November 21, 2012

My Life, the UK, and "Home"

Living in England for half a year was such an amazing experience, returning home to Toronto was one of the hardest things I had to do this summer. I felt like I was being ripped from my second life and was thrown back into my past. Everyone and everything seemed so stagnant, like nothing had changed aside from the towering buildings of glass plastered everywhere downtown. Yet, I was different and my whole life was filled with new thoughts and experiences. I had become a new person, to me, an even better version of who I used to be. I heard about the term "reverse culture shock" but I didn't understand it till this summer.

Being immersed in a completely new culture and society gave me the opportunity to explore, stand alone on my own two feet (I mean completely alone in an alien environment), and it taught me how to be open to new experiences and people. I did things most people would never feel comfortable doing. For example, I had no idea what real trance was but I still went to a full-fledged rave and had the time of my life. I just picked up and flew to Greece and stayed at a hostel with a girl I just met and made friends with people from all over the world. I chose not to live on university accommodations with other international students but instead went house hunting in my first few days in the country and lived with British students so that I could fully understand what British culture was like. I went sight seeing on my own, travelled around the country by myself having no clue what I was doing and figuring it out as I went along. Every day was filled with something new but the hardest part for me was leaving those bonds I had created. I was so heartbroken having to walk away from the UK knowing I may never see some of those people again. 

Don't get me wrong, it was really, really, really, hard initially for me. I missed Toronto tremendously. It was difficult adapting to a culture I barely knew and meeting people who actually wanted to open up to me. People take for granted what it means to be completely "new". If no one actually reaches out to you and takes you under their wings, you may be unable to make real bonds with people aside from something surface. It made me miss my family and friends back home so much. I've noticed when people live overseas they tend to bond with other international students or people like themselves. Most international people I met didn't have many British friends. It's only natural that when you're lost and in a new environment, you cling to people you identify with. Dealing with a few months of loneliness and confusion really paid off for me in the end because I built such strong friendships with some wonderful British people and I felt like I had become a part of them. That's something not many international travellers can boast. 

Being back in Toronto and watching the Olympics and everything leading up to it was like torture because to me, England had become home. I missed the UK greatly for the first two months and searched for ways to return back "home". I felt so lost in my life, because not only did I feel stifled being back in Toronto, I was also at a completely new stage in my life where I no longer was in school. My future stared at me and I could barely focus on it. For the first time in my life I didn't know what my end goal was anymore. It was frightening and numbing all at once to not only have to deal with returning to another culture but also have it compounded with being in a stage of my life I had never been in since I was 4 years old.

Now that time has passed, things have changed and I've learned to love Toronto again, both for its flaws and for its beauty. Coming back definitely changed my perspective on this city and our people. It made me open up to experiences I had shut down before. A simple example of that would be going to parties I use to avoid just because I thought I didn't identify with it, and actually having fun. (To be honest, I can now go anywhere and enjoy myself no matter what I'm doing.) I see certain characteristics and behaviours we young Torontonians have that I really don't like and I've focused to change them in myself and possibly open up other people to the way I see life now. 

I've finally found direction in my life regarding my career and where I think I'm headed, and it feels amazing. I still miss the UK, a lot, but I believe, for now, Toronto is where my future lies. That doesn't mean I won't stop travelling. I thrive on learning and change. The nomad in me is always itching for a place to go and new things to do. Yet, with all that said, the UK will always be another home to me, always.

This is one of my favourite photos from England. 
It's in central London on a rooftop of a building that my friend took me to so that I could see the city. 
Behind me is St. Paul's Cathedral, a famous sight to see in London.


Security Cameras and Crimes of Love

On Monday, while prepping for an important meeting I was about to have, I found this video online. Am I ever glad I clicked it. Not only did this video make my heart smile, it actually brought out some giggles while watching it. I can't tell you how great it was to have that pick me up just when I needed it. I shared this on my Facebook page but I want it to be something anyone can view freely and feel the same sense of happiness I did.



