Work clothes are a thing of the past.
The 30 pound weight loss achieved through the sensible and simple Weight Watchers plan was the instigator.
I needed to replace everything and that could have been very expensive...
I am now on a pension so this proved to be somewhat of a challenge.
Shopping mostly thrift and consignment shops...I opted for classic timeless basics.
And in case you were wondering most pieces are black.
There are numerous white tops and a great pair of Club Monaco jeans and some grey sweaters in the closet.
It's hard for me to justify shopping at boutiques these days and pay the prices that I have in the past
especially when I can find a perfectly good garments for a reasonable price second hand.
The Burberry quilted coat and the Barbour vest were the big ticket items (investment pieces) last fall.
I stocked up on new white cotton tank tops this season as they get worn a lot as layering pieces and they get worn out quite quickly. I love the look of a freshly laundered and ironed white tee or tank top.
The other thing that I have been replacing quite a lot are those white cotton padded sport socks....they do cushion my feet in comfort, so better the socks wear out than the pads of my feet. New walking shoes are at the top of my list as mine have seen better days and many kilometers!
I've been shopping and found a few pieces which are a bit of a departure for me and I wanted to share them with you.
They are fun clothes,
clothes with a bit of a bohemian vibe,
a little edgier than what I am usually attracted to...
perhaps even a little gaudy.
Fasten your seat belts!
Linen print top which looks great layered over a white tank top and skinny jeans.
Blue and white printed fabric reminds me of the summer ocean breeze...
gauzy and cool.
Which leads me into a segue of blue and white...
Blue and white together are a harmonious marriage...
do you like the classic Blue Willow pattern?
Harumi Ota uses this combination in most of his contemporary porcelain pottery.
I am quite smitten with his work and own three of his bowls.
My friend Louise made me this necklace several years ago and I like to wear it in the summertime.
Beach glass beads mixed with pearls and sterling silver.
Cut Loose linen top which makes a great de-constructed jacket.
Looks good over a white cotton tank top too.
Pretty Shell buttons
Flared cuff detail at the bottom of the sleeves which are not too long so I can show off some silver bracelets.
My flip flops are getting out and about...
OPI Animalia an orange shade that I am loving.
These pants are super comfy and look good with my Gap denim jacket.
The GAP pale wash denim is rather like my grey hair
and speaking of grey...
I collected a bunch of clothes that were too big and took them to the consignment shop a couple of weeks ago...
when I tried on the remaining garments that I thought would fit I was aghast...
all too big and baggy and such a waste having all these garments hang about idle...
so I picked up the phone and made an appointment to consign the rest of them.
This skirt is really more of a pewter shade, but it is hard to tell in this image.
I plan to wear this casual skirt instead of shorts on the boat.
I can see it with my denim jacket or the white linen top.
I could wear it to run errands, to an outdoor cafe or when wandering about in a garden.
It's very different and I quite like the feel of it on with bare legs and flip flops in the heat of the day.
Loose skirts are comfortable, provide decent leg coverage, and are cooler than pants.
My summer shopping tote and one of my straw hats.
If you want to purchase one of these Nicholas Randall on Oak Bay Avenue currently have them in stock.
I bought mine last year at The Bungalow on Estevan Avenue.
lemonade and iced tea
ice cream cones
lounging on the deck
feeling the sand between your toes
The sun is out and the birds are chirping.
It is June the 1st today
and it feels a bit like summer.