Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Coldplay Concert

Do you think there is such a thing as luck?  coincidences?

"People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?" from the movie Signs, 2002.

I bought my tickets for this concert on January 10th, 2012, 4 days before my birthday.  It was a cold and blustery night and it seemed like a very long time until July 29th, when the Coldplay Concert would happen.  But I have loved Coldplay for many years and going to one of their concerts was on my bucket list.

Boston is a great town.  We walked from our hotel to the TD Garden, and were thrilled with the joie de vivre of the crowd.  Everyone was positive and buzzing.

Us leaving for the show:

And it was a great show!  Guess who opened?  Emeli Sande, who just happened to sing at the opening cermonies of the Olympics last Friday night, two days before the concer, that's who!

Emeli Sande

She had an amazing voice.  she only sang for 20 minutes, but she was amazing!

The second act was Marina and the Diamonds.

She was spunky and fun and very talented.  If you want to hear her music (and I recommend you do!)  visit http://www.marinaandthediamonds.com/. You will be glad you did!

Us right before Coldplay came on:

Not the best picture ever, but we were having fun!

And then my boyfriend came on!  It was a truly magical show!  We did not have the best seats.  But then, during the intermission between Marina and the Diamonds, and the start of Coldplay, we realized there was a small stage 4 rows behind us!  Yes - it was THE stage where the band comes out at the beginning of the encore and plays a few songs in the heart of the audience.  I was literally going to be 5 feet from the band!  It was magical and amazing.  I cannot recommend the show enough! 

The visuals were amazing - we all received bracelets which were controlled by electronics elsewhere and made the Garden appear to be a christmas tree gone mad.  There were confettis canons and huge balls that bounced through the crowd.  It was a very interactive show!

My boyfriends, singing a few feet from me...

The massive inflated butterfly that flew up behind us...

You have many memorable nights in your life.  Many of them involve in music.  This was one of those nights for me.

In January, I bought 2 mediocre tickets to what I knew was likely to be an awesome show.  When the band played three songs 5 feet from me, I was gobsmacked.

On the way back to the hotel after the concert, I thought of the quote above (Signs is one of my son's favourite movies.  You may not like Mel Gibson (and who can blame you most days!) but I am telling you, this is a well-acted film. 

and I knew that I am a person who still believes in miracles and is grateful for them!

Thanks for hearing about this amazing concert!

Monday, July 30, 2012

My JC dressing room pictures and my duck-endorsed colour story!

Hello all!
I have had a lovely weekend.  There will have to be several posts to get it all in, but I think you will find them interesting.

My boyfriend did not disappoint, but that, too, needs to be its own post!  AMAZING and LUCKY (that is a tidbit of things to come!)


We arrived in Boston mid-morning Saturday.  Had a lovely meander through the public gardens

I stopped to chat with a Duck who advised what colours he thought were "in" for the fall:

Heathered Brown!

I explained very kindly that heathered brown was not an option for me due to a colouring conflict and my feathered friend directed me to his wood duck cousin:

"Ah," I said, "greens, red, navy and tealy blue, black and white (I think I even see a rosy hue of pink on his beak).  I believe I see my fall colours!!" 

Others may use Jenna as their styling muse.  I am now using the ducks of the Public Gardens!  Remember the wonderful book Make Way for Ducklings?

My children loved this book and how amazing that besides being wonderful ambassadors for Boston, they are also style muses?  And what do you think it says about me that the lovely Dani chooses her colour stories from Classic penguin covers and I mine come from a duck??? sigh...

But I digress!  With my colour story in place and "My list"  (which I will have to do a separate post on as I got organized this year thanks to my friends!  Oh My Goodness, now you understand why I have a week's worth of posts on this weekend!) I was let loose on the store.

It was a little overwhelming... I walked in and the music queued.  Okay, it may have been my imagination but I felt surely that Fred Astaire was going to come out in top hat and tails and dance me around the tables of Tippis, Capris, tshirt and sequins.

I did not have Fred, but I did have a date with the lovely Jordan, Personal Sylist extraordinaire, who had a room full of outfits waiting for me to try on!  And he did pretty well, too, considering he had never laid eyes on me before and had no sense of my body type. 

However, I was very careful!  There were so many goodies and not enough time and I did not want to overshop.

The first outfit:

Do you see the pile beside me?

The Tippi Sweater in retro jade:

Tippi sweater

This sweater looked GOOD!  I loved it and the colour.  This was a M.  The S would likely have fit okay, but I like a little roominess.  A Tippi was on my list.  SOLD!

