Wandering in Ottawa…

A few months ago, my best-est friend came down for a glorious 11 days, and we explored the nation’s capital like tourists fresh from another part of the world.

Our gastronomical adventures (not all in one day!) included nibbling on cupcakes, sampling divine Stubbe chocolates, feasting on the most amazing pizza at The Grand, and paying a visit to Smoke’s Poutinerie for some of Ottawa’s finest cheese curds and gravy on fries.

Ottawa - Smoke's Poutinerie
Smoke’s Poutinerie Poutine. Delicious!

Smoke’s, by the way, is a very tiny establishment and is almost always full.  It was a beautiful day outside though, and em and I were more than happy to take our poutines to the street and people-watch while we indulged.

We also wandered around the ByWard Market –which extends extensively around the main building itself.  I’m not sure that I’m describing it as accurately as I would like, but it is a sprawling conglomeration of boutiques, salons, restaurants, bakeries, produce, meat, and cheese stands, etc.  that spans across several streets.  This is my impression based on the numerous ByWard Market signs that we encountered far from where we thought the market would have already ended!  You cannot compare this to the Granville Island Market.  There are similarities and differences, and each has its own distinctive flavour, but neither is ‘better’ than the other as I have heard some people hotly contest.  They are both interesting experiences to be appreciated in their own right.
Ottawa - Byward MarketWe had supper at The Aulde Dubliner, which was opened in 1992 by two Irish immigrants with a big dream.  I forget what em had, but I had the most comforting French onion soup imaginable.
Ottawa - Supper at The Aulde DublinerIt was a cloudy, slightly damp day with a brisk breeze.  I insisted on sitting outside on the balcony for the view but we finally went indoors.  In a sterling case of poetic justice, em who wanted to sit indoors in the warmth, remained hail and hearty.  I took sick after a few days.  In my defense, there was that one evening where the skies absolutely poured and we were caught in it for hours –I with nary an umbrella.

Ottawa - The Aulde Dubliner French Onion Soup
The comforting French Onion soup…

We also stopped by Thimblecakes, and I tried one of their Ugly Ducklings, which is to say, less than perfect cupcakes that they would not sell at full price, but are still too delicious to toss.  The one I had was incredibly dry and lacking in taste… and I’m not certain whether it was because it had been an Ugly Duckling for quite a while, but I was not very impressed.  The decor of the place was elegantly decorated however, and I could be easily persuaded to give them another chance and try a perfect cupcake if I were to pass that way again.
Ottawa - ThimblecakesOttawa -Thimblecakes InteriorNow before you begin to wonder at our endless appetites, we did have other sights and interests that we pursued in our fair nation’s capital! There were paper shops… Ottawa - Papery Store…which begged you to reconsider the notion that paper could ever be ‘plain’ or ‘boring’.  In fact, I’m quite positive they made me feel as if one could gather together a tasteful collection of paper, wrap it in yet more, and present it as a very suitable and exclusive gift. And there were statues!  There was one of Galahad, erected in front of Parliament to commemorate the heroic but unsuccessful attempt at saving a Miss Bessie Blount.  Then there was this scandalous sculpture of young love, sitting on a bench and engaging in a subtle –yet public!–display of affection!  I own I did not know where to avert mine eyes to…Ottawa -Shocking Young Love StatueWe stumbled upon exquisite beauty in Nature… Ottawa - Appreciating Nature…and revelled in it. Ottawa - By the Bridge and O'er the River We took a tour of the Supreme Court, and sat in on discussions in the House of Commons and the Senate, which I arbitrarily insisted on calling the House of Lords, simply to rile em‘s anti-monarchist sensibilities.  I suspect I only managed to irk her merely due to my inaccuracy.  I am, without a doubt, the best friend a girl could have. 😛 Ottawa - Supreme Court of CanadaAfterwards, we went to Parliament, which is a beautiful, stunning building.  If this edifice is capable of inspiring awe in me, I can only imagine what the ancient castles and buildings in Europe will do. Ottawa LibraryMy favourite part of Parliament was the library, of course!  It was built in the Victorian era, and survived a heavy fire in 1916.  This disaster was caused by a cigarette that hadn’t been put out properly, and the library was only saved due to the quick thinking and actions of the librarians, who closed the heavy iron door leading to it.  This is why you will notice a difference in architectural styles between the library and the part of the building outside of it.  I can’t remember anymore whether the entirety of Parliament burned down, so I’m not sure whether the rest of Parliament is also part of the newer rebuilding completed in 1920. It is a very warm, bright atmosphere, and reminds one immediately of the library in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  I could have stayed in there for a very long time, except we were unceremoniously shooed out of the place after not even five minutes!  This of course, went into a comment card with the polite suggestion that if the library only had one actual patron in it, surely a group of very quiet and well-behaved tourists could tiptoe ’round for a little while longer! 🙂 We then visited the Memorial Chamber, which is at the heart of the Peace Tower…Ottawa Memorial Chamber ExteriorIt was originally built to honour the fallen from the Great War (WWI), but has since evolved into a memorial for all Canadians who have died serving their country in war and peace, since Confederation. Ottawa Memorial ChamberThere are several Books of Remembrance, with the list of all known Canadians who have died in service.  The pages are turned every morning at 11:00, and there is a special calendar that ensures that each page of every book is displayed at least once during the year. The Peace Tower itself is a bell and clock tower, and you reach it via a golden elevator.  I believe our guide mentioned that the golden ‘leaves’ on the ceiling was the number of Canadians who had died in service.  I can’t seem to find this information on the internet to verify, so please take this ‘fact’ with a grain of salt. 🙂Ottawa Peace TowerThere is a picturesque view of the Ottawa River and the surrounding area from the Tower; it is not to be missed!

