Friday, 5 September 2014

#RYJOTAKEPARIS - I'm Engaged!

Not sure why it took me so long to write this post.  Somewhere between working a full-time job, looking for a new job, and crafting on the side (I have a flea market coming up), I found it difficult to find the time to break this news to you all: I'M ENGAGED!!
Back in June, my boyfriend (now fiance) and I took our first-ever trip to Paris - it was divine!!  It was the first time in Europe for both of us, so we were really blown away by the beautiful-everything!  Not going to lie, coming back to the concrete jungle of Toronto was pretty depressing for a while.

Ryan and I visited most of the notable sites in Paris, including the beautiful Palace de Versailles where he proposed!  It was completely magical and I blubbered like a baby with tears of happiness (I'm such a soft-y sometimes!).  And I must say, he did VERY well with the ring!  He took the liberty to creep my Pinterest board to see exactly what I liked and wanted - whata guy!  It's a custom-made hexagon halo diamond engagement ring with the perfect amount of art deco flair and a vintage edge. Love!  I am over the moon with love and excitement for what's to come!

I don't want to bore you all with all of the details from the trip, but you can get the gist of it from the photos of video diaries below!  We had an amazing trip, and would love to visit Paris again some time!
  



Check out the rest of our #ryjotakeparis photos!







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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Product Review: NCLA Transparent Nail Wraps!


I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I LOVE NAIL WRAPS.  Whoever came up with the idea of sticking nail-shaped stickers on your nails is a pure genius.  As a self-proclaimed lazy-girl that lacks any sort of dexterity, nail wraps are a serious god send.  Why?  No. Fuss.  Srsly, doe!  The simple peel n' stick process is bafflingly simple.  Waiting around for polish to dry?  Holding your pee so you don't ruin your nails?  That nonsense is old-frickin-news now!

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I was pretty excited when Nail Polish Canada offered to send me some NCLA transparent nail wraps to try out!  I've been using NCLA nail wraps for a while now and have been loving them, so I knew that the chances were slim that their new transparent line would disappoint.

I love that the new transparent wraps give you more versatility; you can wear them alone for a quirky minimalist look, or over a fresh mani.  I also love how the transparent wraps are a lot thinner than the opaque ones, which give your nails a more airbrushed or 'painted-on' look.  Believe me, you don't even want to know how many ladies stopped me at the grocery store about my nails lol.

Confused as to how the heck you put these bad boys on?  Check out my nail wraps tutorial!


Thanks for reading :).

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Toronto Fashion Week: A Style Blogger's Wrap-Up

So, last month I was lucky enough to attend a few shows at World MasterCard Fashion Week! Now before I go on, let me assure you: I am a completely NORMAL person.  There is nothing special about me.  I am in no way notable or important in any "scene" in Toronto.  I am just a regular 20-something Torontonian that works the daily 9 to 5 grind at a digital marketing agency in the downtown core of Toronto (typical..).

I'm sure I'm not the only one that's been curious as to "what types of people" attend these things.  Now, don't get me wrong I DID have some sort of an idea from my experience volunteering (back then it was called L'Oreal Fashion Week) at Toronto Fashion Week back in 2010, and even then I wondered who all these fancy people were.  Last Fall, my sister bought tickets for us to go see Mackage and Joe Fresh, and let me tell you: STANDING in the very back is not at all glamorous OR worth a $50 ticket.

Anyway, I had the serious pleasure of being invited to attend 3 shows during the FW2014 WMC Fashion Week: Line Knitwear, gsus, and Farley Chatto.  The reality of being invited as a designer guest at WMC Fashion Week is that your seat will still be first-come-first-serve.  Designer guests have the 4th to 8th rows in a lettered section, and sometimes designers invite more guests than seats.  I was lucky enough to sit 4th row for gsus and Fareley Chatto, but sadly I was standing in the back for Line Knitwear.  I salvaged what I could of taking zoomed-in iPhone photos in the dark lol.  Details below!

This was my favourite look for the entire Line Knitwear show.  It is perfect.  The smokey grey/black monochrome, the silhouette of an oversized top, and legs - LEGS FOR DAYS.  Love.  I want to be her.

Stacey McKenzie opened and closed the show at Farley Chatto.

I was absolutely blown away by the Farley Chatto show.  Honestly, I didn't know what to expect.  I knew there would be a lot of fur, but OH MY GAWD.  Everything. Was. Beautiful.  EVERYTHING.  During the show I came to this logical realization that I clearly need fur-everything.  I am currently on the hunt for the PERFECT faux fur vest (faux because we all know the real stuff ain't cheap).

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get any "good" snaps of the gsus show, but what I CAN tell you is that women LOVE wearing gigantic hats to fashion week.  Let's hope that someday I can avoid the back of heads and hats and sit in the front row! Overall, I had a lovely time watching these three shows at Toronto Fashion Week, hope to eventually attend more!

In other news, the sun has finally broke through the polar vortex cold here in Toronto!  Bring on the Spring style!! <3

Thanks for reading!




Thursday, 13 March 2014

TBT: Summer Prints & ZARA Studs


This long-*** Canadian winter is killing me.  No, really - it is.  I think I have S.A.D.  You know, the disease of depression from lack of living in the sunny state of California?  Why, mother nature - WHY?!  Two short days ago we were basking in Spring bliss!  I was wearing sunnies and strolling around in Converse sneakers!  Yesterday we were hit with a mothaflippin snowmageddon, and today my disgusting fake 'uggs' (disclaimer: I got them for FREE with a JustFab order…don't judge me…) are soggy from the mounds of brown slush everywhere.  EW. EW. Ew…ew..ew.  Anyway, this post is a throwback - an ode to the season of sun, summer, and style (duh).


OMG I could almost FEEL the warmth while I was editing these photos.  I love this outfit, and I really want to wear it again!  Preferably now, but I'm assuming I'll have to wait since it seems hell has frozen over.  Completely.  And FYI - I love this button down printed short-sleeve!  I found it whilst scouring through my mom's closet of olde.  She actually has a matching skirt, but I thought long and hard and knew that adopting the matching skirt would be pushing it.



Anyway, behold one of my go-to bags.  I used it throughout Summer, Fall, and am still using it now during this (flipping cold) Winter!  Like I mentioned in my last post about wisely investing in leather handbags, this was definitely a wise investment.  I got it during ZARA's summer sale last year, and it was an absolute steal!  I think it was marked down to $39 or $49 (I really can't remember anymore) - for real suede it was an incredible price!  I love how it's roomy enough to carry EVERYTHING, and even has a closure inside to taper the top of the bag.  


A shoe shot for your viewing pleasure!  I snagged these during the same ZARA sale for $20! By now, though, I've kind of worn them to death and am on the market for a new pair of espadrille flats!  I've been so in love with the Chanel black and white lambskin espadrilles, but let's be honest, they're a BIT out of my price range.  Luckily, Little Black Bag recently released these Pour La Victoire Bailey Flats! They're not leather, but I am loving the colour combo and the price point!

In other news - it's World Master Card Fashion Week here in Toronto next week!  I couldn't be more excited because GUESS THE *FRICK* WHAT?!  I got invited.  I got invited to my very first runway shows!  Yes, showS!!  Multiple!  I'm over-the-moon with excitement and can NOT WAIT!  I'll definitely be posting my experience here on the blog :).

Hope these throwback summer photos warmed you up!