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casual canada winter outfit yoga jeans

winter outfit purple skinny jeans sweater

chunky cozy scarf

I wear my dark denim skinny Yoga Jeans a lot (see them here, here, here, here and here), so when I was contacted about reviewing a pair of Yoga Jeans from the S/S 2013 line, I jumped at the opportunity.  Since I am a creature of habit, I chose a skinny style (YOGA 96/97 SWP1197 high rise - very similar to my original pair) but in a fun lavender color.  As expected, the colored denim is incredibly comfortable and is stretchy without stretching out.  I wholeheartedly agree with the claim that these pants are comfortable enough for yoga yet fashionable enough for everyday wear.  In fact, I wear my yoga jeans while lounging around the house because they are just THAT comfortable (something I never do with my other jeans of work pants - normally I am a change-into-sweat pants gal as soon as I walk through the door).  These are definitely a new favorite for spring!  If you haven’t tried on a pair of Yoga Jeans, I highly suggest you pop by Nordstrom your local denim shop OR enter the giveaway below!

To win your own pair of Yoga Jeans:  “like” Yoga Jeans on Facebook and leave a comment on this post to indicate your preferred style (check out the Second Denim website to see all the options)
The fine print:  Contest open to EVERYONE worldwide and ends Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted shortly thereafter

Sweater:  Pure Alfred Sung
Pants:  Yoga Jeans c/o Second Denim Company
Hat:  Club Monaco ‘Lydia’
Scarf:  Joe Fresh
Bracelet:  Cassis
Bag:  Walter
Boots:  Enzo Angiolini ‘Karissa’


There were taken earlier in the week when it was somewhat mild out (although as soon as I was done taking pictures, I immediately put my coat back on!). 

I was browsing around the Banana Republic site today, and I was surprised how many of their tops were made of polyester.  Don’t get me wrong, polyester is fine for F21, Joe Fresh, and Old Navy, but from Banana Republic I expect to see better quality fabrics.  What baffles me more, is the pricing - BR is still charging the prices they would have charged for silk 1-2 years ago. Case and point: this SILK ruffled tank top.  I bought it from BR last summer.  I believe it was priced at $78 in Canada.  Compare that with this POLYESTER ruffled tank top for $85 that currently on the Banana Republic Canada website.  With the exception of some pleating, it is the exact same top, for more-or-less the same price, but this year’s version is made out of polyester, not silk.  I am not impressed.  If they are trying to pull polyester over my eyes, I am definitely going to complain (and possibly take more business to J.Crew instead).

for some reason I sized this picture smaller than the rest - only 299x480 instead of my normal 400x640. If I stretch it out, it gets a little blurry, so…

Silk blouse:  J.Crew (similar)
Jeans:  Yoga Jeans by Second Clothing (made in Canada!)
Scarf:  Joe Fresh (similar)
Bag:  Steve Madden ‘Berkeley’ messenger bag
Cuff:  Lulu’s (similar here and here)
Glasses:  Armani Exchange
Boots:  Enzo Angiolini ‘Karissa’ boots (or also sold here)

…and the dressed-down version

As a continuation of yesterdays post…

As I mentioned in my last post, I am moving home today.  Hooray!  Going back to my old job will be interesting - for a lot of reasons.  From a fashion standpoint, I have had a lot of freedom of dress over the past few months.  There wasn’t much in the way of a dress code, which means there wasn’t much in the way of dress pants or ties around our building.  This is why I could get away with wearing skinny jeans yesterday.  I am not sure whether I liked or disliked the casualness of my work placement.  On one hand, I firmly believe that we should all be dressing up for work.  I think this comes from my disdain regarding the over-casualization (not a word, but should be) of society.  Are there any jobs today that require a more formal dress code than in, say the 1950’s?  However, on the other hand, I like being able to wear the same clothes that I would wear to the movies, or to visit with a friend.  More from a laziness perspective, it is nice not to have to change between work and play. 

Blouse:  J.Crew Elodie silk blouse
Pants:  Yoga Jeans by Second Clothing (made in Canada!)
Bag:  Steve Madden
Necklace:  Amrita Singh (wrapped twice to shorten)
Socks:  Joe Fresh
Heels:  Expression ‘Carinaleo’ leopard print pumps (@ The Bay)


Lesson of the day: my camera loves the colour yellow.  These are some of my favorite pics to date :)

My lovely friend Shannon introduced me to a new eyeliner last weekend - MAC Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner.  It is AMAZING!!!  (in case you are curious, I have no affiliation with MAC Cosmetics)

Prior to trying the MAC eyeliner, I had always put myself into the “I can’t put on eyeliner properly” category.  So for years I faked it with a trick I learned from Carmindy (I think…) on What Not to Wear - I used a flat edged brush and applied black eyeshadow along my lash line.  This worked…sort of.  My eyeshadow line generally wore off after a few hours. Every once an a while I would get frustrated with this method and purchase an over-priced pencil or liquid eyeliner that I would inevitably toss in the garbage after multiple failed uses. 

Anyways, the MAC Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner is too easy.  Don’t get me wrong - I sometimes still mess it up, but my successes far outweigh my failures :)   

Sweater:  Zara
Shirt:  Gap
Pants:  Yoga Jeans by Second Clothing (made in Canada!)
Shoes:  Calvin Klein Sandrie loafer
Socks:  Joe Fresh
Necklace:  RW & Co.
Bracelets:  Ricki’s and gift
Bag:  Winners

On a slightly random note, my automatic shutter release hasn’t been working well recently.  I kind of think it is due to the cold (it functions fine when I test it indoors).  This does not bode well for winter photography :(