Printed pants

J.Crew does the best printed pants. Did you see these? Also, I know I need to cut down on the graffiti shots. They’re just in my immediate vicinity when I shoot, and I’m comfortable hiding in the alleys. Working on it!

How was your long weekend? I was lucky enough to go up to a dear friend’s cottage to enjoy the little extra time off. I LOVE when Mondays are a holiday. It’s so much better than getting Friday off, in my opinion. The long weekend just feels a little longer, because when you start work again the next week it’s Tuesday already! Am I crazy? I’m definitely not providing logical reasoning.

Here’s to venturing into new photoshoot locations, short weeks, and happy pants! Cheers xoxo

Printed Pants

Printed Pants

Printed Pants

Printed Pants

Printed Pants

Printed Pants

Top – Stradivarius / Pants – J.Crew / Necklace – Banana Republic / Bag – Alexander Wang / Shoes – Christian Dior / Sunnies – Karen Walker

All Fall Down

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I hadn’t read a Jennifer Weiner book since In Her Shoes, and I was happily surprised when I began All Fall Down. From the beginning it was pretty clear that this wasn’t going to be a “girly” book. It’s funny, dark, and gritty.
The main character is an upper middle-class woman who seemingly “has it all”. The big house, the great husband, the adorable child, and the cool job (professional blogger!).

The story follows her as she succumbs to her prescription pill addiction.

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Why Don’t You?

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Get a library card! And carry your books home in this cute tote :)

Take a fika! What’s a fika?

Use some coloured eyeliner. According to the expert, orangey/gold will make your blue eyes pop, lilacy/purple will make your green or hazel eyes more intense, and blue works wonders for brown eyed beauties.

Get out your coloured pencils – colouring books are back in. “Five of Amazon’s top 10 last week were adult colouring-in books, as were six of Brazil’s top 10 non-fiction list. Last year in France, the combined colouring-in industry sold 3.5m books.”(source)

Order your Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade with a couple pumps of raspberry syrup – Thanks to the Jaclyn Hill fanclub for this tip!

Find some new music! Listen to what the cool kids are listening to these days.

Write a greeting card to someone, just because!

Have a spare moment and want to waste some time? Take a Buzzfeed Quiz :) I particularly enjoyed this one.

Contemplate: giving less f@*#s

Take advantage of the season! Use peaches to make this Peach and Crème Fraiche Pie. I make it every year for my little brother’s birthday in August.

Enjoy your long weekend, fellow Canadians!

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Lavender and Gold

Happy Friday!

These photos were taken at the Aga Khan park, a serene and beautiful oasis. It was absolutely unintentional that the colour of my dress matched the flowers growing by the pools, but isn’t it a happy coincidence? :)

I had a lot of fun with these metallic temporary tattoos! I’m told they are very on trend right now. Did I pull them off? Perhaps I applied a few too many, but they are addictive. Subtlety has never been my strong suit, when it comes to style.

This is a photo-heavy post, which is uncommon (for me)! The lighting was good, my photographer is great, my dress was pretty, the wind was blowing in my hair, and I was werking it. Yaaasssss. Have a good weekend xoxox

Lavender and Gold

Lavender and Gold

Lavender and Gold

Lavender and Gold

Lavender and Gold

Lavender and Gold

Lavender and Gold

Dress – Mendocino (old) / Clutch – J.Crew / Earrings – Stradivarius (in Spain) / Ring – &Other Stories (in Sweden) / Necklace – Banana Republic / Tattoos – Stradivarius / Sandals – Sam Edelman

Sweden, Part I: Fika, Midsommar

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I’m excited to share with you, stories from my trip to Sweden and Spain! I had been looking forward to this trip for soooo long. Months. Probably a full year, actually!

Earlier this summer I went to visit my dear friend, Linda. I met Linda while studying in the South of France in 2013, and we made a pact to try and meet up annually, or close to, and to host each other. Last year we met in New York City, when another one of our study buddies got a job working in Manhattan. This year a few of us managed to get together in Sweden (and Linda and I hopped over to Spain, as one does while visiting Europe).

Next year we may be reuniting once again in France, and then soon after the destination will be Canada!

But on to my travels. In this particular post I’ll be writing about Midsommar, and also Swedish culture shock :)

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The Aga Khan Museum

Floating out of this world

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Today in my Toronto Series, I wanted to talk about one of the newer and lesser-known museums in this city – The Aga Khan Museum. The museum opened last year, with a beautiful park connecting it to the also recently established Ismaili Centre of Toronto. The architecture of these buildings is truly stunning, especially the glass pyramid (reminiscent of the one at the Louvre), which is a jewel in an otherwise unexciting landscape. I feel lucky to live so close to these fascinating buildings!

