Winter in Kincardine in black and red

I bought this black and red windowpane check coat last autumn and it’s perfect for spring. With temperatures rising after a brutal winter, I love taking a walk into town and stroll along the shores of Lake Huron, my new home.

It’s hard to imagine warm sunny days as I look out on the icy lake and barren trees but it won’t be long before spring arrives.

Black and Red coat for Autumn and Spring

Beret: thrifted
Red and black dickies: NORTHERN REFECTIONS
Red and black long sleeve T-shirts: NORTHERN REFECTIONS
Coat: Winners
Black leggings: little shop in Connecticut
Black joggers:: NORTHERN REFECTIONS
Red boots: Germany 1982 (a gift from a dear friend)
Red booties: Rieker

The boots in the first few photos are 40 years old! SLOW FASHION

God keep our land glorious and free!

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Fashionable and Cozy: faux fur trim vest three ways

I got this faux fur trim vest at Maggie’s clothing exchange party. The shimmery silver tone is a perfect neutral shade to wear with practically anything in my wardrobe. It’s reversible with magnetic closures and has two pockets.

All three tops are from NORTHERN REFLECTIONS.

My Valentine’s Day outfit yesterday. This red long sleeve T-shirt came in an assortment of colours to choose from: I bought three (red, black and white) comfortable 100% cotton and well-made.

I made the necklace, a string of silver hearts in various sizes.

Worn with a black T-shirt and leopard print joggers for a fun, casual look.

I wore this black and white windowpane check top on my 70th birthday (also from NORTHERN REFLECTIONS) with faux leather and faux suede pants, a more elegant look.

Winters in Ontario, Canada are freezing cold; vests are wonderful for layering and keeping warm. Fashionable and cozy!

Kincardine sunset beyond the lighthouse

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STYLE CHALLENGE: Birch and Birds T-Shirt

Jean and I have been doing style challenges for several years. It’s not a competition, it’s to show different ways to wear something and get more milage out of our clothes as well as creating various looks.

I had shown this long sleeve T-shirt — Northern Reflections — with a wintery print of birch trees and birds. I love these cardinals and blue jays.

Here’s how Jean styled hers with dark blue denim by Mud Jeans and wearing a red dickie (also from Northern Reflections).

Jean added a pop of red with a red scarf.

Her red cross-body bag is made of glazed fabric by Crystalyn Kae made in USA and it’s machine washable!

Red nail polish is perfect for this nature-inspired print.

“The Conscious Choice Collection”

“With the world becoming more conscious of the impact we have on our environment, we at Northern Reflections have increased our efforts to create look-good, feel-good and do-good fashion. With a focus on being kind to ourselves and our planet, we have launched many new initiatives to decrease our carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Take a peek to read about three of our newest fabrics we have introduced to our new Conscious Choice Collection.”

NORTHERN REFLECTIONS

Northern Reflections is an ethical Canadian company.

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Out with the old and in with the new

A New Year; a new house

2021 was a very unusually busy year. Here’s the short story.

We moved to Kincardine in December–a charming beach town on Lake Huron in Ontario–about two hours from where we used to live.

Here’s the long story.

For years we have been thinking of moving and looking at houses.

In January 2021, our oldest son bought a house in Hanover, Ontario and moved there in May. Our youngest son decided he would like to move as well, and moved into his new house in Kincardine in August–about 40 minutes from where his brother moved to.

Every weekend we would travel looking at houses, sometimes putting in offers, but every house had multiple offers and we kept looking.

Between helping with our sons’ moves: painting their new houses etc. etc. etc. we contiuned searching and finally bought our new house in October.

Next we needed to stage our house (no easy task when you’re a collector) to get it ready for the market. Then 10 days of having potential buyers go through our home, keeping everything spotless every day.

With the SOLD sign put up, the packing began (no easy task when you’re a collector). The list of things to do was endless and it felt like I was in a dark tunnel with no end in sight. Two weeks before moving day it still seemed a daunting task and I would stare at everything wondering if it was even posible to move (and did I mention, I’m a collector?)

