Lady in Red

April 16, 2012

Pollen Sweater Inc. crewneck, bag c/o Mary Nichols, vintage dress, H&M wedges

 My girls trip away to Pender Island this past weekend could not have been more perfect. Since this was my last “West Coast weekend,” I’d like to think Mother Nature conspired to put on a great show for me: the sun was out, seals were playing, there was this consistent light breeze and most surprisingly of all: it was actually warm enough to suntan.

Emaan, one of my faves, took these pics for me on our little sundeck where we spent about 50 per cent of our time – can you believe she doesn’t have a photography background?! Follow her on Twitter here for lots of fun updates on everything from the local music scene to the latest Vancouver happenings!

The sweater I’m wearing in these photos is actually kind of special to me. My family’s cabin is on the Sunshine Coast, and we’re about a ten minute drive away from the fishing village of Lund, one of my favourite little spots in the world. There’s a company there called Pollen Sweaters Inc. that sells these special fisherman sweaters that are quite literally impervious to just about anything. They completely shield you from the cold, they can go in the washer and dryer, they stand up to salt water, etc etc. Anyway, everyone in my family gets one at one point or another since we spend so much time on the Coast and this year I finally got mine in red! I love that it’s incredibly practical but it’s still cute enough to throw with more stylish pieces, like my favourite little vintage sundress.

Here’s a few more parting snapshots of my weekend away:

My friend Amanda (who’s back from med school in Ireland for a visit, so happy!) as we crossed over the ocean to Pender Island.

Wine: the star of the weekend. My delicous RosΓ© here reflects the trees outside.

The view at sun down as we hung out on the porch Saturday night.
Hope all of you are off to a good start this week so far! To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply Katie's Bliss April 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Looks like such a fun weekend! Red looks great on you by the way! Lovely look πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lexxie` April 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Beautiful! The photo with wine looks very good.
    Red looks great on you.

  • Reply two birds April 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I love this outfit. That sweater looks so comfy and I love it layered over the sundress. And those last three photos are gorgeous! So glad you had a fun weekend!

  • Reply Erin April 16, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    You look adorable! I love the sturdy red sweater paired with the flowy red sundress. Such great styling! And it's awesome that a sturdy sweater can also be so cute!


  • Reply Sunkissed April 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    You look amazing! I love your wedges! And that picture of your wine is so beautiful!

  • Reply Small Town Gal April 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Amazing in red! So stunningly gorgeous! Your friend is so talented. Tell her she should definitely go into photography. Imagine what she could do?

  • Reply Marie a la Mode April 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Love the lighting in these photos and your outfit too of course ; ) Oh how I wish I had a cabin at the ocean to retreat to! It must be so nice!

  • Reply Joana April 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Gorgeous photographs. I love your skirt, by the way! So glad you're having fun πŸ™‚

    xo Joana

  • Reply Joana April 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Gorgeous photographs. I love your skirt, by the way! So glad you're having fun πŸ™‚

    xo Joana

  • Reply fluff and fripperies April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Love your sweater and it's great to hear the story behind it. Also, I'm now craving a glass of rosΓ©!

  • Reply !HYBRID HUNTER April 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Beautiful cuff! I love roses and rose, so this post made me happy πŸ™‚

    My blog: HYBRID HUNTER

  • Reply Bonnie April 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    You look absolutely GORGEOUS in red. It's your color. I love wearing red because it seems to stand out more with my dark hair.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply xoxoCat April 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Ugh looks beautiful. So jealous! I spent the week at home studying!

  • Reply JennaStevie April 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Gah what an absolutely beautiful place to hang out and relax. This sweater is amazing, definitely a practical and stylish piece. The red looks so wonderful on you!! Sounds like an amazing weekend πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda Chic April 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Omg!!! amazing pics. You look really beautiful πŸ™‚

    A chic kiss πŸ˜‰

  • Reply lisa April 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Gorgeous photos and outfit. You should wear red more often.

  • Reply Awake My Soul April 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Your outfit looks amazing!))
    Hope you guys had fun.


  • Reply SIENA.STYLE April 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    you look gorgeous!!
    kisses from prague

  • Reply Alexis Grace April 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The sweater is great. I love when a piece has a special story like that! Glad you enjoyed your getaway!

  • Reply AVY April 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    So pretty πŸ™‚



  • Reply Courtney Erin April 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Your trip sounds/looks amazing – and I love the all red look, I can never seem to pull off red so I'm envious of those who can!

    Courtney ~

  • Reply Pins, Needles & Fashion April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    You look so beautiful! all of this photos are stunning. I love that red skirt paired with the red sweater. Looks like you had a blast!

  • Reply villitruusut April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Red is a stunning color on you! Those sandals look adorable, and seem comfortable too!
    You have a lovely blog! Followed!

  • Reply little moon lover April 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    red wine always puts a smile on my face.. it's such a delicacy to me.. lovely photos.. that looks like a very beautiful place.. and looking amazing in red btw.. suits you!

