The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas time is, without a doubt, one of my favourite times of the year. With the holiday season often comes an endless list of social engagements and parties to attend. One of the many things I totally love about this time of year is choosing great outfits to wear at all the fun events. And if you know me, you know that I don’t like to ever be photographed in the same outfit twice. Apparently I think I’m Paris Hilton. I don’t know what my problem is…it’s a weird thing I have. Yes, I realize nobody else cares, but it bugs me.

I love experimenting with my look and trying something different; from that little red dress to the big snuggle up with jacket, scarf, mittens and wooly hat. Now’s the time for  faux fur, beading, ruffles, sequins, cozy sweaters, plaid and flannels and even velvet. I heart the holiday season.

Christmas is a time when one can get away wearing something bright or against the grain (you can even bust out a Santa hat and look adorable!) So I encourage you all to have fun and express the colourful you during this festive season!

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Style Crush: Whitney Port

Whitney Port is still one of my favourite babes on the block. I think she’s absolutely adorable, and even when she goes for a quirkier, offbeat look- I usually dig it. I may not be part of the majority with this one, but I’m truly sad to hear that The City will not be returning to MTV. I recently re-watched all the old episodes back to back on the MTV website and remembered exactly why I fell in love with the show in the first place. Unlike some of the more ridiculous “reality” television shows currently on the air *cough*Jersey Shore*cough, I really enjoyed my weekly half hour look at Whitney’s life. I found following her on her journey to build a career in the fashion industry interesting. Plus, I spend a lot of time wishing I lived in New York. I got to live vicariously through Whitney when she did. I hope LC‘s new show will fill the fashion industry void to some degree… and I suppose I still have Kell on Earth and The Rachel Zoe Project to get me through. I just liked that The City was following a young and relatively unestablished girl trying to make her way. Cutrone and Zoe are veteran pros; fun to watch as well, but for different reasons.

Thank God the paps don’t leave Whitney alone, or how would I ever get my style fix? I stalk Zimbio regularly to see what she’s been wearing. Let’s face it, my Tumblr page would certainly suffer without endless photos of Whit coming in. I’m very happy that she’s become quite the little blogger over on her site too. I enjoy reading her little notes and looking at her personal photos.

Photos via: Zimbio

Random Friday Notes

Photo: The Count

  • I’m anxiously anticipating My Week With Marilyn, a film about the seven days Marilyn Monroe spent in Britain, away from the limelight, with producer and writer Colin Clark. I wouldn’t have thought I’d be able to imagine any mainstream actress pulling off this role, but something tells me that Michelle Williams is going to nail it.
  • I’m addicted to Tazo Green Ginger tea. I’ve been spending these chilly and rainy days drinking copious amounts of it… occasionally (err, often) supplementing with my other favourite winter beverage in the evenings, red wine.
  • I can’t wait to kick off this year’s Stoddart family Christmas tomorrow morning with my favourite tradition- hunting for the perfect tree in Fort Langley and then decorating it with twinkling lights, tiny bows and all the ornaments we’ve collected over the years.
  • The BFF arrives from Qatar in 4 days. It doesn’t truly feel like Christmas to me until we’re both staying at our parents’ houses down the street from each other.
  • My big thing right now is posting inspirational typography quote posters to my various social media pages (example). They keep me focused. Things happen and don’t always go as planned…but down the line, if you push hard, stay true to yourself and have a goal in mind– you’ll get there. I need to remind myself of this.
  • I want a knit headband turban thing just like this. I’ve become obsessed.
  • A meeting of the minds with interesting, beautiful, passionate, creative, talented and fashionable ladies who also happen to be totally sweet and down to earth is a wonderful way to spend an evening. We must make it a regular thing, Danielle and Alicia.
  • I like guitars, I do. I don’t play ‘em, but I sure do like ‘em. And that’s that.

