Perfect weather, then, for my new wool bouclé moto-style jacket (Eileen Fisher) and my recently completed cashmere-silk-mohair beret (both featured in my journal illustrations, last post). Worn here with boots I bought in Bordeaux three years ago and continue to find just a bit too tight on my right foot -- finally had them stretched by my wonderful neighbourhood cobbler, although I'm not sure that's going to do the trick. . . Wearing a chalk-striped dress (label: Minimum, also shown here). The zebra scarf I've had at least eight years, but too often now find it too high-contrast to wear. . . I think I like it like this, though. . .
The purple cardi is cashmere (Bompard), at least five years old, and I'm wearing it with the love-at-first-sight silk scarf I bought in Paris last month. The silk is heavy and sumptuous, but it was the way the print featured a soft pink that could echo/balance my pink Oxfords in an outfit without in any way being too girly. The print leans to the baroque and the colours playing with the pale pink are its older, more sophisticated cousins, who may even have talked it into taking a puff or two of that naughty Gitane. . .
I've decided that I don't mind the staggered hems that are inevitable with a hip-length jacket (although it took me some time, considerable observation of stylish young women "on the street"). . . but some will find this distracting. (And let's not even get started talking of the hem problems when it comes to midi-skirts and coats. . . )
What it does feature is the "little black dress" I bought in Bordeaux two years ago, somewhat against my better judgement (hmm, combined with what I told you above, re the boots, are you seeing a theme emerge here? I promise I've been gradually learning these lessons, Brownie's honour!).
I've worn this dress a few times and I still love it -- a fine black wool crèpe that drapes beautifully while offering a light warmth -- and pockets! The embroidery means I don't even need to think about jewelry, just pop the dress on over black tights and a simple pair of boots or shoes, and I'm ready to take the granddaughters to a theatre performance or to celebrate Christmas Eve with my huge extended family.
The other day, I popped it on as a nod to the festive season we're embarking on (truly, all of December is fair game for the sparkles and the colour as ways to brighten these short, darker days -- it's not the time to save the good stuff for special occasions, imho) -- and was just lifting it over my head to put it back on its hanger when I remembered something a reader had commented a ways back -- that perhaps I could wear it (or another short dress) over jeans, tunic-like.
dress-over-pants look before, but only with a slimmer cut or at least in a fabric that stays closer to the body I wasn't sure this more substantial dress could work with jeans, but I love the look I ended up with by cuffing the jeans and pairing with my Blundstones for a solid grounding.
Week before Christmas now, and all is reasonably calm here, although I have a few things I'd like to pick up, still, and I'm trying to decide on a Christmas dessert. I'm also sketching up a little Christmas story (illustrating the memory of a favourite gift) to share with you closer to Christmas Eve. And also making sure to find time to sit and enjoy the twinkling lights of the bare-branched maple tree outside and the small cut fir tree inside (yes, we decided we could squeeze one in).
And what about you -- do you celebrate (and if not, what's that like in a culture that is so focussed on the various Christmas stories)? Are you finding ways to enjoy the days before? Have you found any felicitous combinations of clothes and accessories that make you feel just a bit happier as you've grappled with too much Christmas traffic and too-long lineups at the cashier? All comments welcome, as you might know by now. Happy Monday!