  • Reply jules April 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    looks like a beautiful weekend!!


  • Reply Amy April 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Those pictures are incredible! She took awesome pictures for not being a photographer.


  • Reply Asher April 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely color on you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pancakes and pearls April 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Just discovered your blog, you look great!!

  • Reply charity victoria April 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    you look amazing, and that weekend sounds amazing! I love the monochrome red look. Also, that wine photo is lovely. I feel like its the perfect snapshot of summer!

  • Reply Katie- Hems for Her April 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Gorgeous photos! What a wonderful weekend! And BTW you look amazing in red (and now I am singing "Lady in Red")!!!

  • Reply Marisa Violeta April 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Those photos are lovely!
    And I love the story behind thar red sweater πŸ™‚

  • Reply Francesca Felix April 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    this color is amazing!!! looks great. your blog always has the cutest things

  • Reply Heather April 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I love you in red – those pictures are breathtaking! And that wine glass is too cool – love the reflection πŸ™‚


  • Reply Mallory April 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I love the look of the sweater over a sundress. I would never think to do that.
    Sounds like your trip to Pender was a great way to say good-bye to the ocean. My parents have a place on Saturna Island, so I make sure to visit it every time I'm out West so that I can remember how amazing the coast really is.

  • Reply Sam April 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Pender Island sounds and looks heavenly, such a serene place, thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. you look lovely in red. I am crushing on your pretty gold rose cuff

  • Reply Well... April 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Wow, wonderful outfit photos and gorgeous photography shots at the end! Love this post <3
    I love how clothing can be special because of the story behind it. Your red sweater is a perfect piece to mix with the coolish spring nights too.
    Glad you had a great trip, it sounds like it went perfectly πŸ™‚

    Trendy Teal

  • Reply Wren April 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

    This is gorgeous. I'm glad you had such a lovely parting weekend. The ocean will be waiting for you to return.


  • Reply thehautecookie April 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

    drop dead gorg!!!! you look amazing in red, and love the wine to go with~ cheers!!! xO!

  • Reply hautepinkpretty April 17, 2012 at 12:44 am

    love the red on you! Xox <3

  • Reply Petite Adventures April 17, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Sisters in Style April 17, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I love how you pulled off red on red! Sometimes a one color outfit can be hard but yours looks effortless! Beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • Reply The Midwest Muse April 17, 2012 at 12:58 am

    You are beautiful and I'm in love with the photo of your friend. It's the most pretty thing I've seen all day.

  • Reply Cee April 17, 2012 at 1:01 am

    These shots have me swooning, pally. I was living vicariously through your gorgeous weekend via Instagram and these shots definitely do not disappoint – particularly the shot of your rose glass with the tree reflection. And you are looking as effortlessly lovely as ever. That Pullen sweater caught my eye instantly; I would never have guessed it was a practical piece, it's so stylish and such a lovely colour! And the perfect match with your adorable chevron print vintage dress. Hope you week is off to a good start, my lovely pal πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marisa April 17, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Your photos in this post are amazingly beautiful! It's also incredibly cute that you and your family all have these fisherman sweaters πŸ™‚


  • Reply Nia Langley April 17, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Stop being so awesome already!

  • Reply Jenna Hughes April 17, 2012 at 2:25 am

    i love the shot of the wine glass! love red on you

  • Reply Marcella April 17, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Oh, sounds and looks like you've had a magical time! Wish I could have joined you (sorry if that sounds weird lol). That fishermans sweater really proves that authentic things are the best – love the structure and obvious quality – amazing that it came in such a fashionable colour too! And of course, looking absolutely amazing, the outfit is so classy, it really suits the flash looking cabin location.

    Hope you're well x


  • Reply MizzJ April 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Oh my gosh, I feel a little bit more relaxed just living vicariously through these photos! I love your sweater and out this outfit too – you look like a pretty strawberry haha!

  • Reply jamie April 17, 2012 at 5:03 am

    aw, so happy you ladies had a great time together! your red fisherman sweater is the bomb-diggity! you look red hot in red πŸ˜‰ hoping that life is treating you with lots of happiness and joy my dear alex.


  • Reply just me April 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

    wow red is your color. looking so great in red :)))

  • Reply becks April 17, 2012 at 5:45 am

    soo gorgeous! i love the red on red you have on! x

  • Reply My Cowlick April 17, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Lovin this whole outfit. I love putting a sweater on over a skirt. Such a great feel.


    Amanda – My Cowlick Blog

  • Reply Britta April 17, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Man, that sounds like an absolutely fantastic girls weekend! Hoping to do one of those in a couple weeks, now that exams are over (finally!!!). The pictures are just breath taking- that shot of you in the sunset is my fav!


  • Reply Sarah April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

    These photos are beautiful, red looks amazing on you! Xo

  • Reply Beauty Follower April 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Great outfit, love the skirt!

