TA-DA!! You are currently checkin my new blog!! You likey? This is what I have been up to the last 2 weeks and I am so happy with my up-to date- tech-savvy site. Although this took me longer than anticipated I genuinely enjoyed the process, as I wanted to invest my time in a little CHANGE that will give me the opportunity to grow as I move forward in this blogging journey…one outfit at a time. We are also approaching a MAJOR change in seasons, as fall is right around the corner. Although I could take this as an opportunity to complain...I really can’t, as September has been feeling like an extended August and I am totally okay with this. What I CAN and am willing to admit is that I am slightly itching to bust out some of my autumn pieces which include a few of my fave long trench coats and warm bulky sweaters that go so well with a cup of cocoa in hand. In the meantime, I have put together outfits that scream ‘I’m not all that phased by mother natures indecisiveness’. I went for a v simple warm and earthy- neutral look. I dug out my chartreuse cigarette dress pants that I purchased from a store called Reserve in Poland and got inspired to make them the staple of this ootd.I went for a light pigmented beige top with frilled arm-detailed sleeves to compliment this unique green tone. The twist and ‘aha’ of the outfit is the light baby blue distressed cropped denim jacket that I threw in the mix to nicely bring these primary yet adjacent tones together. Mother nature this one is for you. We can thank KoKo aka Khloe for always rockin them hoops, reviving them as the perfect statement accessory with an up-do and a pair of 90’s cat eye sunnies. Toss in a monogram bag in the mix that goes with a lighter beige undertone and you are good to go, after all Louis’ will forever have that winning potential stitched into their canvas. Yes I totally planned to shoot my outfit in a forest to get all earthy and in theme for my blog, I don’t care I luv it and I bet you do too. I’d have to say that the slow transition into fall is the most beautiful process that can act as a reminder to be patient to change and even with oneself. It’s an important time to be open-minded to the possibility of transformation and allowing ones creativity to run free like the colourful leaves ascending from the trees-giving us a wider range of shades we can go out and match on our runaway.

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Summer, PLEASE don’t go. I can’t help but experience summertime sadness around this time of year. The jeans begin making a more frequent appearance instead of shorts- as this point in time you start to realize that fall is QUICKLY (& uninvitedly) approaching. This transition is heartbreaking, especially for me. Although, I look forward to autumn fashion (never winter), I dread the actual process of my favourite season slowly coming to an end. Summer is so easy and carefree, unlike the remaining 9 months of the year in Canada where I struggle to produce enough body heat to survive- no matter what I wear. Summer wardrobes are completely interchangeable; you can get away with wearing jeans, booties, jackets and EVEN long-sleeved tops when there is a slight drop in temperature. This is what I was going for with my ‘look’ as I was on my way to a barbecue following a night out on the town and was feelin a tad bit chilly. I chose to go with this flared, long-sleeved blouse, which thankfully gave me a bit more coverage while looking sexy, with its deep V cut and tie up bodice. AND FYI, it flows beautifully as you strut your stuff. I purchased it from Mendo a few weeks back BUT I happened to stumble upon the EXACT same top online at Lulu’s for 43 USD along with some other similar styles that scream ‘ I look like I am vacationing in Bali, looking exotic AF ’ I included the link for this baddie below if you want to put it in your cart and debate on it for a few weeks or maybe even months-until you finally press checkout (my usual routine). Whether the season be fall or winter, the nice thing about this piece is that you can EASILY pull it off in the harsher months with a cute skirt and stockings. You TRULY get the best of both worlds with a summa wardrobe, as you can go back and forth from light to heavier pieces of clothing. My jeans are from The Bay, as I thrive on going into department-like stores to hunt and dig out the coolest things on their Bay Days. Design Lab never disappoints, as the brand comes out with very modern and affordable clothing that successfully has me coming back for more. I am specifically in LUV with this denim pair of pants for its ‘straight’ look. My thought process upon purchasing comprised of a very serious and thorough analysis of all the denim pairs of pants I already own- predominantly being ‘skinny’ and ‘boyfriend’ styles- validating this pair like NO other and a ‘smart buy’ (in my head). PLUS I ADORE the way these jeans hug my bod- as they go from straight to flared and underline the most perfect hourglass-figure there could ever be. This specific style is also slightly cropped- allowing your strappy sandals or booties to peek out from underneath the frayed detailing, this being a HUGE PLUS as you can wear them out in any season you please. They’re a lighter denim and super durable for a low price of $30. 10 out of 10 would recommend this brand. Although, I can’t stop Mother Nature from putting me through cooler weather for the next 9 months and while I am TRULY saddened to say goodbye to my all-time FAVE season-I will take what I get and ROCK it, and so can YOU gurlfraaand

