Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bi-Weekly Round Up

Trying out some homemade s'mores since no visits to the cottage happened this summer. But even though trips to the cottage couldn't be made, two trips to different zoos were. Animals will always trump a visit to a lake.

Bi-Weekly Round Up

Bi-Weekly Round Up


A weekend with friends wouldn't be the same without taking some photots together. But being the blogger I am, photos with friends turn into outfit shots and inspirational hairstyles for work.

Bi-Weekly Round Up

Bi-Weekly Round Up

Bi-Weekly Round Up

Friday, August 29, 2014

Night Time Pajama Shorts

Night Time Pajama Shorts

I loved these shorts so much that I had to try wearing them out at night as you would with actual pajama shorts. P and I ran some night time errands and I managed to convince him to snap some outfit photos for me just to show you guys that these shorts really can be for night time as much as during the day (although for the price I paid, these are not going to be in bed with me).

It's gotten a little bit colder lately so I opted for a light "spring" jacket that night to keep myself warm. I've heard that there are some warmer days to come in the next few weeks, so hopefully I'll have a chance to bust out my summer dresses one more time before the season is over.

Night Time Pajama Shorts
Night Time Pajama Shorts

Night Time Pajama Shorts
Top - Forever 21 | Jacket - H&M | Shorts - Aritzia | Shoes - Converse

Thursday, August 28, 2014

7 Things I Learned as an Undergrad

7 Things I Learned as an Undergrad

The journey of life is hard. Real hard. So many aspects are hidden from you until you experience them yourself first hand. Go to university they said, graduate with a degree they said, get a job with that degree they said. I blindly followed along with the guidelines of life that I was brought up by and chose a career in science. My decision was at first reaffirmed because of my interest and love for science itself, but I quickly realized during the end of my third year of an undergraduate that it was more of an interest than a passion.

So instead of going the usual route of becoming a doctor or working in a lab, I took my chance of freedom upon graduation and moved to Toronto to work as an intern for a digital ad agency. Quite the change of direction in careers.

Can I admit that it was scary? Yes. Can I own up to the fact that I wasn't sure if it was for me? Yes again. But did I do it anyways? Here's the important answer - yes. I took the plunge and risked my chances anyways. And what have I learned? That you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I gained knowledge, I gained friends, I gained skills, but the most important thing of all was that I gained experience. Here are some other things I learned as an undergrad (that was #1 in case you didn't catch on).

2. I like my money where I can see it - in my closet, but disposable fashion is a poor investment.

My early days as a shopaholic involved many hours at the mall right next to my campus where money was thrown left right and centre for purchases to stay on trend. Since then I have learned that fashion is extremely disposable and changes constantly. I have also learned to develop my own style that helps me up-cycle my closet to create new outfits which I may have never imagined if I kept buying new clothes each season.

3. Investment pieces go a long way and your money is worth it.

I've had my fair share of shoes that last no longer than 4 months, and bags that last no longer than a year. Why? Because I paid $30-50 for them. What you pay is what you get. Obviously there are limits to how much you are willing to spend as a student and when the lines between splurging and wasting money get blurred.

If you're paying for a $30 bag at Forever 21 don't expect it to last longer than a year or two. If you're paying for a $100 key pouch and coin purse from Tory Burch, expect the leather to last you long enough to get bored of the style and for it to come with a personal cleaning service. I accidentally spilled nail polish on mine and they cleaned it in store for me for free.

4. If your parents don't like him, it's not worth it.

I spent the majority of my undergrad in a relationship that my parents disapproved, and I never understood how much better it felt when they accepted my new boyfriend. This is not to say that I dated someone new just to satisfy my parents. But the fact that dating someone that they didn't accept made my relationship more difficult than it was already. Having someone my parents welcomed home with open arms was a huge added bonus to my relationship because it meant that I would never have to tip toe around them. It feels good to know that he's welcomed into the family.

5. Napping is a quintessential component of my daily routine.

Remember when you were younger and refused to nap in the afternoon when your parents told you to? Well now I wish that siestas were a part of our day. There are only so many hours in a day and with so much of spent working, sometimes there needs to be extra time allotted just for sleeping.

6. Surviving on 5 hours of sleep a night is not possible.

Sure it may be possible for the first couple of weeks, but you'll literally be walking around like a zombie. I learned in one of my classes that you accumulate a sleep debt - a debt of hours you've lost from not sleeping, and that it only lasts up to 2 weeks. When the sleep debt is not made up within that time frame, those lost hours age you. Transitioning from getting 5 hours of sleep in my first year of university to getting 8 hours in my last made a huge difference. I was more alert, I learned better and I was also more coherent when talking and completing assignments. Case in point, sleep - it's good for you.

7. You'll mature more in those 4 short years than you did in the 17 years prior.

You'll learn how to manage time, money, your family/friends, and food. The cross-over from high school to university is a huge jump in life and throws you into the semi-real world of reality (you won't know real until you've graduated). So don't be afraid if you feel like you're lost in your first year. Eventually you'll learn from your mistakes and pick up where you left off for a positive ending.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pleather & Plaid


Pleather & Plaid
As the leaves turn to red and the weather gets warmer - just kidding it's not fall. But the recent changes in the weather definitely feels as if we've already entered into mid October. I'm not yet quite ready to convert to my fall/winter wardrobe so in the mean time I've been toting around cover ups to keep myself warm while fashionably draping them over myself when its warm enough to do so. Here's a look that I've been experimenting with lately.

I love mixing together textures, and pleather with flannel is one of my transitional favorites. These pleather trousers have been a fan favorite since they made their way into my closet last fall and I can't wait to strut them many more times in the seasons to come!

Pleather & PlaidPleather & Plaid

Pleather & Plaid

Pleather & Plaid

Pleather & Plaid

Pleather & Plaid

Tank - H&M | Flannel Shirt - Aritzia | Pleather Pants - H&M | Shoes - Converse | Watch - Michael Kors

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Distillery District X Love Lock

Distillery District X Love LockTo celebrate our anniversary, P and I spent the day together and included a walk to the Distillery District so that we could attach a lock to its Love Lock art installation. We had unfortunately forgotten to purchase a lock prior to walking to the Harbour Front. But luckily for us, one of the stores there, Biltmore Domicile, had locks for sale ($10, it wasn't cheap!) and a station where we could decorate it before locking it to the trellis.

It was a bittersweet day as it would be the last couple of hours I got to spend with P before his return to Ottawa. Until the next time either of us visit, it will be the unfortunate case of long distance.

Distillery District X Love Lock
Distillery District X Love Lock

Distillery District X Love Lock

Distillery District X Love Lock