Red, White and Gold

September 12, 2012

Pollen Sweater Inc. sweater, Aldo shoes, bag c/o Roots, dress c/o Shoppalu,
bracelet & earrings c/o The Altered Chain, bracelets c/o Poshlocket
This Style Panel look just screams “SUP I’M CANADIAAAAAAAAN” but I like to think in a reasonably fashionable way. But I mean, the red, the white, the fact that I’m wearing a sweater that was literally designed for fishermen (which is a completely Canadian thing but I don’t really know why), the Roots bag…it’s all Canadiana to the max. The theme for FASHION Magazine‘s Style Panel this week was essential fall pieces though, so I had to work in this sweater since it’s one of the few things that keeps me warm when the temp drops.
Anyway, I’ve worn this sweater on the blog before but just wanted to mention again where it’s from since it’s such a near-and-dear-to-my-heart type of piece given that it comes from the Sunshine Coast, a place my fam has retreated to for years for R&R. If for whatever reason you happen to be in that area, it’d be worth your while to stop by the tiny Pollen Sweaters Inc. shop in beautiful Lund where these sweaters are made. The company imports in this ridiculously durable, pill-proof wool from Germany and as someone who’s in a perpetual state of freezing, I can personally testify to their heat-shielding properties. As I mentioned, they were made for fishermen who were ravaged by seawater and more every day, so while they might not be high fashion, they’re lifelong pieces!
I’m also wearing two more dainty pieces from The Altered Chain, an Etsy shop that sells all the wonderfully femme, delicate pieces I always gravitate to. I’ve been particularly enamoured with these tiny earrings – on my third day of wearing them already! I love pairing something really light like the jewellery or my Zen B. Spira dress from Shoppalu with a boxy, sturdy piece like this sweater.
So I don’t know if it’s the fact that I pretty much went from Maui directly to Toronto earlier this summer and my body’s confused or what, but my sleep pattern is so off these days and I’m pretty much on Maui time now (meaning I can’t fall asleep earlier than 3 a.m. each night). Sleep is the one thing I’ve never gotten the hang of (eating and exercise have been checked off for years now though thankfully), and I wish I knew the magic secret to a good night’s sleep. It’s such an important part of being healthy and it bothers me that I’m so bad at something that should presumably be so easy. If you’ve got sleep tips, then hook a sista up!

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  • Reply Mounette September 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    beautifull details and very nice pull!

  • Reply Neris / Fashion Fractions September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    such a pretty look! i love sweater with skirt 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Reply Caroline September 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love the way you've styled this! The red sweater and white skirt look so chic together. And those sweaters look amazing, I'm all for quality of quantity! Oh, and I also have not mastered the art of sleep … in fact, far from it. Although eating and exercise also come easier to me, sleep, sadly, does not!

    xo Caroline

  • Reply Wren KW September 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love the fisherman sweater paired with the more delicate skirt. You look lovely and perfectly Canadian.


  • Reply Joana September 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    You look really sweet and cute, especially with the dainty jewellery.

  • Reply RoselyC September 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Your outfit is lovely. I'm in love with your earrings, they are too cute. I have read that you should be careful with what you eat for dinner so that you don't end up too full or feel hungry and then you wont be able to fall asleep. Also creating a comfortable environment: making sure temp is right, no bright lights etc can contribute to a great nights sleep.

  • Reply Cee September 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Wish I could help you with the sleep thing, pally. I'm a good sleeper but I suck at exercise – I think we all have that one thing 😉 Love this outfit. You know I'm a big fan of this sweater, and so, so sad I can't get my own because they're made of wool. Why must sheep make me so itchy?? This upsets me every day. But I digress. You are gorgeous, as always.

  • Reply Amanda @ Eloquent English September 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    So so so pretty. I love this look it's classic, innocent and amazing! xoxo

  • Reply Gabriele September 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Love this outfit so much, the red jumper is gorgeous and looks great with the light skirt! 🙂

  • Reply MizzJ September 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    haha I didn't think this was an extremely Canadian outfit till you mentioned it! It's actually a very stylish way to show national pride 😉

    Hmm sleep tips… you could try drinking some warm milk with honey before bed. Works when you're a baby and when you're an adult lol!

  • Reply Bonnie September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Your skirt is gorgeous! Pretty soon I will need to start dressing a bit warmer, too. It's still a little warm here, though.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Erin September 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I love this look! I was thinking it looked very classic American before I read your description! I guess it's missing the blue for that :). I definitely want one of those sweaters after reading your description!


