Fall Fashion Predictions

I’m so excited for fall…so excited like, Jessie Spano excited (side note, I talked to a high schooler the other day that had no idea what Saved by the Bell was and it made me really, really sad. I turned to a friend of mine and said “it makes me really sad that kids don’t know what Saved by the Bell is anymore” but since I had a sinus infection he thought that I had said “it makes me really sad that kids don’t notice me anymore” and it got really awkward for a few seconds there). Anyways, like any basic bitch, fall is my all time favourite season. The colours, the crisp air, the desserts, apple picking and of course, fashion. I haven’t really been looking at fall fashion very much yet so I’m going to make my fall fashion 6f36eb17bba1c1774c24135cea6e4103predictions…

1. Navy – for some reason, I think that navy blue is going to be a huge colour this fall/winter season. Why you ask? well, yellow gold and rose gold jewellery have made a massive comeback lately. Almost all of the summer accessories this year came in one of these two hues, and I don’t think people are done with them yet. Navy blue looks really refined and allows the gold accessories to stand out while giving a touch of colour that black just can’t compete with. c4c10412dbb77d379d1f8361b1fc8d31

2. Tight knits- chunky knits have been everywhere for the past few years, and for good reason. They’re loose and cozy during the cold winter season, but lets be serious, loose knits aren’t always flattering. I don’t think the chunky guys are going anywhere anytime soon, but I think tighter knits are going tobegin to make a comeback this year. Fitted wool sweaters and sweater dresses,tight knitted scarves and cardigans will give a feminine touch to an otherwise shapeless look.

27450873_020_d3. Ankle booties- ok, these aren’t new to the fashion scene at all, but I think people are finally going to start ditching their long boots for their shorter alternative. As much as I think this will be a trend, I don’t think it’ll be one that I will indulge in. I’m 5’2 with a size 7.5/8 foot, so in short, I have big feet and ankle bootiesusually elongate the foot, especially since the more stylish ones come with a pointy toe. Mix that with skinny jeans and I’ll be looking like Krusty the Clown. I think I’ll stick to the higher boots but go for a more fitted look this year, maybe in a black or neutral hue.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 10.12.59 PM4. Patterns- patterns are big for the summer and I’ve recently learned the hard way that they aren’t for me. My dad comes from a large family and as the oldest, some of his siblings are much, much younger than him. Last week, my dads youngest brother came to visit with his wife. He was only a teenager when I was born so him and I have been very close over the years. On their final day here, I decided to wear a floral t-shirt -which I thought was very flattering and slimming. Anyways, my uncle and I posed for a picture before he left, and shortly after posting it online, a friend of my mothers congratulated me on my pregnancy with my new husband (she thought my uncle was my husband…). I thought she was just a crazy old bat until I shared the story with some coworkers and they kindly pointed out that the shirt I was wearing made it look like I had a belly. I was mortified when Inoticed, I actually looked pregnant. One coworker said “I know you don’t actually look like that which is why I found it so funny, I guess florals just aren’t your thing”, and that ladies and gentlemen, is why I am staying away from patterns. None the less, I think this trend will transition from summer to fall seamlessly. Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

5. Turtlenecks – this throw back has been creeping into the fashion scene a lot more lately, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of warm necks this fall/winter, which does not mean that you have to skimp on accessories. Wear a long necklace over the sweater for an added sparkle.

and there you have it, my five predictions for Fall 2015. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if they come true!

20 Things I wish I had Known in my early 20’s

Its pretty crazy to think how fast a few years have gone by, I feel like I turned twenty yesterday rather than 6 and a half years ago. To be honest, my 20’s have been a blur. I know the events that have happened but I cant give you an exact timeline or year anymore. We’re so busy in our 20’s growing into ourselves and finding out who we really are that the years all blend together into one big mess of insecurity and misdirection. Looking back now, there are so many things I wish I had known, but I guess thats all a part of the learning process…

1. When someone shows you their true colours, believe them.

I know this sounds like such a cliche, but this is the biggest lesson I’ve learned. It’s so easy for people to backtrack and fake their way back into your lives and I’m a firm believer in forgiving and forgetting, but when someone hurts you once, know to keep your guard up. It’s not a grudge, it’s just growth.

