Winter Wonderland Style

Ahhh January…a month full of snow and cold, marking winter’s halfway point. I don’t care for the cold, and if it weren’t for Ottawa being a lovely city, I probably would have made the move to much warmer climes by now.

The winters where I live are cold, harsh and LONG, making it very conducive to hibernating in your warm house snuggled up with a mug of hot chocolate. ย It’s also conducive to cabin fever. Around this time of year, I am desperate for winter to be over, to take walks outside under the spring sun, catch glimpses of daffodils and tulips poking their heads through the cold ground and simply anticipating the wonderful summer months.

Average Ottawans taking a leisurely walk downtown. Source: Wall Street Journal

The key to surviving the miserable Canadian winter is to simply suck it up and enjoy it. Now, I don’t ski and I most definitely do NOT snowboard (pretty sure the word “snowboard” is synonymous with “compound fracture”), but I do enjoy skating down our Rideau Canalย – the proud recipient of the Guiness Book of World Records honour of being the longest skating rink in the world until Winnipeg ripped that honour away from us.

I had a moment this weekend where I needed to get out of the house. Instead of spending another weekend hunkered down under a blanket watching Netflix, I decided to get out of the house and enjoy a day walking around downtown with my friend Amira.

We found a beautiful, old church with lovely red doors and thought it would be fun to take some “winter style” shots. The outfit I’m wearing is pretty much the type of outfit I wear on the weekends to look as put together as possible while not succumbing to frostbite. Enjoy!

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ” -John Steinbeck

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So, are you a hibernator or a winter lover? What are some of your fave winter styles? Let me know in the comments!

Stay stylish,

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  1. January 20, 2016 / 7:41 am

    I used to not like winter at all. Now i try to embrace it as its a fact of life here in England. Even thought it is harsh on my skin, in my mind i try to stay indifferent. I can only imagine winter is a lot more brutal in Canada. I don’t any Canadians on that front. lol

    • January 20, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Well, you know one now, and the Canadian winter is HARSH. I mean, it tests your will to live. Haha! Ottawa is one of the coldest cities in the world in the winter, which is weird, because our summers are blazing hot. The nice thing about fall and winter though are the great clothes! While our winters are nuts, it’s sooo beautiful….

      • January 30, 2016 / 6:36 am

        yeah i love fall… beautiful. As for the Canadian winter, i am in no mood to test it out lol

    • January 20, 2016 / 11:07 am

      HAHAHA! Thanks, Chantsy! Looking forward to seeing you at Erica’s event! It’s been a while since I’ve seen your face! xo

  2. January 20, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Love this winter look! You make anything look fab ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 20, 2016 / 8:58 am

      Haha! Thank you, Alyssa! I feel I’ve perfected the looking “poised while suffering from hypothermia”. Lol! xo

  3. January 20, 2016 / 9:32 am

    HI D!

    SUPER LOVE this look though babe, I take my hat off to ya (though I probably shouldn’t as it’s FREEEEEEEEEZING!)! You should see my photoshoot in the winter, I look FROZEN and not in the Elsa kind of way!

    p.s. Me loves the boots.. I got the exact pair.. best gift ever! =)



    • January 20, 2016 / 11:07 am

      You’re the best, Marilou! Thank you for your kind words! My friend and I were super speedy with this shoot! While it was warm-ish on Saturday, it was still winter! LOL! And those boots – I absolutely love them. Best investment ever! xoxoxo

  4. Toyinwithfashion
    January 20, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    I absolutely love this dress!!

  5. January 20, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    You absolutely look nice and comfy, great pics, beautiful!

  6. January 20, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    love your dress and boots. The church door is beautiful thanks for sharing

  7. January 20, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    What a cute outfit! I live in Wisconsin, so I can relate to the cold. My winter wardrobe consists mostly of bulky sweaters and coats. I love your dress! I have too many wobbly bits to pull that off! LOL!

    • January 21, 2016 / 11:22 am

      Hahaha! Thanks for the laugh and the kind words. Seems like our wardrobe is pretty much the same! It is brutally cold up here now and I’m wearing two sweaters! LOL!

  8. January 21, 2016 / 2:52 am

    Cute outfit minus the you know what …. LOL! I’m totally kidding; those aren’t that terrible whatsoever =P Although, I’m loving that dress … uber chic, comfy and the perfect lenght for freezing winter weather.


    • January 21, 2016 / 11:21 am

      Thank you, Sonam! LOL! We thought it would be funny to pair the ugly boots with the cute dress. And of course, they also protect me from the chilly weather! xoxoxo

    • January 21, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thank you, my dear! My husband is a big fan of the dress. LOL!

  9. January 21, 2016 / 9:28 am

    Wowerz! I’ll die for that bod!! Sooo jealous of your genes! That’s why anything you wore is justified.

    • January 21, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Thank you so much! LOL! I have been working on my “fitness” for a few years now and it’s really paid off…

  10. January 21, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Love this look Dominique, you look gorgeous! I wouldn’t think to pair the cozy winter boots and pom pom hat with a dress. So stylishly chic. Stay warm.

    • January 21, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Thank you, Asa! It was pretty much a fluke. It was too cold to take them off! Haha!

    • January 21, 2016 / 11:47 pm

      Thank you! That was a good one that keeps me going through our harsh winter! xo

      • January 21, 2016 / 11:52 pm

        I know the feeling i live in the UK.. what about you??

  11. January 23, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    I’m all about hibernating! But this year, since its not so bad in Toronto I’m finding myself out and about more than I’ve ever been in the winter. You look amazing!!!

    • January 23, 2016 / 11:54 pm

      Thank you, babe! Toronto is awesome because it’s a little warmer and there is so much more to do! I also love that Christmas market you guys have in the Distillery District. I wish Ottawa had something like that. I wish Ottawa was Toronto! Lol! xoxox

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