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Monday Musings- The Queen, Unusual Shapes, & Outfit of the Week

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Happy Monday, ladies. It’s funny how certain occasions stick in your memory. I vividly recall my mom telling me to remember that this was the day President Kennedy was killed, and so I do. Another vivid memory was when I heard that Princess Diana had died in a fiery crash. The third is when I heard that Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away last Thursday. We were on a walking tour of the La Citadelle De Quebec, and almost immediately, they lowered the flags to half-mast.

The Queen’s passing shouldn’t have come as a surprise because she was 96, but for some strange reason, it did, and it brought me to tears. When I learned that the Canadian currency would now be made without her likeness, I quickly ordered another Rainbow Queen mug and this mug. Silly, I know, but I’m OK with it.

I’m not the type to hang an ornament of her on my Christmas tree, but many folks are.

I remember singing God Save The Queen at school when I was young. I vividly remember seeing her up close on one of her visits to New Westminster, BC. She was the tiniest little lady! Her Corgis inspired me to look into the breed, and we brought into our family who we adored.

It turns out that her everyday china is my good china…the Royal Dalton Canton pattern. I just dug out our teapot, but the lid seems to be missing. Neither of us remembers breaking it, but the pattern is discontinued, so we may be out of luck. Queen paraphernalia has always been popular, but I expect it will become more so as people miss her stabilizing presence.

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Cruise Wardrobe

As mentioned, my cruise wardrobe was extremely boring. Black, gray, and some other neutrals predominated. I didn’t want for anything…but variety. I brought some Chico’s DefineMe jeans to photograph for an Instagram campaign and they were perfect for the cooler weather in Quebec.

RIB KNIT PULLOVER IN COCOA BEAN / HOOP EARRINGS / DEFINEME DENIM IN DOVE / SNEAKERS

The DefineMe denim is super comfy. I find it somewhere between a skinny and a straight-leg, so they’re a great modern shape.

POLKA DOT TOP / DEFINEME JEANS IN MOONGLOW INDIGO / ESPADRILLES / STRAW HAT / EXPANDABLE TOTE BAG IN PEBBLE / EARRINGS

This expandable tote has been incredibly handy. Zipped open, I can put my hat inside, along with my scarf, water bottle, and other necessities. Then zipped smaller, it’s just a great bag.

HERE’S THE TOTE UNZIPPED TO ITS LARGE SIZE,  WITH MY HAT AND OTHER THINGS INSIDE

Outfit of the Week

an outfit feathering plaid, texture and woven bag
SCROLL RECTANGULAR DROP EARRINGS / CHECKED TRENCH  JACKET / ANIMAL PRINT MIXED MEDIA TOP / SPANX PONTE PANTS / HANDCRAFTED WOVEN BAG / WOVEN BIRDIES FLATS / LIPSTICK – IN LOVE WITH OLIVIA / BYREDO FRAGRANCE

This week’s OOTW started with a hunt for texture when I fell head over heels for these Lois Hill earrings. I love the artistry of textured silver, and her handmade shapes are gorgeous. The woven Birdies went into my cart in the sky blue. Women rave over the fit of these Spanx ponte pants, which will make a great basic for so many outfits. While I was at it, I thought it would be fun to combine this short checked jacket with an animal print blouse in the same shades. A great neutral lip color and intriguing sounding fragrance finish off this ootw.

Thoughts on style

It never fails that travel causes me to rethink my style recipe. I love nothing more than to people-watch for outfit inspiration and observe how other ladies put their looks together. The gals who stood out to me were wearing a classic base that they accented with something artistic or creative. Bright colors and patterns were not as popular as I expected. Jewelry seemed low-key, but unique shapes took center stage.

I have several pairs of lantern pants that almost got packed, and I wish I’d brought them. I saw several gals rocking theirs and a few others wearing barrel-leg pants. I prefer mine in a knit fabric with some drape plus that also makes them perfect for travel…next time:)

See also –How To Wear Lantern Pants

Now that I’m home and thinking about fall, I’ll be looking through what wasn’t worn last fall to see if it’s something I want to wear this fall.

Do you put aside pieces for a few years and then bring them back into your wardrobe?

Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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