The pants were Minnies in the boulevard green.  These are a size 6.  I could fit into a 4, but the 4 was obscene - very tight!  The Minnies were great - very flattering on my skinny legs.  Wonderful colour and looked amazing with the retro jade.

Minnie pant in stretch twill

I needed casual fall pant, so: SOLD!  As an addition, I purchased the dusty jade belt:

Patent leather skinny belt

Underneath this sweater, I was wearing the Blythe blouse in polka dot in the pale graphite colour, size 6.  It was a lovely blouse, but too pale for me I think.  LEFT BEHIND.

Blythe blouse in polka dot

On my feet - the Janeys in retro jade, size 6.5.  These were cute:

I was also wearing the Valentinas in the poppy.

Valentina patent pumps

I wore a size 6 in these and got no pictures as I was too excited and forgot to take enough pictures.  Poppy is not red.  It is ORANGE.  A lovely shade of orange, but orange nonetheless. 

To Janey or not to Janey?  These were cute,.. but they were flat. I thought how awesome the Valentinas in the same jade would be...

Valentina patent pumps

But no decisions on these for now...I would appreciate your thoughts on this!

The next thing I tried on was the polka dot tie blouse

Tie-neck top in dot

I really liked this.  I have the polka dot Naomi, but this was neat.

Size 6 as well.  What do you think - is two navy polka dot blouses too many?  I am thinking yes, but I do love the ties on this one.  SOLD - but maybe a return?

Finally, I tried, the Blythe in the Byzantine blue and the cafe capris in wool in the retro jade.

I liked these pants, but they weren't on the list.  Another blouse was though and I think this is lovely colour and felt it could work with the duck and I's fall colour story.  SOLD.

Things I tried on which I did not buy for various reasons:

Collection cashmere Tippi sweater

The Tippi in the capri pink cashmere.  I liked this very well, but it is too early for cashmere and I decided to see what other colours might be released at the end of August (FFM - I was channelling you without even realizing it!  For those who have not read her wonderful post on planning your fall purchases here.  I wish I had read it before the trip but I did pretty well.

The other item which I tried on and which was a train wreck on me:

Classic shirtdress

The Classic Shirtdress.  Honestly, this was Jordan's only failure.  I looked a mess in this.  Too short and too busty.  No pictures.  No - don't ask.  I burned them...

So... what I bought:

the minnie, the belt, the tippi, the navy polka dot blouse and the Byzantine blue blouse.  I also bought "the coat" and a scarf, but I will post on them later! 

I felt good about my choices and that I did not buy anything crazy!  I also felt good that I stuck to the list!

Duck felt good as well.

Have a wonderful day!  More to come!!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

In Which WMM packs like Dani BP, gets a new snakeskin skirt and gets ready for the Olympics!!!

Ah - A big day!  We are off to Beantown for our fabulous weekend of Coldplay, sightseeing and shopping!  It is a well deserved weekend away for me.  I have worked very hard in the last 12 months and while i do not officially start vacation until next Friday, this will get me through the last few days!

chapter 1: In which WMM packs like Dani BP...

Okay - I ASPIRE to pack like Dani BP, and this is my first time with a "colour story" for a trip.  It is a boring colour story - black and white - but hey, we all must start somewhere!

Mr. WMM has not allowed a lot of bags - this is because there will be 5 of us crammed in a mid sized car and because he has heard rumblings of the shopping on Newberry Street and Copley Plaza and perchance Freeport Maine on the way back.  He is recently retired from police work, but he retains his detective skills.  Soo..

I am packing very minimalist:

a little white shift:

some white and black tees:

and little JC eyelet blouse...

My JC mirabel skirt and a jean jacket...

And for sunday night at the concert...

My Cafe capris and a sparkly Joe Fresh Tank!

Everything matches.  2 pairs of arche walking shoes and michael kors leather capri flip flips.

I am so proud!

Ch 2: In which WMM received new snakeskin skirt

I was nervous about this order.  It is an expensive skirt and for some odd reason, I thought it would be, well, woolly..

It is divine.  Smooth, lightweight wool.  In real life the colours are almost a pale purpley-black.  Absolutely lovely:

I am wearing my new jackie twinset in the peri colour and black pumps.  Ignore the mess in my room - I was in the throes of packing!

I 100% recomend this skirt!

ch 3: WMM gets ready for the Olympics..

Well my first sport this weekend will be shopping and dancing and museum hopping, but I LOVE the Olympics!  Go Canada Go!

