Tuesday 30 December 2014

Blogging Goals for 2015

Can you believe it - we're in the last few days of 2014, with 2015 on the horizon!  This year has been an incredible one for me, not only for it marking the 1 year anniversary of La Petite Noob (post coming soon), but also personally as well.  I was thinking of doing a year-end link roundup and while I was going through the blog archives, I instead started to notice many areas that could be enhanced and improved.  Nothing like ringing in the new year with a few resolutions, right?  I've come up with some blogging resolutions for 2015 that will hopefully make La Petite Noob - and my relationship with all of you - so much stronger!

Focus on Sharable Content

When I first started blogging, I didn't have much of a focus and created a lot of ambiguous content.  While my posts are much more streamlined now as they focus on personal style, I've lost a most of my sharable content.  At first I was happy that I had finally decided to focus on personal style, but now miss the hair tutorials, cocktail recipes and makeup reviews that I did when I first started blogging.  I've been so lucky to do the occasional guest post for Wonder Forest, which really forces me to get creative and create content that is easily shared and that is hopefully useful.  I am definitely going to make a point to bring those same DIYs that I create for Wonder Forest to my own blog, adding some variety to my posts!

White Wall - Be Gone!

Speaking of personal style posts, I think 2015 will be the year that I finally get rid of my white-walled background!  Truth me told, that wall is immediately outside of our apartment building and has just been so easy to pop outside to take a few quick photos for outfits of the days (OOTDs).  While the wall has made snapping outfit photos so simple, it really lends to a lack of variety in my pictures and - to me - has become a little boring and dated.  I loved the outfit that I shot for The Blog Issue ( see the photo above), mostly because the background is more natural and much more pleasing to look at!  I live in a particularly beautiful area right outside of Toronto, and work downtown in the hustle and bustle of the city so it's not for lack of areas to shoot in - it's really just me being lazy and relying too much on the easiness of the white wall!  2015 will be the year that I get rid of the apartment wall once and for good, and add a little scenery and variety in my outfit posts.

Move from Blogger to Wordpress

Moving from Blogger to Wordpress is an idea that I've been toying with for the past few months.  I've  read countless reviews and post from bloggers who made the same switch in platforms, and each time   I inch closer to the concept of giving a self-hosted Wordpress a try.  I know that Wordpress is the more expensive route to take, but honestly the money isn't what has held me back - it's the learning curve that comes along with becoming comfortable with a whole new way of blogging.  I'm still not 100% yet, but I definitely plan to make a solid decision in the new year!

Be More Transparent

This goal is one that I struggle with, as I'm sure most bloggers do.  It can be intimidating to put yourself out there on the internet, and there's a definite safety issue in revealing too much about yourself online.  That being said, I do enjoy reading more personal posts from my favourite bloggers and feel so much more connected to them after they've shared a piece of themselves - even if it's just a simple life update!  I would love to start creating some more personal content in 2015 and opening up a little more to you guys - that way, we can get to know each other a little better and build a stronger relationship in the new year.

Blogging is such a rewarding thing, and I feel so privileged every day that I'm able to be a part of such a great community and to have you all along with me for the ride! Let me know what you think about my blogging goals, and of anything that you would like to see in 2015.  I would also love to know if my fellow bloggers have any blogging goals of their own.  Let me know!

xo Joëlle


Saturday 27 December 2014

OOTD - Aritzia Blanket Scarf for Winter

Happy holidays Noobs!  Today is going to be a super quick, super casual outfit since my brain is still a little fuzzy from overindulging in food and drink for the past three days.  You've seen this Aritzia coquette blanket scarf in a previous post, and today I've styled it to be more winter appropriate.  Read on for additional photos and outfit details.


Monday 22 December 2014

OOTD - Faux Fur Snood

What do you guys think about the faux-fur trend thats happening in a big way this season?  I have totally embraced the trend, not only for it's vintage throw back but also for the fact that it's warm - something that we Canadians need! I will admit though I was a little sceptical of wearing faux-fur at first, and it definitely took some baby steps on my part to become comfortable with the trend.  This faux-fur snood is the perfect way to ease into craze, and a nice way to have some fun with a traditional wool pea coat and some shorts and tights.  Read on for additional photos and all outfit details.