  • Reply Suzi Maynard April 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Your friend is very talented. The photos are really lovely! Glad you enjoyed your time away. Have a great week!
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  • Reply BROKEN.WHIMSY April 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Naw, looks like yall had one stellar getaway hun. Red looks insanely lovely on you which Im jealous about because it quite literally looks tragic on me… anyway your friend did a fab job on the photos! All these turned out rather lovely ^_^

    Eeli xo

  • Reply Leah April 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The red and caramel are so perfect together! My new favourite combo!

  • Reply Heather April 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Beautiful shots! I really love the shot of the wine with the reflection of the trees in it! I also love your outfit. You perfectly styled red on red.

  • Reply Audrey April 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I love your sweater !
    Thank you for your comment πŸ™‚


  • Reply jo April 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog and love it!

    Hello from your local blogger!

    xo Jo

  • Reply Sootjeelina April 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the skirt and sweater together, and the sunglasses look great on you as well

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  • Reply Mona β™₯ La Vie est Belle April 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend! ^_^

  • Reply Gabriele April 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    sounds like the most perfect weekend!! you look gorgeous in red, im glad you had a great time!

  • Reply Elisabeth April 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Wow stunning photos! That sweater is awesome, I would definately have some use for it here in Finland. Do you know how much they are in euros, and can one buy them online somewhere?
    Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog, I have tagged you in my latest post with 11 questions.

    E from Helsinki

  • Reply Zoe @ The Chic Classmate April 17, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    absolutely love that sweater!!

  • Reply cuteredbow April 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Beautiful pics ! Love your red outfit !

  • Reply Julia Lis April 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm


    depois passa lΓ‘ no meu blog
    e se der segue!

    curta a pΓ‘gina no face:


  • Reply Jessica April 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    this is so cute! i love the story behind the sweater, its always great to have something that means so much to you


  • Reply Lovers, Saints & Sailors April 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    These shots are just gorgeous. And it looks like such a relaxed, fun trip away.

    You totally sold me on your red sweater. I want one! Only problem is, it would never be cold enough to wear here. Sad face.

  • Reply SideSmile Style April 18, 2012 at 1:13 am

    love this monochromatic look! these pictures are amazing : )

    xo SideSmile,

  • Reply Joyce April 18, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I love the practical yet cute sweater, it is such a great red color! Goes well with stripes, nice outfit πŸ™‚

  • Reply Natalie April 18, 2012 at 1:47 am

    red on red….very risky…but it looks good!

  • Reply Cara April 18, 2012 at 1:54 am

    love the red on red!
    xo Cara

  • Reply pinkandplum April 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Looks like an AMAZING weekend! Also, what a perfect and practical sweater!!

  • Reply Maria Bastida April 18, 2012 at 4:30 am

    this is definitely your color!!! looking great πŸ˜€

  • Reply Leonie April 18, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Pretty lady in red! I love the story about the sweater – gotta love a piece with a meaning or story behind it. And you're right, it looks like a classic piece that can be styled in so many ways. What a win! Once again it sounds like you've had a wonderful weekend. Maybe you should host a blogger get-together at the cabin some time πŸ˜‰

    xo Leonie

    Baby Blue

  • Reply Ivana April 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

    This is such a beautiful and perfect outfit! Red is one of my favorite colors and I love how you styled all these pieces! That sweater is just amazing!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  • Reply Megan April 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    It sounds like you had a great girls weekend! Love that shot of the trees reflected in the wine glass. And now onto you- you're a vision in red!! Love the skirt and your legs look 8 miles long. Very pretty πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  • Reply E L L E S A P P E L L E April 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm


    X ELLE

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} April 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    dag girl, the weather really did pull out all the stops to give you the best and the brightest!!! that's awesome and you are a red rapture – so many gorgeous sun flares and glowy gleams. these shots are fantastic! Emaan is a true talent behind the lens, love these photo compositions.

    cool facts about your sweater story, it's always interesting to note the behind the scenes scoop. fab share! happy mid week wishes – hope to see you soon!! xo β™₯

  • Reply sweet harvest moon April 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I really thin red is your color! So pretty!

  • Reply Giovanna April 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Great photos! Love your skirt!


  • Reply Vang April 19, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Beautiful photos! I love that story about the red sweater. It's great when there is a personal connection to a loved piece of clothing.

    Vang πŸ™‚

  • Reply Liv April 20, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I think this is one of my fave outfits you have posted of ALL TIME. I love the unusual shape and combo of the cozy sweater and the vintage dress. It's the very definition of effortless elegance. Thanks for the tip for Pollen Sweaters too.

    Your friend takes incredible photos – hopefully we'll see more of her work…

    Never been to Pender Island but hopefully one of these days!

  • Reply Yuliya β™₯ April 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Love your skirt β™₯

  • Reply ashley faye April 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I love when I'm able to make out other images in my glasses of wine too. great pics overall πŸ™‚

  • Reply MEANDLEX May 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Ahh it just keeps getting better!! Love this look, super classic.

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