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In light of the company’s massive blowout sale—currently happening worldwide— I thought I would post about my experience and blog a recent outfit from Europe, which is, pretty much ALL ZARA. Let me start off by saying that the sale in Poland is just as hectic as you would imagine it to be in Toronto’s Eaton Centre or in busy Times Square...cray and unnecessary. In a way, I experienced what Kady Heron’s perception of a human water hole at the mall was like in Mean Girls; funny thing is that I’m not even exaggerating. I witnessed two grown women being escorted out by security after fighting over the ‘last dress I left the farm to drive all day down for’. This woman literally snatched the dress in the millisecond her opponent decided to put it down (probably because her hand was cramping from holding/protecting all the goods). I mean how could it not cramp up? There’s just so much going on everywhere that you want (need) to get your hands on it all. AND , God forbid, you put it down because then, in my opinion, it’s fair game. It’s a constant battle. Fighting to locate that pair of pants you scoped out online and are testing yourself to find, along with that one shirt from last week that you had pretty much forgotten about, but now it’s on sale and it was once on this very mannequin that you HAVE to track down and find. And, if by any miracle you find that top or something remotely similar to it, you have to buy it anyway—regardless if it’s missing a button or has a small make-up stain. Why? Because it’s on sale! THAT’S WHY! Plus, it just makes sense that way…. or in our heads it does at least. We then proceed in giving ourselves a little pep talk while standing in line to purchase it. Always needing that crucial reassurance; vowing it’s an easy fix we could definitely do at home ourselves with a needle and thread. Or we think of that Tide-To-Go marker that’s buried at the bottom of our bags, to get that bright red lipstick mark out, that we know deep down-is waterproof and not coming OUT no matter how hard we try. BUT DUH we are practically making money off of it because we are getting it ON SALE, right? That’s the terrible truth folks. And, we all think it… well maybe only some of us. In the midst of all this sale mayhem, I strutted into Zara in Wroclaw. I didn’t even go in looking for anything specific (which was in drastic comparison to some of the women looking like they were running a marathon in the store). I was chill as a cucumber. I even made the effort to squat down in my heels to peek under the over-piled mass of clothing stacked on top of one of the tables to check out the shoes that tend to go into hiding at one of these things. I mean who wouldn’t? I then discovered these shoesies. Not at the same time obviously. It wouldn’t be a sale if there was no challenge. I found the right shoe first and fell in love with it. I then decided to exert more energy to go and look for the left— hunting it down 20 minutes later at the opposite end of the store. I love the mustard-colored, sheen fabric, which makes the 90’s high-top sneaker ‘look’ so.friggen.cool. As I stood in the long line up for the cash, I ran my fingers through a rack of navy color-coded pieces, thinking ‘I never wear navy’…Just one of those shades I wouldn’t necessarily go looking for and just not a ‘me’ color. I mindlessly riffled through the hangers when I pulled out these pants. They were (and are) just so breathtaking! I even gave up my spot in the line to go and try them on. As you can probably tell it was well worth it, as I am super into them. To my surprise, my mustard shoes compliment the first official-navy article of clothing in my closet. Moral of the blog: don’t be afraid of fellow shoppers in these battlegrounds known to mankind as a sale. Get out there, dig deep but remember, don’t EVER put it down.

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#mendolovesyou and I love Mendo. Sorry for taking a week off from posting, as I have been in the process of settling back into my regular routine upon returning from Polska. Readjusting is always interesting- I was experiencing mad jet lag up until a few days ago, where I was initially waking up at 4 am every. single. day. In a way, it made me feel like a 'cool adult' – having more time in the mornings to be productive, aside from the fact that I was fighting to keep my eyes open past 8 pm every night BUT HEY, now I am back, readjusted, and enjoying summer in these Mendocino, white drawstring-gathered trousers. Not only have I been drooling over these pants since they were put out on the racks MONTHS ago for their spring line, BUT I have been religiously going back into Mendo to check when/if they go on sale. Just my luck, I snatched one of the last two available pairs in my size. So this, in my opinion, is an occasion for a photo-op as they were meant to be mine...clearly. I came across this burnt orange velvet crop from Mendocino that same day. For one, its orange- my favourite color and the second 'more legit reason' is that the velvet detailing brings a whole new other ‘look' to a typical crop top. Initially, upon eyeing it down from afar, I thought of velvet as a more suitable piece for the fall and winter. I then came to realize that it has an ideal complexion for the summer-as its dense looking fabric is well-adjusted when paired with a lighter garment. The cropped style also lets you show off a bit of that summa sun-kissed skin which works in your favour to lift the entire ensemble together. I instantly began thinking back to all the velvet pieces I saw in Europe on sale racks-untouched from the cooler months. This idea then jumped out at me to make velvet wearable for the discounted price retailers are reducing it for-and to be the real winner here. My international style guru comes over me every time I am deliberating on a piece, which ends up working in my favor. I am lucky to have the opportunity to travel so frequently-as my taste in fashion grows immensely and allows me to apply my knowledge whenever/wherever I decide to go.

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This summer, I have developed a new kind of love for dresses. Mid-length dress styles have specifically become my ‘go-to look’ as they are breezy and the perfect length to show off your kicks- whether you choose to rock sandals or sporty sneaks. I found this dress in Stradivarius; one of the two brands I am OBSESSED with- the other brand being Bershka. I have been DYING to blog about how cool they are since I stepped foot in both stores except now I have something to show for them-so here it is. They both happen to come from the same company as Zara and feature the perfect variation of styles that have a distinct European vibe to them. The dress is very elegant yet simple with a gathered corset in the back that hugs your body in the right places and highlights the booty. Bershka being the other retailer- is just as popular of a brand as Stradivarius and has recently branched out to the USA through their online store, which is where I came across these beautiful sandals. These shoes have the most unique cut- out silhouette and heel that I was immediately drawn to. I chose to accessorize this look with a boho-looking bag that I happily stumbled upon in one of the cities I was exploring with my cousins during our little road trip a few weeks ago. This Aster bucket bag is from a local company in Sopot-Gdansk called Day and Mood and its beautiful suede olive-color captivated me as I walked by the store window. This bag is finished with a camel colored leather exterior with zippered detailing and tassels that make its overall ‘look’ super original. Its custom-made and truly one of a kind. The sales associate informed me that they have an online store as I clenched onto my new purchase upon leaving with the biggest smile on my face. Since I bought this bag I have been obsessed with the color olive and bought this BADASS fedora in a popular downtown market here in Wroclaw-envisioning how nicely both pieces would look together with some white/black tones. It’s quite funny how I bought these pieces on separate occasions with a vision that slowly came to life over time. I wore this outfit for a late afternoon stroll and evening patio sesh in the city with my friends and family this past weekend. I even enjoyed some ice cream in this dress and was lucky enough not to stain it-yet. This has by far been one of my favorite summer outfits as I enjoyed the process of taking something simple and playing around with unique accessories and footwear to bring it all together through detail. On the plus side-If you go for this look-you don’t have to wear pants so it’s truly a win win.

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Shopping in Europe is a dream come true. I really tried to save some moula upon leaving for my trip (remainder of what was left from paying off my credit card) HOWEVER, the nice thing about the currency here is that the Canadian dollar is three times more than 1 polish dolla- $zloty. If I am being quite honest, I have not gone TOO crazy, (yet) or at least not as much as I initially thought I would. I am also trying to shop smart by strictly going for pieces that will enhance my wardrobe as opposed to adding excessively to it. Today, I came across a pair of stylish leather sneakers from one of my favourite Poland-based stores called Wojas, W in polish is pronounced as a ‘V’, so ‘Vo-Yas, ’ as, ‘J’ is pronounced like a, ‘Y’. A little polish lesson for you. Wojas sells the highest quality of leather shoes for the best price if you are paying with the CAD or USD dolla dolla bill. I paid $75 CAD for these leather babies that I shall feature in another post as they are bagged in this photo. The top I am wearing is from Tally Weijl, a very well known brand, similar to our North American F21. I LOVE off-the-shoulder blouses for the summer and this one happened to catch my eye from the sales rack. I have been looking for a cropped-red moto jacket for the longest time and I conveniently stumbled upon the most perfect one from my favourite store here called, Pull and Bear. In my opinion, this brand is the euro Urban Outfitters. The clothing is one of a kind and popular in all of Europa as the company originated in Spain. I bought this checkered hat with the jacket as I fell in love with the way these patterns and tones complemented one another in this specific look I was going for. My palazzo pants were purchased back home from Anthropologie and are from the Bar & Dot Line. They are super comfortable and can be dressed up for either a boho or sporty look depending on what they are paired with and how they are accessorized. Bottom line, shopping in Poland is quite affordable and refreshing. You learn a lot about European trends as you submerge yourself in the culture and it teaches you a thing or two about international fashion. So hey, live a little, book a trip, travel, indulge and live your life, as they are once in a lifetime moment worth living and enjoying for ‘you’.

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Touched down in Poland just in time for a 17-person family Vacay in Ustka, along the Baltic Sea. Whether you come here in July or late September it is always so windy and COLD. Why? I don’t know, shitty luck, and I can’t express my frustration as I am currently wrapped up in a blanket trying to warm myself up from the earlier sacrifice, one could call mistake of wanting to tan in 15-degree weather. Not only has the weather been deceitful the last two days but every time the sun would peek out from under the clouds I would strip down to my bikini top and count to ten, so desperately wanting to get a tad bit of colour, which I did, and of course, a cold to go with it. I was walking back to our hotel room when I was stopped by a lady that asked me where I got my jeans from, I couldn’t tell her since they were thrifted and if I were being honest, a size 28 men’s. YUP. Men’s jeans do really make the best boyfriend jeans. If you are willing to spend the money for a good seamstress, it is totally worth it. Although sometimes paying a reduced price for thrifted pieces can influence us to think ‘more cheap’, if you are lucky enough to come across a good pair for less than $30 EVEN if they do not fit perfect, BUY THEM. You won’t end up paying anywhere near the total of what a new pair of durable denim jeans cost these days, starting at a minimum of $100. Alterations, from my experience can cost up to $45 depending on where you go and the finished look is awesome. Not only do you feel accomplished as a thrift-shopper but you feel like a proud owner of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that has a little bit of ‘you’ already woven in them, as you initially picked them up and envisioned their TRUE potential. I am on the constant look-out for good quality denim as I have already transformed two pairs of jeans that I have spent no more than $50 on, each. I find them so comfortable and fun especially for the summer. My lilac metallic bikini is from good’ole Forever 21, and although the top is only featured, as it has been the only part of my body exposed to the sun all day today, the bottoms are a cute high-rise style. There is still a way of looking cute and ‘summery’ even on the gloomier days when the weather is not 100% on your side. Luckily, my two day- attempt of a tan has me successfully looking darker on my top half, and burnt to the crisp on my face BUT a better forecast is in store for the rest of the week.

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The trick is to work the, “Canadian Tuxedo” into your wardrobe. If you know me, you’d know that I love wearing denim and there is no such thing as, ‘too much denim’. You got to get a bit creative and INSYNC with you’re retro side, after all a little 90’s never hurt nobody. I’m also hinting towards Justin Timberlake & Britney Spears’ 2001 MMVA's denim-tuxedo-red carpet look. You have to Google it, its truly monumental. For this outfit I paired my fave vintage NastyGal denim shorts with a consigned jean jacket that has the coolest distressed, pleated sleeves from Plato's Closet. You will come to see that I own a lot of clothes from the original NastyGal brand, but when it comes to making my outfit complete, I like finding super unique pieces that are not necessarily mainstream but rather vintage from consignment shops. You could say this is the beginning of an appreciation post for my Steve Madden Boots as they are oh so wonderful and deserving of it. I love these boots so much as I find myself getting as much wear out of them in the summer as I do in the winter months because of their A+ fabric. Although, they broke my wallet last spring when I purchased them for $150, I have not regretted this decision since. These boots have been my ‘go to’ for a thicker heel when I am in need for a bit more support, being the klutz that I am. Since my friend Emily was forcing me to come out with her on this night, I found the motivation to get up and go by playing dress up and having a little fun with my wardrobe, then VOILA. When making denim the staple of your outfit, it is crucial to select at least one simple/neutral colour that can balance it all out. This is why I chose to wear a white, simple yet funky, and affordable top from Zara to pull all the blue tones together. Although fashion in my opinion is cyclical, it is great to take it upon yourself to revive a trend or ‘look’ to make you feel extra creative and BADASS. It all comes down to your mindset.. let your creative and fun, 'Spears circa 2001 side’ run free once in a while…not the 2007- meltdown side, the other one of course.

