Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

Foliage Forest Floor

old navy

After an unusual start to fall it looks like it's finally here! The nights are cool, there's frost in the mornings and the leaves are all starting to change. Of course there is a slight downside to all of this, we have to put our vintage car into storage very soon. We are making the most of it and last weekend we drove out to Oxford county and did a little leaf peeping. 

For Whom The Bell Sleeve Tolls

REitmans

Ah, bell sleeves. You couldn't turn around this summer without seeing them on cute printed shirt or dresses. Some where so big that I'm sure if a swift breeze blew they would inflate and carry their occupant away! Headed into fall I found the perfect size for everyday at my favourite Canadian women's retailer, Reitman's

Searching For The Great Pumpkin

Barbour

The countdown to Halloween is on and nowhere was it more felt then at our local pumpkin patches this past weekend. It's probably our last weekend with our vintage 1970 Mercury Montego so we made the most of it by visiting not one, but two pumpkin patches on Saturday! You might be wondering why two different pumpkin patches...it's because I am searching for The Great Pumpkin!

Marching in Merchant City

fall style

Once we knew we were headed to Glasgow the search started for just the right area to stay in. I am so lucky that I have quite a bit of family in the area so I was able to run ideas past them. AMH and I found a flat right in Merchant City that had incredible reviews on Airbnb. Our family said that the area would be perfect for us, and they were right!

Stirling, Scotland

fall style

On our trip to Glasgow we knew the best thing to do was stay right in the city so we could walk to everything but we also wanted to do some adventuring. We picked three days to do that, rented a car and headed out. One of those places was a day trip to Stirling to visit the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, which I last visited when I was 12 or 13 years old! 

Fall In Kirkcudbright

patagonia

On a grey and rainy day, we decided to head south of Glasgow to the coastal town of Kirkcudbright. This small town (population is less than 4000) is anything but. The town boasts some of the most amazing views of the Isle of Man, a castle, colourful homes, public art everywhere and some amazing shopping. 

Bean On A Scottish Safari

utility jacket

It's been less than 48 hours since I returned from Scotland and while I am so happy to be home with my boys, my dogs and my bed (I missed ya you comfy beauty!) I am already missing this beautiful country. I have a mild case of jet lag which is actually working to my advantage right now. When you work full time and have a never ending list of to-do's, it can be hard to find time to blog. Well, I'm finding the time now since I am up at 4am (9am in Scotland) so let me take you along on my Scottish Safari!

Last Fall...

fall style

It looks like we are *finally* going to see some fall weather this weekend and I couldn't be more excited! This weekend AMH and I have some fall activities planned and you know me, I am knee deep into fall outfit planning. 

The White T-Shirt Co.

white long sleeve

You might be asking yourself "What's so special about a white t-shirt?". Well, let me tell you...

Early Mornings With The Dogs

bernese

The early risers in the house are not me, my husband or my kids, it's the dogs! The second the sun is up they are ready to start their day and go for a walk. Normally I try to quiet them so I can catch a few more zzzz's but on the weekend, it's the perfect excuse to go for a Starbucks run! 

IT's Covered Bridge

IT covered bridge

Last week the family and I went to see the remake of Stephen King's IT (which I highly recommend) and we were all totally surprised to see our favourite local landmark on screen, the West Montrose Covered Bridge! (I last posted about it in 2015) Now, I know this thing happens all the time for my American readers but in Canada, it's not something that happens often so it's kind of a big deal.

Pearls and Peplum

fall ootd

I am trying to soak up as many of these don't-need-a-coat days as I possibly can. Not only so I can feel comfortable but the colder it gets that means we are closer to putting our vintage car in storage and I am NOT ready to say goodbye. Luckily, we still have a few more weeks before that happens so you can expect to see me and AMH on the road until then. 

The First Nip of Fall

vest

The Labour Day weekend brought us so many first signs of fall. First, the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte returned to Starbucks, the temperatures fell quickly and the Paris Road Antiques held their annual Labour Day sale!

Fall In Love With Camel

camel

Camel or tan brown is one of my favourite transitional colours. It has this warm feel that makes it perfectly at home in the late summer early fall.

Sunflowers On My Shoulders

stripe dress

Nature gives us many signs to show us that summer is slowly turning into fall and in my area one of those signs is sunflowers at our local farm stands.

L.L.Bean Pullover Weather Is Here!

L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

When we first purchased our vintage car, a 1970 Mercury Montego, we knew that we instantly had all of our summer weekends booked with visiting car shows. With visits to Michigan, New York and in our home province of Ontario, we've been lucky enough to visit some beautiful towns and make new friends. While our travels have been measured in the hours it takes to get there, this weekend's show was measured in the minutes it would take. The Waterloo Region Museum held their annual historic car show and I'll admit it was nice to stay so close to home this weekend (we actually got our grocery shopping done after the show!)

