Stitches of Frost & Magic [An October Outfit]…

Hello, hello!  Just a quick little outfit post today, as I haven’t done one in months!!  I am feeling a bit more inspired lately, so that is something to be cheery about!

Cathie Maud - October Outfit

Top:  Loft Petite Melange V-Neck Pima Cotton Cardigan – XS in Blue Creek (2014)
Skirt:  Club Monaco ‘Minkie’ skirt (2013)
Shoes:  Bloch two-toned ballet flats (2011)
Necklace:  Chamilia Mother’s Day 2011 Pink Designer Necklace Gift Set
Ring:  Wedding + engagement ring from my husband.  White gold swirl ring with diamonds. (2014)
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I’ve been putting down the year that I bought an item in, alongside its description.  I thought it would be a great way to visualise just how much (or how little, eep!) I reuse clothes, and how long they last.  At least the ones that make it onto this blog, anyway!  I’m happy to say that the Bloch ballet flats I bought back in 2011 are still as cute and in as great a shape as they were the day I bought them.

This Club Monaco skirt has also aged quite well, considering I wore it almost every day for months –to work and weekend shenanigans.  I did have to do a tiny repair on the side where the stitches had come loose, but now it looks brand new again; I love mending my clothes and keeping them in good condition, it makes me feel so thrifty and industrious!

Highly recommend this skirt!  (Click image to buy…)

In other news, the weather has taken a sharp turn for the chillier, and you can feel the sharp sting of frost and ice in the air.  Coupled with the intensely stunning colours of autumn foliage, it always reminds me why I’m so lucky to have my birthday in October!  I challenge myself every year –to read as many books as my age for that year will be.  So this year, I must read 26 books since I’m turning 26!

Speaking of which, it is almost Hallowe’en.    I’m fourteen books into the challenge, and have finally decided to read the Harry Potter series.  This is something I’ve held off doing since I am not one for joining hypes or trends (even though I did watch the movies –not my normal modus operandi!).  However, the series seems to still be as beloved as ever, so it is definitely time I became literate in the magical world of Hogwarts.  I’m really enjoying it, I must admit!

Cathie Maud - October 2014 OutfitBooks are a huge source of inspiration for my outfits, and this one is actually a ‘Muggle’ interpretation of the Hogwarts uniform.

Cardigan? ☑

Preppy skirt? ☑

Classic Mary Janes or Ballet Flats?  ☑

I’ll see you lovelies next time soon!  In the meantime, hope you are having a magical October!

Are you a Harry Potter fan?

xoxo,

– Cathie

Fashion in Flight [The Stylish Traveller's Guide to Staying Chic]…

I’ve been re-reading Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott, and it has come to my attention that my packing methods are very much in line with her 10-item wardrobe philosophy.  Inspired by this, as well as my thoughts of gallivanting in foreign lands, here are my tips on how to pack as little as possible, while avoiding feeling limited in any way!

The first step of course, is to get a moderately sized bag suitable for your needs.  The smaller the suitcase, the more you will edit what you want to bring, and the more harmonious the items will be with each other.  And that is what we hope will result in our choices –refined elegance!  In fact, the greatest compliment someone can give me when I travel is when they say, “I didn’t know you were a tourist!”

Please, leave those cheesy shirts and caps at home (or better yet, in the rag bag/rubbish bin!), and don’t even think about buying them as souvenirs.  For ideas on ‘classier’ souvenirs, watch my old video here.

You must know –I am a huge believer in travelling with only a carry-on.  Who has time to waste at the check-in or baggage claims?  Don’t you just want to zip out into the fresh, free air after all those hours in a canned flying tube?  I thought so!!

Whistler - 2010

Our trip to Whistler in 2010.  I packed only a carry-on for a month long trip that started in Whistler, went on to California, Oregon, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Las Vegas, and ended in Quebec and a flight home to B.C.!

If it helps, make a list of what you will be doing, where you’ll be going, whom you’ll be meeting, and what the weather will be like.  Then make your choices with that in mind.