Moving day came a few days before Christmas and it was an emotional experience. Thanks to good friends and family–and a lot of hard work--we made it and arrived at our new house. We celebrated Christmas with our boys and family. These days I am unpacking and organizing to make our house a home. So far only the living room is almost done, the rest of the house is in boxes and I’ll post photos in the future.

New Year’s Eve

Celebrating 10 years of this fun blogging adventure! Thank you to all who have stopped by to read, like and comment! It means so much to me!

Wishing everyone a very blessed New Year!

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Joy to the World!

And Heaven and nature sing!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmastime and a blessed New Year!

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NORTHERN REFLECTIONS: Christmas Pyjamas

When the weather outside is frightful and the nights in December come early, it’s time to slip into something warm and cozy. Case in point, these comfortable cotton flannel pyjamas (on sale for $25 CND). They also make a great Christmas present for someone.

Cozying up in my flannel pyjamas, a cup of herbal tea and a good book. There’s just something comforting and nostalgic wearing flannel pyjamas: warm memories of my childhood.

I am delighted to collaborate with this great Canadian company! Please check out NORTHERN REFLECTIONS collection and use this coupon code with An Additional 10% OFF Entire Purchase – Online Only. The code is NRHOLIDAYCARMEN and will be valid until Dec 31, 2021. Free shippng in Canada!

May your days be cozy and warm!

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NORTHERN REFLECTIONS: a top with flare

When my new top arrived from Northern Reflections, I felt like a child on Christmas morning! I love the print and handkerchief hem style with flare. It’s luxuriously soft and so feminine. I wore it for Ladies’ Night Out, a loverly dinner party at a dear friend’s charming home!

Quality drawstring joggers are so comfortable and stylish: designed to flatter all heights and looks great with flats or heels. I’ve already worn them several times and I know I’ll get lots of wear out of them.

I am delighted to collaborate with this great Canadian company! Please check out NORTHERN REFLECTIONS collection and use this coupon code with An Additional 10% OFF Entire Purchase – Online Only. The code is NRHOLIDAYCARMEN and will be valid until Dec 31, 2021. Free shippng in Canada!

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NORTHERN REFLECTIONS: red sweater give-away!

With 24 days until Christmas, I am offering a give-away this week. This lovely red sweater from NORTHERN REFLECTIONS: 100% cotton, easy care, value of $46.99 CND, size small.

Here’s all you need to do to win:

  • like this post
  • comment below
  • like it on Instagram
  • tag a friend on Instagram

Easy! Winner will be announced on Instagram.

I will need your address if you win. Free shipping in Canada.

Not your size? Then please check out Northern Reflections collection and use this coupon code with An Additional 10% OFF Entire Purchase – Online Only. The code is NRHOLIDAYCARMEN and will be valid until Dec 31, 2021. Free shippng in Canada!

These are my go-to pants this season: drawstring and stretch for comfort, and the style is flattering and goes with every top in my wardrobe.

Click on Instagram to win!

Thanks for stopping by!

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NORTHERN REFLECTIONS: holiday apparel

Northern Reflections is a quality Canadian women’s clothing company, I’ve been a happy customer over the years (since 1985 when the first store opened) and I’m delighted to collaborate with a company who cares about our environment and values SLOW FASHION.

Today I’m wearing this festive top that can be worn during the holidays and through the winter. Fashionable and comfortable are two things that I look for when I buy something. These drawstring pants are a must-have, they come in black and charcoal.

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“This year, our Winter Collections are dedicated to all things fun and cozy. You’ll find plush knits in gorgeous wintry palettes, a wide assortment of super-soft sleepwear and of course, a whole section of fleece sweatshirts and gift-worthy festive styles, that we are proudly known for.”