2. Don’t take life too seriously

Life’s going to happen, the bad will come with the good and vice versa, if you take any of it too seriously you’re going to have a hell of a time getting through it. One of the best things I’ve learned to do was look at the bright side of things. If something unfortunate happens, focus on all the blessings you have in your life. It’ll make you realize how much you have to be grateful for.

3. Walk a mile in someones shoes

I mean, not literally, but if the shoes are cute just keep walking till they can’t find you anymore. Seriously though, when you feel hurt by someone close to you, try thinking of what could have sparked their anger. Its so easy to victimize ourselves and feel as though the world is out to get us, but when you stand back and look at the bigger picture, you can understand what it is you may have done wrong to spark such a reaction. I feel like self pity is something every adult should grow out of. When you’re young its so easy to think the world is out to get you and that you’re so misunderstood, it’s almost comes with the territory of being a teen but there is nothing worse than an angsty adult.

4. Don’t dwell on the future

This has been my biggest mistake, and the mistake of a lot of young people. I remember the first week of my freshman year of high school, I was pulled into the guidance councillors office with about 3 or 4 other students and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Each person answered with such confidence yet I had barely given it any thought. I mean, I was 14 years old, my biggest concern was who was going to give my friends and I a ride to the mall that weekend. When the councillor got to me, I froze for a second and said “Journalist” with the same confidence as the rest of the people in the room. I had never given any thought to journalism to be honest, it was the first thing that popped into my head and I just kind of went with it. It was at that moment I realized when no one else in the room knew what they were talking about either, we just didn’t want to be the only misguided person in the room. It’s ok to not know what you want to do with your life, it’s ok to be confused, the best thing you can do is figure out what you’re passionate about, practice your craft and let life happen to you.

5. Your parents really were on your side all along

I was out with my mom the other day and we were chatting about parenting and how hard it is. I began telling her that once I decide to have kids, the world is going to be even scarier in terms of electronic devices and social media. I went on to say how I would shield my kids from the bad aspects of life by instilling certain rules. I looked up at my mom and saw a smug smirk on her face that screamed “hate to say I told you so”. We spend all these years fighting with our parents, acting as if they are so clueless about the world and we have all the answers. Once you grow up, you realize that they were right (most of the time), and you begin appreciating the rules they enforced on you because it gave you structure and direction.

6. Nothing good comes easy

Another cliche, but a good one. In this era of instant celebrities and YouTube stars, kids are growing up thinking they can make a fortune off of social networking. Success isn’t measured by the number of followers you have, it’s measured by the things that make you happy. Do what you love and do it well, success will come in some way, shape or form.

7.  Never Second Guess yourself

Our gut instincts are usually right, when your gut tells you to do something, you should just do it. I recently got an opportunity which I had been waiting for for quite some time. I was so excited when I got the call, but when I was asked to meet with the person, I hesitated and asked to reschedule due to a prior commitment, in the end I didn’t get the opportunity that I had waited for and it was all because of that second of hesitation. Do I regret it? sure I do, but I take it as another lesson learned. Your gut is always right

8. You will lose friends

This one is a hard pill to swallow when you’re younger but you will lose friends as you grow older. It’s so hard to think about when you’re young and you’re making friendship bracelets and vowing to be best friends forever but as you grow up, growing apart becomes a natural progression. It’s not that you stop enjoying each other’s company, but you just get busy and only have time for the closest people in your life. I can only imagine what happens when kids come into the picture.

