For years I used to stress around the holiday season. I rushed to malls and drove all over town to find specific gifts for loved ones. Drove from one city to another to visit friends, sipped on cocktails or met for dinner, and exchange more gifts. In the meantime, running around doing 50 last minute errands. Now the holiday season means so much more to me – something so different. I’m not against the shopping and rushing to see friends, but in the midst of driving around to see everyone, I was missing out on the meaning and the enjoyment. Aside from a quick getaway to New York City (post to follow), this year was the first time in my career I took time off. I flew to Montreal earlier to spend time with my family and helped in the kitchen. I watched Christmas movies (yes, Home Alone was one of them), and enjoyed some traditional Trinidadian Christmas delicacies on the couch, all while the slow falling snowflakes dusted the streets and trees in white. It was one of the most relaxing holidays spent, and I got to take it all in.
In the closet:
And of course, part of my early planning this year involved my holiday outfits. With Christmas parties kicking off a littler earlier, I got the closet ready with holiday party attire. I stayed away from the typical red and changed it up a little. One of my favourite pieces was from my new favourite boutique – House of CB. The Azariah dress, an all white slim fitted bandage dress, with a covered neck. As someone who wears black like it’s a colour code, wearing all white was risky and according to some, “bold”. Once again, my effort of stepping out of the box and acknowledging winter white as an acceptable holiday colour was a success with no wine spills. I feel like I can check off a box on my fashion bucket list. As for being a skeptic of online shopping, I can honestly say that House of CB’s pictures are not deceiving (no, this is not a sponsored post). The pieces I ordered looked just like the pictures on their models, and fit to expectation – nothing less. Of course sizing can be a little challenging but they have a chart on their website that is very helpful.
Cheers to an amazing holiday season with loved ones and good times! May the year of 2019 bring us all happiness, love, success, and more blog posts. ❤