Time flies. Somehow it is already February into 2015. It is also about that time when those of us who experience the harsh, deep cold in the winter months, are just getting sick of it and are itching for spring to come. As I long for warmer temperatures, I continue slip on those thick layers and chunky knits which by this time is completely tiresome.

I have spent all winter looking for an over-sized chunky grey sweater, since I had to give up my last cashmere turtleneck after wearing holes into the elbows last year. It is just so difficult to find a great quality, slightly over-sized wool sweater with a good fit for a small petite that is also within a reasonable price range. I finally came across this one from Aritzia, which also happened to be on sale. I actually had to go down a size from my regular Aritzia XS so I didn’t look I was being swallowed up, but it totally fit the bill. I am now wearing this constantly until spring rolls around and it gets too warm to wear it.

J.Crew skirt (similar) / Cole Haan Boots (similar) /  Babaton Sweater  / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Le Chateau Ring

Rediscovery: The Cardigan

I had pretty much shunned the classic cardigan over the last few years. I just didn’t feel like it suited my personal style, and have leans more towards jackets and pull-over sweaters. I disliked them so much I had even considered donating them all, but ended up keeping a few v-neck cardigans thinking that maybe some time in the future I will look for them, despite the fact that I am an extremely aggressive-closet purger. I have yet to regret donating something, I am sure I will make a mistake one  day. The hazards of the ever-evolving personal style.

It took about three years, but  I think I have come full circle.

 LOFT V-neck cardigan (similar) / Babaton Peyton Blouse / Theory Louise Pants  /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps /  3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Aldo Rings /  Gabriela Artigas Earrings / Banana Republic Scarf

I have to mention these new Theory pants I’m wearing. Wow. Just wow. I’ve been looking for the perfect wool slim leg work pant for ages and I finally found it in these pants. It could maybe use a smidge of hemming, but they otherwise fit amazingly well. I only wish that these were lined. If you are sensitive to wool, these may be a bit itchy. but if you are petite and can fit *almost* Max C, these fit just a tiny bit smaller.  Keep in mind however, that if you carry more weight in your legs than I do, these might actually be too tight for the office. They are currently on sale for $110 on, but are final sale. If you can get your hands on a pair just to try on, to gauge your size I would totally do so. I’m trying to determine what other colors I need to buy!

Out of the Box

Year 2014 was a year of purchasing timeless pieces. This is something I always try to do, but last year was I was extremely successful. However, as a somewhat unintended consequence, my outfits were very… safe. I wore a lot of what I was comfortable in, which is not necessarily always a bad thing, but there is something to be said about stepping outside your comfort zone every now and again. And not just in fashion, but in life.

A style resolution that I have made is not only to keep focusing on timeless pieces, but to try stepping outside the box a bit more. I am still going to focus on filling the “gaps” in my wardrobe (there are still quite a few left!), but also to keep an eye out for pieces that are more out of my “norm” are still consistent with my personal style–while still being pieces that I will actually wear!

One of those pieces, I decided was this sleeveless tunic sweater from Aritzia. In the history of this blog, I don’t think I have ever worn a tunic. But when I laid eyes on this sweater, I could see its potential. It’s quite a bit different from my usual silhouette but I see its versatility, which is also so important to me when buying something new.

Zara Denim / Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Boots / Aritzia Tunic Sweater /  3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Forever21 Bracelet / Aldo Rings

If it were warmer out (like, not -20C!), then I would just throw a cropped leather jacket over top to play with the juxtaposition with the pieces. But being as freezing as it is, I will have to settle for my heavy duty parka.

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