DIY Polka Dot Jeans, DYT Type One, Dressing Your Truth, Type 1


DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Dressing Your Truth
DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Dressing Your Truth
DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Dressing Your Truth
DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Dressing Your Truth
DYT Type One, DYT Type 1, Dressing Your Truth
Dressing Your Truth Type One, DYT Type One

{My DYT Type One Style  Polka Dot Jeans –  My DIY here
Striped Cotton Top – Joe Fresh, and last seen here
Flowered Flats – Joe Fresh
Scarf – Liberty of London, and last seen here
Arm Candy – Thrifted and/or made by me}

What, me again!  Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  Last post, I mentioned a little holiday away.  Wanting to soak up some local atmosphere, the mister and I chose to forgo the usual hotel breakfast.  We stepped out for a robust walk each morning, ending up at a small chatter filled coffee shop redolent with the aroma of freshly baked croissants and just ground coffee beans.  Tourists and locals, cyclists and joggers, moms with tots, moms and pops, all coming together, either sharing a table, or cozied up a deux.  The food was grand, the atmosphere homey.  It was here that I stepped over to the wild side and ordered a London Fog Tea instead of my customary decaf soy latte.  We were on holiday after all, and what better time to break from routine.  Now, to be fair, I have had a London Fog before, but none so yummy as the one savored here.   I thought to myself, this could be my signature fall beverage. We’re like that in Vancouver…we seem to like to be identified by the coffee, or in this case, the tea that we drink.  Weird, I know.   A London Fog…Earl Grey tea, a hint of lavender, and sweetened steamed soy milk…what could be better.  After returning home,  I decided to make just this cuppa.  I googled London Fog Tea, because that’s what you do nowadays.  Seriously, don’t you google anything and everything?  Surprisingly, or maybe not, the drink originated in Vancouver, Canada.  The official ingredients are Earl Grey Tea, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup.  Huh?  Vanilla syrup you say?  Okay, well fair enough.  I’ll make mine with a little organic honey instead of vanilla syrup.  I boiled the water, made up a sachet of Earl Grey tea, steeped the tea, and added steamed soy milk sweetened with a dollop of local honey.  And this where my little story goes sideways.  I won’t say it didn’t taste yummy…actually, you know what…I will say it didn’t taste yummy. Okay. It tasted just okay.  It tasted like tea with soy milk and a bit of honey in it.  Big whoop.  So not.  Was it all kinds of goodness and magic like the one I had while on holiday?  Nuh-uh!  Out of curiosity, I added honey until my tea tasted all kinds of goodness and magic, and let me tell you, that was one whole lotta honey I added.  Yikes!  So, suffice to say, I won’t be having a daily London Fog.  The experience, or experiment as it turned out to be, reminded me of an earlier addiction to love affair with  Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes.  After one tea latte, I was hooked.  I found all sorts of ways to connive the mister into popping out after dinner, only to end up at our local Stuckbars.  What happened?  Well, after a few months and a few thousand chai teas under my ever burgeoning belt, I learned that a tall, which is in fact rather small, had a whopping 41 grams of sugar in it.   Whoops!   The bright side?   I can feel gratitude that I caught on quicker this time, and of course, I can still indulge occasionally.  However, I’m just not sure how I’ll feel about you London Fog, the next time you’re set before me. Knowing that beneath your airy layer of foamed milk , therein lies a confection sweeter than sweet, is disconcerting.  I fear the attraction is lost, the spell has been broken.  

Enough ramble…my outfit speaks early autumn for me.   Dressing Your Truth  type one readers…are you like me?   I’m like a kid in a candy store when shopping for spring and summer clothing.  However, finding fall and winter clothes that I love can feel like a bit of a challenge.   Here, I’m easing into seasonally appropriate long sleeves and pants, but still keeping my look animated and fun by combining stripes, polka dots and a paisley print scarf.  

PS  I got my hair cut, and it feels so great!  

Linking up with:

Jann of Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday
Bella of Citizen Rosebud for Shoe Shine
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday



  • Reply Vix October 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    What a fabulously bright and cheery picture for a overcast Monday morning! I love those spotty jeans.
    When I'm in India I can't get enough of chai, served up in a paper cup from a man on a bicycle. The versions at home are never the same. x

    • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Your Indian Chai sounds like an all round exhilarating experience. And I can fully understand that it just isn't the same at home.

