The Final Countdown

December 23, 2011

Lights of Hope at St. Paul’s Hospital

Still can’t wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is in two days…I have piles of wrapping paper just sitting here next to me but feel zero motivation to start wrapping. That could be partly because I’m the worst gift-wrapper ever (it’s a running joke in my family to find the ugliest wrap job and go “Oh…and this must be from Alex!”), but mainly it’s because I’m in a complete state of Christmas-denial.

These are just a few of my Instagram snaps (find me at @tovogueorbust!) during this last leg of the race to Christmas. Collectively, they also serve as my little send-off to all of you since I won’t be posting again until the 26th or so!

December sun against Lions Gate Bridge on the way to the Canucks game.
 Our replica Charles Dickens village from A Christmas Carol.

 Festive nails! Again, shocked by how long my polish held up. I used the vegan line Soulstice Spa’s Geneva, an iridescent plum shade, as the base then topped it with Butter London’s sparkly Rosie Lee. Find Soulstice Spa, among other great lines, at Nail Polish Canada!

 Snow up at Grouse! Thought I’d see a lot more of it this year what with all the reports of this being our coldest winter yet…surprisingly, it’s been relatively warm.

 Steve Zissou-ing it while snowshoeing.

The best cookies ever from Smitten Kitchen. I live on her Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, which is what’s pictured here. I made these when all my friends were home for the weekend, we watched Christmas movies, ate pizza, and bundled up in blankets. So much fun!

I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Christmas! This may sound really cheesy but I feel very grateful for the great support and connections I’ve made with my readers. I already feel like I have such an amazing gift as a result, and the best part is I don’t even have to wait till Christmas to open it.

Happy Holidays to all of you and your loved ones! To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply JennaStevie December 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Merry Christmas!! The lights look beautiful, I love decorations, they're so wonderful. And yum cookies, I want some riiight now.
    Funny, I just started and finished my wrapping just now!!

  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} December 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    oh Alex, those snaps are all out amazing… huge smile! we drove by the hospital again the other night, i never tire of seeing those lights, they're out of this world!

    love the send off here, your Zissou moves are beyond compare! total.

    well said there at the end and another reason why i absolutely love your blog! um, AND YOU! have a very Merry Christmas, Alex! cheers to many wonderful times ahead in the New Year too. ♥

    pea ess: if you're coming down around G-town between xmas & NY let me know i'd be into meeting for a tea or something for sure. xo

  • Reply Shannon December 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Great pictures. I love the first one of the tree lights. Happy holidays.

  • Reply She's Dressing Up December 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Lovely photos! The view from Grouse mountain is breathtaking. I'm a terrible giftwrapper; I wish I was better, but it just seems it isn't meant to be!!

  • Reply Small Town Gal December 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Very cute pics! I worked one Christmas season at customer service at Holt Renfrew and I don't know how many presents I wrapped over the 3-week period. Ever since then, I hated wrapping presents and would avoid at great lengths. Thank goodness for gift bags and tissue paper!

    Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Reply Leonie December 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Love all of these snapshots! I definitely want to go to Grouse Mountain. I've been wanting to go for a long time but never ended up going. It's about time! Hope you'll have a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to seeing you in the new year 🙂

  • Reply My 2 Pesos December 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I like the second photo. (:

  • Reply December 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    merry christmas, sweets! hope you are feeling better.

  • Reply Bre December 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Such fun photos. I have not ever been snow shoeing. Is it fun?
    I would love to be cozy watching Christmas movies eating those cookies and then pizza if I room right now.
    Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Cee December 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    If you need wrapping lessons, I can totally help. My mom started me wrapping all of her presents at a very young age, and that combined with five years in retail has made me an expert. I can even tie a box around a box without someone holding their finger on it. True story. I'm here for you 🙂 Seriously, though, have an amazing holiday my beautiful friend. So glad blogging brought us together. Can't wait to see you again soon!

