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Cheers to the New Year

Every New Years I see so many people make remarks and comments about how New Year's resolutions are a waste, that it's just another day and people shouldn't need to wait for this time of year to make a commitment. Granted, some of those things are true, but a New Year represents so much and it stands as a symbol for so many people. It may just be another day but there is such immense power and emotion behind what a New Year denotes. If, as humans, we didn't thrive off of symbolism and milestones then we wouldn't need to celebrate our birthdays every year or our anniversaries or even our graduations, You may not find solace in the freshness of a new year and you may not see it as a pillar for you to tie a goal to, but don't take that away from someone else with your negativity. Not everyone needs or wants a resolution every year, and if you're like me, you wait for the need for a resolution to call to you. Some years I've had no resolution, and then in yea…

Street Style: Welcome to the Underworld

This post is long over due. Back in October my long time friend and photographer, Sid Naidu, and I decided to collaborate for a project he wanted to work on. Out of that came some wonderful shots for my blog. Luckily enough, I could probably still wear this outfit because Toronto's weather has been a lot warmer than usual this year. We actually had a green Christmas! I mean literally green, not just pine tree green, green grass green! I don't remember ever having a winter where I saw green lawns.

Funny how just last year Toronto was under a state of an emergency with a deadly and yet beautiful ice storm that blew out majority of the city's power for days in freezing temperatures right at Christmas and New Years. All of my family's homes were without power but my area was affected the worst. We were blessed to have amazing friends out west who took us in for the night. The next day my parents' home finally got power and my family all piled into their place and got …

Fall Fashion: Leather and Noise

Outfit Details: Pants - Dynamite, Necklace & Purse - Primark, Boots - Aldo,  
Photographer: Jackie Suner
Along with my many other obsessions, leather clothing is another love of mine. I've been collecting leather (and leather inspired) pieces  for years. I have 3 pairs of tights, 3 skirts, 3 pants, 2 vests, 2 shorts, 1 cap and obviously several jackets. I don't know what it is with leather but I'm attracted to that more than anything. If you peruse through my previous posts on my blog as well as on Tumblr and Pinterest you'll be able to see my passion for leather dating back several years. As I type right now, I'm wearing military green denim jeans that are wax coated so it looks like leather!

Unfortunately because I've got a small waist and big hips, it's hard to find pieces for my lower body that fit right. I got lucky with this pair as they mould quite well to me and are crazy comfortable. As for my top, I actually have had this sweater for many years…

Fall Street Style - Leather & Acid Wash Denim

Outfit Details: Headwrap - Zumiez | Leather Jacket - Zara TRF | Mesh Shirt & Purse - Primark | Boots - Aldo | Acid Wash Denim - Sirens

 Jackie and I grabbed breakfast a few weeks ago and then needed to kill some time before we watched The Maze Runner.  Of course we decided to go on one of our escapades and found a warehouse parking lot where trucks unload near a railway station. While I was prancing around looking for a way to get on the other side of the fence to get to the tracks, I found a staircase that literally lead to nowhere and was overgrown with plants. You can't see the full staircase to appreciate how much greenery was covering the area but it was a pretty fascinating and unexpected scene. It made for some cool shots while we were shivering in intermittent rain. Our excursion didn't end there though, we also found a school which was under construction and went on a discovery tour there too. The fun never ends!

You'll probably notice my "look&q…

Something 70s Again: Floppy Hat & Highwaisted Bell Bottoms

I've had a hat obsession as far back as I can remember. Actually, let me rephrase, I've had an "anything you can wear on your head" obsession as far back as I can remember. Anyone who knows me also knows I hoard hats, caps, tuques (wooly hats/beanies), head wraps, berets....etc. Every time I'm in the Sunday Up Market in Brick Lane, which is in London, I have to resist buying every hat I see. When I returned home from living there in 2012 I had to give up some purchases I really wanted to make for the sake of keeping my luggage at a decent limit (needless to say I still sent several massive boxes back to Canada by mail and brought two suit cases on the flight along with my carry on).

On my trip back to the UK in April, I fell in love with all sorts of headwear but most specifically the floppy wide brimmed hats. This purple one was an amazing find right outside the Sunday Up Market. Walking in the rain with my friend Andy, we found yet another stall with hats. The…

Floral Blazer, Spiked Heels, and Hues of Blue

For those of you in warmer parts of the world, you might find something like this more inspiring in a literal way but this look could still be pulled off in the fall. How? Just switch the skirt to a pair of blue pants instead. It's brighter than what people are used to for fall, but really, who cares? I can still wear florals while the leaves are falling. 
As pulled together as I look, Jackie (my darling photographer) and I were running away from bees half the time we were here. I went out for lunch with her several weeks ago in the warmer weather and we found a park close to a school. I have no idea how bees get attracted to salads and wraps but we were running everywhere cause these bees found us no matter where we were, including on the sand at the playground. Needless to say, I'm sure people who were around got a kick out of us.

Outfit Details: Necklace: New Look| Blazer & Purse - Primark| Pumps - Enzo Angiolini| Skirt - Sirens|

Gingham Pants & Dip Dye Jacket

Toronto barely experienced a summer this year and I found myself wearing clothes I would have one in the spring or fall season. These photos taken by my sister are actually from a cold July evening. Considering today was a mild fall day, posting this outfit seemed appropriate. Those Topshop gingham pants are my favourite. It's one of those buys I never regret and even though it has such a loud pattern, I seem to be able to mix it with absolutely anything!

