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Trend Alert: How to Wear Red

Monday, September 18, 2017
With the remaining few days of summer, I've just been itching to pull out all my sweaters and jackets. I've mentioned it before how I'm over summer fashion and considering it's felt like summer the past few days in Toronto (and will continue to do so for a bit), I'm not impressed one bit. So today's outfits are ones that can easily be changed into fall ones by adding tights or changing the shoes.

One of the most obvious trends for this upcoming fall season is the colours red; not just any shade of red but the bold lip red, cherry red. It's a very classic look when it comes to makeup so it's no wonder that it would eventually become a fashion trend. Red is considered a bold colour and signifies so many things: power, love, passion, danger, etc. When it comes to fashion, red (specifically cherry red), is immediately associated with the word sexy. It's funny how a colour can instantly draw attention to you or even boost your confidence. I don't wear red often but when I do, I definitely notice more stares because of how attention grabbing the colour is.

Today's post shows a couple of different ways you can rock the trend. Whether it's in a subtle way or going for a monochromatic look, here is how I've worn red recently. Instead of going out buying new clothes, I decided to sift through my closet to see how I can incorporate the trend.

OUTFIT 1: HINTS OF RED

This is hands down my favourite look I'm going to show you today. I bought this lipstick print top on my trip to St. Lucia. It's absolutely adorable and has a hint of red with the red lipstick print all over it. The bow in the front adds a classy touch to a classic lipstick colour. I layered it with one of my favourite corduroy items which is this playsuit from ASOS. It's the perfect piece to layer with. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'd notice it was one of my Winter to Spring transition looks!


Outfit Details
Playsuit - ASOS (old)
Top - Store in St. Lucia
Shoes - Zara (old)

OUTFIT 2: STRIKING

As much as I love colourblocking, the easiest way to make a statement is to match whatever your statement piece is with neutrals. It'll always make your outfit pop. I've actually noticed people wear red and pink together which makes for the perfect Valentine's Day look! Anyways, to add more dimension to the plain ribbed knit sweater, I wore a skirt from SheIn that you've seen countless amount of times on my blog!


Outfit Details
Sweater - ASOS
Skirt - SheIn
Shoes - Zara

How would you wear red? Let me know in the comments below!

4 Items to Transition Your Wardrobe for Autumn

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I am finally posting a transitional post which means all my summer ones are officially over! To be honest, I'm so over summer fashion anyways (I mentioned this in a previous post) and it's really because I don't think I can be that creative in the summer. There's only so much you can do since I'm not trying to die of heat stroke. Although, I never dress appropriately for the weather...take in the caption on my Instagram as an example:

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Continuing on, I feel like you can be really creative in the fall and winter when it comes to fashion. Layering different pieces together is so much fun and it can really transform an outfit. It's one of the ways I like to transition my outfits or just to experiment different styles.

For today's post, I wanted to do something a bit different than a typical "Summer to Fall Transition Lookbook" post. I mean, there's nothing wrong with it and it was my original idea for summer to fall transition posts on my blog but I wasn't feeling it anymore. I wasn't happy with the idea anymore and I can only post happy memories or things I'm proud of. That's why I'm usually laughing or smiling in all my Instagram photos. Any summer to fall transition posts, I feel like it's most appropriate to show items that you've seen me wear one season and show you how I'd change it up for fall. I want to make it more of a habit to do transitional posts this way instead of jumping straight into items I haven't worn in months!


I recently bought this dress at Topshop during their sale and thought it was perfect for my trip to St. Lucia. It felt very summery (despite the dark colour) because of the polka dot and floral detailing on it. To transform this look into a fall one, I thought of 4 items that could easily help you transition your look:

1) CORDUROY JACKET


I remember hating corduroy as a kid but I honestly believe it was because my mom made me wear corduroy pants pretty much all the time. I was incredibly happy when I upgraded to denim jeans as a youth. I fell in love with corduroy more so this year because of all the jackets that stores were coming out with. Jackets are already a weakness for me but I currently own two corduroy ones that I'm obsessed with. I actually thrifted both of them but I think this emerald green one in particular is perfect for transitioning. It's a typical colour to wear during the fall season, and face it, a majority of people know that the staple colours for fall are green and maroon. Army green is the predictable choice but if you go for emerald, I feel like it gives it a more elegant and classier look.

2) WOOL HAT


Wool hats are one of my favourites to wear. Straw hats are a classic for summer but I definitely have a love for wool when it comes to hats. When you get a neutral wool hat, it matches almost all your outfits and can easily make a look go from summer to fall. This particular hat is from Forever 21 although I got it about 3-4 years ago but they always have something similar every year.

