Sun, Sea and Sculpture

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Frank ‘n company. Hanging out at Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. A bronze statue of former Nanaimo Mayor, Frank Ney in his alter ego persona of “Black Frank” the pirate.

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Maffeo Sutton Park is located right on the city’s water front. To the left is a glimpse of Newcastle Island. On right is Protection Island. It’s clear to see why Nanaimo is called the “Harbor City”!

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There’s lots to see and do from smelling the roses, to checking out incredible art sculptures positioned throughout the park.

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For a casual glam look, I’m wearing a classic jean jacket from Suzy Shier. Copper buttons add distinction and visually connect with this delightful rusted metal sculpture.

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Getting cozy with a crustacean wearing a red pencil skirt with navy floral tank top. Top, Ardene. Skirt from Suzy Shier.

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Harbor viewing always fascinates.

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From seaplanes to ferries, yachts to kayaks, vibrant activity is all around.

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Not to mention sailboats of all sorts. Pontoon planes are a common and practical way reach the mainland, glimpsed here in a series of majestic mountains.

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Back to art. Actually the entire waterfront is designed as an interactive tidal sculpture. As the ocean recedes, man made pools are revealed. Great for checking out various creatures that call these shallow basins, home.

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Bubbles!

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Nanaimo’s famous Barred Owl. Wonderful wire sculpture shows off the banding that gives this owl species it’s name. Mousie crouches in peril!

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Another fascinating art statement is “Hungry Bunny” by local artist, Dale Schulz.

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The popular piece brings the ‘hammer’ down on roaming rabbits.

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Oceanspray and sandstone. Nature’s art at the park.

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Rose for a rose. Nootka roses bloom on bluffs by the sea, as well as on a pretty top for me! Photos by Bob Tobin.

 

A Winter’s Journey

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This winter has been unusually cold for Vancouver Island. Sub-zero temperatures have turned ordinary vistas to fantasies of ice crystal magic.

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Let’s start out on Jinglepot Road. I’m dressed for a winter woodland ramble wearing soft shades of pink, lavender and orchid knits. They’re complimented by a three quarter length coat in nubby black and white boucle, ornamented with pearl buttons.

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Snowy vistas create their own colour harmony. I find cold season light takes on a bluish tinge which compliments cool colours beautifully. Like this soft baby pink tam in angora wool.

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Enhance your rosy glow with a touch of mauve blush and finish with rosy lipstick. Blue-grey shadow deepens blue tones in eye colour.

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My stroll took me into Morrell Nature Sanctuary and up Rocky Knoll for one of the best mountain views in Nanaimo.

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Making it to the top is definitely an achievement! Thank goodness for this conveniently place bench.

Snow ready boots in charcoal leather with good sole grip are stylish enough for city streets, as well as taking on back country.

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The lacing gives boots a sure slip free  fit, important when traveling rough terrain. Other accessories include warm winter gloves in burgundy from Ardene. Slim fit jeans sourced from Value Village.

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The scenery is utterly amazing, truly winter transformed.

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A bejewelled winter landscape calls for a touch of elegant personal adornment.

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Filigree silver pendant with pearl dogwood flower and faceted pink drop, peeks out from lilac cardigan.

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Lots of dramatic sights to take in. This tree has split right in half. Wow!

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A friendly crow is my walking companion. Look at him gobbling snow!

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At the top of Rocky Knoll the air already seems warmer. Winter on the island is ephemeral. In just days, everything changes. Keep watch. Soon there’ll be hints of reawakening land.

 

 

Not so Basic Black Dress

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I’m still into that edgy vibe for pumping up excitement in our fall wardrobes. Here’s a manikin perfect, one bare shoulder style, very not basic black dress!

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Yes we have fringe accent! Team this fabulous dress with black leather jacket for a tough meets siren look.

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Fringe accents up one arm and down the side of this asymmetrical dress from Ardene. Vintage rhinestone starburst pin picks up sparkly shoe embellishment.

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I love rhinestone pins! This one is especially lovely with warm highlights in the sparkle.

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Check out these heels! Sitting pretty in early autumn sun.

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One of the really fun things about exploring nook and cranny shops is finding hidden treasures like these black patent shoes with their statement heel design. Shoes from Vancouver Island Thrift Store.

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“Let’s see the boats,” says Bob. Ummm…walking down that metal ramp in these shoes…I need a break! dsc00645-2

So where are we heading off to? #nanaimowaterfront.

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All dressed up and ready to take in the sights #downtownnanaimo.

 

 

Autumn’s Edge

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The last day of September. We’re heading into October at a rapid clip. To me this month always means pumpkins, corn fields and the first glittering glimpse of frost rimmed grass to come. There’s a decided coolness in the wind right now. Evenings drop down to double sweater or add a jacket for comfort, temperatures.

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One way to transition summer wear into cooler temperatures is by layering a pair of tights under whatever we’ve chosen to wear. In this case, rip and repair walking shorts add an edgy vibe to this classic outfit of black vegan leather jacket and white lace emeblished top. The jacket is a personal favorite. It’s also featured in Vintage Value post.

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Here’s a closeup of the intricate lace detailing on the top. Textures of smooth leather and rough lace contrast well, adding excitement to the ensemble. Black and white are also picked up in the shorts, strengthening overall colour harmony. Both the top and shorts are from Ardene.

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I’ve added over the leather bomber, a fabulous Value Village find. Right off the men’s rack, a patchwork wool blazer with traditional tailoring. Throw on this second jacket for a little more warmth, plus a whole lot of street savvy vibe. Here’s a tip…those men’s jackets have large shoulder pads that can give you a ‘football player’ look. Simply open up the inside lining shoulder seam, and remove the pads.

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Bundle on a contrasting scarf for even more warmth and visual excitement. Other accessories include an Italian leather belt in black, men’s wear again and great suede pumps with a chunky heel. The shoes are Hush Puppies. Very comfortable as well as a feminine alternative to a boot.

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Add a gorgeous purse in olive leather to complete the perfect outfit for ‘tween season rambles. I tend to gravitate towards purses enriched with some colour. In this case, the olive tone really enhances random patches on the out sized jacket. Leather purses can be harder to find these days, especially at an affordable price. This hobo style is a perfect size. It was discovered at Salvation Army Thrift Store in Nanaimo.

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All photos are by my good friend Bob Tobin. Check back for installment #2 of how to add some edgy impact to your autumn wardrobe.