The Galentine’s Day Essential Guide!

Hey gals! February 14th can be a tough day for some people (especially those who haven’t found that special someone) and more or less, NOBODY should be feeling down on this marvelous day created on the basis of love, hugs and kisses! Fear no more, because I am a single gal like many and I am going to tell you some of my favourite ways to celebrate this Galentine’s Day!

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

There are sooo many reasons that I could list in order to highlight the benefits of being single, but why would I do that when I can give you a list of AWESOME activities to make you love yourself and let the fact that all your friends are on romantic dates fade away!? This is a day to be cheerful and celebrate those you love, and most importantly YOURSELF!

Rom-Com Movie Marathon (featuring your body pillow)

Have you got yourself a body pillow? If you don’t, you should run over to Costco and pick one up because it will honestly change your life. One of my favourite Galentine’s Day traditions is a rom-com movie marathon! Yes, you are watching people fall in love while you are pigging out on popcorn and chocolate…but almost always, the leading male is nothing less than attractive beyond belief…so that’s a MAJOR Galentine’s Day plus!!

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Here are my oh-so favourite Galentine’s Day classics: 

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS

SOMETHING BORROWED

THE NOTEBOOK

HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU

THE VOW

VALENTINE’S DAY

Round up your Gal’s

There is nothing better than showing love to your best gals! Instead of holing up in your room, go out and have some fun! There is nothing better than a night full of fun, dancing and belting out lyrics to your favourite song at the top of your lungs! Better yet, if you don’t feel like hitting the town, you can always go for a chill dinner (but beware, reservations will need to be made).

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Send yourself Flowers

Before you scoff at this idea…try it. It’s pretty satisfying. There is nothing wrong with either sending yourself, or going to the store to grab some pretty flowers for your home office or bedroom even! Flowers brighten everyone’s day, and trust me, looking at whichever is your favourite flower is a pick-me-up in any situation! (Fun Fact: My favourite flower is the pink rose).

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Treat yourself

Whether it’s allowing yourself that marvelous “cheat day” or splurging on the latest Kate Spade handbag (we all have that one in mind), you deserve to show yourself how much you appreciate…well, yourself! There’s nothing more #girlboss than celebrating the one and only…you! I will be eating only the finest Lindor chocolates, kicking back thinking about my lovely reading break!

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

Will you accept this rose? 

The Galentine's Day Essential Guide! - Pearls and Polkadots

 No matter how you spend it, at the end of the day…it’s just another day of the week! Like I said before, nobody should be feeling blue on such a pink day! Kiss your dog, grab a box of chocolates and turn on a Channing Tatum flick (sounds like a great night to me!).

Happy Galentine’s Day, my girl bosses!

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Morning Must-Reads: For Style

MORNING MUST-READSIn the last year, I have become a real blog junkie. Being apart of the blogger community, I have found numerous blogs that I love to read and read regularly. I bookmark them, subscribe, and share as much as possible. After all, bloggers need other bloggers to support them!

Morning Must-Reads is a concept that I am going to carry out every so often in order to share the blogs that I love to read for particular niches.


 

Helena always looks amazing. I envy her style and am inspired by her outfit selections every day! I always look forward to a new post, and regularly are shopping her looks so that I can try and look as jazzed up as she is. The blonde from Brooklyn is a gal that I would love to be friends with…which is why her blog is so great! She is relatable and that’s why I read her regularly! Check her blog out here.

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Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

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Jean has been one of my blogger idols for a long time. Since I got Pinterest, I have been following Jean along on her style journey. Her outfit posts are bright, cheery and joyful – and her clothing is to die for. I am almost always turning to her blog for inspiration, style tips, outfit ideas…and well, everything else!! Not to mention, she and her husband are adorable together! Check out her blog here.