The Ideal Bag:

  • A roomy, capacious carry-on bag that is within airport regulations and that you can still wield with relative comfort.  Preferably with plenty of pockets!  My favourite is Longchamp’s Le Pliage travel-sized bags because they are ridiculously light, come in plenty of lovely colours, and are (to my mind) incredibly Parisian!!

** Remember to resist the urge to fill the bag up with unnecessary articles.  The extra space will be perfect later on when you go a-spending at your final destination(s)!

Bring:

  • 1-2 diverting books.  If you’re a fast reader like I am, you may be done before you’re halfway through your flight, so consider including that one novel you’ve always wanted to read but never had time for.  No need to worry about space constraints though, if you’ve gone to the dark side with e-readers.  Heathens.  (I jest!)
  • An iPad.  So useful and a great source of entertainment.  :)
  • Snacks and an empty bottle for water.  Chances are you can find a free water dispenser at any little snack bar/restaurant past the security gate.  (For pop machines, it’s usually the little tab right under the iced tea.)
  • Jewellery.  You should never check this anyway, especially if you’re bringing sentimental and or very valuable pieces.
  • 4-5 tops in natural fabrics.
  • 2 basic t-shirts.
  • 3-4 versatile sweaters.
  • 3 skirts in varying lengths and shapes.  A-lines are always a classic, flattering, and comfy choice.
  • 3 dresses –one smart casual, one dressy, one formal (though not necessarily floor-length).
  • 2 light jackets or 1 heavy coat, depending on the season.  This is my weak spot –I do like my coats, and have a modest collection.  It pains me to bring just one change!  But vanity may die when all I have is a carry-on…
  • Accessories:  A clutch, a watch, a pair of sunglasses.  Gloves for the winter.  Scarves are a must in any season.  A cashmere scarf and throw are perfect for staying cozy and looking chic!
  • Undergarments – 7 pairs.  For socks, bring 2.  For stockings, bring 5.  For bras, bring 3.  Undergarment bags are my best friend!
  • Shoes are another tricky area that requires a magician’s skill.  For warm weather, I bring 2 pairs of ballet flats, 1 pair of sandals, and 2 pairs of heels:  classic pumps and espadrille wedges.  In colder seasons, I take 2 pairs of ballet flats, 2 pairs of pumps, and then I wear the boots.  Forget the running shoes if you don’t think you’ll go to the gym.  They will just become a dead weight in the bottom of your bag!  I highly recommend finding a workout program you can do in the comfort of your hotel room –my favourite is Ballet Beautiful –you can do these exercises without weights, and in bare feet (or ballet slippers, which are far lighter and easier to pack!).  Plus the results are pretty amazing!
  • Laundry soap flakes/soap nuts.  They are brilliant.
  • Toiletries.  The little pint-sized ones to get you through TSA.  You can either bring these, or buy them when you land –I’m a bit of a stickler for natural-based toiletries, so this isn’t always an option for me!  It’s hard to find quality travel-sized antiperspirants, but erbaviva has organic deodorants that are in glass spray bottles.  This means they are easy to get into, unlike the standard rollerballs or ‘smear’ versions.  Unscrew the cap, pour it into a travel-sized atomizer, and you are good to go!  Fragrance samples are the perfect way to bring your signature scent with you.

** The Body Shop has a travel sized set of bottles and jars.  Alternatively, bring a shampoo bar and soap bar!  No worries over spillage (not that my set has ever leaked…) and you can skip declaring anything to TSA, plus they last a while.

The Stylish and Practical Travel Outfit, according to Cathie…

  • A silk shell with a cardigan on top when it’s cooler or a nice shirt with special details when it’s warmer.
  • A skirt.  I hate wearing jeans or trousers on a flight, especially when you have to go and use the washroom.  I’m sorry, but dragging your trousers on a dirty floor just isn’t a pretty sight.  I always wonder why no one else seems to think of this…
  • A scarf!  You can never go wrong with one.
  • Socks or stockings.  These are for when you have to take your shoes off for security, and don’t want to stand on the cold and dirty floor.  Once you’re safely on the flight, you can take them off and stow them away in your carry-on.
  • Jacket or coat.  You decide whether you want to have another coat in your bag to switch it up, or whether you’d rather have just the one and ease up on burdening your bag.

