Rugged Elegance: Denim and White Eyelet

This thrifted denim jacket cost $$7.99. I bought it yesterday because I have been looking for one ever since I missed a really unique denim jacket at V.V. Boutique (Value Village).

thrifted denim jacket

Next stop, the ruins in downtown Galt (part of the City of Cambridge, Ontario).

denim and eyelet

I like the look of rugged with delicate, so I’m pairing it with my white embroidered blouse and eyelet skirt. I bought the blouse last summer and my skirt is about 15 years old (the reason I have so many clothes because I keep them and take care of them).

white outfit

The scent of lilacs surrounding me in this rugged and beautiful place is something a camera cannot capture, but the imagination can.

white eyelet skirt

the ruins

A great place for my adventurous grandson.

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White Skinny Jeans with Knit and Crocheted Tops

My brand new first-pair-ever white skinny jeans will be a staple in my wardrobe. I don’t know how I got along without them. I guess it’s because I do have quite a few white pants and capris, but nothing looks as good with a long top as skinny jeans or leggings.

pink crocheted top

These stretchy jeans are from LE CHATEAU (Canadian clothing store) fake fly and fake pockets make for a smooth look.

white skinny jeans

My pale pink (knit-that-looks-crocheted) top from ANNA BELLA reminds me of my crocheting days. My mom taught me how to crochet and it was a creative hobby. She crocheted beautiful dresses and one-of-a-kind tops, and cute baby outfits for my children.

pink crocheted top

This lacy crocheted top is a lovely shade of mauve, it is shorter and I would not wear leggings with it, so these jeans are perfect. I bought it a few years ago at GARAGE.

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 blessings <3 carmen

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Pretty Peplum

My obsession with peplum started two years ago. (You can see my first peplum top I bought at Reitmans HERE.) I was so happy to see this new version of a 60s style my mom wore. So naturally, when I find a peplum top, and this one with a pretty floral pattern, with a net yoke AND on sale …

I couldn’t resist.

floral peplum top

It’s from Smart Set–a chain of ladies apparel stores that will be closing in August :-( . I purchased it during last year’s end-of-season sale and I’m wearing it for the first time.

floral peplum

 I have the same one in black. I often buy things I like in different colours.

black peplumI love tops with lace or net yokes for a feminine look.

floral peplum

My fuchsia purse is from the clothing exchange Jean hosted, she bought hers in Florida and I bought the same one in yellow. It’s great for essentials: cell phone, keys and money, tissue, lipstick. (Lipstick is essential, right?)

fuchsia purse

fuchsia crabapple tree

Have a lovely week and thank you for dropping by.

<3 carmen

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White Skinny Jeans and Apple Blossoms

I am in awe as I drive through our city streets and countryside, admiring all the trees in full bloom! These beautiful white apple blossoms made a pretty backdrop for my new white skinny jeans I bought at Le Chateau last week.

apple blossoms

Every woman needs a pair of white jeans and I finally found a pair I like; faux fly and faux pockets makes it perfect for a flat look when wearing a top over the jeans.

white skinnie jeans

They’re not too tight, so they don’t look skin-tight like leggings.

skinnie jeans

I love pastel pink paired with white for a romantic look.

pink jacket

I bought this pretty pink spring jacket with ruffled edges in NYC at Anthropologie. Silver jewellery adds some glitz. Pink fabric wedges are from Payless.

Anthropologie jacket

Fellow blogger Jess, recently posted her pretty pink jacket with white skinny jeans.


Do you think white jeans are a must?

Happy weekend everyone!

<3 carmen

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Mother’s Day in silver and white

Yesterday I bought this lacy, crocheted top at Anna Bella. Of course, I tried it on and loved it so much I wore it right away. (My new white skinnie jeans are in the Le Chateau bag; finally found a pair I like.) When I saw this top, I immediately thought of my mom; she crocheted and would have loved this top! White crop pants are from Spanner.

crocheted top

I am a huge fan of white and this top has silver which adds a sparkle.

silver and white top

A quick stop for a photo shoot by a gorgeous magnolia tree before the blossoms fall. Pink was my mom’s favourite colour.

Magnolia tree

My heart necklace is perfect for this top.

heart necklace

Silver earrings from Target and silver sandals from Aldo.

Some happy memories with my fashionable daughter Jean who not only has influenced my style as much as my mother has, but also got me hooked on blogging.

Seattle 2015

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I dedicate this post to my cousins Marion and Sylvia who love silver and crocheting!

My boys, taken Mother’s Day 2015!

my boys

To every mom, I wish you a happy

Mother’s Day!

with love,


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How to Wear Pajama Pants in Public

Le ChateauPajamas pants are not just for sleeping at night or lounging at home in the daytime. The new trend since the new millennium is to wear them in public.

It’s so comfortable wearing loose, lightweight pajama pants because it feels like I’m not wearing anything. In hot weather these pants are cooler than shorts or capri pants.

