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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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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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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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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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Love is Love

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Hello Everyone,

I would argue that Toronto’s Pride  is one of the most exciting events of the year. The energy of the people, the European carefree atmosphere, the dancing and drinking in the streets, all of it seems like another world when you are there.

This year, I sadly missed the parade but attended in the evening when all the late night live shows and party music. I wanted to wear something colourful and fun, and that is when I re-discovered this short kimono from Forever 21 I bought 3-4 years ago. I revamped it by tying it in the middle to make a sort of crop top and it looked so cool! I paired this with high waisted leggings from Old Navy and a mini backpack from H&M.  My accessories were from vintage stores, India, and additional.

And just a friendly reminder that you should remember to always be yourself no matter what, and never apologise to anyone for just being who you are. Love is universal, love is real, and maybe you will be lucky enough to find it more than once.

until next time,

xoxxo 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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So Chic

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Hello Everyone,

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).

Until next time,

xoxox Jess