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!


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


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

What to Wear When the Weather is Confusing + The Month of Pink…

I am pretty sure the weather can be confusing in any part of the world, but I must say Canada can definitely outdo itself in this regard… From one moment of steady rain and grey skies, to blustering winds, to moments of pure golden sunshine… we had it all today, here in Comox!  Not to say that it isn’t a beautiful kaleidoscope of changing weather patterns, but what’s a girl to do outfit-wise when it is giving out so many mixed ‘signals’?

A Blustery Day Calls for Pink

Think comfy, think cosy, and most of all — think pink!

Sweater:  Wilfred ‘Diderot’sweater in dust pink

Top: C&C California

Jeans:  Rich & Skinny ‘Legacy’ crop in black

Shoes: Dolce Vita ‘Lucca’ leather ballet flats in pink

The rain wasn’t very heavy, so I got away with wearing my new ballet flats by Dolce Vita.  To ‘combat’ the wind, I gave my skirts (my preferred ‘bottoms’) a rest –I am still looking for pencil skirts that don’t look business-y!– and went with a pair of cropped skinnies… And to keep the cold out, I topped it all off with a nice, snuggly wrap of a sweater — not too heavy due to the occasional bursts of warmth from the sun, but just right.

Besides the fact that I was feeling girly today, there is another reason why I wore a lot of pink.  October is, as most of you know, Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the pink ribbon is the international symbol of our awareness, and our fight against it.  As well, there are also ‘Pink Days’, where people wear pink to help raise funds and support the cause.  While my outfit might not be raising any funds, I do fully support this cause.  It is painful to lose loved ones in any way, if there is a chance of preventing it, why not?  I hope all of you who are able to and so inclined, will think about donating or helping out in any way you can. ♥

♥ Have a beautiful October day, wherever you are! ♥