OOTD: Favourite White Sweater

The best cure for New York City withdrawal? Wearing the clothes you bought there! This cream-coloured Banana Republic knitted sweater is my new favourite, not only because I bought it in New York, but because I got engaged while wearing it. If ever I contemplate donating it to the clothing giveaway, please interject and beg me not to. Even if in three years it's totally out of fashion (which I don't believe it will be), it will still hold sentimental value for me. I'ma hoard it forever and when I reach the ripe old age of 90, I'll give it to my great-granddaughter and tell her that I knit it myself. Haha. You can't really tell by the quality of the picture, but I'm wearing the sweater with dark skinny jeans. I find that it goes well with a variety of bottoms--dark jeans, black skinnies, burgundy jeans, and I'll even go so far as to pair it with jean shorts and coloured khaki shorts in the early summer. It's super modest. I love the 3/4 length sleeves. Don't mind my crazy hair--5:30am wake-ups often mean going to sleep with wet hair the night before. This is what "intentional bed-head" looks like. I have the admit; I do like how textured it is.   March 16 - Kinda Crazy Hair March 16 - Fave Sweater
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Early Birthday Presents

I'm feeling slightly spoiled lately. My birthday is not until the end of March, but I'm being showered with gifts already. Lucky me! It was only a matter of time before I acquired me some Days of the Week socks. Roger's cousin, Sara, came to visit me this weekend and brought with her my birthday present: an abundance of wonderful socks! Not only was blessed with seven pairs of socks, she threw in some other festive numbers (how cute are the panda bears?) as well as a pretty infinity scarf. March 16 - Days of the week socks Banana socks! I will sport these on top of leggings one day, just you wait and see. March 16 - Panda Socks I'm so lucky to have people in my life that know me so well and are so thoughtful! Last Sunday, my cousin Tiffani gifted to me a tea pot (how did she know ours was leaky?), Scottish Breakfast tea (how fitting for our heritage), a box of gluten-free and peanut-free biscotti (a dessert I have never tried before), a dog sign (the one I thought I ordered when I ordered it too small) and a warm fuzzy throw blanket for our living room. March 16 - Last Sunday Blessed! Roger's mom also came to visit me yesterday and brought me a gift certificate to Chapters and a nice bottle of red wine. I will have no problem making good use of both gifts, perhaps simultaneously. What made my weekend even better was receiving a card in the mail from my Oma and Opa. They are so sweet; the card is absolutely beautiful. Thank you! March 16 - Engagement Card I woke up sick today (runny nose, can't breathe, ear ache, chills--blah!) and thank goodness it's a Sunday. Despite feeling under the weather, I'm so happy to be sitting in my bright living room surrounded by lots of feelings of love and the gifts that have made my weekend so much better. This is my happy place; these are my happy socks... March 16 - Blogging ... and this is my happy dog. He has been equally as grateful for the friendly visits as I am. March 16 - Happy dog Goodbye for now. I'm off to make some soup!
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OOTD: Cropped Dress Pants Winter Edition

When it comes to work attire, I can't get enough of black and white. Hand me something super basic with clean lines and high-quality fabric and I guarantee I'll love it. I would describe my personal style as very simply. I like to dress comfortably with minimal accessories--a hint of sparkle here, a pop of colour there. As I'm adapting to a more professional lifestyle, I am beginning to treat every new clothing purchase as an investment. I'm building a wardrobe nest-egg if you will--full of timeless pieces that my Nana would describe as the ones, "You can't afford not to buy." I don't mind spending more on items that I know I will wear and adore for years to come. They are the items that will time and time again be spared at my semi-annual Goodwill inspection and will remain staples in my closet. When I saw these Aritzia black cropped dress pants I knew I had to have them, despite the hefty price tag. I tried them on my first time in New York, fell in love, and asked pretty pretty please to receive them as a birthday present during my second visit to the city. They are a dream pant--the perfect length for a short girl like me and they hug your hips in just the right places. Normally I would wear cropped pants with strappy heels or pumps, but it's still so freezing cold in Canada that wearing open-toed shoes is downright unfathomable. I opted for my black suede booties that I bought at The Bay. March 5 - Cohen pants My top is also from Aritzia. The statement necklace is from The Bay. The gold bracelet was a gift; it's made by Nine West. March 5 - Pantsuit This blazer... oh-my-goodness, I just adore it. I picked it up at LOFT in NYC. I found searching through their Petite section. I love the asymmetrical zipper across the front and the fact that it's cropped and super fitting throughout my shoulders. March 5 - Pink Shirt Oh and look... it seems as though I've deviated from my go-to black and white. This flowy magenta blouse from Aritzia is another keeper. It's perfect for work or to throw on over black skinnies for a date night. So there you have it: Cropped pants in the winter! I simply can't wait to put together new ensembles for Spring, Summer, and Fall. These are a pant for all seasons.
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Tidy House, Tidy Mind!

I'm a weirdo. I spent yesterday morning tidying my house and had the most wondrous time. I don't particularly love getting down on my hands and knees and cleaning, but tidying is a whole other ballpark. In university, I would go out of my way to find ways to declutter and organize my bedroom, especially during exam time. Of course it's best to study in a spotless environment and of course the best time to clean your study space is while you should be cramming. For me there's a certain Zen aspect to tidying--the act itself is stress relieving and the outcome provides instant gratification. It's like a symbolic tying together of loose ends, both physical and mental. Tidy house, tidy mind! I tackled the master bathroom first, starting with my make-up brushes. It's recommended that you clean them once a week with a mild soap. Baby shampoo works perfectly. Although I don't follow this advice as often as I should, I have new motivation after seeing how muddied the water became after rinsing them. 20140309-114950.jpg 20140309-115244.jpg 20140309-115314.jpg Good as new! Also, I like to keep my everyday jewelry on my bathroom countertop for easy storage before bed and easy access in the morning. The vintage teacups and crystal trinket jars were garage sale finds, gifts from Roger's mom and stepmom. I can't think of a better way to mix fun with functionality. 20140309-115853.jpg Everything else can be tucked away in drawers. I like my pretty things on display. Another reason why I love tidying so much is that I don't just tidy; I multi-task. One thing that I learned from my mom is that you should set a timer for optimal power-clean results. Tidying to a ticking clock is too boring for me, so I prop up my laptop and treat myself to one 20 minute TV episode per room. Once the show is over, I move onto the next room. For me, this is the most efficient and enjoyable way to keep a tidy home. Trust me--it's a great way to justify your Netflix addiction while simultaneously decluttering your life! Happy Sunday! 🙂
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