Seriously, I'm back with fresh daily outfits?!

Yes, that's what you've read: I'm back. I'm over 40 now. I want to document my minimalistic wardrobe, how I wear pieces over and over again, but always making some changes here and there. Also, I want (who doesn't? Lucky you...) to lose some weight, and I believe that, by seeing what I wear and how horrible it may look, or how better it used to look, I may feel more motivated when it's 9 p.m. and I'm craving... "where are the sweets?"

So, there you go, what I've been wearing, my struggles with my blue-ish/green-ish hair that I coloured blue with Colorista and never goes back to the original colour (someone recommended Head&Shoulders, and it really seems to be working).

This is what I wore today. After seeing the picture, I felt sadly huge in this dress.

 This is what I wore yesterday. It worked well (except for my hair).

This is what I wore Sunday, for a long walk. Just decided to add some colours and prioritize green. I was comfortable.



It's an old, old post. I don't even know what it is doing here. I don't even own these boots or this bag anymore, to begin with.  Things go out-of-style pretty quickly, don't they?

It was supposed to rain that day, but it ended up not to, I guess. I was prepared, anyway.


I swear it's blue!

This blue sweater was bought at a supersale at H&M. And I'm still being lazy and extremely simple in my outfits...

I love this scarf. They make the composition look lighter, even funnier or happier. The bag is really old, and I'm even thinking that I should get rid of it. I rarely wear it, and it's not really "in" anymore. One good thing about having a "style blog" is that you start using pieces of clothes, jewelry and accessories which you would never pick for a normal day, so you end up enjoying the options you have a little further.

P.S. After a year, however, I ended up donating this sweater. After being washed a few times, it just got too loose and full of fuzz balls (you get what you pay for, right? I'm not complaining... just accepting - after all, it was my choice :-). But, besides, I've been tired of everything that has a purple or violet colour or detail on it, and finally accepted that the sweater was not blue: it was rather purple. I am so crazy, aren't I? But no, I haven't gotten rid of it just because of the colour. It no longer looked pretty or neat. I tried to wear it as pajamas (yes, crazy!) a couple of times, but it didn't work that well and I thought it wasn't necessary: if I want pajamas, I should really get pajamas instead of wearing old clothes. I still do this king of thing sometimes, I confess ;-)



Two posts in a row? I can't believe it!

Unfortunately, I don't always think I look good enough to be photographed, especially when I get home from work and feel a lot tired. Plus, I don't wear makeup everyday, but definitely have to improvise if I want to post a public picture. Finally, there is the editing part, which can be boring. I really should (and am considering doing that) have a pattern and style for everything: I should post more constantly, I should write more, I should create an identity for my pictures and they should have a common size. All in all, I should be more organised and should get more serious about blogging - because writing, especially writing, is something I love to do. I love taking pictures, for sure, but not too much of myself... I used to, but I think I'm feeling a little too old for that.

Now, about the outfit. I don't usually wear pink - it's not one of my favourite colours, but when I saw this skirt I just couldn't help buying it. Then I already had a pink scarf that was a good match, and added a neutral colour: black. Black is my favourite colour when it comes to clothing. It definitely makes us look thinner. For accessories, like scarves, gloves and glasses, I usually choose red, maybe because I love red lipsticks. Therefore, when I wear pink, red lipsticks aren't a great choice. I like dressing in brown as well, and in black and white. I'm a big fan of polkadots. I don't think grey suits me, and I love adding a pop of colour, like a yellow coat or a green bag, but I don't usually wear too many colours at the same time. And I'm wearing an over-the-knee boot, too, which is something I rarely do. They really help with the cold, though!


Because I like to keep memories of what I'm wearing. I really do. This king of... blouses (?) are really not expensive at all and, mysteriously, I usually get compliments when I wear them, so I think they must fit well. I've got two of them, and this is my favourite. It's very easy for me - especially during the Canadian winter, spring or fall, to just pick up a pair of black leggings, a pair of boots and a choose a nice blouse, dress or T-shirt to go with it. Oh, yes, I surely have to wear a jacket or a coat when it's chillier, but those are my preferred outfits - except for the summer, when I really like wearing dresses - or, sometimes, skirts.

As I've said, it's great to keep track of what you're wearing, not only because you may have more ideas of what to pick when your creativity is low, but also because it brings you memories. Just like scents and music, seeing pictures of former outfits is capable of taking you to a different time and making you rethink your life, retaining what is good and getting rid of what isn't... I'm not talking about clothing items here, but about our personality and routine. What am I doing now that is making me happy? What isn't? What was my life like some years ago? What was I doing? What was I going through? Was I happy? Why? There are always a lot of things to think about, and there's always room for improvement. Undoubtedly.



