Pieces of my Week

December 9, 2011
Little peeks at what I’ve been up to during my first week of sweet, sweet freedom!!!

Image courtesy of Ian Lloyd

A little meet-up with some blogger friends on Saturday. Love that in every single one of these group shots, I’m always harassing whoever is standing next to me. It was Alicia last time. This time, it was Jen’s turn. Sorry girl.

From left to right: Aarti, Lynn, Cee, Jen, me, Leonie, Pari, Veronika, and Cara.

We did a little cookie swap instead of clothes this time around – Leonie’s boyfriend made us three different kinds, what a sweetheart!

Wednesday night a few blogger friends and I headed to Spank Clothing’s blogger shopping event. It was lovely catching up with some of my faves, and I also managed to find some Christmas presents for both my mum and older sister! Thanks again to Talya and the rest of the lovely folk at Spank for the wonderful evening!

Group shot!

Matina’s back from Japan!! Check out her blog to see all of her amazing travel pics, she’s an incredible photographer.

From left to right: Matina, me (with a whole lotta prezzies), Alicia, Jen, and Cee.

My family is crazy Christmas-obsessed. No one ever believes me until they come to my house and see the physical proof of it. This is just a little peek into my family’s holiday lair.

Monsieur Nutcracker (he’s on our “Ukranian” tree in the front…we have another one in the back too…told you, we’re obsessed)

Our Charles Dickens Victorian village set. Yup…a whole village.

My advent calendar! I’ve had this one for years, I’d highly recommend it to anyone who a. wants to be environmentally friendly (cuts down on buying a new cardboard one every year), and b. loves chocolate as much as I do, because as you can see…

…you can fill it with whatever amazing chocolates you can get your hands on! Pretty sure this one’s a hedgehog…

Bailey getting into the holiday mood.

Now that school’s done, I’ve finally had a chance to actually look at myself in the mirror. Which has been quite revealing. Apparently I forgot to paint my nails for two weeks…I had no idea until I was out Wednesday night with my bloggy-girls and noticed how nicely manicured all of them were. Blogger fail on my part.

Et voilà, all better! A two-tone neutral look, festive but still easy to pair with my wardrobe!

An eyeshadow palette from eBeauty that I’ll be reviewing soon! Have already gotten tons of use out of it, perfect for a makeup novice like me.

Matt’s taking me out for a post-term celebration date tonight, so excited! We’re headed to Nuba first, which is this amazing Lebanese restaurant in Gastown, then I think I may have to force him to take me to see The Muppets. I’m really in love with Jason Segel, he’s second only to Dave Grohl in my heart (and Matt’s at the top of course, but he doesn’t count in my celebrity list). So pretty much it should be the best night ever.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xo To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply Chic in Vancity December 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Looks like you had a fabulous time at those events!
    Ever since I was little I told myself I was going to be the crazy Christmas lady who decorates every square inch of her house… I am well on my way there :p
    Hope you had a lovely date with your sweetie and enjoyed a night with the Muppets 😉
    Bella xo

  • Reply lisa December 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    It's surprisingly easy to forget to wear nail polish, especially when you're busy! I removed mine because it was chipping and suddenly found myself going weeks on end with bare nails. It's probably good for the nails to let them breathe once in a while though. I ended up dousing them with cuticle oil every day they were bare so they'd be healthy and strong. 🙂

    The Cargo palette looks a lot like one I have! I like how the labelled shadows makes a smoky eye easy for the dunce-iest of makeup dunches.

    Enjoy your time off! You deserve it.

  • Reply Katie's Bliss December 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Looks like a fun event! Enjoy your time off!