 ** Most often you will hear that now is the time to stick to basics and neutrals when your closet choices are limited.  I think that pastels marry well with neutrals, and so do certain bright colours as well, so please don’t feel the need to be ‘boring’ or safe!

*** Very last tip –don’t be afraid to wear the same outfit twice.  Instead, revel in the beauty and quality of the clothes that you have carefully chosen.  Be creative, and no one will know they are repeats…except you! ;)

Happy Travels!!

xoxo,

– Cathie

A Gibson Girl — and My Autumn Fashions Wishlist…

Today, I’m going to be sharing my Autumn clothing purchases, and those elusive dreams that I hope will make their way into my closet someday soon!

But first, I wanted to share this picture of my first attempt at a Gibson Girl hair do!  You see, all this Anne of Green Gables reading has rather affected me, and once I get an idea into my head, I have to act on it.

Gibson Girl - Cathie Maud

Top:  Joe Fresh polka dot peasant blouse (2014)
Dress:  Juicy Couture ‘Sinclair’ baby jersey dress in Ink Drop (2012)
 

So there I am… It’s not quite perfect, but I thought I got the general idea down pat.  Of course, when I went down and Alex saw me, he did a double-take. Then he said, “Was there a thunderstorm upstairs?”

Seriously, this man is adorable, but he Torments me!
Cathie Maud 'Montgomery' Pose

I went and tried another Gibson hair tutorial with different instructions, and that’s the version you see in the second picture where I strike a Lucy Maud Montgomery pose.  :)  Which version do you prefer?
Sparkly DividerNow on to the exciting part! :)

Cathie Maud's Autumn Wardrobe Wishlist 2014Colour palette:   Mostly neutral colours.  I truly love the simplicity of neutrals.  My wardrobe used to be all about dark, vibrant, vivid colours, and I still know the stunning effect of a deep, dark red…  But I also appreciate the quiet elegance of neutral shades, and with lots of textures and patterns, they are flattering and invite one to take a deeper inspection in order to understand their whispered loveliness!

The pieces:

(click on the bolded text to shop!)

This Aritzia Babaton ‘Spencer’ black wool coat is anything but ordinary.  It has a sleek funnel collar (you can fold it to lay flat, too) and interesting seam details.  The lines are sleek and the buttons simple, but if you look closer, you find all the hidden beauty in this gem of a coat!

Kate Spade has a gorgeous sense of ladylike yet whimsical style and taste, end of story.  I absolutely love her ‘Madison Ave.’ collection watercolour rose scarf.  The dusty, rosy pinks are reminiscent of an olde-fashioned Autumn spent walking in a secret garden.

This Ballet Beautiful x Ivory Row pointelle wrap is cozily delicious for chillier nights.  Made of cashmere, it would be hard not to feel like the graceful White Swan when you put this on!

DUO’s ‘Fia’ Spanish-style riding boots  are perfect for riding or strolling off stylishly into a new adventure this Fall.

There is a story connected to this Fisherman Out of Ireland Aran Criss Cross Rib Polo Sweater!  Allow me to regale you with it.  :)  I stumbled upon a picture of the pullover last year, and it was the perfect chunky piece that I had envisioned but could not find!  I wanted it so badly, I scoured all the Irish gift and clothing shops online.  Only one had it (supposedly), but they never shipped it, and I ended up cancelling the order after waiting for two months!  I gave up on it, and decided that it was one of those elusive things that would remain an unfilled wish.  Two weeks ago, I was browsing my favourite Irish gift shop, Blarney.com, inspired by a friend’s upcoming visit to Ireland.  Well you can guess what I saw, the squealing I did, and the impatience that gripped me.  You see, I wanted to be good with my budget, so I had banned myself from shopping for two weeks.  Anything could happen in that time!  But happily, it was meant to be.  And as of yesterday, it is now on its way to me!!  ^_^  I can’t wait.

