Renaissance of the Small Mall (Win a Shopping Spree!)

Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, Thornhill and Richmond Hill, there were only really a few hang out places that my friends and I could go to in our younger years. Getting into the age of acquired driver’s licenses, Hillcrest Mall became a lunchtime destination in high school. As the years went by, truthfully, nothing changed. Same old stores, same old food joints at the food court, same old crowds. It got boring, and as our tastes changed, so did our willingness to travel for shopping. Continue reading


#FashionCAN – What’s That?

If you’re a regular frequenter of Yorkdale Mall, I’m sure you’re aware of the massive expansion they did of 18+ stores, including the newest Nordstrom in Toronto. Earlier this week, right before the grand unveiling of the new wing, Yorkdale and CAFA got together to bring the Canadian fashion industry an opportunity to see the SS17 Collections of the country’s top designers. A runway built literally in the middle of the hall of the new section, Yorkdale hosted an intimate setting for the invite-only runway shows of Canada’s fashion leaders, new and veteran. Continue reading


How To Ruin a Tour, But Leave A Great Impression

If you’ve been keeping up on Instagram and Twitter, you know we took a trip down to Las Vegas about a month ago and had the opportunity to escape the city to see the Grand Canyon in Arizona for a day. It was great to finally experience The Strip, see the zombies sitting in casinos at 6:00am (still, or already?), drink a Fat Tuesday while walking down the street, make $40 off of $10 at a Roulette table (at our hotel, Caesar’s Palace), get a tan by the pool, and take every risky photo possible at the Grand Canyon.


Though my Instagram feed would imply that the trip was perfect from start to finish (isn’t that the point?), there was definitely a hiccup. Continue reading

Couture is the Cure for “What Will I Wear?”

If you’re a frequent visitor to The Lifestyle Bistro, you’re probably aware that I had the pleasure to attend the Nordstrom Gala at CF Eaton Centre a couple weeks back. It’s worth mentioning that the night was pretty much a blast, especially since it involved an open bar, shopping, and the chance to dress up. And if you know anything about me, you know I don’t like to settle when it comes to my wardrobe choices, so naturally, it was the perfect opportunity to wear my favourite Canadian designer: Stephan Caras. Continue reading


NordstromTO Gala @ CF Eaton Centre

If you live in the GTA, and you’re not hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of the marketing involved in the anticipated opening of the two first Nordstrom locations in the city: CF Eaton Centre and Yorkdale. Aside from the signs, social media campaigns, and overall buzz about the openings, both stores are starting off by hosting a Gala to celebrate the opening. Last night, Toronto’s fashion crowd (and more) got together at Yonge-Dundas Square and celebrated the new department store in style. Continue reading


If I Moved to Australia, Would Anyone Notice? The Reality of a 21st Century Cynic

About once a week (usually on a night my boyfriend is busy, and I have nothing to do), I come to the realization that I basically have none of my own friends, particularly girlfriends. By “my own”, I mean people who I didn’t meet by default through my boyfriend, or in some cases, through their boyfriends. I’m talking besties, girls I’ll go for a spontaneous coffee with, and who I can share every detail of my life with. Continue reading


Borrowed From The Boys

There are so many great things about being a woman, especially when it comes to self-expression through fashion. It seems like we can get away with a lot more things than the guys can (or dare to), and we won’t even get dirty looks for it. Having worked in retail at a store that sells both menswear and womenswear before, I surprisingly found myself gearing towards some of the men’s pieces for myself. In light of TOM*FW (Toronto Men’s Fashion Week), what better time than now to talk about the pieces us ladies can borrow from the boys. Continue reading


My Diet Starts Tomorrow

Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were posting pictures that should have motivated us and our Instagram followers to get started on our bikini bodies?

A kickboxing Groupon and 4 months later, here we are, with just a month left of summer. I’ve consumed 10L of ice cream, had way too many sugary cocktails, and didn’t take very good care of my body all throughout the never-ending Toronto heatwave, and I’ve come to a point where I’m terrified to put on a bathing suit in public. Continue reading


10 Ways Competitive Dance Prepared Me For The Real World

Though I put that career path behind me, it would be a HUGE waste of money if I didn’t get any takeaway from it. I find myself getting upset every now and then that I’ve essentially lost all my skills as a ballroom dancer, and though it may seem like it was a waste of 16 years, I definitely got some irreplaceable experience from it that benefits me every single day in the real world. Continue reading

Inspiration: Long-Weekend Fashionista

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of heading out to a cottage up north for the weekend, and forgot all the rules of fashion. My weekend had a rotation of three outfits: bikini, t-shirt (with holes in it) and denim shorts, and a hoodie with sweatpants. And really, could you blame me? If I wasn’t paddle-boarding or swimming across the lake, then I was roasting marshmallows by the fire or bathing myself in anti-mosquito spray. There really wasn’t space for nice clothes at that point.

And here we are, on Canada Day, and sadly, I’m stuck in the city (or what most consider the suburbs), but managed to have the weekend off work anyway. With less than desirable weather today on this beautiful country’s birthday, and no concrete plans the rest of the weekend, I really have no clue what can happen. In other words, I’m in civilization, and my days will probably consist of brunch outings and family get-togethers. Which means – the rules of fashion do apply.

So here’s the pieces of inspiration that will get me through the long weekend, whether they currently lay in my closet or not: Continue reading