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Lost in your light

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Hello everyone!

The struggle of winter is here. I call it the winter-wardrobe syndrome. It is that tine of year when I  want to rewind and have summer back. Winters in Toronto fluctuate. Some winters are horribly cold and slushy, others mild and cozy. This becomes a problem for fashion forward people.

What do you wear to look fashionable but that allows you to keep warm ? I find it difficult. A couple of weeks back, some friends and I went to a warehouse sale in Mississauga.  I came back with such amazing items but they were not necessarily “Winter ready”.

This week Dua Lipa was having a concert and I wanted to style these high waisted sport pants, that is when I got stumped. I wanted to style an outfit in a certain way but I needed to be conscious of the weather. In this outfit, I styled these pants with a lacey black tank top and my signature booties from Clarks (I wore a winter coat on top of this). Dua Lipa was AMAZING!  Let me know how you dress for the colder season.

Outfit:

Tank top – vintage/thrift.

Pants – Guess?

Boots- Clarks

Backpack – H&M

Until next time,

xoxox 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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Wellness

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Hello Everyone!

In my friend group I’m known as the Foodie because of my curiosity for food, documentaries and nutrition. Healthy eating was not always a priority of mine. When it finally became something important to me, it started to feel similar as to being in a healthy relationship.

Think about it. Healthy eating is like being in a relationship because in many ways people struggle with their relationship with food.

Do you remember the last time you were in a bad relationship? Eating foods that do harm to your body is putting yourself in that bad relationship. Leaving you stuck. Stuck in a bad relationship that will only grant you short term benefits. When you know they (food) don’t do your body justice but you can’t seem to move on from them.

Your relationship with food is a relationship with yourself. It is a choice and it does require time, effort and change. I choose to practice healthy eating to treat my body well, so that I can live well. What about you?

Outfit:

Leather Shorts and White stripped crop top from H&M

Duster Coat from Forever 21

Sneakers from Payless

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Content

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Hello everyone,

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  1. in a state of peaceful happiness.
    “She seemed more content, less bitter”

Today I thought that I would chat about happiness. At this moment if someone were to ask me if there is something I want or need, I would say no. In complete honesty, I am very happy. But as human beings our minds are constantly trying to find problems. And the people around us do it too.

So even though I am very happy in my life, my dearest friends, family and peers have asked me questions similar to these; Have you thought of a career change?  How are you still single? Should you move house? Should you be making more money? Should you be doing more? The list goes on…

 

Everyone is looking for the next step. Everyone has this habit of creating a void when there isn’t one. Everyone needs to STOP. Let’s start being advocates of contentment. Embrace the present and be in the moment. If you are happy, learn to enjoy it. And if you are unhappy, have the courage to change it.

 

Outfit:

Dress by Leith

Shoes from the Fergalicious Collection

Watch by Michael Kors

 

Until next time,

xoxoxxoxo Jess

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It’s Vintage

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have you ever heard the term “manifest” ? Recently, I have been diving into what it really means to manifest the things you want out of life.

First off, I would say that I am a very positive person but I don’t necessarily exude positive energy in my daily routine. Most mornings I feel too tired and not in the mood to force a smile 24/7. But if manifesting means to put out the energy you want to receive, wouldn’t that mean I would have to think about what I want to feel before I feel it?

If I want to be more energized, I would need to set my state of mind in such a way that I feel awake in the morning. And if I want to be more approachable, I would need to smile more, not just with my mouth but with my eyes and teeth (the proper way to smile).

For the month of August, I am going to challenge myself- and you, to exude more of what you want to become so you are one step closer of being THAT person.

There is some truth to manifesting because it is the quality of thinking positively throughout your day, to make yourself feel more of that energy/emotion. It might be a lesson of mind over matter.

Outfit:

Vintage patterned top by Esprit

black skirt from Value Village

 

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Specs

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Hello Everyone,

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 four 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!

until next time,

xoxox Jess

 

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Another thing

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Hello everyone,

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.

until next time,

xoxox Jess