Posts Tagged ‘Press


It is soo cold out there!

Okay, I have to admit, I am not playing ANY Christmas tunes at the shop.  Not yet.  It has to be at least around the 20th of December for me to do that.  I go insane listening to those jingles all the time.  I also have not decorated my house yet. (my store, yes – people have to be feeling the ‘vibe’).  My Christmas tree goes up a few days before Christmas – and then stays through the beginning of January at least…

Same goes for WINTER clothing.  I am not ready yet.  Instead, I wear layers upon layers of cotton and light wool.  I don’t know – I want the transition from summer to winter to be a lot longer.  Yet, time flies.  Where does it go?

Out here, is has been very cold, though, for the last few days and will continue to be so.  I saw the first frost this morning coating the rooftops.  I will probably have to get into those thick sweaters and wool tights here pretty soon.

So for today, one last post about layering and fall colors BEFORE I embark on the Holiday spirit and festive wear.

All of the cardigans are by A2 – a company that uses recycled, mill-end yarns.  Except for the mustard-colored long cardi and the navy thick tunic; these are by Press, Canada.

As for me, I keep on wearing this silk/cashmere scarf.  It keeps my neck incredibly warm and smothered.

And my fall colored tights.  For now.  Everything to go with the scarf.


Dresses for the dog days of Summer

Alright – I am unpacking boxes that contain ‘Transition Wear’, which means heavier fabrics and long sleeves.  And we just hit 95F (about 33C) and I’m SWELTERING.  This summertime weather made me think about the lightest dresses that are in my closet.  How you want as little fabric around your body but still looking decent.

It also made me think about some of my dear customers who will do anything not to show much of their skin.  For various reasons.  A regular pet peeve is arms.  Oh, I just don’t have those Michelle Obama arms, they will say, I CANT”T POSSIBLY wear that!  And granted, Michelle Obama has spectacular arms (as I was writing about here), I wanted to give a few suggestions for dresses for these dog days of summer – for the arm-challenged and the lucky ones (with sweet defined arms….)

I put SOFIA in the dresses but have to inform you that she has ABSOLUTELY no challenges other than pink really does not look good on her.  She also is almost 6 feet tall (180cm) and has firm skin (sic!), so keep that in mind.

Sofia halter dress

This halter dress by Press is my number one choice for a hot day.  Soft cotton and free flowing.  However, lots of skin showing on top.  So not for the arm-challenged or the office worker.

Sofia halter Hazel tunic

So I just put her in that mesh tunic/blouse by Hazel.  It covers nicely yet is airy enough to be worn on a hot day.

Sofia silk black dressSofia Hazel print dressSofia SKFK dress

These three also work for covering up the shoulders.  I own the black Anni Kuan dress and wear it in all temperatures, it still does not cling to the body.  The Hazel print wrap dress is of lightweight cotton jersey.  It takes a bit more guts to wear the Skunkfunk bubble dress but its sophisticated stitching and loose fit make for a good companion on a hot summer day.

AKN blue dressSofia liberty sheeth

While these two dresses do not have sleeves, they are nonetheless modest in the skin department.  Both by Anni Kuan, they are of lightweight cotton and have airy prints.  Just the right thing for a summer day.

Hazel strap dressHazel smock dress

Now, these little numbers require that you are willing to show some skin AND leg,

like you can see here:


Oh, how I wish I had her skin!


The Greek theme

Now that I have finally caught up and straightened out the store, entered receipts, paid bills and looked at all the new merchandise that came in during my absence – I remember something I heard on the radio.  The piece was about Michelle Obama, her fashion style and … Greece.  I cannot recall the exact wording but something was said to the effect that dresses and fashion has a Greek theme to them this summer.  Maybe Ms. Obama was wearing something to that effect and the media caught on.  While we all know that fashion repeats itself and certain influences show up in the designs – I was not aware of Greece when picking out my summer fashions.

Well – what do you know – that Greek ‘theme’ stuck with me, and sure enough, I find some Greek-inspired pieces among the new orders that came in.


Anni Kuan calls this dress the ‘Grecian’.  The neckline and the fall of this jersey dress certainly does it justice.


This one is by Press and has the same simple lines – a high bust and simple hanging skirt.


And here is the ultimate European fashion:  a Maxi dress.  I did see a lot of those in the shop windows in Europe and women wearing them.  While I admit that it might not be a good office dress – it will make the best for weekends and garden parties.  EVERY woman will look great in this.  The color combination is also perfect:  white/ yellow/gray. And did I mention pockets?  It should sell itself just for the pockets.

And here this SkunkFunk top:


It does not get more greek-ish.  On a side note:  all of these styles will hide certain unwanted rolls in different places.

So as for my store – I am all with Michelle Obama:  Greek rocks.


I can take a breath now

After having done it again, I can say that I am almost caught up with my life.  By having done it again, I mean that I was sooo wrong about the departure time of our flight home.  Again.  Off by a whole day.  If it wasn’t my trademark, I would cry.

Back to the store.  Entered receipts.  Paid bills.  Rearranged the socks.  NEW socks have arrived – yeah!  And also a new line – HAZEL.  I am thrilled.  Pretty pieces, wearable all by themselves.  I spent part of the day photographing all the new items.  How I love all the internet options!  Here you go:

For more detailed descriptions of the slide show items, mosey over to my flickr. page …. to the right.  Yes.

Flickr Photos


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