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Holiday Glamour

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It’s pretty much all holiday glam, all the time here on the blog right now and I’m loving every minute of it!

Whether icy pastels, like my last look, sparkles & baubles, or classic silhouettes are you thing, over the next few weeks, I am here for all if it!

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Glamour and class are the name of the game this time of year, and this stunning black & gold, floral brocade midi skirt from JIBRI is the epitome of holiday elegance!

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It’s shiny, festive, grand, and so, so very luxe.

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Its chic, structured shape will keep you looking graceful and sophisticated throughout any Christmas or New Year’s celebration (no matter how many champagne cocktails you may have) especially paired with simple cream coloured pieces like this smart, high neck crop top from Girl With Curves (as seen previously in my post “Crimped Hair and Side Belly“) and a fab coat!

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And who says you can’t dress up for a snowball fight!?

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Skirt, JIBRI – here
Top, Girl With Curves – here

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

And just like that it’s full blown winter here in Montreal! Snow covered trees, fences, rooftops – it’s so beautiful this time if year… You know… Before the white, fluffy, powdery snow turns into one solid mass of greyish, crystallized, frozen waste…

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… For now, it still looks like a scene from a good old fashioned holiday movie out there, and it has me feeling swell!
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Movies like Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and classic Christmas music, they have this magical, old-world, holiday charm about them.

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When I see the snow sitting upon drooping branches, and smell the intoxicating aroma the neighbour’s wood burning stove, I feel some sort of imagined nostalgia for an era I was never a part of; and my new, pastel blue coat from ELOQUII channels my wistful affection for Christmases past with grace and elegance.

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In in keeping with the theme, I’ve paired it with my gorgeous, pale pink, customized (of course) ruffled dress from eShakti, peep toe (yes peep toe) silver pumps from Aldo, a faux-fur, pillbox shaped hat from Forever 21, and a vintage, hand beaded clutch. A knuckle, and midi ring add a fresh, modern touch to this glamorous, retro style and take it into the 21st century.

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And though the snowflakes were staying on my nose and eyelashes, this outfit so filled my heart with holiday cheer, that I couldn’t even feel the cold.

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Coat, ELOQUII – here
Hat, Forever 21 – here
Dress, eShakti – similar (different colour)
Shoes, Aldo – here

Winter White Legs

IMG_3397.JPGSo… I don’t do the tanning thing, and no matter the season, these are how my legs look; but I’ve never really noticed it, or thought to address it quite as much as I did the other day when I decided to expose my pasty-whites against a backdrop of snow.

IMG_3436.JPGSee, I have a hard time with pantyhose. I honestly don’t know if there is anyone else there with this problem, but… The skin on the insides of my thighs is so soft and thin, that it actually seeps through the weaving of the pantyhose and I end up getting worse chub rub than if I had worn nothing at all. I’ve tried sizing up, I’ve tried different brands – nothing works. I’ve just accepted it. This is my hose-less life; and it is why you’ll see that I’m never wearing them no matter what the weather.

THERE! I said it!

I’ve actually gotten quite used to it, though. Despite my grandmother thinking I’m nuts, I don’t really get cold. Obvi I’m not choosing these types of outfits for activities where I will be spending any extended period in the cold outdoors, but barelegged, wintertime looks have been known to happen.

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IMG_3435.JPGI also love how this transitional weather gives me a good excuse to wear adorable ruffled socks!

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IMG_3373.JPGAnd my faux-fur vest from Addition Elle, which works so perfectly over this fab sheer, burgundy blouse which I scored at the BIG Deal Toronto, closet sale from fellow plus size style blogger, Jessica, of Clothes and Shit. What can I say, the girl’s got taste!

IMG_3364.JPGNow, I can’t say that I wouldn’t love to find the perfect pair of pantyhose… But it just hasn’t happened for me yet.

IMG_3379.JPGSo until then, I will be blinding the public with my legs, year round, with no apologies! I’ve always been a rebel, anyway. Take that, grandma!!! 😛

Be sure to check out Jessica on www.clothesandshit.com and don’t forget to follow her, @jesskuuh on Instagram!!!

Vest, Addition Elle – here
Purse, Aldo – here
Denim overall skirt, Forever 21+ – here
Necklace, Old Navy – similar
Socks, Ardène – similar

Winter Is Coming, And Coming… And Coming

So… It is March 30th and we’ve gotten yet another dumping of snow here in Montreal. It’s been a Westeros kind of winter, and spring is never coming. Never.

I ordered this awesome T-shirt dress from Boohoo a couple of weeks ago and (stupid me) had thought that the weather would actually be starting to get a little more spring-like by the time it arrived so I wouldn’t have to try and make yet another great dress look awkwardly cute with winter boots; but alas, here I am, all dressed in white, looking out the window at a vast sea of the like.

It is incredibly soft and comfortable – it feels so smooth against my skin. It’s just a plain oversized, boxy T-shirt with side slits, but I love how it manages to be so chic in its simplicity and so feminine in its straight lines.

I’ve left the silhouette of this flowy frock uninterrupted and decided against a belt, as I had originally imagined wearing it; and instead chose to accessorize with this gorgeous art deco style, short  necklace, cuff bracelet and hand chain with jade detail. Also, I’ve spared you all from having to see me in my salt stained, slightly deformed looking, unintentionally tri-colored Ugg boots; and in lieu, I’ve paired the look with my favorite flats, from Forever 21.

Since I’m still rocking the straight hair look, (in a very scientific experiment to see how long I can actually go without washing my hair before my husband asks for a divorce / an attempt to preserve the straightened hair that I know I cannot reproduce without professional assistance) I’ve topped off my ensemble with one of my new Babooshka Boutique turbans, in this fantastic nude shade, which just so happens to look amazingly cool and effortless with my temporarily straight locks, despite the constant effort required to keep it from sliding up the back of my unfortunately, flat head.

Ironically enough, I almost feel like my look could find itself a place somewhere among the hustle and bustle in the city of Qarth, which I suppose is better than how I feel right now – a murderous White Walker trudging through a land of endless ice and snow.  It may be a never ending winter, but I suppose it could be worse.  I could be a Dothraki woman.  (Although, I wouldn’t mind getting manhandled by Khal Drogo just a little, if he were still around…  Yum!)