  • Reply Patti October 7, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Wonderful outfit, and pictures Sue — and I love your haircut! I have had similar beverage experiences: so irresistible when on vacation, and just “good” at home. It's a travel phenom, I think. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look fab. xo

    • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      So, so true Patti. Some everyday things just taste better when on holiday. It does have everything to do with being on holiday, and the way we feel while awhile, I think.

  • Reply Rosemary the Shopper October 7, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Your outfit is SO cute. And whoo! You've got balance as well. As for the London Fog tea, I must admit, I've never been much of a tea person, so will stick to what I know. Just cappucino morning, noon and night.

    Nice to see the great Vancouver outdoors.

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from

    • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Rosemary…do you not feel pressure to drink tea now that you're in the UK? 🙂

  • Reply October 7, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Love the navy and orange pattern mixing! Just fabulous and those orange ballet flats, I am swooning!

  • Reply Val Sparkle October 7, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Spots and stripes, orange and blue, it's so YOU! So cheerful and happy and bright and all-embracing. And a great way to debut your Liberty scarf!

    I think you need to treat London Fog as a special treat that you can occasionally indulge in. If you had one every day it would be so ordinary – and your blood sugar would be so extraordinary. Like Stuckbar's Peppermint Mocha – it's special because it's only available near the holidays. A rare delight.

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files October 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

    It's funny you mention your hair because I noticed it and I think it looks fabulous!

    That scarf is gorgeous!

    You look as animated and happy as ever. Despite learning that your favourite drink was sugar with a bit of tea added.

    I don't drink any flavoured drinks except homemade smoothies every once in a while. Otherwise I drink water and occasionally wine and champagne. I hate the idea of drinking my calories.

    A long time tea-aholic I decided I needed to curb that addiction to save my teeth. Now I just drink hot water. Used to be I was embarrassed asking for it but I'm glad I grew out of that. Now I just look like all the other old folks asking for hot water. LOL


  • Reply Kicking and Screaming 55+ Petite Style October 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Absolutely love this look! So fun and spirited!

  • Reply Emalina October 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    What a jolly outfit, a pleasure to see you beaming away in it looking lovely! I was expecting to see the fog strewn streets of the big city – your city scape is far more romantic if you ask me! I'm a green tea-aholic myself.

  • Reply sabine October 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Dear Sue, how amazing to see you so happy and vibrant. Surely not only because of the pretty new hairdo but also because of the gorgeous outfit. I love the colors, the still remind me to summer, and I love your pattern mix.
    Your little tea story makes me smile.
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle October 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Allo Sue!
    I have missed the other post, i was not myself last week after my medical procedure, anyway i'm back now!
    About dressing your thruth, i think i pretty know myself, but intrigued about what type i would be!
    I love your Liberty of London scarf, what a beauty! you must wear it soon!
    I never have trouble dressing for Fall, i like change of season and i think of new fall outfits well in advance, crazy hey?
    Love your hair going to have mine done this Saturday, color and bit of a cut

    Take care


  • Reply Eau Minerale October 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    hello sue,
    i love your pictures and your polka dot jeans.
    nice to see you again!

  • Reply josep-maria badia October 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

    A nice look, casual and fun. I love the pants, they are precious. The set formed by the shirt, the scarf and shoes is a blast with them. The shoes are so cute, and bracelets, too.

    • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Josep for stopping by. Always a pleasure when you say hello. I didn't think many would like the shoes, but I do get compliments on the frequently.

  • Reply dan October 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Your post is a real explosion of joy! You look so cute …and I thank you for sharing your happiness! The sea of your photos brings me back to summer…nice polka dot jeans.

  • Reply Shirl October 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Sue, love those chunky bracelets, balancing the rest of your outfit. You look happy and the new shorter cut is good.

    Yeah, I am feeling the loss of happy summery dressing too.


  • Reply Melanie October 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love this series of positive photos – just what we need when the greys start rolling in over the West Coast. I've never had a London Fog but after reading this I'll have to try one, sugar and all. Just once, I swear!

  • Reply Marjorie N. October 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Perfect outfit for you, Sue – bright, cheery & creative. Love it & the pictures are awesome, too. Sounds like you had a really nice get away & I might just have to try the London Fog – just as a treat of course!

  • Reply Flo October 8, 2013 at 3:47 am

    You look like you should be in France in that outfit, too cute! I too have tried to replicate favorite drinks with not so great results. So they remain a special treat when I feel like splurging.

    I am one of those people who loves autumn clothing, but I'm always ready when warm weather comes back too.

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen October 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    *Sue, please delete if this is a duplicate … no end of trouble posting these days! Everywhere!

