How to Style From Your Mum’s Closet

In my opinion, fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I kind of wish that I had access to the closet of a person from every possible setting in every possible era, so that I could fulfill whatever random creative urge I’m having that day. Getting dressed is easy if I’m in the mood to be comfortable because I just spend the day in ÉLISE pajamas, but what if I want to go full on Harajuku? It can be pretty hard now that I don’t have Asia’s markets at my fingertips. There was a time in Bangkok where my job had me dressing up in costumes several times a week, which was probably the most sartorially over the top period in my life. I spent my youth creating a fairytale world in which I dressed differently each day and generally to the extreme and I loved every minute of it. In case you haven’t seen it, a prime example is the day my friend dressed me up which I have linked here.


What to Wear to a Holiday Party

It’s time for holiday parties! Although I’m not as into “partying” as I used to be, there’s still something about the holidays that gets me so excited to celebrate. I love the gatherings with loved ones (and champagne) surrounding the holidays season. The opportunity to dress up is rare in this flannel obsessed town, but luckily the festivities in December seem to consist of a slightly more fancy array of social gatherings to choose from. Plus, Ian has been showing me how fun being obnoxiously overdressed is, so at this point I think I will just rock stilettos until 2017.


A Holiday Cocktail at Earls Kitchen + Bar

I love Victoria during the holidays. The lights that dress the buildings, the boughs on the lampposts and carols drifting out into the streets impart a sense of magic that can only be felt in December. During the holidays, I find downtown Victoria equally as special as Dr. Seuss’s Whoville. If only I had Cindy Loo’s epic hairdos! Seriously though, I love to get bundled up in my favourite wool coat and explore the streets alongside the glow of the city’s lit up legislature.

As those winter afternoons comes to a close, I love the feeling of coming in from the cold. The envelope of warmth of the indoors, combined with the festive decor and holiday spirit convey a new sense of magic that lingers well past December’s early sunsets. I love to wander through The Bay Centre‘s Festival of Trees on levels 2 & 3 in their atrium adorned with holiday lights, to explore a few of my favourite shops and then head to Earls Kitchen + Bar for a delicious holiday cocktail.