Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mt Edith Cavell: an outfit

Banff National Park, just five minutes from my doorstep, is world-famous and gets millions of visitors each year. Fewer tourists make it just a little bit farther north to Jasper National Park. 

Mount Edith Cavell is one of the most prominent peaks in the Jasper area. It's 3,300 meters high, and I recently learned that it was named after a British nurse who was executed by the Nazis for helping Allied soldiers escape.

I convinced my husband to take these photos when we hiked partway up the approach trail the day before our second attempt on the mountain. Before you judge me for hiking in a skirt and totally inappropriate footwear, let me clarify that we left straight from work and I didn't have time to change. And also, I put a down jacket over my clothes and wore long johns underneath the skirt. 

Outfit details:
Shirt: Banana Republic, very old
Skirt: Anthropologie, Songbird skirt (on sale and still available in a few sizes)
Shoes: Nine West


  1. You look amazing! I would never lecture you on climbing or hiking gear. I think it is awesome that you get out and do it! Especially in that skirt (which by the way, I love on you). Those shoes are fantastic. The scenery is breathtaking. What a gorgeous place to live. The name behind the mountain made me sad. And proud of that Edith.

    Are you reading anything good right now? You and I have the same taste in books and I need something to read!


    1. Thanks, Jenni!

      I am reading "The Time in Between" by Maria Duenas. It's translated from Spanish and it's based on the lives of Rosalinda Fox and Sira Quiroga who were spies for the British in Spain in the 1930s. I'm really enjoying it. It's a long read (600 pages) and it covers their time in Morocco and then their time back in Madrid. Sira is a dressmaker who sends messages in sewing patterns and Rosalinda is the lover of one of the ministers in Franco's government.

      I also recently read The Fault in Our Stars (very sad... I bawled multiple times), about two teenagers with cancer who fall in love. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, which is a very sweet love story. And Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy which is awesome and kind of defies description.

  2. Might not be the best hiking gear, but looks great with that backdrop. :)

    1. The shoes definitely could use better grip. I was worried about slipping and falling on my face in the second last picture.

  3. Stunning photos! Love that you hiked in a skirt! So pretty!

    1. Thanks! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  4. Those pictures are a lot of fun. It looks like you risked slipping and hurting yourself, so I am glad you and the skirt survived.
    I just bought that skirt and wondered if I should do an orange top, but I like your choice of white.
    Thanks for sharing,

    1. Thank you!

      Luckily, I am as surefooted as a mountain goat. Well, my husband would probably disagree with me, but there were no accidents during this photo shoot.

      I think an orange top would also look great with this skirt. I think orange looks lovely on you!

  5. Aha! The other Banff! How lovely! Such a gorgeous backdrop. So glad to see I'm not the only delusional one running around and climbing rocks in dresses and skirts. (I'll ignore your disclaimer that you arrived directly from work.) I hiked castles and rocky coastlines in Scotland in my dresses and skirts. And I did so proudly (and stylishly)!

    Your outfit is super cute. I love this skirt and tried it on myself. I didn't get it because I inevitably purchased some of the other many pieces on my wishlist. Each time I see it, I feel like I should have bought it, though. It's another one that will transition well into fall with all of those earthy colors and jewel tones in the print. It'll be cute with a black cardigan and tights, too!

    <3 Liz