Jan 30, 2012

Scenes From: A Quaint Fisherman's Village!!

Last weekend Martin & I decided on a spontaneous day trip. We went to visit the cutest little fisherman's inspired village, just a mere 20 minutes from our home. It's situated right on the river, which had huge sheets of ice floating on it (crazy!) that's pretty unusual for us.  We spent our day walking around, peeking at the shops, took photos and then visited a local pub for some delicious food & amazingly yummy beer. I love doing trips like this and I'm already hoping to plan another one. Yay, weekends!!
Aren't these waterfront homes the prettiest?! We almost bought a home here several years ago, but then decided on our current location. Although, we may consider moving here once we start a family. And speaking of a bigger home?! I'd also love, love to get another dog, but first I'll have to convince Martin of my "two dogs are better than one" theory. Let's see how that goes. ;)
The area also had a fantastic walking trail, with the most beautiful view of the river. Our pooch was in absolute bliss - he loves his off-leash time. Aw! Coming here definitley reminded me of how important it is to get out, see new things and mix up my routine. It was a super memorable & relaxing day. What about you guys? Do you take little day trips and explore new areas?! xo veronika
Outfit Details:
Coat - H&M (similar)
Dress - H&M (similar)
Tights - Joe Fresh (similar)
Leg Warmers - Forever 21
Gumboots - Gumdrops (Vancouver)

Jan 26, 2012

Look Book: Florals, Knits & Polka Dots!!

Wow, we took these photos lightning fast! Don't be fooled by my calmness, it was absolutely freezing out, but rest assured I had a nice coat to bundle in to once our shoot was over. This week, hubs & I have been busy little bees. Martin is working on getting his masters of education in fine arts (yay, so happy for him!) and I've been keeping my hands full with way too many projects. But no whining here, it's completely self-inflicted! ;)
I wore this just a few days ago when Martin & I had a little lunch date. I felt like it was such a different look for me, which is exactly what I needed. Sometimes it's so nice to break out of the norm and try something different, isn't it?! On this particular day, I stood in front of my closet with the same outfit variation playing in my head: bowler hat & dress ...so I decided to challenge myself and think up something different. Voila!
I'm excited to be putting a new feature together for the blog. I absolutely love, love to cook - so I thought I would periodically share some of my favourite vegetarian dishes with you guys. Any cooking fans out there? For me, it's such a great way to decompress after a long day. I can usually be found hanging out in my kitchen with a glass of wine, chopping & sauteing, and playing my fave music. I'm a happy homebody, that's for sure! xo
Outfit Details:
Scarf - Barefoot Contessa (similar)
Cardigan - Forever 21
Skirt - H&M (similar)
Tights - Joe Fresh (similar)
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell (similar)

Jan 25, 2012

January's Lust List & Last Week's Giveaway Winner!!

Hey guys! Although I'm on a shopping diet this month, I can't help but ooh & ahh over these adorable goodies. Needless to say, I can't wait for my shopping ban to be over - yay! I'm especially excited to buy the Dooney & Burke wristlet, and add some pretty colours to my soon-to-be spring wardrobe. What's your fave item on the list?!

Also, last week's Gaia Metal Studio giveaway winner is... #36 Ashley!
Congrats! Please email me to receive your prize.

Jan 23, 2012

Look Book: Cozy Leg Warmers & Lazy Weekends!!

Martin & I were lazy, lazy bums this weekend and it felt sooo good! On Saturday, we took advantage of the relatively mild temperature and went to explore a fisherman's village just 20 minutes from where we live - it was so nice to get out and do something different. Yay! I'll be sharing those photos with you early next week. The rest of the weekend was spent doing a few DIY decorating projects around our home. I also (oh joy!) discovered pinning!! I had no idea it was so fun & addictive; if you'd like to see what I'm loving, you can follow me here: Girl & Closet Pinterest!
Cozy knit leg warmers & knee boots is a look I've wanted to try for quite a while and I absolutely loved it. Plus, I really liked the added warmth. Cute & functional is a total win-win in my fashion books! And as much as I want the warmer weather to come back, it's always during this season that I realize how much I love to layer - it adds so much more interest to an outfit!
This week, I'll be ordering my Girl & Closet business cards for my upcoming trip to Texas Style Conference in Austin, Texas - yay! I'm slowly starting to plan some outfits for it too. I'll be there mid March... any fashion tips for me, guys?! Can I get away with light cardy's & dresses? Tights or no tights?! Help! Lastly, if you haven't already, don't forget to enter my Gaia Metal Studio Giveaway; one lucky gal will win a gorgeous money clip for her fella or special someone - just in time for Valentines Day! ♥
Outfit Details:
Jacket - H&M
Dress - H&M (similar)
Tights - Joe Fresh (similar)
Leg Warmers - Forever 21

Jan 19, 2012

Look Book: Casual Snowy Days & Ocean Trails!!

