Wrap dress styled for summer and winter

Shopping with my daughter Jean is always something I enjoy. I bought two wrap dresses last summer in New York City at Bebenoir. (My first one you can see here.)

Although sometimes we have very different taste, many times we like the same things and I can’t count how many things we have the same–from jewellery to shoes (and everything in between). I bought the same houndstooth dress that Jean is wearing and she bought this wrap dress too.

Jean and carmen

 It has a fabulous black and purple Hawaiian print with a dash of orange. Love how Jean has styled hers with an orange camisole and her cute vegan purse. Check out her post about this dress and her unique shoes!


It’s great to get more wear out of dresses that can be worn all through the year and I knew this one is perfect for warm weather with bare legs and sandals …


Tights and boots means I can wear it in the fall and winter, I also add a black cardigan for warmth.

wrap dress with tights

 Sometimes I wear it as a tunic over capris.

Eiffel TowerStatue of Liberty

That’s a wrap, folks!

Have a fashionable week!!

<3 carmen



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I love daisies

Daisies have a certain je ne sais quoi about them that make me smile. :-) They are my favourite flowers. I love their simplicity, a symbol of humility. I’d rather wear a crown of daisies than a diamond tiara. The simply things in life are really the BEST things in life!! <3

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These photos were taken at the German Concordia Club in Kitchener, Ontario–a place I have enjoyed taking ballroom dance lessons and have had the opportunity to conduct two line dance workshops.

I hope you dance!

<3 carmen



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Greetings from Canada!

I wear my Canada colours every Canada Day!

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I’ve had this skirt for years; it has a white lace print on a red background.

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 My dear friend Diane wore her new Canadian maple leaf T-shirt to dance class yesterday.


She just bought it at OLD NAVY so I dashed over right after class, but they were sold out. (It wasn’t a wasted trip because I found a pair of cool, white, linen, wide-leg pants!)

Lots of people wear red and white today!


Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!!

Loving greetings to my readers and friends all over the world!

love carmen

Happy 4th of July America!


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Palazzo Pants at a Grandioso Palace

Well, it’s not quite a palace but it sure looks like one and feels like one walking around this marvelous, HUGE estate.

Langdon Hall

Palazzo pants are grand for an elegant affair. A similar look to a long skirt. Palazzo means palace in Italian.

palazzo pants

While on vacation in New York City last summer, Jean and I bought these lace teal palazzo pants at a flea market in Brooklyn.

teal palazzo

These are handmade and I love to support local people. In the 60s I made several pairs of white lace palazzo pants and sold them at a boutique. Wish I’d have kept a pair.

palazzo pants

I made mine with a lining sewn in like shorts. I haven’t been able to wear these ones because there was no lining and it looked a little very sleazy just wearing black undies. I bought a pair of black workout shorts and it’s perfect.

black workout shorts

 Sexy, yes; sleazy NO!

closeup palazzo pants

My first time wearing them recently was to the historic Langdon Hall: a luxurious Hotel Resort and Spa in the country, a mansion with several other beautiful buildings on the estate and meticulously groomed gardens.

Langdon Hall

Langdon Hall is a lovely day trip in Southern Ontario or a fabulous weekend getaway. A very romantic place to have a wedding reception or any special event. But you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy this charming place, it’s delightful for dinner or afternoon tea for two.

tea on the deckon the deckAn elegant ambiance in every room.

dinning roomSolariumA walk around the gardens is astonishing!

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I love wild roses!

wild roses

Thanks for your visit and I hope you enjoyed the tour!

<3 carmen


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Long Cardigans in Black and White

When I can’t decide which one to buy, I buy them both. Actually, my mom started me with this habit; she would buy the same thing in different colours and my daughter Jean and I have continued this tradition. In fact, it doesn’t have to do with deciding which one I like better, rather it’s because I like it so much that I buy two, three and sometimes four and even five (yes, five!) in every colour! I do the same with shoes.

These long cardigans came in black and white. I had already bought the pants a few weeks ago when I saw them in the window display at Le Chateau.

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The weather in spring is like an escalator at the mall: up and down. I really don’t mind as long as it doesn’t snow. Cardigans and jackets are practical at this time of year, even in the summer there can be cool nights and the malls are always air-conditioned, so I often need a cardigan.

These cardigans from Le Chateau are a loose knit, so soft and comfortable. And why not buy the sandals I’m wearing in black and white as well?

black and ahite sandalsone of everything


<3 carmen


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Summertime: Ladies in White

My first post of ladies in white featured nine beautiful women.

On the first day of summer 2015, I am showcasing nine gorgeous ladies who embrace the romantic look of white! Click on their photos to see more of their style.

Annette from Lady of Style

Annette from Lady of Style

Gaby from Stylish Salat

Gaby from Stylish Salat

Dawn Lucy host of FUN FASHION FRIDAY

Dawn Lucy host of FUN FASHION FRIDAY Linkup

Dawn LucyWhether fair-skinned, olive or brown–white suits each skin tone. Whether blonde, gray, redhead, light brown, brunette or jet-black–all look great in white. I know some people shy away from white but it really is a lovely, cool look! I hope this post inspires everyone to get a white outfit for summer! There are different shades of white, so some may prefer to wear winter white, off-white, ivory or pale gray, rather than pure white.

The look is fresh and breezy. Here’s what these fashionable ladies are wearing.




