Home is where the heart is

Processed with VSCOcam with a3 presetIf you follow me on instagram, than you already know I was in Ottawa for the weekend. Since I couldn’t make it home to be with my family for Christmas this year, my father and I secretly planned to have me fly to Ottawa after the new year to surprise my mom…and did we ever! The surprise was better than I could have ever hoped for – she started to cry, and then I started to cry – it was really just a beautiful moment. I have always known how much my mother loves me, I’ve been very lucky in that respect, but it’s moments like those where you really understand how much a child means to a parent. I’ve got two really amazing parents, that’s for sure.

The outfit I’m wearing in these photos is kind of my new favourite. When packing my bag for Ottawa I wanted to bring as little as possible, especially since I was only going to be there from Friday evening to Sunday evening. I’m normally an over packer because I am terrible at planning outfits in advance, but this time was different. I had just received this adorable school girl-esque skirt from Miss Patina, so I knew that would come along, and when I did my outfit recap last week on the blog I was reminded of my blue and white pinstripe dress I had hanging in my closet that hadn’t been worn since the summer. I thought they would go so absolutely perfect together and the dress could double as it’s own outfit on another day…done! Two pieces of clothing, two outfits. I like when things come together simply like that.

How was your weekend? Do you have any cool surprise stories that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? I’d love to hear about them.
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Skirt: Miss Patina
Tights: Walmart
Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine

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



It was quite a busy weekend. I had my dance show Saturday evening, which went splendidly, and I am pretty sad that it is over now. The whole show felt like it flew by, and when it was finished, I couldn’t really believe it. I feel so lucky and privileged to have been a part of it. I am forever inspired by the talented people around me, and by the dancers who move in a way that makes my heart flutter.

Yesterday Matt and I woke up early, got some brunch and then took Gus for a walk at Old Mill. I say walk, but what I really mean is carry, as Gus isn’t much of a walker. We also learned that he does not take too kindly to the camera. As soon as the camera was in front of Matt’s face, Gus was growling and barking as if Matt had transformed into a menacing monster that may attack at any given moment. The normal things that would upset a dog do not bother Gus – vacuums, bigger dogs, thunder (well, hes deaf, to be fair). But things like piled garbage bags, pillows, his own toys, and now apparently cameras, do.

This evening I plan to have dinner with Meaghan and catch up. I had been so busy with dance for the last month I don’t feel like I have seen any humans outside of the Pandora cast and Matt.









Outfit details…

Jumper: H&M and altered
Blouse & tie: some boutique in MTL, I forget
Coat: thrifted H&M
Belt: thrifted
Tights: Target
Gloves: gift from Meaghan
Boots: Topshop
Bag: vintage

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