I FOLLOW

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Chances are if you visit my blog regularly you will have noticed that my blog encompasses a ton of photography, beyond taking the photos you see on my blog myself, I also put as much time into scouting the location for said blog post shoot as I do getting ready. Some are shot close to home, while others, like these industrial ones, are a little easier to get at in the winter times. If you look closely in my right hand you can see the remote for my camera (on zee tripod). I love taking my own photos, and while I am flattered that some amazing photographers in Toronto and else where have offered to take up residency as my official photographer (imagine?!), I am going to continue to keep it real and shoot myself, for … well, myself.

Having said that, there are things I cannot do alone, and one of them is design a new blog foundation and look for this here blog. My very good (talented, amazing, spontaneous, hilarious, design-junkie-of-a) friend Danielle is in the middle of designing my new look – well rather, our new look for my blog. So in the coming weeks expect some changes – but also some down time (but really, how consistent am I anyway?)

A lot of changes are on their way, this year has started off great – getting rid of the things around me that weigh me down, in hopes that bigger and better things are waiting for me around the corner!

Happy Valentines Day to all of the lovers out there.


COAT: Vintage | Stolen from my Mum
SHIRT:
Black and White Stripes | Elizabeth & James
SKIRT: Sequins | F21
SHOES: Black and White Pin Up | Asos
BAG: Vintage | Crocodile

 I FOLLOW RIVERS // LYKKE LI
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THIS ISN’T OUR PARADISE

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Work is cray. Life is cray. I’ve given up NYFW this season for my insanity. Truly, that is the only update. As the snow falls like it’s the end of the world outside today, I am grateful I am stuck indoors with the warmth and funny men I work with. Hope you all stay warm today, as you can see, this time last week was a totally different story from the photo’s above. Also, I feel like I should note, this sweater has quickly become one of my favorites — and it is from a store I would never dream of going in – JCrew. Don’t get me wrong – I love the idea of JCrew – I just dont feel my personality aligns with who they market to. I am a little more edgy, but once in awhile I find myself swooning over bright knits and stripes … to wear with something insane, obviously.


STRIPPED SHIRT: Ark & Co
SWEATER: Lemon Yellow | JCrew
PANTS: Hunter Green Waxed Denim | JBrand
HAT: White Cap | Burberry

 THIS ISN’T OUR PARADISE // Santigold

TEENAGE CRIME

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Can you tell it’s snowing in these photos? … (look again) … yah. I wasn’t prepared. I went for brunch on Sunday with zee friends and out of nowhere (not really, I live in Canada and it’s January) it started to effing snow.

I repeat. Not. Prepared.

Either way, here I am, wearing a pair of $2 jeans my mum bought at a charity auction. I had an impulse two weeks ago for a DIY and was dying for a pair of boyfriend jeans … but being a girl who doesn’t wear jeans often – correction – three times a year – I found it sort of pointless to purchase. So I rummaged through my closet, found a hideous pair of baggy jeans and voila! I think I should do a DIY video for these … as they turned out exactly like I wanted them to.

Work is cray (man friend says Craig), and although I feel I am being bombarded with emails I honestly do find setting simple goals throughout the day helpful and encouraging. My 2013 dreams list is already panning out, two things on my list are in the works and are being concocted (haha cocted —) and I am trying to take things in stride instead of stressing over things I cannot control. One of them, as mentioned before – is to blog more … YAY two posts for 2013!

I hope your year is off to a great start, January is coming to a close and that just leaves four more months until flip-flops and lip gloss!


SHIRT: Cream Chiffon | Club Monaco
BLAZER: Emerald & Leather | Ark & Co. | Piperlime
BAUBLES: Vintage
SHOES
: Black Leather Wedge | Prada

 Teenage Crime // Adrian Lux

WILDEST MOMENTS

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Oh how time flies!! Hello 2013!!

I am currently in a state of awe and grace. Aw at the fact that it is 2013 and I am turning twenty six this year, grace at the fact that 2012 will look like a cake walk compared to the insanity I have in store for 2013!!

I am so pumped at the opportunities coming my way already, and we are only seventeen days in! I am working with a ton of new talent this year, Bloggers Night Out is whipping up some amazing events and ideas, this here blog should be (I repeat, should – ) be becoming more frequent than once a week (who am I kidding, ahem, twice-a-month).