    You look so like SUE … this is so YOU. And gorgeous, and happy, and lively. You are completely gorgeous and pack so much energy, I feel happy just looking at it.
    Re: Earl Gray with anything in it … EW. I have tried so hard to like this tea, especially after Captain Picard ordered it so often in the replicator. “Earl Gray, hot,” he'd command. GAAAK. How could tea taste so awful. Acquired taste, I think. Perhaps if it were spiked with a nice single malt Scotch.
    Anyway … second try …
    You look beautiful.

  • Reply pastcaring October 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I noticed your hair straightaway, Sue, it looks fabulous. So does the outfit – bright and bubbly and beautiful, like you.
    Well, I have to say London Fog sounds a bit vile! I don't like my hot drinks sweet at all, I don't even like hot chocolate much, so the thought of tea with syrup or honey or sugar is a no-no for me. Good old English Breakfast tea, a splash of milk, no sugar, please. Builder's tea, we call, the colour of red brick!
    That Liberty scarf looks a treat, I knew it would! xxxxx

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins October 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Sue, you looked like you were having fun posing. Darling outfit!!! I love your creativity and energy!

  • Reply Glenda October 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    You look amazingly fun…like someone I would want to shop with! The vanilla syrup sounds yummy. I too find shopping for fall cumbersome. I live in Southern California and the thought of covering my feet gives me chills. Hi, I'm Glenda of So What to Twenty. I discovered your blog on Visible Monday.

  • Reply amy mayen October 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I love everything about this post. You were born to write. The tea sounds amazing, I could taste it. I love your hair, you look as beautiful as always. I bet it looks really pretty long too, but I'm betting a pain to take care of!

  • Reply Sacramento Amate October 9, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Glorious indeed, Sue.

  • Reply No fear of fashion October 9, 2013 at 7:52 am

    This is great. Love everything about it. The story (too much sugar will kill you every time haha), the hair style and the outfit. My kind of outfit. The only thing is, I hav no hips and flat feet which makes this outfit look better on you. Terrific colours and I love especially the trousers. What a good find those shoes with the sweater.
    And yes I am like you: I love bright colours and in fall and winter there is black, grey and brown in the shops.

  • Reply Rebecca October 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

    What a totally sweet natural look! The stripes and the polka dots are so cute together!
    My drink at Starbucks is always a London Fog! Love it! I think I want one now! 🙂


  • Reply Kristin Buchholz-MacKillop October 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is fabulous….so joyful. And I LOVE your hair!

  • Reply ann wood October 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Sue I think your hair looks great! This is a perfect length, it just looks right on you. The pattern mixing and the mood of these pictures is fun and playful. The pants in my last post were Joe Fresh and I'm really enjoying their pants and particular. Nice quality for a great price. Love your accessories that add a flair of spirit to this outfit.

    blue hue wonderland

  • Reply Rosy October 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Normally, everything tastes great on holiday and it becomes mediocre when we return to the routine, I understand you. However, I have greatly enjoyed your fun pics pirouetting on the tree trunk, you look so funny as a teenager at the weekend. Love your look!!

  • Reply Barbara A Mizzoni Young October 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Delightful photos and sounds like you had a wonderful visit. Too bad about the tea.

    Barbara @

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Funny, I've never had a pumpkin spice latte, or a peppermint mocha…perhaps best that way.. 😉

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    And this is why you can still fit into your high school dresses! Ahem, I sometimes order a hot water at a restaurant. Often better for digestion than icy cold water….of course, now I'm on the lookout for old folks doing the same.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I wasn't able to comment on your site…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Perhaps we can get together over a London Fog?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    You are not alone, says me in my best space voice….Many people don't care for Earl Grey, but I do like it. I've never had spiked tea anything…no wait, I've had a few blueberry teas back in the day, but I honestly can't remember what alcohol goes into a blueberry tea. Google search, here I come. Thanks for taking the time to comment a second time. This is the only one that showed up.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Sounds much like Grandad's tea….it was always on the back burner of the stove getting stronger and stronger as the day went by. I too, prefer tea with a splash of milk, no sugar.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Well, the consensus is that I should allow myself to indulge with a London Fog on occasion, so the next time I have one, I'll send a toast to you Rebecca. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks Kristin!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    True, so very true! An excuse to go back up to my beloved wine country. Fortunately, the wine I bring home tastes just as good, or better than when I'm there. 😉

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you Barbara…ah yes, we did have a wonderful visit…I'm ready to go back now.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks Shirl. I'm happy with how this look came together, and have been wearing variations of this look for most of the week.

