16 December 2016

Holiday Gift Guide


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The holidays are the perfect time to get together with friends and family, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy getting a little something special under the tree! But… what’s even better than getting presents, is giving them! Nothing beats seeing that special someone’s face light up when they open THE perfect gift you just gave them. So what are you looking forward to gifting this holiday season? Let me know in the comments down below!

29 October 2016

The Classic Black Leather Jacket



I've been coveting for a black leather jacket for ages now. It's not that I haven't found the one, or haven't been hunting for it. It's more of a price issue for me. In my opinion, black leather jackets are a staple in your wardrobe. And good quality pieces come with a steep price point. So I was very excited when I received an email from Tobi and wanted to collaborate with me. Obviously, I scrolled through the outerwear section first and fell in love with the Wynn Quilted Moto Jacket.

Since it hasn't been crazy cold out, I decided to show some skin by creating a knot at the bottom of my maxi dress. This is also to show off my silver Chelsea boots that I'm currently obsessing with. Topped it off with a light grey scarf for warmth.

25 October 2016

Emotional Day for an Unemotional Me



In the past, I have been told to have a cold heart; and honestly, I'm not one bit offended by it. I am very much aware that I tend to keep my feelings to myself and not let just anyone see it. Showing any signs of feelings makes you vulnerable, and I don't like feeling vulnerable. I hate to think how people gets to have power over me that way. Note to self: I need to learn that being vulnerable can also have it's positive sides. It makes me realize that I'm able to feel anything after all. Today, I decided to share with you one of the topics I rarely talk about. Even with the closest of my friends. I don't think I've ever mentioned this in any of my blog posts so here goes..

30 September 2016

FOOD FRIDAYS | One Pot Eggplant and Rice



27 September 2016

For the Love of Tacos



Writing this post during lunch because it's Taco Tuesday! For me, anyway. Or possibly just in my head. I'm currently NOT eating tacos right now, but I feel like I SHOULD be eating tacos right now. So as I type words away, I'm debating whether to order takeout and get it delivered, or be active and pick it up myself. Hm.. Pizza sounds amazing. Or maybe I should have pasta instead. Oh, I wonder what's new on Zara and Forever 21. And I need to check for train tickets!! (list goes on)

FOUR HOURS LATER...

I haven't eaten a thing, and haven't finished writing. This is just a glimpse of my day-to-day routine. Fun, right? So many distractions! Anyway, this photos are long overdue. I really wasn't planning on posting them because I didn't think it was "blog-worthy," tbh. I changed my mind; if that's not obvious yet. I decided to edit them because tacos. Yes, I had a sudden craving for tacos. Now I introduce you #TacoFestTO, which happened in the summer. June 17-19, to be exact. Told you. Expired photos haha but I thought I'd share it with you anyway. Who doesn't love tacos? Definitely not me.

22 September 2016

First Day of Fall



I cannot believe it.. Summer is officially over, although temperatures haven't dropped drastically as of yet (Thankfully!). We are currently still on those hot and humid days, but finally manageable. It's that time when you would need to pack a light jacket for those cool mornings and chilly nights. And the best part, I am no longer melting whenever I'm about and about in the city. Kind of. While I'm a bit sad that summer is over, I am also very excited for fall. In case you don't know, fall is my absolute favourite season. And no, I'm not about that "basic" lifestyle - pumpkin spice lattes, flannel shirts, apple picking, Halloween. You know. Those. Reason is.. I'm thrilled about fall fashion (can't wait to wear all the layers!), and every year I am amazed at the leaves changing colours. There's something about nature preparing itself to hibernate for winter that fascinates me more than seeing all the flowers blossom in the spring. What's your favourite season?

20 September 2016

The Waiting Game



I'm one of those people who always misses a package the day it gets delivered. This is mainly due to the fact that I used to be always out when I expect one. Today was different. Well.. yesterday. Package came early afternoon. I literally missed it by a minute. ONE MINUTE. Two, at most. Like an impatient person, I tried to call the company and asked if they could reschedule later that day. Unfortunately, no luck for me. So had to wait until the next day to get it delivered. One thing that sucks about knowing when a package arrives is that I wasted a beautiful summer day. Had to stay indoors to wait for the phone to ring. It's like waiting for a man to call you after a date, but in this case.. it's the delivery guy!