The last piece that I am coveting this Autumn is this House of Bruar Ladies Plaid Short Kilt, specifically in the blue/lilac/camel colourway.  I’ve always had a weakness for plaid and kilt-like skirts, and this just seems so classic and preppy-cute, and perfect!  Another thing about it is that it is pure wool, so will be quite nice and warm!

What are you dreaming of or hoping to have in your closets this Autumn?

xoxo,

– Cathie

 

Ode to Autumn…

I know I’m 18 days early, but who doesn’t like to dream ahead?  :)  And we have so little a time to prepare for this glorious, burnished season that is just around the corner!
Is the Coast ClearWhat makes Autumn special to me:

♥ The cooler weather, the blustery breezes, the dancing leaves, the melancholy rain, the crisp tang in the air.  The world is a feast for the senses in autumn!

♥ The intermingled scents of spices in the kitchen, bakeries, and coffee/tea shops — cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom… they are the prelude to winter.

♥  Pretty scarves, sleek boots, and being able to wear coats and layer clothes!  I was never an expert at dressing for summer; my uniform in summer consists of skirts, light tops, dresses, sandals and ballet flats.  With fall, my wardrobe gets to explode and come out in a myriad of colourful, crazy ways!  And I always enjoyed trying to stay warm more than I did trying to keep cool.  ;)

♥ Books!  I read books all year, but every autumn, I pull out my beloved Anne of Green Gables and walk through Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow together while the leaves float down day by day.  I also complete my yearly reading challenge at around my birthday –for every year that I’ve been alive, I read so many books for the year.  This year’s count is 26!!

♥ My birthday!!  I am an October Girl.  ^_^  I haven’t stopped being excited for my birthdays yet…

♥ Thanksgiving.  There is always much to be thankful for… but in such a vibrant season as this, I find myself being conscious of gratitude more often!  How lovely that we have a special day to do so.

♥ Hallowe’en!  To me, it is the last autumn ‘holiday’, full of fun, frights, and fantasies.

I am just so inspired by this time of the year –my heart pitter-patters at the thought of it!
Love Fall

**Tomorrow I will be back with a post on my Fall purchases and wishlist!

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love Autumn?!

xoxo,

– Cathie

Miss Cathie Reviews: Walter Foster + Disney’s Enchanted Princesses Drawing Book & Kit…

Hello all,

I thought I would introduce a bit of art to my blogging…

I used to paint and craft and create a fair bit, but I haven’t for too long.  And it’s making me feel stymied and stunted.  The good news about that is it’s never out of your power to change things –so here I am reviewing a little art kit that I bought recently!  :)
Walter Foster - Disney Enchanted Princesses

This book may be meant for children, but there are sound drawing principles within, and is a great help when you’re trying to get the proportions for your people right.  Plus who doesn’t enjoy learning in a fun way?!  I hope one day they come out with a Disney Princes drawing book.  I need some help with making my men look… manly.  Hope you enjoy!

What’s your creative passion in life?

xoxo,

Cathie

Liebster Award…

Rissa from Finely Ground nominated me for the Liebster Award!  Thank you, my dear.  :)  As I wrote in my comment on her blog, I feel like peaches and cream, and floating on cloud nine!

Liebster Award

The rules are:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
2. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you, and then create an eleven-question set for the next group of nominees.
3. Choose eleven people to nominate and link them in the post.
4. Let your nominees know they’ve been tagged- and no tag-backs!
5. Nominate blogs under 200 followers (the goal is to promote small blogs )

 

Eleven Facts About Self:

1.  I am a frozen fruit fanatic.  My favourite treat in the summertime is frozen grapes.  Pop them in the freezer, and when you eat them, that perfect, firm slush texture is like eating a popsicle.  Except better.  Then there are frozen yogourt blueberries.  Dip them in yogourt, put them in the freezer, and voila!  Note: Packaged frozen berries are just not the same.  Moving on…

2.  I like to leave all the windows in the house open, even in the wintertime.  This is the bane of my husband’s life, but I will wither without my fresh air.  Around Hallowe’en time, I can be mistaken for a witch… the sun has set, the windows are all open, the cold wind is tossing the curtains every which way, and all the lights are off except for some candles that I leave burning in little corners.

