Too much sugary sweetness

can make you sick.


Which may just be why I tend to wear sweet frilly dresses with rugged, casual boots.


They add a little edge to take the edge off.


 If that makes any sense.


Wore them with bangles from all over the place (my mom found the black and white zig-zaggy one in Mexico years ago).


It’s sort of like my little Estelle Getty — she may look sweet as can be, but she’s one tough lady.

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  • Reply Tales From A Bar Stool August 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I’m obsessed with bangles right now. And those boots are exactly the kind that I want this fall. Unfortunately it’s impossible to find shoes/boots that fit my size 11 feet :( Will have to make a trip south.

  • Reply Bruce August 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    you could fight crime with that stylish combo.

  • Reply Liv August 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    gorgeous. and you know I love those boots already.

    I need to ramp up my bangles collection, but i’m thinking a wack of silver ones.

  • Reply Lianna August 30, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I am loving this outfit! It’s so classy, and I love the boots!

  • Reply Jessica August 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I need new boots like that! Mine were destroyed by all the salty snow in Calgary :(

  • Reply Jessica August 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    PS: I noticed the writing on the mirror … love note? :)

  • Reply sofiasophie August 30, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Lovely outfit!
    Can’t believe you are so cool in a sooo effortless way….
    The boots looks lovely and the match with the little dress is really cool.

    And your kittyyyyyyyy cat is lovely!

  • Reply Alinka Johnson August 31, 2009 at 7:39 am

    I love your outfit….I pretty much love everything you wear!

    I’m a big fan of black….or should I say black is a big fan of me, because no matter how hard I try to add color to my closet, black pieces just find me :)

  • Reply dreamsequins August 31, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I’m a big fan of the accessories to elevate or downplay looks right now! Bravo on the boots and the bangles. Boots and bangles– hey that sounds like a specialty boutique of some sort ;)

    Hope you enjoyed your weekend, my dear!

  • Reply Kelsey August 31, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Tales — Maybe try Nordstrom? They have the most amazing selection of shoes and would hopefully have them available in size 11.

    Bruce — you’re so right. I can use my orange belt in karate to fight evil.

    Liv — a bunch of silver bangles would be so gorgeous.

    Lianna — thank you! I found the boots at Nordstrom in Seattle last year.

    Jess — the writing on the mirror is actually a quote from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It says “I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions but never before, before.”

    Sofia — Getty says thank you.

    Alinka — I’m so with you on black — it’s so classic, so easy to coordinate aaaaand it lets you focus on textures rather than colours and prints.

    Dreamsequins — why don’t you open an NYC outlet of Boots and Bangles and I’ll open one in Vancouver. Sound good?

  • Reply Jessica August 31, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Very cute! I adore Audrey Hepburn. There is a giant print of her at Ikea that I want so badly. That mirror is fabulous.

  • Reply Neira August 31, 2009 at 9:45 am

    those bangles are so cute! and i have to say your mirror is marvelous!! is that your own writing on it?!

    miss neira

  • Reply beezie August 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

    i love everything about this, except the cat. sorry cat – not so into cats.

    this dress is rad and the boots are too! the dress i wore to your wedding is kind of similar (post major hem job). boots could be my solution to the MAJOR hem job.

    BIG UP for The Anthology!!

  • Reply lisa August 31, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about counterbalancing the sweetness in an outfit. I’m drawn to ladylike, demure pieces and lace, ruffles, and bows, but I try to wear this stuff with streamlined pieces, or I’ll toughen up a girly sun dress with a studded belt. You’ve done a great job of it here with the boots and ruffled dress.

  • Reply Gerri Ward August 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    WOW! I luv your dress, it’s solely deliciously Charming and Delightful ! – And your FAB soles are solely the cure to a SUGAR OVERDOSE!!!:)

  • Reply Emma September 1, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Oh i l ove your dress its so cute!
    Your bangles are really pretty too!

  • Reply dreamsequins September 1, 2009 at 7:49 am

    BTW- thanks for the award you gave me a few posts back. I FINALLY posted it on my bloggie! xx

  • Reply Couture Carrie September 1, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Gorgeous outfit, Kelsey ~ you look fabulous!


  • Reply anna September 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

    love the outfit! and those beautiful bangles!

  • Reply hauteworld September 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Totally agree with that style philosophy. I think wearing something too matchy matchy makes an outfit look a bit boring, so I never combine girly with girly or edgy with edgy… looks a bit boring (like you walked out of an editorial). Love the boots and the dress (esp. the ruffles). Ooooh, and all your jewelry of course :)

  • Reply Nubiasnonsense September 1, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Love the outfit,

    BTW i tagged you with a lil award on my blog

  • Reply Kristin September 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    That dress is killer and the boots are a perfect complement to it!

  • Reply VancityAllie September 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Gorgeous legs… If I had legs like you I would wear those boots too :)

    I think you’ve gotten the perfect mix of sweet and sexy there!

    Where’d you get that dress?

    By the way, if you opened a bangle shop in Vancouver. I would visit. Or at least have an online store ;)

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