Friday, April 24, 2009

Casual Friday - Beautiful Losers

I mostly had a craptastic week. One of the few highlights was that I got to see Leonard Cohen in concert.

He's 74 years old, and it will likely be his last tour. Every song was so emotionally loaded with the knowledge that here's someone who's had a 40+ year career; you could see his gratitude and thankfulness. His words touch you. When he sang "Hallelujah", "Bird on a Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat" I cried.

If you are not familiar with this amazing poet and songwriter, you are missing out - do yourself a favour and download some of his music for your iPods here. I recommend "The Future" (the whole album), "I'm Your Man" (everything but "Jazz Police") and "Cohen Live" ('94) (all of it).

Anyway, long story short, I got a t-shirt at the concert and I really love it, so I planned today's outfit around it.
"Beautiful Losers" is a book by Leonard Cohen. I have not read it (I probably should get it), but I was totally drawn to the name, because it reminds me to celebrate my 2 year anniversary of maintaining my goal weight loss of 50 pounds, and give a shout out to all the people who are working so hard to get healthy - you can do it! Here's to all of us Beautiful Losers!

Anyway, I'm rambling again. I liked how this turned out kind of mod, especially when I added the hat.
I like the mix of all the neutrals with the white, and the multiple patterns and textures - I just love that cashmere stripey top. I am glad I added all the necklaces.

So tired...
The stuff:
I like to wear my chainmail necklace and the grommet belt when I'm doing the rocker-inspired look. The addition of the sparkly necklaces helped soften it.

This weekend: party at Daisy's! And the big 10K race (edited to add: I racewalk it)!

Striped top (Majestic, from Caro), t-shirt (L. Cohen concert), skirt (Club Monaco, consignment), tights (Hue), boots (Cougar), belt (gift from Ruth), hat (Deluxe), chainmail necklace (handmade), rhinestone necklace (Jacob), triple necklace (Plum), white gold hoops.


  1. I love this. I want to lose 10 or 15 pounds so I could do something like this without feeling/looking foolish. Congrats. That's fantastic that you've maintained your weight loss. And I wish I'd seen that concert. :)

  2. Oh that look is so rocker chick. It shows you don't HAVE to be in your twenties to look SOO good. I read your weight loss experience and was so touched by it that I have vowed that I will also start walking the treadmill which my husband is using all the time. I'm from South Africa and found you via Kasmira's blog. I have found a whole new avenue of style and fashion for the girl on the street.Keep it up, love the new profile pic too!

  3. I think you look fab. I love the poses. I am a Lenorad Cohen fan. One of my favourite You Tube posts is a clip of him singing Hallelujah at the Glastonbury Festival just as the sun set.
    Good Luck with the 10K.

  4. This is so fun. I love the rocker chic look on you. Working to get healthy is phrase of the year for sure. Hard to work on losing right now with the health issues, but I am working to be healthier.

    Congratulations on keeping the weight off for 2 years, that is totally awesome!

    Good luck with the 10k tomorrow, you're going to do great! Tell us how it all went when you are up to it. Take care.

  5. profile pic!!
    Nice...I will have to go check out Beautiful Losers, thanks for the info.
    What a fun inspirational rocker outfit.
    Stay healthy and enjoy your run..wooohhooooo!!!

    ( I am always envious of you runners, my knees cant handle it..but I will just keep walking :))

  6. Thanks, sallymandy! Just be healthy - even a 5% weight loss is hugely beneficial to your health. For me, the weight loss was a pleasant side effect of exercising and eating better.

    Antoinette, welcome! I will keep dressing like this as long as I don't look silly, haha (I admire Betsey Johnson). Good for you! Walk!

    Thanks, Jane. I knew you would be a Cohen fan!

    Alison, glad you like it. Thanks so much. I will do a 10K post.

    Yup, thought I needed a pic with my new glasses and longer hair. Thanks so much - and I am walking it! Running is so hard on your joints. But I walk faster than a lot of runners!

  7. You're tired pose made me smile. I'm glad you're using it for you new profile pic.

    You and Erin both rocked concert Ts this week and you both look great! And I really appreciate that you aren't locked into just one style. You look sweet one day, polished the next, followed by sexy, and even rocker chic. It's always fun to see what you've come up with. Today is another winner.

  8. Congrats on maintaining your weight loss. You look great! I keep trying to get healthier and your story gives me encouragement!
    Love this look!

  9. Love the hat! Can't wait to hear about your race :)

  10. Thanks, Tina. It was time for a change. That's exactly what I like to do: change and play with my look.

    Thank you, Anon.

    Thanks, Sher!


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