I will watching the ceremonies in Maine this evening, which means i will be watching the American coverage.  WHich is good, but they won't be showing enough of the Canadian team walking in.  I will actually tape the ceremonies so I can watch that part on Monday when I return,

However, for my AMerican friends and my friend from Scotland, if you do watch this evening, take a good like out Canada's flag bearer - his name is Simon Whitfield.  He is a triathelete and about as cute as a man can be.  Give him a shout-out will you?  We love him!

Simon Whitfield won Olympic triathlon gold in 2000 and silver in 2008.

I will take lots of dressing room photos this weekend (a first for me!).

Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Citron and Navy OOTD

Hi everyone!

Another hot one here today - we are having a hot summer, though not like the summer my friend Dani is having! 

I am in the final countdown to leave for Boston tomorrow for my weekend of fun and shopping and at least one museum, not to mention my hot date Sunday night!

Tonight I will be packing and will try Dani's colour story approach!  I will take pictures, but send all good energy my way - I tend to overpack in a very disorganized way - BIG surprise!

Today I am wearing my J Crew Double Serge Cotton No 2 pencil skirt (what a mouthful) in citron.  It appears this colour is sold out online, which is too bad, as I found it very pretty!

We are having trouble taking these pictures - husband says I look wooden...

In this picture, I have paired it with a pair of Steve Madden sandals, a pink tartan navy and white blouse with a little chiffon bow (see detail below) and my Elie Tahari Navy linen jacket.  Legs still white.  In this picture you can tell which boards in the deck we recently had to replace...

I like this blouse.  Not sure it is the most flattering however.  Maybe it is the angle...  It looks nice under a blazer in my opinion..

In an update to the pea coat saga....

Son's girlfriend tried it on and looked spectacular.  It went home with her...  I will be looking for a new one in a more flattering colour....

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In which WMM shared a dark secret....

I have a boyfriend.  I am going to Boston to see him.  I am fussing over what to wear.  I want to stand out in a crowd of say, 18,000 people.  Not easy to do.  But I am sure he will sense my undying devotion to him from across the throng.  Don't be surprised if you hear I break up his marriage.  She probably has another 10 pounds to lose, too..

Yes, as you know, I am heading to Boston.  But not just to visit the J Crew and Kate Spade store.  No siree.  I have a date Sunday night with Mr. Martin.  Chris Martin.  Of the Amazing Band Coldplay.

Source: http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Coldplay/Pictures/
Yes - we have tickets for Sunday night's concert in Boston, bought in the frigid nights of January.  I missed him 4 years ago during the last tour.  But not this time.  He and his bandmates will be singing just to me!

I am even contemplating day glo on the face (Tabs - I am chanelling the 70s and 80 again - stop me now!).  My husband is not thinking that is even remotely funny....

I am very excited.  What I am contemplating wearing (you decide, please):

A white or blank tank top (I am thinking July 29th in the Boston TD Garden will be hot!) and either:

Café capri in sovereign paisley

Can you feel the whole day-glo thing??? 


the raj paisley skirt

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jeans.  But I think Jeans will be too hot.

What do you think?

All I know is I have to be able to skip along with my boyfriend,


And be prepared to run if his better half happens to catch us...


Oh I like Gwyneth all right.  She makes my boyfriend happy.

Cannot wait to share pictures next week!

Porcelain Paisley and Pink

Good morning all! 

Today I am trying out the porcelain paisley/pink combination, as shown on the JCrew website:

I was actually planning on wearing the nude sandal with it, but my husband implored me to wear the pink aldo shoes.  Apparently there is something about an ankle strap that some men find becoming...

I really like this look, and while I am not wearing a jacket, I think it is more than dressy enough for the office..

The blouse is not J Crew - it is actually Ralph Lauren.  I have been shying away from button downs until recently, but you all are making me braver!  Plus, this morning, I could zip this puppy all the way up and breath!  That is an accomplishment.  I still have about 10 pounds to go to get back to my regular size, but I am feeling better after the first 5!  As you can see, the humidity is really getting to me - it was 7 am when I took this picture and it is already very curly!

Where I am in the wardrobe renovation:

Over the weekend, I went through all of my clothes from summer and winter.  It was a cull - in fact there is still clothing lying on the floor in the backroom, like war dead.  it is very sad, especially when I think of the collective $ amounts involved...  I have a couple more items I will be seeking your advice on, as I just can't decide!