3) (ANKLE) BOOTIES


Can you really go through the autumn fashion season without busting out a pair of booties? Ankle booties are a timeless piece so you can always get wear out of them. I feel like this is a no brainer when it comes to fall so go out there and find yourself the perfect booties. I got mine from Zara last year; I'm obsessed with their shoes but I've also heard a lot of people complain about how uncomfortable their shoes are. Personally, I find them the most comfy!

4) DARK LIPSTICK


Last but not last, maroon lipstick. The shade I'm wearing is 007 from Rimmel's Kate Moss line. It's such a classic maroon shade with a matte finish leaving you with the perfect autumn makeup look!

What are your essentials for transitioning your summer wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!

Travel Diary: St. Lucia Part 2

Monday, September 11, 2017
Good morning! If you haven't read part one of my St. Lucia travel diary, be sure to read it here. It was such an incredible time and I'm so excited to share the new few things I did on my trip.
After the long day at the Land and Sea tour, we had a rest day at the resort. I've never been to a resort so staying there was a different experience for me. I'm so used to going out all day and exploring whenever I go on trips!

We did however go to the spa (well my mom, older sister and I did). Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the spa but I wanted to mention it mainly because of how relaxing it was. It's important to take time for yourself and I definitely need it after how much I was stressing out keeping up with full time work and my blog!


Later that night, there was a beach party going on at the resort! It was so much watching the performers dance and do tricks with fire. Fire makes everything cooler to me! You'll see in my travel diary that will be linked below this paragraph when it's posted! Videos are so much easier than photos at night.

The next day was my all-time favourite day of the trip and that's because I lived out one of my dreams: riding a horse. I always wanted to take horseback riding lessons and when I found out someone I met from the Land and Sea tour was going to go, I HAD to. My sisters are allergic to horses and my parents didn't want to go with me. I didn't want to experience it myself so I was so glad when Adrianne came along with me. Yes, her name is Adrienne as well! Pronounced the same, spelled differently though.

Not only was I extremely happy about living out my dream but the entire experience was just incredible. We got to International Pony Rides and it ended up just being Adrianne and I on the tour. The previous tour had 20 people so we were shocked it was only just us two on it; it was like a private tour for us so it was great.


I got the quickest 30 second lesson on how to ride a horse and I was off. Adrianne had experience riding a horse before so it easily came back to her.

We started riding with our helmets of course. Shockingly my head wasn't sweating so much! It felt like 38 degrees Celsius most days so I was surprised I was okay with wearing a helmet. On the way there, my horse, Rocky (yes Rocky and Adrienne, such a great movie reference) kept stopping to eat! He had quite the appetite which reminded me of my boyfriend, Noah. He eats a lot as well when he can! But anyways, we started riding down the island to reach the beach. We were on the Atlantic side of it and ended up going to Cas En Bas beach. Our tour guide AJ was so nice and didn't rush us or anything when we got to the beach. We stopped by Marjorie's Bar and Restaurant and it actually was a bar that Amy Winehouse used to go to! I thought that was really cool because she went multiple times and has photos of her and the owner around the place.


After that, this is when one of the most amazing experiences happened.....I rode Rocky inside the water. I didn't think I'd be as deep as I was on the horse but I ended up being around my hip/waist area. I was risky and took a bit of vlog footage. I mean, it's hard to hold a DSLR in selfie taking mode as you're riding a horse in the water but I did my best when it came to that footage. Even though I was able to capture a few photos and videos, it was more of that moment when you want to soak in the whole experience instead that you completely forget about everything else.


That was seriously the highlight of my trip. It was so incredible I can't even express how breathtaking the view was. There was something about that particular beach that was so calming and relaxing. It truly was a magical experience for me. I also realized that I could ride a horse every morning. We were riding from 8:30-10:30 and it kept my energy up for the rest of the day. I don't know what it is but I've never felt so calm than when I was riding Rocky!


Anyways, that is it for my St. Lucia Travel Diary! If you didn't read my other posts, there is Part 1 of the Travel Diary and a What I Wore On My Vacation post!
Have you ever ridden a horse? Let me know if you have/would want to in the comments below

#TOFW 2017 Outfit Diary + Recap

Thursday, September 7, 2017

First and foremost, I apologize for my second travel diary not being posted on Monday. I want to have the travel diary video posted at the same time but I have yet to edit it! I'm currently editing 3 videos right now so I'm not quite up to speed with everything. Excuses aside, I had such a fabulous day yesterday at the second day of Toronto Fashion Week (aka TFW).

