Feeling cute for Valentine’s Day! What’s your favourite look?
Massachusetts and Vermont, how do I even begin to describe this magical trip? Both places completely surpassed any expectation that I had before we left. It also provided some much-needed distraction and joy since this was a week after our beloved furbaby, Alice Juniper, passed away, and things were and are still very raw and tough for the both of us.
We started our trip by driving to the Berkshires in Massachusetts. It was perfect. Winding roads that were full of rich and warm autumn colours as far as the eye could see, it was an autumn lovers dream! The little towns were all so friendly, cosy and beautiful. We didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked to have spent in the Berkshires since most of the trip was focused on exploring Salem, but the little bit we did get to experience, we adored!
Speaking of Salem, it was full of Halloween spirit, and it was only the beginning of October! Everything about this town completely spoke to us since we are both big Halloween lovers! We dressed up in costume, took photos with some of our favourite movie psychopaths, explored a spooky and downright amazing wax museum, learned about owls, enjoyed the jack-o-lanterns and scary stories at Pioneer Village and had such an amazing time exploring the town and learning more about its history. And of course, we made sure to visit the Hocus Pocus filming locations, as well! Amuck, amuck, amuck!
After our time in Salem, we headed to Vermont, and we were blown away by its beauty and charm. The mountains there were gorgeous and full of colour, the entire drive was truly breathtaking. We spent a day in Woodstock, which is the most beautiful little town I have ever seen and I fell in love with it. I swear, everywhere looked like the most idyllic scenes from a Hollywood movie. This part of the USA is another autumn lovers dream, and I’m from Ontario, Canada, where the autumns are epic! What we saw of this state was more than I could have ever hoped and I look forward to returning and seeing more of its beauty.
We came home with complete joy from the experience and if I’m to be completely honest, it has been incredibly tough going about day-to-day life without having our little fluffy best friend with us, but I do believe that the trip was the best thing we could do for ourselves. Danny and I are already discussing returning in the future, during the autumn season again, and extending our trip so that we can explore and enjoy more of it. Needless to say, we loved what we did get to experience and would highly recommend taking the journey!
Welcome to the very first post regarding a topic that is quite close to my heart: sustainable fashion!
I have been passionate about animal life and the environment for as long as I can remember. Every year I seem to become less ignorant and more informed about what is going on in the world around me, and in some ways feel quite sad and helpless about it. I know that I am not alone in feeling this way. I am here, however, to tell you that I am not helpless and neither are you!
There are so many things that we can all be doing every single day to be helping out the creatures and the planet around us:
Reduce your waste.
Reuse what waste that you can.
Wash the items that you are recycling.
Eat less meat, dairy and fish.
Ride your bicycle or walk instead of driving the car.
Plant your own vegetable garden.
Have bee-friendly plants.
Stop using pesticides or insecticides.
Pick up litter when you see it.
For feminine hygiene: consider investing in less wasteful period products and do not flush tampons.
Do not toss that cigarette butt, dispose of it properly.
Leave your dandelions for the bees, it is their first food.
Support your local farmers market.
Donate to organizations that are doing the more difficult work.
Hang your clothes to dry.
Deter from products using palm oil (read all the labels.)
Do not support tourist attractions that include things such as elephant rides.
Respect and be kind to your animal/insect neighbours, they play very important roles (example: bats = fewer mosquitos, opossums = fewer ticks, bees = pollinate our food.)
Do not support brands whose ethics you do not agree with, money talks.
Support brands that you do believe in.
Consider powering your house with solar panels.
Invest in an electric car.
Purchase clothing from a sustainable brand or buy vintage.
Plus, so many other things that it’s impossible for me to narrow them all down in a post that is actually about a sustainable fashion brand!
