I have never been a country music fan. It just so happens that I spending most of my time listening to pop hits, slow r&b songs and alternative rock, so there has never been an interest for country music- until now. My opinion has been changing, as country music has been changing too.
Country music fans, to me, seem to categorically place the genre into this tiny box. The music is either clearly COUNTRY or because it may have developed more of a pop/rock tone to the song, some fans dismiss it. But now big country music stars are creating a new mould of country music with a modern flare, I have been hooked.
And I have a somewhat the country girl complex. I would say that I am very down-to-earth, I love to be outdoors, and I own 5 pairs of boots. Those are characteristics of a country girl. This event was centred around country music so I took inspiration from what I would define as a classic country girl. You can`t go wrong with a white lace dress! This dress is by BCBG MaxAzria one of my favourite ready to wear designers who unfortunately are calling bankruptcy. But this dress fit the bill for the evening. paired with these platform heels from Winners and a vintage bag taken from my mother`s closet.
What an incredible week! From discovering new eateries (the Pie Comission), to going to concerts (Catfish and The Bottlemen), attending house parties and catching up with friends, this was an eventful week. We are in the month of May but it seems like Toronto missed the memo. It has not been the best weather with cold and rainy temperatures. And sometimes it creates a mood of laziness that is physically draining.
But with friends coming back from vacation and finishing school, I have been out of the house for most of the week. Saturday was reserved for a long awaited date night catching up with a friend over sushi (yum!). I love this flowy red-lace top from Dynamite that I paired with simple black leggings from Garage, and my black booties by Clarks.
On our date night, we got talking about our summer memories and how much we’re READY for beach days again. And you know for most girls who like shopping for shoes or beauty, I LOVE shopping for swimwear (I own like 7 swimsuits). And especially now when there are so many styles to choose from!
Adore Me is a great place to begin as they have extensive collections that have an array of sizes for every body type. I personally love the Dallys two piece swimsuit- its so flattering and sexy! Another favourite is this fiery red bikini!
If you are a swimwear addict like me- check out Adore Me! You can get $10 off by using the code SWIMSET10 on any Swimwear (VIP/PAYG orders).
When I was younger I had several ideas of what I wanted to become. The ideas started from wanting to become an author, to fashion designer, chef, to entrepreneur. My reality today is that I work as a social media strategist and radio tracker.
I read something the other day that made me think of my childhood aspirations.
“How do you want to be remembered ?”
This is a powerful statement, and I use it to develop strategies in my work as well as my personal life. Defining how you want to be remembered is the first step to moving forward, obtain goals and happiness. It can be applied to many situations; How do you want to be remembered when you die? How do you want your peers to remember you? Your friends? Yourself ?
After some thought I came to this conclusion, I want to be remember for my honesty, my independence, my strength, my work and my loyal relationships with others. Step two would be to reflect on this. For all the things I want to be remembered for, they should reflect what I am currently doing. Are you doing things in your life that reflect how you want to be remembered?
This is definitely a process but reflection helps us get back on track!
Dress (that was too short, so I wore it as a top) from Urban Planet
This is not anything new to me. Friends and acquaintances have told me numerous times that I am a very independent person. But now I’m questioning if being independent is a good or bad thing. Can you become too independent?
We can assume that being overly dependent or co-dependent can be unhealthy. But I think that there is also flaws in becoming too independent.
And yes- I do pride myself in being an independent woman. I pay rent, buy groceries, go shopping and volunteer by myself. But being independent doesn’t just mean paying your own way. It is about taking care of yourself and because of that, when everything you do is for yourself the flaw is that it can be a lot of pressure. If you are always “taking care of business” you miss out on experiences with other people and you can become rigid.
For example, when you let others help you with something that you’re having trouble with, you are demonstrating that you trust in them. Letting your guard down to let someone else help control a situation can make the other person feel good. Many people enjoy doing kind gestures for others. Maybe sparing your pride and being flexible for a moment can be beneficial. When you do everything on your own you build a routine and sometimes forget to step out of that routine to cultivate new experiences with others.
So what do you think? Is being too independent a thing? Should we try to learn a balance of the two?
