Things that are Especially Rare

To echo E-Jo, (belated) Happy New Year, StyleNation! Welcome to IPF 2014 and, more particularly, Research Leave at IPF North! That’s right. I get a break from teaching and service work for the next six months as I prepare to apply for tenure and promotion in the next year or so.

Today’s post, a bit of a catch-up from the end of last term, includes boots, bada$$ery, and a bit of a reveal. Here we go.

#1. Office Pyjamas as Teaching Wear

That’s right. I wore this to teach – but just in my 4th-year honours seminar – in late November. Because I couldn’t make myself care about wearing anything but this bada$$ ensemble.


Draped black wool/angora/acrylic turtleneck tunic thingy: gifted (from my elegant sis-in-law, Designer Shoe Whore); Stainless steel non-boob-wrangling necklace: gifted (from the A-Dubs-Hubs); Black pleather-front and pointe leggings: H&M (new to blog); Black leather buckled up winter boots: Cougar (new to blog, purchased in Canada’s most stylish ville with janey-em and kelly last spring

Here’s a better bootal view:


Remember when Cougar boots were those tan coloured lace-ups that we wore undone so the tongues would flap around and show the red cloth lining? It was the ’80s. Cougar’s changed things up a bit since, it seems.

#2. Holiday Party – New booties and a reveal

Both janey_em and Rinty the Crusher informed me that my search for kick-ass black pumps for the A-Dubs-Hubs’s work holiday party would be fruitless. They said I should relent and get some damn ankle booties already. So I did. Possibly I will never wear these again as I am supposed to be retired from high heels. But they were too hard core to pass up.

In other news, I am pregnant, so that’s why I have a different belly than usual in these pic’s:


Black polyester jersey and lace blazer: Thyme Maternity (new to blog); Black jersey and gold sequin short-sleeved maternity tunic/dress: Séraphine Luxe (new to blog); Black leather, gold metal, and crystal belt: gift with purchase of dress at local prego store; Black micro fibre leggings: remixed; Black leather and gold metal booties: Steve Madden (new to blog)


And now, to complete today’s Sei Shōnagon-inspired list,

Things that are Especially Rare

5. Blessed, blessed research leave

4. Wicked black pumps this winter

3. Regular posts on this blog (sorry!)

2. Holiday seasons during which I cannot consume booze (thank the goddess these are rare)

1. Canadian cities that are colder than mars

What’s especially rare in your life, StyleNation?

Also, is anyone else totally over booties, yet? 

14 thoughts on “Things that are Especially Rare

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  2. I love both of these outfits and want to wish you many congratulations on the pregnancy!!! I hope you are feeling well. I will be eagerly checking in to see your other maternity looks cause these are both amazing!

  3. I love how very casually you dropped that bit of news – like, just in case you noticed my belly looks different. And dang is that gold tunic cute! I think that may be the sassiest maternity ensemble I’ve ever seen.

    Is it bad that not boozing is a definite consideration for me? Thanks for bringing that up and making me feel better. Rest assured that I had more than enough holiday cocktails for the 3 of us (I’m assuming your mini-A-Dubs was bummed to be missing out too).

    • I appreciate your taking care of that, Anne. And yes, we were both bummed.

      Also, a new locally owned maternity store opened up down the street from me at the exact point in the fall when I needed bigger pants, etc. In this one regard, the universe loves me and wants me to have nice things. I have this fantasy that the gold sequin tunic will still work next holiday season sans baby belly. It’s stretchy.


    The leggings and boots are badass. The booties are fantastic, and surely parties are an exception to the no-heels plan? The maternity fashion is absolutely fucking amazing. Smoking hot long-legged mama!

    • Thanks Kelly! Also, Ok. i agree that parties are an appropriate exception to the high heel avoidance. Except if there’s dancing – but there was NO dancing at this party. Frankly, without wine, there’s no out-of-house dancing for me at all.

  5. OHMIGOD. THESE ARE BOTH SO AWESOME THAT ONLY YELLING WILL SUFFICE. And if you’re totally over booties, send those bad boys my direction. I’ll give them a good home.

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