These balmy temperatures in November in Ottawa feel truly unprecedented and also like a small sliver of hope that maybe we have something to look forward to, in spite of the overwhelmingly bleak year it’s been.
I, for one, have been making the most of the warmer weather by going sans jacket and rocking my new suede boots before the snow arrives and limits my opportunity. My good friend John-Finnigan Lin was kind enough to capture all of the photos featured in this post.
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I think the worst part of Ottawa’s brutal winters is the sheer volume of snow, the severity of the cold, and therefore, the necessity of bundling up into a sleeping bag and having to put on hip-waders to go outside. In January-February in the nation’s capital there is no chic suede boot and wool jacket situation – you must brace for impact and anticipate your eyelashes freezing together.
With that being said, I’ll be taking full advantage of the late summer climes while they last.
I picked up these cognac coloured suede boots from Montreal-based Maguire Boutique. They are a Canadian-made, more affordable alternative to the ever-popular over-the-knee style from Stuart Weitzman (currently ON SALE).
I’ve paired them here with a forest green fit and flare dress from Theory with a subtle bell sleeve – a couple years old (I’ve linked similar styles in the slider above). For accessories, I’ve opted for one of my favourite Hermès scarves, a vintage bamboo Gucci watch, my favourite box bag from J.W. PEI, and Ray-Ban sunnies.
I’ve finished the look with vintage gold floral clip-on earrings and a bright orange-red lip called Red Square from NARS. I love the pop of persimmon from this velvet matte lip pencil as I find it perfectly suits my fair complexion and pulls out the hints of orange in the scarf.
I love these lip pencils from NARS so much that I have them in at least 20 colours. If you were to open any one of my handbags, you’d surely have at least three spill out. The colours are saturated, the formula isn’t drying, while having a nice matte finish, and they LAST.
This will be last fall fashion post for the year but stay tuned for more fresh winter style content coming soon!