Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Field Half Green

So, do I look any different? Perhaps older? I turned the big 2-5 the other day.
I don't feel any significant change; I thought I might since 25 seems to be the next
stage or something, but it's just the same old to me. I had a wonderful birthday
though. I had a delicious celebratory dinner with friends and then my actual
birthday I had off and got to spend the day with Paul. I always look forward to
my sister's gifts too, she just knows me so well! Whatever she gets me I do so love
and it would be something I'd pick out myself. Ah, sisters. It was a great birthday!
I redeemed my points on Chictopia for this top. I'm always happily satisfied with
the things I get, especially considering it's for free! The top looked more yellow in
the pictures, but ended up being more of a green, which I prefer anyways. I find it a tad
difficult to find forest or deeper greens when thrifting. Is this not a liked colour? Or is it
so liked people don't end up donating those cherished pieces? Who knows! I just know
that when I thrift green is not a popular colour. It's a shame for I loves me some green! 
And these boots you will not see for some time. While taking these pictures the
zipper broke and I had to makeshift fix them with the laces for the walk home.
It was some awkward walking and it was a little airy down there. It's only about
$35 to get the zipper fixed - totally worth it for these super-duper warm leather
boots. They're my absolute favourite too and I'm not letting them go sans a fight!
Aldo // Beanie 
Thrifted // Cardigan
Thrifted // Green  Pendant 
Souvenir from Mexico // Swirly Pendant
Cecico via Chictopia // Striped Top 
Thrifted // Skirt
Vintage // Leather Boots

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winter Wish List

1. Canada Goose "Kensington" Parka // 2. Modcloth "Dressed to Chill" Circle Scarf // 3. J.Crew "Snowflake Fair Isle"  Wool Socks // 4. Topshop Cable Mittens and Beanie // 5. Timberland Waterproof
Boots // 6. Maybelline  "Dr. Rescue Baby Lips" Lip Balm // 7. Hudson's Bay Company Shearling Mittens 

Well, lookie, lookie: it's my very first wish list! I thought I would do one on a monthly basis, but also one for
every season. Now, technically autumn doesn't end until December 21st, but how bonkers is that?!One
definitely has to start dressing for winter before it comes! So this wish list is all about keeping myself toasty
warm when the temperatures drop to -30 degrees Celsius ( that's about - 22 degrees for my Fahrenheit ladies out there). 

These Timberland boots would do the job when I'm trudging through several feet of
snow at the park (for a bordie collie/hound mix needs exercise no matter what the weather may be). A
 waterproof boot is an unspoken must when you live in a city that has a wet, slushy winter! No soggy socks.
And while the Canada Goose Parka is almost a staple here, when  the cold wind blows, it chills,
chills you to the bone.  I also may want the cable mitts and beanie from Topshop in brown, red, green,
gray... why not in every colour?!  How do you keep warm in the bitter cold winter months? 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Working Rubicund

Helllllooooo, Friday! Oh, how glad I am to see you!  Although, this weekend will
not be a weekend for resting. My busy week extends into my weekend.  As the
saying goes, work when you're young and rest when you're old (or dead?)
And I'm not quite sure what's going on the weather, but it's almost December and
I'm wearing little moccasins and no sweater! Will it even be a white Christmas?!
So I promised myself any new dresses or skirts I buy have to have some sort of wow
factor to them: detailing, a fun print, etc., but when I saw this wool dress I couldn't
say no. I just couldn't! I only have two wool dresses for they are hard to come
across and upkeep (bad for thrifting). They can also be a bit tricky - as anything
made of wool can be. I have a trouble with layering without appearing and feeling
bulky while simultaneously staying warm. Wool often falls into that bulky category.
How to avoid that in a wool dress? Wool blends.  They also tend be less itchy that
way as well (a big problem with wool for most people). So in this dress, functionality
beat style. And although it's nothing too special, I think the vibrant red makes it a 
perfect dress for the Christmas season! 
Thrifted // Scarf
Thrifted // Wool Dress
Thrifted // Belt
Thrifted // Bag

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Plaid Shmaid

Does the day break, is the hour imminent?
When one deed, when my whole life's deed, my deed
Must be accomplished?
     Robert Browning 
I don't even know how I'm able to look at the computer right now; out of 34 
I've been typing for 19 of them! Rush order on the transcript. Let's just say, my
eyes have been watering from staring at the computer screen so long and my
bum? It has definitely become flat from sitting in a chair so long (as if it wasn't flat
enough to begin with)! And to think I once wanted to be a journalist... talk about
working with a deadline. But I'm like the Little Engine that Could - I think I can, I
think I can -  and now I'm glad it's over and I can start the cycle all over again!
Oh, plaid. Are you tired of it yet?! When I saw this dress it was instantaneous
desire. When I wear it I'm transported into a time far from my own, for I feel
very much like a Wilder sister, I'm just missing that little house on the prairie!
 The material is rather light though, so I'm glad the temperatures have been
mild enough to just layer it with a dress underneath. Okay, well, I was a little cold.
That's why my lips wouldn't turn up to form a smile no matter how many signals
my brain sent to my face telling it to do so. "Just be happy that I'm not quivering,"
my lips told me.  But yes, the dress. I love it. I just have to be careful when  I
choose to wear it for Paul has several shirts that look just like it. And just in case
you were thinking that we're the matching kind of couple: girl, get that thought
outta ya head! Matching the dog is as far as I go. That's the line of my sanity.
Thrifted // Hat
Thrifted // Plaid Shirt Dress
DIY // Feather and Leaf Pendants
Thrifted // Belt
Fanxy Sox // Tights
Aldo // Boots 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Clad in Plaid