3.  I smell all my books before I start reading them.  Sometimes when I’m digesting a paragraph that I’ve just read, I’ll start sniffing absent-mindedly.  I used to sniff borrowed books too, until one day my nose had a close encounter with a bit of… dried snot.  It is not an elegant or pleasant thing to talk about certainly, but it did happen.  My dad joked that I should “look before I smell”, but I haven’t tried to with library books ever since.

4.  I have burned all of my journals and diaries, with the exception of the unfinished one that I started last year.  My friend em knows my predilection for such incendiary activities, and when she gave me a beautiful, handmade book as a parting gift (she is a bookbinding enthusiast!), it came with a warning that it was not to be burnt!  As if I ever could to her present!  I shall have to be sure to write only the loveliest, noblest thoughts and feelings and doings in it…

5.  My favourite colour is a very particular shade of cranberry red, shot through with a shade that morphs from a darker red to almost black depending on the light.  Or quite simply, red.  On a related note, it drives me crazy when someone says that that is my favourite colour because I’m Asian.  I’m mixed.  And even though my Asiatic roots have the upper-hand, it is NOT my raison d’être, nor is it a factor in my choice of colour.  /End Rant.

6.  I jump on every bed in every hotel I’ve ever stayed at.  You have to test the structural integrity of your sleeping spot somehow!

7.  I’ve always wanted a pet lamb.

8.  I wanted to buy a star and have it named after me, then thought better of it.  There probably already is a star that is mine, and you can’t buy something like that with mere mortal money…

9.  I like the kinds of weather that most people find depressing or annoying.  Rain, hail, sleet, snow, thunder and lightning… someone has to like them, poor misunderstood things!

10.  It takes me 5 minutes to browse an entire store and decide whether there is anything that I would like to buy or not.  Most people think I take hours because of my style blog, and it surprises them that I favour the in-and-out method.  ^_^

11.  I am a Disney girl.  Funnily enough, my sister was the one who was crazy about Disney when we were kids, and I was blasé about it all.  Or perhaps it’s simply that I didn’t realise my love for Disney until I was older.

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Rissa’s Questions…

1. Is your blog more professional or personal? If personal, how do you keep motivated?  If professional, what are your favorite tools, resources, and tips?

My blog is a mix of both.  I would enjoy it if blogging became a career, but on the other hand, I don’t want to fall into the common trap of blindly writing posts for “c/o” items, etc.  I’m hoping to grow it organically (and without Facebook’s help!) so we shall see if I get anywhere with the roadblocks that I have put in my own path.  ;)  For great tools, I recommend GIMP for image editing.  For resources, Google is great.  Honestly.  It answers almost any question I have on how to measure stats, etc. and it is free!  For tips, I feel I’m quite a nobody to be giving them, but I think the most important that anyone can share no matter how big or small they are, is to be true to yourself and do things passionately.  People can always tell when you’re only doing it for less joyful reasons.  ;)

2. Describe a particularly vivid place or scene that means/meant a great deal to you.

In 2010, I went to San Francisco with my now husband and his family.  I had a beautiful, idyllic time.  We didn’t do much of the tourist-y attractions (except perhaps Alcatraz) or stay in a brand-name hotel.  Instead, we wandered around little markets and shops and stayed at a converted 1800s? barracks turned inn.  I distinctly remember eating a fresh margherita pizza on a picnic bench by the water, and staring at the moon and its reflection.  I also remember taking a break from our exploring and stopping to buy a Greek salad and baklava from a tiny Greek deli/bakery in the middle of the day.  It was full of living simply and refined, in the moment, and appreciating things intensely.

