It’s here. Winter is here and while I’m not much of a snow bunny (I’m working on that) I do love this time of year solely because of the upcoming Holidays. I’ve always loved decorating for Christmas. I was often the one egging my parents on to put up the tree earlier and earlier. Last year, I put it up alone because I just plain wanted it up!

This year’s a bit different though as I’m now on my own AND living with a boy. Besides a couple of Christmasy items we’ve been given, our place is looking a little bare as far as Holiday decor goes. We are leaving on the 20th for a couple of weeks so we’ll be missing the whole darn event, which bodes the question: why even decorate?

We aren’t going to be buying a tree this year and we aren’t going to be doing anything very drastic with the rest of our decor. We were given a few things which we will put up but other than that, our house is going to be pretty bare. This got me searching on Pinterest for some subtle Holiday decor that I can even make myself. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest lately, you’re probably the victim of an influx of adorable holiday pins. I’m not sorry. As usual after I’ve wasted quite a few hours on that darn site, here are some photos of what I’d love to create in my home and ideas for the future:

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Are you decorating? Do you go all out? Let me know! Have a lovely day!

Before I forget, I’ve got a brand new video of some recent book purchases and the beloved Kobo e-reader.

xo Ali

*photos 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 .

While I love blogging oh so much, ever since I started Read Me, Dear I’ve struggled with content and direction. I’ve accepted that my blog is more ‘lifestyle’ than anything else. And so this way, I don’t necessarily need to categorize my blog into DIY, Fashion, Photography etc., and I’m comfortable with that as it allows creative freedom. There is one thing that I’m still undecided on, however, and that is just how personal do I get with readers? How much do I want people to know about me and my life that I splay all over the internet? I often wonder, if I were to get a little more personal and post serious discussions on my blog, would it grow? Would I get more readers the more in depth I get about my life? I just don’t know. Do people even care, really? Why do I think people even want to know every detail about my weekend or a DIY tip I picked up while perusing Pinterest? Because it’s not really about people… it’s about what interests me and what I think interests those around me.

I know that because I live away from my family and friends, this blog, my YouTube, Instagram, etc., allow them to feel a bit closer to me and the feeling is mutual. The internet is this glorious thing that allows us to stay connected to our loved ones despite how far away we may be. So when I post something that may be a little more personal, don’t be too alarmed. I want to test this ol’ blog out and see what it can become. Because as much fun (hopefully) it is for you to read, it’s even more fun for me to write.

Xo Ali

PS. Is there a topic I’ve written about that you’ve enjoyed and would like to see more? Maybe something I’ve never written about? Let me know. Even if it is my parents 95% pf the time, I love to read comments and connect with those who enjoy this blog.

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Colour is a funny thing, no? Do you have a favourite colour? Mine is green. I like to decorate with small green accents everywhere. But when it comes to wearing green,  well, it’s not a reoccuring colour in my wardrobe. Black is though. Black. How I love you so! The way you just command power sometimes. You combined with soft, supple leather… DAMN GIRL! ;) I like to wear black. All black, in fact. Layers upon layers of black clothing, shoes, and accessories All different textures and fabrics. I’ve been collecting a few photos of all black everthaaang and I thought I’d share, because why not?

…right? I mean, come on. HOT.

Cheers!

xo A

PS. HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY!!! <3 I love every lady in my life, especially if you read this silly lil’ blog of mine.

*the images came from my tumblr which, as you probably know, is an impossible site to trace back to the orignal source. So, if any of these images are yours, let me know!