dreaming of a white Christmas

rain rain, go away!

it hasn't stopped raining here for over a week. it's kind of depressing! I would much rather snow, especially so close to Christmas.

snow would also make it easier to take outfit pictures. pouring rain and ugly grey surroundings is very uninspiring; I have no motivation to go out in the wet, cold street at 8am with a camera and a tripod.

I tried some indoor shots, which also didn't work out so well. but I tried! at least you get a glimpse of my decorating?

dress- H&M; Christmas gift
tights- H&M
cardigan- Urban Outfitters
boots- Seychelles fr. Modcloth

pretty kitty! I think he secretly wants to be on camera. he doesn't usually pay this much attention to me. 

this gorgeous dress was my first Christmas present! (hi Caitlinnn) I love the bird print! so cool and unexpected. and whimsical, which is a quality I've been liking a lot lately (ie, Alice in Wonderland necklaces). I like that it's light enough for summer but kind of a wintery print... which is why I thought it would look good with a heavy knit sweater.

I think I'll be sending the sweater back, though. I like everything about it, and it's super cozy, but in the picture it looked RED and not... burgundy. I already have a burgundy cardigan that I like very much! plus, this one is huuuuge. maybe a size smaller, and in green, would do nicely. and don't worry, I only wore the sweater for these pictures, then took it off, so I'm not wearing & returning!

I want to talk about my adorable new shoes too, but I'm tired and I've already written too much. I'll try to be more interesting very soon! 

right now, sleep sounds better. 
goodnight. maybe tomorrow it won't be raining. :)

playing: White Christmas- Bing Crosby

Santa baby...

well, since there's a mere TEN DAYS to go before Christmas, I thought it might be time to post a little holiday wish list. you know, in case any of you wanted to get me something.

I can't believe Christmas is so soon! it really snuck up on me this year. usually I start counting down the days in November, but this fall has been so hectic I just... don't feel like I enjoyed the Christmas countdown to its fullest. 

I did manage to decorate my apartment, have a couple wrapping parties, watch a bunch of Christmas movies, and drink about a million eggnog lattes. 

this year I had trouble thinking of things to put on my wish list because, well, so much is happening! there's the wedding, then moving to Scotland, so there's plenty of money to be spent... but nothing present-y. that combined with the fact that my parents like to tell me everything they are getting me made for a kind of random wish list this year. 

here we go!

1. a jewellery stand
simple, yet very desirable! I really need a better system for organizing my jewellery than throwing it in an old gift box. and look how pretty! this one from Modcloth is my favourite.

2. MAC eyeshadow palette
I realize it's hard to customize your own palette when it's a gift, but I am dying for some more MAC eyeshadow. we thought a MAC stand had opened up in the mall here and I almost peed my pants. it was a false alarm though- on the MAC, and the pee.

3. Seychelles romance booties

a shoe addiction is a terrible vice to have. I've been dying for a couple pairs of Seychelles forever, but of course shipping to Canada is a mint (luckily I found my way around that one temporarily! but more on that later...). these babies are one of my favourites. 

4. records
who doesn't appreciate the gift of music? I'm sick of downloading albums (plus it's like, officially illegal now...) and records have audio AND aesthetic value. win-win for me and the law!

5. We Love Colors tights

I am always in need of more tights. and the ones I ordered last time are funny; a couple pairs aren't the same quality as the rest. hmm. it's about time I got a few more. 

6. Alice in Wonderland necklace
or pretty much any cute, whimsical necklace. I love getting jewellery as a gift, especially when it's vintage-inspired. 

7. dvd box sets
the place I'm moving into for the remainder of my St. John's living doesn't have cable, and Brando and I decided we aren't going to pay for it in the UK. I need something substantial to fulfil my tv fix; tops on the list are seasons of Friends, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Modern Family, CSI, and How I Met Your Mother. (we have all of Big Bang and The Office on the external hard drive already.)

8. Tiffany pearls
last year my big-ticket item was a Chanel bag. I still want that, haha. but this year I've been swooning over pearls of all sorts. and something about them being from Tiffany&Co. is so freaking swanky. probably won't be getting these, but that's why it's called a wish list!

getting presents is always exciting, but I love giving gifts too; my friends and I had mini-Christmas last night and I got some really awesome stuff, but it was so much fun to see them open their presents! I was so excited. I wish I could be with all my friends for the holidays. 

