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12.21.12 – A new Mayan Age

On December 21, the world waited for the world to end. According to an ancient Mayan calendar, which ended on that day, Hollywood and doomsday believers prophesied that our comfortable lives would come to a halt a little over a week ago. I was excited to party during “the end of the world” in the Mayan peninsula of Mexico, and even had the chance to watch a Mayan warrior ceremony re-enactment.

It’s important to take note that the calendar did not end. December 21, 2012 only marks the start of a new cycle, a new Mayan age or millenium. Even though we were saying so long to the over 5,000 year old b’ak’tun 13 (the name of the calendar), it was a big party… and of course, we’re all here, ten days later.

I grabbed a pic with some of the Mayan performers. It was fun to watch their ceremony and imagine what it would be like to see an actual warrior induction.

Naturally, I was inspired by the graphic, tribal body paint, animal skins and leather the performers were wearing, and I tried incorporating them into this outfit. The performers wore animal skins (even a poor cheetah!) so I channelled that with my snakeskin wedges. I loved the bold tribal body paint the performers were sporting, and this chiffon shirt echoes the look. With a nude background, the green print stands out.

The performers wore stamped leather belts, and this was incorporated by my deer skin leather saddle bag. I bought this on my last trip to Mexico in Playa del Carmen. I managed to bargain with the shop owner, but found prices more than doubled when I came back during Christmas.

I fell in love with the colourful quetzal plumes and shell ankle bracelets the performers were wearing, creating a visually stunning demonstration.

Here, a leopard warrior is getting purified and is about to be painted.

The celebration was a great way to kick off the “last night on earth” though I’m still bitter over not having the chance to visit a Mayan ruin on that fateful day!

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2012 – a year later

Every year, I make ten resolutions to work on in the new year. I like to stay faithful to my goals… and I always enjoy looking back a year later. Here’s an update on my 2012 goals, with annotations in italics.

Here are my resolutions for 2012.  In less than three weeks, I’m off on a big adventure across the pond, and I’m excited to see what 2012 has in store.  All of these resolutions were made so that I could be a better person, grow and help others… while still wearing a pair of 4 inch stilettos.  I hope that in the coming year, this blog will continue to grow and I can’t wait to share everything [stylish] happening in my life with you.

1. Visit five new countries

Not only did I visit five new countries… I visited nine. Trekking around Europe from living in the Netherlands, visiting Belgium, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, the Vatican and Italy twice… it was incredible. unforgettable. depressing because I’m no longer there.

2. Learn to cook

Surprise surprise. The undomestic herself learned to cook for herself. I make a mean green curry! Living on my own for the first time in Utrecht, I made sure to cook everyday – and never once succumbed to a microwaved dinner.

3. Dedicate myself to blogging (even more than I am now…)

I set some goals for myself with my blog, and while I’m still working on the short and long term objectives, I believe that this year, I took this blog a lot further. From documenting my travels in Europe, to bringing cutting-edge streetstyle and fashion show coverage straight from Amsterdam Fashion Week, my blog has grown from its Toronto roots.

4. Intern at a TV station

I finally had this opportunity when I interned at CTV Canada AM in Toronto. It was an amazing experience, and I learned more in six short weeks than I have in the past few years of my degree! I had an amazing time pre-interviewing show guests, even writing suggested questions for stars like Liam Neeson and Taylor Swift! It sounds glamourous, it wasn’t really… but it was always interesting.

5. Make more of my own clothes

I embraced this full-heartedly. While I’m still waiting for my mom to bust out the new Janome sewing machine that sits idly SOMEWHERE in my basement (to those of you who know about the black abyss that is my basement, you’ll understand), I started adding DIY customized touches to my clothes… and transforming old rags into new, trendy pieces. Keep your eye on the blog for a new post to come soon!

6. Draw more & Read more

While I haven’t indulged much in the latter, except for a recent project I’m working on… I definitely hit the books this year. From reading a massive art history textbook – that to be truthful, I read be-grudgingly for an art history course, I am a better human being and fashion enthusiast because of it. I also re-read some amazing books like the Great Gatsby and some Oscar Wilde fairy tales my boyfriend’s helped me rediscover. In between all the heavy stuff have been beach reads, editorials and other blogs – because information is all around us, and I always find I can grow by dedicating a portion of my day to exploring.

7. Continue to develop my skills as an actor

Yet again, I took another on-camera acting class and grew so much out of it. My biggest accomplishments this Fall were my internship… and my new demo reel, which I hope can help me achieve one of my 2013 goals.

