Let’s start by saying that bright colours will not be entering my closet anytime soon but over the past few months, have found myself with a more open mindset towards slightly saturated hues and muted colours in general. All black outfits just haven’t been “cutting it” for me and so, I began my hunt for pieces that add more interest/colour. Enter these olive green trousers found while browsing the chaotic racks of H&M Square One. What first caught my attention was the asymmetrical cut and silver d-ring belt which immediately made me picture how great these would look with black pumps and layered pieces over top. Shooting outside lately has been extremely difficult with this winter freeze happening and I’m extremely thankful we caught it on a decent day and only had to deal with -6 temperatures, as oppose to the -20 business right now happening in the city. It goes without saying that you’ll be able to find me with blankets permanently wrapped around my body until this cold winter takes a hike. Better yet, this could be the perfect opportunity to plan a vacay in the sun ASAP.
//PANTS,SWEATER+JACKET – H&M
//SHOES – Christian Louboutin (Anjalina 100mm)
A couple weeks ago I took a trip downtown to meet the lovely Jess (@jessundecided) at Dineen for coffee and to finally meet up in person! I’ve been following her account for sometime now and with this new year, I’ve been making a concious effort to meet and be social with people I meet in social media. After coffee, we wandered around trying to find someplace warm to take photos (it was a -15 day) but settled for this outdoor space and froze our fingers off. Now let’s not question why I was still under the impression a leather jacket would be warm enough.
Photos by: Jessica Lam
As many of you know, making this video has been on my list of “things to do” for months now and I finally got around to filming something that I was 100% happy with. It’s very condensed and short but hopefully helps answer some of the questions I receive on a daily basis! Below, are the products mentioned with the links to where you can purchase. If there’s any other questions, feel free to shoot me an email or comment on this post below! Going into this new year, I’ve also planned a lot more content for new videos and posts so be sure to subscribe to my *very new* channel to stay up to day.
MUFE Aqua Brow, colour 25, find it here
Sephora Pro Angled Liner Brush, find it here
If anyone was to ask me what made a difference in my 2015 year, I’d say it was working hard even when I didn’t feel it was paying off in that very moment. I know it sounds kind of cheesy but let me explain.
At the beginning of this year I was in a job that created a lot of disatisfaction in my life and knowing this, I made sure to continue doing things that I was passionate about outside of work. I knew that until I figured out my next step, making myself happy outside of work would help my perspective and keep me busy and productive. My blog has always been something I look to when I’m feeling uninspired or bored because I love sharing with you and also challenging myself. I didn’t really feel that it was helping my “big picture” at the time but realized a few months later that it had made all the difference.
In April, I accepted a position with a company and brand that still to this day makes me excited to say I work for. Working for a luxury brand without having any previous luxury retail experience isn’t something that typically happens. After being this role for a couple months, I asked my manager what helped me stand out from all of the other people she had interviewed and one of the reasons was how I presented myself, both in person and online. This blog and in addition, my instagram account allowed my manager to see that aside from my previous job, I was also able to curate multiple accounts, stay true to myself and keep everything consistent.
So, with this newly appointed job and position I was able to finally move to Toronto – something I honestly didn’t see happening for at least another year. After this realization, a lot of things just started falling into place. Being able to say that I’m financially independent is something I take a lot of pride in and it took a lot of time and house hopping to get here (haha). As I began to save money for a new apartment and started my long work days (thanks to horrible transit and long commutes), one of the reasons that kept me so positive and happy fell behind and I realized that producing content here on a consistent basis was going to be a challenge. I tried my best to post as often as I could but until I was able to settle into a new apartment and be closer to work was something that I had to put on a slight temporary hold. I’ll be honest, having to set my blog to the side disappointed me at first but knowing that I was taking on a new opportunity and challenge excited me. I also knew that in time I’d be able to do both and put more focus towards blogging again.
Going into this new year, one of my focuses is going to be this platform. Not only because I miss it but because it’s one of the best ways I’ve found that helps me grow as a person. I have almost two years of outfits and posts here and being able to look back and see how far I’ve come (as cheesy as that may sound), is a great way for me to reflect and set new goals. I decided the only resolution that I’m going to make is to focus more on making myself happy and doing things that I fully enjoy.
I’m so thankful for the support I’ve received this year, not only from friends and family, but readers who regularly send me messages be it here or on instagram. I love talking with new people and always appreciate your comments and support! Thankyou for a great year and if you’ve made it through this lengthy post I congratulate you.
HAPPY NEW YEARS xx