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.

white lilacs

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.


magenta and white lilacs

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

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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!

palazzo pants

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.

motorcycle and trailerMotorcycle and trailer

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

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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.

magenta blouse

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.

silver necklace

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


Lovely day for a stroll along the avenue.

white picket fence

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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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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