” Bold accessories are a woman’s armour ” – Rachel Zoe
Fashion influencers, photographers and models are flooding the streets of Toronto this week and it is what I love about this city. Personal creativity is something I highly value in my life. Whatever creative project comes to mind, whether it’s writing a song, cooking a new recipe or taking on photography. Setting aside time to let your ideas come to life is a very soothing stress-free practice.
For the month of March, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) begins. Another opportunity to meet eccentric personalities and to be involved in the world of fashion. The challenge for this week is all about being bold. To dress bolder, speak bolder and to wear bold accessories.
There is something beautiful about city skylines. I love the way the Toronto skyline looks at night. The way all the city lights reflect onto the water. It just illuminates a feeling that ‘you can do anything in this moment’. Don’t you think ?
Tonight was a special night as TOM* (Toronto Men’s Fashion week) begins its 2017 season of runway shows. Saturday night was TOM*’S Opening Party at Rebel Nightclub.
Social events can make anybody nervous. Going up to strangers can seem daunting to some of us. And deciding what outfit to wear can be even more troublesome. But we sometimes need to remember that everyone feels this way sometime or another. And hey- parties are supposed to be fun. The event was full of really fun people and I am glad that I was had the opportunity to attend. I wore this black bodycon dress from Dynamite and my black booties from Clarks.
“Life is like the ocean. It can be calm. It can be still. It can be rough but in the end, it is always beautiful.”
Does anyone remember those fun field trips you used to venture on with your school friends ? Sometimes you would be on a school bus driving to the zoo. Other times they might of been a local farm or museum.
I looked back on those fun experiences with my childhood friends. I thought about the sugar shack field trip (the place where they produce maple syrup and you eat yummy pancakes) and thought- why not visit places like this again ? Going back to these places would take you out of your normal routine and maybe give you a little nostalgia.
This Monday is recognised as Family Day, a statutory holiday in Canada. We took on this idea since it was a long weekend. We went to visit the Ripley’s Aquarium and the next morning we ate maple syrup filled pancakes at the sugar shack. It was a fulfilling weekend of new and old experiences that had been forgotten.
For this weeks challenge, I challenge readers to re-try something they have not done in months, days or even years.It is fun to be a kid again and experience your community in a different way.
I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday. In the winter months staying warm but still showcasing your personal style can be somewhat tricky. Not having many winter pieces can also create more of a challenge (my situation). You have probably seen this oversized scarf in a previous post because it is the only one I have, and it is very warm.
So how should we dress in the winter- LAYERING. You can layer with scarves, duster coats, button downs and sweaters. Layering is how I survive Toronto weather. For this outfit, I picked up this thrifted jacket from Value Village ($20). The length and classic cut of the jacket is perfect for seasonal transitioning, winter to spring. I am wearing a white turtleneck sweater from The Black Market (queen st w) with the oversized scarf. That is 3 layers of clothing to beat the -5 celcius temperatures.
Coming soon are some exciting new projects with local boutiques that I am excited to share with you in the next month. So stay tuned and stay warm !
Last night I saw the latest thriller by M night shyamalan, Split. Also, I really love James McAvoy. The movie incorporated some jumping and comedic scenes. I though it was well done but nothing note worthy. But if thrillers are your thing, go see the film !
It`s a fantasy, just a fantasy. Lately, my mind has been fantasising about EVERYTHING. From achieving promotions at work, to buying an amazing Rag & Bone leather jacket, and let`s not forget those romantic fantasies too (knight in shining armor stuff).
Not sure if I should be concerned by this or let it be. Fantasies are healthy because they can help us realise what we are seeking in life… but if you go overboard you can get step outside of reality a little too far.
What are things you day dream about ? Has a fantasy been taken too far ?
Jeans by H&M
Top (dress that I am wearing as a shirt) from Urban Planet
Cuz I have been nothing but good to you. Your howling into the night won’t do. –Léon
I don’t enjoy shopping as much as I used to. The mall was a place I often went to meet friends for a day of shopping on a Saturday or Sunday. But nowadays I find them quite crowded and leave me empty handed. Lately I have been venturing to local shops (black market), and off-the-street department stores (Zara, H&M, NYX). This way of shopping seems to be more enjoyable. You are more outdoors, you step inside shops you would not have noticed otherwise and I ACTUALLY buy something.
