2013: A Year In Review

 

Hmm.. How can I possibly describe 2013 without literally writing a book about it? This past year has been the craziest, most exciting year yet! I’ll probably end up saying that for the rest of my life, as every year passes, but to be honest I sure hope that I do because it means that I’m living life to the fullest and not wasting a second.

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Winter

My first big memory of 2013 was the Variety Show at my school. It was the first real time that I sang in front of 98% of my school population, and I couldn’t have asked for a better response. Even though I was so nervous, shaking vigorously, the feeling that I got while I was on stage was priceless. Plus, I was singing beside one of my best friends, so that help a lot.

Now, Lucia came to stay with my family and I in the fall of 2012, but her leaving in February really hit me hard. She became my sister, and it’s difficult to let go of someone of whom you become so close to. It felt weird to not see her toothbrush in our, err my bathroom, amongst many other things! We had so many amazing memories together that I certainly won’t forget.

 

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Spring

Next was my most recent trip to New York City. What can I say, it’s New York! This was the first time just my mom and I went together, and it was a long weekend filled with shopping, shopping and more shopping! What a perfect way to spend spring break!

I also travelled to Boston with my school in late April. Spent a lot of time with my friends, and hmm… Oh yeah, it was less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing and we were under lockdown for about a day because of it! That’s definitely an unforgettable trip!

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Summer

This summer was by far the best of my life. I mean, it really started with my performance at the World Renowned Montreal Jazz Festival with my school jazz band. Then it was my band, The Day Dreamers, performing at our local Battle of the Bands. Then my Sweet 16! Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera! Osheaga, Seeing Daughter live, Chicago, seeing my cousins again, everything! It was an unforgettable summer.

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Fall/Winter:

With the start of my senior year came so many different memory-worthy occasions and moments. Some school-related, being my Semi-Formal and our last back-to-school barbecue. Others non-school related. Performing at Golfstock was awesome, going to see Franz Ferdinand with one of my best friends, seeing my childhood best friend, and… Christmas!

 

I honestly can’t believe that 2013 is already over. Time seriously flies by. I’m so grateful to have experienced everything that I did this past year, and I’m so excited for what the next year will bring me. Cheers, to 2014!

 

Christmas Moments

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This Christmas was definitely one to remember! As I look back on it, I remember all those tiny moments that sometimes we forget. Those moments, however, are the ones that meant the most. Spending time with my family, friends, the dog, even those times alone.

This year I was extremely fortunate to have my oldest friend, who at a young age moved to Florida, come and visit us here in Montreal. It was so amazing to reconnect with her, especially since we have only seen each other on two other occasions in the last eleven years that we have been apart.

On another note, I just started doing these instagram collages, and they are so much fun! I think I might start doing this for all my posts… Just kidding! But definitely expect this for some posts!

Anyways, I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, and I wish you all the best in the New Year!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I’m off to spend the night with my family at one of my aunt’s house. Our big tradition is Christmas Eve, where we have a huge lebanese feast, and best of all, I get to see all of my family! I have cousins who live across North America, so it’s so great to have everyone together for at least one day a year!  This one’s a short post, I just wanted to showcase my Christmas outfit. I am in love with this dress from Topshop, and I was so happy to find a gold sparkled clutch from H&M that matched perfectly!

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{Dress – Topshop; Clutch – H&M; Bracelets – Handmade}

Etsy Finds: December 2013

I love Etsy. Handmade, one-of-a-kind products from all around the world of all styles and varieties imaginable. You can find literally anything you are looking right on the screen of your computer, from old to new and everything in between. I recently opened up my own Etsy shop, although it is still under construction. I will be opening it publicly within the next few weeks.

Anyways, there are so many really great items on Etsy. These are my latest Etsy finds by some of my favourite boutiques and some that I just discovered. Hopefully this will give you even more inspiration to visit Etsy!