“The Conscious Choice Collection”

“With the world becoming more conscious of the impact we have on our environment, we at Northern Reflections have increased our efforts to create look-good, feel-good and do-good fashion. With a focus on being kind to ourselves and our planet, we have launched many new initiatives to decrease our carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Take a peek below to read about three of our newest fabrics we have introduced to our new Conscious Choice Collection.”

“Introducing: Northern Traditions. 20th Oct 2021. At the heart of everything we do and all we stand for is the firm belief that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and cherished. Today, we are proud to take our vision a step further and introduce Northern Traditions – a capsule collection of essential clothing styles ….”

~Northern Reflections

Check out NORTHERN REFECTIONS website and you’ll be sure to find something for yourself or a gift for someone on your Christmas shopping list. Use this coupon code with An Additional 10% OFF Entire Purchase – Online Only. The code is NRHOLIDAYCARMEN and will be valid until Dec 31, 2021.

I only collaborate with companies and products I use and believe in.

Free shipping in Canada. 🇨🇦

Happy shopping!

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Remembering Lora Herrmann

Reblogged from my daughter Jean – 11.11.11

Lora Maria Herrmann Czech isn’t a household name. Still, she was well-loved and is missed by her friends and family. She passed away ten years ago today. The time since her death seems to have gone by so quickly. It’s weird to think that for a quarter of my life, she’s been gone. She was a big influence on me.

Oma in Toronto

See, I was her first grandchild. She adored all three of us and was a big part of our lives. She lived in the apartment next door, and later, when my parents bought a house, in a house of her own a few miles away. To me, she was Oma.

Oma was born on August 9, 1926 near Stuttgart, Germany. She went to went to modelling school and also earned a diploma that qualified her as a cosmetician, esthetician and hair dresser.

diploma

When she immigrated to Canada in the spring of ’57 she opened her own beauty parlour in Toronto. It was so successful that her husband decided to open a shop too! After several years as an entrepreneur she developed an allergy to the dyes and perm solutions she was exposed to in the salon.

She switched careers and worked at Holt Renfrew and Eaton’s in retail fashion, all while raising her two kids (my mom and uncle). Her flair for fashion and love of style made an impression on me. Some of my earliest memories are me in Oma’s apartment, wearing her shoes. She was only a size 6, but I was a kid, and those were big shoes to fill.

Oma and Trudy in Stuttgart

Working in high-end fashion gave Oma the opportunity to collect wonderful clothes by famous designers. She taught me about Missoni, Pucci, Diane von Furstenberg, and Prada (I wrote about Oma’s hand-me-downs a few weeks ago).

Oma had style and grace. She helped me dye my hair a perfect shade of blonde when I was in high school. Nothing brassy, nothing ashy. Something between honey and wheat. What a skill!

Mom and Oma

Oma loved music and art, and filled her home with both. I remember visiting her when I was in university. I was too poor for cable so she let me watch MTV during dinner. When “Kiss” by Prince came on, I panicked. What would she think? He was dancing in “questionable” clothes. Oma looked at his outfit and approved. “Wonderful flared pants,” she said. “And can he ever dance in heels!”

Oma wasn’t a gambling woman but she made one bet with me—and won. In the ’80s I wore skinny jeans. Oma liked the universally flattering silhouette of a flare (hence her appreciation of Prince). I hated flares and swore I’d never wear them. She told me everything comes back in style after a time and that one day I wouldwear them. “Twenty bucks says I never do.” I replied.

Oma and Jean

Fast forward to the mid-90s, when retro-70s was in. I arrived at Oma’s place wearing denim bell bottoms. “You owe me twenty dollars,” she said. She made me pay up. She was a woman of her word and made sure I was too.

In my youth, I’d never have guessed how much Oma shaped me. I’ve focused on fashion in this post because fashion was a big part of her life and this is, after all, a style blog. But in so many ways, I’m who I am because of her. So even though she’s gone, her wisdom, style, and influence lives on.

Oma

Lora Maria Herrmann
9-9-1926 — 11-11-2001

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