The Bright Side

Twenty8Twelve leather jacket, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Mink Pink cape,
Zara silk blouse, Urban Outfitters pants, H&M booties & necklace 

Oh, how I love Vancouver weather. Two days ago, I enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day, so nice out in fact that I strolled around in a silk blouse and leather jacket and felt perfectly warm. Fast forward to today and I’m bundled up in two cashmere sweaters, throwing on earmuffs and a bulky winter parka just to walk my dog around the block. Guess I can’t live in cold-weather denial forever!

I used to just ride the tide of holiday cheer until New Year’s Eve then feel totally worn out and fed up over winter, but this time around I’m really trying to make the most of the season to get me through to the spring. I’m definitely one of those people who don’t feel entirely themselves during the winter, so getting out and embracing the season really helps. Matt and I had such a great time up Grouse Mountain the other day – there are pics below as proof! Other items on the winter bucket list: ice skating at Robson Square, cross-country skiing, and the Christmas Train in Stanley Park! What do you all have planned?

Keeping it real in snowshoes and enjoying a beautiful sunset with nachos and beer! Perfect winter day.

Happy hump-day to all of you! To Vogue or Bust

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  1. 12.14.11
    Sam said:

    Your snow pictures look amazing, what a contrast from the first few pics. How cold does it get in Vancouver? I like the mint shirt and green bag. Nice mix

  2. 12.14.11
    Cara said:

    We have been so lucky to have such beautiful weather, and even if it gets a bit chillier, that's okay with me as long as the rain stays away!
    Love that leather jacket and those booties, and that sunset picture is just beautiful-it is so gorgeous up at Grouse!
    xo Cara

  3. 12.14.11

    Love your jacket and boots here!
    Thanks for following us- Bella & I are big fans 🙂
    I know what you mean about winter and not really feeling yourself, my Christmas mood is kind of deflating as there is no snow yet…I'm sure it shall pick up soon….

  4. 12.14.11
    lisa said:

    Better to be cold and dry than mildly warm and drenched by rain!

  5. 12.14.11
    Leonie said:

    Oh man, this looks like such a fun time! And the sunset is absolutely beautiful, great picture.

    I definitely "feel confused" by the weather lately, but I won't complain about having that sunshine in between those cold days.

    Bobble Hat

  6. 12.14.11

    Love your snow pics! I live near Ottawa and this year surprisingly, we have no snow yet??!! Also first time that I want some snow for Christmas.

  7. 12.14.11
    Dora said:

    I realy love green bags right now,and yours splendid! yes,i totally share your feeling about the winter!! Xo

  8. 12.14.11

    Want that Zara blouse, looks gorgeous on you! Yup the sun is deceiving, I look like a fuzzy Eskimo when I walk to work in the morning lol cannot stand feeling chilly!
    Skating and Robson Square and The Stanley park train are on my list as well! Hoping to check one of those off this wknd 🙂
    Happy Holidays!!
    Bella xox

  9. 12.14.11
    Shannon said:

    Nachos and beer sound really good right now! 🙂

    Your pictures are stunning. Really love your blog.

  10. 12.14.11
    megan said:

    you are so pretty! 🙂

  11. 12.14.11

    so sweet,thanks a lot !:)

    i got no choice, i have to leave a comment again 😀 you´re sooooo beautiful with such a great style, wonderful 🙂

    p.y. please excuse my "english-mistakes" 😉

  12. 12.14.11
    Jen said:

    I am really liking the long layered cardi under your leather jacket in this look, love! It is unique and flattering. The colour palette is classic Alex and beautiful 🙂

    Did you end up doing the Peak of Christmas thing at Grouse? I checked on the prices online and if I'm correct it's $40 per person? Thinking of begging David to take me but I don't know if it's worth it!

    Hope you're having a great week of holiday! And I know what you mean – I'm trying to savour Christmas so that the next few months before spring won't be as bad!


  13. 12.14.11
    LINDA said:

    Very beautiful outfit! And love pictures with the snow!

    Linda from

  14. 12.14.11
    Chesley said:

    Love the color combinations!!

    xo, Chesley

  15. 12.14.11

    Lovely outfit choice again! you have great taste. And a beautiful snap of the sun setting

  16. 12.14.11
    Sarah said:

    It looks like you had such fun, I definitely need to get out and embrace the cold winter weather, I've just been in feeling sorry for myself so far. You look lovely in the pictures, the blouse really suits you and I love your jacket. It's strange how weather can go from one thing to another in the matter of days! xo

  17. 12.14.11
    two birds said:

    it's like extreme snowshoeing! the weather has been crazy in minnesota, too…it's like spring here, with rain and above-freezing temps! i adore your outfit…it seems that you have perfected layering!

