My Yoga Capsule in Action

I fell on my back in Nov 2019. It has taken a YEAR of very dedicated PT exercises to heal my body. FINALLY, I am back to  practicing an hour of vinyasa and hatha yoga five times a week, which I LOVE SOOO MUCH. I'm not at the level I was before, but I will get there....

Big thanks to Suntiger for suggesting the Down Dog app a few months ago. It's sublime with my air pods! Absolutely perfect. I don't need a yoga studio anymore. This will save time and money. 

I practice before dawn in our loft in Seattle, and shavasana at the end to a very pretty sunrise. It's dark, quiet, and perfect! But light when I finish. 

I roll out of bed before 6am, get into my yoga gear, do a few things around the house to wake up, and then it's onto my citron yoga mat sporting the "au naturel" look. Some mornings I look more alive than others ;)

#authenticstyle 

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OOTD: Turquoise Out

Some wanted to see my column of turquoise, so here it is! With blush pink complement of boots, bag, and strap to keep things light and pretty. Isn't the guitar strap a fluke of a good match......

Me in corduroy pants. WILDCARD! Love them! 

Hair is back to naturally wavy and air-dried. 

It's DRY and sunny so my pink boots can come out to play. Wooohooo! Off to do some errands on foot with Sam in tow. 

Thanks for looking :)

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OsOTD: Happy Festive Quarantine!

Seattle, WA, continues to be in a restrictive partial lockdown. But 2021 is full of hope for a brighter future, and I'm positive about it! I've learned some things about my style that I will share in a blog post (so no 2020 wrap-ups from me yet!) 

In the meantime, this is what I'm wearing today and will also wear on Christmas Eve. Dressed up, but practical because I'm WFH, running errands on foot, and walking Sam.....like every day.....

It's dry and cold so I could haul out my wide legs without getting soggy hems. I LOVE these dressy red Ponte pants. They are sooooo comfy, and feel elegantly fun as they swoosh while I stride. A perfect fit without waist alterations. The pants work extremely well with my white
at-home-only sneakers because they are the right length for flats.

Navy doggie jumper with a pile of pearls makes me smile :)

Straightened my hair today, which I don't like. Back to natural waves tomorrow!

4 toppers in action:

1. Knitted Navy Jacket for AT HOME ONLY. It does not go outside. Glamming up inside ;)

2. Avocado Hobbs Jacket is a gorgeous new addition. LOVING the short length, which works well with volume on the bottom. 

3. Cream Peacoat (13 years old and impeccable. Impressive).

3. Dressy Red Coat makes me look like Father Christmas.....yet I adore it and am very at ease wearing the combination. Bright columns of colour are my thing.

Signature colours, contrast, a bold statement, white boots, white pearls, swoosh, dressy toppers, practical silhouettes, a bit of glitz, playful pairings, and tailored fluidity are strong components of my SIMPAT style. Very high happiness factor in the renditions. 

Thanks for looking :)

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OOTD: Casual Festive Fair Isle

LOTS to celebrate today :)

The first COVID-19 vaccinations were given to Seattle healthcare workers on the front-lines this morning ..... 

24 years of marriage to my soul mate.....

Wearing boots for the first time since March.....

Naked skin is rash-free....

Sam and I stayed dry on our walk.....

2 more weeks of 2020......

Today was a regular WFH day with errands and doggie walks, all on foot and in the city. The Fair Isle jumper was a thoughtful gift from a Fabber, and is fun to wear at this time of year. Dutch orange Christmas!

The rest in my usual mix of old and new, trendy and classic, tailoring and fluidity, lots of colour, white footwear, shiny pearls, crisp polish, extreme comfort, and Sam in tow. 

Straightened my hair for a change. 

COVID continues to ravage the US and we are still in partial lockdown. Life is very restricted, and will get a little tougher before things look better in the Spring and Summer. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hanging in there a little longer. Onward we go! 

