December is such a busy month for everyone: parties, shopping, baking, cooking, decorating. While I’m not christian, my husband and I definitely celebrate a secular holiday filled with friends, food and presents.
My favourite part of the holidays is the excuse to dress festive for no reason other than it’s the season to! Sequins, glitter, feathers, fur (faux or otherwise), and rich velvets and wools are my fashion favourites! I live for taffeta and satin and there’s no such thing as too much crinoline.
As a little holiday splurge, I treated myself to a photo session with Rebecca of Rebecca Northcott Photography. I put together a sophisticated, festive ensemble and gently inched my way onto her set in a pair of kitten heels (my first heels in 16 weeks!).
Rebecca is such a dream to work with. She just hits all the right angles and gently coaches you along if you need it. That and she’s just lovely to be around. It was a bit of a comedy show though as I had completely lost my voice to laryngitis.
This time of year is an easy one to get swept up in. It's easy to forget how to take care of yourself, to get sucked into the pressure of "New year, new you", to cave under the pressure of GO GO GO! I find it's helpful to use this time of year to reflect upon the previous eleven months and embrace the good and the bad that happened in this time.
The Winter Solstice has always been held dear in my heart. On the night before the solstice, the darkest night of the year, I hold the darkness close. I embrace all of the challenges I faced, the hardships, the strife I may have experienced in the year. I hold those feelings and I allow myself one last, good wallow in my sad and hurt feelings. Then on the solstice, when the sun dawns, I release them. In that release, I am reborn. In Pagan lore, the Solstice represents the rebirth of the sun. From the minute the sun rises on that day, the days will get longer, the sun a little warmer and you remember that spring isn't that far away.
On that note, Dear Readers, I shall sign off. From my family to yours, may your holidays, however you celebrate them, be filled with love, laughter and light.
Skirt: Thrifted (brand unknown)
Black shirt with white satin collar: Jessica (thrifted)
Black and white striped shirt: Tatyana
Black Jeans: Forever 21