A Royal Love

Photos: People.com

Since the announcement of Prince William’s engagement to the lovely Kate Middleton, I’ve been completely obsessing over the Royal Wedding.  I have to be honest, I love anything Royal as it is.  When I was a little girl, I spent countless hours playing “Princess Diana” with my Grandma. We would re-enact her wedding to Charles, and I would walk around waving to the imaginary crowd and collecting flowers as though I was in a parade. It’s very possible that I’ve read every book every written about Diana. I’m sure it was my Granny’s love for the Royals that initially ignited my own interest in the family.

I love that William gave his bride-to-be his mother’s sapphire engagement ring. Confession: I own a replica of said ring, which I purchased as a teenager and still often wear.

I will very likely spend from now until next April buying mugs, mini spoons, tea towels, books, magazines, postcards and thimbles adorned with Wills and Kate’s faces as I anxiously await their big day.

Seriously, how cute are these two?

Plus or Minus

Photo: Glamour

Crystal Renn is the former anorexic model, turned plus size model, author of the book ‘Hungryand general spokeswoman for keeping yourself healthy in this pressurized, skinny-idolizing day and age. In the last few months, she has caused tongues to start wagging by slimming down again. She’s currently being criticized for looking too thin. In recent photos, she appears much less soft and curvy than she had been. The blogs are crying, “Feed Crystal Renn!”

Harper's Bazaar, December 2010

I have to admit, this whole debate really pisses me off. I feel for Renn. It can’t be easy or pleasant to have people feverishly tracking every pound you gain or lose.  (I know how hard it is when you’re just tracking it yourself!) I suppose you could say that she opened herself up to scrutiny by writing her book and taking the pro-size acceptance stance that she proudly adopted; but it would be nice if people just left her alone and let her settle into whatever size she’s happy at. She’s a gorgeous woman and it really doesn’t matter what dress size she’s currently wearing.  She was a size 12 in the bathing suit photo below, which is considered “plus size” but look at her, she couldn’t be considered big by any stretch of the imagination. It’s such a joke.

It’s like we look at weight as this big fairy tale. Be thin, be happy. Or accept yourself, be happy. But it isn’t that way. You can love yourself, be happy, and still find your weight changes, purposefully or not. You can feel good and still desire to change. Weight loss isn’t always a positive thing, but it isn’t always a destructive thing either.

And I have a real issue with all these ridiculous labels. “Plus size” and “full figured” and “straight size”…where the hell do the “mid size” girls fit in? Why do we have to be categorized? When did “normal” become the new overweight? And what about those of us who fluctuate? As somebody who has been all over the spectrum as far as weight and size go, I find these kind of labels insulting.  As I’ve gotten older, I have certainly found a “comfortable” weight at which I’m healthy and I feel good. That’s not to say that I don’t still go up and down a few pounds every now and then, depending what’s going on in my life. I know now that being healthy is more important than being super skinny, but sometimes it can become overwhelmingly challenging to keep my head on straight. It’s frightening how easily we can become brainwashed into thinking that we have to look a certain way to be attractive.

Example: As I write this blog post, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is on the television in front of me. There’s an endless line of teeny, tiny women with perfect tits and legs for days parading down a runway wearing shiny bras and panties. Queue insecurity. Queue self loathing. Queue eating disorders across North America.

Photo: Daemon's TV

I think what I love about Crystal Renn is that she’s honest- no matter what size she is. She admits that it isn’t easy and  that she struggles just like a lot of us do. I hate that one body type is ever considered “mainstream.” I don’t want “plus size” to become the new ideal. I’d like to see us take on the attitude that there are women of all different shapes and sizes who are beautiful. You have to think too, there are women who are naturally a size 2 – and you can’t forget them, that’s discrimination the other way. All women bring something different to the table and we have to appreciate everyone.

Right now, you might see a runway show with all these girls who are size zeros and twos, and then one who’s a size 14 or 16 — that means you really notice size. Well, imagine a runway show where you see all different types: petite, tall, small, medium, large…everybody’s in there. You’re just going to see beautiful women. There would be no more weight debate. That’s my vision for this industry; that one day fashion can be a place of diversity. I guess you could say it’s quite grandiose, but I don’t care. I have to believe that what I say matters.