready for something special. (Sheela Writes)

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I never knew a white T-shirt could look this fashionable! I love how Debbie’s SWT is brilliant white and that she’s paired it with stylish green joggers. Her green and blue plaid shirt is not only practical if it gets cool and she needs to wear it, but I love it tied around her hips to add colour and style. Of course, it helps to have gorgeous tresses like Debbie’s to achieve this beautiful look! (Fashion Fairy Dust)

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I bought my “new” T-shirt at a thrift shop (it had never been worn) specially for this occasion: Sister Act Project SWT.

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I love the graphic design: a simple houndstooth ribbon and buttons; I only paid $6.

Version 3I paired it with these black and white gingham capris. My dear friend Ileana was with me when I bought them and she suggested I sew on a black and a white button. Great idea because I love little details like that. I knew my button collection would be useful someday. I have a million buttons I’ve collected over the years.

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First time wearing this outfit at the museum, where this old locomotive makes an interesting backdrop. It was a rainy day, so I brought my matching black and white houndstooth umbrella.

T-shirt: thrifted
Capris: Ricki’s
Sandals: Hudson’s Bay
Umbrella: Sears

Thank you so much Sheela for organizing this fun fashion project and including me with these stylish ladies! Now I have a cute new outfit, thanks to you!

How do you style a SWT?

carmen

Linkup: Project Sister Act

 

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Twice as Nice

It’s a tradition: find something I like–buy it in another colour too.

My mom started this family tradition and my daughter Jean is carrying on with our tradition.

While at our annual car show this summer, I saw a lady with this beautiful lace top. Not being shy and always loving to compliment ladies who are fashionable, I asked her where she bought it (hoping it wasn’t from another country).

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GREAT – we have a Ricki’s store.

When? (Holding my breath and hoping it wasn’t last year.)

Just recently.

WONDERFUL.

So next time in Ricki’s, there they were in black and white … on sale.

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I tried on the black …

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Bought it.

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I tried on the white …

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Bought it.

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I love fashion traditions.

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Old-fashioned Picnics and the Simple Life

A Sunday afternoon picnic.
It’s such a simple pleasure in life.

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I packed up a tasty little lunch in my watermelon picnic basket.

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Avocado and cucumber sandwiches.
Hummus and radishes sandwiches.
Strawberries and grapes for dessert.
Lemon water 

Lovely place for a photoshoot at the old mill ruins by the Grand River.

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Picnic 3A sun bonnet serves two purposes: protection from the sun and a feeling of a nostalgia like I’ve seen in romantic movies from days gone by.

sun bonnet This white skirt with layers of lace has delicate daisies; it was a sample skirt that I bought in Manhattan two years ago.

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A walk along the river.

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Just what the doctor ordered–a simple life.

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Have you been on a picnic lately?

❤ carmen

https://einfachtilda.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/es-ist-sommer-geworden/Mathilda from Germany has amazing photography of flowers, this daisy is my favourite.

 

 

My first linkup with SISTER ACT. You are invited back next week for a special Sister Act post.

Linkup: TOP OF THE WORLD

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