  • Reply Well... September 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I love combining sweaters and skirts – so pretty! 🙂

    Trendy Teal

  • Reply Meg September 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I absolutely love this. Skirts + sweaters = a gorgeous fall season.

  • Reply September 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    You look great here, can't believe we are entering sweater season again though, where did the summer go?
    xo K

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} September 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    totally digging what you've created with the sweater and soft skirt look Alex. way to pimp your ride lades! um, go Canadians!! 🙂 love the name of that Etsy shop and their pieces are fab too. bummer about your sleep patterns being so out of whack though. i've gone through bouts of it myself and it totally sucks when your eyes are still popped wide open at 3am. funniest thing, i get really sleepy when i'm photo editing on my iPhone. it sure does the trick to send a lights out message for night-nights. baha. good lucks with finding your way out to Rip Van Winkle-ness!!

    thanks for the email about the fashion goings on, sorry i didn't respond. i've been off the grid for a while now but sure am happy to get caught up here today 🙂 between getting an end-of-summer cold and then vacating the premises to San Fran (the boyf & i finally had a real holiday-yah!), well things got a little hairy for any kind of blogging upkeep or visits.

    happiness to see your pretty face! xo ♥

  • Reply Shannon September 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    You always look so beautiful, and this outfit is no exception. Love those bracelets!

  • Reply Styleclouds September 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Beautiful look!! xo, Christina

  • Reply t September 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I am digging this Canadian look! The sweater sounds warm and amazing.

  • Reply Petite Adventures September 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Love this look – it's the perfect balance for late-summer/early-fall.

  • Reply Stephanie Lin September 13, 2012 at 12:37 am

    What great accessories. And you look beautiful in red!

  • Reply Ramona September 13, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Alexandra, my sleeping habit is odd. I'm not sure on what it's dependent. I thought that my sleep will be better if i'm gonna feel so tired, but it doesn't work always. Sometimes i'm so tired and yet at 5 am still up.I have tried many things, but as strange it would sound, but that how my sleep is. I feel even better at night working than in morning.I'm more creative.I cant remember now where I read it, but there is lots of celebrities who sleeps just 4 hours per day and it's's not like we all are the same.
    I like combos with different textures- like knittings and silks, it's so feminine and strong.Your jewelry pieces are lovely and you look absolutely wonderful.

    xoxo Ra

  • Reply Marlen September 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

    ooo i love this combo! i like combining heavy tops with flowing skirts too, and this color combo perfectly straddles this summer slash fall moment we're in. lovely look 🙂

  • Reply Lindsey Louise Bales September 13, 2012 at 3:54 am

    ^^ as said above! this is a perfect fall look.

    lindsey louise

  • Reply pinkandplum September 13, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Great look as usual 🙂 I really love that you are rocking the dainty jewelry- so pretty!

  • Reply Theonlyfashionprincess September 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Love the sweater-skirt combo! 🙂 X

  • Reply dreamingincashmere September 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Love the skirt! This Canadian theme is working for you:)
    xo, amy

  • Reply Lilly September 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love this combination, sweater is perfect 🙂

  • Reply Lana S. September 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Your outfit is so cute and cozy!

    Lana, xo

  • Reply Annie September 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I LOVE that sweater! It looks so cute & cozy, and the color is gorgeous on you! It's perfect over the dress, and lovin' your jewelry too 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply Guylaine Fréderique September 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Wow that sweater is perfect, I absolutely love the colour. It looks so good on you. Very nice outfit!

  • Reply For All Things Lovely September 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Love your adorable blog! xx.

  • Reply Girl and Closet September 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Beautiful look Alex, I'm loving the nod to Canada… and I can not wait for sweater season. I've already started pulling out a few of my favourites, it's so great to get all bundled & cozy. Sorry to hear about the sleep, ack, I'd recommend trying a sleeping pill (natural is best) it should help get your body get back into a sleep rhythm again. xo V

  • Reply TR September 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Stunning look! I love the bold red sweater against the neutrals!

  • Reply Stories and Sequins September 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    The color of this sweater flatters you a lot! And I love your delicate jewelry:)

    Stories and Sequins

  • Reply Eau de Violet September 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Stunning. Love the bracelets.

    Eau de Violet

  • Reply Sevan September 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    you're so pretty! love this relaxed-chic look x

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