Last year, I was fortunate enough to watch the Hilary MacMillian show as my first fashion week experience. This year, I went with my best friend, Carolina (who you should all know) and we ended up watching two shows: Bustle and UNTTLD. Both shows had their pros and cons but taking quality photos on a DSLR is too hard when you're not aware of the visuals and lighting arrangement beforehand. There will be a montage posted on my Youtube channel so you can get a better look there!

Continuing, Bustle was the first show we saw and it was women's, men's and children's clothing. Most of it was pattern mixing which I have been very into lately. Earlier this year I started to become a fan of pattern mixing! Also, the little kids walking down the runway were absolutely adorable. I couldn't handle it.

To be completely honest with you, I didn't take any photos of the UNTTLD show but I had a really good reason. I was too busy fangirling and filming footage of Jean Paul Gaultier. He came to Toronto Fashion Week to give a talk and ended up staying for Day 2 to watch some of the shows. Be on the look out for his cameo in my montage when it's posted on Youtube! Anyways, to sum up UNTTLD, the designers went for a black and white theme. I definitely loved that it matched my outfit. The strongest trend that showed up was stripes though. I've always been a lover for stripes. I will admit that I kept getting fashionable mime vibes whenever I saw a black and white striped outfit during UNTTLD. There were elements I love from all of the pieces but what I noticed the most was that all the detailing was taking place on the shoulders and arm adn very simple cuts in the front.

Now onto my outfit! Fashion week is your time to think outside the box, be bold/do something you don't normally do. Or you can stick to your style, there's no rules about the attire. I feel like fashion week is the best time to experiment with your look. Last year, I went for a very Blair Waldorf inspired look and it luckily went with the vibe of the show I watched. This year, it ended up happening again where I ended up matching the show (to me it's a little accomplishment, I don't know why). For this look, I went different from what I normally wear which is a bodysuit that I got from SheIn but also, it's one shoulder; not just any one shoulder, but a huge ruffled one that is sure to stand out among the crowd.

I wanted to go simple with the ensemble so I paired the bodysuit with simple dress pants, my go-to heels and my favourite accessory: a cabby hat. Also, since fall is approaching, it is cabby hat season and you will be seeing this hat on repeat until I buy another one.

Outfit Details
Bodysuit - Shein*
Pants - Zara
Shoes - Zara
Hat - H&M

What would you wear for fashion week? Would you go all out and experiment? Let me know in the comments below! I can't wait to show you guys all the new content I've been working on. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel as well for more!

Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk were sent to be to feature on my blog. This post is not sponsored by Toronto Fashion Week.

What I Wore On Vacation: St. Lucia

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Good morning everyone! I can't believe it's almost been a week since my trip. As promised, I wanted to show a few more photos of my favourite outfits I wore, in case there wasn't enough footage or photos of them shown in my travel diaries. For my outfit choices, I wanted to have a lot of colour and pattern for it.
OUTFIT 1: BOLD FLORALS

I love the asymmetrical detailing on this cold shoulder top. At first I saw ruffles only on one side and thought it was really odd but then I started to enjoy the unevenness of it. Since it was a bold colour and pattern, I thought I'd go simple and pair it with a denim skirt. As for the shoes, you'll see in my travel diary how these slip ons on Aldo were my go-to mainly because slip ones are the easiest to put on!

Outfit Details
Top - ASOS
Skirt - Levis (via NEON)
Shoes - Aldo

OUTFIT 2: SPECKLED PATTERN

This was the day I went on that Land and Sea Tour mentioned in my travel diary. I wanted someone light and flowy so I opted for this patterned TOPSHOP dress that I got in their clearance section for $20! It was such a steal. Since there would be a lot of walking, I wore Converse because the Pro Leather ones are incredibly comfy.

Outfit Details
Dress - TOPSHOP
Shoes - Converse

OUTFIT 3: BACKLESS AND PLEATED

I wanted to have a nicer outfit in case there was a dinner I would have so since there was a beach party, I made sure to wear it! This Halter Top is perfect for the Caribbean because of the low back. When it's 38 degrees with the humidity, you know skin will be showing. I matched the stems of the flowers on the top with my green pleated skirt I got last year at H&M. To top it off, I took a flower from a bush (I swear I asked permission from an employee), to make the outfit super tropical!