9. Less is more and more is less

When I was younger, I was so excited to start wearing “adult clothes” which I thought meant short skirts and high heels. Honestly, I don’t know where I got that idea from considering both my parents are fairly conservative people and my sister has never been a girly girl. My friends and I would buy these little dresses and high heels and think we looked soooo good. I look back now and cringe…what the hell was I thinking!? I guess I needed to go through that phase throughout my style evolution, but if any of you are reading this and going through that same phase, just make sure you’re dressing comfortably and for yourself. Once you feel good about yourself on the inside, your confidence shines on the outside (I sound like a mom).

10.Be a cheerleader for everyone you love

Women are constantly knocking each other down for some reason, and hollywood loves to play up the cattiness that women are stereotyped with. There is nothing more refreshing than a woman who genuinely supports all the women around her. Be a cheerleader for the women in your life, encourage them to pursue their goals and you’ll receive the same encouragement back. As I said before, you will lose friends in your life, but the ones that stick around will be your friends for life. Don’t knock them down to feel better about yourself.

11. Share your experiences

Everyone always says to do as much as you can before you “settle down” -meaning find someone you love and get married. Sure its a nice thought to be a free spirit that can wander around without a care in the world but it’s also nice to share it with someone. Also, why is it that once you get married you’re expected to sit at home and lead a boring life? Why can’t you find someone who becomes your best friend which you can share all those life experiences with? Life doesn’t end with marriage, its just a new chapter.

12. Don’t compare yourself to others

This one is tough with social media being such a prominent figure in most of our lives. We see people getting married, getting amazing careers, traveling and embarking on all of these journeys which can make us feel like we’re living a lacklustre life. Just keep in mind that most people don’t post the bad aspects of their life on social media, so what you’re seeing is a portion of their lives through rose coloured glasses.

13. Learn to love yourself

Never before has society been so open to all kinds of people and lifestyles. You should never be ashamed of anything in your life that makes you happy. Learn to love yourself and accept all the quirks that come along with it.

14. Put the phone down

Seriously (unless you’re reading this post from your smart phone, you can finish it then put it down). I was at an event recently and wanted to pull out my phone to take some photos then I thought about it. Alright, so I can pull out my phone, take a bunch of pictures, use a nice filter and post it online so it could get a few likes then forever be forgotten, or I can put my phone away, enjoy this experience and keep it in my mind as a fond memory. I’m disgusted with my cell phone addiction, I wish I could kick it and I’m really trying to. Lets all vow to put the phones down and just enjoy life without needing the validation of “likes”.

15. Don’t dwell on the past

We’ve all made mistakes in the past; we all have regrets and we’ve all experienced embarrassment and guilt. As much as looking back on them sucks and makes you feel so crappy about yourself, you have to move on. The best thing about making mistakes is that you learn from them, and thats all life really is, one big learning experience and that brings me to my next point…

16. Know your mistakes and learn to apologize for them

One thing I noticed about people is they are quick to justify their actions, which is fine but if you know you’ve done something wrong, that justification needs to come with an apology. Learn to acknowledge your mistakes rather than defend your actions.

17. Learn to say “No”

Canadians are the nicest people in the world, it’s a fact. We apologize for the most mundane things and never want to let someone down, it’s a great quality, but sometimes you need to look out for yourself first. You know those days when you feel really tired and just need time for yourself then a friend calls you up and asks you to hang out and you feel obliged? Sure those nights sometimes turn out to be really fun but you also need to learn to just say no and stay home with nothing but your Netflix your sweats.

18. Focus on your health

You know when you’re little and you have that one person that made a big impact on your life? For me that was my aunt, she was the second youngest in my dads side and was my first friend. We would spend hours hanging out, throwing little concerts in her bedroom, teaching me how to apply make-up and having little fashion shows. Whenever she was around I had to be sitting on or near her, and she always wore this sweet perfume that almost had the same scent as jello. Years ago she was diagnosed with cancer and she sadly passed away a few months ago. The day she passed away I remembered thinking that nothing in the world is more important than your health and the health of your loved ones. Try to kick any bad habits that may hinder your lifestyle in the future and focus on living a clean, healthy, life you can enjoy for years and years with the ones around you.