I am here to tell you that I am NOT perfect with my sustainable practice. I wish that I was 100% in every single way but I accept that at this moment I am not, I am not even close to it and I am working toward improving all of the time. If every person tried every day to do better and to be more mindful, that would be so beneficial and helpful and I truly do believe that. We live in a world of convenience and I fall into it a lot myself. It takes just making a decision and sticking with it. Understand that sometimes it will only be baby steps that you are able to do and other times it will be big steps depending on your own personal situation. It is not a one-size-fits-all kind of world so please, do not be hard on yourself or feel so guilty, just try your best. We all deserve happy, healthy, balanced and intentional lives. But so does the planet and the rest of its residents so let us all work together and be the change. Onto the first sustainable brand item that I will be talking about on my blog!
Reformation is a fashion brand that is known for its sustainable ethics. From the packaging to the clothing itself, they are quite transparent and very environmental. I needed a new pair of jeans since my mermaid-thighs destroyed my old, favourite pair, so I figured it was high time that I tried out this brand that I had heard so much about. On the goodonyou app, an app and website that rates ethical fashion which includes people, planet and animals, they are rated really well with only a few things to improve upon. After purchasing the jeans, I received an e-mail outlining what I saved by purchasing with them compared to other popular clothing lines: 22.0 pounds of carbon dioxide, 711.0 gallons of water and 1.7 pounds of waste. Holy moly! It really does get you thinking, doesn’t it? I was already aware that denim is a huge polluter but seeing the numbers was an eye-opener.
This is a brand that I am definitely falling more in love with, not only for their ethics but for their clothing as well! They are seriously stocked with some of the cutest fashion pieces I have ever seen and I definitely have my eye on a few items.
I am so in love with my pair of jeans, by the way! They fit me just right and are comfortable, stretchy and well-made. Honestly, I’ll probably never buy jeans from another shop again. I’ve been happily converted!
I struck gold on my very first date with Danny. Not only did I find a supporter, cheerleader, confidant, best friend, lover or partner in crime, but I also found a fellow nerd in him. Within the first few months of dating, Danny and I bonded over a lot of things that we both love. One of those things being Halloween. That was over six years ago.
Every year since we have decked the house up full of spoopy Halloween decorations and helped one another with our costumes. We usually end up checking out the local Halloween shops at least three times – some years we have ended up having multiple Halloween costumes because we are that enthused for it. We carve or paint our pumpkins, play festive music, watch several Halloween films, drink hot apple cider and Pumpkin Spice Lattes and we visit the local pumpkin patches multiple times.
I love that he wants to do all of these things with me and that he is equally excited for them! When I told him I wanted to do a post for couples costumes, he didn’t even bat an eye and immediately agreed to join in on my cheesy idea, as long as he got to choose a costume too.
Most of the items we used we actually had in our closets prior to planning this out.
Happy Halloween, cuties! Stay spooky and enjoy!
Gryffindor Wizard and Hufflepuff Witch. This was my idea since I’m the big Harry Potter nerd in this relationship. I’m so happy with how these turned out! You better believe it that when we go to the Wizarding World, these scarves are coming with us!
Friday the 13th. I’m more of the horror film fan and will watch them alone at night and in the dark. He’s not as big of a fan but he’ll still watch them. He does have a big love for monsters so it wasn’t a complete shock when he said he wanted us to do a Friday the 13th look. In regards to his love of monsters, I think we’ve already decided on our costumes for next year!
The final reveal! Jimmy Jr and Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers. These are our actual Halloween costumes this year. We originally had planned on Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz but with our schedules, it just didn’t happen. I’m not too disappointed though because I LOVE TINA BELCHER and I’ve been wanting to dress up as her for some time. All of what we’re wearing we pieced together from our closets. Easy peasy!
We obviously had to bring in our little Louise Belcher for a photo 😉
Hello there! It’s Pocket Sized Katt with her actual pocket-sized cat, and I’m here to tell you that cats can do Halloween too. While we absolutely adore seeing pups and their people dressed up for Halloween, we have been wondering where all of the dressed up cats and their staff are at?
