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Gypsy Soul to Blame

12/31/2013
Happy last day of 2013!

I can't believe it's almost 2014. What a year! I'm very excited for everything coming up, I have a good feeling about it. I have lots of travels already booked for the coming months to new places I've never been, including Thailand, South Carolina, Los Cabos, and Southern California. Cannot wait! I also want to say a big thank you to my followers. My blog has been live for just about a month now, and to everyone who reads or comments, it really means a lot to me. Thank you guys!



I found this dress by Gypsy Junkies online and fell in love, paired with a statement necklace from Anthropologie. Even better, it went on sale the weekend of Black Friday at Canadian boutique Wild & Heart, and of course I clicked ORDER NOW! What's awesome about this dress is it's sheer, allowing you to wear any sort of slip or crop top/skirt/shirt combo underneath to play with it's dimensions. This post will show this dress styled in two "seasons" you could say, Toronto winter vs. Florida "winter" (definitely more like an endless summer). Snapped while on my mini-trip to Florida contrasted with a very cold photo shoot back at home, I love how versatile this dress can be (though, I definitely miss the Florida warmth and being able to go barefoot).


I'm a huge fan of the sheer black maxi dresses trending with my style icons this Fall/Winter. However, my budget isn't exactly up to par, and even the Gypsy Junkies dress is normally priced around $200.00, so I found some awesome and more affordable alternatives. 




Wearing: BCBG Heels, ALDO Quilted Clutch, Gypsy Junkies Sasha Lace Dress




Wearing: Anthropologie Statement Necklace


Wearing: ALDO Statement Necklace



I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve! If I can blame the O.C., I'm blaming Summer Roberts for ingraining in my mind that the way you spend your New Year's Eve is how you'll spend the rest of your year... so I plan to spend the night in for the first time in years watching Sex and the City and eating delicious food with a good girl friend of mine. Just a good, low-key girls' night, no boys for us!

Wherever you end up, I hope you have an amazing night that starts your 2014 off right!

MAC

New Year, New You

12/30/2013
I'll admit, I'm a sucker for all the sentiment that comes with the arrival of the New Year. I love thinking that with the ending of the old and beginning of the new comes a fresh start, a clean slate for you to set goals and try new things.

2013 was quite the transitional year for me. I moved back home after graduating university to save money, started a full time job, adopted a puppy, and recently came to the end of a long-term relationship. Needless to say, it's been an emotional year, but I am so excited for what's to come. I am incredibly appreciative of everything 2013 taught me, all my travels, and hard life experiences which will only lead me to a new chapter. Here's to 2014!



1) DO BETTER. In anything, I feel there is always room for improvement. Do better at sticking to your workout routine. Do better at maintaining long-distance friendships. Do better at sticking to yourself and your morals. Do better!


2) SMILE MORE. Laughter is the best medicine, seriously. Not only for the feel-good benefits, laughter also boosts your immune system and protects your heart by improving blood flow. 


3) OWN IT. Whoever you want to be, don't be swayed. If, like me, you're not the party girl, don't be her. If you find a different niche or hobby, go for it. All I've found is pretending to be something you're not comfortable with will only make you unhappy. And the ultimate goal is to be happy!


4) EAT DESSERT. Life is too short to not have your cake and eat it too. Everything is good in moderation and trust me, a little chocolate will go a long way.


5) SEND FLOWERS. Make someone's day without expecting anything in return, you'll feel good.


6) PROTECT THAT SKIN. I used to be a sworn sun-worshipper, (and still am) but I've gotten way more diligent about protecting my skin. It will look much better come your 40th birthday.


7) GO SOMEWHERE NEW. Last spring I went to Philadelphia for the first time. I was blown away by the architecture and city that was lined with cherry blossom trees. I love going new places, even to nearby small towns I've never been. Expand your horizons.



8) EXPLORE A CITY YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN. The thing about a city is it's always changing. Try a new cafe, go to an event, check out a locally-owned boutique.


9) WORK ON OLD FRIENDSHIPS. After graduation as friends go their separate ways, it's been difficult to keep in touch with everyone but important to try. Send thoughtful cards or texts out of the blue to show you care; it's usually reciprocated.



10) ENJOY SUMMER. Having worked a 9-5 office job the past year and a half, I can't stand watching a sunny day from my window. Fresh air, when it's not below zero degrees, is good for the soul. After work, enjoy the late sun on a patio, walk along a boardwalk, grab a coffee and sit outside. Summer is way too short so you might as well enjoy as much of it possible.


11) MORE CONCERTS. I had an amazing summer of music and outdoor festivals but can never get enough. 



12) MORE BEACHES. I could happily live by the ocean for the rest of my life. "The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen



13) BE CREATIVE. Recently, I've been trying to dedicate at least one night a week to do something creative. Could be a DIY project or diving into my new hobby of painting, but I always feel that time spent is well worth it and proves very stress-relieving.



14) BE ONE WITH NATURE. The world is moving so fast but I love getting back to the simple beauty just in our backyards. At the rate things are going, it won't last forever. Treasure it now.

I hope you all have the most wonderful new year with an amazing start. Love,

MAC

Hey You - Merry Christmas!

12/26/2013
Merriest Christmas to all you beautiful people!

Definitely being my favourite holiday, what could you NOT love about excessive amounts of food, glitter/sparkly things, and most importantly, being surrounded by your loved friends and family? This Christmas was filled with all of the above.


Mother Nature did a little decorating herself. Toronto area was hit by a brutal ice storm a few days ago, and though it left thousands of Canadians without power and electricity, it was somehow beautiful at the same time.




Every Christmas Eve, we host a dinner and party at our house. My dad absolutely LOVES to decorate for the occasion.




Christmas nails tape trick for candy-cane nails.




Nibs the Christmas bunny!




Wearing: Dress by Alice + Olivia


Truffles, truffles, and more truffles please.




CHRISTMAS DAY! It was perfect. We all got spoiled rotten and I am so thankful and blessed with the family that I have. The snow started falling and it was a beautiful day all together.


Wearing: Sheer embroidered long-sleeve from Free People, the "Cleo Rhinestone Statement Necklace"in Emerald from Etsy Shop Oiajules


Beau our puppy's Christmas "selfie."


Polaroids of my sister and I


While trying to untangle some Christmas lights... we sort of "accidentally" tangled ourselves up in them for some cool photos.



My sister and I sending you all our Christmas love and happiness!

Peace, luck, health, happiness, and love,

MAC