In a way, it's funny how the things are never perfect. One of the things I like about Montreal is how laid-back and relaxed the people are. They know how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life - dinner and drinks after hours with friends, nature in all its abundance, material pleasures, but never overwhelmingly so (unlike certain cities like New York, which reeks of commercialism. But don't get me wrong, that's one of the reasons NYC is my favorite place in the world). But at the same time, while I admire their carefree attitude towards life (and envy it, certainly), a part of me missed the bustle of a city that's on the go 24/7. When I found out that the store that closed the latest was Urban Outfitters and closing hour was 8pm, it took ages for my jaw to come back up off the ground. Where are the shops that close late at night? What do people do after work/after dinner if they don't drink?! That was a question that circled round in my head continuously as I looked with resignation at all the closed shutters at the 'late hour' of... 6.30pm. That said, it's always a matter of compromise. The culture of any place has its pros and cons and I suppose if I were to immerse myself in a place that's a lot more relaxed and laid-back and generally less economically-driven all the time, I would really appreciate how much more sustainable it is for people, physically and mentally.
(coat and dress: Ruche, sweater: Sonia Rykiel, boots: Endless.com, necklace: Vamoose)
Not that I really had the opportunity to take outfit shots much, but here was one that my mum managed to help me take when she was still there with me very early on in my stay there. :) Being in such a cold place for 2 months definitely helped me learn a few things about dressing for winter -- 1. You really don't need to pack very much because 2. All you really need is a good coat, good sweater, good thermals. Because apart from those few essentials 3. You're really not going to be wearing very much else. BIG mistake on my part to have brought all my work pants/skirts (what was I thinking; SKIRTS?!) because I ended up just wearing the same thing day after day with minimal variations.
That said, after all the complaints about the weather, I wish I were over in Montreal now that it's summer. SIGH <3<3<3