Belle Vie / 29

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3-5. Ryan opening his Christmas presents from me, and Gus can obviously never live a minute of his life without sitting on someones lap.
6. My new, beautiful Samantha Pleet x Wolverine Arc Boots – they were a gift from Ryan.
7-9. I very badly would like the couch in Ryan’s dad’s office…but I mostly posted these pictures because Gus is adorable.
10. My equally beautiful clutch from Falconwright – another gift from Ryan.
11. If you are ever feeling down, put Gus in a bag.
12-13. I realized I had never shared these illustrations of me by Sara Rocha (only on my instagram), a lovely girl I met through instagram, who is super sweet and has a knack for illustrating fashion bloggers in the most adorable way. She’s so talented, so please check out her work. You may recognize these illustrations were inspired by these photographs… 1, 2.

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Wrapped Like a Present

DSC_1914I can’t believe Christmas is over and it’s nearly the New Year! I hope all those that celebrated or got some time off had a wonderful holiday – mine was just what I needed. I tried my best to give myself a few days off from blogging and anything blog related so I could enjoy time with family (Ryan’s) and friends, which I think is quite important to do from time to time. Blogging can really bleed into your everyday life, it’s sometimes hard to tell yourself that you don’t need to document absolutely everything that happens.

I wore this dress for Christmas dinner, and while it isn’t in traditional Christmas hues I think it was the perfect holiday dress. I liken it to a present with it’s rich metallic taffeta skirt and velvet bodice adorned with two sweet bows on the shoulder straps. But, the real star of the show here are my new boots. I’m pretty darn excited about these babies! They were a Christmas gift from Ryan. I had been wanting the Arc Boots by Samantha Pleet since they first came out a few years ago, and now I own them in the most beautiful marmalade colour. I’m sure you’ll be seeing a lot of them here.

What did you guys do the for the holidays? Did you receive any gifts you are super excited about?! Spend time with people you don’t get to see often? I’d love to hear.

*photos by Ryan

DSC_1904DSC_1903DSC_1909DSC_1905DSC_1915DSC_1910DSC_1917Dress: Vintage via Common Sort
Coat: Vintage via Gisela and Zoe
Boots: Arc Boots by Samantha Pleet x Wolverine
Tights: old pair of ballet tights

A Very Merry Christmas

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetMerry Christmas/Happy Holidays my dear friends! It’s a bit of a strange/sad Christmas for me, as this is the first Christmas in my 26 years that I am not with my family. Last night was odd because every Christmas Eve my mother and I sit down to watch A Christmas Carol together – not being able to do that made me really miss her. I’m currently in Barrie with Ryan’s family for the holidays. There is no snow here, which also sort of feels like a first – I can’t remember the last time we didn’t have snow for Christmas.

Anyways, I should be off! I desperately need coffee and should probably actually give myself  a break for the next few days. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas or Holidays or Festivus, et. al.

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Holly Jolly

DSC_1753I thought since Christmas is right around the corner I’d put together a little holiday-inspired outfit. I feel like Mrs. Claus or a little elf, which is fun and fitting for the season. I likely won’t be wearing this outfit for the holidays, though. I don’t normally wear something that feels over the top Christmasy (red and white is just so obvious). Last year I had a lovely white chiffon dress and the year before it was a velvet emerald green shift dress. I’ve got, I think, the most perfect dress for the holidays this year, although I’ve had this dress since last February so I’ve become a little less enamored by it. I’ve got some Christmas shopping to do this evening, so I’m sure you’ll find me in one of my favorite vintage shops in between present-buying to see if I can find something I love. Vintage shops are the best place to find holiday dresses…you never know what you will come across and it’s usually bloody amazing.

DSC_1757DSC_1769DSC_1743DSC_1761DSC_1778DSC_1748DSC_1764DSC_1745DSC_1775Blouse: H&M
Beaded shirt c/o Ellen Face Vintage
Skirt: thirfted
Belt: thrifted
Tights: UO
Beret: vintage
Shoes: Seychelles

Kinfolk Things

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If I said I was spoiled this Christmas, that would be an understatement. Friends and family were exceedingly generous and I feel so grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful humans (thank you thank you, i love you). Now that things are winding down, I’m back in Toronto and the weather will remain cold for another few months (butts to that!), all I want to do is cook, bake (and eat!) and curl up under my new HBC blanket, drinking tea and having conversations with the ones I love. My boyfriend gave me The Kinfolk Table for Christmas, which is probably where the desire to stay indoors, make delicious food and enjoy the simple pleasures in life is coming from. Feeling major cozy lazy floppy vibes these days.

The dress I’m wearing I bought almost exactly one year ago during my trip to Austin, Tx. It’s another one of those articles that doesn’t get much wear. I love the color (cream4evr), silhouette, fabric and fit, but it’s just a bit too short for my taste. It seems to me some foolish person shortened it, which I absolutely cannot understand. Could you imagine if this dress was a midi dress…or even floor length? My god, It would be the dress of my dreams (pls, let us be married).

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DSC_0635Dress: vintage via a small shop in Austin, Tx.
Hat: vintage via Common Sort
Slippers: canvas ballet slippers