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It’s over. Just like that, December and it’s dresses are gone! I can keep wearing dresses, of course (and I will!) but the whole concept of Dressember and the wonderful little community that goes with it, are on hold until the end of the year.

It’s ok, I’m a big girl. I can think of something to keep me busy until next December. I’m thinking sewing and traveling, with plenty of yoga and reading thrown in the mix. Also, let’s not forget tea drinking, furniture painting and blog writing. The year ahead is wide open and looking quite fabulous!

Here is one last look at my Dressember outfits.

Day 23

I really like this dress, but I don’t think winter is a good time to wear it. So.Much.Static.

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Day 24

Christmas eve! Yay! First, a daytime outfit, where I was wearing my boots.

Me wearing MY boots on Christmas eve (before I got fancy, of course). I am 100% sure these are my boots.

My Christmas eve dress. I love this dress so much! It’s from Modcloth. I wore it on Valentine’s day last year and to a Katy Perry concert in the summer. It’s perfect.

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Day 25

Merry Christmas! This dress is also from Modcloth. I love everything about it except for the fact that it’s a little tight at the waist and was not exactly comfortable after I ate dinner.

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Day 26

This is my official “It’s the day after Christmas so I’m not doing anything” look. I was wearing yoga pants under the dress. Super classy.

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Day 27

When I bought this dress, I was shopping with my best friend and she compared it to something Zooey Deschanel would wear. Of course I had to buy it.

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Day 28

Another very casual look. Comfort was key here.

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Day 29

Pink makes me happy, so I smiled all day in this dress!

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Day 30

I bought this dress without trying it on, so it’s a little big. I’ll fix it, but it was ok for one day.

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Day 31

Day look courtesy of Emily and Fin, via Modcloth. I ordered this dress just before Christmas, so I didn’t think I would get it in time for it to make an appearance in Dressember, but it’s so fabulous, it got here on time.

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Evening look. Some sparkle for new year’s eve!

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Before I leave you, one last look at all my dresses for the month. 35 dresses in 31 days.

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And that’s it. For now anyways. I’ve ordered a couple more dresses, so no worries, I’ll be back soon!

Twirling and cat prints

Christmas is only days away! I feel like every time I post about Dressember, there’s a countdown to Christmas involved! I am officially on holidays until January 5th, which makes me so, so happy! I love my job, but I’m so much better at it when I get some time to myself. The last few days of school were exhausting, but fun. It was difficult to get up in the morning, but I still wore pretty dresses. It’s hard not to be happy while wearing a dress covered in cats.

Here is a look at the last week.

Day 15 – This dress is from Modcloth, and I call it my birthday dress, because the first time I wore it, it was my birthday. It’s got tulle, which makes it 12 times more awesome than if it didn’t.

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Day 16 – I absolutely love this dress! It’s pretty, and very comfortable. It’s also good for twirling.

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Day 17 – I don’t do the whole “ugly Christmas sweater” thing. I would much rather go for “cute” or “pretty”. Why would you do ugly on purpose? (I know, I know. It’s funny. It’s also ugly.)

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Day 18 – Two looks, one for day and one for evening.

My day look was this purple dress from Old Navy. It’s got a tiny stain of what I believe is green paint on the skirt, but I love it, so I wear it anyways. I look tired because I am. I’m barely awake here.

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My night look is a dress with a very different silhouette from what I normally wear. I like this dress (obviously, or I wouldn’t have bought it or wear it) but it’s not my favourite. The reaction I got from it, however, led me to believe that lots of people loved this dress most of all. That’s a little disappointing, since it’s not what I consider my best look. It doesn’t really matter. I dress for myself, not others.

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Day 19 – Now this is my favourite dress of the month so far. I made this dress. Yes, you read that right. I sewed this dress in all it’s cat-covered glory. I bought the petticoat, because I wanted as much volume as possible. I did get lots and lots of compliments on this dress too, not just the 18th’s dress. This one makes me very happy.

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I actually had a night look for the 19th too. I went to a party and changed into something that took up a little less space. This dress is new and if I wasn’t determined to do the whole month without repeating any outfits, I would wear it again tomorrow.

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Day 20 – I was going to a family party (we really like those!) This is a summer dress that’s been winterized. It doesn’t always work, but I think it did here.

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Day 21 – I was hosting a Christmas dinner. What does every hostess need? A purple silk party dress of course!

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Day 22 – Today. First day of holidays where I would have gladly spent the whole day in my pyjamas. I had some errands to run, so I got dressed, but I am now back in my pj’s.