3. What tunes have you been jamming to lately?

Umm.  I’m a hardcore classical music kind of girl. I’ve been listening to the following lately to help me in this ‘novel’ I’m writing:  Amilcare Ponchielli – Tanz der Stunden – Dance of the Hours, and:  Johann Strauss II – Op.9 – Amazonen Polka (Amazons Polka), Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre (Opus 40)

I’m especially crazy about Danse Macabre –it’s a cheeky mix of lighthearted notes with a mortal, dark strain ever present throughout; perfect for a Gibson Girl’s Hallowe’en.  Then there’s Kreisler’s ‘Liebesleid’, which I imagine is one of the many airs that Sherlock Holmes plays on his violin for me when I visit.  And for something less lofty and a bit silly, I’m listening to a song from a Disney Junior show, “Sofia the First”:  Anything.

It’s pretty catchy, and one of those upbeat tunes that makes me feel like it’s a fresh start every day, and I can do anything.  ^_^

4. Where is one specific place you would like to travel to and why? (Not a country or town, but a specific site or attraction.)

Does The Hundred Acre Wood count?  If not, I really, really want to go to Disneyland.  Yes, I know Disney World is bigger, but I want to see the place that started it all!!  I am still kicking myself mentally for not asking husband to go with me while we were in San Francisco!

5. Name a book near the top of your to-read pile.

I have a LOT.  But Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz is something I would like to read soon.  It’s a gothic Victorian thriller involving a missing girl and a sinister street performer, and it won a Newbery Medal.  I think more people should be less snooty about books written for children –intelligent children, I feel I ought to add.  The really good ones fire the imagination so, and the descriptions are so delicious that you don’t feel the language is too simple for a proper grown-up.  :)

6. What is one thing that you’re really proud of yourself for?

I woke up one day and decided that I would make my dream of fencing come true.  I went for a few lessons, and enjoyed every minute of them –aching arms and all!  My friend was mentioning her interest in the hierarchy of angels, and she noted that we could perhaps apply to be Archangels, being as one of their concerns was military matters, and we had some experience!  **Now that I’ve moved, I’m looking for a new fencing school!

7. If dreams came true, what would your life look like ten years from now?

I’ve done the Grand Tour of Europe, I have a castle in Ireland, and I’ve worked with UNICEF and the Red Cross.  I will have retired and settled in London, helping out at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (Peter Pan!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  On Mondays I do watercolours, Wednesdays I go for long walks in the park, and Fridays I read a book before breakfast.  My weekends will be spent with my husband and or friends — having fun, dining out, and discussing the world.

8. What are your favorite beauty products?

I don’t really use any… but I suppose my eyelash curler could qualify!  I have long but stick-straight lashes, and curling them really give my eyes more expression.

9. What is a personality trait you admire and wish you had more of?

I’m a bit of a feisty-pants with a short temper.  Although I’ve improved considerably in that area, I still have far to go.  Also, it would be nice if I could be a bit less judgmental.  I try to think the best of everyone now… it makes for a happier me.  :)

10. What are five things you excel at?

I would say writing, painting with watercolours, singing awfully, trying new things, and putting outfits together.  I’m not sure exactly that I excel in the last, but I certainly have a propensity for it.  I would love it if one of my friends (or anyone, really!) would hire me as their stylist for a day so I could see.  It would be SO fun!

 11. If you could be anywhere doing anything today, where/what would that be?

Boating!!  I want to skim and glide over silver waters, and have wind-ruffled sea hair.