  18. 12.14.11
    Elisabeth said:

    Oh you have tons of snow already! And still sun?! I'm confused, can there be such a perfect combination? Hehe. Here we still don't have any snow…
    I tried those snowshoes last year but apparently my feet are too small to fit them…
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!


  19. 12.14.11
    MolDiva said:

    Hi like your post so much!Great sense of style! Wonderful photos!

    Follow me with pleasure on

  20. 12.14.11
    Gina said:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm loving your green bag and jacket in this outfit. And that last photo is gorgeous!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!

    xo, gina

  21. 12.14.11
    Katya said:

    That shirt is ah-mazing!

    Can you believe how up and down the weather has been lately? I'm crossing my fingers that it's a white Christmas. It's just one of the ups of living in Canada 🙂


  22. 12.14.11
    Jinna Boo said:

    your boots and purse! fab <3

  23. 12.14.11

    I love snow! 😀

  24. 12.14.11

    Hehe I own that whole outfit at the beginning – great minds! xxx

  25. 12.14.11

    Haha, Alex that is the perfect description of Vancouver weather from hot to cold – I even remember a few days like that in the summer. And my goodness, you are the queen of beautiful outfits – I can't stop drooling over them! I'm also smitten by your recent love of earth tones, they seem to be taking over my closet as well, as of late! Yay, snowboarding -you guys look awesome!! xo veronika

  26. 12.14.11

    You look beautiful! LOVE the boots.


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    Nicole said:

    Ohhh pretty! LOVE the purse!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog, follow if you want please! 🙂

    -N 🙂

  29. 12.14.11

    Love this look ! and what i really love is the pop color of your belt and shoes, Also love how the cardigan looks with the jacket!! En conclusion … I just loveee the whole outfit its just perfect ! =D You look Gorgeous!

    MK Style Diaries

  30. 12.15.11

    I want to live in cold-weather denial foreverrrrrr!!! Toronto has been unusually warm – with a few cold days here and there. I know it the FREEEEZING cold will hit us soon 🙁 I've never tried snowshoeing, but I definitely think I should!

  31. 12.15.11

    The snowshoes look like fun! I really like your outfit, super cute.

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  33. 12.15.11
    Cee said:

    You're looking so lovely as always doll… I'm so envious of all the time you have off to rest, reflect and recharge, I swear, it shows in your photos. You look like you're glowing! I love your put together casual look, particularly your pants. I'm on the hunt for a new pair of black skinnies, are yours BDG? Do you love them? I must know 🙂

  34. 12.15.11
    Marcella said:

    Totally loving the new haircut! Gives a beautiful softness to your look. The outfit is so perfect for casual strolling, love the interesting elements and the standout tan pieces.

    And good to hear you are making the most of winter – it can be dreary but getting out and about will definitely liven the season up!

    x Marcella

  35. 12.15.11

    Love the mint colored Zara blouse! I had the same shoes as you except in black. The buttons broke off so I returned them. I only wore them 3 times too : ( Oh and you even look stylish in snowshoes Alexandra!! You know you're stylish WHEN…HA HA

  36. 12.15.11
    Hannah said:

    Love your style, you are stunning!

    xoxo, H

  37. 12.15.11

    Loving the first outfit, the green pieces makes your eyes pop!

  38. 12.15.11

    The top with your eyes look crazy gorgeous! I've been thinking about organizing a snowboarding trip or just a winter cabin rental getaway with some friends..hopefully it works out!

  39. 12.15.11
    Jackie said:

    This is such a great layered look. I especially love your jacket!

  40. 12.15.11

    love this post and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad 😀

  41. 12.15.11
    Matina said:

    lol, i love how it went from beautiful sunny stunning shots, to you being a tough guy in the snow. LOVE IT. you look stunning of course. what's new. x


  42. 12.15.11
    t said:
  43. 12.15.11
    Heather said:

    Your boot/belt/bag combo is perfection!!!!! I just love your look 🙂


  44. 12.15.11
    LeeLee said:

    Love the name of your blog. Great simple and chic outfit.

