WHAT I WORE

Billabong t-shirt – thrifted
Tribal mini skirt – thrifted
Panama hat – thrifted
Vintage 80’s sunglasses – thrifted
Earrings – thrifted
Leather bag – thrifted
Sandals – old navy (from years ago)

You know what I love? An 85% thrifted outfit. [That doesn’t include underwear for you curious creepos] I visited my parents for the weekend – which explains the outfit photos – and hit up the church sale and flea market with my mom. The hat, bag and sunglasses above were part of the haul from the church, which worked out well since they were announcing rain all weekend and I didn’t pack any sunglasses.  P.s. You suck weather network.

I haven’t posted an outfit in over a month! And to think I used to post almost daily. I don’t bust my ass just to get a photo of my outfit anymore. There was a time where I would stress out about not getting photos of my outfits, scared of missing the light, freezing my butt off in the cold all for the sake of showing other people what I was wearing. (weird, no?) It feels great to get past that point. I think I started ‘fashion’ blogging at a time that I needed something more in my life and my blog filled that need, gave me a goal and forced me to try new things and be inspired by other bloggers. I just felt like something was missing if I didn’t post every day. I would sometimes get home at 11 or 12 at night after my night classes and set up my tripod and take outfit photos.

I have lots of days where I wonder if I want to keep blogging here. I do enjoy encouraging people to think outside the box, shop at thrift stores and pick quality pieces over quantity but sometimes I feel like I have too many things going on and I am spreading myself too thin across the board. I have a full time job, an etsy store, TWO blogs and photography on the side. Then there is twitter, instagram, all the blogs I read (or try to read). There are also all the workshops I want to do, classes I want to take. The list of what I want to do goes on and on. You know, like owning a horse I can ride around, living off the fat of the land, skydiving… the usual.

I’m not quitting my blog, I just need to find a good middle ground. Maybe that means making some changes, I haven’t figured it out yet. But I no longer worry about keeping up a constant flow of outfit posts here. I feel like the blog is at a quiet but comfortable place now. I love showing you guys how great Montreal is with my weekend photos and sharing all the goodies I find at thrift stores to encourage you to do the same. And the occasional picture of me posing awkwardly is just the cherry on top!

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2011

When I started this post, I felt like it was going to be a boring recap. But as I went through the last 12 months of blog posts, I realized that it’s been a pretty interesting year. I met some amazing people, got closer to some old friends and lost touch with several. I moved into a new apartment, living alone for the first time (and downtown Montreal nonetheless). I pushed myself to try new things, go to more concerts and events. See more of what Montreal has to offer – and I’ve only begun to scratch the surface.

So if you haven’t been following my blog very long – or if you want a refresher on what I’ve been up to this past year – make yourself a cup of earl grey tea, go pee then settle down for a read.

January:
× I bleached my hair (again)
× I left facebook. (Cue sigh of relief) Yes, it’s been a whole year.
× We put on our snowsuits and headed to igloofest and then a late night stop for poutine.

February:
× I started to take one photo a day for the month. (I never finished that challenge but it pushed me to take my camera out more)
× Paige planned a girls weekend in Tahoe and I flew across the country (leaving lots of snow for more snow) and met some amazing Bloggers (Paige, Christina, Merl, Amanda and Zoe) and we had an emotional bonding weekend. I hope we can do it again soon ladies.

March:
× Santina and I had a pixie stripe-off.
× I gave up chocolate for 40 days for lent.
× I put on lots of green eyeshadow and got my green drink on for the  st patty’s day parade.

April:
× I dyed my hair red – I can’t even keep up with my own hair color timeline.
Apparently April was not an eventful month.

May:
× I slowed down on blogging and concentrated more on school, working on my photography projects.
× I made some zombies (and aced my classes).
× I turned 27.

June:
× Someone super special came to visit me.
× We celebrated our birthdays with vegan food and dancing. I am so lucky to have such amazing faithful friends.

July:
× On July 1st, I moved into my new 300 square foot apartment and then went to celebrate Canada day.
× I spent an amazing weekend with great friends and Hurley. It was the kind of weekend they make beer ads about.
× I met Jentine, a fellow Canadian blogger. I lent her my apartment since I was out of town while she and her husband visited friends in Montreal. Our time together was short but sweet. I am saving up my pennies to go visit her in DOWNTOWN Hamilton. Did you know they have an airport?
× I shot my first wedding (second shooter) and was ‘crap your pants’ nervous. Luckily I survived and did not crap my pants. The experience was so rewarding and I owe so much to my friend Didier for trusting me.

August:
× I celebrated with the Scottish (and non-Scottish) at the Highland games.
× I FINALLY went to the osheaga music festival (and had some awesome veggie ‘pulled pork’).
× We sent my sister off to Australia for behavior rehabilitation. (kidding) And we said goodbye at the hotel.
× After over 2 years selling on etsy, I decided to revamp the shop and start over fresh and better.
× I shot TWO more weddings! (In ONE weekend)
× I got my first photography contract and shot my first engagement shoot.

September:
× I bought the best sweater in the world.
× I put on my short shorts and cowboy boots and ate greasy deep fried food.
× I went to see Arcade Fire (finally) at a free outdoor show.

October:
× I participated in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk – even though it was pouring rain – and met up with other photographers at mount royal.
× We had freakishly warm Canadian thanksgiving (I wore shorts!)  and I shot my 2nd  engagement shoot (photos of that shoot to come eventually).
× I saw Mumford and Sons in concert (they were as amazing as I had hoped).
× I went to visit friends in Ottawa for Halloween  and did another engagement shoot (photos coming soon too – jeez I’m behind!)

November:
× I finally caved and bought an iPhone. I’ve been addicted to Instagram ever since.
× It finally snowed! (which didn’t last very long)
× I went to a Scottish Ball! And wore a gown and learned Scottish folk dancing. It was amazing, I wore leopard print.

December:
× I started taking outfit photos indoors again – It’s just too cold out.
× I had an amazing Holiday weekend with the family.

And now I am ready for more amazing memories to happen in 2012. I’ve already booked my plain tickets to visit San Diego and LA in February. Maybe a visit to Chicago for some fellow Gemini’s birthday? Go thrift store shopping with a mermaid in downtown Hamilton?? Anything is possible!

And if you still have time to kill, check out last year’s 2010 wrap-up!