ALL THAT GLITTERS…
The same weekend we went to the cabin, we also spent some of our Saturday on Toronto Island to shoot images for the same job that brought us to Schomberg. I’ve been to Toronto Island a bunch of times – mostly for work actually – but never in the winter, that I can recall. It’s too bad there hasn’t been much snow in Toronto, I really think the island would be a sight to behold beneath a blanket of stark white snow, but disappointingly, it just looked like a lifeless landscape of grey-brown, for the most part (Toronto is just rather dreary looking in general during the winter, even when there is snow). It was also absolutely frigid this day, so it probably didn’t help that we were surrounded by water, and of course, me being me, I wore a skirt and tights like a true sartorial genius. But hey, I shouldn’t complain, it was a nice day despite the cold – I got to eat a delicious lunch at Brock Sandwich before we headed to the island, we walked on a frozen pond turned ice rink that was drenched in the golden glow of the sun’s rays (which was the most beautiful juxtaposition nature could throw my way and still makes me smile thinking about it) and I got to spend the day with my two favourite dudes. The sort of day that makes frosty winters seem less unbearable.
*photo of me by Zach, edited by me
Over the weekend I went through my closet, sorted and photographed the clothes I am willing to part ways with and list on my instagram shop, finally. To be honest, it was way easier than I thought it would be. There were a bunch of pieces I didn’t even think twice about, mostly because they hadn’t been worn in what felt like years or only once to twice ever – it was pretty clear they needed to go. However, it also made me face some clothes that had just been sitting around, unworn and ignored, but still felt relevant to my personal style right now, like these trousers. I own 3 pairs of similar trousers – these taupe guys (also, holy crap, AA still sells these exact ones! I am shocked. I got them like 6 yrs ago), a dark grey pair and dark green. I go through phases with trousers, which is why all 3 pairs have stayed with me for many years. Sometimes I will love trousers and the way they look on me, and other times I cannot stand them and feel very frumpy…the former, obviously, keeps me from getting rid of them. I’ve been going through my love phase, but had only been wearing my grey pair up until this weekend. Having too many clothes, you often forget what you have and under-appreciate a lot, doing this sorting forced me to look at everything and decide to actually wear it or send it packing…so that’s what I’m doing with these trousers…actually wearing them.
– W H A T I W O R E –
Trousers: AA | Shirt: H&M (old) | Coat, belt, cardigan: thrifted | Boots: Samantha Pleet x Wolverine | Ring c/o Good After Nine | Scarf: vintage
I use Pinterest for many reasons – creative inspiration, keeping tabs on work-related ideas, home decor, meal planning, outfit ideas, things I might like to buy…pretty much the same reason everyone uses Pinterest, I think. In one of my posts asking what you would like to see more from me and this space you had mentioned that you’d like see some of my favourite pins at the moment. So I thought I’d do just that every once in awhile. These particular pins are inspiring to me because of their aesthetics and creamy colour combinations. The pastel aesthetic is a popular one of late, and while I don’t purport to be a pastel princess I do really love the colour combinations and am very much drawn to still lifes and real life moments and environments where these hues are found. I have a Pinterest board titled “L O V E L I E S” and all it really is is images with beautiful colours, textures and composition that are inspiring me at the moment, curated (hopefully) seamlessly. I can’t say for how long pastels will be inspiring to me, much like everything in life, the things we are drawn to are fluid and ever-changing, so who knows where this board will go (it has definitely changed a bit since I made it…if you scroll to the bottom you’ll see a wee difference) but for now these are only a few of the images and pins I’m loving right now. I hope you enjoy the colourful eye-candy as much as I do. AND! Link me your Pinterest in the comments below. I love finding new boards and pinners to follow.*click on the image to be linked back to source
As I mentioned in my last post, Zach and I headed to Schomberg, Ontario to spend a night in a cabin for a work project. It was a very short lived trip, but a fun trip no less. When we arrived on the property a friendly woman, Emma (and her flippin’ awesome border collie Cree who goes wild whenever a car starts up and loves running all over their property), greeted us at her home and brought us down to the cabin on her family owned farm land. They had built 3 cabins on the land, all a considerable distance from eachother, to rent out on Airbnb. The cabins have no running water or electricity, only solar powered lighting and heating from the fireplace, and a pond directly in front of it, now frozen over making the perfect skating rink (had we brought skates). The cabin was quaint and secluded – you could hear the coyotes howling come nightfall – and absolutely perfect for a wintry getaway. Once we settled in we got straight to photo taking as there was only a few hours of viable light left and that was pretty well the main reason we were there (Zach is a photographer by profession, and a flippin’ talented one at that). The rest of the evening was spent getting food in the town (oops, we brought no food with us), playing scrabble, warming my cold toes by the fire, worrying a coyote would steal Gus at night while he was peeing and watching Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix on a laptop (we are re-watching all the movies). In the morning we rose, packed our things and headed back to real life. Like I said, very short lived, but it was great and being in a place like that always makes me wonder if that is the sort of spot I will end up when I am older. I was going to split this into two posts because there are so many photos, but personally, I don’t mind when a post is picture heavy, so hopefully you don’t either.
*If you want to visit this place, you can find it here. Btw, this is not a sponsored post, I just really enjoyed our stay and the owners (and Cree). Also, if you have concerns about Gus being up so high on the wooden beam – he was up there only for a second for a photo, Zach was holding him the whole time, and he was in no way distressed. He is very easy going and very loved.
I mentioned before that I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my personal style, or rather, I don’t feel a connection to many of the clothes I own. I love pretty well everything I own, I do, but there are a ton of pieces that just don’t get much wear anymore. So, I’ve been making an effort to be a bit more thoughtful about what I do want to wear, acknowledging the pieces that have been getting the most wear and why that is. I think with each season my wants and needs for clothes change. Winter (and I guess Fall), it seems comfort, warmth and ease become far more important to me, or at least, that has been the case this Winter. As for the warmer months, I guess I am not certain yet, although I hear Summery co-ords calling my name. I don’t necessarily think I want a complete style overhaul…ya’ll know I will always love vintage and the ever adorable style of the 60s, but in a way I feel my direction steering more towards the ease of the 70s and wearings pants/trousers far more often. I really don’t think you will see much change around here, however I am starting to go through my closet and pick the pieces I am saying goodbye to (and will be selling here and here) and keeping an eye out for the pieces I would like in my closet. It’s tough for me (a true 1st world problem), having a closet filled with mostly vintage, it feels incredibly painful to part ways with any one of them. Vintage is special, far more special than something you picked up at F21 or H&M (imho), it’s so much harder to let go of. I like keeping vintage pieces – even if I don’t wear them – just to have them as a sort-of relic, like a collection of things (albeit much more overbearing than say a rock collection) I may one day pass down to children and grandchildren (no, I’m not pregnant). Anyhow, my fear of letting go of things is obviously a whole other problem in and of itself, so we won’t go there today…these are the things I have been eyeing (some super expensive…these are just examples, not necessarily the exact pieces I would buy), do not own anything like them and would very much like in my closet. 1. H&M Dungarees….2. Valentino Turtleneck….3. Vivetta Blazer & Skirt….4. Vivetta Iride Shirt….5. River Island Jeans….6. Ferragamo Flats….7. Leather Coach Backpack….8. ACNE Chelsea Boots….9. ASOS Plaid Co-ord
*check out my pinterest to see a plethora of things I’ve got my eye on.
Tell me about some pieces you have your eye on. Are you also feeling a disconnect to your clothes, or have you ever felt that way? Lets chat bbs <3