The Downtown Dreamer: December 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Treat Yo' Self

(1)Jeweled-Cluster Sweater (2)Mint Frosting Necklace (3)Kate Spade Heels (4)Sassy Umbrella
(5)The Great Gatsby (6)Ann Taylor Tinsley Suede Pumps (7)Mini-bows Sweatshirt (8)Tory Burch Wallet

Christmas shopping can be extremely stressful.
I'm definitely not one of those people that plans ahead and starts shopping in November, or early December. Those are smart, savvy shoppers. I always wait until the last minute, have a mini-freak out and frantically start making up my Christmas list. I guess I work best under pressure.

Last Thursday, I ventured out to the mall and with eight gifts on my list, I was determined to start and finish all of my shopping in one day. Ambitious, right? It was a grueling 9 hour day of going from store to store, but I got it done. Next year, I'll be one of those early shoppers (who am I kidding?)

Although, I'm not quite ready to enter another mall just yet (I think I'm off malls for a while), I am ready to treat

Take a minute to treat yo' self too!

Till Next Time,

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Feeling Festive in Red

Outfit Details - Pants: Sirens, Shirt: Old Navy, Sweater: Costa Blanca (old), Scarf: Old Navy, Boots: Call it Spring (on sale!), Bracelets: Gift and Joseph Nogucci (c/o Spark Sessions), Watch: Aldo Accessories (similar), Ring: Dynamite

A few days ago we were hit with a huge ice storm that left roads slippery, trees broken, numerous power outages and everything coated in a thick layer of ice. Although, conditions were dangerous, it looked absolutely lovely outside. When the sun finally came out, it made the city look like a shiny Winter Wonderland.

To me, Christmas means spending time with loved ones, having day-long movie marathons and lounging around in something comfy & cozy. Although, I ventured outside (in the freezing cold) to take these photos, this outfit gave me just the right amount of comfort without feeling frumpy and disheveled. You can't go wrong with red pants, red lips and red nails. 'Tis the season to be red and festive!

Merry (belated) Christmas everyone!

Till Next Time,

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Christmas Ornaments

My favourite part of the Holidays is putting up the Christmas tree. I have an old school tree that requires a million pieces to assemble and lights that need to be manually strung up. As much as I love it, there are moments of frustration…those damn lights are never evenly spaced out and the ornaments seem to multiply on their own. Every year, I tell myself that I need an upgrade, but this ancient tree holds so many wonderful memories for me and my family (this was our first tree when we moved to Canada). So needless to say, once the tree is all setup, that's my favourite part.

Even though my ornament collection seems to grow every year, I've always wanted to create personalized family ornaments. I've seen so many lovely ones over the years, but I never figured out how I wanted to design mine. However after a recent trip to "Michael's", inspiration struck and I ended up leaving with plastic ornament balls, foam letters and gold spray paint.

I often veer towards the side of classic and simple, so that's the direction I took with these ornaments. They're a simple shade of gold with 3D lettering. Initially, I was going to remove the lettering (which is why I bought super cheap multi-coloured foam letters), but I liked how they turned out, so I just left them.

What you'll need:
- Plastic Ornament Balls (these were on sale for $1.75)
- Foam Sticker Lettering
- Spray Paint

What to do:
Step 1: Arrange your letters.
Step 2: Place letters on ornaments.
Step 3: Spray paint the hell out of them and let dry (not shown).
Step 4: Hang them on the tree*
Step 5: Bam, you're done!

*Note: The letters I used were VERY cheap, so they started to come off after they were spray painted. I simply super glued them on. If you want to peel off the letters, I'd suggest buying stronger self-adhesive letters.

Hope you’re all enjoying the Christmas season!

Till Next Time,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Best Kind of Advent Calendar

When Christmastime comes around, I usually go Vegan so I always miss out on the delicious chocolate Advent calendars. Whenever I'm at the grocery store , I'll longingly look at the vast array of Advent calendars and knowing that I can't have one usually leaves me grumpy and hungry. Albeit no one forces me to go Vegan, it's my own personal decision, but I just hate missing out matter how small. I toyed with the idea of making my own calendar, but laziness got the best of me .

Enter, David's Tea .

You might not know this, but I'm a bit of a tea aficionado...bordering on snob/obsession status.

Last year David's Tea introduced "The 24 Days of Tea". It was a hot commodity and sold out in stores and online within the first day. Behind each little door hides a surprise that's specially picked and packed into tiny tin cans. From the classics like 'Glitter & Gold', 'Forever Nuts' and 'Read My Lips' to Holiday teas such as 'Sleigh Ride' and 'Santa's Secret', the box offers a daily surprise for any tea lover. Unfortunately for me , I found out about the magical little box a week too late, so I missed out. Lesson learned!

This year, I went in prepared. I called/twitted ahead of time to find out the scheduled release date and if my local store would have it. Did I mentioned I'm a little a lot obsessed with David's Tea? Don't judge me .

Anyway, my crazy ways have paid off. I love that I can start my day with a new and unexpected surprise . For me, it's all about the little joys in life .

Do you have any Christmas traditions that you can't live without?

Till Next Time,