Sailing Through Summer {Outfit Post}…


Happy first day of Summer, my friends!! ^_^

I do not remember if I have ever explicitly mentioned it in this blog, but I Detest warm weather.  I do not deal well in it at all.  I feel uncomfortable, hot, and sticky and become prone to nosebleeds and headaches.  It has always seemed easier to stay warm than it is to stay cool.  You can’t tote around an air conditioner (if you’ve found a way, please let me know), but a coat and some stylish layers are much easier to carry.

Complaining aside, it is the perfect weather for pretty sundresses, and all things sailor.  I have a soft spot for nautical garments as you can see if you look at some of my older posts, and it seems fitting for those blazing days when only the cool waters of a pool or lake and a good iced tea or popsicle can assuage the heat.

Today is one of those sailor days, and so I have on a new pair of shorts from Banana Republic.  Shorts seem to be the article of clothing that like to taunt me most.  Either too short, too boxy, too thickening at the waist, etc.  I have gone through quite the hunt to find the perfect pair.  I seem to have found them in this beautifully buttoned baby; may it last me a good many summers!  On the downside, it does wrinkle somewhat, and it likes to attract wandering pieces of fluff and fur as you can see in the picture.  It just requires a bit of checking on here and there, but it hasn’t become too annoying yet.  Who could be annoyed at having to look down on such lovely shorts?  Not I!
Summer's Outfit - 2016 - Cathie Cabot

I paired this top with another piece from Banana Republic –this has been in my archives (wardrobe) since 2013.  After not wearing it for a few years –I can’t think why I haven’t more often– I am giving it an airing and a day out in the sunshine.  It’s a soft cream but looks whiter in the pictures.  It complements the deep blue of the shorts quite nicely, and I still love the be-ribboned Eiffel Tower graphic composed entirely out of lovely French words and phrases.

For a dressier version of a casual sneaker –which I think is perfect for Summer, I am wearing these high-heeled sneakers by Keds.  I love the soft grey colour, and can’t help thinking, “The higher the heel, the better I feel!”  Not always true, if you’ve ever actually worn heels, but in this pair?  Definitely!
Summer's Outfit - 2016 - Cathie Maud

I’m awful at accessorising with jewellery, but in summer, I have a wonderful excuse.  In my opinion, it is too hot and icky to wear bits of metal against your skin for long periods of time.  I do without completely, and rely on accessories such as interesting shoes, silk scarves, and straw hats.  This one from Gap is casual but with a refined, ladylike feel.

Hat:  GAP straw floppy hat in natural (2016)

Top:  Banana Republic Eiffel Tower tee (2013)

Shorts:  Banana Republic sailor short in navy (2016)

Shoes:  Keds ‘Damsel’ wedges in pewter chambray (2016) [in black here]

Swingin’ and sailin’ my way through summer

I wish you all an auspicious start to your summer!

October Fun…

Goodness, October is always such a busy month!

There’s Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en, my birthday (and two of my family members’ birthdays!), as well as being in the swing of French classes.

There is so much fun and exciting energy that, coupled with the absolute beauty of autumn, there is no surprise that October is my favourite month.

Let’s start with my favourite picture –the pie I made for Thanksgiving!  It is Jane Austen themed, with Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett cut out of the crust.  I am quite proud of my ‘skills’ in making this!
Canadian Thanksgiving Pie

If you would like these Austen themed cookie cutters, I got mine from the Jane Austen Centre’s gift shop here and here.  I could browse the lovelies there all day!

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I always love dressing up for my birthday weekend even if nothing grand is planned, and when it is to work, a less frilly outfit must be worn of course!  I still have fun through the details –combining my love for a sleek fit-and-flare silhouette with sheer tights, polka-dots and bows.  I hereby present to you my ‘practical’ birthday outfit: Cathie 27 Birthday

Jacket:  Danier ‘Bree’ lamb leather jacket in Port (2014)

Top:  Kate Spade ‘abree’ cashmere sweater in black (2014)

Skirt:  Club Monaco ‘Minkie’ skirt (2013)

Tights:  Gap polka-dot tights (2015)

Shoes:  Vaneli ‘Lenita’ pump in black Soffio patent (2013)

Jewellery:  Pandora charm bracelet –birthday gift from husband (2014); wedding + engagement ring from my husband.  White gold swirl ring with diamonds. (2014)

Cathie 27 Birthday Outfit

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We went for sushi for my birthday lunch at 168 Sushi Buffet.  It isn’t our top favourite place to go for sushi in Ottawa, but it is a convenient location, and when the staff is not too busy, the food is fresh and very tasty.  If you catch them on a busy afternoon though, prepare to have missing items from your order and/or the food to not be up to its usual standards.  Following-up usually leads to them bringing the order in, so if you are not in a hurry, it isn’t ideal but not truly awful either –especially if you pay the all-you-can-eat price.  We sometimes simply re-order what was missing.

Sushi Couple
We two.
Autumn Heels
An autumn perspective.

Birthday 2015 Sushi
The sushi.

