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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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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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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

 

 

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In The Reef

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Hello Everyone,

“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.

Outfit:

Coat from Value Village

Shirt and jeans from H&M

Boots from Additionelle

Choker from La Senza

Bag from Guess?

 

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Tips for Healthy Living 

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 

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Change For Chance

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Hello Everyone,

Huge update.. I moved and started a new job! I have been really enjoying my new routine in Toronto. It is a routine for now but in reality, its my life haha.  A new friend and I went to Dundas Square for Rib Fest along with some after-work shopping. I never had the chance to take a photo in front of the Toronto sign in Phillips Square, so thought I should catch up on my blog! Friday was a work day. I wore my leather jacket from Winners, light wash jeans by H&M, sneakers from Payless (I should really get news ones these are tearing apart) and my sporty dress that I wore as a shirt from H&M.

Update: I will be posting more continuously as of now. Sometimes life happens and you lose track of time!

Some things to check out,

Nick Jonas’ song, Chainsaw

Ariana Grandes’ song, Into You

Phillips Square

Civil War (movie)

My instagram 🙂 @Jmfashionista

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Hello everyone,

Who says you can’t wear shorts to a formal? The right pair of shorts can be easily dressed up. I took my pair of black shorts from TopShop. They have the write style and fit to dress up. I went with classic black and white outfit. With my white crop top from Zara. Lastly, these pointed strappy heels from Aldo. For my hair I kept it simple in a sleeked back ponytail.

What are some other ways we can dress more formal without putting on a dress? Ideas?

Until next time,

xoxo Jess

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