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Very First Vlog

I did it, everyone! I vlogged! This is an exciting moment for me, can you tell? Check out the video below and tell me what you think in the comments! What else do you want to see next time?


OOTD: Plaid Dad

Have you ever been on a vacation, get back to regular life, and feel like you literally need another vacation? Like, now?  Last weekend I was out of town for my cousin's wedding and had a wonderful time but got back to Montreal feeling exhausted and 10lb heavier.  (I mean, when Nana makes pie, you eat it...)

Anyways, back to business.  Finally posting photos from last week that we shot but never got around to editing until now.  Totally loving this skirt despite the fact that Isaac doesn't really like it.  It's just so easy to pair with a black turtleneck and head on my way! Also can't help but fall in love with these shoes.  I'm currently editing (finally) my first vlog and so that should go up soon! Can't wait to share it with everyone and get some constructive criticism.  

Sweater - Topshop / Skirt - Isabel Marant / Shoes - Zara

Best Cross Body Bags for Fall (That Won't Break the Bank)

Net-a-Porter has just kindly informed me that cross body bags are in.  Fantastic! I own several of these, and now I have an excuse to buy more! I click through to the ~shop the editorial~ section and see a glorious array of Gucci to Loeffler Randall and Fendi.  With much reluctance, I update my preferences to price low to high, because who am I kidding, I don’t have hundreds to drop on that Gucci bag.  No matter how beautiful it is, or how perfectly it would go with that one dress I own.  Okay, page is loading up.  My eyes slowly roll to the back of my head as I am reminded that in the world of Net-a-Porter, cute cross body bags do not exist below the $300 mark.  You know what does exist below the $300 mark? Like, hundreds of cheap yet acceptable bottles of white wine.

I do not have $300 to spend on a bag, and if you’re like me then maybe you’re frustrated by the desire to obtain gorgeous bags without..the means.  My disappointing cross body bag encounter sent me scavenging the internet for pleasantly acceptable alternatives that won’t make my bank account come find me and kill me in my sleep.  If bank accounts were, you know, sentient beings. Check out my favorite fall picks below so that your bank account does not come and find you and kill you too. 

Blinkin Bag - Matt & Nat - $125

Shareen Bag - Matt & Nat - $125

Medium Minimal Satchel - New Look - $33

Vintage Leather Cross Body - Asos - $46
Silver Bumble Cross Body - Skinny Dip - $38

OOTD: September Sun

It's good to be home.  I'm happy to be back in familiar surroundings and settled into my old apartment that I left for the Summer.  Being back with Isaac is obviously a plus as well.  I've actually been back for a while but unfortunately came down with a terrible cold so the first days here were spent in bed binge watching Netflix and sipping tea.  Anybody else really into the TV show Gotham right now? Today was absolutely gorgeous as well so Isaac and I ran out to do some errands and shot some photos while out.  Also! I've decided to start vlogging (just like...every other blogger out there at this point) so stay tuned for my weekly vlog! It'll be coming out sometime next week.  I'm also spending time rearranging my apartment a bit so I'm hoping to get out some content related to that soon.

I'm totally loving this outfit too right now.  This shirt is vintage and needed some major TLC (missing buttons, a few holes) but I was able to fix it up and it's the first time I've been able to wear it.  Got to love breathing new life into something old.

Shirt - Vintage (similar here and here) / Jeans - River Island / Shoes - Cole Haan 


Leaving New York

It's a beautiful day in Central Park. As I sit eating my lunch in Sheep's Meadow, people less pale than me are lying in blankets getting sun and some shirtless dude is meditating. Oh look! Another shirtless dude just arrived. This one has a baby with him.

It's my last few hours in the city and I'm washed over with a certain feeling of calmness mixed with nostalgia. I really hate saying goodbye. Even if I know I won't see someone soon, I always tell them I'll see them later. So, it's not good bye, not entirely.

Being the overly-organized person I am, I finished cramming all my personal possessions into suitcases yesterday and have been left in a weird limbo of waiting for my ride share tonight with nothing else to do. Do I make an effort to have one last adventure in the city? I never did get to Ellis Island. But nah, it's best I just enjoy my time leisurely and try to suppress my stress about fitting all my suitcases in the car. I walked 10 blocks to my favorite falafel stand (Rafiqi's on 53rd and Park) then strolled through Central Park and here I sit in my favorite spot in the shade of Sheep's meadow. 

Ugh, I just spilled rice on myself. 

I'm really going to miss this city. Though I adore living in Montreal, it's not New York. It's even harder to believe that in a few short months I'll be finishing up my degree and then...who knows! Maybe I'll come back to New York. 

NYC, I love you, I'll see you later.

OOTD: North Carolina Vacation

I'm not sure which is more nerve-wracking: having your father meet your boyfriend or your judicious little sister meet your boyfriend.  This past weekend, I was down in Wilmington, North Carolina with my boyfriend Isaac.  Though my dad had met Isaac a few years prior in Montreal, the rest of my family had only encountered him through the wonders of Facetime.  So, this past weekend was a very exciting time given the fact that I have three younger half-siblings, grandparents, aunts, and cousins who all had to meet Isaac.  Thankfully (and not surprisingly) they all adored him as much as I do.

On Saturday night, after a beautiful day on the beach we went to dinner downtown with some more family.  Isaac and I went for a little walk before dinner to snap some outfit photos.  Since only my extended family lives in Wilmington, I hadn't spent much time in the area on my own.  As we strolled along the tree-lined streets, I fell in love with the old houses and hidden gardens behind ivy-covered brick walls.  Though I'm your quintessential New England girl, there's something to be said about Southern charm.

Dress - Michael Stars on ~sale~ / Shoes - H&M / Purse - Marc Jacobs (old)

OOTD: Central Park Afternoon

This past weekend it was insufferably hot in the city! Like, walk-outside-and-sweat-a-bucket hot.  My best friend Haleigh and I had planned to do a few fun things during the day but that just turned into hanging out in my air conditioned apartment until it was manageable enough to enjoy the sunset from Sheep Meadow in Central Park.  Fortunately, iced coffee and loose slip dresses go well with the humid heat that gripped the city that day.  I picked up this dress a few weeks ago from Urban Outfitters and it has been just perfect for braving the weather without feeling entirely stifled.  Paired with a red lip and a colorful bag, I made the heat work without looking like the hot mess I felt.

Dress - Silence + Noise