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Okay, I totally get that I'm super late with these "Christmas" posts but these photos were taken on Christmas with my family. My nephew's uncle is so tall and he's only 16. I think he's 6'6. Of course, he's still growing so I can only imagine how tall he'll be in a few years. I was so fascinated with his height (I hadn't seen him in a long time and he had grown even more since then) I decided to take photos with him, and then the whole family joined. Oh, and yes, my socks were too big...lol.
This Christmas was super low key with my family. My sister had flown off to Egypt a while back so she wasn't there. My nephew spent the morning with us and then went home with his father's family. We don't have any real blood family living in Canada so generally on Christmas we celebrate with family friends who essentially are my psuedo aunts, uncles, and cousins.
This year we decided to spend time with just each other. We went out to for dinner with my love and then went to watch Avatar which was AMAZING. Even though our Christmas didn't suit the idea of how a family should spend the holiday, I really enjoyed it. Sometimes just enjoying the simple moments in life is the most enriching experiences.
I know that some guys are completely lost when it comes to fashion. Especially in North America, where it's not exactly something men focus on, or perhaps feel uncomfortable thinking about it. Although, times have changed and I've begun to see far more fashionable men these days than in the past. I get that some men here are still so resistant to a tighter fit (no I'm not talking about super skinny jeans) but I can't tell you how sexy and appealing it is to me when a man has the confidence to pull off clothing and hairstyles that have more of a European flare to it.
You know how they say some guys look at a girl and maybe undress her with their mind....I do the total opposite. Sometimes I look at at a random guy and envision them with a certain hair style and clothing I find would be stylish on them. It's just my thing, a weird obsession with men's fashion.
Anyway, the point of this post was to help guys out visually when it comes to winter jackets and coats. …
SUCCESS! What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word success? What makes a person successful? Is it money, status, power, fame, or is it something else? The reality is, that in our Western society, most people identify success as some mixture of money, status, power, and fame (and with women, beauty is generally a necessary component to add to all of that) but is that truly success?
When I was in college and university I remember mulling over the topic of success and that's when I came to a powerful realization for myself - personal success is not defined by money, status, power, beauty or fame at all. That's what the outside world tells us or demonstrates as success. It's what we see emblazoned in ads and in our media. It's what we pass down to each other and what we talk about in social media. All of these things are what we equate with success - and success equals happiness right?
Based on our notions of success shouldn't celebrities…
In my last post I talked about how society's definition of success perpetuates unhappiness (click here to have a read). Rather than looking at success as a measure of our fulfillment and contentment, we measure it by wealth, power, fame and beauty. Unfortunately, social media has only heightened our awareness of these ideals. A medium that was once created simply for connectivity is now a massive marketing tool and a place where people share the best moments of their lives.
Prior to social media, if you wanted to see someone's photos, hear their opinion or learn about them, you'd either see it/hear it directly from them or get wind of it through the grapevine (unless they were so famous that you'd see them in traditional media). You weren't continually bombarded with information about everyone's lives and although the measure of societal success was relatively the same, there was less of likelihood that you'd feel like you didn't measure up on a consta…
Trauma. It's a 6 letter word that carries so much power and complexity. The Oxford dictionary defines it as "a deeply distressing or disturbing experience." Trauma represents such a varying degree of experiences: rape, emotional abuse, assault, torture, a plane crash, war crimes, bullying, witnessing violence...really the list can go on. One of the hardest forms of trauma is that which is committed against you by others humans. Some people have had repeated traumatic experiences. Some people have had varying forms of trauma. Some have been exposed to trauma for a long period of time. Regardless, no one escapes from trauma without it impacting their lives and the way they socialize with the world.
When you go through a traumatic experience your entire world is flipped upside down. Emotions such as fear, shame, guilt, sadness, anger, sorrow, numbness, confusion and grief all occur -- sometimes being felt within the same time-period. You feel like you can't make sense o…
I'M BACK! Okay I know I barely posted on Blogger through the winter but if you want to keep up to date with me, I post often on my Instagram account, @down_to_mars_girl, so you can follow me there for my fashion updates and things about my life.
This weekend the weather was phenomenal so I barely even needed the jacket I had on in the first few shots. What I'm wearing is pretty simple actually, it's the details of each item that make things pop. My favourite aspect of the whole outfit was the leather like sleeves of my sweater in a mesh pattern. The jacket I have on is ribbed in certain areas with shoulder padding and has studs embedded into it. The high waist pants I have on are of a thick sleek fabric with a sheen to it. The belt is made out of metal plates. OH, and don't you love my little bag? Reminds me of the 90s when we all pranced around with those mini back packs. I figure if Dora the Explorer grew up, this is what she'd wear but maybe I just think that b…