Hand Stamped Necklace – Tag Oh Hello (junghwa)

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Handmade With Love Wooden Stamp (stationeryboutique)

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White ECO Dress (naftul)

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Map of New York Print (OldEnglishCo)

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Eye To Eye Clutch (romawinkel)

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Blue Necessities Pencils (MissPoppyDesign)

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Desktop Perpetual Calendar (1canoe2)

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Winter To Do List

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Around this time of year, spirits are supposed to be high and merry. Yet, sometimes we end up losing that in all the craziness that surrounds us. That’s why it’s important to make yourself a checklist. Write down the things that will keep you happy and bright. I made myself a little to do list; something simple to keep the real holiday cheer.

1. Go ice-skating: The local skating rink is perfect to spend time outside with friends and family! It’s a great alternative to those who don’t ski, like me.

2. I love to go all out in my Christmas sweater and Santa hat, so why not do the same with your pets? Better yet, the entire family! It would make the cutest Christmas card photo.

3. Bake your favourite holiday sweets: Every year, my mom and I make my great grandmother’s spice cookies with lemon drizzle, and it’s something I look forward to every year! Plus, they make great gifts too! Get a cute mason jar and fill it with cookies. then tie a bow around it and voilà!

4. Hot cocoa is my favourite thing about winter. Once in a while, it’s perfect to treat yourself to this warm drink, topped with all the trimmings of course; mini marshmallows, whipped cream and candy canes!

5. Sparkles, one of the few trends that never gets old during this time of year. Perfect for Christmas, New Years, and any holiday for that matter! Sparkled shoes? Yes. Sparkled clutch? Definitely! Sparkled dress? Do I even have to answer that last one…

6. Cozy up by the fireplace: This is perfect for those extremely snowy days when you can barely back your car out of the driveway, let alone take a walk in the mounds of snow. I already pre-ordered a handful of books from the library, as well as from Indigo, and I have my holiday playlist all set on my iPod, so I’m ready for this one!

What’s on your winter checklists? Let me know! 

Currently Coveting…

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{Alice + Olivia Starbucks mug; Stila Masterpiece Eye & Cheek Palettes; Sugar Paper for Target; Kate Spade Glasses Pouch; It by Alexa Chung; Yellow Taxi Ornament}

Hello all! I’m starting up a new segment on my blog called ‘Currently Coveting’, hopefully it goes well! I wanted to share with you a few of my current faves, and what a better way to do so!

What are some things that you are loving at the moment?

DIY Christmas Inspiration

In an effort to better improve my french, I’ve been reading a handful of french blogs. These ideas came from the lovely french blog, Coco Cerise. Marjorie, the author of this blog, decorated her home in pink, white and gold, and although these aren’t the traditional christmas colours, they look amazing! This post was from two years ago, but it’s funny how some things stay chic for a very long time.

The photos to come all showcase Marjorie’s lovely do-it-yourself ideas that we can all try this christmas.

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These are really easy, cute projects that can really spice up your Christmas tree. All you need are some ball-shaped ornaments and acrylic paint, and you’re set to go. You can even try other cool designs using different paint brushes, and maybe even monogrammed ones, writing your initials on one, and giving each member of the family their own.

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These are really cute table decorations that are edible too! Just stick a marshmallow on a brochette stick, and place them in a cute glass or jar. Voila!

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I love the idea of doing a scratch menu! It’s a surprise in between each meal, and it’s always fun to scratch those. I would place a small bowl of pennies on the table too, or pass them around between each meal to ensure that everyone will be able to scratch it off.

Happy holiday prep everyone!

{Photo Credit: Coco Cerise}

Holiday Playlist

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My latest obsession these days are classic Christmas carol remixes, as you can see. I first heard the Jingle Bells remix in the mall a few weeks ago, and it put me in such a groove. I will admit, I busted out a few dance moves, and it probably wasn’t very pretty. Nonetheless, it’s Christmas time, so anything is acceptable at this time of year.

I decided to mix the songs up a bit for this playlist. i have a couple dance, party songs, and then some slower, more acoustic and folky songs. I’ve been listening to this playlist on repeat already for the last couple of days, and it’s really putting me in such a Christmas mood! Hopefully you all enjoy it!