Monday, November 24, 2014

My Christmas Spirit

My sister loves Christmas a lot. She starts getting excited as soon as Halloween is over. She's one of the only people I know who doesn't think malls start decorating and playing holiday music too early.
When we were younger, she would wake me up by coming into my room singing, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," then the two of us would go jump on our older brother's bed singing and taking his blankets away until he got out of bed.
I have so many good Christmas memories of the two of us writing notes to Santa, making gingerbread houses, laying awake on Christmas Eve and talking when we had to share a bed because relatives had come to visit, and watching Love, Actually together every year since that movie came out. 



But by far our favourite tradition is decorating the tree at our parents' house together. We started the tradition when we were kids and our brother got older and stopped helping, and eventually moved out. (I decided not to post a photo because I've shared enough unflattering childhood photos of us from the past.)
Lisa moved away when I was still in school and was away for my teen years. She always came home for the holiday but we didn't get to decorate the tree together any more. The first time we got to decorate together again was in 2009, in a new house, but it was just as fun as when we were kids. We played Boney M's Christmas album (a family fave) and sang along to Paul McCartney's "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time."


Ever since then we always decorate together, even if it's over Skype, like in 2011 and 2012 after she moved away again. 


But it's always more fun when we can sing together, drink Bailey's and hot chocolate, and laugh at all our bad homemade ornaments from when we were kids. Well...Lisa does most of the laughing...at my ornaments.. but it's still fun!


My senior year of high school I wasn't doing so well. Some bad things had happened and my Christmas spirit was completely non-existant. My sister wasn't planning on coming home, I was working at a mall (which is the world's most soul-sucking job around the holiday season), I was just down.
Then one day at school, I went to the student council room to drop off my books and pick up my lunch and my sister came out of nowhere to surprise me. I started crying and immediately felt better than I had in weeks. 


When we aren't together on December 25 it doesn't feel like Christmas. And when we are together, even if it's more than a month before Christmas (like yesterday when the above photo was taken) or a month after (like my first year of university when Lisa was backpacking around Europe and we didn't celebrate Christmas until January when she was back in the country.) my Christmas spirit is alive and well. I will belt out Boney M, wear antlers on my head, and endure teasing about my childhood art skills. 
I'm so lucky to have a best friend who has known me my whole life, who knows me in a way nobody else can, and I am so thankful for the traditions we share.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Copying Pinterest Outfits

I love Pinterest for the lesson ideas and recipes I can find on there, but I also really enjoy looking at street style photos and fashion blogger's outfits and using them to inspire my own wardrobe. I try not to spend too much time pinning cute clothes I could never afford or obtain, and instead pin stuff that's similar to things I own, or outfits I could imitate the style of.
I chose six outfits from my Pinterest and copied them using items I already had in my closet. I think these outfits are perfect for fall/winter, a time of year I find myself feeling less creative when it comes to getting dressed.

Look 1:


My copy: 
shirt: Wal Mart
pants: Smart Set
sweater: thrifted
boots: Target

Look 2:


My copy: 
dress: American Eagle
shoes: Zellers
jacket: Stitches
tights: ?
sunglasses: old frames from my grandma, prescription lenses

Look 3:


My copy: 
sweater: thrifted
shirt: ?
skirt: thrifted
tights: ?
boots: Target
necklace: etsy

Look 4:


My copy: 
dress: Urban Planet
scarf: Wal Mart
tights: ?
belt: came with an old skirt
boots: Target

Look 5:


My copy: 
sweater: my mom's from a few decades ago
jeans: Bootlegger
mocassins: Payless Shoes

Look 6:

(couldn't find source)

My copy: 
dress: Forever21
cardigan: thrifted
tights: ?
boots: thrifted
scarf: gift

I hope these outfits inspire you to try copying some outfits you like.
Follow me on Pinterest if you'd like @ pinterest.com/theotherdani
Thanks to Stephen for taking the photos.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

This was our jack-o-lantern this year - a guitar/bat that Stephen designed and carved (after I scooped out the guts and scarped the insides clean.)


Here it is all lit up. 


And for our costumes this year we were Jake the Dog and Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time.



We handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters at home, then went to a Halloween party.

I hope you had a good Halloween and Happy November!