Another Outfit for Work: Very Basic Beige & Grey

GOOD MORNING! Happy Saturday! Today we woke up bright and early in hopes to beat the line at Costco for my summer tire installation. Our vision of coasting right into the maintenance area did not go according to plan--apparently customers line up as early as 6am for their cars to be serviced. Now I'm back at home, waiting for the call to pick up my car when it's done. Roger is in a similar situation; his car is at a shop all the way across town getting a new air conditioning unit. It's been an expensive day and we're both pretty much housebound until further notice. To take advantage of the beautiful weather we are going to reupholster some dining chairs! Fun & thrifty! Post to follow, but for now, I'd like to share with you another outfit from my workweek. I call it: Very basic. I'm not really one for accessorizing. I feel as though the jewellery I wear has become as much a part of my morning routine as putting on my bra and underwear. Without earrings, I feel naked. Without my rings, I feel the same. Most likely I'll throw on a gold watch or a bracelet, but hardly ever both at the same time. If I'm feeling extra trendy, I'll wear a statement necklace, but only after careful consideration. My style is very simple. I like to be comfortable (exceptions are sometimes made for cute shoes) and I like to choose items that I can mix and match and wear time and time again. For that reason I have a lot of neutral colours in my closet. My mom laughs about how similar our tastes in clothing are; we both gravitate toward black and white and anything nautical-looking. Like mother, like daughter I suppose. I've had the same five business casual skirts for forever. This beige one I bought at H&M in Alberta and I can wear it with a ton of different shirt combinations. Garage has a line of quality cotton-spandex t-shirts and cropped tops right now and they fit amazingly! I bought two last week and I'm going to go online today and buy more while they still have them in my size. I believe they are still Buy 1, Get the Second One 50%. And voila! An easy-peasy outfit that you can throw on in the morning, even in the dark. The shoes really pull it together. You can't go wrong with Espadrilles for summer. I'm obsessed! May - Outfit 4 May - Outfit 8 And pink lipstick is a must. I've gone through two tubes of Maybelline "Fushia Flash"--it's my  #1 favourite colour. May 6 - Grey Stayed tuned for our new reupholstered chairs! Hopefully the rain stays away so we can finish the task today.
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What to Wear on Arctic Expedition Mornings & Caribbean Cruise Evenings: AKA in Canada

Ever since we found out our dog was a fat-fat, Roger and I have been taking him for long walks once a day (twice a day if it so happens to be his birthday or if Roger needs to stretch his legs.) Now that the snow has melted, it's pretty easy to lace up our running shoes, throw a harness around Tunders, and hit the road. What has taken me by surprise the past couple days is that I still reach for my wool mittens. Mittens? In May?? Usually I wear them religiously between October and April, but I still find it very chilly this month, especially in the evenings. I can't complain too much about having to wear mittens almost all year round; my nana knits them for me and they are wonderful. Choosing attire for this late winter-early spring transition weather can be tricky. Layering my clothing provides a happy medium for me; I dress myself for an Arctic expedition in the morning and I'm prepped for a Caribbean cruise by the afternoon. After a long winter of pants, tights, jeans, and jeggings, nothing is stopping me from embracing acceptable dress and skirt season. Today is no exception. I wanted to wear a skirt so badly that I paired it with the biggest, warmest, waffliest sweater I could find. Very Canadian of me, I must say. I'm going to wear a black peacoat overtop and hope for a few extra degrees. May - Outfit 24 This ensemble is one of my favourites yet. Favourite sweater. Favourite shoes. Favourite skirt. All new purchases as of this year. I'm also wearing the pink leather-banded watch Roger bought for me not last Christmas, but the Christmas before. May - Outfit 23 Floral skirts make me happy. They are fun, flirty, straight outta the 90s--I love them. I would wear mismatched floral on floral everyday if I could. One day when I'm 90 I'm going to sew myself an elaborate quilt out of all the floral clothing I've owned throughout the years. Hold me to it please--pointing at you, Lindsay Morgan. May - Outfit Skirt Sweater: Banana Republic. Skirt: Charlotte Russe. Shoes: Victoria's Secret. Bracelet: Pandora. May - Outfit 26 Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Wednesday! We're *almost* halfway through the week.
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There’s Nothing like Red Lipstick to Brighten up a Workweek

Good morning!! Happy Tuesday! Today is a happy day for 4 reasons: 1.) It's super sunny out. I can hear the birds chirping outside and it finally feels like springtime. 2.) I don't have to go into work until 11am. I'm very thankful for a slight sleep-in and prolonged teatime in the morning! 3.) I have a meeting with someone from senior management very soon. I have been working on an exciting project at work and I'm prepped to present my ideas this morning. Wish me luck! 4.) I found out why my hair doesn't grow: I am incredibly iron-deficient! My doctor went over the results of my blood test yesterday and low and behold, my iron levels are below optimal for proper hair growth. She sent me home with a prescription and the encouraging words "this might just be the trick." (For those who know me and my trials and tribulations with hair growth, this may be the most joyous fact of all.) In honour of all that is sunny and bright, I'm going to share with you my yesterday's outfit. It's a teensy bit nautical (as is usually the case with stripes) and I topped off the look with some bold red lipstick. Mondays are blah; I thought I'd make mine more colourful. These shoes! I bought them from Victoria's Secret and I absolutely love them. I switched them out for lower ones before heading out the door, but I fully intend on wearing them more often as we get closer to the summer months. May - Outfit 2 I bought this red skirt a few years ago from Forever 21. It was something like $10. I bought the shirt at Garage this weekend for 50%. Two for $15! My charm bracelet costs significantly more than my entire outfit and I am okay with that. It's all about how you carry yourself. May - Outfit 29 May - Smile LipstickQuote Seeing that it's a workday, that drink of choice was tea! 😉 Have a great day, everyone!
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Fried Zucchini Cakes

Last week I purchased a Costco-sized bag of baby zucchinis with one idea in mind--to make cakes! I absolutely love zucchini cakes; I could eat them everyday. In a boat, with a goat, in the rain. In the dark, on a train. That's how much I adore them. Zucchini cakes are easy to make, semi-healthy (if you go lightly on the oil), and delicious. You can eat them as a side or entirely on their own. Plus I found a way to make them gluten-free! Today I'd like to share with you my recipe: 2 cups shredded zucchini 2 beaten eggs 1/2 cup pulverized oats 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp hot sauce Sprinkle of paprika Salt & pepper to taste 2 tbsp olive oil Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. In a skillet, heat olive oil on medium high. Cook for about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Serve with tzatziki sauce. May 4 - Ingredients for Zucchini Cakes 2 May 4 - Zucchini for Cakes May 4 - On the Griddle May 4 - Finished Cakes May 4 - Tzatziki Sauce Roger made the tzatziki sauce in less than a minute. I kid you not. I offered to look up a recipe on my computer and by the time I had opened up the screen, he already had whipped something together. Apparently all you need is some greek yogurt (all we had was sour cream), lemon juice, garlic, grated cucumber, and salt and pepper. It was heavenly with the zucchini cakes! I urge you to give this recipe a try. Tonight we had them with fish, but they would also make a great "Meatless Monday" meal. Enjoy! 🙂
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