Thanks for looking :)

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My Layered Dainty Necklaces & New Skin

I'm not a jewellery person, but like to layer the few necklaces that I have. I have 4 and that's it! I don't wear earrings but wear specs. I like to keep my jewellery dainty because it works well with my small frame, colour palettes, and more maximal style. 

Here are two Winter versions, and exactly one year apart:

#1. On a plane to see my Dad a year ago, back when we travelled.....

#2. Today and now!

The second photo is my new skin. I have had a heck of a time with facial skin rashes this year. Good grief. My skin doesn't usually give me trouble - my feet do! - but this year has been hectic. One thing after the next and on it went..... 

The most recent skin irritation was a recurring bad reaction to the steroid cream I was using to treat something else. The steroid cream treated the initial problem really well, but caused  others :( 

As a result, I've had to stop using EVERYTHING on my skin apart from  pimecrolimus cream. The last few weeks I was able to add Vani moisturizer and Vani cleanser (new products that are working). Hopefully I'll be able to add a sunscreen of sorts next year. Thank goodness for grey and rainy Seattle right now. 

All this to say that I haven't been using tinted moisturizer for 6 weeks. I would use it daily to even out my skin tone because I thought it made my skin look better. But actually - and I'm much surprised - going without looks much better to Greg (and I see it too). My skin feels healthier, dewier, and fresher -  although the skin tone is visually less even. Onward we go without tinted moisturizer, and HOPEFULLY no more skin irritations. 

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Show us your Dog-Cat-Bird Wardrobe Stash!

.....or any other animal that is close to your heart. It's ALL GOOD. And as sweet RunCarla mentioned:

"nothing wrong with wearing your love on your sleeve…or anywhere else on your body!" 

Here's my stash, and what I'm wearing right now to work at my desk. My vintage gold Yorkie brooch from the 1960's is a treasure, and will come out to play soon!

(I also have doggie pyjamas, cases, and lounging tees). 

Next up for me - horse stash. Since I used to ride and have horses, they are my second favourite animal (followed by giraffes, zebras and ladybirds). 

Your turn :)

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FAB Checked Italian Wool Pants for $85 (Pics)

I LOVE wearing dressy plaid and checked pants. They're a whole lot more comfortable than jeans, and give me great joy :)

These came today... and I haven't styled them, but decided to keep them on with the jumper I had on already because they are sublime! I cut the tags off in 2 minutes. Perfect fit (although I might need to take in the waist a little), crease-resistant, FULLY LINED, refined, comfy and luxurious. I can do yoga in them. 

They are NOT a poly-viscose-elastane blend like the description says. It's a mistake. They are 96% stretch Italian wool and 4% spandex. 

The honey brown check is darker in person and quite earthy, but the blue in the check makes them very versatile for my style.

These are everyday pants for me and signature to my style, so I've ordered the pink too. The honey brown cost a discounted $85 and the pink $69 on Nordstrom's flash sale last week. Every so often, J.Crew hits it out of the ball park for me....and this was how this year. 

New pink suede boots are just to show you! Not styled, but work with the pants.

Life in Seattle is still very restrictive. More COVID restrictions put back into place this week. Partial lockdown, although the county in which I live has been doing well. Our governor is fab and very cautious. We are good, working from home, making the best of everything, and staying safe. 

Onward we go! xo

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Back to a Classic Pixie

I chopped more hair off. Had it done yesterday, very deliberately. I've had 5.5 inches chopped off my fringe this year. (4 months of lockdown hair growth!)

Last week was wet, windy, and cool in Seattle. I'm on foot and outside in the city many times a day because I walk everywhere. Mask, rain, specs, hood, fogged up eyewear, Sam in tow, carrying groceries, doing errands..... and long fringe with longer hair around my ears driving me bananas.

I need hair that looks good after hoods, rain, wind, and beanies. And is mask- friendly too. 

PROBLEM SOLVED! I'm back to a short classic pixie that I can wear multiple ways, and looks polished after it's fought with the weather, masks, hats and hoods. 

