First things first – this outfit.
There is seriously nothing better than cozying up in an oversized blanket scarf and wandering through a park in the crisp early-winter air. I love being cozy and there’s no better way to feel cozy than wrapping up in a huge blanket scarf.
It’s been pretty chilly around here lately.
I’ve definitely had layers and scarves on repeat. Lots of layered sweaters and cardigans, turtlenecks, leather jackets and jean jackets because freezing my ass off from my car to work / school just isn’t what I’m about.
I’ve also been obsessed with this sweatshirt dress that I picked up from the GAP Factory Store. We’ve got this weird outdoor strip mall type thing and there hasn’t been any decent stores in it but lately, new stores have been popping up out of nowhere ( including IKEA that’s coming soon! ). GAP Factory Store is one of the new-news and I’m obsessed… I seriously love GAP for cozy, comfy clothes, but I don’t always love the price. This is why the factory store is such a great addition to this mall! I know I’m not the only one around here who thinks so.
Second thing – I cut my bangs last week! <<<< clearly… as if you couldn’t tell from these pictures…
I’ve been debating whether or not I wanted to change it up and go for shorter bangs and last week I just did it. I woke up and went on Pinterest and ten minutes later I was holding a foot of hair in my hands that was no longer attached to my head.
I went through a moment of sheer panic and then I looked in the mirror and kind of, sort of fell in love with the change. My hair has been long and just, well, long lately… pretty boring and I needed a change. I DEF didn’t have any bangs, and I haven’t for a long time – like years. But now that I do, I’m pretty much obsessed.
If you’re thinking about doing something different, just do it!
Change is so fun.
OK, now to the good stuff.
Is anyone else super excited for winter? I mean every basic girl just loves fall, but to me… nothing is better than November / early December.
Thanksgiving is way too dang early in Canada. I don’t even really feel like it’s fall yet when Thanksgiving comes and goes each year… it’s such a disappointment! And if I’m being totally honest, I’m not much of a Halloween person. I just don’t get it. I like making DIY costumes and that’s just about it.
I basically only like October because it means pumpkin spice everything and it is finally acceptable to bust out the knitwear and boots.
& it’s one month closer to December which is basically the greatest time of the year.
There are so many fun things to do leading up to the holiday season and I encourage you all to embrace it, live it and love it!
So often it’s easy to get sucked into a ‘meh’ state of mind because let’s be real, this time of year is pretty depressing. I mean, how the F is the sun going down before 5PM every single day a good idea? Who’s idea was daylight savings anyway?
But there are so many fun things to do that can really impact your outlook on this time of year. There are so many different things that I try to engage in during this time of year just to give me something to do, the chance to try something new or to change how I am feeling about myself.
Because I want us all to love this time of year and really, truly enjoy ourselves, I’ve thought of a little list of things that we can do, changes we can make and habits that we can form that will help us all make the most out of the early-winter. Some are super basic, but bear with me. I promise it’ll be fun.
How to get those early-winter vibes:
& beat the winter blues ( before winter even hits! )…
1 | Try something new in your make-up routine: lately I’ve been wearing lipstick all the dang time! I don’t usually wear it on a daily basis, but I have been recently and I’m loving it. It just gives you that extra little pop and it’s fun to change it up once in a while. I’ve also been liking a deeper contour because this lack of sunshine is making my skin pretttty pale & I need a little colour on my face.
2 | Switch up your style: there’s nothing better than trying out new trends or wearing styles that you never thought you’d ever wear. For me – this has been turtlenecks and tanks / slip dresses over t-shirts. I really thought both were styles that I’d never wear and if I’m being completely real, I LOVE them both. I’ve worn either a turtleneck or a tanktop over a t-shirt ever day this week.
3 | Invest in a new closet must-have: that new leather jacket that you wanted? That super cute suede pair of over-the-knee boots? Just do it! Treating yourself doesn’t mean that you are constantly spending money, it just means that you realize that you DESERVE it. And what better time to treat yourself to something new, than the change of season? Pre-holiday treats for everyone.
4| Treat yourself to some new workout pieces: this time of year is the most blah time, like ever. It’s so hard to wake up early in the morning to workout when it doesn’t get bright outside until 7AM. It’s so hard to motivate yourself to workout when you get home from school or work because at 4PM it’s already starting to get dark again. There’s no better way to motivate yourself to workout than buying some new workout gear, am I right? Who doesn’t love a new pair of Lulu leggings or Nike sneakers?!
5| Enhance your skin routine: uggghhh dry skin will be the death of me! The cooler, crisp air and my skin just do not get along and my skin goes so dry this time of year. My hands get cracked, my face is constantly peeling and ( TMI????? ) my feet get so dry that they hurt! I hate it. I like to amp up my skincare routine this time of year – tons of moisturizer, thick body creams and lots ( !!!! ) of hand cream being applied constantly.
6 | Try out holiday teas or coffees: nothing says holiday love like a nice warm pepperminty drink. Maybe some hot chocolate, warm flavoured tea or a coffee with yummy holiday flavours. My FAV flavours are peppermint anything – peppermint mochas, peppermint teas, candy cane hot chocolate – yum!