Hooray! No shivering for me during outfit photos today. I just picked up this adorable coat at H&M and as you can imagine, it's quickly turned into my favourite winter staple. I've been wearing it with pretty much everything. This winter I've been absolutely obsessed with faux fur. Anyone else?! It's such a fun & easy way to add a quick pop of glam to any outfit. And on that note, I can't stop thinking about this lovely "faux fur funnel scarf" from ASOS. I need to get it. Cute, right?!
These photos were taken on one of my favourite trails - it's only a few minutes from our home and seriously spectacular. Basically, you walk along a lush forested trail, but what makes it so unique is it's ocean-side with mountains & evergreens all around you. I always feel like I'm a million miles away when I'm here; it's my instant vacation spot and a huge part of why Martin & I moved to this neighbourhood. In the summer, we come here often with a little picnic and a bottle of wine. We absolutely love the outdoors!
Look at that face! Aw, I love when Scout makes an appearance in my outfit photos! Hehe, moving on... I finally set up my FAQ page - it kind of took forever (oops, sorry about that guys). But thanks so much for all your fantastic input. It was really neat to read what kind of questions you had for me and I had so much fun answering them too. Perhaps I'll do a Q&A vlog next. I always love when other bloggers do those - I'll be sure to keep you posted. Have a great day!! xo veronika
Outfit Details:
Lipstick (Matte Winter Red M44) - c/o Radiant Cosmetics
Glasses - Forever21
Coat - H&M (similar)
Jeans - American Eagle
Wright Boots  - c/o Blowfish

Jan 18, 2012

Closed: Gaia Metal Studio Giveaway! Last Week's Winner!!

Just in time for Valentines day, win a lovely handmade money clip for your guy or that special someone. Yay!! I'm so thrilled to be hosting this lovely giveaway from Gaia Metal Studio. All of her items are handcrafted and absolutely gorgeous. Enter for your chance to win! ♥

Enter to win:
1. You must follow "Girl & Closet"
2. Visit Gaia Metal Studio & leave a comment with your most loved item!

Bonus entries:
1. Follow Gaia Metal Studio on Twitter
2. Like them on Facebook
(please leave an extra comment for each - bonus entries only!)

Giveaway is open from now until January 25, 2012, and open to US, Canadian & International readers! Good luck!

Also, last week's Radiant Cosmetics giveaway winner is... #129 Chelsea Donaldson!
Congrats! Please email me to receive your prize.

Jan 16, 2012

Look Book: Winter Lace & Snowflakes!!

Brr, the cold & snow have finally hit and we are expecting a lot more later this week. Fun!! I love taking our  pooch (aka cutie patootie!) out for snowy strolls; he gets insanely excited and runs in crazy circles around me - it's super cute & hilarious! And nothing beats going for snowy romantic walks with Martin. We love heading down to the ocean and seeing it all covered in white... it's absolutely the prettiest!! In fact, I may go down there for outfit photos later this week!
Last week & this week are pretty busy for me. I'm in the throws of setting up my new store, which now has a name: "Oh Poppy!" I've been configuring shipping, writing all my shop policies, sourcing stock, and ordering all the supplies I need for my jewelry. It's been taking up most of my time and even though it's going to be a small store to start, there is always so much to figure out and plan for. But I could not be more thrilled to be taking this project on - it's something I've always wanted to do and it's exciting to see it all come together.
This dress has seen many a remixes in its day. I really wish I had a photo for each version! I just wore it with red tights & platforms over the holidays (super cute!), and then with a long dark brown cardigan, dark brown boots & knee high socks soon after. And speaking of adorable dresses?! I just ordered this from ModCloth: "Dearest Diarist Dress!" Oh my, I'm so in love! I can't wait to wear it with one of my beloved vintage pea-coats & a cute bowler hat. Haha, so predictable!! xo veronika

