What to Wear this Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, most of us will be starting to celebrate the season, with parties for work, family events, New Years Eve parties, or other outings. This time of the year can be an expensive month, and you might be stuck wondering what you can wear for all the events you are attending without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips to help ease you into the festive season without the stress of overspending.

The first option is simple, wear things that you already own! If you are tired of the things you already have, or feel like you wear the same thing too often, there are ways you can find new inspiration in your existing wardrobe. When you have the time, you can thoroughly organize your closet. This can include pulling everything out and hanging everything back up so you are reminded of what you own. Also, you can play around with different combinations of your clothing once you know what you have. While you are doing this, you can use helpful tools like the app Stylebook. With this app you can arrange your clothing into outfits, or let the app create your outfits for you! It’s always fun to reimagine different outfits with the clothing you already have. If you are really ambitious, you could purge a few items while you’re at it and take them to a consignment shop and try to make some extra cash – it sure doesn’t hurt, especially during the holiday season. You could also organize a clothing swap between your friends! Host this event by telling your friends to bring clothing, shoes and accessories that they no longer wear and you can all exchange the items that work for each person. With this event, no one has to spend any additional money on their new-to-them items. End the night with some festive snacks and a holiday movie, your friends will love it!

DSC_6268

The next option includes one of my favourite things, thrifting! Thrifting may seem overwhelming, so I have a few tips for you. Set aside the proper time to thrift, if you try to fit a thrifting outing in between multiple appointments or in the middle of a busy day, you will most likely end up overwhelmed. Second, spend some time on Pinterest or Instagram before you thrift and decide upon which pieces you want to be looking for. This will help you to stay focused on what you are actually looking for. However, you never know what you might find, so keep your eyes open for surprises too. Thirdly, try to thrift items that are made from natural materials and that are good quality items – avoid fast fashion brands or cheap items that will only last a few more washes. You are thrifting for items that you will continually wear again! While you are checking out your local thrift shops, vintage shops, or consignment shops for some second-hand scores, you can also browse around for unique items that you could give as gifts. Sometimes the best-suited gift can be discovered on the shelves of a second-hand shop, for a very reasonable price, compared to a full price item that may have no meaning behind it.

DSC_6275

Lastly, if you do need a new outfit for the holiday season, buy it from local designers that produce their goods sustainably. I don’t think there is anything better than buying something handmade and seeing the person who made it light up when they know that someone will enjoy their work. If supporting a local designer isn’t an option, there are several platforms in which handmade articles are curated, Etsy is one of those platforms. It is also very useful to watch the local community newspapers and social media for notices about craft sales, flea markets and pop-up shops. These are also all good opportunities to shop local and thrift at the same time.

DSC_6279

So with all this in mind, I hope you are able to create a look (or several) during this holiday season that saved your wallet and the planet! Wishing you all a very merry season!

Previously appearing on The Ace Class

-Tiara

Honey Honey

oct82018_1
These photos have such warm tones, however the weather was was not warm in the slightest (typical Saskatchewan). I really love this outfit, one of my favourite things about this outfit is how the items are all composed from natural materials (except the tights, which I have been gently washing and reusing for over 4 years now). It is one thing to shop secondhand, but it is only sustainable if the clothing you are thrifting is high-quality and composed of natural materials. This is because man-made materials create plastic microfibres when washed – which is one of the most devastating pollutants in our waterways today. It is time to take responsibility for our actions and to start making our purchases more sustainable.
oct82018_4
oct82018_2
oct82018_5
oct82018_8
oct82018_3
oct82018_6
oct82018_7


Turtleneck: French Connection (thrifted from Stasia Boutique ) / Blazer: Ann Taylor (thrifted) / Skirt: The Leather Ranch (thrifted) / Shoes: Last Shoes / Purse: 33rd Street Market / Sunglasses: vintage Ralph Lauren (thrifted) / Belt: vintage / Necklace: Hazlewood Vintage /


Tiara

Total Tea Addict

teaaddictRFB1
I guess it is pretty obvious that I am a total tea addict when my first post on my blog is about tea! Lately, I have been obsessed with peppermint tea! Peppermint tea is delightful alone or with honey & it is also quite beneficial for your health. Peppermint is known to aid in relaxation, reduce inflammation, help with stomach digestion and works as an immune booster. I drink peppermint tea every day!

The ingredients in most peppermint tea mixes are also beneficial to your health:

  • Spearmint: aids in minimizing headaches and stress.
  • Tarragon: aids in regulating metabolism & digestion.
  • Lavender: relieves stress and inflammation & helps to minimize bloating.

In addition to all these natural health benefits you also get lots of antioxidants to improve your overall health! As a sufferer from IBS, chronic anxiety & depression, I can personally tell you that whenever my stomach or intestines are troubling me, I drink peppermint tea & it helps to calm them down! Peppermint tea is also a low FODMAP and great for other gastrointestinal disorders or diseases. One caution is that since peppermint tea is so relaxing, it may be too relaxing in some people and cause your sphincter to relax and allow stomach acid back up into the esophagus (so for people who have heartburn, avoid peppermint tea).

teaaddictRFB2

Now, let’s talk about the most sustainable ways to enjoy tea! Purchasing your tea in loose-leaf form in a metal reusable tin is the most environmentally-friendly option. This is because you can keep reusing these items and there is no garbage for you to throw away! Also, most teabags have some percentage of plastic in them, immediately making them unsustainable. Next, you will need a reusable tea infuser. I would recommend a completely metal option as well, just because it is safer to use and will last longer (and can eventually be recycled). Lastly, you will definitely be needing a reusable mug. A reusable mug is needed when you are leaving the house or when you are out & about and purchase tea. I have a reusable mug at home and another one in my car. Some examples of what I am suggesting are: this reusable metal infuser, this loose leaf tea, this cute reusable tin, and this mug. This mug actually keeps tea hot for an insanely long time. All of these items are easy to wash, using reusables is not a hassle whatsoever!

I hope you enjoy tea as much as I do,
-Tiara