*** MOST IMPORTANT PART!!

My Nominations:
Liebster Blog Award
A Bobby-Soxer at Heart – Amy

Beautiful Song – Chantel

Vagabond Voyages – Livvy-Oliv

Life is Beautiful – Laura

Doing Different – Eve (Jessica)

Regency Tea Party – Rosabel (Issy)

The Abi Express – Abi

Creating Charm – Lisa

Brunette Musings – Natalie

By Becca Kae – Becca Kae

Blukrystal – Florrie

Sending lots of Liebling love… :)

xoxo,

Cathie

Summer Love Picnic…

Last week, my Mister and I went on a picnic –our first together!  ^_^  I absolutely love dining al fresco and it’s extra-special when shared with him.  I also finally got to crack open my Winnie the Pooh’s PICNIC COOKBOOK and put it to good use:

Click the picture to get your own copy! (It’s my Amazon affiliate link, but you don’t pay more –and I get to buy more books. Pretty please? ^_^

We tried the ‘Expotition Picnic‘, and the menu includes fruit punch mixed with ginger ale, some roast beef sandwiches (which I ended up using salami for, because… I forgot to buy roast beef. :D), carrots with cucumber and sour cream dip, chocolate-chip peanut butter cookies, and sugared nuts.  Yummy! :)

We went to a nearby park and had such a relaxing, peaceful time.  It was the best place to be in the world –under a willow tree on a blanket laid over the grass, with my man’s arms around me and a fine view of the lake.  ♥

Love Picnic - Lakeview
I suppose we were too eager to eat, because I never managed to take any pictures of the food, but I think that’s almost better than if I’d been able to.  Sometimes, you’ve just got to be so excited for the moment and the experience, and who cares if you end up with memories rather than snapshots?  :)

Love Picnic - 2014
We even had a visitor, whom we fed some crumbs to… and he just wouldn’t leave after that!

Love Picnic - Visitor
I hope you manage(d) to have a lovely picnic too, before the summer ends.

xoxo,

Cathie

Indolent Mornings (or Looking Presentable When You’re Half Asleep)…

I like the word “indolence.” It makes my laziness seem classy.  ~Bern Williams

If you haven’t noticed, I do like lazy mornings… especially ones where an equally half-awake breeze just barely ruffles the curtains and my hair.  And Fridays.  Fridays are definitely the time to have those sorts of mornings.

I’ve written on the art of lounging before, and shared a ‘nothing’ morning outfit.  Today, I’ll be sharing another, as it’s my favourite thing to do.  What I mean to say is, dressing up is all lovely and glamourous but it’s the outfit that you wear when you’ve nowhere to go that intrigues me more.  There’s something really fun about taking pieces that don’t look like they’re going to rush out the door with a triple shot macchiato to catch the first bus, and putting them together so that you can confidently answer the knock at the door without looking down and wishing you didn’t look like you’ve yet to brush your teeth.

Cathie Maud - Snow White Lounge

Top:  Disney Store Snow White long sleeve thermal tee (2014)
Skirt:  Juicy Couture velour ruffle mini skirt in Regal (2012)
Shoes:  Bloch canvas ballet slippers (2012)
I’ve been wearing this Juicy Couture skirt for weeks now.  It’s too short to be worn outside (although I sometimes use it as an extra cover-up after swimming) so I keep it strictly indoors.  The super soft velour is comfy, and I’ve always adored deep, dark blues that are almost black.

Being on a Disney kick lately, I just had to wear my new Snow White thermal tee, and the colours complement nicely with my skirt.  Watercolour is also my chosen paint medium, and I love that it is incorporated into this top; it makes it really dreamy and unique.  (Click here to get one –they’re on sale!)

Lastly, these ballet slippers are the comfiest.  I have never liked the standard fare of slippers, and heeled ones are really too much for everyday use… so my ballet slippers have served me very well indeed!

So what makes a lounging outfit pretty and presentable?  I’ve this theory that it should not be too serious, but neither should it be hideously cheesy.  It’s OK to wear a piece featuring your favourite character or graphic statement, but be sure that the colours and design aren’t garish, and if you go with words… I suggest keeping it classy.  Having ‘JUICY’ written across the seat of your pants is not the way to look stylish and put together!   Comfort is important, but more fitted pieces keep the overall ensemble from looking frumpy.  A good rule of thumb is to wear something that you wouldn’t mind bumping into the cute neighbour in while picking up the mail or taking the garbage out.