If there are any local places you like to shop in TO, let me know ! Note: I am a picky buyer. I do not buy clothes too often unless I see it as a sustainable piece in my wardrobe. In these photos, I visited the Zara store on Queen Street West. They were having a huge sale where I did find an item that I wanted to buy. But sadly, they did not carry the boots in my size (cries *-*). This was what I wore for a day of shopping.
*please excuse the poor quality of the photo above
Welcome to 2017 – we made it ! A new year represents the chance to begin again. A popular topic would be to discuss new year resolutions, but to be honest, I find that notion slightly dated. Since a resolution means that you make a firm decision to do or not to do something. My ‘resolution’ is to not make any concrete decisions. I feel 2017 is the perfect time to make less decisions and be more carefree.
This year- all that I hope to achieve is to take on the opportunities that help me grow. These opportunities can be self-created, be given, and may change aspects of my life. Maybe I will want to learn a new skill, be more spontaneous, be given a dilemma, or become a morning person (that won’t happen).
A new year allows us to focus on the aspects of ourselvesthat we might of missed in the previous year.
What are your thoughts about resolutions? Do you have any in mind ? What opportunities are you hoping for in 2017?
It has been a while since I posted a look (sorry!). Life has finally caught up to me and I have been very busy juggling work, friends and time for myself. I came across this quote from a novel called `The Book of Tomorrow` that has resonated with me.
“You should not try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you are meant to feel emotions that are not necessarily enjoyable. It is because they are necessary to getting to the next part of yourself.“ (*altered/shortened)
I found this to be a powerful message for anyone. Looking back, so much has changed since I decided to move to a new city and start a new job. All the emotions and experiences surrounding this has been a roller coaster but no doubt worth every minute. That is why I titled this post `Trust in Progress`because sometimes we forget to trust the progress we are doing and going to make within our lives. Time has a funny way of revealing things to us. And what we should focus on is the progress we are making now. What can I do now to make me happier, to make my loved ones happier? It is important to have trust in ourselves that we are doing everything we can to get to the next chapter of our lives. Hopefully in the next few days you too can reflect and discover how much you have grown as time has gone by.
I would like to wish everyone an amazing holiday season! I am heading to Mexico for a family Christmas vacation that I am so excited about.
For this post I had my friend & photographer Armando take these incredible photos for this grunge look.
“I love you. Don’t you mind, don’t you mind.” – The 1975
The countdown is on, and The 1975 will be playing at the Air Canada Centre in the next week. Following The Killers and The Kooks, the 1975 have been my new favourite band. I am so excited to listen to them live.
Saturday was a day out. Started the morning off by seeing a movie at 9:30 am. Yes – I did wake up early for something, on a weekend. It was free movies at Cineplex on Oct 22nd for community day so I thought… why not? A friend and I saw a film, then we decided to go to our favourite area in the city.The Kesington market is one of our favourite places to get a slice of pizza and just walk around check out the shops and meet interesting people. We later visited the black market, which is a thrift shop on Queen Street West where everything is $10. We spent the day eating pizza, buying new fall pieces and watching movies. It was surely a satisfying Saturday!
What I Wore:
Choker Top from H&M
Duster Coat from Dynamite
Bag by Steve Madden
Boots from Additionelle from the Fergalicious collection
Hello everyone ! Today is Friday and that means it’s time for the weekend , who doesn’t like the sound of that ? Tomorrow night is the famous Nuit Blanche in Toronto. This will be my first time attending and exploring the late night foods and art work around the city. As the weather cools… Continue reading Fall Essentials
Hello Everyone! What has been new ? I am officially a brunette now! I went from blonde to a golden brown for the fall. I am quite happy the way the colour turned out, since I dyed it at home. What do you think? For my outfit, the occasion was food (haha I am being… Continue reading In my mind
September is the month of “happenings”. There is The TIFF, where celebrities from all over are staying in the city of Toronto. And with the cooler breeze coming out, everyone’s grabbing their bomber and leather jackets.
