Complete Collection

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I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who is organized enough to own a favourite piece of clothing in multiple colours. I never seem to be on the ball enough to go back and grab the same style in a second hue or print after falling in love with the first. I’ve also always wondered, while watching others do it, if this makes good wardrobe building sense.

I bought this skirt from ModCloth a couple of years ago, in yellow, and immediately loved it. I love the colour, the cut, the way it moves and the way I can style it to suit every season. I get compliments nearly every time I wear it and it’s always the first thing I toss in my suitcase when packing for an adventure. I’ve already had to mend it twice and will be utterly heartbroken when it dies.

I’ve been aware since I bought the skirt – and agonized over the colour choices – that ModCloth sells the style in a rainbow of colour options. I’ve kept the notion that I might buy it again tucked in my back pocket but never thought I would pull the trigger; the fashion world is so vast and life’s too short to explore the same place twice, right? But then I saw my beloved skirt on sale, in red, and decided to see what this complete collection thing was all about.

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Let me say, I’m so glad I did. I love this skirt as much as the first! The neat thing is, I already know exactly how to wear it… because I sort of already owned it. It seem to me to make good sense when assembling a wardrobe, even on a budget. You know it’s going to work with your overarching style, and match the other pieces already in your collection, because you’ve previously tested it. The longevity of the new investment seems solid too. The risk of the new piece falling out of style or you falling out of love with it are low when the rewards of old one have been so great.

I think I’ve been converted to this way of thinking and shopping. Maybe I’ll become one of those people with the gorgeously curated closet holding a full rainbow of their favourite pieces.

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Skirt ModCloth
Sweater H&M
Stockings What Katie Did
Jewellery old

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All photos by me.

False Start

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I was sick with a bad cold and stuck inside almost all of last week, so I didn’t get to enjoy the unseasonably mild weather we’ve been having. It’s been a strange feeling, being sick and bundled up inside at the end of January but looking outside at a garden that looks like early spring. The birds are chirping and the sun is streaming softly through the windows between gently rolling rainstorms but I can’t let myself get excited because it doesn’t feel real; it’s too early to be spring.

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It’s hard to know how to dress for this type of weather. We’re still in the middle of winter but the temperature’s above zero in the afternoons and all the snow is gone. The colourful clothes of spring don’t match the browns, greys and muted greens of the world outside but my winter clothes feel a bit too heavy. I’m keeping the spring clothes tucked safely away so I’m not so crestfallen when the chill returns but I couldn’t help but sneak out the kitschy rabbit earrings while the weather is calm and promising.

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Sweater ModCloth
Skirt ModCloth
Socks McGregor Socks
Earrings old
Ring old

All photos by Matt.

The Great Indoors

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I as mentioned in a previous post, one of my favourite things about January is spending lazy days indoors. There’s no pressure to go outside and enjoy the weather when it’s -20 degrees Celsius and windy or the backyard is a swampy mess of melting snow and mud. We can stay inside and cuddle up to watch movies or read books all day without feeling like we missed out on anything. The puppy still needs lots of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, but she’s just starting to appreciate a good snuggle session – and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Jeans ModCloth
Socks Roots
Earrings ModCloth
Ring Blue Ridge Notions

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January Lull

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I always struggle to stay happy in January. When the magic and excitement of Christmas is gone but the nights are still long and cold, it can be hard to find something to look forward to everyday. We experienced quite the cold snap here recently, which brought with it several days without a second of sunshine. It was so cold, we had to take the puppy for her evening walks indoors at the dog-friendly pet store because we couldn’t safely be outside long enough to tire her out. I could feel the seasonal sadness building so I complied a list of all the things that make me happy in the winter – as well as some new things I would like to try.

Here’s what I came up with:

  • bright stars on long, clear nights
  • cuddle puddle movie nights
  • lazy weekends indoors because there’s no pressure to be outdoors
  • comfort food
  • tobogganing
  • ice skating
  • winter hiking & snowshoeing
  • tea & hot chocolate
  • cozy Scandinavian style
  • the quiet and calm that follows a fresh snowfall
  • snow days
  • thick wool socks
  • sweaters that are too warm to wear the rest of the year
  • spending time inside with friends
  • board games
  • sunny pub afternoons, because it’s too cold to walk home at night
  • dark beer
  • fireplaces
  • planning summer gardens and landscaping
  • snuggling under blankets on the couch
  • slow, soft sunrises
  • no mosquitoes!
  • tropical fruit is technically in season
  • getting familiar with local and seasonal foods and traditional preservation methods
  • playing with Pepper in the snow

 

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Coat Old Navy
Pants ModCloth
Boots old
Sweater Gap
Hat ModCloth
Mittens Roots
Scarf thrift shop
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All photos by Matt.