15 September 2016

What's in my Unilever Trends Box



07 September 2016

White After Labour Day - Do It !



Labour Day is over, which means pumpkin spice lattes, kids are back to school and.. It's the time when you're supposed to collect all of the white items in your closet, banish them to storage for the next two seasons. Where did we even get this idea that the calendar turns to a different day and suddenly white clothing is a no-go?

Emily Post, perhaps the most trusted name in modern etiquette, suggests that white isn't the real issue here. "Of course you can wear white after Labor Day, and it makes perfect sense to do so in climates where September's temperatures are hardly fall-like," she wrote on the subject. "It's more about fabric choice today than color. Even in the dead of winter in northern New England the fashionable wear white wools, cashmeres, jeans, and down-filled parkas. The true interpretation is 'wear what's appropriate -- for the weather, the season, or the occasion.'"

I've paired this eyelet white lace dress with minimalist accessories and neutral colours. When it finallt starts to get a little bit too cold, just layer over a chunky knit sweater and thigh-high boots for a complete look that transitions to fall perfectly!

21 August 2016

Palm Trees and Amusement Parks



Happy Sunday! It's almost the end of the summer, and what better way than to spend the rest of it under the sun? Amusement parks, duh.. Although these images were taken when I was in LA at the end of February, I just had to share it with you as I will be going to CNE (aka The Ex) tonight. This annual event marks the end of this hot season, and is very known for its crazy, unhealthy, yet amazing food! Reading Narcity articles is part of my daily routine and they've written a list of mouthwatering dishes here. Tell me, doesn't a Churro Burger sounds so dangerously good? It's like a two-in-one deal - lunch and dessert. Both sweet and savoury. I'll definitely be having some of that!

17 August 2016

Summer Wall Inspiration



Do you ever wake up and get out of bed full of inspiration in front of you? Literally right in front of your eyes. I do! I do! Back in my old apartment, I decided to put up a gallery wall in the corner of the living room. Mainly because I used to hang around in the living room too much. Since moving to a new place a year ago, I find myself isolating in the bedroom more often. It's just more quiet and helps me focus more on doing work (or watching my TV series). When I discovered these travel art prints from Indigo, I knew I wanted to buy more that relates to each city. Paris and New York are my top two favourite cities. So when I finally got the chance to visit both, I had to purchase a few prints from local artists. One exception on this wall is the NYC skyline (top right) - which I got from Toronto's very own Ave Mariabell Designs.

12 August 2016

Heatwave in Toronto



Oh Canada, our home and native land... I love you and all, but I just can't deal with these extreme weather alerts! Extreme heat in the summer, and extreme cold during winter. When will it ever be just right? All we can do it dress appropriately to survive ;P Toronto has been on a heat warning for the past week, and will continue to be hoooot in the next few days! I think dresses are a closet staple in order to stay cool without making you resort to wearing a tiny piece of fabric. You know, skintight tank tops and insanely short shorts. It's true lightweight pieces are great for the summer, but the key thing is to wear loose clothing. The less fabric that touches your skin, the more it'll feel less hot. Mainly because there's plenty of room for air to circulate, which then gives space for your skin to breathe. Choose the ones that are made out of natural fibers!

10 August 2016

Kid at Heart; Forever Young



My dad came back from Los Angeles on Monday night, surprising my sister and I with a couple of "presents." Fun fact: I AM A MUG COLLECTOR. So he got me a Disneyland mug. Which brings me to today's outfit post.. Let's be honest, we all are a kid at heart. I've been a fan of Disney ever since I was a child. I almost cried when I got to see the infamous fireworks in Disneyland in California back in February. When my sister told me I could wear this shirt, I didn't hesitate at all!

08 August 2016

PHOTO DIARY | Bonjour, Paris - Day 5



Can't believe I'm posting our last day in Paris! If I haven't said this enough on my travel photo diaries, it's always bittersweet leaving a different city. I think it's due to the fact that it's a definite sign that vacation is over, and it's time to go back home and face the real world. Back to being an adult and all the things that surrounds it. But yeah, we still had all morning to sightsee so we journeyed up to visit Sacré-Cœur Basilica. It has the best view of all of Paris. Better than the view from the Eiffel Tower in my opinion. Then we walked around Montmartre and came across an artisan market. We weren't allowed to take photos unfortunately, but I discreetly filmed a bit of it here. Such a rebel, I know. It was really cool to witness local artists create their work in front of you. You get to see their talent and  their hard work.