Fall is my favourite style season. The colour palette of dark greens, burgundies and purples look amazing on every piece at every store! I can’t resist statement jackets and tailored jeans.
It has been a fun month so far exploring new parts of Toronto and my good friend has moved back to the city, and we have been planning to visit places like the AGO and the Ripleys Aquarium.
So I challenge you to explore your city and see what adventures come up!
Top from Winners
Duster coat and shorts are from Forever 21
Necklace from a boutique in The Netherlands
Photographs were taken by my friend, Armando. Go check out his page : @armando_lazcano
Hello everyone, For today I thought I would blog about something different. Typically I would only post lookbook-style related content. However, I think it is time to share another part of my life that is truly important – living a healthy lifestyle. I love to cook and eat. It is something I truly love doing… Continue reading Tips for Healthy Living
Outfit one: Bralette: urban planet $14 Jean jacket: Charlotte Rousse $20 Long skirt:smart set $8 Shoes:American eagle $26 Hat:Hudson bay Outfit two: T shirt:urban planet $5 Leather shorts: H&M $15 Sunnies: Marc Jacobs $45 Shoes: American eagle $26 Hello everyone, I had an amazing weekend as I went to Québéc to visit family. It was… Continue reading All I Want
Hello Everyone, I have been doing lots these past few weeks and I have been trying to get into the swing of things again. I love summer outfits because they are fun and eperimental. I just love hot weather, fudge sundaes and outdoor sports. If you read my previous post you would know that… Continue reading Views
Spring break was so fun! I visited the Bahamas and Turks &Caicos over the break. I purchased this sporty two-piece swimsuit from La Vie En Rose Aqua. I was pleased with it since it was a perfect suit for watersports! Diving, kayaking and jumping into the ocean, everything keeps together with this swimsuit. A few women had asked me where I purchased the suit, so I thought I would review. I purchase so much swimwear from la vie en rose. I find it is good quality for a fair price and they have styles for everyone!
This is a simple lazy sunday outfit. Simple Tee with well fitted jeans. To make this more stylish I just add a cool pair of booties and select a tee shirt that has an interesting detail. This Tee has see through lace along the sides! Tee shirt is from Dynamite, jeans Rebecca minkof collection from Winners and these boots are also winners.
Back to Mexico where the sun is still shinning is where I would love to be. I miss the outdoor activities and sunshine! I love shopping for swimsuits, I am not sure why I just love it! I remember when I got this swimsuit from La vie en rose. I tried it twice before buying it because the price tag was higher than I would of liked. But for my body type it proves to be difficult to find one piece suits for my long torso where my boobs are fully covered. It was worth the price tag of $70! This week I posted this photo on instagram and who knew that La vie en rose would reblog it to their insta profile! It was a cool surreal moment of the week!
Today I’m visiting the subject of wearing glasses and how to style them. For all those who did not know, I wear glasses. Although I’m stubborn and do not wear my glasses on a daily basis, they do become a part of my outfit. I have worn my glasses for about 4 years now and I continue to love them. But sometimes I think it would nice to have a few pairs to select from. My glasses are rectangular shape with a tortoise patterned frame from Versace eyewear.
I find it fun choosing sunglasses as I can have many different styles at a variety of prices. Even then, I have maybe 4 pairs of sunglasses. Recently, I thought that I should open the door and start shopping online. I have never taken interest to it before, but it seems that you can find really cool items that are available exclusively online. A co-worker of mine wears glasses daily and he probably has a dozen different styles to choose from and I’m always so envious! They look really awesome tbh!
On my search, I came across Warby Parker, an online retailer who offers high-quality eyewear at a fraction of the price. Here are some of my top picks.
Firstly, these women are stunning. I love the photography of these images and the frames are very fashion forward. I love the ADDIE in Magnolia because they are similar to the ones that I wear already but have a more modern frame. As for sunglasses, I love the RAGLAN because of the cool rose gold lenses!
My co-worker and online shopping has inspired me to add different pairs of eyewear to my future lookbooks. So stay tuned for more posts that include eyewear and how to style them!