Christmas wish list item #9, perhaps. 

love love!

it changes when the sun goes down around here

I'm not doing so well at sticking with projects lately- must be the nearing holidays! but I'll get to all that excellent, jolly goodness later; right now I just have time to share a few photos.

hopefully that's enough to keep you interested for a little while longer!

dress- Mango
tights- Smart Set
bow hair clip- American Apparel
boots- fr. Modcloth

nothing like a chilly sunset at Signal Hill to kick off an awesome weekend. 

playing: Swing the Cellar Door- Hey Rosetta!

this train don't stop there

and here I am again!

I took advantage of having a late shift at work and got a few pictures in the rare sunshine.
Brandon noted how this old train might be good for a little photo shoot while driving around downtown. it's just part of the Railway Coastal museum, but hey, trains are pretty cool. I think it worked out quite nicely! even though my outfit really doesn't go with the old-timey train theme... I feel like I should be wearing a classy trench coat and curls.

dress- American Apparel
tights- American Apparel
boots- Forever 21

so this is a typical work outfit. well, really all that's typical about it is that it's all American Apparel... I didn't get to wear the boots- no boots allowed. eek.

even I have to admit this is not the most flattering dress in the world when taking outfit photos. but it's cute in person, I swear. and the tights are awesome, yes?

gripe how I may about AA stifling my creativity, some of their stuff is super cute. and with a sizeable discount, who am I to complain?

playing: Teenage Dream- Katy Perry (kinda addicted to this song)

can't start a fire without a spark

well, I'm finally back. I can't believe I haven't updated my blog in two weeks. I was sick for a bit, and honestly the lack of daylight hours ruins any chances of getting outfit photos.

I feel like I missed autumn completely and I'm disappointed that all the leaves have fallen without me getting pretty pictures with the fall colours. Brandon and I went to Bowring park in one last hope to find some colourful trees... we didn't find any.

dress- Mango
cardigan- American Eagle
tights- American Apparel
socks- H&M
shoes- Aldo
bag- vintage fr. Folie a Deux on Etsy

I was so excited to find out that Mango shipped to Canada that I ordered a couple dresses (she said sheepishly...). I am in love with the pattern on this one, but I have to say I think it looked better on the model..

and I wasn't really feelin' the cardigan either, but now that I've seen the photos it looks better than I thought! although I didn't get many photos- the camera died after these few. which is sad cause you can't see how awesome my shoes are! they're little oxford wedges, and I think they go with everything.

...sorry that my first post in ages is a little lacking in the photo area. to be honest, I feel like work is totally killing my fashion appreciation. I mean, I really like American Apparel clothes, but having to wear only their clothes everyday feels kind of restricting. 

I didn't notice at first, but it's totally killing my creativity and taking the fun out of getting dressed! I miss my vintage dresses and my pastel tights and wearing makeup. 

I guess it's like I'm involuntarily doing a 30/30 challenge with items someone else picked. I'm trying to look at it that way, and it doesn't seem so bad...except it lasts way longer than 30 days.

I'm taking advantage of my days off and really appreciating picking my outfits. :) 
maybe I should just start documenting my work outfits? I don't know. that might get boring. we'll see.

oh, and happy thanksgiving to my American pals! 

playing: Yulia- Wolf Parade

I'll be there for you...

today's post could appropriately be called the end of an era. it's the 90s! the most horrible decade ever.

ok, so maybe that statement is a little drastic, but come on. 90s fashion was the ugliest, most unflattering clothing of all time. it's comical. even worse than the 80s because everyone dressed like they were 70 years old.

I always swore I'd never, ever wear 90s-inspired garb. but inevitably... the florals and plaid won me over. one day I woke up and saw dozens of floral patterned dresses in my closet and realized the 90s had snuck in somehow.

dress- Topshop
shirt- Walmart
hat- Modcloth
tights- Smart Set
shoes- vintage

today's outfit was very Blossom-inspired. remember Blossom?? she had crazy 90s clothes. but I used to think she was so cool! 

to sum up, florals + denim shirt + hat + loafers = complete 90s transformation. 

today was so sunny and warm and beautiful. I wish all autumn would be like today! the weather's supposed to keep for another week, so I'm hoping to get some more pretty pictures while the winter is at bay. I really don't know what I'm going to do once we get piles of snow!

for now I'll just take advantage of the blue skies.

playing: Say- John Mayer