Wednesday 17 December 2014

Winter Link Roundup

Brr - can you feel it?  Old man Winter has decided to show up, and bring along the snow and cold weather with him!  I touched on my difficulties during the Winter season in my last post, and for this post I would rather focus on the good!

I had started blogging about a year ago around this time (there will be a one-year anniversary post soon!), so the beginning of my blogging adventure started during the Winter months!  I thought that I would round up some of my best posts - from fashion to cocktails to give you some Winter cheer!

I shared one of my favourite winter beverage recipe - mulled wine!  This warm, spicy and fragrant drink is a Winter favourite for me, and is perfect to serve to guests.  Check out the recipe here!

I also share some tips on how to dress for the holidays - for the conservative gal.  Not everyone is comfortable being decked out in head-to-toe sequins and sparkles for the holidays - check out some tips and tricks for dressing the conservative girl for the holidays.  This post is also strangely one of my most popular posts to date!

I also started to experiment with posting outfit of the days (or OOTDs) last Winter.  The look to the left is my Winter uniform a year ago and I'll be honest - it's the same this year!  The outfit to the right is a dressed up Winter outfit, plus a pretty hilarious face - I was so serious a year ago!

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane!  I honestly can't believe that this blogging journey started one year ago.  I'm looking forward to my anniversary post, but until then - stay warm!

Friday 12 December 2014

5 Ways To Stay Happy In The Winter

I have a confession to make: I really struggle in the Winter time.  The cold weather and the short days really take a physical, mental and emotional toll on me, and I have a hard time with finding the motivation to do anything.  Some may simply chalk it up to the winter blues, but after experiencing this fatigue season after season I knew I had to break the cycle and really make an effort to experience happiness during the Winter.  I have a few tips and trick that I rely on to keep my spirits up doing the frigid season.

1. Get Outside

It may seem counter-intuitive, but I really make an effort to get outside during the Winter season.  With daylight at a premium, I take every opportunity to absorb the sun's rays and get some natural Vitamin D when I can.  The outdoor activity doesn't have to be anything too strenuous - sometimes, just getting out for a walk during my lunch breaks can mean the difference between a good or bad afternoon.

2. Stop to Smell the Poinsettias 

Wintertime can truly be beautiful, especially if you're in an area of the world that gets snow - like we do in Canada.  While I'm making the effort to be outdoors, I also take the time to admire the natural beauty that surrounds me.  I make a conscious effort to look past a slushy, dirty road and instead admire a snowy pine tree, or how the light catches icicles and makes them sparkle.  Documenting the beauty of nature by snapping a photo or two on my phone doesn't hurt anything  either - in fact, it motivates me to seek out these beautiful landscapes even more!

3. Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate, Hot Everything!

As a self described gin and tonic kind of lady, I'm usually one to place a good cocktail above most other things in life - especially a non-alcoholic hot drink.  That all changes in the wintertime, when I consciously limit my alcohol consumption and instead switch it up for a steaming mug of goodness.  There is honestly something so soothing, and soul-warming about a hot beverage - particularly a good tea.  I stock up on loose leaf tea and hot chocolate mixes in the Winter time and always indulge in a mug (or two) after work.  A short day doesn't seem all that bad when you know a great cup of speciality tea is waiting for you at night.

4.  Pour a Glass of Wine

...But if I am going to indulge in an alcoholic beverage, then I'll opt for a beautiful glass of rich red wine.  Watching the snow fall outside while sipping a belly-warming glass of red is nothing short of heaven - and is something that is definitely Winter-specific.

5. Make Plans, and Keep Plans

The Winter months can be lonely - cold weather, snow, bad traffic and dark nights can make it difficult to spend time with friends and family.  During the Winter I try to make a conscious effort to fill my day planner with as many activities as I can - and commit to actually keeping them.  It may take all of the willpower I have to meet up with a friend after work, when it's already dark out and all I want to do is nap - but when I do, I never regret it.  Winter can make you feel isolated, but all it takes is a good laugh or conversation with a friend to connect you with the world again.