I love my cat. She is my sweet furbaby, is totally the best snuggler (my boyfriend will agree) and is one of my very best friends. And while I do have a post of Halloween couples costumes coming up featuring my wonderful boyfriend, Danny, I wanted to write a post that featured our adorable little soot sprite of a cat, Alice. While she may not be totally enthused about this feature, I am beyond ecstatic. Most pieces I used were items I already owned save a few exceptions.
They weren’t necessarily the easiest photos to get. She gets a little spooked being far from the house outside, she really doesn’t like to model and basically thinks that being in my arms or on my lap equals naptime but we made it work.
Here it is ladies and gentlemen: couples Halloween costumes with your little feline friend. Stop everything that you are doing right meow and take a peek at these adorable photos.
A skeleton and her pumpkin. My mom bought Alice the cutest little pumpkin outfit this year and I really wanted to figure out some way to incorporate it into these costumes. When I came across this oversized skeleton sweater from Value Village, the idea was set and ready.
Pumpkin Costume: Petsmart Tights: Modcloth Everything else: Old items from my closet
Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. I’m not ashamed to admit that I love the show My Little Pony. I just think it’s absolutely adorable! Fluttershy and Discord (he’s hilarious) are my favourite characters and when I came across a Rainbow Dash tutu for Alice, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Fluttershy: pieces of older items I have in my closet Fluttershy Skirt: Amazon
Mabel and Waddles from Gravity Falls (this piggy costume was so cute but way too big on her haha.) Gravity Falls is one of my favourite series and Mabel and Waddles are just too adorable, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of dressing up as the two of them.
Two cute lumberjacks. This was so much fun that I think we’ll be revisiting these outfits again during the Holiday season with Danny and take some family photos.
Alice’s Onesie: from Petsmart years ago My Onesie: La Senza Romper from last year
Soot sprites and Totoro. My Neighbor Totoro holds a very special place in my heart. I am in love with this soot sprite dress I got from Hot Topic years ago and luckily I had bought Alice her Totoro onesie a year ago (I still need one for myself.) It was a match made in heaven!
Soot Sprite Dress: old dress from Hot Topic Totoro Onesie: Amazon
Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, The Craft, Halloweentown, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter… things I loved when I was younger and still love this very day.
The theme of witchcraft in books and film has always been something that I have adored. While I do love all of the other films and television shows I aforementioned, Practical Magic was one that I was absolutely obsessed with. I remember feeling so emotional over all of the women joining hands and I’ve always loved how they portray witches in that film. I also remember reading the book Time Cat as a child and falling in love with the tale of when they were in Salem during the witch hunt. My all-time favourite is Harry Potter. It is a book and movie series that I can read and watch over and over again. It fills my heart up. That magical world, I’ve always been a little upset that I never received a Hogwarts letter (excuse me, hello! Little Witch here!) I’m fairly certain I’m not the only person that feels this way, either!
This year, I decided that I would put together some quick and cute outfits from my closet of different witches to celebrate my love of the occult. I went with a more simplistic approach this time around but I have got some big ideas for next year. Enjoy!
Dress: Modcloth/Collectif Old Hat: Joe Fresh
I adore pumpkin patches! Some of my most fond memories from childhood are of my family, friends and I going to the pumpkin patch. I don’t remember any specific details, just the overall feeling of excitement, seeing lots of pumpkins and running through the corn fields trying to get lost. Looking back on those times fills my heart up.
Nine years ago, one of my closest friends and I decided to start the annual tradition of going to the pumpkin patch together. It started out with just the two of us, sometimes another close friend would come along, and then the significant men in our lives started to participate and now she is a mother and her two children also join in on the fun. This tradition means so much to me. The fact that we have kept it going is so special and now that we get to share it with her children and experience it from a child’s perspective makes it even more magical.
Have I mentioned how much I love pumpkin patches? I try to make it out a few times every October to get a healthy dose of pumpkins and corn fields while sipping on some hot apple cider.
This year was full of sunshine and so much excitement. My favourite part remains to be picking out “the Great Pumpkin” (or pumpkins in my case!)
Do you go to the pumpkin patch during the festive season? What’s your favourite part?