While shopping at Le Chateau (Canadian clothing store) looking for a red dress for the Rumba performance dance I am learning, I got sidetracked and found these pajama-style pants.

Black and white always gets my attention and this fabulous print had me sold.

Le Chateau pants

I wore a black top for a dramatic look: silver jewellery and silver stilettos.

pajama pants

And a white top for a summery look.


 From shopping to the playground with my grandson, these are perfect.


Great pants for pole dancing.

pole dancing

My grandson, the photographer.

my grandson

He’s not only a great photographer, but he teaches me tricks on our bikes on the way home from the park.

bike trick


I now have 5 pajama pants in my wardrobe. And all of them are black and white.

I would never wear frumpy, flannel pajama pants, not even to sleep.  The important thing is the fabric and pattern. Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh belong in bed. However, there are classy prints that make wearing PJ pants in public a fashion statement as well as being convenient and comfortable. Add some bling, accessories and pretty shoes to complete the outfit; making it stylish to wear in the house or on the go.

What’s your opinion?

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Ikea now serving vegan “meatballs”

As soon as I heard that Ikea will be serving meatless meatballs, I was thrilled and can’t wait to go again. That’s a good enough reason for me to go shopping at Ikea! The last time I shopped there, I wore my red blazer from JACOB and black roses skinnie jeans AMERICAN EAGLE.

red blazer

I have a collection of peplum tops ever since they started making them. So glad this retro style with a new twist has made the fashion scene. If they stop making them, no problem, I’ve stocked up on them.

black peplum top This one is black velvet with a leopard lace yoke and 3/4 length sleeves. I bought two of these in different colours. The other one is burgundy.

black peplum top

What I wore today–this photo taken this morning, wearing sandals! YAY!!

peplum and black roses

“Behind the scenes, PETA worked to convince the international company to go all the way and make the “veggie balls” vegan. We reminded IKEA that people are making the switch to vegan eating in droves — and offering vegan foods would ensure that all customers leave the store satisfied. We asked our members to support the effort, and more than 25,000 did just that! And it has all paid off!”



Can’t wait to go to Ikea to try their new Veggie balls (hold the cheese pleeez!)

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Blue on Blue

As a line dance teacher, most songs are about falling in love or broken hearts. Feeling a little blue these days, but who says blue has to be sad? Blue skies have always meant happy times. We all go through times of sorrow; in life there’s no way to avoid it. Trouble comes along without being invited.

I wore my sheer blue blouse from HOLLISTER and HUE denim blues to my dance class today and danced away my blues.

blue    Feeling pensive …


     A smile hides a thousand tears …


    Profound words  …

this too shall pass a time to dance

I hope you dance!

What’s more fun than dancing? Going for coffee/tea with my friends after class!



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Fashion Revolution: Who Made My Clothes?

Originally posted on jeanofalltrades:

Today is Fashion Revolution Day. This day marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed over eleven hundred people and injured thousands more.

I’m joining others as we ask, “Who made my clothes?” Check out Instagram hashtags for #fashrev, #whomademyclothes, #fashionrevolutionday, and #whomadeyourclothes for lots of inspiring photos. You might see photos of people wearing their clothes inside out to show the labels–transparency in fashion!

who made my clothes?

I know who made my clothes!

Lois Eastlund label

Lois Eastlund made my dress. It looks fantastic (even inside out) because it’s handmade and she paid a lot of attention to detail. She’s a NY-based fashion designer and one of the founders of La Fashionista Compassionista–an awesome (and free) online magazine that you should get your hands on!

Lois Eastlund dress

Moses made my boots. They’re handmade in a factory in LA. The company, Nicora Johns, is helping to keep the US shoemaking industry…

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Spring Cleaning

I’ve started my spring cleaning. First on my list was to get the “treehouse” ready to use. This is a covered deck (overlooking an enchanted forest) shelter from the rain and shade from the sun, with screens all around to keep the mosquitoes and flies out. I’m wearing a little frock and leggings. I like to dress stylish even when cleaning, because I like to. :-)

Vacuuming the carpet …


Cleaning the wicker furniture (I use NORWEX enviro cloths) …

cleaning with NORWEX

Washing the screens (I use my NORWEX mit) …

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Time to relax for a few minutes sipping tea and listen to the birds sing.

tea time

This is what it will look like in a few weeks when all the leaves turn green. The early morning sun shining in is so inviting to enjoy breakfast before a busy day begins.


I also go out in this outfit, perhaps that’s why it’s called an OUT fit, because it’s fit to go out. I wear it to go shopping.


It has a lovely asymmetrical floral pattern on one side, a diagonal hemline with lace.


I wore it for crossing the Brooklyn bridge last summer.

Brooklyn Bridge

And for relaxing in the park

in the parkHappy Spring cleaning!!


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