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Top 5 of 2016: #4

Each year I give my self a food goal of sorts, that I usually work through during the winter months. One year I didn't buy bread and made it instead and last year I cooked my way through a couple Ina Garten cookbooks.  My goal this year will be complex and now that I won't be going back to the classroom, I will have more time to work on it, so I figure I should start now.  I have my Grandma Diehl's original cookbook so my goal is to cook my way through it, photographing the food and the original, hand-written recipes and turn that into a book for our family.   I also hope to talk to the 7 siblings and Grandpa to see what kinds of tales they can add to the book.  So look for some of my food posts on Tuesdays in 2017.

I'm glad this post made the top 5 because it was my favourite outfit of the year and also definitely the best event of the year, yaya for weddings and love especially when it's your baby brother's. 

Before I get to my wedding attire, a quick look at the things I wore to work last week.   A nice 4 day work week with travel to Calgary on one day.  All pieces are old and I could go into specifics but I think I'm getting sick and I left this post to last minute so what can ya do? We're almost done the first month of school and I am not even close to being done going through my wardrobe to wear everything once, although I'm getting to the point that I'm tired of getting dressed and would like a few more pajama days.

So my brother's wedding was on the weekend and it took me a ridiculous long time to choose what to wear. Poor Christy and Kyla who got my endless annoying texts asking which one I should go with.  Originally I had the blue dress hanging and ready to go until I accidentally stumbled into Tonic a week or two ago and found the long floral number.  I had also got the black cape blazer to go with whatever I wore so I had to incorporate it.

In the end I packed everything because you just never know how you're going to feel that day, so with the comfort of knowing I had 4 different outfit options, I was certain that I would feel great on my brother's big day.

Friday we hit the mall, visited with family and went swimming before we headed out to the rehearsal supper.  I picked a floral tunic, my new Wit & Wisdom jeans and flats.

[caption id="attachment_8027" align="aligncenter" width="450"] I made my mom wear this dress because it looked way too cute on her![/caption]

On to Saturday.....with some suggestions from Christy and her socialite Calgarian friends, they recommended a few salons so that Kyla, Mom and I could book a blow out and get our hair styled on the wedding day.  We ended up going with Butter Beauty Parlour and fell in love with it.  For 30$ I got the most amazing hair do my hair has ever received and we got to sit at round tables while we were all styled.

Then it was time to commence the makeup process. Which is so fun! I kept spamming my friends with pictures...those are just the moments you want them there with you, non?

I went for the smokey eye with nude lip look to go with the long floral dress.  To be completely honest with you, I haven't felt that beautiful and sexy for a long time.  I decided to play up the....girls.....(which is something I rarely do) to distract from other areas. I was comfy all night and could have worn the dress to bed.

I equally loved my sister's outfit.

And just because why not, here are a few of the other outfits from the wedding. I'd just like to point out that I made a point not to have my camera going too much, I wanted to just be there and be present.  As a result, I don't have one picture of our little family together or even of my handsome hubby. Sigh.


  1. I still love the dress you chose!

  2. I love this new resolution! Your family is going to just love this so much :) Can't wait to see what you come up with every Tuesday. And I loved that dress on you, and your hair and make up were spot on.

  3. Oh friend I just look at this post and think how pretty you look.

  4. Your cookbook idea is so so cool! I hope you'll post about the finished product when you get there. And this was one of my favorite outfits of yours, too! You look so glamorous!

  5. I definitely will post it once I get it all figured out. Should be some interesting recipes...

  6. I wish I could get a blowout everyday.

  7. You are so beautiful, Deena! Your hair always has me going ahhhh beauty! Great outfits too .

  8. This was one of my favorite posts from you because that dress looks amazing on you! It was seriously made for you! And your new resolution is just perfect. What a family treasure you will be creating!

  9. What a fun and cool new years resolution! That is going to be so special for you and your family! I love the dress you wore to the wedding! Gorgeous!

    Doused In Pink

  10. Love the smokey eye on you! It's pretty much my go to look.

  11. Now to find a reason to wear it again!

  12. I hope it can come together like I picture it.

  13. I bet it looks awesome on you!

  14. Love the grandma's cookbook idea. I'm excited to see her recipes. You looked so gorgeous at your brother's wedding.


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