New Year's Eve 2011
New Year's Eve 2011 por Roser Lou con crop jackets

La última entrada del año.

Un 2010 repleto de ilusiones, de sonrisas, de emociones, de sueños "casi" hechos realidad...

Lo cierro con una sonrisa para poder abrir el 2011 con grandes y mayores expectativas.. porque cada año que pasa crecemos y aprendemos más... no hay día que pase que me ilusione más por todo lo que ven mis ojos, escuchan mis oídos y puedo tocar con mis manos.

La vida es un cúmulo de sensaciones.. y sea aquí, en París, en New York o en Londres... seguiré viviéndolas con la misma emoción que lo he hecho hasta ahora!!!

Os lo aconsejo, la vida es un viaje EMOCIONANTE!!!

Disfrutad de ello!


Looking Back at 2010

Here is my final recap post for 2010. These are just a few of the events through the year that have made and impression on me.

As most of you have proabably already read in previous posts, JP and I celebrated New Years Eve in Hawaii. It was a perfect start to 2010.
February was spent cheering on our fellow Canadian olympians at every chance, and sporting Team Canada gear to show our support. JP and I spent a lot of time at our neighbors apartment watching hockey game after hockey game.
March was Alberta Fashion Week. Some friends and I went to see a Fashion show, and the picture that would become my first outfit post on Chictopia was taken. 
My cousin was working for a year in Vancouver, so Ashley of Opheliac and I decided to take a trip and visit her. We took a road trip across the boarder to Seattle for a couple of days and starting to search for my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses! My cousin had a friend in Seattle who kindly showed us around. Instead of deciding on one place to take us out for the night, he took us to several little pubs and bars, which was so much fun! Along the way we took silly, touristy photos in front of fun statues, and monuments including a troll under a bridge!!
May was the month when I took my first outfit photos with Ashley of Opheliac. I had been complaining to her about how terrible I was with a tripod and self-timer, and how every time I attempted to take photos somewhere cool and scenic everything would go terribly wrong. She offered to help me out. 
June was one of my absolute favourite months at work. My bff at work S and I had so many fun lunch adventures and were totally hooked on Chictopia together. We would make mad dashes to the mall on our lunch breaks, grab bubble teas and just talk about everything! S you are the best!!
JP's annual brithday camping trip, PITW was in July. The weather was perfect the first day, but turned rainy and cold the second day. The rain was pouring down so hard that a mud slide started and ran right through our fire, completely burying it. The boys scrambled to rig up a tarp to protect us and the fire, while the girls chanted "Motivation Motivation!!!"As well, my search for the perfect wedding dress continued into July, but I still hadn't decided on what style of dress I wanted, so the search continued...
The summer was pretty stressful for JP and I this year. We found mold growing in the walls between our kitchen and bathroom, and kitchen and hallway. We had less that a week to pack up everything and find somewhere else to live. We ended up living with my parents for the month of August. Moving in with my parents for a month didn't end up to be so bad. I got to borrow my moms jewellery and perfume, and JP got to video game with my brothers.
This year my birthday was perfect. Me, my mom and little sister went to see Mama Mia! It was a fantastic way to spend my birthday. Because I spent my actual birthday with my mom and sister, JP planned a special night out for the two of us on the weekend. JP and I also hit the seven year mark in our relationship in September.
Near the end of October I had surgery and spent the majority of November recovering. Thank goodness for blogs. I spent most of my time off from work discovering and reading new blogs, sleeping, reading, and getting hooked on girly TV shows (Pretty Little Liars! So addicting). 
I had the chance to meet up with some amazing Calgary bloggers in December. We decided to meet for tea and coffee and talked about absolutely everything! We talked about blogging, living in Calgary, where to shop, school, work, and everything in between. It was so fun getting to know these girls, and I'm looking forward to our next blogger meet up.
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Year in Review

Wow. I can't believe 2010 is just about over. It's been a busy year and in some ways a very difficult year . . . lots of new things, lots of unexpected changes, but much of it has been good as well.

Just to do a personal inventory of how far we have come this year, I would like to share a month-by-month summary of life in 2010.

In January, we lived in Indianapolis, Indiana and I started a brand spanking new job at a museum I love and greatly respect. I had worked there for 2 years already, but this position was a step up as well as a move into the curatorial department, after spending most of my museum career in collections. I was very excited and a little bit intimidated.

In February, a new and wonderful job opportunity opened up for my husband that he just couldn't resist. The only trouble? It was in Dallas, Texas. He applied and almost immediately was called down to Texas for an interview. On his flight home, he was offered the job.

Before March 1st, my husband had already moved to Texas for his new job. Luckily, his parents live there so he was able to stay with them for awhile to start out. I decided to stay in Indy by myself for a few months to finish up a major exhibit project at work and to pack up the house/get ready for the big move. It also gave me some time to wrap my mind around our new situation.

In April, I traveled down to Texas to visit my husband and also to go house-hunting. It didn't take us long to narrow down the area and type of house we'd like to live in. Before my visit was up, we'd found the perfect place. We decided to take the plunge and become homeowners.

In May, the big art exhibit I had been working on finally opened. It was an exciting time and my husband was even able to attend the grand opening. It was also a sad time, and at the end of the month, the very same weekend that the exhibit opened, I had to say good bye to my good friends at work and finish packing our house for the move to Texas.