We also saw the procession for an opening session of Parliament… mace, tricorn hats, and all!
Ottawa - Opening Session of ParliamentOne must retire for refreshments, and we went to the incredibly elegant Moscow Tea Room.  They serve “award winning teas, small plates, pastries, charcuterie & cheeses, vodka, craft cocktails, champagne & caviar all within a sumptuous décor filled with art.  Whether you are looking for a tea, coffee, a business lunch, martinis with the girls, make a great impression during a date or just have a great evening in a lounge, Moscow Tea Room has it all.”
Ottawa - Moscow Tea RoomWe tried the Vladimir Poutine, which is a dish comprised of potato and three cheese perogies, pan seared with caramelized onions and topped with beets, goat cheese crumble and spicy vodka sauce.  The combination of textures and flavours was comforting, yet new and delightful.  For anyone who doesn’t like perogies, do not let your experience with those frozen ones you buy at the store deter you!
Ottawa - Moscow Tea Room - Vladimir Poutine

Of course, no expedition of ours is ever complete if it is not rounded off by a handful of gem-coloured macarons.  We paid a visit to Macarons Et Madeleines, and while I wasn’t particularly taken with most of their odd/avant-garde flavour combinations, one of them –an herbal and spice combination– was particularly soothing for my sore throat.  Despite the name, it seems that macarons make up only a very small part of their offerings, sadly.
Macarons & MadeleinesIt was a pleasant time, and I cherished my friend’s visit very much.  If I haven’t scared her away with my predilection for scenic routes, spontaneous capers, and bus stop mishaps, I hope we shall meet for more expeditions very soon!

Fashion’s New Wave [A Colourful, Stylish Infographic]…

Hello readers,

Here’s a fantastic pop of colour from Farfetch to start your weekend with!  They reached out to me a few weeks ago, and I’m happy to share this gorgeous infographic that showcases emerging underground trends from the luxury fashion sector.  These beautiful illustrations show 10 new ways to do style differently, fashionable quirks that have not yet caught on in the mainstream, and so are fashion-forward styling concepts that have been adopted by trendsetters rather than followers.

As always, I’m a big proponent of adopting trends that fit in with your own aesthetics and lifestyles.  There’s no need to adopt all ten, but isn’t it fun seeing the return of some, and the debut of others?

Farfetch Infographic

Do check out Farfetch.com for some amazing luxury pieces.  The concept of a global community of independent boutiques under one address is probably clumsily described by me as a really amazing virtual mall. 🙂  I’m sharing some pieces that caught my eye… There’s a pink coat that I think the Duchess of Cambridge might wear to a spring wedding or a garden party.  And I’ve a weak spot for anything with a bow on it, especially the Ferragamo one.  Also trench coats, lace and ballet flats.

Farfetch Pretties
Click on the image to see them on the site!

Enjoy!

— Cathie

Über Casual Work Outfits of the Week…

So much to say, so little blogging time!!

By now, any readers I have must know every excuse under the sun that all bloggers give at one time or another, so I will spare you the detailed details.  Suffice to say that work keeps me occupied!

The dress code for work was casual, as was mentioned before my first day.  But being me, I came in with what I thought was dressed down, and the environment of dusty files, boxes, and bits of paper, were not kind to my sartorial error.  By Tuesday, I knew better.  I traded in my silk blouses and crisp office skirts for jeans and easy-to-wash button-downs and tees.  To keep the ‘sleek professional’ look, I went for fitted pieces in more casual fabrics with ‘echoes’ of the office, things I would normally wear on casual Fridays with nicer bottoms, …and then paired them with my jeans.  Which are absolutely amazing, but that’s another post for another time!
Uber Casual Office Outfits - Cathie Maud

 Top:  Gap fitted boyfriend shirt (2013) | C&C California tee (2009) | Zara organic cotton top (2012)

Jeans:  Second Clothing Co. high rise straight wide waistband Yoga Jeans™ in Rinse Indigo (2013)

Shoes:  Gap classic wool ballet flats in Steel Grey (2014)

Nothing too avant-garde (if I ever am that) or exciting to be seen here, but I would like to impart a bit of my ‘wisdom’.  Even if your workplace seems to be hemming you in when it comes to style options, you can still make an effort to look respectable and pulled together.  Please don’t go to work in your pyjamas, over-sized Taco Bell t-shirts, or ill-fitting, worn out jeans.  I have seen those, and a great impression they do not make!

Remember, dress for the job you want –or deserve!– and not the one you have.  🙂  Unless you actually have the one you want/deserve, or are in the military (I don’t think swiping insignia for higher ranks is smiled upon!).  Even then, always keep your outfit clean and pressed, hair coiffed, nails tidy, and your demeanour positive and professional.  Best foot forward, and you will be a difficult person to pass over for the finer things in life!

Speaking of which, I am fortunate enough to have been the succesful applicant of a job more suited to my experience and career aspirations.  I think dressing up will be in order again, and I can’t wait.  🙂

Speak soon,

Cathie

Sugar House in Quebec…

As a little girl, I read of Laura Ingalls’ trip to Grandpa’s for a sugaring off, where they collected the sap and turned it into maple syrup. It was a big event, and there was also work to do, but they did it with style –they dressed up, had a fine meal, played music and danced merrily.
Reading is wonderful, but getting to experience it for oneself in person is truly living.

The last week of March, we went to a sugar house in Quebec… Canada is famous for its maples, of course, and so the sugaring off tradition is a strong one in Eastern Canada.
We went to one close to where Alex’s parents live. It’s a modest family establishment, Meunier & Fils.  While not one of the fancier shacks, the people there are very nice and warmhearted.  I’m not sure if there is the option to help out with collecting sap, but since we went quite late in the season for it, we most likely missed the charming bustle.
Sugaring OffThe food was simple, hearty fare but absolutely delicious.  Their pea soup was capital, and I was starting to help myself to a second bowl when Alex reminded me that there was still plenty to come!

Here’s what their menu looked like…

Soupe aux pois – pea soup
Cretons maison – pork spread
Betteraves – beets
Fèves au lard – beans
Petits pains frais – fresh rolls of bread
Omelette
Jambon d’habitant – ham
Grillades de lard – curly bits of fried … pork/bacon
Salade de chou – coleslaw
Patates rôties – breakfast potatoes
Crêpes
Sirop d’érable – maple syrup
Grands-péres – a pudding-y dessert…
Tartes au sucre – sugar tarts
Tire sur la neige – maple syrup on snow!!
The, café, jus et lait – tea, coffee, juice, milk
Meunier Sugar ShackAfter the meal, we walked to an old barn, where there was a pot of maple syrup boiling merrily away on an old wood-stove.  A man poured the boiled syrup onto basins packed with snow, and I finally tasted my first maple taffy on snow.
Maple Syrup CandyIt was a realisation of one of my childhood fancies, and I waxed poetic about edible liquid gold clinging onto a bit of bark splintered off a magical birch.

I loved every bit of the experience, and hope to go sugaring off with Alex again next year.  I found a lovely establishment in Rigaud, QC that is a bit fancier… Sucrerie de la Montagne.  It is definitely on our list of places to go now!

As some people would say, you’re not really Canadian until you’ve gone to a sugar house.  😉  If you haven’t tried it out yet, you must put it in your calendars for next year!

Hope you are all enjoying the appearance (finally!) of Spring weather!!

xoxo,

— Cathie

Nautical Lounging Outfit 2015 + Thoughts on Threading…

Hello everyone!  Just a super quick first outfit post of the year!!  *throws confetti*

I’m busy sending out more job applications as well as working on a few creative endeavours on the side.  I don’t really have to go outside today, so I’m sporting a laid-back luxe look.  On top, I decided to go nautical with a striped shirt with light french blue and white stripes.  I love the button details, and the fact that it’s not your same old black and white stripes!  For the bottom, I’m wearing a navy wool/cotton blend tweed skirt that’s really warm, cute and ladylike.  It helps keep the outfit look more pulled together, and less like I am going to be spending my day on the sofa.  Which I’m actually not, whatever this photo says.  😉

Cathie Maud - Nautical Lounging Outfit 2015

 Top:  Tommy Hilfiger long sleeved multi-stripe knit top with buttons in French Blue/White (2012)

Skirt:  Rebecca Taylor tweed flounce skirt in Navy (2013)

I also decided to put my hair up –something I rarely do because my locks are not the obedient sort.  This of course, means that when I put my hair up and it actually works, I have no idea how I managed it.  It’s a lot of trial, and a lot of error(s).  I’ve gotten a few hair tutorial requests and can’t oblige for that very reason.  Please, you honestly have the wrong person!  Youtube is your friend, as is Pinterest.  I… wish to be, but cannot.  😉

Cathie Maud - Helix ThreadeasePutting my hair up came in handy though when this baby came in the mail today.  It’s the Helix ThreadEase hair removal system.  Basically, for us ladies who are looking to try fixing our brows at home while achieving salon-quality results, this kit promises to help you get just that!

A video posted by Cathie Maud (@cathiemaud) on


Being rather timid on my first attempt, I’ve decided to stick to gently shaping my brows.  You can still see a difference in the video above –my left brow shows more shape while my right brow is still untouched.  With a bit more practise under my belt, I hope to be back in a week or so to share more of my thoughts with you!  Thanks so much to the Helix team for kindly sending me this complimentary kit.  ♥

In the meantime, it’s St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, and the snow is finally melting which means that Spring is just around the corner!

Have a cheery Monday!

xoxo,

— Cathie

Survive THAT Week, Naturally…

Well ladies,

It is a fact of life.  There are certain days in the month when a girl just sees red, feels weepy, and wants —needs— to stay under downy covers and watch a good movie (romantic comedies for me!) while nursing certain aches and pains.

Here are a few tips that I’ve found help me through this not-quite-awesome time:

  • Pamper yourself, and take it easy as much as you can.
  • Drink lots of hot water and tea.  Above all, avoid the salt cravings.  They never help.
  • Do simple stretching exercises.  The last thing you might want to do is exercise, but something light actually helps you channel your energy and focus on something besides your pains.  You will feel better after; I promise!  I recommend Mary Helen Bower’s Ballet Beautiful program.
  • Make a point of dressing up.  You will feel far more confident and beautiful than your condition would have you believe possible.  Flowing tops, a-line skirts and a trench coat are amazing for hiding and flattering your figure at the same time!

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On a related note, I wanted to share that I have made the switch over to reusable pads!  I felt so awful for just tossing so many un-recyclable pads in the rubbish. The guilt and the numbers certainly add up during a woman’s lifetime; that’s a really huge pile sitting in a landfill!

Cathie Maud - Lunapads in Cocoa Kaleidoscope

There are plenty of amazing companies to choose from, but the one I bought my intro kit is from Vancouver based Lunapads.  Not only is it great for the environment, and better for your skin with natural, non-scratchy fabrics, but it’s a fantastic way to save money as well.  Plus they have a One4Her incentive: For every eligible Lunapad purchased, a girl in need will receive a Ugandan-made AFRIpad pad to support her school attendance.  And ladies, they work.  Seriously, not to be TMI, but I have a heavy flow and this kit has not failed me for the three months I’ve used it.  Last  but not least, they have some fun colours and patterns to choose from.  My favourites are Cosmic Dancer and Cocoa Kaleidoscope.

How wicked is that?  Colour me impressed!!  I highly recommend them.