19. Make time for your family

They’re annoying, they’re nosey, they do anything and everything to get under your skin but at the end of the day, they’re yours and you need to learn to love and accept them for who they are. Try to plan a family vacation (or even a staycation) once a year

20. Do everything you want do to and don’t let anyone stop you

Write down a bucket list of things you really want to do without taking anyone other than yourself into consideration, then think of ways to make all of those things happen. Life is all about experiences, enjoy every second of it and don’t let anyone stop you.

What is a “Realistic Body Type”?

Regular Girl” “Real Woman” “Realistic Body Type” what do those terms really mean? I see girls of all shapes and sizes every day, sure they may have some insecurities but at the end of the day they’re all “real women” in my eyes. So why is it that online blogs are constantly selling a curvier body image and telling me thats how a “real woman” should look? I’m a petite girl, I always have been and come from a long line of petite women -I’m 5’2 and my weight fluctuates between 100-110. I believe I have a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits, but then I go online and find myself getting body shamed for not having curves. Because I am thin I’m made to believe that my body type is boyish and could never be considered sexy. I read the comments of women showing their disgust at slender body types and think, oh my goodness maybe I shouldn’t have ran that last mile yesterday, are my bones jutting out? Is this considered ugly?

As a society we spend way too much time trying to validate and justify our body types. Yes I understand the argument that curvier women have experienced a higher volume of negative backlash than women with a more slender physique. I understand the struggle of seeing certain body types all over movies and advertisements and not being able to relate to them on a physical level. This is something that needs to change and has been steadily improving in popular culture. I think the real problem is insecurity. Once we stop claiming that one body type is “real” or “ideal” then we can move on from the body image issue and focus on the real issue, healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices.

One thing that I have noticed about all of these blogs is that they are quick to point out an ideal body type but have never once posted an article about healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, “Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S”, those are really scary numbers if you ask me. It doesn’t help that sites host “pro ana” and “thinspo” images which are available to anyone with the ability to type the words into a search bar. So this is my plea to all the blog out there, lets stop writing articles about “real bodies”. Lets stop taking fictional cartoon characters and mutilating their bodies to look curvier and claiming thats how they should have been created. These blogs have millions of young followers that hang on their every word, instead of feeding into the body image argument, lets start teaching people to be happy with the body that they’re in, and how to maintain a happy, healthy life. 

Sick Days and Late Packages

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Jess a 3 foot Hello Kitty and I at the J-POP party

I had to call in sick to work today because I’ve been feeling absolutely horrible the past couple of days-who the heck gets sick in the summer!? I always feel bad calling in sick to work. I try not to do it often but sometimes you don’t really have a choice. You know those people that come to work, coughing and sneezing all over the place and you’re just like “why didn’t you just call in sick? now we’re all going to get sick”, ya, I don’t want to be one of those. Anyways I spent the day trying to recuperate in bed by watching hours of Netflix and YouTube make-up tutorials. This past weekend my friends and I threw a going away party for one of our friends thats going to Japan to teach english for two years. We tried to incorporate all the stereotypical Japanese things like Hello Kitty and J-POP. The party went off without a hitch and we got to give our friend a proper goodbye. It was super bittersweet, on the one hand you want to celebrate your new friends journey but on the other you want everything to stay the way it was. Regardless I wish him all the luck on his new adventures
I wanted to make a video today about my Forever 21 haul. I bought a bunch of stuff last week and it usually arrives in the mail pretty quickly, this time its taking a bit longer which is making me that much more anxious to get my hands on my new goodies. I bought what will probably be my final summer haul for the year -which is incredibly depressing to think about. With it being my final haul, I went all out with cropped tops, florals, pastels and bright colours to take the end of the season out with a bang. Thats the thing I love about forever 21, you can find some really good pieces and it’s incredibly easy on the wallet. I bought a skirt from Forever 21 for my graduation and received so many compliments on it. I was actually stopped in the street by a girl telling me how much she loved the skirt. I’m never really disappointed in my purchases from there. Anyways thats all for me today, I’ll be posting my Forever 21 haul all soon as my stuff arrives in the mail (hopefully it’s sooner than later).

