Thursday, December 31, 2009

So Long, 2009

Today is the last day of 2009, and I'm home alone with a mile-long list of things to do before the party tonight but lacking the will to accomplish any of them quite yet. Instead, I'm contemplating this past year and wondering what the next will bring. 2009 was particularly rough for a lot of people, and I've certainly had my ups and downs over the last 12 months. I bought my first home; celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary; became obsessed with decorating; switched jobs; realized the new job wasn't at all what I expected; felt lucky even to have a job considering the dire state of the publishing industry; travelled to Spain, Maui, New York, Dallas, Miami, Raleigh, Santa Fe, Montreal, St. John's and, uh, Winnipeg; didn't go to the gym; spent too much money on Starbucks, magazines and eating out; made some great new friends in Toronto and managed (mostly) to keep in touch with the people I love who are spread out all over the world; discovered Lady Gaga and Moroccan Oil; mourned the loss of some of the icons of my youth; laughed a fair amount and cried more than I would have liked; watched the sun rise from the top of a volcano; took a few excellent naps; and started this little blog. 


What was 2009 like for you? And have you made any resolutions for 2010? I'm not going to share all of mine here, but they include finally learning to drive, spending more time outside, figuring out a way to get a job I really love, and reading the damn instruction manual for my camera so that I can stop treating my expensive DSLR like a basic point-and-shoot. I'd also like to find time to do the things that are really, truly important, like curling up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea, watching the winter frost form delicate, spidery patterns on the window and being grateful for warmth, health, love and kitties. 


















Happy New Year! xox


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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wanted: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sequined Silk Dress




In spite of the fact that Michelle Williams wore it to an event waaaay back in June — which makes it practically vintage in Hollywood terms — I'm still lusting after this beautiful 3.1 Phillip Lim ivory draped silk dress with gold sequined tank underlay. Williams rocked it in the heat of summer, but I think it's even more perfect as a New Year's Eve dress. The contrast of the delicate pale silk against those gorgeous, slightly tough-looking metallic sequins gives it just the right mix of glamour, romance and edginess. What better way to bid 2009 adieu and ring in the new decade than with a fun, fabulous party frock? Now all I need is a fairy godmother with a credit card and high-speed internet connection. 







Photos via Zimbio and Net-a-Porter

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year Cheer: Sophisticated Holiday Décor

With the excitement of Christmas behind us, it's time to start gearing up for, er, the excitement of New Year's Eve. What kind of celebration are you planning — a swanky, dressed-up night on the town; a quiet evening in, contemplating the past year and making New Year's resolutions; or a drunken night at an overcrowded bar, hitting on strangers and ringing in 2010 with a bang (so to speak)? All viable options. This year I'll be hosting a very small party at home, so from now until Thursday, I'll be busy figuring out a menu, stockpiling booze and making sure the apartment is squeaky clean. What I'd really like to be doing, though, is executing a fabulous holiday décor scheme that strikes the perfect balance between "Santa has left the building" and "But it's still technically the holiday season, so happy 2010, bitches!" For me, NYE is about elegance and tastefully festive décor that doesn't scream Christmas. The tree can stay up for another couple of weeks, but ix-nay the red-and-green colour combos and ditch the empty stockings, abandoned gift boxes and all other depressing reminders that December 25 is once again a full twelve months away. Here, some New Year's Eve inspiration: 






Soft golds and champagne tones pretty much epitomize New Year's Eve, don't you think? 







Turquoise is also a gorgeous alternative. 





But turquoise and gold might just be the perfect NYE colour combo. I love this tablescape. The gold cutlery, blue goblets and yellow plates are stunning.  






Of course, you can never go wrong with a dash of bold pink...





... or ravishing red. 





For the colour-shy among you, let candles, fresh foliage and warm winter whites take centre stage. 




What's your favourite New Year's Eve look? 


Photos via Living Etc. and Homes & Gardens 

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I think Santa Claus and Mother Nature must be in cahoots, because it finally snowed in Toronto last night — the first proper snowfall of the season — giving us a gorgeous white Christmas. Hubs and I celebrated the arrival of those lovely fluffy flakes with a 2 am stroll around the neighbourhood, armed with a camera (me) and a flask of whiskey (him). The light was unbelievable. Is there anything more beautiful than the colour of the sky after a snowfall? 












Merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas Eve!


Last night, after putting on so many layers we could barely move, Hubs and I ventured out into the cold to check out the Christmas lights in our neighbourhood. It's one of my all-time favourite things to do, and the creative displays of fairy lights this year didn't disappoint. We saw ginormously oversized wreaths and cute little reindeer and even a truly bizarro setup involving an inflatable helicopter — what, you don't know the story of the Christmas helicopter? 


Today is all about last-minute errands, shopping for delicious treats to serve tomorrow when my brother and his family stop by for Christmas tea, and a quick visit with the in-laws before settling in for an evening of cheesy movies and stuffing stockings. I love the excitement and the wonderfully anticipatory  mood of Christmas Eve; there's always so much to look forward to, so many possibilities. Wishing you all a lovely day and a magical night! 


Gorgeous photo above by K R Fry 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas To Me: Miu Miu Patchwork Leather Biker Boots

Behold:



Miu Miu leather biker boots with harness and patchwork detailing. One pair left in the whole store. In my size. 60% off. 

"Holy shit, it's a Christmas miracle!" said the kitties. And it was. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Spring Fling

Because there's so much red and green assaulting our eyes around this time of year, and because I love Christmas but I'm also terribly contrary, I thought I'd share some of my current obsessions — all in soft, romantic, springtime-ready hues.  And if these somehow find their way under my Christmas tree, or the invisible Birthday Tree that will be making an appearance next month, I wouldn't complain. 

I actually gasped a little when I saw this dusty rose Chloe Heloise bag . Isn't she lovely? 



I can't even deal with how badly I want this Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Sasha shoulder bag . And yes, I realize I already own the same bag in black, but the pebble grey is breathtaking, don't you think? 





This Kenneth Jay Lane gold-plated coral cuff is 100% Palm Beach Fabulous. I feel as though my grandmother and I could both rock it, and that's sort of awesome. 





Coral-pink and snakeskin? That's a big fat YES to these Fendi leather high-heeled sandals. 



This Marni studded bag is so un-Marni, but like everything Marni, I love it. So... wait, does that means it really is very Marni? I'm confused. 




I can't decide between the pink YSL ring or the blue YSL ring , so naturally I want both. Note to Hubs: these are SERIOUS birthday contenders. 



These Givenchy wrapped jersey peep-toe booties would make every dress I own look 1,000 times better. 





I'm totally digging the romantic Forties vibes this Chloe dress is giving off. 



And this Chloe coral silk-crepe skirt is as pretty as a picture. A picture of a Chloe skirt. Which is extremely pretty, obvi. 





It's minus 12 degrees Celsius today, which makes me love this Christopher Kane cloud-print silk dress and hate it a little at the same time. Spring is way too far off. 




I didn't know Phillip Lim made lingerie! This 3.1 Phillip Lim bra and panty set makes me think of cotton candy. Love. 







A girl can never have too many ballet flats, especially when they're as gorgeous as these Lanvin leather flats with blush-coloured tulle embellishment. So dreamy! 


Aside from the ridiculously cold weather, what's making you long for spring? 
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