I'm back! How I miss December and my holidays in Ville de Québec. That was one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. I miss the atmosphere, despite the cold. It's like an European city when it's Christmas time all year 'round. And, if you like taking pictures, this is your place: no matter where you look, there's something worth a picture. And the Frontenac Castle is phenomenal. 

Coming from work, a lot of paperwork... some teachers just throw unused sheet away after class, but I can't. Too much OCD, eh? Why not keep them, if I'm going to use them again in the future? Because I accumulate dozens of binders, spend too much time organizing it, and just can't find what I need when I do (Murphy's Law).


It's difficult to find some time to relax.

Wishing I had more energy to take pictures and post them, or even think about my outfits. How do we make time, anyone?



OMG, this is me + how I've been dressing so far: a blouse, maybe a cardigan, leggings, boots. It's comfortable for work, but I feel I urgently need to take some time and make some combinations (at night, because in the morning I just grab the first thing I see in the closet).

Shame on me. I don't really think I should be more organized. I think I should stop wasting time and knowing exactly what I want to do and when I'll do it. I should have an even tighter schedule, but one that works: I must have to know exactly what to do, and when - and stop wondering and wandering about... I think I have an issue with time. Time management. But it's not only that. I sometimes know what I want to do, but don't know exactly how, so I spend a long time thinking and trying and not having the result I expected.


Winter in Québec City

Sometimes you show nothing but your boots, (part of) your pants, gloves, a coat, a scarf, a toque, earmuffs, and a bag - and that's a lot! So I went for a colourful touristic bag (large enough to accommodate what I had to carry while exploring the town), legwarmers with pompons, black and white mittens and a kind of a tiger-stamped pattern in black and grey.

P.S. I was pretty sad during this trip when I ripped my coat on an aged table at a restaurant. I love this coat, which makes me feel warmer than no other because it has two layers on the top - similar to a vest, maybe -, and the perfect length. It was an incredible hard task trying to find something to replace it. I got three coats, returned one, and still wasn't satisfied. Then I finally decided to get it repaired: I bought a small Canadian flag that was sewn on the arm, and voilà. I've got to show this here someday. Now it looks like a brand or a "proudly Canadian" thing. I still wear one of the coats I got (because it's not as warm as this one and and it has a hood, which this one doesn't, and both of them have advantages depending on the day). As for the second one, I didn't wear it last Winter, because it wasn't cold enough in Toronto, and it's heavy. All in all, I still prefer my old one, the first one I got in Canada, for an extremely low price but extremely suitable as well.


Trying to be comfortable

I didn't quite like the result, but...


Choosing what to wear on the week

I don't know if you are like that but, as for me, I prefer to choose what to wear in advance. If I leave it to decide in the morning before I go to work, it won't work. I'll either just wear anything, or go for a combination that I'll regret afterwards. Besides having a fashion blog, another thing that I think helps me dress a little better is choosing my clothes in advance. If I can do it with time, trying different outfits, even better. That's what I did this afternoon. Here's part of the result... and what I'll probably be wearing the next couple of days:

Have a nice week! xoxo


The advantage(s) of blogging

I think it can be a register, a memory. I look back in time and it makes me remember of what my life was like some years ago.
More than that, what I noticed is that posting my outfits makes me pay more attention to what I wear - and, consequently, makes me more stylish and original. Now, not blogging for some months, I realise that I do have to improve on that. I used to have better ideas. Cheers.


Not organised yet, but...

coming to say hi.


I'm going to wear a red belt with this dress the next time.

Dress: H&M. All the rest: don't remember :-(


A little about myself

I'm a teacher. I get home by mid-afternoon, ultra tired, when I have to prepare my classes and clean my apartment, do laundry and such. I sometimes feel I should go out more and, also, exercise on a regular basis.

But my life gets busier during the summer: that's when I work more, that's when I don't feel like dressing up, that's when the warm weather makes me feel lazy (it should be the opposite, I know, but I'm more of a winter gal).

Now, good, the fall is coming, and let's see what I can do. Also, I got a nice camera. I still don't have the tripod, though (unbelievable). But, no, I haven't given up on having a blog. Why is it so hard for me? Writing is not a problem. Maybe the design is. The pictures. But is it just me, or do you girls also need to spend a long time working on your blogs until they get close to what you had imagined? Mine never gets to please me enough.


It still does not feel like Spring

... but I don't mind it!

Yellow has been my favourite colour

I've been trying to add some yellow to brighten up rainy and cloudy days...


Comfy moment

You know when you try on something different, but your main goal is to feel comfortable? There you go. We didn't have snow for some days, so I didn't have to wear my snow boots... yay 


Real life: what I use on my skin

Ok, I am a normal person. I am not going to show off. I go for quality but mainly for reasonable prices, so what you'll find here are drugstore products.

For make-up removers, I love this one by Clean&Clear. It works well and I'm satisfied with it.

