September 20, 2014

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 


September 18, 2014

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 suburbs.

Being cocooned in the world I grew up in eventually started to suffocate me. Granted some people like to stay within their own areas and routines, and you know what, that's ok. If that's what speaks to you, who am I to judge? All I know is that isn't who I am. Toronto may not be as historic and populated as I would like but that doesn't mean I've seen and experienced everything. With that said, I made a pact to myself recently to go and see new places and try new things every week or two. I may not like everything I do. I may be out of my comfort zone. I may have to go alone, but so what?

Last week I researched cafes in Toronto and I randomly chose to visit a quaint little place in Leslieville called Tango's Palace. It rained that night but it didn't deter me from heading down there to meet a friend. Needless to say, the service was amazing and the crowd seemed laid back with a few interesting characters coming in here and there. It's a great place to just relax and do some reading on your own or come in with your laptop to get some work done. If you haven't had a chance to visit, you can live vicariously through me by having a peak below.

Thanks to Naomi for taking much better shots of this place than I could (she's hiding behind the phone in the photos below). I got a pretty cool shot of the counter though!


September 16, 2014

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!


September 15, 2014

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.

September 14, 2014

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 outfit was all bought in Canada. The necklace is from Costa Blanca when I worked there as a teen (it was a popular women's retail store that went under this year). The eagle belt was my cult favourite in college that I had bought from Le Chateau. The now faded denim shirt I bought from Jacob in 2009 or 2010. The yellow purse I bought from Aldo in 2010 after seeing Jackie walking around with it. Finally, the Converse sneakers are my newest addition and they were lovingly given to me by one of my friend's sisters who bought a size too small.

Crazy memory right? Shows you that sometimes we don't need to continuously buy new apparel to look fashionable.


September 4, 2014

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 lower body. It balances you out in all the right places. Aside from all of that, it's just so comfortable to wear because essentially all it is is a piece of fabric wrapped around you.


Growing Up: Sometimes Negativity and Hate is a Blessing in Disguise

You know how most people say they miss their childhood? Well, I’d never go back but those experiences as a child are what shaped me into who I am today. I grew up as a misfit. I was the “weird” kid as many children would call me. Surprisingly, it’s not only just kids who treated me different, sometimes my own teachers would single me out or treat me as second rate. I was chubby, had messy hair, was a ball of excited energy, excelled in academics and at one point I even had the cliché braces and glasses all rolled into one. I was a huge target for people to make fun of and some individuals made it their mission to terrorize me.

I could have become introverted or turned into someone who moulded herself into what others would deem acceptable. Instead I conveyed confidence even in my most insecure moments. When snide remarks were made about me, I behaved as if those words didn’t even make me flinch. Even when I was scared while being bullied by others I stood as tall as I could (I was always one of the shortest kids) and spoke with firmness.

Growing up through those experiences and not fitting in anywhere taught me the beauty of having tough skin and not changing who you are to suit others. It taught me how to stand my ground even when people would intimidate me and it also taught me the beauty of appreciating everyone for who they are as a person and not for what they looked like on the outside. It gave me the courage I needed to be different and do things outside of the norm because I had already built the backbone to deal with any hostility that came my way. So what if people didn’t accept me? I was an outlier anyway, right?

If we are to live our lives concerned with what everyone says and thinks of us, we’ll never progress to be anything greater. It’s not easy to not be affected by what others say but it is a skill you have to hone if you ever want to accomplish things in your life. Now I’m not saying ignore constructive criticism because there is no way you can develop without it but there is a distinct difference between that and plain negativity and hate.

People will always have an opinion about you and everything you do. I wouldn’t even be surprised if someone was rolling their eyes while reading this but the difference here is that I’ve made the effort to put things into words and do stuff with my life, like blogging about fashion for example, while that same person who’s rolling their eyes probably hasn’t done much at all. The people who view you in a negative manner and try to berate you, many times, are the same people who wouldn’t take the risks and chances that you have.

When you try and break out of a mould that is different from the norm you make yourself an even bigger target for people. If you let that negative energy affect you, you’ll be paralyzed from moving on in your life. Don’t ever allow someone else to drown your ambitions or make you feel any less of a person. No one who has made something of themselves has ever been free from the negative opinions of others, not even the greatest politicians, inventors, artists, scientists, activists…etc.  

Very recently I had a really rough experience with someone who I barely knew that was spewing hatred towards me when I had only been nice to them. I don’t mean they were just being rude, I mean this person literally behaved like they wanted their soul to devour me and I had no clue why. I was so shocked but after I composed myself, I took in situation and it lit my spirit in such a positive way that I’m actually happy I went through that. The very next day I formulated these words to convey my thoughts:

“Unwarranted negativity and hate from others can do one of three things: it can defeat you, it can poison you and twist you into an angry and hateful individual, or it can fuel you to become even more successful in your life. Learning how to harness that kind of fire is one of the most amazing skills that can carry us through in life.

Remember, there is tremendous power in being able to brace yourself against the negativity of others but there is an even greater power when you’re able to use those same stones that were thrown at you to build the base upon which you stand and flourish.


September 3, 2014

Onna Bugeisha: Gingham Denim, Bright Colours, and a Silk Blouse

Photos courtesy of Jackie Suner

I love these gingham denim pants and you'll probably see it come up on my blog several times. I was instantly attracted to it the moment I saw it at Topshop on my last trip to England. I called this one Onna Bugeisha when I posted one of these photos on Instagram. Look up the term cause you might learn something new. 


September 2, 2014

Today's Audio Crack: 2pac - Old School (Cookin' Soul Remix)



Let's Play Ball!

Kudos to my beautiful photographer, Jackie Suner.

After an extremely long hiatus I'm finally back! I've been blessed to have so many people, strangers and friends alike, encourage me to return to my blog. I had never realised the full impact my work and passion had on people. Even when my blog had reached over 50 countries worldwide, I didn't feel like it was enough. Life swept me away and with that, my blog fell to the wayside.I could probably expand on why that happened but it's 3:25am so I think I'll save that for another day.

Nonetheless, if you've followed this blog and still managed to come back after all this time you'll know that putting myself in front of the camera was a struggle for me. Some of my past posts discussed that more than once. It took many years, but I've worked up the courage to be photographed for the purpose of displaying what I wear and my Instagram account has been the main area for those posts.

These photos were taken shortly after my trip to the UK this spring. The baseball shirt is from Primark which is a low-end retailer based out of the UK and is one of my favourite places to shop (I know a lot of my British friends love that place but sometimes won't admit it). You'd be surprised at how versatile this top can be, but then again, I feel that way about most pieces of clothing. The best part about it is that I can transition this piece from summer into fall which is just around the corner. Don't worry, I still have a ton of summer fashion related posts coming up!

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