7 | Attend a holiday craft fair or DIY market: I loveeeee going to holiday craft fairs. They are seriously so festive! I love wandering around with a hot drink in hand, seeing if there’s anything cute that I want to buy for Christmas pressys. I also happen to love craft fairs because the food that they have is so unreal. I mean the dip packages, the GF goodies, the baked goods… #heaven
8 | Bring out the holiday decor pieces: if you’re like me, you may
already still have your mini-Christmas tree up from last year… but it’s never too soon to start bringing out some more pieces and changing up your bedroom decor. I’m super excited to actually hang up some cute stars and metal decorations in my room ASAP ( I just need to clean it first! ).
9 | Treat yourself to new cozies: I mean… who doesn’t love new pajamas? One of my go-to places to buy pajamas is Victoria’s Secret because they are just SUCH good quality and last forever. Each year I invest in a new ‘cozy’ from VS. Sometimes it’s a robe, a onesie, two-piece flannel set or their super cozy slippers. Love! Old Navy also has really cute options, as well as Joe Fresh. I love me a new set of Christmas pj’s.
10 | Purchase a new mug, book, candle, or blanket: nothing says cozy quite like one of these items do! There are so many cute mugs out for the holidays and so many delicious candle scents. I also love to buy a new book to curl up with under a nice fuzzy blanket and read my evenings away.
11 | Two words – peppermint bark: OMG. I can’t stop eating it. I love this as a little pick-me-up during the day and it has actually turned into such a nice post-dinner treat. I’m not usually a dessert girl, but when peppermint bark is involved I’m all over it!
12 | Go to a Santa Claus / holiday parade: EEEKKK! There is nothing more exciting than holiday parades. Everyone is all bundled up in coats and mitts, drinking hot chocolate and waiting for Santa to come by on his sleigh. I mean, I still think it’s magical and I’m 23… it’s even fun to curl up on the couch and watch it in your new Christmas pj’s, while drinking your favourite holiday drink.
13 | Put on Christmas movies every single night ( it’s never too early! ): OK, so I’ve already watched ELF twice this year… I bought it on DVD and I feel like I’ll constantly have it on this holiday season. Also, there is constantly movies playing on ABC and the W network… my favs!
14 | Find some new holiday baking recipes: I mean maybe it’s a little premature to actually do your Christmas baking, but it is always fun to browse through Pinterest and other blogs to find treats to make closer to the holidays. This is one of my favourite traditions – I love making shortbread cookies, sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies… #cookiemonster
15 | Wander the mall and start your Christmas shopping early: there’s NOTHING worse than it being December 24th and still having some presents to buy. I hate running around on Christmas Eve trying to tie up loose ends because I’d rather relax for the day day and eat all of those cookies that I baked. I like to try to plan out my Christmas lists early ( I’ve already started doing this!! ) and get all the shopping done before December even hits.
16 | Embrace the outdoors: the crisp, cool air is sometimes something that you try to avoid, BUT in reality, we should be out in it, loving it. There’s nothing better than a crisp walk through the park, sneaking in your workout outside, or going for a walk through an outdoor shopping mall. It gives you an excuse to wear those cute new pieces that you picked up and layer on your favourite blanket scarf.
17 | Don’t forget to workout: this goes hand-in-hand with buying your new workout gear! This time of year is such a hard time of year to stay motivated but you will DEF feel your best if you workout & plus, it’s good incentive to allow you to splurge on those holiday drinks and peppermint bark.
18 | Make a new playlist: and don’t forget the Christmas songs! ‘Tis the season for Kenny & Dolly, TSwift’s Santa Baby and Mariah Carey’s classics. Throw in some Michael Buble and a little Justin Bieber ( for some added fun ).
19 | Find your ugly Christmas sweater early: these sell out SO freakin’ fast and you don’t want to be that person who shows up to an ugly Christmas sweater party without an ugly Christmas sweater on! Every year at work, we finish off our fall term with an ugly Christmas sweater party, plus sometimes friends throw one so they’re always a must-have! I don’t like to go TOO ugly, I prefer the cute-ugly ones. Forever 21 has a ton this year and they are pretty affordable & cute!
20 | Enjoy the Christmas lights and holiday decorations: driving around and looking at the houses lit up by Christmas lights is probably hands down my favourite thing. I love to get a hot chocolate and drive around, looking at the super decorated houses and blasting Christmas music.
I mentioned last year that I really like to make sure Christmas lasts the whole month of December because really, it is the best time of the year… but honestly, Christmas starts when Starbucks brings our their holiday menu and those cute little red cups if I’m being real here.
There are already some houses around my neighbourhood that have up their Christmas lights and I squeal a little bit every single time that I drive past them! Those little colourful lights sure put a girl in a happy mood.
What are your favourite things to do to embrace the holiday season? Do you have any tips to beat the early winter blues and soak it all up during December?