#HelloHoney: All-Natural Buzzworthy Beauty Hacks

I was able to visit Hillcrest Mall about two weeks ago to learn about their newest initiative, but this visit was like no other. By installing two beehives on their rooftop, Richmond Hill’s Hillcrest Mall has taken things to the next level (haha, get it?) in having a positive impact on the community’s biodiversity. Over 10,000 bees are now pollinating flowers in the area, and by fall will provide lots and lots of tasty raw honey. Continue reading

How to Afford Designer Goods as a Student

Every time I wear or carry something really nice, my peers at university either greet me with a dirty look, or whine about how they wish they could afford that, or just blatantly ask me, “how could you afford that?”

So I’m about to unveil my secrets, some of which my close friends know about, and some of which I usually keep to myself, but today is a reveal-all kind of day, so here we go: Continue reading

A Goal-Oriented Summer (+ giveaway)

You may remember me writing about the incredible startup, Better Life Project, back in the winter when I bought the first ever Better Life Planner just in time for 2017. The first edition helped me reorganize my goals for the year, as well as make daily and weekly goals for myself in order to get closer to achieving my long-term aspirations.

This time, the inspiring ladies behind the project are back with a bigger and better product, the Better Life Planner: Student Success Edition. What blew my mind most about the planner this time was how adaptive the planner truly is. Though it’s called the Student Success Edition, it is far from being restricted to students of an educational institution – it is for students of life. Continue reading

What You Should Expect to Eat and Drink in Italy

What Canadians, Americans, and those living in other highly multi-cultural countries need to understand is simple: not every country is as a multi-cultural as we are. WHICH IS OK! That’s the beauty of it. Us as Canadians have adopted every culture’s food, and we have the festivals to prove it. That being said, we can’t expect to visit France and eat sushi while we’re there, just like we can’t expect, and shouldn’t expect, to visit Italy in search of an American Breakfast. Continue reading

A Working Girl’s Wishlist

The “blogging industry” is an interesting one. It mostly consists of a craze for high-end designer fashion, and the prettiest pictures on Instagram and blogs are the ones sporting YSL, Gucci, Chanel, or all of the above. Seldom do we hear the stories of what it took to get these most-coveted pieces, and god forbid we hear about the struggle a woman goes through in her day to day life. Continue reading

The GTA’s 3 Healthy (and Vegan) Gems

Ironically, I’m not even a vegan as I write this, but I do have a strong appreciation to taking every possible dietary restriction and making the best out of it. These three businesses have done just that – acknowledging every single “No, I can’t eat that” and making sure you can indeed eat it and indulge.

Every meal, snack, and coffee:

Sorelle & Co.

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A local treasure, the cafe stands on Rutherford Road, just between Bathurst St and Dufferin St in Vaughan. With an extensive menu of anything you can think of, Sorelle & Co. also offers its guests an elegant interior that is unbelievably perfect for pictures beautiful enough to hang on your wall. Additionally, they’ve got a stand inside the Saks 5th Avenue on Queen St, and rumour has it another location will be popping up in the future.

Top Picks: Mean Green Smoothie & Carrot Cupcake

Dessert:

NanaShake

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This. Place. Rocks! I wish I lived a little bit closer so I could go there more often and indulge in their completely guilt-free 100% vegan soft serve. With a great selection of flavours, toppings, and even styles (popsicles!), it’s guaranteed that this will be the tastiest, healthiest, dessert you’ll ever try. Most importantly, they have an affogato version: that’s right, espresso trickled on top of their delectable soft serve. Located in the upper end of the city, just moments walk from Sheppard Station, and with ample parking nearby, it’s a dessert parlour that is easy to access for anyone.

Top Pick: Rosey Pistachio Soft Serve

On The Go:

The PUR Company

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This Toronto-born brand is taking the world by storm, and giving everybody the gum and mints health-enthusiasts have always dreamed of: aspartame-free, vegan, sugar-free, and packed with natural flavours. Let’s be real, between all those meals and desserts (especially the affogato NanaShake), it’s necessary to freshen up. These PUR bad boys can be found in numerous locations across the GTA, including Whole Foods, Winners, and Sorelle & Co.

Top Picks: Mojito-Lime Mints, Spearmint Gum

 

Though the GTA (especially the downtown core) has many vegan and plant-based offerings, these are the three that I found most accessible to someone living in the Richmond Hill/Vaughan area. From snacks to dessert to just something to chew on between meals, Sorelle & Co., NanaShake, and PUR have you covered.

A Girl Gang Affair

On March 26th, Girl Gang Appreciation Day, I took a giant leap out of my comfort zone and invited ten ladies I barely knew or didn’t know at all to join me for an evening of coffee, pastries, and deep conversation about the reality of being a busy woman with a plate full of responsibilities and aspirations. Continue reading

Embracing Getting Burnt Out

Disclaimer: In theory, I should be posting on my blog about fall/winter 2017 Canadian fashion right now, but to be honest, it would not be genuine (at this moment). 


Over the past couple of weeks, I had to come to terms with the reality that I was not balancing everything on my plate as well as I should have been. My grades were getting significantly lower than last semester, the bags under my eyes significantly darker, and I found myself breaking into tears every so often worrying about how I was going to get everything on my list accomplished through the next day, the next week, and the next month. Whenever I’d head out of the house without makeup on, people would ask what was wrong, and if I was getting sick or something. I even lost the will and inspiration to write on my blog, which usually was a 20-minute escape from the hustle and bustle. Continue reading

The #GirlBoss Survival Kit

The #GirlBoss movement, created by Sophia Amoruso, is one that not only empowered women around the world to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit, but glorified being a female entrepreneur and go-getter.  Though I never read her book, nor supported Amoruso’s Nasty Gal brand (for reasons to be brought up at a later date), I have to give her credit for creating the Girl Boss empire and inspiring so many women around the world.

So at what point can one consider herself a “Girl Boss”? I think the whole dynamic of being a woman changed when we stopped living to cook and clean for our families, and started becoming educated, having careers, and creating something for ourselves.  Continue reading