  • Reply Sam December 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Hi sweety, I think I can contest you being the worst gift-wrapper ever! I am seriously terrible at it, I gave up so now I just buy gift bags instead.
    Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
    May it be a blessed one filled with peace & prosperity.

  • Reply my mini bag December 24, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Lovely photos. Christmas definitely is coming way too fast. I haven't even wrapped my Christmas presents yet and don't even know where to begin.

    As Sam mentioned, gift bags sounds like a pretty good idea. Maybe I will do half and half.

    new follower.

  • Reply La Mode Operandi December 24, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Was your married and buried outfit this by chance?

  • Reply Hannah December 24, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas darling!

    xoxo, H

  • Reply Petite Adventures December 24, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Love the photos!

    I stayed across the street from St. Paul's earlier this week and the lights were so gorgeous! Definitely put me in the festive spirit!

  • Reply Jackie December 24, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I am loving your glittery nail polish! Happy holidays!! I am following you now too! 🙂

  • Reply ChinkyGirLMeL December 24, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Ooooh I love the pictures. that picture of the glitter nail polish is cute. I need to paint my nails a glittery happy color. On my side of the world I am literally counting down to Christmas which is just a few hours away. Merry Christmas sweetie!

  • Reply Chanel Tonè December 24, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Again fantastic photos! I will so be rocking the glitter nails for NYE!

    Btw, I am now following you on twitter so look out for me 😉 (@CMeAsChanel)

    To you and yours, I want to make sure that I wish you a very Happy Holiday!


  • Reply Jo Bao December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Love these photos 🙂 I'm so excited for Christmas. Don't worry, I still have many presents to wrap up, they're still sitting in their plastic shopping bags 😛 I have never visited Grouse during winter…only summer time! I like to hike up Grouse because I haven't been exercising during winter (I like to hibernate).

    Wish you a merry christmas!!

    Jo Bao ♥

  • Reply dina vanessa mercado December 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    great pics!!! nice blog, love it!!! following you now… have a blessed christmas!!!

    join my christmas giveaway!!!


  • Reply MarieAntoinette December 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Merry Christmas ♥

  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird December 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

  • Reply alicia December 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    cute photos – have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply Under the Fluorescents December 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    the settings in these photos are stunning! snow-shoeing looks like so much fun! happy holidays

  • Reply Kat December 25, 2011 at 3:06 am

    happy holidays! 🙂

  • Reply Miss Kwong December 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    amazing pics! feeling festive.

    merry xmas!!

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    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

  • Reply nicola lynde. December 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    What lovely snaps. Merry Christmas.

  • Reply The life after December 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Happy holiday!!

    The Life After

  • Reply ilovebananana December 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    great photos 🙂 merry xmas!

  • Reply Eranda Janku December 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Lovely post ! Thanks for the comment !

    The Doll House Scrapbook wishes you Merry Xmas !
    Have a good one 🙂


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  • Reply fashiongamble December 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    cool blog. enjoy looking at your pictures!

  • Reply The Midwest Muse December 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I too am the worst wrapped of them all. At least it doesn't go unnoticed. Lovely insta.gram photos!

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas, lady!

  • Reply Alba December 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you and happy holidays!!! 🙂


  • Reply Ellie December 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I hope you had a fantastic Christmas! I know how you feel, it was so weird to think that it was already Christmas! This year went by so fast 🙂

  • Reply Ricardo Miñana December 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    You have a beautiful space, my best wishes for these dates as indicated and for the new year arrives that your wishes are met
    Happy New Year 2012!
    A hug.

  • Reply Megan December 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Camille December 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    hope you had a wonderful christmas! those cookies look so delicious!

  • Reply world on high heels December 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    nice photos !

  • Reply Phuong December 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    nice photos

    Travel in Style

  • Reply M.E December 27, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Great post! hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  • Reply Heather December 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Happy holidays darling!


  • Reply The Key To Chic December 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Hope you had an amazing holiday too! Love the sparkly festive nails. Best wishes for the new year!

  • Reply Dia December 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    Thansk for visiting!

    xo DIa! Peach Punch

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