March 25, 2012

Delilah - Go

I was near speechless when I heard this today while I was fumbling around YouTube for something interesting for my ears to hear.This is Delilah's first EP which was produced by East London's Balistiq. Honestly, the beat and the covers Delilah does within that song are so beautiful and eerie at the same time. Yes, some of those lyrics are from Chaka Khan's song "Ain't Nobody". Insane right? I really don't know what else to say, I just want you to listen to it because I think its amazing.


March 21, 2012

Hot Pants and Sheer Tops

YAY! My Topshop order came in today. I got three pairs of hot pants and a sheer sleeveless blouse with uneven hems. I'm absolutely in love with my order, albeit those shorts are something other than shorts on my Anyway, I've got so many ideas for how to wear them and they're also a reminder to just up my game when it comes to fitness. I'm so excited about this summer and the chance to wear this once I get back home to Toronto from UK.

Lots of love,

March 10, 2012

Layering - Tips, Ideas, and Photos

Here are some more photos of layering at its best. This time I've got some women in the mix. I love layering but I am careful with my choices simply because of my body shape. If I go overboard I can get a bit swallowed up in it all or I could just end up looking like a chubby ball. The best tip I can give people, especially women, is to start with thinner pieces of various textures and then build on top of that. The heaviest piece should always be on the top. Try working with items on the inside that drape well and have some flow to it as it helps with comfort and makes it easier to layer. Hope that helps!


Shots of Style

Below is a collection of shots that I love of various accessories and pieces of clothing. I don't have much to elaborate on in terms of the photos except to say that I find them visually appealing. Enjoy!

Love, hugs, and kisses

March 4, 2012

Baby Got Style

Ummm, how cute is this?



Don't Go

Love, hugs, and kisses

Glamazonian Jewellery

R.I.P. to my ring below. I somehow lost it just a few weeks after I bought it and right before I came to England. I still think about it every few days lol. I know its weird but I love that one piece of jewellery and here is the kicker, I hate rings. I never wear them so for me this ring meant a lot. Let's all have a moment of silence for this lost treasure.


February 28, 2012

Men in Layers

As I've said before, the key to dressing for cold weather is layering and these men display this beautifully. Layering gives such an array of textures, fabrics, patterns, and shapes that lend so much life to an outfit. As easy as it may seem, it takes a keen eye to know what pieces work well together. Obviously the men below use layering in a more dressed up manner but it can be just as attractive in casual wear.




February 27, 2012

Street Style

Random shots I love with a few of my personal style icons, Miroslava and Nickelson, thrown in for good measure.

Love, hugs, and kisses,

My Life in the UK and Retro Style

Ok, I know I've been gone for a long, long, long time...but that's life right? We move on, we grow, we change, we learn, and I dedicated my time to other things in order to develop myself. Life has been beautiful and so wondrous for me. Just an update, I've moved to England and will be here for a few months. Albeit, I was pretty homesick initially, but I now am enjoying every moment here. I'm such an analytical person by nature and being here has tripled that aspect in me. I could only wonder what my next steps are and what life will be like but I do know I've grown tremendously over the past few months. 

Living away from what I know has been an experience I'll never forget. I use to think our cultures were so similar, Canada and England, but in reality we differ on so many aspects. It's given me a greater love for Toronto but an even bigger thirst to travel. 

On a fashion tip, the UK definitely offers a plethora of options and people are much more stylish here than back home, at least in my opinion. Of course, it's not to say everyone cares to dress well (that's far from the truth) but there are many more people who have a sense of style and men certainly do take care of themselves in a way North Americans don't. 

Anyway, in regards to today's post, I decided to do something more retro. I was searching 70s fashion and came upon some photos I loved (some of which are photos of fashion today that was inspired by the 70s). The women look so sweet and well put together, it reminds me so much of my mother in photos I saw of her when she was my age. The last photo is from the early 80s, and yes, that is Jodie Foster. Enjoy!


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