This week I feel sexy in…

Cardigan: Smart Set. Earrings: Forever 21. Blouse: Gap. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Anne Klein.


I know, I know. Cardigans are the wardrobe staple of preppy New England blue bloods and soccer moms. They aren’t SEXY.  But hear me out.

It’s early spring, which in Ottawa means unpredictable temperatures that fluctuate quite a bit from dawn ’til dusk. Cardigans provide a layer of warmth, that can be easily removed as the day warms but they’re a tad more body conscious than a big bulky coat.

Besides, who amongst us doesn’t indulged in a little soccer mom-themed role play?


I’ve been wanting a yellow cardigan for a dog’s age!  But lately every option I found was too boxy, to heavy or a shade that made me look like I had died.  During our vacation, I made a trip to the local outlet mall where I found this:

Cardigan: Gap Outlet. Scarf: H&M. Necklace: Gifted from my mom. Dress: Old Navy. Leggings: Lululemon. Shoes: Payless.

It’s the perfect shape, the colour works with my skin tone and best of all, it was on sale for a mere $15 bucks. A good cardigan is hard to find, so I picked up a few in different colours.

I dig the look of a belted cardigan. This open front, shawl-style sweater is a perfect candidate, as it’s longer, lighter weight and doesn’t have any buttons or other fastners to get in the way of the belt.

Cardigan: Jacob. Beret: eBay. Belt:Joe Fresh (thrifted). Leggings: Dynamite. Shoes: Payless.

I’m  having spring fling with yellow this year. It’s a more challenging colour for my skin tone than pink, but I am smitten with the hues that invoke images of fresh lemons, buttercups and other summertime things. Will my mellow yellow crush develop into long-term love? Only time will tell.

I’m a big believer in tailoring and bringing my clothes in to be nipped, tucked, hemmed and otherwise adjusted has become standard practice. I’ve never considered bringing an accessory to my tailor…until now. This scarf is lovely, but it’s looong. The wind picks up and suddenly I’m entwined in fabric tentacles!


  1. brynzapoppin says:

    Cardigans have long been fashionable here in London. And happily so. I don’t know how else I’d survive the dreary weather.

    • nadinethornhill says:

      If it’s good enough for London, it’s definitely good enough for me. It’s still one of the most stylish cities I’ve visited.

  2. Lisa L says:

    Dude! I bought those Anne Klein shoes too!!! Lol.

    I love cardigans. And I think yellow Looks fab on you!!! And it seems to be everywhere this year!

    Now that I found my orange shoes I’m ready for yellow shooz. Woot. And blue….and……

    You totally have to take me thrifting in June!!!

    • nadinethornhill says:

      We will definitely hit the thrift shops when you come up! Yellow shoes are on my wish list as well :-)

  3. Dawn says:

    Love that shade of yellow on you in both outfits, even the head scarf! I can show you some options on how to tie it on windy days to avoid being blinded by ‘flying fabric’. (smile…..can’t find the smiley face… know me…. a real techno-dud! ) The necklace is a great accessory with the outfit…. it just ‘Pops’ …..nice!

    • nadinethornhill says:

      Thanks, Mom! I’ve tried double-binding it but then it’s bulkier than I like, so any tips you have would be great. :-)