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New Year's Eve

Welp… It is officially 2016—time to start facing those resolutions and to start it off on the right foot! 
  
But if you’re like me, at least for now, I’ve put the thought of resolutions aside, and decided that this year would be about maintenance. 

   
 
I’m not saying I won’t strive to be better… I’m just saying that I’m pretty damn happy with my achievements last year, and I hope to keep those accomplishments coming, and keep pushing forward as I have been.

  

   

  
This way, the progress will come naturally, without a silly date on the calendar looming over my head, making me feel that if I don’t change something, that I’m somehow a failure. 

  
So cheers to all I’ve overcome! Cheers to what lies ahead! And cheers to this gorgeous dress, whose butterfly and floral print is perfectly symbolic of fresh starts and new beginnings!

  
  
Paired with some big, bold earrings, and a bright orange blazer, I’m ready to take on 2016, and keep building upon the solid foundation I laid for myself last year!

   

  

  

Happy New Year, once again, to you, yours, and everyone in between!!! 

  

Dress, Zelie For She – out of stock 

Blazer, Eloquii – different colours available here 

Boots, SexyPlus – here 
   

New Year's Eve 

I don’t know about you, but I always get a little verklempt come New Year’s Eve (as I think many of us do) because it’s just such a symbolic time of change, rich in nostalgia and the warm fuzzy holiday feels; but this year, I’ve found myself even more in my feelings than I’ve ever been before.

   
I’ve overcome a great deal of personal challenges this year. It wasn’t easy. I will go so far as to say that I survived 2015, more than I lived it; but with each obstacle, I became stronger, better, faster (okay, not faster), and I learned to be very proud of who I am, and the people in my life.

   
I can honestly say, although in the thick of things, it was hard to acknowledge, it has been an amazing year despite it all, because alongside all the crap that it threw my way, a lot of great stuff happened too!

   
  
The greatest gifts I could have possibly received this year are that of realizing that I’m a much more resilient person than I ever imagined myself to be. I’ve finally learned to trust that I will overcome, I will thrive, and I’ve see just how much of a rock I am to my family. 

   

It’s a good feeling to know that I’m deserving of this status. I don’t think I had ever felt that I was until this year. I know now that I deserve to be happy, not just about my body, but about my choices as a mother, a wife, and most importantly, a woman. 

  

Difficult times may seem a little (ok, hell of a lot) confusing, but trusting yourself to make sense of that confusion is definitely something to be proud of, and I have finally been able to accomplish it. 

  
Although life if full of grey areas, at least some things can still be black and white, and my New Year’s Eve dress from City Chic is just that—black, white and elegant all over! I’m totally obsessed with the lace detail, and its playfully pleated sheer skirt! 

  
Paired with my fabulous feather bolero, a dazzling statement necklace, and delicate, handmade crystal earrings from Cristy Ellen K

  
A pretty pair of leather gloves…

  
And printed tights from Addition Elle, with my beautiful, black, sparkly, T-strap pumps that I designed from Shoes Of Prey, I am ready for that ball to drop, and to welcome in the new year, surrounded by the people I love the most! 

  
Happy New Year’s Eve, loves!!! Bring on 2016!!!

  

Dress, City Chic – here 

Bolero, Addition Elle – old 

Tights, Addition Elle – here 

Shoes, Shoes Of Prey – design your own here 

New Year's Eve Eve 

You guysss!!! Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve!!! 

So, to commemorate the year gone by, and ring in 2016 in style, I’ll be bringing you three looks over the next three days to celebrate New Years Eve Eve (shut up, it’s a thing), New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day! 

  

  

   

  
 As an only child, when I was growing up, the holidays were a particularly joyful time in my life, and not so much because of the presents and the goodies (although, I wasn’t mad at them), but what I really loved the most, was that my mum and I would go stay at my grandparent’s house for Christmas break, and my aunt would drive up from Ontario with my four cousins, to stay too. For two weeks each winter, it was like I was part of a big family, and I always looked so forward to it.  

   
  
  
There was no let down after the excitement of Christmas morning died down, because we were all still together, and then of course, once all of those festivities concluded, we still had New Year’s to look forward to! 

    

 
   
 

  
December 30th was always New Year’s Eve Eve to us, and to me, it always will be. This stunning, winter white Kiyonna dress from SexyPlus captures the purity and innocence of those childhood memories perfectly. 
      

   
 I’ve paired it with the most fantastic rhinestone encrusted clutch from Aldo, and my gorgeous, sparkly silver peep toe, kitten heel pumps, that I designed from Shoes Of Prey.   

 
  
I’ve topped off the look with the absolute most incredible faux-fur stole from F.O.C. by Flaws Of Couture, which lends a luxurious touch of old world Hollywood glam to this already elegant look. 

   
 Although our lives and traditions have evolved, and those childhood memories are just faded old photographs in the albums of my mind, it still makes me smile to think of those two weeks each year, when nothing else mattered but playing with our Christmas presents, drinking Coke floats, building couch cushion forts (much to our grandmother’s chagrin), and planning our upcoming outfits on New Year’s Eve Eve. 

  
Dress, by Kiyonna from SexyPlus – available in black here, red here, magenta, here, and in ivory, here 

Stole, F.O.C. by Flaws Of Couture – here 

Clutch, Aldo – here 

Shoes, designed by me, from Shoes Of Prey – design your own here 

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot

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Whether you rang in the new year with friends or fam, watched the ball drop at home in your PJs, or danced the night year away fuelled by endless cocktails, bubbly and hors d’oeuvres, one thing is for sure…

It’s 2015, y’all!!! Happy New Year to and yours!!!

As for moi, I said goodbye to last year and welcomed in the new one, in what can only be described as “mermaid sequins!”

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The second this dress from Rum + Coke dropped, I knew it had to be mine! I mean… It’s a sparkly, mermaid coloured, bodycon… Need I say more!?

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I paired it with a jewelled clutch from Aldo, and pointy metallic pumps, because New Years Eve is the only holiday where glittery overkill is the name if the game.

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Sure, I ate way too many sausage rolls and May or may not have had to unzip before the end of the night… But hey, I wouldn’t have had at a had other way!

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So… Goodbye 2014, it’s been a slice! And, 2015… Come at me bro!!!

Dress, Rum + Coke – here
Clutch, Aldo – similar (different colour)

2014 – A Year In Review

Well folks, as 2014 comes to a close (just a few hours left) I’ve been reflecting upon a lot if things.

It’s been a year full of surprises, some wonderful some sad.

I decided to start blogging full time, my best friend welcomed her new baby boy into the world, my husband got a promotion at work… And we were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of my father-in-law, an ocean away in Haiti, without any warning or a chance to say goodbye. (Read about my travels to Haiti here.)

But, all in all, it’s been a fulfilling year and we’ve overcome any hurdles we were faced with, and have come out of it stronger than ever.

Now you know I couldn’t do this post without talking about my year in outfits! I’ve worn SOOO many fab pieces and had such a blast putting looks together and blogging about them! Here are my faves!

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Can you tell I had a hard time choosing? Haha!

I hope you have all had a great year too! Mine wouldn’t have been the same without y’all, and I’m lucky to have you lovelies in my life! I wish each and every one of you a fantastic New Year and I look forward to what 2015 has in store!!!