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Don’t be afraid to keep it simple. I was back in Ottawa visiting last weekend and, let me tell you, it was a tough time for me to figure out what I was going to bring with me. It always is. There were so many outfits I envisioned in my head upon packing for my short getaway but not enough space in my suitcase. I thought to myself "you can’t go wrong with 'street style’. Keep it casual, keep it chic”. So I did. I paired my white AE ripped jeans with an off-the-shoulder black tie-up blouse from NastyGal. And yes, I did just say my jeans are from AE. American Eagle is so affordable and the quality of their denim is so fab. For footwear, I decided to go with a pair of beige, cute but extremely uncomfortable, strappy block-heel sandals from F21. I somehow thought it was a good idea to break these shoes in for the first time on a long day of walking around and exploring with my friends. This ended up being a HUGE mistake. Looks can be deceiving ladies— watch out. F21 is awesome for its affordable pricing and its endless ‘street style’ clothing choices. However, the comfort factor in this brand’s footwear has been hit-or-miss for me. I definitely did not pick a 'street smart' choice for shoes on the day I decided to play tourist in the Capital. Lastly, to pull this look together I reached for my retro Urban Outfitters transparent yellow sunnies, which gave my simplistic-look some extra detail and spunk. Although over-packing for a trip may seem like the more secure way out for many of us, upon deliberating what to bring with us on vacation, I feel that it’s better to pre-pack more interchangeable pieces which have the potential to be worn in more than one outfit combo. I have realized that I only ever end up going for a more effortless everyday-city look (even when I’ve had a suitcase stuffed to the maximum with an overload of options). It all lays in the detail you choose to accentuate and pull it all together with. Whether it be a cute vintage LV bag or a statement jacket with a plain white T, it’s about staying chic and, more importantly, comfortable to get you feeling on top of the world ;)

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So, last month I decided to pick this bad boy up right off the shelf in good 'ole Mendocino. After scrolling through my Instagram the last few weeks I was overcome by the vision of a model, Candice Swanepoel, rocking this very stylish fisherman’s hat I was now holding in my very own hands. I was so in love with its incredibly unique and 'refreshing-look' that makes it standout from the overdone and typical snapback. As I stared back at my reflection, I fell in love with the empowerment my new crown gave me. As these feelings poured in, the second-guessing began. "Maybe it’s just a bit too out there"... and I’m definitely no Candice Swanepoel. I thought to myself" it’s not even a trend yet, maybe it’s not too popular enough to wear". I blankly smiled back at the associate as If I wasn’t rethinking all my life choices that led me to this moment then realized “hold on I thought, I loved myself in it so much so that I almost exploded with joy when I caught my reflection with it on for the first time. It made me feel BADASS so why was I second-guessing it? Why worry about what other people would think of me in it? As I caught myself questioning if I could pull it off, I then realized that I CAN and WILL pull off whatever I want and make it a part of my style. I walked out of the store strutting in my new prized piece and, to be honest, I have not taken it off since. I love the way it makes me feel and the unique vibe it brings to my closet. Momentary fear of buying something that would make me stand out too much in the crowd has become a bigger gain to me as a fashion enthusiast than buying something that would get the instant approval of others for being 'basic’. In my honest opinion, the biggest mistake a woman can make when shopping is compromising her taste and personal style in clothing for the sake of blending in with society and not making too many heads turn. Asking yourself and others if you can ‘pull something off’ is taking the easy way out of being unique and stepping out of your comfort zone. Worry less about what society wants you to mimic and march out with something that is ‘you.’ Don’t be afraid to make a ripple, go find your fisherman’s hat, get out there and make waves.

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