Glitz & Glamour

With the holidays fast approaching; who can believe its already December tomorrow, so will be the festive parties and gatherings. Whether it’s work related, New Year’s Eve, ugly Christmas sweater party or just catching up with friends, December is about enjoying time with the people you love the most. With all of the upcoming holiday social gatherings, a gal needs her party dresses. Typically I am not one for any type of sequin or sparkles incorporated in my clothing choices, however this is the time of the year to get your glam on. For the more conservative try adding a bit of glitz with a sequinned clutch, or pairing a statement skirt with a relaxed tee and black tights to help balance out. As Rihanna said, Shine bright like a diamond people. IMG_1529.JPG

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Xo Rachael.

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Coats & Cloaks

As the temperatures start to descend, the fine dance of trying to stay warm while still trying to maintain some sort of style begins. Bring on the layers. There are the days where nothing will compete with my North Face down jacket and I will succumb to resembling a large marshmallow, however I do enjoy and always feel more put together in a structured winter coat. Last year a lot of designers went heavy on the oversized winter coat trend, which I was not a fan of as I am only 5’3 and I believe that style of jacket is not universally flattering for most women. This season has a lot more variety and catering more towards the average woman’s dimensions. When it comes to a winter jacket, I say invest. A few years ago I bought a T. Babaton wool jacket from Aritiza and I still love it. It is a timeless style and fit my only regret is that I didn’t get another in the Camel colour. I do love the pairing of a longer more masculine structured winter coat with a sneaker. Two opposites; but mixed together is refreshing and who said you can’t have sporty chic in the winter months! IMG_1501.JPGIMG_1503.JPGIMG_1504.JPGIMG_1505.JPGIMG_1509.JPG

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Xo Rachael.

Chic Chapeaus

Hats are increasingly becoming a must have accessory for the current winter season. I personally love hats but wish I had the courage to wear some of the more dramatic, unique pieces. I usually tend to stick to the more mainstream floppy/bohemian choices. However I am looking forward to increasing my hat collection and trying out some different choices. Trying to step outside of the box. As you can see a hat can completely change the look and feel of the most basic outfit or be the finishing touch. IMG_1459.JPG

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Xo Rachael.

Winter Wonderland

Well today marks the first snow fall. I must say there is something magical and enchanting about seeing the snow fall at night, very peaceful. Now that the snow is fallen and December is right around the corner I am looking forward to putting up all the Christmas decorations and the tree. In terms of interior design I am in favour of the somewhat non traditional decorations which have more of a winter neutral colour scheme and that way you can enjoy them post Christmas. Here are some of my favourite I would say…rustic meets minimalist Christmas decoration inspo pictures.

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Xo Rachael.

Milkmaid Braid

I know I know.. The milkmaid braid trend didn’t exactly just take off however better late than never. I rarely do much with my hair aside from straight or loose waves. I would have imagined creating this braid would be difficult and look like a birds nest on my head instead of channelling a Norwegian babe wearing a cable knit sweater with a undone yet polished milkmaid braid. However there is hope people. Late last night I was googling how to’s on creating a milkmaid braid.. yes this was on a Friday night.. and surprise it’s actually not that difficult. Before I went to bed I tried one side on my head and wasn’t completely horrified at how it turned out. Any type of hairstyle that you can mask unwashed hair and actually looks like a hairstyle is gold to me. I’m trying to only wash my hair 2-3 times a week now. I like this look especially for winter. I’m anticipating this will be a style female friends will appreciate and the males in my life will make some sort of Amish reference and comparison to what’s going on with your hair. I’ve included some youtube links which I felt helpful and some pics for inspo. Ps. Who knew there was a reverse French braid? – obviously a sign I need to step my hair.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ8kkq-r_9I

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LY6yzJrAXzc

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Xo Rachael

Model Moment

Anyone that knows me well knows that my all time favourite model is Carolyn Murphy. Her timeless beauty and unique look coupled with her natural and environmental lifestyle outside of modelling makes her for lack of better words so cool. I came across some of her pictures on Pinterest and it reminded me of when Meg and I had our “hobo chic” scrap book of magazine clippings. This was almost 10 years ago – so Meg I’m thinking we were ahead of the game back then. Enjoy the pics!

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Xo Rachael.

Sweater Weather

When it comes to this time of year and the weather changes my main priority is staying warm… And my favourite way to do that is with sweaters! Soo comfy, soo cozy. I really do love sweaters A LOT! So much so that I would want it to be winter all year round just so that I could wear them.. buut them I remember I love summer too much so that would never work… (buuut if I didn’t I would wear sweaters all year round).

Anyway.. here is some sweater inspiration.

Stay comfy!!

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xo. Meagan.