{The Details}

Chiffon/tulle Dress: BCBG
Knit Dress: H&M
Vest: Garcia
Boots: Old Navy
Scarf: handmade gift
Bracelets: Olive & Piper and Stella & Dot
Bag: Coach
Belt: Brave Leather
Lip Colour: Revlon

This time of year is definitely all about socializing.  It’s impossible to have a new outfit for every occasion, however getting creative with layers and textures can transform your wardrobe to something new.  This outfit gave me that perfect balance of cozy but polished.  I layered two dresses to achieve my desired look.  I was warm enough to be outside taking pictures but not too warm when we were inside sipping London Fogs.  I feel like this one will be making a repeat showing over the holidays.

I will have a last minute Christmas gift post coming this weekend! Be sure to check back for some fun ideas.

 {Details}
Sweater: Joe Fresh
Jacket and Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Aldo
Earmuffs: Winners
Scarf: Plenty
Bracelets: c/o Pearls for Girls (a pretty Swedish line new to Canada)

{Madelyn’s Outfit}
Jacket: Zara Baby (purchased at JBF Vancouver)
Pants: gift
Hair clip: Peekabloom Baby
Shoes: First Prints

I am a Christmas movie nut.  I get as many in this time of year as possible.  Even the terribly cheesey and predictable made for TV ones. {I actually cried watching one the other day. Such a loser…I know.}  Of course I also have my favourites like Love Actually.  Last night with Madelyn in bed and my husband at hockey, I made myself a cup of peppermint tea and soaked in this holiday movie must.  I remember back to my single days of watching this movie and how I would wish for big love in my future.

When I was single at Christmas I would make wishes for my future self.  I wished for things that now seem so simple, but then felt huge.  I wished for a house.  Somewhere I could plant flowers, paint the walls whatever colour I wanted, and feel proud to own.  I wished for a husband.  A wanted a man who I would adore and who would do anything for me.  I wished for a family.  A little girl all my own to love and sing to and rock in my arms.

Now here I am years later, and all of those Christmas wishes have come true.  Whenever I have a moment and I get that “I need more”  attitude, I like to remind myself of the amazing things that have come true for me.  These wishes, although as basic as they may seem, are really what life is all about.  Comfort and Love.

 

 

Details:
Scarf: c/o J. Vansuch Studio
Tee: Lofty Living
Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Jacket: Michael Kors
Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Nine West

Things have been craaaaazy lately.  Good crazy, but crazy.  I’ve been pouring myself into party and event planning.  This past weekend was my Baby Girl’s 1st birthday.  The party was so much fun!   I also have a HUGE client event happening this week, so with that comes the anxious excitement that I love.  Needless to say, this Lady is tired.  When I’m tired, all I want to do is wrap myself up in something delicious.  Lately that delicious has been my new J.Vansuch Studio scarf.  It’s luxe, cozy, and goes with everything.

All the designs of these scarves are limited edition prints.  Julie Vansuch’s textiles are made in Brooklyn, New York and Como, Italy and are all natural fibers such as silk, wool, and cashmere.  These are a definite must to add to your Christmas wish list.  Each scarf comes packaged in a beautiful signature gift box so they are easy to give…or receive.

 

{Details}
Knit Tunic: c/o Plenty (here)
Cardi: c/o Plenty (here)
Hat: Plenty
Leggings: c/o Plenty (here)
Clutch: c/o Nella Bella
Scarf: c/o Plenty
Ring: BCBG
Boots: Old Navy

I often describe my personal style as dressed up casual.  Plenty is the perfect place for me to find the right mix of comfort with an elevated twist. Plenty has been a Vancouver staple for shopping since it came on to the scene in 1989.  They offer up many fabulous international brands mixed with very coveted in house labels.  I am actually rocking all in house labels in this look.  Why do I love Plenty?  Let me count the ways….affordable, stylish, comfortable, laid back, friendly, versatile, fits my West Coast lifestyle, and LOCAL!

I had so much fun shopping their Fall collection.  Expect cozy knits, printed silks, touches of lace, fur embellishment, and endless options for layering.  Need help putting your look together?  No worries, not all of us love to shop as much as I do.  The staff is incredibly helpful and know how to help you style the perfect look FOR YOU.

Leggings and sweaters are West Coast staples.  I know leggings get a bad rap {Ladies, they aren’t pants, you have to cover your bum when you wear them.}  I demand comfort from my wardrobe, so leggings are admittedly a staple in my closet for the Fall/Winter season.   As someone who loathes hosiery, leggings are a great way to cover my legs comfortably.  And really…who says I can’t make my leggings look adorable?  I just did;)

For another fabulous look with Plenty pieces, head over to the lovely blog of AliciaFashionista .

#LocalLove

“THE TRUEST SENSE OF PLENTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN WANTING FASHION TO CAPTURE INDIVIDUALITY…”

 


Details:
Skirt: Splendid (similar)
Tee: Frenzi
Vest: Garcia
Boots: NEW! Old Navy
Necklace: Harriet Grey
Bag: Nella Bella

I would LOVE to be able to purchase a brand new wardrobe every season.  In fact, when I worked in retail, I practically did! {Gotta love that discount.}  Now that I have financial responsibilities like a house and family, I can’t indulge quite like I used to. {aka: trying to act like an adult}  I start off each new season with a closet purge.  There is always stuff in there that I have hung on to for way too long and really need to just give it up.  After that I shop my closet.  What do I already have?  How can I wear these pieces in a new way this season?  What new pieces could I add to enhance my existing wardrobe?  {You still need some new things.}

Some of these pieces I’m wearing above I have had for years now.  They are easy, quality, basics that I am able to wear lots of different ways and in different seasons.  It just goes to show that if you buy smart, you can get some real longevity out of your clothes.

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