Sunday, February 20, 2011

What I Wore: Smart Casual with a Soupcon of Luxe

I am still having the occasional turn-myself-inside-out bout of coughing, but I'm almost ready to skip an afternoon nap again. Between inching back toward running health and seeing some very welcome sunshine, it occurs to me that it's time to smarten myself up, wardrobe-wise, as well. After all, even though I'm not in front of a classroom this term, those near and dear might be getting a bit weary of my black leggings and whatever comfortable tunic-y garment is at hand.

So I thought I'd make a small effort today when Pater suggested we head to town for breakfast at the delightfully Parisian-inspired Mon Petit Chou, one of Nanaimo's more cosmopolitan notes.
After all, a very good Croque Madame (open face, sunny-side up eggs, thinly-sliced ham, all on sinfully rich slices of brioche bread) and a dark, rich Canadian (decaf, but still a very good freshly roasted coffee) deserved a bit of French in return. Thus I made sure to tie my Hermès scarf at the neck of a plain grey (but oh-so-yummy cashmere) v-neck. In my opinion, at least, this elevated the denim skirt, worn over grey ribbed wool tights because it's damn cold out there! And also in the way of elevation, I decided I'd wear heels again for the first time in weeks -- I was taking care, before last Sunday's run, not to wear anything that might compromise knees, ankles, whatever. But I love a bit of height to convey a bit of attitude (when you're not quite 5'4", every inch helps!)

In case you've never seen photos of me with straightened hair before, I'm the first to admit it alters me considerably. Gaetan, co-owner of Chou, did a double-take this morning, not recognizing me at all at first, and I reassured him that even my husband almost biked right past me on the park pathway yesterday. Those curls are obviously such an iconic part of how the world sees me. And I'll wash them back in tomorrow morning so that my granddaughter, Nola, doesn't get upset. Meanwhile, a change is fun for a day or two. . .
Sweater, Banana Republic; Skirt, Esprit; Tights, Hue; Boots, Frye; Scarf, Hermès (fuller view of scarf here)

Shooting M3 e46


Shooting M3 e46, originally uploaded by XtamyR Photography.

BMW M3 e46 & Martin SuperSeven

Rolls-Royce Phantom


Rolls-Royce Phantom, originally uploaded by Willem Rodenburg.

Rolls-Royce Phantom


Rolls-Royce Phantom, originally uploaded by Willem Rodenburg.

Shooting M3 e46


Shooting M3 e46, originally uploaded by XtamyR Photography.

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Mclaren Mercedes F1, originally uploaded by robbersdog.

Mclaren Mercedes F1


Mclaren Mercedes F1, originally uploaded by robbersdog.

Willys Jeep


Willys Jeep, originally uploaded by EtienneUK.

Willys Jeep


Willys Jeep, originally uploaded by EtienneUK.

BMW from strange angle


11mm Rocks!, originally uploaded by Sizzo-grafy.

Aston Martin DBS


Aston Martin DBS, originally uploaded by Willem Rodenburg.

Aston Martin DBS


Aston Martin DBS, originally uploaded by Willem Rodenburg.

BMW from strange angle


11mm Rocks!, originally uploaded by Sizzo-grafy.

car Maureen the Moggy 1000


Maureen the Moggy 1000, originally uploaded by MFS Photography.

car Maureen the Moggy 1000


Maureen the Moggy 1000, originally uploaded by MFS Photography.

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Folembray - 4 juillet

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Porsche 997 turbo, originally uploaded by jsayer.

Porsche 997 turbo


Porsche 997 turbo, originally uploaded by jsayer.

Kia proceed car


Kia pro_cee'd 1, originally uploaded by Zeno Zokalj.

Kia proceed car


Kia pro_cee'd 1, originally uploaded by Zeno Zokalj.

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audi r8, originally uploaded by craiggy13x.

audi r8 white supercar


audi r8, originally uploaded by craiggy13x.

The Quintissentially British Motor Car

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DSC_7295_edited-1, originally uploaded by nolightoff.

Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course


DSC_7295_edited-1, originally uploaded by nolightoff.

The Quintissentially British Motor Car

Vintage Car Racing


Vintage Car Racing, originally uploaded by cdjones82.

Vintage Car Racing


Vintage Car Racing, originally uploaded by cdjones82.

Aston Martin black supercar


Aston Martin, originally uploaded by Berliner Fotomanufaktur com.

Aston Martin black supercar


Aston Martin, originally uploaded by Berliner Fotomanufaktur com.

Ford Mustang GT


2005 Ford Mustang GT, originally uploaded by stecki3d.

Smoking Tires


Smoking Tires, originally uploaded by Kelly Bakker.

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Smoking Tires, originally uploaded by Kelly Bakker.

Ford Mustang GT


2005 Ford Mustang GT, originally uploaded by stecki3d.

September car Festival


SzeptEmber Feszt 2010, originally uploaded by GreenHooligan.

September car Festival


SzeptEmber Feszt 2010, originally uploaded by GreenHooligan.

Chrysler Turbine

Chrysler Turbine

Nissan race 4x4


Terepralli, originally uploaded by Locsmandisz.

Nissan race 4x4


Terepralli, originally uploaded by Locsmandisz.

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE

Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE

Porsche 911 GT2


Porsche 911 GT2, originally uploaded by bboland67.

A Porsche 911 GT2 at the 2010 Philly Auto Show.

Old car, Door County

Old car, Door County

Porsche 911 GT2


Porsche 911 GT2, originally uploaded by bboland67.

A Porsche 911 GT2 at the 2010 Philly Auto Show.

Ferrari California


Ferrari California, originally uploaded by Willem Rodenburg.

Ferrari California


Ferrari California, originally uploaded by Willem Rodenburg.