Now you know the five ways that I keep the Winter blues away.  Do you struggle with Winter as well?  What are some of your tips for keeping happy in the Winter time?

xo Joëlle

Tuesday 9 December 2014

OOTD - Floral Leggings for Weekend Afternoons

Ahh weekend afternoon style - or lack thereof in many cases.  I don't know about you but on a weekend afternoon, between pyjama-clad mornings and dressy nights out, I'm happy in a comfortable pair of leggins.  These floral leggings have been pulling double-duty as pyjamas and errand-running attire - they're comfy enough for lounging, and the pattern adds a little something to an otherwise plain outfit.  Read on for additional photos and all outfit details.


Sunday 7 December 2014

My Favourite Things + Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are just around the corner, and I'm here to share a few of my favourite holiday gifts, based off of items that I love all year round and think are incredibly practical for any gal on your list!

The first is, of course, my beloved Daniel Wellington watch.  I honestly can't say enough good things about this baby, and have re-fallen in love with it since switching up the leather band.  Now instead of the rich brown St. Andrews watch strap, I'm loving the moody black Sheffield strap - especially paired with the gold details on the face of the watch.  I would definitely recommend gifting one of these gorgeous watches to a lady on your list, especially if she has small wrists and struggles with finding a watch that fits.  If you're thinking about a Daniel Wellington watch, use code 'Holidays_lapetitenoob' to get 15% off your entire order - plus free worldwide shipping!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love a good breakfast tray.  One of my favourite weekend rituals is loading up a tray with an espresso, some breakfast and a few fresh flowers and keeping it in bed with me until noon.  Breakfast trays are so multi-functional, and can be used to help decorate a coffee table or a bar cart (both of which I do when I'm not using the trays in bed.)  The trays are relatively inexpensive, but still luxury item that not many people would think to buy for themselves, making them to perfect gift!  Here are some of my favourite places to shop:

West Elm:  My first breakfast tray was from West Elm, and it's still one of my favourites.  Their trays are quite small, so they're great for decorating small spaces or for preparing an espresso and cookies for one.

Chapters Indigo: The gold breakfast tray that you see from the photo above is from Chapters, and it's become my favourite.  This particular tray is a tiny bit bigger than the West Elm version, making it a bit more practical for breakfast in bed.

Crate and Barrel: The sky-blue tray that you see in the photo is from Crate and Barrel, and it's definitely the largest of the three by far!  I use this tray in bed when I'm preparing breakfast and coffee for both Brian and it also fills out a coffee table nicely.

My gift-giving technique around the holidays is to share my favourite things with the ones I love most.  What are some of your favourite things to give as gifts?

xo Joëlle

Friday 5 December 2014

OOTD - Winter Weekend Casual

I've mentioned once or twice before that I'm not the biggest fan of pants - not in a public nudity way, but more that I just don't find them that comfortable.  Call me crazy, but I'm much happier in a skirt and tights or a pair of leggings - that is, unless the pants are destroyed.  I really like the look of destroyed denim, and will sacrifice a little comfort for a good pair of ripped jeans.  This particular pair has been destroyed by yours truly (find the DIY here), and have become my weekend staple jeans - especially in the winter.  The pants paired with a black shearling fuzzy coat, plain v-neck grey teeshirt and a beanie


Monday 1 December 2014

Date Night Outfit 3 Ways

Ah wintertime - the mother of all curve ball seasons for fashion and style.  I always find that I have to put a lot of extra effort into dressing during winter to avoid living in a parka all season.  Date nights seem to be the most challenging for putting together outfits - it's a fine line between dressing up, staying warm and looking season-appropriate.  Patterned tights are my number one go-to for getting gussied up in the winter, as well as a flirty skirt in an interesting material.  I like to add a statement accessory, and for this particular outfit it's a beaded headband that it's super easy DIY. There's also a surprise at the end of the post - two more outfits from two super talented bloggers to add inspiration for your Winter date night looks!  Read on for all outfit details, and to see how Kristiana and Emily styled their outfits.

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