October was a beautiful month; I hope you enjoyed yours!  I will write in soon with my November happenings…

— Cathie

Summer’s Little White Dress

It’s no secret that even with care, white garments can get a little stained in the sweatier regions after a while. And there is nothing more exasperating than to lose a much-loved item in your wardrobe simply because its appearances are beyond repair; those sweat stains can really age an item!

So when it comes to buying white garments, I only choose pieces that are in natural, breathable materials such as cotton, silk, and linen.  They must also have plenty of breathing space (such as dolman sleeves) or be as far from the underarm region as much as possible (sleeveless, and not right up in the armpits).

Sure, bleach may fix the problem –though it may not add to a garment’s longevity, but why not try and avoid it entirely?

This cute little number which I fondly call my LWD fits my criteria perfectly.  I also appreciate the fact that it isn’t one’s typical strapless summer dress.  Those are cute in their own way, but for less sunburns and to be able to wear this in more settings that may require a bit more covering, this Juicy Couture dress is just what is called for.
Summer Breeze

Dress:  Juicy Couture eyelet dress (2013)

Shoes:  GAP classic ballet flats, Cognac (2015)

This picture was taken during a jaunt by the Rideau Canal with a friend.  With her help, and Nature blowing gently through the trees, the shot turned out to be a bucolic portrait.  I felt like Anne of Green Gables skipping down Lovers Lane, and my dress was dancing with the wind.

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

Happy Hallowe’en, 2014!!

Growing up, we kids didn’t really celebrate Hallowe’en, or do anything special on that day.  Our parents didn’t approve of the pagan background of the holiday, the ‘occult’ things associated with it, and the fact that it could be scary… at least when we were little.  But there was still candy!  Molasses chews, caramel apple pops, tootsie rolls, and popcorn candy.  So maybe my little kid heart desperately yearned to dress up as someone else for a day, but a satisfied sweet tooth helps you forget some things.  😉  (My dad did relent once when I was three, and my mum decorated a bit of blackish-blue fabric, and that was my little witch costume.)
Jack o'Lantern VillageWhen we were a little more grown up, we were slowly allowed to dabble a bit more in the spooky holiday happenings, but it wasn’t until I was 23 that I finally went all out and got all fancied up for the occasion.  I can’t imagine not dressing up for Hallowe’en now, if I can help it!

This year, I’m dressing up as Hermione Granger/ a plain ol’ Gryffindor student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Because I’m pretty obsessed/passionate about Harry Potter now, and you just have to thank J.K. Rowling for coming up with a character that would inspire costumes that are cool and won’t freeze your skin blue.  Honestly, some of the costumes out there are pretty ridiculous!

Cathie Maud Cabot - Hogwarts StudentOn a frugal note, I’m pretty stinkin’ proud of myself because my costume uses elements of my real-life wardrobe, pieces that I already own, coupled with a tie and scarf that I bought for the occasion.  Although, I am absolutely going to wear my Gryffindor scarf everywhere this winter –it’s not going to be just for the holiday!
I added a few personal touches to the ensemble –instead of plain, black shoes, I wore my favourite cherry-blood red pumps, to bring out the colours in my scarf and tie.  I am also wearing black tights with a back-seam running partway up the lower half of the legs, and ending in a cute little bow.  I’m such a rebel when it comes to uniforms.  😛

Cathie Maud Cabot - Hogwarts Student Avec Le FoulardShirt:  Gap fitted boyfriend shirt (2013)

Tie:  Lochaven Official Warner Bros. Harry Potter Gryffindor House tie (2014)

Scarf:  Lochaven Official Warner Bros. Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf 170g (2014)

Skirt:  Club Monaco ‘Caroline’ skirt in soot black (2014)

Tights:  Pretty Polly bow back-seam tights (2014)

Shoes:  Vaneli ‘Lenita’ pump in red Soffio patent (2013)

Jewellery:  Pandora charm bracelet –birthday gift from husband (2014); wedding + engagement ring from my husband.  White gold swirl ring with diamonds. (2014)

I might do an in-depth review of the items from Lochaven, but quickly summed up, delivery was lightning quick, items are good quality, and I am very pleased!

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I finally consider myself an adult, purely based on the fact that I’m now going to be the one handing sweets out to the little kiddies.  🙂  I’m pretty excited to be experiencing the ‘grown-up side’ of Hallowe’en, and am looking forward to ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘aah-ing’ over their cute little costumes.

Cathie Maud Cabot - Hogwarts Student - Halloween Costume - 2014
Don’t I look ever so studious?

I’m also going to be scaring myself silly with some spooky movies.  I’ve got Edward ScissorhandsCoraline, and The Corpse Bride all lined up.  I’m not really into adult horror movies, so I think these strike just the right note.  Does anyone have any favourites to suggest??  🙂

Cathie Maud Cabot - Gryffindor Student
Doesn’t this look like a vintage snapshot of a student at Hogwarts? ^_^

I hope everyone stays safe and warm.  I’m really dancing with impatience for tonight!!  Because a day that requires you to eat candy, dress up and get spooked, is always a winner in my books.

Have a bewitching Hallowe’en!!

xoxo,

— Cathie