Getting out of that winter funk


Ottawa is in a bit of a deep freeze right now, and it’s hard to bring myself to want to do anything other than hibernate. But knowing full well that we have a good three, solid months of winter ahead of us, it’s all about mind over matter right now.

It’s so easy to throw on some rubber boots and fleecy socks and call it a day, but in my mind, this is only letting the cold win. I’ll be honest, there are definitely days that I look outside, and dread running errands, going to school, or heading to work. But alas, life keeps on going, even on the coldest winter days. So, how do I pull myself out of that winter funk? That desire to do nothing but stay in my PJs all day?

express-black-white-striped-sweaterexpress-geometric-earringsSomething about putting on a great outfit has a way of putting you into a great mood, and yanking you out of that hibernation mode. With the shorter days, wind and cold, I can’t say that winter is my favourite time of year, but I won’t let any of the above put me into a funk.

While the bare legs may be prematurely spring, just thinking about spring has a funny way of making me feel just a little bit warmer. I’m in love with all the spring projections this year — geo print and the simplicity of black and white. These are such classic combinations that they’re so in-season, yet easily transitioned into the warmer months. For now, I would definitely wear some tights underneath the skirt to keep my leggies warm, but am so looking forward to pairing this with a relaxed tank from the One-Eleven collection once Ottawa comes out of this deep freeze in spring.

Don’t fall into the trap of winter hibernation – get out of that winter funk! Although it may be cold outside, there’s so much to do, see, and experience around the city this time of year. So put on a fabulous outfit and a beautiful smile to match, and let that inspire you to enjoy even the coldest days this winter!


what she’s wearing | Express striped sweater | Express A-line skirt | Express earrings | Express tassel purse


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Denim that moves with you


Rigid. Unforgiving. Uncomfortable. These are usually the word/thoughts that come to mind when we think of jean wearing. If we really think about it though, jeans are the most common item in our wardrobes. Whether it’s work, play, or anything in between, when in doubt “throw on some jeans, man.”

When EXPRESS highlighted their stretch denim as this month’s item to test-drive, I was quite curious. Can jeans really feel like anything but jeans? If the photo set is any indication, let’s just say I had wayyy too much fun sporting these.

express-japanese-graphic-teeexpress-blue-stretch-jeansWhile EXPRESS has several fits for various body types, I’m rockin’ the slim Rocco. Roomy enough in the thigh for my big ol’ soccer legs, yet still with a modern taper. Let me tell you though, these jeans move with you! If you’re a student, a professional who dresses casually, or if jeans are simply your daily driver, you will feel right at home in these as you bounce around town. On the other hand, if you’re more into the way classic denim, this may not be for you.

To square off the emsemble, I went for a dressy casual look. This cotton unstructured blazer is perfect to throw over this cool graphic tee (don’t ask me what it means though). On my feet, are also EXPRESS numbers. All I can say is if you don’t already have a pair of white sole black upper shoes, go get you some.

Oh and don’t mind me, I’m just living out my childhood dream to be a #bboy. Now if you only knew how many shots it took to get this…


what he’s wearing | Express stretch jeans | Express blazer | Express t-shirt | Express sneakers


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