  45. 12.15.11
    Annie said:

    Ahhh snow shoe-ing…so much fun! Love that green bag you're wearing….and your pics are amazing as always 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  46. 12.15.11

    beautiful pictures!

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  48. 12.15.11

    these pics and you – SO beautiful!!!
    ps thanks for the super kind comment too babe! XX

  49. 12.15.11

    Love this blouse!

    xo Ashleigh

  50. 12.15.11
    Kriska said:

    great outfit! I just came across your blog and I really like it, especially your outfits because they all look so well put together. 🙂 As for the outfit in this post, I also admire how you managed to pull off a monochrome. great job! 😉
    Follow us on Twitter: missesdressy

  51. 12.15.11
    Leah said:

    That shirt is beautiful and the colour of these photos is as well. Keep enjoying this weather! The snowshoeing looks so fun!

    xo L.

  52. 12.15.11

    so cute! jealous of the pretty Vancouver scenery! I need to plan a trip soon.

  53. 12.15.11

    i like the asymmetrical hemline on your shirt and it really brings out your pretty green eyes! love the Rebecca Minkoff purse! I want one so bad

  54. 12.15.11
    relish said:

    love your outfit. from the jacket to the boots!
    and your trip pictures look so fun!!

  55. 12.15.11

    I really love your jacket, blouse and shoes! you look so nice! I love your style.

  56. 12.15.11

    Love the layering combo! The green color brings out your eyes!

    Hot Pink Day
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  57. 12.15.11

    You look great!


  58. 12.15.11

    Great pics!
    And love your bangs, I just took the plunge yesterday and they are slightly too short :s I'm hoping they grow out and can look like yours!

  59. 12.15.11

    Love your shoes!

  60. 12.15.11
    Kat said:

    you look amazing! love this look! 😀

  61. 12.16.11

    You look very beautiful!

    The Life After

  62. 12.16.11

    Very nice weather you have there!! Love the pale green color of your bag!!

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    Great ;))

  65. 12.16.11

    Love the outfit, you look gorgeous! You look a lot like Megan Fox, do you get that very often?


  66. 12.16.11

    This look is so pretty and simple. I love the snow/sunset photos. ANDDD your shoes are great and you're super pretty!

  67. 12.16.11
    Jen Umm said:

    this is incred, love the photos
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin 🙂
    let me know!

  68. 12.16.11

    Lovely outfit, love the boots! Your list of wintery things to do sounds lots of fun and that sunset is beautiful <3

  69. 12.16.11

    amazing outfit 🙂 love these bag and jacket 🙂 greeeat!

  70. 12.17.11
    Melissa said:
  71. 12.17.11

    what an awesome post Alex!!!!! from the urban city streets to the most wonderfully wintery snow cap-off – LOVE THIS!!!!!! you are not alone with that feeling of riding the tide – i'm working on making the most of the season this year too, work in progress styles, not quite there yet but hoping. perhaps a couple spiked eggnog's would do the trick? ; )

    you two are the cutest, i think Matt grabbed some choice air in that one shot, it's brill! and you are pure sweetness – miss wanna-be-gangsta! baha, good to see you enjoying yourself after school wrapped up. you must be loving every second of the day now! xoox ♥

  72. 12.18.11

    oh i just love your boots you look amazing!!!!

  73. 12.19.11

    Wow! It's pretty snowy over there!:)

    Great outfit photo's! I'm in love with the silky, olive green shirt! And the color compliments your eyes so well! The easy yet chic off-duty look! Love it!



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  75. 12.20.11

    wow, amazing outfit! Love the emerald green and brown together! It looks great!

  76. 12.20.11
    V. said:

    u look lovely! and the last pic is amazing!!!

    check out my blog if u get a second!!


  77. 12.20.11

    pure beauty and nostalgia! love how you represent all that is vancouver to me! 🙂

  78. 12.20.11

    love the casual leather jacket look…you look really pretty with the natural makeup too! cool snow pics with the sunset, tells a story! X

  79. 12.22.11

    I absolutely adore this outfit with all the layers,I also love the gloves they give it a little more edgy feel.

  80. 12.23.11
    April Lyn said:

    I LOVE these booties on you!

    April Lyn
    the suit for dreams.

  81. 12.23.11
    Kate said:

    Those camel booties are so adorable!! I love them! Feeling the need to go scout out our local h&m! Too cute! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

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