Thursday, 27 January 2011

bringing colour to january

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It's so cold today! And by so cold I mean about 0 degrees, which I know is nothing compared to what some of you have. I checked the weather in my birthplace (Thunder Bay, Ontario) this morning, and it said it was -17 and snowing, so I can hardly complain. But it did snow a bit during my field trip, which was walking for two hours around Bloomsbury, looking at the old census maps of London done in the 19th century (yep, the same ones that had a colour category for "semi-criminal" streets) and seeing how the city had changed. It was über-fascinating, but absolutely freezing. And yes, I wore multiple sweaters.

***Edit: I mean 0 degrees celsius, etc. I'm Canadian, we use celsius, and I live in England, and they use it here too. Just since there seems to be some confusion. ; ) *** (and that's 32 degrees Fahrenheit) ; D

Anyway, January is a blah month that needs all the colour it can get. I picked up this blouse in the sales after Kings' Day (the Spanish present giving day on January 6th). My boyfriend talked me into it, since I seem to have developed a dislike in the last few years for floral blouses, but I'm really glad he did. I love the colours and the lace, and it gave my wardrobe a much-needed revitalization. And I love this skirt. It's one of those pieces that make me wonder what I wore before I owned it. Hmmm, it could probably use an iron, however.

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blouse: Pepe Jeans (sale)
skirt: French Connection (charity shop)
belt: Spitalfields market
shoes: Clarks
earrings: a café in Mexico City

56 comments:

Krystal said...

i agree that is the perfect color for jan!

Katie @ Beautifully Pure said...

What a cute outfit! I love your blouse!

And I so agree! I hate January! It is, in my opinion, the worst month of the year! And I, too, have been dragging out all my most colorful clothes. <3

~ Katie

Shallow Mallow said...

Such a beautiful blouse. I adore the busy pattern and the black detail :)

The skirt is gorgeous too and such a great belt too - brilliant all around.

Too right January needs some colour in it. I've been trying to remind myself to put some white in the mix so I don't caue any seizures but it is so bland out there I feel like I have to make up for it :D

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Shallow Mallow: haha, seizures are other people's problems! I personally love that I can always depend on you for a bit of colour, when the whole world seems to be turning slowly black and tan!

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

That shirt is really lovely! I love the pattern and colors.
January is really a "blah" month, so thankfully it's nearly February!

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh love the outfit!
And I wish the McQueen gowns were in the wearable section, haha... *sigh* if only I were famous and in need of gowns every night ;)
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Erin Cathleen said...

A nice jolt of colors! Just what I needed to see to wake up on this blahhh day. :) That blouse is sweet!

CAITLIN said...

That blouse is gorgeous--your boyfriend has good taste (in more ways than one!)--and the skirt is perfect. you're right, we're definitely in the same region of the color spectrum today! i love old maps. when my boyfriend and i went to the vermont history expo (his choice) we got to look through really old books with maps of the differnt towns and it was really cool to see how our little main street in richmond (where we live) has been transformed over the years!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

You look wonderful in this perfect outfit!!! wow!!! that is cold!! the print on that shirt is really so nice.

Jenni Wells said...

zero is cold enough! It's been in the teens and twenties here and I haven't stopped complaining!!

you look marvelous! the collar/neck detailing on that blouse is so pretty. and those boots.... so amazing.

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Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Your field trip sounds like a good time. I'm big on maps. When I was a kid I would look at atlases for fun. Kids are weird creatures, aren't they? ;)

There are so many things to love about this outfit. The lace detail on the blouse, the texture of the tights, the belt, and the boots (of course). I especially love how well proportioned it is.

Velvet said...

I love love your blouse! The skirt is beautiful as well, the colour is very attractive.

Here is quite cold too. I'm begining to think of spring and sun.

Have a great day!

Rebeccak said...

I read your first line and though - hey it is cold here today too! But that means 25 C. hmmm. hehe I guess everything is relative.

Love the new blouse - that print with that collar is brilliant.

sojourned in style said...

january is truly a "blah" month. even if it's supposed to be the pinnacle of new beginings it's most likely my least favorite month. i love the colour combinations. the floral blouse is so prettty and the skirt has that equal pretty factor.

Felicity said...

You've been to Mexico City??!! That's my most favorite place in the universe!!!♥

Anna said...

The blouse is beautiful. I love how colorful and pretty it is :)
xx

Terri said...

Emily--I have just purchased my first red skirt and want to give you props on this one. I am shy of florals myself, but plan to challenge myself in that direction before the year is out. Admiring the belt.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Thanks Terri! I think you have a pretty similar belt yourself, don't you?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

And Felicity: Yes indeed. I've been a few times to Mexico City, as I used to live in Puebla, and then in Guadalajara. Mexico is a great city!

Virginie Lavallée Bélanger said...