Sarmistha from Style Over Coffee

Falasha from Bite My Fashion

Falasha from Bite My Fashion

Falasha from Bite My Fashion

Falasha from Bite My Fashion

Johanna from 101 Things I love

Johanna from 101 Things I love

Wednesday Pants Linkup

Allison host of WEDNESDAY PANTS Linkup

Willfully Elegant

Willfully Elegant

Garments Speech

Garments Speech

All white with pops of colour is one of my favourite looks.

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Do you have an all-white outfit to share?

Please add the link in your comment.

To all the fathers reading this I wish you a

Happy-Fathers-Day-happy summer


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Covered Bridges of Wellington County

The city of Guelph, Ontario has lovely trails that meander along the Eramosa and Speed Rivers. This lattice covered bridge is a replica from the 1800s, part of the Royal Recreational Trail.

covered bridge

It is used by pedestrians and bicyclists, a romantic place to walk and reminisce on a pleasant spring day.

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The bridge evokes nostalgic feelings of bygone days, even though it was built in 1992.

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The huge lattice is magnificent with a spectacular view of the beautiful river through the “windows”.


My ivory lace blouse was bought online from Hudson’s Bay (Ralph Lauren). Silver necklace from Le Chateau and silver bracelet from Reitmans.

Ralph Lauren lace blouse

I bought this sheer, flowy skirt (which can be worn as a sundress) at Anna Bella. PERFECT for a Rumba! The ruffled handkerchief hem flares out beautifully when I twirl. I’ve already worn it twice to go dancing.

Anna Bella

I bought these silver stilettos in NYC. I love silver shoes for dancing, they add a sparkle to my steps.

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The bridge of Madison Wellington County.

Guelph covered bridge lattice

May your happy memories of days gone by outshine the sad moments of the past. Let’s remember the good times!

George BurnsLook to the future, as George Burns once said … Look to the future because that is where you will spend the rest of your life.

love carmen

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Lilacs and Lace

Lilacs: the heavenly scent of springtime. I wish spring would last all spring!

The weather keeps changing: one day it’s warm as summer and the next day it feels like autumn.

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White lilacs inspired me to wear my white lace blouse that I bought online from RoseWholesale for $10, I love this romantic vintage look. White lace isn’t just for brides in love. I will wear it with jeans for a dressed down look.

lace blouseI removed the thin shoulder pads and it fits small.


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The lace is a lovely rose design and reminds me of a blouse I had in the 60s. It has a peplum look with little pearl buttons.

white lace and lilacsNo matter where I go, I’m surrounded by the glorious sight and fragrance of lilacs!

lilacs by the ruins I picked some fresh lilacs to take home.

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I love the delicate, lacy look of the violet phlox in the garden.

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Now I can relax on the covered deck with a cup of herbal tea, read a book while the aroma of the lilacs fills my senses!

lilacsyou are an amazing womanTo all my women friends and readers … this book is for YOU!!!


<3 carmen

Special thanks to Dawn Lucy for featuring me in FUN FASHION FRIDAY!

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Palazzo Pants Please!

Palazzo pants get their name from the Italian word palazzo meaning palace. What makes Palazzos distinct is their wide, billowy legs, whereas pajama-style pants are more narrow. Usually made with soft, flowy fabric means they are super comfortable to wear and can be casual for lounging or very elegant for a grandioso affair!

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I just found these palazzo pants recently at Sirens and loved the print: paisley and abstract art in black and white with pops of coral and taupe.

DSC01643Paisley design is much more noticeable in real life but a little lost in the photo.


St. Jacobs is a little tourist town only a half hour from where I live, great for day trips. I enjoy browsing through boutiques, antique and home decor shops–always find things I like.

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There are fine restaurants and places for unique photo shoots for fashion bloggers. My shrug is more coral than the photo looks, I’m wearing a coral necklace I made and coral bracelet.

coral shrug

There’s even a nature trail for biking and hiking along the river.

by the river

 This is Mennonite country with horse and buggies.

My Laurel Burch purse is my favourite handbag at the moment. Cats go with everything, right! I have two pairs of these sandals (non-leather, made in Italy) black ones and red ones. They have wedge heels and it feels like walking on clouds.

I have three pairs of Palazzo pants now, these colourful ones bought at Spanner last summer and I wore them in NYC. I bought a pair of teal lace Palazzos at a flea market in Brooklyn and will feature them in a upcoming post. They are suitable for one of those grandioso affairs. :D

colourful palazzo pants

 Palazzo Pants: love ’em or leave ’em?



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Magenta and Capris

 May is one of my favourite months because lilacs, magnolias and apple blossoms are in their glory. There are lilacs in various colours: white, ivory, pink, mauve, pale violet and magenta.

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With lilacs blooming everywhere, they make a lovely backdrop for this magenta blouse which has a delicate damask design in the weave.

magenta blouse

This multi-coloured fabric purse by designer Laurel Burch is a cute summer purse. Check out her amazing designs. I love her whimsical cats. (Sadly, she passed away in 2007.)

Laurel Birch purse Sterling silver necklace–the links are hearts–was bought in a little boutique in Stratford last summer.

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T’is the season for capris; I love the lace inserts on the hem.


Lovely day for a stroll along the avenue.

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I bought this silky soft blouse at Ricki’s (ladies fashion) a few months ago.


It’s a high low style so I have worn it with black leggings and booties.

high low magenta blouse

Enjoy the blossoms of the merry month of May!


Life is good!

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