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Jean / Extra Petite

Convey The Moment

Eleni is such a sweetheart and has been one of my inspirations from the beginning. Her unique style is hard not to love, and her pictures are always impeccable. Even better? She is Canadian just like me, which I is always so great to find! Although I love all the American fashionistas out there, it hits closer to home when I see my country in the background (snow, snow and more snow!). Check out her blog here.

blanket scarf season

Eleni / Convey the Moment

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Lyndsey is another Canadian beauty that I am new to following. Don’t you just love hashtags? That’s how I came across her page and fell in love with her clothing…and her dog, I mean…how cute! Lyndsey’s use of colour and patterns have given me inspiration in my daily outfits and reading her posts make me smile! How much better can it get? Check out her blog here.

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Lyndsey / Over My Styled Body

Grace is a blogger that I kept seeing pop up on my Pinterest home page and after seeing outfit after outfit that I was drooling over…I clicked a few times and found her blog. It’s been a morning must-read ever since. She is a fashion guru – whether it is a pair of rain boots with jeans, or a fab red mini-dress like below, she looks gorgeous! Check out her blog here.

bb dakota fit and flare dress, holiday dress, nordstrom dress, holiday outfit ideas, little red dress, lace up pump, taupe pumps, statement necklace, chain statement bib, holiday makeup, nude lip, lace dress // grace wainwright from a southern drawl

Grace / A Southern Drawl 

Over-the-Knee Boots: the Reality for a Short Girl

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Everybody knows that boots are the absolute staple for the Fall/Winter season. In fact, I pretty much forget about all my other pairs of shoes (sorry shoes!!) when Fall rolls around because I love pulling on my riding boots or my cute little ankle booties. The possibilities are endless when you incorporate boots in your look. However, with my short little legs and wide calves…there is one type of boot style that is incredibly hard to style.

What style is this? OTK (Over-the-Knee) Boots. 

I figure I am not the only one to experience these struggles…which is why today I am going to give you some tips on styling OTK boots.

1. Forget the “thigh high”. It’s a harsh reality, but buying and styling boots that go to your upper thigh is just not going to look the way you want it to. I have learned that I don’t have a lot of leg to work with, and covering it up with boot doesn’t leave enough thigh between my skirt and top of my boot to get that desired “fashionista” look that I want.

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2. Heel or nothing. Heels are a short girl’s best friend. Seriously. The only pair of OTK boots that I own are flat with no heel and although they do look great, I get no height. I love heels and I would love the boots way more if I were boosted up 3-4 inches. Heels lengthen your legs, and with OTK boots, that is exactly what you want when you are short!!

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3. Classic neutrals are the best. I tend to follow this rule with all boots. Boots don’t tend to come in crazy patterns, but there are different types of materials that come in weird shades. My favourites are black, brown and camel. These go with the most in your closet, and always look fab (plus, black is really slimming). Note: Images below are sourced left to right.

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4. When you find them, rock them. If you find a cute pair that you love…hang on to them. Take great care of them and most importantly, be confident!! At the end of the day, if you love how they look, then that is what it is all about!! You will always find someone to compare yourself to…but don’t do it. You look great when you feel great! So smile, pull the boots up and strut your stuff!

The reality is…finding a good pair of OTK boots is tough – really tough – for short girls with big legs. It’s a harsh thing to accept, but if you keep looking…you will find your pair. I wish I could suggest some pairs to check out, but I have yet to find a pair that is sold in stores right now (I thrifted my first pair).

Keep your chin up shorty, your pair is out there for you!

With that, I leave you with some of my favourite fashion blogger ensembles that feature OTK boots! Cheers!

how to wear boots 2014 | 20 Style Tips On How To Wear Over-The-Knee Boots:

Helena / Brooklyn Blonde

How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots — IRL: You don't need me to tell you that everything looks different on a model than it does in real life.:

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fall / winter - fall outfits - street style - street chic style - casual outfits - black leggings + grey over the knee boots + grey sweater + black leather jacket + green plaid scarf:

Jean / Extra Petite

The Preppy Side of Pinterest: Christmas Looks

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I have been a bit absent these past couple of days. As we head into finals season, I have been absolutely swamped with assignments, studying and trying to maintain my sanity. So, I took a couple of days off. BUT, I am returning today with some great Christmas looks for you…straight from Pinterest (just the inspiration you need this holiday season). A few weeks ago, I showed you my top three must-have looks for this holiday season.

