The Winking Hooter

DSCF0006_2 DSCF0007_2 DSCF0008_2 DSCF0010_2 Shirt: Victoria’s Secret

Sweater: Maison Jules 

Jeans: Old Navy

Shoes: Rieker

Hello, finally, from NYC!

How do you like my new wall? Natural light! The outdoors! Do I look cold? I’m pretty cold.

Here’s some New York life lessons that I’ve learned since landing a few weeks ago:

1. Snow is only pretty the day it snows. On the second day it looks revolting. By the third it’s downright dangerous.

2. Don’t judge the temperature until you know what the wind’s doing.

3. It’s easier to STAY warm than to GET warm.

4. Earmuffs are everything I ever dreamt they would be.

The Sophisticate was right when he said nothing that I had in my wardrobe would be warm enough for New York. Fortunately for me I landed right in time for Black Friday and the big pre-Christmas sales, so I got to take the opportunity to snaffle up some good deals while stocking up my winter wardrobe.

I bought another pair of my favourite Rockstar skinny jeans from Old Navy, and this adorable cashmere sweater from Maison Jules at Macy’s. It’s scrumptiously soft, in a heathered grey yarn with an intarsia pattern of an owl with an embroidered pink beak. It’s been dubbed my “winking hooters” sweater, which The Sophisticate thinks is a) hilarious and b) a great name for a bar.

I wore it out over the weekend when The Sophisticate and I joined some friends to see the Dutch Masters exhibition at the Frick Museum. It was a joy to see The Girl With The Pearl Earring in person, and the rest of the museum was a real pleasure to explore as well.

Weekend Wear




Top: Karen Walker at Uniqlo

Cardigan: Glassons

Jeans: Old Navy

Boots: Miz Mooz

My lazy, lazy weekend uniform: jeans, a t-shirt, and a cardigan.

I’ve actually had a bit of a stressful week – with more to come! – so it was nice to have a relaxed few days at home.

Saturday morning I was invited by Erin at Take Off Skin & Body to come in and sample their Pure Radiance Facial.




I’ve never had a facial before, so I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, but the therapist was wonderfully calm and relaxing. She walked me through the benefits of each of the products that she was using, and part of the service was a luxurious shoulder and neck massage that worked out the kinks and knots of stress that I’ve been carrying for the last few months.

I floated home, sat down on the couch, and promptly fell asleep for five hours. (I must have really needed it)

Saturday evening I indulged in a little of what Carly Findlay calls “Procrastibaking” and made the very excellent chocolate buttermilk cake from A Beautiful Mess, but this morning I decided I really needed to get off my lazy butt and start getting ready for my Next Big Adventure.

See how I just slipped that in there?

It’s hard to believe it’s true, but in two weeks time I’ll be flying out to New York to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year with The Sophisticate. Hurrah! It’s been a long, long, loooong five months since I last saw him in June.

Before then though I have to pack up the house (again) and put stuff into storage (again) and I decided another eBay sale would have a good two-fold effect. One: I’d have less to put into storage, and two: I’d have a little bit of spending money over the Christmas period while I won’t be earning any money.

If you’re interested in taking a look here’s the link