I'm off to Italy!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Happy Friday Noobs!  I'm a particularly happy clam this Friday, because today is the day that I pack up my bag, grab my husband and take off to Italy for over 2 weeks!  We'll be visiting Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Florence and Venice - phew!  The trip will be a whirlwind for sure, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

What does this mean for the blog?  Well I have a few pre-scheduled posts to keep an eye out for, that mostly detail how I will be packing for such a crazy trip using only a carry on luggage.  Over 2 weeks in a carry on luggage was no easy task, especially since the weather will be shifting from warm to cooler as we move North through Italy - keep your eyes peeled as to how I tried to plan for that!

The best way to keep in touch, and to keep up with all of the beautiful sights is to follow me on Instagram.  I'm an Instagram addict on the best of days, and being in such a beautiful country will no doubt send my addiction into overdrive.

I hope you have a great weekend,

xo Joëlle

OOTD - Shorts and Tights, Summer to Fall

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Happy Thursday, Noobs! Another transitional outfit today, bridging a Summer wardrobe into Fall.  As I had mentioned in a previous post, one of my favourite ways to bring my Summer clothes into Fall is with black tights and for this outfit I layered them under a pair of black shorts.  I started getting into shorts and tights last Spring and, after at first wondering if I was too "old" for the look, am now 100% a fan.  Adding a lightweight striped sweater and a maroon scarf kept me warm, and black booties helped to elongate my legs -bonus!  Read on for additional photos and outfit details.

OOTD - Stripes and a Plaid Blanket Scarf

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Brrr -it's freezing!  Hopefully you aren't experiencing the frigid temperatures that we've had here in Toronto because it's been an adjustment.  I've been having fun experimenting with mixing summer and fall pieces to bridge into Autumn, and this outfit is no exception.  Blanket scarfs just scream Fall to me, and adding this large plaid scarf to my new favourite striped t-shirt dress is a great summer-to-fall compromise.  The ensemble is made a little more cold weather-approrpiate by adding a military jacket and a pair of booties.  I'm still having a bit of a hard time with summer's abrupt departure, but I can deal a little better by being able to wear fun outfits like this.  Read on for additional photos and outfit details.

30 Before 30 Update - Plant (and Keep Alive) a Herb Garden

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Sunday Noobs!  I wanted to write a quick weekend post to let you know that I have ticked another task from my 30 before 30 list - planting (and keeping alive) a herb garden.  I have had my little herbs growing on my balcony for the last few weeks and, as you can see from the photo, they are very much alive.

I had originally wondered at the beginning if planting each herb in individual pots was cheating, since it's not technically a "garden", but I think that it has actually helped with my success.  I'm a small-space dweller and having the herbs in their individual pots made them much more portable - letting me rearrange them when friends were over and on the balcony (no accidental knocking over of herbs) , or to bring the plants indoors when the weather outside took a frigid dip.  Another benefit of the individual pots is that my balcony herb garden is easily converted into the indoors once the frosty weather really hits.

My poor herb garden was not without it's casualties.  I had a cilantro plant that wasn't able to recover from three shrimp-taco nights in a row.  Lesson learned: do not over pluck an herb plant - it will not survive.  Other than that one small mishap, I was just diligent to water the plants everyday and made sure they were able to receive plenty of sun without being in direct sunlight.  Simple enough, and now I have a great, healthy way to add lots of flavour to my recipes!

I'm trucking along, one task at a time.  Which one do you think that I should try to tackle next?

xo Joëlle

OOTD - White Jeans for Fall + Aritzia Blanket Scarf

Friday, 12 September 2014

First, I would like to apologize for my near week long hiatus - I was hit with a sickness like no other and was forced to spend the majority of the week in bed.  Finally, I was feeling human enough to change out of my pyjamas, emerge from my apartment and take some outfit photos when I realized that the battery of our SLR camera was left charging at my husband's office.  Don't you just feel like sometimes life is a comedy of errors?  I was determined - I was up, dressed and we were taking these photos no matter what!  The photos were taken on my husband's Nexus 5 phone, and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed - for a camera phone, the quality isn't half bad.  Anyways, enough rambling and onto the outfit post!

I'm trying to get the most out of my summery pieces, so I decided to bring out my favourite white denim cropped jeans with a simple grey t-shirt.  To make the outfit a little more weather appropriate, I layered a chambray shirt over top, and added a massive blanket scarf and a pair of booties.  I'm really happy with the way this outfit turned out, and think that it's a great compromise for transitioning your summer pieces into fall.  Read on for additional photos and outfit details.

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