#1 - after the salon with a fringe so blow dried

#2 to #5 - air dried at home with product so wavy fringe

#6 to #8 - air dried at home so wavy but pushed back. 

#9 - no specs, which is how I type, work, read, Zoom, and cook at home

My hair is almost zero effort day to day, and a shorter visit to the salon to boot. Much better for these times!

Post COVID and mask-wearing, I'll grow out my fringe and sides again....

I'm happy with the practical and fuss-free change. I once again feel polished :)

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OOTD: Sporty Luxe Sherlock

Autumn is here.

It's raining and cooler in Seattle. YAY!!! NO MORE WILD FIRES AND UNHEALTHY AIR.

I am feeling non-neutrals, colour-mixing, and pattern-mixing more than ever. Soothing, comforting, puts me in a better mood, and gives me energy. 

I LOVE remixing my old stuff with the new.  It's similar to my obsession with "zero food waste" at home and being creative with leftovers. I don't like wasting my older wardrobe items. So I constantly remix them with the new. 

As I add new items, I first work out how things will match and complement one another before I commit to the purchase. That way I can mix and match till my heart's content, and almost everything works with everything. It's sport to me and a highly enjoyable puzzle process. 

My wardrobe is very colourful, but the colours are thought out and controlled. It might not look like it, but there is a lot of colour discipline in my wardrobe and style. I am very deliberate about keeping certain colours in, and keeping others out. 

I add brights, blues and white to my earth tones so that they don't look too earthy ;)

My urban style is about: TOPPERS, SNEAKERS/HI-TOPS and CROSSBODY BAGS, so I milk it. 

  • New $9 guitar strap that works with old burgundy and orange Furlas, and old sneakers/hi-tops. New complement!
  • Old designer striped zipper track top worn with trendy sailor jeans. The glitzy gold zipper makes me smile. And I like mixing stripes and checks! 
  • New Sherlock Holmes checked raincoat with fun orange trim that I got on deep discount from sustainable and ethical Boden. Impeccable quality. A classic with a kick. All the dark bits are navy, not black. Worn it all week! 

My style is not athletic, but my love for sneakers and stripes gives it a sporty touch. I like to mix sporty with luxe. 

WFH, and doing the usual errands around town with Sam in tow. Seattle life still very restricted. Masked up as soon as we leave the front door.

Thanks for looking  :) xo

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New '70s Dress: Missoni my Way

Missoni my way means = Sustainable, ethical, more affordable, and beautifully made the Boden way :)

I LOVE THIS DRESS. I can't stop prancing around and swooshing in it! My favourite dress of 2020! Couldn't be more perfect, and especially for my 50th year. Happiness-factor is through the roof. 

Waving at my '70s style sisters Sal, Suz and Brooklyn! 

Great fit, stunning knitwear quality, lined, very comfortable, and bought on discount. My colours, love the bold stripes and chevron makes a nice '70s change. A bit of lurex glitz because I like shine.

All the dark you see here is navy - not black. Even the underside of the turquoise coat collar is navy.

The dress can be styled is soooo many ways. It works with sooooo much in my wardrobe because my palette - although colourful - is very deliberately thought out over many years of accumulation. Most things match most things, which makes outfit creation easy. I love remixing old with new! 

This is an everyday city dress for me because it's extremely comfortable and unfussy. It doesn't matter that it's dressy because that's who I am. It's also machine washable, so more practical than you might expect.

I will wear it to work at home - maybe tomorrow! - as well as go out, work with clients, and walk Sam in the city (which I do many times a day). That is..... when we eventually go out and I work with clients in person again. Life is still very restricted in Seattle.

But the dress won't go on outdoorsy trails and beach runs with my boys ;)

I've shown the dress with my new navy shearling and turquoise coats so that you could see those too. Old tall navy boots which I've dusted off, and signature leather Chucks hi-tops that are wardrobe essentials for my style. I have every colour bag represented in the chevron stripes, but here are the blush and watermelon to keep it simple.

Thanks for looking! xo

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