I am working on the fall/winter right now. I will need to take some photos.  I have actually done an excel spreadsheet last night on what I own (could I be any geekier?) by category!

My next pass through will be identifying those things I LOVE.  Then what I LIKE.  Anything I am still MEH about is leaving me as well.  Unless you can help me figure out how to make it work!!! 

What I know for sure now:

I need a trench coat for Fall.  A grown up one!

What I am contemplating:

J Crew icon :

Collection Icon trench

The midnight trench:

Midnight trench

Or the BR trench:

This one suddenly made the cut as it is on sale from $240 for $144 today.

What I also know for sure - I can wear the khaki, but I will need to wear a lovely scarf with it as it can be draining, but it is so classic.  I do like the midnight version as well.  Opinions?

Soo... Any advice on how I should move through this wardrobe reno?

As always, have a wonderful day!  You always brighten mine!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Update: Can this outfit be saved - sort of!

Hi everyone!

Many thanks for the great advice! 

1) the daisy lace jacket:

First - as soon as I got home, I tried on the outfit Tiffany Rose suggested for the daisy lace jacket and voila - I think it saves it!  I do not have a dress in this colour, but will keep my eye out as per FFM's advice!

The lighting wasn't great but I have paired it with straight leg jeans and my button down shirt - so much better!!!  Now Bill and I will always have the jacket...

2) The Poppy Red Peacoat

The coat - I am waffling on the coat!  I am going to find a lovely wool scarf in an appropriate colour way and see what I think. If not, off it will go!

Finally, what I wore to work todat, which was was a better version of the outfit I wore last week - the navy cafe capris again, but this time, dressed up:

I have paired them with the Factory cotton blazer in natural (which was a really good buy and which I find flattering) with the naomi polka dot blouse, the capris and nine west pumps.  So much better!

I must say I truly love these capris, I am contemplating the ivory and need to make a decision on them soon before they all sell out.  They are so versatile - they look elegant dressed up and can be very casual....

have a wonderful evening!!!

Can this outfit be saved??????

Ah - what I need is an unjaundiced eye...\

And you all have that!

For two years, the poppy red peacoat from J Crew has languished in my closet....  Each time I put it on, I take it right off.  The colour you know....

It is not the right shade of red.  I know this.  But it lured me in, teasing me via my computer monitor, lying to me so bitterly: "It is a blue red..." but alas, it was not.  It was an orangey-red.  sigh...and it was: (cue ominous music!) FINAL SALE!!!!!  (I know, you might want to gather the children around at this point as this is indeed a cautionary tale...)

But then I thought it might be salvaged!  Perhaps a scarf, jauntily tied around the neck in a colour most becoming, could bring said peacoat around.

Okay - you decide. 

In the first photo, sans cravette (that's scarf in french - I am Canadian after all, eh):

DO not let the hair throw you off - it is 85% humidity.  This is a BB camera.  And yes, I AM that pale and pained looking this evening....  10 more sleeps till vacation...

And then, the scarf.  A little navy wool leopard print (I know, in this case, real leopard print would be more appropos - I think - and would match better..) that I typically love...

Well?  Does it make a difference?  I have no part of me which is not completely biased...

Similarly, the delightful Talbots, daisy lace jacket of 2011.  Beautifully constructed.  And yet, for my 5'2" boxy frame... I am unsure...

The picture below is less than forgiving.  I am wearing royal blue linen shorts for god's sakes!  But you get the jist..

Look at the pained look in my face.  It's like I have Talbots stock or something..

I do have some warm thoughts about this jacket.  I wore it to Meet Bill Clinton in May of 2011.  And there it served me well:

Look at Bill and I.  My great happiness at meeting him, and his wax-like smile in return (which he was able to hold for a good half hour whilst he met many people) for some reason recalled Mr. Bennett's quote about Jane and Mr. Bingley in Pride and Predjudice "You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on, so easy, that every servant will cheat you, and so generous, that you will always exceed your income."  We just look like that, don't we?

Well - what say you all - can these jackets be saved?  Or are they destined for other adventures elsewhere?

On a completely different note, I received the Jackie pullover in Byzantine Blue tonight, my only 40% off sale items, save the stuff I bought my husband and son.  It is beautiful.  And you know why?  I am meant to wear royal blue.  ALL the time!!! I haven't taken a photo yet, but it is fantastic!

Jackie pullover

There are still a few on sale here.  It appears this is the colour for dyspeptic pale women of scottish descent in July.....

Thank you in advance for this intervention....