Outfit Details:
Hat - Thrifted
 Lipstick (Mauvelous #2366) - c/o Radiant Cosmetics
Sweater - Free People
Dress - H&M (similar)
Tights - Joe Fresh (similar)

Jan 12, 2012

Look Book: Chain Print Dress

Hope everyone's week is moving along nicely! I've been coming down with a bit of a cold this week, which isn't much of a surprise as it's been a lot of work-work lately!! What was that I said about taking better care of myself this year?! Haha, all is not lost though - I'm planning on kicking my butt & health in gear, and starting a cleanse this week. Wish me luck! I'll be avoiding all animal products, refined flours & sugars, and no wine or cocktails for me. Gasp!! I'm really excited though, I always feel so amazing after a cleanse!
I wore this super cute number just a few days ago when Martin & I went out on a date. We visited our fave local sushi restaurant and I of course indulged in all my favourite "cleanse prohibited" items. Obviously, that's the only way to start a cleanse! We then headed to H&M, and later peeked at a few condo show-rooms; we are very slowly looking for a new home. There is also talk of moving into a loft - I would absolutely love that!! I'm dreaming of converting an area for my photography business, and naturally I would shoot some of my outfit photos there too. Fun!
Not sure if you saw my tweet the other day, but I tweeted about the most adorable "Collar Necklace" DIY tutorial. It's such a fun spin on the collar trend and would look so amazing with any vintage or cocktail dress - love, love!! Lastly, be sure to take a peek at the "Roses for Every Occasion Dress," as both Tieka & I are now featured on the product page of the ModCloth site. Oh boy, I'm kind of demanding today, huh guys?! ;) Wishing you a fantastic Thursday! xo veronika
Outfit Details:
Scarf - H&M (similar)
Jacket - H&M (similar & on sale)
Dress - c/o eShatki
Tights - Joe Fresh
Heda Wedge - c/o Blowfish

Jan 11, 2012

Closed: Radiant Cosmetics Giveaway - Makeup With A Cause!!

This week's giveaway is from Radiant Cosmetics, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be hosting it! This makeup line is built around the vision to end human trafficking through raising awareness & funds; 20% of all of their profits go towards an incredible anti-trafficking organization. And, one lucky reader will win a gorgeous lipstick bundle. Hooray!! Enter for your chance to win! ♥

Enter to win:
1. You must follow "Girl & Closet"
2. Visit Radiant Cosmetics & leave a comment that you've entered!!

Bonus entries:
1) Follow Radiant Cosmetics on Twitter
2) Like them on Facebook
(please leave an extra comment for each - bonus entries only!)

Giveaway is open from now until January 18, 2012, and open to US & Canadian readers! Good luck, guys!

Jan 9, 2012

Look Book: Gingham Shirts & Dreaming of Spring!

Hello, Monday! How was everyone's weekend?! Mine was a little more action packed than previously predicted, but still super relaxing. Saturday we met up with our friends in the city for extra yummy cocktails & dinner. And, Martin & I finally got around to getting all of our x-mas decorations down - did anyone else take as long as meee?! Jinx. I promised myself I would do it right after new year's, but then this thing called "life" happened!
I remember when I started blogging, I wore jeans a lot. Funnily enough, it's not something I do too often these days. I usually find skirts & tights a lot more comfy, but one of my fashion resolutions was to try and mix it up a bit more this year. I just bought this shirt and I think it might be the first button-up I've bought in years!! I used to wear them all the time when I worked as an administrative manager in the ole' corporate world. Goodness, my style used to be so different back then! Also, the colour & gingham pattern are getting me so excited for spring - straw fedora, floral a-line skirt, my cork wedges?! Yes please!!
As for the rest of this week?! I'm still in the trenches of sorting out my passport stuff for my trip to Austin, Texas, so hopefully it's a smooth experience. Fingers crossed! I've also started working on my store this week. I'll be hosting it through Goodsie, which I was so thrilled to find - it seems really streamlined & easy to use. Does anyone else have experience with it?! And if you're curious about my new store & what I'll be selling, it will be a small collection of clothes and my handmade jewelry! I'm having way too much fun putting it all together!! xo veronika
Outfit Details:
Bowler Hat - Thrifted
Sweater - Forever 21
Gingham Shirt - H&M (similar)
Jeans - Citizen of Humanity (similar)