Style Me Monday: Gift Card Spree!

Every year I'm spoiled by those around me with love, gifts, and the inevitable mini deck of gift cards. While many of these go for things like my Tim's fix (Hot Chocolate & Double Chocolate donuts), I'm often lucky enough to recieve a gift card for some of my favourite clothing stores. This year I'm sharing the great pieces I picked up that fit my style!
First Stop - My Favourite Clothing Store RW & Co.
I went in with one idea of what I wanted, Went into the changeroom with a whole stack of items, and came out with some fabulous items.
There are many items I love there - flowing tops in rich hues, structured jackets that I am obsessed with, and layering options galore! I could have spent a fortune on a whole new wardrobe but I held back...why? #1 I'm in the process of getting healthy (including losing weight) and don't want to be replacing things again in a few weeks to a few months. #2 It's a new year which means new collections of fabulous items are right around the corner! (have you seen their new Pure Femininity collection? See it at http://www.rw-co.com/)
In the end I decided to stick with my two favourite items that fit me now but with a stretch that will allow them to fit me for most of the get healthy - get fit process. The first is a classic black pencil skirt that instead of a zipper features elastic inserts on the side to be able to slip the skirt on and off easily but also gives me great maneuverability when I'm shooting. The second, the beautiful skinny pants you see below. I have long admired the skinny jeans & skinny pants on women all around me while being too nervous to dive in myself, now it's time. I love the bright teal hue! Great to pair with my collection of neutral tops, blazers, & shoes while still adding a little more pizazz.

 

My other shopping spree is likely my most favourite store in the entire world! What can I say, I'm a reader...I dream of a home with a library like the one the beast gives Belle in Disney's Beauty and the beast. So, when I get gift cards to Chapters, it takes alot of work to choose out books...pick a favourite? "I could no sooner choose a favourite star in the skies" (Drew Barrymore in Ever After)
Some of the gift cards came from my amazing spouse so he put one condition in place...at least one book must be a personal book. Not business, not photography...a personal book that I could read for fun, for my own enjoyment, and for time to myself to forget my worries. Ouch! That changed a few things and made the choices all the more challenging. In the end here's what I chose...

What was your favourite post Christmas purchase?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

My Boxing Day Style Wishlist

It's boxing day - let the craziness begin! As people flock to the stores and the online shopping sites looking for the best deal I'm looking for deals too. The big difference? I go in with a wishlist and a budget.
This year, these are my top wishlist items to add to my wardrobe this year....
1) Great Sweaters
It's winter and I love a great cozy sweater. I can easily live all winter in my hoodies so I have high demands of a sweater - it must be warm, comfy, well fitted, and easy to care for. I mean, I want to look good!
2) Little Black Dress
Who doesn't love a great little black dress. This year I'm looking for something cute but with a touch of elegance and sophistication. I love the one included above - It's a great length, I love the inclusion of the lace on the top half, and I can think of half a dozen or more occasions it's perfect for right off the top of my head. Look for something with an interesting detail instead of the basic black dress.
3) Bright Wrap Dress
What can I say? Wrap dresses are flattering on just about every body type and a bold pop of colour helps to bring the outfit alive. A dress like this purple number is just as at home in the office as it is on a date night or night out on the town.
4) Long A-Line Topper
I love, love, LOVE jackets so they always end up on my wish list. Last year I picked up a great shorter jacket with super wide lapels, this year I'm looking for an elegant longer (knee length) a-line topper (Think Kate Middleton style) for dressier occasions. Anything that keeps me warm and nips in the waist is always a good choice.
5) Teal Blazer
I'm totally crushing on teal and 2013's Pantone Colour of the Year emerald - I know I will be adding these colours to my layering pieces but I'm also on the hunt for a great tailored blazer in a beautiful teal or emerald shade to add some wow factor to work outfits and jeans alike!
6) Long Pencil Skirt
Everyone knows a pencil skirt is flattering on just about anybody but I'm loving the longer style (just below the knee) pencil skirt. I've had a heck of a time finding one in person but if I can score one of these I will be a happy woman.
What items are on your wish list this boxing day? Tell me all about them (and any great deals you score) in the comments below!
Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.