Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wonder Peak

Jeff and I recently celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with a trip into the backcountry. I had booked the trip weeks in advance, hoping to climb Mt Assiniboine. Unfortunately, it snowed so much the week before our trip that we were pretty sure the peak would be out of condition. We almost canceled the trip.

Luckily, we didn't. We had a beautiful weekend camping by the lake and hiking. The larches had just turned golden, and the weather was perfect. It does make me wonder sometimes... with climbing being our focus, what other treasures are we missing out on?

This year also happens to mark ten years since we first met. It will probably come as no surprise that we met at a climbing gym. I can't imagine my life over the last decade without my husband. We have had so many adventures and happy times together. And we've gotten through the tough times, knowing that we have each other.

Marvel Pass Viewpoint
Looking back toward the ridge
Pretty views on the way down from Wonder Peak
Outfit details:
Dress: Banana Republic, very old
Shoes: Nine West

Monday, October 20, 2014

More hound, less frock?

I haven't had many pictures of Oscar on the blog lately. He is 2 years old now and still has boundless energy. It's almost impossible to get him to stay still. Jeff took these photos at the end of the day after a long bike ride.

He's a pretty good dog. Early on, he destroyed two pairs of my shoes but he has quickly learned just to chew on his dog toys. He loves to swim, and we've found that to be one of the best ways to make him burn lots of energy. Weimaraners are often bred as hunting dogs, so we were a bit cautious about bringing him into a household with two cats. Luckily, he is very gentle with them and will even try to play with them.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An old favourite

I just realized that The Frock and The Hound is just over a year old! Time flies...

This is not my first blog. I started writing a blog in 2003 which I've continued to maintain up until now. Back in the day, it was fairly well-read and saw lots of traffic. But for various reasons, I made it private about three years ago though, and although some of my faithful readers still comment, that blog is more like a historical archive for me.

Over the past year, I feel like I've struggled to find my place in the style/fashion blogging community. There are so many different blogs out there, ranging from ladies like Khatu, who make their own clothing; to Yentina, who is always sharing her amazing vintage finds; to Nicole Warne, who is involved in high-end collaborations with Louis Vuitton and other designers. I still don't know what my voice is or what my purpose/motivation for blogging is.

I do know that I have really appreciated interacting with all of the lovely people who have commented on my blog or who have engaged in discussion with me on their own blogs.

I thought some photos of an outfit featuring something old and something new would be a good way to celebrate my (belated) 1 year blog anniversary. I've had this white shirt for almost 10 years, and it is a comforting, reliable favourite. I paired it with a Zara skirt from this spring.

Outfit details:
Shirt: Propaganda, Plen+y, very old
Skirt: Zara, Guipure Lace Pencil Skirt (only available in black now)
Shoes: Aerosoles, old
Purse: Banana Republic, old
This mural has been up for a few months, making what would normally be an ugly plywood barrier surrounding a construction site something unique and beautiful. But also temporary. I passed by the site last week and to my surprise and sadness, it had been pulled down.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Still more reviews...

Lots of markdowns this past week! Also, in case you missed it, Anthropologie is running a free shipping over $150 promotion as well as a 15% off full-priced dresses offer. 

I tried on this long, sleeveless cardigan. It's made of a delicate knit fabric and the pattern inside is black and white stripes. You could also wear it inside out if you took the tags off. It seemed comfy and laid-back but with fall and winter coming, I need sleeves.  

Carriere cardigan
Next, I tried on the Aven Dress by Tracey Reese. There are three colour schemes on the website, including this one in green, a black and white motif and a solid orange version. It's quite low cut in the front, and I'm wearing a tank underneath. It is made of a soft, drapey jersey fabric and fits true to size. The ties at the waist are not long enough to tie in a double knot or bow. I think this would look cute with tights and a cardigan.
Aven dress
I also tried on the Lavendel dress. I fell in love with this dress after seeing it on Cynthia and Marcy's blog. The pattern is very cute, with big splashes of colour and polka dots. The hips are poofy but in a good way. It's strapless, but there is a built-in bra that makes it feel secure and supportive. Just as a heads up, this dress is dry clean only. I found it fit true-to-size.

Lavendel dress
This shirt comes in a few colours including grey, blue and green. It ties up with a bow in the back, as the name would suggest. It's made of cotton, but I found the fabric kind of stiff and stretchy. It does hang nicely though. The details are printed on the shirt rather than embroidered.

Brilliant Bowknot Tee
Here's what I ended up taking home, which is quite different from my usual style. I think I liked the orangey red with blue polka dots because it reminds me of a dress my mom used to wear in the 1970s (but in a good way). I just wish that the pattern lined up at the seams! It fits true-to-size, and it has pockets. The fabric is sturdy and I think the colour will transition well to fall and winter. I wore it to work this week with a cardigan. Unfortunately, I think between Monday and now it has sold out as I can't find the name anywhere on the website.

With it being Thanksgiving in Canada and Columbus Day in the U.S., there are lots of good sales this weekend. Are you on hunt for anything in particular?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Edith Cavell: The Climb and Another Outfit

I have a huge backlog of posts. Life has been busy! I'm not sure that October is looking much better...

I wanted to share some photos of climbing Edith Cavell. Unfortunately, it snowed quite a bit the week before our attempt and we got about halfway up before turning back. On the drive home, my husband mentioned a statistic that success rates in alpine climbing are usually only about 1/7... which I totally disputed until I thought about my climbing history and realized, disappointingly, that he's right. I guess sometimes it really is more about the journey.

The views were pretty amazing. I took this photo looking back towards the highway. The grey clouds in the distance are not the most comforting sight when you're halfway up a big mountain. It started raining/snowing about 15 minutes after we got back down.

Most of the first part of the climb consisted of scrambling over blocky rocks. As we got higher, we started to find big drifts of loose, unconsolidated snow. 

We climbed back down the same way we had come up. The guidebook lists an alternate descent route if you make it to the summit that essentially involves walking almost all the way around the mountain. If you're comfortable with downclimbing, I think this way is a lot faster.

This little guy greeted us when we got back down to the morraine. It's a marmot! He seemed to have no fear and walked right up to us and started nibbling on a patch of grass.

My husband took these photos at the Jasper Park Lodge the day before. The dress is Anthropologie from last summer, and my husband thinks it looks like a vintage tablecloth. I have to admit, I do find this dress kind of frumpy. I'm not sure if it's because of the length, the shape or the thick frilly border at the bottom.

Outfit details:
Dress: Anthropologie Mallorca Midi Dress
Shoes: Nine West, old