Faux Pas on Faux Pas

September 24, 2012

Club Monaco blazer & clutch, H&M top & skirt, necklace c/o Jeweliq
This outfit is a veritable smorgasbord of faux pas‘s: from the navy and black duo to the longer blazer and flared skirt combo, I really just nailed fashion don’t after fashion don’t here. But here’s my justification: a. I’ve never understood the navy-and-black faux pas (and Yves Saint Laurent put his stamp of approval on the combo years ago, so there you have it), b. I actually like the trapeze-esque silhouette that the silk blazer draped over the flared skirt creates and finally, c. though I’m not a crazy “out there” dresser, I think discretely breaking rules to give little udpates to a basic look (like I did here) is a pretty safe way of eeever so slightly adding some edginess to a stale ensemble. 
This Jeweliq necklace is another example of discrete edginess: on its own, its tame but still statement-worthy, but when layered with other jewellery or thrown into a more complex look, it can really up the ante too. Once it gets just a bit cooler, I’ll be layering it under collared-shirt-and-sweater combos like crazy.
In other less fashion-related news, I’m still on the job hunt but am still feeling pretty hopeful and good about everything. I have faith that the right thing will come into place soon and in the meantime, I’m just plugging away at the application process and following up here and there at a few prospects that really appeal to me. And looking on the bright side, this has been a great period for a lot of little catch-up duties: my desktop, phone, etc. are all finally tidied/organized, I have some exciting blog-related opportunities that have opened up and I have all the time in the world to work out so I think that’s really buoyed my spirits too. It looks like the sunshine has finally let up just in time for the autumnal equinox on the weekend, so I’m happy I had that time to really soak up all the rays while they were shining (these pics aren’t doing it justice but my tan is pretty much back in full force).
The winner of the Keltie Leanne Designs giveaway is Natalie by the way, she came up with the wonderful name of “Restore” as a tribute to the healing properties of the necklace’s gemstones!
Hope you all had a great weekend!

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  • Reply Selene September 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm



  • Reply Citrus - Refreshing Fashion September 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    love reading your blog! this is not a only a great outfit but a great article! good luck with the job hunt! enjoy your time off..wish i had more of it!

    XO Meghan

  • Reply Joana September 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I never understood why black and navy weren't allowed to mingle and this post just confirms my suspicion: one day, someone who hated one of the colours decided they couldn't be combined and made everyone think they didn't go together. But they actually do!

  • Reply Anna Hart September 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Agree with you on the navy/black – I think it looks fab together. LOVE those shoes – where are they from? xx

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  • Reply Neris / Fashion Fractions September 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    such a pretty lady like outfit! looking gorgeous as ever!


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  • Reply Lindsay Ann September 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I think you nailed this outfit – sometimes it's ok to break rules!!

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  • Reply Elle Sees September 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Totally a fashion do!!

  • Reply Erin September 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I think those silhouettes look amazing together! And I totally agree with you on navy and black: why not?!?! The necklace is very pretty, too!


  • Reply Wren KW September 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I love the necklace. It's such a perfect combination of chunky and delicate.


  • Reply September 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Looking beautiful here, I love the skirt with the blazer combo! And navy and black together for that matter 🙂
    xo K

  • Reply Gabrielle September 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    you look sooo pretty,


  • Reply Gillian @ Money After Graduation September 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Great outfit ! So classy and beautiful.

  • Reply JennaStevie September 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I never understood the navy and black thing either, I like the way you combined the two shades. And long blazers and flared skirts create an awesome look! Good luck in the job hunt, you will find something!

  • Reply Heidi September 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I love it. Navy and black is one of my favorite color combos. Great outfit. -Heidi

  • Reply Well... September 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    That top and skirt go so perfectly together! I thought it was a dress haha. Lovely touch of chic with the blazer 🙂

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  • Reply claude September 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    you look super pretty!:)
    good luck with the job hunt

    xx claude

  • Reply alison*elle September 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I wear black & navy ALL the time… I don't even care anymore, haha. You look gorgeous as always, Alex! I miss weekends at Lonsdale Quay!

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird September 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Loving this look, the faux pas looks fantabulous.

  • Reply Claudia Saadeh September 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    So beautiful!!

  • Reply Maneet Jassal Gupta September 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    All the best for job search! 🙂


  • Reply TheUrbanUmbrella September 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Well you make faux-pas totally chic! Love the outfit, you are seriously gorgeous!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

  • Reply Gabriele September 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    gorgeous outfit, super classy! 🙂


  • Reply fashionbeautyquest September 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Love your outfit – gorgeous!

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  • Reply Courtney Erin September 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I'm really glad to hear that you're feeling positive about things – trust me (having just come through a similar situation myself), it really does all work out. And, on the fashion end of things, I am a big fan of this look. I'm breaking the black and navy rule right now myself so I have zero complaints with this.

    Courtney ~

  • Reply Carmen September 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    You look great your shoes are amazing!

  • Reply Bonnie September 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I believe that, like rules, faux pas are made to be broken. Who says we can't do this and that? If we rock the look, then it's okay! And you, girl, certainly rock this look.
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  • Reply RoselyC September 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I don't know who made up the rules but I'm glad you broke them. Your outfit looks great, the colors and cuts look well together. Who ever said black and navy don't go together was color blind or something because the combination looks amazing.

  • Reply Célèste Brott of Fashion is Evolution September 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Cute outfit. I love black and navy together, and I always invoke the name of Yves Saint Laurent as my excuse to wear it even though I totally would still love black with navy even if it didn't have a designer's stamp of approval.

  • Reply Mehak September 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Lovely outfit.. the colors looks really good together!!


  • Reply Sara September 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    you look so french in this outfit! its super chic and looks amazing on you!

  • Reply Kelly Jaspers September 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    You look great, love your style!

  • Reply Fashion Tales September 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Definitely an A++ outfit in my opinion. I don't do much with those fashion rules! I love the skirt and that necklace looks stunning with the look! Enjoy your week! xo /Madison

  • Reply Seeking Style September 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Faux Pas Shmo Pas! You look fantastic!

    xo Jennifer

  • Reply Izumi Bogen September 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    beautiful girl!

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  • Reply Katie- Hems for Her September 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Good luck with the job search! I know you will find something great, and I for one, think your outfit is a "Fashion Do"!!!!

  • Reply Ashley of Southern (California) Belle September 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! This skirt is fantastic <3



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  • Reply Marie-Eve September 25, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Who cares about so called fashion rules ! You look amazing, that's all that matters ! Hello from Montreal !

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  • Reply Pins, Needles & Fashion September 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I love the skirt and top combo! Plus the blazer adds the perfect finishing touch. You look stunning.

  • Reply Northern Style Exposure September 25, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Looking so polished!!!! And your hair is looking great!

  • Reply t September 25, 2012 at 4:54 am

    When I read this post's title and then looked at your outfit I honestly couldn't even think what the faux pas were. You look great!

  • Reply kcomekarolina September 25, 2012 at 7:18 am

    omg! such a cool style!

    xoxo from rome

  • Reply Chloë September 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Lovely dress,and verry nice shoes!
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  • Reply Mademoiselle K. September 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Awesome outfit! You look wonderful!

  • Reply Emm September 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Great photos! Super cute outfit 🙂


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  • Reply Annie September 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I love the navy & black together, and you look SO pretty…I'd say you totally nailed the fashion dont's 🙂

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  • Reply Amanda @ Eloquent English September 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I almost think faux pas's are non-existant anymore… All things go! It looks super fun!

  • Reply Girl and Closet September 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Your hair is just looking amazing, Alex!! I love the cut… I may have to pay your stylist a visit, mine's been looking so limp & blah lately!! And this outfit?! Gorgeous!! I love wearing navy & black together, and when I do, someone always reminds me it's a faux-pas! So funny, who decided that?! You look beautiful, hope your day is super!! xo V

  • Reply Marella September 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    You look amazing dear! Gorgeous look!
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  • Reply Sammie September 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    you look fantastic,the skirt is so cute 🙂


  • Reply two birds September 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    i don't think it is ever a faux pas if you look great, right? so this must not be one!

  • Reply Nowak September 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    beautiful look1 you look so elegant!

  • Reply Marlen September 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    pshh i don't believe in any of those fashion don'ts- this outfit looks amazing. i think whatever looks good to your eye looks good 🙂

  • Reply erica September 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    gorgeous outfit! xo

  • Reply Stephanie Lin September 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Oh I love how classy this look is!

  • Reply Caroline Topperman September 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Nah! I don't believe there is such a thing as a fashion don't anymore. You look fantastic, that's such a great outfit. As long as you have the confidence that just shows through and eclipses everything else.


  • Reply Whitney Cosgrave September 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I think this look is perfect – I always wear navy and black together!

  • Reply Heidi-and-Seek September 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Fantastic outfit, I love the necklace, and the color block skirt is so pretty!

  • Reply Just Another Shopaholic September 26, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Gorgeous skirt and beautiful necklace!!

  • Reply Styleclouds September 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I love this outfit! The mix of black and navy is no Fashion Faux-Pas to me so you go girl! Looking beautiful! xo, Christina

  • Reply Viève September 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Where did you get those shoes!!!


  • Reply Megan September 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    You look beautiful as always! I thought that was a dress at first, love that it's separates – you styled this perfectly. Happy Wednesday 🙂

  • Reply Amy September 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I personally like black and navy mixed together!

  • Reply Ashley Aspinwall September 27, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I'm a fan of a good fashion faux pas, it's what keeps fashion fun 🙂 Besides the fact that you look great!

    xo SideSmile,

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  • Reply Petite Adventures September 28, 2012 at 1:53 am

    This outfit is anything but a faux pas – you look awesome!


  • Reply Manonnn November 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Girly and classy and at the same time a little bit edgy.

  • Reply city January 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    thanks for share.

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