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my friend Sam and I at our grad in my awesome black and white colour block midi skirt

Little List of Summer Beauty Essentials

One of my favourite parts about this season is trying out new beauty products. Living in Canada, its basically winter 75% of the year, so my make-up bag contains -mostly- dark, rich colours. Once summer roles around its a whole new ball game. I try not to wear a lot of make up in the summer seeing as having a tan gives the illusion of a decent complexion, I usually use this as an opportunity to let my skin breathe and do its own thing but with all the activities that get packed into the few, short, summer months, I find myself having to dip into my make-up bag more often than I would sometimes like to. Anyways, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite products this summer to share with you guys so here we go…

Benefit cosmetics Watt’s Up! highlighter. I bought this guy in the winter, but didn’t get much use out of it. The Champaign-ey glow seemed out of place with pale skin and rich colours, so I put it aside to use in the warmer months. Now that summers here I cannot get enough of this thing. It gives your face a gorgeous, dewy glow. I usually like to swipe it on my cheek bones for a subtle glow benefit-cosmetics-watts-up-highlighter-d-20110928181455917-151100

The next product I’ve been using is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. I love the look of eyelash extensions, but lets face it they can be pricey and we’ve all heard the horror stories of losing your real lashes when keeping the false ones on for an extended amount of time. Thats why I always look for mascaras that lift and volumize for a false look without the cost or risks. I find that this mascara really makes my eyes pop, just after a few coats it looks like I’m wearing a set of false lashes. I’ve actually had friends ask me if I had gotten extensions while wearing this mascara.

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The Stila Contouring kit is now a must-have in my make-up bag. From one of my previous posts, you guys know that i’m not the best at contouring, but it couldn’t be easier with this kit. A quick contour under the cheek bone, and a quick highlight on the brow bone and your face looks perfectly refreshed and sun kissed.

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This next thing isn’t really a product, but it’s something that I recently discovered and fell in love with. The Sephora collection Perfectionist: Airbrush sponge. I always saw these at Sephora but never really knew how to use them, I bought one the other day and decided to give it a try and honestly, I don’t know how I lived without this thing before. So what you do is run the sponge under warm water for a few seconds, then squeeze out the excess water so the sponge is damp. Dip the sponge into your make up (I usually like to use it with my Stila contouring kit) and begin applying make up with small dabs. Keep dabbing until all make-up is well blended, and you should end up with a perfect airbrush look.

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Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick (29). When I first saw the colour of this lipstick I instantly grabbed it without thinking twice and tossed it into my shopping basket. Once I got home and tried it on, I felt it was a little too dark for a summer colour. As time went on the colour began to grow on me, and now I wear it almost every single night. Its the perfect mix of mauve and pink t give you that trendy purple lip without the commitment of an actual purple lip.

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Last but definitely not least is the NARS velvet matte lip pencil in the colour Cruella. I first discovered this lipstick back in march when I got a free sample from Sephora as a birthday gift. I received so many compliments every time I wore it so I went back and bought the actual lipstick and now I never leave home without it. The colour stays on literally all day, which is fantastic for such a dark, intense shade. I find that this lipstick is great for a night out and brings any outfit together instantly. Although it’s a great night time shade, I’ll sometimes mix it with a light gloss for a subtly day time look.

