There is nothing more liberating than having a fresh haircut. I know, I know, I didn't do anything drastic, just the same old trim and style I've been going back to for years. But it still gave me a nice kick off to a new year. Even though I just got it cut, I'm already looking to get it dyed again. I've only had it done once, and it's coming up on a year, so I think it's time to freshen it up once spring hits. And that's what I wanted to talk about today. My hair. Don't you just love how random my blog has become? I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of liking it. Not having any schedules, or specifics topics. Just writing about what I want, when I want. I feel like over the past couple of months I've rediscovered blogging, and I love it.



Blouse by Zaful. It may be the middle of winter, but I'm busting out some spring pieces!!
A few years ago, a blog that I love reading, decided to have a word that she would live by for the year. After seeing her do this year, after year I thought it would be a fun little exercise for myself. This year the word that I want to focus on is: simplicity.

As many of you already know, a few months ago I started a beauty blog called The Simplicity File (shameless plug). As I began blogging, I came to realize how much crap I've accumulated over the years. I still love makeup, and I don't have near the collection of some people, but I have more than I need. I've been thinking about this more and more as I've been packing for our move.

I'm a routine person. I don't like change. When I find beauty products, and clothing that I like, I usually don't change them. I'll rotate through the same 10 pieces and hang on to the rest in the hopes of: "someday I may need that", but I never do.

So this year I want to simplify. I want to have less things. Although we may be moving into a bigger place, I want to have less than what we have now. I want to surround myself with things that inspire me and that I love. Not things that are trending on Pinterest, or in the blogging community. I want to focus less on what is in my home, and more on the people who live in it. I'm hoping 2017 will be a year of growth and simplicity.



Sweater from Zaful. I love the detail of the uneven hemline. SO flattering! You can find it here

Last weekend I turned 26. TWENTY SIX guys! It's weird that the older I get, the less of an adult I feel. Does that even make sense..? I mean how on earth am I closer to 30 than 20. I genuinely still feel like I am 17. The day before my birthday I hung out with an old school friend, Jill. We both mentioned that it literally feels like high school just happened, and yet we are coming up on being a graduated for 8 years. It's scary to think that time is going to pass by even faster. The past few years I have been my happiest self. I know life is only going to get better, but I can't help but want to hold on to these years that I will cherish forever.

time is a thief I would rob.



Packing is the weirdest thing. I'm overcome with so many mixed emotions. I'm overwhelmed by where to start, I'm excited to be moving to bigger and better places, I'm liberated to be purging things, I'm sad to be saying goodbye to our little space that has treated our family well over the past 3 and a half years we have lived here. It's weird seeing this place become more and more sparse. It reminds me of when we first moved in and were so excited to start our lives together. Now here we are 3 and a half years later, preparing to move to a new home that will house new memories. I'm trying so hard to savour the last few weeks here, but I can not wait for February 1st to come so we finally get moving!

Sweater from Zaful. There is something about a chunky turtleneck that just gets me. And yes, I am fully aware that my hair desperately needs to be cut!!



...and it's literally just down the street!

I should probably mention that I use the term "I" a lot in this post, and the reason why is because I am the picky one in the relationship. When it comes to renting a property I want it to be flooded with natural light, have white walls, and bright floors. And when I say white walls, I mean white. Off white and beige are not an option. Alex got lucky marrying me... ;)

Guys, GUYS! I'm freaking out right now!!! The past 2 days have been SO crazy, I'm still in shock from it all. Back in late November, early December, we decided it was time for us to move into a bigger space. We found some adorable townhouses just down the road from where we currently live and went for a viewing of a 4 bedroom townhouse. Ideally we wanted a 3 bedroom because of the price, and we were willing to wait until spring to move. We just wanted to get a feel of the place and see if it felt right. It was absolutely stunning. The space felt like home.

