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True Colours

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Hello everyone,

Today. Right now, It is important to not care about what other people think. Especially in your twenties. This phase in your life is a decade full of mistakes and opportunities. Letting other people navigate your perception is stopping that process.

“We hide behind masks to show people a version of ourselves that was tailored just for them.”

I think that it is okay to experiment. It’s okay to wear a variety of masks, as long as you stay true to you. and, I do believe the more time we spend overthinking our looks, weight, rules, attitudes, work, and relationships. The less we are actually DOING.  And yes, life can be a little complicated but that’s just what life throws at us. The reason why I’m writing this is because, I too, have had a mental road block. I was self-conscious of how others thought of me. I spent time thinking about scenarios over and over. And that was time not well spent. Since then, I’ve trashed that negative outlook all together.

It’s time to be doubt free. You know what is right for you. And sometimes it may not be evidently right in front of you, but you do know and understand your wants & needs. And if by chance, you don’t – start doing things to help you discover them.

My advice is to step outside of that comfort zone. Take that leap of faith. Go on that road trip. Try that new look. Change your attitude. Embrace everything new. And do not be afraid to show all your beautiful colours.

Outfit:

Ruffle Top – Aerie

Trousers – Marciano

Handbag – Guess?

Boots – Clarks Shoes

Watch – Michael Kors

 

Until next time,

xoxoxo Jess

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GENEROUS

 

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Hello everyone,

Putting yourself first can be hard. So is being superwoman. A career, a personal and a social life – giving all your attention to everything generously is a lot to manage. but, it’s okay to take time just for you. It’s okay to be unapologetic when you need a day off. Self-care isn’t anything new. And it can be the most minute thing(s).

Self-care is not being selfish. it is a way to take a moment to say “Hey, I need to look after me, because I’m responsible for my happiness and well being.” The one person you should never neglect is YOU.  When is the last time you took a self-care day? A day devoted to rejuvenating your mood, your health, your inspirations – you. There are many ways you can implement self-care on a daily basis. What keeps you motivated, gets you to smile, or laugh, those are self-care things.

Some daily things you can do,

Log off social media

Make a cup of tea

Learn something new

Re-watch a favorite TV show or movie.

Make a playlist

Pamper yourself

Chat with someone

Reward yourself

Write your goals

Take a stroll outdoors

Nobody can do it all. And it’s not a requirement. Developing a deeper understanding of self is a strong asset to have and you can do that by practicing self-care. It can have any shape or form because it is created for you, by you. Whatever your self-care routine  looks like, it will differ from mine, and from someone else’s.  Just remember to be kind, to be grateful and to stay positive. You’re worth it.

Outfit:

Jeans – Levis Jeans

Dress – Urban Planet (worn as a top)

Belt – Thrifted

 

Until next time,

xoxo Jess

 

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Speak Now

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Hello everyone!

We are in November now, and I can’t believe how fast this year has gone! Living in a big city has quite a lot of perks, and with having so much to do, you don’t even realize how much time has gone by. Lately, situations with friends and strangers has got me thinking about the topic of honesty, or more specifically – speaking your mind.

We have all been in that situation where we want to speak about something but we outweigh the pro’s and con’s because we think about how it may affect someone.  But how do you determine if you should speak now or hold something inside? Well folks, I thought of something that may help with your next ‘speak now’ dilemma.

When you find yourself in that situation, ask yourself three questions:

Is it kind?  (Don’t say it, if it isn’t nice)

Is it true? (It can be honest but is it truthful to the other person?)

Is it necessary? (Is your statement required? Will it aid the situation? Or will it damage it?)

To elaborate, here’s an example of something people do not normally say.

Would you tell a stranger that you think they have an ugly outfit? Would you? Because if you would, then you are seriously rude. But, the reasons why most people don’t say this to a stranger is because it is not kind, it is not fact (true), and it is DEFINITELY not necessary.

While we each have a voice in this world and I think it is a tool that we should use more often, there is always going to be that fine line between “to say” or ” not to say”.

Having a voice is powerful, but mindfulness is even greater. 

Be kind. Stay true. Be you.

Outfit:

Crop top from Topshop

Skirt from Marshalls

Boots from Clarks

 

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Kingdom

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Hello everyone,

What a roller coaster of a month It’s been for September (no pun intended). September marked exciting events in my life – my first Friendcation.

A friendcation is a vacation you plan with your friend(s). And this trip to Orlando, Florida was in the works since February. We have talked about going on a trip together since college and it was finally becoming reality!

My week in Florida was tremendously humid and hot.  The photo above was taken at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where they have just opened a new attraction that is all about the AVATAR movie (Pandora World). As Disney parks go, all the attractions in this particular park are fun and interactive! Our favorites were Everest and the Flight of the Banschee. During our stay, we explored Magic Kingdom, Volcano Bay, Universal Studios and Island of Adventure. You can see more of my travel photos on Instagram @jmfashionista.

Most days I had a uniform of my denim shorts, a tank top, and my white sneakers.

Outfit:

Black tank top from Old Navy

Denim sea shell shorts from The Hudson Bay

White Sneakers from Naturalizer

Sea blue  long kimono from The Hudson Bay

 

Until next time,

xoxoxo Jess

 

 

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Don’t Let It Get Me

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Hello everyone,

When is the last time you  remember putting on a cute outfit for yourself? Going to the movies because you wanted to? Ate that indulgent piece of chocolate because you don’t give a f*ck how much calories is in it? If you can’t remember the last time you did something purely for YOU. Then you need to STOP doing things for other people. Start by writing a list. Either big or small. And do them! Once you shift, you will begin to see more  happiness in your life.

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. You have no responsibility to be like what they expect you to be. It is their mistake, not your failure ( The Happiness Equation – Neil Pasricha)

There are always going to be things you want to do – and you should not let yourself get in the way of doing them. Have the courage to shape your life in the way you want to form it! On my top watch list this month is LA based youtuber, Pbbunny97, she creates vlogs every week in detail about spirituality and affirmations in a fun-glamorous way. And my book recommendation is The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, the book is very logical and an eye-opener.

Outfit:

Denim shirt with embroidery detailing from Guess?

Skirt from Winners

Necklace from India

Bracelet (Gifted)

Watch by Michael Kors

Handbag from Guess?

Boots from Clarks Shoes.

 

Until next time,

xoxoxox Jess

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Memorable

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Hello everyone,

Do you remember what you wanted to be as a kid?

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!

Outfit:

Dress (that was too short, so I wore it as a top) from Urban Planet

Jeans from H&M

Boots from Clarks Shoes

 

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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The Hue

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Hello Everyone,

” 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.

Oufit:

Jeans by H&M

Dress/Shirt from Urban  Planet

Duster jacket by BCBG

Boots from Clarks

Clutch  from Value Village/thrifted

 

Until next time,

xoxo Jess