How You Can Support Torontonians This Holiday Season

Happy Hannukah (day 2!) to my fellow Jews, and here’s to hoping everyone else is getting their holiday shopping done, or started at the very least.

Though I have a generic gift guide on the way as well, I wanted to dedicate an entire post to Toronto-based small businesses which offer products that can easily be gifted this holiday season. Having a few friends who started their own businesses, as well as having this blog for the past two years, I know how difficult it is to reach out to your friends and ask for help and support – let’s put it this way, I can count on one hand how many of my friends are subscribed to my blog. That’s why this holiday season I think it’s soooo important to support your loved ones as well as those in your community.

So without further ado, here are 8 businesses you can support right here in homely Toronto this season: Continue reading “How You Can Support Torontonians This Holiday Season”

Did Social Media Ruin Us, Or Did We Ruin Ourselves?

Once in a while, I find myself scrolling through my Instagram feed, watching as every other woman’s lips get fuller, chests get perkier, and closets get more full, and I catch myself starting to doubt my own looks and my own closet. It seems that after any of these “social media purges”, I feel worse about myself, and next thing I know I am researching the best place for lip injections in the city (ok, not that extreme. I’ve never done the research).

Whenever this happens to me, I like to really reflect on what made me think or feel a certain way, and what change I can make to not feel that way ever again (because why would I want to?) I’m a strong believer in taking control of my life, and if something isn’t satisfying me, to change what I can. I’ve come down to three conclusions and changes that would need to be made to avoid these thoughts and feelings: Continue reading “Did Social Media Ruin Us, Or Did We Ruin Ourselves?”

Fashion Week Front Row Etiquette

Though I am currently enduring the hardest semester of my existence as an undergraduate student, I still made an effort to make it out to TOM*FW for one of the days (and luckily the same day of the ever energetic Hendrixroe show), and I was lucky to watch the shows front and centre.

Though it’s a blessing to be able to rest my feet on the runway, it also comes with its downsides, which I’d like to call poor front row etiquette. It’s hard enough to get nice photos or videoclips of the models coming down the runway, but the experience gets entirely ruined when someone is committing one of the following sins: Continue reading “Fashion Week Front Row Etiquette”

10 White Print T-Shirts You Can Buy Right Now

The white printed t-shirt is a closet staple at this point, especially with the rise of casually dressy fashion, and if you don’t have at least one in your closet, you are missing out on a sea of outfit possibilities. Everyone remembers Rihanna stepping out in a $400+ Céline T-shirt, but not everyone can copy that effortlessly chic look on the same budget as the R&B and Pop superstar. A piece that can be worn many different ways (YouTube video COMING SOON), here are 10 ways you can get the look for less: Continue reading “10 White Print T-Shirts You Can Buy Right Now”

June & July Closet Favourites

I can’t believe how fast the summer flew by. We have just one month left until back to school, back to more layers and shorter days, but luckily a lot of the pieces I’ve been obsessed with this summer can be transitioned into the colder months as well. I get a lot of good feedback on how I dress, especially on the outfits I actually post in full on Instagram. Not surprisingly, those outfits consist of pieces and combinations that I end up wearing over and over again, and as a result I actually run low on opportunities to post #ootd shots. Being the opportunist that I am, I decided to showcase those favourite pieces here, on The Lifestyle Bistro, every now and then and talk about where to find them or similar pieces.  Continue reading “June & July Closet Favourites”

Coming Soon…

The last few weeks of my life have been a whirlwind of emotions and excitement. As of June 28th, I am an engaged woman, and as of a week ago, the banquet hall deposit is down and I am set to marry my best friend on July 1st 2018!

Of course the rollercoaster must come down after going up, and it’s also been a tough time working too many jobs and having to give up on a few freelance projects I had planned with White Umbrella Media and the #mynewgirlgang project. Continue reading “Coming Soon…”

#HelloHoney: All-Natural Buzzworthy Beauty Hacks

I was able to visit Hillcrest Mall about two weeks ago to learn about their newest initiative, but this visit was like no other. By installing two beehives on their rooftop, Richmond Hill’s Hillcrest Mall has taken things to the next level (haha, get it?) in having a positive impact on the community’s biodiversity. Over 10,000 bees are now pollinating flowers in the area, and by fall will provide lots and lots of tasty raw honey. Continue reading “#HelloHoney: All-Natural Buzzworthy Beauty Hacks”

How to Afford Designer Goods as a Student

Every time I wear or carry something really nice, my peers at university either greet me with a dirty look, or whine about how they wish they could afford that, or just blatantly ask me, “how could you afford that?”

So I’m about to unveil my secrets, some of which my close friends know about, and some of which I usually keep to myself, but today is a reveal-all kind of day, so here we go: Continue reading “How to Afford Designer Goods as a Student”

A Goal-Oriented Summer

You may remember me writing about the incredible startup, Better Life Project, back in the winter when I bought the first ever Better Life Planner just in time for 2017. The first edition helped me reorganize my goals for the year, as well as make daily and weekly goals for myself in order to get closer to achieving my long-term aspirations.

This time, the inspiring ladies behind the project are back with a bigger and better product, the Better Life Planner: Student Success Edition. What blew my mind most about the planner this time was how adaptive the planner truly is. Though it’s called the Student Success Edition, it is far from being restricted to students of an educational institution – it is for students of life. Continue reading “A Goal-Oriented Summer”