Sometimes you just have nothing to say. Sometimes nothing comes to mind. And
today is one of those times. Life has been busy and you would think I'd have a
thing or two to say, but alas, I'm stuck here saying, "Ummmmm...."  If I were not
bound by a confidentiality agreement, I would definitely have a few interestingly
humourous things to say, for what happens in court is never dull! But of course,
it's all hush-hush. Anyways, I'm running out of reasons for my lack of things to
say, so I present to you one of my most beloved dresses and I bid you adieu! 
Thrifted // Beret
Thrifted // Wool Plaid Dress
GAP // Shirt 
Thrifted // Belt 
Thrifted // Necklace 
Thrifted // Boots

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Goodbye, Green-eyed Monster

People: Stop the presses! Bring the tapes and the cameras 'cause I'm about to go
apes and bananas. Someone has definitely put 2013 on fast-forward. I'm sure of
it. I can't believe that in less than two weeks I will turn 25. I know I've sung this
tune before, but I just feel as if we spend our childhood constantly looking forward
and waiting.  Waiting for school to end, waiting for the next holiday, waiting to get
older for each year represents a new opportunity. Now it's all, "Wow, I can't believe
Kobe is going to be five years old!" En serio. I've been taking care of a living thing
for the past five years?! I barely feel responsible enough now. But he's survived.
And the years have piled up. They exist now in photo albums and memories - both
the forgotten and the remembered. Sometimes it doesn't quite feel as if all that much
time has passed at all; sometimes the pain and joy from past experiences is so strong
it feels as if I lived it just yesterday. And it's no more trivial thoughts and insignificant
goals. It's house-creating and career time (fyi: I laugh at the thought of marriage. I'm
still just a child, c'mon).  Although, you know what the biggest change has been? I
swear, one day I woke up and all the things my mother has said to me over the
years made sense.  It no longer comes across as incessant nagging, but rather,
sound advice from an experienced woman. Hah! How long was she waiting to
hear that? Twenty-five years I suppose....   
And now, enough of all that heavy talk: let's discuss the things we use to cover
ourselves so we're all not running around like Adam and Eve; although, I'd freeze!
I feel as if this is the quintessential autumn ensemble; browns, green, orange. Mm-
hmm. If I were to lie down on the ground you wouldn't be able to see me, for I'd be
lost in the foliage. Just joshin' ya.  Even though I absolutely adore this skirt, often I
find it hard to style it (being the extremely matchy-matchy person that I am). This is
only it's second time out in the world (on moi). I gotta think outside the box more!
Thrifted // Floppy Hat
Thrifted // Wool Coat
Handmade // Scarf
F21 // Necklace
DIY // Circle Pendant
Thrifted // Cardigan
Thrifted // T-Shirt
Thrifted // Skirt
Thrifted // Belt
Fancy Sox //  Brown Tights 
Aldo // Boots

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tickle Me Pink

I'm still alive and no, I haven't been running around naked! My world becomes
pitch black when the sun leaves by five o'clock. And when your photographer has
a daily shift of 8-5, what can you do?  The whole dark by five thing sure can put
a damper on things (like my tan - and you thought I was pale now! Wait till my
tan fades. Yes. Fades.) It's a shame my house faces north and lacks natural light.
I totally have a love-hate relationship with this sweater. My mom no longer wanted
it and being the cheapskate that I am I decided to take it despite my hatred of the
colour pink. I've despised this colour ever since my childhood when I would bitterly
call it the 'queen of colours.' It just seems like such a high and mighty colour. But, I
do love cable knit. And, it's probably the comfiest sweater I own. See, love-hate.
My Mom's // Cable Knit Sweater
Thrifted // Owl Necklace
Gift from friend // Scarf
via Chictopia // Ring
Thrifted // Skirt
Thrifted // Leg Warmers
Le Chateau // Boots

