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

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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

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

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

A Beginner’s Journey to NYFW

A little over a week ago, on my birthday no less, I woke up to an email containing an invitation to the Francesca Liberatone runway show at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Attending NYFW is not something I dreamed of since I was a little girl, but definitely since I started my blog in August 2015. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement, but I did realize it entailed quite a bit of commitment. The next few days I got more and more invitations flooding my inbox, but unfortunately due to my university and work commitments, I had to miss out on majority of the shows I was invited to. That didn’t stop me from making it out for the weekend to NY. Continue reading

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

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