Looking back 

  
2015 has been a year of intense highs matched with devastating lows. It has been my most challenging year to date. This year I entered my last two semesters of university, lost my grandfather who had been suffering with Alzheimer’s for many years, experienced the loss of someone who changed almost everything in my life and made me learn quickly had to be a support system for those around me. But at the same time I experienced a year of creativity, a year of adventure, and a year where I finally feel confident about my future and who I am. I look forward to my new adventures in 2016, but will always remember 2015 as one of the most beautiful but also most sad years of my life. 

Cheers to the new year!

Lea

Winter wonderland

It seems it’s finally winter. Last night we were supposed to have the storm of the year here which includes about 30cm of snow over the next 24 hours. Whether or not it’s actually happening I don’t know, but what I do know is that it’s cold and there’s so much snow now. Basically I’m now hiding in high boots and long, wool coats. Keep your fingers crossed that the snow stops!

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My jacket is from Aritzia, my pants are American Apparel, my shirt in from Forever21

Stay safe, friends!

Love,

Lea

Turtlenecks look best with skirts

One of my favourite looks right now is mini skirts and turtlenecks. I just can’t get enough! The turtleneck makes you feel more covered because it is more conservative, while the mini skirt keeps the look young, fresh, and fun. Especially now when there are so many different textures and patterns available for skirts and turtlenecks, the possibilities of outfits are endless!

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My skirt is from Zara, my turtle from Gap, and my shoes from Aldo.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend,

Love

Lea

Mild Winter

I found this new development being built with my friend and fell in love with the colours of the mud and gravel. Absolutely lovely. It’s so weird growing up in a suburb because urban sprawl happens all the time and everywhere, no patch of trees is sacred.

Okay, maybe that’s extreme..

In any case, it’s always fun to explore what has recently been created.

Seeing as it is Christmas Eve I thought I would also show you all how little snow there is here in Ottawa. Ottawa usually gets a lot of snows and this year it is so crazy mild! It’s about 14’C today and it is almost unreal. It’s been interesting seeing what Christmas is like without snow, the funny thing is I do find that I miss it even if it is cold.

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My shoes are Nine West, my leggings are from Aritzia, and my sweater is from Lululemon.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Lea

Last Minute Gifts

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It’s that time of year again, just a few days left until Christmas. And if you’re like me you wait until the last possible minute to shop. I think of it as a game, but like all games you need strategy. You need a plan: you need to know what you’re going in to get and who you’re shopping for. I thought I might make this a little easier for you all by letting you know what my top gift picks are for this year!

A duffle bag is an awesome gift for anyone who travels a lot or even for someone who needs a new gym bag. This one by Herschel is not only beautiful, but really well made (and Canadian which is an added bonus).

Diptyque candles are the best gift for your trendy friend. They will instantly make them feel more chic while giving them something new to instagram.

The fitbit is super cool for many reasons, but perhaps my favourite is because it tracks your sleep. This is great for your health conscious or sleep deprived friend.

This Rebecca Minkoff keychain is adorable AND makes a great stocking stuffer or small gift for that friend who has everything. Hey, everyone needs a place to put their keys!

Who doesn’t love snuggling up in a cozy, knit blanket? This Ikea one is perfect for your mom. Added bonus: it’s great for watching Christmas movies.

Swell bottles are responsibly made AND are so awesome. I am obsessed with mine and would give this to a friend who really like warm coffee and cold water.

Coffee table books that are actually crazy interesting are great for parents or friends who just got a new apartment. Grace has lived an insane life and has wrapped it in an aesthetically pleasing package ready for reading and viewing.

Finally, Frends headphones are great for your techy-chic friend. The caps are interchangeable so you will never get bored and you can always change up your look.

Hope you’re all having a great week so far and stop procrastinating! Get those gifts wrapped!

Love

Lea

Home at last

After what seems like eons, I am finally home with my family. It’s not even that school or work are that stressful, but the more time I spend away from home the more I really crave being here. There’s nothing like having mom and dad cook for you and pamper you because you’re a “poor, hungry student”. Key to success guys, go home and get some parental love time.

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My jacket is Aritzia, my shoes are Stan Smith for Adidas, my pants are American Apparel, and my turtle is Gap.

Hope you are all loving being home for the holidays! Sending love and positive thoughts!

Love

Lea