L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby

L.L.Bean

Soft cotton rugby

L.L. Bean outfit

L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean late summer

Celebrating This Life

summer to fall

pullover

late summer outfit

pullover sweater

L.L.Bean



Most car shows have an admission fee, anywhere from a few dollars to $20. The admission to this weekend's show was a donation to our local food bank, something that we support generously throughout the year. We were only too happy to oblige especially when they said we would get free admission to the museum and the Doon Heritage Village! It is a living history village that depicts life in Waterloo Region in 1914. I have to say I feel incredibly lucky to live in this area for so many reasons, but one is that we have two covered bridges! I have friends who have had to drive many hours to see some of the last surviving covered bridges in Vermont! Locally, we have the Kissing Bridge (I photographed it last fall) and a smaller version here at the Doon Heritage Village where I not only photographed my new L.L.Bean pullover (more on that later) but I also decided that another requirement of the country house I buy (oh I have so many requirements for my future dream country house) is a creek so I can build my own covered bridge!

The car show started early in the morning and we were up and ready to go, until we stepped outside our house and felt how cool the air was, L.L. Bean pullover weather is here friends! The weather app was reading like the middle of September, not the middle of August and I'm not even complaining because extreme heat and I just do not mix. Give me a crisp cool morning any day of the week! It just meant a quick outfit change into long pants and my new L.L. Bean pullover! I had been eyeing this pullover ever since the L.L.Bean summer catalogue came out and I was thanking my lucky stars it arrived on Friday. Just in time to keep me warm this weekend!

I had heard through the Internet grapevine that this was the softest cotton sweater you'll ever own, so of course I had to see for myself! Well, the Internet was right! It really is the softest cotton and it's just the right weight for layering. I am a big fan of layering because that way I can control my own temperature. This means that when I buy clothing, I am looking for anything that does not have a lot of bulk to it. The pullover is thin enough to add a long sleeve underneath and a jacket on top and you can still bend your arms! And just because it's thin doesn't mean it doesn't provide warmth, it is exactly the sweater you want this time of year. In the cool morning, it was 10 degrees Celsius or 50 Fahrenheit, I wore a long sleeve underneath and the pullover and I was perfectly comfortable. Later in the afternoon I did some gardening (I cleared out my pots and urns as all my summer flowers were spent) and I wore a pair of shorts and just the pullover with the sleeves rolled up. Again, perfectly comfortable and because the cotton is so soft, there was no need for a layer underneath!

As for the fit, I am wearing a Large and I did so because I plan on wearing a few layers underneath as the days grow colder. If I was looking to have a snug fit, I would have gone with a Medium, it's all about personal preference. I would say the L.L.Bean Soft Cotton Rugby fits true to size (TTS) size up if you like a little room to play with (like me!)

L.L.Bean has some amazing sales going on. Right now, save an extra 20% on clearance items and starting on Thursday, The L.L.Bean Labor Day Event 25% Off When You Spend $50 Stock up on everything you need for fall – outdoor gear, cozy clothing and more. Includes sale items. Promo Code: LABORDAY. Ends 9/5. Plus, enjoy free shipping.

There are so many great items I am looking to add to my L.L.Bean cart, like this flannel lined barn coat, this Hearthside robe for cool fall mornings, and this cute-as-can-be duck print fair isle sweater from the L.L.Bean Signature collection.

Starting To Feel Like Fall

gingham

Can you feel it? The cool night air, the chilly mornings? It's starting to feel like fall! Ok, ok, I know you summer lovers are clinging to the final days of August but I am soooo ready to let these hot days go. 

Orange in Otesaga

Otesaga

Spending the afternoon at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY was an absolute treat! Our road trip adventure took us near Cooperstown and since AMH and I are such BIG baseball fans, we couldn't help but make a detour to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. But I had something else up my sleeve and it had been brewing ever since I first found out about The Otesaga over 15 years ago.

Walking in Washington Park

summer ootd

After checking into our hotel in Albany, The Morgan State House, a beautiful old brownstone right on the edge of Washington Park, we freshened up and decided to check out Washington Park. The park is 81 acres and was created in 1870 from a design that was drawn up by the same team that designed New York City's Central Park. Needless to say, I had to check this place out! 

Boat Spotting

Talbots

Whenever I am in Buffalo (which if you remember this post, is kind of a lot) I try my best to make a trip to Canalside and on last week's road trip, that's exactly where we started our journey!