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Killlaaa

These shoes are KILLER.

I mean literally, they say “killer” right on them.

When I put them on I feel like I can just slay. all. day. yaaaas.

I also like the unusual mix of colours in this outfit – poppy red, purples, turquoise, black, white. I am always drawn to an outfit that mixes colours unconventionally. I love the neutral trend, and I’m always a fan of all-black-everything, but it’s a real power play when you manage to get the colours just right.

While the entire population of Toronto was at Wayhome this weekend, I was drinking alone on my parents’ deck in the backyard. :) We had a BBQ, and if you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that I actually ran after the icecream truck to ask him to come back in an hour, after we finished dinner. I lead an exciting life.

I also started a book that I love, called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I thought it would be chick lit, but I think it’s a book anyone can enjoy, and I may write a short review. In the meantime, I have lots of new “lifestyle” posts lined up – including detailed stories from my travels earlier this month. Yippee!

Happy Monday!

Killa

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Killa

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Killa Killa

Jacket – Aritzia / Top – J.Crew / Jeans – Citizens of Humanity / Shoes – Sophia Webster / Sunnies – Karen Walker / Lippie – “Rocket” by Colourpop

DaiLo

I was originally going to talk about Summerlicious, as part of my Toronto Series, but I’ve already posted about Winterlicious here. Instead, I thought I’d give you a little insight on DaiLo (which isn’t participating in Summerlicious, but is still AWESOME).

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DaiLo is one of the more hip and trendy restaurants in Toronto, and luckily they take reservations. Call early though, as they fill up very quickly! If you’re offered a spot at the bar as consolation, don’t turn it down. It’s actually a very cool dining experience, as the bar area is open and airy, and the bartenders themselves are fun to watch.

I rarely go out to eat Chinese food, especially Hakka cuisine. Nothing could ever compare to what my grandma makes, but DaiLo puts a cool spin on things. You can tell that French style and flavour has been mixed into the menu, and there are novelty items such as the fried watermelon – YUM. I went in skeptical, and came out a believer. Oh yes.

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Besides the fried watermelon, I would recommend the Ponzu Beef Carpaccio and Satay Grilled Quail. There was such a beautiful mix of flavours – they all stood out, but at the same time seemed to blend in together. I mixed my mains with truffle fried rice, which was awesome, but I probably could have sprung for the plain old kind. For libations? The Chinese five-spice Dark and Stormy is not to be missed. I hear they have a wicked bar upstairs, which I’ll be sure to check out next time!

Dai Lo

If you’re craving something a little exotic, or just want to be wowed by your meal, I’d recommend DaiLo. I especially recommend it if you’re in a small group of people, as their menu is made for sharing. For more on DaiLo visit their website here.

Pumped Up Kicks

I don’t always wear heels! My friends at work call these my “Michael Jackson” shoes, but that reference is completely lost on me. I am the only person I know who isn’t a fan of Michael Jackson. Eek.

This outfit is pretty basic, but in my opinion, classic with a twist. You can’t go wrong with a little black pant and a comfortable blazer. The spiky necklace and cool sneaks are the “twist”, that keep this from becoming too boring. And I threw on my boyfriend’s aviators for good measure. Mid-week outfit done.

I’ve been trying to enjoy the little things, since work has been so hectic. I went to see “Inside Out” on Monday night and loved it. I recommend it to anyone with kids, or just anyone at all really! I’ve been trying to go for walks as often as I can, to soak up all the heat now. I wish I could store it and blast some out when February rolls around.

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Pumped Up Kicks

Pumped Up Kicks

Pumped Up Kicks

Pumped Up Kicks

Pumped Up Kicks

Blazer – Aritzia / Pants – The Gap / Blouse – Aritzia / Shoes – Winners / Necklace – old, from Paris / Sunnies – Ray Ban / Bag – leather market in Florence

My Travel Tips

Airport style, the layers are REAL (my trench coat is beside me).

Airport style – the layers are REAL

I travel a lot, or as often as I can. I’ve never found the actual “travel” part of it to be very much fun – I still can’t believe we haven’t figured out how to apparate :)

Airports are just stressful, and I’m a big worrier so I become even more anxious. I always imagine the worst possible outcome for every situation. I will get sick on the plane, they will lose my luggage, there will be flight delays, I’ll sit next to someone who farts the whole flight, I’ll forget my passport or visa, etc.

To minimize this stress, I’ve rounded up all my best travel tips! Keep this as a checklist, next time you travel…

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