Today, I want to show you some of the preppy looks that I am loving this month…

Classic Red Tartan – I have a thing for plaid and this look screams classic Christmas. Red tartan is the best tartan, and here, paired with a black sweater, a string of pearls, matching red tartan heels and a dark crimson lip is perfect. This season, midi skirts are completely in. Many people think that midi skirts are for tall people, and tall people only. Not true at all – try the length with a pair of heels to boost your height, and you are golden!

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Dressy dressy at the Mall – There is nothing wrong with sporting a skirt and tights around town for the holidays. Just because the snow has come to stay (which we don’t have by the way…), doesn’t mean you can’t show off those legs in the Winter and get your cute on! This outfit below emphasizes the importance of layers. The turtleneck under the plaid flannel, which is under the wool pea coat. Not to mention, the hunter green Hunter boots…simply perfection.

Hunter boots *-*-read coat, green skirt, and that plaid blouse! i LOVE this outfit...I really would like to look like this girl.:

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The Laid back Lumberjack – Okay, so maybe this isn’t what a lumberjack would sport in the forest, but this look is incredibly cute. From the plaid flannel vest to the staple Bean Boots that she is sporting…I love it all. This look is super easy to recreate and perfect for getting the house ready for the family, hunting to buy the Christmas tree, or even running errands at the mall.

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Fur on Plaid – This is an adorable look as well. The tartan, as you know, is already a favourite of mine. However, the fur is a new one for me. I just recently added a faux fur vest to my closet, and I have yet to sport it…but this is one of my inspirational outfits on Pinterest, which is why I am including it today. It is an easy and simple look to recreate with black pants or leggings…throw on some cute heels, or maybe some over the knee boots – voila!

20 Style Tips On How To Wear Leggings, Outfit Ideas | Gurl.com:

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That’s it for today. There is more to come this week hopefully. I love Christmas, and I love writing about Christmas style. Especially when I get to go through my inspirational boards…look forward to more outfit details coming soon (I know Mondays are usually details days…)

What do you think about these looks? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below…

20 Holiday Outfit Essentials…

Sometimes, it can be difficult to pick out what to wear…or better yet, difficult to find the motivation to pick out what to wear, when it’s cold, miserable and snowy outside. The holiday season is a time to look bundled and stylish! It’s essential to look fabulous during this festive season, and with a few essentials…you can do just that! I have compiled 20 holiday outfit essentials so that dressing yourself up for the holidays won’t be so tough!

Holiday Essentials - Pearls and Polkadots

Wool Coat | 2 LBD | 3 Plaid Flannel | 4 Bow Gloves | 5 Leopard Beanie | 6 White Blouse | 7 Fur Vest | 8 Ugly Christmas Sweater | 9 Red Midi Skirt | 10 Black Clutch | 11 Long Gloves | 12 Red Tartan Scarf | 13 Black Pumps | 14 Statement Necklace | 15 Bean Boots | 16 Red Tote | 17 Leopard Booties | 18 Riding Boots | 19 Metallic Flats | 20 Moccasins 

With these twenty items, you will be cozy, stylish and festive this holiday season!

How do I style them? 

A lot of these pieces can be paired together. Take the red midi skirt, pair it with the black pumps, white blouse and white wool overcoat and you have yourself a perfect look for Christmas dinner, Sunday service or even those holiday photos with the family!

Stay tuned…

I will be posting some combos using these items and a few more of my favourite holiday staples! In the meantime, if you are looking to put together some looks for the holiday season…check out my post last month: 3 outfits you need this holiday season … that should tide you over until I release this stellar outfit combo post!

Happy Holidays and a happy Tuesday everybody…