Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts!
Shevia, this is my plain old ordinary every day lipstick, but you know what? I love it. It's Lise Watier Sheer and Shine Tutti Frutti and it is so nourishing to dry lips!
Janet, yes, that's Vancouver! Mind you, this year it was only like that for about a week. (Last year it was cold and snowy for longer -- every year is different.) I still need a winter coat and hat to go out, mind you. But we now have primroses, snowdrops, hellebore and a few camellias blooming.
I want to encourage you to keep trying with the snakeskin. Because I know what you mean. I found it really tough to wear these at first and I wasn't sure why? Oddly, getting the silver pair made it easier to wear these ones more often. I see the uses more easily. I can throw on the silver without a thought, yes. And the snakeskins need conscious styling. But they aren't duplicates and they both work well. Wear them with anything that has white or white in the pattern, or a navy/ white or charcoal/ white pattern.
Denise, that is sweet. I wish we could meet in person!
Joy, thank you!
Lisa, thank you. The skirt in #9 is a Boden paperbag waist skirt from last year. I would never have bought this skirt in Ontario because its season would have been too short for my walking lifestyle. But it works here in Vancouver for spring, winter, fall. Note, also -- I am not bringing the wide legs to Ontario!! They're just not warm enough for winter in that climate. I'm bringing BF jeans (and warm socks/ boots) and not-quite-full-length boot cuts (they won't drag in snow) and a skirt and thermals!
Madeline -- thank you and I hope you do make that outfit! Show us if you get a chance to take a photo!
Carol, I knew you'd be a fan of those boots! They look like Docs!
Bijou, ditto to you re the boots. I do think current denim makes all the difference (for me). Angie is the one I have to thank for that revelation. I've been a jeans-and-top person my whole life and it really can get stale, truly -- and sometimes feel a bit too tomboy, too -- but with current jeans it always feels a bit fresher and happier, somehow, and more interesting. That's how I keep my style alive.
Cardiff Girl, the minute I wrote that about the rain I felt guilty. The situation by you is horrible! I hope you are holding up. And thank you!
Suntiger -- thank you! And no - the dress doesn't come in burgundy or black but it did come in a couple of other colours. All sold out now, alas...
Sal, I hear you loud and clear re the challenges of style in all seasons. It's soooooo much easier here on the west coast than it was in Eastern Ontario. But even here it can be a challenge. It's funny -- for a long time I had a hard time feeling stylish in summer. Now, spring and summer are my favourite seasons for dressing -- I love being able to wear dresses without hose and crops without tights, etc. etc. Winter is definitely harder. But also, you have to commit to it -- you have to accept that you have these seasons and need a certain number of pieces in the closet to make outfits with. That was hard for me for a while. You always look sensational to me, so I think you are being hard on yourself. But it might help to identify what elements of winter dressing discourage you, and then maybe we can brainstorm solutions. The forum really helped me a lot with this way back when.
Smittie, yes -- fresh snow is so pretty, especially when it melts in about a week.
Thanks, notsaf, Kelly, and Xtbay!
Angie, thank you as EVER!!