Monday, January 7, 2013

Magenta Monday


Happy New Year to you, and a most heartfelt thanks for all your kind wishes, comments and emails about our happy news. Today I thought I'd show you yet another purple coat I thrifted in Toronto (scroll a few posts down if you missed my purple chenille vintage coat), and decided to hang onto when I moved overseas. The label says ZIM and I don't know the fibre content for sure as it's in Chinese, methinks, but the coat is definitely a wool-cashmere blend, very soft and plushy and showing no signs of wear. It has a belt but I prefer to keep it open - the weather's warm enough in Annecy to stroll around like this!


Aside from the sassy crochet tights, which are uber comfy on the leg but which my expanding waist won't be able to handle much longer, this outfit is entirely thrifted. The Teenflo skirt is a pre-preggo skirt I don't think I'll be able to squish into anymore. It was loose when I bought it and I used to wear it low-slung on my hips. Now it's around my waist to accommodate my belly.

Outfit deets:
Magenta ZIM wool-cashmere coat, thrifted in Toronto for under $20
Teenflo brown velvet skirt with tie-dye pattern, thrifted as part of a suit in Toronto
Wool turtleneck, made in Paris, thrifted for about $4 CAD at Stretch Thrift, Toronto
FAVE (now beat up) wedgie leather Kenneth Cole Reaction boots, $49.99 at Value Village in Canada (worth the splurge)
Distressed leather bag, handmade by SAS in the United States, Etsy, $40 US
Vintage 1970s "Rafael" brass/glass pendant chain, FREE (worth maybe $200 CAD?), from a friend - designed and made by Canadian Modernist jewellery designer (and engineer) Rafael Alfandary
Brown leather gloves, thrifted somewhere for next-to-nothing.



You may remember the maching blazer to the skirt, which I showed you in the fall. I never wear the two together as I think it's too much, but on their own they make fab separates to mix and match according to my whim. They can keep each other company for the next 8-12 months as they slumber away in my closet, unworn, in the hopes of being reborn when I get my figure back.


I'll leave you with a view of the mountains shot overlooking the canal that leads to Lac Annecy, taken at dusk the other night. Thoughts and prayers are going out to Sarah today in Australia, hoping for the best with the wildfires that are raging there.

Linking up to Patti's Visible Monday.

41 comments:

  1. Wow - the colours in the last photo are amazing!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. The light on the mountains never cease to amaze me, Liz. :)

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  2. I really love the colour of that coat, it's an absolute stunner! What a find! I love the brown blazer with jeans and boots too. and the colours in that last photo are beautiful

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    1. Thanks Clare! I hung onto it because of the colour. :)

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  3. The colors on the water are beautiful aren't they? And you look especially glowing in that purple coat. Gorgeous!!

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    1. Thanks, my dear Joni. Yes the colours and light here are gorg; I never get sick of the local scenery. :)

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  4. The coat is just gorgeous, and then those ivory boots, too - the colors just set each other off beautifully!

    I love the tie-dyed suit, too (a suit! tie-dyed!?). So cool, I love blazers with a little panache!

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    1. Haha, I know, tie-dyed suit sounds so hideous, doesn't it? I have a thing for statement piece blazers as well - unforch, they're all pretty tight for me now! :)

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  5. Gorgeous cost, Kelly, love the colour. The velvet skirt suit is beautiful, I agree that splitting them up is a good idea - twice the wear too!
    The last photo is gorgeous, look at the colours and the light.
    I echo your concern for darling Sarah and all the other folk whose homes and safety are at risk in Australia. xxxxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise, I haven't even tried the two together as I'm sure it would look nightmarish. :) who know, maybe one day I'll do it and the look will be killer? I love waring colourful coats when it's blah and grey and every one else is in black.

      It doesn't look good in Austrailia though I think there has been a slight reprieve in the weather. Fingers crossed. Xoxo

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  6. Wow, Kelly, the coat is stunning. I love love love the colour! Like the velvet jacket too. I've just read your post about being pregnant. How wonderful! Well done you two! xx

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    1. Thanks, Loo, for the kind wishes. Luckily the coat is roomy. :) xoxo

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  7. The last photo is so pretty! I love the combo of the coat with the boots and bag - great colour contrast. I thought your pendant was a Rafael - I used to have one that I found at the Goodwill many years ago, but didn't wear it much as I wasn't crazy about the colour and I eventually donated it to a rummage sale where it sold for about $10. I don't think the person who bought it realized what a deal they got.

    We're all keeping our fingers crossed for Sarah and everyone else in Australia!

