I celebrated two birthdays with friends today, one for Lisa and the other for Dan! I ended the evening riding home in new all-purpose pumps and thick, opaque leggings, but the day began with Lisa's birthday lunch at Holt's Café.
I love that this lunch space is out-of-the-way. It's not a feeding frenzy. No lines. Just good light and a simple setting. I also like that the wall of windows looks onto my old hair salon across the way (I've since then changed places since my girl moved to Saskatchewan).
Happy Birthday, Lisa!
I liked her birthday cardigan/belt combo.
We had lemonade that was flavoured with rosemary and lavender.
Then after work Don and I biked the scenic route to dinner at Culina. I haven't been here in ages and I really miss it. Dinner was very very delicious.
Leanne wore houndstooth with really great earrings.
Birthday boy, Dan.
Nielsen's hands and his dinner.
Leanne made cupcakes for dessert. Carrot cake with yum-yum frosting. I ate two.
I'm back to wearing an old favourite shoulder bag. It's too wide to fit in my basket so I clamp it down on my rear rack.
So, the utilitarian pumps. Our winters are SO BRUTAL here. The snow is just ridiculous and then there's the sand too. Beautiful shoes really get abused. Many of my pretty shoes are non-snow only or else I bring them and change into them when I get to my destination. These pumps I found are great because they're really grippy on the bottom and they're not precious. Synthetic leather? In this case? Yes, please. And the heel is robust too. No snapping off or wobbling around when trekking through snow.
And leggings. Man, I'm sort of eating my own words here, but allow me to provide some context. I think when skinny jeans first came out there was an onslaught of inappropriate body types donning the trend. It just comes down to fit. Regardless the trend, if it doesn't fit, it's not going to look good.
Now most of the legging no-nos that I have seen are when the leggings are more like pyjama or underwear type leggings. One of the main distinctions here is whether the leggings are opaque. Particularly when they're stretched across somebody's bum. If you can see flesh peaking through? Um... those aren't pants.
So I found this pair that is super thick, and more comfortable than jeans. I am willing to concede that these pant-style leggings are acceptable to wear on their own but I will still exercise caution when pairing them with tops. Coordinates will have to be tunic-length. I'm not kidding myself. I have a shapely booty and thighs to match so one must wear such things with caution.
Honestly, one of the most convenient things about thick leggings is that they're wonderful to wear while riding bikes. Warm, no catching on bike-parts, and very stretchy. When it snows I am going to love easily tucking theses into my various boots.
So, leggings. They exist in a fashion grey area for me. I am now venturing into uncharted territory and will tread and ride, carefully.