Canadian New Year

My boyfriend lives in Canada. I know, bummer right? Although his move back home hasn’t been easy, mini trips to see him and vacations there have certainly helped. Originally from Quebec, he wanted to show me his home province during its most magical time, the winter holiday season. With only a week to get everything in and dodge the brutal cold we spent as much time, as we could tolerate, walking through the streets of Montreal and sitting in its warm bars and cafes.

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Unfortunately, it was so cold that most of my days involved layering and bundling up to the point that I couldn’t get dolled up for our outings. My hair was constantly flattened by hats and my face was mostly covered with a mega scarf — he called it, “the ski look”. But despite that, I had the time of my life. Montreal and Quebec City have amazing architecture and culinary experiences and I am so excited to return…in the summer. 😉

So, happy New Year from us. We hope that 2018 brings so many blessings and lots of prosperity!

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The Essentials

Everyone has their go-to pieces and accessories — things that when melded really play a part in defining their style. If you take a quick flip through my Instagram, hopefully you can get a good sense of who I am and my preferences when it comes to dressing and accessorizing. There are pretty much four staples to my attire; things you’ll always see me wearing and things I live and swear by: a quilted jacket, cat eye shades, houndstooth, and pearls. I wanted to put my images  in different sections but so often you see me wear my go-to items together that I thought maybe just placing all the shots below would be easier not only for me but for you all to see how I like to wear them!

 

Quilted Jacket: H&M (sold out) Ralph Lauren similar style

Pearls: Gifts

Shades: Unique Vintage & Various Thrift Stores

Houndstooth Dress (Picture No. 1&6): Ralph Lauren (sold out)

Houndstooth Skirt (Picture No. 4) : Forever 21 (sold out)

A Short Sabbatical

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This weekend past, I took another trip into Middleburg, Virginia but this time with my family to celebrate younger sister’s twenty-first birthday.

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A favorite location of mine for its quiet and amazing service, for three days we stayed at the Salamander Resort & Spa. Sitting on 340 acres in the heart of the city, it’s the perfect haven of recreation of relaxation with activities to suit persons of all ages. Take a peek at a few of my favorite shots from that lovely couple of days!

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Middleburg Hunt Point to Point

A few years ago, a dear friend of mine invited me down to hunt country in Middleburg, VA for the annual spring race and of course, I was hooked.  A sunny day for pretty dresses, hats, socializing while sipping on Veuve Clicquot, and watching beautiful horses and their riders speed across a race course, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend. Since that first year, I’ve tried to make each outfit better than the last. This year I had two dresses as options thanks to the new collaboration between Victoria Beckham and Target–you can find the full line here. Unable to decide between the two, I put them on Instagram and asked my followers to choose!

The likes came rolling in and the next morning, it was decided–I was to wear the black and white seventies number.

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Dress: Victoria Beckham for Target | Fascinator: August Hat Company | Watch: Olivia Burton | Shades: Unique Vintage

Although pink is a much loved color for spring, I found this ensemble to be much more to my liking and taste as it was memorable and allowed me to perfectly pair it with a black netted fascinator, over the top cat-eyes shades, and a perfect red lip!