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    1. Shelley, I was so happy I liked this Rafael piece as I appreciate but don't always like his stuff - sometimes it's **too** unpolished for me, if you know what I mean. But the shape, and of course the colour purple, instantly drew me to it. The person who got yours sure did get a great deal.

      Following the news for Austrailia and hoping the situation gets better, quickly.

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  8. Such pretty photos! I love the tone and story and look of your blog. Having lived in France as a child, it's really nice to see the pics and read about the life there.

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    1. Thank you for the thoughts, Anne, and for the follow! I have been to your blog and tried to follow you but it didn't seem to work; will try again. That is so cool that you grew up as a child in France. It is a lovely country! :)

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  9. Love, love, love!!!

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    personal style and fashion musings of a LA fashion lawyer living life in the fab lane!

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  10. I wouldn't have been able to tell if you hadn't written it down- you don't look preggo at all! I think it's that wonderful coat and its colour that caught my eye instead.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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    1. Thank you, Sabrina (I love your name). I hope I don't get too big but well see where Nature takes us! :)

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  11. The purple/wine coloured coat is such a great find, it's the perfect colour for fall :)

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    1. Thanks, Emmett Katherine, anything that's a certain shade of purple is a hit in my books! It just always looks so lush. :)

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  12. Beautiful photos of your little slice of paradise. Funny, I just bought a dress yesterday at Value Village with a Teenflo label. I had never heard of it before, and now here you are sporting a lovely little piece as well. Both the jacket and the skirt are so perfect for you.

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    1. Sue, it's a good label. I think it started in Paris and the website indicates that all the shops are in France, though my suit says Canada so I'm not sure if that refers to the Canadian Rm of the company, presumable so. Will you feature your new dress on your blog? I miss good ole VV, sigh. :)

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  13. This is one of my favourite outfits on you. It recalls another era, I'm not sure which one, but definitely something groovy and fun... The pendant is absolutely incredible. I love that you are wearing a non-grey or black coat.

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    1. Melanie, I thought it had a bit of a 60s vibe - the colour of the boots suggests that in my mind, though the look of them is 70s. Yes, that pendant is an absolute keeper, I just love it. You are the colour queen so I know you appreciate how great colour makes you feel, especially on grey days!

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  14. Hi there! Many congratulations on your good news, how excited you must be! Love your coat too, very stylish and it looks very cosy! xx

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  15. Hi, I left a few comments whilst in Ireland but was using my iphone and they don't seem to have registered!!! Firstly HUGE congratulations on your baby news, very excited for you!!! And we visited Annecy in December while we were in France and it was stunning, you're lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

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    1. Alice! I am so sorry those comments didn't go through, because if you left them while in Annecy I would have tracked you down for a coffee!! Next time - promise?

      Thanks so much, we're thrilled. :)

      So glad you visited, and loved, Annecy. We feel like we live in paradise. :)

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  16. The color of the coat is real pretty and i love your jean and jacket outfit
    You are right not to wear them together, better to be used as seperates
    Together i guess one would look too queen mother or something!
    Annecy is as beautiful as ever!

    Ariane xxx

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    1. Thanks Ariane, I love the pieces as separates and hope I never wear them together! (I haven't tried so who knows? Maybe they totally rock, teehee). Xoxo

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  17. i have missed u too you beauty-love the header!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Reva, it's so good to see you back! Xo

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  18. Hi Kelly, The first thing I noticed was that pendant. I hadn't heard of Rafael before but I just looked him up. I do like the modernist-meets-hand-crafted look of his pieces. Then I noticed the tie-dyed velvet skirt. It's gorgeous and something I'd definitely go for.
    What a treat to live with the view in the last photo!
    I was just looking at your last post again. I'm sure I left a comment congratulating you on your wonderful news, but I don't see it now. Weird. Also, I keep meaning to make a skype date with you. In general, what's a good time of day?

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    1. Jo, I'm not surprised you like Rafael, and you are so right about the way you describe his pieces. Yes, I live around the corner from where that photo was taken; I can see the mountains every day! Thanks for the congrats and that is so odd about your comment as it didn't show at all (could it be the darn word verification?). I'll email you as I'd also love to Skype - my sched is pretty open and I'm only an hour ahead of you!

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  19. You look amazing in this outfit, and I just read your previous post. So excited for you and your husband. Congratulations! That is such exciting news and I wish you both (and baby) all the best. I think you look like the chicest pregnant woman ever. XO, Jill

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    1. Thank you for the wishes, Jill, and for the supreme compliment, which means all the more coming from you, chic NY City editor lady! (I did get the editor part right, didn't I? Pregnancy brain is setting in and the memory is a bit of a mess). xo

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