You look so great Emily! Your right about color brightening up a January day :)

I always get mixed up between Celsius and Fahrenheit, but when they are both in the minus I know I'm in trouble..!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I love every little detail of this outfit! You're so pretty! xo

Diana said...

thank god someone is bringing color to this freezing month! you look so lovely xo

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Hi! I'm LiLi! said...

nice. love your blouse and shoes specifically.


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Meera said...

Your skirt is GORGEOUS!
Please check out/follow my blog. I love yours!

xx
Meera

yiqin; said...

The red skirt is fab <3

Raquel said...

I love this outfit, the floral shirt and the red skirt are so pretty and look so well combined. I actually bought a red skirt at Zara yesterday (yes, more Zara, but its corduroy and only €6 haha). And bought also a rust skirt, much influenced by my "colour" post.

On another note. How the hell can you wear only that in 0ºC?? I freeze when it gets to like 4 or 5 in my hometown. Its clear that I'll be wearing lots of clothes in London haha.

PS: I really like the shoes in this outfit too!

Tierney said...

I love how you styled those florals. I used to loathe overly floral, ultra feminine looks, but lately, I see all these girls styling them a little tougher. I will have to take inspiration from you! You're adorable.


xoxo
Tierney

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

So cute. As always . x hivennn. p.s enter my jeffrey campbell giveaway?

daisychain said...

Coveting your boots so bad!

NRIGirl said...

Hey Emily! Is that a Jasmin plant in the last picture?

sacramento said...

I am so glad tha you like the embroidered skirt.
I am all for people like you who stand out and create their own fashion.
I hope you will be back.
Besos guapa.
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Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@NRIGirl: I have absolutely no idea what plant that is, but given that it's growing in my garden, I'm guessing it's a weed...

Vicki said...

Thanks for your comment!!! I looove Peter pan collar! What about following?

xoxo

Ashley said...

this outfit makes me happy :) And I would freeze in that weather! I'm from California...which means I'm the biggest wimp ever.

Stefany said...

Love this outfit :) & thanks for your kind comment on my blog. I've just followed yours xx

A said...

@Emily,

Yes. Europe is cold too but yet I had three good days there. Walked everyday in downtown areas besides rain and cold...It is still fun...

A said...

Hey nice pictures as usual :))

kate maggie said...

You look so lovely! I love those shoes and the pop of color with the red skirt. Its been 0 here aswell. Ugh, I hate it!!! Where in Canada do you live? A fellow Canadian..love it! Have a great weekend love. xo

20 York Street said...

we had -27 last weekend love, does that make you feel better yet?

It was frigidly cold! I can't look as cute as you in these frozen arctic!

p.s. thank you for the kind words..

Stay Happy and Positive!

besos,

ML


20 YORK STREET

haze said...

oh ho ho... what a pretty outfit! you look gorgeous :) i love it!

♥thanks my dear for visiting and for leaving a comment in my blog... :)

SMASH said...

I'm glad your bf talked you into getting that blouse because, uh, it rules! I love the collar and double bib effect that the lace gives the blouse! And hooray for wearing color during the winter :D

xx

Emma (Scrapbook de la Emma) said...

Haha I never know what to write re. temp etc either being australian and all. Love your blouse, very pretty with the red skirt
Scrapbook de la Emma

Catita said...

i love those shoes so much!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I love your outfit so much. It's so fun and bright, yet appropriate for winter. The color of that skirt is great, and I love your shoes. :)

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

i love the little print on your blouse - definitely a good buy!

tick tock vintage

agent 0017 said...

lovely shirt! great blog, following :D

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Love the colors!!! So ruby indeed!!! :)
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Shybiker said...

Nice blouse and skirt. Color is a great antidote to the gloom of winter.

I like your fashion-style. And thanks for the comment today.

pixelhazard said...

So demure and cute

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christie said...

thats a very pretty blouse - def something I would wear! xx

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Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I love all the colors. Its so dismal this time of year. May as well keep it bright :)

Méliné said...

Hey,u're blog is SOOOO coolz ♥ (:
And u're so pretty !
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Tashrin said...

I love these kinds of floral blouses which combine a lot of colours so that one can have endless styling options. This one is so pretty...love the black delicate border on the sleeved and collar.

It was -15 today and people were tobogganing in their snow suits while I was taking photos in my flimsy dress. It was a hilarious contrast.

Look forward to hearing from you

Love

Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

Becca Jane said...

That blouse is so pretty! I love the print!

TheMadTwins said...

this outfit is wonderful! the skirt is so nice! Love the color!
nice look!

ps: maybe you would like to join our giveaway? It is from Hugo Boss and Armani.

Molly said...

You're. Pretty.

Love that blouse! Tell the boy good choice from me!
Leaving the House in THIS?!?!