Heart to Heart

IMG_7853I can’t believe it’s the second to last day of February; normally I’m finding any way to slow time down because it seems like months pass in the blink of an eye…but this month has been different. So different. I typically keep things light and positive on my blog, I’m a glass half full kinda girl and love to share things that are uplifting and make me smile. Having said that, I’m all for not sugar coating things, for being open and sharing personal thoughts and struggles, although it’s not something I often share on A Dash of Dior. However, today is one of those days, and this post will most likely be unlike any of those you’ve read in the past on my blog.

February has been the most emotionally draining month I’ve experienced, it’s been a roller coaster which has left me feeling permanently frazzled. It all began during the last week of January when I suddenly became quite sick, I was in and out of the doctor, and visited the ER three times in the span of five days. After blood tests, ultrasounds and an emergency contrast CT scan, the doctors were able to give me a diagnosis. I was immediately placed on a high dosage of medication, which I’m told I’ll need to take for the next 5 months. Although the doctors were able to diagnose me, they have no idea why it happened in the first place…which is the scariest part. For the first couple of weeks, it felt like my world had been turned upside down. My work schedule has been nothing short of messed up, most days I can’t even make it through a full day and I’ve spent more days home from work this month than I’ve ever spent. If things weren’t already difficult, I suffered a complication this week which meant more blood work and tests to try to figure out the latest cause; I’m still waiting on all the results but I’m trying to channel any remaining positive energy. Needless to say I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to February; time has moved so slowly, each day has felt like a week. I’ve already got my sights set on March and I’m excited to start a new, fresh month that will hopefully be a bit smoother than the last – besides it’s the first month of Spring, so it has to be good right?

I’ve never taken my health for granted and have always eaten healthy and taken care of myself so I feel blindsided by this entire situation. In a strange way, I almost feel like my body’s let me down, like it’s betrayed me (I know that sounds a bit crazy). It’s been a challenge having all these emotions swirling around inside my head, but I’m glad I haven’t had to face them alone; I’m thankful to have such a loving husband and close friends who’ve been absolute gems through this entire situation and I couldn’t have made it through this month without the continued support of my parents either. When everything around me seems out of my control, my blog brings me a little stability and joy; I love having my tiny corner of the internet and I’m looking forward to keeping up with posts as best I can. There may be a few times when it’s a little quiet around here but I hope those breaks are short (if any)! With that being said, I’m officially saying goodbye to February. Looking forward to seeing you all in March!

Much love,
jen xo

Life Lately

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February for me, is often filled with shades of pink and all things heart shaped; it’s a welcome pop of colour after a few dark and dreary winter months! Today I’m sharing a few photos of life lately, featuring (you guessed it) plenty of pink and hearts!

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Tiny hearts {polish}

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Staying cozy {socks – they’re on sale!}

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This print makes my heart melt

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There’s no better way to start the day then with a little extra love

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Cotton candy clouds from a recent winter sunset

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This big fuzzy heart pillow has been a permanent fixture on our bed this month

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My favourite way to spend Saturday morning {tray}

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Dreaming of adding this beauty to our home {doorbell}

Pastel Fair Isle

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I love a good cozy sweater, one that’s soft and warm yet pretty at the same time. Lately I’ve been crushing on fair isle print and this cream and pale pastel sweater has quickly become a weekend favourite! I love the soft colours and worn with my favourite jeans and cute flats makes for the perfect weekend outfit. I paired my sweater with a gorgeous druzy necklace from Lucy Mint, an amazing boutique I recently discovered! The owner and designer, Elissa, is the sweetest person I’ve ever met and every item in her shop is prettier than the last! I’m totally dreaming of this delicate freshwater pearl necklace and her gorgeous wire wrapped rings! Be sure to check out Lucy Mint’s entire collection here and receive 15% off your next order with code lucymint15

Pastel Fair Isle-7 Pastel Fair Isle-8 Pastel Fair Isle-4 Pastel Fair Isle-5 Pastel Fair Isle-11 Pastel Fair Isle-9 Pastel Fair Isle-3 Pastel Fair Isle-6 Pastel Fair Isle-2 Pastel Fair Isle-10 Sweater: J.Crew (similar) // Bottoms: J.Crew // Flats: Rachel Zoe (similar) // Necklace: Lucy Mint c/o
Bag: J.Crew (similar) // Watch: Kate Spade // Earrings: Kate Spade // Glasses: D&G (similar)