Monday, August 18, 2008

Inching Towards Autumn

Is there a blogger out there who isn't talking about how over the summer is and how ready for the crisp, fashion-friendly days of autumn (s)he happens to be?

You know, until I started blogging, I didn't realize that the entire civilized world (with the exception of some crazy summer-centric beach bunnies - you know who you are) longs for the technicolor, azure skies of early September; the crunchy, orange/grey-hued smokiness of late November.

In the spirit of transition, here's an outfit I hope to get some real use out of over the next month:

Please note that these were taken during the fateful "every picture looked weird and sort of awful" shoot of last week, so I can't say they really show this cute dress off to its best advantage. The shoes are the ones I bought online from HQ in Montreal.

Oh, and the dress is from the(vaguely famous if you live in TO) Joe Fresh - a cool and exceedingly inexpensive chain started by Joe Mimran (former owner of Club Monaco). The deal is that the stores are carved out of retail space in the big box food chain Loblaws. Yes, you go shopping for your spinach and diapers and pick up a pair of shoes while you're at it. Shoes that cost 20 bucks.

That dress is so flammable, it is believably vintage and it was on sale for $11.00. Yes - eleven. And, can't vouch for the conditions of the garment workers, but the item is so well made it will last through the next ice-age.


  1. oh the dress looks cute. i am not a summer person, it's so hot.... fall is good for me in california, not too hot, not too cold.

  2. I love that dress! I am crazy for patterns and green - great find!!


  3. You'd BETTER get some real use out of that dress. It's such a fun print and makes you look supersexie.

  4. Oooh, I love the print and shape of the dress. I only really like autumn for a few days and then I'm ready to feel warm again!
    Oh and I'm not sad to leave my school. I've been there too long without a break lately and I still definitely have one semester left there--so I will be back.

  5. I LOVE the pattern with that retro, fifties feel. I think the middle pic is very cute! I'm looking forward to the happy days of spring, sick of dry, dusty winter!

  6. Savvy: Thanks. Fall in California is definitely beautiful...

    CC: Merci, Mademoiselle. It is a crazy pattern which is what appeals to me.

    Sal: I promise, I'm going to start wearing it as soon as the weather cools down a smidge. Thanks for your lovely compliment!

    Rebecca: You see, you're one of those traitorous summer-lovers :-) Glad to know you're not sad to leave the old place for the new. And that you'll still see everyone again.

    Bronwyn: Of course, you're in the depths of winter. Which is much worse than the depths of summer. Point taken :-)

  7. What a nice dress... and you look very good in it.

    My heart is divided, I want summer and I want fall... hmmmm... I'm weird :S


  8. As Sal would say "Great Rack"!, I am boobagely challenged so very jealous. Seriously flattering line and great color.

  9. what an awesome dress, i just adore the pattern! :-)

  10. Ah, I've been waiting for this post. It looks fab on you! I went to Joe during work the other day (I have to go to Loblaws actually) and saw their new fall collection. Luckily all the things I wanted were no longer in my size (I'm trying to hard to save for our next shopping trip!).

  11. I guess you can throw me into the pile of crazy summer-centric beach bunnies, because I'm not quite ready to relinquish the summer heat. Love the dress and it makes me really want to get off my butt and finally check out a Joe Fresh offering. I have yet to do it, and I keep seeing more and more reasons to get it done.

  12. Ahhh--words that I forgot I knew! The sweet sound of Loblaws. Seriously, though, leave it to Canadians to come up with such savvy shopping ideas.

    This dress looks like a great transitional piece!

  13. AUTUMN? What's that? FALL, you say? Tell that to my muggy, buggy co-denizens of the Bog.

    I'm just going to have to come here and admire your festive fall Canadian self.

    Love the fit of this dress!

  14. Thanks,everyone, for being so positive about this outfit! I can see that health week might have gone on a smidge too long :-)

    Seeker: You aren't weird - just schizophrenic :-) Are you a Gemini, by any chance?

    Hammie: LOL - I don't know what to say except, thanks! Wait for a new bra post coming up in the next few days. (Don't worry, I'm not modeling!)

    Thanks C: How are you feeling as you get ready to go back to the land of summertime?

    Y: Save yourself. I have a feeling we're going to get lucky at Club Monaco! It's hard in that place though. It's all so hideously affordable.

    Jill: Really, check it out. A lot of the stuff is rather disposable looking, but the good things are tremendously appealing and entirely affordable.

    Miss C: Not only clothes shopping at the supermarket, but we came up with President's Choice :-)

    MFF: I'm blushing :-)

    Suzanna: Here's what we should do - In about 5 months, you can gloat about living somewhere where there's at least some sunshine and I will bitch about negative 30 degree weather and cleaning up after snow storms! Deal?

  15. Awesome dress. Very flattering on you. And I want summer always. No fall/winter for me!

  16. I love that dress on you. It's perfect.

    At least it'll last a long time, which can't be said for a lot of the really inexpensive stuff churned off the assembly lines today.

  17. Green is totally your color! Suits you so well!

  18. Wendy: Thank you. The retroness and pattern reminded me of something you might wear!

    E: Thanks. These pics are so boobs-plus - but in real life, this dress is quite demure. Go go, demure. If that makes any sense.

    Nadine: Thank you. You look awesome in green.

  19. President's Choice I never forgot--it's available here, oddly enough. But Loblaws? Doesn't it sound like saying "lobsters" with a mouth full of potatoes? (And I say that with great affection.)