Outfit Details
Top - Billabong (via NEON)
Skirt - H&M (old)
Shoes - Aldo

Which outfit was your favourite? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! There are other outfits shown on my Instagram as well, I just wanted to show you my top 3 favourites :)

Travel Diary: St. Lucia Part 1

Monday, August 28, 2017
How is the end of August already? It's so crazy how fast the year is going and how much is changing so quickly. I just got back from my family vacation to St. Lucia yesterday (but I'm actually writing this on the flight back....the blog life never stops right?). Anyways, I've never been to my Caribbean before so I had no idea what to expect. I did hear about how gorgeous St. Lucia was so I was incredibly excited.


For this post, it's more of a 2 part travel diary highlighting my favourite things that I did while I was there.


I stayed at St. James Club Morgan Bay Resort and let me tell you, this resort has amazing service. All the workers are so kind and really care for making their guests have an incredible time. My family and I did one of their excursions called "Land and Sea" which was half done by land (travelling by jeep) and then the last half we travelled on a boat called The Calypso Cat.
The land portion was great because you got to stand on the jeep and just enjoy having the wind in your hair and take in the breathtaking views. We made a few stops: Diamond Botanical Gardens, Soufriere Springs, Drive In Volcano. It was the wet season in St. Lucia so it did rain during this excursion on and off so I don't have photos of EVERYTHING but I made sure to capture as much as I can both by photos and videos aka a travel diary will be up a-sap!


One of my favourite parts during the land tour was bathing in a waterfall. The water was coming down so hard that I honestly thought I was going to get knocked down if I went right under it. Thankfully Dan from The Calypso Cat Crew told me how to stand so I felt much better after!


When we got to the boat, this is where we saw things like a scene where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed! Recognize it? I'm not a fan of that series but I thought it was cool to visit! We also went snorkelling at the end of it. The crew on this ship were so great at making it a party!


Are you more of a land or sea person? Let me know in the comments below :) Stay tuned for Thursday's post which will be part 2! Also, if you check out my Instagram, you'll see that most of my photos have been posted!

What To Do At The CNE 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Good morning everyone! How are you all doing? It's been forever since I've posted and that's mainly because I needed to take a break from the boredom that is summer fashion. I am incredibly tired of it and already want to post transitional stuff but it's way too hot for that. I'm also currently on vacation in St. Lucia so if you're not caught up on that, be sure to follow my Instagram for photos!


Anyways, this post is a bit short but the Canadian National Exhibition started on August 18 and I wanted to share with you the food items and rides that I loved and recommend:

THE JUICY OINK FROM HOT BUNZ CUISINE


One of the fun things at the CNE are all the outrageous food combinations the vendors come up with. They can get as crazy as having insects (although I've never tried that, apparently it was good). The one thing on my must have to try was The Juicy Oink. If you're vegetarian or vegan, skip this because it's all meat. This meal is full of pulled pork, chiccarron, longainsa sausage, a dumpling and some sauce. It's really messy to eat so don't forget to eat napkins!

SKYRIDE


To make it easier walking to the other end of the CNE, the Skyride is a great way to get an overview of everything. It's always fun to go but be careful you don't drop anything! That was something I was always afraid of and it happened this year. My boyfriend dropped my camera case but thankfully we were able to get it back.

CHURRO ICE CREAM SANDWICH FROM CHLOE'S DOUGHNUTS AND ICE CREAM


I looked around EVERYWHERE for this dessert. There's always so much to try at the CNE and every year, I'm okay if I don't cross off everything on that list. This one was a must though. It was in the Midway versus being in the food hall. It was there along with other vendors that had charcoal ice cream and watermelon filled with ice cream. It's exactly like the title and it's an ice cream sandwich that uses churros as the sandwich portion. It was literally the best thing ever and the sugar from the churro mixed with the ice cream was blessed.

POLAR EXPRESS


A lot of people skip out on the rides at the CNE but there was one in particular that my friends and I enjoyed so much we went on it twice. Basically it goes backwards and in a wave like pattern. When it speeds up, you get pushed over to the side and Carolina and I literally fell right over and onto our boyfriends and our butts were flying off the seats. On the second time, my boyfriend actually let go of me at one point because he said I got too comfortable and I started yelling. He claims his arm was still a few inches above me but I think that's a lie.

Anyways, those were the things that stood out to me at the CNE! Are you planning on going this year if you're in Toronto? Or would you try the crazy foods that are offered? Let me know in the comments! Also, a little montage will be posted on my Youtube channel after I get back from vacation :)

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