However, I do not like this one by Maybelline. I am still using it, but definitely won't buy again. It causes irritation and does not it do its job.

I've been using this one by Biotherm. It was a free sample but I'm thinking of buying it.


Speaking of free samples, I have a some more by Biotherm. I love Biotherm. This toning lotion works wonderfully and leaves my skin pretty smooth.

I also use this hydrating water by Laura Mercier. It's good, but I'm not sure I'll buy it again. It's ok, but not that special.

As for these other Biotherm free samples, I recommend the tonifying exfoliating cleansing gel and the reversive anti-aging serum (wonderful!) but not the deep hydration replenishing gel.

I've been using Skin Vivo for a while, but I have the impression my skin got kind of tired of it, so I'll stop for a while. But it's a good product.

I am very satisfied with this Clinique moisture surge.

L'Oréal Revitalift is another product I've been using for a while, so it probably means I like it, but I don't use it everyday. I alternate it with other products.

I got these two samples of Creation's Garden with a magazine, and they are amazing in all senses! Will definitely buy them.

Another Clean&Clear product that works pretty well for me is this facial scrub. It works just as well as the one by Creation's Garden and the Biotherm mentioned above. Love it!

I recently got back to using Nivea again, and am very happy with it. That's what works for me before I go to bed, and is the only one that won't make my skin feel dry when I wake up after these long winter nights.

And you? What do you use on your skin?
Thank you very much and have a nice Monday <3>


My second time buying at She Inside

So I finally got to wear this dress I got from She Inside that I had loved so much on the website. It's super nice in person as well, but I could've ordered a medium instead of a large (decided to go for the large because a couple of girls had mentioned it ran small). I paired it with leggings, over-the-knee boots (yes, by Ardene!), a necklace with an Eiffel Tower charm and a handbag (Guess).

It's the second time I bought something from She Inside, and I think it works pretty well. I didn't like to buy clothes online, but I haven't been disappointed so far. Do you have any experiences to share? It's always good to know what works and what doesn't.
I know those aren't the best pictures in the universe, but I am not a professional photographer.

Happy Friday, everyone!

P.S. Some time later, I did get rid of this dress. The sizing wasn't appropriate. It was, at the same time, too petite and too large, if you know what I mean. The arms were too short and it made me feel fat, not only because I might've been fat (LOL), but also because of the size and the ruffles. I loved it when I got it, wore it enough times to justify the amount of money I spent on it, and donated it. I hope the person who got it is enjoying the dress more than my packed closet was.


Tiger look

Thanks for your comments, ladies!
Today it was unbelievably hot: the hottest day of 2014! Yay! (I don't know why I'm celebrating, 'cause I like it when it's cold). Anyways, I ended up wearing short sleeves! It was 9 degrees outside. I was going to wear something else, then changed my mind before leaving for work. I usually like to decide my next-day outfit before going to bed, so that I don't spend too much time on that the next morning. That's not what happened today, and I picked something simple and comfortable. And you, do you like to decide your looks in advance as well?



Another old, old dress...

Whenever I wear this dress, I feel kinda fat, but people seem to like it (maybe people like to see me fat; go figure!). For this reason, I stopped wearing it for a while. It has resuscitated from my closet in the last few years, though, and I choose it as a part of my daily look about once a month.

What about you? Do you keep old clothes in your closet, or get rid of them? And how often do you repeat the same outfits?

Thank you for visiting!


It's an old, old dress

Did you like it? Well, I myself am not sure. It's a pretty comfortable dress, but it sometimes makes me feel old and fat. OMG, I should get rid of something that makes me feel old and fat. I'll try it one more time, maybe...
This morning I actually wore it with a pair of brown boots. But they are too dirty to photograph. I was thinking... I like to photograph what I actually wear. It helps me when I don't know what to wear, or when a new season comes and I don't remember my clothes *grin*. This blog helps me get some inspiration... from myself. I hope it can help someone else out there, too.

Thank you for visiting!


Union Jack

I love this Union Jack sweater that I got from She Inside. The only problem is that it calls too much attention: everybody likes it, comments on it... and remembers it! So if I wear it too often it seems like I don't have anything else to wear, if you know what I mean.

Today I decided to wear it with these red combat boots. I'm not sure whether I really liked it or not. I don't know if you can see it, but I'm wearing legwarmers as well, because I think the boots are a bit too loose--and my legs, too thin (only my legs, though).

Also, I don't know who's going to realise it, but the sweater looks a little wet. Real life: I was brushing my teeth or something like that before going to work.

Originally, I wasn't going to wear the skirt, but I decided to put on one more layer because of the cold. What a long winter, eh?

Take care,

ღ Pat


Green and blue

And this is one of my favorite skirts, because I love the mix of green with blue.