Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Getting Cozy

In addition to serving as an excuse to trot out all my favourite jackets, fall is also perfect for my equally ridiculously-sized sweater collection. Like this little number, which is a size too big but was $5 at Value Village, so score!

jeans: Simons / sweater: found at Value Village / shoes: Spring

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Cape

I think this dress may be the most perfect thing I own to pair with my cape – the pattern on the sleeves just adds such a nice element of visual interest.

dress: Philosophy / cape: BB Dakota / shoes: Zigi SoHo

Saturday, November 26, 2016

All the Frills: Necklace Edition

I adore this spiky, sparkly necklace and I weirdly often go months and months without wearing it because, in all honestly, I often forget that it’s there. Does that ever happen to you?

Weekend Reading:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Coat of Dreams

I feel like a movie star from the 50s in this coat – I can’t totally explain why in a coherent way but that’s the feeling I have it in. It’s a pretty dynamite feeling…

dress: Zara / boots: Aldo / jacket: New Look

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Joyful Shawl Dances

I’m ready to do a bunch of Stevie Nicks style shawl dances in this plaid scarf…which may actually be my true calling (shawl dancing that is).

dress: Simon / booties: Camper / jacket: ASOS / scarf: Joe Fresh / necklace: the airport (seriously)

Friday, November 18, 2016

All the Frills: The Paint Job

After talking a bit of a break from glitter for several months (mostly because it’s such a pain to remove), I’ve fallen hard again for glitter nail polish jobs. And I’m just obsessed with this silvery grey colour – it seems perfect for late fall/early winter.

Weekend Reading:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Blessed Be Jacket Weather

Okay, I’ll cool it a bit on the jacket posts after this…but I seriously love this jacket, get happy every time I put it on, and loved wearing it out for a hike in the snow on a recent Saturday.

jeans: Simons / jacket: H&M / boots: Steve Madden

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Welcome to the Cardigan Party...I'm the Only Guest

I picked this cardigan up in Scotland (I basically brought home an entire extra suitcase filled with clothes from that trip) and it is every bit as warm and cozy as it looks.

jeans: Simons / shirt: Joe Fresh / cardigan: New Look

Friday, November 11, 2016

All the Frills: The Book

Today, because I can barely contain my excitement (and it's nice to have something to be joyful about given the events of Tuesday night), I’m featuring both the design of the cover of my book and the little blurb describing it that will appear in catalogues, books displays at conferences, etc. I can’t hardly believe that this is all finally winding down…I’m seriously going to need to find something else to do with my time now.

Weekend Reading: 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Coat Excitement

Remember what I said in my last post? A lot of crazed excited utterances about snow, yes, but also a thinly veiled threat to be posting a lot of photos of jackets.

Well, I meant what I said.

I recently booked a day of vacation from work and used it to work in my local special collections library (sometimes I just get the urge to handle some really old books or manuscripts; I’m funny that way). They don’t really have much in the way of manuscript holdings for my period at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, but I did get my hands on a 1633 edition of John Stow’s Survey of London and happily spent an afternoon ensconced in the warm glow of a reading room, in the silent company of other scholars, engrossed in it.

pants: RW and Co / jackets: H&M / shirt: Switches (an amazing band) / boots: Steve Madden

Friday, November 4, 2016

All the Frills: Halloween!

Every year at this time I get really bummed that Halloween is over…I just love it so much! Anyways, this year I went as the Princess de Lamballe, after her death of course (and, predictably, everyone assumed I was Marie Antoinette but that’s okay – I got the fun of educating everyone I met about the life of the Princess).

Weekend Reading:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Winter is Nigh

Get ready for a series of posts about winter coats! Because, guys, it snowed here recently (although then it did mostly melt, but whatever). And I am LOVING it. I adore cold weather and snow and just all those things and I am soooo happy that winter is here ... and I get to start wearing all my favourite jackets!!!!
jeans: Simons / coats: Vince Camuto / shoes: Spring

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stress Reliever

This is sort of old news now but I recently found out that my book has cleared all the hurdles with respect to approvals that it needed to and will officially be published by the University of Toronto in the fall of 2017!!!!!

This project has been in the works since 2008 and I beyond excited that it’s completed. I think it’s a pretty fair statement that publishing a book is a goal for anyone who has done a PhD in a humanities-based discipline and I am over the moon that I can check it off my bucket list! As soon as the euphoria of all this passed, I realized with panic that my editor now needed everything (as in the final version which I was ¼ of the way through doing a final edit on and still needed to finish reading a 300 page book and then add pieces of it to the manuscript; all the images I wanted included, with licensing/reprint rights which I didn’t yet have; and the acknowledgements)…everything!!!! So I spent three days straight locked in my house, eating garbage, living in sweats, and working my ass off to get it all done.

Needless to say, I needed to unwind a bit afterwards! Worn out recently to see two of my favourite bands, Switches and White Lung play. It was an amazing show!

boots: Geox / leggings: ASOS / jacket: Wilfred / shirt: Simons / necklace: Monserat de Lucca