Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FALLIN'


I had so much fun shooting this outfit. My little brother and I headed over to the pond across the street from our house and had a little fall themed photo shoot. In return for his photography assistance I bribed him with doing his chores. I say its a win, win. He actually ended up having fun and even let me take photos of him too, which trust me, is a very rare occurrence. He'll let you take his photo but he won't stay still or he'll goof around. Granted, he did do that at first but then he reluctantly let me snap a few nice ones. 

I couldn't wait to make this post. I had received the top and skirt a few days before in the mail and couldn't wait to wear them but because I'm a smurf, I had to get the skirt hemmed first before I could wear it. I've been trying to find a decent suede, button down skirt for so long but struggled to find one that wasn't a fortune or that looked like it was really poor quality. When I finally came across this one I ordered it right away, it was love at first sight and better yet, it was on sale.

I decided to keep the outfit fairly simple as I wanted the skirt to be the main focus of the entire look. I initially purchased the shirt to pair with the skirt. I've been loving the "ballerina style" tops lately...I actually have another one just like this in grey (oops). I went with the colour black because that seems to be a reoccurring theme within my wardrobe and also, because I wanted to stick to neutral tones. To dress the look up a little I paired it with these black boots which have already made quite a few appearances in my blog. I can't help it, I love them.

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Just thought I'd stick in a few photos of my adorable little brother :)




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Monday, October 26, 2015

MID LIFE CRISIS


In a couple months I will be 20 years old and to be perfectly honest, I am scared shitless. Why? Why the hell not. Aside from the common fears that accompany the transition into adulthood-graduating, getting a good job, paying bills, etc.-there is also that big, scary, unavoidable A word. Aging. As narcissistic as it sounds, many of us fear the aging process. Although, all of us inevitably go through it at some point in our lives, we shudder at the thought of it occurring to us.

Now, I know this doesn't apply to everyone. In fact, I have a friend who is welcoming the aging process with open arms. Her outlook on it is that it is a beautiful process indicating a life well lived and therefore, she is fully embracing aging. Personally, I think we should all have this outlook on aging and if you do, I think that's incredible. Truth be told, I do have this outlook when it comes to others (shout out to you mom), but when it comes to myself, not so much. Bring on the retinol! (And botox). 

Since aging is unavoidable, we do have to become accepting of it to a certain extent but I see no harm in taking preventative measures and wanting to look the best we possibly can for our age. That being said, I guess my first skin care tip would be to accept that aging is going to occur no matter what, and that all you can really do is take good care of yourself and continue to love and find beauty within yourself.

Mushy stuff aside, here are a few more tips:

1. Drink water (come on, you've heard this a million times)
2. Eat healthily, i.e. fruits, veggies, nuts, whole nutritional foods. How you eat in your 20's has a huge impact on how you look and feel in your 30s and 40s. Start taking care of yourself now.
3. It's okay to start using retinol in your 20s. Retinol is a great product to hep in wrinkle prevention.
4. Wash off your make up before bed (this is crucial-I know you've heard this plenty of times too...so do it!)
5. Invest in good skin care, it's worth it (see my review below)
6. Don't go diet crazy-it can actually speed up the aging process, instead try to develop a balanced lifestyle
7. Use sunscreen (again, extremely crucial and an area I need to improve on..)
8. De-stress and get your sleep! 


For a little over a week now I've been using the Ole Henrikson 3 Little Wonders kit. When I went to purchase it at Sephora, the girl at the cash was raving about it. She informed me that as a part of their training at Sephora they had to complete a "7 day challenge" with the kit. After 7 days they had to see wether or not the products made a difference in their skin. She told me that by the end of the week her complexion was glowing and that I wouldn't be disappointed. Surely enough, she was right. 

Now, being brutally honest here, I did break out a little during the first few days of using the products. That being said, I'm not entirely sure if it was because of the product or if it was simply just hormonal. Also, I do have fairly dry skin and I found at times the invigorating night treatment made my skin a little dryer. All of that aside, I absolutely LOVE the truth serum collagen booster. I don't know what they put in it, but that shit is magical. It felt so hydrating and nourishing and instantly brightened up my entire complexion. Even if you don't purchase the kit, I highly recommend that particular product. 

Overall, I did find it made a difference in my complexion. Nothing major, it mainly just kept it looking healthy. And like I said before, it's all about taking preventative measures. So, who knows maybe 20 years from now, I'll have these products to thank for still looking like I'm in my 30's...(well that and botox). 

You can purchase the kit here.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY


The weathers getting colder and the reality of it is that fall isn't always multi coloured leaves, pumpkin patches and lattes. Half of the time it's grey skies, rain and shit load of stress. For those of you who are students it's around that time of year where midterms begin or, in my case, where your procrastination slaps you in the face. Although, it can be very stressful at times, the main thing to remember is to stay positive. Try your best not to sweat the small stuff and just know that everything will turn out okay. Also, you're halfway there kid! It's almost Christmas break and you've already made it this far. Don't loose hope in yourself. I know how hard it can be, especially when you get stuck in a rut. Even if it feels like you have a million and one things to do, take some small breaks to do something for yourself. It's important to stay grounded, and looking after your own well being should be your main priority above anything else. Even if it's just going for a little walk or something as simple as getting a bath, do it. Put yourself first and everything else will fall into place.

Now, on to the outfit. For some reason I'm getting some major L.C. vibes from this outfit, anyone else? I decided to throw on some ripped jeans mainly because I love the concept of ripped denim in the fall. I tried to give the look a dressier approach by pairing it with a blouse and blazer style jacket and then balanced out the look by tossing on a pair of fringe booties. 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ITS GETTING TOO COLD FOR THIS


The sun decided to make an appearance so I figured I'd take advantage of the situation and wear a halter. I purchased the top at the end of summer (smart, I know) and haven't had many opportunities to wear it, so I thought I may as well get some use out of it today before there is snow on the ground.

As many of you know, I love fashion (clearly) and aspire to one day have a "big girl" job in the fashion world. When I tell people this, many of them have a tendency to be a little judgemental. Relatives in particular. The issue is that not many people know how many job opportunities are actually available in the fashion industry and that it is a growing industry as well. Also, another issue is that many people view fashion as being superficial. Because of these occurrences in my own life I have been really loving the British Vogue mini series called "The Future of Fashion". It appears on the British Vogue Youtube channel and features Alexa Chung. In each episode they explore a different component of the fashion industry and give a behind the scenes look into the fashion world. They help to educate people about the issues I just mentioned. They research some of the jobs available in fashion that many people are unaware of and showcase the artistic side of fashion, beneath the superficiality. If you have an interest in fashion, I highly recommend you check out the series. It is very insightful and you may even find it quite relatable, as I do. You can check it out here!

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