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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 “NordstromTO Gala @ CF Eaton Centre”

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

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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 “Borrowed From The Boys”

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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 “My Diet Starts Tomorrow”

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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 “10 Ways Competitive Dance Prepared Me For The Real World”

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 “Inspiration: Long-Weekend Fashionista”

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What If I Was A Breakthrough Blogger?

It’s an interesting question to ask myself, especially in light of the Manrepeller/H&M/Bloglovin contest for “Breakthrough Fashion Blogger of the Year”. Although entering a contest is usually the easiest thing you could do, I found it challenging to have the guts to enter. I mean, who am I in the blogosphere?  As I prepared my post for the contest, I noticed other bloggers slowly but surely submitting their entries… Bloggers who already had a strong fanbase, bloggers who had one sponsored project after another, bloggers who were already 70 light years ahead of me on their journey. What chance do I stand against them? Continue reading “What If I Was A Breakthrough Blogger?”

Mocktails For Your Workout – 3 Drinks That Will Make You Think You’re At A Bar Instead Of The Gym

Do you ever find yourself halfway through a workout wishing you were at a bar sipping on a cocktail instead? Me too. Which is why I’ve decided to attempt to make it easier for all of us to survive those crucial hours of the day set aside to making ourselves look better at the beach. They say all good things come in threes, so I’ve come up with three stupidly easy drinks you can take to your workout that resemble some of our favourite cocktails. Continue reading “Mocktails For Your Workout – 3 Drinks That Will Make You Think You’re At A Bar Instead Of The Gym”

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Things You Can Do Other Than Getting a Gym Membership

I don’t know about you guys, but when I hear the word “gym” I think B-O-O-ORING! and can’t help but fall back on the couch and keep eating cake.

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), life isn’t all about lying on the couch eating cake, and somewhere in between you’ve got to fit some physical exercise regardless of how much you want to or don’t want to. Continue reading “Things You Can Do Other Than Getting a Gym Membership”

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How to Start Your Own Shoe Drive (or any other group donation)

In March, I decided that by May 1st I would try to collect at least 200 pairs of new/lightly-worn shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls Canada to help wear out poverty. As you may have noticed, it’s already June, and I didn’t even hit 50 pairs by the first of this month. Along the way, I developed more and more ideas to make the next one a success, as well as dealt with some of the mistakes I made through out the journey.

Should you ever decide to host your own drive of some sort, hopefully these words of advice will help you: Continue reading “How to Start Your Own Shoe Drive (or any other group donation)”