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There are only 9 days of dresses left, and I have way more than 9 dresses! Maybe I’ll continue this dress experience a little longer…!

Be happy, be bright, be you

We’re two weeks into December, which means in 10 days, it’s Christmas eve! I’ve been wearing a dress a day, as per Dressember rules. The week ahead is my last at work until the holidays, and I have quite a few party dresses I’d like to wear, so I might be a little fancier than usual at work. The thought makes me smile!

And now, for my weekly wrap-up of dresses:

Day 8 – Very comfortable dress that did not make an appearance last December, as it needed to be mended and it took me a year to do it.

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Day 9 – Busy day as it was my class’ Christmas play. I wanted to wear something comfortable, but also cute, of course! I wore this dress’ twin last week, in purple.

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Day 10 – It’s hard to pick just one favourite dress, but if I absolutely had to, it would be this one. It has pockets! Need I say more?

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Day 11 – Little black dress that ended the day covered in glitter from snowflake making.

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Day 12 – Pretty blue dress that, for some unknown reason, I don’t wear very often.

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Day 13 – My Minnie Mouse look. I love this dress and always wear it the same way. Also, here is a picture of me twirling, so you get a sense of the real me. I’m a twirler.

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Day 14 – A grey dress for a grey day. The sun came out for a little while, so it wasn’t too gloomy. Also, it was Sunday, I was wearing a dress, there was tea and Christmas music, so I was happy.

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And that’s week two. Now, excuse me while I go pick out next week’s dresses!

 

Dress up, drink tea, read books

We’re already a full week into December, which means it’s been one week of dresses for Dressember! I love December. I don’t play favourites with months, but December is pretty special. You know, Christmas and dresses. Actually, I quite like November too. Mostly because my birthday is in November, but also because everyone else seems to hate it, and I like to do the opposite of other people sometimes.

Another reason I love December is that I got an advent calendar from David’s tea. Every day, I get to open a little door and try an new kind of tea! It’s lovely.

And then, of course, there’s Christmas books. I love books all year, but there is something special about Christmas stories. My friend Suzanne gave me one for my birthday and I finished it this morning, while drinking a cup of tea. Bliss.

Here is a recap of my dresses, from day 1 to day 7.

Day 1 – I wear this dress a lot, but I added a crinoline, nothing major, just some extra fluffiness to help hold the skirt and keep it from sticking to my leggings.

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Day 2 – Pink dress from Old Navy. No slip today, so it stuck to my tights. There will be no more of that!

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Day 3 – Purple on purple. Was a little worried it would be too much, but I liked it.

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Day 4 – Bird print dress and cape knit by my sister.

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Day 5 – Tommy Hilfiger dress from the “To Tommy from Zooey” collection. I love Zooey Deschanel!

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Day 6 – Another bird print dress! It was all twisty at the waist, but I fixed it after I saw the pictures. I could also have looked in the mirror!

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Day 7 – This is the “Rock the line” dress from Modcloth. I love it, except that it’s really short.

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To Tommy from Zooey to Me!

If you’re new to this blog, here is something about me: I love Zooey Deschanel’s style. Like, love, love, love it! In April, I wrote about discovering a website that has all the info on her outfits, called What would Zooey Deschanel wear. A fellow blogger told me about a clothing line Zooey was designing with Tommy Hilfiger. I was so excited to check it out!

A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I went to a work conference together. We don’t work at the same school, or even the school board, but we can sometimes swing it so that we attend the same training. It was in Montreal, so we took the train in the day before and went shopping! It was pouring rain, but we were determined to make the most of it!

While walking in a downpour of extreme wetness, we saw this.

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We just had to go in and try on as many dresses as we could! There are 16 dresses in the collection, but this store only about 7 or 8. There was only one I loved, and it’s the one Zooey’s wearing in the picture. It’s called the diamond-print dress. I’m sorry Zooey and Tommy, but these are squares.

I wore this dress on Sunday, and you can see it in my previous post, where my sisters and I tried to take some nice pictures. Since most of the pictures are pretty funny, there is no actual great shot of me in this dress.

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My sister got this one. It would be much too short on me, but it looks fabulous on her!

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This is Zooey, not my sister.

I also got this dress while shopping in Montreal. It’s not a Zooey dress, but I think she would like it. If there was a What would that girl from The Bliss Project wear website, she would definitely read it. Well, I guess that website already kind of exists, because I share my outfits here. Maybe she reads it, who knows?

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Also, I went out to buy materials for a school project tonight, and I bought two more dresses. I am no longer allowed out without supervision.

