and in the morning i climbed your tree and flew away

posted on: February 23, 2012

{photos by jen}



dress from aritzia // old long sleeve tee // leopard belt from plum // sunglasses from barefoot contessa // purse from aldo // adam's nixon watch // jeffrey campbell 99 ties from solestruck



i'd almost given up completely on this artizia dress from last year, until i saw how kate of o my heart styled a similar frock last week!  i just loved how she layered it with a long sleeve tee.  such an obvious pairing that i'd somehow never thought of!  love a little inspiration to help breathe life back into an old favourite.

and i realize it's such a blogger clichรจ to discuss the weather, but i can't get enough of this vancouver sunshine!  the sun is a much better wake up call than any alarm clock!  makes me all giddy with excitement for sangria, patio parties, and weekend trips to the beach.  and the perfect compliment to these gorgeous days is all your great music recommendations.  after oh, you know...almost 4 years, i finally figured out how to embed just a song, so now you can instantly enjoy the tune that goes best with my posts...woohoo!  speaking of music, i picked up my tickets to florence and the machine's vancouver concert on july 20th @ deer lake park, will i be seeing you there?  because florence welch puts on an amazing show (the proof is in this post).

{soley - smashed birds}


  1. I love how the outfit turned out in photos - the lip colour and belt tie in so well with that bag! And you're right about the sunshine & houses in these pictures. So Cali ;)

    Have a great weekend and fingers crossed for more sunshine soon!


  2. I swear, sometimes I think we're wardrobe twins - I have the same dress in gray, and I've pretty much given up on it, too. Maybe a long sleeved tee is the answer to my problems! Must try this ASAP :)

    And yes, hurray for sunshine!


  3. That Aldo purse is so adorable!!Love the outfit!!

  4. Love the purse. I love the way the belt brings in the same colours from the bag. Great outfit!

  5. Such a great idea to layer a long sleeved shirt underneath. So simple, but I never think of those things either. The bright bag really makes the outfit pop - it suits the sunny weather so well! :-)

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  6. Love this! Totally following your blog! Thanks for being sweet and leaving a comment!

  7. I think the belt and layering work so well with this - you look great (and how awesome is that bag?).

    Courtney ~

  8. Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    ooo rats i'll be back in ontario by july! my boyfriend loves her!

    hasn't this sunshine on the west coast been amazing the last few days! we went hiking in lynn canyon today. beautiful! it was nice to get out of the downtown and see the wilderness.
    our friends from ontario get in for a visit tomorrow so hopefully the nice weather keeps holding out!

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

  9. the dress paired with the purse is just to die for!
    your outfit=love!

  10. The dress looks so pretty. I love how you styled it with the long sleeved shirt under.

  11. This looks stunning pally! I know I loved the way Kate styled that dress, and I love your take on it too! You look so chic and that bag is the perfect accent. And seriously how lucky are we with this sun?? Apparently it's gone over the weekend but even having it for the past two days has seriously cheered me up!

    Alex xoxo

  12. I saw Kat's look and loved it too, brought me back a little bit to my childhood days! You revamped the look! The silhouette is gorgeous!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  13. Adorable outfit! I've been loving that bag for a while now.. so perfect and ladylike :)


  14. I really love this look and I must say I'm a sucker for little styling tips that transform an outfit. I know this is super random but that house is the background is so darling.

  15. Love your bag! and belt! :) The setting is SO beautiful and the light is really great! Bring on the spring time! :)

    Love, Vanilla

  16. Very pretty dress! I love how you have it styled and love the bag!

  17. You look stunning! Please share your secret for such perfect hair!

  18. Very nice bag,so classy! XX

  19. Your look is totally awesome! I LOVE that dress, it's so pretty :) I hope the sunshine stays a while, and If you've had enough, would you send it over here? xo Nikki

  20. Aw, yay! That's so sweet! Glad you were able to find a way to re-wear an old favorite, and glad that I could be of some help in doing so! This outfit is so adorable on you, I love it! And SO COOL that you are going to see Florence & the Machine!! LOVE them! Happy weekend! xo!

  21. wow you look so lovely, Alicia! Love the dress with that belt!
    Totally agree, the sunshine the past few days was amazing. So sad we are back to rain and possibly snow!

    The Urban Umbrella

  22. love the long sleeve layered under the dress...genius! You look lovely and that bag is so fun.
    The sun certainly helps to get going in the morning, it can come back anytime!!
    Happy Friday,
    xo Cara

  23. oh gosh, definitely love the layering. so adorable girl! you are rocking it!
    xo TJ

  24. You are just so damn peachy! I love this outfit. The dress, the Belt, the bag... ALL LOVELY <3

    Come on by Little Miss Mama, I promise the Tea is always served HOT and the Cupcakes have a perfect Icing to Cake RATIO.


  25. It's such a great dress! Good thing you rediscovered it. Love your bag and sunnies!

  26. I know what you mean about the weather thing. I just can't help myself but talk about it. Today's weather topic...snowing at my house:(


  27. Girl, you are rocking this monochromatic look! And I lovelovelove your bag.


  28. I love the idea of layering a long sleeve under a cocktail dress. I need more industrious tricks like this as the weather here is dipping into the -20's. Envious of that Vancouver sunshine - I need to relocate.

    Music suggestions - cults!

    x The Pretty Secrets

  29. The long sleeve underneath the dress is such a simple, stylish solution! I like the leopard print skinny belt that you've paired it with; it adds detail and intrigue to the entire ensemble, along with the lip colour.

    It seems like forever ago now that the rain is back. Nevertheless, great post!

  30. The golden glow of the sun is so gorgeous in these photos! Such a smart idea to layer long sleeves under a sleeveless dress. Have a great weekend!


  31. Nailed the outfit pretty well. Gorgeous all black style. Great fashion ideas in here.

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  32. The dress looks so cute paired over the long sleeved shirt! It's a great way to winterize a dress. :) Or cover pasty white arms like mine. :) <3


  33. I love the silhouette of that dress on you!

  34. Love love love that bag! Great photos!

  35. Love your style and lovely blog
    Following you now.

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  36. Love the pop of color that your bag brings to the outfit :)

    xo Jennifer

  37. You look gorgeous and I love the simple idea of revamping a dress by adding a long sleeved shirt! :)


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