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Spring Time In The City

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Hello everyone,

The month of May has brought all the sunshine to Toronto – and I’m loving it! This month was a workforce hustle, and a time for self-reflection.  This brings me to the topic of this post. Have you ever caught yourself fitting into a mold? One of your own creation? I did.

For a long time, I created a outlook (aka, a mold) of myself.  A representative idea of the type of person I needed to be in the world.  You can simply call this an identity. But, I was being unfair. If you go about life fitting into a mold and always identifying with the rules of that mold, you’re not allowing yourself to discover new territories of your personality.  At one point, I was so attached to this self-made mold,  I would get defensive if someone claimed that I stepped out of it. My mold was to act classy, be self-reliant, act tough, keep a distance, and be analytical.  This identity was mostly shaped by my upbringing and by other factors. But that’s when I realized… I’ve CHANGED. I’ve LEARNED. I’ve EXPERIENCED.  Bottom-line, RULES DO NOT APPLY. 

Life is progressive and it takes more than a day to adapt to new outlooks.  With this post, I hope that you can recognize your mold, and can take that first step into breaking your own rules. Detach from any preconceived ideas of yourself, without doing so, you may be missing out.

Outfit:

Trench Coat – Thrifted

Jeans – Levi’s

Wrap Top  – Nordstrom

Sunglasses – Nordstrom

Boots – Rockport

Scarf – Bluenotes

Watch – Michael Kors

 

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

 

 

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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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On My Way

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Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year again, when we evaluate everything around us. But this year, I am going to take a vow not to do that. Instead of evaluating my whole life and what it has become since 2017, I’m going to create more time to explore new things.

I learned a very important life lesson, that has only truly impacted my life the last couple of months – the value of time. If you are the master of your own life, you have probably learned to manipulate and save your valuable time in a way that makes the most sense to you.  We have little time to spend and even less time to give these days. But this does not make sense to me. Shouldn’t it be the opposite? Shouldn’t we have more time to give? and in return, we would be more fulfilled with the time that we spent because it was well spent on things and people that we care about?

I’m on my way to give my time to what matters.  And who you give your time to is equally important. So if you are going to reflect on something in January 2018, reflect on how well your time is spent. In the end, money and toxic people are not worth the time – and there is no overtime on time. You get what you get.

There are many things I would like to achieve and do this new year.  And I am going to dedicate the time to do it, because if not now then when?

What  would you like to do this 2018? How will you schedule your time? And what or who will you schedule your time for?

Outfit:

Sheer embroidery dress from Forever 21

Bralette from La Senza

Until next time,

xoxox Jess

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Content

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Hello everyone,

con·tent1
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adjective
  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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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 apologize 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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