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That’s all for my summer beauty bag! With my shopping addiction, I’ll probably find many more products to add to this list, until I hope you enjoyed my little list of essentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Top 10 instagram posts

It’s kind of crazy to think how long social media has been prevalent in our lives. From MySpace to Facebook and everything in between, we’ve spent a decade building an online persona, leaving a paper trail of photos and status’ that are sometimes (most of the time) cringe-worthy when rediscovered. Today I decided to go through all of my instagram posts and choose my top 10 memories, some are significant and some are just silly. I could have easily made this a top 100 post seeing as I have so many stories and memories to go along with the hundreds of posts I make, but the ones that made the cut stand out in my mind for some reason or another, so lets get started…

1. 13 weeks ago…Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 11.20.32 AMThere are two reasons why I posted this quote. The first is that I love F. Scott Fitzgerald. I feel like he was able to take the most mundane, ordinary aspects of our lives and transform them into poetry. The second reason I posted this was because I had just graduated from Uni. It took me some time to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life and by the time I had gone back to school I was a few years older than most of my classmates. It was a bit awkward being in my mid 20’s surrounded by a bunch of 18 year olds, fresh out of high school, but once I graduated I felt a great sense of accomplishment. It may sometimes be uncomfortable but just keep in mind that no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to go after a dream or achieve a goal. This quote fit perfectly into that time in my life and I felt the need to share it with everyone.

2.  33 weeks ago

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 11.26.09 AMBreakfast at Tiffanys is my all time favourite movie. Something about it just makes me feel so unexplainably happy. I’ve made it a tradition to watch this movie at least once around the holiday season. Netflix may have removed it from their line-up, but I still have two digitally remastered copies on DVD.

3.  44 weeks ago

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This was one of those nights that I’ll always remember for no real, significant reason. It was just one of those days where you’re surrounded by so much love and happiness. I guess when you surround yourself with great people, you make great memories.

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This photo was taken on the morning of New Years Day 2014. My best friend and I decided to get some breakfast and make resolutions for the year to come, the only place that was open was Starbucks and there was a horrible snowstorm outside. We drank our lattes and talked about all the excitement 2014 would bring with it. I got really sick that night… not sure why, but the morning was nice and cozy

6.  104 weeks ago

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I took this photo while waiting for an audition at Much Music (Canadian Music network). I had driven hours in a snow storm, to stand outside for 3 hours (again, in a snow storm) for a five minute audition. I didn’t get the part but the experience was worth it (I think) . I took this photo when the staff at Much Music felt so bad for us, that they let us wait inside in the set of the Marilyn Dennis show just so we didn’t freeze to death.

7.  199 Weeks ago

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I was supposed to go to a Tigers baseball game in Detroit with some co-workers on this day, but somehow I lost my whole group. I ended up spending hours alone in downtown Detroit looking for them and didn’t even have my ticket to get into Comerica park. Luckily, some guys had an extra ticket and took pity on me, they gave me the ticket and I was able to get into Comerica (which was slightly less dangerous than wandering the streets of downtown Detroit by myself). I ended up finding so many cool things, I’ll never wander over there alone again, but it was a great memory.

8. 149 Weeks ago

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My best friend and I went to go see Fitz and the Tantrums play in this small food festival in Amherstburg, Ontario. Seriously, if any of you are looking for a really good concert to go to, I would highly recommend seeing Fitz and the Tantrums live, they really know how to put on a great show. This was the first of about five times that we had seen them perform that year, seriously, they’re so good.

9. 79 Weeks Ago

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I stumbled into this little book store one afternoon while I was on break at school. It was the cutest little shop in the world owned by the most adorable lady who will tell you as many stories as the ones in her books. I loved the look of all the books piled on top of each other with no real order, just stacks and stacks of knowledge.

10. 78 weeks ago

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As a communications major, I got to participate in some of the most interesting projects and assignments, this one in particular will always stand out in my mind. The professor had the whole class meet at a local record store, we spent hours digging through records, listening to music and chatting amongst one another. The assignment was to choose one record and write an in-depth essay about the history of the band, the recording company and any apparent marks on the record   which may have indicated who its previous owners were.

So those are my top 10 Instagram posts, I hope you guys had just as much fun going through them as I did.