Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Dress (worn as skirt); Top; Blazer; Bracelets & Heels- Thrifted; Ring- Zellers; Knee Socks- Forever 21; Purse- Gap; Nail Polish- Stormy & Gold Coin by Revlon

Last week I was awarded the sunshine award by the beautiful mother & daughter duo Heather & Kayla over at H&K Style Journey and asked to share the answers to their 10 questions. 

1. Why did you start blogging? Who and what inspires you?

I started blogging after I graduated University because I had more free time (or so I thought), was in a boring job and wanted to do something more creative. I'm inspired by unique statement pieces, feminine silhouettes & the hidden treasures in my closet.  

2. If you could have one power what would it be (invisibility or flying)? Why?

I've always said I wanted to be able to fly like a bird, so that I would be in control of the flight, unlike with airplanes (one of my biggest fears). 

3. What did you want to be when you grew up?  What are you doing now?

I found a letter I wrote to myself 10 years ago saying that when I grew up I would be a lawyer (a fantasy that stemmed from Legally Blonde).  I am now trained as a Social Worker, working as a Program Manager with Dress for Success.  I'm still helping people, in a different (and far less lucrative!) way. 

4. Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate (dark) of course!

5. If you had to choose only one type of make up with you on a deserted island, what would it be? 

I'm not a big makeup gal but I do throw on facial bronzing powder everyday, us Irish gals gotta make sure we don't fade (or disappear) into the background!

6. Favorite book or author?

Sophie Kinsella- her sense of British humour slays me and my favourite book she's written is "Undomestic Goddess"

7. What is your favorite holiday and why?

Like most people I love Christmas because of the giving spirit and being surrounded by people I love.  This year my Mum & Step-Dad will be staying with my man, Mr. Marley, Mama Sita and I in our new house.  It's my first Christmas in Ottawa since I moved here 6 years ago and I'm looking forward to staying put and hosting my family. 

8. Cooking or baking?  What's your best recipe?

Cooking, my measurements aren't precise enough for baking! I tend to borrow recipes and I'm currently loving a roasted vegetable soup that I learned how to make at a Credible Edibles cooking class. 

9. What is an accomplishment you are most proud of in your life?

Making a life for myself in Ottawa.  When I moved here I had no family, friends or connections and now I feel like part of a community. 

10. Cats or dogs?

I think we all know the answer to this one- cats of course! Although my favourite animals are pigs (I stopped eating pork when I was 13 years old) and I dream of one day opening up a sanctuary for pigs who are saved from slaughterhouses. 

Are your answers similar to mine?


  1. Cute look - I've been MIA lately, but I love your new layout. Very cute!

    Kate xo

  2. that was fun to read emily. you look like a vision of autumn in russets, copper, and your nearly all thrifted outfit! :) nice nails, & i hope you share your upcoming christmas experience.

  3. Love your answers, especially to hear how excited you are to host Christmas this year for your family. It's been fun to see what everyone's answers! Your knee high socks are great with those shoes!

  4. wow, I also like pigs and especially piglets but unfortunately sometimes I eat them. maybe someday I will not. my favourite animal is dog though. and I would love to open a so called abandoned dogs' home someday when I have millions of euros, hehe.
    anyway, your answers were very interesting to read and I found out some new stuff about you. though most of the things I already knew :)

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  5. I love the mini skirt and socks combo! I wish I could pull off this look, but you rock it a lot better.

  6. I love that cute printed skirt and those fun knee socks! I'm with you--Christmas is my favorite holiday and chocolate beats vanilla any day!

  7. I love pigs too, especially baby piglets. :) Every year for Thanksgiving, I adopt a turkey from Farm Sanctuary (instead of eating one!).

  8. You should definitely be proud of the life you've made in ottawa! It's always amazing when people can move somewhere completely new and start over. I hate change, so to see it done successfully is awesome :) And I love that you used to want to be a lawyer because of Legally Blonde. THAT is also awesome.

  9. congrats on the award. I know you must be super excited about Christmas at your house.

  10. Emily I enjoyed your answers. You are just an all around wonderful, beautiful person. Congrats on your award. I can see why they picked you. Love your over the knee socks...very cute! Dawn suitcase vignettes

  11. Congratulations on your award Emily! Your answers were awesome! I think it's exemplary that you made a life for yourself where you knew noone. Not many people can do that! That's AWESOME doll!

  12. Congrats on the award :) I like this look tons! I love dark chocolate too :)

  13. I've been waiting for the first signs of over-the-knee socks to know autumn is well and truly here. I love the autumn hues you've combined for this outfit, the thrifted top (I'd love it tucked into a pencil skirt for work!) is fantastic and the stack of bracelets is the perfect accessory.

    You do so much for the Ottawa community and we are lucky to have you! It's nice that creating a life here was your biggest accomplishment.


One of my daily joys is reading the lovely comments you leave. It may take a day or two (or three, depending on how hectic life gets!) but I will stop by your slice of the blogosphere soon! xo Emily