  • Reply Cara December 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    You really have been keeping busy! It was lovely seeing you at Cee's, and the shots from the Spank event look like so much fun! Love all of your Christmas decorations, I need to get an advent calander going, cause yummy chocolate that you have to eat everyday is nothing but good!
    Have a great night tonight and a good weekend!
    xo Cara

  • Reply The white cabbage December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    ciao ,

    I think you had a great time !

    yummy the cookies …..
    come for a visit , and if you like join as follower..I'll do back …..also on blogloving

    ciao ave

  • Reply Sick by Trend December 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Umm delicious cookies! 😀


    Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Fran and Effe December 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Great blog!! i follow you 🙂

    The thousand and one mises>

  • Reply Sarah December 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Bailey is so cute! It looks like you all had a wonderful time at the blogger meet too. xo

  • Reply Bonnie December 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I love that your family is super Christmas obsessed. Our house looks like Santa's Workshop, so I can relate.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply BE CATWALK December 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    thanks for your comment Alexandra! following you now!

  • Reply Paisley Smith December 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Hey!! It's paisley… great to meet you at the Spank event! Your blog is fab! I envy your advent calendar and the christmas village…

  • Reply Vale December 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Beautiful pics!!!i'm following you!!!if you like mine, do the same!!

  • Reply She's Dressing Up December 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Bailey is so gorgeous! Lovely photos, your Christmas decorations look so lovely 🙂

  • Reply Sam December 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    What beautiful pictorial memories of the holidays! It's so great that all bloggers could get together at a fashion event, all you ladies look extremely stylish. Your advent calendar is fantastic! I've never seen anything like it.

  • Reply jannakristin December 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I love the Quo by Orly polishes! And I've been looking into those eyeshadow pallets as well. I'm a total makeup novice too.

  • Reply pink horrorshow December 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Haha a cookie swap sounds more up my alley! So cute.

  • Reply JennaStevie December 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Looks like a pretty awesome week!! Blogger meet ups are so fun, especially when they involve cookies! I love your nails and that eyeshadow pack is amazing with where to place it right on there already

  • Reply Linda December 10, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Looks like you had a great time!

    Linda from

  • Reply Pins, Needles & Fashion December 10, 2011 at 4:48 am

    So much awesomeness in one post. You all look great! seems like a fun time.

    PS- your dog is super cute!

  • Reply Sara Soda December 10, 2011 at 5:04 am

    So lucky to be done with school! I have finals week still to conquer. Yikes! Looks like you had such a fun night with your blogger friends, you are all so adorable! And I looked in the mirror this morning, and was horrified at my eyebrows, so I waxed them and then was late to class. And it was totally worth it.

  • Reply Interwebs Fails December 10, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Cute ladies! :3

  • Reply il était une fois... December 10, 2011 at 6:23 am

    how fun!! spotted the lovely Cee straight away 😉 X

  • Reply Uniqua H. December 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Fun ! I love all of these pictures 🙂

  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird December 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    You are making me want to do another blog get together!

  • Reply megan December 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    nice blog 🙂

  • Reply follow me around December 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Great photos!!! Love the dog!!:)

  • Reply Miss Kwong December 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    such a wonderful meet up for you girls! i'd love to meet up fellow bloggers one day.. very difficult here in HK as not a lot here… hope it will come true x

    Follow me on:
    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

  • Reply jhilmilbeauty December 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    You have got one of the best blogs I have seen recently.Creativity of any kind always attracts me and you are a masterpiece in that.Thanks for sharing so much. I am definitely following you.

  • Reply ln December 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    what a lovely fashionable group you guys are! <3 my boyfriend and i created a blog featuring couples, inviting you to LIKE and Follow back! Maybe your friend Leonie wants to be featured too ;P HIM AND HER PROJECT

  • Reply Báš December 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    great post. lovely blog 🙂 follow you ;)if you´ve free time you can visit my blog too 🙂

  • Reply Anna @ SMS_Style December 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Ooooh like the eye makeup set! Totally idiot proof, which is handy for me. Love the blog – just found you through Fash N Chips – am following!