 

Blue and green

When I was little, we used to always say “blue and green should never be seen, except in the washing machine”. We later added “and at camp” because at camp, anything goes! Funny how fashion rules change. Blue and green are great together.

Today, I wore an outfit inspired by Zooey Deschanel. Who else, right?

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I really like the way it turned out, and I think my students did too, because they kept commenting on it. Some of the girls will comment sometimes, but today, it was ongoing throughout the day. The kids’ comments are usually positive, and always brutally honest. For example, last week, one of my first graders said “Your hair looks nice when it’s all tangled.” Umm, thanks.

This is a sample of what I heard today:

You’re pretty.

Last time you wore that dress, you didn’t wear blue.

It’s like an outfit, because your shoes are blue, your belt is blue and you sweater is blue.

Your dress is green, but that’s ok.

I’ve seen those shoes before.

I like your small sweater.

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The little girls comment much more than the boys. I’m not sure if it’s because they don’t notice, or they don’t particularly care. I think it’s a mix of both. Some things will always stay the same! To be fair, last week one six year old boy said “Wow! That’s a nice scarf!” He’s the same kid who once told me I looked like a ladybug, so I think he notices some stuff.

I had the dress, the shoes and the sweater for this outfit, I was just missing a belt, so I decided to make one. I made it while watching New Girl. I know, perfect, right?

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It was pretty simple. Lots of tutorials I looked at mentioned sewing hooks or snaps to close the belt. You could do that, or you could do what I did, which is use safety pins. Much easier!

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I’m not usually a big fan of belts. I can’t remember the last time I wore a belt that actually had a purpose, they’re mostly just decorative. I’ll put one on in the morning, because it looks cute, but after I get to work, it feels like it starts to tighten around me like a boa constrictor. I then yank it off and throw it in my bag. By the end of the week, I have a collection in there. This belt, however, lasted the whole day.

I really like this dress. I’ve only worn it once before (without any blue, like one student pointed out). It has a nice detail in the back. Today, it wasn’t very warm, so I kept my sweater on and no one really saw the back. Well, there was an intense 15 minutes where I was trying to punch out a million butterflies out of scrapbook paper to make mother’s day cards in the class this afternoon, and my heart rate went up because the stupid punch wasn’t punching and I had to put a lot of effort into it and I got really hot and took my sweater off.

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I think blue and green work really well together, don’t you?

What would Zooey Deschanel wear?

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m not very good at fashion. I like what I like (mostly dresses), so I wear a lot of the same kind of outfits. I like bright colours and sparkle, but sometimes, putting together an interesting outfit can be challenging. It’s one of the reasons I wear so many dresses. You put it on, and voilà! you’re done.

I like Zooey Deschanel’s style, and recently discovered What would Zooey Deschanel wear? It’s a website with outfits she wears, both in real life and on her tv show, New Girl. Now, I can’t afford all of the exact same pieces, but I decided to try to recreate some of my favourite looks.

First up (actually, only outfit so far) is a mint green dress with yellow cardigan. I wouldn’t have dared to put these colours together, but it looks great and very appropriate for spring. My pieces were a little different, but I’m going for inspiration here, not copycat-ing.

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On New Girl, Zooey’s character Jess is a teacher, like me. I decided to recreate this pose too, although I opted not to stand on my desk!

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This last picture isn’t actually that great, but I wanted to include at least one photo that had my shoes in it!

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What do you think? Am I channeling Zooey Deschanel / Jess Day?

 

I heart dresses!

I’m always impressed by fashion bloggers. They can take one dress and wear it 14 different ways. They can make jeans look fancy and an evening gown look casual. I’m not particularly fashion-y.  Fashion seems like a lot of work. You have to know what colours are “in” and what 80’s looks are good and which are bad (to me they’re all bad. It’s a been there, done that kind of thing.) You will never catch me wearing anything with a peplum, but I understand that’s fashionable. Or it was, maybe it isn’t anymore. See? So much work.

I think I’ve created my personal style, but everyone does that, whether we want to or not. What you wear becomes your style. I tend to favour dresses. I love them for several reasons. Here is a list, because I like lists.

Reasons dresses are awesome

1. They make me feel pretty.

2. It’s only one piece of clothing to choose and put on.

3. Jeans (and most pants) hate me.

When I put together an outfit I love, I will wear it that way over and over again. I will wait at least two weeks before wearing it again, but if it was awesome when I wore it, why would I change it up?

