december 1st, i’m in a foreign state, i’m running late

IMG_3783Jacket: Free People Teddy Peacoat, Top: Brandy Melville, Jeans: Topshop Leigh jeans, Shoes: Aldo, Purse: Vintage Paloma PicassoIMG_3820IMG_3874IMG_3785IMG_3815IMG_3888IMG_3865IMG_3900

Can you believe December 1st was yesterday? I cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by. It seems like just yesterday it was still summer and warm outside. Now we have less than a month until Christmas and then New Year’s!

In celebration of it finally being December and thus the holiday season approaching, I decided to do a little bit of a holiday theme this week. These were shot around the Yorkville area in downtown Toronto last weekend. We weren’t expecting it when we were focused on doing some Black Friday shopping, but the area was already decorated with Christmas lights strewn across the trees, red ornaments, and glittery snowflake decorations everywhere. What a welcome reminder that the holidays were approaching!

For my outfit this week, I decided to go for this season’s IT coat – the teddy coat. I’m sure you have seen the teddy coat everywhere already as you can pretty much find them anywhere you look from H&M to Topshop to Urban Outfitters to Free People. This particular one that I’m wearing is the Teddy Peacoat from Free People, and I absolutely adore how soft it is. Β I feel like I could just wrap myself in this and sleep like a baby all winter long, given how insanely warm this coat is. I was only wearing a thin ribbed top underneath, but at times I felt like I was boiling hot when we were indoors, that’s how warm this coat is!

Since teddy coats are so fluffy, they naturally give a lot of volume on the top, so it’s important to balance it out and keep it more streamlined on the bottom. That’s why I decided to pair it with skinny jeans and keep the rest of the outfit very simple. You can never go wrong with a basic top and skinny jeans, especially when pairing it with a statement piece such as this coat. I finished off my outfit with some heeled booties that are very comfortable for walking around in, and my go-to purse at the moment which is this vintage bag that used to be my grandma’s.

What a way to kick off the start of the holiday season with none other than one of my favourite holiday songs by one of my favourite bands – The Maine! I know I’ve already featured a song by The Maine a few weeks ago, but I just could not not include this song for this week’s post. Every year as soon as December 1st rolls around, I find myself listening to their Christmas EP, and the song Ho Ho Hopefully in particular. It has just become a tradition over the last several years so I thought it would be perfect to share it with you guys this year.

Although the holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and happiness, we cannot deny that it’s also the one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. The beginning of this song expresses that overwhelming reality – whether you’re running around trying to tie up last minute errands or trying to get all your holiday shopping done, there’s always so much to do before it’s time to head home for the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in all the craziness surrounding this time of year, but at the end of the day, and as this song suggests, the whole point of the holidays is to spend quality time with your loved ones. The ones that make you feel “alive inside.”

When we all die, is that Chrismtas gift you ran around hectically last minute trying to find for your loved one even going to matter? Is that gift even going to matter to your loved one when they die? If the answer is no, then you’re probably doing it all wrong. Remember to focus on what’s important to you and those you care about. The smallest things like just making it home in time to spend with family and friends, or baking your loved one’s favourite goodies for them, or even just a thoughtfully written card, are usually the things that our loved ones will value the most. Β These are the little things that will probably matter to you more and you will take with you to your grave. That’s what the holidays are all about after all.

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