8. Make new friends and stay in touch with the ones I love, even when I’m away

This is the most happy resolution I made. On my study abroad trip, I made a new best friend, a backpacking crew – the most interesting bunch of people to discover Central Europe and go home from a bar in Budapest at 4 a.m. or get stuck on a train for seven hours with. To my spacebox neighbours – the sweetest, most genuine people around. I still say ‘no worries’ thanks to an Aussie that lived across the hallway. And all the people stuck in that awful, farce of a program called ECEJ…the people I met at parties at Parnassos, Beneluxlaan or even… dare I say it… Poema… the people I met travelling and of course… all the people that stopped by for a slice of Dutch life. I love you. I miss you, and I hope we can all meet again soon.

9. Buy shoes with red soles or a quilted bag with a chain.

Surprise! I broke a resolution. I’m ok with it… and I’m grateful my attitude has changed. Now if I have an extra $700, I wouldn’t dream of spending it on shoes… but a plane ticket back to Europe? Inevitable.

10. Volunteer or work for a charity

This is one of the most exciting resolutions… I’m happy to share that I am in the process of starting my own charity and have the most exciting project kicking off in the new year so stay tuned!

All photos via weheartit view large photos on the original tumblr post.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody! 2011 was an amazing year, but I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store.  I feel like I’ve grown so much, but the new year brings new opportunities (and maybe even a new wardrobe!)  Here’s what I wore last night…

I repurposed an old tango costume that features a luminescent glittery print and a sheer overlay around the bustline.  I love the sexy leg slit too!

But my absolute favourite part about this dress is without a doubt, the fringe! I felt like a cabaret dancer with my fringe swishing about on the dance floor.

To complete the look, I wore loose curls and a cheeky New Year’s Eve tiara.

Bottoms up! All the best in 2012.

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 – A Year Later

A year ago, when I was still blogging on Tumblr, I posted a list of ten resolutions for 2011.

New Year’s {Style} Resolutions – with annotations completed on December 29, 2011. (The numbers correspond to the photo collage above from left to right).

1. Do Ballet as often as I possibly can.

I’m beyond happy to say that I accomplished this to the best I could. I performed again in my ballet school’s show, just like the good old days. This fall, I stepped up my game and started going every week and working on flexibility.

2. Wear less Black.

I embraced this resolution whole-heartedly. Colour-blocking was one of my favourite trends of the year, and I don’t think I own a black pair of pants anymore.  Nearly every bag I bought was in an eye-popping colour, and I own blazers in pink, red, orange, yellow and green.  Perfect for my future career as a newscaster.

3. Go to McDonald’s less.

In June, I found out I had celiac disease, so I took this resolution a step further.  I completely revolutionized what I put into my mouth, and I feel like a completely new person.  I’m no longer sick, and pains I’ve had all my life are gone now.

4. Heal my feet so I can wear these more often…

Last year I was suffering from stress fractures, and I’ve gotten a lot better.  Though I haven’t purchased a perfect pair of Loubi’s or YSL’s, my collection has gotten bigger and blogging has forced me to experiment and put different heels into the mix.

5. Save up for something from Chanel.

Does perfume count? I guess I could afford something now, but a MacBook Pro is more important for my move to Europe! (more on that later…)

6. Work hard, and get accepted to study abroad in Australia.

Something in me changed.  All I wanted last year was to run away to a gorgeous foreign land, and I changed my mind to study in Lyon, France.  When that prospect seemed too unreachable, I discovered an amazing program near Amsterdam.  Only 25 days left till I leave.  I think this is one of my proudest accomplishments.

7. Take more photographs.

The fact that 1TB on my iMac is 50% taken up with photos since July is proof that I have stayed faithful to this goal.  Last year, I travelled to Florida twice and met Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse, went to Ottawa, my nation’s capital, spent a summer in cottage country and most recently, a week in Mexico.  The people, places and things contained in jpeg format document one of the most amazing years of my life.

8. Wear red lipstick more often, and not be afraid of getting lipstick on my teeth.

A friend on vacation said to me “Do you have permanent red lips?” Safe to say, I embraced my inner woman by embracing red.

9. Learn to spend less.

I guess I have to break one resolution.  But I’m happy that I spent it on friends, outings, travelling and gorgeous, gorgeous clothes.  You can’t wear money after all!  In the past few months though, I’ve been saving up for my exchange, and it’s been an interesting experience learning how to say no.

10. Continue to write, and keep working on my portfolio.

I think that this blog and my work for the Women’s Post is a testament to how much I’ve grown in a year.  Forcing myself to write almost everyday on this blog has developed me as a writer and creative thinker, constantly looking for story ideas and inspiration.  Working for the Women’s Post was one of my favourite experiences of the year.  I grew disheartened with the journalism industry, and working for a small magazine’s online content made me excited again… and for me right now, sky’s the limit.

On January 1st, I will post ten new resolutions, and I hope that in 2012, I will make them happen, just like I did in 2011.