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A Noteworthy November

Yesterday was a slow lazy day, but nonetheless enjoyable. While taking Kobe
on his daily walk I discovered a new vintage shop. Well, new to me. It's the best
one I have come across yet, which makes me anxious to go back! And it's only
two blocks away from my house, across from this park. How have I not seen it
before?! It may be dangerous that it's so close, and might I add, inexpensive.... And
since it was all gloomy and rainy outside Paul and I stayed in and began writing our
tv show. It's sort of a skit thing, like the Kroll Show, yet think more along the lines
of Chris Lilley's humour. We don't plan to go anywhere with it, but it's fun and
a great way to practice various types of writing. I've written articles for Carleton's
paper, but with this it's nice to write without strict guidelines and censorship. 
I don't know what's going on with the weather, but it's been incredibly warm the
past few days. No complaints here of course, it's just, I wouldn't be truly Canadian
if there wasn't at least one mentioning of the weather in this post!  And yes, if it's
 14 degrees  Celsius I feel as if it's summertime. With these beautiful temperatures I've
 been able to leave the coats alone for a little while longer and just throw on a sweater.
Generally, I find November to be such a dreary month. I call it a limbo month in
regards to seasons.  All the leaves have usually fallen by now, giving the trees this
naked look. November is often quite rainy as well, making the leaves that litter the
ground all soggy - no more crunch with your step. But alas! This year autumn has
been prolonged and my birthday month may not be so drab after all. Woot woot.
Aldo // Hat
Gift from friend // Scarf
Magnolia // Silver Leaf Necklace
Jacob // Wool Sweater
Thrifted // Skirt
Thrifted // Messenger Bag
SoftMoc // Moccasins

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Colours of the Forest

All them pitch words, so they say
My weaponry is words, Doe-Ray-Me
The war's in the form of po-et-ry
So it's straight C-4 from the thoughts I bring
     Wale, Wordplay
People, the world is becoming dangerous. Well, it's always been dangerous, but
now I'm experiencing it and it's not cool. While on the way to the dog park (the
location of these photos) Kobe and I were almost hit by a bus! Not paying attention
and running through a red light, the bus stopped just a mere foot from my pup! For
any non-Ottawans out there, OC Transpo bus drivers are notorious for being a
tad, let's say, loco. This is also the third time this week I've almost been hit. Is the
universe trying to say something?! My fear is warranted though, last Wednesday
three pedestrians were hit by cars, one of the accidents happening three blocks
   from my home. Going out has now become a real-life game of Frogger. Game on. 
So now is the time that I don wool every day. It cuts the cold like no other. I was
able to get away with not wearing a coat yesterday despite the chill due to wool. It's
become quite the obsession though. Move over Paul, I've got my wool to keep me
warm! Okay, maybe an unhealthy obsession...I washed a wool sweater yesterday
and I completely understand why people find it a hassle - it took half an hour to
hand wash it and it took forever to dry! I've ruined plenty of sweaters from not
paying attention to the rules of washing. Boo. Wool can be tricky too, if the sweater
is cheap I find it tends to be itchy; for example, my Tahari wool sweater is the sofest
thing ever, whereas I need to wear a long-sleeve underneath my Old Navy wool
sweater. And what is your verdict, ladies? Are you and wool the best of friends in
the cold months or do you veer away from it due to it's sensitivity? I'd like to know!
Thrifted // Beret
Thrifted // Scarf
Jacob // Wool Sweater
Gift // Mitts
Thrifted // Dress
     A Boutique Downtown // Heart Tights                   
Thrifted // Leg Warmers
Thrifted // Boots

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Plaid and the Monthly Bills

Do not let the greens leaves that have yet to change and fall to the ground deceive
you. The chill has come. Brush off those boots. Dig out those knit scarves and
wool mitts. Gone are the days of being a flรขneur while the days of hibernation are
just beginning. There will be less people on the streets and fewer dogs at the park.
Squirrels are hurriedly running about often endangering themselves for bits of food
before the ground freezes over and their once green world has turned into a barren
land of white. When this happens, when the sun shines so strongly and so brightly
you are sure that there must be some heat emanating off of it, I can often be found
curled up on the couch, donning plenty of wool and sipping on some hot chocolate.
Okay, so you're probably sick and tired of the same four white dresses by now.
Believe you me, I have a very sound reason for this. We all know I love to shop
at thrift stores. We also all know how difficult it can be to keep white clean. (Or is
this just me?) So one could imagine how challenging it can be to find second-hand
items that are white - sans stains of course! I inspect items thoroughly when I thrift,
yet with white you have to be extra meticulous.  My collection is growing. Slowly
but surely. I find white is a nice alternative to black, which was once the most used
colour - or shade - in my closet. I've paired this plaid wool blazer with a black
dress before (Click here to see), but against the white I find the navy pops more. 
And before I go, just a quick mentioning of the belt I made. The how-to here
Thrifted // Dress
Thrifted // Wool Coat
GAP // Plaid Wool "Academy" Blazer
DIY // Belt 
Le Chateau // Boots
Gift from my mom //  Plaid Scarf 
Thrifted // Fuzzy Beret 
c/o Firmoo // Glasses
Thrifted // Messenger Bag
Brownies' Handkerchief // Kobe's Bandanna
DIY // Necklace
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