Since Valentine’s day was on Friday, and I have several dresses that could have worked, I decided to do a theme week. Nothing too out there with flashing heart headbands and ribbons or anything, just Valentine’s day inspired dresses.

Day 1

I love this dress (Obviously. I love all my dresses.) One of my students told me I should have saved it for Valentine’s day, so I told her my plan. Of course, she thought it was brilliant.

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Day 2

While I don’t have one favourite dress, this one is always described as “one of my favourites”. Also, hearts. Love.

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Day 3

This was an “I’m sick and I do not want to get up and put on clothes and talk to people” day. I wasn’t feeling great about this look, it felt unfinished (maybe it’s my inner fashionista trying to get out). When I got to school, one of the six year old boys in my class said “Wow! You’re so pretty. You look like a ladybug.” Who needs high fashion when you’re compared to the loveliest insect in the world?

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Day 4

This is an awful photo. I actually hate it when people write that, because if it’s such a bad picture, then why did you post it? In my case, it’s the only one I had as I was still sick and in no mood to take pictures. I set the camera lower than usual so my tights would be in the picture since they’re the star here, but it’s got a weird “I’m looking you up and down” vibe to it. Oh well, pretty tights, comfy dress.

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Day 5

My official Valentine’s day dress! I actually ordered this dress in November to wear on Christmas eve, but I only received it in January. I didn’t think it would be so shiny, which makes it more or less appropriate for work, but whatever. It’s pretty and that’s all that matters.

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If you look at my Dressember post, you will notice that most of these dresses have been worn in the exact same way before. Like I said, why mess with a good thing?

And now, for your viewing pleasure, some dress bloopers. Because we all love it when other people look funny.

Well, the zoom works.

Well, the zoom works.

This photo tells the story of a bird trying to fly. Unfortunately, she's a chicken, so she's not going anywhere because chickens can't fly.

This photo tells the story of a bird trying to fly. Unfortunately, she’s a chicken, so she’s not going anywhere because chickens can’t fly.

Did you know giraffes sleep standing up?

Did you know giraffes sleep standing up?

Dressing up

Now that it’s January, I haven’t been wearing dresses every day, as Dressember is over! As much as I enjoy wearing a dress every day, it was nice to have a little break, because it was so, so cold!

Here is the rest of my December in dresses.

Day 21

I love this dress, but I don’t wear it very often, because it’s not a great colour for me. Maybe I should wear it more in the summertime, when I look a little less pale.

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Day 22

I believe it was snowing and I wasn’t going anywhere, so I opted for a comfortable sweater dress and leggings. Dress is from Old Navy.

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Day 23

I changed the colour of my hair. I love my hair dark. I wanted a picture outside, but it was cold!

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Day 24

I had ordered a dress from Modcloth specially for Christmas eve, but it still hasn’t come! Thankfully, I had a lovely back-up dress!

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Day 25

Merry Christmas!

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Day 26

Day after Christmas poker game. I didn’t win!

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Day 27

Enjoying my time off, being all comfy in my slippers!

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Day 28

This dress is basically a very long sweatshirt. It’s like wearing pajamas all day!

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Day 29

A book and lattes kind of day.

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Day 30

I’m almost out of days in December, but not out of dresses!

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Day 31

Happy New Year!

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And here is a look at all of my dresses for the month. 32 dresses in 31 days! Until next year!

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Playing dress up

I’ve been wearing dresses all month, because December is Dressember! Now, while this is surely much easier for people who live in a warmer climate, I’m enjoying myself. There were a few very, very cold days where I had to add several layers over my dresses and tights before I could go outside, but it’s worth it.

Here’s a recap of the last couple of weeks or so. For the first part of the month, head on over here.

Day 10 – My Minnie Mouse look.

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Day 11 – My birthday dress! I bought this dress from Modcloth and wore it for the first time on my birthday in November.

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Day 12 – A photo in my classroom before the students showed up. The only calm moment of the day!

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Day 13 – My first pair of coloured tights. I wasn’t sure the look would suit me, but I like it!

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Day 14 – It was so cold, but I wanted a picture outside!

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Day 15 – A little photo shoot in the snow!

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Day 16 – Purple for Monday!

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Day 16 – I’ve had this dress for years, but last year, when I did Dressember, it was a little too tight! I’m very happy it fits properly again.

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Day 18 – Another dress I’ve had for a while. I’m loving how Dressember is making me rediscover some of my dresses!

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Day 19 – Two looks for the 19th, a day look and an evening look.

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Day 20 – Some sparkle for Christmas brunch!

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