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2014/09/03 / Shanan


I haven’t been shopping for clothes in a long while (frugality and pregnancy combine to create the perfect anti-retail storm) but was inspired to do a little virtual wardrobe scouting when Warby Parker reached out to me about their beautiful new Fall collection.

In case you don’t know about Warby Parker, their ethos is great – for every pair of glasses purchased they distribute a pair to someone in need.  Through their partnership with VisionSpring they have, to date, distributed over 500,000 pairs around the world.

I don’t actually need glasses, but you have to admit that the right pair can be a pretty chic building block to base an outfit off of…  Here are three Autumn outfit interpretations for girls with glasses (guaranteed to get you passes, natch).

(above) GIRL ONE: quirky + chic

1.  Nash glasses in crystal by Warby Parker (I especially love these frames!).

2.  Dotted fox print dress by Tsumori Chisato, via La Garconne.

3.  Ovid faux fur vest by Sunday Best, via Aritzia.

4.  Slate blue oxfords by MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, via La Garconne.

Warby Parker fall 2014 inspired outfit

GIRL TWO: laid-back + mysterious

1.  Chandler Ti glasses in newsprint grey by Warby Parker.

2.  Boxy pocket top in navy map by Steven Alan.

3.  Antique sterling silver tiger locket, via Erie Basin.

4.  High Riser skinny cut-edge jeans in black sea by Madewell.

5.  Eye print scarf by Kenzo, via SSense.

6.  Classic Newbury boots in slate by Rag & Bone.


GIRL THREE: bookish + bad-ass

1.  Annette glasses in petal tortoise by Warby Parker.

2.  Trouble sweatshirt by Sea, via Moda Operandi.

3.  Colorblock space dye skirt by M Missoni, via Shopbop.

4.  Pebble T-bar cuff in amethyst lace by Lizzie Fortunato.

5.  Studded Bibi bag by Mayle, via Club Monaco.

6.  Coal Chelsea ankle boot by Marni, via Totokaelo.

Check out the rest of the styles from the new Fall 2014 collection at the Warby Parker website.  See ya!

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2014/07/21 / Shanan


I’m aware that anybody who knows me is going to think I’ve gone nuts.

I’ve put up a couple posts recently wherein I’ve jokingly drawn attention to this old paint-splattered puffy vest of my husband’s, and people are coming out of the woodwork in support of the utilitarian wardrobe item whose very existence is my bane.  All the popular sporty girls in my high school wore Mountain Equipment Co-op puffy vests every day and I pretty much vowed one would never slip over my shoulders.

It actually gets pretty chilly at night here in the summer, so if we’re sitting around the bonfire or what have you, dressing warm is still key.  So I guess it made me wonder if, hypothetically of course, it were even possible to pull off a puffer vest and look relatively cool.  Well it kind of turns out you can?

Image above: Just Cavalli floral down puffer vest, via Nordstrom.  Because you may as well go crazy with a print.


Keep the rest of the outfit cut slim and simple.  Maybe add a belt?  Citizens of Humanity quilted denim vest, from Anthropologie via Svpply.


Buffalo plaid ups the classic factor: Madewell fireside vest (this one’s a bit light on the puff).


Love the high-end modern sporty feel of this Peter Pilotto sleeveless print puffer vest in grey, via Lyst.


Complete your beautiful hipster lumberjack look with a navy hoodie puffer vest, via Ali Express.

Which would you choose?  I mean, if you were absolutely forced to wear one of these, in public…

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2014/07/04 / Shanan


And a happy day to the old red, white, and blue — believe it or not, I was born there, too.  A grab-bag of greatness, all made with love in the U. S. of A.  Take it easy.

1.  Grecian Bouquet cut-out dress in neoprene, Clover Canyon   /   2.  The War On Drugs, Lost in the Dream, 2014   /   3.  Sunburst Earrings in brass and onyx, Pamela Love   /   4.  Ham hock coaster art set, Chen Chen & Kai Williams via The Future Perfect   /   5.  Local Magazine, a quarterly publication chronicling one town in America per issue   /   6.  Courtyard silk rectangle scarf, Miranda Bennett.

ps. Last year on Canada Day I did a made-in-Canada round-up, the likes of which you can see here.  Archives and all that…

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2014/06/16 / Shanan


Bring on the texture, colour, and… pom-poms.  YES.  Hypothetically, of course – I will be purchasing exactly zero of these.  Keep dreaming, my friends.

1.  Thierry Lasry Peroxxxy sunglasses, Creatures of Comfort.  Achingly cool.

2.  Blakeley summer stripe pumps, J. Crew Collection.  Possibly the least practical pair of shoes I could pick out given my current situation.

3.  Correll Correll S/S14 collection.  Their mixed material clothing is amazing; check out their site because this pic does not really do it justice.

4.  Antonello Tedde woven clutch bag, Madewell.  Those damn pom-poms…

5.  Antik Batik Brasil bracelet, Shopbop.  My daughter and I would inevitably fight over this one.

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2014/05/15 / Shanan


I’m popping in today to let you know that a northern style icon has officially been born.  Just kidding.  But, Portland-based fashion blog Votre Grande Soeur did so kindly ask me to be a part of her ‘Sister Style’ series and the post is up today!

See me get dressed up and go about my regular everyday activities, like cutting watermelon and swanning around the apple trees.  And posing next to oversized teddy bears (somehow I just noticed that big guy sneaking into the photo above).

Photos by Sarah Tacoma.  Thanks again!  Here’s the link to the post.