05 August 2016

Warby Parker Launches in Toronto

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in Saddle Russet

Chamberlain
in Saddle Sage

Haskell
in Pearl Horn & Toffee

Eyewear brand Warby Parker is officially opening up shop in Canada, with a new downtown Toronto location marking its first international retail store. The new shop, opening to the public Aug. 6 (that's tomorrow!), is located on the city’s trendy Queen St. West. The brand, which has offices in New York and Nashville, but didn’t have a retail presence here until now.  It could be the first of several locations, as the retailer tests out the Canadian market following the launch of its Canadian e-commerce site in 2012. 
Come on in and mosey around.
Located on Canada's "coolest street," the store's interior have a design inspired by classic libraries, including details like terrazzo-tiled floors, custom-made brass lamps and colourful book displays (including works by Canadian authors available for purchase). Toronto artist Micah Lexier has also created a series of three newsprint books, free to customers, made in collaboration with Canadian artists Maggie Groat, Mark Laliberte, and artist collective VSVSVS. The retailer also teamed up with artist Jason Polan on an illustrated map of the best places to sit and read in the Toronto neighbourhood (with limited-edition glasses cloths printed with the map available to the store’s early customers this weekend).
It’s also created special location-based Snapchat filters for its store. How cool is that!?

04 August 2016

Like A Million Bucks

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Please note that this product was sent to me for free by Stella & Dot in exchange for my review.



Receiving packages is one of my favourite things of being a blogger. Unexpected ones are the very best! Got this Marcell Collar Necklace from Stella & Dot. Definitely one of the most versatile and accessible pieces in the Fall Collection. Collars, again, are a huge trend. This is an essential collar that can really be layered or worn alone. Since I'm wearing an off-shoulder dress, I decided to add this collar necklace - drawing the eyes upwards and forgetting how shapeless the dress is. Really great piece at an amazing price point! It's got a vintage finish, genuine black leather wrapped around it. Somehow this looks gives off that high-end feel. Is it the hair, the dress, or the heels? Who knows.

03 August 2016

PHOTO DIARY | Bonjour, Paris - Day 4



A week or two after this trip, I decided to rewatch The Da Vinci Code movie for fun. Also, to understand the movie better. Glad I did, because it's set in Paris (some scenes specifically at The Louvre). Don't you love it when you see a film, and you recognize the location because you've been there. I got way too excited, and tell myself that I've actually seen that area with my own eyes! Hah, I feel butterflies in my stomach just by thinking about it. Besides that.. I absolutely love this museum. You honestly need a full day in order to see each exhibit. We didn't get to unfortunately. As if I don't have enough reasons to go back to Paris. We had planned on visiting to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Panthéon, because they close early. As I've mentioned on my post here, we've only seen the outside. Then, we had a nice dinner at Café Panis.

28 July 2016

PHOTO DIARY | Bonjour, Paris - Day 3



Paris is definitely one of those cities you'll fall in love with. Don't get me wrong. I did, but I also felt butterflies in my stomach when we reached Versailles. Funny story.. It was a struggle to get there. For us, anyway. I know we've been taking the subway for the first two days in Paris, so we should start to be pretty confident about it - and we were. Until the city's transfer system ruined our momentum. We were literally stuck inside the station for at least 10mins trying to figure out how to get to the other subway line. Turns out, you have to go out of the station and go back in at the other entrance. Also, don't forget to scan your ticket while doing so! The rest of the journey was pretty smooth after that tiny hiccup.

I kind of lost my train of thought for a second. Paris.. Train.. Versailles.. Got it. So we got off at the last stop, and we've arrived at this quaint town of Versailles! Wish we could've stayed a bit longer there, but we were just so beat up from walking around Château de Versailles. This place is honestly a must-see and I feel like I'd never get tired of exploring.

