Home for the Holidays

I cannot believe we’ve already embarked on our 29hr travel day home to Vancouver. One more flight after this until I see my family and friends, who I haven’t seen in almost a year! It seems as though I’ve been counting down the days for so long that now that it’s actually happening, it seems surreal.

As I sit on this ridiculously long plane ride, I’ve been reflecting on what the year’s been like. We have come a looooong way. I remember sitting on this exact flight going the opposite direction, with not a clue of what was on the other side. I was terrified and a little excited for an adventure, but I was mostly emotionally exhausted from saying goodbye to my main people. I slept almost the entire flight over to Cairns without a sleeping pill. Well, I am so happy I’m on the flip side now, coming back to catch up and celebrate Christmas and New Years with them all. However, now I can’t sit still! I’m just too excited.

In honour of travelling, I’ve put an outfit together that’s chic and I think is very Mary-Kate Olsen, yet still incredibly comfortable for any long travel days.

I had to take into account that I’ll be going from 37-degree weather to 5 degrees and under, so I chose a lot of basic shaded pieces so that it’s easy to layer! A few of my personal travel staples include, a jersey maxi skirt, which is always an elegant and comfortable choice. A hat to hide my pillow pasted hair. A pair of boots – and why not be a diva and make them heeled?  A plain white t-shirt, some arm candy and red lips of course, just to spice things up!

Bon Voyage!!


Maxi Skirt-H&M / T-Shirt-ASOS / Hat-BCBG / Purse-BCBG / Snake vest-Kmart / Blazer-Zara

Rebecca Janelle





The timing couldn’t have been better.  My husband wrote his last exam on Thursday, and it was my 27th birthday the next day! I can now say that I am married to a half doctor, and I couldn’t be more proud!  A little tradition that I have started is to make him a congratulations sign after each year he has completed.  I think that if ‘sign making’ was the 6th love language, it would definitely be up there for me.  I get this quality from my mother.  She makes a sign for everything – Airport arrivals, high school basketball games and events – if she is really excited a cow bell is also present.


The day of my birthday I had been planning for weeks.  I knew I would have my hubby all to myself and really wanted to get out of the house and spend some time exploring our city together.  Even though he was insanely busy right up until my birthday, he still picked up the groceries to make me breakfast in bed.  3 years in a row he has done this for me, and I love that it has become a tradition.  We then headed out and spent the whole day exploring.  We hit up all of the thrift stores my little heart desired, and let me tell you, this is a labour of love for my husband – he thinks they have a smell.  I have no idea what he is talking about!?!  the books and knobs pictured above are my amazing finds!  I have been looking for knobs in order to make a jewellery display and the vintage books are also something that have been on my ‘thrift store shopping list’.   We ended the night a the Salt Tasting Room in Gastown (which I highly recommend).  It was the perfect end to the perfect day together.


The day after I had my nails done (a gift from a friend) and got my make-up done, which included some fun false lashes and very red lips.  It was fun to get pampered before I headed out with a great group of friends and family!


I picked up this lovely dress during the date day with my husband.  Rebecca had given me a monetary gift and told me to spend it on whatever I choose.  I fell in love with this dress and knew I had to buy it and use the money from Rebecca for it.  It made me feel like she was part of the evening, even though she was so far away.


Saturday ended with a group of my close friends and family out for dinner at a restaurant on Granville Island.  We couldn’t have picked a better location and the weather was incredible.  I felt so loved being surrounded by these amazing people, and will never forget this birthday – well birth-weekend, where I rang in the big 2-7.


Jillian Marie