  • Reply the Citizen Rosebud October 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    You look amazing! I love the bright color, the stripes the dotty pants and the overall joie d'vie! Did I spell that right? You are a bright light, a lovely sight!

  • Reply ANDYSTYLE October 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    very pretty colors 🙂

  • Reply Imogen October 12, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Sue! You're so sweet and adorable. You are beautiful. I love your pattern mixing.

  • Reply The Style Crone October 12, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Too bad about the London Fog, but at least it made you holiday a little sweeter! Your joyful and animated photos were my inspiration during my Saturday morning coffee. Dots with stripes, the added pattern of your scarf, and the incredible flats! Gorgeous! You have a great start with fall. And the arm candy couldn't be sweeter.

  • Reply Connie October 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    SUE!!! I'm so happy you stopped by! I've lost most of Saturday morning just spinning through your blog. Pretty darn much fun, I must say! London Fog, hmmmm..I'll stick with good old Java.

  • Reply Lisa October 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Fantastic colors and prints, Sue. I never, ever thought of myself as an orange person…but there is somehow so many shades of it in my closet now. How did it get there? I am drawn to it over and over it seems. But I still have a hard time acknowleding that I'm an “orange person” for some reason. haha I just tonight painted my fingernails a bright, vibrant orange too! ha
    You look lovely and happy as always. Love your hair cut! Have a great week.

  • Reply popcosmo October 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I LOVE your hair! Omg – makes me not want to grow mine out! And can I just say your blog and smile brighten my day?? I know where to head when it's gray and dreary because you are always (ALWAYS) so bright and cheery. And no, I didn't mean that to rhyme!!!
    xo ~chloe & kim

  • Reply two birds October 16, 2013 at 3:25 am

    when all else fails, add more honey!! you look adorably chic in this fun outfit. i love the colors on you!

  • Reply Jane Rekas October 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    thanks for being such a fabulous type blogger

    • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Jane! Thanks for popping by. How fun that you have a blog that directs readers to various DYT blogs! Great resource!

  • Reply Jann Olson October 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    So cute, cute, cute! This is the perfect Fall outfit and you are the perfect model! I remember those jeans. So creative! Would love if you link this to Share Your Cup. Opens at 4 today.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas October 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks Kim! Yup, you may want to rethink the desire to grow your hair out. Your hair looks great short!

  • Reply Jessica Cangiano October 18, 2013 at 4:10 am

    That colours in this outfit make me smile – so classic and fun, yet also fabulously fresh feeling, especially when partnered you stunning wrist teeming with vibrant beads (which I feel really do a great job of mirroring the cute polka dots on jeans). Your hair looks great – you are so blessed to have the amazing curls that you. Despite curls running on the maternal side of my family, they skipped my mom, myself and my siblings (much to my curl loving chagrin).

    Have a stellar Friday & weekend,
    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply Dana October 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I really enjoyed this post (and I am a new follower by the way). Your outfit is great on you and so pulled together. I wish I had fashion flair but sadly, I'm rather classic Eddie Bauer, which isn't very eye catching.

    My attention was grabbed by your title, London Fog. I stopped at the Starbuck's kiosk in a local Safeway store and ordered an Earl Grey tea. I was about to fall asleep behind my grocery cart, but it was 5 in the evening. Caffeine that late is seriously deadly for me so I thought the tea would be less devastating. The point of all of this is that the barista asked if I wanted a London Fog. I had never heard of that drink! And now, here you are with a delightfully well written blog post about an expanded Earl Grey. Curiously, I like strong coffee and weak tea. So mine was 'straight up'. I only allow the bag a brief dip in the water. But an occasional London Fog sounds delightful.

    Thanks for such a nice Friday morning read.

  • Reply Fashion Omi October 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I like your style♥
    greetings from germany

  • Reply Crazy Ravens Studio October 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I enjoy your fearless sense of color. I love the second photo on this post. You look so joyous!

  • Reply Beata B October 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Your outfit is so cute:) i love it 🙂 kisses Beata

  • Reply Rachel November 1, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I also have a much harder time shopping for cold weather clothing than I do for warm weather clothing! I really like your stacks of bracelets!

  • Reply Evelyn February 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Cutest outfit ever! You are a fabulous and fun Type one!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 9, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Aw, thank you so much Evelyn! I appreciate your comment! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous November 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Love this blog. Love your energy. Love your outfit and tute. Tiny suggestion: your hairstyle expresses your energy well but the color seems a bit less shiny than your exuberant personality. I finally broke down and got highlights. Get tons of compliments though!

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