Ten

I’m going to deviate a little bit, and share in this post an excerpt from my book – a collection of personal prose.  I’ve been noticing the last little while a trend, not just in my own life, but in those around me as well.  With the new year, I’ve been making a lot of changes in my life, and this piece of writing can definitely fit that context.  Can you relate at all?

(Side note: reminiscing back a few days ago to the super mild Canadian temperatures because tonight it is FREEZING!  How many more months until summer?!!!!)

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“Backseat drivers.  Those people who hop in to join you on a leg of your journey, and think it’s entirely appropriate to dictate how you drive.  Slow down.  Speed up!  Use your turn signal.  Stay farther back.  You shouldn’t park there.  Turn here – I know a better way.  Some even have the gall to reach for the wheel, as if you’re not in control at all.  Most of us have been this person, whether we’ve realized it or not.  We all know these people; you’re probably holding a name in your mind right now.  I’m willing to bet these same people are also backseat driving your life.

Why do we let people tell us how we should live our lives?  Why do we carry such guilt when we stand up for ourselves?  We don’t want to be a disappointment; it’s not in our nature to cause pain in another.  But what about what YOU want?  We have become so obsessed with tip-toeing around the feelings of others that we completely disregard our own.  Taking care of ones self above all else has been labeled as selfish.  This is false, and this mentality needs to disappear.  You come first;  if you are not taking care of you, then you are doing a disservice to others.  Happiness and content ripple.  Do not allow any other person to dictate how your life should be.  If it won’t satisfy you, if it’s not what you want – don’t do it.  We should never do anything for the sole sake of satisfying another’s wish for us.

Many people have probably told you to get a degree for a job that will make you rich.  It all sounds great, and probably even practical, but is it what you want?  A dollar sign doesn’t make you truly rich in life.  What you want for yourself is important; more important than what anyone else desires for you.  Your life’s road map should be created for you, by you.

If your dream is to become a doctor or a lawyer, then seek that dream.  If you don’t want to go to college, then don’t!  If you want to start a business, become a musician, or run away with the circus, then pursue those dreams.  Seek and listen with your heart; throw all of your passion into whichever direction that leads you.  Let no one tell you otherwise.

When someone tells you that you can’t, scream, “YES, I can!”
When someone implies that you will never succeed, say, “Watch me.”

Take the steering wheel of your life back.  Keep a firm grip.  The only person who can tell you that you can’t is yourself.   But, you can.”

Six

 

 

It’s 2016!  I can hardly believe it, to be honest.  How time flies…I’m not the only one who has minuscule recollection of the last two years, right?!!!

Well, we all know that the tradition to follow New Year’s is the New Year’s Resolution.  So many of us will resolve to the phrase, “New Year, New Me!”…. but the older I get, the more unrealistic I feel that goal is.  I don’t want to be ‘new’, I’d rather just be ‘improved’.  This year, my only resolution is to work each day to move closer to becoming the person I want to be.  Seems easy enough in theory, but in reality it’s much more difficult.  Obstacles arise, suddenly bumps in the road start popping up – sometimes it’s even your own self that gets in your way.

This year, I want to smile more, just for the heck of it!  To see more and do more and be present in each moment of each day.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the bustle of the world around us, forgetting to take time to just BE.

My other goal, which may or may not be easier than my first, is to collect all the oversized knit sweaters I can find because let’s be honest – these things are like wearing a fashionably acceptable housecoat.  They’re amazing!!!  Also,  I have a studio to shoot in now, so I definitely want to write more and photograph more.  It’s a great escape to every day stresses of life.

I hope you all had an amazing New Year’s, and all the best wishes for the year to come xxoo
Sweater/jeans – H&M (my obsession)
Gorgeous lipstick – NARS

 

Two

 

Now that winter is in full swing (with approximately 2 feet of snow on the ground), I find myself reminiscing to warmer temperatures and fancier flora.

One of my favourite go-to styles of Summer 2013 was a peplum pleat.   And who doesn’t love a good peplum?  Not only is it a great slimming choice (hellooooo waistline!), but everyone knows peplum is a great choice for a dinner date.  Food baby?  No problem!

Classic black on black never goes out of style, and this is probably why 96% of my closet is black.  It’s also safe for the days you wake up not wanting to wrack your brain about what patterns are ‘allowed’ to go together and which should absolutely be avoided.  I don’t pay much mind to the fashion “rules”, because as I stated earlier, rules were made to be broken!  I accredit my black closet to my laziness, plain and simple.  Of course, solid colours are always fun to play up with accessories – such as a cherry red bag and black/white colour-block stilettos!

Hat – H&M, Shirt – Suzy Shier, Pants – Dynamite

One

 

Hello!  Welcome to my blog, and thanks for stopping by.

For years I have been, what I guess you could call, an amateur fashion aficionado.  Since I hit puberty, I’ve fallen madly in love with anything and everything fashion.  As I’ve grown and matured (slightly), my fashion style has changed dramatically, and continues to do so.  I believe that’s what is so great about fashion – it is ever-changing and ever-evolving.  Fashion can be fun; it is supposed to be fun.   Yeah yeah, there are the famous “fashion faux-pas” rules (like no socks with sandals!), but rules were meant to be broken!

I’ve finally decided to translate my love of fashion and style onto the greater medium that is a blog.  I hope that I can inspire those die-hard fashionista’s (and the closet fashionista’s – you know who you are)  out there with my looks and inspirations.  Fashion comes in all shapes and sizes – and price tags.  I’m here to prove that, while yes there are all of the great brands out there that we love (Dolce and Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent – I’m looking specifically at you!), looking and feeling great doesn’t have to break the bank.

Now – Let’s get this thing rolling!

Fur is back, people.  Really, I don’t think it ever truly left.  Fur is one thing that I absolutely LOVE for fall/winter styling.  I kind of feel like it goes with everything, and if you don’t agree with me – I don’t really care.   My only stipulation is that it be faux.  Weird, right? A girl who adores fashion so deeply but balks at the thought of wearing a true dead animal? Well, to each their own I suppose (no judgement on all you dead-animal wearers; I respect all fashion lovers equally).  Fit and flare jeans – you can’t go wrong.   One of my favourite fall looks is a solid fit and flare paired with a faux fur vest.  Throw in a pinstripe boyfriend shirt (tucked or loose, option is yours), and some suede-tassled booties (not pictured 😦 sorry) and you’re golden!

Vest – H&M, Jeans – Rock & Republic, Boots – Forever 21