In case you’re interested, here’s what the intro kit includes:

Cathie Maud - Lunapads - Cocoa Kaleidoscope

Cleaning them is also quite easy, so don’t be daunted by the prospect!  If you’re like me, you may be used to shutting your eyes, ripping pads off, rolling them up and tossing them into the trash, end of story.  There are a few extra steps involved with reusable pads, but nothing incredibly complicated.  Lunapads recommends pre-soaking –change water daily if you go that route– or rinsing in cold water, but that isn’t always necessary.  For example, I worked through my last period.  When it was time to change, I folded the pad up and secured it with the snap buttons, and threw it into a Ziploc bag in my purse.  Double the bags up if you buy the flimsy no-name brands!  (Lunapads does sell bags to store and soak used/new pads in, but it’s not in my budget at the moment.)  When I got home, I simply un-fastened the snaps, threw it in with dark laundry on the cold water setting, and ran a load.  The pad came out unstained, too!  If you can’t wash it right away, you’ll definitely want to pre-soak or rinse it, just so nothing gets too ‘set’ in.  I usually try to air dry them so that the fibers last longer, but since I only have a starter kit, that’s usually not possible if frequent changes are needed.  Dry on low if you must.  🙂  (Thanks Katie for the wonderful question!!)

How do you beat feeling blue and seeing red during THAT week?

xoxo,

– Cathie

 

Miss Cathie Reviews: The Keurig 2.0…

Last December, I had the good fortune to be one of a number of Canadian Influensters who were chosen to receive a complimentary Keurig 2.0 brewing machine.  To say I was excited and grateful was an understatement!  😀
Keurig 2.0 Coffee MachineWhile unpacking it, I felt a bit overwhelmed –I had never used these ‘convenience machines’ before, and there seemed to be a dozen manuals to read, and I was beginning to wonder if it was going to be complicated to set-up and use.  I really needn’t have worried.

All you do is:

  • Plug brewer in.
  • Wash water ‘tank’.
  • Set tank in receptacle and fill with filtered water.
  • Turn machine on.
  • Let it preheat the water (takes around a minute).
  • Place desired coffee cup in chamber, snap lid down, and brew!

It was simple, easy, and quick.  The coffee flavours included were also quite good –my favourite being Timothy’s Breakfast Blend, and Van Houtte’s Vanilla Hazelnut.  With the included ‘Buy 2 boxes, get 2 free’ deal, I went on to purchase other flavours as well.  (Van Houtte’s Pecan Praline and Rasberry Chocolate are very good, in my opinion!)

I found that the coffee sometimes appeared to be a bit watery, and if you’re used to brewing fresh coffee all the time, you will notice a difference in flavour and taste, sadly.  However, for its purpose, which is a time-saving, get-out-and-go sort of machine, it performs incredibly well and for that, I am a fan.  🙂


The only real drawback that I have come across is that when you simply want hot water, the resulting cupful has the faint taste of coffee in it.  I thought that perhaps one ‘flush’ would do the trick, but after three tries, the flavour was still in the water.  I was not too happy as sometimes I just want to get some hot water quickly to make tea in the morning, and having an adulterated taste to it is not ideal.

Another con would perhaps be the cost of cups.  I don’t intend to guzzle coffee, so the cups I’ve bought will last a while, and I’ll only be replenishing my stock if any deals come my way.  But for those who drink on a daily basis, the cost of refills can get quite pricey, quite quickly.  Be warned, and watch your wallet.  😉

I do want to stress to Keurig users to please, please recycle your cups whenever possible.  The convenience of the machine does come with an environmental cost, so please do your part to minimise it.

All in all, I love my new machine.  Sometimes, even when you’re in a rush, you want to experience that European café experience.  Keurig 2.0 does that beautifully.

xoxo,

— Cathie

Happy 2015! (Reflections, Resolutions, Reading)…

I’m always so full of marvel and joy at the start of a New Year.  It’s ripe with possibilities, and I start off with the best of intentions and the notion that this is it.  The brand new, best-est version of me is going to be revealed!  And then when the year becomes more worn in, I start to feel a bit discouraged… as if I haven’t successfully turned into the person I was meant to be already.  This year, I’m doing it a bit differently.  I’m still a bundle of excited, thrilled nerves.  But I am also starting off with intention, and mindfulness.  As I read on steal time back, every moment can be like midnight on New Year’s Eve if only we remember.  The magic of new beginnings doesn’t have to be lost or forgotten a month into the year.  It is about continual growth, not fairy godmother transformations!
Pensive LetterI’ve got quite a few resolutions this year, but the most important ones are to learn more, spend less, and live fully.

This year, I am continuing my personal reading challenge of 27 books for the 27 years I will be turning this coming October.  I completed 26 last year, and felt a tremendous amount of satisfaction from it!  I didn’t share much of what I read here last year, but this time, I will definitely take you along on my literary journey!