Outfit Details: Shoes - Converse| Pants & Denim Jacket - Topshop| Purse & Mesh Shirt - Primark 


Fall Fashion: Bold Patterns and Colours

As much as I love black, I'm a sucker for colour and pattern. Just because winter is around the corner doesn't mean we have to forego the vibrancy in what we wear. Mixing patterns into other dark pieces is one way to bring life to your wardrobe, but why not step it up a notch? Pairing pieces with bold colours that are either complimentary (purple purse to the green blazer/green blazer to the red print in the trousers) or analogous (purple purse to the blue heels/ blue heels to the green blazer) is a great way to bring some brightness to your look. Thanks to my sister for these shots taken on a cool day several weeks ago (yes, I know it was summer then!)

Outfit Details: Trousers - Club Monaco| Blazer - Forever 21| Pumps - Nine West | Purse - Aldo

School Teacher or Hollywood Housewife?

A few weeks ago I ended up at work way too early.When I realized I had a few hours to go, I headed over to my sister's place to go see my niece and nephew. Of course, my nephew was no where to be seen as he was off somewhere else but my sister had the bright idea to do a shoot in his room. Something about these photos seemed to scream "teacher" to some people, I preferred to think "Hollywood housewife". I'm sure I could have tried to hide the random boxes and stuff lying around but I liked the fact that the slight disheveled room was more authentic. Enjoy!

Skirt: Select, Top: Costa Blanca, Shoes: H&M, Necklace: Miss Selfridges, Clutch: Vintage

Gardening: Pin-Up Style

Earlier this year Jackie came by while I was at home house cleaning in heels. No, I'm not some diva. I sometimes do housework while wearing new heels so that I can get used to the incline. After she saw me she had the idea of doing a pin-up style shoot. So off to my room I went to figure out what pieces I had to make an outfit. Ten minutes later I came down in this! I've got a secret though.....I don't know much about gardening!

Shoes: Ninewest | Belt: ASOS |Skirt: Ricki's | Top: Sirens 


Living with Mars: Tango's Palace

When I blogged about my return home last year, I spoke about how it was such a hard experience to return to Toronto. I used to be this city's biggest fan. I couldn't stop gushing about how amazing Toronto is and I'd never settle anywhere else (except Melbourne, Australia). That all changed when I moved away and lived in a new country. I fell in love with England.

Living in Europe and seeing places like London made me see how young Toronto is. It also made me recognize that the size of our population can't rival places like London and Paris. Essentially, part of that means that our city doesn't seem to have as much to see, do, and experience in comparison to some of the more historical and densely populated cities in the world. Regardless, when I returned home two years ago I was determined to experience Toronto as a tourist so that I could keep that feeling of nomadic excitement going. Unfortunately, that never panned out and I went back to just living in the subu…

Monochrome Outfit: Frills with an Edge

Jacket: Zara TRF | Shirt: Primark | Skirt: River Island | Shoes: Top Shop | Necklace: New Look | Clutch: Select

Who would wear this outfit to work? I did! Obviously these shots weren't taken at my office but I did go in wearing this. To be honest, a lot of people were a bit thrown off by the mix of patterns but to me it seems kinda normal. It's a monochrome look so it is a bit easier to digest visually compared to if I wore the same clothes with pops of colour. I know some people think mixing patterns doesn't make sense but if you've got a bit of confidence you can make it work.
Thanks again to my darling Jackie Suner for these shots!

Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) - Calvin Harris Remix

Apparently this song is two years old but I only found out the name of it two weeks ago. I was driving out to visit my parents and was talking to my friend Agile who happens to be a DJ and I heard the tune playing in the background. Everytime I've heard this song I loved it, but I just never knew it was Florence + The Machine and I had no idea what the title was. Thanks to him, I now know. It's still audiocrack to my ears and worthy enough of a blog post.

The Canadian Tuxedo: A Classic

Thank you to my doll face, Jackie Suner, for these shots.
So if you didn't know, the denim on denim look is called the Canadian Tuxedo. Pretty fitting for a Canadian girl, right? Even though it's taken a few years for some people to become comfortable with the reemergence of wearing denim with denim, I think it's such a classic look. Something about this reminds me so much of my mother when she was younger. 
My favourite aspect of what I'm wearing is that nearly everything I have on I bought when I was younger. (Actually, a lot of what I'll be posting are clothes I've had for years because I've been holding back on the shopping to save up money for things like property.) The other cool aspect? I've got pieces on from different parts of the world! My earrings I bought in 2005 when visiting Australia, the bracelet was a souvenir I got while in Dominican Republic in 2007, and the jeans I bought from Primark earlier this year in England. 
The rest of my out…

The Answer to Curvy Bodies? Wrap Dresses!

Special thanks to Naomi Dumaran for being the beautiful lady behind the camera.
So I've had a fever these past two days but I've got a lot of content I wanted to put up now that I've relaunched my blog. Perhaps me sitting up late doing this isn't the smartest idea but it makes me happy!
This is one of my favourite dresses that I bought from Bedo several years ago. I barely own anything predominantly brown in colour since I feel it washes me out but I couldn't pass up on this dress. It's so reminiscent of the 70s (if you need a visual of that era in fashion go watch American Hustle). Ok, it also reminds me of Joseph and the Technicolour Coat but let's not go 
Wrap dresses in general are something I'm drawn to. The shape of a wrap dress makes me feel so feminine but at the same time it's sophisticated and not overtly sexy. Dresses like this are the perfect fit for women like me who have a curvier shape and are especially heavier on their …