Monday, January 13, 2014

Bewitching baubles

Happy New Year!! Judging by everyone's social media feeds, it looks like most of you enjoyed a superfantabulous holiday season, despite the wild weather across North America. 

I hadn't planned on this little blogging break, but, well, life got in the way. Really, can you blame me for not wanting to pass up opportunities like THIS, a solo early-morning skate on the canal before the crowds arrived?

The next couple of months are shaping up to be a bit of a whirlwind of wedding planning, big deadlines at work, attempts at regular gym-going, and making time for family and friends. I love blogging and I'm not going anywhere, but bear with me if my posting's more erratic than usual!

I thought it fitting to kick off 2014 with literally my first outfit of the New Year. We celebrated with a low-key gathering of friends in the 'Valley'. Comfort and denim rules in the country, so I wore a new pair of burgundy wax denim jeans, a denim shirt, and a big statement necklace for a bit of glam. And slippers because I'm THAT visitor. My friends' 15-month old sat on my lap that evening and was completely enthralled by my necklace. She'd touch and grasp the baubles one by one in her tiny hand and let out an 'oooooooh!!' of excitement. So adorable. We'd just been talking about how to raise girls to not be overly focused on physical appearance. (Aside: another friend wrote a great op-ed, 'Please don't tell my daughter she's beautiful', available here). Our circle of friends is determined to do our best, but I think some femininity is innate....girls love pretty things!


{Drinks were had. Pictures are blurry.}

Top - Gap via thrift store
Pants - Banana Republic
Necklace - Road Trip via sidewalk sale
Slippers - La Vie en Rose


  1. I don't blame you! I took a break too... and I feel like the holidays went wayyyy to fast! I, too, am enthralled with your necklace! It's so pretty and totally unique!

  2. I took a break too so I totally understand. Life gets in the way and blogging takes a back seat in priorities. So excited for you and your upcoming wedding! Love this laid back outfit and the necklace is gorgeous. No wonder the baby wanted to play with it!

  3. slippers eh? you remind me of my friend lesley ann :) I can see how your friends daughter would be captivated by your necklace, it is a show-stopper and ties in nicely with your burgundy jeans. I think it's going to be challenging raising a girl in our appearance focused society but placing importance on other things like inner beauty, learning, giving back etc will hopefully help balance things out.


    life & blogging, such a tricky balance!

  4. I love that you are the visitor who brings their own slippers, Kat - when I lived in the prairies, I was the same. You kind of have to when it's that cold out, there is only so much that central heating can do. For the record, I think you made them look very stylish, and I have no doubt that amazing necklace is a big part of it. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a woman of any age who didn't say - or at least think - oooh! when she saw it.


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