Guten tag, StyleNation, from the centre of my carefully choreographed holiday travels. I began this post over tea with Rinty the Crusher in southwestern Ontario this morning; now, it’s almost midnight, and I’ve just come in from night-skiing with my dad after a day of travelling east and north. In short and to sum up, things have improved VASTLY since Sunday’s horrible-but-oh-so-very-necessary all-night marking marathon.
This post shall be a two-parter. First, it’s been a whole week of No Repeats; so I’ve got some catching up to do. Then, stay tuned for epic photos from my Monday meet-up with the lovely, super-smart, and sartorially inspired La Historiadora de Moda of Fashionable Academics.
Let’s get this party started, shall we?
Skipping over last Thursday’s snooze-inducing ensemble, I give you Friday’s combination – worn for a day of exam marking and panicked course prep:
Grey jersey top: Max Azria (via Winners; you saw the black version here)
Cami: mall anchor store
Cardigan: Smart Set
Trouser jeans: Joe Fresh (remixed)
Necklace: Le Chateau
Invisible ankle boots: ?? (via Winners)
Next up, another lesson-to-self-via-public-humiliation, otherwise known as Saturday’s outfit, worn for a day of holiday gift-buying and a long-overdue trip to the aesthetician. In other words, here’s how I will teach myself not to wear low-slung pants with a slim-fitting turtleneck – SUCH a long-body faux pas:
Turtleneck: Melanie Lyne
Cropped jeans: Jacob
Belt: (I forget)
Boots: Fluevog (remixed)
Lesson learned: invaluable
But there was another day of gift-buying to be done, so I had a chance to redeem myself on Sunday:
Top: Ralph Lauren (via The Bay, remixed)
Cardigan: Cashmere (via Winners)
Cami: mall anchor store
Pashmina: gifted (mom got it in Sri Lanka)
Pants: Smart Set
Belt: ?? (bought it in Russell Square in London with D-Med)
Invisible boots: Rockport (old)
Finally, and most importantly, La Historiadora de Moda is as awesome in real life (IRL) as she is here in the virtual StyleNation. Her partner, M, is also lovely. Together, they are quite the power couple.
We met for drinks Monday afternoon at Epic, a restaurant in the Royal York hotel in Toronto. Wait until you see her epic ensemble! But first, let me confirm that it was an absolute pleasure to spend the afternoon talking academia, StyleNation, fashion, and epic grad school histories with LHdM & M. I wish we all lived closer – or that Kelly Bean could finally get that transporter thingy that we always talk about up and running – so we could hang as often IRL as we do every week in the virtual world. Probably, you’re ready to see photographic evidence of our meet-up, now, so I’ll stop type-blabbing and get on with the phot’s.
I also wish to state for the record that I felt some serious sartorial pressure prior to this meeting. It was an epic travel day for me – a day that involved plane, train, and automobile transport, so comfort was key – but Moda’s a fashionista, and I didn’t want her to think I’m a fashion loser IRL. I feel certain I could have done something more exciting, outfit-wise, if I hadn’t been travelling. Oh well. ‘Good thing Moda brought it, no?
That’s all for now. For those of you who celebrate Christmas (secularly or otherwise), I hope you get – and enjoy – a holiday this year. For those of you who do not, ‘sorry about all the horrible carols and “non-denominational ‘Holiday’ parties” you have to endure.