The White Pepper Spring 2014

1_399ec3c9-47a5-4cfe-b489-ecc5dec432f7The White Pepper has got me really excited about Spring. So much that I might implode if Winter continues for much longer. I long for days when I can choose an outfit in the morning and know it won’t be covered by layers of cardigans and coats and scarves. The more I get to know myself and my style, the more I realize I much prefer dressing for Spring/Summer. I never get bored with it – it never feels totally repetitive. While I love the idea of dressing for Winter (this doesn’t really include Fall, since it isn’t cold enough to consistently need a coat, and it’s too short a season) I find I become wholly uninspired. Not every dress looks good with tights, I don’t own a cardigan for every outfit, and while I love hats, they can become really annoying when you have to wear them! The White Pepper is really feeding my desire for muted pastels, warm sunny days, flowers (!!!), bare legs and socks, and my always favourite, summery pinafores with collared blouses. What it comes down to is we can be more detailed oriented in the Spring & Summer. I live for details…I think that’s why I love it so much.

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Allan Gardens Conservatory

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This endless Winter is starting to feel like a cruel joke to most of us, and Alex and I (and Lindsay) spent Saturday afternoon faking Spring the only way we know how – Allan Gardens Conservatory. Wandering around coveting all the succulents, and being surrounded by green did a lot to improve our moods.

Lindsay and I spent most of the weekend together, baking snickerdoodles, cooking quinoa dishes, going to really intense Pilates classes, browsing the Junction Flea and hiking with our dogs. By Sunday evening it was hard for me to feel anything but perfectly content with the weekend.

Now it’s back to the old day job. Last week’s listings will be up late tonight. Sorry for all the tardiness.

Hope everyone had equally cheerful weekends !

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Family Visits

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Happy Easter everyone! I’m just winding down from a four day weekend with my parents and Sister, who all came to visit me in Toronto. As always, it was wonderful to see them, and have sleepovers with Allie, eat ridiculous amounts of delicious food, and walk the dogs around Toronto. I’m sad to see them leave, but at least I know it’s Spring now (sort of) so I can look forward to more regular visits back and forth between Toronto and Montreal (the highway between the two is miserable to drive in Winter).

I hope you all had lovely Easter weekends with your friends and family, too!

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Willa Cather, Winter Blues & Pretend Outfits

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1. Acne blouse, sweater & blue jeans …. 2. Madewell bag, necklace & mini wedges

We’ve made it to the middle of another endless March –  when Winter promises to make everyone lose their minds. This time of year always makes me extra dramatic, and on my two-block-trek -through -blowing-snow to a bus stop, I start to imagine myself as a Willa Cather character – plowing a field by hand, in the middle of Winter, in the Midwest, at the turn of the century – and it toughens me up a little. The best I can do to stay positive at this time of year, is to tell myself “it could be worse”, and then compare myself to a character in a book – like the one I recently finished: Ann-Marie Macdonald’s “Fall on your Knees”, which I mostly liked because of Frances, the sassy middle child who reminds me of pre-code film, impish female leads and Marlene Dietrich.

But, I digress. None of these books have much of anything to do with this post, unless maybe I subconsciously created outfits that the sisters in Fall on Your Knees would wear if they were modern day girls (but I doubt it). These are just a few transitional outfits I would wear, if my mornings could be spent pretending I was in a Nancy Mitford novel instead of dark depressing ones (even though they’re my favorite ones to read).

Here’s hoping you have nicer weather than here, wherever you are!

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1. Steven Alan Cardigan & Skirt … 2. Vintage Blouse  … 3. Madewell Shoes & Bag … 4. Topshop Socks
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1. Dusen Dusen dress … 2. Organic by John Patrick Oversized Cardigan … 3. Karen Walker “Anywhere” Sunglasses … 4. Tamsin Large Straw Clutch … 5. Madewell Necklace … 6. Swedish Hasbeens Braided Sky High Sandals

Posted by Meaghan