Have a lovely start to the weekend!!

xoxo,

– Cathie

 

My New Summer Kicks {Melissa Shoes x Disney}…

It’s been a crummy day for me but I have decided that a healthy dose of positivity and shoe admiration is the right antidote to better one’s condition and put an end to feeling sorry for oneself.

When Due West had a summer sale last month, I decided to spend my pennies on a pair of Melissa shoes.  I don’t know what it is about Brazilians and shoes/sandals, but they do make the comfiest and stylish footwear.  I find the concept of ‘rubbery soft’ plastic shoes to be… novel, so was unsure of what to expect although I liked the fact that they are very eco-conscious and driven to give all their employees a great environment to work and thrive in.

The shoes came yesterday, and oh my word.  The prettiness.

Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie II - Box

One expects nothing less than a colourful box from Brazil!

And being a Disney girl forever, I couldn’t resist the stylish Minnie gracing the soles. Plus, polka dots!!
Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie II - ShoesThe shoes are definitely very comfortable.  Like stepping on soft, quiet little clouds.  They aren’t heavy, but they’re a tad weightier than… say, my Bloch leather flats.  It isn’t a bother though.  What is to be expected is that the shoes are slightly less breathable than what natural materials are able to offer.  This should come as no surprise of course, and depending on how aware you are of these things… you may or may not notice at all.  They do get warm quite quickly on very warm days, and perhaps that might make some people feel uncomfortable.  It wasn’t ideal, but it didn’t particularly bother me.  These shoes will also be very easy to clean –definitely can prance in them to garden parties!  I am not sure how the plastic will wear after some use, and I’m trying to get past the mental block that it’s too pretty to wear.  Must wear pretty things, and not have them sit uselessly in closet!!

I’m pretty excited to have these.  I originally bought them to use for gardening, because hey, they’re easy to clean and are way more stylish than those infamous Crocs.  But now, I can definitely see them being party shoes, a glamourous everyday pair, or even a go-to in casual situations where a touch of pretty is always sweet.
Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie II - Modelling

I’ll try not to baby these and dance in them… pinky promise.  :)

xoxo,

Cathie

Panty by Post {A Review}…

I’ve mentioned Panty by Post before and shared a picture, but thought it was high time I did a proper review!  :)

I heard of Panty by Post last year when I read the book My Little Paris.  The idea of having lingerie mailed to one’s doorstep seemed like a fun guilty pleasure, and I share founder Natalie Grunberg’s appreciation of the French passion for detail, quality and beauty in all things… even lingerie. I’ll be frank and say that at that point in time, that particular drawer of mine was quite sad, and I was eager to try new things –especially ones that come in pretty packets!  The excitement of getting something in the post as well as the promise to make the postman blush sealed the deal!  After my first mailing came, I truly fell in love and have been a faithful PBP customer since…

The details:  One panty is mailed monthly, and you can either buy singles, three packs, or subscribe for 3, 6, or 12 months.

Panty by Post - Cathie Maud

The new envelope –isn’t it like a love letter? ♥

What brands do they send along?  I’ve gotten Blush, Maaji, estivo, and Change.  They also carry Hanky Panky, (though I’ve not gotten one yet; I hope I do –it’s one of my favourite lingerie brands!) and JM for men.

Now for the July 2014 unveiling!

I think each customer gets a different panty, but I am not absolutely certain.  So here’s my personal selection: Panty by Post - July 2014 - Cathie MaudI love that their little gift(s) are always quality items, too.  Emi Jay is a particular favourite of mine and I have quite the collection of their hair ties.  This one makes the perfect spring/summer selection!  I do wish they would give out bonbons like they did a few months back.  Apparently, sweets are another guilty pleasure of mine!  ;)

The panty is by Estivo, and is a nude, beribboned creation with lace detail –perfect for all those white and light-coloured summer dresses that we ladies love to sport in warmer weather!

In closing, I adore and recommend Panty by Post!  Not only will they make your postman blush, but they will most certainly add beauty and a certain je ne sais quois to your lingerie drawer.  I know I feel more French and fabulous when I open mine now!

xoxo,

Cathie