As it so happens, I’ve already finished my first book of the year — Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer.  While a slim read at 256 pages, it was a loving, thoughtful tribute.  Not many people know that Audrey was also quite a talented artist (something I admire, since I dabble in the arts, too!) besides being an actress, humanitarian, and fashion icon.  There are also two recipes for her favourite pasta dishes; I’m definitely going to try them out since I am a huge pasta lover, myself.  🙂  I think what struck me most with this read is that almost no one could ever say anything truly bad about Audrey.  She had flaws, she was human, but she was always kind.  I want the same to be true of me.
Audrey Hepburn, Elegant SpiritFor my next goal of spending less, I have decided upon the goal of buying only 40 items this year.  I don’t view this as a limit.  Rather, it’s a generous yet reasonable budget that will cause me to be more thoughtful about my purchases this year.  Clothes, books, snacks, art supplies, etc. will count, with the exception of courses and textbooks for school.  I don’t have to buy exactly 40 items this year; it can be under the limit, but I definitely cannot go over the number.  For accountability, I will be sharing each purchase I make on this blog as well.  I am really looking forward to seeing how this challenge of mine goes.  🙂  So far, I have bought two things: a book and a watch.  I’ll share when I get them!

As for living fully, it’s incredibly important to remember that little miracles happen even in the everyday, mundane things.  Notice the little things, appreciate the little things, and change the little things.  Dream, but also do.  Bloom where you’re planted, explore new places.  And remember…
Possible

 Happy New Year.  🙂

xoxo,

– Cathie

Touch and Go (Winter Gloves + Mobiles)…

Dear readers,

It has been snowing heavily on and off, for a few weeks now.  And I have come to the realisation that certain ways of keeping warm in Vancouver will not ‘fly’, here in Ottawa.  The good news is that the Mackage ‘Bijou’ parka that I bought in 2009 is now being put to fabulous good use.
Bijou - MackageThe not so good news is that my fingers were not prepared for the onslaught of ice queen frost, as I call it.  This means that in Vancouver, I am able to tug off my glove, make a call/send a text on my iPhone, maybe browse the web a bit… all without feeling the loss of warmth acutely.  Not so, here.  But what’s a girl to do when she’s got a touchscreen phone?

Get some techie gloves to match, of course!
Cathie Maud - Echo Touch Ruffled Bow Gloves in Snow

Test run in the snow…

After a particularly bitingly cold day taking the bus to an interview, I came back home and immediately ordered this pair of wool gloves from Echo Design (via Chapters here).  Boasting an 80% wool, 20% nylon mix, as well as a techno fabric pad on the thumbs and index fingers, these beauties will keep me warm and socially connected!

This is a pair that should be in every smartphone user’s cold weather wardrobe, period.  I am personally all about bows and ruffles, but Echo Design has a wide variety of styles for both women and men, so be sure to check them out.  🙂
Echo Touch Ruffled Bow Gloves

Do any of you cold weather style experts have any survival tips to share?

xoxo,

— Cathie

Feeling Audrey…

Sometimes we emulate our personal heroines (or heroes) in their tastes and styles.  It is unavoidable.  Something in them resonates with us, and reminds us of ourselves or something we hope to be.  Perhaps if we dress like them, people will see in us those qualities that we admire in our role models.

I recently went for an interview at a movie/media company.  I decided to dress up as Audrey Hepburn –classic, elegant, full of fun, yet you know she is capable of great things.  Sadly, I didn’t get the position, but I feel as if I’ve still gleaned something from the entire experience.  And you know, simple pleasures…dressing up is lots of fun.

Cathie Maud - Audrey-esque

Can’t you just see Audrey in this elegant cashmere turtleneck, and these pointed kitten heels?  The skirt however, is most definitely a ‘me’ touch.  🙂

Top:  Club Monaco ‘Selma’ Italian Cashmere Sweater (2014)

Skirt:  Club Monaco ‘Talley’ lace skirt in Eclipse/Lotus (2014)

Tights:  Pretty Polly ribbon backseam tights (2014)

Shoes:  Zara high heel leather court shoe with pointed toe (2014)

Jewellery:  Pandora charm bracelet –birthday gift from husband (2014)

Cathie Maud - Audrey-esque Tights

What could be more cinematic than a dramatic exit?  I am absolutely crazy about details, and tights with lovely patterns fit this criteria beautifully.

Please send some prayers and positive vibes my way, that I might find my path in life!

xoxo,

— Miss Cathie