27 July 2016

Chambray Bomber



Since working with Fabletics, I told myself I'll start working out when I get the chance. Even going for a walk at the park counts. Or continue playing Dance Central (seriously guys, this is legit a workout). So I tried.. For the first few months of the summer anyway. When I get bored at home, I force myself out to the outside world. Until Fabletics decided to launch a more fashionable line.. I now only go for that walk to the coffee shop to sit for hours and get work done. My current favourite from the said line is this chambray bomber called the 'Francesca Jacket.' For denim lovers out there, you know sometimes jean jackets are just way too hot especially in the scorching heat. This bomber is a summer must-have because it's very lightweight and can definitely be worn outside the gym!

22 July 2016

PHOTO DIARY | Bonjour, Paris - Day 2



Our second day was pretty chill. And by that, I mean, we kind of slept in and didn't get to do much. Was suppose to check out The Louvre early in the morning. Clearly didn't happen haha so we decided to go to the Catacombs of Paris instead. Such a huge line up when we got there. The average time was 1.5-2 hours, and they weren't exaggerating! Literally waited for an hour and a half. Super worth it!! I've yet to watch the movie about the Catacombs - which made me feel excited about checking this place out. It's definitely the highlight of our day though. Very interesting if you think about it, but it's really cool to be underground looking at skulls and bones of dead people. Our only mistake was we should've went later in the afternoon because they close at I believe 8pm. By the time we got out of there and walked to the Panthéon and Notre Dame Cathedral, they were already closed. Hence, the limited amount of photos for this post. My sis and I were both still pretty exhausted from the day before, so we walked around the Latin Quarter, bought souvenirs, and had dinner at this restaurant called Hippopotamus.

20 July 2016

PHOTO DIARY | Bonjour, Paris - Day 1



Back in April, I did a trip out to Montreal for a few days (see here) and as you know, I don't speak French at all. Most people in the city speak English as well so that wasn't a huge problem for me. Until our sudden trip to Paris, the City of Love.. or City of Lights..? Whatever you want to associate it with. You can just imagine my struggles when my sister and I flew out to France. To our luck, she had taken French during high school so she knows and can understand basic conversations.  Still wasn't enough, but we manage to make it through, didn't we?

Our very first day was pretty hectic and exhausting, because we arrived early morning and had to get going after settling in to the apartment. Obviously we did get some sleep during the flight, but y'all know how uncomfortable the seats are! Especially if you're only on economy. So 7-8hrs travel time..  Plus time difference.. Not so good.

15 July 2016

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful (NOT Covergirl)




I know. So cheesy, right? I added the "NOT Covergirl" part, because it's the brand's slogan. Don't want y'all assuming it's a beauty post. Very, very appropriate though. This is one of the easiest and most comfortable item in my closet. Not only it looks like a beach cover-up, but can also be worn as a dress during the hot weather. Like killing two birds with one stone! How very wise of me.. Anyway, bought this piece at Winners a month ago and I am in love. Wore it the day after it was purchased, hand washed it right after, and packed it in my suitcase to bring to my trip to Paris (which I will be posting very soon). I am again tempted to wear it. I swear I have more clothes!

13 July 2016

How I Style My Awkward Hair Length



When you're at that awkward hair length stage, the no brainer hair solution is to go either curled or.. well, that's it. Since chopping my hair off two years ago, I never let my hair grow below my shoulders. As soon as it hits that certain length, it’s been so difficult trying to do anything else to my hair. I can't even leave it straight because the ends won't cooperate. So I worked on these three hairstyles (using a ceramic flat iron from Irresistible Me) that you can add to your repertoire while you’re at that awkward hair length!

11 July 2016

My Favourite Piece



Happy Monday! One of the ways I make mornings easier is to plan out my outfit the night before (sometimes). It makes getting dressed so much faster, but sometimes life gets in the way and suddenly I'm faced with one of the biggest problems in the morning: "I have nothing to wear." So I stare at my closet and before I resolve to just go out naked, I reach for my current favourite piece. This top from Zara is my go-to for the summer. Been obsessing with off-shoulder tops and dresses lately!

06 July 2016

REVIEW | Irresistible Me Diamond Flat Iron



I've been travelling a lot during the first half of the year, and I always pack my Tiri "Black Tie Affair MiniToGo Iron in my luggage. The best part about it is it comes in its own travel case to keep it protected and my stuff organized. My last trip to Paris had a minor adjustment to my carry-on essentials. Instead of packing my usuals, I decided to bring this ceramic flat iron from Irresistible Me.