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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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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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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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Only

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Hello everyone,

Spring weather is finally here but to be honest I am ready to sprint into summer. I want to wear dresses and ditch my winter jacket asap.

This month is a full schedule between birthdays, holidays, and work. So today is a quick outfit post.

Outfit:

Coat from Value Village

Jeans from Old Navy

Shirt from The Bay

Cardigan from Guess?

Boots from from Winners

 

until next time,

oxox 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