Turquoise and Lace…

Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1
{Photo courtesy of Alyse}
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1
{Photo courtesy of Alyse}


Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1
{Photo courtesy of Alyse}
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1
{Photo courtesy of Alyse}
Dressing Your Truth, DYT Type One, DYT Type 1
{My DYT Type One Style   Lace Shirt  No Label, thrifted   Pants  Jones New York Sport, thrifted
White Tank  Joe Fresh via Joe Fresh    Cardigan  Denver Hayes, thrifted
Brogue Shoes  via Winners and last seen here  Gold Handbag  No label, thrifted}
We spent this past weekend enjoying our niece’s good company.  It was a whirlwind of fun activities including shopping at Ikea, spending St Patrick’s Day in Vancouver, a weekend quest for the ultimate coffee, and homemade fish tacos.  We dropped some money at my favourite retail clothing store, Joe Fresh. We were dazzled in Topshop.  It was all 100 times better than good.  My niece, an enthusiastic photographer, snapped most of today’s photos.  Lucky me!

Today, I am joining  Marionberry Style for her trend of the month, hence the outfit post mid-week.  The trend?  Lace.  Honestly, lace felt a little bit more a challenge  than an easy trend to embrace.  How does one wear lace and not look like a Great Auntie, of which I am in fact one?  Doesn’t Tim Gunn caution his proteges about the risk of lace looking too matronly?  My goal was to wear lace in a fresh and fun way.  I have a thrifted lace shirt, that on it’s own, hovers ever so close to being dowdy.  With fresh and fun on my mind, I chose to pair it with printed pants, a yellow tank, and a lightweight sweater.  I wasn’t satisfied with the look, and my niece suggested I switch out the tank for a white one, un-tuck the shirt, and add a belt. Much better!  Thanks for your style suggestions Alyse!  Do any of you get helpful advice from younger family members?  While we were shopping this weekend, we found a veritable sea of lace.  Skirts, dresses, tops, even lace pants, all fresh and modern looking.  I was so tempted to buy something new but ultimately decided  to take this lace trend on a test spin with my thrifted shirt first.  Good news is that I like it.  And that means I may have to go shopping so I can officially add a new lace garment to my wardrobe.

Top, left:  Hamming It Up At Ikea
Top, right:  Decaf Soy Latte at Caffe Artigiano
Bottom, left:  Soho Road Food Truck, Vancouver
Bottom, right:  Fun at Joe Fresh 


Linking up with:

Jenny of Plane Pretty for Sunday Style
Marion of Marionberry Style for Trend of the Month: Lace


  • Reply bonitiful March 20, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I love you !!! omg … such a nice smile and style … I love seeing peoples happy … following you now 🙂

  • Reply Melanie March 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Look at that colour – LOVE it! The fingernail polish is an excellent fun accent too. Alyse's photos are wonderful. There's no way this lace is matronly. I hope you're wearing colour today in Vancouver too to brighten up this grey wet sky.

  • Reply sabine March 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Hello Sue,
    I don't see the slightes hint of a matronly style, in contrary. You look so young and fresh like the new born spring. I love the pics with the wind in your hair.
    As long as my daughter lives with me she was my competent style guide. She still is when we go shopping. Although we do not prefer the same style.

  • Reply The Photogramps March 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Oh my heavens. You are TOO cute. So glad I found your blog. Love how you added in the metallics here, but the best is the socks. Great look!

  • Reply Natalie G March 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Really great colours for the spring, I love white lace 🙂

  • Reply Linguist-chick March 20, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Oh my gosh, I'm just in love with your manicure! So cute!

  • Reply Renae at simple sequins March 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    hi Sue! Diane Keaton, huh? I think she looks classic in some movies and Too Annie Hall in others, but she is a beautiful lady. I love your photos here on the beach. I have to use a tripod and it's still a bit too cold here to venture outdoors for snaps, but know you have inspired me with this outfit and how you modeled it outdoors. And btw, I LOVE TURQUOISE!

  • Reply Kacie Ellis March 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Your floral pants are great for spring! Amazing outfit! I'm your newest follower on bloglovin' 🙂 I'd love for you to follow back. xo


  • Reply silvergirl March 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    you are looking so cheerful and spring like
    love the lace shirt

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen March 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    (Screaming with glee, jumping and clapping …) Ooooo, Sue !!! Best outfit ever! Well, at least one of the top five. But sooooo gorgeous. Fresh, contemporary, looks like it was made to go together, piece by piece. Great call, kid, about the pretty thrifted-bit-of-genius blouse!
    And keep your young photographer on contract … you look at your most beautiful!
    So good …

  • Reply Val Sparkle March 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Nothing matronly about that – I love the lace shirt! And the bright colors of the pants and cardi. I think your niece gave you some good styling advice, though. I can't really imagine the shirt tucked in, and going for white on white makes it less cluttered (if you know what I mean). The colors match your bright personality!

  • Reply Wendy March 21, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Super cute!!! I don't find the lace shirt dowdy at all… I love the way you paired it with those bright pants!

  • Reply Renae at simple sequins March 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Oh Sue! I love it when I find Chico items at Savers. Do you have Savers in your area? They are starting to be more on the east and midwest but they are primarily a Western States store. They are my favorite place to find great designers at a teeny price. Yay!

  • Reply kimmie March 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Pretty colors! I love the print on your pants 🙂

  • Reply Sacramento Amate March 22, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I love you in lace and blue, my dear Sue.
    You look fabulous and so true and alive in every pic.

  • Reply Heather March 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

    I looove those pants! What a great pattern and such fun colors!!! You look ready for spring!

    Pearls & Paws

  • Reply The Style Crone March 22, 2013 at 4:55 am

    The lace looks spectacular and your photos are always top notch. Lace is one of my favorites, and have never thought of it as matronly. And I always appreciate intergenerational energy.

  • Reply Megan March 22, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Cute! I absolutely love those pants – such a fun print. And that second photo of you is gorgeous 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend.

  • Reply Call me M March 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

    What a beautiful outfit! Love the pants, and the cardigan. Turquoise is perfect for spring/summer.
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog.

  • Reply Silhouette de Femme March 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I agree with all the comments you have such a beautiful smile! Love the lace & the photos well just great!

  • Reply Style Sud-Est March 23, 2013 at 5:21 am

    You such a smile!
    Those pics are so beautiful, lucky you to have a photographer, i have to rely on my tripod and remote
    Love the backdrop, the water and all
    Love your lace top Sue

    Have a good weekend

    Ariane xxxx

  • Reply Buttons Apart March 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Lovely outfit. I love the combination of turqoise, yellow and white in your outfit, such lovely colours for spring.

    Sita xx

  • Reply popcosmo March 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Love it and love that your niece was such a help! My daughter always gives helpful suggestions and keeps fashion fun! I guess that's why we like blogging together 🙂
    kim @ popcosmo.com

  • Reply Ann Wood March 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    What a pretty outfit. Love the shoes, belt, pants and top–guess I like it all! You look beautiful.

  • Reply Ana from Sweet Serendipity March 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    You're adorable! Love your fun pants.

  • Reply Jenny March 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Love this outfit, thanks for linking up to Sunday Style! Just wanted to let you know that I featured you this week on Plane Pretty 🙂

  • Reply Chelsey Patti April 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm


    I just started a blog myself, http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com, and your post/outfit definitely inspires me to do one as well! Cheers!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you Chelsey. Congrats on starting a blog. I will check it out.

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