For the next few weeks I couldn't stop thinking about this house. The layout was EXACTLY what I wanted. The main floor had such a nice flow, and openness to it, while still having distinct rooms (Does that even make sense? haha!). We decided to wait until January to see if they would have any properties available for March 1st.

This past Tuesday we found out there was a 3 bedroom available, and we would be able to view it on Thursday. We got super excited and couldn't believe this was a possibility for us! Then we actually saw the house, and boy let me tell ya it was awful. And I'm not talking about how the tenants kept it, just the layout was awful, and it felt TINY. It was an end unit so the layout was all wonky and there were way too many stairs, which would be nightmare city with children. As we were leaving the house, out of the blue the property manager said: "We actually have another 3 bedroom that is available for February 1st that has the work all finished if you would like to see it?" I pretty much yelled "YES!"

When we walked in, I pretty much cried. It was the EXACT same layout as the 4 bedroom townhouse we had seen in December, but had a bigger master bedroom, and was cheaper! We applied immediately, handed in our 60 day notice to our landlord, and this morning we got the call confirming we got it!!!!!! So we're moving in 3 weeks. 3 WEEKS!!!!! I'm freaking out. All this to say, I'm pretty darn excited about life in general right now. I can't get over how fast and smooth everything went. Clearly this is meant to be.

So I am currently in home declutter mode. I've noticed a slight shift in my decor taste recently so I'm selling some of our things, and starting fresh. We're keeping all our big pieces, because we still love them, but after looking at the same pictures and decor pieces for the past 3 1/2 years, I desperately ready for a change! Luckily for Christmas we got a ton of gift cards for Ikea and Structube, so the only purchase we will be making with our money is a sofa bed for the living room. I've been browsing Pinterest for inspiration, and can not wait to make this space a home!!!



Before you read about what this post is really about, I needed to do a quick shoutout for the blouse I am wearing. The bows on the wrist are so stinking cute!!! Hop on over to Rosegal for more cute blouses for such a good price!
It's weird how the older I get, the less of a big deal New Year's Eve is to me. I have never considered myself to be a partier, or even social, but I would still do a little something to celebrate New Year's. Although now that I think about it, most of my New Year's were spent watching the 6-part Pride and Prejudice with my parents while eating Chinese food. So I guess I've never really a been a New Year's person, but at least the night would end with a countdown, and watching the ball drop in NYC. 

Last night was pretty much an average night in our home. We gave Calvin a bath, put him to bed at 7pm, ate some frozen pizza while watching X-Men 3 (still think it's the worst Marvel movie ever. Then again I've never seen the Hulk..), then went to bed at 12:03. Nothing special, except the people I spent it with! I may not be the best at celebrating the New Year, but I always love taking some time to think of the past year and do a personal review on me. To look back and see where I can improve.
I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but I really feel that I've grown more than I ever have this year. Controlling my reactions has always been a struggle for me. I'm a very passionate person, so I feel everything to the extremes. So when I get hurt, I completely fall apart. And when I'm mad, I'm furious. Quite a few things happened this year that would have sent me off the deep end if they had happened a few years previously. One situation in particular was so hard for me. I lost the closest friend I ever had out of her own choice. It's still painful, and I miss her horribly, but I am so surprised to say that I have no feelings of anger or hate towards her. I'm so over the "drama" and "holding a grudge" phase of my life. It's so refreshing to not be clinging to feelings of bitterness. They always say wisdom comes with age, so I'm going to give all the credit to my age. I'm still nowhere near perfect, but I'm so glad that this year I was able to react in ways that were not like me. Ways that surprised me. 

I was watching one of my favourite Youtuber the other day and she said something that really hit home to me. She was talking about how important it is to learn to love yourself. It's the longest relationship you will ever have. Boom, mind blown. But seriously though if you think about it, who else to you spend every single second of every single day with? Yourself. You'r constantly in your own thoughts, in your own skin, being you. The older I get, the more I am starting to love myself. Love who I am becoming. Every year gets better. So naturally, I can not wait for 2017!

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