Until then though, may I introduce you to my new man. Phillip. Phillip, meet the world. Phillip was an over-the-top-not-needed-nor-necissary-partial Christmas gift from my two bestest (I know) friends (I know…). Needless to say we are inseparable, although I feel like so far it’s a one-sided relationship, for example. any chance Phillip seems to get, he jumps off the face of the earth a.k.a where ever I place him.

No worries though, it took me eight years to force the boyfriend to love me (kidding — I think?), I can handle a simple guy named Phill … I mean Lord, Sir, Phillip Lim.

I hope the holidays were cherished, time was spent relaxing and you all managed to take a moment to remember that you are an incredible human being, you are alive, and are never too young or naive to chase your dreams.

I’ve said it a million times, I don’t believe in resolutions, but I do believe in holding your dreams accountable. Write them down and watch how you grow throughout the year, you may just surprise yourself.


SHIRT: Comfy Grey Sweater | HM
PANTS
 : Blue Flower Trouser | HM
BAUBLES : HM
SHOES
: Leopard Print Heels | Calvin Klein
BAG: 31 Hour | 3.1 Phillip Lim

 Wildest Moments // Jesse Ware

LAY YOUR CARDS OUT

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Just call me Martha. I am having so much fun wrapping presents and accidentally getting drunk by my lonesome as I wrap the most beautiful gifts for my family and friends. I have to admit though, like every post this month … I will complain that it is more like a cold autumn here rather than winter. I miss the snow, and will continue to pray for a white christmas! Snow does though, have a ton of down falls … one in particular … I wouldn’t be traipsing around a field in a crinoline skirt in snow, but rather, the tall grass reeds offer such a romantic feel. O Canada, this outfit is for you.


SHIRT: Red Plaid | Joe Fresh
SKIRT
 : Grey Crinoline | F21
BELT: Vintage

 Lay Your Cards Out // Polica

BREATHING UNDERWATER

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With only two more weeks until Christmas I can’t help but squeal every time I hear a Christmas song! Christmas truly is a magical time of year, and this year, it seems to be contagious. For the first time, in a couple of years, everybody seems to be in the holiday spirit despite the lack of snow around … but you know me, I’ll still be dreaming of a white Christmas.

My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with my family and friends! This year will be a year of new adventures, I am headed to my grandparents to bake and have a sleep over, my man friends parents bought a place at the foot of the biggest ski and snowboard destination north of Toronto  and I will be spending some of my holidays on the slopes along with cozy nights by the fire. There is no cable so board games and old movies are definitely on the agenda!  The man friend coaches hockey and has entered into a tournament the last weekend of December, but has sworn it will be a blast and has booked us a suite to have a little getaway! Mostly though, I am just thrilled to be spending a consecutive week with my best friend, as we haven’t done  that since June (gasp!)

To You & Yours. Happy Christmas.


BLOUSE: Thrifted | Pink Peter Pan Collar
SWEATER
 : Grey and White Polka Dot Jumper | F21
PANTS: Oxblood Tuxedo Pant | Aritzia
SHOES: Leather T Mary Janes | Nine West

 Flowers In December by Mazzy Star

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

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I’m in a current state of euphoria! I am achieving all of the things I set out to do in 2012, and as this year comes to a close I can honestly say, without a doubt, that this year has been a year of learning for me.

I’m not certain if I’ve learned the correct lessons, but I have walked away with a badge of being 25 and working hard. I think this year was a stepping stone in my life, and I look forward to 2013 and to be able to put the knowledge I now have to good use.

The air is officially crisp in Toronto, and for being the biggest metropolitan city in Canada, you’d think our igloos would be nice, solid, and covered in snow … but you couldn’t be more wrong! We have embraced a warmer winter and are snowless. Sad really … but I love the holidays (who doesn’t) and this year will be one for the books. I have thought long and hard about the gifts to give my friends and family. I’ve made sure that these items are both practice and necessary – as a pose to spending money on things not needed (guilty!!) and I have never been more excited to give them!!

But at the end of the day, the only thing I truly want for Christmas is this handsome man friend, dinners with friends and family and some much-needed relaxing time to myself. Sounds like bliss, bring on the wine!

If I don’t get a chance to tell you, happy christmas. may the holidays bring you joy, love and peace.

Motopony // King Of Diamonds