    Merry Christmas xx

  • Reply Pari Coleini December 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Love your christmas decorations. So cute 🙂

    Have a good weekend

  • Reply ilovebananana December 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    great photos! like it 🙂

  • Reply jamie December 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    oh hello there! so lovely to meet you! i really love your blog and style, so happily following babe! bailey is so cute! and looks like you beautiful ladies had tons of fun <3 talk with you soon!

    x jamie

  • Reply Cee December 11, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Do you rent Bailey out? Seriously, he is the cutest ever. I wouldn't want to keep him or anything, I'm not actually good at taking care of pets in the long term, but I would totally into just playing with him for an hour or two and giving him way too many treat 🙂 It was fabulous to get to see so much of you this week, love; we missed you at the One of a Kind show, though. Hope the Muppets was amazing – dying to see it – and that you're still enjoying your freedom 🙂

  • Reply Jackie December 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Cute blog!! The cookie swap and shopping event look so fun!

  • Reply Michelle Lee December 11, 2011 at 12:16 am

    so lovely 🙂

  • Reply Elisabeth December 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    What a lovely Christmas calender! The photos of you are great! Do also have something called glög? I thought the rest of the world called it mulled wine. Thank you for your kind words! Warm greetings from Helsinki!


  • Reply GlamorousGirl December 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    love it!

  • Reply lifeisamaze December 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    It looks like a wonderful week-end !

  • Reply Dora December 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I really enjoyed this post!Those cookie look delicious!Xo

  • Reply Mariel Torres December 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    how fun! I love the group shot with all the SLR's on the table… true bloggers meet 😉

  • Reply Becky December 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I love that eye shadow palette!
    Your dog is so cute 🙂
    Those cookies look soo delicious 🙂

  • Reply Clara Turbay December 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Simple and chic! keep it.

  • Reply Mabel December 12, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I'm also madly in love with Jason Segel and I just went and saw The Muppets tonight! And Dave Grohl was in it, too! I LOVE Foo Fighters.

    Thanks so much for the wine recommendations! I'll have to try the Argentinian wine over my Christmas break. And I'm always up for more recommendations 🙂

    Mabel Time

  • Reply SHOP STYLE CONQUER December 12, 2011 at 5:42 am

    love it! looks like fun!



  • Reply M.E December 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for the bday wishes! love this post 🙂

  • Reply Fashion-Bridge December 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    It seems you had a wonderful week! So exciting to do nothing apart for fun stuff;)
    Love your outfit from Spank event! maxi skirt is a true multi-tasker;)

    And all those holiday decorations are super sweet and Christmas-ish! I have decorated our Christmas tree this weekend. The house looks immediately way cozier!

    Your dog is such a cutie pie!:)) he's smiling;))



  • Reply Ash Louise December 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Your cookies look yummy yummy! And I stinkin' love the outfit, the blue skirt with the huge belt. GORGEOUS!

  • Reply styleblend December 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    j'adore this blog and those cookies look amazing. keep up the good work.

    I'm a newbie blogger so please take a look and tell me what you think.


  • Reply Annie December 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Looks like SO.MUCH.FUN! And you all look so fabulous. And, Bailey is amazing 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply Leah December 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I've never been to a blogger meet-up, but it looks like so much fun!

    xo L.

  • Reply Leonie December 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Such lovely pictures and Graydon (my boyfriend) loved the shout-out 😉 He's even more motivated now to bake lots of cookies, so perhaps I'll have to take some with me next time we all get together!

  • Reply Matina December 14, 2011 at 4:40 am

    THANKS for the kind words Alex! this post didn't show up on my google reader for some reason and I just read it now! i am so sad i missed the cookies too. xoxo


  • Reply Chic in Vancity December 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun!

    What colour are the two nail varish's that you have there? They both look really fab!


  • Reply Lynn {hearted girl} December 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    this post is packed with love, delight and beauty!!! awe Alex, i know we didn't get a huge hang out but it was awesome as anything to see you again and i do hope we can sneak something else in soon too!!

    bahaha, harassing everyone? not on your life – you're the life of the party : ) and it looks like the party is continuing along mighty well. excellent inserts over the last little while. sneak peeks into the Spank event are wow and the Christmas lair (OMG, i spouted out a huge holler at that one!) is beautiful magic. Bailey's eyes are a smilin' and so are mine while looking over it all.

    ahhhh, i LOVE Nuba, hope you two enjoyed a fine night out and Alex the nail colors are to die for. love the sparkle on your ring finger, nice touch! xoox ♥

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