In June, my sister Sarah traveled to Indy so that she could drive down to Texas with me in my little 2-door car, packed to the gills with boxes, luggage and my cat, Scooter. After the moving van came with the rest of our belongings, we were able to move into our new home. In mid-June I started a new, temporary (6-month) position at a wonderful museum in Dallas.

By July, Hubby and I were already in full-blown house project mode. With a house built in 1923, there is always something to work on! We started by painting my beautiful craft room, as well as the guest room and Hubby's self-proclaimed "Man Cave". We changed the outdoor lights, and started cleaning up the yard. It really started to make our house feel like a home.

In August, my family got the chance to visit from Iowa. They had never been to Texas, and of course they chose the hottest week of the year to visit. However, we made the best of it and took them to all the sites, including the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the Dallas World Aquarium, and all sorts of other fun places.

In September, I was really missing my friends. My husband worked late hours and I needed something to keep me busy in the evenings. I decided to sign up for an online sewing class and learned that sewing is actually lots of fun! It was not nearly as difficult as I had imagined and I began thinking up lots of projects I wanted to try.

In October, we adopted a new kitten named Bubby. He was a handful and for awhile we wondered if we had made the right decision, but he has become such a sweetie that now I wouldn't trade him for anything. He's even getting along with his older brother Scooter!

We spent most of November repainting our dining room. It was a long, drawn-out process, but totally worth it. It is the first room we have finished in the main "public" area of our home and it is sooo nice that it's finally presentable! Now, on to the kitchen!

In December, I received the wonderful news that my temporary job would be extended for another 6 months... and there is a good possibility that it could become permanent after that! We also had the opportunity to host Christmas with my in-laws, the first big event in our new home.

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Well . . . looking back on it like that, I guess it really wasn't such a bad year after all. Lots of changes, but so far they have turned out for the good. A year ago I would have never guessed that this is where we would end up, but I am thankful to have had so many new opportunities and I hope that 2011 will prove to be just as exciting! [but maybe without the moving part... I'm a little tired of boxes!]

Top Looks of 2010

It's nearing the end of 2010, so I thought I would take a look back at some of my more popular outfits. 

In the summer I was obsessed with lace. I am still in love with this light blue, loose fitting lace top from Aritzia. I also love how a blazer can dress up the simplest of outfits. 
This outfit was from a day trip with Ashley of Opheliac to Bragg Creek. It ended up being a rainy day, so most of our photos happened under this bridge, The summer was also a time for little rompers. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can pull out all of my rompers again! Only 4-5 months left of snow.
I wore this outfit to a casual jack & Jill baby shower. It was actually JP's 8th nephew's shower! As you can see, this is the third photo in a row featuring lace. If you don't know by now, I adore lace everything!
I remember this day so clearly. Ashley of Opheliac and I drove around forever trying to find the perfect spot for photos. I really wanted to find this park that my brothers and I call "the barn" but I didn't know it's exact location. Finally we found it, but by then it was rainy and cold. Somehow, we ended up walking, talking and taking tons of photos for hours in the cold. It was such a fun day!
This is one of my casual friday looks from work. The building in the background is City Hall. I remember this being such an exciting time of year because all of the tulips downtown were blooming. It was so beautiful!
So far I have been having a blast blogging. I'm really loving capturing my life through my wardrobe and really observing my personal style and learning what it means to me. Here are a few more of my favourite outfits from this year on the blog:

Thank you so much to everyone who has been supporting me along the way. I'm looking forward to what the new year has to bring, and I can't wait to sharing it with all of you. 

Coloured Christmas

Sombras de ojos: paleta de colores de H&M (lo más!)

Christmas Gifts

holy moly.  if you know me you can probably imagine my squeal as i opened this puppy.  my very own fancy camera?  i thought i would never see the day {well at least for a few years or so of scraping & saving}.  thank you sweet parents for giving us so much more than we deserve {just like Jesus}.

since having our super cool, awesome, new gadget we've been taking some pics around the house.  any excuse to figure out our new toy.  we're definitely just beginners but we're having so much fun!  since i didn't have this before christmas i only captured some of the aftermath.  i have a few of christmas to share soon.

playing with the flash.  i don't think it's as bad as everyone says...
my new books!  i finally can finish narnia. and then have it foreeeever!
christmas at our house
our 2010 family ornament
ben's new old man 'monster boots'.  he loves to jump & stomp in the snow in them.  what else can you do with that much traction?  you gotta stomp.  it's awesome.
benny didn't look that excited to be my 'subject'
i'm so much sweeter...
well, maybe not.  ben said that's the face i make when i'm angry.  i promise i wasn't.
.just a little peak at some of our loot.

my grandma got me this awesome vintage...um...i'm not sure what they are called but thing to hold yarn etc.  isn't it adorable?
turned of my automatic focus to try and do it myself.  nothing but a blur.

as much as i loved seeing our families, being with benny & enjoying time away from work, my favorite part of the holiday was of course, our true gift... celebrating the birth of our Savior.  i so enjoyed reading & re-reading the accounts of Jesus coming to earth, Lord wrapped in skin.  i loved participating in the longing & waiting that took place for a Messiah to come & rescue us from our Sin.  what grace!  i love to remember God's grand plan, His love story to us, the redemption of his people.

matthew 1:18-22
"This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)."

galatians 4:1-7
"What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.  But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir."